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  • 1/81   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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  • 2/81   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.


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  • 3/81   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.


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  • 4/81   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison


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  • 5/81   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...


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  • 6/81   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home. During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.


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  • 7/81   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.


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  • 8/81   Do star athletes make too much money?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?

    With athletes in America's biggest sports leagues raking in salaries worth $300 million and more, is it time to reign in the big spending or do superstars deserve the big bucks they make?


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  • 9/81   Live animal mascots: Cute or exploitative?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?

    Animal rights activists have repeatedly called for college sports teams to stop using real animals as their mascots. Are these complaints fair or an overreaction?


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  • 10/81   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.


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  • 11/81   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.


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  • 12/81   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.


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  • 13/81   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.


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  • 14/81   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    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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  • 15/81   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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  • 16/81   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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  • 17/81   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


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  • 18/81   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 19/81   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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  • 20/81   What the CIA thinks of your anti-virus program

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.

    PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.


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  • 21/81   Google Patents Sticky Car Hood to Trap Pedestrians in a Collision

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle.  The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.

    The patent calls for a giant sticker to be placed on the front end of a vehicle, with a special coating over the layer that is only broken when something collides with the vehicle, exposing the adhesive and helping the colliding object to remain on the vehicle. The idea is to prevent a pedestrian from being thrown after the impact and potentially sustaining even more injuries.


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  • 22/81   Relax, Your Instagram Feed Likely Won't Change Tomorrow

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...

    Relax, your Instagram feed likely isn't changing tomorrow.The great "Insta-freakout" of 2016 was unleashed this morning by a slew of celebrities, bloggers and social media aficionados after they alerted followers to turn on post notifications for future access to their photos, videos and messages. ...


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  • 23/81   'Hack the Pentagon' and get paid legally in new program

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.

    Attention hackers: Time to re-watch “WarGames” and crack your knuckles, the Pentagon is about to pay you to break into some government systems.


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  • 24/81   Elon Musk's Hyperloop Vision Could Be Ready for Passengers by 2018

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California.  One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track.  'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.

    The Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of launching humans through pods inside a high-speed transportation system, could be ready for passengers by 2018, according to a company building a transportation track in California. One company working to make Musk's vision a reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said it has filed for construction permits in Quay Valley, California, for a 5-mile track. 'We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,' Bibop Gresta, the chief operating officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during a CNBC/TradeShift event.


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  • 25/81   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 26/81   Man Proposes by Text Message While Stranded at Chicago's O’Hare Airport

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned.  “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.

    An Arizona man waiting to fly home to propose to his girlfriend was forced to propose to her via text message after spending 50 hours stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Danny Roderique, of Phoenix, had the diamond engagement ring in his pocket but the delay got in the way of the proposal he’d planned. “I’ve been stranded now in the airport for 50 hours,” Roderique told a reporter from ABC affiliate WLS-TV while still waiting at O’Hare on Monday.


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  • 27/81   Twitter Warns Some Users Over Possible Government Hacking

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter.  In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.

    It's unclear how many people received a letter from Twitter. In October, Facebook said it would begin issuing alerts to users who the social network believes are being targeted by state-sponsored hackers, according to a message posted by Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer.


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  • 28/81   Facebook Notifications Get Even More Personal

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day.  The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States.  The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.

    Facebook notifications may now be your first stop in the morning to catch up on everything from friends' news to weather, sports scores and what to expect later in the day. The social network announced this week it will be rolling out expanded, personalized notifications in the Facebook across iOS and Android devices for users in the United States. The mobile update is bringing a set of new card-like notifications that will include information such as sports scores for teams you have liked, TV shows, weather information and friends' life events, among other updates.


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  • 29/81   How to Tell Which Apps Are Draining Your iPhone Battery

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled.  It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain.  Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.

    Some iOS 9 users have complained Facebook's app has been excessively eating away at their battery life, even when the background app refresh setting is disabled. It's unclear what possible issue may be causing the battery drain. Tapping the list will show how much of the battery drain was spent when the app was running in the background.


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  • 30/81   Armed Robbery Suspect Tries Using Uber as Getaway Car, Police Say

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said.  The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said.  Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.

    A 23-year-old man suspected of armed robbery tried to take an Uber car to help him get away after he held up a store outside Baltimore, police said. The suspect, Dashawn Terrell Cochran, was at a store in Parkville, Maryland, early Wednesday morning when he allegedly took a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine to the register, the Baltimore County Police Department said. Cochran was seen getting into the back of a silver Lexus, and when officers pulled the car over, the driver said he was an Uber driver, police said.


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  • 31/81   Drone Popularity Draws Concern From Pilots, Federal Officials

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.  The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation.  The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.

    Roughly 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the United States this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to meet with Walmart, which has 19 different kinds of drones for sale on its website, to teach salespeople about what it should tell its customers about safe drone operation. The Consumer Electronics Association projects the U.S. drone market to climb above $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 50 percent from last year’s total.


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  • 32/81   Carly Fiorina: Why She Wants Everyone to Throw Out Their Flip Phones

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina.  “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina.  It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.

    Carly Fiorina is putting flip phone users on notice: You’re going to have to upgrade under a President Fiorina. “How many of you have a flip phone?” Fiorina recently asked a town hall in South Carolina. It’s all part of a vision the Republican presidential candidate has to give citizens a direct line of communication – literally – to the president.


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  • 33/81   How a 'Programming Error' Led to an Oregon Couple's $2 Million Cell Phone Bill

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams.  Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November.  'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.

    A couple in Oregon say they spent 10 months trying to clear up a whopping $2 million phone bill, which they say has prevented them from buying the home of their dreams. Ken Slusher and his girlfriend, of Damascus, Oregon, have a balance of $2,156,593.64 on a Verizon Wireless bill that was for a wireless account that they opened in November. 'Yeah, it's been very stressful to say the least,' Slusher told KPTV.com.


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  • 34/81   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 35/81   C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW) Goes Ex-Dividend Soon
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    C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. Investors can purchase...

    C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. Investors can purchase...


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  • 36/81   Here's What We Like About Commerce Bancshares' (NASDAQ:CBSH) Upcoming Dividend
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    Readers hoping to buy Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly...

    Readers hoping to buy Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly...


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  • 37/81   Here's What We Like About CB Financial Services' (NASDAQ:CBFV) Upcoming Dividend
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    CB Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBFV) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days. This means that investors who...

    CB Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBFV) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days. This means that investors who...


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  • 38/81   Dividend Investors: Don't Be Too Quick To Buy Computer Modelling Group Ltd. (TSE:CMG) For Its Upcoming Dividend
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    Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see Computer...

    Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see Computer...


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  • 39/81   Income Investors Should Know That Cass Information Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASS) Goes Ex-Dividend Soon
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    Cass Information Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASS) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in four days. You can purchase shares...

    Cass Information Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASS) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in four days. You can purchase shares...


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  • 40/81   Cerence Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CRNC) Shares May Have Run Too Fast Too Soon
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    With a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 28.7x Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ:CRNC) may be sending very bearish signals at...

    With a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 28.7x Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ:CRNC) may be sending very bearish signals at...


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  • 41/81   Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) Could Be A Buy For Its Upcoming Dividend
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    Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in four days. If you purchase the stock on...

    Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in four days. If you purchase the stock on...


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  • 42/81   'People's worst fears' came alive in Kenosha: Guns, militia inject chilling dimension into protests
    POLITICS TOPIC NEWS

    Protests have been volatile. Add guns and heightened emotions and it's "a recipe for disaster" with a high risk to life, experts say.

    Protests have been volatile. Add guns and heightened emotions and it's "a recipe for disaster" with a high risk to life, experts say.


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  • 43/81   Kenosha police union gives its version of Blake shooting
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    The Kenosha police union on Friday offered the most detailed accounting to date on officers' perspective of the moments leading up to police shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back, saying he had a knife and fought with officers, putting one of them in a headlock and shrugging off two attempts to stun him.  The statement from Brendan Matthews, attorney for the Kenosha Professional Police Association, goes into more detail  than anything that has been released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which is investigating.  The Sunday shooting of Blake, a Black man, put the nation’s spotlight on Wisconsin and triggered a series of peaceful protests and violence, including the killing of two people by an armed civilian on Tuesday.

