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Hacked Ashley Madison users get $11.2M settlement

ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has approved an $11.2 million settlement between the website Ashley Madison and users who sued after hackers released personal information, including financial data and details of their sexual proclivities. U.S. District Judge John Ross in St. Louis gave preliminary approval on Friday to a class action settlement that was initially announced last week by Toronto-based Ruby Corp., the parent company of Ashley Madison, a website marketing itself as a place to have affairs. Lawsuits from around the country were consolidated in the Eastern District of…

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Bowie Knives and a Tick Head: Marketing Gets Elaborate at Comic-Con

Every hero has a code.Sign up for the #WestworldSDCC Experience Center at the Hilton Hotel San Diego (1 Park Blvd) tomorrow at 9:30 AM. pic.twitter.com/yKxvhYzRul Although HBO’s Westworld one was pretty amazing #SDCC pic.twitter.com/TBLJXpdYOs Source: New York Times

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How stuffing your face for glory became big business

As if the proliferation of summer cookouts, barbecues and extended family dinners weren’t enough, the months of July and August are peak season for another kind of eating: the competitive kind. This summer, a crowd will gather on Long Island, New York, to see who can eat eight pounds of Mexican food the fastest. The menu consists of three tacos, three empanadas, two-and-a half pounds of nachos, a giant burrito and, not to deprive those with a sweet tooth, three churros. Roughly a thousand miles away, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,…

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Donald Trump, AlphaBay, Linkin Park: Your Friday Briefing

Senate Republican leaders are determined to begin debating health care next week, although they’re unable to agree on which bill to adopt. The confusion has contributed to a cruel summer for the party, our congressional correspondent writes. Continue reading the main story • A hint of hope in Syria. Israel has been sending supplies and treating thousands of civilians, denting its reputation in Syria as “the devil who wants to kill us.” • O. J. Simpson wins parole. The former football star is to be released in October after spending…

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Spam and scam calls are going mobile

Cell phones used to be immune from the annoying scam and spam telemarketing robocalls that have bedeviled land line users for years. No longer. More than half of cell phone users report having received a scam call in the past month. And repeated scam and spam calls to mobile phones have quadrupled over the past two years, according to a new survey. Several factors can explain the increase, said Jonathan Sasse, chief marketing officer of First Orion Network Enterprise Solutions, which commissioned the study. More people are using their cell…

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‘Confederate’ Poses Test Over Race for ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators and HBO

“Racial history in this country is a very open, sensitive wound,” said Dodai Stewart, the editor in chief of Fusion, a social-justice culture and news site. “Nothing’s settled, nothing’s healed,” Ms. Stewart said. “I want to believe that this will be handled sensitively. But it’s an emotional subject, and for too many people it’s uncomfortably close to the reality they already experience.” Continue reading the main story No scripts have been written and not a single frame has been shot for “Confederate,” which will not make its debut any sooner…

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Uruguay’s Marijuana Law Turns Pharmacists Into Dealers

“This follows from increasing momentum by leaders in Latin America in calling for alternatives to the war on drugs,” said Hannah Hetzer, an analyst at the Drug Policy Alliance, which favors decriminalization. “What’s so important about this is it takes a debate about the need for alternatives and provides an actual proposal for an actual policy.” But the law has been contentious for many Uruguayans. The thorniest part of it — establishing a system for the state-controlled production and sale of marijuana — took years to work out. Sales at…

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North of Nordic: A Young Chef Invents ‘Neo-Fjordic’ Cuisine

One dessert at Lysverket is an ethereal cake made with almonds, chocolate and gjetost, the caramelized, spreadable goat cheese that resembles Latin American dulce de leche and is a national obsession. To procure the ingredients he needs, Mr. Haatuft spends much of his time on projects like nabbing loads of fresh herring before they are sent to the central market (Norwegian fishermen are not allowed to sell directly to chefs), tracking down divers and hounding the region’s farmers to grow more diverse crops. To ensure a steady supply of flavorful,…

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