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A rematch of the 2017 Super Bowl teams and more this NFL Sunday

(CNN)One of the biggest story lines in the NFL came to pass Saturday when free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, best known for his protests against police brutality, took to the field for an NFL-arranged workout. Whether Kaepernick lands on a team remains to be seen. But there’s plenty of action to keep an eye on this NFL Sunday, everything from a battle of AFC heavyweights to a rematch of the 2017 Super Bowl.

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China Roundup: Xis power on bitcoin, the rise of Alibabas new rival

Welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of the latest events that happened at major Chinese tech companies and what they mean to tech founders and executives around the world. Alibaba’s nemesis Alibaba’s new rival is shaking up China’s internet landscape. This week, four-year-old e-commerce upstart Pinduoduo displaced JD.com to be the fourth-most valuable internet company in the country. Its market capitalization of $47.6 billion on Friday put it just behind e-commerce leader Alibaba, social networking behemoth Tencent and food delivery titan Meituan in China. Baidu, the search equivalent…

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The growing importance of the night-time economy

Image copyright Amy Lame Image caption Amy Lamé is London’s “night czar” “Then there’s the 150,000 people who are working in professional services – that can involve anything from cleaning, to working for banks and financial services across the globe. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Crime is a significant issue for the night-time economy But not everybody agrees with the virtues of 24/7 business. Tony Keith Jones owns two newsagents in the centre of Coventry in the post-industrial Midlands. He says local authorities are wrongly ignoring the biggest night-time…

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25 times Trump was soft on Russia

(CNN)President Donald Trump has an Achilles’ heel when it comes to Russia. Trump mulled giving spy compounds to Russia The Washington Post reported in May 2017 that the Trump administration considered returning two diplomatic compounds to Russia. The Obama administration expelled Russian diplomats and seized the compounds in New York and Maryland after the 2016 election, claiming they were used for “intelligence” purposes. The compounds were never returned to Russia. Trump gave Russia classified intelligence In a shocking move during the early months of his presidency, Trump shared highly classified…

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Ukraine Cronies Planned InfomercialsStarring Rudy

As Rudy Giuliani upended U.S.-Ukraine relations with a campaign of shadow diplomacy that landed his client, President Donald Trump, on the verge of impeachment, he was also exploring a gig as a television pitchman for an anti-fraud company run by two of the men he enlisted to dig up dirt on Trumps political foes in Ukraine. The company was called Fraud Guarantee, and it was run by Lev Parnas and David Correia, who were both arrested last month and charged with criminal violations of campaign-finance lawcharges to which both have…

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The Biggest Lesson From Shrill: Choose Your Body, Choose Yourself

Alyssa Lynn Malmquist Updated April 12, 2019 By Shrill Aidy Bryant shines in Hulu’s original, Shrill. This masterpiece brings relevant matters into focus opening with an unfamiliar scene of an overweight woman having and, more importantly, enjoying sex. Aidy Bryant may not fit into the standard body type of sexuality typically showcased on film today, but she doesn’t give a shit. And she shouldn’t because people of all body types have sex. Every woman can be sexy, and body size has nothing to do with it. And get this, people…

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Little Girls “Tired Mom” Halloween Costume Is Total Perfection

ShareTweetPin I LOVE Beggar’s Night—it’s SO fun seeing what all my friends’ kids are dressed up as, whether in real life or on Facebook. I also love seeing the ultra-creative costumes that I would never think of myself: and there’s one that’s going viral on Facebook that cracked me up because it’s SO dead on! Meet Lainie, who decided to dress up as a “tired mom” for Halloween: Is that hilarious or WHAT?? From the spit-up on her shirt to the rugrat hugging her leg, to the messy bun and…

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Whales Seen Swimming In The Great Pacific Garbage Patch For The First Time

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a human-made monument of floating plastic trash and other assorted crap, has welcomed some new visitors.  Biologists have spotted whales frolicking in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the first time. Given the known dangers of plastic pollution to marine life, this is a deeply worrying observation.  Reporting in the journal Marine Biodiversity, researchers from the Ocean Cleanup Foundation studied the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and observed at least four sperm whales (including a mother and calf pair), three beaked whales, two baleen whales, and…

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Three more altar boys say they were abused by priests in Vatican

Italian TV show to reveal alleged abuse at Vaticans youth seminary in 1980s and 90s Three more former altar boys have claimed they were sexually abused by two priests in the Vatican, as the child abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic church zeroed in for a second time on its headquarters. The allegations of abuse in the Vaticans youth seminary, to be set out in an Italian TV show on Sunday, date back to the 1980s and 90s when the boys were aged between 10 and 14. The accusations…

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“My Daughter Changed Her Profile Picture. I Didnt Know She Was Dating a Black Boy, Did You?”: Mom Pens Powerful Response to Racist Comment

ShareTweetPin Heather Boyer was taken aback when she received a text regarding the color of her daughter’s boyfriend’s skin. Shortly after her daughter changed her profile picture, the mother saw a message roll in saying, “I didn’t know she was dating a black boy, did you?” Reflecting on all of the admirable qualities that this young man had that went so much further than skin deep, Heather was at a loss for words for the better part of the day. Though she never ended up responding personally to that unexpected text,…

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‘Your throat hurts. Your brain hurts’: the secret life of the audiobook star

As the business booms, narrators talk tricky accents, lonely shifts and tackling 100 pages a day The author Bill Bryson is sitting before a lectern in Audibles London headquarters, narrating his latest book, a disquisition on human biology called The Body: A Guide For Occupants. Seen through the window of the recording booth, Brysons face is largely obscured by the microphone in front of him, but his voice is clear and measured. On the other side of the glass, Brysons producer follows the text on an iPad, adding cryptic marks…

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Facebook Axed Pro-Vaccine Ads, Let Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracies Slip Through

Facebook promised to institute a stricter policy on anti-vaccination misinformation in ads back sitewide in March. That crackdown, however, appears to be penalizing some legitimate healthcare providers while letting some anti-vaccine conspiracies slide, even as the United States faces its largest outbreak of diseases preventable by vaccines in decades. This month, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the states official health department, bought 14 ads to promote a statewide program providing free pediatric vaccinations. Facebook placed more than 10 ads stoking unfounded fear about vaccines and other medical conspiracy…

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