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    Today, the U.S. Department of Education is announcing an additional $2.5 million investment to centers that serve a critical role for parents and families of students with disabilities across the nation. These supplemental grants to Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) ensure that all families have the information and training they need to participate effectively in helping their children and navigating the special education system. Two additional grants have been awarded to new Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in Arkansas and New York. These programs are part of the national network of 27 existing CPRCs and 65 PTIs. With the goal of supporting parents of the more than 7 million children with disabilities of all ages, from birth through age 26, parent center programs began as a single experimental center more than 45 years ago and have grown into a robust technical assistance program that directs more than $30 million in fiscal year 2023 across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US territories. “Parents...
    Twitter enforces a strike policy when deciding to either temporarily or permanently ban a user from the platform. Two and three strikes lock the user out of the account for 12 hours, four strikes lock a user out for a week, and five strikes will result in permanent suspension. The social media platform reported the success of labeling tweets in the past. Twitter wrote, "Late last year, we tested new misleading information labels and saw promising results. The new labels increased click through rates by 17%, meaning more people were clicking labels to read debunking content. We also saw notable decreases in engagement with Tweets labeled with the new design: -13% in replies, -10% in Retweets and -15% in likes." Twitter also assured users that it would bring back pre-bunks "to get ahead of misleading narratives on Twitter, and to proactively address topics that may be the subject of misinformation. Over the coming months, we'll place prompts directly on people's timelines in the US and in Search when people type related terms, phrases, or hashtags." \u201c#Election2020 is unlike any...
    Since America’s founding, newspapers have played a vital role in keeping the public informed about what’s going on in the world. Democracy depends on a reliable and shared set of facts in order for the public to exercise control over government and determine its future. As we have seen all too clearly in recent years, that shared set of facts is increasingly elusive as the primary means by which news and information is delivered has shifted from publishers that gather and report the news to platforms that have built lucrative business models on other people’s content. As an ever-increasing share of all advertising flows into the coffers of search and social media behemoths, little is left to support local news gathering, facts become scarce and propaganda prevails. Professional news gathering is expensive, and while we are accustomed to free content from the likes of Google and Facebook, those companies are only able to provide content for free because they don’t have to pay for it. They do, however, make plenty of money from it: According to the California News Publishers...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A pop-up while you're streaming?Tech experts at Mashable are issuing a new scam alert for consumers: Pop- ups on your TV as you steam.Sometimes its the activation screen, or a legitimate issue with connectivity, but pop-ups are also turning out to be useful to scammersA fake "Internet Connectivity Problem" pop-up is possible. If you click, it leads you to malware and your personal information can be at risk.Before you click, check the URL. Red flags for malicious links are spelling mistake or random characters that deviate from the company's official URL.Beware of spoofed websites that claim to provide technical support for streaming apps. Bad actors create a fake web page that looks like the real deal. So, if you are googling for tech support, make sure you double check the actual address of the link.If you believe you may be involved in a pop-up scam, don't provide credit card or any other personal information. This is just giving the scammers what they want.For more information, click here.
    Russia's support for Putin has seemingly soared amid the invasion of Ukraine as a poll revealed the number of Russians who trust President Vladimir Putin increased from 60 per cent to 71 per cent in less than a fortnight. Eighteen per cent said they did not trust Putin, down from 29 per cent on February 20, while 11 per cent 'found it difficult' to answer the question, according to a poll conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM). FOM is a Russian state-owned sociological and market research company. It comes as the widow of Putin's political mentor blasted the propaganda being pushed on Russian state television, describing the information about the war in Ukraine as 'shameless lies'. Lyudmila Narusova, 69, was married to politician and professor Anatoly Sobchak, the former mayor of St Petersburg who made Putin - his former law student - his deputy when the now president left the KGB. In a recent interview with TV Rain, which has since been blocked, Narusova hit out at the Moscow media crackdown which has blocked key independent news outlets and accused...
    Hollywood star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson voiced his support for Joe Rogan after the famed podcaster said he will change his coronavirus messaging strategy after Spotify announced its new “content advisory” rule. In a statement on Sunday, Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek said the company will do more to “provide balance and access to widely-accepted information” for the coronavirus by adding a content advisory notice to any program that discusses issues with the pandemic. “These are rules of the road to guide all of our creators — from those we work with exclusively to those whose work is shared across multiple platforms,” Ek said in a statement. “It’s become clear to me that we have an obligation to do more to provide balance and access to widely-accepted information from the medical and scientific communities guiding us through this unprecedented time.” In response, Rogan said that he supported Spotify’s decision and that he would try to include more establishment voices in contrast to his more controversial guests like Dr. Robert Malone and Alex Berenson. One of things Spotify wants to do,...
