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Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:46:02 -0400

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Full Mulvaney: 'Washington Won' On GOP Health Bill Fallout

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:05:49 -0400

(image) In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney talked to Chuck Todd about Pres. Trump’s efforts on the GOP healthcare bill after the decision to pull it before the vote.



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‘The least of these’: Meals on Wheels, the Trump budget and the struggle over Matthew 25:40

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:00:22 -0400

(image) The sainted Mother Teresa herself was fond of quoting the verse to explain why she devoted her life to serving the poor. Matthew 25:40, it turns out, is a famously difficult and controversial passage, the subject of at least one book, numerous articles and contentious disagreements among biblical scholars.



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Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally on California beach

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:14:58 -0400

(image) Supporters of President Trump holding a rally on a popular Southern California beach clashed with counter-protesters on Saturday and four people were arrested, law enforcement said. Multiple fights broke out and at least one Trump supporter was doused with pepper spray when pro-Trump demonstrators marching along Bolsa Chica State Beach encountered a small group opposed to the Republican president who had gathered to denounce the rally. Four counter-protesters were arrested, three for illegal use of pepper spray and one for assault and battery, Kevin Pearsall, a spokesman for the California State Parks Police said on Saturday evening.





Pentagon Opens Investigation Into Whether U.S. Airstrikes Killed 200 Civilians in Mosul

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:42:40 -0400

(image) Senior military and defense officials are investigating reports that scores of civilians — potentially nearly 200 — were killed in a U.S. airstrike in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week.



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Northeast Australia braces for cyclone, thousands flee to higher ground

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:06:07 -0400

(image) By Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of Australians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland, where authorities urged 30,000 people to evacuate low lying areas most at risk from tidal surges and winds of up to 300 km per hour (185 mph). Cyclone Debbie is expected to gather strength before making landfall in the northeast state early on Tuesday, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a category four storm, just one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level. The growing alarm persuaded the state government on Monday to warn some 25,000 people living in parts of Mackay, a city 950 kilometers (590 miles) north of the state capital Brisbane, to head south to higher ground.



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3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern Philippines

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:12:20 -0400

(image) MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines military said Monday they have rescued three more Malaysian tugboat crewmen held hostage by Muslim militants for eight months in the south of the country.





The buck stops with Trump

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:08:43 -0400

(image) Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office on Friday evening in an unfamiliar position -- having to own failure. Fittingly perhaps, Trump addressed his failure from behind a desk in the Oval Office. Trump was not ready to take quite that much ownership, although he did profess to be "a little surprised" by the plan's failure.



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Health Care Defeat Proves Washington Is Broken

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:29:50 -0400

(image) OMB Director Mulvaney said, “Washington was a lot more broken than Pres. Trump thought," based on health care defeat



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Infowars apologizes for spreading 'Pizzagate' theory. What does that mean for fake news?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:44:58 -0400

(image) Infowars owner and long-time conspiracy theorist Alex Jones admitted that his site falsely reported and commented on the debunked “Pizzagate” controversy, a theory that alleged that Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant, had played a role in a child-sex-trafficking ring that also involved Hillary Clinton. Apologizing to the restaurant’s owner, James Alefantis, Mr. Jones issued a statement Friday. “I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees,” he said.





Back To Drawing Board For Republicans And Obamacare

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:10:02 -0400

(image) The GOP could return to earlier plans to take Obamacare apart piece by piece, or create a replacement with more bipartisan support.



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Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:24:12 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday.



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Dubai's Emaar Malls rivals Amazon with $800m Souq.com bid

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:20:03 -0400

(image) Dubai's Emaar Malls has offered $800 million to buy Souq.com, the Middle East's largest online retailer, it said Monday, challenging a reported offer by global giant Amazon. "Emaar Malls has submitted a bid of $800 million (736 million euros) for Souq.com in line with the strategy to align e-commerce with physical shopping," Emaar Malls said in a statement. Amazon, which walked away from talks with Souq.com earlier this year, had offered up to $650 million (600 million euros) for the company, according to Bloomberg.



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United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:30:51 -0400

(image) "The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel," the airline said on Twitter as the incident Thanwent viral on social media. In another tweet made in response to a question from a social media user, the airline said: "Casual attire for ticketed passengers is fine. United pass travelers are company employees or family members of employees.



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Powerful winds, large hail take aim at Southern Plains

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:47:06 -0400

(image) TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Golf ball-sized hail and powerful winds are expected to roll through parts of the Southern Plains late Sunday, marking the latest round of turbulent weather across the Midwest and South, forecasters said.



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Leak: You’ve seen Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ a million times, but never quite like this

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:51:15 -0400

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With just two days to go before Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus, a slew of new Galaxy S8 photos have emerged from a mysterious leaker based in Mexico. Originally brought to light by AndroidMX, the new photos perhaps give us our best view yet of Samsung's 2017 flagship smartphone.

