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‘Wordle’ today: Here’s the answer, hints for April 30

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You made it! It’s Sunday, and you’re just about ready to unwind with a game of Wordle. We’re here as always to help guide the way with our expert Wordle advice and the solution.

If you prefer to just be told the answer, you can scroll to the end of this article for April 30’s Wordle word to be revealed. But if you’d rather work through it yourself, keep reading for some clues, tips, and strategies to assist you.

Where did Wordle come from?

Originally created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, Wordle rapidly spread to become an international phenomenon, with thousands of people around the globe playing every day. Alternate Wordle versions created by fans have even sprung up, including battle royale Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once

Wordle eventually became so popular that it was purchased by the New York Times, and TikTok creators even livestream themselves playing.

Not the day you’re after? Here’s the Wordle answer for April 29.

What’s the best Wordle starting word?

The best Wordle starting word is the one that brings joy to your heart. But if what brings you joy is strategy, we have a few ideas to help you pick a word that might help you find the solution faster. One tip is to select a word that includes at least two different vowels, plus some common consonants like S, T, R, or N.

What happened to the Wordle archive?

The entire archive of past Wordle puzzles used to be available for anyone to enjoy whenever they felt like it. Unfortunately, it has since been taken down, with the website’s creator stating it was done at the request of the New York Times.

Is Wordle getting harder?

It might feel like Wordle is getting harder, but it actually isn’t any more difficult than when it first began. You can turn on Wordle‘s Hard Mode if you’re after more of a challenge, though.

Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?

Though usually Wordle will only accept one correct solution per day, occasionally it will rebel against the norm and deem two different answers acceptable. This is due to changes the New York Times made to Wordle after it acquired the puzzle game.

The Times has since added its own updated word list, so this should happen even less frequently than before. To avoid any confusion, it’s a good idea to refresh your browser before getting stuck into a new puzzle.

Here’s a subtle hint for today’s Wordle answer:

It can be both a place and a famous actor’s surname.

Does today’s Wordle answer have a double letter?

It does! It’s a tricky one too, so watch out.

Today’s Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with…

Today’s Wordle starts with the letter P.

What’s the answer to Wordle today?

We’re finally about to reveal the answer to today’s Wordle, so get your guesses in now!

Are you ready?

The solution to Wordle #680 is…

PLAZA.

Don’t feel discouraged if you didn’t get it this time. The beauty of Wordle is that there’s always a new one to try the next day, and we’ll be here again with more helpful clues and hints.

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Arkansas woman indicted after selling stolen body parts for $11K

An Arkansas woman pleaded not guilty to charges she sold stolen body parts from medical school corpses for $11,000 to a Pennsylvania man she met on social media.

Candace Chapman Scott, 36, a former mortuary worker, is accused of selling 20 boxes of body parts to a man she met through a Facebook group about “oddities,” according to the April 5 indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Little Rock.

Scott pleaded not guilty to 12 counts, including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property and interstate transportation of stolen property.

She remains in jail as she awaits a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on whether she will be released on bail.

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The man who allegedly purchased the remains was not named in the federal indictment. But he was identified as Jeremy Lee Pauley in separate state charges.

Scott worked at Arkansas Central Mortuary Services, a funeral home, and part of her job included transporting, cremating and embalming remains. According to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, the funeral home is where the medical school sent remains of cadavers that had been donated for medical students to examine.

In October 2021, Scott allegedly approached Pauley and began offering to sell him remains from the medical school that the mortuary needed to cremate and return.

“Just out of curiosity, would you know anyone in the market for a fully in tact, embalmed brain?” Scott wrote to Pauley in her first Facebook message, according to the indictment.

In the next nine months, Scott sold Pauley fetuses, brains, hearts, lungs, genitalia, large pieces of skin and other body parts, the indictment alleges. The indictment claims that, in one incident, Scott sold the remains of a fetus at a discount because “he’s not in great shape.”

In another message from Dec. 2, 2021, the indictment said Scott offered to sell Pauley “2 brains, one with skullcap, 3 hearts one cut, 2 fake boobies, one large belly button piece of skin, [one] arm, one huge piece of skin, and one lung” for $1,600. Scott received a payment from Pauley through PayPal that same day for $1,600.

SMALL PLANE CRASHES IN ARKANSAS, KILLING SOLE OCCUPANT

Scott collected $10,975 in 16 separate PayPal transfers, the indictment says.

Prosecutors argue that Scott should remain behind bars until her trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Jegley told U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on Friday that Scott may flee over the prospect of a long prison sentence.

“I think that the facts … underlying the indictment and in the indictment are uniquely egregious and objectionable and we believe there is going to be some significant public outcry as a result of this,” Jegley said.

Ray said the accusations against Scott are “shocking and depraved.” But under federal rules, the judge is only supposed to order Scott to remain jailed if she is a flight risk since she is not considered dangerous.

