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If you weren't raised in the Internet age, you may need to worry about workplace age discrimination

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Although people of both genders struggle with age discrimination, research has shown women begin to experience age discrimination in hiring practices before they reach 50, whereas men don't experience it until several years later. Just as technology is causing barriers inside the workplace for older employees, online applications and search engines could be hurting older workers looking for jobs. Many applications have required fields asking for date of birth and high school graduation, something many older employees choose to leave off their resumes. Furthermore, McCann said, some search engines allow people to filter their search based on high school graduation date, thereby allowing employers and employees to screen people and positions out of the running.


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Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts: Dennis Rodman partly takes credit for Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' At Glastonbury Festival, Johnny Depp jokes about assassinating President Trump A Star Is Born: Randy Jackson turns 61 today Broadway's'Cats' revival will end in December Trevor Noah reflects on the Philando Castile verdict Guns N' Roses will launch new SiriusXM channel with Apollo Theater show Dennis Rodman partly takes credit for Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' Broadway's'Cats' revival will end in December Guns N' Roses will launch new SiriusXM channel with Apollo Theater show New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' and hopes'to honor the great work already done' "Star Wars" fan Ron Howard is "beyond grateful" to add his voice to the Lucasfilm franchise and hopes "to honor the great work already done" on the upcoming Han Solo film, which he inherited from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The Oscar-winning director proclaimed his love for George Lucas' universe and eagerness to take the helm on Twitter on Thursday following the official news that he would replace Lord and Miller on the untitled project after they were surprisingly ousted over creative differences with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. The "Happy Days" alum and his wife stood in line for two hours the day "Star Wars" was released in 1977: "It was all the things you dream you're going to experience in the movies." Howard, who had been approached by Lucas to direct "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" but declined, said of his dozens of directorial efforts, he is "probably" most proud of his own 1995 space odyssey, "Apollo 13."


Earthquakes may be the rare issue uniting Democrats and Republicans in California

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urges the public to ask their members of Congress to support continued federal funding of the earthquake early warning system. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urges the public to ask their members of Congress to support continued federal funding of the earthquake early warning system. 'I live pretty close to a fault' "This is a public warning program that will protect millions of lives and critical infrastructure," Calvert, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on issues related to the Department of the Interior, told Zinke. 'I want us to be integrating every new building into the system' If federal funding is maintained, plans are underway for the U.S. Geological Survey to roll out the earthquake early warning system to the public in Los Angeles through smartphone apps by next year, as Southern California has the highest concentration of seismic sensors in the ground on the West Coast.


'The Bad Batch' reveals a muddled but visually striking desert dystopia

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The title of "The Bad Batch," Ana Lily Amirpour's arid and feverish new movie, refers to the assorted undesirables who have been exiled by the U.S. government to a vast and barely habitable stretch of Texas wasteland. But it's still no country for old men or young women -- or, for that matter, a little girl named Honey (Jayda Fink) and her bunny rabbit, both token symbols of innocence in this dust-choked dystopia. Honey's father is a towering slab of muscle named Miami Man, a reference to his Cuban expatriate roots that is helpfully tattooed across his impossibly bulked-up chest. Punctuating its long stretches of desert-wandering indolence with quick, brutal spasms of violence, "The Bad Batch" eventually coalesces around the tenuous bond that forms between Arlen, armed with a pistol and a prosthetic leg, and Miami Man, who's handy with a cleaver and other sharp objects.


Air Force drone crashes in remote area near Mt. Whitney

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A U.S. Air Force drone the size of a small airliner has crashed in a remote section of California near Mt. Edwards Air Force Base said in a statement that the RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned surveillance aircraft, was making a routine trip Wednesday afternoon from Edwards to its usual home at Beale Air Force Base when it crashed for unknown reasons. The Inyo County Sheriff's Department said the crash caused a small wildfire that was quickly brought under control. It is slowly replacing the manned U-2 spy planes used for decades by the Air Force.


Uber's rocky year: Travis Kalanick's resignation is just the latest thing

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The plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe, filed the lawsuit against Uber's chief executive, Travis Kalanick; its former head of business, Emil Michael; and its former vice president of business in Asia, Eric Alexander. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced in a memo to employees that he was taking a leave of absence, acknowledging a humiliating year in which the company was accused of mishandling the medical records of a passenger who was raped by an Uber driver in India; of using trade secrets allegedly stolen from a self-driving car firm that belongs to Google's parent company; and of covering up sexual harassment allegations. Emil Michael -- Uber's senior vice president of business and Chief Executive Travis Kalanick's right-hand man -- has left the ride-hailing company, according to an email he sent to employees. Executive fired after reports he shared rape victim's medical records Eric Alexander, Uber's president of business in the Asia-Pacific region, was fired after questions were raised about reports that he obtained and shared with other executives the medical records of a woman who was raped by her Uber driver in India in 2014.


L.A. Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones

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The Los Angeles Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones, a tool that officials say could help them track down missing hikers, gauge the risks in burning buildings and search confined spaces. A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday to allow the department to start seeking Federal Aviation Administration authorization to use "unmanned aerial systems," despite objections from groups concerned about privacy rights. Fire officials say no drones will be launched, however, until the Board of Fire Commissioners and the City Council approve a policy outlining how they can be used. At the Tuesday meeting, Fire Department officials added that they could lose federal authorization if they used drones for unapproved purposes.


'The Mummy' keeps its lead in China's box office

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The Universal Pictures reboot, staring Chinese favorite Tom Cruise, narrowly beat 20th Century Fox's "Alien: Covenant," with $29.2 million in ticket sales, according to film consulting firm Artisan Gateway. "The Mummy Returns" ranked as the fourth-highest grossing film in China in 2001. The latest installment of the long-standing space horror franchise "Alien: Covenant" did well despite its treatment from Chinese censors. Warner Bros' "Wonder Woman" followed in third place, adding $13.5 million, lifting its total ticket sales to $83.9 million.


Remember when Amazon only sold books?

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Selling electronics helped the company grow rapidly and put traditional electronics stores like Circuit City out of business. The computing infrastructure also has helped Amazon quickly launch an advertising technology business that helps other shops identify potential customers based on their interests. With just over $1 billion in ad sales, Amazon isn't making a big dent in the businesses of industry leaders Google and Facebook. Instead of being burned by its smartphone venture, the company launched its digital home assistant device, the Amazon Echo, in 2015.


Considering 'Mad Max' and other Hollywood dystopias after Trump's exit from Paris accord

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Images of glacier walls crashing into oceans, arid lands, smudged skies and Hollywood disaster scenarios have reverberated across social media since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. Natural disaster movies related to climate change and pollution became a staple, including "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004), about storms raging across the globe in a new ice age, and the Mad Max series going through "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015), where roving clans fight over gasoline and water on a crazed and poisoned Earth. As the science of global warming has matured, and documentaries like Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" (2006) have explored its devastating consequences, the planet's frailty has come into sharper focus, even as many Republicans, including Trump, question the causes that could spell our undoing. Trump's election and the bitter political and societal chasms it revealed has brought back into vogue a number of dystopian novels, including George Orwell's "1984," Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," the story of infertility and turning women into slaves, which has been adapted for a heralded Hulu series.