Two teenagers dead after Black Friday mall shooting in California

Two teenagers died after being shot in a Sacramento mall during Black Friday shopping, officials said. 



Sacramento police work at the area where one person was killed and another critically wounded in a shooting at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov 27, 2020. The mall was evacuated in the midst of Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days. Police later said the suspect had fled and there was no active threat to the mall.


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Sacramento police work at the area where one person was killed and another critically wounded in a shooting at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Nov 27, 2020. The mall was evacuated in the midst of Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days. Police later said the suspect had fled and there was no active threat to the mall.

A 19-year-old man was found dead at the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento, and a 17-year-old was taken to the hospital where he later died, according to a statement from city police. 

The victims have not been identified publicly.

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The shooting took place at around 6 p.m. Friday, forcing Black Friday

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How Dead Mink Are Rising From the Grave, Explained by Science

Dead mink culled in Denmark because of fears over a COVID-19 mutation were reported to be rising from their graves this month as their bodies expanded during the decaying process.



a group of stuffed animals: Culled minks seen at a mink farm in Jyllinge, Denmark on November 14. The dead bodies of thousands of culled minks were reported to be rising from their graves as their bodies expand during the decaying process.


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Culled minks seen at a mink farm in Jyllinge, Denmark on November 14. The dead bodies of thousands of culled minks were reported to be rising from their graves as their bodies expand during the decaying process.

In a statement to Newsweek, the animal welfare charity Humane Society International said: “The mink who have been gassed to death in Denmark were buried in mass shallow graves, where their decaying bodies have started to produce gases as part of the decomposing process, which makes their bodies expand and push back up through the soil.

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On-premises data warehouses are dead

Global Market Insights estimates that cloud providers will host the majority of data warehousing loads by 2025. But don’t take their word for it. Gartner estimates that 30 percent of data warehousing workloads now run in the cloud and that this will grow to two-thirds by 2024. Just a few years ago in 2016 the figure was less than 7 percent, also according to Gartner.   

None of this should be a surprise. Even the core data warehouse technology providers have seen this trend and are spending the majority of their R&D budgets to build solutions for public cloud providers. Moreover, the public cloud providers themselves have “company killing” products, such as AWS’s RedShift, a columnar database designed to compete with the larger enterprise data warehouse players. 

Past impediments to building data warehouses and data marts on public clouds included a perception that security was still an issue on public clouds.

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The Payments King Is Dead. Long Live The New King.

When Google
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unveiled their new candidate for the payments throne last week with the relaunch of Google Pay
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, there wasn’t much talk of the backstory; little mention of the path walked and the rubble created in order to make the ultimate bank killer app: the new Google Pay. 

What has changed?

The new Google Pay is an app that consumers and businesses can use to send and receive money instantly without any specific hardware. For individuals, it means they can send money to their contact list. Businesses can accept payments with their name or a QR code. This means Google Pay now focuses on hardware-free payments as opposed to payments made to a card terminal. The difference from the old Google Pay is massive, not only in features and focus, but in the effects it will have on the market.

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In Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones,’ Rural Students Can’t Log On to Virtual School

Shekinah and Orlandria Lennon were sitting at their kitchen table this fall, taking online classes, when video of their teachers and fellow students suddenly froze on their laptop screens. The wireless antenna on the roof had stopped working, and it could not be fixed.

Desperate for a solution, their mother called five broadband companies, trying to get connections for their home in Orrum, N.C., a rural community of fewer than 100 people with no grocery store or traffic lights.

All the companies gave the same answer: Service is not available in your area.

The response is the same across broad stretches of Robeson County, N.C., a swath of small towns and rural places like Orrum dotted among soybean fields and hog farms on the South Carolina border. About 20,000 of the county’s homes, or 43 percent of all households, have no internet connection.

The technology gap has prompted teachers to

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Bursts of radio waves in space may be from cores of dead stars

This is an Inside Science story.



