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Published: Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:44:55 -0400

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Peoples Climate March hits D.C. with new goals for the Trump era

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:05:15 -0400

(image) Although these are dark days for environmentalists, the Peoples Climate March had a cheerful air Saturday afternoon as it took over the streets surrounding the federal government in Washington, D.C.

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Trump Plan Could Lower Taxes, But Spending Cuts Would Hurt His Voters

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:43:52 -0400

(image) Data Download: Counties that voted for President Trump could benefit from the White House's tax reform, but the reform would also lead to spending cuts.

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Pope Francis set to pray with Egypt's Christians

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:59:35 -0400

(image) Pope Francis is set to lead a mass for Egypt's small Catholic community on Saturday as he visits the country in support of its Christians following a series of deadly church bombings. Egypt's Catholic community is estimated at about 272,000. "By coming to Egypt, the pope is showing us that nothing can prevent us from praying, including terrorism," he said, referring to recent church bombings.

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Military plane crashes in Cuba killing all eight on board

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:49:06 -0400

(image) A military airplane crashed into a mountain in Cuba's north-western region of Artemisa on Saturday morning, killing all eight personnel on board, the Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces said. The aircraft, a twin-engined turboprop Antonov AN-26, had taken off at 6:38 a.m. (0638 ET) from Playa Baracoa, just outside Havana, and crashed into the Loma de la Pimienta mountain some 80 km (50 miles) westwards. "The eight military personnel on board, including the crew, died," the ministry said in a statement published by state-run media.

Witnessing death: AP reporters describe problem executions

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:30:12 -0400

(image) The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die, but opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. They raised new concerns after an execution Thursday in Arkansas left the prisoner convulsing and pressing against his restraints.

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Apple Trying To Persuade California DMV To Change Self-Driving Rules

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:04:16 -0400

(image) The tech giant also wants the state’s restriction on using self-driving vehicles without a human driver to be removed.

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Watergate journalists Woodward and Bernstein issue warning about Donald Trump's attacks on media

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:58:00 -0400

(image) The veteran journalists who first uncovered the Watergate scandal have spoken out against Donald Trump’s attacks on the media, warning the US President against undermining the country’s free press. Donald Trump was not present to hear the comments, instead holding a rally of his supporters.

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Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:53:00 -0400

(image) By Andrew Osborn and Svetlana Reiter MOSCOW (Reuters) - Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for 17 years, has not said whether he will run in presidential elections in March 2018. Saturday's protest in the capital -- called "We're sick of him" -- was organized by the Open Russia movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

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Turkey blocks Wikipedia access, bans TV dating shows

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:20:41 -0400

(image) Turkey on Saturday blocked all access to Wikipedia and banned television dating shows, adding to fears of a crackdown after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory in a referendum on enhancing his powers. The government also dismissed almost 4,000 public officials in the latest wave of the purge under the over nine-month state of emergency that has followed last July's failed coup. Erdogan, who has dominated Turkey since 2003 as premier and now president, narrowly won the April 16 referendum on enhancing his powers which supporters believe will lead to better government but critics say creates one man rule.

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MIT invented a robot that can 3D-print an entire building

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:00:46 -0400


3D printing has slowly gone from a curious novelty to a totally viable option for creating all kinds of useful things, from chocolate to athletic shoes, and now MIT has invented a way to use the technology to print buildings, too. Given that most 3D printing takes place inside a sealed box, it might be a bit hard to imagine exactly how a structure could be built in such a way, but as you'll see it can most definitely be done.

The peculiar system is essentially a robotically-controlled arm that sprays an expanding foam which dries hard — kind of like the gap-filling foam you'd buy at a hardware store. The system's sensors detect the hight at which the arm sprays the foam, gradually lifting itself higher as the walls of the structure take shape. In the demo video, the robot is shown building a circular structure with double-thick foam walls supported by internal bracing. The dome was completed in less than 14 hours, which is pretty speedy when you consider it was 12 feet tall and 50 feet across.

The system can even account for doorways, can build walls at varying thicknesses to account for specific climates, and could potentially use other materials which it would harvest from the surrounding area if deployed in a remote area. MIT even notes that, once it's built to be completely autonomous, it would be a great option for sending to the moon or Mars where traditional building materials wouldn't necessarily be available.

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Delta Airlines Pilot Hits Passenger

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:43:17 -0400

(image) “We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation,” a spokesperson said.

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11 killed by storms and flooding in South and Midwest

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:20:50 -0400

(image) CANTON, Texas (AP) — At least 11 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday.

