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  • 1/78   News Photos Slideshows
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    News Photos Slideshows - Hot Trends - Click on the image to view in augmented reality or in stereo 3D

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    Brandon Bolden   Jay Leno   Raz B   Hump Day   Miss Teen USA   Chris Stokes   Lisa Page   John Simon   Tony Sipp   Obama DOJ   Demetrius Harris   Happy 313   Saul Phillips   Sashi   Robert Wilkie   Congratulations Kasie   Good Wednesday   Carrie Fountain   
  • 2/78   Why Are We So Addicted to Mysteries Like ‘Making a Murderer?’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Why we can’t turn away from shows like Serial and Making a Murderer. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Why we can’t turn away from shows like Serial and Making a Murderer. (Photo: Getty Images)


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  • 3/78   New A&E Show ‘Fit to Fat to Fit’ Makes Trainers Gain Weight — But What Does it Prove?
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Adonis Hill, a trainer on the upcoming show “Fit to Fat to Fit,” went from weighing 217 pounds to 286 pounds by consuming 8,000 calories a day.

    Adonis Hill, a trainer on the upcoming show “Fit to Fat to Fit,” went from weighing 217 pounds to 286 pounds by consuming 8,000 calories a day.


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  • 4/78   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
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    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.


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  • 5/78   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.


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  • 6/78   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named.  Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does.  At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.


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  • 7/78   Daily Digit: Why are there so few African-American baseball players?
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    It’s been 71 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, but African-American participation in the MLB has sharply declined since its peak in the early ’80s.

    It’s been 71 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, but African-American participation in the MLB has sharply declined since its peak in the early ’80s.


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  • 8/78   How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    "Mechanical doping" made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.?

    "Mechanical doping" made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.?


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  • 9/78   Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?
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    One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two months after Stabler — has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma. The New York Times reports that well over 100 football players, including several Pro Football Hall of Famers, have CTE so far.

    One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two months after Stabler — has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma. The New York Times reports that well over 100 football players, including several Pro Football Hall of Famers, have CTE so far.


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  • 10/78   Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina
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    With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.” 

    With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.” 


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  • 11/78   Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival Teen
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    A cheering coach lost her job after allegedly tripping a cheerleader. Video shows the cheerleader backflipping and Teresa Fann sticking a leg out to stop her.

    A cheering coach lost her job after allegedly tripping a cheerleader. Video shows the cheerleader backflipping and Teresa Fann sticking a leg out to stop her.


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  • 12/78   Schools No Longer Punishing Athletes Harshly for Marijuana
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    At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.

    At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.


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  • 13/78   World's Longest Bicycle Spans 117-Feet—Half a City Block!
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    Clear the streets! Dutch cycling group Mijl Van Mares Werkploeg just broke the 2016 world record for longest bicycle.  At a whopping 117 feet long, the bike stretches half a city block and spans farther than the word’s longest limo, at 100 feet long.  Per Guinness World Record’s requirements, it has just two wheels and is actually operable.  The bike stretches half a city block. (Photo: Guinness World Records) In the video, Mara Montalbano shows us how it rides.

    Clear the streets! Dutch cycling group Mijl Van Mares Werkploeg just broke the 2016 world record for longest bicycle.  At a whopping 117 feet long, the bike stretches half a city block and spans farther than the word’s longest limo, at 100 feet long. Per Guinness World Record’s requirements, it has just two wheels and is actually operable. The bike stretches half a city block. (Photo: Guinness World Records) In the video, Mara Montalbano shows us how it rides.


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  • 14/78   Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at Sports
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “In business, you either close a deal or you don’t — and if you don’t, you can’t just say, ‘Well, everybody tried hard, right?’” Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.

    “In business, you either close a deal or you don’t — and if you don’t, you can’t just say, ‘Well, everybody tried hard, right?’” Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.


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  • 15/78   Study Finds Benefit of Cheerleading
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    Could cheerleading be the most progressive sport in terms of gender roles?  New research from the University of East Anglia indicates that the traditionally female-centered activity can help participants of both sexes challenge stereotypes about girls in sports.  The study, which was published in the journal Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, tracked the growing popularity of cheerleading in the U.K. and focused on the members of four cheerleading teams.  “The participants in our study talked about flipping gender norms in cheerleading,” Dr. Amy Pressland, a co-author of the study, tells Yahoo Parenting.

    Could cheerleading be the most progressive sport in terms of gender roles? New research from the University of East Anglia indicates that the traditionally female-centered activity can help participants of both sexes challenge stereotypes about girls in sports. The study, which was published in the journal Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, tracked the growing popularity of cheerleading in the U.K. and focused on the members of four cheerleading teams. “The participants in our study talked about flipping gender norms in cheerleading,” Dr. Amy Pressland, a co-author of the study, tells Yahoo Parenting.


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  • 16/78   Tom Brady on Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes: 'That's Poison'
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen. (Photo: Instagram.com/gisele) A run-of-the-mill post-game radio interview with Tom Brady ended up being a lot more than that, when the Patriots quarterback took a swing at the processed food industry — calling out Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes, specifically.  Brady’s been known to stick to an extremely healthy diet — avocado “ice cream,” anyone? — but this interview revealed the passion behind his healthy habits.

    Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen. (Photo: Instagram.com/gisele) A run-of-the-mill post-game radio interview with Tom Brady ended up being a lot more than that, when the Patriots quarterback took a swing at the processed food industry — calling out Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes, specifically.  Brady’s been known to stick to an extremely healthy diet — avocado “ice cream,” anyone? — but this interview revealed the passion behind his healthy habits.


