Trump cancels pay raise due federal workers in January – ABC News

Trump informed House and Senate leaders in a letter sent Thursday.

Trump says in the letter that locality pay increases would cost $25 billion, on top of a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for most civilian government employees.

He cites the costs and says: “We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course.”

Source: Trump cancels pay raise due federal workers in January – ABC News

2018 NFL Bold Predictions: Steelers’ defense will be the catalyst for a Super Bowl run – CBSSports.com

Since 2004, when Pittsburgh took Roethlisberger with the 11th overall pick, the Steelers have have won the division seven times, made the postseason 10 times, appeared in three Super Bowls, and won the Lombardi Trophy twice. Over that same stretch, only one team — surprise, surprise, it’s the Patriots — has a better record. Pittsburgh is 163-82, a 66.5 winning percentage, while New England is 196-59 (76.9 percent).

Source: 2018 NFL Bold Predictions: Steelers’ defense will be the catalyst for a Super Bowl run – CBSSports.com

California man charged with threatening to kill Boston Globe employees

A California man was charged with threatening to kill employees of The Boston Globe newspaper, who he called “the enemy of the people,” federal officials said Thursday.

Robert Chain, 68, from Encino, allegedly made 14 threatening calls from August 10 through the 22 to the paper. He is charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce, according to a statement from Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

Source: California man charged with threatening to kill Boston Globe employees

Facebook Removes ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Ads, Responds To Chelsea Clinton

Facebook came under fire following reports about ads that promoted “Gay Conversion Therapy” targeting LGBT people.

The former first daughter tweeted earlier in the same day that “Conversion therapy” was akin to child abuse. She wanted the ads and their “practices” be made illegal everywhere.

Chelsea Clinton

@ChelseaClinton

Child abuse. “Conversion therapy” is child abuse. There are not two sides to this question and these ads – and the practices they promote – should be illegal everywhere. Full stop. https://twitter.com/rvawonk/status/1034940628487090181 

Facebook

@facebook

We don’t allow ads that promote gay conversion therapy on Facebook. We removed these ads after further review. While we may miss some, we’re working hard to make sure we quickly find and take down bad ads.

On Sunday, The Telegraph reported that Facebook removed some “Conversion therapy” adverts that targeted members of the LGBT community after reports about a flaw with the micro-targeting algorithm employed by the social media giant for choosing audiences for ads.

Source: Facebook Removes ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Ads, Responds To Chelsea Clinton

How Google and Bing choose news stories for search 

Google and Bing both have black box algorithms that help rank news, though their content guidelines are largely similar.

How do search engines decide how to rank news-related results?

It’s a top-of-mind question since President Donald Trump accused Google on Tuesday of prioritizing negative coverage from left-leaning outlets, an indictment that appeared to be based on an unscientific report by a conservative news site. Google also denied it uses political bias in search results.

Google is by far the most popular search engine in the United States, with 86 percent market share, according to StatCounter. But there is an alternative: Microsoft‘s Bing.

Source: How Google and Bing choose news stories for search 

Inmate allegedly assaults guard at Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE

Two Allegheny County Jail correction officers were injured in a fight with an inmate Wednesday afternoon, a prison official said.

One officer was removing an inmate from handcuffs just after 4 p.m. when the inmate became aggressive, Deputy Warden Jason Beasom said.

The man hit the officer in an eye, Beasom said.

Source: Inmate allegedly assaults guard at Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE

Chick-fil-A adds 5 new menu items | WPXI

Chick-fil-A added five new menu items to its repertoire in hopes that the new adjustments may make the frenetic back-to-school season a little easier.

According to a Monday news release, the new items include 30-count nuggets, Waffle Potato Chips, an “improved” fruit cup, plus two new catering menu options: a Grilled Chicken Bundle and a Spicy Grilled Chicken Sub sandwich.
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Source: Chick-fil-A adds 5 new menu items | WPXI

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