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7 back-to-school gadgets to help you focus

When school starts, it still feels like summer. These gadgets will combat the transition back to full-day classes in high school or college when the weather is still distracting. Jot down notes on a laptop, avoid cable clutter, and use an endless notepad to stay focused.

1. Inspiron 13 7390 2-in-1 ($1,200)

Let a little digital ink help you stay on task this fall. The Dell Inspiron 13 7390 lets you jot down notes in class using a stylus — the screen has 1,048 levels of pressure pen sensitivity. The touch-enabled laptop folds into a “tent” so you can lean back and focus on the teacher.

2. Nomad Universal Kevlar Cable ($40)

Can a phone cable help you focus? Yes, if it has three connectors. You can quickly switch between an iPhone charger, Android phone charger, and a USB-C connection (the speedy format used with newer Android phone) — all without fumbling for more cables.

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3. Decibullz Black Diamond True Wireless Earbuds ($179)

These earbuds will help you tune out the world, and tune in to a recorded lecture or your favorite music. The main reason: They can be custom molded to your ears to make a secure, protected fit to reduce distractions. Plus, they sound amazing.

4. Brother INKvestment Tank MFC-J805DW Printer ($160)

High schoolers and college students still need a printer for homework and assignments. You can print with this model for an entire year without needing to replace the ink cartridges since it uses an internal ink tank. Doubles as a copier and holds 150 sheets in the tray.

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5. Rocket Fusion ($37)

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Rocketbook Fusion (Rocket)

A digital notebook helps you focus because you won’t ever run out of paper. Once you jot down notes, make a task list, or create a calendar with the Fusion, you can wipe the page clean. Notes are all saved in the cloud for easy retrieval later.

6. Renogy Phoenix 100 Mini Power Station ($160)

Another great way to help you focus: Keeping your gadgets charged up and ready to use. The Renogy Phoenix 100 can re-charge a phone 6-8 times or a laptop once or twice. It’s about the size of an Amazon Echo speaker and weighs about 25 ounces.

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7. Roland R-07 High Resolution Audio Recorder ($200)

Most kids know they can record audio on their phone during a class presentation, but the results are hit or miss. This high-end audio recorder is affordable, capture pristine audio, and allows you to easily offload the files to your laptop.

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Kirsten Gillibrand says she is ‘still angry’ about her uncles voting for Trump

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said on Monday that she was “still angry” about her uncles voting for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016 but touted the relationship as evidence that she understood how the president’s supporters view the world.

“I hate to admit this fact, but I have uncles who voted for Trump,” the Democratic presidential candidate told The Washington Post’s Robert Acosta. She clenched her fists, sighed, and then smiled in reaction to that fact.

“I have not spoken to them about it so I can’t tell you why. I’m still angry,” she said later in the conversation. When she learned from her cousin about their votes, she was in disbelief.

“I said, ‘that can’t be true. They knew how much I loved Hillary,'” she said, referring to the former Democratic presidential nominee.

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Gillibrand indicated on Tuesday that she was different from other Democratic candidates in that she was uniquely positioned to convince rural Trump voters on progressive policies like “Medicare for all.”

She claimed she was able to convince those voters of the need for that type of policy. The New York senator also told Costa that it would be “easy” to convince gun rights supporters of the need for gun control.

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“This is also easy for me,” she said before pointing to the “alarming” amount of gun deaths in the past decade. Gillibrand added that she favored banning the use and purchase of “military-style assault weapons.”

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Irish pub pours Conor McGregor’s whiskey down toilet, calls his behavior ‘disgusting’

Conor McGregor’s whiskey just got knocked out of this bar.

An Irish pub in Florida has announced on Facebook that it will no longer be serving McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey at its establishment after a video surfaced last week showing the UFC champion punch an older man in the face.

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The incident, which reportedly took place on April 6, involved McGregor punching a man sitting at a bar in his home country of Ireland after the man seemingly refused a free shot of the fighter’s signature whiskey brand.

Irish authorities are still investigating the case, but the Salty Shamrock in Apollo Beach has made the decision to no longer offer McGregor’s whiskey – and is pouring its current supply down the toilet.

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“That’s the lowlife there that we’ve all supported,” Rice says in the video as he and several employees enter the bathroom. “All right guys, get that in the toilet, because that’s where his whiskey belongs right now. Proper Twelve, to hell with it. It will never be sold at this bar.”

Sean Rice, an Irishman and owner of the bar, also had his employees throw the bottles into the trash hard enough to smash the glass, along with a photo of Conor McGregor wearing the Irish flag across his shoulders, which an employee rips up.

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Conor McGregor released his brand of whiskey in September 2018. McGregor teamed up with David Elder, master distiller, previously of Guinness to create the spirit. (Proper No. Twelve)

“That’s how I felt about a so-called Irishman punching an old man at a bar,” Rice said at the end of the video. “Just disgusting behavior.”

