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  • 1/74   News Photos Slideshows
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

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    Anne Donovan   Sonny Gray   Juan Soto   Sarah Huckabee Sanders   Gleyber Torres   Stan Lee   London Breed   Mitch Haniger   21st Century Fox   Ewan McGregor   Dylan Covey   Charles Bassey   Greg Bird   Antarctica   Eric Lauer   Red Bulls   Felipe Vazquez   Mystics   Larry Fitzgerald   Caleb Smith   World Cup   
  • 2/74   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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  • 3/74   New A&E Show ‘Fit to Fat to Fit’ Makes Trainers Gain Weight — But What Does it Prove?
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    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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  • 4/74   Daily Digit: Why are there so few African-American baseball players?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    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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  • 5/74   How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike
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    "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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  • 6/74   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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  • 7/74   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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  • 8/74   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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  • 9/74   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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  • 10/74   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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  • 11/74   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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  • 12/74   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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  • 13/74   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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  • 14/74   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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  • 15/74   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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  • 16/74   High School Quarterback’s Tragic Death Highlights Silent Danger of an Enlarged Spleen
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    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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  • 17/74   Novak Djokovic’s Inspiring Dad Comments: How Being a Parent Heightens Happy Moments
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    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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  • 18/74   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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  • 19/74   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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  • 20/74   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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  • 21/74   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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  • 22/74   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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  • 23/74   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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  • 24/74   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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  • 25/74   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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  • 26/74   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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  • 27/74   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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  • 28/74   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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  • 29/74   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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  • 30/74   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    Nicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is “disgusted” after an automated call sent to her phone from the city’s school district mispronounced her daughter’s name as a racial slur.

    Nicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is “disgusted” after an automated call sent to her phone from the city’s school district mispronounced her daughter’s name as a racial slur.


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  • 31/74   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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  • 32/74   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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  • 33/74   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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  • 34/74   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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  • 35/74   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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  • 36/74   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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  • 37/74   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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  • 38/74   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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  • 39/74   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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  • 40/74   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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  • 41/74   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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  • 42/74   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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  • 43/74   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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  • 44/74   '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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  • 45/74   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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  • 46/74   Trump Caused The North Korea Crisis He's Taking Credit For Fixing
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    We expected President Donald Trump to praise himself for meeting with Kim Jong

    We expected President Donald Trump to praise himself for meeting with Kim Jong


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  • 47/74   Olympic Skier Bode Miller's 19-Month-Old Daughter Drowns
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    Olympic skier Bode Miller and his wife, volleyball player Morgan Beck, are

    Olympic skier Bode Miller and his wife, volleyball player Morgan Beck, are


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  • 48/74   California's Gavin Newsom wants to lead the way to a post-Bernie, post-Hillary party
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    Gavin Newsom, the charismatic former mayor of San Francisco, is almost certain to become the next governor of California and a major force in the Democratic Party. Can he deliver on his progressive agenda while moving the party into a post-Bernie, post-Hillary future?

    Gavin Newsom, the charismatic former mayor of San Francisco, is almost certain to become the next governor of California and a major force in the Democratic Party. Can he deliver on his progressive agenda while moving the party into a post-Bernie, post-Hillary future?


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  • 49/74   GOP is becoming 'a cultish thing,' Republican senator says
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    "It's not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be, purportedly, of the same party," Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.

    "It's not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be, purportedly, of the same party," Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.