The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope is used by researchers to observe a radio burst believed to be from a massive dead star with a powerful magnetic field.


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The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope is used by researchers to observe a radio burst believed to be from a massive dead star with a powerful magnetic field.

Astronomers have spotted a handful of extremely intense and brief blasts of radio waves since 2007 but have yet to pin down exactly what’s creating them. The blasts have fueled all sorts of speculation about their origins, from exploding or colliding stars to alien civilizations.

Now the speculation soon may be resolved, with three teams of scientists finally finding a clear and plausible source for the puzzling pulses, known as “fast radio bursts,” or FRBs. Using different telescopes, teams in the United States, Canada and China independently studied an FRB from April that originated 30,000 light-years away and lasted just a millisecond, and all three came to

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At least 13 dead in Central America from Eta as forecasters watch Florida impact

The remnants of what was once Hurricane Eta drenched Central America on Thursday as forecasters tried to determine what the system could bring to Florida early next week.

The disorganized center of Eta, which was a tropical depression on Thursday morning, was over Honduras and moving northwest at 9 mph. The slow movement resulted in heavy rains in Central America. At least 13 deaths were attributed to the storm.

The system is expected to move back over the Caribbean Sea and potentially strengthen into a tropical storm, then move toward Cuba and Florida, according to Spectrum Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.

“Forecast confidence is low and there are several reasons why,” she said.

Forecasters will watch to see how well Eta re-organizes over the Caribbean. Kacmarik said models are not in agreement about that, but that forecasters should have a better idea of a future track by Friday or

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Sales Surge As GTA Online Sets More Records

Take-Two, the company that owns Rockstar Games and 2K Games, released its latest earnings report this week, and in particular, Red Dead Redemption II and Grand Theft Auto V are doing very well.

Red Dead Redemption 2 net bookings–that is, how much money Take-Two made from the game–jumped by 124 percent during the July-September quarter. This include 106 percent growth in full-game sales, Take-Two said. It would appear that, like many other games, Red Dead Redemption II enjoyed a surge in sales as people continued to stay home during COVID-19 lockdowns.

In conjunction with the spike in sales, Take-Two reported that new player growth rose by 47 percent during the period. Additionally, microtransaction sales–which are called “recurrent consumer spending” at Take-Two–rose year-over-year for Red Dead Online by 96 percent, exceeding expectations.

In total, Red Dead Redemption II has sold 34 million copies to date. And more content is coming to

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Rare ancient child burial reveals 8,000-year-old secrets of the dead — ScienceDaily

Archaeologists from The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered a rare child burial dating back 8,000 years on Alor Island, Indonesia.

The one-of-its-kind burial for the region is from the early mid-Holocene and gives important insights into burial practices of the time.

Lead researcher Dr Sofia Samper Carro said the child, aged between four and eight, was laid to rest with some kind of ceremony.

“Ochre pigment was applied to the cheeks and forehead and an ochre-coloured cobble stone was placed under the child’s head when they were buried,” she said.

“Child burials are very rare and this complete burial is the only one from this time period,” Dr Samper Carro said.

“From 3,000 years ago to modern times, we start seeing more child burials and these are very well studied. But, with nothing from the early Holocene period, we just don’t know how people of this era treated their

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Weakened Eta drenches Central America; at least 57 dead

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The rain-heavy remains of Hurricane Eta flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala on Thursday as the death toll across Central America rose to at least 57. Forecasters said the once-mighty storm, now a tropical depression, was expected to regather and head toward Cuba and possibly the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.

The storm that hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday had become more of a vast tropical rainstorm, but it was advancing so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America remained on high alert.

Governments and aid organizations warned that the flooding and landslides the heavy rain generated had created a slow-moving humanitarian disaster across much of the region.


On Thursday afternoon, Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei said said a water-soaked mountainside in the central part of the country had slid down onto the town of San Cristobal

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