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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
    SPORTS TOPIC NEWS

    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   Moss Bros considering closing stores in rescue deal
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    The suit maker has been hit by Covid-19 restrictions on events such as Royal Ascot and large weddings.

    The suit maker has been hit by Covid-19 restrictions on events such as Royal Ascot and large weddings.


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  • 36/81   Is It Smart To Buy Severn Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVBI) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be...

    Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be...


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  • 37/81   Strategic Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRA) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It's Going Ex-Dividend Soon
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be...

    Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be...


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  • 38/81   Avianca Holdings S.A. Issues Statement on Debtor-in-Possession Financing and Government of Colombia Financing Commitment
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Avianca Holdings S.A. (OTCMKTS: AVHOQ, BVC: PFAVH) (the "Company" or "Avianca") today issued a statement regarding the Company's expected debtor-in-possession ("DIP") financing, following the announcement by the Republic of Colombia's Ministerio de Hacienda y Credito Público (the Finance Ministry) that the management committee of the country's Fondo de Mitigación de Emergencias ("FOME", the Emergency Mitigation Fund) had approved the government's participation in Avianca's DIP financing, through a commitment of up to US$ 370 million in the proposed loan structure, side by side with private market investors. Avianca commented as follows:

    Avianca Holdings S.A. (OTCMKTS: AVHOQ, BVC: PFAVH) (the "Company" or "Avianca") today issued a statement regarding the Company's expected debtor-in-possession ("DIP") financing, following the announcement by the Republic of Colombia's Ministerio de Hacienda y Credito Público (the Finance Ministry) that the management committee of the country's Fondo de Mitigación de Emergencias ("FOME", the Emergency Mitigation Fund) had approved the government's participation in Avianca's DIP financing, through a commitment of up to US$ 370 million in the proposed loan structure, side by side with private market investors. Avianca commented as follows:


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  • 39/81   Is It Smart To Buy First American Financial Corporation (NYSE:FAF) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be...

    Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be...


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  • 40/81   Hibbett Sports, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:HIBB) Subdued P/E Might Signal An Opportunity
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    With a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 16.5x Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB) may be sending bullish signals...

    With a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 16.5x Hibbett Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB) may be sending bullish signals...


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  • 41/81   With EPS Growth And More, D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI) Is Interesting
    TECHNOLOGY TOPIC NEWS

    It's only natural that many investors, especially those who are new to the game, prefer to buy shares in 'sexy' stocks...

    It's only natural that many investors, especially those who are new to the game, prefer to buy shares in 'sexy' stocks...


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  • 42/81   Trump: Police who escorted Rand Paul after RNC should receive a 'medal of some kind'
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    Speaking to a crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire, President Donald Trump said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul "walked out to a bunch of thugs" Thursday.

    Speaking to a crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire, President Donald Trump said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul "walked out to a bunch of thugs" Thursday.


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  • 43/81   In wake of shootings, Kenosha mayor backs police brass despite calls for resignations
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    Kenosha, Wis., Mayor John Antaramian told reporters Friday that he has no intention of requesting the resignations of Police Chief Daniel Miskinis or County Sheriff David Beth, despite calls from various civil rights groups for both men to step down.

    Kenosha, Wis., Mayor John Antaramian told reporters Friday that he has no intention of requesting the resignations of Police Chief Daniel Miskinis or County Sheriff David Beth, despite calls from various civil rights groups for both men to step down.


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  • 44/81   Joe and Jill Biden have been married for 43 years — here's a timeline of their relationship
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    Joe and Dr. Jill Biden have been at each other's sides through successes and failures, joyful celebrations and devastating losses.

    Joe and Dr. Jill Biden have been at each other's sides through successes and failures, joyful celebrations and devastating losses.


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  • 45/81   Stolen Fortnite accounts are being sold on the black market for hundreds of dollars
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    Hackers are using tools that allow them to see if login credentials from past data breaches allow them access to Fortnite accounts.

    Hackers are using tools that allow them to see if login credentials from past data breaches allow them access to Fortnite accounts.


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  • 46/81   Protests erupt at Portland police building, mayor's condo
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    Fires set outside a police union building that's a frequent site for protests in Portland, Oregon, prompted police to declare a riot early Saturday and detain several demonstrators.  An accelerant was used to ignite a mattress and other debris that was laid against the door of the Portland Police Association building, police said in a statement.  As officers approached to move demonstrators away from the building and extinguish the fire, objects including rocks were thrown at them, police said.

    Fires set outside a police union building that's a frequent site for protests in Portland, Oregon, prompted police to declare a riot early Saturday and detain several demonstrators. An accelerant was used to ignite a mattress and other debris that was laid against the door of the Portland Police Association building, police said in a statement. As officers approached to move demonstrators away from the building and extinguish the fire, objects including rocks were thrown at them, police said.


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  • 47/81   Six US Air Force B-52 bombers make symbolic sweep over all NATO members
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    The one-off mission, titled "Allied Sky," is meant to signal the alliance's unity and improve interoperability, say U.S. military officials.

    The one-off mission, titled "Allied Sky," is meant to signal the alliance's unity and improve interoperability, say U.S. military officials.