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  • 50/74   'Selfie death' as British woman plummets 30 metres from picturesque sea wall
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    A British woman plunged to her death, along with her partner, while taking a selfie on a picturesque wall in Portugal, according to local authorities. Perth man Michael Kearns, 33, Louise Benson, 37, his British partner, fell 30 metres off a beach wall and were found by shocked locals early on Tuesday morning. His mother confirmed to local media that she had been notified of his death in the early hours of the morning in Perth. She said the couple had left Australia in January on a holiday and had attended a friend’s wedding in Portugal in recent weeks. A mobile phone was found on the top of the wall overlooking the beach in the seaside town of Ericeira, where the bodies of the couple were found on Tuesday morning. Rui Pereira da Terra, the captain of the maritime authority in Cascais, said the two victims appeared to have lost their balance while taking a photograph overlooking Fishermen’s Beach. Louise Benson fell to her death “Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie,” he said. "As we found a mobile phone on the wall, our theory is that they were taking a selfie, but they dropped the phone and leaned to grab it and fell," Mr Pereira da Terra told the Portuguese Lusa news agency. Locals have said the wall is dangerous, and have asked for something to be done about it. Pedro Fernandes Tomas wrote on Facebook: "With the fall of a couple of tourists from the cliff of fishermen's beach in ericeira (30 meters high) it is urgent to rethink the security of that area. The locals know about the danger there, low wall and no protection net. "With the growing influx of tourists there are measures that need to be taken, from the case I have already mentioned, but also at the level of regulation and effective monitoring of the numerous economic activities operating in the tourism sector. " The fishing village Ericeira Credit: Martin Zwick/REDA&CO/UIG via Getty Images Susana Esmareldo agreed, writing: "I agree with you Pedro. I've always thought there's a protection net missing, because the wall is low. I hope that action will be taken in the resolution of a protection policy." Ericeira is a popular tourist town around 25 miles northwest of Lisbon. The accident is believed to have occurred between 1.00am and 6.00pm. The bodies were reportedly found by a council beach cleaner, who alerted the authorities at 6.30am. The police inspected the scene and quickly ruled out any suspicions of foul play, Mr Pereira da Terra said. The bodies were taken to the Institute of Legal Medicine in Torres Vedras Photographs of the accident scene showed two bodies covered in white sheets on the sand close together at the foot of the wall near a sign warning of the possibility of loose stones falling onto the beach.   The Foreign Office confirmed the woman involved in the tragic accident was British, and told The Telegraph: "We are in touch with local authorities following the death of a British woman in Portugal and are providing support to her family’." Friend, John Keogh, paid tribute to Louise Benson on Facebook: "It can be such a cruel world we live in. RIP Louise Benson yet again another great soul took away (sic) from us far too early. My condolences to all the family and loved ones." Liz Catchpole wrote: "No words can describe what we have lost. Louise Benson you had a passion for life. I will never forget you rocking up to The Adventure Club to do your DMT.. A quiet, not for long tho, Bristol girl who just loved life. Your smile infectious, your laugh amazing, your friendship invaluable ... in shock and speechless, you will be missed and I will miss you so much."    

    A British woman plunged to her death, along with her partner, while taking a selfie on a picturesque wall in Portugal, according to local authorities. Perth man Michael Kearns, 33, Louise Benson, 37, his British partner, fell 30 metres off a beach wall and were found by shocked locals early on Tuesday morning. His mother confirmed to local media that she had been notified of his death in the early hours of the morning in Perth. She said the couple had left Australia in January on a holiday and had attended a friend’s wedding in Portugal in recent weeks. A mobile phone was found on the top of the wall overlooking the beach in the seaside town of Ericeira, where the bodies of the couple were found on Tuesday morning. Rui Pereira da Terra, the captain of the maritime authority in Cascais, said the two victims appeared to have lost their balance while taking a photograph overlooking Fishermen’s Beach. Louise Benson fell to her death “Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie,” he said. "As we found a mobile phone on the wall, our theory is that they were taking a selfie, but they dropped the phone and leaned to grab it and fell," Mr Pereira da Terra told the Portuguese Lusa news agency. Locals have said the wall is dangerous, and have asked for something to be done about it. Pedro Fernandes Tomas wrote on Facebook: "With the fall of a couple of tourists from the cliff of fishermen's beach in ericeira (30 meters high) it is urgent to rethink the security of that area. The locals know about the danger there, low wall and no protection net. "With the growing influx of tourists there are measures that need to be taken, from the case I have already mentioned, but also at the level of regulation and effective monitoring of the numerous economic activities operating in the tourism sector. " The fishing village Ericeira Credit: Martin Zwick/REDA&CO/UIG via Getty Images Susana Esmareldo agreed, writing: "I agree with you Pedro. I've always thought there's a protection net missing, because the wall is low. I hope that action will be taken in the resolution of a protection policy." Ericeira is a popular tourist town around 25 miles northwest of Lisbon. The accident is believed to have occurred between 1.00am and 6.00pm. The bodies were reportedly found by a council beach cleaner, who alerted the authorities at 6.30am. The police inspected the scene and quickly ruled out any suspicions of foul play, Mr Pereira da Terra said. The bodies were taken to the Institute of Legal Medicine in Torres Vedras Photographs of the accident scene showed two bodies covered in white sheets on the sand close together at the foot of the wall near a sign warning of the possibility of loose stones falling onto the beach.   The Foreign Office confirmed the woman involved in the tragic accident was British, and told The Telegraph: "We are in touch with local authorities following the death of a British woman in Portugal and are providing support to her family’." Friend, John Keogh, paid tribute to Louise Benson on Facebook: "It can be such a cruel world we live in. RIP Louise Benson yet again another great soul took away (sic) from us far too early. My condolences to all the family and loved ones." Liz Catchpole wrote: "No words can describe what we have lost. Louise Benson you had a passion for life. I will never forget you rocking up to The Adventure Club to do your DMT.. A quiet, not for long tho, Bristol girl who just loved life. Your smile infectious, your laugh amazing, your friendship invaluable ... in shock and speechless, you will be missed and I will miss you so much."    


