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December 14, 2017

Is Facebook really ‘ripping apart’ society?

Former Facebook executive speaks about social media’s effect on society On Monday, The Verge published comments from a talk that former Facebook vice president for user growth Chamath Palihapitiya gave at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in November. Palihapitiya, who worked at Facebook from 2007 to 2011, said he believes social media and other […]

December 14, 2017

Jones, Trump and lawmakers comment on Alabama special election

Doug Jones won the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama on Tuesday night against Republican candidate Roy Moore. Jones, 63, is the first Democratic senator to be elected in Alabama in 25 years. His win narrows the Republicans’ majority in the Senate to 51-49. Alabama’s secretary of state is scheduled to certify the election results on […]

December 14, 2017

UK Parliament to have final vote on EU withdrawal bill

On Wednesday, the U.K. House of Commons voted 309 to 305 in favor of an amendment that will grant Parliament the legal right to a final vote on the country’s European Union Withdrawal Bill. Twelve members of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party voted in favor of the bill. The amendment will require Parliament’s approval […]

December 14, 2017

US Federal Reserve increases interest rates for third time in 2017

The U.S. Federal Reserve announced an increase of 25 basis points in the federal funds rate on Wednesday, and adjusted economic growth projections for 2018. The rate increase — which raises the rate to a target range of 1.25 to 1.5 percent — is the third this year. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the Federal Open Market Committee […]

December 14, 2017

Top 5 things the news missed this week

We look to the news to learn about the world — and the world is rarely black and white. But often the media gives us limited viewpoints on a particular story, either by downplaying or eliminating certain perspectives or leaving out key data that could have given us a more complete picture. Our top 5 […]

December 13, 2017

Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in Alabama Senate election

Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday with about 99 percent of the votes counted, according to CNN projections. Jones received 49.9 percent of the vote and Republican candidate Roy Moore received 48.4 percent, CNN reported. Jones’ win reduces the Republican Senate majority from 52 seats to 51, out […]

December 13, 2017

French President Macron awards climate research grants

On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced 18 winners of grants to conduct climate change research in France. Thirteen of the grant recipients were U.S. scientists. Grant winners will relocate to France and receive up to $1.8 million in funding over three to five years. One of the winners was Camille Parmesan from the University […]