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  • 48/81   Does Kyle Rittenhouse Have a Self-Defense Claim?
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    Kenosha, a city of 100,000 in Wisconsin’s southeastern corner, now confronts the question of when lethal force is justified in two different cases. One, the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer, I addressed yesterday. The other is the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is alleged to have killed two people and injured one during the civil unrest this week, and who has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, reckless homicide, and other offenses.Rittenhouse is a 17-year-old from Antioch, Ill., about a half hour’s drive from Kenosha. Inexplicably, this underage police cadet from out of state wound up on the streets after curfew in a place where a riot was likely imminent, doing interviews with journalists and openly carrying an AR-15–style rifle.There can be no question that Rittenhouse and whatever adults were in charge of him made idiotic decisions. Minors should not stand guard at riots play-acting at being cops. But even people who knowingly put themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time are allowed to defend themselves against attack when they get there. So the biggest legal question is: Did Rittenhouse defend himself against attack with an appropriate amount of force, or were the people he shot the ones acting in self-defense by trying to disarm him?The very beginning of the situation is not on video that I am aware, but the complaint against Rittenhouse contains some key details from Richard McGinnis, a Daily Caller reporter who was interviewing Rittenhouse at the time:> McGinnis said that as they were walking south another armed male who appeared to be in his 30s joined them and said he was there to protect the defendant. McGinnis stated that before the defendant reached the parking lot and ran across it, the defendant had moved from the middle of Sheridan Road to the sidewalk and that is when McGinnis saw a male ([Joseph] Rosenbaum) initially try to engage the defendant. McGinnis stated that as the defendant was walking Rosenbaum was trying to get closer to the defendant. When Rosenbaum advanced, the defendant did a “juke” move and started running. McGinnis stated that there were other people that were moving very quickly. McGinnis stated that they were moving towards the defendant. McGinnis said that according to what he saw the defendant was trying to evade these individuals.After that, much of the situation was recorded, and the New York Times has done an excellent job of stitching the videos together. This Twitter thread from a co-author of the piece nicely explains the events and (for those willing to watch graphic footage) provides the key clips:> A teenager faces charges in shootings that left 2 people dead in Kenosha, WI. The @nytimes Visual Investigations team reviewed hours of livestreams to track 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse’s movements during and leading up to the shootings. [THREAD] https://t.co/FRCYlS5wgH> > -- Christiaan Triebert (@trbrtc) August 27, 2020 The first video starts with people already chasing Rittenhouse, one of whom throws something at him. One person even fires a handgun in the air — and another, Rosenbaum, charges at Rittenhouse, who shoots him. After that, there are more shots from an unknown source, and Rittenhouse calls a friend on his phone and leaves.But again he’s pursued, with some protesters urging others to join in, and this time he falls down. Several people move in on him, and he takes shots at three, hitting two. One is holding a handgun and survives a shot to the arm; the other has a skateboard and dies. Again there are additional mysterious gunshots after the fact.Obviously, a big unanswered question right now is how this all really got started. But as we wait for that information, let’s take a gander at the Wisconsin laws at issue.There are two extremes here: justifiable use of deadly force and first-degree intentional homicide. So let’s see what the law says about those two situations, bearing in mind that other charges can apply if Rittenhouse’s behavior fell in between them. (There are plenty of options: Rittenhouse is charged with reckless homicide for the first fatal shooting, first-degree intentional homicide for the second, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide for the nonfatal one, in addition to charges for reckless endangerment and bearing a dangerous weapon as a minor.)Quite typically for a U.S. state, Wisconsin allows civilian use of deadly force when one “reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.” One major issue, then, will be whether Rittenhouse reasonably thought that the folks engaging with him meant to inflict serious injury, not just disarm him.But what if Rittenhouse provoked the confrontation to begin with? That’s bad for a claim of self-defense, but it doesn’t preclude one. Here’s another excerpt from the Wisconsin statute books:> (a) A person who engages in unlawful conduct of a type likely to provoke others to attack him or her and thereby does provoke an attack is not entitled to claim the privilege of self-defense against such attack, except when the attack which ensues is of a type causing the person engaging in the unlawful conduct to reasonably believe that he or she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm. In such a case, the person engaging in the unlawful conduct is privileged to act in self-defense, but the person is not privileged to resort to the use of force intended or likely to cause death to the person's assailant unless the person reasonably believes he or she has exhausted every other reasonable means to escape from or otherwise avoid death or great bodily harm at the hands of his or her assailant.> > (b) The privilege lost by provocation may be regained if the actor in good faith withdraws from the fight and gives adequate notice thereof to his or her assailant.> > (c) A person who provokes an attack, whether by lawful or unlawful conduct, with intent to use such an attack as an excuse to cause death or great bodily harm to his or her assailant is not entitled to claim the privilege of self-defense.So, even if Rittenhouse bears some responsibility for the initial conflict, he can still argue that he did everything he could to escape the situation and withdraw from the fight. Both shooting incidents began with him running away.Moving to the other extreme, to prove first-degree intentional homicide, prosecutors will have to show that Rittenhouse “cause[d] the death of another human being with intent to kill that person” and will have to disprove the existence of any “mitigating circumstances” the defense asserts. If the prosecution fails at the latter task, the offense is knocked down to the second degree.Mitigating circumstances include “adequate provocation,” meaning the victim did something “sufficient to cause complete lack of self-control in an ordinarily constituted person”; “unnecessary defensive force,” meaning Rittenhouse “believed he . . . was in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that the force used was necessary to defend [himself],” even though the belief was unreasonable; and “prevention of felony,” meaning he believed his actions were necessary to stop the “commission of a felony,” even though the belief was unreasonable. In other words, even if Rittenhouse unreasonably thought his actions were necessary, he can get the charge downgraded, though in that case he’ll still have committed a very serious offense.Rittenhouse is already a hero to some and a supervillain to others; in that sense, he is the Bernie Goetz of 2020. The highest charge against him strikes me as a stretch, but beyond that I don’t have any bold opinions yet. The outcome for each shooting will depend on whether Rittenhouse reasonably feared for his life, which in turn might depend on broader context we lack thus far — and even if all three shootings were justified, there are still firearms and reckless-endangerment charges for him to contend with.Where the f*** were this kid’s parents?