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  • 51/74   American Medical Association: Ban Assault Weapons To Curb 'Public Health Crisis'
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    As lawmakers continue to offer thoughts and prayers with little legislative

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  • 52/74   Kremlin says all welcome when asked about U.S. World Cup invite
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    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be glad to host everyone in Moscow, when asked if he would invite high-ranking U.S. officials. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was responding to a journalist who asked if Putin would invite officials from North America to Moscow if the United States won a bid to host a future soccer World Cup. On Friday Russian state news agency RIA cited a diplomatic source as saying Moscow and Washington were discussing a possible meeting between Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump. ...

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be glad to host everyone in Moscow, when asked if he would invite high-ranking U.S. officials. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was responding to a journalist who asked if Putin would invite officials from North America to Moscow if the United States won a bid to host a future soccer World Cup. On Friday Russian state news agency RIA cited a diplomatic source as saying Moscow and Washington were discussing a possible meeting between Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump. ...


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  • 53/74   New Jersey special education teacher leaves $1m to her students after death
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    Genevieve Via Cava taught special needs students in the Dumont school district for nearly 45 years, according to local news reports.  When she died in 2011, with no immediate family to speak of, she left the small fortune she had amassed to her students.  The donation will now go towards one $25,000 scholarship per year, to fund the post-secondary education of a special needs student.

    Genevieve Via Cava taught special needs students in the Dumont school district for nearly 45 years, according to local news reports. When she died in 2011, with no immediate family to speak of, she left the small fortune she had amassed to her students. The donation will now go towards one $25,000 scholarship per year, to fund the post-secondary education of a special needs student.


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  • 54/74   Sage grousing: Senators charge Interior is holding up conservation grants
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    Democratic senators are demanding to know why the Department of Interior has been delaying the disbursement of grants and cooperative-agreement funding for conservation projects.  According to a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, written by Democrats Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii and signed by 10 colleagues, a political appointee has been put in charge of vetting payments of more than $50,000.  Interior has not yet responded to the letter, which was obtained exclusively by Yahoo News.

    Democratic senators are demanding to know why the Department of Interior has been delaying the disbursement of grants and cooperative-agreement funding for conservation projects. According to a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, written by Democrats Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii and signed by 10 colleagues, a political appointee has been put in charge of vetting payments of more than $50,000. Interior has not yet responded to the letter, which was obtained exclusively by Yahoo News.


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  • 55/74   Lawrence: Trump accomplished 'nothing' at summit with Kim Jong Un
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    Lawrence reacts to Donald Trump saying the murderous dictator of North Korea "loves his people." Nicholas Kristof says Trump is acting like a "spokesman" for North Korea by praising the country's dictator.

    Lawrence reacts to Donald Trump saying the murderous dictator of North Korea "loves his people." Nicholas Kristof says Trump is acting like a "spokesman" for North Korea by praising the country's dictator.


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  • 56/74   Lawmakers Are Hesitant to Judge the North Korea Summit Just Yet
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    Eight thousand miles away, lawmakers on Capitol Hill were a tad more measured.

    Eight thousand miles away, lawmakers on Capitol Hill were a tad more measured.


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  • 57/74   Some lava evacuees may return to homes during 'stable' flow
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    HONOLULU (AP) — Officials on Hawaii's Big Island let some people back into their homes and scaled down emergency operations Monday as lava flowed into the ocean on a path that wasn't threatening new areas.

    HONOLULU (AP) — Officials on Hawaii's Big Island let some people back into their homes and scaled down emergency operations Monday as lava flowed into the ocean on a path that wasn't threatening new areas.


