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The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist At 2:28 pm on August 28, 2003, a middle-aged pizza deliveryman named Brian Wells walked into a PNC Bank in Erie, Pennsylvania. He had a short cane in his right hand and a strange bulge under the collar of his T-shirt. Wells, 46 and balding, passed the teller a note. “Gather employees with access codes to vault and work fast to fill bag with $250,000,” it said. “You have only 15 minutes.” Then he lifted his shirt to reveal a heavy, boxlike device dangling from his neck. According to the note, it was a bomb. The teller, who told Wells there was no way to get into the vault at that time, filled a bag with cash—$8,702—and handed it over. Wells walked out, sucking on a Dum Dum lollipop he grabbed from the counter, hopped into his car, and drove off. […]

Trump Can’t Block Critics on Twitter. What This Means For You   On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump’s practice of blocking his critics on Twitter violates the First Amendment. The practice is unconstitutional, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in her 75-page decision, because the @realdonaldtrump Twitter account is a public forum operated by the government, meaning viewpoint discrimination is strictly prohibited. While the case has drawn attention for its ties to the Tweeter-in-chief, legal scholars say it has far-reaching implications, protecting all Americans’ rights to communicate with elected leaders and government entities online. “This is a really important contribution,” says Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland and author of the book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. Judge Buchwald’s decision explains how the case hinges on two crucial questions: Whether a public official can block people on Twitter in response to their political views […]

The great meal-kit shakeout continues as Kroger plans to buy Home Chef for at least $200 million   A year ago, no meal-kit startups of consequence had gone public or sold to a competitor. As of today, at least five of the startups in the space have, or intend to. The latest: On Wednesday, Kroger announced its intent to purchase Chicago-based Home Chef for $200 million up front. The value of the deal could balloon to $700 million over five years if Home Chef hits certain “significant growth” milestones. Home Chef, the third-largest meal-kit company, grew 150 percent in 2017 to $250 million in revenue, Kroger said. The company has historically been unprofitable, but recently posted two quarters in the black. Home Chef, like others in the space, ships pre-measured ingredients to customers’ homes so they can make recipes that are included in the order. The string of transactions in […]

Woman sparks bizarre craze crafting creepy ‘WerePups’ selling for up to £1,000 – and celebrities love them Horror icons such as Alice Cooper and Robert Englund, famous for playing Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street, are said to be on Asia Eriksen’s customer list Click to play Watch NextUnderground four-mile beer pipeline to supply thirsty metalheads at this year’s Wacken Open Air showpiece This horror-loving woman creates creepy werewolf babies that sell for hundreds of pounds and celebrities can’t get enough of them A woman has sparked a bizarre online craze crafting creepy ‘WerePups’ selling for £1,000 – and celebrities love them. Horror fan Asia Eriksen, 34, transforms herself into mad scientist alter ego ‘Dr. Baxter’, before creating her customisable hand-held monsters called ’WerePups’.The bizarre doll-like creations resemble a hybrid of a baby and a werewolf and can take months of intricate work. Bought to commemorate a lost loved […]

France, China, and the EU All Have an AI Strategy. Shouldn’t the US? If the United States wants a prosperous economy, it needs a national plan for artificial intelligence. HOTLITTLEPOTATO French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to Washington highlighted how differently our two nations are thinking about the future. In March, the French government unveiled a national strategy for artificial intelligence technology that has a clear goal: make France a global leader in AI. In the last year, China and the European Union have taken similar steps. If we’re serious about having a prosperous economy for decades to come, the United States should do the same. OPINION ABOUT US Representative John K. Delaney (D-MD) (@RepJohnDelaney) is the founder of the AI Caucus and is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company in the House of Representatives. The French strategy—ambitiously titled “For a Meaningful Artificial Intelligence”—was outlined in a […]

Dear White People, The Rachel Divide, and the Hard Questions of Identity One of Dear White People’s genuine feats is its rejection of easy, comfortable categorizations around black identity.   Let’s begin with the most obvious observation: Dear White People lacks a clear thesis. The second season—released today on Netflix under the tag Volume 2—rattles with welcome confrontation, proudly bearing the face of disquiet in its opening blushes. Creator-director Justin Simien wants to have a conversation with us. So he begins with a seemingly straightforward question: What goes best in grits? Remember, we’re at Winchester University, which means students happily toss up answers like dynamite. Sugar. Salt. No, shrimp! “And a little gruyere—heaven.” There’s conflict. There’s harmony. There’s a natural intensity to the tempo of exchange. One of Simien’s signature cinematic tropes is to ignite debate around cultural emblems, major and minor, and this opening scene is a good example […]