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Published: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:19:25 -0500

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EPA chief Pruitt appeals to ‘civility’ but fails to quell environmentalists’ concerns

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:09:22 -0500

(image) Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first speech to employees of the EPA at midday on Tuesday did little to assuage the concerns of environmentalists over his ties to the fossil fuel industry. At the EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., Pruitt called for civility and listening in his highly anticipated, tense inaugural address to the staff of an agency that he sued more than a dozen times as Oklahoma attorney general. President Trump’s decision to nominate Pruitt, who has made it clear he has no confidence in mainstream climate science, to lead the EPA immediately incited a backlash from liberals and environmentalists.



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Meet the 22-year-old fighting Trump’s terror talk about Sweden from the country’s official Twitter feed

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:40:07 -0500

(image) Before President Trump’s reference on Saturday to a terror attack in Sweden, the biggest story in Stockholm was this one: a report about the so-called “fake news” industry published by Dagens Nyheter, a Swedish newspaper. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” the president said to his supporters at a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday. “Sweden, who would believe this?” Trump later explained he was watching a Fox News segment that featured a documentary filmmaker accusing the Swedish government of covering up an immigration-related crime wave there.



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The Latest: Crowd holds vigil for slain Whittier officer

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:09:45 -0500

(image) WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local):



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Malaysia guards morgue as Kim Jong-Nam's body still not claimed

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:49:05 -0500

(image) Armed men stood guard Tuesday at the morgue holding the body of the assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, with officials denying reports the dead man's son had arrived to claim the remains. The corpse of Kim Jong-Nam -- who was killed last Monday at Kuala Lumpur airport -- has been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Pyongyang and Malaysia, after the North insisted it be returned and objected to an autopsy being performed. Jong-Nam's son Kim Han-Sol had been due to arrive in Kuala Lumpur from Macau on Monday night, local media and intelligence sources said, but AFP was unable to confirm his presence in the city.



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First-Grade Teacher Suspended Over 'Illegal Aliens' Post: School District

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:45:00 -0500

(image) The elementary school teacher advocated reporting undocumented immigrants, according to school district officials, who suspended her.



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U.S. judge blocks Texas plan to cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:42:39 -0500

(image) By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Austin issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday halting Texas' plan to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, saying the state did not present evidence of a program violation that would warrant termination. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said state health officials "likely acted to disenroll qualified health care providers from Medicaid without cause." He said the preliminary injunction will preserve the court's ability to render a meaningful decision on the case's merits.





Bao Bao the panda leaves the National Zoo, flies to new home in China

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:24:33 -0500

(image) Say bye-bye to Bao Bao! The 3-year-old giant panda has left the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and is flying on a special FedEx aircraft to China. As part of an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all pandas born in the United States must return to China before they are 4 years old.



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Resistance Report: More than 1 million sign White House petition for Trump’s tax returns, breaking record

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:56:25 -0500

(image) President Trump has taken to saying that no one cares about his taxes. White House petitions need to draw more than 100,000 signatures within 30 days to be considered for an official response from the White House.



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South Dakota bill leaves evolution skepticism up to teachers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:42:27 -0500

(image) PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change.



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10 fascinating facts about the Washington Monument

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:45:54 -0500

(image) The iconic Washington Monument is celebrating its 132nd birthday today. Learn how it took 40 years to complete the project, and the surprising connections it has to the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, and the Constitution.



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‘A Serbian Trap’: Freezing conditions in Belgrade are not the biggest problem for refugees in Belgrade

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:35:57 -0500

(image) A trip along the refugee track within Serbia reveals that the old route through the Balkans is still being used despite strong border control, harsh conditions and frozen temperatures. Despite the existence of camps built by the Serbian state, the migrants are here trying to make their way into European Union countries illegally.





Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:30:34 -0500

(image) PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral Tuesday for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti's largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime.



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Shark kills bodyboarder on Reunion island

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:32:47 -0500

(image) Saint-André (France) (AFP) - A 26-year-old man bodyboarding off of Reunion island was killed by a shark on Tuesday, local officials said, in the latest attack in the waters of the Indian Ocean holiday destination. It was the 20th recorded shark attack on the island since 2011, eight of which have been fatal, despite efforts by local authorities to install nets and warn locals and tourists about the dangers. The man, a former shark spotter from the island once employed by the local surfing association, was pronounced dead after the shark bit through a major artery in his leg off the eastern coast near Saint-Andre.



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United Airlines enters basic economy fare wars in the US

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:36:53 -0500

(image) Airfare wars are heating up in the US, with United Airlines the latest carrier to launch a basic economy fare in response to the low-cost competition. 