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  • 58/74   Is Hawaii's Kilauea volcano shooting green gems into the air?
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    Embedded in the lava still spewing some 130 feet into the air from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano are green crystals.  Called olivine, these minerals can turn Hawaiian beaches green, and it appears some of the green gems are raining down upon homes near the eruption or popping up near lava flows. "Yes, the lava that is erupting now is very crystal-rich and it is quite possible that residents might be finding olivine," Cheryl Gansecki, a geologist at the University of Hawaii-Hilo that studies the composition of Kilauea's lava, said over email.  SEE ALSO: Lava transforms a Hawaiian bay into a blackened peninsula "It can be carried in the pumice [rapidly cooled lava] pieces that have been rained all over the area," she noted, or left behind when weaker lava rocks are crushed by cars or foot traffic.  U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Wendy Stovall, who was out studying Kilauea last week, also confirmed that recent lava samples do contain olivine, though she didn't happen upon any separated green crystals herself.  Other folks in the area, however, appear to be collecting the tiny green gems as they see them:  Friends of mine live in Hawaii, right next to the area impacted by the most recent lava flows. In the midst of the destruction nearby & stress of the unknown, they woke up to this - tiny pieces of olivine all over the ground. It is literally raining gems. Nature is truly amazing. pic.twitter.com/inJWxOp66t — Erin Jordan (@ErinJordan_WX) June 11, 2018   Some olivines that popped out of an a'a flow. Kilauea's little gems. #hawaii #kilauea #olivine #lovevolcanoes https://t.co/1X2ACcWu7n pic.twitter.com/8UaA1IrKEd — GEOetc (@GEOetc2) June 10, 2018  It's certainly not unusual to find olivine crystals in most any Hawaiian lava rock, both new and ancient.  "It's pretty common," Stovall said in an interview. "There’s often olivine in rocks all over Hawaii." And this olivine can become completely separated from lava rocks in a variety of ways. Sometimes the crystals can be simply weathered out from old lava rocks. Or, in the case of green-tinged Hawaiian beaches, lava can erupt through ocean water in steamy, explosive events, breaking the lava into smaller pieces and fast-tracking the separation process, said Stovall.   Small green olivine crystals on a Big Island beach.Image: Stanley MertzmanBut in the case of this olivine presumably falling down on property near the eruption, the crystals "just kind of fall out" as lava is spewed into the air, said Stovall. "The olivine crystals folks are finding on the ground scattered about are from violently ejected basalt [a type of lava] blobs wherein the embedded, earlier-formed olivine crystals are freed from their surrounding pahoehoe [syrupy lava] basalt liquid," Stanley Mertzman, a volcanologist at Franklin and Marshall College, said over email. Both violent ejections on land and from lava flowing into the ocean can "produce freed individual olivine crystals that people can pick up any time," said Mertzman.  Olivine crystals embedded in a Hawaiian lava rock.Image: Stanley MertzmanThe crystals may be flying through the air from exploded bits of lava, but it's unlikely they're also coming from the volcano's summit, where there's been a large plume of steam and ash erupting from the crater — and at times rare, explosive eruptions.  "One thing I can say is that olivine is not raining out of the plume," Michael Poland, a USGS volcanologist, said over email. Poland added that olivine is common on the ground regardless, because roads in Hawaii are made up of ground up olivine-rich lava rock.  A June 6 plume from Kilauea's crater, Halema‘uma‘u.Image: usgsThe little crystals, however, are not being created during the eruption. They've been formed deep underground long ago, brewing in the molten rock.  "It really is one of the first things to form," said Stovall.  And olivine might not be the only crystal falling down inside the nearby neighborhood. "It's possible that other crystals are being found," said Stovall, adding that a USGS rock specialist said olivine is difficult to tell apart from another common crystal, called clinopyroxene. It's also quite possible nearby islanders will continue to find semi-translucent crystals on the ground. The eruption, over a month old now, shows no signs of relenting, and could very well last months — or longer. 
Update 6/12/18 at 8 p.m. EST: This story was updated to include comments from geologist Cheryl Gansecki.  WATCH: These trees have lived for 2,500 years. Now they're suddenly dying       