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  • 17/78   When Someone You Love Spirals Out of Control, When Do You Stay and When Do You Go?
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    Though the two are still legally married, Khloe Kardashian left the basketball star after five years together in 2013, reportedly over his struggle with substance abuse and, primarily, his addiction to cocaine.  Odom remains in critical condition, still unconscious, with Kardashian by his side after she rushed to Las Vegas upon hearing the news.  Earlier this week, University of Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, allegedly as a result of his own struggle with alcoholism and his violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol use.  The 41-year-old has three children with his estranged wife.  Also this week, reality TV star Scott Disick, the former boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father of her children, checked into rehab to get help for his addiction problems.

    Though the two are still legally married, Khloe Kardashian left the basketball star after five years together in 2013, reportedly over his struggle with substance abuse and, primarily, his addiction to cocaine.  Odom remains in critical condition, still unconscious, with Kardashian by his side after she rushed to Las Vegas upon hearing the news.  Earlier this week, University of Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, allegedly as a result of his own struggle with alcoholism and his violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol use. The 41-year-old has three children with his estranged wife.  Also this week, reality TV star Scott Disick, the former boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father of her children, checked into rehab to get help for his addiction problems.


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  • 18/78   As NFL Player Daniel Fells Contracts MRSA, a Look at How Serious Staph Infections Work
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Daniel Fells in January 2015.  “This is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told NFL.com.  “We’re all fighting for Daniel.” But what is MRSA, exactly?  “I can’t count how many MRSA infections I see.  While MRSA infections have leveled off in the last few years following a rapid increase from the 1960s to mid-2000s, they have the potential to turn deadly — and do.

    Daniel Fells in January 2015.  “This is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told NFL.com. “We’re all fighting for Daniel.” But what is MRSA, exactly? “I can’t count how many MRSA infections I see. While MRSA infections have leveled off in the last few years following a rapid increase from the 1960s to mid-2000s, they have the potential to turn deadly — and do.


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  • 19/78   High School Quarterback’s Tragic Death Highlights Silent Danger of an Enlarged Spleen
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    A spleen can become enlarged for many reasons, including genetic diseases, William Katkov, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Health.  Here’s why that’s a problem: A person may feel better and resume their normal activities, but their enlarged spleen is more susceptible to rupturing and may no longer be protected by their ribcage, leaving it incredibly vulnerable to injury.  “An enlarged spleen is at an increased risk for rupture or injury in the setting of normal trauma, like a football game, diving into a pool, or minor car accident,” Katkov says.  While an enlarged spleen can be asymptomatic, Katkov says a person can feel uncomfortable or have a feeling of fullness in their upper abdomen on the left side.

    A spleen can become enlarged for many reasons, including genetic diseases, William Katkov, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Health. Here’s why that’s a problem: A person may feel better and resume their normal activities, but their enlarged spleen is more susceptible to rupturing and may no longer be protected by their ribcage, leaving it incredibly vulnerable to injury. “An enlarged spleen is at an increased risk for rupture or injury in the setting of normal trauma, like a football game, diving into a pool, or minor car accident,” Katkov says. While an enlarged spleen can be asymptomatic, Katkov says a person can feel uncomfortable or have a feeling of fullness in their upper abdomen on the left side.


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  • 20/78   Novak Djokovic’s Inspiring Dad Comments: How Being a Parent Heightens Happy Moments
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    Novak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer to claim the U.S. Open title on Sunday, says parenthood has made him a better player.  Since then, the tennis champ has credited fatherhood with improving his game.

    Novak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer to claim the U.S. Open title on Sunday, says parenthood has made him a better player. Since then, the tennis champ has credited fatherhood with improving his game.


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  • 21/78   Little League Team’s Heartwarming Last Act for Dad and His Son
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    Gary Parrish, center, died on Thursday of liver cancer.  Gary Parrish was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and metastasis to the liver in June.  STORY: Late Dad Makes Stunning Appearance in Photo With Widow, Baby When this year’s baseball season started, 11-year-old Ryan Parrish’s coach, Caison Whatley, who also coached him last season, noticed the boy was unusually distracted.  He’s got a whole lot more on his mind than we could ever have,” Whatley told WSFA.

    Gary Parrish, center, died on Thursday of liver cancer. Gary Parrish was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and metastasis to the liver in June. STORY: Late Dad Makes Stunning Appearance in Photo With Widow, Baby When this year’s baseball season started, 11-year-old Ryan Parrish’s coach, Caison Whatley, who also coached him last season, noticed the boy was unusually distracted. He’s got a whole lot more on his mind than we could ever have,” Whatley told WSFA.


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  • 22/78   What We Can Learn About Sibling Rivalry From Serena and Venus Williams
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    Serena and Venus Williams share a hug after Serena’s victory over her big sister on Tuesday night. (Photo: Corbis Images) After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus on Tuesday night in a competitive three-set U.S. Open quarterfinals match, the two met at the net and embraced. Venus, the older Williams sibling, whispered to her sister: “I’m so happy for you.”

    Serena and Venus Williams share a hug after Serena’s victory over her big sister on Tuesday night. (Photo: Corbis Images) After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus on Tuesday night in a competitive three-set U.S. Open quarterfinals match, the two met at the net and embraced. Venus, the older Williams sibling, whispered to her sister: “I’m so happy for you.”


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  • 23/78   Michael Sam Makes Up With Dad Who Criticized Him for Being Gay
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    Former NFL player Michael Sam, who had been estranged from his father since coming out as gay in February 2014, tweeted this week that the two have spoken for the first time since then. (Photo: Getty Images) When former NFL player Michael Sam announced to the world that he was gay back in February 2014, he was largely praised for his bravery and honesty by fellow players, various celebrities, the NFL, and ESPN — pretty much everyone, it seemed, except his father, Michael Sam Sr., who was quoted at the time as saying, “I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” STORY: NFL Dad Sends Powerful Message by Confiscating Kids’ ‘Trophies for Nothing’ Shortly after, Sam discussed his estrangement from his dad during a segment of Dancing With the Stars, while he was a contestant.

