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Walmart Moves on Guns. Politicians, Take Note.

Walmart Moves on Guns. Politicians, Take Note.(Bloomberg Opinion) — Walmart Inc., the biggest retailer in the U.S. and a leading seller of firearms and ammunition, announced this week that it would stop selling bullets for handguns and military-style rifles, stop selling handguns in Alaska (the last remaining state where it makes such sales), and “respectfully” ask its customers to stop openly carrying guns in its stores.The move is welcome in its own right — but it’s especially encouraging as a sign that public opinion is swinging ever more strongly in support of effective gun-control policies. CVS, Kroger, Walgreens and other retailers have also adjusted their policies. If Walmart and others see the case for changing their minds, politicians ought to pay attention.QuicktakeGuns in AmericaWalmart took the opportunity to address politicians directly, saying: “We encourage our nation’s leaders to move forward and strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger.”The company has acted on guns before. It took assault weapons off its shelves in 2015, for instance. But this latest action is still striking. The recent attack in one of its stores in El Paso, Texas — leaving 22 dead, and followed within hours by another atrocity in Dayton, Ohio — was seen to demand a response. “The status quo is unacceptable,” said Doug McMillon, the company’s CEO. He’s right.The announcement will help to strengthen the cultural change that seems to be happening. But to lessen the proliferation of firearms or the danger of guns getting into dangerous hands, political action is needed as well. The two go hand in hand, which is why Walmart’s initiative matters.“They have their finger on the pulse of what Americans want, and the Senate should take note,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. (Michael Bloomberg, owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, founded and helps fund Everytown, a nonprofit that advocates for universal background checks and other gun-violence prevention measures.)Momentum seems to be building toward meaningful gun-control regulation. Walmart’s chief executive and the company’s courageous board deserve credit for recognizing this, and for adding their weight to the cause.\–Editors: Clive Crook, Mark Whitehouse.To contact the senior editor responsible for Bloomberg Opinion’s editorials: David Shipley at davidshipley@bloomberg.net, .Editorials are written by the Bloomberg Opinion editorial board.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Afghan women note Taliban shift after Doha talks

Afghan women note Taliban shift after Doha talksAn Afghan campaigner who took part in breakthrough talks with the Taliban said Thursday that she saw subtle improvements in the attitude towards women of the insurgents, who severely curtailed their rights while in power. The conference, co-organized by Germany, came as the United States negotiates with the Taliban to pull troops from Afghanistan — with women’s rights not explicitly on the agenda. Asila Wardak, a women’s rights campaigner who works for the Afghan foreign ministry, said she was surprised at the positive atmosphere in Doha as women mingled directly with the Taliban over dinner and tea breaks.



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Woman who 'died' for 27 minutes writes chilling note after she's resuscitated

Woman who 'died' for 27 minutes writes chilling note after she's resuscitatedAn Arizona woman who "died" for a total of 27 minutes asked for a notepadafter she was resuscitated to share an urgent message about the afterlife, herfamily claims



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Galaxy Note 10 leak reveals a futuristic feature you won’t find on any iPhone

