Google Search will stop telling you when Snoopy assassinated Abe Lincoln

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The team behind Google Search is tweaking its featured snippets — the text boxes that sometimes spread false information while trying to offer help. The company announced an update that’s supposed to make answers more accurate and avoid the problem of false premises, or questions where no definitive-sounding answer would make sense. It’s paired with an expansion in Google’s “about this result” option and warnings for low-quality data voids, as well as a new partnership on information literacy lesson plans for middle and high-school students. Snippets appear under many searches, but because they appear to directly answer questions by quoting pages, they can… Read More

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Trump has become deeply suspicious of being surveilled and that those close to him could be wearing wires: report

A file photo of Donald Trump. Win McNamee/Getty Images According to a new Rolling Stone report, Trump has become paranoid about being wiretapped. Sources close to Trump told Rolling Stone he has asked if the phones are being tapped “by Biden.” Trump also got suspicious of Republicans visiting him at his clubs, and if they were wearing wires. Even before the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, former President Donald Trump was getting paranoid about the possibility that he might be monitored by the authorities or that the people close to him are wearing wires, per a new Rolling Stone report.  Rolling Stone spoke to four sources… Read More

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Did Democrat money sabotage the Republican primaries?

Illustration by Alex Cochran, Deseret News John Gibbs’ campaign was struggling.  Fresh off a stint in the Trump administration, Gibbs announced his bid late last year to oust incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich. Meijer was a vulnerable Republican primary target as one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump. Things looked good. Gibbs had Trump’s endorsement, and even appeared with him on stage. Gibbs was set to benefit from the MAGA political machine constructed by his former boss.  But the campaign donations never came rolling in. After six months of campaigning, Meijer had outraised Gibbs by a wide margin. Gibbs reported $443,000 in total money raised… Read More

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BYU football: Offense soaring in 2022 fall camp under OC Aaron Roderick

BYU offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick looks on during practice Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo As his first group interview of BYU’s 2022 preseason training camp was winding down on Monday, offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick was asked if his offense has a catchy nickname yet. It was called RVO — Reliable Violent Offense — when Jeff Grimes was BYU’s OC from 2018 to 2020 and Roderick was quarterbacks coach, but Grimes apparently took that nickname to Baylor and Roderick hasn’t gotten around to coming up with something different yet. “If you think of one, let me know,” he told reporters after the Cougars’ fourth practice. “I would love… Read More

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Biden quietly met with a group of historians who warned him about threats to democracy and compared the current moment to the pre-Civil War era, report says

President Joe Biden speaks to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House on May 9, 2022. Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Joe Biden met with historians at the White House last week, The Washington Post reported. People familiar with the conversation said they warned Biden about the rise of totalitarianism around the world. They also made comparisons to before the Civil War and pro-fascism sentiments around World War II. President Joe Biden privately met with a group of historians at the White House last week who warned him about ongoing threats to democracy, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Sources familiar with the August 4 meeting, which lasted nearly two… Read More

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Former KTVU anchor Leslie Griffith dies, according to report

Former Bay Area news anchor Leslie Griffith has died, according to a report by KTVU Channel 2 News. Griffith, who anchored the news on KTVU for two decades, died Wednesday in Lake Chapala, Mexico, according to the report. A family member told KTVU that Griffith had been suffering from Lyme Disease ever since being bitten by a tick while living in Oregon in 2015. She’d had a home in Mexico since 2016. Griffith joined KTVU in 1986 as a weekend reporter and anchor, and ended up becoming one of the Bay Area’s most recognized television reporters. She began co-anchoring the “Ten O’Clock News” in 1998. Griffith resigned in 2006. Griffith, who… Read More

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FBI subpoenaed several GOP Pennsylvania lawmakers for information on Rep. Scott Perry, who is a key figure in the DOJ’s probe into efforts to overturn the 2020 election: report

Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania has been a key figure of interest in the Justice Department’s investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Carolyn Kaster/AP Several Republican Pennslyvania lawmakers were subpoenaed by the FBI on Wednesday, per PennLive. It’s unclear who was subpoenaed, but the FBI was seeking information regarding Rep. Scott Perry. Perry’s phone was seized Tuesday, as the DOJ’s probe into efforts to overturn the 2020 election escalates. The FBI subpoenaed or paid visits to several Republican Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to PennLive, which cited at least six anonymous sources. It’s unclear which lawmakers were approached and how many, but sources told the news… Read More

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3 of the Pac-12’s top 6 players have Utah ties, according to one expert

Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell (1) during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. Rick Scuteri, Associated Press Jon Wilner of the Mercury News in California is known as the preeminent expert on the Pac-12 Conference, and on Wednesday, a list of his top 10 football players in the conference was published. Those who follow high school football in the state of Utah and/or the Utah Utes should be rather pleased with the rankings. In all, three of the top six players on the list, including the one at the very top, have Utah ties. That player at the… Read More

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San Mateo County crash injures three, DUI suspected

EL GRANADA — A two-car crash Wednesday closed a section of Highway 1 at the Half Moon Bay Airport and sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries. The crash was reported at 4:15 p.m. in El Granada — a village in northern San Mateo County. Witnesses said a man driving an SUV north on Highway 1 swerved off the road, overcorrected and then veered into oncoming traffic, said California Highway Patrol Officer David LaRock. The SUV collided with a sedan. The driver of the SUV, his male passenger, and the female driver of the sedan all were taken to Stanford Hospital with major injuries. At least one person… Read More

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