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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

DEC 20, 2017 - 8:58 AM ET - 10 NEWS ITEMS

*"Meet the US Army's new pistol. The Sig Sauer 9mm XM17, and the more 

compact version XM18, are replacing the M9 as the Army’s service pistol.

By Allison Barrie. www.foxnews.com.  




Sig Sauer XM17 (Sig Sauer). 

*"Couple has baby from 24-year-old frozen embryo." By MAGGIE FOX. 

www.nbcnews.com.

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*"Facebook has new tools to prevent unwanted friend requests and messages.

Let’s say you block someone and then that person decides to create another 

account so they can contact you. With these new tools in place, Facebook is 

aiming to recognize when someone does that and prevent them from sending a 

message or friend request to you. Facebook is using signals, like IP addresses, to 

recognize when someone has created a fake or inauthentic account."

By Megan Rose Dickey (@meganrosedickey). 

*"MegaDon: Disney unveils Trump robot. The model of the US President delivers 

an inspirational speech to bring one of the park's most historic attractions to a 

close." https://news.sky.com/strangenews. 




*"Flipping lids! Chinese barber offers eyelid shaves." 

https://www.reuters.com/news/oddlyEnough

Chinese street barber Xiong Gaowu deftly scrapes a straight razor along the 

inside of his customer's eyelid. 




*"'God Made Republicans to Cut Taxes.' In party-line votes, the House and 

Senate passed a far-reaching, $1.5 trillion revision of the tax code, cutting rates 

for corporations, small businesses, and individuals." RUSSELL BERMAN.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics

*"25 Bizarre And Interesting Facts About Christmas."

Posted by David Pegg, Updated on November 27, 2017. 

https://list25.com/25-bizarre-interesting-facts-christmas/. 

https://youtu.be/Ph2YQ09oBT8

*"Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: One of these smart speakers is better than the 

other. Operating both platforms is a recipe for confusion, so which one deserves 

the coveted spot in your smart home?

Winner: Amazon Echo. Whether it’s running your smart speaker on battery 

power, mounting it on your wall or in your ceiling, or wiring beefier speakers to 

it, you’ll find an accessory that makes it possible. "By Michael Brown,

Executive Editor. https://www.techhive.com/.           




*"Report: North Korea Begins Tests to Load Anthrax Onto ICBMs." 

https://www.newsmax.com/. © Copyright 2017 Bloomberg News. All rights 

reserved. 




*"US tax bill: Winners and losers." Video: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-

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