    Former NFL player Michael Sam, who had been estranged from his father since coming out as gay in February 2014, tweeted this week that the two have spoken for the first time since then. (Photo: Getty Images) When former NFL player Michael Sam announced to the world that he was gay back in February 2014, he was largely praised for his bravery and honesty by fellow players, various celebrities, the NFL, and ESPN — pretty much everyone, it seemed, except his father, Michael Sam Sr., who was quoted at the time as saying, “I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” STORY: NFL Dad Sends Powerful Message by Confiscating Kids’ ‘Trophies for Nothing’ Shortly after, Sam discussed his estrangement from his dad during a segment of Dancing With the Stars, while he was a contestant.


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  • 24/78   Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018

    CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

    CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.


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  • 25/78   The weirdest tech of CES 2018

    Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.

    Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.


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  • 26/78   Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio

    At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.

    At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.


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  • 27/78   Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you

    Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.

    Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.


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  • 28/78   Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed city

    At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.

    At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.


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  • 29/78   Intel wants this drone to fly you around

    Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

    Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.


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  • 30/78   AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’

    AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.

    AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.


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  • 31/78   Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018

    Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.

    Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.


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  • 32/78   What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018

    It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.

    It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.


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  • 33/78   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 34/78   Twitter tests longer character limit

    You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter.  The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit.  The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean.  Users won’t see this change right away, though.  Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone.  Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...

    You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won’t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...


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  • 35/78   Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free

    Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.

    Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.


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  • 36/78   Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects

    Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?

    Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?


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  • 37/78   The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhone

    Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.

    Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.


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  • 38/78   Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11

    Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.

    Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.


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  • 39/78   Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked

    Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.

    Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.


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  • 40/78   The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone

    Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.

    Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.


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  • 41/78   Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.

    Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.


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  • 42/78   Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post

    Yahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.

    Yahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.


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  • 43/78   4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US

    There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.

    There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.


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  • 44/78   Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display

    More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.

    More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.


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  • 45/78   The most important iPhone features ever

    Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.

    Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.


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  • 46/78   Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history

    Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”

    Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”


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  • 47/78   'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity

    "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.

    "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.


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  • 48/78   Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.

    The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate.  The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

    The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.


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  • 49/78   Wonder Woman to the rescue: Gal Gadot takes on Netanyahu
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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has come to the rescue of a fellow Israeli celebrity in a spat with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has come to the rescue of a fellow Israeli celebrity in a spat with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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  • 50/78   Ethiopian plane smoked and shuddered before deadly plunge
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    Half a dozen witnesses interviewed by Reuters in the farmland where the plane came down reported smoke billowing out behind, while four of them also described a loud sound.  'It was a loud rattling sound.  Malka Galato, 47, a barley and wheat farmer whose field the plane crashed in, also described smoke and sparks from the back.

    Half a dozen witnesses interviewed by Reuters in the farmland where the plane came down reported smoke billowing out behind, while four of them also described a loud sound. 'It was a loud rattling sound. Malka Galato, 47, a barley and wheat farmer whose field the plane crashed in, also described smoke and sparks from the back.


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  • 51/78   Trump promotes model's fringe 'Jexodus' campaign encouraging Jews to leave Democratic Party
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    President Trump used his massive Twitter platform to promote comments of Elizabeth Pipko, a model-turned-activist and former Trump campaign staffer who is encouraging Jews to leave the Democratic party.

    President Trump used his massive Twitter platform to promote comments of Elizabeth Pipko, a model-turned-activist and former Trump campaign staffer who is encouraging Jews to leave the Democratic party.


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  • 52/78   Theresa May’s Brexit Deal Routed With Extension Now Seen as ‘Inevitable’
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    U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was rejected once again by Parliament, throwing the country deeper into political crisis and raising the prospect that the divorce will be delayed or even reversed.  In fact with the deal all but dead, Parliament will probably vote to postpone Brexit this week, and lawmakers -- including some of May’s own Cabinet -- will likely try to maneuver to force the government to rip up its Brexit plans and start again.  Members of Parliament are expected to vote Wednesday to take a chaotic no-deal option off the table.

    U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was rejected once again by Parliament, throwing the country deeper into political crisis and raising the prospect that the divorce will be delayed or even reversed. In fact with the deal all but dead, Parliament will probably vote to postpone Brexit this week, and lawmakers -- including some of May’s own Cabinet -- will likely try to maneuver to force the government to rip up its Brexit plans and start again. Members of Parliament are expected to vote Wednesday to take a chaotic no-deal option off the table.


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  • 53/78   A Growing Number of Countries and Airlines Are Grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 Planes After the Ethiopian Airlines Crash
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    At least 10 countries and 26 airlines have suspended the use of the model after it was involved in two fatal crashes in five months

    At least 10 countries and 26 airlines have suspended the use of the model after it was involved in two fatal crashes in five months


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  • 54/78   How to stay cool under pressure, according to Barack Obama
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    Former President Barack Obama shared his secrets on how he was able to remain calm and level-headed under immense pressure throughout his presidency while speaking at a tech conference this week.  The 44th President of the United States told attendees in Salt Lake City, Utah on Wednesday that there some truth to his nickname “no drama Obama,” despite admitting he would still be ridden with fear over making a mistake.  It wasn’t until his second term did Mr Obama experienced a “shedding of fear” that he said helped him perform better.

    Former President Barack Obama shared his secrets on how he was able to remain calm and level-headed under immense pressure throughout his presidency while speaking at a tech conference this week. The 44th President of the United States told attendees in Salt Lake City, Utah on Wednesday that there some truth to his nickname “no drama Obama,” despite admitting he would still be ridden with fear over making a mistake. It wasn’t until his second term did Mr Obama experienced a “shedding of fear” that he said helped him perform better.