With these new S8 Plus photos now making the rounds online, I think it's safe to say that we already know almost everything worth knowing about Samsung's 2017 Galaxy smartphone lineup. From various leaks about upcoming color options and a new intelligent assistant feature named Bixby, all the way down to what type of new camera technologies the devices will bring to the table, Samsung hasn't exactly done a stellar job of keeping S8 and S8 Plus product details under wraps.

But onto the good stuff.

The photo below shows off the S8 Plus' camera in action. It also does a nice job of conveying how immersive the device's 6.2-inch Super AMOLED QHD display is when actually being used. Marketing renders are one thing, but actually seeing photos of an S8 Plus out in the wild gives us a far better idea of what we can look forward to. Of course, you've seen the S8 Plus leak in photos about a million times by now, but they've never been hi-resolution photos quite like these:

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The photo below provides us with our best and crispest look yet at the S8's home screen.

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As for what Samsung's flagship 2017 smartphone lineup will bring to the table spec-wise, both the S8 and the S8 Plus are said to feature a 12-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel shooter on the front. Both phones will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat, will feature an Iris scanner (presumably for identification purposes) and will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor.

Those similarities aside, the two devices will bear some slight differences. With respect to storage for example, the entry level S8 will boast 64GB of storage while the gargantuan S8 Plus will -- rumor has it -- come with 128GB of storage. Additionally, the S8 will come with a 3,000 mAh battery while the S8 Plus will come with a 3,500 mAh battery.

Samsung will finally make the S8 and S8 Plus official at a special "Galaxy UNPACKED" event set to take place this Wednesday at 11 am Eastern Time.



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Monaco on high alert after brazen Cartier heist

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:04:43 -0400

(image) Monaco police were hunting for two suspects Saturday after a daring afternoon robbery at the famous French jeweller Cartier, prompting a brief lockdown of the tiny principality and jet set haven. Three men entered the boutique toward 3:40 pm (1440 GMT) while a driver waited in a car, the Monaco prosecutor's office said, adding that no shots were fired and no one was wounded or taken hostage. Clients in the showroom as well as tourists who found themselves in the zone were confined for part of the afternoon in the Monte Carlo Casino and nearby boutiques.



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With asylum grant, did the US just reward hate speech?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:07:44 -0400

(image) When Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, passed away in 2015, 16-year-old Amos Yee made an obscenity-filled YouTube video denouncing the late leader as a “tyrant.” That and other postings earned him a four-week jail sentence for “wounding religious feelings and obscenity.” Not long after, he earned another six-week sentence for derogatory comments on Islam and Christianity. On Friday, US Immigration Judge Samuel B. Cole granted asylum to Mr. Yee, now 18, who flew to Chicago in December. “His prosecution, detention, and general maltreatment at the hands of the Singapore authorities constitute persecution,” Judge Cole ruled.





Apple's Claims That Hacking Tools Are Outdated Are False, Whistleblower Site Says

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:54:54 -0400

(image) WikiLeaks has been slowly releasing the CIA hacking tools, created to spy on people through smart televisions, smartphones and other household technological devices.



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Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scores

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:22:28 -0400

(image) BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes hit a women's prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Saturday, killing and wounding scores of people amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the country's worst violence in weeks, opposition activists said.



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Rewriting the Rules of Presidential Succession

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:01:40 -0400

(image) A project begun after 9/11 assumes new urgency after the 2016 election—creating a more sensible plan for what happens when a chief executive steps aside.





Activist hedge funds press Tangoe to sell itself: sources

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:11:19 -0400

(image) Two activist hedge funds are pressing directors of Tangoe Inc. to sell the company, according to people familiar with the matter, citing a weakness in the IT company's business and falling stock price. Ancora Advisors and Engine Capital sent a letter to the company's board of directors last week urging the company to resist the temptation to remain independent, and to do everything possible to seek a buyer, sources said. Tangoe's stock is currently trading at $5.04 per share and its market value is around $200 million.








Egypt sentences 56 in migrant boat disaster case to prison

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:27:11 -0400

(image) CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced 56 defendants Sunday in the case of a boat carrying migrants that capsized off the coastal city of Rosetta in September, killing more than 200 people.





