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Neil deGrasse Tyson Warns Science Denial Could 'Dismantle' Democracy 24 Apr 2017, 12:55 pm
Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson urges Americans to become more scientifically literate in a short video he posted yesterday (April 19) on his Facebook page. In the video he titled "Science in America," Tyson comments on 21st-century attitudes toward science, explaining the importance of the scientific method and making the case that science denial could erode democracy. "I offer this four-minute video on 'Science in America' containing what may be the most important words I have ever spoken.
The Latest: Confederate monument in New Orleans taken down 24 Apr 2017, 11:31 am
Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown prepares for funeral 24 Apr 2017, 5:47 am
Wheaton College mourns freshman killed during track event 24 Apr 2017, 3:16 am
US Defense Secretary Mattis visits strategic Djibouti 24 Apr 2017, 2:03 am
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged France to continue its fight against terror in Africa as he visited Djibouti, a strategic Horn of Africa nation which hosts Washington's only permanent military base on the continent. Camp Lemonnier, home to some 4,000 US soldiers and contractors, is vital to US military operations in Somalia against militant groups like Al-Shabaab, and also provides support for US operations in Yemen, where special forces regularly carry out drone strikes against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. China is also in the process of establishing its first overseas military base in the small port country just a few miles from the US camp, which has raised concern in Washington.
Police search for missing boy in California; father arrested 24 Apr 2017, 1:43 am
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police in Southern California on Sunday finished their search of a park where the passed-out father of a missing 5-year-old boy was found over the weekend and are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
The Latest: California police ask for help to find boy 24 Apr 2017, 12:27 am
Tears of joy and frustration after French election count 23 Apr 2017, 9:40 pm
Emmanuel Macron's youthful supporters wept tears of joy and shouted themselves hoarse on Sunday as projections from France's presidential election suggested their champion was well on track for power. Similar jubilation played out at the headquarters of the far-right National Front (FN), whose leader Marine Le Pen brought the party to the presidential runoff for just the second time in its history. For supporters of the conservative Republicans and far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed), there was bitterness at a dream left unfulfilled.
Brain-Damaged Woman Grins as Future Sister-in-Law Asks Her to Be a Bridesmaid 23 Apr 2017, 6:56 pm
Iranian candidate says nuclear deal failed to lift sanctions 23 Apr 2017, 6:42 pm
Member of security watchdog OSCE killed in Ukraine 23 Apr 2017, 6:22 pm
(Reuters) - A member of European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and two others injured on Sunday after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk, prompting calls for an investigation into the incident. The unarmed, civilian OSCE mission with more than 700 international observers was deployed in 2014. The role of the monitors includes verifying the withdrawal of heavy weapons as agreed under the 2015 ceasefire agreement.
These ‘Married At First Sight’ Couples Are Still Together 23 Apr 2017, 6:20 pm
CNN’s Camerota: ‘Roger Ailes did sexually harass me’ 23 Apr 2017, 6:14 pm
The “New Day” host revealed Sunday that the former Fox News chief propositioned her early in her career at the top-rated cable news network. Ailes, through his attorney, called the claims “unsubstantiated and false.”
Bill Gates didn’t let his kids use cell phones until they turned 14 23 Apr 2017, 6:07 pm
While most young kids and teenagers spend hours upon hours glued to tablets and smartphones, Bill Gates' children had a markedly different experience growing up. During a recent interview with the Mirror, the former Microsoft CEO said that when his children were growing up, he limited their exposure to the addicting glow of digital screens.
"We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour," Gates said. Also interesting is that Gates -- whose children currently range in age from 14 to 20 -- didn't even give his kids access to cell phones until they turned 14. And even then, using cell phones while the family was having dinner was expressly prohibited.
"You’re always looking at how [smartphones] can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess," Gates added. All that said, it's hard to feel bad for the Gates children given that Bill Gates -- with an estimated net worth of $86.9 billion -- is the world's richest man. And with the Gates children growing up in a house that's worth upwards of $125 million, I'm sure they're well acquainted with some of the most luxurious creature comforts the world has to offer.
What we really want to know, though, is if the Gates children were ever granted access to Apple products. If we go back in time a bit, you might recall that Melinda gates back in 2013 made headlines when she said that her children receive Windows products even though they sometimes clamor for Apple devices. "Of course they ask [for Apple products]," Gates said, "but they get Windows technology. The wealth from our family came from Microsoft so why would we invest in a competitor." A few years earlier, Gates expressed a similar sentiment during an interview with Vogue, noting that her kids were not allowed to use either iPhones or iPods.
It's actually a brilliant parenting strategy when you think about it. If you're not allowed to have a smartphone until you're 14, and if your time on the device is limited once you finally get one, you'll probably be content with any device you can get your hands on. Alas, the same couldn't always be said for Melinda Gates who, in the same Vogue interview, said that she sometimes feels pangs of jealousy for iPhone owners.
“Every now and then I look at my friends and say 'Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone’,” Gates said. Of course, given how far iPhone competitors have come since then, we imagine that the Gates family is doing just fine in a presumably Apple-less world.