    The Kenosha police union on Friday offered the most detailed accounting to date on officers' perspective of the moments leading up to police shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back, saying he had a knife and fought with officers, putting one of them in a headlock and shrugging off two attempts to stun him. The statement from Brendan Matthews, attorney for the Kenosha Professional Police Association, goes into more detail than anything that has been released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which is investigating. The Sunday shooting of Blake, a Black man, put the nation’s spotlight on Wisconsin and triggered a series of peaceful protests and violence, including the killing of two people by an armed civilian on Tuesday.


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  • 44/81   The Lincoln Project's newest ad takes aim at Trump's mocking of a disabled reporter
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    Released right before the start of the final night of the Republican National Convention, the Lincoln Project's latest ad, "Decency," calls out President Trump for his mocking of a disabled reporter.The ad begins with footage of the first time Democratic nominee Joe Biden met Brayden Harrington, a 13-year-old from New Hampshire who went on to speak at last week's Democratic National Convention. Harrington's dad told Biden his son wanted to meet him because he has a stutter, and knew that Biden had one as a child. "Don't let it define you," Biden told Harrington, before offering to call him later and tell him what he used to do to deal with his stutter.Biden told Harrington to ignore the "bullies, the kids who make fun," and the ad immediately shifted to showing video of Trump in 2016, mocking a disabled reporter during a rally. Footage from a different rally is then shown, when Trump told the audience to be on the lookout for people wanting to throw tomatoes at him on stage. "Knock the crap out of them, would you?" he said. "Seriously. Just knock the hell, I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise.""It's time for decency," the ad's narrator then intones. "It's time for Joe Biden." Watch the video below. More stories from theweek.com  5 more scathingly funny cartoons about the Republican National Convention  McConnell inexplicably claims that Democrats want to tell Americans 'how many hamburgers you can eat'  Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at 43

    Released right before the start of the final night of the Republican National Convention, the Lincoln Project's latest ad, "Decency," calls out President Trump for his mocking of a disabled reporter.The ad begins with footage of the first time Democratic nominee Joe Biden met Brayden Harrington, a 13-year-old from New Hampshire who went on to speak at last week's Democratic National Convention. Harrington's dad told Biden his son wanted to meet him because he has a stutter, and knew that Biden had one as a child. "Don't let it define you," Biden told Harrington, before offering to call him later and tell him what he used to do to deal with his stutter.Biden told Harrington to ignore the "bullies, the kids who make fun," and the ad immediately shifted to showing video of Trump in 2016, mocking a disabled reporter during a rally. Footage from a different rally is then shown, when Trump told the audience to be on the lookout for people wanting to throw tomatoes at him on stage. "Knock the crap out of them, would you?" he said. "Seriously. Just knock the hell, I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise.""It's time for decency," the ad's narrator then intones. "It's time for Joe Biden." Watch the video below. More stories from theweek.com 5 more scathingly funny cartoons about the Republican National Convention McConnell inexplicably claims that Democrats want to tell Americans 'how many hamburgers you can eat' Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at 43


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  • 45/81   The DNC warned campaign staffers to 'swipe carefully' on dating apps because matches could be political opponents digging for dirt
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    A Democratic official told Business Insider that the warning is "nothing new" and that campaign staff are frequently reminded to be vigilant online.

    A Democratic official told Business Insider that the warning is "nothing new" and that campaign staff are frequently reminded to be vigilant online.


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  • 46/81   Sarah Palin can sue New York Times for defamation: court ruling
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    A federal judge on Friday rejected the New York Times' bid to dismiss Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit over a 2017 editorial she said falsely linked her to a mass shooting.  U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said that while much of Palin's case was circumstantial, it was strong enough for a jury to find the Times and former editorial page editor James Bennet acted with 'actual malice by clear and convincing evidence.'  Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, sued over a June 14, 2017 editorial published after an Alexandria, Virginia, shooting that wounded four people, including then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

    A federal judge on Friday rejected the New York Times' bid to dismiss Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit over a 2017 editorial she said falsely linked her to a mass shooting. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said that while much of Palin's case was circumstantial, it was strong enough for a jury to find the Times and former editorial page editor James Bennet acted with 'actual malice by clear and convincing evidence.' Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, sued over a June 14, 2017 editorial published after an Alexandria, Virginia, shooting that wounded four people, including then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.