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Iceland's President said he would ban pineapple on pizza if he could

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:00:03 -0500

(image) Pineapple on pizza: you love it, or you hate it so much you use your power as president of a small country to make it literally illegal. In what's being called a "political bombshell" by Iceland Magazine,  President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said he would ban pineapple as a topping on pizzas— if he were allowed to pass laws on his own. SEE ALSO: Trump thinks something terrible happened in Sweden, so here come the IKEA and ABBA jokes The incendiary comments were in response to questions from students about where he stood on the concept of pineapple as a topping while visiting a local high school. Word of his controversial opinion quickly spread across the internet, where it began trending on Twitter. With a debate as contentious as this one, everybody had to get a word in. not only does iceland use entirely renewable energy but their president is also a WOKE BAE pic.twitter.com/EkGbjmwHL1 — eva (@myIoveiscooI) February 21, 2017 Emotions flared. you can all stay in Iceland as well so us pineapple on pizza lovers can live in peace and tastiness pic.twitter.com/UOZ3g5shNp — Luke Brooks (@luke_brooks) February 21, 2017 Brands are even taking to Twitter to make their stance on the issue known.  No ban here  pic.twitter.com/vmSJw5F1ew — DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) February 21, 2017 Long after the last pineapple is thrown into the Icelandic sea, DiGiorno Pizza's Last Stand will be remembered: "No ban here  ." BONUS: Snap's Spectacles



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Shocker! World’s first self-driving car race ends in a crash

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:40:03 -0500

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The world's first race on a professional track involving self-driving cars ended, not surprisingly, with a crash. As part of the Roborace competition held in Buenos Aires over the weekend, one of the two self-driving Devbot vehicles involved in the race slammed into a wall after miscalculating a particularly sharp turn.

While the Devbot vehicles weren't going all out, they weren't exactly driving at a leisurely pace either. At their best, both cars were driving in excess of 100 MPH, with one reaching a top speed of 115 MPH at one point.

In addition to racing around the track at high speeds, it's worth noting that each car can communicate with the other as to prevent them from crashing into each other. Unfortunately, the racetrack wall proved to be an insurmountable foe.

As for the software malfunction that caused the crash, Roborace's Justin Cooke explained what happened in an interview with the BBC:

One of the cars was trying to perform a manoeuvre, and it went really full-throttle and took the corner quite sharply and caught the edge of the barrier.

It's actually fantastic for us because the more we see these moments the more we are able to learn and understand what was the thinking behind the computer and its data.

Indeed, for as far along as self-driving software and hardware has progressed, it's clear that there's still a lot of work to be done before self-driving cars can replace human drivers completely across all driving environments.

While the DevBot vehicles are designed such that they "can be driven by a human or a computer", the versions used in the race over the weekend did not have any humans inside. Photos of the crash can be seen here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSbSUeKEj00



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Trump’s Sweden gaffe gets ridiculed on late night TV

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:50:32 -0500

(image) When President Trump picks up his copy of the New York Times on Tuesday morning, he’ll see something he likes for a change: a photo of himself smiling and shaking hands with his new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, a pick that has been widely praised. Below the image, though, Trump will see a story that has continued to dog him for the last three days: the fallout over the president’s suggestion during his campaign-style rally in Florida on Saturday that a terror attack had occurred in Sweden the night before. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump told his supporters on Saturday night.



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Massachusetts police end visits to schools to greet kids

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:05:15 -0500

(image) NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police department's program that sent officers into elementary schools one day a week to greet and high-five students has been ended because some people complained.





Hillary Clinton Finally Stepped in to Advise President Trump

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:06:36 -0500

(image) After months of passive tweets, Hillary Clinton finally called on POTUS speak out against anti-Semitic attacks. President Trump employed Breitbart News chairman, Steven Bannon, as chief Whitehouse strategist, leading some to believe he's encouraging anti-Semitic behavior.



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Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:31:54 -0500

(image) By Isabel Coles and Maher Chmaytelli SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city. Since ousting the militant group from eastern Mosul last month, Iraqi forces have advanced in sparsely populated outlying areas but fighting will intensify as they near the teeming inner city of western Mosul and the risk to roughly 750,000 civilians there will rise. The U.S. military commander in Iraq has said he believes U.S.-backed forces will retake both of IS's urban bastions - Mosul and Raqqa in neighboring Syria - within the next six months, which would end the jihadists' ambitions to territorial rule three years after they declared a "caliphate".





Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:35:37 -0500

(image) Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city. Tsang, 72, who held the leadership post of chief executive for seven years from 2005, is the most senior city official ever to be convicted in a criminal trial and the highest ranking one to be put behind bars. The six-week trial at the High Court came as residents lose faith in Hong Kong's leaders after a string of corruption cases fuel suspicions over links between public officials and business figures.



