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Published: Wed, 24 May 2017 17:28:10 -0400

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CBO score could roil Senate health care negotiations

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:38:57 -0400

(image) The Congressional Budget Office will release its prediction of the effects of the House-passed health care overhaul Wednesday afternoon, potentially stirring up more dissent among Senate Republicans who have spent much of this month attempting to hash out their own health care deal. The CBO will likely deliver a similar verdict for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as it did for an earlier version of the House bill, which the office said would result in 24 million fewer Americans having health care coverage and $150 billion in deficit reduction over 10 years compared with Obamacare.

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Manchester in Mourning: Bombing Victims Remembered

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:32:32 -0400

(image) An 8-year-old and a college student are among the 22 people who were killed in the terror attack at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.

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Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:27:27 -0400

(image) A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades.

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Four climbers found dead in tents on Everest, identities unknown

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:06:22 -0400

(image) By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali sherpas have found four climbers dead in their tents on Mount Everest, officials said on Wednesday, taking the death toll on the world's highest mountain to 10 in the past month. The climbers were found overnight in two tents at Camp Four, at 8,000 meters (26,246 feet), Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks group, to which the sherpas belonged, said.

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Jakarta governor dropping appeal 'for sake of nation'

Tue, 23 May 2017 03:38:48 -0400

(image) The wife of Jakarta's Christian governor told a tearful press conference Tuesday her husband had withdrawn his appeal against a blasphemy conviction and two-year jail term for the good of Indonesia. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was jailed this month for insulting the Koran while campaigning for re-election, a shock decision that stoked concern about rising religious intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. The blasphemy allegations against Purnama, Jakarta's first non-Muslim governor for half a century and first ethnic Chinese leader, sparked mass protests spearheaded by radicals.

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Betsy DeVos Elaborates On School Choice

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:03:19 -0400

(image) Even though Education Secretary Betsy DeVos did not give away any specifics, she did stress on the importance of holding states accountable when it comes to education and making them answerable to parents, not the government.

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Fox News retracts Seth Rich conspiracy story as Hannity vows to press on

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:19:03 -0400

(image) A controversial Fox News report about the death of a Democratic National Committee employee last summer — a story that had fueled a conspiracy theory that rocketed across right-wing media, but reportedly embarrassed some of the network’s staffers — was retracted by the network Tuesday afternoon. The report attempted to tie the death of data analyst Seth Rich — who was shot in what Washington police believe was a botched robbery attempt — to the leak of DNC emails to WikiLeaks, which began publishing them two weeks later. The implication, spelled out most directly by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, was that Rich had provided the emails and was assassinated in retaliation or as part of a coverup.

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Retirement Savings Is a Bigger Crisis Than Health Care

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:12:52 -0400

(image) Everyone talks about how health care is the biggest crisis facing retirees, but unfortunately that crisis takes a distant second to another, far more serious issue. A 2015 National Institute on Retirement Security study found that the median working-age household has just $14,500 in retirement savings -- woefully short of the hundreds of thousands in savings truly needed to retire in the first place. One of the authors of the 2015 NIRS study, Ilana Boivie, agrees that the $14,500 figure is startlingly low.

Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coast

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:06:04 -0400

(image) A pod of killer whales appears to charge at blue whale off the coast of Monterey, California, in a rare encounter captured by a drone camera on May 18.

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Donald Trump has touched The Orb. Here's what that means