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  • 47/81   Japan’s Longest-Serving PM, Shinzo Abe, Quits in Bid to ‘Escape’ Potential Prosecution
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    Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, decided to resign Friday ostensibly because of his health, but also because he fears the unpleasant and unhealthy conditions of a Japanese prison. At a press conference, he cited his painful stomach condition ulcerative colitis as the reason for stepping down, but he leaves at a time when his ratings are plummeting and he is under at least one criminal investigation, with the public clamoring for the reopening of other cases.Abe is not resigning; he is escaping. He is under investigation by the Japanese prosecutors for violations of election laws, similar to those his former handpicked justice minister is now being tried for in the lower courts of Tokyo. Testimony in that case may implicate Abe in the political scandal as well. Abe’s efforts to shield himself from investigation by Japan’s authorities have fallen apart. A high-ranking member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), of which Abe also serves as president, told The Daily Beast on conditions of anonymity, “If Abe had been able to stack the prosecutor’s office with his choice—he’d still be clinging to power. His choice for the next head of the National Police Agency, Itaru Nakamura, was sidelined this month and Abe fears being arrested by either the prosecutors or the police. Resignation now allows him to escape a lot of scrutiny.” Nakamura was the high-ranking police chief that ended the rape investigation of Abe’s unofficial biographer.A source in the Ministry of Justice told The Daily Beast, “It’s a done deal. Abe resigns taking ‘social punishment’ and several criminal investigations into his conduct are going to be closed.” Former special prosecutor Nobuo Gohara says, “It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that he resigns the same week a criminal trial has started in which Abe’s involvement will become a central issue.”  The Tweet of DefeatThis year, Abe’s approval ratings sank as low as 27 percent in opinion polls. You’ll see many things cited in the Japanese press in the coming days about what caused Abe’s grip on power and popular support to fail. There have certainly been many gaffes this year. He ignored the growing threat of the novel coronavirus due to his obsessive desire to hold the Olympic Games, which meant that Tokyo had to appear safe. His plan to distribute two face masks to every household, when masks were in short supply, was an expensive disaster. The masks were too small, dirty, and they were slow to be delivered. They were ridiculed as “Abe No Mask,” which sounds much like “Abenomics” when said in Japanese. Abenomics was the PM’s much-touted fiscal policy that involved the imaginary “arrows” of monetary easing and financial reforms, but the overhaul never came and the policy was a total failure. Abe claimed that Japan’s “if you don’t test, you don’t know” coronavirus policy had worked fantastically, until it failed and the infection rates began shooting up again. This was accelerated by his obstinate push for the implementation of a weirdly named promotional campaign,“Go to Travel,” which ended up translating for many people to “Go to Quarantine” as the pandemic resurged. What has derailed his popularity isn’t his poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but an ill-timed attempt to consolidate his power in the midst of it. SayonaraAbe (in Japanese) was trending on Twitter months ago.  The end of the Abe era began with a single tweet that started his downward spiral in May. There is some irony in a prime minister who invested so much energy controlling Japan’s mainstream media being taken down by social media. On the evening of May 9,  there was a tweet by a 35-year-old female office worker that sparked an inferno of public dissent. The resulting tweetstorm was fueled by Japan’s usually apolitical celebrities and former prosecutors. Even LDP members expressed dissent.The content of the tweet seems rather prosaic. “I protest the proposed changes in the Public Prosecutor Office Laws.” There were 8 million tweets with the hashtag “I protest the proposed revision of the Public Prosecutors Office Law,” by May 14. Here’s the backstory. Abe has slowly exerted his control over government agencies, public broadcaster NHK, and even the media. In 2014, he created a Cabinet Personnel Bureau that gave the cabinet control over the appointment of hundreds of top-level bureaucrats. Ambitious government workers paid attention, and have since worked hard not to offend him and gain favor. He has incentivized them to cover up scandals without being directly asked. He has wined and dined the press to curry favor, and bullied them relentlessly when displeased. Japan’s press-freedom ranking was No. 22 when he took office; it now ranks 66th. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Abe and the ruling LDP lobbied for changes in the constitution that would give the cabinet absolute authority in an emergency. The attempt failed but even conservative magazine PRESIDENT called it in an opportunistic and despicable grab for power. When he tried to put the public prosecutor’s office under his thumb this summer, he was going too far. Fatally Wounded The move against the prosecutors began on Jan. 31, when the Abe cabinet decided to delay the retirement of Japan’s second most powerful prosecutor, Hiromu Kurokawa. Kurokawa was reportedly very close to Abe and cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga. The press referred to him as “the guardian deity of the Abe cabinet.”  The majority of prosecutors are required by law to retire at 63; Kurokawa was allowed to stay on. Abe claimed this was not a problem because his cabinet had “reinterpreted the law” to make it possible. The opposition, legal scholars, and the public vehemently disagreed.The administration stood its ground but later proposed an amendment to the Public Prosecutor Laws. This was seen as a retroactive attempt to justify keeping Kurokawa in office, and clearing the way for replacing the top prosecutor in Japan. Former Prosecutor-General Kunihiro Matsuo and other ex-prosecutors wrote a protest letter to the Ministry of Justice stating explicitly that they believed the revisions were an attempt by the Abe administration to have prosecutors act in accordance with their will. The letter quoted John Locke: “Wherever law ends, tyranny begins.” Abe defended the bill in parliament, “There will be no instances of [prosecutorial] personnel affairs being determined arbitrarily,” he said. Only 16 percent of the public believed him.Typically, Abe would ramrod the bill into law anyway, as he has done with other unpopular legislation. By May 18, his approval ratings had plummeted to 34 percent. The same day, the LDP agreed to temporarily table the legislation. That evening, more than 600 lawyers submitted legal briefs to the Tokyo prosecutors office accusing Abe of misusing public funds to hold cherry blossom viewing parties for his constituents, a scandal that became known as “Cherryblossom-gate.” Bad luck followed Abe’s bad decisions. The weekly magazine Bunshun reported that Kurokawa had routinely played mahjong with reporters, gambling on the games in clear contravention of Japanese law. Kurokawa was given an admonishment and allowed to resign. After nearly a decade in power, Abe has become haughty, declaring in parliament last year “I am the nation.” He has been winning for a long time, but no one’s luck lasts forever. The legislative attempt to subvert the prosecutors may have been, to paraphrase the title of an epic war film, a bill too far. It was later abandoned entirely.  Already on Trial? The current investigation of “Cherryblossom-gate” is not the only problem facing Abe. He is being dragged into the high-profile trial of a close friend and supporter. This June, Katsuyuki Kawai, 57, a House of Representative member and his wife, Anri Kawai, 46, a member of the House of Councilors, were indicted on suspicion of handing out millions of yen in cash to politicians and supporters in Hiroshima Prefecture. This was allegedly in return for their efforts to secure votes in the Upper House elections held in July 2019. Abe appointed Katsuyuki minister of justice in September 2019; Katsuyuki resigned on Oct. 31. Their trial began this week.The LDP headquarters provided nearly $1.5 million (150 million yen) or more in campaign funds to Anri Kawai, and some of that money may have been used in bribing local politicians to help round up votes. If Abe himself, as president of the LDP, approved the whopping funding for Anri, he will move into the spotlight.Former Special Prosecutor Nobuo Gohara told The Daily Beast, “It seems clear from the opening statements by the prosecutors in the case of Kawai, that they will show Prime Minister Abe’s involvement in this case. For a former minister of justice, hand-picked by Abe to be involved in bribing other politicians—outrageous. Even if Abe can avoid criminal responsibility, he has a moral responsibility in the matter.”Gohara sees Abe’s inability to stomach his position as part of the stress of not knowing when or if he will be implicated in the current trial. There is a third fire burning under Abe’s feet, one known as the Moritomo-gakuen case. In 2017, it became clear that government land valued at nearly $8 million had been sold to a right-wing school operator for $1 million, reportedly at the urging of the prime minister and his wife, Akie. The school was going to be named Abe Elementary. When the scandal came to light, bureaucrats in the ministry of finance altered and destroyed documents to cover up Abe’s involvement. One government official, Toshio Akagi, refused to play along and killed himself in protest in March 2018. He left behind incriminating documents that his widow revealed this year. Over 70 percent of the Japanese public now wants a reopening of the investigation into the Morikake case.  He didn’t learnAbe virtually vanished for a month this summer, avoiding all press conferences and parliamentary discussions. He can now avoid discussing the scandals surrounding him very easily. He has seemingly timed his publicized visits to the hospital this week in a way to make sure that questions about his involvement in corruption cases were not asked. By visiting Keio Hospital on Aug. 24, the day before the Kawai trial, attention was shifted from his role in the case, to whether or not he was going to be able to continue as prime minister. Abe’s great escape is not as dramatic as the flight of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, but it’s a valiant effort. Abe was Japan’s longest reigning prime minister in its constitutional history, but never has so little been accomplished in such a long period of time. If he leaves any legacy at all, it is a number of bills passed into law that were so unpopular they now lie like landmines and may blow up Japan’s brittle democracy someday. Those laws include: a draconian conspiracy law that seems right out of the sci-fi film Minority Report; a repressive and Orwellian state secrets law that will muffle the press and whistleblowers; and the Peace Preservation Act, which allows ostensibly pacifist Japan to wage war.This was his second term in office after a disastrous stint from 2006 to 2007. He was able to resurface due to the support of the right-wing Shinto cult Nippon Kaigi, which will continue to yield great power in parliament long after Abe. They say those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it. Perhaps the root of Abe’s folly is that he is a well-known historical revisionist, the grandson of a war criminal, who has never been able to admit to the atrocities committed by Japan in World War II; many of his political appointees and allies admired Hitler. He’s been so busy trying to deny the past that it seems Abe can’t even learn from his own history. His life is a re-run.He leaves office much the same way he did when he stepped down in 2007: unable to handle the job while mired in scandals involving his cronies; unpopular, considered incompetent, and irrelevant. He will not be missed. