Amazing Shake puts Utah elementary school students’ social graces to the test

LAYTON — Remember that ugly sweater your grandmother gave you for your last birthday? Or the awkward introductions at the last social mixer you attended? Or that time you had to get up in front of a group and speak impromptu? Not too many people innately know to handle these scenarios. The principals of four Davis School District elementary schools are working to ensure their students are taught the social skills to handle themselves in any situation. Twenty-one students put their social graces to the test Wednesday in the Amazing Shake contest at Layton Elementary School on Wednesday. The students rotated through three mock scenarios — judged by adults —… Read More

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Troopers identify Utah woman killed in Sardine Canyon crash

MANTUA, Box Elder County — Troopers have identified a Cache County woman killed Tuesday in a head-on crash in Sardine Canyon. Witnesses reported a pickup truck crossed the median and was traveling north in a southbound lane on U.S. 91 in an area known as Dry Lake about 2:15 p.m., according to the Utah Highway Patrol. Another driver swerved to avoid crashing with the truck, the UHP said, then saw the pickup truck strike an SUV. Bonnie J. Reeder, 87, a passenger in the pickup truck, had her heart stop, according to the UHP, but troopers reported she regained a pulse as emergency responders performed CPR. Reeder, a Hyde Park… Read More

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Washington state deputy shot and killed by road rage suspect

SPOKANE, Wash. — A sheriff’s deputy was killed in central Washington state and a police officer was shot and wounded after they exchanged gunfire with a road rage driving suspect, authorities said Wednesday. The events unfolded Tuesday evening when the two officers tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle after authorities received a complaint about the motorist’s driving, said Ellensburg Police Chief Ken Wade. The suspect, who has not been identified, was chased by police until the driver stopped the car near the town of Kittitas. He got out and exchanged gunfire with the sheriff’s deputy and the police officer, Wade said. “It was reported as a road-rage type event, with… Read More

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Supreme Court troubled by jury selection bias in Mississippi

WASHINGTON — Deeply troubled by a Mississippi prosecutor’s pattern of excluding African-American jurors, the Supreme Court seemed in broad agreement Wednesday that a black death row inmate’s conviction and death sentence at his sixth murder trial could not stand. The justices made clear they would not ignore District Attorney Doug Evans’ history as they weighed his decision to excuse five black prospective jurors from inmate Curtis Flowers’ most recent trial. If Flowers wins, Evans would have to decide whether to try him a seventh time in the shooting deaths of four people in a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi, in 1996. A separate appeal challenging the evidence used to convict… Read More

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Dyson’s new ambient lamp promises to last up to 60 years and has a USB-C port built in

Alongside today’s announcement of a new V11 cordless vacuum, Dyson also announced updates to its lighting and air purifier products. The first is the Dyson Lightcycle, its desk and floor lamp that can automatically adjust its lighting temperature based on ambient light or time of day. The high-end lamp also includes a scheduled lighting mode that gadgets like the new Casper Glow offer: you can now set wake and sleep times to gradually adjust as you prepare to rise or wind down. Everything about the Lightcycle is as over-engineered as you’ve come to expect from Dyson products. It has a new control panel above the bulb (which Dyson claims can… Read More

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Suspect arrested in murder of reputed mob boss

NEW YORK — A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday in the shooting death of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, New York City police said. Anthony Comello was arrested in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali on Wednesday in front of his Staten Island home, said Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, who stressed that the investigation is in its early stages. “There are multiple, multiple angles that we are exploring,” Shea said at a news conference at police headquarters. “Was the person paid to do it? Were others conspiring to do this crime?” The 53-year-old Cali, a native New Yorker, was shot to death by a… Read More

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Here’s why analysts think Google may want to ‘put the brakes’ on Pixelbook innovation (GOOG, GOOGL)

Last week, Business Insider learned that Google had moved dozens of employees out of its laptop and tablet division, scaling back the size of its in-house hardware group. On Tuesday, Ben Bajarin, Principal analyst with Creative Strategies, told Business Insider that the employee cutbacks could mean Google’s innovation with Pixelbook — the company’s homegrown Chromebook product — is winding down. “It could be that they feel like the goal of the Pixelbook has done what it needed to do and now it can just be a product they maintain, versus push innovation on,” Bajarin said. Other analysts agree with Bajarin, as one told us that it “makes sense that they… Read More

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Trump’s former communications director Hope Hicks will cooperate with House Democrats’ investigation into the president

Hope Hicks will comply with a request for documents from House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, who is overseeing a probe into President Donald Trump and allegations of obstruction of justice. In a letter sent to Hicks in early March, Nadler asked for “any personal or work diary, journal or other book containing notes, a record or a description of daily events.” Hicks, the former White House communications director, had a close working relationship with Trump. Former White House communications director Hope Hicks will cooperate with a House Judiciary Committee probe into President Donald Trump and allegations of obstruction of justice, CNN reported on Wednesday. Hicks, who had a close working… Read More

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Three untapped opportunities wearables present to health insurers, providers, and employers

After a shaky start, wearables like smartwatches and fitness trackers have gained traction in healthcare, with US consumer use jumping from 9% in 2014 to 33% in 2018. More than 80% of consumers are willing to wear tech that measures health data — and penetration should continue to climb. The maturation of the wearable market will put more wearables in the hands of consumers and US businesses. The US healthcare industry as it exists today is not sustainable. An aging patient population and rising burden of chronic disease have caused healthcare costs to skyrocket and left providers struggling to keep up with demand for care. Meanwhile, digital technologies in nearly… Read More

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Kansas-Northeastern notes: Jimmer left an impression on Northeastern guard

SALT LAKE CITY — Northeastern guard Shawn Occeus has fond memories of watching the NCAA Tournament as a kid. At the top of his list is former BYU star Jimmer Fredette. Occeus said that Fredette’s college run was “special.” In 2011, Fredette scored 98 points over three games in leading the Cougars to the Sweet 16. The Northeastern junior also mentioned Kemba Walker, who guided Connecticut to the 2011 NCAA title. “I used to try and be like him,” Occeus said. QUITE A JOURNEY: Freshman guard Ochai Agbaji has come on strong for Kansas. He’s made 14 consecutive starts and played in 20 games since being pulled out of a… Read More

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