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Intel drops support for Science Talent Search, a prestigious STEM competition

For years, semiconductor giant Intel has supported the Science Talent Search, a top-flight STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—competition for American high school students.

That sponsorship has ended, according to a New York Times report.

The contest has been in place since 1942, backed by Westinghouse. (Intel took over in 1998.) The event is known for its opportunity—40 young finalists in a pool of about 1,800 get to visit Washington to present original research to top veteran scientists—and its results. Among its past competitors include eight Nobel Prize winners, leaders of industry, university professors, and, of course, many prominent scientists.

According to the Times, the sponsorship costs Intel very little—about $6 million per year, close to a rounding error on the company’s almost $56 billion in 2014 revenue. It’s unclear why the company would want to drop its support, and the competition remains in high regard. (Intel has not publicly commented on the report; a Fortune inquiry is pending.) The price of Intel shares has been sliding for most of this calendar year after reaching highs not seen since the 2000 dotcom bubble.


Incredibly stupid of them.

Jeb Bush is reaching out to Asia for campaign donations

Jeb Bush is making fundraising calls to Americans living in China, the Financial Times reports.

He is hosting a fundraising event in Hong Kong where he is expected to speak to supporters via video conference. Bush anticipates 40 guests to attend; at $2,700 per guest, his campaign is expected to raise around $100,000. The event is being hosted by Michael DeSombre, the Republicans Overseas global president, who helped Mitt Romney raise $2 million in Asia during his 2012 campaign.

The group caters to the 8.7 million Americans living overseas. DeSombre says, “If they were a state, they would be the 13th biggest by population, but historically they have not had a voice because many do not vote,” although they are still affected by U.S. law, including tax demands and especially foreign policy.

Bush isn’t the only candidate reaching out to overseas supporters, but he’s the only one with a huge advantage in Asia, where his father and brother, both former presidents, have already built networks he can tap into.



Bush’s bogus claim that Florida ‘led the nation in job creation’ when he was governor

Fact Check:

The Pinocchio Test

Bush makes this bogus claim himself, speaking directly to the camera. But the assertion is not supported by the official Labor Department data — and the article the campaign cites actually makes the salient point that these were mostly poor-paying jobs with few benefits. (The campaign apparently thought that by citing The Post, the jobs claim would have an aura of truth. But it was not a Post article.)

Campaigns simply shouldn’t cherry-pick data in service of factually suspect claims. In any case, when the recession arrived in full force just after Bush stepped down, these low-wage jobs were the first to go. So the gains touted by Bush were largely ephemeral.

We initially thought this might be worthy of Three Pinocchios, but the total package of mendacity tipped us to Four. Readers would be well advised to ignore job-creation claims by politicians.

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California guards charged with inmates' murder, assault

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Three Northern California jail guards accused of beating to death a mentally ill inmate have also been charged with assaulting another prisoner, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

The three Santa Clara County jail guards were arrested last week after Michael Tyree, 31, was found beaten to death his cell shortly after midnight Aug. 27.

The three guards were formally charged with murder Tuesday. Prosecutors also charged the three with assaulting inmate Juan Villa the night Tyree died.

Guards Jereh Lubrin, Rafael Rodriguez and Matthew Farris appeared in court Tuesday, but they didn't enter a plea. They remain jailed in Alameda County without bail.


Only scientist in Congress backs Iran deal

The only member of Congress to hold a Ph.D. in science is supporting the nuclear deal with Iran, amid a wave of Democratic support for the Obama administration’s agreement.

Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), who holds a doctorate in physics, said Tuesday that he had gone deep into the weeds on the pact’s technical merits, and concluded that it passed muster to earn his support.

“After carefully weighing all of the options and possible outcomes I do believe that voting for this deal will make it less likely that Iran will develop a nuclear weapon,” Foster said in a press conference on Capitol Hill.

“My support of this agreement is informed not just by trust but by science.”



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