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More than $600,000 spent on police gear for pipeline protest

AP Photo/John L. Mone BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, state invoices show. The purchases, tallied by The Associated Press from invoices obtained through a public records request, included pepper spray, flash-bang and smoke grenades, riot helmets, gas masks, night-vision goggles, more than 2,000 rounds of non-lethal ammunition and more. The equipment ultimately made up a small … Read the referenced┬ástory here: More…

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California to Set More Fires to Try to Stop Wildfires

California’s seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more “controlled burns” to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serve as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives.  Fighting wildfires that burn out of control is extremely expensive and even when authorities make mammoth efforts to put out the blazes, they can still cause expensive property and infrastructure losses when the flames reach populated areas. In October, thousands of California homes burned…

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Android 

Double tap to wake, mono portrait mode, and more coming to Essential Phone

Here’s what went down during the December 13, 2017 Essential AMA. Although Essential has run into a few road bumps here and there throughout 2017, one of the company’s strongest aspects is the level of transparency it has with its fans/customers. The Essential team just held its latest bi-weekly AMA on Reddit on December 13, and as a result, we’ve got some new details on quite a few software features and fixes that are being worked on for the Essential Phone. Jittery scrolling has been an issue with the Essential…

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Glacier National Park Offers More Than Glaciers

There was a time — in this northwest corner of Montana — when glaciers ruled the land. Crown of the Continent The abundance of the massive rivers of ice — and their runoff — created “a land of striking scenery.” That’s how American anthropologist, historian, naturalist and writer George Bird Grinnell described Glacier National Park, nine years before the land was set aside as a national park on May 11, 1910. Today, there are far fewer icy behemoths. And they’re all shrinking. “There are currently 26 glaciers in Glacier National…

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Android 

Learn more about your dog’s DNA with this $51 Wisdom Panel test kit

It’s like 23andMe for your pupper. The Wisdom Panel 3.0 dog DNA test kit is down to $50.99 on Amazon. This kit normally sells for around $80 and rarely ever goes below $70. It has only dropped as low as this deal once before and that was all the way back in May. Curious where your dog comes from? Maybe you adopted one from a local shelter or took care of one you found on the street? Wondering about his intelligence or susceptibility to disease? Maybe this is just the…

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Android 

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Tips, problems, specs and more!

Everything you need to know about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL! The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are finally here, and there’s a lot to unpack. While these devices resemble the original Pixel and Pixel XL, there are many changes both internally and externally that make them worth talking about. Let’s dive in. [embedded content] The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are incredible phones — probably the best Android phones out there right now. Despite their different sizes, they are nearly identical where it counts, in…

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Smarter 

It Is Magically Possible To Work Less And Still Do More

Working long hours is pretty common these days. If your Monday to Friday feels like a constant slog of work and projects with no real time for a breather, is this because you have too much work or is it because you’re not using your time efficiently? It’s easy to spend too much time perfecting something or equally not focusing enough so you end up dragging the task out more than you should. So does working longer hours mean you’re being productive and getting lots done? The answer is most…

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US Mass Shootings Aren’t More Frequent — But They Are Deadlier

It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren’t, but they have been getting deadlier. In the five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the nation has seen a number of massacres topping the death toll from Newtown and previous mass shootings, many of them involving rifles similar to the one used in Sandy Hook. But Americans wanting to know why deadlier mass shootings are happening…

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