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Homecoming prince opens fire at school

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Jordan Luton was finishing his lunch in the cafeteria at Washington state’s Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Friday when he heard it — a loud bang. Then there was another. And another. And another. And another. What he saw was freshman Jaylen Fryberg go up to a table with students, “came up from behind … and fired about six bullets into ...

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Challenge to tech companies: Join 10,000 Innovators Fund

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Dear Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter and other top technology companies: Over the past six months, many of you revealed that the percentage of underrepresented minority employees in your ranks is in the single digits. Most of you acknowledged that you’re out of step with the diversity of your own users. And many of you said the No. 1 cause is ...

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Essential security apps for your phone or tablet

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Hackers would love to weasel their way on to your smartphone or tablet, just like they try to do your computer. That’s how they steal sensitive information like account details, passwords, important texts, intimate photos and whatever else possible. Unfortunately for them, mobile gadgets are a bit harder to crack than the average computer. So hackers have to be even ...

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Fitness band data show workouts peak on Mondays

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SAN FRANCISCO — Oh, optimism. After falling off diets and exercise regimes all weekend, people start the new week with a flourish of exercise, running, walking or hitting the gym. And then their habits gradually deteriorate as the week progresses, a new data analysis shows. Jawbone, the maker of computer-connected fitness bands, collected data from a sample of more than ...

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San Francisco inmates receive 125 computer tablets

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This week, more than 100 computer tablets were distributed to inmates at San Francisco County jails as part of a new pilot program. The tablets, which can only access a limited number of websites and applications, will cost $275,000. The program was funded through grants from the jail’s Five Keys Charter School, the San Francisco Adult Probation Department and the ...

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Reuters: Ford to spend a ton saving Lincoln

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Ford Motor is reversing course, planning to dump at least $5 billion into saving its foundering Lincoln luxury brand. It will replace or renew every Lincoln model in the next five years. That’s the heart of an exclusive report by the Reuters news agency detailing aggressive plans to resuscitate Lincoln. REPORT: Ford to spend billions saving Lincoln In a conference ...

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Obama probes NHTSA for recalls, Takata for airbags

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration official says the “safety culture” of the federal agency that oversees auto recalls is being reviewed. The agency has been criticized for not acting aggressively enough regarding recalls of millions of vehicles with defective air bags or faulty ignition switches. The Obama official says a team is examining risk management and the safety ...

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Ebola in New York fires up the media

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A single case in New York City, the nation’s largest metropolis and media capital, brought heightened attention to both Ebola and Ebola coverage, renewing chatter about the way journalists were reporting on a story in their own backyard. New York papers’ front-page reactions Friday to Dr. Craig Spencer’s exposure to Ebola ranged from the expected to the outlandish. But the ...

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Company Finds Out The Hard Way It’s Illegal To Pay $1.21 An Hour In America

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This takes egregiously low wages to a whole new level. A Silicon Valley company that digitizes images said Thursday that an “administrative error” led to it paying eight workers flown in from Bangalore, India just $1.21 an hour to work 120-hour weeks installing computers in the company’s headquarters. Electronics For Imaging paid the workers $40,000 in back wages and overtime ...

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McDonald’s Is Still Very Cheap, But People Don’t Want To Eat There

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As sales and profits have crumbled at McDonald’s recently, some observers have blamed low-income Americans, saying they must not be able to afford Big Macs any more. But that’s wrong. If anything, Big Macs have gotten more affordable lately. The real problem is that the iconic chain needs to win back its true base: middle-class Americans looking for a cheap, ...

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