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Judge Denies Bernie Madoff’s Request for Early Release

A federal judge says Bernard L. Madoff should die in prison. Mr. Madoff, who stole billions of dollars in history’s largest Ponzi scheme, asked for his freedom in February after he learned he has kidney disease. On Thursday, Judge Denny Chin — who had handed down Mr. Madoff’s 150-year sentence more than a decade ago […]

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Google’s European Search Menu Draws Interest of U.S. Antitrust Investigators

OAKLAND, Calif. — For the last few months, some people who bought a new smartphone in Europe with Google’s Android software were presented with an extra option while setting up the device: choosing a search engine other than Google. This so-called choice menu started appearing on new smartphones and tablet computers running Google software after […]

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‘Star Wars’ team cheers John Boyega’s fiery BLM activism

“Star Wars” actor John Boyega risked professional fallout and delivered a powerful speech at a Black Lives Matter protest in London’s Hyde Park on Wednesday. His impassioned remarks about George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis highlighted racism and police brutality in Boyega’s native United Kingdom and resonated worldwide. “I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, […]

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Chinese Hackers Target Email Accounts of Biden Campaign Staff, Google Says

WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers are targeting the personal email accounts of campaign staff members working for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Google said on Thursday, while confirming previous reports that Iran has targeted President Trump’s campaign. In disclosing the attempts, Google’s chief of threat analysis, Shane Huntley, who oversees the tracking of state-sponsored, […]

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Review: Doc ‘2040’ offers real solutions climate change

It turns out that the opposite of dystopia is not utopia, but rather a goofily charming Australian actor armed with a camera and a mission. With his environmental documentary “2040,” writer-director Damon Gameau set out to create a letter from the future, a self-described “exercise in fact-based dreaming,” for his 4-year-old daughter Velvet. His goal: […]

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Review: ESPN doc ‘Be Water’ puts Bruce Lee in context

‘Be Water’ Not rated Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes Playing: Premieres 6 p.m. Sunday, ESPN; also streaming and on demand “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water,” said Bruce Lee of a revelation that unlocked a deeper, more spiritual level of martial arts for him. “Now you put water in a cup, […]

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Review: Another bravura turn by Elisabeth Moss in ‘Shirley’

Home is where the horror is in the gothic fiction of Shirley Jackson, though seldom in ways you might expect. Think of “The Haunting of Hill House,” in which a spooky manor merges inextricably with the twisted architecture of a young woman’s mind. Or think of “We Have Always Lived in the Castle,” where an […]

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Review: Script failure sinks home invasion thriller ‘Becky’

A movie cannot survive on premise alone. Yet the efficient, taboo-flirting genre exercise “Becky” doesn’t have much going for it beyond its elevator pitch, which is thus: Goofy sitcom dude Kevin James goes dark as a sadistic neo-Nazi escaped convict facing off with a feisty girl during a brutal home invasion. Sounds intriguing, right? Well […]

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Review: ‘Yourself and Yours’ by Hong Sang-soo enchants

South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo has already premiered six more feature films since “Yourself and Yours” first played festivals in 2016. Though it is only now receiving a U.S. release, it says something about the ever-prolific filmmaker’s consistency and extremely high level of proficiency that the film still seems fresh and enchanting, by turns delicate, […]