10 strategies proposed to stop shootings in America, and how likely they are to work

The US makes up less than 5% of the world’s population but has 31% of the world’s mass shooters. Lawmakers and interest groups are often at odds on policies to curb mass shootings, suggesting strategies varying from increased mental health evaluations to arming teachers. The US makes up less than 5% of the world’s population but has 31% of the world’s mass shooters. Though mass shootings comprise a small amount of the country’s overall gun violence, they have become a target for politicians and interest groups who seek to prevent the multiple deaths of people often targeted at random. Here are 10 of the most talked-about strategies that have been… Read More

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The government shutdown is driving users to illegal router settings

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission closed the majority of its operations, a result of the ongoing government shutdown. The FCC enforces the rules for all the wireless broadcasts in the United States, and many of most of its important enforcement mechanisms are now closed for the duration of the shutdown, which President Trump recently warned could last months or even years. This means that — hypothetically! — if you wanted to illegally broadcast in violation of someone else’s spectrum rights, this would be the perfect time to do it. There are a bunch of channels on a standard router, corresponding to overlapping portions of the 2.4GHz band. Generally, it’s… Read More

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White House halting pay raises for top administration officials amid government shutdown

Top Trump administration officials were slated to receive pay raises on Saturday, but the White House directed agencies to hold off. The pay raises would have come amid a government shutdown in which more than 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay. The White House is halting pay raises for top administration officials, including top cabinet members and the vice president, while the government shutdown continues. Acting Office of Personnel Management Director Margaret Weichert sent a memo to federal agencies on Friday stating that “it would be prudent for agencies to continue to pay these senior political officials at the frozen rate until appropriations legislation is enacted.” Read… Read More

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Mystery Brand responds to scam, gambling accusations after YouTube controversy

Mystery Brand, the controversial loot box-style website promoted by YouTube creators like Jake Paul and Brian “RiceGum” Le, has confirmed it doesn’t own some of the prizes offered to users, and collects others through a public online marketplace. The quality of prizes offered to users through Mystery Brand varies from cheap fidget spinners to California mansions and luxury cars. Mystery Brand teamed up with Paul and Le for sponsored videos, reportedly paying at least $100,000 for both creators through sponsorship deals. The videos showed Le and Paul winning an assortment of prizes, including a pair of Off-White Nike Air Max 97 shoes (valued at $835) and an iPhone XS (valued… Read More

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Here are all the ways the partial government shutdown is impacting the lives of average Americans

A partial shutdown of the federal government on December 21 complicated things for several select government agencies and services. Though all essential government services remain open, Americans may feel the shutdown’s effects while trying to use the services of various agencies, including national parks and museums. See the ways the shutdown is affecting average Americans. After lawmakers came to a gridlock over a spending deal, the federal government entered a partial shutdown on December 21. The shutdown does not affect the entire federal government but does impact a slew of agencies, including the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, the Interior, State, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. See… Read More

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