University of North Carolina to relocate toppled Confederate statue

The University of North Carolina will seek a “safe, legal and alternative location” for a Civil War Confederate soldier statue that was toppled last week on campus and criticized as a symbol of the South’s legacy of slavery.

Ontario to include Tesla in rebate program after court decision

Ontario will include some Tesla Inc car owners under its rebate plan as the province winds down an incentive program for electric cars, the ministry of transportation said on Friday.

Lead in US school water “disturbing”—Detroit just shut off all fountains

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Students returning to school in Detroit next week will find their water fountains entirely shut off over concerns of elevated lead and copper levels—something that federal lawmakers say is part of a “disturbing and unacceptable” nationwide issue.

The decision to shut off the drinking water in Detroit was based on a first round of results from testing that the school district carried out in its 106 schools earlier this year. The results from just 24 schools so far surfaced 16 that had water sources tainted with excessive levels of lead, copper, or both. For instance, tests at the district’s Academy of the Americas Elementary school found a kitchen and drinking faucet in a basement cafeteria that had lead levels of 182 micrograms per liter (ug/L) and 154 ug/L, respectively. Those are more than ten times the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended limit of 15 ug/L. The full testing results can be found here.

Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), announced the shutoff Wednesday. In a statement to the Detroit Free Press, Vitti explained:

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Apple Launches iPhone 8 Logic Board Repair Program

Apple today announced the launch of a new logic board repair program, which will see the company offering free repairs for iPhone 8 models that are affected by an issue that can cause restarts, freezing, and unresponsive devices.

According to Apple, a “very small percentage” of iPhone 8 devices have logic boards with a manufacturing defect that are eligible for a free repair.



To check if you have an iPhone 8 that can be repaired under this new repair program, Apple has created a website where your serial number can be entered.

Apple says that affected units were sold between September 2017 and March 2018 in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, and the U.S.

The problem does not affect the iPhone 8 Plus or other iPhone models, so it’s just select iPhone 8 models that are eligible for a free fix.

Customers who do have an eligible device can make an appointment at an Apple retail store, contact an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or arrange for mail-in service through Apple Support.

Apple says that repairs may be restricted to the original country or region of purchase, and customers who are affected are recommended to back up their iPhone to iTunes or iCloud before seeking a repair.

An iPhone 8 that has damage that impairs the ability to complete the logic board repair, such as a cracked screen, will need to be fixed prior to Apple providing service.

The new iPhone 8 Logic Board Repair Program covers affected iPhone 8 devices for three years after the first retail sale of the unit.

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EU Commission President supports ending seasonal time changes

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On Friday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he would recommend that the EU end seasonal time changes in favor of staying on summer time throughout the year.

The Commission requested public comment on the matter over the summer after EU Parliament voted in February to review the usefulness of Daylight Saving Time.

Of the 4.6 million comments that the EU Commission received, more than 80 percent were in favor of ending time changes, according to The Guardian.

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Wall Street mixed as U.S.-Canada trade talks end

The S&P 500 ended flat while the Dow edged down and the Nasdaq closed higher in light trading on Friday as Canada and the United States concluded trade talks without resolution ahead of the Labor Day weekend.

US Open 2018: Is Amazon’s first serve strong enough?

British tennis fans have complained about Amazon’s US Open coverage, but the online giant is breaking new ground.