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Jeb Bush: Trump is ‘a distraction in and of himself’
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:27:01 -0400

Jeb Bush: Trump is ‘a distraction in and of himself’Jeb Bush says President Trump’s evidence-free claims are kneecapping his first 100 days in the White House. “He should stop saying things that aren’t true, that are distractions from the task at hand,” Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday on Miami’s WFOR-TV. During the bruising campaign, Bush was a prominent critic of Trump — who in turn relentlessly mocked the former Florida governor.


Oklahoma man kills three suspected burglars with AR-15 rifle
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:19:34 -0400

Oklahoma man kills three suspected burglars with AR-15 rifleThe three had forced their way into the house near the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow on Monday when the homeowner's son opened fire with an AR-15 military-style rifle, Deputy Nick Mahoney, spokesman for the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, said by telephone. The male intruders were wearing all-black clothing, masks and gloves, while one was armed with a knife and another had brass knuckles, according to authorities.


Video of 13-Year-Old Boy’s ‘Excessive’ Pat Down at Dallas Airport Goes Viral
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:34:10 -0400

Video of 13-Year-Old Boy’s ‘Excessive’ Pat Down at Dallas Airport Goes ViralThe TSA is facing a public backlash on social media after a mother filmed her son being patted down at a security checkpoint at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.


Talks produce no progress in Scottish independence dispute
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:32:01 -0400

Talks produce no progress in Scottish independence disputeLONDON (AP) — The leaders of Britain and Scotland met for talks Monday, but failed to resolve their differences over a new push for Scottish independence as the U.K. prepares to leave the European Union.


Pakistan building border fence with Afghanistan: officials
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:33:14 -0400

Pakistan building border fence with Afghanistan: officialsPakistan has begun building a fence along its border with Afghanistan to curtail the movement of militants, its army said, in a move criticised by its eastern neighbour for dividing communities. The two nations are divided by the "Durand Line", a 2,400-kilometre (1,500-mile) frontier drawn by the British in 1896 and disputed by Kabul, which does not officially recognise it as an international border. Last year, Pakistan completed an 1,100 kilometre (700 mile) trench along the southern half of the border.


White House Rejects Claims Trump Gave Merkel Fake $376 Billion ‘Bill’ For NATO Payments
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:16:26 -0400

White House Rejects Claims Trump Gave Merkel Fake $376 Billion ‘Bill’ For NATO PaymentsBecause Trump and Merkel’s meeting went so smoothly otherwise.


Woman Once Victimized by Teacher Weighs In on Missing Student Case: 'She Has Been Taken Advantage Of'
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:13:00 -0400

Woman Once Victimized by Teacher Weighs In on Missing Student Case: 'She Has Been Taken Advantage Of'Jenny Kutner had a sexual relationship with her history teacher when she was just 14.


3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern Philippines
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:12:20 -0400

3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern PhilippinesMANILA, 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.


Did an astroid strike a Martian ocean and create a cataclysmic tsunami?
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:01:26 -0400

Did an astroid strike a Martian ocean and create a cataclysmic tsunami?

There's no shortage of theories about what Mars was like billions of years ago. The prevailing guess is that water was abundant, and there may have even been enough to form huge oceans. New research into an existing geographical feature on the red planet could provide new evidence of not only the existence of a massive body of water, but also an astroid impact that could have generated multiple devastating tsunamis.

Evidence that water existed on Mars is ample, and many researchers believe that telltale signs of tsunamis are also present. In an effort to explain how a tsunami might have been generated, scientists have been looking for the spot (or spots) on the Martian surface where an astroid or other celestial object could have come crashing down.

One particularly interesting spot on the planet, which NASA describes as "thumbprint-looking," was long thought to be the result of mud or other debris sliding downward after being pushed up by a glacier or other geographical shift. It's called the Lomonosov crater, and new research supports a very different theory as to how it got there.

Instead of being simply the result of gravity pulling dirt downhill, scientists now believe it could very well be the last remaining mark of an astroid that violently struck Mars billions of years ago. What's more, the characteristics of the crater support the idea that when the rock struck the planet, the spot it hit was actually an ocean, leading to multiple huge tidal waves as the displaced water was pushed from and pulled into resulting crater.


Rep. Schiff on the Russia investigation, Rep. Nunes, former AG Sally Yeats, and more
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:34:00 -0400

Rep. Schiff on the Russia investigation, Rep. Nunes, former AG Sally Yeats, and moreOn Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric talks with Rep. Adam Schiff (D- Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Rep. Devin Nunes's revelations to the press and White House staff, and more.


