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Tech Giants Settle Antitrust Hiring Suit

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe reached an agreement with plaintiffs over charges that the companies conspired not to hire one another’s employees.

ArtsBeat: ‘Zero Motivation’ and ‘Point and Shoot’ Take Top Prizes at Tribeca Film Festival

“Zero Motivation,” which depicts a unit of female Israeli soldiers, won best narrative film; “Point and Shoot,” following an American filmmaker in the Libyan civil war, was named best documentary.

Rand Paul Condemns Cliven Bundy’s Remarks on Blacks

Senator Rand Paul joined a line of Republican and Democratic leaders in denouncing Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher at the center of a standoff with the federal government over land use.

Perry’s Peril

News: Slate - 2 hours 39 min ago

AUSTIN, Texas—Reporting on Rick Perry this week has included more talk about a spit guard than I would have expected. The Texas governor is thinking about running for president again and he’s been on an extended reboot to get himself ready to make the final decision. Lately, though, there has been speculation that his plans might be derailed  by a grand jury investigation into whether he abused the powers of his office. The probe concerns Perry’s effort to eject the district attorney of Travis County after she was arrested and convicted of driving while intoxicated. Police video from the arrest last April shows that the DA, whose blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, was so furious at being booked for driving under the influence that she risked putting officers under the effluence. A spit guard was administered, said officials at the jail, to protect her from herself because she kept sticking out her tongue.

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Taking Note: Slavery Nostalgia Is Real, and It’s Dangerous

In the South, even some powerful people seem to miss the days of the Confederacy.

3 Americans Are Killed by Guard at Afghan Hospital

Officials said the gunman appeared to be a police officer who reacted in the moment when he saw a small group of American visitors outside his guard post, raising fears of a new wave of so-called green-on-blue shootings spurred by deepening Afghan resentment.

Provision Could Limit U.S. Food Aid

A new law would require that three-quarters of United States food aid, instead of one-half, be sent on American vessels, potentially preventing nations in need from receiving it.

NYU Langone Reopens Emergency Room That Was Closed by Hurricane Sandy

The Manhattan hospital unveiled its rebuilt and revamped operation, which is now triple its former size.

Pakistan, Ending Its Observance of Cease-Fire, Launches Airstrikes Against Taliban

The airstrikes dealt a new blow to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s faltering efforts to engage the militants in peace talks.

Blue Ruin

News: Slate - 3 hours 26 min ago

Alfred Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain (1966) is a stiff, somewhat unengaging Cold War espionage movie with one justly famous scene: In the barren kitchen of a farmhouse near Berlin, Paul Newman’s American spy and a terrified German housewife (Carolyn Conwell) do away with an East German agent the hard way. After trying and failing to stab the man to death, they beat him with a shovel, attempt to strangle him and, finally, drag his still-struggling body to the oven, where they turn on the gas, push his head in, and wait. It’s a darkly comic scene about the sheer difficulty of killing someone, the physical and moral toll violence takes on its perpetrators as well as its victims. I thought of this Torn Curtain scene often while watching Jeremy Saulnier’s tense revenge thriller Blue Ruin, not because Saulnier was consciously citing it (the cinematic genes being expressed here come via the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino, or, going back a generation or two, Michael Mann and Sam Peckinpah), but because much of Blue Ruin shares both that scene’s sick sense of humor and its canny subversion of our action-movie expectations.

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Russia to Start Drills, Warning Ukraine Over Mobilization

Russia announced military exercises along the border with Ukraine on Thursday, prompting a warning from Secretary of State John Kerry that Moscow would face additional sanctions if it does not act to ease tensions.

Phelps Has Fun and, Yes, the Fastest Time, in a Return to Competition

In his first race since 2012, Michael Phelps posted the fastest time in the preliminary heats of the 100-meter butterfly.

Navy Proposal or Half-Baked Jerry Bruckheimer Movie?

News: Slate - 4 hours 42 min ago

Imagine drones the size of F-14 Tomcats that could fly for 14 hours straight, refuel other aircraft, and even act as a robotic wingman to manned aircraft.

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The Public Editor's Journal: Aftermath of Ukraine Photo Story Shows Need for More Caution

Photographs under scrutiny led to a follow-up article on Russian military activity in Ukraine.

Microsoft’s Profit Dips Less Than Projected

The attention of investors seems to be less on the solid financial results and more on a series of bold bets to reshape the company, including the acquisition of Nokia.

What’s Wrong With Chernobyl's Trees?

News: Slate - 5 hours 32 min ago

The effects of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl are still evident nearly 30 years after the catastrophic meltdown in local animals, plants, and, researchers now note, all the way down to microbes.

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Bits | State of the Art: The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The Supreme Court battle over Aereo could cast a pall over the cloud computing industry. For consumers, though, Aereo is too inefficient to become a useful service.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking About Race

News: Slate - 5 hours 44 min ago

Is it OK if we talk about race for a minute?

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“The Primary Task Is to Survive”

News: Slate - 5 hours 48 min ago

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk sat down with Lally Weymouth in Kiev. Excerpts:

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Amazon Meets Analysts’ Low Expectations

The company, which reported $19.74 billion in revenue, had earnings per share of 23 cents, exactly hitting forecasts. Last quarter, analysts expected more than twice that amount.
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