    DETECTIVES  have launched a murder investigation after a ‘loving mum’ was found dead at her home last week.  Malak Adabzadeh, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene after officers were called to a property on Stoneycroft, Merseyside, on November 25.  1Officers are appealing for information regarding Malak's deathCredit: Merseyside Police Officers are now appealing for anyone with information regarding her death to come forward.  Four men, 57, 46 and  two aged 21 have been arrested in connection with her death and remain in custody.  Iranian Malak, who was also known as Katy, has been described as a “loving mother” by her family.  They paid tribute to her, saying: “Katy was a loving mother, lovely sister, wife and daughter. She was generous, kind and would always help anyone.  “Katy will be missed terribly. As a family we ask for the community's support at this time to find out what has happened to our beloved Katy.” Detective Superintendent Cheryl Rhodes said: “Members of Malak’s family are being supported by specialist officers after this tragic incident.  Most read in The US SunSTIM WIN 'Surprise'...
                        Attorney General Mark Herring asked Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) to produce evidence supporting her claims of cheating in the current election. On Real America’s Voice on Wednesday, Chase told John Fredericks, “I know how Democrats are cheating, and that information has been given to the Youngkin campaign,” she said. “I’m hearing reports today that people are going in to vote, and they have never done a mail-in ballot, ever, and when they went to case their ballot, they were told ‘No, we’ve already mailed you a mail-in ballot.’ And so we’re already looking into that.” “Let’s be clear: these kinds of baseless, false claims are simply designed to undermine confidence in our democracy and our elections,” Attorney General Herring said in a Thursday press release. “If Senator Chase has any evidence of cheating or voter fraud then she has an obligation to bring it to the attention of authorities who can do something about it rather than secretively sharing this supposed ‘evidence’ with political allies.” Herring is up...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The U.S. wants to deepen its relationship with Taiwan, the self-ruled island that has become a major point of conflict in the strained U.S.-China relationship, and will work to counter Beijing’s “malign” influence, a U.S. official said Friday. In her first public news conference, Sandra Oudkirk, the new director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto embassy, reiterated official lines that the U.S. remains deeply committed to Taiwan and is actively working on new areas of cooperation such as in cybersecurity and supply chains. “The value of our partnership and our support for Taiwan is rock solid,” Oudkirk said. “We are committed to deepening our ties with Taiwan.” The U.S. support for Taiwan comes as tensions between China and the island are now at the highest in decades, with Beijing stepping up its military harassment by flying fighter jets toward Taiwan. China has not ruled out force to reunify with Taiwan, which split from the mainland during the civil war in 1949. The U.S. switched diplomatic recognition of China from the ruling...
    The Facebook account appearing to belong to the woman who was charged alongside her Navy nuclear engineer husband with selling secret information about nuclear submarines to an undercover FBI agent is filled with liberal talking points on the Black Lives Matter movement and feminism.  Fox News examined what appears to be Diana Toebbe’s Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram page, and found repeated posts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, including a profile picture reading, "Black Lives Matter," and a post last year celebrating the social media protest against racism called "#blackouttuesday." Jonathan and Diana Toebbe were arrested Saturday in West Virginia, according to a criminal complaint detailing espionage-related charges. The government said Jonathan Toebbe sold information for nearly the past year to a contact he believed represented a foreign power, but was actually an undercover FBI agent.  NAVY NUCLEAR ENGINEER CHARGED WITH TRYING TO PASS SECRETS A Twitter account appearing to also belong to Diana Toebbe shows her following various "resistance" accounts in protest of Trump, including the "Rogue NASA" account described as "the unofficial ‘Resistance’ team of NASA"...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s the simple things keeping Harford County’s Fred Carlson so calm in a chair that’s meant to rob his freedom. You wouldn’t know that he has ALS from watching him walk his service dog, Marley. His identity is a Green Beret. Platoon Leader of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Marathon runner. READ MORE: Aggressive Confrontation At Hampden Clothing Store Leaves Manager Concerned About Citys Mask Mandate The unforgiving disease is in year 12 of battling a man – not the other way around. “Within half an hour of seeing a neurologist, he suspected that I may have ALS,” Carlson said. “When he told me that, everything went into tunnel vision. It was like I was in an echo chamber.” His home is now wheelchair accessible. The marathons he ran in the past are over but his wife of 50 years never leaves his side. “I owe everything to Mary Jo,” he said. “With the Brigance Brigade Foundation having the caregiver’s group, it’s really been a blessing,” said Mary Jo with her hand over Fred’s shoulder. The BBF is...