    Embedded in the lava still spewing some 130 feet into the air from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano are green crystals.  Called olivine, these minerals can turn Hawaiian beaches green, and it appears some of the green gems are raining down upon homes near the eruption or popping up near lava flows. "Yes, the lava that is erupting now is very crystal-rich and it is quite possible that residents might be finding olivine," Cheryl Gansecki, a geologist at the University of Hawaii-Hilo that studies the composition of Kilauea's lava, said over email.  SEE ALSO: Lava transforms a Hawaiian bay into a blackened peninsula "It can be carried in the pumice [rapidly cooled lava] pieces that have been rained all over the area," she noted, or left behind when weaker lava rocks are crushed by cars or foot traffic.  U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Wendy Stovall, who was out studying Kilauea last week, also confirmed that recent lava samples do contain olivine, though she didn't happen upon any separated green crystals herself.  Other folks in the area, however, appear to be collecting the tiny green gems as they see them: Friends of mine live in Hawaii, right next to the area impacted by the most recent lava flows. In the midst of the destruction nearby & stress of the unknown, they woke up to this - tiny pieces of olivine all over the ground. It is literally raining gems. Nature is truly amazing. pic.twitter.com/inJWxOp66t — Erin Jordan (@ErinJordan_WX) June 11, 2018 Some olivines that popped out of an a'a flow. Kilauea's little gems. #hawaii #kilauea #olivine #lovevolcanoes https://t.co/1X2ACcWu7n pic.twitter.com/8UaA1IrKEd — GEOetc (@GEOetc2) June 10, 2018 It's certainly not unusual to find olivine crystals in most any Hawaiian lava rock, both new and ancient.  "It's pretty common," Stovall said in an interview. "There’s often olivine in rocks all over Hawaii." And this olivine can become completely separated from lava rocks in a variety of ways. Sometimes the crystals can be simply weathered out from old lava rocks. Or, in the case of green-tinged Hawaiian beaches, lava can erupt through ocean water in steamy, explosive events, breaking the lava into smaller pieces and fast-tracking the separation process, said Stovall.  Small green olivine crystals on a Big Island beach.Image: Stanley MertzmanBut in the case of this olivine presumably falling down on property near the eruption, the crystals "just kind of fall out" as lava is spewed into the air, said Stovall. "The olivine crystals folks are finding on the ground scattered about are from violently ejected basalt [a type of lava] blobs wherein the embedded, earlier-formed olivine crystals are freed from their surrounding pahoehoe [syrupy lava] basalt liquid," Stanley Mertzman, a volcanologist at Franklin and Marshall College, said over email. Both violent ejections on land and from lava flowing into the ocean can "produce freed individual olivine crystals that people can pick up any time," said Mertzman. Olivine crystals embedded in a Hawaiian lava rock.Image: Stanley MertzmanThe crystals may be flying through the air from exploded bits of lava, but it's unlikely they're also coming from the volcano's summit, where there's been a large plume of steam and ash erupting from the crater — and at times rare, explosive eruptions.  "One thing I can say is that olivine is not raining out of the plume," Michael Poland, a USGS volcanologist, said over email. Poland added that olivine is common on the ground regardless, because roads in Hawaii are made up of ground up olivine-rich lava rock. A June 6 plume from Kilauea's crater, Halema‘uma‘u.Image: usgsThe little crystals, however, are not being created during the eruption. They've been formed deep underground long ago, brewing in the molten rock.  "It really is one of the first things to form," said Stovall.  And olivine might not be the only crystal falling down inside the nearby neighborhood. "It's possible that other crystals are being found," said Stovall, adding that a USGS rock specialist said olivine is difficult to tell apart from another common crystal, called clinopyroxene. It's also quite possible nearby islanders will continue to find semi-translucent crystals on the ground. The eruption, over a month old now, shows no signs of relenting, and could very well last months — or longer. Update 6/12/18 at 8 p.m. EST: This story was updated to include comments from geologist Cheryl Gansecki. WATCH: These trees have lived for 2,500 years. Now they're suddenly dying  


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  • 59/74   Gunman Kills Four Child Hostages Then Himself After Florida Standoff
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    The suspect was identified as 35-year-old Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr.

    The suspect was identified as 35-year-old Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr.


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  • 60/74   40 Seasons of '20/20': How Ample Hills Creamery made 'The Scoop'
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    ABC News' "20/20" visited the Ample Hills Creamery factory in Brooklyn to see how they created "The Scoop," a special ice cream flavor celebrating the show's 40th season.

    ABC News' "20/20" visited the Ample Hills Creamery factory in Brooklyn to see how they created "The Scoop," a special ice cream flavor celebrating the show's 40th season.