    Kenosha, a city of 100,000 in Wisconsin’s southeastern corner, now confronts the question of when lethal force is justified in two different cases. One, the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer, I addressed yesterday. The other is the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is alleged to have killed two people and injured one during the civil unrest this week, and who has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, reckless homicide, and other offenses.Rittenhouse is a 17-year-old from Antioch, Ill., about a half hour’s drive from Kenosha. Inexplicably, this underage police cadet from out of state wound up on the streets after curfew in a place where a riot was likely imminent, doing interviews with journalists and openly carrying an AR-15–style rifle.There can be no question that Rittenhouse and whatever adults were in charge of him made idiotic decisions. Minors should not stand guard at riots play-acting at being cops. But even people who knowingly put themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time are allowed to defend themselves against attack when they get there. So the biggest legal question is: Did Rittenhouse defend himself against attack with an appropriate amount of force, or were the people he shot the ones acting in self-defense by trying to disarm him?The very beginning of the situation is not on video that I am aware, but the complaint against Rittenhouse contains some key details from Richard McGinnis, a Daily Caller reporter who was interviewing Rittenhouse at the time:> McGinnis said that as they were walking south another armed male who appeared to be in his 30s joined them and said he was there to protect the defendant. McGinnis stated that before the defendant reached the parking lot and ran across it, the defendant had moved from the middle of Sheridan Road to the sidewalk and that is when McGinnis saw a male ([Joseph] Rosenbaum) initially try to engage the defendant. McGinnis stated that as the defendant was walking Rosenbaum was trying to get closer to the defendant. When Rosenbaum advanced, the defendant did a “juke” move and started running. McGinnis stated that there were other people that were moving very quickly. McGinnis stated that they were moving towards the defendant. McGinnis said that according to what he saw the defendant was trying to evade these individuals.After that, much of the situation was recorded, and the New York Times has done an excellent job of stitching the videos together. This Twitter thread from a co-author of the piece nicely explains the events and (for those willing to watch graphic footage) provides the key clips:> A teenager faces charges in shootings that left 2 people dead in Kenosha, WI. The @nytimes Visual Investigations team reviewed hours of livestreams to track 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse’s movements during and leading up to the shootings. [THREAD] https://t.co/FRCYlS5wgH> > -- Christiaan Triebert (@trbrtc) August 27, 2020 The first video starts with people already chasing Rittenhouse, one of whom throws something at him. One person even fires a handgun in the air — and another, Rosenbaum, charges at Rittenhouse, who shoots him. After that, there are more shots from an unknown source, and Rittenhouse calls a friend on his phone and leaves.But again he’s pursued, with some protesters urging others to join in, and this time he falls down. Several people move in on him, and he takes shots at three, hitting two. One is holding a handgun and survives a shot to the arm; the other has a skateboard and dies. Again there are additional mysterious gunshots after the fact.Obviously, a big unanswered question right now is how this all really got started. But as we wait for that information, let’s take a gander at the Wisconsin laws at issue.There are two extremes here: justifiable use of deadly force and first-degree intentional homicide. So let’s see what the law says about those two situations, bearing in mind that other charges can apply if Rittenhouse’s behavior fell in between them. (There are plenty of options: Rittenhouse is charged with reckless homicide for the first fatal shooting, first-degree intentional homicide for the second, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide for the nonfatal one, in addition to charges for reckless endangerment and bearing a dangerous weapon as a minor.)Quite typically for a U.S. state, Wisconsin allows civilian use of deadly force when one “reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.” One major issue, then, will be whether Rittenhouse reasonably thought that the folks engaging with him meant to inflict serious injury, not just disarm him.But what if Rittenhouse provoked the confrontation to begin with? That’s bad for a claim of self-defense, but it doesn’t preclude one. Here’s another excerpt from the Wisconsin statute books:> (a) A person who engages in unlawful conduct of a type likely to provoke others to attack him or her and thereby does provoke an attack is not entitled to claim the privilege of self-defense against such attack, except when the attack which ensues is of a type causing the person engaging in the unlawful conduct to reasonably believe that he or she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm. In such a case, the person engaging in the unlawful conduct is privileged to act in self-defense, but the person is not privileged to resort to the use of force intended or likely to cause death to the person's assailant unless the person reasonably believes he or she has exhausted every other reasonable means to escape from or otherwise avoid death or great bodily harm at the hands of his or her assailant.> > (b) The privilege lost by provocation may be regained if the actor in good faith withdraws from the fight and gives adequate notice thereof to his or her assailant.> > (c) A person who provokes an attack, whether by lawful or unlawful conduct, with intent to use such an attack as an excuse to cause death or great bodily harm to his or her assailant is not entitled to claim the privilege of self-defense.So, even if Rittenhouse bears some responsibility for the initial conflict, he can still argue that he did everything he could to escape the situation and withdraw from the fight. Both shooting incidents began with him running away.Moving to the other extreme, to prove first-degree intentional homicide, prosecutors will have to show that Rittenhouse “cause[d] the death of another human being with intent to kill that person” and will have to disprove the existence of any “mitigating circumstances” the defense asserts. If the prosecution fails at the latter task, the offense is knocked down to the second degree.Mitigating circumstances include “adequate provocation,” meaning the victim did something “sufficient to cause complete lack of self-control in an ordinarily constituted person”; “unnecessary defensive force,” meaning Rittenhouse “believed he . . . was in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that the force used was necessary to defend [himself],” even though the belief was unreasonable; and “prevention of felony,” meaning he believed his actions were necessary to stop the “commission of a felony,” even though the belief was unreasonable. In other words, even if Rittenhouse unreasonably thought his actions were necessary, he can get the charge downgraded, though in that case he’ll still have committed a very serious offense.Rittenhouse is already a hero to some and a supervillain to others; in that sense, he is the Bernie Goetz of 2020. The highest charge against him strikes me as a stretch, but beyond that I don’t have any bold opinions yet. The outcome for each shooting will depend on whether Rittenhouse reasonably feared for his life, which in turn might depend on broader context we lack thus far — and even if all three shootings were justified, there are still firearms and reckless-endangerment charges for him to contend with.Where the f*** were this kid’s parents?


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  • 49/81   Amazon driver hits 73-year-old man in the face after being 'asked to wear a face mask' while delivering packages
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    An Amazon delivery driver allegedly assaulted a 73-year-old man that asked him to put on a face mask before entering a condo.The alleged assault was caught on surveillance video. Ray Breslin, who asked the driver to stay out of the building until he had a mask, returns from their discussion wearing a mask.

    An Amazon delivery driver allegedly assaulted a 73-year-old man that asked him to put on a face mask before entering a condo.The alleged assault was caught on surveillance video. Ray Breslin, who asked the driver to stay out of the building until he had a mask, returns from their discussion wearing a mask.


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  • 50/81   Hurricane Laura death toll climbs to 14 in the US
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    Fourteen people are now confirmed dead in the US after Hurricane Laura battered two states.

    Fourteen people are now confirmed dead in the US after Hurricane Laura battered two states.


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  • 51/81   Kenosha shooting: Hundreds protest in Raleigh and Portland; 2 officers tried to use stun guns on Jacob Blake
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    Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged in the killing of two people at protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, did not appear in court Friday.

    Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged in the killing of two people at protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, did not appear in court Friday.


