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  • Live Coverage: Highlights From New York’s Gay Pride Parade

    NYT - New York/Region - 0 sec ago
    Photographs, vignettes and more live updates from the 46th annual march, a celebration of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual pride and the centerpiece of NYC Pride events around the city.
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    Remember When You Could Call the Time?

    Slashdot - 30 min 26 sec ago
    An article on The Atlantic this week takes a stroll down the memory lane. It talks about phone services that people could call for knowing the time. The service, according to the article, was quite popular in 1980s. But many of them don't exist now. For instance, Verizon discontinued the line -- as well as its telephone weather service -- in 2011. But what's fascinating is that some of these services still exist, and are getting more traction than many of us would've imagined. From the article:"We get 3 million calls per year!" said Demetrios Matsakis, the chief scientist for time services at the Naval Observatory. "And there's an interesting sociology to it. They don't call as much on the weekend, and the absolute minimum time they call is Christmas. On big holidays, people don't care about the time. But we get a big flood of calls when we switch to Daylight [saving] time and back." As it turns out, people have been telephoning the time for generations. In the beginning, a telephone-based time service must have seemed like a natural extension of telegraph-based timekeeping -- but it would have been radical in its own way, too, because it represented a key shift to an on-demand service. In the 19th century, big railroad companies had used the telegraph to transmit the time to major railway stations. By the early 20th century, people could simply pick up the telephone and ask a human operator for the time.

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    A Proud Family

    NYT - New York/Region - 37 min 35 sec ago
    Jazz Jennings, 15, a grand marshal in Sunday's pride festivities in New York City, said she was proud to lead her community.
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    Seven people hurt in rollercoaster crash at M&D's theme park

    BBC World News - 41 min 16 sec ago
    Seven people are injured after a rollercoaster crashes off the rails at a theme park in North Lanarkshire.
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    First voyage through expanded Panama canal

    BBC World News - 1 hour 24 min ago
    A Chinese container ship has become the first vessel to sail into the newly expanded Panama Canal.
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    Jessica Ennis-Hill: Olympic champion wins first heptathlon since World Championships

    BBC World News - 1 hour 27 min ago
    Jessica Ennis-Hill records the second best score in the world this year to win her first heptathlon since the 2015 World Championships.
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    IRS Gets Hacked Again, Forced To Scrap Their Entire PIN System

    Slashdot - 1 hour 27 min ago
    The IRS has abandoned a system of PIN numbers used when filing tax returns online after they detected "automated attacks taking place at an increasing frequency," adding that only "a small number" of taxpayers were affected. An anonymous reader quotes the highlights from Engadget: The IRS chose not to kill the tool back in February, since most commercial tax software products use it... If you'll recall, identity thieves used malware to steal taxpayers' info from other websites, which was then used to generate 100,000 PINs, back in February... This time, the IRS detected "automated attacks taking place at an increasing frequency" thanks to the additional defenses it added after that initial hack... the agency determined that it would be safer to give up on a verification method that's scheduled for the chopping block anyway.

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    A Syrian Refugee Leads Pride Parade

    NYT - New York/Region - 1 hour 29 min ago
    Subhi Nahas, a grand marshal in the gay-pride march in New York City, said it was important to give voice to people living and struggling in the Middle East.
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    Second EU referendum petition investigated for fraud

    BBC World News - 1 hour 52 min ago
    The House of Commons petitions committee says it is investigating allegations of fraud in connection with a petition calling for a second EU referendum.
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    After Death, Hundreds of Genes Spring Back to Life

    Slashdot - 2 hours 27 min ago
    Two surprising studies reveal new information about what genes do after death. Slashdot reader gurps_npc writes: You think your body stops after death, but up to two days later certain genes may turn on and start doing stuff for another two days before they give up the ghost. We are all zombies for up to four days after death. Gizmodo reports that in fact "hundreds" of genes apparently spring back to life. "[P]revious work on human cadavers demonstrated that some genes remain active after death, but we had no idea as to the extent of this strange phenomenon."

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    Italian mafia boss caught after 20 years on run

    BBC World News - 2 hours 31 min ago
    One of Italy's most wanted mafia bosses is caught after 20 years on the run, with the authorities finding him asleep in his bed.
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    Side Street: A Pioneering Break Dancer Returns to Battle

    NYT - New York/Region - 2 hours 44 min ago
    Rich Colon, also known as Crazy Legs, is preparing for his first competition in two years, an event in Russia that is being called the “Battle of the Gods.”
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    Nicola Sturgeon says MSPs at Holyrood could veto Brexit

    BBC World News - 2 hours 55 min ago
    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells the BBC that the Scottish Parliament could try to block the UK's exit from the EU.
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    Rio 2016: Katherine Grainger & Vicky Thornley get Olympic places

    BBC World News - 3 hours 10 sec ago
    Olympic champion Katherine Grainger feels like "the lights have come back on" after being named in the Great Britain rowing team for Rio.
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    Brexit: UK resists swift withdrawal pressure

    BBC World News - 3 hours 4 min ago
    Britain will resist pressure from the EU for a swift start to negotiations on its withdrawal from the bloc, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond indicates.
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    Tyson Fury: Heavyweight champion denies doping allegation

    BBC World News - 3 hours 23 min ago
    Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury denies doping, after the Sunday Mirror reports he is being investigated by UK Anti-Doping.
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    Axiom Plans A New Private-Sector Outpost in Space

    Slashdot - 3 hours 29 min ago
    A seed-funded company named Axiom wants to build a private-sector outpost in orbit by launching a new module for the International Space Station, according to an article on Space News. Once on the station, Axiom Space would use it for commercial purposes, ranging from research to tourism. [Former space station manager] Suffredini said that it would also be available for use by NASA when the company is not using it, helping the process of transitioning research done on the International Space Station to future private stations. Research hardware elsewhere in the station could eventually be moved to this module to allow its continued use after the station's retirement. Slashdot reader MarkWhittington shares an article from Blasting News: In the meantime, Nanoracks, a company that is already handling some of the logistics for the ISS, is proposing a commercial airlock for the ISS. The development of commercial space stations, as well as commercial spacecraft such as the SpaceX Dragon and the Boeing Starliner, constitutes NASA's long-term strategy of handing off low-Earth orbit to the private sector while it concentrates on deep space exploration.

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    Jerusalem Gay Pride stabbing: ultra-orthodox Yishai Schlissel jailed for life

    BBC World News - 3 hours 40 min ago
    A Israeli man is jailed for life for killing a teenager and wounding five others in a stabbing attack at last year's Gay Pride in Jerusalem.
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    US flood survivor 'clung to dead husband'

    BBC World News - 4 hours 49 min ago
    Survivors of the floods in West Virgina in the US have described scenes of death and devastation.
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    EU referendum: Fear of populism haunts European press

    BBC World News - 4 hours 53 min ago
    European call for reform of the EU after Britain's vote to leave.
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