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  • 61/74   Ancient Incan Civilization Skull Surgeries Were So Advanced It Took Others Centuries to Catch Up
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    Operations in the ancient Incan world would sometimes involve scraping and drilling holes in the skull, a surgery researchers now know was so refined in ancient Peru that survival rates during the Incan empire were relatively high—about twice that of the American Civil War for similar cranial operations, according to one study.  It’s a technique called trepanation that was practiced around the world for thousands of years, primarily to treat head trauma, but possibly to treat headaches, seizures, mental illnesses or even to expel perceived evil spirits.  The Incas seemed especially skilled at this technique.

    Operations in the ancient Incan world would sometimes involve scraping and drilling holes in the skull, a surgery researchers now know was so refined in ancient Peru that survival rates during the Incan empire were relatively high—about twice that of the American Civil War for similar cranial operations, according to one study. It’s a technique called trepanation that was practiced around the world for thousands of years, primarily to treat head trauma, but possibly to treat headaches, seizures, mental illnesses or even to expel perceived evil spirits. The Incas seemed especially skilled at this technique.


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  • 62/74   55 People, Some Children, Have Been Found in a Tractor-Trailer in Texas
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    Homeland Security is investigating the incident

    Homeland Security is investigating the incident


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  • 63/74   The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been Arrested
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    Video appeared to show him dropping his handgun while doing a backflip

    Video appeared to show him dropping his handgun while doing a backflip


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  • 64/74   Antarctica is losing billions of tons of ice each year, sharply boosting sea levels
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    Earth-orbiting satellites are watching Antarctica thaw.  Eighty scientists from over 40 earth sciences agencies, including NASA and the European Space Agency, used satellite data from between 1992 to 2017 to find that Antarctica has lost three trillion tons of ice to the oceans over this 25-year period. Their research, published Wednesday in the journal 
Nature, confirms a troubling trend, as much of the world's fresh water is frozen away in Antarctica. It's accelerating melt will likely play a primary role in swelling Earth's oceans two or three feet higher this century, or perhaps as much as six feet. SEE ALSO: Arctic sea ice is loaded with plastic litter from cigarettes and paint The most vulnerable masses of ice are in West Antartica, where NASA has already witnessed an accelerating melt. "They're melting like gangbusters," Josh Willis, an oceanographer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in an April interview. "These are massive rivers of ice that are dumping just huge amounts of ice into the oceans."  Image: imbie/Planetary VisionsPerhaps most worrying, said Willis, is that this melting is unprecedented. Scientists are watching this thawing for the first time. They can see the melt is already accelerating — and it's unknown what's exactly to come. "We have long suspected that changes in Earth’s climate will affect the polar ice sheets," Andrew Shepherd, a climate scientist and one of the study's lead authors, said in a statement.   "Thanks to the satellites our space agencies have launched, we can now track their ice losses and global sea level contribution with confidence," said Shepherd. "According to our analysis, there has been a steep increase in ice losses from Antarctica during the past decade, and the continent is causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 years."  Over this 25-year period, scientists measured around 7 and a half millimeters of sea level rise from the ice-clad continent. This might not seem like a lot, Robin Bell, a marine geologist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said over email. But, the more recent rapid loses in Antarctic ice "indicates Antarctica can change faster than we thought," said Bell.  In fact, 40 percent of the total rise, or about 3 millimeters, came in the last 5 years. That's when things really started to change. Until 2012, the study's researchers found that Antarctica had been shedding 84 billion tons of ice into the sea each year, incrementally boosting sea levels by around 0.2 millimeters annually.  But beginning in 2012, Antarctica began to lose nearly 240 billion tons per year, largely from two giant West Antarctic glaciers, Pine Island and Thwaites.   The West Antarctic ice is particularly vulnerable because these massive ice sheets sit over the ocean, and even slightly warmer ocean waters can eat away at them from the bottom.   The locations of the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers, which alone have enough ice to raise sea levels by 4 feet, says NASA.Image: Nasa"The largest mass loss is observed where relatively warm ocean waters are melting floating ice shelves from below," Steve Rintoul, a study coauthor and physical oceanographer from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Center, in Australia, said in a statement.  These masses of ice, which sit on the edge of the continent, act as a plug, holding the continent's thick sheets of heavy ice back.  "As the ice shelves thin and weaken, they provide less resistance to ice flow from the continent to the sea," explained Rintoul. "This increases the rate of mass loss from the Antarctic Ice Sheet and therefore the rate of sea level rise."  This leads to a foreboding future. Once these melting ice sheets on the coast go, nothing is left to hold West Antartica's ice back. And as the authors note, "The ice sheets of Antarctica hold enough water to raise global sea level by 58 meters." Certainly, no one is suggesting this will all dump into ocean — not nearly. But only an insignificant amount needs to melt into the sea for coastal dwellers, where billions reside and many more are expected to live, to be impacted by rising seas, flooding, and surges of stormwater. Around 40 percent of Americans, for example, live directly on the shoreline.  To better grasp exactly how much ice is lost each year — and more critically, how fast these losses are accelerating — space agencies will continue to peer onto the thawing continent. And down on Earth, scientists will even depend on seals, fitted with data-collecting devices, to dive under this melting ice.   WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?