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  • 52/81   The Climate Legacy of Racist Housing Policies
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    RICHMOND, Va. -- On a hot summer's day, the neighborhood of Gilpin quickly becomes one of the most sweltering parts of Richmond.There are few trees along the sidewalks to shield people from the sun's relentless glare. More than 2,000 residents, mostly Black, live in low-income public housing that lacks central air conditioning. Many front yards are paved with concrete, which absorbs and traps heat. The ZIP code has among the highest rates of heat-related ambulance calls in the city.There are places like Gilpin all across the United States. In cities like Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Portland and New York, neighborhoods that are poorer and have more residents of color can be 5 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit hotter in summer than wealthier, whiter parts of the same city.And there's growing evidence that this is no coincidence. In the 20th century, local and federal officials, usually white, enacted policies that reinforced racial segregation in cities and diverted investment away from minority neighborhoods in ways that created large disparities in the urban heat environment.The consequences are being felt today.To escape the heat, Sparkle Veronica Taylor, a 40-year-old Gilpin resident, often walks with her two young boys more than a half-hour across Richmond to a tree-lined park in a wealthier neighborhood. Her local playground lacks shade, leaving the gyms and slides to bake in the sun. The trek is grueling in summer temperatures that regularly soar past 95 degrees, but it's worth it to find a cooler play area, she said."The heat gets really intense, I'm just zapped of energy by the end of the day," said Taylor, who doesn't own a car. "But once we get to that park, I'm struck by how green the space is. I feel calmer, better able to breathe. Walking through different neighborhoods, there's a stark difference between places that have lots of greenery and places that don't."To understand why many cities have such large heat disparities, researchers are looking closer at historical practices like redlining.In the 1930s, the federal government created maps of hundreds of cities, rating the riskiness of different neighborhoods for real estate investment by grading them "best," "still desirable," "declining" or "hazardous." Race played a defining role: Black and immigrant neighborhoods were typically rated "hazardous" and outlined in red, denoting a perilous place to lend money. For decades, people in redlined areas were denied access to federally backed mortgages and other credit, fueling a cycle of disinvestment.In 2016, these old redlining maps were digitized by historians at the University of Richmond. Researchers comparing them to today's cities have spotted striking patterns.Across more than 100 cities, a recent study found, formerly redlined neighborhoods are today 5 degrees hotter in summer, on average, than areas once favored for housing loans, with some cities seeing differences as large as 12 degrees. Redlined neighborhoods, which remain lower-income and more likely to have Black or Hispanic residents, consistently have far fewer trees and parks that help cool the air. They also have more paved surfaces, such as asphalt lots or nearby highways, that absorb and radiate heat."It's uncanny how often we see this pattern," said Vivek Shandas, a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University and a co-author of the study. "It tells us we really need to better understand what was going on in the past to create these land-use patterns."Heat is the nation's deadliest weather disaster, killing as many as 12,000 people a year. Now, as global warming brings ever more intense heat waves, cities like Richmond are drawing up plans to adapt -- and confronting a historical legacy that has left communities of color far more vulnerable to heat.A Redlined Past, a Hotter FutureThe appraisers in Richmond were transparent in their racism as they mapped the city in the 1930s as part of a Depression-era federal program to rescue the nation's collapsing housing markets.Every Black neighborhood, no matter its income level, was outlined in red and deemed a "hazardous" area for housing loans. The appraisers' notes made clear that race was a key factor in giving these neighborhoods the lowest grade.One part of town was outlined in yellow and rated as "declining" because, the appraisers wrote, Black families sometimes walked through.By contrast, white neighborhoods, described as containing "respectable people," were often outlined in blue and green and were subsequently favored for investment.Richmond, like many cities, was already segregated before the 1930s by racial zoning laws and restrictive covenants that barred Black families from moving into white neighborhoods. But the redlining maps, economists have found, deepened patterns of racial inequality in cities nationwide in ways that reverberated for decades. White families could more easily get loans and federal assistance to buy homes, building wealth to pass on to their children. Black families, all too often, could not.That inequity likely influenced urban heat patterns, too. Neighborhoods with white homeowners had more clout to lobby city governments for tree-lined sidewalks and parks. In Black neighborhoods, homeownership declined, and landlords rarely invested in green space. City planners also targeted redlined areas as cheap land for new industries, highways, warehouses and public housing, built with lots of heat-absorbing asphalt and little cooling vegetation.Disparities in access to housing finance "created a snowball effect that compounded over generations," said Nathan Connolly, a historian at Johns Hopkins who helped digitize the maps. Redlining wasn't the only factor driving racial inequality, but the maps offer a visible symbol of how federal policies codified housing discrimination.Congress outlawed redlining by the 1970s. But the practice has left lasting marks on cities.Neighborhoods to Richmond's west that were deemed desirable for investment, outlined in green on the old maps, remain wealthier and predominantly white, with trees and parks covering 42% of the land. Neighborhoods in Richmond's east and south that were once redlined are still poorer and majority Black, with much lower rates of homeownership and green space covering just 12% of the surface.These patterns largely persisted through cycles of white flight to the suburbs and, more recently, gentrification.Today, Richmond's formerly redlined neighborhoods are, on average, 5 degrees hotter on a summer day than greenlined neighborhoods, satellite analyses reveal. Some of the hottest areas, like the Gilpin neighborhood, can see temperatures 15 degrees higher than wealthier, whiter parts of town.Even small differences in heat can be dangerous, scientists have found. During a heat wave, every 1 degree increase in temperature can increase the risk of dying by 2.5%. Higher temperatures can strain the heart and make breathing more difficult, increasing hospitalization rates for cardiac arrest and respiratory diseases like asthma. Richmond's four hottest ZIP codes all have the city's highest rates of heat-related emergency-room visits.Few neighborhoods in Richmond have been as radically reshaped as Gilpin. In the early 20th century, Gilpin was part of Jackson Ward, a thriving area known as "Black Wall Street" and the cultural heart of the city's African American middle class, a place where people came to see Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald perform.But with redlining in the 1930s, Jackson Ward fell into decline. Black residents had a tougher time obtaining mortgages, and property values deteriorated. In the 1940s, the city embarked on "slum clearance" projects, razing acres of properties and replacing them with Richmond's first segregated public housing project, Gilpin Court, a set of austere, barracks-style buildings that were not designed with heat in mind.A decade later, over the objections of residents, Virginia's state government decided to build a new federal highway right through the neighborhood, destroying thousands of homes and isolating Gilpin.Today, Gilpin's community pool sits empty, unfixed by the city for years. Cinder block walls bake in the sun, unshaded by trees. While city officials and local utilities have provided many people with window air conditioners, residents said they often aren't enough, and old electric wiring means blown fuses are common."The air conditioning unit in my bedroom runs 24/7," said Taylor, the 40-year-old mother of two. "Air circulation is poor up here on the upper level of where I live."Gilpin is grappling with a mix of heat and poverty that illustrates how global warming can compound inequality.Sherrell Thompson, a community health worker in Gilpin, said residents have high rates of asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure, all conditions that can be worsened by heat. They are also exposed to air pollution from the six-lane highway next door.There are no doctor's offices nearby or grocery stores selling fresh produce, which means that people without cars face further health challenges in the heat."It becomes a whole circle of issues," Thompson said. "If you want to find any kind of healthy food, you need to walk at least a mile or catch two buses. If you have asthma but it's 103 degrees out and you're not feeling well enough to catch three buses to see your primary care physician, what do you do?"In Gilpin, the average life expectancy is 63 years. Just a short drive over the James River sits Westover Hills, a largely white, middle-income neighborhood that greets visitors with rows of massive oak trees spreading their leaves over quiet boulevards. Life expectancy there is 83 years.A broad array of socioeconomic factors drives this gap, but it is made worse by heat. Researchers have found that excess heat and a lack of green space can affect mental well-being and increase anxiety. Without parks or shady outdoor areas to gather, people are more likely to be isolated indoors during the summer, a dynamic worsened by the coronavirus pandemic."Especially when there's no green space nearby, the heat traps people in their homes," said Tevin Moore, 22, who grew up in Richmond's formerly redlined East End. "The heat definitely messes with you psychologically; people get frustrated over every little thing."Confronting Racial InequalityNationwide, the pattern is consistent: Neighborhoods that were once redlined see more extreme heat in the summer than those that weren't. But every city has its own story.In Denver, formerly redlined neighborhoods tend to have more Hispanic than Black residents today, but they remain hotter: Parks were intentionally placed in whiter, wealthier neighborhoods that then blocked construction of affordable housing nearby even after racial segregation was banned. In Baltimore, polluting industries were more likely to be located near communities of color. In Portland, zoning rules allowed multifamily apartment buildings to cover the entire lot and be built without any green space, a practice the city only recently changed.The problem worsens as global warming increases the number of hot days nationwide.Today, the Richmond area can expect about 43 days per year with temperatures of at least 90 degrees. By 