French election will be 'major test' for populism 23 Apr 2017, 4:42 pm
Dowd: New poll is 'good news, bad news, really bad news' for Trump 23 Apr 2017, 4:40 pm
Polls: Trump approaches 100 days with lowest job approval rating in more than 70 years 23 Apr 2017, 4:11 pm
4-Year-Old Marks Seventh Child To Die From Drug Overdose In One County 23 Apr 2017, 2:42 pm
Scams push foreclosure fraud to limit, taking victims' homes 23 Apr 2017, 1:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The phone call came as Raymond Murray neared the bottom of his luck. His wife had died, his career had been ended by injuries, and struggling to get by on his disability check, he had scraped together just enough to pay a lawyer to avoid imminent foreclosure on his modest Brooklyn home.
Three Iraqi policemen killed in suicide attack south of Mosul 23 Apr 2017, 12:38 pm
Three policemen were killed on Sunday in a suicide attack south of Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where Islamic State is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive, security sources said. A group of about 10 assailants, including four suicide bombers, had tried to infiltrate a Federal Police helicopter base in Al-Areej, a police captain told Reuters. Three policemen and three of the assailants were killed in the attack, he said.
6 Cool Exoplanets That Might Support Aliens 23 Apr 2017, 12:20 pm
Abu Sayyaf militants behead kidnapped Philippine soldier: army 23 Apr 2017, 12:01 pm
A Filipino soldier kidnapped last week in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf militants was found beheaded, the military said on Sunday, hours after government troops killed three more members of the Islamic State-linked group in a clash elsewhere. The head of Sergeant Anni Siraji of the Army's 32nd Infantry Battalion was found 50 meters away from his body in Patikul town in Sulu, Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said. Sobejana said Siraji was probably abducted and executed because of his involvement in peace initiatives in Sulu.
Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews falls 23 Apr 2017, 11:48 am
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violent attacks on Jews dropped for a second straight year in 2016, but other forms of anti-Semitism are on the rise worldwide, particularly on U.S. university campuses, according to a report released Sunday.
Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident 23 Apr 2017, 10:58 am
Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier. Emergency crews managed on Saturday to collect half of the roughly 60,000 litres (16,000 gallons) of diesel that spilled into the ocean, the regional government said. Three coast guard boats were on Sunday working to break up the slick -- which is three kilometres long and half a kilometre wide -- to help the diesel evaporate, it added.
Human rights advocate found stabbed to death in the Maldives 23 Apr 2017, 10:48 am
Bernie Sanders Aims To Revamp Democratic Party 23 Apr 2017, 10:00 am
Morocco summons Algeria envoy over Syrian refugees 23 Apr 2017, 9:26 am
Morocco has summoned Algeria's ambassador to express concern after 54 Syrians attempted to "illegally enter" the country from Algeria, the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Sunday. It said 54 Syrians attempted to enter Morocco through the border town of Figuig, an area surrounded by mountains, between April 17 and 19. It accused Algeria of forcing them to cross into Morocco.
Full Pelosi Interview: Trump Is Showing 'Weakness' With Wall 23 Apr 2017, 6:15 am
In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tells Chuck Todd that Democrats unite around a variety of issues, but stand opposed to the president's border wall plan.
Elizabeth Thomas Reunites With Family 23 Apr 2017, 6:02 am
S.African faces trial over axe slaying of his wealthy family 23 Apr 2017, 4:16 am
In a case that has gripped South Africa, the 22-year-old scion of a wealthy family goes on trial in Cape Town on Monday, accused of slaughtering his family in a frenzied axe attack. The case has also made headlines internationally, as police failed to arrest anyone for the grisly killings until Henri van Breda handed himself in. Van Breda is alleged to have killed his brother Rudi and parents Martin and Teresa and left his sister Marli struggling with nightmarish injuries.
France on edge as presidential vote looms 23 Apr 2017, 3:43 am
France was on edge on the eve of its most unpredictable presidential election in decades, which will take place under heightened security after the jihadist killing of a policeman. The shooting on Paris's world-renowned Champs Elysees avenue on Thursday, claimed by the Islamic State group, thrust questions of security to the fore of campaigning after nine months of relative calm. On Saturday, police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris's Gare du Nord station, briefly causing panic as some passengers rushed out of the way.
Should The Bible Be Taught In Schools? 23 Apr 2017, 12:00 am
Saudi Arabia restores civil service and military allowances 22 Apr 2017, 11:13 pm
Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a royal decree on Saturday restoring financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut under austerity measures. "The royal order returns all allowances, financial benefits, and bonuses to civil servants and military staff," said the decree, broadcast on state-run Ekhbariya TV. In September Saudi Arabia cut ministers' salaries by 20 percent and scaled back financial perks for public sector employees in one of the energy-rich kingdom's most drastic measures to save money at a time of low oil prices.