    Earth-orbiting satellites are watching Antarctica thaw.  Eighty scientists from over 40 earth sciences agencies, including NASA and the European Space Agency, used satellite data from between 1992 to 2017 to find that Antarctica has lost three trillion tons of ice to the oceans over this 25-year period. Their research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, confirms a troubling trend, as much of the world's fresh water is frozen away in Antarctica. It's accelerating melt will likely play a primary role in swelling Earth's oceans two or three feet higher this century, or perhaps as much as six feet. SEE ALSO: Arctic sea ice is loaded with plastic litter from cigarettes and paint The most vulnerable masses of ice are in West Antartica, where NASA has already witnessed an accelerating melt. "They're melting like gangbusters," Josh Willis, an oceanographer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in an April interview. "These are massive rivers of ice that are dumping just huge amounts of ice into the oceans." Image: imbie/Planetary VisionsPerhaps most worrying, said Willis, is that this melting is unprecedented. Scientists are watching this thawing for the first time. They can see the melt is already accelerating — and it's unknown what's exactly to come. "We have long suspected that changes in Earth’s climate will affect the polar ice sheets," Andrew Shepherd, a climate scientist and one of the study's lead authors, said in a statement.   "Thanks to the satellites our space agencies have launched, we can now track their ice losses and global sea level contribution with confidence," said Shepherd. "According to our analysis, there has been a steep increase in ice losses from Antarctica during the past decade, and the continent is causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 years."  Over this 25-year period, scientists measured around 7 and a half millimeters of sea level rise from the ice-clad continent. This might not seem like a lot, Robin Bell, a marine geologist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said over email. But, the more recent rapid loses in Antarctic ice "indicates Antarctica can change faster than we thought," said Bell. In fact, 40 percent of the total rise, or about 3 millimeters, came in the last 5 years. That's when things really started to change. Until 2012, the study's researchers found that Antarctica had been shedding 84 billion tons of ice into the sea each year, incrementally boosting sea levels by around 0.2 millimeters annually.  But beginning in 2012, Antarctica began to lose nearly 240 billion tons per year, largely from two giant West Antarctic glaciers, Pine Island and Thwaites.   The West Antarctic ice is particularly vulnerable because these massive ice sheets sit over the ocean, and even slightly warmer ocean waters can eat away at them from the bottom.  The locations of the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers, which alone have enough ice to raise sea levels by 4 feet, says NASA.Image: Nasa"The largest mass loss is observed where relatively warm ocean waters are melting floating ice shelves from below," Steve Rintoul, a study coauthor and physical oceanographer from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Center, in Australia, said in a statement.  These masses of ice, which sit on the edge of the continent, act as a plug, holding the continent's thick sheets of heavy ice back.  "As the ice shelves thin and weaken, they provide less resistance to ice flow from the continent to the sea," explained Rintoul. "This increases the rate of mass loss from the Antarctic Ice Sheet and therefore the rate of sea level rise." This leads to a foreboding future. Once these melting ice sheets on the coast go, nothing is left to hold West Antartica's ice back. And as the authors note, "The ice sheets of Antarctica hold enough water to raise global sea level by 58 meters." Certainly, no one is suggesting this will all dump into ocean — not nearly. But only an insignificant amount needs to melt into the sea for coastal dwellers, where billions reside and many more are expected to live, to be impacted by rising seas, flooding, and surges of stormwater. Around 40 percent of Americans, for example, live directly on the shoreline.  To better grasp exactly how much ice is lost each year — and more critically, how fast these losses are accelerating — space agencies will continue to peer onto the thawing continent. And down on Earth, scientists will even depend on seals, fitted with data-collecting devices, to dive under this melting ice.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


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