“The indictment alleges horribly egregious conduct, shocking conduct,” Ray said. “But under the Bail Reform Act, those aren’t factors that I consider for dangerousness that goes to danger to the community or risk of the community. As shocking and depraved as the alleged conduct is, none of that would go toward dangerousness so the only thing I see here that would support a request for detention is obviously flight risk.”

Pennsylvania officials learned of the transactions after they received complaints last year about Pauley.

Pauley is charged in Pennsylvania with a misdemeanor count of abuse of a corpse, a felony count of receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property and a felony count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities. He is free on bail and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 7.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences spokeswoman Leslie Taylor told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the FBI has not revealed to school officials whether any of the remains have been identified. She said embalming damages DNA, which makes identification extremely difficult.

Taylor said the medical school still contracts with Arkansas Central Mortuary Services.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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21 Hollywood Facts That Are Just Plain Creepy, Creepy, Creepy, KER-REEPY

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‘Quordle’ today: Here are the answers and hints for April 29

A woman's hands holding a mobile phone playing 'Quordle'

If Quordle is a little too challenging today, you’ve come to the right place for hints. There aren’t just hints here, but the whole Quordle solution. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you’ll get what you need.

What is Quordle?

Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it’s not nearly as intimidating as it sounds.

Is Quordle harder than Wordle?

Yes, though not diabolically so.

Where did Quordle come from?

Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30. Meyer’s creation was covered in The Guardian six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. 

How is Quordle pronounced?

“Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like “curdle.”

Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?

Yes and no.

Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you.

After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle.

What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?

Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can’t afford to waste guesses unless you’re eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. 

Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn’t the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it’s a normal part of the player’s strategic toolset.

Is there a way to get the answer faster?

In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses:

Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We’ve had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.”

Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses.

If strategy isn’t helping, and you’re still stumped, here are some hints:

Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?

One word has a twice-occurring letter.

Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?

No.

What do today’s Quordle words start with?

S, B, W, and E.

What are the answers for today’s Quordle?

Are you sure you want to know?

There’s still time to turn back.

OK, you asked for it. The answers are:

  1. SCOUR

  2. BLUSH

  3. WHINE

  4. ELIDE

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What is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is a sophisticated artificial intelligence chatbot developed by AI research company OpenAI. The AI technology was added to Microsoft products including Bing, the corporation’s search engine.

ChatGPT is a generative AI that is capable of producing content from text to images, having conversations with humans, suggesting edits to computer programming code and more. The chatbot has the ability to answer questions or assist humans in queries or tasks through its vast training using social media, websites, articles, datasets, books and other forms of text on the internet.

ChatGPT is set to be one of the most disruptive forces in Big Tech, specific industries like education and business, and for the future of the human workforce in coming years.

WHAT IS AI?

The second half of the name, GPT, stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer. Transformers are specialized algorithms for finding long-range patterns in sequences of data. A transformer learns to predict not just the next word in a sentence but also the next sentence in a paragraph and the next paragraph in an essay. This is what allows it to stay on topic for long stretches of text.

The chatbot learns to mimic grammar, punctuation, writing structure and other essential components of human intelligence and output conversation, answers, information, etc. back to a user.

ChatGPT is not intended to be a tried and trusted source as it currently poses many potential risks like spewing misinformation and infringing on intellectual property. Additionally, it has serious limitations. Currently, most industries are using the chatbot to test the accuracy of information they’re already experts on vs the answers provided by ChatGPT.

There are, however, several professional industries already leveraging AI to assist in completing tasks more quickly and efficiently, though ChatGPT and other chabots are being used with skepticism.

In the medical field, doctors are testing the precision of diagnostics provided by ChatGPT and patients are employing the chatbot to acquire information about diseases, medications and other health-related topics.

“The suggestions generated by AI were found to offer unique perspectives and were evaluated as highly understandable and relevant, with moderate usefulness, low acceptance, bias, inversion and redundancy,” the researchers from a preliminary study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center wrote in the study findings, which were published in the National Library of Medicine. Dai noted that doctors can enter medical records from a variety of sources and formats — including images, videos, audio recordings, emails and PDFs — into large language models like ChatGPT to get second opinions.

Experts in the legal field are using ChatGPT to experiment with will and testament development, decide on court rulings and answer law-related questions.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF AI?

Reporters and writers are leveraging the chatbot to assist with writer’s block and content creation. Media companies including BuzzFeed and the publisher of Sports Illustrated have announced plans to generate content such as quizzes and articles with ChatGPT.

Students are using the fresh wave of so-called generative AI to write their essays and complete homework assignments. Some schools have blocked access to the service on their networks to prevent cheating, while others are actively encouraging students to use the tools ethically.