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Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar says he wants peace

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:50:39 -0400

(image) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A former Afghan warlord who battled U.S. forces after the 2001 invasion and nursed bitter rivalries with other militant factions before signing a peace deal with the Afghan government appeared in public for the first time in more than 20 years on Saturday and called for peace.

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Leonardo DiCaprio used a standard, office file folder for his climate march sign, lol

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:43:08 -0400

(image) Look, let me start by saying Leonardo DiCaprio has done a lot to combat climate change.  He produced a climate change documentary titled Before the Flood that dropped in 2016. He has a foundation "dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants." The foundation has given $61 million to causes that align with that mission statement. He talks about climate change all the time. And, also, he was among the ~200,000 people in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to protest a White House that very much does not share his (scientifically valid) concern for the damage people are doing to the climate. SEE ALSO: Trump's big EPA website change should make you furious It's just kind of funny that the man who has done all of the above couldn't get a sign for the protest that was bigger than a piece of computer paper.  Like, at what point did DiCaprio realize he wanted a sign? Did he wake up in a hotel and say, "Shit, I forgot people were going to write things on posters and walk around with them at this thing I'm going to today," and then he went to the nearest Staples, a Staples with markers but without posterboard? Did the hotel have a green and a red marker and a file folder somewhere? Does he keep these things in a bag? Anyway, it's just funny. WATCH: Giant icebergs are a big tourist draw in Newfoundland, and a warning sign

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Donald Trump marks 100 days with attack on 'fake news' media and Washington 'swamp' at rally

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:12:00 -0400

(image) Donald Trump has marked his 100th day in office by claiming historic action on his agenda, renewing promises on healthcare and taxes, while attacking the media for allegedly misleading Americans. To supporters at an evening rally in Pennsylvania, he promoted American power and patriotism while emphasising such priorities as American manufacturing, better trade deals for the US and a still-to-be defined tax cut plan. Mr Trump's 100th day events were set in a politically important state that he won with 48 per cent of the vote.

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China deports U.S. citizen convicted of espionage

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:30:59 -0400

(image) China has deported a U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage this week after being held without trial for two years, removing a source of friction between Washington and Beijing. Sandy Phan-Gillis was arrested in March 2015 while about to leave mainland China for the Chinese-ruled, former Portuguese colony of Macau. A court on Tuesday ordered her deportation after sentencing her to three-and-a-half years in prison for espionage.

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Italian elected new leader of Order of Malta

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:37:13 -0400

(image) A 72-year-old Italian medieval art expert was on Saturday elected to head the Order of Malta, the world's oldest chivalric order. Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto takes the reins for one year after Pope Francis ordered the resignation in January of the Order's Grand Master, Britain's Matthew Festing, following a power struggle. The influential Order of Malta, founded in Jerusalem and recognised by the pope in 1113, operates in around 120 countries and is one of the biggest landowners in Italy.

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Former US Navy Seal Robert O'Neill describes the moment he 'shot dead Osama bin Laden'

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:56:58 -0400

(image) The former US Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden has described the moment he claims he shot the al-Qaeda leader dead. Robert O’Neill, who claims to have fired the fatal bullets, has for the first time published a detailed account of the mission that lead to the 9/11 mastermind being gunned down in a secure compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011. In a dramatic extract from his new book, The Operator, published in the Mirror, the former Seal described the moment he fired two shots at Bin Laden and “split open” his head.

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Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward and Los Angeles Clippers' Paul Pierce in NBA playoff action and more: April 30 in photos

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:33:37 -0400

(image) Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce defends during the first half in Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series; Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a warehouse in Kathmandu, Nepal; A grid girl poses for a photo at the Formula One Russian Grand Prix; Kyle Busch makes a pit stop during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400.

Swimmer injured in shark attack at Southern California beach

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:59:47 -0400

(image) CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A shark attacked a woman wading in the ocean with friends, tearing away part of her upper thigh off a popular Southern California beach, authorities and witnesses said Sunday.

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Infamous Afghan warlord returns to public life after exile

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:43:21 -0400

(image) Notorious Afghan warlord and ex-prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to public life Saturday after more than 20 years in exile, calling on the Taliban to lay down their weapons and join a "caravan of peace". Hekmatyar, white-bearded and clad in his trademark black turban, spoke to supporters at a gathering in Laghman province widely broadcast in Afghanistan, where his return to the political mainstream months after etching a landmark peace deal with Kabul has been hugely controversial. Known widely in the international press as the "Butcher of Kabul", Hekmatyar is one of the most infamous warlords of Afghanistan's history, chiefly remembered for his role in the bloody civil war of the 1990s.

