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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

At CES, the future is already here

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Robots and drones and Alexa, oh my

Ready for a world with wearables for your fingernails and pet robot dogs? The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas opened Tuesday, and people got a glimpse of the technological future. What will home feel like? Prepare to talk a lot, because nearly every item — even the bathroom mirror — is enabled to run Alexa or other voice assistants. Some tech at CES is practical, like Lenovo's smart displays. Other gadgets are really cool (more voice-controlled robots, please), while some are just odd. Do we really need to spend $1,000 on glasses that support Alexa? For more gadget goodness in your life, follow the latest CES news from Las Vegas.

Bannon says 'bye bye' to Breitbart

Steve Bannon, the controversial former White House aide who received blowback for his explosive comments in a tell-all about the Trump administration, stepped down Tuesday from his top post at Breitbart News . Bannon, who was chair of the far-right media organization, said he was "proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time." The announcement comes just days after the release of Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury in which Bannon called actions by Donald Trump Jr. "treasonous." Bannon's comments to Wolff led to the president issuing an extraordinary and scathing statement about his former adviser, saying, "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind."

DACA: A love story

President Trump said he is ready and willing to sign a "bill of love" to protect the 800,000 so-called DREAMers — immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children. It's just up to Congress to figure out the details, he said in a remarkable, freewheeling negotiation Tuesday at the White House  with reporters in the room. Trump insisted that border security must be part of any deal to replace the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that temporarily spared DREAMers from deportation. Meanwhile, Trump plans to rub elbows with the wealthy elite at the high-profile World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this month, the White House said. Trump will bring his "America First" agenda to the forum on free trade and globalization.

First came the fire. Now comes the rain, and terrifying mud sweeping away homes

Heavy rains in California triggered deadly floods and mudslides , with the most severe damage in the fire-ravaged area west of Los Angeles. Homes were swept away. At least six people died. Many more were missing in the chaos as residents fled storm-struck areas of California's Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Photos on social media showed upside-down cars along debris-clogged roads and mud waist deep in living rooms. And forecasters warn that more rain is coming. On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that 2017 and its ferocious wildfire season (along with a trio of hurricanes) made it the costliest year on record for natural disasters.

It's over between The Weeknd and H&M

The singer The Weeknd cut all ties with H&M after the retail giant ran a racist sweatshirt ad in the United Kingdom. The online ad featured a black boy modeling a sweatshirt that said "coolest monkey in the jungle." The Weeknd, who had partnered with the Sweden-based company for its 2017 Spring Icons Collection and also modeled clothing, said he's not planning to work with the firm anymore because of the offensive photo. H&M, which removed the product, apologized for the image and said it would "continue the discussion with The Weeknd and his team." The controversy struck a chord with other celebs. NBA star LeBron James reframed the photo with a powerful message about the "young king" he saw in the advertisement.

Ibuprofen linked to male fertility

A lot of athletes pop big doses of ibuprofen daily. According to a new study, a lot of those athletes should perhaps stop. Ibuprofen taken at 1,200 milligrams daily — the maximum often directed — can afflict the testicles of young men with a disorder seen often in men decades older, the French and Danish researchers found. The painkiller "alters human testicular physiology," they said, and can lead to compensated hypogonadism, a condition linked to lower fertility, depression and strokes. 

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