Month: December 2018

Louis C.K. mocks Parkland students during set at N.Y. comedy club

December 31, 2018

Audio has emerged of Louis C.K. mocking the students-turned-activists from the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. The sound-only recording was posted Sunday in a since-removed YouTube video that said it was from a Dec. 16 stand-up set at a Levittown, N.Y., comedy club. Several media outlets captured and posted clips and transcripts of the set. “You’re […]

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Taquisha McKitty, woman at centre of life-support battle, has died

December 31, 2018

A woman at the centre of a legal battle in Ontario over how to define death died Monday morning of natural causes while she was on life-support. Taquisha McKitty, 27, had an “irreversible cessation of her heartbeat” at 3 a.m. ET, according to Hugh R. Scher, a lawyer who had been representing her family during their court […]

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Russian apartment building partially collapses, killing 4 and leaving dozens missing

December 31, 2018

At least four people died Monday when part of a 10-storey apartment building collapsed in Russia’s Ural mountains region, and hundreds of rescuers searched for survivors under the rubble in the frigid weather. The country’s top investigative agency, the Investigative Committee, said an explosion triggered by a gas leak apparently caused the collapse in the […]

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Should the NHS pay for transgender fertility treatment?

December 31, 2018

Changing gender can often leave people infertile but, if their eggs or sperm are frozen before treatment, it is possible for them to start their own families. The BBC has found that about a quarter of all NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in England offer free fertility treatment to transgender patients, while the rest don’t. Now […]

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TSX closes higher on final day of difficult year for the market

December 31, 2018

Canada’s main stock index closed higher along with U.S. markets on the final day of trading of what has been a difficult year for stocks. The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 100.86 points, at 14,322.86, as part of a late-December rally. But it wasn’t enough to stave off significant losses for the year. The index […]

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Elizabeth Warren takes big step toward launching 2020 presidential run

December 31, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the U.S. presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter will help her navigate a Democratic field that could include nearly two dozen candidates. “No matter what our differences, most of us want the same thing,” the 69-year-old Massachusetts […]

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The 2018 Internet Moments That Made Being Online Worth It

December 31, 2018

The internet, as recent Senate reports have shown, can be an awful and confusing place. Hate speech, election meddling, PewDiePie—and we still can’t get Twitter to let us edit posts. But every now and then, the garbage fire calms down just a bit and some joy creeps in. This post is for those moments, the […]

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The Top WIRED Photo Stories of 2018

December 31, 2018

The Hellish E-Waste Graveyards Where Computers Are Mined for Metal. Ever wonder where your old batteries, phones, and light-up toys wind up? The answer is dumps like this one in Ghana, China, and India. Kai Löffelbein took us there in his eye-opening book CTRL-X: A Topography of E-Waste. A Rare Look Inside the Korean DMZ, […]

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Medical student’s rape conviction first of its kind in Calgary

December 31, 2018

When Laura woke up on June 1, 2014, she knew she had been raped. What she didn’t know is what, exactly, she wanted to do about it. But thanks to a program in Calgary, Laura was able to delay her decision to have police pursue an investigation until she was emotionally prepared for the aftermath. […]

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The Worst Hacks of 2018: Marriott, Atlanta, Quora, and More

December 31, 2018

After years of targeted hacks, epic heists, and run of the mill data breaches you might think that institutions would be getting wise to the importance of strong cybersecurity. It seems 2018 was not the year. Here’s WIRED’s look back at the biggest breaches, data exposures, ransomware attacks, state-sponsored campaigns, and general hacks of the […]

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