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Canada Letter: Summer Advice From Librarians, American Friends

Megan Stecyk, Saskatoon Public Library, Saskatchewan: “100 Days of Cree,” by Neal McLeod “McLeod describes Cree as ‘the sexiest’ of all languages, and his book explores the humor, modernity and adaptability of today’s Cree. It’s easy to drop in to any page and learn the Cree word for the Death Star from Star Wars or a Tim Horton’s double-double, as well as traditional and seasonal phrases.” “The Devourers,” by Indra Das “This is Das’s first full fiction piece outside of his work in science fiction anthologies. It’s a raw, intense…

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Russian Lawyer Who Met Donald Trump Jr. Once Represented Spy Agency

The documents concern a complex property dispute that dates back to at least 2004, when the Russian state fought against the private owners of an office building in northwest Moscow. The building was privatized in 1991, when much of the state’s vast property holdings were transferred to private hands in the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse. But after Mr. Putin ascended to power at the end of 1999, the Russian government began to question some outcomes of the often-chaotic privatization. In 2006 a court in Moscow ruled that the…

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Lyft vows to go “open source” in building self-driving cars

DETROIT – Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service says it will open its network, inviting automakers and tech companies to use it to haul passengers and gather data. It may even share computer software and sensor technology. Raj Kapoor, the company’s chief strategy officer, says Lyft is pursuing the open strategy as a way to lead and bring the environmental…

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Company recalls coffee with Viagra-like substance

Bestherbs Coffee issued a voluntary recall of its New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee. istockphoto GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts because it was making some men a bit too excited.    Bestherbs Coffee LLC issued the voluntary recall for its New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found it contains desmethyl carbodenafil, which is similar to sildenafil in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.    Bestherbs, which is based in the Dallas suburb of…

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Lyft to Develop Self-Driving Car Technology in New Silicon Valley Facility

Lyft is taking a markedly different approach from Uber. While Uber’s self-driving plans have mostly been a solo effort, Lyft has announced what it calls its Open Platform Initiative, a way to develop autonomous vehicle technology in conjunction with automakers and technology companies. “We want to bring the whole industry together with this, and we think there’s a unique opportunity in time right now for Lyft to become a leader while doing it,” said Raj Kapoor, Lyft’s chief strategy officer, in a press event at the company’s San Francisco headquarters….

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Dems’ new slogan mercilessly mocked, compared to Papa John’s ad

Democrats, after lengthy deliberations, reportedly have settled on a new slogan – and it’s not exactly getting rave reviews. The winner, according to Vox, is: “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” The slogan drew immediate taunts given its obvious similarity to the Papa John’s tagline, “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John’s.” But considering the party has been scrambling to regroup with an effective message and strategy since its November thumping – all toward the goal of retaking at least one chamber of Congress next year – Obama-era…

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Fetuses may be able to distinguish between languages

Fetuses might be able to differentiate between languages, a new study from the University of Kansas suggests. Researchers say the differences were clear from changes detected in the fetuses’ heart rhythms. In the study, a single bilingual speaker made two recordings — one in English and one in Japanese — that were then played to the fetuses of two dozen pregnant women. English and Japanese are thought to be rhythmically distinct, providing a helpful case study in language contrast. The fetuses were on average about one month away from full…

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Foster Care as Punishment: The New Reality of ‘Jane Crow’

Research backs up what Ms. Joefield noticed. Removal is traumatic for children, even if home life is stressful. Continue reading the main story Joseph Doyle, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, used statistical methods to analyze the effect of foster care placement in so-called marginal cases — those in which a strict investigator might put a child in foster care, but a more lenient investigator might not. Over time, the children sent to foster care had higher delinquency rates, higher teen birthrates, lower…

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2 tourists killed as powerful quake hits popular resorts

A local resident looks at quake-damaged buildings on the Greek Island of Kos on July 21, 2017 following a 6.5 magnitude earthquake which struck the region. Getty A strong earthquake hit off the Greek and Turkish coasts overnight, killing two people. More than 120 were hurt when the magnitude 6.6 quake struck. Buildings were damaged, including some that were centuries old. The epicenter was in the Aegean Sea, between two popular tourist destinations; Bodrum, Turkey and the Greek island of Kos. CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti reports that the quake…

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New York Today: New York Today: Mysterious Mailboxes

Photo What are these? Credit Justin Gilliland/The New York Times Good morning on this sunny Friday. Have you ever walked, letter in hand, to what you thought was a post office mailbox, only to find it sealed shut? (We have.) Did you notice the mailbox was green not blue? There are about 10,000 dark green boxes across the five boroughs that are marked U.S. MAIL, but they’re not for mailing letters. We reached out to the United States Postal Service to learn why these green boxes exist and why they’re…

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