While there are numerous advantages to the development and advancements of ChatGPT for business, education and more, it’s pertinent to recognize the tech isn’t always accurate. Sources used to train ChatGPT aren’t fact-checked, generative AI is susceptible to bias and it relies on human feedback to improve accuracy.

“They absolutely do have bias,” expert Flavio Villanustre told Fox News Digital. “Unfortunately, it is very hard to deal with this from a coding standpoint. It is very hard to prevent bias from happening.”

The technology is also prone to “hallucinations.” Hallucinations, with respect to ChatGPT, occur when the AI provides a response that seems factual, formally correct, and includes proper language, but is completely bluffed.

Beyond the level of inaccuracy, there is the concern that generative AI like ChatGPT could become too human-like. There are four levels of development for AI; Reactive Machines, Limited Memory, Theory of Mind and Self-Awareness.

ChatGPT has passed a theory of mind test commensurate with 9-year-old ability, as of February 2023.

“The one thing I tell people is computers don’t get tired. Computers don’t have to turn off,” said Dr. Chris Mattmann, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Chief Technology and Innovation Officer to Fox News Digital.

‘IF WE’VE LEARNED ANYTHING FROM TERMINATOR …’: AMERICANS WEIGH IN ON THREAT OF AI AGAINST HUMANITY

“Does that mean all those people all of a sudden should be dependent on the government and lose their jobs? No,” Mattmann said. “We sometimes know this five, ten years in advance. We should be considering what types of subject matter expertise, what types of different activities, what are the prompts that those workers should be putting their subject matter data and all their knowledge into, because that’s where we’re going to be behind and we’re going to need to help those automation activities.”

The angst people feel in regard to AI advancements are well-founded since an April 2023 report acknowledged that ChatGPT alone could put nearly 5 million US jobs at risk.

Though large language model – L.M.M. – ChatGPT may initially frighten some with its capabilities or intimidate first time users, it is fairly simple to understand.

You’ll need to sign up for an OpenAI account to begin using ChatGPT. Next, you’ll need to agree to the terms of use. Then, you’ll ask the AI model questions and receive answers in return. It’s as simple as that.

Some of the latest features of ChatGPT include the following:

ChatGPT was developed by OpenAI as part of a strategy to build AI software. On November 30, 2022, ChatGPT was officially launched by OpenAI.

Microsoft, OpenAI’s strategic partner, unveiled a $10 billion investment into OpenAI in January 2023. In February 2023, ChatGPT was available for users on Bing’s search engine.

Elon Musk, though said to be developing his own chatbot “TruthGPT,” previously invested $100 million into OpenAI in 2015, according to Business Today. Musk’s massive investment likely played a role in the evolution of ChatGPT.

OpenAI, a San Francisco based AI research lab, created ChatGPT and Microsoft Corp added it to their products including Bing. Search engine giant competitors Google and Baidu are pushing to launch similar tools. Google’s chatbot Bard was released in a limited capacity in March 2023. Baidu launched Ernie bot also in March 2023.

Alibaba, Chinese multinational tech company, released its own chatbot Tongyi Qianwen in April 2023.

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How to livestream Formula 1 for free

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SAVE 49%: Watch Formula 1 livestreams from anywhere in the world with a streaming-friendly service like ExpressVPN. A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £84.53 and includes an extra three months for free — 49% off for a limited time.


F1 is back once again, which means fans all over the world will be seeking out the best streaming options for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. This is where we can help.

When it comes to the best ways to watch the 2023 season, we’ve got all the information you need.

When is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Following on from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Australia, there’s plenty of excitement for the fourth race in Azerbaijan:

  • Practice 1 — 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. GMT on April 28

  • Qualifying — 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. GMT on April 28

  • Sprint Shootout — 9:30 to 10:14 a.m. GMT on April 29

  • Sprint — 2:30 to 3 p.m. GMT on April 29

  • Race — 12:00 p.m. GMT on April 30

The first Sprint of the season takes place in Azerbaijan, which is always entertaining. Sky Sports is broadcasting live coverage of the F1 in the UK, with race highlights available on Channel 4 after the event on April 30.

Can you livestream the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for free?

The coverage offered by Sky Sports is impressive, with the biggest names in the F1 game giving their insights and opinions. Sky Sports is not cheap though, so a lot of dedicated F1 fans will not be subscribed. That means an alternative way to watch is required.

The good news for F1 fans is that Belgium’s RTBF and Austria’s ServusTV will show all of the 2023 races free to stream, with French and German commentary, respectively. You can watch RTBF and ServusTV from outside Belgium and Austria with a VPN:

  1. Sign up for a streaming-friendly VPN

  2. Download the app to your device of choice (the best VPNs have apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, and more)

  3. Open up the app and connect to a server in Belgium or Austria

  4. Connect to RTBF or ServusTV

  5. Watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from anywhere in the world

Most of the best VPNs for streaming are not free, but they do tend to offer money-back guarantees. By using these guarantees, you can watch Formula 1 livestreams for free.

