US can label nuke waste as less dangerous to quicken cleanup
Jun05

US can label nuke waste as less dangerous to quicken cleanup

The U.S. government on Wednesday will reclassify some of the nation’s most dangerous radioactive waste to lower its threat level, outraging critics who say the move would make it cheaper and easier to walk away from cleaning up nuclear weapons production sites in Washington state, Idaho and South Carolina. The U.S. Department of Energy said labeling some high-level waste as low level will save $40 billion in cleanup costs across...

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Court fight could affect future of bison in Montana
Jun05

Court fight could affect future of bison in Montana

The Democratic governor of Montana who is running for president and the Republican secretary of state who wants his job are locked in a constitutional dispute over a uniquely Western issue that lies at the intersection of politics, wildlife, agriculture and property rights. The argument between Gov. Steve Bullock and Secretary of State Corey Stapleton could hamper plans to build a sanctuary where thousands of buffalo would roam. It...

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Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls?
Jun05

Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls?

New tools are coming to fight robocalls, but don’t expect unwanted calls to disappear. Political gridlock could derail bills aimed at beefing up enforcement and forcing phone companies to do more. The companies have been slow to act against such automated calls on their own. And even if companies do implement better technology, scammers and telemarketers will somehow get through in this never-ending arms race. “We get...

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YouTube updates hate speech guidelines to prohibit videos
Jun05

YouTube updates hate speech guidelines to prohibit videos

YouTube is updating its hate speech policies to prohibit videos with white supremacist and neo-Nazi content. The video streaming company says it has already made it more difficult to find such videos, but it’s now removing them outright. YouTube will also prohibit videos that deny certain proven events have taken place, such as the Holocaust. The changes come as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other online services face mounting...

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Online Rx startups offer convenience but also raise concerns
Jun05

Online Rx startups offer convenience but also raise concerns

How do you get men excited about decades-old pills for hair loss, erectile dysfunction and other potentially embarrassing health conditions? Online startups including Hims and Roman are banking on a mix of convenience, viral marketing and glossy packaging to turn generic prescription drugs and other pharmacy staples into a profitable new business model. But some in the medical establishment are raising concerns about their marketing...

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