Galaxy Note 10 leak reveals a futuristic feature you won’t find on any iPhoneThe Galaxy Note 10, now expected to launch on August 7th, is hardly a secret anymore. We've seen plenty of leaks that have confirmed the phone's design and even the sky-high price tag has been outed. The Note 10 will come in two sizes, both featuring the same Infinity-O display that will have curved edges with tiny top and bottom bezels. In many ways, the Galaxy Note 10 will be similar to the Galaxy S10 when it comes to specs, but an insider now claims the phone will have a futuristic feature that no other popular smartphone has — not even the iPhone. If this rumor is accurate, it will give Samsung an advantage over almost all competitors out there when it comes to design.Ice Universe, a reliable Samsung leaker, explained on Twitter that the Note 10 will have bezels as narrow as the iPhone, and that's possible thanks to a new display innovation: Sound on Display (SoD) tech.https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1141244216992866304Instead of having to place a speaker at the top of the phone, Samsung can turn the screen itself into a speaker. This tech has been in the making for quite a while, and Samsung is one of the two companies that can pull it off. The other one is LG, which launched its LG V8 ThinQ earlier this year, the world's first phone with SoD tech. LG, however, hasn't been able to match Samsung for a long time when it comes to flagship smartphone sales.The Galaxy S10 still features a speaker at the top. It's almost invisible, but it's there. SoD screens will allow Samsung and every other company that sources OLED screens from Samsung Display to further reduce the size of their top bezels.The iPhone 11, meanwhile, isn't expected to drop the front-facing speaker anytime soon, and certainly not this year on the iPhone 11. Apple is rumored to stick with the same iPhone X notch design for at least one more generation of handsets, which means the front speaker isn't going anywhere for the time being. Google's Pixel 4, one other highly anticipated handset of the second half of 2019, will also have a speaker at the top, right in the middle of a pretty thick top bezel.



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During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she dies

During a school lockdown, 7-year-old writes note on her arm in case she diesA second-grader wrote a chilling note to her parents on her arm during school lockdown.



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Senator Warren launches 2020 campaign, sounds note of economic equality

Senator Warren launches 2020 campaign, sounds note of economic equalityThe Massachusetts Democrat, a leader of the party’s progressive wing, made her announcement from a historic site in Lawrence – a city northwest of Boston that was once the hub of textile mills and which launched the U.S. organized labor movement. The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone,” Warren said. “And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.” Warren is part of an increasingly crowded and diverse field of Democrats vying for the chance to challenge President Donald Trump, the likely Republican nominee.



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Maine governor certifies contentious congressional race with ‘stolen election’ note

Maine governor certifies contentious congressional race with ‘stolen election’ noteThe Republican governor of Maine has certified Democrat Jared Golden as the winner in the state’s 2nd Congressional District, but in one last jab he wrote “stolen election” next to his signature on the form. Governor Paul LePage’s signature officially caps off a contentious race for the district in the state in the November elections, which switched in favour of Mr Golden from the Republican after successive rounds of voting during the state’s historic foray into ranked choice voting. “I’ve signed off on the CD2 election result as it’s no longer in federal court.



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Trump still can't strike the right note about 9/11

Trump still can't strike the right note about 9/11Trump's excited tone seemed at odds with the somber anniversary, but his speech was comparatively dignified.



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Cat whisperers take note: You can get paid to cuddle cats on a secluded Greek island

Cat whisperers take note: You can get paid to cuddle cats on a secluded Greek islandA feline sanctuary on a small Greek island called Syros will pay you to cuddle cats all day while soaking in the sun. The candidate would take over the cat sanctuary on the Greek island of Syros, in exchange for a free stay on the island and a modest salary.



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Woman escapes armed boyfriend after passing note to dog's vet 

Woman escapes armed boyfriend after passing note to dog's vet A woman escaped from an allegedly abusive and armed boyfriend by passing a note to staff at a veterinary hospital, US police said. Carolyn Reichle, 28, claimed she spent two days being held in a house in Florida and beaten by Jeremy Floyd, 39. She eventually persuaded him there was something wrong with her dog, according to a police report. The couple, and the dog, went to the DeLand Animal Hospital. In a scribbled a message given to a worker Miss Reichle wrote: "Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don't let him know." Officers arrived and Floyd was arrested and charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm, and false imprisonment. Jeremy Floyd, who was arrested at DeLand Animal Hospital  Credit: Volusia Co. Sheriff Office Miss Reichle later told police that Floyd had insisted on coming with her to the vet. In the car on the way he pointed a loaded gun at her, threatening to kill her and her family, she claimed to police. Police said she was treated in hospital for a head injury, black eye and bruised arms. She told officers that while she was being held int he house they struggled over Floyd's gun Officers late found two bullet holes in a wall at the house. Police said Floyd was being held without bail.



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