Tesla’s Model 3 dashboard won’t be as futuristic as we hoped

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:41:17 -0400

This past Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dashed the hopes and dreams of prospective Model 3 owners with just a few simple tweets. Tempering expectations, Musk emphasized that Tesla's upcoming Model 3 will not be more advanced -- in any capacity -- than the company's flagship Model S. "Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S [with] less range & power & fewer features," Musk said. "Model S has more advanced technology." Musk later added that the Model 3 will not feature the elegant "auto extend handles" Tesla introduced on the Model S. While Muks's comments here might seem obvious, the reality is that some of the hype and speculation surrounding the Model 3 had reached bizarre levels in recent months. Case in point: because the Model 3 prototype Tesla unveiled last year lacked an instrument panel with traditional gauges for items like speed, range and other pertinent information, many Tesla enthusiasts began wondering if Tesla had some special plan for the dashboard, with many believing that a heads up display (HUD) on the windshield was an inevitability. As a quick reminder, here's a photo of the Model 3 interior taken from the company's special event last year. As is evident below, the only location a driver can access information is the 15-inch touchscreen in the center console. In another shot, we can see that Model 3 drivers will have to divert their eyes to the upper left hand corner of the display in order to ascertain their current speed. Alas, Tesla doesn't have any secret plans to implement some advanced HUD on the Model 3. In a tweet addressing the matter, Musk said that as cars become more autonomous, the need for a suite of information at the ready becomes less of an issue. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/845285846936825856 Still, we're still a long ways off before fully self driving cars become commonplace. In turn, it remains to be seen if the Model 3 design in its current incarnation is perhaps too far ahead of its time. Besides, autonomous driving features for the Model 3 will cost extra, meaning that not every Model 3 on the road will be able to take advantage of the vehicle's self-driving capabilities. One question about the Model 3 that remains unanswered is whether or not can expect any changes to the car's steering wheel design. This past April, Musk boasted that the final design will be akin to a spaceship. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/716729420078133248 To answer that, we'll probably have to wait until next July when Tesla is planning the next phase of its Model 3 reveal.[...]


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United Airlines bars girls with leggings, ignites Twitter storm

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:28:28 -0400

(image) United Airlines has run into a social media storm after it barred two teenage girls from boarding a flight in Denver because they were wearing leggings. Another girl who was also wearing leggings was allowed to board the flight from Denver International Airport to Minneapolis after she changed, a witness said. A United spokesman Jonathan Guerin told the New York Times that the two girls barred from flying "made an adjustment" to their clothing and were waiting for the next flight to Minneapolis.



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Seeking transparency, Congressional Democrats introduce 'Mar-a-Lago' act

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:05:32 -0400

(image) The twin bills, not-so-subtly titled the “Making Access Records Available to Lead Government Openness Act”, or the acronym “Mar-a-Lago” are named after the President’s beachside resort that he has nicknamed the “Winter White House” due to his frequent visits in the first several months of his presidency. Mar-a-Lago, the palatial 128-room house in Palm Beach, Fla., was initially constructed by heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post with the express intention of becoming a winter presidential retreat. Following her death, Ms. Post’s estate bequeathed the property to the US government, however less than a decade later the government returned Mar-a-Lago to the post foundation, citing enormous maintenance and operating costs.





April The Giraffe's Fetus Shows Increased Activity

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:38:55 -0400

(image) The pregnant giraffe's fetus was “extremely quiet” on Sunday morning but its activity increased later in the day, according to the zoo that houses April.



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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:52:00 -0400

(image) A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface last week nearly three years after it capsized and sank in violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the nation as it searches for closure to one of its deadliest disasters. More than 300 people — most of whom were students on a high school trip — died when the Sewol sank on April 16, 2014, touching off an outpouring of national grief and soul searching about long-ignored public safety and regulatory failures.



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Photos of the day - March 26, 2017

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:00:38 -0400

(image) A man waves traditional daggers, or jambiyas, as he attends with supporters of the Houthi movement and Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a rally to mark the two-year anniversary since the military intervention by a Saudi-led coalition, in Sanaa, Yemen; police officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia; Balinese people carry giant effigies in the form of the devil, whose local name is “Ogoh-ogoh,” during a parade before Nyepi Day, the Balinese Day of Silence, marking the Balinese Hindu New Year in Gianyar, a regency in Bali, Indonesia. ...





U.N. envoy calls on powers to salvage Syrian ceasefire

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:15:06 -0400

(image) By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia, Turkey and Iran on Saturday to salvage the tattered ceasefire in Syria that would also help keep peace talks on track. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Russia, Iran and Shi'ite militias from nearby countries, are seeking to staunch the biggest rebel assault in months, which began this week in the capital Damascus and the Hama countryside.



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3 dead, 1 injured in Mexico prison riot

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:19:09 -0400

(image) MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fight between inmates at a northern Mexican prison left three inmates dead and one injured, authorities said Saturday.





5 Easy Ways to Make Fast Cash

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) For aluminum cans, you'll generally get 40 cents per pound, and maybe 50 cents a pound if you bring in 100 pounds or more. If you have old computer equipment, you could also recycle that for money -- not much, though.





