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Snapchat

A redesigned version of Snapchat's camera eyeglasses called "Spectacles" is now available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and France, with additional countries in Europe to follow on May 3.

Why it matters: Snapchat has previously struggled with its older version of Spectacles, and the company took a $40 million write down for excess inventory last fall. At the time, CEO Evan Spiegel said they "made the wrong decision" with regard to their Spectacles product.

This isn't a total shocker. An FCC document revealed Snap was working on new Spectacles glasses earlier this month.

What they're saying: Addressing the company's write-down, Snapchat said its goal with the first generation of Spectacles "was to get the world comfortable with the idea of wearing a camera on their face, and introduce them to content taken from their personal perspective." But the company conceded it made some business planning mistakes, and intends to learn from them.

Details: The new Spectacles are now waterproof and are available in three new colors. A Snap spokesperson added that they're also more comfortable to wear, thanks to a smaller profile.

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Minnesota governor denounces alleged police violence against media

Law enforcement officers pepper spray freelance photographer Tim Evans (L) as he identifies himself a working journalist outside the Brooklyn Center police station on Friday. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Gov. Tim Walz (D) spoke out Sunday over allegations that journalists covering unrest in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center have endured police violence, telling CBS Minnesota: "Apologies are not enough, it just cannot happen."

Why it matters: Since violations of press freedoms came to national attention last year, with reports of journalists being arrested and assaulted while covering anti-racism protests, violent encounters with law enforcement seem to have become the norm.

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In photos: Students evacuated as wildfire burns historic Cape Town buildings

Firefighters try, in vain, to extinguish a fire in the Jagger Library, at the University of Cape Town, after a forest fire came down the foothills of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday. Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

A massive wildfire spread from the foothills of Table Mountain to the University of Cape Town Sunday, burning historic South African buildings and forcing the evacuation of 4,000 students, per Times Live.

The big picture: Visitors to the Table Mountain National Park and other nearby attractions were also evacuated and several roads including a major highway, were closed. South Africa's oldest working windmill and the university's Jagger Library, which houses SA antiquities, were among the buildings damaged.

Updated 8 hours ago - Politics & Policy

3 killed, 2 wounded overnight in Kenosha bar shooting

Three people died and two others were hospitalized with serious injuries after a gunman opened fire in a bar in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, the police department said in a statement on Sunday.

The latest: Officers arrested a "person of interest" Sunday afternoon in connection with the 12:42 a.m. shooting and there's "no threat to the community at this time," per a police statement.

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