California fires cause $1B in damages, burn 7,000 buildings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities raised the number of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000. Both numbers were expected to rise as crews continue assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people. State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said the preliminary dollar valuation of losses came from claims filed with the eight largest insurance companies in the affected areas and did not include uninsured property. Go To Post...

Technik kann uns keine Welt ohne Arschlöcher erschaffen

Na klar, Twitter und Co dürfen Missbrauch und Nötigung auf ihren Plattformen nicht zulassen, das meint auch unser Kolumnist. Doch er warnt: Technische Möglichkeiten lösen keine sozialen Probleme. Zumal beim Bemühen, eigene Richtlinien, Wünsche der Community und die Rechtslage im jeweiligen Land in Einklang zu bringen, Zensur nicht mehr fern ist. Go To Post...

Cubs avoid elimination: Javier Baez’s two homers force Game 5 against Dodgers

Breaking down Game 4 of the NL Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

CHICAGO — Breaking down Game 4 of the NL Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field:

Cubs 3, Dodgers 2: Dodgers lead the series, 3-1.

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The game: With the Cubs facing elimination due in part to the struggles of their bullpen this October, Jake Arrieta stifled the Dodgers’ bats and kept the Cubs’ World Series hopes alive for at least one more day. In what could prove his final start for Chicago, the former Cy Young winner and free-agent-to-be held Los Angeles to one run on three hits and five walks across 6 2/3 innings. He left the game after issuing a pair of free passes in the seventh, walking off the mound while tipping his cap to a loud ovation from the home crowd.  Go To Post...

Senate poised for crucial vote related to tax reform measure

President Donald Trump’s drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code headed for a pivotal moment on Thursday, with Senate Republicans poised to approve a budget measure that would help them pass tax legislation without Democratic support.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code headed for a pivotal moment on Thursday, with Senate Republicans poised to approve a budget measure that would help them pass tax legislation without Democratic support. Go To Post...

New cloud-friendly Lightroom has 1TB of photo storage, same UI across desktop and mobile

For the time being, the desktop-based Lightroom Classic will continue to be developed.

The new Lightroom CC offers most of the photo processing features of Lightroom Classic but with some key differences. The interface is simpler, and it’s shared between both the desktop versions (for Mac and PC), the mobile versions for Android and iOS, the Apple TV version, and Lightroom CC for the Web. It offers both a common look and feel and common capabilities across the range of platforms. Go To Post...

A tech-destroying solar flare could hit Earth within 100 years

If the sun spews “superflares” as often as other stars, one could take down power systems, damage the ozone layer and destroy satellites in the next century

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The sun could be one of our biggest threats in the next 100 years. If an enormous solar flare like the one that hit Earth 150 years ago struck us today, it could knock out our electrical grids, satellite communications and the internet. A new study finds that such an event is likely within the next century. Go To Post...

Katalonien: Spanische Regierung will Katalonien unter Zwangsverwaltung stellen

Kataloniens Regierungschef hat ein Ultimatum der spanischen Regierung verstreichen lassen und hält an seinen Unabhängigkeitsbestrebungen fest. Madrid reagierte scharf.

Der katalanische Regierungschef Carles Puigdemont hat die ultimative Forderung der spanischen Zentralregierung zur Beendigung aller Abspaltungsbestrebungen nicht befolgt. In einem von katalanischen Medien veröffentlichten Brief an den spanischen Ministerpräsidenten Mariano Rajoy erneuerte Puigdemont am Donnerstag stattdessen sein Dialogangebot, droht aber im Falle härterer Maßnahmen mit der Unabhängigkeit. Go To Post...