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  • 55/78   PHOTOS: In Gaza, women walk thin line between hope and despair
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    Those restrictions have devastated Gaza’s economy and left many of its women, like Rudwan’s younger sister, struggling to find work after graduating from college.

    Those restrictions have devastated Gaza’s economy and left many of its women, like Rudwan’s younger sister, struggling to find work after graduating from college.


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  • 56/78   Venezuela blackout has killed 21 people, opposition leaders say
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    Six of the dead are babies and numbers will rise, opposition sayOpposition to hold emergency debate as power cut continues   An injured man is carried by paramedics inside Miguel Perez Carreno hospital in Caracas during the worst power outage in Venezuela’s history. Photograph: Matias Delacroix/AFP/Getty Images  At least 21 people – six of them babies – have so far died as a result of Venezuela’s shattering nationwide blackout, opposition leaders have claimed as they prepared to hold an emergency debate on the crisis in the capital, Caracas. “These are not just numbers, these are Venezuelan lives that would not have been lost were it not for the ineptitude of Nicolás Maduro,” tweeted José Manuel Olivares, a doctor and opposition politician who is monitoring its impact on Venezuela’s already debilitated healthcare system. According to Olivares’s count, 15 patients died in the Manuel Núñez Tovar hospital in the north-eastern city of Maturín after the lights went out there following Thursday’s outage, which has yet to be resolved. Two newborn babies died in the Hospital de los Magallanes de Catia in Caracas, one of which was suffering from severe malnutrition. Olivares told the Guardian the number of deaths would rise as the true extent of the calamity became clearer. The power cut meant it had still not been possible to communicate with many hospitals. On Monday morning, the opposition leader Juan Guaidó – who most western governments now recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate interim leader – hit out at Maduro, who retains the support of China and Russia. “Our people are still living with the threat of new blackouts while these cynics lie and laugh at pain and death,” Guaidó tweeted. Venezuela’s defence minister, Vladimir Padrino López, said the government was “working tirelessly” to resolve the crisis, which it has blamed on a US-backed conspiracy designed to topple Maduro and bring Guaidó to power. There were reports that electricity had returned to some parts of Caracas while the Chavista governor of the neighbouring state of Miranda claimed electricity had returned to 80% of his territory. Maduro, who has made just one public appearance since the crisis began, claimed progress was being made towards “reconnection”. “With intense work, love and resistance we will prevail,” he tweeted on Monday. However, experts fear the crisis – which many attribute to poor maintenance and corruption – is far from being resolved. Schools and workplaces were again ordered shut on Monday. “In my house we haven’t had any light since Thursday. There is no water, no [phone] signal, no light, no nothing,” said Anna Ferrera, a student activist from eastern Caracas. Ferrera said that in the early hours of Monday an electrical substation had exploded not far from her home. “None of us have ever lived through something like this – not my generation, not my parents, not my grandmother. They say this is like living in a war.”

    Six of the dead are babies and numbers will rise, opposition sayOpposition to hold emergency debate as power cut continues An injured man is carried by paramedics inside Miguel Perez Carreno hospital in Caracas during the worst power outage in Venezuela’s history. Photograph: Matias Delacroix/AFP/Getty Images At least 21 people – six of them babies – have so far died as a result of Venezuela’s shattering nationwide blackout, opposition leaders have claimed as they prepared to hold an emergency debate on the crisis in the capital, Caracas. “These are not just numbers, these are Venezuelan lives that would not have been lost were it not for the ineptitude of Nicolás Maduro,” tweeted José Manuel Olivares, a doctor and opposition politician who is monitoring its impact on Venezuela’s already debilitated healthcare system. According to Olivares’s count, 15 patients died in the Manuel Núñez Tovar hospital in the north-eastern city of Maturín after the lights went out there following Thursday’s outage, which has yet to be resolved. Two newborn babies died in the Hospital de los Magallanes de Catia in Caracas, one of which was suffering from severe malnutrition. Olivares told the Guardian the number of deaths would rise as the true extent of the calamity became clearer. The power cut meant it had still not been possible to communicate with many hospitals. On Monday morning, the opposition leader Juan Guaidó – who most western governments now recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate interim leader – hit out at Maduro, who retains the support of China and Russia. “Our people are still living with the threat of new blackouts while these cynics lie and laugh at pain and death,” Guaidó tweeted. Venezuela’s defence minister, Vladimir Padrino López, said the government was “working tirelessly” to resolve the crisis, which it has blamed on a US-backed conspiracy designed to topple Maduro and bring Guaidó to power. There were reports that electricity had returned to some parts of Caracas while the Chavista governor of the neighbouring state of Miranda claimed electricity had returned to 80% of his territory. Maduro, who has made just one public appearance since the crisis began, claimed progress was being made towards “reconnection”. “With intense work, love and resistance we will prevail,” he tweeted on Monday. However, experts fear the crisis – which many attribute to poor maintenance and corruption – is far from being resolved. Schools and workplaces were again ordered shut on Monday. “In my house we haven’t had any light since Thursday. There is no water, no [phone] signal, no light, no nothing,” said Anna Ferrera, a student activist from eastern Caracas. Ferrera said that in the early hours of Monday an electrical substation had exploded not far from her home. “None of us have ever lived through something like this – not my generation, not my parents, not my grandmother. They say this is like living in a war.”


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  • 57/78   Musk's lawyers say tweet complied with SEC fraud settlement
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    DETROIT (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk should not be found in contempt of court because he has complied with the terms of a securities fraud settlement, his attorneys wrote in documents filed Monday night with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

    DETROIT (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk should not be found in contempt of court because he has complied with the terms of a securities fraud settlement, his attorneys wrote in documents filed Monday night with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.


