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US attorneys general urge Facebook to offer live responses for hate speech

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal called Facebook’s platforms “the biggest vehicles out there for spreading hate and disinformation” in an interview with the The Wall Street Journal. In addition to having personal experience being the target of hate on Facebook as a Sikh who wears a turban, he also once alerted the social network about a New Jersey group dedicated towards driving out Orthodox Jews from a particular area. It apparently took Facebook 10 months to remove the group. “This is a platform where hate and disinformation spreads like wildfire in minutes. Somebody needs to be able to pick up a phone to call and get help,” he said.

That’s one of the measures the attorneys general have recommended in their letter: launching a hotline offering live real-time assistance that people can use to report intimidation and harassment. It could be especially helpful for doxxing victims, seeing as

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Two astronauts are preparing to return Earth aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship. Watch their fiery homecoming live online via NASA TV.

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are the first humans SpaceX rocketed into orbit.
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are the first humans SpaceX rocketed into orbit.

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  • SpaceX’s Crew Dragon became the first crewed, commercially developed spaceship to dock at the International Space Station in May.

  • This weekend, the ship and its astronauts — Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — are set to return to Earth.

  • Their historic flight includes a planned undocking on Saturday and a scorching, speedy fall through our atmosphere on Sunday, and you can watch the journey live on NASA TV below. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Despite the threat of Hurricane Isaias strafing coastal Florida with brutal weather, NASA and SpaceX are “go” to return the first commercial astronauts to planet Earth this weekend.

SpaceX made history in May when it became the first company to launch a crewed spaceship to the International Space Station. In doing so, Elon Musk’s rocket

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Your chance to live in a John Lewis store…sort of

John Lewis is planning to turn retail space it no longer needs into affordable housing as part of a strategic review of the partnership.

It said it was talking to third parties about “mixed-use affordable housing”.

“As we repurpose and potentially reduce our shop estate, we want to put excess space to good social use,” said John Lewis chairwoman Dame Sharon White.

Dame Sharon said the pandemic has sped up the shift to online shopping and the business will become “digital first”.

“As we repurpose and potentially reduce our shop estate, we want to put excess space to good social use,” she said.

John Lewis, which also owns the Waitrose supermarket chain, recently announced plans to close eight of its 50 department stores. putting 1,300 jobs at risk.

In a letter to staff – who are known as partners – Dame Sharon said she expects John Lewis department stores to

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How to survive if you live in a banking ‘desert’

Bank branches are drying up across the United States, leaving millions of Americans stranded.

In just five years, the number of brick-and-mortar branches nationwide dropped by 7%, a 2019 report by the Federal Reserve warned. With about 6,800 fewer branches to rely on, more and more people are now stuck in areas with few or no physical banks close by.

Many of these “bank deserts” are located in rural or low-income areas. Some U.S. residents have to travel more than 10 or even 30 miles to access traditional services. Others turn to banking alternatives that charge outrageous fees.

If you’re an unwilling desert dweller, you shouldn’t bury your head in the sand. You can access all kinds of banking services online if you know where to look, meaning you’re just a few steps away from solid ground.

1. Steer clear of false friends

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If you don’t

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Could live stream shopping change online retail for good?

Merchants selling their products speak inside a live stream booth during Alibaba's annual Singles' Day online shopping event - Qilai Shen /Bloomberg
Merchants selling their products speak inside a live stream booth during Alibaba’s annual Singles’ Day online shopping event – Qilai Shen /Bloomberg

The shopping channel as formula has been largely unaltered since it emerged in the heady consumerism of Eighties America, hooking in thousands of viewers desperate for everything from a new fridge to a necklace.

Legions of smiling salesmen extolling the virtues of hoovers, ovens and hairdriers on the likes of QVC might feel like a throwback, but they have long proved immune to the sweeping changes wrought elsewhere by the internet age.

Now, however, the digital world is finally catching up.

Live shopping, as it is known, allows for browsers to view a far wider variety of wares through streaming.

“Think of it as a reimagination of QVC,” early adopter David Feng said during a live TV interview on Bloomberg two years ago. In 2019, Feng’s live shopping

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Live gigs are back – but social distancing poses problems

Ultimate Elton was one of the first acts to perform in front of an audience since lockdown
Ultimate Elton was one of the first acts to perform in front of an audience since lockdown

“It’s wonderful to be here this evening,” says Elton John – or rather Ultimate Elton, a tribute act with an uncanny voice and an even more uncanny wig. “It’s wonderful to be anywhere, really.”

After four months with no concerts – at least none with a live audience – Ultimate Elton (AKA Paul Bacon) headlined one of the first gigs to return, a hastily-arranged, scaled-back, socially-distanced (mostly) Hale Barns Carnival.

Ultimate Elton shared Saturday’s bill with George Michael (actually Andrew Browning). A pub beer garden on the outskirts of Manchester may not be Wembley Stadium, and Paul and Andrew may not actually be Elton and George, but they are the best we’ve got for now.

As most of the 200 people in the Bulls Head garden got on their feet as Ultimate Elton

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Harford Co. Youth Livestock Show, Sale On Pace To Be Held Live

BEL AIR, MD – The ongoing coronavirus pandemic may have led to the cancellation of the annual Harford County Farm Fair, organizers knew how much the event – and specifically the livestock show and sale – means to the area’s young people.

So while the show won’t go on for the farm fair, youth who have invested their time and finances to preparing cows, pigs, goats and sheep over the past year, will still have the opportunity to make the most of their investment.

Event officials announced earlier this year that that the Harford County Livestock Show and Sale will take place at the county Equestrian Center in Bel Air between July 29-August 1. An in-person livestock judging will take place over three days before the sale will take place on Aug. 1. While the event won’t have any affiliation to either 4-H or to the county Farm Fair, the

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‘Live PD’ Edited Footage After Cops Worried They Looked Bad, Records Show

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As police work goes, the call about a suspected shoplifter was mundane.

The wrinkle? A crew for the popular A&E show Live PD was filming from inside the squad car dispatched to the scene.

Lights and sirens blare on the video footage as the Warwick, Rhode Island, police officer drives to the shopping strip. Soon, he finds the suspect: A man skateboarding out of a supermarket, pushing a full cart.

“I’m out with him,” the officer says. He revs the car’s engine. It lurches forward, swerving behind the man. Then there’s the ding of a door opening and a loud thump—the officer appears to whack the skateboarder with the open door of his cruiser. 

But the show’s millions of viewers never saw the

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