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Powerball Winner Charged With Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting a Child

A New Jersey man who won nearly a $340 million jackpot in the Powerball lottery four years ago has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor over the course of three years, prosecutors said.

Pedro Quezada, a 49-year-old based in Wayne Township, is facing two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said Wednesday, according to NJ.com.

The child, a female, was assaulted between the ages of 11 and 14, Valdes said, as reported by NJ.com. Quezada faces up to 40 years in prison and would be required to register as a sex offender if convicted.

In 2013, Quezada won $338 million in one of the largest Powerball payouts in the state’s history.

The Dominican Republic native who moved to the U.S. at age 19 to work, according the...


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Robert Mueller's Investigators Are Seeking Documents from the White House

(WASHINGTON) — Special counsel Robert Mueller‘s team of investigators is seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn’s stint as national security adviser and about the response to a meeting with a Russian lawyer that was attended by President Donald Trump’s oldest son, The Associated Press has learned.

Mueller’s office has requested a large batch of documents from the White House and is expected to interview at least a half-dozen current and former aides in the coming weeks. Lawyers for the White House are in the process of trying to cooperate with the document requests.

Though the full scope of the investigation is not clear, the information requests make evident at least some of the areas that Mueller and his team of prosecutors intend to look into and also reveal a strong interest in certain of Trump’s actions as president.

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Nicaragua joins Paris Agreement, leaving just U.S. and Syria behind

Nicaragua was one of the final holdouts on signing the Paris Agreement on climate change, but after seeing other countries deal with devastating natural disasters, the country is joining the deal. 

That leaves the United States and Syria as the only countries not participating. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. vowed to pull out earlier this year after Obama signed the climate agreement in 2015. Syria rejected it outright. 

SEE ALSO: City halls around the world light up in green after Trump pulls U.S. from Paris Climate Agreement

Nicaragua hadn't signed before because its leaders thought the deal didn't go far enough to fight climate change. On Monday, the Latin American country announced it was signing to support other nations vulnerable to the effects of climate change, like sea level rise and coastal flooding.

Many noticed that Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega said in an...


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North Korea Compares Donald Trump's Threat to a 'Dog Barking'

North Korea‘s foreign minister has described as “the sound of a dog barking” President Donald Trump’s threat to destroy his country.

The comments are the North’s first response to Trump’s debut speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, during which he vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” if provoked. Trump also called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Rocket man.”

The North’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York late Wednesday that “It would be a dog’s dream if he intended to scare us with the sound of a dog barking.”

South Korean TV footage also showed Ri saying he feels “sorry for his aides” when he was asked about Trump’s “Rocket man” comments. Ri was to give a speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, according to Yonhap news agency.

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Big Western brands polluting oceans with cheap plastic in Philippines: report

Manila (AFP) - Western consumer giants are polluting oceans by selling products packaged in cheap, disposable plastic to Filipinos, Greenpeace has claimed -- naming Nestle, Unilever and Procter & Gamble among the worst offenders.

The environmental group ranked the Philippines as the "third-worst polluter into the world's oceans" after China and Indonesia in a report released Friday in Manila.

Single-use plastics from products sold by conglomerates, such as bags, bottle labels, and straws, stood out during a week-long Greenpeace clean-up campaign held on Manila Bay this month, it said.

More than 54,200 pieces of plastic waste were recovered from the bay in total, including some 9,000 from Nestle products -- the most frequently-seen brand, according to a tally kept by the group.

"These corporations are the missing piece in the global fight against plastic pollution," Greenpeace...


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Highest-Energy Cosmic Radiation Comes From A Mysterious Source Beyond Our Galaxy - Gizmodo Australia

Not to scare you, but you're getting hit with radiation constantly. First, there's just regular old light (yep, that's a kind of radiation). Then there are low levels of higher energy radiation such as the kind in nuclear reactors, including particles coming out of the soil and off of bananas. But the highest-energy radiation is the weirdest stuff. It's literally out of this galaxy.

Image: Steven Saffi

Researchers at the Pierre Auger Observatory observed the highest energy cosmic rays, microscopic particles so energetic that you can measure them with macroscopic energy units, far more powerful than the energies created by particles in the highest-energy physics experiments. The origin of these crazy-energetic particles have long been a mystery. But scientists are getting closer to an answer. It seems these rare rays come from a preferred direction in the sky, or as physicists say,...


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iPhone 8: small queues and muted reaction lead to questions over demand - The Guardian

A single customer inspecting the new iPhone 8 in Tokyo. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

As the iPhone 8 goes on sale, questions remain over the demand for Apple’s latest offering following smaller crowds outside stores and a muted customer reaction.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, two of the three new iPhones in Apple’s 2017 lineup, went on sale around the world today, starting in Australia where hundreds of people have usually gathered outside Apple’s Sydney city store for previous launches. But instead of queues winding down the street there were fewer than 30 people lining up before the store opened on Friday.

A similar level of interest was seen across Asia and in Europe. Queues outside Apple’s Regent Street store in London were modest compared to previous standards, with only a handful of diehard fans gathered, while only two teenagers gathered outside Buchanan Street Apple...