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  • 58/78   Talk to Pakistan, former Modi ally urges India amid Kashmir tension
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    Mehbooba Mufti, who was chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir from early 2014 to June last year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party withdrew support for her regional party, said an ongoing crackdown on militants and those supporting secession could further alienate the people.  India has vowed to kill all the militants in the country's only Muslim-majority state if they do not give up arms, after a 20-year-old local man killed 40 paramilitary troopers in a suicide attack last month.  Indian security forces have killed 18 militants in Kashmir since then, the army said on Monday.

    Mehbooba Mufti, who was chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir from early 2014 to June last year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party withdrew support for her regional party, said an ongoing crackdown on militants and those supporting secession could further alienate the people. India has vowed to kill all the militants in the country's only Muslim-majority state if they do not give up arms, after a 20-year-old local man killed 40 paramilitary troopers in a suicide attack last month. Indian security forces have killed 18 militants in Kashmir since then, the army said on Monday.


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  • 59/78   Google’s Larry Page Leveled ‘Veiled Threat’ Over Control of Company
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    Page was particularly concerned that co-founder Sergey Brin and top executive Eric Schmidt would sell special voting stock, diluting their lock on decisions at the online search giant, the documents show.  The documents were unsealed last year as part of a lawsuit by shareholders over the creation of Google’s C class shares.  The filings, which include previously unreported board emails and depositions, reveal a potential strain in the bond between the Google founders.

    Page was particularly concerned that co-founder Sergey Brin and top executive Eric Schmidt would sell special voting stock, diluting their lock on decisions at the online search giant, the documents show. The documents were unsealed last year as part of a lawsuit by shareholders over the creation of Google’s C class shares. The filings, which include previously unreported board emails and depositions, reveal a potential strain in the bond between the Google founders.


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  • 60/78   Exclusive: Portugal's EDP could create Latam JV with China Three Gorges if takeover bid fails - sources
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    LONDON/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Portugal's Energia de Portugal EDP could propose a joint venture with China Three Gorges (CTG) allowing CTG to expand its foothold in Brazil and Latin America if the Chinese power giant's bid to take over EDP fails, people familiar with the matter said.  CTG, EDP's main shareholder with a 23 percent stake, is among Chinese state-backed companies that have been increasing their investments in European countries such as Portugal, Greece and Cyprus over the past few years.

    LONDON/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Portugal's Energia de Portugal EDP could propose a joint venture with China Three Gorges (CTG) allowing CTG to expand its foothold in Brazil and Latin America if the Chinese power giant's bid to take over EDP fails, people familiar with the matter said. CTG, EDP's main shareholder with a 23 percent stake, is among Chinese state-backed companies that have been increasing their investments in European countries such as Portugal, Greece and Cyprus over the past few years.


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  • 61/78   Pilots complained several times about 737 Max problems before latest crash
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    Pilots from around the world have logged numerous complaints and concerns over the  Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the last 15 months, it has emerged. The reports found on an aviation safety reporting database set up by Nasa highlight perceived problems with the jet’s new anti-stall technology. The update on the old 737 design is a system intended to protect the aircraft from stalling by forcing the nose of the plane down in certain circumstances. However, it is now at the centre of questions regarding the airworthiness of the 737 Max in the wake of its second fatal crash in five months. In one entry in Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), which allows pilots to record incidents anonymously, a captain described how the 737 Max 8 began descending after take off and issued an audible “Don’t sink, don’t sink!” warning, indicating a loss of altitude. “I immediately disconnected autopilot and resumed climb,” the pilot said. “With the concerns with the Max 8 nose-down stuff, we… thought it was appropriate to bring it to your attention.” Boeing 737 Max 8 Another from November last year told how the US-made aircraft “pitched nose down” within “two to three seconds” of the autopilot being turned on. “The captain immediately disconnected the autopilot and pitched into a climb. “The remainder of the flight was uneventful. We discussed the departure at length and I reviewed in my mind our automation setup and flight profile but can't think of any reason the aircraft would pitch nose down so aggressively.” The 737 Max - of which there are more than 350 in service - is an updated version of the popular 737 model and has only been in service since 2017; it has been pegged as the short-haul aircraft of the future. But concerns this week in the wake of a plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday that left 157 dead has led to aviation authorities around the world including Europe, China and Australia banning the plane from their airspace. Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US has maintained the aircraft is safe. In more than one report logged on the ASRS, pilots spoke of unfamiliarity with the aircraft and confusion over some of its controls. Airlines with Boeing 737 Max 8s in their fleet One, flying the aircraft for the first time, having been told so on the way to the airport, wrote: “Unfamiliarity with flight deck displays led to confusion about display annunciations and switch function. The Flight Manual does not address at least one annunciation, or the controls for the display - or if it does, neither pilot could find the explanation. "I have spent literally days looking for an explanation, could not find one, and that is why I wrote this report. It shouldn't be this hard to figure out what I'm looking at.” Another, referencing confusion over the new anti-stall technology, said: “I am left to wonder: what else don't I know? The Flight Manual is inadequate and almost criminally insufficient.” A third said: “My post-flight evaluation is that we lacked the knowledge to operate the aircraft in all weather and aircraft states safely.” Planes have been grounded around the world Credit: getty Boeing’s latest statement said safety is it number one priority and that it has “full confidence" in the safety of the 737 Max, adding: “We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for home markets. "We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets.” The Seattle-based company has said that it has been developing a "flight control software enhancement" for the plane, believed to come into use in April. Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research, said it was too early to say the plane is unsafe. What to do if your flight is affected by the 737 Max ban “It's premature to call the Max unsafe given the FAA's reluctance to ground it - further, not one of the agencies the world over that have grounded the 737 Max has provided any meaningful technical reasons behind the decision to ground the type,” he said. “That to me is concerning because that highlights a disconnect between aviation regulators who should all be singing from the same hymn sheet.” He said there is “no evidence thus far that the two Max crashes are even related”.

