Roberto Mancini confirmed as new Italy head coach

ROME — Roberto Mancini has been confirmed as Italy’s new coach. The Italian football federation made the announcement late Monday, saying Mancini will be introduced on Tuesday but without providing contract details. Mancini replaces Gian Piero Ventura, who was fired in November after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Luigi Di Biagio guided Italy in an interim role for recent friendlies. Mancini’s appointment will likely signal a return to the national team for Mario Balotelli. Balotelli, who has not played for Italy since the 2014 World Cup, featured under Mancini at both Inter Milan and Manchester City. Mancini left his… Read More

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Santa Clara mayor calls on embattled Councilman Dominic Caserta to resign

Amid allegations that he sexually harassed high school students, Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor is urging embattled Councilman Dominic Caserta to step down from his seat on the City Council. Dominic Caserta (Michael Malone/Bay Area News Group) “Councilman Caserta will have the opportunity to defend himself and answer his accusers if he wishes. But for the sake of our community, I hope he will choose to resign immediately,” Gillmor said in a statement Monday. Last week, multiple allegations of sexual harassment by Caserta against students at Santa Clara High School, where he teaches civics, surfaced. Separately, at least two former members of his campaign team — Caserta is in the… Read More

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It looks like Meghan Markle’s dad has been axed from the royal wedding — and it shows how powerful the paparazzi still are

Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, reportedly won’t go to the royal wedding because of the fallout from a paparazzi scandal. The incident is another episode in the fierce battle between the royals and the press. At its lowest ebb, the media pursued Princess Diana literally to her death, and there have been scandals since. Though legacy media is weaker than it used to be, this proves that it is still capable of stopping the royals from controlling their own narrative. Meghan Markle’s father has dropped out of his starring role in the royal wedding, according to a report from TMZ, citing a heart attack and, more tellingly, a paparazzi scandal.… Read More

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Google staff rebel as company embraces military links

By Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon’s Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters. It was the second meeting of an advisory board set up in 2016 to counsel the military on ways to apply technology to the battlefield. Milo Medin, a Google vice president, turned the conversation to using artificial intelligence in war games. Eric Schmidt, Google’s former boss, proposed using that tactic to map out strategies for standoffs with China over the next 20 years. A few months later, the Defense Department hired Google’s cloud division to work on Project Maven, a sweeping effort to… Read More

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