What is the best VPN for F1?

ExpressVPN is the best service for streaming the F1 due to its impressive connection speeds, powerful levels of encryption, apps for all operating systems, five multi-logins, and helpful customer support. It also offers a generous money-back guarantee.

A one-year subscription to ExpressVPN is on sale for £84.53 and includes an extra three months for free — 49% off for a limited time. This plan also includes a year of free unlimited cloud backup and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can sign up to watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and then recover your investment with the money-back guarantee. This is sneaky, but it works.

Watch the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for free with ExpressVPN.

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North Dakota legislature approves bill allowing teachers to ignore students’ preferred pronouns

A North Dakota bill advanced to Republican Gov. Doug Burgum would allow public school teachers and employees of government entities to ignore the preferred pronouns of their transgender students and colleagues.

Senate lawmakers passed the bill 40-6 without debate on Thursday – two days after the House pushed the bill through with a 68-22 vote. Both chambers passed the legislation with a veto-proof majority, which means it could become law without Burgum’s approval.

The bill further prohibits transgender public school students from using the bathroom of their choice unless they have approval from a parent or legal guardian. 

In addition to the bathroom ban, teachers would also be required to tell a student’s parent or guardian if the student identifies as transgender.

NORTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR VETOES BILL REQUIRING LIBRARIANS TO SCREEN SEXUALLY EXPLICIT MATERIAL FROM KIDS

Republican Rep. Karen Rohr, who supports the bill, said it includes language the governor has said “he would have no objections to signing,” according to The Associated Press. She added that the legislation is “also consistent with the governor’s statement that parents should be involved when these situations arise.”

Republican Rep. Cynthia Schreiber-Beck said she opposes the bill because it doesn’t go far enough, adding that private schools receiving state and federal funding should be included in the measure too.

“I have a real concern that this is only targeted at public schools,” she said.

Though Burgum has signed several bills restricting transgender rights into law in recent weeks, his signature is not needed for this one to go into effect – though if he does sign it, it will become law immediately.

The bill could also become law if it sits at the governor’s desk for three days with no signature. If Burgum decides to veto the bill, House and Senate lawmakers would likely override it and then the bill would become law.

NORTH DAKOTA HOUSE PASSES BILL BANNING VIRTUALLY ALL ABORTIONS AFTER 6 WEEKS

Legislation signed in to North Dakota law earlier this month prohibits transgender children and adults from accessing bathrooms, locker rooms or showers in dormitories of state-run colleges and correctional facilities that don’t align with their biological sex.

Another bill makes it a crime to provide minors with healthcare based on their gender identities.

A third one bars transgender girls and women from joining female sports teams in grade school and college.

Burgum did veto a similar bill in March that would have allowed teachers and government entities to ignore personal pronouns. The Senate voted to override his veto, but the House decided to let the veto stand.

The current bill was drafted by the Senate days later by adding the bit about ignoring pronouns into a legislation regulating bathroom access in schools.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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General Motors is discontinuing the Chevy Bolt, its most popular electric car

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV, parked on a beach as the sun sets.

General Motors (GM) is discontinuing the Chevrolet Bolt, despite the car being its most popular electric vehicle. Production is slated to cease by the end of the year.

The Chevy Bolt’s surprise retirement announcement came during GM’s earnings call on Tuesday. Though GM’s assembly plant in Orion, Michigan will continue to make electric vehicles, it will turn its attention toward pickup trucks GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado. General Motors expects to eventually produce 600,000 electric trucks in the U.S. annually.

Considering the comparative popularity of the Chevrolet Bolt, GM’s decision to cease production seems strange on the face of it. Initially released in late 2016, the Bolt was one of the first long-range electric vehicles targeted at the average driver, and soon became the best-selling electric car in the U.S. that wasn’t Tesla-branded

In a letter to investors, GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra stated that the company delivered over 20,000 EVs in Q1 and had increased its EV market share by eight percentage points, crediting this to “the third consecutive quarter of record Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV deliveries and rising Cadillac LYRIQ sales.”

The death of the Bolt could open up the opportunity for competitors such as Nissan to claw back some of that market share via offerings such as the Nissan Leaf. GM also reported an 18.5 percent drop in profits in Q1, with its stock sliding by over three percent in the wake of the announcements.

Mashable has reached out to GM for comment.

Though the Chevrolet Bolt is undeniably popular compared to GM’s other electric vehicles, it isn’t without its issues. Almost 69,000 Chevy Bolts were recalled in 2020 due to their batteries posing a fire risk. The recall was expanded the very next year, extending to over 141,000 vehicles across model years 2017-2022.

Still, after smoothing out such issues, the Bolt offered a comparatively low-cost option for drivers keen to get behind the wheel of an electric car.

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