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:07:23 -0400

President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia over the weekend went largely as planned. He appeared jovial on his first trip abroad, he announced billions in Saudi investment in the U.S., and his speech on terrorism was well received.  Last, but not least, he touched The Orb. SEE ALSO: Well-done steak and other items on Donald Trump's tour rider And here’s Trump at the opening of the “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology” in Riyadh — BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 21, 2017 Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to touch The Orb.  The Orb, of course, has existed long before the United States and even the concept of democracy, government, or even society. Its origins remain unknown and no sitting U.S. president has ever dared touch it, out of both fear and respect for its Power. So what does it mean that Donald Trump touched it? Well, a few things. By touching The Orb, Donald Trump has seen all of history in one agonizing moment. All of The Orb's wealth of knowledge, which spans from literally everything from the very first dawn to the Earth's dark and horrid last days, has been burned into Donald Trump's mind in one horrifying instant. He has seen everything that has happened or will happen. This has no doubt changed him as a person. However, it is presently unclear if he even came out of this event with his sanity still in tact. For the next few months or years, Donald Trump will be unable to shake the image of seeing his own death.  It will replay in his mind on a constant loop. He will likely do everything he can to try to prevent this outcome, but as we all know, the future is already written and his feeble attempts will prove fruitless. He will either be able to accept this fact, or it will consume him entirely. Donald Trump has met and fought The Dark One.  At the end of his awful vision Donald Trump will have come face-to-face with Satan, Dark Lord of Hades, who explained to him the true and harrowing meaning of life, information no mortal should bear. Hearing these disgusting words from Satan's dreadful voice will have no doubt provoked Donald Trump to impulsively attack him. They battled in Hell's arena where Mr. Trump inevitably lost. As punishment he was cast into the fires below and tormented by Servants of Hell: creatures so horrific the human mind is incapable of imagining them.  As a reward for completing The Orb's Trial, Donald Trump has been temporarily granted God's powers.  If The Orb is pleased with Donald's trial he will have been rewarded with the powers of God. Fortunately, Donald lacks the complex understanding required to wield these powers to their full extent, if at all. The knowledge of having the divine power of God and the inability to use them to their full potential will undoubtedly frustrate him into derangement. The powers will most likely wear off harmlessly before he has the chance to accidentally undo the creation of Earth. Before long, his lust for The Orb will become insatiable, and he will need to be confined in a locked room until his desire wanes. The Orb's enigmatic essence is a powerful magnet, and Donald Trump's desire to once again touch The Orb will burn hotter than one thousand suns in a phenomenon known as "Orb Madness." It will drive him into hysterics and he will become inconsolable. For his own safety, he will be confined to a padded cell until it has been determined The Orb no longer dominates his thoughts. This could take days, months, or even years.  Bottom line? It's too soon to determine how this will play out, or even if The Orb was pleased with Donald's touch. Only time will tell and all we can do is speculate and pray t[...]

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Manchester Attacker Identity Known To Police

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:18:25 -0400

(image) On Monday, a lone man detonated a bomb at the Manchester Arena in northern England. where Ariana Grande performed in front of over 21,000 people.

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Ethiopia's Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top job

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:55:11 -0400

(image) By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus won the race to be the next head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, becoming the first African to lead the United Nations agency. The former health minister and foreign minister received more than half the votes in the first round and then won a decisive second-round election, beating Britain's David Nabarro to the job. "It's a victory day for Ethiopia and for Africa," Ethiopia's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva Negash Kebret Botora told Reuters before Tedros, as he is widely known, was to take the floor at the WHO's annual ministerial assembly.

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S. Korea fires warning shots at object flown from N. Korea

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:56:37 -0400

(image) South Korea fired warning shots Tuesday at a flying object that entered the country's airspace from North Korea across the Demilitarized Zone, Seoul's military said. One official told AFP it appeared to be a drone. The official gave no details, but previous drones flown across the border have been similar in size to hobby craft.

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President Trump’s first trip abroad

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:30:52 -0400

(image) In contrast to George W. Bush and Obama, President Trump’s first overseas trip is a highly ambitious venture. Here's a look at some of the highlights.

Newfound ‘alien megastructure’ star leaves scientists baffled

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:00:11 -0400


You're forgiven if the name KIC 8462852 doesn't ring a bell. It's a far-off object, thought to be a star, which was only just discovered in late 2015, but it's already managed to totally confuse researchers in its extremely brief stint on the scientific stage. The star has continually exhibited extremely odd behavior, and has been repeatedly observed experiencing huge dips in brightness that don't seem to have any readily available explanation. Now, the star has been spotted performing the same dimming trick as it has in the past, and scientists are throwing out some extremely wild theories. 

KIC 8462852, otherwise known as "Tabby's Star" or "Boyajian's Star" depending on where you look, was caught in the act this past weekend, dimming in brightness by about three percent, which is a large enough change to be easily detected. Normally, the dimming of a star at regular intervals would indicate the presence of a planet in orbit, but there doesn't seem to be any pattern to the of dimming exhibited by KIC 8462852.