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On the Salty Shamrock’s Facebook page, Rice continued expressing his disdain for McGregor and called upon other Irish bars to follow suit in getting rid of Proper No. Twelve whiskey.

“Official Notice; Due to the recent cowardly and appalling behavior of the so-called Irish professional fighter Conor Mc Gregor, the Salty Shamrock Irish Pub will no longer carry his product nor associate its business with his name,” the post said. “We will discard his whiskey in a fashion that[‘]s only fitting to his behavior. I challenge every Irish bar owner to do the same! He is not a true representative of the Irish people.”

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McGregor has not been charged with a crime in the April assault and has not spoken publically about the incident.

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State Department official John Sullivan to be nominated as next ambassador to Russia: source

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Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will be nominated by President Trump to take over as ambassador to Russia following the announcement that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will be leaving that post in October, an administration official told Fox News.

Sullivan, a lawyer with a long history of federal service, has been deputy secretary of state since May 2017 when the Senate confirmed him 94-6. He briefly led the State Department in the period between former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s dismissal in March 2018 and Mike Pompeo’s swearing-in the following month.

Sullivan’s expected nomination to one of the most important ambassador positions in the world comes just weeks after Huntsman sent a resignation letter to Trump and as relations between Washington and Moscow remain on edge.

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“American citizenship is a privilege and I believe the most basic responsibility in return is service to country,” Huntsman said in the letter to Trump. “To that end, I am honored by the trust you have placed in me as the United States ambassador to Russia during this historically difficult period in bilateral relations.”

The posting in Russia was Huntsman’s third as ambassador. He also served as ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993 and ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011. In his letter, Huntsman urged Trump to take a firm stance with Russia, saying: “Going forward, we must continue to hold Russia accountable when its behavior threatens us and our allies.”

Huntsman’s resignation takes effect Oct. 3.

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Sullivan’s career in government dates back to 1991, when he served as counselor to Assistant Attorney General J. Michael Luttig in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. During the administration of President George W. Bush, Sullivan served as deputy general counsel to the State Department before moving on to the role of general counsel at the Department of Commerce.

Sullivan was also the chairman of the U.S.-Iraq Business Dialogue – an economic advisory forum – during the Obama administration.

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New York man, accused of raping woman, 74, removed from court after flipping table: report

A New York man accused of raping a 74-year-old woman was thrown out of court Monday after he picked up the table at which his defense team was sitting and launched it in the direction of prosecutors, capping a series of outbursts that disrupted the jury selection proceedings.

Shamik King, 30, was removed from the Syracuse courtroom at around 11:30 a.m. after he hurled a wooden table at the prosecution team’s table, sending splinters flying, according to The Post-Standard. 

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King, who’s accused of raping an elderly woman on Aug. 19, 2018 at the Skyline Apartments, is charged with rape, burglary and assault and was in court as part of jury selection in the case.

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According to The Post-Standard, King had several outbursts during the proceedings and was warned several times by County Court Judge Stephen Dougherty that, if he continued, he would be removed from court and that the trial would continue without him.

And that’s exactly what happened after Monday’s incident. King was removed from court, the damaged tables were placed back in their respective areas, and the jury selection process resumed.

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King was set to appear in court Tuesday for opening statements but it was not immediately clear if he was present.

If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.

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Historic 17th-century Dutch shipwreck discovered near South African beach

Archaeologists in South Africa have found the long-lost wreck of a Dutch merchant ship that played a crucial role in the country’s colonial history.

The Dutch East India Company vessel “Haarlem” or “Nieuw Haarlem,” wrecked in Table Bay on the evening of March 25, 1647.  The African Institute for Marine and Underwater Research Exploration and Education (AIMURE) explains that, while 58 people traveling on the ship were taken back to Europe by other merchant vessels, 62 were left behind to salvage as much of the ship’s cargo as possible.

The salvagers built a makeshift camp dubbed “Fort Zandenburch,” which they lived in for about a year after the shipwreck. They also came into contact with local indigenous people.

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When they returned to the Dutch Republic, the management of the Dutch East India Company decided to establish a “stopover for ships” at the location where they founded their camp. Informally known as the “Tavern of the Seas,” this eventually became the modern city of Cape Town.

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Briege Williams of the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) inspecting an object found in the search for the ‘Haarlem’ wreck. (©AIMURE/Bruno Werz)

After a 20-year search, archaeologists have now found what they believe is the wreck site off the Cape Town suburb of Table View. Located below about 6.6 feet of water, the wrecagek is about 10 to 13 feet below the sea bed, according to AIMURE.

Archaeologists have been working to find the wreck site since 1989 and have now found what they believe is the ship’s final resting place.