Brazil tainted meat: Three key markets resume imports

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:32:44 -0400

(image) Brasília (AFP) - Brazil won a major victory Saturday in the fight to restore credibility amid a tainted meat scandal, with key markets China, Egypt and Chile lifting their bans on its products. The three countries, which had totally closed their markets to Brazilian meat at the beginning of the week, said they would open them to all but imports from the 21 Brazilian processing plants under investigation. About 20 countries this week -- including the European Union, Japan and Mexico -- closed fully or partially their doors to Brazilian meat imports, whose sales brought in more than $13 billion to the Brazilian economy in 2016.



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Facebook, Messenger To Become Obsolete To Some Users Next Week

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:31:13 -0400

(image) A new report is saying that Facebook and Facebook Messenger will become unusable to some users by the end of this month.



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Washington's cherry blossoms bloom despite cold snap

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:57:49 -0400

(image) A mild winter followed by a spate of cold weather in Washington, made its mark on the city’s cherry blossoms, but the annual festival delighted first-time visitors on Sunday. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations, including the Tidal Basin, Hains Point and on the Washington Monument grounds.





Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:14:40 -0400

(image) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the U.S.



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Bulgarian center-right GERB wins most votes in election

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:02:26 -0400

(image) By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel Krasimirov SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's center-right GERB party narrowly won a parliamentary election on Sunday, giving it a chance to form another government after leader Boiko Borisov resigned as prime minister in November, triggering the snap poll. The GERB party won 33 percent of the vote, the Balkan country's third in just 4 years, with the leftist Socialists trailing on 27.2 percent, partial official results with 26 percent of the ballots counted showed. "The result of the vote shows that GERB is obliged to form a government," said Borisov.



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Turkey summons Swiss ambassador over anti-Erdogan protest in Bern: sources

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:35:08 -0400

(image) The Turkish foreign ministry summoned Switzerland's ambassador in Ankara on Sunday over a protest in Bern that it said was organized by supporters of terrorist groups and targeted President Tayyip Erdogan, ministry sources said. On Saturday several thousand people, including Kurdish protesters, joined a rally in the Swiss capital calling for a 'No' vote in Turkey's April 16 referendum that could give sweeping powers to Erdogan under a constitutional overhaul. The referendum issue has already badly strained relations between Turkey and several European countries, including Germany, after they banned Turkish ministers from campaigning on their territory for a 'Yes' vote in the referendum.



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Judge says Pulse lawsuit may be tossed out of federal court

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:05:40 -0400

(image) ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge says a lawsuit brought by victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre against the gunman's employer and wife may be tossed out of federal court.





Watch the US Navy test its ultra-powerful electromagnetic railgun

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:47:22 -0400

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Anyone who's played a futuristic shooter since the dawn of video games knows that when you see something called a "railgun" you're in for a real treat. Well, the US Navy built a railgun of its very own, and it just showed off its remarkably powerful creation in a new video of its test firing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=106&v=Pi-BDIu_umo

Railguns like the one the Navy has built trade chemical propellants like gunpowder for the sheer power of electricity, generating extremely strong magnetic fields to push a projectile down a set of rails and out the end of the barrel. It might not sound particularly efficient, but the speeds that railgun projectiles can achieve put traditional cannons to shame. The Navy's massive weapon, for example, launches its rounds at a whopping 4,500 mph.

Additionally, the projectiles launched by the railgun do their damage not by exploding, but simply by striking their target while moving at such a high speed, quite literally tearing apart anything they come into contact with.

For most of their history, railguns have been more fiction than science, and their practicality and reliability has repeatedly been questioned over time. The size of the device itself is typically massive, owing to the large and complex electronic components required to supply the necessary power. However, there are also some pretty fantastic benefits of the non-explosive rounds, such as much less chance of unexploded ordnance causing problems either on the ship or vehicle firing the weapon, or on the battlefield after a skirmish has ended.



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Why Other Senses May Be Heightened in Blind People

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:53:00 -0400

(image) The research used detailed brain scans to compare the brains of people who were blind to the brains of people who were not blind. Such brain changes arise because the brain has a "plastic" quality, meaning that it can make new connections among neurons, the study said. "Even in the case of being profoundly blind, the brain rewires itself in a manner to use the information at its disposal so that it can interact with the environment in a more effective manner," senior study author Dr. Lotfi Merabet, the director of the Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, said in a statement.



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Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:52:13 -0400

(image) The Empire State Building and United Nations headquarters in New York joined other iconic buildings and monuments around the world plunging into darkness for sixty minutes on Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants.



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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Achieves Best-in-Class Fuel Economy

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:00:14 -0400

(image) The Chevrolet Malibu delivers much substance beyond its shapely styling, from the quiet cabin and generous backseat to the comfortable ride and undaunting controls. And with the hybrid version, t...



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