    Pilots from around the world have logged numerous complaints and concerns over the  Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the last 15 months, it has emerged. The reports found on an aviation safety reporting database set up by Nasa highlight perceived problems with the jet’s new anti-stall technology. The update on the old 737 design is a system intended to protect the aircraft from stalling by forcing the nose of the plane down in certain circumstances. However, it is now at the centre of questions regarding the airworthiness of the 737 Max in the wake of its second fatal crash in five months. In one entry in Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), which allows pilots to record incidents anonymously, a captain described how the 737 Max 8 began descending after take off and issued an audible “Don’t sink, don’t sink!” warning, indicating a loss of altitude. “I immediately disconnected autopilot and resumed climb,” the pilot said. “With the concerns with the Max 8 nose-down stuff, we… thought it was appropriate to bring it to your attention.” Boeing 737 Max 8 Another from November last year told how the US-made aircraft “pitched nose down” within “two to three seconds” of the autopilot being turned on. “The captain immediately disconnected the autopilot and pitched into a climb. “The remainder of the flight was uneventful. We discussed the departure at length and I reviewed in my mind our automation setup and flight profile but can't think of any reason the aircraft would pitch nose down so aggressively.” The 737 Max - of which there are more than 350 in service - is an updated version of the popular 737 model and has only been in service since 2017; it has been pegged as the short-haul aircraft of the future. But concerns this week in the wake of a plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday that left 157 dead has led to aviation authorities around the world including Europe, China and Australia banning the plane from their airspace. Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US has maintained the aircraft is safe. In more than one report logged on the ASRS, pilots spoke of unfamiliarity with the aircraft and confusion over some of its controls. Airlines with Boeing 737 Max 8s in their fleet One, flying the aircraft for the first time, having been told so on the way to the airport, wrote: “Unfamiliarity with flight deck displays led to confusion about display annunciations and switch function. The Flight Manual does not address at least one annunciation, or the controls for the display - or if it does, neither pilot could find the explanation. "I have spent literally days looking for an explanation, could not find one, and that is why I wrote this report. It shouldn't be this hard to figure out what I'm looking at.” Another, referencing confusion over the new anti-stall technology, said: “I am left to wonder: what else don't I know? The Flight Manual is inadequate and almost criminally insufficient.” A third said: “My post-flight evaluation is that we lacked the knowledge to operate the aircraft in all weather and aircraft states safely.” Planes have been grounded around the world Credit: getty Boeing’s latest statement said safety is it number one priority and that it has “full confidence" in the safety of the 737 Max, adding: “We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for home markets. "We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets.” The Seattle-based company has said that it has been developing a "flight control software enhancement" for the plane, believed to come into use in April. Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research, said it was too early to say the plane is unsafe. What to do if your flight is affected by the 737 Max ban “It's premature to call the Max unsafe given the FAA's reluctance to ground it - further, not one of the agencies the world over that have grounded the 737 Max has provided any meaningful technical reasons behind the decision to ground the type,” he said. “That to me is concerning because that highlights a disconnect between aviation regulators who should all be singing from the same hymn sheet.” He said there is “no evidence thus far that the two Max crashes are even related”.


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  • 62/78   Army says it will preserve Algeria's security in all circumstances
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    Algeria's army will preserve the country's security 'in all circumstances and conditions', Deputy Defence Minister Ahmed Gaed Salah told Ennahar TV on Wednesday, amid continuing protests by Algerians demanding rapid political change.  Gaed Salah is also the armed forces chief of staff.  Ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has abandoned his bid for a fifth term in power but stopped short of stepping down, raising suspicions on the street that he is buying time.

    Algeria's army will preserve the country's security 'in all circumstances and conditions', Deputy Defence Minister Ahmed Gaed Salah told Ennahar TV on Wednesday, amid continuing protests by Algerians demanding rapid political change. Gaed Salah is also the armed forces chief of staff. Ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has abandoned his bid for a fifth term in power but stopped short of stepping down, raising suspicions on the street that he is buying time.


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  • 63/78   South Sudan peace deal doomed if disputes not settled: think-tank
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    The accord signed in September by President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar - the former vice president - has reduced fighting, but could break down over several disputes, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said in a report.  'The peace agreement is stalling and is at risk of collapse if more political deals aren’t struck,' said Alan Boswell, the group's South Sudan analyst.  There were also unresolved disputes over local boundaries - which some sides felt Kiir had redrawn to benefit his Dinka ethnic group, the report added.

    The accord signed in September by President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar - the former vice president - has reduced fighting, but could break down over several disputes, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said in a report. 'The peace agreement is stalling and is at risk of collapse if more political deals aren’t struck,' said Alan Boswell, the group's South Sudan analyst. There were also unresolved disputes over local boundaries - which some sides felt Kiir had redrawn to benefit his Dinka ethnic group, the report added.


