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Baghdad explosions: rockets strike near US embassy in Iraq

Multiple blasts and circling aircraft heard near enclave where US mission is located Multiple rockets hit near the US embassy in US assets in the country. The assault sent warning sirens blaring across the diplomatic compound but it was unclear what was hit and how many rockets made impact, the US source and a western diplomat based nearby said. There were no casualties and only minor damage, a US military spokesman said. Agence France-Presses correspondents heard multiple strong explosions followed by aircraft circling near the green zone, the high-security enclave…

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SoftBank-backed Fair puts the brakes on weekly car rentals for Uber drivers

When Fair laid off 40% of its staff in October, CEO Scott Painter promised it wasn’t shuttering leasing services to on-demand fleets. But just one week later, he stepped away from the role of CEO and was replaced by Adam Hieber, a CFA from Fair investor SoftBank. Today, according to two sources, Fair announced at an all-hands meeting that it would end its Fair Go program that helped Uber drivers lease cars on short-term (by the week) deals, as the company pushes for profitability. The program will cease in April.…

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Calling all cosmic startups pitch at TechCrunchs space event in LA

exclusively for early-stage space startups. Step 1: Apply to pitch by May 15th. TechCrunch’s editorial team will review all applications and select 10 companies. Founders will be notified by June 7th.   You will be pitching your startup to the most prestigious, influential and expert industry leaders, and you’ll get video coverage on TechCrunch, too! And the final perk? Each of the 10 startup teams selected for the Pitch Night will be given two free tickets to attend TC Sessions: Space 2020. Shoot your shot — . Even if you’re not…

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Woman missing in floodwater as Storm Dennis strikes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDozens of homes and businesses affected by flooding A woman is missing in floodwater in Worcestershire, amid a major incident caused by Storm Dennis. Severe warnings are in place across the county, as well as in Shropshire and Herefordshire, with officials warning of an “immediate risk to life”. Police said a man had been rescued near Eastham Bridge over the River Teme near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, at 11:30 GMT but a woman was still missing. The search for her has been called…

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Which Bong Joon-ho movie should you watch after seeing ‘Parasite’?

Afters at the 2020 Oscarswinning best picture, best director, best original screenplay and best international filma lot of people are about to discover the wonders of Bong Joon-hos filmography. So, where do you start? South Korean writer/director Bong Joon-ho has directed seven movies to date: Barking Dogs Never Bite, Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother, Snowpiercer, Okja, and this years smash-hit Parasite. Most of these films are in Korean, with the exception ofSnowpiercer andOkja, which are predominantly in English and star an international cast. In many ways, Parasite is a…

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You Can Get A Free Smoked Butterscotch Latte During Starbucks’ Jan. 23 Happy Hour

Zhang Peng/LightRocket/Getty Images Starbucks’ Jan. 23 Happy Hour Is A BOGO Deal On Your Favorite Drinks By Cianna Garrison Jan 23, 2020 Starbucks is back with another happy hour deal that’ll brighten your week and save you some cash. Schedule that coffee date, because Starbucks’ Jan. 23 Happy Hour is a BOGO deal on your favorite drinks. Don’t miss out on your chance to get a free sip while the deal is on. Redeeming a Starbucks Happy Hour deal is a breeze, even if you’ve never participated in the offer…

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What Other Girls Taught Me About Love And Sex

Rebel Raine Updated February 16, 2020 By bruce mars Ken would choose Barbie over Dawn because her boobies were bigger and that’s how that worked. It was an anatomy lesson without anatomy. It seemed to me that things were missing, but who was I to question? Amy was a worldly girl and knew better than me. “When this thing falls off, that’s what your period is.” Those of us still in training bras, slumped our shoulders and lowered our eyes. We listened with prurient interest, equal parts impressed and horrified.…

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In just 1 week, 3 states considered bills to ban discrimination based on hair texture or style

(CNN)In just one week, three states around the nation introduced or advanced bills that would ban hair discrimination. The Minnesota bill introduced similar legislation earlier in the week. The recent bills come after ‘Hair Love’s’ Oscar The flurry of activity around these bills come as director Matthew A. Cherry won an Oscar for the short film “Hair Love,” a story about a black father trying to do his daughter’s hair. In his acceptance speech, Cherry pushed for the CROWN Act to be passed around the nation. “‘Hair Love’ was done…

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Capella Space reveals new satellite design for real-time control of high-resolution Earth imaging

Satellite and Earth observation startup Capella Space has unveiled a new design for its satellite technology, which improves upon its existing testbed hardware platform to deliver high-resolution imaging capable of providing detail at less than 0.5 meters (1.6 feet). Its new satellite, code-named “Sequoia,” also will be able to provide real-time tasking, meaning Capella’s clients will be able to get imaging from these satellites of a desired area basically on demand. Capella’s satellites are “synthetic aperture radar” (SAR for short) imaging satellites, which means they’re able to provide 2D images…

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