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, decided to resign Friday ostensibly because of his health, but also because he fears the unpleasant and unhealthy conditions of a Japanese prison. At a press conference, he cited his painful stomach condition ulcerative colitis as the reason for stepping down, but he leaves at a time when his ratings are plummeting and he is under at least one criminal investigation, with the public clamoring for the reopening of other cases.Abe is not resigning; he is escaping. He is under investigation by the Japanese prosecutors for violations of election laws, similar to those his former handpicked justice minister is now being tried for in the lower courts of Tokyo. Testimony in that case may implicate Abe in the political scandal as well. Abe’s efforts to shield himself from investigation by Japan’s authorities have fallen apart. A high-ranking member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), of which Abe also serves as president, told The Daily Beast on conditions of anonymity, “If Abe had been able to stack the prosecutor’s office with his choice—he’d still be clinging to power. His choice for the next head of the National Police Agency, Itaru Nakamura, was sidelined this month and Abe fears being arrested by either the prosecutors or the police. Resignation now allows him to escape a lot of scrutiny.” Nakamura was the high-ranking police chief that ended the rape investigation of Abe’s unofficial biographer.A source in the Ministry of Justice told The Daily Beast, “It’s a done deal. Abe resigns taking ‘social punishment’ and several criminal investigations into his conduct are going to be closed.” Former special prosecutor Nobuo Gohara says, “It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that he resigns the same week a criminal trial has started in which Abe’s involvement will become a central issue.”  The Tweet of DefeatThis year, Abe’s approval ratings sank as low as 27 percent in opinion polls. You’ll see many things cited in the Japanese press in the coming days about what caused Abe’s grip on power and popular support to fail. There have certainly been many gaffes this year. He ignored the growing threat of the novel coronavirus due to his obsessive desire to hold the Olympic Games, which meant that Tokyo had to appear safe. His plan to distribute two face masks to every household, when masks were in short supply, was an expensive disaster. The masks were too small, dirty, and they were slow to be delivered. They were ridiculed as “Abe No Mask,” which sounds much like “Abenomics” when said in Japanese. Abenomics was the PM’s much-touted fiscal policy that involved the imaginary “arrows” of monetary easing and financial reforms, but the overhaul never came and the policy was a total failure. Abe claimed that Japan’s “if you don’t test, you don’t know” coronavirus policy had worked fantastically, until it failed and the infection rates began shooting up again. This was accelerated by his obstinate push for the implementation of a weirdly named promotional campaign,“Go to Travel,” which ended up translating for many people to “Go to Quarantine” as the pandemic resurged. What has derailed his popularity isn’t his poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but an ill-timed attempt to consolidate his power in the midst of it. SayonaraAbe (in Japanese) was trending on Twitter months ago.  The end of the Abe era began with a single tweet that started his downward spiral in May. There is some irony in a prime minister who invested so much energy controlling Japan’s mainstream media being taken down by social media. On the evening of May 9,  there was a tweet by a 35-year-old female office worker that sparked an inferno of public dissent. The resulting tweetstorm was fueled by Japan’s usually apolitical celebrities and former prosecutors. Even LDP members expressed dissent.The content of the tweet seems rather prosaic. “I protest the proposed changes in the Public Prosecutor Office Laws.” There were 8 million tweets with the hashtag “I protest the proposed revision of the Public Prosecutors Office Law,” by May 14. Here’s the backstory. Abe has slowly exerted his control over government agencies, public broadcaster NHK, and even the media. In 2014, he created a Cabinet Personnel Bureau that gave the cabinet control over the appointment of hundreds of top-level bureaucrats. Ambitious government workers paid attention, and have since worked hard not to offend him and gain favor. He has incentivized them to cover up scandals without being directly asked. He has wined and dined the press to curry favor, and bullied them relentlessly when displeased. Japan’s press-freedom ranking was No. 22 when he took office; it now ranks 66th. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Abe and the ruling LDP lobbied for changes in the constitution that would give the cabinet absolute authority in an emergency. The attempt failed but even conservative magazine PRESIDENT called it in an opportunistic and despicable grab for power. When he tried to put the public prosecutor’s office under his thumb this summer, he was going too far. Fatally Wounded The move against the prosecutors began on Jan. 31, when the Abe cabinet decided to delay the retirement of Japan’s second most powerful prosecutor, Hiromu Kurokawa. Kurokawa was reportedly very close to Abe and cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga. The press referred to him as “the guardian deity of the Abe cabinet.”  The majority of prosecutors are required by law to retire at 63; Kurokawa was allowed to stay on. Abe claimed this was not a problem because his cabinet had “reinterpreted the law” to make it possible. The opposition, legal scholars, and the public vehemently disagreed.The administration stood its ground but later proposed an amendment to the Public Prosecutor Laws. This was seen as a retroactive attempt to justify keeping Kurokawa in office, and clearing the way for replacing the top prosecutor in Japan. Former Prosecutor-General Kunihiro Matsuo and other ex-prosecutors wrote a protest letter to the Ministry of Justice stating explicitly that they believed the revisions were an attempt by the Abe administration to have prosecutors act in accordance with their will. The letter quoted John Locke: “Wherever law ends, tyranny begins.” Abe defended the bill in parliament, “There will be no instances of [prosecutorial] personnel affairs being determined arbitrarily,” he said. Only 16 percent of the public believed him.Typically, Abe would ramrod the bill into law anyway, as he has done with other unpopular legislation. By May 18, his approval ratings had plummeted to 34 percent. The same day, the LDP agreed to temporarily table the legislation. That evening, more than 600 lawyers submitted legal briefs to the Tokyo prosecutors office accusing Abe of misusing public funds to hold cherry blossom viewing parties for his constituents, a scandal that became known as “Cherryblossom-gate.” Bad luck followed Abe’s bad decisions. The weekly magazine Bunshun reported that Kurokawa had routinely played mahjong with reporters, gambling on the games in clear contravention of Japanese law. Kurokawa was given an admonishment and allowed to resign. After nearly a decade in power, Abe has become haughty, declaring in parliament last year “I am the nation.” He has been winning for a long time, but no one’s luck lasts forever. The legislative attempt to subvert the prosecutors may have been, to paraphrase the title of an epic war film, a bill too far. It was later abandoned entirely.  Already on Trial? The current investigation of “Cherryblossom-gate” is not the only problem facing Abe. He is being dragged into the high-profile trial of a close friend and supporter. This June, Katsuyuki Kawai, 57, a House of Representative member and his wife, Anri Kawai, 46, a member of the House of Councilors, were indicted on suspicion of handing out millions of yen in cash to politicians and supporters in Hiroshima Prefecture. This was allegedly in return for their efforts to secure votes in the Upper House elections held in July 2019. Abe appointed Katsuyuki minister of justice in September 2019; Katsuyuki resigned on Oct. 31. Their trial began this week.The LDP headquarters provided nearly $1.5 million (150 million yen) or more in campaign funds to Anri Kawai, and some of that money may have been used in bribing local politicians to help round up votes. If Abe himself, as president of the LDP, approved the whopping funding for Anri, he will move into the spotlight.Former Special Prosecutor Nobuo Gohara told The Daily Beast, “It seems clear from the opening statements by the prosecutors in the case of Kawai, that they will show Prime Minister Abe’s involvement in this case. For a former minister of justice, hand-picked by Abe to be involved in bribing other politicians—outrageous. Even if Abe can avoid criminal responsibility, he has a moral responsibility in the matter.”Gohara sees Abe’s inability to stomach his position as part of the stress of not knowing when or if he will be implicated in the current trial. There is a third fire burning under Abe’s feet, one known as the Moritomo-gakuen case. In 2017, it became clear that government land valued at nearly $8 million had been sold to a right-wing school operator for $1 million, reportedly at the urging of the prime minister and his wife, Akie. The school was going to be named Abe Elementary. When the scandal came to light, bureaucrats in the ministry of finance altered and destroyed documents to cover up Abe’s involvement. One government official, Toshio Akagi, refused to play along and killed himself in protest in March 2018. He left behind incriminating documents that his widow revealed this year. Over 70 percent of the Japanese public now wants a reopening of the investigation into the Morikake case.  He didn’t learnAbe virtually vanished for a month this summer, avoiding all press conferences and parliamentary discussions. He can now avoid discussing the scandals surrounding him very easily. He has seemingly timed his publicized visits to the hospital this week in a way to make sure that questions about his involvement in corruption cases were not asked. By visiting Keio Hospital on Aug. 24, the day before the Kawai trial, attention was shifted from his role in the case, to whether or not he was going to be able to continue as prime minister. Abe’s great escape is not as dramatic as the flight of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, but it’s a valiant effort. Abe was Japan’s longest reigning prime minister in its constitutional history, but never has so little been accomplished in such a long period of time. If he leaves any legacy at all, it is a number of bills passed into law that were so unpopular they now lie like landmines and may blow up Japan’s brittle democracy someday. Those laws include: a draconian conspiracy law that seems right out of the sci-fi film Minority Report; a repressive and Orwellian state secrets law that will muffle the press and whistleblowers; and the Peace Preservation Act, which allows ostensibly pacifist Japan to wage war.This was his second term in office after a disastrous stint from 2006 to 2007. He was able to resurface due to the support of the right-wing Shinto cult Nippon Kaigi, which will continue to yield great power in parliament long after Abe. They say those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it. Perhaps the root of Abe’s folly is that he is a well-known historical revisionist, the grandson of a war criminal, who has never been able to admit to the atrocities committed by Japan in World War II; many of his political appointees and allies admired Hitler. He’s been so busy trying to deny the past that it seems Abe can’t even learn from his own history. His life is a re-run.He leaves office much the same way he did when he stepped down in 2007: unable to handle the job while mired in scandals involving his cronies; unpopular, considered incompetent, and irrelevant. He will not be missed. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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  • 48/81   China arrests 12 fleeing Hong Kong by speedboat: city police
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    A dozen people fleeing Hong Kong on a speedboat, including an activist arrested under the draconian new national security law, have been captured by China, police in the city said Friday.