    Stephane De Sakutin/Getty Images Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he asked Israel for information to corroborate its claim that Hamas was operating in a building shared by the Associated Press, but that he had yet to see it. He made the comment in a speech in Copenhagen after Israel leveled the building on Saturday, but said he had “not seen any information provided,” according to the AP. “In all of these engagements we have made clear that we are prepared to lend our support and good offices to the parties should they seek a cease-fire,” he added. “Any diplomatic initiative that advances that prospect is something that we’ll support,” he said. “And we are again willing and ready to do that. But ultimately it is up to the parties to make clear that they want to pursue a cease-fire.” Israel destroyed the building on Saturday after alerting tenants of its plans as part of an effort to destroy bases of operation for Hamas, which Blinken’s State Department designates as a terrorist organization. AP CEO Gary Pruitt said he was “shocked”...
    Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. The press, where it’s free, is a central nervous system. It sends and receives signals, zaps and regulates information until the pathways are pinched by malignant forces of misinformation or bad actors. Metaphor played out, I know. But there is good news on World Press Freedom Day in its third decade. This year’s theme is “information as a public good,” underscoring what the chief of UNESCO, which founded the day, calls “the indisputable importance of verified and reliable information” secured by journalists accountable to you. Mark the day three ways: 1. Join Nelufar Hedayat’s #DearWorldLive conversation about solutions to the jailing and repression of journalists around the world and the deepening divide between powerful politicians and reporters investigating them. Her guests are Syrian journalist Kholoud Helmi, who co-founded the nonprofit newspaper Enab Baladi, and Maria Salazar Ferro, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ emergencies director. 2. See the strides made by 250,000 petitioners seeking the release...
    By Manveena Suri and Michelle Toh | CNN Business Google’s Sundar Pichai and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella are rushing aid to India as the country battles an onslaught of coronavirus cases. The Indian-born CEOs pledged in statements Monday to help tackle a critical shortage of medical oxygen, provide technical expertise and deploy corporate resources as the country continues to set world records for daily infections. “I am heartbroken by the current situation in India,” Nadella wrote on Twitter. “I’m grateful the US government is mobilizing to help. Microsoft will continue to use its voice, resources, and technology to aid relief efforts, and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices,” he added. Nadella was joined hours later by Pichai, who said in a Twitter post that he was “devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis,” and announced 1.35 billion rupees ($18 million) in aid from Google and its employees. Google said in a blog post that it would provide a grant to UNICEF for urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment. Give India, an online donation platform, will receive a...
    New Delhi/Hong Kong (CNN Business)Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella are rushing aid to India as the country battles an onslaught of coronavirus cases. The Indian-born CEOs pledged in statements Monday to help tackle a critical shortage of medical oxygen, provide technical expertise and deploy corporate resources as the country continues to set world records for daily infections. "I am heartbroken by the current situation in India," Nadella wrote on Twitter."I'm grateful the US government is mobilizing to help. Microsoft will continue to use its voice, resources, and technology to aid relief efforts, and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices," he added.Nadella was joined hours later by Pichai, who said in a Twitter post that he was "devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis," and announced 1.35 billion rupees ($18 million) in aid from Google and its employees.I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I'm grateful the U.S. government is mobilizing to help. Microsoft will continue to use its voice, resources, and technology to aid relief efforts, and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In an effort to help support victims of crime, the City of Pittsburgh has launched a new website to connect those victims to services they may need. Some of the services offered include crisis intervention, referrals, information, and advocacy. Alexandra Abboud, the Victim Services Coordinator for the city, checks crime reports to identify victims and then contacts them to offer support. “As a victim of crime, you’ve just experienced trauma, an unexpected trauma,” said Abboud. “At the flip of a switch, your whole life has changed—the way you see the world, the way you interact with the world, the way you lived your day to life has changed. And (victims) don’t know where to go and they don’t what to do. They need guidance to get them through this and to say, okay, what is our next step?” For more information, click here.  
    ROUND VALLEY — Nearly three years after the disappearance of Khadijah Britton, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation held a virtual press conference Friday to urge residents of the Covelo area to come forward with any information regarding her possible kidnapping. Khadijah Britton (MCSO)  “We’re here today to reach out to 100 percent of the Round Valley community, hoping that you’ll continue to support the family and support us,” said Sheriff Matt Kendall Friday during a Facebook Live video Feb. 5. “It is the belief of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office that someone in the Round Valley area has information regarding this crime … and that eventually, someone is going to come forward with this information. And we want to be able to work together, to provide support, in order to make sure that this investigation comes to an end, so we can support the family.” “I want to express my condolences to Khadijah’s family, who have been suffering the past three years without answers, or justice for her — I cannot imagine the pain...