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Why Do So Many Americans Think Democrats Are Out of Touch?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:50:00 -0400

(image) If Democrats want to regain the power they’ve lost at the state and federal level in recent years, they will have to convince more voters they can offer solutions to their problems.

25 years after Los Angeles riots, progress and distrust live side by side

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:45:48 -0400

(image) By Alex Dobuzinskis and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twenty-five years after the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the deadly riots that followed the verdict, an undercurrent of distrust pulses through a city that says it worked hard at police reform. Long before the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement, the name Rodney King became synonymous with the use of excessive force in policing minority groups. King, then 25, was battered by a squad of white officers after a traffic stop in March 1991, an incident caught in graphic detail on a bystander's video.

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Arkansas girl found dead after mom, great-uncle killed

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:32:01 -0400

(image) One of two missing Arkansas siblings was found dead in a wooded area on Friday near the creek where their mother's body was discovered and not far from where another relative was found dead, authorities said. Investigators are hopeful the other child is alive.

Two members of alt-right accused of making white supremacist hand signs in White House after receiving press passes

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:46:00 -0400

(image) Two conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white supremacist hand symbol at a recent visit to the White House. “Just two people doing a white power hand gesture in the White House,” Fusion senior reporter Emma Roller tweeted, alongside a screenshot of the picture.

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Iran satellite TV head shot dead in Istanbul: Dogan news

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:03:57 -0400

(image) The head of an Iranian satellite television network who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, Turkey's Dogan news agency said on Sunday. GEM TV founder Saeed Karimian and an associate were driving in Istanbul's Maslak neighborhood after 8 p.m. (1.00 p.m. ET) on Saturday when their car was blocked by a jeep and shots were fired, Dogan said. Karimian was found dead by emergency services arriving at the scene, Dogan said.

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12 hazing complaints since 2014 confirmed at Marine base

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:41:52 -0400

(image) BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Officials at the Marine Corps' training base in South Carolina say half of 24 hazing complaints investigated since 2014 have been confirmed.

Maduro welcomes papal interest in Venezuela mediation

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:15:44 -0400

(image) President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday welcomed an offer by Pope Francis for Vatican mediation in crisis-torn Venezuela but opposition leaders rebuffed the overture. "Dramatic news on the worsening of the situation in Venezuela keeps coming in with numerous deaths, injuries and prisoners," the pontiff said before a crowd of 70,000 attending weekly prayers in Saint Peter's Square. Maduro responded on his weekly program on state VTV television, pointing a finger of blame at the opposition.

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Trump’s ‘Face the Nation’ interview: Calls North Korean leader ‘smart cookie’ and blasts Democrats as ‘obstructionists’

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:52:00 -0400

(image) In a wide-ranging interview with CBS News’ John Dickerson on “Face the Nation,” President Trump talked about his accomplishments during his first 100 days in office. He called North Korea’s leader a “smart cookie,” blasted Democrats as “obstructionists,” and referred to “Face the Nation” as “Deface the Nation.”

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Russian flags rained down in a confetti-style protest during Trump's rally

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:42:34 -0400

(image) Trolling is mostly dumb, but sometimes it's an art.  President Donald Trump held a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday and, as he was speaking, someone tossed a bunch of tiny Russian flags, confetti-style, in front of the cameras streaming his speech to news networks.  SEE ALSO: Russian refugees read powerful testimonials of gay men who escaped Chechnya As far as protests go, it certainly earns points for creativity.  The Trump campaign and administration officials have had a lot of unexplained contact with Russian officials, much of which is currently under investigation. A former campaign manager allegedly laundered money for a Ukrainian political party with ties to the Russian government. The FBI got a surveillance court order in the summer of 2016 to watch a Trump adviser because of an investigation into links between the Kremlin and the current president's campaign. And if you're looking for more...oddities...they're not hard to find. The FBI is currently investigating the administration's ties to Russia, as are multiple bodies in Congress. Maybe this particular troll just wanted to remind us of that.  WATCH: In stunning exchange, Trump refuses to answer question from CNN reporter

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You can actually get a 4K TV for half the price of an iPhone

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:30:55 -0400


Ready for a serious dose of reality? Flagship smartphones have gotten so expensive that a brand new 43-inch TV featuring cutting-edge 4K resolution costs about half as much as an entry-level iPhone 7 Plus. It seems crazy, but it's true. 4K TVs are still new enough that most people don't have them, and yet you can get a well-rated and well-reviewed Ultra HD TV with a built-in Roku experience a display that measures 43 inches diagonally for under $400 on Amazon... and that includes shipping!