‘Science not silence’: Thousands rally in New York to take aim at ‘alternative facts’ 22 Apr 2017, 10:37 pm
14-Year-Old Allegedly Shot In The Head By Teenage Boys Makes Remarkable Recovery: 'I Am Tougher Than A Bullet' 22 Apr 2017, 8:08 pm
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just caught a glimpse of Earth, all the way from Saturn 22 Apr 2017, 7:00 pm
NASA and its spectacular space hardware often spend so much time checking out our planetary neighbors that we forget Earth offers some pretty cool photo ops as well. A brand new photo released by NASA is a great reminder of that, and it was shot all the way from Saturn, courtesy of the always reliable Cassini spacecraft just before it's scheduled to begin the most harrowing part of its entire years-long mission. The photo, which shows the Earth as a tiny bright dot in a black sea of space, was shot at a distance of 870 million miles. If you zoom in on the original photo you can even make out the Moon as a smaller dot to the left of our planet. The most spectacular part of the image is the fact that it was shot from between Saturn's rings, with the bold A ring seen above the Earth and bright F ring creeping into the original photo at the bottom. It's a great shot, but it's also somewhat bittersweet when you consider Cassini's immediate future. The craft is scheduled to begin its "Grand Finale" dives shortly, in which it will fly recklessly through Saturn's rings a total of 22 times until, on its final approach, it flies directly into the planet itself. That final act will destroy the spacecraft, which has already achieved far more than scientists could have ever hoped when it was launched way back in 1997. That last fateful dive is slated for September 15th, 2017.
Paris station panic as man arrested with knife 22 Apr 2017, 6:40 pm
Armed police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris's Gare du Nord station Saturday, sparking panic at the international transport hub just days after the jihadist killing of a policeman. Police sources said that "travellers" pointed out the individual wielding a knife to passing police on patrol, who immediately arrested him. No one was injured in the incident at Paris's main international terminus and the man offered no resistance to his arrest.
Trump's First 100 Days In Office 22 Apr 2017, 5:00 pm
Vietnam land protesters free final hostages after city official visits 22 Apr 2017, 4:49 pm
By Nguyen Huy Kham HANOI (Reuters) - Protesters involved in a land dispute near Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, released the final 20 officials they had been holding as hostages for almost a week after a visit by a senior city official, Reuters witnesses said on Saturday. Villagers in Dong Tam, 40 km (25 miles) from the center of Hanoi, seized 38 officials, including police officers, last weekend after four people were arrested in retaliation for protests staged during the escalating land dispute.
Ryan: Russian election meddling probe will help US allies 22 Apr 2017, 4:23 pm
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — One of the reasons the U.S. Congress has launched an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is to "prevent the same kind of thing happening" to its NATO and other allies, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday.
Clashes as German anti-immigration party power struggle spills over 22 Apr 2017, 3:57 pm
Germany's anti-immigration AfD handed its own leader a humiliating setback Saturday five months before a general election, as thousands of demonstrators rallied against its party congress. The four-year-old Alternative for Germany has harnessed public anger over Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to let in more than one million asylum seekers since 2015. Top-selling daily Bild called delegates' decision to not even debate her motion a "crushing blow" for Petry, a 41-year-old former chemist who is pregnant with her fifth child.
Why Would Congress Bail Out Miners’ Pensions? 22 Apr 2017, 3:55 pm
For decades, being a coal miner has come with a deal: Work in dangerous, unpleasant conditions for years, and in exchange, get lifelong health-care benefits and a decent pension. Now, though, part of that deal is jeopardy, as the funds that provide those benefits have dwindled.
Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it 22 Apr 2017, 3:48 pm
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means "when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather."
White House Looking for Legislative Victory Ahead of 100-Day Benchmark 22 Apr 2017, 3:45 pm
After failing to pass a much-promised repeal of Obamacare, Pres. Trump is eager to push through a tax cut package next week. House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, told members Saturday the priority was avoiding a government shutdown by Friday’s deadline.
Flight Attendant Suspended After Confrontation On Video 22 Apr 2017, 3:44 pm
Wildfires Rage in Drought-Stricken Florida, Force Thousands from Homes 22 Apr 2017, 3:42 pm
Thousands Across Globe ‘March for Science’ On Earth Day 22 Apr 2017, 3:40 pm
How Green Are Electric Lawn Mowers? 22 Apr 2017, 2:20 pm
Lebanese army says Islamic State leader killed, 10 arrested near border 22 Apr 2017, 1:35 pm
A local Islamic State leader was killed on Saturday during a dawn raid by the Lebanese army in which troops arrested 10 suspected militants who had entered a northeastern border town from Syria, the army said. The army says it regularly stages operations targeting Islamic State and former al Qaeda-linked militants in the mountainous border region. A military source said the alleged Islamic State leader had also ordered the killing of Lebanese soldiers while the other 10 suspects were arrested on charges of smuggling weapons.
Best animal friendships 22 Apr 2017, 1:00 pm
They really are friends fur-ever! These adorable animals have struck up the most unlikely friendships in the animal kingdom. From a pig and a cat to a baby goat and a dog, these are companions you never thought you’d see.