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Facebook's Frankenstein Moment - New York Times

Facebook is fighting through a tangled morass of privacy, free-speech and moderation issues with governments all over the world. Congress is investigating reports that Russian operatives used targeted Facebook ads to influence the 2016 presidential election. In Myanmar, activists are accusing Facebook of censoring Rohingya Muslims, who are under attack from the country’s military. In Africa, the social network faces accusations that it helped human traffickers extort victims’ families by leaving up abusive videos.

Few of these issues stem from willful malice on the company’s part. It’s not as if a Facebook engineer in Menlo Park personally greenlighted Russian propaganda, for example. On Thursday, the company said it would release political advertisements bought by Russians for the 2016 election, as well as some information related to the ads, to congressional investigators.

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Uber To Be Kicked Out Of London Over 'Lack Of Responsibility' - Android Headlines

Uber was refused an operating license removal in London over “a lack of corporate responsibility,” Transport for London (TFL) said on Friday. The government body ruled to stop the ride-hailing service provider from operating in the UK capital after its existing license expires on September 30, although it will be allowed to continue doing business in the city while it’s appealing the decision. The San Francisco, California-based firm was deemed “not fit and proper” to be a private hire operator license holder over several issues which the TFL believes disqualify it from being allowed to operate in the London metropolitan area. The firm’s procedures of acquiring medical certificates and reporting criminal offenses, as well as its practices related to the usage of controversial officer-avoiding software Greyball were all described by the TFL as signs of corporate irresponsibility...


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Huawei Maimang 6 goes official, likely to be sold as Mate 10 Lite in Europe - Techusiast (blog)

Huawei has just officially unveiled their new midranger onto the Asian market – the Maimang 6. The device comes with a screen that we have not yet seen before on a Huawei device.

The device is made out of aluminium all around featuring no IP certificate whatsoever. The dimensions are 156.2 × 75.2 × 7.5mm and it weights 164 grams.

The Maimang 6 comes with Huawei’s own Kirin 659 chipset coupled by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.

The display is a large 5.9″ (2160 x 1080) FHD 2.5D curved glass display. It’s also one of the first Huawei made device to come with 18:9 aspect ratio, we are happy to see Huawei bringing the new display technology to budget friendly devices.

We aren’t yet aware if the device has FM radio or NFC, but it certainly has a 3.5mm headphone jack port.

The dual shooters on the back will likely not be flagship worthy, but great enough to post them on social...


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Watch the iPhone 8 endure its first brutal scratch and durability tests - BGR

It’s something of a bizarre tradition, but every new iPhone Apple releases is immediately subjected to a series of scratch, durability and, at times, even torture tests. Indeed, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing videos of the iPhone 8 being dropped from tall heights, submerged in deep waters, and subjected to all sorts of maniacal durability testing.

In the interim, the first iPhone 8 durability tests we’ve seen thus far are more instructive than they are theatrical, which we have to admit is a refreshing change of pace. After all, it’s more helpful to know how scratch resistant a new iPhone is than it is to figure out how an iPhone withstands being tossed inside of an inferno.

That said, YouTuber JerryRigEverything was quick to get an iPhone 8 durability video up on the web and, you’ll be happy to know, it appears that the iPhone 8 is an impressively sturdy device....


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Inside the Piracy Study the European Union Hid: Illegal Downloads Don't Harm Overall Sales - Newsweek

Your illegal downloads of video games, top music acts and even e-books don't harm sales, according to a landmark report on piracy that the European Commission ordered but then buried when the findings didn't tell officials what they wanted to hear.

The 300-page study offered the counter-intuitive conclusion that illegal downloads actually help the gaming industry and have no negative impact on music sales by big stars or e-book profits. Sales of movie blockbusters are negatively affected.

“In general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements," according to the report. "That does not necessarily mean that piracy has no effect but only that the statistical analysis does not prove with sufficient reliability that there is an effect.”

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15 Essential iPhone 8 Tips for Getting Started - Tom's Guide

iPhone 8 Setup Guide

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have hit stores, with phones arriving in the hands of anyone who preordered them. After you ogle the stunning glass back on your new phone, it's time to turn on the iPhone and check out all the new features — and maybe get reacquainted with some older ones.

Photo Credit: Shaun Lucas/Tom's GuidePhoto Credit: Shaun Lucas/Tom's GuideHere's a look at the first things you should do when setting up your iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.

Restore from Backup

If you already own an iPhone, you can move all your apps and data over to your new phone using an iCloud backup; connecting your phone to your computer and restoring your data from an iTunes backup does the same thing. With iOS 11, the process is even easier, with a new automatic setup feature.

MORE: Awesome Hidden iOS 11 Features

How to do it: Put your new iPhone 8 next to your old device. A prompt will pop up asking if you want to pair the...


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Radeon RX Vega graphics cards get 2-way multi-GPU support in Radeon Software 17.9.2 - PCWorld

AMD fixed a glaring flaw in Radeon RX Vega’s potential prowess late Thursday. Radeon Software 17.9.2 adds the ability to use multiple RX Vega graphics cards in your system, after AMD’s high-end hardware launched with the ability notably lacking. Huzzah!