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Brazil's race to save drought-hit city

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:36:24 -0500

(image) The shrunken carcasses of cows lie in scorched fields outside the city of Campina Grande in northeast Brazil, and hungry goats search for food on the cracked-earth floor of the Boqueirao reservoir that serves the desperate town. After five years of drought, farmer Edivaldo Brito says he cannot remember when the Boqueirão reservoir was last full. Brazil’s arid northeast is weathering its worst drought on record and Campina Grande, which has 400,000 residents that depend on the reservoir, is running out of water.





Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:49:59 -0500

(image) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.





Warning on Flu: It's Not Going Away Just Yet, CDC Says

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:59:00 -0500

(image) Flu season may have started several months ago, but it isn't going away just yet — U.S. health officials expect flu activity to remain high for at least a few more weeks, according to a new report. The report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that flu activity in the U.S. started to increase around mid-December, and remained elevated as of Feb. 4, the most recent date for which flu data is available. And so far, the percentage of doctor's visits for the flu has exceeded the national baseline for eight consecutive weeks, the report said.



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Cop Helps Girl, 10, With Math Homework After She Messaged Police Department on Facebook

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:59:00 -0500

(image) "I'm having trouble with my homework. Could you help me?" 10-year-old Lena wrote in a Facebook message to the Marion, Ohio Police Department.



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China Nears Completion Of Missile-Housing Structures In South China Sea

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:29:45 -0500

(image) The structures, capable of housing long range surface-to-air missiles, may be a political test for the Trump administration, a U.S. official told Reuters.



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Plane carrying 5 people hits Australian shopping mall

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:59:40 -0500

(image) MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Five people were believed killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.



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SpaceX cargo ship aborts rendezvous with space station

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:16:06 -0500

(image) SpaceX aborted a planned rendezvous between an unmanned Dragon cargo ship and the International Space Station Wednesday because of a GPS problem. "Dragon is in good health and will make another rendezvous attempt with the @Space_ Station Thursday morning," the private company said on Twitter. The cargo ship is packed with more than 5,000 pounds (2,267 kilograms) of food, gear and science experiments for the six astronauts living on the orbiting space station.



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Iran ready to give U.S. 'slap in the face': commander

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:43:30 -0500

(image) The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games. Since taking office last month, U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to get tough with Iran, warning the Islamic Republic after its ballistic missile test on Jan. 29 that it was playing with fire and all U.S. options were on the table. "The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake," said General Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Guards’ ground forces, quoted by the Guards' website Sepahnews.





Ex-Hong Kong leader jailed in fall from 'such a height'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:49:02 -0500

(image) By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was jailed for 20 months on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, making him the most senior city official to serve time behind bars in a ruling some said reaffirmed the financial hub's vaunted rule of law. The sentence brings an ignominious end to what had been a long and stellar career for Tsang before and after the 1997 handover to Chinese control, service that saw him knighted by the outgoing British colonial rulers. "Never in my judicial career have I seen a man falling from such a height," said High Court justice Andrew Chan in passing sentence.





Women's life expectancy on track to hit 90 in some nations

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:47:36 -0500

(image) By 2030 life expectancy for South Korean women could top nine decades, an average lifespan long thought to be out of reach, researchers said Wednesday. South Korea is not only the first country in the world where women may live past 90 on average, it is also the one on track to log the biggest jump in longevity, they reported in The Lancet medical journal. Other developed countries are not far behind: the longevity of French and Japanese women are more likely than not to stretch past 88 years.



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South African court rules ICC withdrawal unconstitutional

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:33:35 -0500

(image) JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court ruled Wednesday that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court without parliament's approval was unconstitutional. The country had been set to become the first to leave the tribunal that prosecutes the world's worst atrocities.



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10 Universities Where TAs Teach the Most Classes

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

(image) The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search. At some research universities, a teaching assistant -- usually a graduate student -- might either serve as the main instructor for an undergraduate course or provide support to the professor.





It looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is coming back from the dead

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:49:25 -0500

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A few weeks ago, Samsung finally explained what caused the Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions that killed the highly praised phablet soon after it started selling in stores. But the company never said what it planned to do with the huge pile of brand new and briefly used Galaxy Note 7 units that it collected from all over the world when it recalled the failed phone. Unconfirmed reports said that Korean giant might consider reselling a refurbished Galaxy Note 7 after it fixes whatever caused the batteries to catch fire. Now, a fresh rumor out of Asia claims the same thing, potentially revealing more details about Samsung's intentions.

