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A hijab-wearing woman took a smiling stand against anti-Muslim protesters

Shaymaa Ismaa’eel was attending a conference of the Islamic Circle of North America in Washington DC on Sunday when she saw a group of protesters holding signs against the Muslim faith and the Prophet Muhammad. So she asked her friend to take a picture of her while she flashed a smile squatting in front of…MORE

Lego releases Braille bricks to teach blind and visually impaired children

Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a “playful and engaging way.” Lego Braille Bricks, a concept originally proposed to the toy company by two charities, will allow children to learn the touch writing system through play. The bricks, which will launch fully in 2020,…MORE

Coast Guard officer accused of terror attack plot allegedly searched internet for addresses of Supreme Court justices and best gun to kill African-Americans

Domestic terror suspect Christopher Hasson, who is accused of planning a terror attack on politicians and media figures, also allegedly searched the internet for the home addresses of two Supreme Court justices as well as the best gun to kill African-Americans, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Hasson pleaded not guilty in federal court last…MORE

Academy doesn’t change streaming eligibility for Oscars

Netflix can chill: Streaming movies will still be eligible for Oscar nominations. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors announced Tuesday it “voted to maintain Rule Two, Eligibility for the 92nd Oscars,” when it approved the slate of rules for its next season. “The rule states that to be eligible for…MORE

Ford invests $500 million in electric pickup truck maker Rivian

Ford is investing $500 million in electric pickup truck maker Rivian, saying the two companies will work together to develop a new battery for plug-in vehicles. Ford is playing catch-up to a number of other automakers’ efforts to develop electric vehicles. It does not currently sell any pure electric vehicles, although it sells some plug-in…MORE

Oil bidding war: Occidental trumps Chevron’s deal for Anadarko

A bidding war has emerged in America’s shale oil patch. Occidental Petroleum revealed a $76-a-share offer on Wednesday to acquire oil driller Anadarko Petroleum. The cash-and-stock offer from Occidental is about 20% richer than the $33 billion takeover deal Anadarko reached earlier this month with energy giant Chevron. Anadarko’s shares soared 11% in premarket trading…MORE

Boeing’s profit falls 21% on the 737 Max crisis

Boeing’s earnings fell 21% in the first three months of the year because of the crisis that grounded its bestselling 737 Max jet. The aircraft maker reported both lower revenue and profits compared to a year ago. Before the fatal flight that led to the jet being grounded and further deliveries of it halted, the…MORE

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs reveals Kim Porter’s last words to him

Kim Porter was a loving mom to the end. The model and actress died of pneumonia in November. She was 47. Kim Porter, mother of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ children, dies at 47 Porter had been a longtime love of mogul and music impresario Sean “Diddy” Combs, and the two had three children together. They were…MORE

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