U.S. senator launches probe into five top opioid drugmakers
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:11:19 -0400

U.S. senator launches probe into five top opioid drugmakers(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill sought on Tuesday details from the nation's top opioid drugmakers on their sales and marketing practices, as lawmakers step up efforts to tackle the country's deadly opioid crisis. The Missouri senator's investigation comes amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, with 91 Americans dying everyday as a result of overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This epidemic is the direct result of a calculated sales and marketing strategy major opioid manufacturers have allegedly pursued over the past 20 years to expand their market share," McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in a letter to the drugmakers.


Couple Arrested After Trying to Sell Baby on Craigslist for $3,000: Cops
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:25:00 -0400

Couple Arrested After Trying to Sell Baby on Craigslist for $3,000: CopsJohn David Cain, 26, and Deanna Lynn Greer, 37, are accused of trying to sell their 5-month-old to an undercover cop.


Boeing airliner catches fire in Peru, no serious injuries reported
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:05:35 -0400

Boeing airliner catches fire in Peru, no serious injuries reportedA Boeing jet operated by Peruvian Airlines caught fire on Tuesday while landing at an airport near the Andean town of Jauja in central Peru after it swerved on the runway, but there were no serious injuries, a government minister said. Peruvian Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-300 jet drove off the runway for unspecified reasons during the scheduled landing, after swerving to the right. Authorities are investigating the incident, which occurred about 4:30 p.m., involving the Boeing 737-300 jet at the high-altitude airport in an agricultural valley some 265 kilometers from Lima, the capital.


Will GOP's tax reform prove easier than health care?
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:20:06 -0400

Will GOP's tax reform prove easier than health care?The Republican Party couldn’t repeal and replace Obamacare like it promised. Still smarting from that setback, the GOP is turning to another daunting issue: tax reform.


Photos of the day - March 28, 2017
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:42:20 -0400

Photos of the day - March 28, 2017An Indian girl wearing a traditional clothe takes part in the procession to celebrate the Gudi Padwa, Maharashtrian’s New Year in Mumbai, India; Dust and smoke billows out from a residential house which was blown up during a gunfight between militants and Indian soldiers in Durbagh village of Chadoora, 15 km from Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir; and, Tourists view cherry blossoms at Yuyuantan Park in Beijing, China.


Happy Anniversary to America’s Shameful Travesty of a War in Yemen
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:44 -0400

Happy Anniversary to America’s Shameful Travesty of a War in YemenAfter two years and thousands of civilian casualties, the Trump administration needs to realize it can’t win a war that has no point.


South Korea officials: Bones found near ferry not of victims
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:30:24 -0400

South Korea officials: Bones found near ferry not of victimsSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The first government announcement Tuesday was startling: Salvage crews had found bones near the wreckage of the Sewol ferry, which sank in 2014 and killed 304 people.


Elon Musk, very normal non-supervillain, starts company to implant electrodes in your brain
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:31:12 -0400

Elon Musk, very normal non-supervillain, starts company to implant electrodes in your brain

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, Tesla, and a man who wants to nuke Mars, has founded a new company. According to WSJ sources, Neuralink is a new venture that aims to pursue "neural lace" technology to help brains interface with computers.

Musk did not confirm details or comment to the WSJ, but the report claims that Musk was actively involved in setting up the firm, and may have a significant leadership responsibility. Investors will presumably hope that solving another of science fiction's biggest worries won't stop him from revolutionizing the automaking, space exploration and energy generation industries at the same time.

Neuralink's aim, according to the WSJ's sources, is to implant tiny electrodes in the brain that may allow for two-way interfacing with computers, allowing users to "one day upload and download thoughts." Although Musk didn't confirm his involvement, one of the firm's founding team members confirmed his involvement. Neuralink registered as a medical research company in California last year.

Musk's interest in a computer-brain interface hasn't come from nowhere. The billionaire is famously worried about the development of AI, and how it may pose a threat to humanity -- not just in a Terminator sense, but that computers may one day leave humans behind, and make us obsolete. The computer-brain interface is Musk's solution, allowing humans to be enhanced by AI, rather than replaced.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/739006012749799424

If Musk is confirmed to be involved in Neuralink, it would be the latest in a series of side projects. Since making his fortune as one of the "PayPal Mafia" during the first dot-com boom, Musk has found success with Tesla, his auto manufacturer, and SpaceX, a rocket company that has its ambitions set on a Mars colony.

In the meantime, Musk has proposed a radical new form of transportation called Hyperloop (although he gave the plans away for free, since he's too busy), worked on making solar roofs affordable for every house in America, and tried to solve LA's traffic problems by tunneling.


United Airlines Defends Policy After Barring Girls In Leggings
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:18:56 -0400

United Airlines Defends Policy After Barring Girls In LeggingsThe company said the young girls were "pass riders" and did not comply with the airline's dress code for those enjoying the perks of airline employment.


Northeast Australia braces for cyclone, thousands flee to higher ground
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:06:07 -0400

Northeast Australia braces for cyclone, thousands flee to higher groundBy 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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