    A dozen people fleeing Hong Kong on a speedboat, including an activist arrested under the draconian new national security law, have been captured by China, police in the city said Friday.


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  • 49/81   Black Lives Matter shirt worn in class sparks death threats, California teacher says
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    “I can’t afford to go to a hotel and I can’t go home,” she said.

    “I can’t afford to go to a hotel and I can’t go home,” she said.


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  • 50/81   Top US intelligence official died by suicide, medical report reveals
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    A high-ranking US intelligence official died by suicide in front of his wife, leading to a CIA investigation of the death, but public silence from his peers.The death of Anthony Schinella, national intelligence officer for military issues, comes at a time when his expertise might have been crucial.

    A high-ranking US intelligence official died by suicide in front of his wife, leading to a CIA investigation of the death, but public silence from his peers.The death of Anthony Schinella, national intelligence officer for military issues, comes at a time when his expertise might have been crucial.


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  • 51/81   Iranian man sentenced to nine years in prison for beheading daughter while she slept in 'honour killing'
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    An Iranian has been sentenced to nine years in jail for beheading his teenaged daughter in her sleep, local media reported Friday, adding that the mother wants him executed. The so-called "honour" killing of 14-year-old Romina Ashrafi on May 21 sparked widespread outrage, with media condemning "institutionalised violence" in the Islamic republic. Media said Romina was decapitated at the family home in the village of Talesh in the northern province of Gilan. "Despite the judicial authorities' insistence on a 'special handling' of the case, the verdict has terrified me and my family," Rana Dashti, the mother, told ILNA news agency. "I don't want my husband to return to our village ever again," she said, calling for the verdict to be reviewed and changed to "execution". Having lived with the man for 15 years, Dashti said she now fears for the life of the rest of her family. Ebtekar newspaper said at the time of Romina's killing that Iran's "eye for an eye" retributive justice does not apply to a father who kills his child, for which the customary sentence is jail time and fines. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has "expressed his regrets" following the girl's killing and called for the speedy passing of several anti-violence bills. Romina had reportedly run away after the father refused to give permission for her to marry a man 15 years her senior. But she was detained by authorities and taken home, despite having pleaded with a judge that she feared for her life if returned. The man she wanted to marry, Bahman Khavari, was sentenced to two years in prison, local media said, without specifying the charge. The legal age of marriage for women in Iran is 13.

    An Iranian has been sentenced to nine years in jail for beheading his teenaged daughter in her sleep, local media reported Friday, adding that the mother wants him executed. The so-called "honour" killing of 14-year-old Romina Ashrafi on May 21 sparked widespread outrage, with media condemning "institutionalised violence" in the Islamic republic. Media said Romina was decapitated at the family home in the village of Talesh in the northern province of Gilan. "Despite the judicial authorities' insistence on a 'special handling' of the case, the verdict has terrified me and my family," Rana Dashti, the mother, told ILNA news agency. "I don't want my husband to return to our village ever again," she said, calling for the verdict to be reviewed and changed to "execution". Having lived with the man for 15 years, Dashti said she now fears for the life of the rest of her family. Ebtekar newspaper said at the time of Romina's killing that Iran's "eye for an eye" retributive justice does not apply to a father who kills his child, for which the customary sentence is jail time and fines. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has "expressed his regrets" following the girl's killing and called for the speedy passing of several anti-violence bills. Romina had reportedly run away after the father refused to give permission for her to marry a man 15 years her senior. But she was detained by authorities and taken home, despite having pleaded with a judge that she feared for her life if returned. The man she wanted to marry, Bahman Khavari, was sentenced to two years in prison, local media said, without specifying the charge. The legal age of marriage for women in Iran is 13.


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  • 52/81   Amazon fires: Are they worse this year than before?
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    Blazes are continuing to rage in the Amazon rainforest, despite the Brazilian president's fire ban.

    Blazes are continuing to rage in the Amazon rainforest, despite the Brazilian president's fire ban.


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  • 53/81   California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a new plan for reopening businesses in the state after COVID-19 cases surged following an initial reopen attempt months earlier
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    "We're going to be more stubborn this time. This is a stringent, but we believe more steady, approach," Newsom said.

    "We're going to be more stubborn this time. This is a stringent, but we believe more steady, approach," Newsom said.


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  • 54/81   Researchers have identified a possible case of COVID-19 reinfection in Nevada, study suggests
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    The first possible case of coronavirus reinfection in the US was reported this week in Nevada after a man tested positive for COVID a second time.

    The first possible case of coronavirus reinfection in the US was reported this week in Nevada after a man tested positive for COVID a second time.


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  • 55/81   With Elon Musk’s help, ‘Three Little Pigs’ demonstrate Neuralink’s brain implant
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    With grudging assistance from a trio of pigs, Neuralink co-founder Elon Musk showed off the startup's state-of-the-art neuron-reading brain implant and announced that the system has received the Food and Drug Administration's preliminary blessing as an experimental medical device. During today's demonstration at Neuralink's headquarters in Fremont, Calif., it took a few minutes for wranglers to get the swine into their proper positions for what Musk called his "Three Little Pigs demonstration." One of the pigs was in her natural state, and roamed unremarkably around her straw-covered pen. Musk said the second pig had been given a brain implant that… Read More

    With grudging assistance from a trio of pigs, Neuralink co-founder Elon Musk showed off the startup's state-of-the-art neuron-reading brain implant and announced that the system has received the Food and Drug Administration's preliminary blessing as an experimental medical device. During today's demonstration at Neuralink's headquarters in Fremont, Calif., it took a few minutes for wranglers to get the swine into their proper positions for what Musk called his "Three Little Pigs demonstration." One of the pigs was in her natural state, and roamed unremarkably around her straw-covered pen. Musk said the second pig had been given a brain implant that… Read More


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  • 56/81   How to make your own hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes
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    As drugstores run low on hand sanitizers and cleansing wipes in response to the novel-coronavirus outbreak, learn how to make your own.

    As drugstores run low on hand sanitizers and cleansing wipes in response to the novel-coronavirus outbreak, learn how to make your own.


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  • 57/81   Why California's wildfire year could be the worst in decades
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    Record temperatures have exacerbated the state’s ongoing drought and triggered dry-lightning that started more than 700 fires, some in redwood rainforests and Joshua trees that do not normally burn.  Firefighters had a grip on the three largest blazes on Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area but warned residents to prepare for fall winds that typically drive the state’s largest fires.  With more than 1.6 million acres blackened this year, climatologist Zach Zobel said California was on track to overtake the nearly 2 million acres burned in 2018, when the state suffered its deadliest wildfire and the most acreage burned in records going back to at least 1987.

    Record temperatures have exacerbated the state’s ongoing drought and triggered dry-lightning that started more than 700 fires, some in redwood rainforests and Joshua trees that do not normally burn. Firefighters had a grip on the three largest blazes on Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area but warned residents to prepare for fall winds that typically drive the state’s largest fires. With more than 1.6 million acres blackened this year, climatologist Zach Zobel said California was on track to overtake the nearly 2 million acres burned in 2018, when the state suffered its deadliest wildfire and the most acreage burned in records going back to at least 1987.


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  • 58/81   Why California's wildfire year could be the worst in decades
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    Record temperatures have exacerbated the state’s ongoing drought and triggered dry-lightning that started more than 700 fires, some in redwood rainforests and Joshua trees that do not normally burn.  Firefighters had a grip on the three largest blazes on Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area but warned residents to prepare for fall winds that typically drive the state’s largest fires.  With more than 1.6 million acres blackened this year, climatologist Zach Zobel said California was on track to overtake the nearly 2 million acres burned in 2018, when the state suffered its deadliest wildfire and the most acreage burned in records going back to at least 1987.

    Record temperatures have exacerbated the state’s ongoing drought and triggered dry-lightning that started more than 700 fires, some in redwood rainforests and Joshua trees that do not normally burn. Firefighters had a grip on the three largest blazes on Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area but warned residents to prepare for fall winds that typically drive the state’s largest fires. With more than 1.6 million acres blackened this year, climatologist Zach Zobel said California was on track to overtake the nearly 2 million acres burned in 2018, when the state suffered its deadliest wildfire and the most acreage burned in records going back to at least 1987.


