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Google employees criticise ‘censored China search engine’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new search app would block search terms like human rights and religion Hundreds of Google employees have written to the company to protest against plans to launch a “censored search engine” in China. They said the project raised “urgent moral and ethical questions” and urged the firm to be more transparent. “Currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about our work,” they added. Google, which has never spoken publicly about the plans, declined to comment. Google ‘plans censored China search engine’ Google ‘to end Pentagon AI project’ The firm, which is owned by Alphabet, quit China eight years ago in protest at the country’s censorship...

US threatens more action against Turkey unless pastor freed

Image copyright Getty Images The US has threatened to impose more economic sanctions on Turkey if it does not free a detained American pastor. Andrew Brunson has been held in Turkey for nearly two years over alleged links to outlawed political groups. The dispute over his release has seen the two Nato allies impose tariffs on one another’s goods. This has worsened a crisis for Turkey’s currency, the lira, which has lost about a third of its value against the dollar since January. The crisis has prompted widespread selling in other emerging markets, sparking fears of a global crisis. What is the new threat from the US? The lira has staged a small recovery but that is threatened by a fresh tweet from US President Donald Trump. He said early on Friday that Turkey had “taken ...

Republicans defend Trump’s decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance

Senators’ reactions to President Donald Trump revoking former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance mostly broke down along party lines, with Democrats condemning and Republicans defending him. In a statement, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., cited a New York Times op-ed published Thursday, after Brennan’s security was revoked, in which Brennan wrote that Trump’s claims of no collusion were “hogwash,” saying the only remaining questions were whether the collusion amounted to a criminal conspiracy and whether the Trump team obstructed justice in order to cover up the collusion Brennan alleged. Burr said that if in fact Brennan had information that proved the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power, he should have provided that informatio...

Officer and suspect each in critical condition after exchanging gunshots in Phoenix

A Phoenix officer and a suspect accused of opening fire on that officer both were listed in critical condition Thursday night, police said. Police have not identified the officer or the suspect. The officer was attempting a traffic stop around 8 p.m. local time near the intersection of Cactus and Cave Creek roads when the suspect fired two shots, witnesses told police. “I don’t know how many times he was shot,” a police spokesperson said, referring to the officer. “Don’t know anything about the suspect.” The officer had been on the force for about a year, the spokesperson said. “It’s one of those things that we say a lot — we don’t know what’s going to happen when you put on the uniform that night,” the spokesperson added. &...

Bowles: Jets’ QB competition remains ‘cloudy’

1:55 AM ET LANDOVER, Md. — Rookie Sam Darnold made one bad throw Thursday night against the Washington Redskins — hardly enough to knock him out of the New York Jets‘ quarterback competition. Despite his first professional interception, Darnold — drafted third overall — received a positive review from coach Todd Bowles, who said his quarterback decision remains “cloudy” because all three quarterbacks are viable starters. “It’s always been cloudy, it’s never changed,” Bowles said after a 15-13 loss at FedEx Field. “It’s the same. It’ll be a tough choice. We’ve still got two more games to play and we’ll go from there.” As expected, Darnold got the start and played the first half before yield...

Rangers turn 3rd 5-4 triple play in expansion era

2:13 AM ET ESPN News Services ARLINGTON, Texas — Triple plays are rare enough. Jurickson Profar and the Texas Rangers turned one that was especially unusual Thursday night. In fact, it had been more than a century since there was another one like it in the majors. “It was an all-around heads-up play by Profar,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. “Very slow heartbeat in that moment.” Profar started the defensive gem at third base and later homered to help the Rangers rally from an early five-run deficit for an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. The fouth-inning play was the third 5-4 triple play in the expansion era (since 1961), according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The White Sox did it on Sept. 18, 2006, against the Tigers, and the Phillies...

US CEOs earned 312 times more than workers in 2017: Study

CEOs at the 350 largest U.S. companies received 312 times as much in compensation as typical employees in 2017, according to a study released Thursday. The average chief executive received $18.9 million last year, a 17.6 percent increase from 2016, as the wages of a typical worker rose just 0.3 percent, according to research by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank. The highest CEO-to-worker pay ratio ever recorded is 344-to-1, in 2000. In 1965, it was 20-to-1. In 1989, it was 58-to-1. Last year, it was 270-to-1. “CEO compensation has grown far faster than stock prices or corporate profits,” EPI said in an online summary of the findings. “CEO compensation rose by 979 percent [based on stock options granted] or 1,070 percent [based on stock options r...

Real or Not? Rockies games are must-see television

1:01 AM ET After the shenanigans from Jose Urena on Wednesday, it was a less eventful day on Thursday across the majors … Dr. Feelgood: Thankfully, Ronald Acuna Jr. was back in the lineup for the Braves after Urena plunked him in the elbow. He didn’t hit another home run, but Acuna did go 1-for-4 after leading off the game with a base hit. While Acuna was feeling better than the night before, he wasn’t feeling as good as the Rockies were after they rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to pull out a 5-3, come-from-behind victory. The rally started thanks to Dansby Swanson‘s error, and Brad Brach walked Gerardo Parra for a second free baserunner, thank you very much. Ryan McMahon‘s RBI single tied it up, and David Dahl‘s two-run single was the wi...

Serena: Learned sister’s killer out before match

11:36 PM ET ESPN News Services Just before the most lopsided defeat of her career, Serena Williams suffered a devastating off-court blow. Williams revealed to Time, in an interview for a feature published Thursday, that she learned about 10 minutes before her match against Johanna Konta at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic that the man who killed her sister Yetunde Price had been paroled. “I couldn’t shake it out of my mind,” Williams told Time. In an Instagram post Monday, Serena Williams described being “in a funk” because she felt like she was not a good mother. Williams lost 6-1, 6-0 to Konta in 52 minutes in that July 31 match. “I have so many things on my mind; I don’t have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn’t at my bes...

Ariana Grande Releases New Album ‘Sweetener’: Fans React

Arianators are living the sweet life right now, or rather, the Sweetener life. Ariana Grande dropped her hotly-anticipated new album Sweetener at midnight, and everyone’s talking about it (mostly in positive tones).  Within minutes of release, Sweetener was trending on social media as fans swarmed for a first listen and shared their thoughts. Some picked up on its sexy lyrics and Ariana’s new sense of maturity. Many declared it a bop. And out came all the memes, include a few Sam & Cat references and a dancing, gay Voldemort. Check out the best early reactions below. me when ari sings “she criiiiiiied” in raindrops #Sweetener pic.twitter.com/RBXQRWI3fc — sophie– (@sophiaxoxo1316) August 17, 2018 Listens to the chorus of #Sweetener My dumbass: this sounds familiar — pic.twit...

Aretha Franklin Tributes on Display at Detroit’s Most Famous Buildings

Aretha Franklin Motor City Becomes Soul City Tributes All Over Detroit 8/16/2018 3:03 PM PDT EXCLUSIVE The R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Aretha Franklin has spread across Detroit, with memorials on display on some of the most famous buildings in the place the Queen of Soul called home. The Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena have all put up tributes to Aretha with the message “Forever Our Queen” … while fans have added balloons and gifts to Aretha Franklin Way. The Fillmore Detroit and the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts have also posted messages of love for Franklin on their marquees. A memorial has popped up in front of New Bethel Baptist Church, which was founded by Aretha’s father. Aretha passed away Thursday in her Detroit home, and has received a...