Wildfires fanned by hot, dry gusts top 100,000 acres

PAYSON — Crews are making progress toward containing a pair of wildfires south of Spanish Fork despite high, shifting winds and steep terrain, fire managers said Wednesday. “We expect a really active day on both fires,” said Dan Dallas, operation section chief for the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team. The Bald Mountain and Pole Creek fires together had torched roughly 100,000 acres as of Wednesday morning, and the cost of fighting them has topped $6 million. Laura Seitz, Deseret News Wildland firefighters Dakota Edward surveys an area that was burned in the Bald Mountain Fire in Payson Canyon on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Crews were battling winds expected to exceed… Read More

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Amazon leak reveals upcoming Echo subwoofer and smart plug

Amazon appears to have leaked some upcoming products on its UK website. Pocket-lint spotted listings for two new Alexa items, a smart plug and a subwoofer, that appear to be going on sale soon. The subwoofer is by far the more interesting of the two. It’s called the Echo Sub, and it can work in conjunction with one or two other Echos to improve their sound quality. If you put two Echos in a room with the Echo Sub, the leaked listing says you’ll even be able to turn them into a 2.1 stereo system, with the standard Echos acting as left and right channels — something that isn’t currently… Read More

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‘Alexa, turn on the microwave!’ Plus, the latest from Nintendo as its Switch Online service launches

Nintendo’s cardboard Labo series works in conjunction with its Switch console. (Nintendo Photo) Amazon is reportedly working on several new Alexa devices to be announced in the coming weeks. They include a subwoofer, an in-car gadget and — the device getting the most buzz so far — a microwave. Is this a new era for the Alexa ecosystem? We debate on this episode of Geared Up. Plus, we take a look at the latest Nintendo Labo release, the third installment in the gaming giant’s DIY cardboard peripherals. We also talk about the new Switch Online service, which launched this week. And finally, after a week to mull it over, we… Read More

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‘The LPs did nothing…shame on the LPs:’ Insiders say the unravelling of Silicon Valley’s hottest VC firm, Social Capital, could have been avoided

Social Capital’s rupture has largely been blamed on the firm’s charismatic co-founder, early Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya. However, some insiders speculate that the firm’s troubles could have been avoided, had its limited partners intervened early on. They also said that it’s unlikely that Social Capital’s investors will re-invest if they’re given the opportunity in the future. It’s been several months since Social Capital, the high-profile Silicon Valley VC firm, began to unravel. And now, the finger pointing has begun. The venture firm’s abrupt and still unexplained strategic belly flop, at a time when it seemed poised to reach new heights, has become one of Silicon Valley’s biggest mysteries. Hints of… Read More

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College students say they can’t send in their absentee ballots because they don’t know where to buy stamps

Fairfax County, Virginia conducted a focus group this summer with college interns from across various county departments. County officials learned that college students were failing to send back their absentee ballots because they didn’t know how to get a stamp. “That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across,” Lisa Conners, of the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs, told WTOP on Tuesday. Democrats are counting on Generation Z, many of whom recently gained the right to vote, to help turn Congress blue in the midterm elections. But 49 cents may be all it takes to keep these post-Millennials from exercising their civic duty. On Tuesday, a… Read More

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11 surprising signs you might be pregnant

Morning sickness, a missed period, mood swings — these are all classic signs that you might be expecting a baby. But any woman who’s ever been pregnant can tell you that these aren’t the only symptoms, even in the earliest stages of pregnancy. And surprisingly enough, a lot of these signs aren’t exactly something you’d connect to being pregnant. If you’re feeling any of these signs, you could be pregnant, especially if you’re also experiencing nausea and a late period like many women do. Though these are not guaranteed signs of pregnancy, it might not be a bad idea to grab a test if you notice that several of these… Read More

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Up in the Air

Written by Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2) and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal) Today in 5 Lines President Trump visited North and South Carolina to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. The death toll from the storm stands at 37. Trump told reporters that it’s “hard for me to imagine” that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted a woman, but said Republicans will ultimately “have to make a decision” if Kavanaugh’s accuser testifies. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he was focused on “doing everything we can” to get Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, to testify. In a letter to the committee, Ford’s attorneys said an FBI… Read More

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Sweet! Sephora Launched An Ice Cream-Inspired Makeup Collab

There are a lot of ways to mourn the end of summer. Some people throw pool parties on rooftops with bottomless rosé. Others escape the dropping temperatures for someplace warm, where the sun shines until 8 p.m. But Sephora? Well, it’s making sure we never have to say goodbye to summer — at least, not for a little while longer. In honor of the end of the season — better yet, in honor of our denial — Sephora recently collaborated with the Museum of Ice Cream to bring us the most summery makeup collection ever. And, of course, all six products are themed after the museum’s namesake frozen dessert: ice… Read More

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California district latest to modernize ‘sexist’ dress code

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The relaxed new dress code at public schools in the small city of Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, is intentionally specific: Midriff-baring shirts are acceptable attire, so are tank tops with spaghetti straps and other once-banned items like micro-mini skirts and short shorts. As students settle into the new school term, gone are restrictions on ripped jeans and hoodies in class. If students want to come to school in pajamas, that’s OK, too. The new policy amounts to a sweeping reversal of the modern school dress code and makes Alameda the latest school district in the country to adopt a more permissive policy it says… Read More

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SLCC Westpointe Center aims to ‘close gap’ of Utah’s workforce needs

SALT LAKE CITY — As Gov. Gary Herbert’s education adviser, Tami Pyfer frequently fields telephone calls from business and industry representatives who are searching for skilled workers. “(They say) ‘We need more. We need a skilled workforce. We support public education but there’s a gap. How can you help us?’ I really wasn’t prepared for the enormity of the gap and this problem facing our business and industry partners,” Pyfer said. On Wednesday, some of those same industry partners joined in celebrating the opening of Salt Lake Community College’s Westpointe Workforce Training and Education Center in Salt Lake’s northwest quadrant. SLCC President Deneece Huftalin said the $43 million, 121,000-square-foot center… Read More

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