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  • 59/81   Fossil Reveals 'One of the Cutest Dinosaurs' Ever Found
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    Some 20 years ago, someone smuggled dinosaur eggs from Argentina to the United States illegally. The smuggler probably had little clue that inside one of the eggs was one of the best-preserved skulls of a dinosaur embryo ever found, which is now giving us new insights into the facial appearance of one line of our planet's erstwhile rulers."When I had a look at this specimen, I quickly realized how unique this is," said Martin Kundrat, a paleobiologist at the Center for Interdisciplinary Biosciences at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia, who's the lead author of a study published Thursday in Current Biology about the fossil. "It was really amazing to see that such a specimen could really be preserved and still keep a three-dimensional position."The skull is about the size of a table grape. Its right side is still entombed in mudstone and siltstone, and its mouth is closed. It isn't deformed, which is so often the case with bones buried in rock for millions and millions of years, and so it gives a first-of-its-kind glimpse into the start of life of a dinosaur that's part of a group called the titanosaurs -- long-neck dinosaurs that reached weights of 70 tons and lengths of 122 feet. And it has some surprises: It sports a horn on its nose, and its eye sockets face forward, like human eyes."I was pretty floored. I thought it was an amazing discovery," said Michael D'Emic, a vertebrate paleontologist and sauropod expert at Adelphi University in New York who was not involved in the new work, but has studied other sauropod embryos from Patagonia. Many of those skulls are warped and flattened like pancakes -- something that can hamper reconstructions of what the dinosaurs looked like in life."Just to have that sort of level of detail and preserved in 3D was just astonishing to me," he said.Kundrat first saw the skull in 2011, and began making detailed 3D scans of it. The scans let Kundrat and his team see the skull as a whole without damaging it, and it opened their eyes to something unusual about the embryo's eyes: The sockets angle toward the front of the skull. This is different from older sauropods, where the eyes face to the sides.Forward-facing eyes can give animals better depth perception, as with human eyes, D'Emic said. It's possible that this feature somehow helped the animals survive after they hatched -- especially because there's no evidence titanosaur parents cared for their hatchlings. But why younger sauropods and not older sauropods needed to be good at gauging the distances between things isn't at all clear."I won't even venture a guess," D'Emic said. "It's just totally a mystery."If the titanosaur could look forward after birth, it might have caught a glimpse of the other structure the team found: a horn on its nose."This little embryo is one of the cutest dinosaurs I've seen, and at the same time, one of the weirdest looking," said Stephen Brusatte, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh who was not involved in the study. "You could call it a unicorn baby dinosaur, because it has a single horn on its head. But unlike the mythical unicorn, where the horn is on the forehead, this dinosaur has a small bumpy horn at the tip of its snout. I'm perplexed by why this horn was there, as we know that adult sauropod dinosaurs don't have such structures."Kundrat said he suspected that the hatchlings might have the horn for defense against predators, or to help them find food. But nothing is known about what titanosaurs ate, or what their interactions with predators were like, so, like the front-facing eyes, the horn's exact function will remain a topic for future study.Today, the skull sits in Los Angeles, in the hands of one of the new study's authors, Luis Chiappe, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. But as soon as the coronavirus pandemic eases, Kundrat and his team plan to repatriate the skull back to Argentina."This is a part of their national paleontological heritage," Kundrat said, "and in my opinion it's the right thing to do."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    Some 20 years ago, someone smuggled dinosaur eggs from Argentina to the United States illegally. The smuggler probably had little clue that inside one of the eggs was one of the best-preserved skulls of a dinosaur embryo ever found, which is now giving us new insights into the facial appearance of one line of our planet's erstwhile rulers."When I had a look at this specimen, I quickly realized how unique this is," said Martin Kundrat, a paleobiologist at the Center for Interdisciplinary Biosciences at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia, who's the lead author of a study published Thursday in Current Biology about the fossil. "It was really amazing to see that such a specimen could really be preserved and still keep a three-dimensional position."The skull is about the size of a table grape. Its right side is still entombed in mudstone and siltstone, and its mouth is closed. It isn't deformed, which is so often the case with bones buried in rock for millions and millions of years, and so it gives a first-of-its-kind glimpse into the start of life of a dinosaur that's part of a group called the titanosaurs -- long-neck dinosaurs that reached weights of 70 tons and lengths of 122 feet. And it has some surprises: It sports a horn on its nose, and its eye sockets face forward, like human eyes."I was pretty floored. I thought it was an amazing discovery," said Michael D'Emic, a vertebrate paleontologist and sauropod expert at Adelphi University in New York who was not involved in the new work, but has studied other sauropod embryos from Patagonia. Many of those skulls are warped and flattened like pancakes -- something that can hamper reconstructions of what the dinosaurs looked like in life."Just to have that sort of level of detail and preserved in 3D was just astonishing to me," he said.Kundrat first saw the skull in 2011, and began making detailed 3D scans of it. The scans let Kundrat and his team see the skull as a whole without damaging it, and it opened their eyes to something unusual about the embryo's eyes: The sockets angle toward the front of the skull. This is different from older sauropods, where the eyes face to the sides.Forward-facing eyes can give animals better depth perception, as with human eyes, D'Emic said. It's possible that this feature somehow helped the animals survive after they hatched -- especially because there's no evidence titanosaur parents cared for their hatchlings. But why younger sauropods and not older sauropods needed to be good at gauging the distances between things isn't at all clear."I won't even venture a guess," D'Emic said. "It's just totally a mystery."If the titanosaur could look forward after birth, it might have caught a glimpse of the other structure the team found: a horn on its nose."This little embryo is one of the cutest dinosaurs I've seen, and at the same time, one of the weirdest looking," said Stephen Brusatte, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh who was not involved in the study. "You could call it a unicorn baby dinosaur, because it has a single horn on its head. But unlike the mythical unicorn, where the horn is on the forehead, this dinosaur has a small bumpy horn at the tip of its snout. I'm perplexed by why this horn was there, as we know that adult sauropod dinosaurs don't have such structures."Kundrat said he suspected that the hatchlings might have the horn for defense against predators, or to help them find food. But nothing is known about what titanosaurs ate, or what their interactions with predators were like, so, like the front-facing eyes, the horn's exact function will remain a topic for future study.Today, the skull sits in Los Angeles, in the hands of one of the new study's authors, Luis Chiappe, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. But as soon as the coronavirus pandemic eases, Kundrat and his team plan to repatriate the skull back to Argentina."This is a part of their national paleontological heritage," Kundrat said, "and in my opinion it's the right thing to do."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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  • 60/81   You Can't Escape Lice, Even 6,500 Feet Below the Ocean
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    Darling, it's better under the sea, unless you're an insect. You might find some bugs skimming the surface of a pond or even creating their own scuba bubble to dive beneath the surface of inland lakes. But insects are virtually absent from the open ocean.If you look at the hind flippers of southern elephant seals, however, you will find some insects that have made their way to a partially aquatic life. Lice of the species Lepidophthirus macrorhini dwell on the rear limbs of the large aquatic mammals, which spend nearly 10 months of the year in Antarctic waters and dive up to 6,500 feet below the surface in search of food and may stay under for nearly two hours at a time.These lice could be the deepest surviving insects in marine ecosystems, according to a study published in July in the Journal of Experimental Biology. By enduring such extreme environments, elephant seal lice can help scientists unravel the mystery of why so few insects have made a home in the ocean's vastness.L. macrorhini are parasitic, bloodsucking lice that burrow into the seal's top skin layer to feed. In 2015, Maria Soledad Leonardi, a marine biologist at the Instituto de Biologia de Organismos Marinos in Argentina, found live lice on male elephant seals that surfaced to breed on King George Island off the coast of Antarctica."You can see them with your naked eye," she said. "They look like miniature crabs."To her, the presence of lice on adult seals emerging from lengthy offshore excursions suggested that the insects could survive the deep dives and steep climbs of the seals' aquatic journeys. And that meant the lice might be able to endure the crushing pressure of the ocean's depths.Catching 8,000-pound seals at sea to check if lice braved these extreme conditions would be very tricky, Soledad Leonardi said. So, her team decided to bring the lice to the lab.Using tweezers, they pulled the insects from the hind flippers of 15 elephant seal pups born on the beaches of Peninsula Valdes in Argentina. The pups harbor adult lice that are transferred from their mothers' bodies within a few days of birth. The lice quickly reproduce, taking advantage of the initial weeks that the pups are confined to land, as their eggs don't hatch underwater.In the lab, the team immersed the lice in individual flash-drive-size chambers filled with seawater that connected to a scuba tank. Then, they exposed each louse to a range of water pressures, as much as 200 times greater than that at the sea surface and equivalent to depths ranging between 980 and 6,500 feet. After experiencing 10 minutes of this deep-sea environment, 69 of 75 lice emerged alive."It was fascinating for me to see that they survived the high pressure," said Claudio Lazzari, an insect physiologist at the University of Tours in France and a co-author of the study. "It shows that these lice can cope. We can exclude that they just die."The researchers then exposed surviving lice to a water pressure higher or lower than what they were subject to earlier."The idea was to reproduce the situation that lice would experience when their host dives through different pressure levels," Lazzari said. All of the lice were able to tolerate the quick pressure change, with adults recovering faster and exhibiting mobility after the experiment, as compared with the nymphs.Stuart Humphries, an evolutionary biophysicist at the University of Lincoln in England, called the study "neat," but also said that "it'd be interesting to know how the lice do it."So far, the researchers don't know if seal lice have special adaptations."My guess is that these guys just shut down and lock their tracheal system," Humphries said, meaning that the lice could hold their breath in deep water.The researchers are now looking to conduct experiments to see if these insects arrest their activity and energy expenditure in the deep sea or if they continue breathing."Understanding how this group of insects manages to survive underwater will be the key to understanding why other groups couldn't," Lazzari said.But some scientists think the lice could be a unique case."Seal lice are a specialized case; they only live attached to their host in marine environments and reproduce when the seals are on land," said Lanna Cheng, an emeritus marine biologist from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. "Whether or not they have the ability to survive as free-living insects at those depths, we have no idea."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    Darling, it's better under the sea, unless you're an insect. You might find some bugs skimming the surface of a pond or even creating their own scuba bubble to dive beneath the surface of inland lakes. But insects are virtually absent from the open ocean.If you look at the hind flippers of southern elephant seals, however, you will find some insects that have made their way to a partially aquatic life. Lice of the species Lepidophthirus macrorhini dwell on the rear limbs of the large aquatic mammals, which spend nearly 10 months of the year in Antarctic waters and dive up to 6,500 feet below the surface in search of food and may stay under for nearly two hours at a time.These lice could be the deepest surviving insects in marine ecosystems, according to a study published in July in the Journal of Experimental Biology. By enduring such extreme environments, elephant seal lice can help scientists unravel the mystery of why so few insects have made a home in the ocean's vastness.L. macrorhini are parasitic, bloodsucking lice that burrow into the seal's top skin layer to feed. In 2015, Maria Soledad Leonardi, a marine biologist at the Instituto de Biologia de Organismos Marinos in Argentina, found live lice on male elephant seals that surfaced to breed on King George Island off the coast of Antarctica."You can see them with your naked eye," she said. "They look like miniature crabs."To her, the presence of lice on adult seals emerging from lengthy offshore excursions suggested that the insects could survive the deep dives and steep climbs of the seals' aquatic journeys. And that meant the lice might be able to endure the crushing pressure of the ocean's depths.Catching 8,000-pound seals at sea to check if lice braved these extreme conditions would be very tricky, Soledad Leonardi said. So, her team decided to bring the lice to the lab.Using tweezers, they pulled the insects from the hind flippers of 15 elephant seal pups born on the beaches of Peninsula Valdes in Argentina. The pups harbor adult lice that are transferred from their mothers' bodies within a few days of birth. The lice quickly reproduce, taking advantage of the initial weeks that the pups are confined to land, as their eggs don't hatch underwater.In the lab, the team immersed the lice in individual flash-drive-size chambers filled with seawater that connected to a scuba tank. Then, they exposed each louse to a range of water pressures, as much as 200 times greater than that at the sea surface and equivalent to depths ranging between 980 and 6,500 feet. After experiencing 10 minutes of this deep-sea environment, 69 of 75 lice emerged alive."It was fascinating for me to see that they survived the high pressure," said Claudio Lazzari, an insect physiologist at the University of Tours in France and a co-author of the study. "It shows that these lice can cope. We can exclude that they just die."The researchers then exposed surviving lice to a water pressure higher or lower than what they were subject to earlier."The idea was to reproduce the situation that lice would experience when their host dives through different pressure levels," Lazzari said. All of the lice were able to tolerate the quick pressure change, with adults recovering faster and exhibiting mobility after the experiment, as compared with the nymphs.Stuart Humphries, an evolutionary biophysicist at the University of Lincoln in England, called the study "neat," but also said that "it'd be interesting to know how the lice do it."So far, the researchers don't know if seal lice have special adaptations."My guess is that these guys just shut down and lock their tracheal system," Humphries said, meaning that the lice could hold their breath in deep water.The researchers are now looking to conduct experiments to see if these insects arrest their activity and energy expenditure in the deep sea or if they continue breathing."Understanding how this group of insects manages to survive underwater will be the key to understanding why other groups couldn't," Lazzari said.But some scientists think the lice could be a unique case."Seal lice are a specialized case; they only live attached to their host in marine environments and reproduce when the seals are on land," said Lanna Cheng, an emeritus marine biologist from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. "Whether or not they have the ability to survive as free-living insects at those depths, we have no idea."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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  • 61/81   Warsaw zoo tests effect of hemp oil on elephants' stress
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    Scientists at Warsaw's zoo have been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo's three elephants in recent days to prepare to test whether giving them hemp oil can reduce their stress.  Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a zoo veterinarian, said hemp oil, also known as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress in other animals, including horses and dogs.  “Basically stress is everywhere and we don't know what's going to happen in the future,' she said.