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  • 64/78   Why Are These Massive, Baby Stars Orbiting So Close Together?
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    There's a point in space that's 50,000 times as bright as our sun -- the signature of a massive star. Scientists already knew about it and named it PDS 27. But it turns out, the dot of light scientists were calling PDS 27 is actually two stars, PDS 27 and its stellar companion, PDS 37.The two giant stars are very young and very close together, separated by just 2.8 billion miles (4.5 billion kilometers), or 30 times the distance between Earth and the sun. That finding, published Monday (March 11) in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, offers clues about the way in which massive binaries like this form in the first place. [15 Amazing Images of Stars]"We're not claiming that we found the closest-orbiting massive binary stars," said study lead author Evgenia Koumpia, an astronomer at the University of Leeds in England. But it is very exciting that the two stars were found close together relatively early in their stellar lives, she told Live Science.Right now, scientists know that massive stars like this (stars at least eight times the size of Earth's sun, up to many thousands of stellar masses) often turn out to be binaries. But researchers don't know why that is, in large part because they don't know how or why massive binaries usually form, Koumpia said.One hypothesis holds that the stars form separately and then get tugged together by their combined gravities. Another idea holds that the dual stars form after older, giant stars go supernova and the supernova remnants split into two clumps. But both of those explanations predict that the stars would orbit far away from each other this early in their short lives.Another idea, though, says that both stars form out of the same cloud of swirling dust, after it "cracks" into two main clumps. That explanation predicts that young, massive binaries would remain close together. And these two stars are spaced at least as closely as the sun and Neptune, an orientation that seems to support that explanation.However, this single finding doesn't confirm any one idea or conclusively disprove any others, Koumpia said. Instead, it should be considered a hint pointing gently in one direction, she said.There's still a lot scientists don't yet know about PDS 27 and PDS 37 -- like how much of the system's total mass is in one star versus the other. The stars are so close to each other, and so far away from Earth (about 8,000 light-years), that existing images barely reveal that they're distinct stars.  * 11 Fascinating Facts About Our Milky Way Galaxy  * Big Bang to Civilization: 10 Amazing Origin Events  * Spaced Out! 101 Astronomy Photos That Will Blow Your MindOriginally published on Live Science.

    There's a point in space that's 50,000 times as bright as our sun -- the signature of a massive star. Scientists already knew about it and named it PDS 27. But it turns out, the dot of light scientists were calling PDS 27 is actually two stars, PDS 27 and its stellar companion, PDS 37.The two giant stars are very young and very close together, separated by just 2.8 billion miles (4.5 billion kilometers), or 30 times the distance between Earth and the sun. That finding, published Monday (March 11) in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, offers clues about the way in which massive binaries like this form in the first place. [15 Amazing Images of Stars]"We're not claiming that we found the closest-orbiting massive binary stars," said study lead author Evgenia Koumpia, an astronomer at the University of Leeds in England. But it is very exciting that the two stars were found close together relatively early in their stellar lives, she told Live Science.Right now, scientists know that massive stars like this (stars at least eight times the size of Earth's sun, up to many thousands of stellar masses) often turn out to be binaries. But researchers don't know why that is, in large part because they don't know how or why massive binaries usually form, Koumpia said.One hypothesis holds that the stars form separately and then get tugged together by their combined gravities. Another idea holds that the dual stars form after older, giant stars go supernova and the supernova remnants split into two clumps. But both of those explanations predict that the stars would orbit far away from each other this early in their short lives.Another idea, though, says that both stars form out of the same cloud of swirling dust, after it "cracks" into two main clumps. That explanation predicts that young, massive binaries would remain close together. And these two stars are spaced at least as closely as the sun and Neptune, an orientation that seems to support that explanation.However, this single finding doesn't confirm any one idea or conclusively disprove any others, Koumpia said. Instead, it should be considered a hint pointing gently in one direction, she said.There's still a lot scientists don't yet know about PDS 27 and PDS 37 -- like how much of the system's total mass is in one star versus the other. The stars are so close to each other, and so far away from Earth (about 8,000 light-years), that existing images barely reveal that they're distinct stars. * 11 Fascinating Facts About Our Milky Way Galaxy * Big Bang to Civilization: 10 Amazing Origin Events * Spaced Out! 101 Astronomy Photos That Will Blow Your MindOriginally published on Live Science.


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  • 65/78   Newly Discovered 'Starry Dwarf Frog' Wears a Galaxy on Its Back, Hides in Dead Leaves
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    On a lonely plateau in India's Western Ghat mountains, an ancient family of frogs has quietly hidden among the fallen leaves for millions of years, evading human detection. Measuring about the width of a human adult's thumbnail, these tiny frogs sleep by day, hunt by night and wear a galaxy of light-blue speckles on their brown backs to blend in with their dark, little world.Now, for the first time, a team of researchers, has described the quiet little amphibian. The team has dubbed this newfound amphibian the "starry dwarf frog" (Astrobatrachus kurichiyana) and, according to the team's new paper, which was published today (March 12) in the journal PeerJ, it is the only known species in a never-before-described family that may have lurked alone on its branch of the frog family tree for eons. [40 Freaky Frog Photos]"This is an oddball frog -- it has no close sister species for maybe tens of millions of years," study co-author David Blackburn, the associate curator of herpetology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said in a statement.Part of that oddball nature is the starry dwarf's unusually small size. As its nickname suggests, this frog is teeny-tiny, measuring a maximum of 1.14 inches (29 millimeters) from snout to butt -- a little longer than the diameter of a U.S. quarter.Equally striking are its stars. The frog's constellation-speckled back blends in perfectly with the crumpled leaves that carpet its forest habitat, giving the nocturnal amphibians a fine place to hide during the daylight hours. While the team saw some starry dwarf emerge at night, the frogs quickly scampered back beneath the leaves as soon as they were confronted with a flashlight's glare, the researchers wrote. That penchant for stealth may be a key to the frog's longevity, which is impressive considering the starry dwarf is the only known species belonging to an ostensibly ancient family."These frogs are relics… This lineage could have been knocked off [the evolutionary tree] at any point in time," lead study author Seenapuram Palaniswamy Vijayakumar, a postdoctoral fellow at George Washington University, said in the statement. "We should be celebrating the very fact that these things exist."There may well be other "oddball" frogs hopping around India's Western Ghats -- a 1,000-mile-long (1,600 kilometer) mountain range made up of isolated plateaus along the country's southwest coast. Like the Galapagos Islands, these plateaus have served as factories of biodiversity for tens of millions of years, each one housing novel species of amphibians and reptiles found nowhere else, the researchers wrote. Finding more of those species may be as simple as turning over a new leaf.  * Nature's Most Bizarre Frogs, Lizards and Salamanders  * Image Gallery: Cute and Colorful Frogs  * 6 Strange Species Discovered in MuseumsOriginally published on Live Science.