2089, climate models suggest, the number of very hot days could double. "All of a sudden you're sitting on top of really unlivable temperatures," said Jeremy Hoffman, chief scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia and a co-author of the redlining study.For years, cities across the United States rarely thought about racial equity when designing their climate plans, which meant that climate protection measures, like green roofs on buildings, often disproportionately benefited whiter, wealthier residents. That's slowly starting to change.In Houston, officials recently passed an ordinance to prioritize disadvantaged neighborhoods for flood protection. Minneapolis and Portland are reworking zoning to allow denser, more affordable housing to be built in desirable neighborhoods. Denver has passed a new sales tax to fund parks and tree-planting, and city officials say they would like to add more green space in historically redlined areas.And in Richmond, a city in the midst of a major reckoning with its racist past, where crowds this summer tore down Confederate monuments and protested police brutality, officials are paying much closer attention to racial inequality as they draw up plans to adapt to global warming. The city has launched a new mapping tool that shows in detail how heat and flooding can disproportionately harm communities of color."We can see that racial equity and climate equity are inherently entwined, and we need to take that into account when we're building our capacity to prepare," said Alicia Zatcoff, the city's sustainability manager. "It's a new frontier in climate action planning, and there aren't a lot of cities that have really done it yet."Officials in Richmond's sustainability office are currently engaged in an intensive listening process with neighborhoods on the front lines of global warming to hear their concerns, as they work to put racial equity at the core of their climate action and resilience plan. Doing so "can mean confronting some very uncomfortable history," Zatcoff said. But "the more proponents there are of doing the work this way, the better off we'll all be for it."To start, the city has announced a goal of ensuring that everyone in Richmond is within a 10-minute walk of a park, working with the Science Museum of Virginia and community partners to identify city-owned properties in vulnerable neighborhoods that can be converted into green space. It's the city's first large-scale greening project since the 1970s.Green space can be transformative. Trees can cool down neighborhoods by several degrees during a heat wave, studies show, helping to lower electric bills as well as the risk of death. When planted near roads, trees can help filter air pollution. The presence of green space can even reduce stress levels for people living nearby.And trees have another climate benefit: Unlike paved surfaces, they can soak up water in their roots, reducing flooding during downpours.A few years ago, in Richmond's formerly redlined Southside, local nonprofits and residents sought to address the lack of green space and grocery stores by building a new community garden, a triangular park with a shaded veranda and fruit trees. "Almost instantly, the garden became a community space," said Duron Chavis of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which backed the effort. "We have people holding cookouts; people doing yoga and meditation here; they can get to know their neighbors. It reduces social isolation."Richmond's long-term master plan, a draft of which was released in June, calls for increasing tree canopy in the hottest neighborhoods, redesigning buildings to increase air flow, reducing the number of paved lots and using more light-colored pavement to reflect the sun's energy. The plan explicitly mentions redlining as one of the historical forces that has shaped the city."Even people who don't believe institutionalized racism are struck when we show them these maps," said Cate Mingoya, director of capacity building at Groundwork USA, which has been highlighting links between redlining and heat in cities like Richmond. "We didn't get here by accident, and we're not going to get it fixed by accident."Still, the challenges are immense. Cities often face tight budgets, particularly as revenues have declined amid the coronavirus pandemic.And tree-planting can be politically charged. Some researchers have warned that building new parks and planting trees in lower-income neighborhoods of color can often accelerate gentrification, displacing longtime residents. In Richmond, city officials say they are looking to address this by building additional affordable housing alongside new green space.Richmond's draft master plan envisions building a park over Routes I-95 and I-64 to reconnect Gilpin with historical Jackson Ward, as well as redeveloping the public housing complex into a more walkable mixed-income neighborhood. That plan is not imminent, but local activists fear residents could eventually be priced out of this newer, greener area."My worry is that they won't build that park until the people who currently live here are removed," said Arthur Burton, director of the Kinfolk Community Empowerment Center, who has been working to build community gardens in historically redlined areas like Gilpin.While many are optimistic about Richmond's efforts to focus on racial equity, they warn there's still much work to be done to undo disparities built up over many decades. Inequality in housing, incomes, health and education "all make a difference when we're talking about vulnerability to climate change," said Rob Jones, executive director of Groundwork USA's Richmond chapter. "Greening the built environment is absolutely important," he said, "but it's only a start."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    RICHMOND, Va. -- On a hot summer's day, the neighborhood of Gilpin quickly becomes one of the most sweltering parts of Richmond.There are few trees along the sidewalks to shield people from the sun's relentless glare. More than 2,000 residents, mostly Black, live in low-income public housing that lacks central air conditioning. Many front yards are paved with concrete, which absorbs and traps heat. The ZIP code has among the highest rates of heat-related ambulance calls in the city.There are places like Gilpin all across the United States. In cities like Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Portland and New York, neighborhoods that are poorer and have more residents of color can be 5 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit hotter in summer than wealthier, whiter parts of the same city.And there's growing evidence that this is no coincidence. In the 20th century, local and federal officials, usually white, enacted policies that reinforced racial segregation in cities and diverted investment away from minority neighborhoods in ways that created large disparities in the urban heat environment.The consequences are being felt today.To escape the heat, Sparkle Veronica Taylor, a 40-year-old Gilpin resident, often walks with her two young boys more than a half-hour across Richmond to a tree-lined park in a wealthier neighborhood. Her local playground lacks shade, leaving the gyms and slides to bake in the sun. The trek is grueling in summer temperatures that regularly soar past 95 degrees, but it's worth it to find a cooler play area, she said."The heat gets really intense, I'm just zapped of energy by the end of the day," said Taylor, who doesn't own a car. "But once we get to that park, I'm struck by how green the space is. I feel calmer, better able to breathe. Walking through different neighborhoods, there's a stark difference between places that have lots of greenery and places that don't."To understand why many cities have such large heat disparities, researchers are looking closer at historical practices like redlining.In the 1930s, the federal government created maps of hundreds of cities, rating the riskiness of different neighborhoods for real estate investment by grading them "best," "still desirable," "declining" or "hazardous." Race played a defining role: Black and immigrant neighborhoods were typically rated "hazardous" and outlined in red, denoting a perilous place to lend money. For decades, people in redlined areas were denied access to federally backed mortgages and other credit, fueling a cycle of disinvestment.In 2016, these old redlining maps were digitized by historians at the University of Richmond. Researchers comparing them to today's cities have spotted striking patterns.Across more than 100 cities, a recent study found, formerly redlined neighborhoods are today 5 degrees hotter in summer, on average, than areas once favored for housing loans, with some cities seeing differences as large as 12 degrees. Redlined neighborhoods, which remain lower-income and more likely to have Black or Hispanic residents, consistently have far fewer trees and parks that help cool the air. They also have more paved surfaces, such as asphalt lots or nearby highways, that absorb and radiate heat."It's uncanny how often we see this pattern," said Vivek Shandas, a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University and a co-author of the study. "It tells us we really need to better understand what was going on in the past to create these land-use patterns."Heat is the nation's deadliest weather disaster, killing as many as 12,000 people a year. Now, as global warming brings ever more intense heat waves, cities like Richmond are drawing up plans to adapt -- and confronting a historical legacy that has left communities of color far more vulnerable to heat.A Redlined Past, a Hotter FutureThe appraisers in Richmond were transparent in their racism as they mapped the city in the 1930s as part of a Depression-era federal program to rescue the nation's collapsing housing markets.Every Black neighborhood, no matter its income level, was outlined in red and deemed a "hazardous" area for housing loans. The appraisers' notes made clear that race was a key factor in giving these neighborhoods the lowest grade.One part of town was outlined in yellow and rated as "declining" because, the appraisers wrote, Black families sometimes walked through.By contrast, white neighborhoods, described as containing "respectable people," were often outlined in blue and green and were subsequently favored for investment.Richmond, like many cities, was already segregated before the 1930s by racial zoning laws and restrictive covenants that barred Black families from moving into white neighborhoods. But the redlining maps, economists have found, deepened patterns of racial inequality in cities nationwide in ways that reverberated for decades. White families could more easily get loans and federal assistance to buy homes, building wealth to pass on to their children. Black families, all too often, could not.That inequity likely influenced urban heat patterns, too. Neighborhoods with white homeowners had more clout to lobby city governments for tree-lined sidewalks and parks. In Black neighborhoods, homeownership declined, and landlords rarely invested in green space. City planners also targeted redlined areas as cheap land for new industries, highways, warehouses and public housing, built with lots of heat-absorbing asphalt and little cooling vegetation.Disparities in access to housing finance "created a snowball effect that compounded over generations," said Nathan Connolly, a