New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

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The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence—a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to map animal migrations in the West in unprecedented detail.


The resulting atlas of migration corridors in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming published by the U.S. Geological Survey can help elk, mule deer, antelope and other animals by focusing efforts to reduce man-made obstacles along their journeys, biologists and wildlife advocates say.

“The new technology, the GPS collars and the computer programs that are able to analyze this data, is giving us such a different picture of what migrating wildlife do,” said Miles Moretti, president of the Salt Lake City-based Mule Deer Foundation, which funded some of the research. “This has given us some information like we’ve never had

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France orders Big Tech to pay digital tax despite threat of US tariffs

France will require big tech companies to pay its digital services tax, a move that is likely to trigger retaliation by President Donald Trump and pitch the incoming US administration into another trade fight.



a store inside of a building: A worker walk in the Amazon's distribution center of Saran on October 26, 2018, central France. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP)    (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)


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A worker walk in the Amazon’s distribution center of Saran on October 26, 2018, central France. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP) (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)

The 3% tax on revenue from digital services in the country was introduced last year. But the French government had suspended collections while negotiations on a broader overhaul of the global tax system played out at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Those talks have not produced a breakthrough.

“Companies received the tax notice for this year,” the finance ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Google, Facebook and Amazon are among the US tech firms that will have to pay

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The Latest: Biden urges Americans to forgo big Thanksgiving

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President-elect Joe Biden speaks as he introduces nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.

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The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A big Biden family Thanksgiving is off the table for President-elect Joe Biden because of the pandemic.

In remarks billed as a Thanksgiving address to the nation, the Democrat urged Americans to “hang on” and not “surrender to the fatigue” after months of coping with the virus.

He noted that public health officials have asked Americans to give up many of the traditions that make Thanksgiving special, like big indoor family get-togethers.

Biden said he knows how hard it is to give up family traditions but that it’s very important this year given the spike in virus cases, averaging about 160,000 a day.

He urged everyone

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Biden urges Americans to forgo big Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):



President-elect Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


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President-elect Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

3:30 p.m.

A big Biden family Thanksgiving is off the table for President-elect Joe Biden because of the pandemic.

In remarks billed as a Thanksgiving address to the nation, the Democrat urged Americans to “hang on” and not “surrender to the fatigue” after months of coping with the virus.

He noted that public health officials have asked Americans to give up many of the traditions that make Thanksgiving special, like big indoor family get-togethers.



President-elect Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


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President-elect Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden said he knows how hard it is to give up family traditions but that it’s very important this year given the spike in virus cases,

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NASA gives big moon mission to Alabama company

President Trump may be leaving office, but NASA is staying on course with the president’s plan to return American astronauts to the moon. On Nov. 12, a little over a week after the election, a Huntsville, Ala., company said it has won an $85 million NASA contract modification to build key parts of two future moon rockets.

NASA awarded the contract extension to Teledyne Brown Engineering for two more of what are called Launch Vehicle Stage Adapters (LVSAs) for the Artemis II and Artemis III moon missions. The cone-shaped LVSAs connect the core section of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to its cryogenic propulsion stage, and Teledyne said they are the largest parts of the current version of SLS being built in Huntsville.

In the Artemis program NASA has developed, Artemis I would be an un-crewed launch of SLS to test the new rocket’s ability to get an Orion

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Big sunspot rotates into view

A group of sunspots has emerged on the Earth-facing side of the sun, just in time for Thanksgiving. 

Researchers identified the sunspots before they were even visible from Earth, via a technique called helioseismology, which uses acoustic waves beneath the sun’s surface to probe for the features.

“We measured a change in acoustic signals on the far side of the sun,” Alexei Pevtsov, associate director for the National Solar Observatory (NSO) program that generates solar predictions, said in a statement. “We can use this technique to identify what is happening on the side of the sun that faces away from Earth, days before we can catch a glimpse from here.”



NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this view of several large sunspots in November 2020.


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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this view of several large sunspots in November 2020.

The scientists predicted that the sunspots, the largest of which appears to be several times bigger than Earth, would rotate into

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France orders big tech firms to start paying digital tax

France is moving ahead with its plan to implement a controversial digital tax on big tech companies, sending out notices to various companies today informing them they’ll be required to pay up if they want to continue doing business there.

The tax is being championed by the French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, who argues that big tech companies aren’t being taxed properly by European nations.

The problem is that big tech firms, which include Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Google LLC and Microsoft Corp., take advantage of a loophole in European Union law. The loophole means they can generate lots of revenue in various European countries and report that to tax authorities in just one country, such as Ireland, which has a lower corporate tax policy. That means they end up paying far fewer in taxes than they would if they were to report in the country where

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Biden’s transition team has more Big Tech executives than critics

Tech companies have been trying to strengthen their relationship with a future Biden administration to ensure they have a voice in an onslaught of federal and state investigations of their business practices.

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Far more executives from technology companies than outspoken tech critics were named to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team on Tuesday, offering clues on who will decide on filling key roles and ultimately influence his administration’s thinking in coming years.

Tech companies have been trying to strengthen their relationship with a future Biden administration to ensure they have a voice in an onslaught of federal and state investigations of their business practices.

The Biden transition team released a list of agency review teams on Tuesday.

Amazon.com Inc’s Tom Sullivan, an executive on the public policy team, will

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After market’s November surge, there may be less of a chance for a big ‘Santa rally’

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November’s strong rally may have stolen some of the thunder from a year-end rally.

Promising vaccine news spurred a major rotation in November into cyclical stocks, like industrials and financials – the stocks that will do well in an economic recovery.

The S&P 500 is up more than 11% for the month so far.

“If it’s up more than 10%, it will only be the third time since World War II that November has been up that much,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. “Such a strong November has a tendency to steal from Santa.”

But he said he still expects the market to be higher than its current level at year end even if there is a small so-called Santa Claus rally, and there should be a gain for December. On average, the S&P 500 has

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Hulu, Spotify, Peacock Offer Big Discounts

The holiday season has paved the way for new users to try out a number of streaming services at a discounted rate. No matter if you are a new customer or a returning customer that has been away for a while, these streaming services offer Black Friday deals that feature movies, TV shows and music at a fraction of regular cost. Here are the best streaming deals being offered for Black Friday 2020:

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Hulu is offering its standard subscription plan that comes with ads for only $1.99 a month again this year — a $4 discount off the regular $5.99 monthly price, The Verge reports.

The offer is only available for new and returning customers that have canceled their services at least three months ago, and those that took advantage of the $1.99 deal in 2019 are not eligible for the Hulu promotion.

Hulu will begin offering the $1.99

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