    On a lonely plateau in India's Western Ghat mountains, an ancient family of frogs has quietly hidden among the fallen leaves for millions of years, evading human detection. Measuring about the width of a human adult's thumbnail, these tiny frogs sleep by day, hunt by night and wear a galaxy of light-blue speckles on their brown backs to blend in with their dark, little world.Now, for the first time, a team of researchers, has described the quiet little amphibian. The team has dubbed this newfound amphibian the "starry dwarf frog" (Astrobatrachus kurichiyana) and, according to the team's new paper, which was published today (March 12) in the journal PeerJ, it is the only known species in a never-before-described family that may have lurked alone on its branch of the frog family tree for eons. [40 Freaky Frog Photos]"This is an oddball frog -- it has no close sister species for maybe tens of millions of years," study co-author David Blackburn, the associate curator of herpetology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said in a statement.Part of that oddball nature is the starry dwarf's unusually small size. As its nickname suggests, this frog is teeny-tiny, measuring a maximum of 1.14 inches (29 millimeters) from snout to butt -- a little longer than the diameter of a U.S. quarter.Equally striking are its stars. The frog's constellation-speckled back blends in perfectly with the crumpled leaves that carpet its forest habitat, giving the nocturnal amphibians a fine place to hide during the daylight hours. While the team saw some starry dwarf emerge at night, the frogs quickly scampered back beneath the leaves as soon as they were confronted with a flashlight's glare, the researchers wrote. That penchant for stealth may be a key to the frog's longevity, which is impressive considering the starry dwarf is the only known species belonging to an ostensibly ancient family."These frogs are relics… This lineage could have been knocked off [the evolutionary tree] at any point in time," lead study author Seenapuram Palaniswamy Vijayakumar, a postdoctoral fellow at George Washington University, said in the statement. "We should be celebrating the very fact that these things exist."There may well be other "oddball" frogs hopping around India's Western Ghats -- a 1,000-mile-long (1,600 kilometer) mountain range made up of isolated plateaus along the country's southwest coast. Like the Galapagos Islands, these plateaus have served as factories of biodiversity for tens of millions of years, each one housing novel species of amphibians and reptiles found nowhere else, the researchers wrote. Finding more of those species may be as simple as turning over a new leaf. * Nature's Most Bizarre Frogs, Lizards and Salamanders * Image Gallery: Cute and Colorful Frogs * 6 Strange Species Discovered in MuseumsOriginally published on Live Science.


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  • 66/78   Valley fever: Why the CDC calls this little-known disease a 'silent epidemic'
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    Valley fever, caused by a spore that resides in the soils of the Southwest, is more prevalent in New Mexico than many realize. It can be deadly.

    Valley fever, caused by a spore that resides in the soils of the Southwest, is more prevalent in New Mexico than many realize. It can be deadly.


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  • 67/78   UN: Environment is deadly, worsening mess, but not hopeless
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says.


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  • 68/78   Cancer Treatment Decisions: 5 Steps to Help You Decide
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    Get involved in your cancer treatment by partnering with your doctor to evaluate options.

    Get involved in your cancer treatment by partnering with your doctor to evaluate options.


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  • 69/78   Lori Loughlin's Daughters Are All Grown Up and Look Exactly Like Their Mom
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    The Fuller House star's daughters are influencers and YouTube stars.

    The Fuller House star's daughters are influencers and YouTube stars.


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  • 70/78   Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy Definitely Have the Sweetest Love Story In Hollywood
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    The couple is celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.

    The couple is celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.


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  • 71/78   Steve Irwin's Wife Reveals the Real Reason Why She Hasn't Dated Since He Died
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    It's been 10 years since her late husband's fatal accident.

    It's been 10 years since her late husband's fatal accident.


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  • 72/78   Cute and Easy Easter Cakes You Can Make with Your Kids
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    Grab some Easter candy and baking supplies, and get ready to be inspired!

    Grab some Easter candy and baking supplies, and get ready to be inspired!


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  • 73/78   Myths and Facts About Vaccines for Children
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    A measles outbreak centered around Portland, Ore., and neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has sickened at least 53 people, most of them children. According to the health department in Clark County, Wa...

    A measles outbreak centered around Portland, Ore., and neighboring Vancouver, Wash., has sickened at least 53 people, most of them children. According to the health department in Clark County, Wa...


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  • 74/78   Does Coconut Oil Actually Help You Lose Weight?
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    There are some red flags to this saturated fat.

    There are some red flags to this saturated fat.


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  • 75/78   Why are Americans in so much pain?
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    Brian Whitfield sat on the floor of his office, back against the wall, gun in hand and a heavy-duty garbage bag nearby.  Whitfield says he still can’t pinpoint why he felt so intensely depressed or abandoned in those moments.  The chaos began about five years before, in 2011, when Whitfield visited multiple doctors for pain from knee and back injuries he had sustained while serving in the Marine Corps several years earlier.

    Brian Whitfield sat on the floor of his office, back against the wall, gun in hand and a heavy-duty garbage bag nearby. Whitfield says he still can’t pinpoint why he felt so intensely depressed or abandoned in those moments. The chaos began about five years before, in 2011, when Whitfield visited multiple doctors for pain from knee and back injuries he had sustained while serving in the Marine Corps several years earlier.


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  • 76/78   What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
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    If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...

    If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...


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  • 77/78   How Many Calories Should I Eat to Lose Weight?
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    Spoiler: quality matters more than quantity.

    Spoiler: quality matters more than quantity.


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  • 78/78   These Are the Best Ways to Lose Weight in Your Face
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    A few all-natural tweaks may be just what you need.

    A few all-natural tweaks may be just what you need.


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