historian at Johns Hopkins who helped digitize the maps. Redlining wasn't the only factor driving racial inequality, but the maps offer a visible symbol of how federal policies codified housing discrimination.Congress outlawed redlining by the 1970s. But the practice has left lasting marks on cities.Neighborhoods to Richmond's west that were deemed desirable for investment, outlined in green on the old maps, remain wealthier and predominantly white, with trees and parks covering 42% of the land. Neighborhoods in Richmond's east and south that were once redlined are still poorer and majority Black, with much lower rates of homeownership and green space covering just 12% of the surface.These patterns largely persisted through cycles of white flight to the suburbs and, more recently, gentrification.Today, Richmond's formerly redlined neighborhoods are, on average, 5 degrees hotter on a summer day than greenlined neighborhoods, satellite analyses reveal. Some of the hottest areas, like the Gilpin neighborhood, can see temperatures 15 degrees higher than wealthier, whiter parts of town.Even small differences in heat can be dangerous, scientists have found. During a heat wave, every 1 degree increase in temperature can increase the risk of dying by 2.5%. Higher temperatures can strain the heart and make breathing more difficult, increasing hospitalization rates for cardiac arrest and respiratory diseases like asthma. Richmond's four hottest ZIP codes all have the city's highest rates of heat-related emergency-room visits.Few neighborhoods in Richmond have been as radically reshaped as Gilpin. In the early 20th century, Gilpin was part of Jackson Ward, a thriving area known as "Black Wall Street" and the cultural heart of the city's African American middle class, a place where people came to see Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald perform.But with redlining in the 1930s, Jackson Ward fell into decline. Black residents had a tougher time obtaining mortgages, and property values deteriorated. In the 1940s, the city embarked on "slum clearance" projects, razing acres of properties and replacing them with Richmond's first segregated public housing project, Gilpin Court, a set of austere, barracks-style buildings that were not designed with heat in mind.A decade later, over the objections of residents, Virginia's state government decided to build a new federal highway right through the neighborhood, destroying thousands of homes and isolating Gilpin.Today, Gilpin's community pool sits empty, unfixed by the city for years. Cinder block walls bake in the sun, unshaded by trees. While city officials and local utilities have provided many people with window air conditioners, residents said they often aren't enough, and old electric wiring means blown fuses are common."The air conditioning unit in my bedroom runs 24/7," said Taylor, the 40-year-old mother of two. "Air circulation is poor up here on the upper level of where I live."Gilpin is grappling with a mix of heat and poverty that illustrates how global warming can compound inequality.Sherrell Thompson, a community health worker in Gilpin, said residents have high rates of asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure, all conditions that can be worsened by heat. They are also exposed to air pollution from the six-lane highway next door.There are no doctor's offices nearby or grocery stores selling fresh produce, which means that people without cars face further health challenges in the heat."It becomes a whole circle of issues," Thompson said. "If you want to find any kind of healthy food, you need to walk at least a mile or catch two buses. If you have asthma but it's 103 degrees out and you're not feeling well enough to catch three buses to see your primary care physician, what do you do?"In Gilpin, the average life expectancy is 63 years. Just a short drive over the James River sits Westover Hills, a largely white, middle-income neighborhood that greets visitors with rows of massive oak trees spreading their leaves over quiet boulevards. Life expectancy there is 83 years.A broad array of socioeconomic factors drives this gap, but it is made worse by heat. Researchers have found that excess heat and a lack of green space can affect mental well-being and increase anxiety. Without parks or shady outdoor areas to gather, people are more likely to be isolated indoors during the summer, a dynamic worsened by the coronavirus pandemic."Especially when there's no green space nearby, the heat traps people in their homes," said Tevin Moore, 22, who grew up in Richmond's formerly redlined East End. "The heat definitely messes with you psychologically; people get frustrated over every little thing."Confronting Racial InequalityNationwide, the pattern is consistent: Neighborhoods that were once redlined see more extreme heat in the summer than those that weren't. But every city has its own story.In Denver, formerly redlined neighborhoods tend to have more Hispanic than Black residents today, but they remain hotter: Parks were intentionally placed in whiter, wealthier neighborhoods that then blocked construction of affordable housing nearby even after racial segregation was banned. In Baltimore, polluting industries were more likely to be located near communities of color. In Portland, zoning rules allowed multifamily apartment buildings to cover the entire lot and be built without any green space, a practice the city only recently changed.The problem worsens as global warming increases the number of hot days nationwide.Today, the Richmond area can expect about 43 days per year with temperatures of at least 90 degrees. By 2089, climate models suggest, the number of very hot days could double. "All of a sudden you're sitting on top of really unlivable temperatures," said Jeremy Hoffman, chief scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia and a co-author of the redlining study.For years, cities across the United States rarely thought about racial equity when designing their climate plans, which meant that climate protection measures, like green roofs on buildings, often disproportionately benefited whiter, wealthier residents. That's slowly starting to change.In Houston, officials recently passed an ordinance to prioritize disadvantaged neighborhoods for flood protection. Minneapolis and Portland are reworking zoning to allow denser, more affordable housing to be built in desirable neighborhoods. Denver has passed a new sales tax to fund parks and tree-planting, and city officials say they would like to add more green space in historically redlined areas.And in Richmond, a city in the midst of a major reckoning with its racist past, where crowds this summer tore down Confederate monuments and protested police brutality, officials are paying much closer attention to racial inequality as they draw up plans to adapt to global warming. The city has launched a new mapping tool that shows in detail how heat and flooding can disproportionately harm communities of color."We can see that racial equity and climate equity are inherently entwined, and we need to take that into account when we're building our capacity to prepare," said Alicia Zatcoff, the city's sustainability manager. "It's a new frontier in climate action planning, and there aren't a lot of cities that have really done it yet."Officials in Richmond's sustainability office are currently engaged in an intensive listening process with neighborhoods on the front lines of global warming to hear their concerns, as they work to put racial equity at the core of their climate action and resilience plan. Doing so "can mean confronting some very uncomfortable history," Zatcoff said. But "the more proponents there are of doing the work this way, the better off we'll all be for it."To start, the city has announced a goal of ensuring that everyone in Richmond is within a 10-minute walk of a park, working with the Science Museum of Virginia and community partners to identify city-owned properties in vulnerable neighborhoods that can be converted into green space. It's the city's first large-scale greening project since the 1970s.Green space can be transformative. Trees can cool down neighborhoods by several degrees during a heat wave, studies show, helping to lower electric bills as well as the risk of death. When planted near roads, trees can help filter air pollution. The presence of green space can even reduce stress levels for people living nearby.And trees have another climate benefit: Unlike paved surfaces, they can soak up water in their roots, reducing flooding during downpours.A few years ago, in Richmond's formerly redlined Southside, local nonprofits and residents sought to address the lack of green space and grocery stores by building a new community garden, a triangular park with a shaded veranda and fruit trees. "Almost instantly, the garden became a community space," said Duron Chavis of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which backed the effort. "We have people holding cookouts; people doing yoga and meditation here; they can get to know their neighbors. It reduces social isolation."Richmond's long-term master plan, a draft of which was released in June, calls for increasing tree canopy in the hottest neighborhoods, redesigning buildings to increase air flow, reducing the number of paved lots and using more light-colored pavement to reflect the sun's energy. The plan explicitly mentions redlining as one of the historical forces that has shaped the city."Even people who don't believe institutionalized racism are struck when we show them these maps," said Cate Mingoya, director of capacity building at Groundwork USA, which has been highlighting links between redlining and heat in cities like Richmond. "We didn't get here by accident, and we're not going to get it fixed by accident."Still, the challenges are immense. Cities often face tight budgets, particularly as revenues have declined amid the coronavirus pandemic.And tree-planting can be politically charged. Some researchers have warned that building new parks and planting trees in lower-income neighborhoods of color can often accelerate gentrification, displacing longtime residents. In Richmond, city officials say they are looking to address this by building additional affordable housing alongside new green space.Richmond's draft master plan envisions building a park over Routes I-95 and I-64 to reconnect Gilpin with historical Jackson Ward, as well as redeveloping the public housing complex into a more walkable mixed-income neighborhood. That plan is not imminent, but local activists fear residents could eventually be priced out of this newer, greener area."My worry is that they won't build that park until the people who currently live here are removed," said Arthur Burton, director of the Kinfolk Community Empowerment Center, who has been working to build community gardens in historically redlined areas like Gilpin.While many are optimistic about Richmond's efforts to focus on racial equity, they warn there's still much work to be done to undo disparities built up over many decades. Inequality in housing, incomes, health and education "all make a difference when we're talking about vulnerability to climate change," said Rob Jones, executive director of Groundwork USA's Richmond chapter. "Greening the built environment is absolutely important," he said, "but it's only a start."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company