Researchers have thrown forth many possible explanations, including other, non-planetary celestial bodies passing in front of the star which are obscuring our line of sight, such as comets, and even the possibility that whatever is floating around the star isn't a naturally-occurring object at all, but instead a massive alien structure. As the research and observations continue, scientists around the globe are hoping that spectral readings will give them a clue as to what, if anything, passed in front of the star. Whatever the object happens to be, it's an exciting time for sky-gazers.

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Sheriff: $500M in poppy plants seized in North Carolina

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:57:28 -0400

(image) CLAREMONT, N.C. (AP) — A field of poppy plants that could be used to make opium was discovered in North Carolina and had an estimated value of $500 million, a sheriff says.

Big Game Hunter Dies After Being Crushed To Death By Elephant

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:25:32 -0400

(image) A well-known South African big game hunter was reportedly crushed to death Friday after his friends fatally shot an elephant.

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Deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:30:32 -0400

(image) Photos of the British response to the deadly bombing at a concert arena in Manchester, England, on Monday night.

U.S. government sues Fiat Chrysler over excess emissions

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:44:25 -0400

(image) By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government filed a civil lawsuit on Tuesday accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using software to bypass emission controls in 104,000 diesel vehicles sold since 2014. The U.S. Justice Department lawsuit, filed in U.S. District court in Detroit, is a procedural step that may ramp up pressure on Fiat Chrysler and comes amid growing scrutiny of diesels by regulators around the world. VW admitted to intentionally cheating while Fiat Chrysler denies wrongdoing.

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India fires on Pakistani military posts, army says

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:38 -0400

(image) India announced Tuesday it had fired mortars at Pakistani army posts across their disputed border in Kashmir, a rare public disclosure of such a pre-emptive assault against its neighbour. Troops fired at military camps in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir which were being used to harbour militants, an Indian army spokesman said. "As part of our counter-terror operations, punitive fire assaults across LoC (Line of Control, the de facto border) are being undertaken by the Indian army," Major-General Ashok Narula told a briefing in New Delhi.

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'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:53:51 -0400

(image) VATICAN CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.

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Sick dog to reunite with family 2 years after disappearing

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:30:09 -0400

(image) HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — A dog found near death will be reunited with her owners two years after she disappeared.

Women Have More College Debt Than Men And Take Longer To Pay It Off

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:34:54 -0400

(image) There's another gender gap in our midst, and it's hurting female graduates, even as they enroll and earn degrees at higher rates than men.

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British police name suicide bomber, threat level raised to critical

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:18:16 -0400

(image) By Michael Holden and Andy Bruce MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British police on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, in an attack on a crowded concert hall in Manchester, and said they were trying to establish whether he had acted alone or with help from others. The man suspected of carrying out Britain's deadliest bombing in nearly 12 years was named as Salman Abedi, aged 22, but police declined to give further details about him.

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Chloe, the adorable side-eying little girl, is all grown up

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:08:22 -0400

(image) Remember Chloe, the adorable, shade-throwing, side-eyeing little girl whose hilarious reaction won the Internet’s heart? Well, as kids tend to do, Chloe grew up, and our hearts just can’t handle the cuteness.

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Police: Man slays neo-Nazi roommates over Islam disrespect

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:10:39 -0400

(image) A Florida man told police he killed his two roommates because they were neo-Nazis who disrespected his recent conversion to Islam, and investigators found bomb-making materials and Nazi propaganda after he led them to the bodies.

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WHO reform a top priority for Ethiopia's Tedros

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:13:22 -0400

(image) The first African to head the World Health Organization, Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom, says he aims to replicate his success in turning around his country's healthcare system on the global stage. The 52-year-old's campaign focused on overhauling the UN health agency after its much-criticised handling of the west African Ebola epidemic, and speculation that the United States might cut its funding for the agency. "We live in a changing world, and the WHO must be able to change with it," Tedros said in his vision statement, citing new health threats brought about through globalisation, climate change and unhealthy lifestyles.

