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Amazon workers reportedly listening to “Alexa” conversations

By Chara People with a smart home or a smart home device might want to be careful about what they say. The reason: other people might be listening. According to multiple news reports, Amazon Inc. employs people worldwide to listen to conversations to help improve “Alexa,” the virtual assistant Amazon began offering about five years ago. According to Time magazine, …

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New York becomes third state to ban plastic bags

On March 31, New York became the third state, after California and Hawaii, to prohibit commercial establishments from offering plastic bags to their customers as a measure of environmental protection. The measure is in the state budget that was approved that same day by the Senate and the Assembly and will start on March 1, 2020. The new legislation, which …

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“El Chapo” seeks new trial

By Chara Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera might have another day in court. On March 26, Guzman Loera’s defense attorneys sent a letter to a federal judge requesting a new trial for Guzman Loera, who was convicted in February in a U.S. federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on 10 charges, including running a criminal enterprise, drug trafficking …

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Put Corn on the Menu, Not in the Tank

Donald Trump didn’t forget he promised Iowa’s corn growers he’d be there for them if they helped send him to Washington. He’s told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to start the process of permitting the sale of E15 – a gasoline blend that’s 15 percent ethanol — year-round. Increasing demand for corn-based ethanol is the exact opposite of what should …

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Weed-killer chemical found in wine and beer

By Chara The U.S. Public Interest Research Group recently released the results of a study that analyzed 20 alcoholic beverages and found the presence of the pesticide glyphosate, an ingredient used in weed-killing products. Researchers stated there was no evidence of the accumulative effects of glyphosate having harmful effects on the body. However, they suggested the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

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Trump directs border agents to target Spanish speakers, Latin Americans

By Angie Baldelomar The Trump administration has instructed border agents to explicitly target Spanish speakers and Latin American immigrants when carrying out a program requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico, according to an Associated Press (AP) investigation. The program was launched in late January to handle the cases of immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Initially, it was …

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YouTube, news media confirm “Momo” challenge hoax

By Chara The rumor of a new self-harm challenge spreading online is unfounded, according to the Washington Post. According to the Post, the rumor started on Feb. 17, when a parent sent a warning about the “Momo” challenge to a Facebook group in England. The challenge reportedly involved the presence of a creepy character giving instructions to children on how …

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What are we teaching our kids?

Commentary by Chara Recently, Benton Stevens, a boy from Texas, set up a hot chocolate stand to raise money for President Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall. After reading about what this 7-year-old had done, I realized the boy had thought of this idea after watching Trump’s State of the Union Address – and that his parents had supported his idea to …

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Mental illness-gun violence discussion continues a year after Parkland

By Tere Siqueira One year and a few days after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Americans continue to debate over the causes of school shootings. Some gun advocates and President Trump have linked mass shootings to mental health, rather than accessibility to guns. Research shows that one out of five children and adolescents are living …

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Wonderful World: Discover Miami

By Tom Sawyer Welcome tourists! In this edition, we will talk about Miami, Florida, a city in our country and where the largest number of cruise ships arrive across the world. It also has the largest concentration of international banks in the U.S. City founded in 1896, it has almost half a million residents, while its metropolitan area hosts almost …

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