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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   Lebanese Hezbollah says it's open to reformist government
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    The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah said Sunday his group supports the formation of a government that would be able to improve economic conditions in the crisis-stricken country and undertake major reforms.  Hassan Nasrallah said his group is also open to calls from France for a new political contract in Lebanon, on condition that all Lebanese sects are on board.  The speech came on the eve of a meeting by Lebanese parliamentary blocs deciding to name a new prime minister and also ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron’s arrival in Lebanon late Monday.

    The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah said Sunday his group supports the formation of a government that would be able to improve economic conditions in the crisis-stricken country and undertake major reforms. Hassan Nasrallah said his group is also open to calls from France for a new political contract in Lebanon, on condition that all Lebanese sects are on board. The speech came on the eve of a meeting by Lebanese parliamentary blocs deciding to name a new prime minister and also ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron’s arrival in Lebanon late Monday.


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  • 63/81   Lebanon arrests 3 Egyptian suspects in Cairo gang rape case
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    Lebanese security forces have arrested three Egyptian men wanted in their home country on charges of involvement in an alleged gang rape at a luxury Cairo hotel six years ago.  The arrest, reported late Saturday, followed an Interpol notice for the suspects at the request of Egypt.  A Lebanese security official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said Sunday that “legal and administrative procedures” were underway to deport the three men, who are in their early 30s.