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Donald Trump's panoply of abuses demand more than a special prosecutor | Joshua Matz

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:54:01 -0400

(image) Last week, the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, named the former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump”. Mueller may also examine “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation”. Defenders of the rule of law had spent months calling for a special counsel.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 buy one, get one free deal is better than T-Mobile’s

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:54:24 -0400


Although it will have some tough competition from Apple and OnePlus later this year, Samsung's Galaxy S8 is currently the best phone of 2017. Since the phone launched last month, several deals have sprung up from retailers and mobile carriers, but Samsung just blew them all away with a deal of its own.

T-Mobile customers who are in the market for two new phones can take advantage of Samsung's new buy one, get one free deal right now. Unlike T-Mobile's deal, there's virtually no fine print to this offer -- just buy a Galaxy S8, activate it on an existing T-Mobile line and receive up to a $750 rebate to cover the cost of the second phone within 7-10 days after the activation of the first.

In addition to the free phone, anyone who takes advantage of the offer will also receive a free Galaxy S8 Entertainment Kit, which includes a Clear View Standing Cover, a 64GB EVO+ memory card and 6 months of Netflix. That's over $170 worth of products and services completely free of charge.

The deal will only be available for a "limited time," so if you're looking to pick up a couple of Galaxy S8 smartphones and only want to pay for one of them, head to as soon as possible.

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Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:08:13 -0400

(image) By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa. Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only from a lower jawbone and an isolated tooth, may be the oldest-known member of the human lineage that began after an evolutionary split from the line that led to chimpanzees, our closest cousins. The premolar was found in south-central Bulgaria in 2009.

ISIS Supporters Cheer Ariana Grande Concert Bombing

Tue, 23 May 2017 02:48:11 -0400

(image) Although the Islamic State (IS) group has not taken responsibility for the attack, Twitter accounts affiliated with the terrorist organization sent out celebratory messages.

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Manchester terror attack: The victims

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:26:35 -0400

(image) At least 22 people died in Monday night's bombing attack on a Manchester pop concert, including an eight-year-old girl and several parents who had come to pick up their children. Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos from Leyland, a town in Lancashire, northwest England, is so far the youngest named victim. Chris Upton, headteacher at the Tarleton Community Primary School, described Saffie as "a beautiful little girl in every sense of the word".

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Ethics office blasts Trump refusal to disclose lobby waivers

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:43:20 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — The message from a senator to the government ethics office: Use your authority to force the president to reveal how many waivers he's granted to ex-lobbyists in his new administration.

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High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:28:59 -0400

(image) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court's ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an advantage in the state.

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China's Xi says navy should become world class

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:47:47 -0400

(image) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores. China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month. With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.

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Apple is going all-in on OLED displays

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:24:15 -0400


One of the big changes on the iPhone 8 that every rumor agrees on is the display. Apple will finally be making the jump from LCD to sharper and more battery-efficient OLED panels for its new flagship iPhone later this year, which makes total sense.

But rumors also suggest that the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, expected to be incremental upgrades unveiled in September, will stick with LCD. Since the iPhone 8 will likely cost upwards of $1,000, that means most iPhone users will still be stuck on LCD screens in 2017.

A new report suggests that will all change by the time the iPhone 9 comes out. The Korea Herald's investment site is reporting that Apple has already signed a deal with Samsung to deliver 180 million OLED panels in 2018. The screens have been ordered in two sizes, which hints heavily that Apple will return to its usual release cycle in 2018: two new iPhones with very similar features, but one with a regular screen and one bigger Plus version.

The timing of the report makes sense, as it's about 18 months before Apple could be expected to launch the next-next iPhone. Signing a deal this far in advance gives Samsung time to overhaul its factories and buy new tooling, necessary to start work on an assembly line, design production prototypes, and finally start making screens months before launch.

However, other details like the type of glass used in the display (and possibly an under-screen fingerprint sensor) wouldn't have to be worked out for some time, so this doesn't mean that the design of the iPhone 9 is remotely finalized yet.

The choice of manufacturing partner also makes sense. Samsung is rumored to be the OLED supplier for the iPhone 8, with a contract for 70 million displays reportedly signed months ago. Even though Samsung and Apple's consumer electronics arms are forever locked in fierce competition, Apple has leaned heavily on Samsung's heavier manufacturing arms as a key component supplier in the past.

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Chris Cornell Family Awaits Toxicology Report

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:02:20 -0400

(image) Last week, police said that the "Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman committed suicide but his family raised doubts over his death.

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