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Egypt detains reporters conducting street interviews

Al Jazeera

Egyptian police have detained three opposition journalists who were conducting street interviews in downtown Cairo about President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi's request for small donations of spare change to fund development programmes, security officials say. Authorities said on Saturday that the three - Hamdy Mokhtar, Mohammed Hassan, and Osama al-Bishbishi - were arrested on September 26 and face charges of publishing false news and belonging to a banned organisation, Egyptian parlance for the Muslim Brotherhood group. The three were remanded into police custody for three days pending further investigation, they said. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said one of the three, Mokhtar, was arrested in July 2015 at the state morgue where he was covering the arrival of the bodies of Brotherhood leaders killed by security forces. It did not elaborate, but security forces in July last year raided what they called a Brotherhood hideout in a suburban apartment, killing nine of the group's leaders.


How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

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In the mid-1990s, Douglas Eck worked as a database programmer in Albuquerque while moonlighting as a musician. After a day spent writing computer code inside a lab run by the Department of Energy, he would take the stage at a local juke joint, playing what he calls "punk-influenced bluegrass" -- "Johnny Rotten crossed with Johnny Cash." But what he really wanted to do was combine his days and nights, and build machines that could make their own songs. "My only goal in life was to mix A.I. and music," Mr. Eck said. It was a naïve ambition.


'Dory' swims to box office records in its opening weekend

Los Angeles Times

The needed prescription for an ailing U.S. box office came this weekend in the form of the forgetful blue fish of Disney-Pixar's "Finding Dory." Pulling in a whopping estimated 136.2 million in the U.S. and Canada, the picture is now the highest-debuting animated film of all time, boosting the sluggish start to the summer moviegoing season. "These Pixar folk are just so consistent more than anything… focusing on quality and great storytelling," said Dave Hollis, Disney's distribution chief. "They did it this time again, telling an extraordinary story that lives up to and exceeds expectations." The long-awaited sequel to 2003's "Finding Nemo" was only expected to gross as much as 120 million in ticket sales, according to analysts.


Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

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Conservatives are girding for an extended clash on two fronts in the months ahead: one with a possible Clinton administration and one with Republicans who rejected Donald J. Trump. Megyn Kelly's divergent approach at Fox News took a different turn in her exchange with Newt Gingrich and again raised the question of the channel's future. A lot of healthy people are defying predictions by the Affordable Care Act architects and refusing to enroll, throwing off the calculations behind the system. The startling double-digital declines in TV viewership raise questions about whether the football and soccer leagues have reached their peak. Mr. Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply" is the first film he has written, directed and starred in since "Bulworth" in 1998.


Basketball-tossing robot tracks player

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Balls blasting across the court weren't a sign of basketball practice; they signified the next step in designing a "throwing" machine for athletes. "Our company," said one of the owners, Jim Langland of Ottumwa, "makes sewing machines for quilting. About three years ago, we did some R and D in a completely different direction; we're now throwing basketballs." He was on the Ottumwa campus helping a crew take photos and video of the basketball-throwing machine, which shoots balls out during practice. The quilt-sewing machine company, APQS, now has the first in its line of smart robot pitchers, the Hot Shot.