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Citing a journal entry kept by a merchant traveling on the “Haarlem,” historic charts, geophysical surveys and test excavations, the archaeologists are “95 percent” confident that the wreck site has been found. “The ultimate proof will be the discovery of 19 iron cannon and 4 iron anchors, as it has been recorded that these items were left behind when the wreck was abandoned,” explained AIMURE, in a statement.  

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Test excavations in the search for the ‘Haarlem’, with Table Bay and Table Mountain in the background. (©AIMURE/Bruno Werz)

“No shipping disaster world-wide had ever such an impact on the history of an entire nation,” added AIMURE CEO Bruno Werz, in a statement emailed to Fox News. “The wrecking of ‘Haarlem’ can be regarded as the catalyst that created not only Cape Town, but also the roots of current multiracial and multicultural South African society.”

Oher shipwrecks have also been revealing their secrets. Maritime archaeologists, for example, used underwater drones to reveal the remains of an incredibly well-preserved 500-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic.

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Dating back to the late 15th century or early 16th century, the mysterious ship was first spotted by the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) in 2009. Earlier this year, a closer analysis of the wreck was done by maritime survey specialists MMT, who were amazed by its level of preservation.

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Fragment of a metal composite plate excavated on Sept. 9, 2018. It consists of a layer of copper, backed by a layer of lead. Historical information indicates that the stern post and rudder of Dutch East India Company ships like ‘Haarlem’ used plates such as this. (©AIMURE/Bruno Werz) 

In another project, five cargo-laden ancient shipwrecks were recently discovered off a small Greek island.

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File image of a Dutch East India Company galleon. (Photo by: Leemage/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

On July 18, a mysterious shipwreck was discovered off the east coast of the U.S., which experts say may be the remains of a World War II-era cargo ship.

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Weight Watchers under fire for children’s weight loss app that critics say promotes eating disorders

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Weight Watchers came under fire this month after releasing a weight loss app for children and young teens that critics says encourages eating disorders.

WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, released the Kurbo App on August 13 and described the program as “a scientifically-proven behavior change program designed to help kids and teens ages 8-17 reach a healthier weight,” according to a press release.

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The wellness organization said that it built the app based on Stanford University’s Pediatric Weight Control Program that helps youngsters to “make lifestyle changes while receiving guidance around sustainable healthy eating, physical activity and mindfulness habits.”

However, parents are firing back saying that the app encourages young people to develop eating disorders early on.

A petition to pull the app was created on Change.org and has received more than 82,000 signatures.

“At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S.,” the petition read. “Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder. This app will literally kill people.”

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The petition argued that the app promotes an environment that facilities the development of eating disorders citing “adolescence [as] a critical period of development and a window of vulnerability.”

The petition’s organizers call WW’s decision to launch the app “dangerous, irresponsible and immoral.”

WW did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

In a press release about the app, Gary Foster, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at WW, said the app helps target “the prevalent public health problem of childhood obesity.”

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“Alongside a distinguished group of leaders in pediatric health and nutrition, we’ve carefully developed this platform to be holistic, rewarding and inspirational so kids, teens and families get the tools and guidance they need to manage their environment and build and sustain healthy habits,” he said.

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SI Swimsuit model Emily DiDonato says she lost 20 pounds after modeling agencies told her she was ‘too curvy’

Emily DiDonato admitted loving her body wasn’t always easy.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, who has made her mark on numerous fashion runways, opened up about her struggles with body acceptance in a YouTube video she recently uploaded.

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According to the 28-year-old, she moved to New York City in hopes of pursuing a career in modeling. However, agencies were quick to tell her she was “too curvy, too big and too athletic.”

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Model Emily DiDonato attends the New York special screening of “The September Issue” at The Museum of Modern Art on August 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Vogue Magazine)

“To me, to be successful, is to be thin,” said DiDonato of her 18-year-old mindset.

“So I am going to do whatever it takes, and I did,” she continued. “I was eating as little as possible, I was very obsessed with what I was putting in my body and I was over-exercising.”

DiDonato was so determined to shed the pounds that she ditched taxis and public transportation and walked everywhere. According to the model, she went from 140 lbs. to 118 lbs. in just a few weeks. Still, DiDonato suffered from depression.

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“I was lonely,” she admitted. “I was homesick. I missed my friends. I didn’t know what I was doing in this big city. I didn’t know anyone.”

And even after losing more than 20 lbs., DiDonato still received negative feedback from agencies. This time, they told her “she looked better before” and “she doesn’t look super healthy.”

“Well, duh,” said DiDonato.

The star shared that it was her loved ones reaching out and expressing their concern for her health that inspired her to stop dieting. DiDonato gained the weight back “and then some.”

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But that didn’t make her happy either.