It’s not quite as full-featured as long-time Radeon buyers may to used to, though. Taking a page out of Nvidia’s GTX 10-series playbook, Radeon RX Vega’s multi-GPU capabilities are limited to two graphics cards alone, rather than the 4-way CrossFire support that premium Radeon cards traditionally offered. And curiously, CrossFire isn’t mentioned by name in AMD’s announcement post; it’s referred to solely as “multi-GPU (mGPU).” We’ve asked AMD about those oddities and will update this post if we hear back.

While we haven’t had a chance to try out Radeon Software 17.9.2 firsthand, the AMD-supplied chart below shows a handful of games...


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Bill Gates: More Tech Revolutions Are Coming, And They'll Change Everything We Know

Bill Gates photographed for Forbes by Martin Schoeller.

In early 1975, when I was in college, my friend Paul Allen showed me an issue of Popular Electronics featuring the Altair 8800 computer, the first commercially successful personal computer. We both had the same thought: "The revolution is going to happen without us!" We were sure that software was going to change the world, and we worried that if we didn't join the digital revolution soon, it would pass us by. That conversation marked the end of my college career and the beginning of Microsoft.

The next 100 years will create even more opportunities like that. Because it's so easy for someone with a great idea to share it with the world in an instant, the pace of innovation is accelerating--and that opens up more areas than ever for exploration. We've just begun to tap artificial intelligence's ability to help people be more...


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Bill Gates: More Tech Revolutions Are Coming, And They'll Change Everything We Know

Bill Gates photographed for Forbes by Martin Schoeller.

In early 1975, when I was in college, my friend Paul Allen showed me an issue of Popular Electronics featuring the Altair 8800 computer, the first commercially successful personal computer. We both had the same thought: "The revolution is going to happen without us!" We were sure that software was going to change the world, and we worried that if we didn't join the digital revolution soon, it would pass us by. That conversation marked the end of my college career and the beginning of Microsoft.

The next 100 years will create even more opportunities like that. Because it's so easy for someone with a great idea to share it with the world in an instant, the pace of innovation is accelerating--and that opens up more areas than ever for exploration. We've just begun to tap artificial intelligence's ability to help people be more...


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Dems Push for a Digital Ad Crackdown to Stop Foreign Meddling

Democratic members of Congress are asking the Federal Elections Commission to crack down on digital campaign ads to prevent foreign meddling in future elections. In a letter to the FEC chairman, four members of the house and 16 senators—including Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris—urge the FEC to work with tech companies on new ways to monitor who's paying for campaign ads on their platforms.

The letter follows the news earlier this month that Facebook found $150,000 worth of misleading political ads linked to Russian accounts that ran during the 2016 election. Facebook has handed those ads and information about the accounts over to special counsel Robert Mueller's team, as he probes any evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Republican Senator Richard Burr and Democratic Senator Mark Warner,...


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Dems Push for a Digital Ad Crackdown to Stop Foreign Meddling

Democratic members of Congress are asking the Federal Elections Commission to crack down on digital campaign ads to prevent foreign meddling in future elections. In a letter to the FEC chairman, four members of the house and 16 senators—including Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris—urge the FEC to work with tech companies on new ways to monitor who's paying for campaign ads on their platforms.

The letter follows the news earlier this month that Facebook found $150,000 worth of misleading political ads linked to Russian accounts that ran during the 2016 election. Facebook has handed those ads and information about the accounts over to special counsel Robert Mueller's team, as he probes any evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Republican Senator Richard Burr and Democratic Senator Mark Warner,...


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Kia Stinger 2017 pricing and spec confirmed - CarsGuide

Kia Australia has opened its sparkling Stinger range with a sub-$46,000 price and confirmed a comprehensive feature list as the order bank grows ahead of its showroom debut from October 1.

The four-door liftback, which will be offered in six variants powered by either a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder or 3.3-litre V6 engine, is seen as the spiritual successor to the Australian-built rear-drive sedans, the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon.

The comparison is fitting given the Kia arrives in showrooms two days before Holden ends local production of the Commodore.

Kia said the Stinger would bring passion and desire to the brand and will endear itself to Australian drivers across a wide demographic.

The range, which share a common body, rear-wheel drive layout and eight-speed automatic transmission, will be available in three specifications per engine – S, Si and GT-Line for the...


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Kia Stinger 2017 pricing and spec confirmed - CarsGuide

Kia Australia has opened its sparkling Stinger range with a sub-$46,000 price and confirmed a comprehensive feature list as the order bank grows ahead of its showroom debut from October 1.

The four-door liftback, which will be offered in six variants powered by either a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder or 3.3-litre V6 engine, is seen as the spiritual successor to the Australian-built rear-drive sedans, the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon.

The comparison is fitting given the Kia arrives in showrooms two days before Holden ends local production of the Commodore.

Kia said the Stinger would bring passion and desire to the brand and will endear itself to Australian drivers across a wide demographic.

The range, which share a common body, rear-wheel drive layout and eight-speed automatic transmission, will be available in three specifications per engine – S, Si and GT-Line for the...


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