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How We Define Clickbait (Which We Do Our Best to Avoid)

I think it’s a misconception that a headline, whether print or digital, must summarize a story. That wasn’t true when I wrote my first print headline for pay, way back in 1981. It’s not true now. The job of a headline is to get people to read the article in a manner that is true to the story. While it often turns out that summarizing a story is the best way to accomplish that, the summary approach has never been a rule in the 20 years I’ve been at The…

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CliffsNotes From the Procrastination Research Conference

It is a conference built on the idea that precisely because procrastination is problematic for so many people, it is worthy of serious investigation. Throughout the morning, Dr. Ferrari’s wife, Sharon, stood by the registration table, prepared to morph from greeter to guard if anyone tried to violate one of the meeting’s core rules: “There’s no day-of registration,” she said. Here is what we learned about who procrastinates, where they procrastinate and how to halt the loop of perpetual delay. Photo The 60 or so attendees at this year’s conference…

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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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Is the U.S. ready for self-driving cars?

WASHINGTON — Car companies are racing to get self-driving cars on U.S. highways. But federal regulators are playing catch-up. Starting next year, a largely autonomous Audi hits the highways. This fall, students at the University of Michigan will be hopping a driverless bus across campus. A driverless bus being rolled out at the University of Michigan. CBS News Carmakers are promising mass-market, fully self-driving cars by 2021, and tech companies like Uber and Google could deploy them much sooner.  California is readying its roads, replacing raised lane markers with six-inch-thick solid…

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Europe Edition: Donald Trump, John McCain, Golf: Your Thursday Briefing

Separately, our correspondent reflects on what he witnessed in Mosul, Iraq, while he was embedded with Iraqi Special Operations Forces as they fought to retake the city from the Islamic State. One father said of his children: “They’ve only known war and destruction.” Continue reading the main story In Washington, the Supreme Court has temporarily allowed the Trump administration to enforce restrictions on the nation’s refugee program, but it let stand a court order from Hawaii exempting grandparents and other relatives from the White House’s travel ban. _____ Photo Credit…

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Colin Kaepernick Fires Back At Mike Vick, ‘Stockholm Syndrome’

Colin Kaepernick Fires Back At Mike Vick ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ Breaking News Colin Kaepernick believes Mike Vick has been “brainwashed” — and his advice to cut his afro is the result of Stockholm Syndrome. Here’s the deal … Kaep just posted an Instagram message that’s clearly directed at Vick, despite the fact he never mentions Mike’s name in the post.  Vick went on FS1’s “Speak for Yourself” on Monday and said he wants Kaep to cut his afro and go with a more clean-cut look to be more “presentable” to NFL…

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A Defender of the Constitution, With No Legal Right to Live Here

“I see activists who are well respected and seen as leaders in the community freaking out, and I’m like, ‘That’s not what we need right now,’” said Ms. Mateo, who was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. “Your job doesn’t allow you to be freaking out. What you need to do is reassure the community that we’re going to fight. At the end of the day we have no choice but to fight.” But others say that should not be her role. “You’re taking the oath to uphold the Constitution of the…

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On the Runway: From the L.P.G.A. to Congress, Dress Code as a Cause Célèbre

Not that we are in for a “casual Friday” Congress — just, maybe, you know, one that is less mired in a last-century definition of “appropriate dress” that treats the female arm like an erogenous zone, the way an ankle was at the turn of the 20th century. Continue reading the main story Exactly when the new rules would go into effect or what they would be was not specified. And Mr. Ryan admittedly has a lot on his plate, so the dress code is unlikely to be a top…

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Government Ethics Chief Urges Major Changes on His Way Out

A White House official dismissed the criticism, saying on Sunday that Mr. Shaub was simply promoting himself and had failed to do his job properly. Continue reading the main story “Mr. Schaub’s penchant for raising concerns on matters well outside his scope with the media before ever raising them with the White House — which happens to be his actual day job — is rather telling,” Lindsay E. Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said in a statement that misspelled Mr. Shaub’s name. “The truth is, Mr. Schaub is not interested…

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