WHO: Vaccine makers should plan to adjust COVID-19 jabs – Live -
Large scale Russian offensive possible in January, Ukraine says - Reuters
Cementing ties with France, UAE places $19 bln order for warplanes, helicopters - Reuters
Vaccination, not travel curbs, key to battling Omicron, WHO says - Reuters
Michigan school shooting – latest: Sheriff criticises school for not reporting Ethan Crumbley before attack - The Independent
Gableman threatens jail time for Madison, Green Bay mayors if they don't sit for interview -
DA who released Waukesha suspect ahead of tragedy says it was the result of human error by an overworked staffer - CNN
Government shutdown averted as Congress passes short-term funding bill - CBS News
US Army and FAA investigating military flyover of NFL game - CNN
Aariel Maynor arrested in killing of Jacqueline Avant - CBS News
P.J. Fleck plans to bring back Kirk Ciarrocca as Gophers offensive coordinator - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Dow Jones Futures Await Jobs Report After Market Rallies; DocuSign Dives; Tesla Rival Reports Booming EV Sales - Investor's Business Daily
Peng Shuai: Human rights activist Peter Dahlin says IOC is putting Chinese tennis star at 'greater risk' - CNN
Trump's White House doctor facing fresh scrutiny over Covid test timeline - CNN
China's Kaisa starts talks with bondholders as default threat looms - Reuters
Shell scraps plans to develop Cambo oilfield, citing economics not the climate - CNN
Latest on Omicron Variant and Covid-19: Live News - The New York Times
Plenty of people are taking melatonin as a sleep aid. What you should know before you do. - USA TODAY
Retail theft and organized crime are roiling US chains, traumatizing workers - The Washington Post
Microsoft backtracks on Windows 11’s controversial default browser changes - The Verge
Sources - Notre Dame Fighting Irish expected to announce hiring of Marcus Freeman as head football coach Friday morning - ESPN
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UK study finds mRNA COVID-19 vaccines provide biggest booster impact - Reuters
See ads on Facebook comparing Covid vaccine to Holocaust - CNN
Will an F1 race mark the end of Saudi Arabia's ban on alcohol? - The Economist
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So metal: Newly discovered exoplanet is likely over 80 percent iron - Ars Technica
Colombia seizes hundreds of arachnids being illegally smuggled to Europe - NBC News
DocuSign Stock Sinks as It Delivers 'Big Whiff' on Billings Guidance - Barron's
Pakistan police: mob kills Sri Lankan over alleged blasphemy - ABC News
Dow Jones Futures Fall On US Omicron Cases After Market Rallies, DocuSign Dives; Jobs Report On Tap - Investor's Business Daily
Dan Quinn: It was just a cool win - NBC Sports
NY Covid State of Emergency now in effect - 13WHAM-TV
The Bucs will tell us who they are if they keep Antonio Brown - Tampa Bay Times
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Oct 2, 2021, 7:48 pm
News settings were not sticking very long. Cookies set by JavaScript only stay for a week on Safari. The news feed query is done server side and embedded into the home page. These settings need to be cookies.

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In other news, button colors needed to be explicitly set for Safari 15. They turned blue if they linked to anything. Problem solved, along with other maintenance and security updates.
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May 18, 2021, 8:59 am
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Tech Details: Feed links are working. Open articles resize with the browser window and settings options. Time of day is calculated by the browser, eliminating time zone issues. News is updated every 10 minutes (was 20 minutes). News is kept for 48 hours (was 24 hours). Displays updated to reflect keeping the data longer (instead of "34 hours"... "1 day, 10 hours"). New display option (100 articles). When there are multiple feed matches, the top matching feed on the list is always the one displayed. News Javascript processing is asynchronous, allowing weather to load faster. Articles load from files, not the database. This eliminates the large text field, reducing disk-based temp tables, and eliminating PHP processing on request. Articles are cached on the browser page until a news refresh. Article text search is maintained with a 511 character copy of the article with HTML tags removed.

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