Here's what you need to know:

  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native), 120Hz Clear Motion Index (Effective)
  • Backlight: LED (Full Array)
  • Smart Functionality: Yes - Roku TV Streaming Platform with built-in dual band Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 38.3" x 22.4" x 2.7", TV with stand: 38.3" x 23.9." x 7.4"
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out

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Environmental Protection Agency scraps climate change page on its website 'to reflect Donald Trump's priorities'

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:23:20 -0400

(image) The climate change information page on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website has been scrapped. A statement on the EPA website said language regarding the Clean Power Plan – Barack Obama’s landmark effort to curb carbon emissions – was “out of date”. The page was being updated to reflect the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt, the statement said.

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Father of missing boy says he's desperate to find son

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:44:48 -0400

(image) LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of a 5-year-old boy reported missing about a week ago in California has released a statement saying he is desperate to find his son, on the same day homicide detectives searched his home.

Thai family buries baby murdered on Facebook Live

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:24:40 -0400

(image) Tearful relatives gathered outside a Thai temple on Saturday to bury an 11-month-old girl killed by her father in a harrowing murder he broadcast live on Facebook before committing suicide. The Buddhist ceremony on the southern island of Phuket concluded a week of funeral rites for baby Natalie, who was hanged from the side of an abandoned building on Monday by her 20-year-old father Wuttisan Wongtalay. Wuttisan, who hanged himself shortly after, filmed the macabre scene using his phone and broadcast it on Facebook Live.

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Philippine military says high-ranking Abu Sayyaf member killed

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:17:55 -0400

(image) Philippine government troops have killed a senior member of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group instrumental in a spree of bombings and kidnappings in the country's south, the military said on Saturday. Alhabsy Misaya was killed in a shootout with marines on Friday in the province of Sulu, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, a group linked to Islamic State and known for its kidnappings and beheading captives when ransom demands are not met. The military said Misaya had been involved in violent activities for more than 15 years and was "considered to be one of the most notorious kidnappers in the southern Philippines".

No sign Philippines raised sea feud win vs. China in summit

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:19:18 -0400

(image) MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders ended their annual summit in Manila on Saturday without any sign that host Philippines raised its crucial arbitration victory against China over disputed South China Sea territories.

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Trump says North Korea's Kim is 'a pretty smart cookie'

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:10:03 -0400

(image) US President Donald Trump offered some backhanded praise for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, calling him "a pretty smart cookie" in a television interview that aired Sunday. Trump's almost admiring remarks came amid soaring tensions with North Korea over its missile and nuclear programs, with an alarmed Washington looking to China for help in reining in Kim. Trump said he had "no idea" whether Kim was sane or not, but said the North Korean leader had faced a formidable challenge in taking over the country at a reported age of 27 after his father's death in 2011.

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Chrome adds support for a newer GIF-killing format

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:03:40 -0400


The internet would not be the same place without GIFs. The antiquated file format is central to our very important online meme culture, but the format itself is terrible. The images are huge, and restrictions on color, bitrate and frames per second all show that the GIF is about a decade past its sell-by date.

Writing an actual format to replace the GIF isn't hard -- it's getting it to work universally that's the trick. Animated PNGs, or aPNGs, just took a big step towards universal acceptance with the latest release of Chrome.

An upcoming release of Chrome, number 59, will have full support for animated PNGs, according to developer comments spotted by 9to5Google. APNGs have had hacked-together support in Chrome for a while now via Chrome extensions, but full support is a huge step forwards. For web developers, this means that aPNGs can be included in a webpage with reasonable confidence that a majority of readers will be able to view the images.

Chrome isn't the only browser to support aPNGs, either. Firefox has supported them for a while, Apple chose to use aPNGs for iOS 10's animated iMessage features, and Safari supports them on both macOS and iOS. At this point, the only two browsers that need to convert for near-universal support are Microsoft's Edge, and the default Android browser.

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Mexico approves legalising medical marijuana

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:25:00 -0400

(image) Mexico’s Congress has approved the legalisation of medicinal cannabis. On Friday, the Lower House of Congress voted 371 in favour of the bill, with only 19 politicians voting against it or abstaining. The bill will now go to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is expected to sign it.

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