    Scientists at Warsaw's zoo have been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo's three elephants in recent days to prepare to test whether giving them hemp oil can reduce their stress. Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a zoo veterinarian, said hemp oil, also known as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress in other animals, including horses and dogs. “Basically stress is everywhere and we don't know what's going to happen in the future,' she said.


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  • 62/81   Census, like Post Office, politicized in election year
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    The postal service isn’t the only staid federal agency to be drawn into a political battle in 2020.  Unlike the department charged with delivering mail, however, the U.S. Census Bureau has been here before.  “The census was political from the very beginning and remains so,” former Census Bureau director Kenneth Prewitt wrote in an essay almost two decades ago.

    The postal service isn’t the only staid federal agency to be drawn into a political battle in 2020. Unlike the department charged with delivering mail, however, the U.S. Census Bureau has been here before. “The census was political from the very beginning and remains so,” former Census Bureau director Kenneth Prewitt wrote in an essay almost two decades ago.


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  • 63/81   Nathaniel Julius: South Africa police arrested for killing teen
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    Nathaniel Julius, who had Down's syndrome, was out to buy biscuits when he got shot, his family says.

    Nathaniel Julius, who had Down's syndrome, was out to buy biscuits when he got shot, his family says.


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  • 64/81   With the conventions now over, what's next in campaign 2020?
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    President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden have emerged from their presidential nominating conventions with each candidate believing he has a head of steam.  Trump’s job approval ratings and standing in polls are perilously low for an incumbent, but Biden and other Democrats vividly remember 2016, when Trump made an against-all-odds October comeback and defeated Hillary Clinton.  Trump is set to launch an aggressive travel schedule with multiple events a week, according to advisers.

    President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden have emerged from their presidential nominating conventions with each candidate believing he has a head of steam. Trump’s job approval ratings and standing in polls are perilously low for an incumbent, but Biden and other Democrats vividly remember 2016, when Trump made an against-all-odds October comeback and defeated Hillary Clinton. Trump is set to launch an aggressive travel schedule with multiple events a week, according to advisers.


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  • 65/81   UN expresses concern over 'dramatic turn' in Libya crisis
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    The United Nations on Saturday voiced alarm over what it called “a dramatic turn of events” in Libya's civil war, after a power struggle between leaders of the Tripoli-based government surfaced in the wake of anti-corruption protests.  “Libya is witnessing a dramatic turn of events that underlines the urgent need to return to a full and inclusive political process,” the U.N. support mission in Libya said.  Protests over deteriorating economic conditions erupted earlier this week in the capital and elsewhere in western Libya, which is controlled by forces loyal to the U.N.-supported government.

