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Smartwatches For Kids Banned In Germany: Regulators Want Parents To Destroy The Devices

“Smartwatches for kids have been banned by regulators in Germany, with parents even urged to destroy the wearable devices” writes Tech Times for techtimes.com. The Federal Network Agency, the telecommunications regulator of Germany, banned the sale of smartwatches for children, and urged parents who have already bought the devices to destroy them.Turning the smartwatches into spying devices that function similarly to baby monitors can be done by hackers and parents alike.The ban on smartwatches for kids follows the warning issued last month by the European Consumer Organization that the devices may be…

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The Energy 202: An EPA nominee may be the first Trump appointee to be defeated by Congress

“A Senate committee narrowly voted to send his nomination to the full Senate, which has yet to vote on his confirmation” writes Energy Environmental Reporter for washingtonpost.com. Each of those nominees removed themselves from consideration before a Senate committee had the chance to vote.Dino Grandoni’s newsletter is the smartest and best way to understand energy and environmental policy in Trump’s Washington.Tillis,” Collins told reporters Thursday. “I think it’s safe to say that I am leaning against him.” Even among Trump picks to energy and environmental policy posts, Dourson has attracted significant scrutiny. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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California rampage puts spotlight on homemade ‘ghost guns’

“By 2019, people who own or create homemade firearms in California will have to apply for a serial number from the state and permanently affix it to the weapon” reports thebusinessjournal.com. Ghost guns are increasingly turning up at crime scenes and being purchased from gang members and other criminals by undercover federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents.Federal officials are sounding the alarm about an increasing black market for homemade military-style semi-automatic rifles and handguns. Source: thebusinessjournal.com Share This:

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‘Fake news’ used to increase realism of power grid wargames

“We understand the impact in the real world of what news and social media is doing, so we’re playing that out in the exercise,” he said” writes John Siciliano for washingtonexaminer.com. Krebs said Homeland Security wants to use the exercise to test federal planning used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond to a cybersecurity attack.The GridEx IV cyberattack exercise is in its second day Thursday, with senior officials from the federal government and utility industry joining the exercises. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Senators look to boost gun background check reporting in wake of Texas church shooting

“The legislation does not increase or alter background check requirements” writes Susan Ferrechio for washingtonexaminer.com. Instead, it provides incentives and penalties aimed at ensuring federal and state agencies comply with current laws requiring them to report criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).If it passes, the legislation would be the first bill in many years to address the control of gun purchases.The legislation would require the public reporting of federal agencies and states that don’t send relevant records to the background check system, and it…

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GOP, Democratic senators back bill to bolster FBI gun checks

“The bill would penalize federal agencies that fail to properly report required records and rewards states that comply by providing them with federal grant preferences” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The bill would penalize agencies that fail to forward required information by prohibiting political appointees from receiving any bonus pay.The legislation also seeks to improve accountability by publicly reporting which agencies and states fail to provide the required records.The Army has also said it failed to alert the FBI to soldiers’ criminal history in a “significant amount” of cases. Source:…

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Public housing plays a huge role in racial segregation and inequality — but not in the way most people think

“Racial segregation was built into public housing policy” writes Pedro Nicolaci Da for businessinsider.com. The term “public housing” is generally associated with poor, disaffected US minorities — but it turns out its origins were very much white and middle-class.President Harry Truman proposed a massive expansion of the public housing program in 1949 in order to house returning veterans, Rothstein said.That helped white families that benefited from those mortgages to build housing wealth.Here’s what the data look like, according to the Urban Institute: Rothstein argued that the roots of inequality in housing…

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World Anti-Doping Agency keeping headquarters in Montreal

“Officials in the federal Transport Department made the announcement Wednesday night” reports foxsports.com. It came after a proposal put forth to the International Olympic Committee agency in Seoul by Transport Minister Marc Garneau, Quebec International Relations Minister Christine St-Pierre and Yves Bolduc, head of Montreal International. The province of Quebec and the federal government are promising to contribute a joint amount of $3 million a year to the organization over 10 years. Source: foxsports.com Share This:

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