Parler CEO John Matze fired as site fights to restore its online presence

John Matze says he’s been fired as CEO of Parler, which was among the social media services used to plan the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

Matze’s announcement Wednesday followed Amazon’s Jan. 11 decision to remove Parler from its web-hosting service over its unwillingness to remove posts that called for the killing, rape and torture of politicians, tech executives and others. Google and Apple removed Parler’s app from their online stores.

Matze, in a post on the professional networking site LinkedIn, thanked Parler employees. “This is not a goodbye. Just a so

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Five key moments from education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing

Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee for education secretary, appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, answering sometimes contentious questions from senators about transgender athletes, school reopenings and other issues.

a man talking on a cell phone: Miguel A. Cardona speaks during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of education with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 3. (Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP)

Miguel A. Cardona speaks during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of education with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 3. (Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP)

Here are five key moments from the confirmation hearing, spotlighting what Cardona did — and didn’t — say and revealing some of his thinking on controversial topics. You can watch the hearing here or

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Hopkins wins in overtime, giving Novak 900th career victory

Hopkins coach Ken Novak Jr. got his 900th career victory when the Royals rallied for a 59-54 overtime victory over host Chaska in nonconference boys’ basketball Tuesday.

Hopkins, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, trailed by six points with nine minutes left in the second half. A three-point shot by Royals forward Jaelen Treml tied the score at 50 with less than a minute remaining and those were the final points of regulation.

The Royals scored the first four points of the overtime, but the No. 5 Hawks pulled within 56-54 with 20 seconds remaining. Then Jarrett Brenlynd, who was

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South Carolina Upstate vs. Radford odds: 2021 college basketball picks, Feb. 4 predictions from proven model


The South Carolina Upstate Spartans and the Radford Highlanders are set to square off in a Big South matchup at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday at Dedmon Center. Radford is 11-7 overall and 5-0 at home, while the Spartans are 3-11 overall and 1-4 on the road. Radford is 12-5 against the spread this season. SC Upstate has a 6-7 ATS mark. 

The Highlanders are favored by nine points in the latest Radford vs. South Carolina Upstate odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 132. Before entering any South Carolina Upstate vs. Radford picks, you’ll

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Erdogan says will not let Turkish university protests swell

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday his government would not allow month-long demonstrations at a Turkish university to grow into anti-government protests similar to those in 2013, calling the protesters “terrorists”.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks as he attends provincial congresses of his ruling AK Party via video link,?in Ankara, Turkey, February 3, 2021. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

Defying a government ban on demonstrations, students and teachers at Istanbul’s Bogazici University have protested Erdogan’s appointment of Melih Bulu, an academic and

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Face masks can be recycled into roads to rid pandemic waste


A sample of a recycled road-making material, which blends shredded single-use face masks with processed building rubble, made by engineers at RMIT University in Australia.

RMIT University

Tangling animals’ legs together, floating across city streets and swimming in oceans after journeying through sewers, face masks have found themselves in just about every nook and cranny of the environment since the pandemic began.

The litter visible today is just a glimpse of what a post-pandemic world could look like, but one team of engineers from Australia propose a solution to the growing waste problem: recycle masks into roads.

Not only would

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