    There are different reasons why some families have the need to change their address, such as: looking for a better location, an increase in the cost of rent, having a closer contact with relatives, among others, having as a result that they have to change their children to another educational institution, such as the upper secondary level. In this sense, families that have students who have benefited from the Benito Juárez Welfare Scholarship program, have the need to know what happens when their children change educational institutions, that is, if they continue with the support or they lose, so here we tell you how to keep your scholarship if you change school. According to information from the General Coordination of Benito Juárez Scholarships, students will only be able to keep said support if the new school in which the scholarship recipient is integrated corresponds to a Public Institution of Higher Secondary Education of schooled or mixed modality of the National Educational System and of other Institutions of Higher Secondary Education of a schooled modality, which are located in indigenous localities...
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers of a new robocall scheme where scammers are posing as Apple and Amazon support. Robocallers are using recorded messages that tell the person that something is wrong with their account like a suspicious purchase, lost package or their iCloud was breached. The message prompts them to press 'one' to speak with customer service in order to discuss the problem – and this is where the scamming begins. A fake representative is then connected and will attempt to extract a consumer's personal information, like their credit card number or account passwords. Scroll down for video  Robocallers are using recorded messages tell the person, along with using their name, that something is wrong with their account like a suspicious purchase, lost package or their iCloud was breached  'If you get an unexpected call or message about a problem with any of your accounts, hang up,' the FTC said. 'Do not press 1 to speak with customer support, do not call a phone number they gave you, do not give out your personal information.'...
    An Oregon man was indicted after authorities said he supported the Islamic State group by creating and spreading violent propaganda and training materials - but prosecutors didn't seek to jail him before his trial because he has physical disabilities. Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, 31, appeared Thursday in federal court in Portland on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and providing such support, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams and FBI Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon said. Suburban Portland resident Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, 31, is accused of editing 32 issues of Al-Anfal (pictured), a newspaper for the ISIS-supporting Sunni Shield. The issues included stories that encouraged acts of violence and explained stabbing techniques and the workings of detonators  'The threat of ISIS-inspired terrorism remains very real thanks, in part, to an army of online supporters who produce propaganda that aims to incite 'lone actor' operators in the U.S. and around the world,' Cannon said. Mothafar, who uses a wheelchair, was released on condition that he limit the use of electronic devices and stay in Oregon...
    An Oregon man who distributed a publication on how to kill and injure someone using a knife was indicted on charges of conspiracy to support the Islamic State, the Associated Press reported. Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, 31, was charged in federal court with conspiring to provide and providing material support to ISIS from Portland, Oregon, according to U.S. Attorney Billy Williams and FBI Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon, the AP reported. Mothafar was released on the condition that he limits travel and use of electronic devices. “The threat of ISIS-inspired terrorism remains very real thanks, in part, to an army of online supporters who produce propaganda that aims to incite ‘lone actor’ operators in the U.S. and around the world,” Cannon said. Portland-area man charged with providing material support to ISIS for allegedly producing & distributing virtual recruitment & training information. More: https://t.co/GGIoTcLV0q pic.twitter.com/qFTKgDCMkZ — FBI Portland (@FBIPortland) November 6, 2020 Mothafar was indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations of conspiring with ISIS from February 2015 until his arrest on Thursday, the AP reported. He reportedly...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Today marks the 245th Birthday of the United States Navy and the central theme of this year’s birthday and heritage week is “Victory at Sea,” which encompasses the Navy’s efforts in battle during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Despite the challenges facing our Nation during this time of pandemic and divisiveness, like our brave Sailors of WWII, the crew of USS Detroit (LCS7) stand guard to preserve our freedom and protect our shores 24/7. Since the 2014 commissioning of USS Detroit right here on the Detroit River, the Metropolitan Detroit Navy League has maintained a close relationship with the ship’s crew. This short video reflects a day in their life and carries their message of pride and encouragement from USS Detroit to all Detroiters. https://detroit.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/15909782/2020/10/USS_D_Operational_Vid_13Oct2020_Final.mp4 For more information on U.S. Navy history, as well as birthday commemoration and communication resources, visit: www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/commemorations-toolkits/navy-birthday.html For more information on the Navy League, visit:  www.navyleague.org SOURCE Metropolitan Detroit Navy League © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris and presidential nominee Joe Biden. Earlier this month, leading pollsters said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s selection of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate could prove to be popular among Latino voters as Harris is a fierce advocate on a number of issues important to the community. They were right about that increased support—and it wasn’t just among Latino voters, either. Harris’ selection as the Democratic vice presidential candidate “produced a massive uptick in support for the Democratic ticket, a boost of 11 points for African Americans and 15 points for Latinos,” the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decisions found on behalf of the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information. “Because this poll was in the field from August 8 to August 14, and Vice President Biden named Senator Harris as his running mate on August 11,” African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decisions said, “it is possible to assess the impact of this announcement on support for Biden’s candidacy by examining the level of support for Biden before and after the announcement.” That found a significant boost for...
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