According to DiDonato, she still didn’t like the way she looked. Instead, she felt “really embarrassed” that she was “failing” her agencies. She also resorted to wearing baggy clothes to hide her body.

Despite her insecurities, DiDonato decided to audition for the highly coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. While DiDonato booked the gig, she was unhappy with the final snaps because she felt “so big” and “so fat.”

But when then issue was finally released, everything changed.

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“I started working more than ever,” recalled DiDonato. “I felt free because there were pictures out there of what I actually looked like and what my body looked like. And Sports Illustrated was celebrating it enough to put it in their issue.

Since then, DiDonato has continued to model for SI and has landed multiple Vogue covers internationally. DiDonato’s career continues to flourish, but her path to self-acceptance is still a daily process.

“I catch myself still — and I would catch myself then — being like, ‘You’re fat, you’re disgusting, you don’t even look like a model, your legs are disgusting, what model looks like that, no one’s going to want to shoot me like this,’” said DiDonato.

But when she finds herself being tormented by negative thoughts she immediately “judo chops” them with positive comments.

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“Finding the self-love and loving the skin that I’m in took time and it took effort,” said DiDonato. “There’s nothing sexier than a woman who’s comfortable in her skin and her body. And that’s something that I’m working at every day.”

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NYC, 3 more states file lawsuit against Trump rules on immigrants receiving public aid

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Three more states and New York City on Tuesday became the latest to file a federal lawsuit contesting new Trump administration rules that would deny green cards to legal immigrants if they rely on public assistance.

New York State, along with Connecticut, Vermont and the nation’s largest city say the rules are illegal and antithetical to the nation’s values.

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“Generations of citizens landed on the welcoming shores of Ellis Island with nothing more than a dream in their pockets,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is leading the latest legal challenge to the president’s tough immigration policies. “The Trump administration’s thinly veiled efforts to only allow those who meet their narrow ethnic, racial and economic criteria to enter our nation is a clear violation of our laws and our values.”

More than 15 other states are separately challenging the rules on those seeking legal permanent status in the U.S. The rules would go into effect in October, but the legal challengers seek a nationwide injunction blocking enforcement until the cases are fully litigated.

“This rule will cover, for USCIS, almost 400,000 people a year, whose applications to become legal permanent residents will include a meaningful analysis of whether they’re likely to become a public charge or not,” said Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, in announcing the changes last week.

Under the new rules the federal government could deny green cards to legal immigrants using Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers; expand federal assistance programs that could disqualify immigrants and focus on immigrant skills rather than family reunification.

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It follows other states and localities suing over the rules, including California.

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Hong Kong British consulate employee detained in China; officials ‘extremely concerned’

British officials are “extremely concerned” after a consulate employee in Hong Kong disappeared several days ago after making a business trip to mainland China, where he was reportedly detained.

Simon Cheng Man-kit, 28, was reportedly detained after attempting to return to Hong Kong after he was last seen attending a business event in Shenzhen on Aug. 8, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement.

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It was unclear if Cheng, who worked as a trade and investment officer with the Scottish Development International section of the consulate, had a diplomatic passport, but detaining any person or staff member from a foreign consulate is considered extremely unorthodox.

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In this Sunday, July 7, 2019, photo, thousands of protesters carrying the British flag march near the harbor of Hong Kong. Hong Kong police on Tuesday confirmed it had received a report on Aug. 9, 2019, about a British foreign ministry employee who has been missing since crossing into China on a business trip. (AP)

“We are extremely concerned by reports that a member of our team has been detained returning to Hong Kong from Shenzhen,” said the statement, which was forwarded by the British Embassy in Beijing. “We are providing support to his family and seeking further information from authorities in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong.”

While British officials, including the Scottish government, which said it was “concerned for Mr. Cheng’s welfare,” have acknowledged the disappearance, officials in China and Hong Kong are at odds over knowledge of the man’s status.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday that he was “not aware of that,” when asked about Cheng’s apparent detainment.

But Hong Kong police said officers were looking into the case after receiving a missing persons report on Aug. 9, adding that they could not disclose more details because of personal data protection rules.

However, Chief Superintendent Tse Chun-chung disputed those claims saying that Hong Kong police haven’t been notified about the case by mainland Chinese authorities under a mutual notification arrangement set up for such cases.

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Cheng, a permanent resident in Hong Kong, reportedly texted his girlfriend to “pray for me” as he was “passing through” Chinese immigration shortly before his disappearance, The Washington Post reported.

The official’s disappearance comes amid weeks of heated protest between mainland China and Hong Kong over a bitter dispute involving political reform and police brutality.

Meanwhile, hundreds of members of the People’s Armed Police, as well as paramilitary vehicles, have been photographed across the border at a Shenzhen soccer stadium. The stadium is just across a bridge that is one of the main access roads between the mainland and Hong Kong.

Hong Kong was a British colony until it was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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