The Daily Populous

Sunday December 23rd, 2018 morning edition

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Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for Congressional salaries to be furloughed during government shutdowns after the Senate and House failed to pass a spending bill on Friday.

“Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Saturday.

“It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision.

The government went into a partial shutdown at midnight on Friday amid a continuing fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over the border wall.

The President refused to sign a spending bill that did not include $5 billion for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

However, an addition 380,000 government employees will be furloughed and may miss a paycheck depending on how long the shutdown lasts.

She floated the idea of spending $5.7 billion on teacher pay, replacing water pipes, college tuition/prescription refuel subsidies or green jobs. »

Apple investigated by France for 'planned obsolescence'

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French prosecutors have launched a probe over allegations of "planned obsolescence" in Apple's iPhone.

Under French law it is a crime to intentionally shorten lifespan of a product with the aim of making customers replace it.

In December, Apple admitted that older iPhone models were deliberately slowed down through software updates. »

Der Spiegel to run 23-page special on reporter who faked stories

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The German news weekly Der Spiegel is to publish a 23-page special report on how one of its award-winning reporters faked stories for years and dealt a blow to media credibility.

Der Spiegel says top journalist faked stories for years Read more.

Most of us are honestly, sincerely doing our work to give children like Alin and Ahmed from Aleppo a voice. »

US envoy Brett McGurk quits over Trump Syria pullout

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A top US official in the fight against the Islamic State group has quit over President Trump's decision to pull troops from Syria, reports say.

Gen Mattis had also opposed withdrawing troops from Syria as well as reducing the US presence in Afghanistan.

Mr McGurk is an experienced diplomat who was appointed to his current role in 2015 under the Obama administration. »

World's first no-kill eggs go on sale in Berlin

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Male eggs are processed into animal feed, leaving only female chicks to hatch at the end of a 21-day incubation period.

An estimated 4-6 billion male chicks are slaughtered globally every year because they serve no economic purpose.

Male chicks lay no eggs and don’t grow fast enough to justify the cost of feeding them up for meat. »