News Digest For Thursday, April 26, 2018

Bill Cosby Is Found Guilty in Second Trial for Sexual Assault

The Wall Street Journal
Kris Maher

A jury found entertainer Bill Cosby guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004, in the first major prosecution since the #MeToo movement put the issue of sexual assault by powerful men onto the national stage.

Mr. Cosby, the 80-year-old comedian and actor who has occupied the pinnacle of American celebrity for decades, faces as many as 10 years in prison for each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, though the sentences could be served concurrently.

Facebook To Offer Users Opt-Outs That Comply With New European Privacy Rules

Scott Neuman

Facebook on Wednesday announced it is introducing “new privacy experiences” aimed at complying with European Union regulations that will give users worldwide a chance to opt out of some features that could expose their personal data.

Robert Mueller is getting some unlikely support from TV ads. By Republicans. On Fox News.

Brian Murphy

A new group founded by prominent Republicans is taking its pro-Robert Mueller message straight to President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters in North Carolina and South Carolina via his favorite news network.

Republicans for the Rule of Law began airing a 30-second television ad on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” in four states on Tuesday, calling for the special counsel to be allowed to finish his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Senate Judiciary Committee backs bill to protect special counsel Robert S. Mueller III from being fired by President Trump

The Washington Post

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 14-7 to advance legislation that would protect Mueller after the panel’s Republican chairman backed off from changes that threatened the bipartisan support for the bill.

Junkies take over corridors Of San Francisco Civic Center BART station

Wilson Walker

Shocking video is calling attention to what’s going on in one of the busiest BART stations in the Bay Area: junkies blatantly shooting up out in the open as commuters walk by, others slumped along filthy corridors.

It’s a gauntlet commuters walk through every morning at the Civic Center BART and Muni station.

Smartphone addiction is worth talking about, but it probably isn’t a social crisis

Android Police
David Ruddock

The idea that smartphones are somehow having a broad negative impact our lives has understandable appeal. First, it’s highly reductive. It takes what are often complex and nuanced issues – our anxieties, our unhappiness, and our problems – and traces them back to a little brick we all carry around every day. It’s something we can all relate to. Second, it appeals to a romantic sort of nostalgia. Don’t you remember what it was like walking around with a dumbphone that could only do calls and text? What a time to be alive! After all, we were so much more engaged with our world before [insert technology that greatly improved life for everyone here] showed up, right?

Inside the Coming Battle Over Gene-Edited Food

The Wall Street Journal
Jacob Bunge and Dockser Marcus

Proponents including scientists and agriculture-industry executives say gene editing in plants could transform agriculture and help feed a growing global population. Organic farmers and natural-food companies say it may pose risks to human health and permanently alter the environment by spreading beyond farms.

F.B.I. Letter Casts Further Doubt on White House’s Rob Porter Timeline

The New York Times
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Nicholas Fandos, and Adam Goldman

The F.B.I. first gave the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, a file containing spousal abuse allegations against Rob Porter in March 2017, according to a detailed new timeline the bureau has given to Congress that casts further doubt on the West Wing’s account of how accusations against one of President Trump’s closest advisers were handled.

Mr. Porter, Mr. Trump’s staff secretary, resigned under pressure in February after allegations that he had been physically violent toward two former wives were aired in the press. The White House — which initially sprang to his defense — has issued several competing accounts of how Mr. Trump’s team handled the allegations, which they insisted no senior officials knew about until just before Mr. Porter left his job.



Does the Instant Pot actually live up to the hype?

The Wall Street Journal
Paul Schrodt

The enormously trendy Instant Pot, a pressure cooker with programmable functions to help simply and easily make just about anything—from soups to roasts and even yogurt—has given homecooked meals a new aura. It vows to largely eliminate sweaty, grease-splattering slavery in the kitchen thanks to its “smart” steel-encased bowl. This ingenious element knows what you’ve dropped in and how long it should cook, and can automatically change its settings to keep dinner warm when you’re stuck in traffic.

Instant Pot’s popularity has led to a rush on multicookers, a category that grew 68 percent in the past year, according to the market research firm NPD. Much like old-fashioned pressure cookers, these electronic devices trap steam in a tightly sealed space to effectively speed up cooking; the ritual of braising a lamb shank, traditionally a day-long process, can be shrunken to a few hours. But the latest machines, including the Crock-Pot Express, which debuted late last year, also emulate 1970s slow cookers to simmer your food at lower temperatures, or sear and saute ingredients you’d typically administer to over the stove.

Sparkly pizza, bagels and gravy: Nothing is safe from edible glitter’s reach

The Washington Post
Maura Judkis

First things first: There is a difference between “edible” and “nontoxic” glitter. This is an important distinction you will need to remember if you want to participate in what is shaping up to be one of 2018’s biggest and most controversial trends: decorating everything from cookies to pizza with a sprinkling of shiny sparkles. And no, it’s not the kind you buy in the craft aisle.

Edible glitter has been popping up on more and more food items lately — a natural extension of the childlike rainbow and unicorn trends that have overtaken social media. At first, it was mostly a cake-decorating thing — wedding cakes, frosted cookies and special occasion treats. But last year, it made the jump to coffee, adding an emphatic shimmer to latte art. It showed up in prosecco, which is already sort of sparkly to begin with. Several brewers have put it in beer.