    The United Nations on Saturday voiced alarm over what it called “a dramatic turn of events” in Libya's civil war, after a power struggle between leaders of the Tripoli-based government surfaced in the wake of anti-corruption protests. “Libya is witnessing a dramatic turn of events that underlines the urgent need to return to a full and inclusive political process,” the U.N. support mission in Libya said. Protests over deteriorating economic conditions erupted earlier this week in the capital and elsewhere in western Libya, which is controlled by forces loyal to the U.N.-supported government.


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  • 66/81   France's horses killed in mysterious ritual-like mutilations
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    Armed with knives, some knowledge of their prey and a large dose of cruelty, attackers are going after horses and ponies in pastures across France in what may be ritual mutilations.  Up to 30 attacks have been reported in France, from the mountainous Jura region in the east to the Atlantic coast, many this summer, the agriculture minister said Friday.  “We are excluding nothing,” Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie said Friday on France-Info, before heading to a riding club in the Saone-et-Loire region, in east central France, where a horse was attacked a day earlier.

    Armed with knives, some knowledge of their prey and a large dose of cruelty, attackers are going after horses and ponies in pastures across France in what may be ritual mutilations. Up to 30 attacks have been reported in France, from the mountainous Jura region in the east to the Atlantic coast, many this summer, the agriculture minister said Friday. “We are excluding nothing,” Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie said Friday on France-Info, before heading to a riding club in the Saone-et-Loire region, in east central France, where a horse was attacked a day earlier.


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  • 67/81   Zimbabwe's 'keyboard warriors' hold protests off the streets
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    Unable to protest on the streets, some in Zimbabwe are calling themselves “keyboard warriors” as they take to graffiti and social media to pressure a government that promised reform but is now accused of gross human rights abuses.  Activists use the hashtag #zimbabweanlivesmatter to encourage global pressure on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

    Unable to protest on the streets, some in Zimbabwe are calling themselves “keyboard warriors” as they take to graffiti and social media to pressure a government that promised reform but is now accused of gross human rights abuses. Activists use the hashtag #zimbabweanlivesmatter to encourage global pressure on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.


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  • 68/81   Activists see disparate police tactics amid Kenosha protests
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    Police officers in Kenosha were on alert after days of protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake by one of their colleagues, and they'd recently gotten a tip about “suspicious vehicles” from out of state.  Jennifer Scheurle, a member of its board of directors, said they were filling up gas cans to power a generator for their food truck.  The nine taken into custody in the SWAT-style operation Wednesday were among dozens of people arrested this week in the Wisconsin city.

    Police officers in Kenosha were on alert after days of protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake by one of their colleagues, and they'd recently gotten a tip about “suspicious vehicles” from out of state. Jennifer Scheurle, a member of its board of directors, said they were filling up gas cans to power a generator for their food truck. The nine taken into custody in the SWAT-style operation Wednesday were among dozens of people arrested this week in the Wisconsin city.


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  • 69/81   Tito Mboweni: South Africa's finance minster known for a Twitter roast chicken fail
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    South Africa's Tito Mboweni is fearless on Twitter, rowing with officials and sharing cooking skills.

    South Africa's Tito Mboweni is fearless on Twitter, rowing with officials and sharing cooking skills.


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  • 70/81   Trump to head to Louisiana as Hurricane Laura cleanup starts
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    The angry storm surge has receded and the clean up has begun from Hurricane Laura, but officials along this shattered stretch of Louisiana coast are warning returning residents they will face weeks without power or water amid the hot, stifling days of late summer.  The U.S. toll from the Category 4 hurricane stood at 14 deaths, with more than half of those killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators.  President Donald Trump plans on Saturday to tour the damage in Louisiana and neighboring Texas.

    The angry storm surge has receded and the clean up has begun from Hurricane Laura, but officials along this shattered stretch of Louisiana coast are warning returning residents they will face weeks without power or water amid the hot, stifling days of late summer. The U.S. toll from the Category 4 hurricane stood at 14 deaths, with more than half of those killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from the unsafe operation of generators. President Donald Trump plans on Saturday to tour the damage in Louisiana and neighboring Texas.


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  • 71/81   A wobble, luck and preparations lessened Laura's devastation
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    Hurricane Laura was a monster storm that could have, even should have, wreaked much more destruction than it did, except for a few lucky breaks and some smart thinking by Gulf Coast residents, experts say.  Just before striking Louisiana, Laura wobbled.  Cameron Parish has less than 7,000.

    Hurricane Laura was a monster storm that could have, even should have, wreaked much more destruction than it did, except for a few lucky breaks and some smart thinking by Gulf Coast residents, experts say. Just before striking Louisiana, Laura wobbled. Cameron Parish has less than 7,000.


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  • 72/81   Ron DeSantis sidelined his health department. Florida paid the price.
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    Florida's surgeon general lost all influence after an April 13 briefing, leading to "craziness" within the health department, an official said.

    Florida's surgeon general lost all influence after an April 13 briefing, leading to "craziness" within the health department, an official said.


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  • 73/81   'You don't want people to vote,' Democrat Marcia Fudge tells Republicans
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    Comments by Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge summed up many Democrats’ concerns about Republican resistance to mail-in voting.

    Comments by Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge summed up many Democrats’ concerns about Republican resistance to mail-in voting.


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  • 74/81   Did the RNC boost Trump’s reelection odds?
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    President Trump closed out the Republican National Convention with a speech filled with fierce attacks against Joe Biden. Did the controversial event help him gain ground with voters?

    President Trump closed out the Republican National Convention with a speech filled with fierce attacks against Joe Biden. Did the controversial event help him gain ground with voters?


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  • 75/81   A thousand kids and counselors went to summer camp in Maine. Only 3 got the coronavirus.
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    Out of 1,022 people who attended or worked at several summer camps in Maine that implemented measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, only three tested positive for it, a new study says. And those three cases did not result in secondary infections because proper measures were taken.

    Out of 1,022 people who attended or worked at several summer camps in Maine that implemented measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, only three tested positive for it, a new study says. And those three cases did not result in secondary infections because proper measures were taken.


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  • 76/81   Trump administration defends 'inexplicable' changes to coronavirus testing guidelines
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    A top Trump administration official defended new guidelines that say that people without symptoms do not need a coronavirus test, a development that has been widely criticized as unproductive since it was issued on Tuesday. 

    A top Trump administration official defended new guidelines that say that people without symptoms do not need a coronavirus test, a development that has been widely criticized as unproductive since it was issued on Tuesday. 


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  • 77/81   Should colleges discount tuition when they go remote?
    HEALTH TOPIC NEWS

    Students at colleges across the country are demanding tuition be reduced because classes are being held online. Schools say any discount would cripple them financially.

    Students at colleges across the country are demanding tuition be reduced because classes are being held online. Schools say any discount would cripple them financially.


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  • 78/81   Coronavirus an afterthought as RNC opens
    HEALTH TOPIC NEWS

    “Donald Trump truly moved mountains to save lives,” said one RNC speaker, an assertion at odds with what many have called President Trump’s inattentive and even self-sabotaging response to the pandemic, which has killed nearly 180,000 people in the U.S.

    “Donald Trump truly moved mountains to save lives,” said one RNC speaker, an assertion at odds with what many have called President Trump’s inattentive and even self-sabotaging response to the pandemic, which has killed nearly 180,000 people in the U.S.


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  • 79/81   5 takeaways from day 1 of the RNC
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    The theme of the first night of the Republican National Convention was “America, Land of Promise,” a hopeful message belied by speeches that warned of impending national collapse if Donald Trump isn’t reelected in November.

    The theme of the first night of the Republican National Convention was “America, Land of Promise,” a hopeful message belied by speeches that warned of impending national collapse if Donald Trump isn’t reelected in November.


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  • 80/81   What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
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    When a big storm or other natural disaster knocks out the power or makes it hard to leave your house for a few days, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer...

    When a big storm or other natural disaster knocks out the power or makes it hard to leave your house for a few days, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer...


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  • 81/81   Oleandrin, touted as COVID-19 cure, has no scientific support
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    The extract from a highly toxic plant is being promoted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, despite no scientific evidence that it is effective in treating or preventing COVID-19. Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Dara Kass explains why that's dangerous. 

    The extract from a highly toxic plant is being promoted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, despite no scientific evidence that it is effective in treating or preventing COVID-19. Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Dara Kass explains why that's dangerous. 


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