According to Hankyung, Samsung will replace the original 3,500 mAh battery with either a 3,000 mAh or a 3,200 mAh battery. The refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units will then be sold in certain markets, including India and Vietnam. Samsung has recovered 98% of the more than 3 million Galaxy Note 7 units it shipped worldwide, but the company is yet to make any announcements regarding the future of the phablet.

The report doesn’t mention actual pricing information for the refurbished phablet, but it does say that Samsung plans to relaunch the phone by June. It’s unclear at this time whether the phone will be available in any markets outside of India and Vietnam.

Either way, Samsung still has a major problem on its hands. The company has to find a way to dispose of the large number of Galaxy Note 7 batteries it’s been collecting and storing for the past couple of months, and the entire process has to be environmentally friendly. Reselling a refurbished version of the phone to consumers might the handsets themselves, but all of those old batteries still need to be disposed of.



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The Great Cheese Scare

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:14:09 -0500

(image) "We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this issue has caused,” Sargento Foods Chief Executive Officer Louie Gentine said in a statement.



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Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:20:07 -0500

(image) BOSTON (AP) — With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.



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British IS bomber was ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee: report

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:29:24 -0500

(image) A suicide bomber from the Islamic State group was a British citizen detained at Guantanamo Bay, a family member told The Times newspaper on Wednesday. The British fighter who IS claimed detonated a suicide bomb against Iraqi forces outside Mosul was named in British media as Jamal al-Harith, who was detained at the United States base between 2002 and 2004.



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Uber hires ex-U.S. Attorney General Holder to probe sexual harassment

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:31:18 -0500

(image) Uber Technologies Inc has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a review of sexual harassment claims at the ride-hailing service made by a former employee. Holder and Tammy Albarran, who are partners at the law firm Covington & Burling, will look into the complaints about a manager at Uber, as well as general questions about diversity and inclusion, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told his employees in a memo on Monday that was seen by Reuters. Last year, Airbnb hired Holder, who served under former President Barack Obama, to help craft a policy to combat discrimination occurring through the online lodging service's platform.





International anti-Trump protests

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:12:19 -0500

(image) Demonstrators in Europe protest the presidency of Donald Trump, during the U.S. President’s Day long weekend. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr





For over three years, Kim murder suspect lived mystery life in Malaysia

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:24:53 -0500

(image) Chong Ah Kow said he facilitated Ri's working visa by stating in supporting documents that he was a product development manager in the company's IT department earning 5,500 ringgit ($1,230) per month. "It was just a formality, just documents, I never paid him," Chong, a Malaysian, said in an interview.





Pair Killed Their Landlord, 68, Then Lived With Her Body for 2 Weeks: Cops

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:26:00 -0500

(image) 42-year-old Lawrence Cannon and 44-year-old Jennifer Elam have been implicated in the fatal shooting of 68-year-old Mary Ring.



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S. Africa budget throws light on fractured ANC

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:04:34 -0500

(image) South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers the annual budget in parliament Wednesday as he battles to revive the economy and head off loyalists of the president who seek to oust him. Gordhan, a popular figure in South Africa and among international investors, is widely seen as being at loggerheads with President Jacob Zuma, who has shrugged off a series of recent corruption scandals. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has been engulfed by friction between Zuma's plans for funding "radical economic transformation" and Gordhan's stand against graft and uncontrolled expenditure.



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6 Ways to Take Control of Your Retirement

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:45:00 -0500

(image) One of the most unsettling aspects of retirement is that you give up a lot of control in life. Your kids are growing up, becoming independent and ignoring your best advice, and your friends may be slipping away due to illness, infirmity or perhaps they're moving to a retirement mecca. Here are six key areas where you can take steps to improve your retirement.








Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigns after controversial pedophilia comments

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:17:22 -0500

(image) On Feb. 21, 2017, Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation as an editor at Breitbart News. The writer and commentator has been facing backlash since a video of him making controversial comments about pedophilia surfaced.



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Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:23:07 -0500

(image) MOSCOW (AP) — Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops.



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Possible 'Hidden Chamber' in King Tut's Tomb Invites More Secretive Scans

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:20:00 -0500

(image) A group of archaeologists has said the tomb of Tutankhamun may hold a hidden chamber containing the tomb of Queen Nefertiti. Now, a physicist plans to lead a team conducting another series of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) scans as a last-ditch effort to find Nefertiti's burial site. In this method, high-frequency radio waves bounce off the ground and off of walls, and the reflected signals can reveal hidden treasures, or empty chambers.This is the third time that this method has been used in Tutankhamun's tomb and it is unclear how the new scans will be different than the others.



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Trump administration working on trans bathroom guidelines

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:43:46 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is working on a new set of directives on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students, the White House said Tuesday.



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