    Lebanese security forces have arrested three Egyptian men wanted in their home country on charges of involvement in an alleged gang rape at a luxury Cairo hotel six years ago. The arrest, reported late Saturday, followed an Interpol notice for the suspects at the request of Egypt. A Lebanese security official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said Sunday that “legal and administrative procedures” were underway to deport the three men, who are in their early 30s.


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  • 64/81   Trump supporters, protesters clash in Portland; 1 killed
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    One person was shot and killed late Saturday in Portland, Oregon, as a large caravan of President Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed in the streets, police said.  Many of them end in vandalism and violence, and hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested by local and federal law enforcement since late May.

    One person was shot and killed late Saturday in Portland, Oregon, as a large caravan of President Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed in the streets, police said. Many of them end in vandalism and violence, and hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested by local and federal law enforcement since late May.


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  • 65/81   Afghanistan people want real peace and stability states AHMADZAI
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    Meladul Haq Ahmadzai Meladul Haq Ahmadzai, 2020.OTTAWA, Aug. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Afghanistan war which has been ongoing for almost two decades has a final chance to come to a peaceful end. The truth is that this war has not been won by any group; internal nor foreign. In February 2020, the USA and Taliban formally signed an agreement to put an end to the conflict in Afghanistan between the two forces.  This peace-war analysis is written by Meladul Haq Ahmadzai, CEO of Taleam Systems based in Canada.The credit should now go to the people who sacrificed their lives in the war. They served to protect humanity.Millions of widows are now counting on the non-profit organizations in Afghanistan to help them because the government is unable. Real peace and stability will pave the way for much needed support to be delivered to these vulnerable people.While the discussion today is about bringing peace, but simultaneously there needs to be debates on how to best help the people. The people want education, healthcare and jobs.Yes, peace will come to Afghanistan as the agreement between Taliban forces and American government is now signed, but still the foreign military has yet to leave the soil which is doubting the peace efforts undertaken by Afghan government.Today, Afghanistan is working for friendly relations with Pakistan, India and Iran, but tensions with Iran and Pakistan have reached climax for Afghanistan since there has been increased killings on the border line and drowning of migrants.To conclude, Afghanistan people want real peace and stability. How and when that can happen is when foreign forces fully withdraw from Afghan soil.US President Donald Trump said that all American forces will withdraw from Afghanistan by early next year. This is the longest combat mission for the American people.Media contact:Meladul Haq Ahmadzai  CEO, Taleam Systems  Phone: 613-521-9229

    Meladul Haq Ahmadzai Meladul Haq Ahmadzai, 2020.OTTAWA, Aug. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Afghanistan war which has been ongoing for almost two decades has a final chance to come to a peaceful end. The truth is that this war has not been won by any group; internal nor foreign. In February 2020, the USA and Taliban formally signed an agreement to put an end to the conflict in Afghanistan between the two forces. This peace-war analysis is written by Meladul Haq Ahmadzai, CEO of Taleam Systems based in Canada.The credit should now go to the people who sacrificed their lives in the war. They served to protect humanity.Millions of widows are now counting on the non-profit organizations in Afghanistan to help them because the government is unable. Real peace and stability will pave the way for much needed support to be delivered to these vulnerable people.While the discussion today is about bringing peace, but simultaneously there needs to be debates on how to best help the people. The people want education, healthcare and jobs.Yes, peace will come to Afghanistan as the agreement between Taliban forces and American government is now signed, but still the foreign military has yet to leave the soil which is doubting the peace efforts undertaken by Afghan government.Today, Afghanistan is working for friendly relations with Pakistan, India and Iran, but tensions with Iran and Pakistan have reached climax for Afghanistan since there has been increased killings on the border line and drowning of migrants.To conclude, Afghanistan people want real peace and stability. How and when that can happen is when foreign forces fully withdraw from Afghan soil.US President Donald Trump said that all American forces will withdraw from Afghanistan by early next year. This is the longest combat mission for the American people.Media contact:Meladul Haq Ahmadzai CEO, Taleam Systems Phone: 613-521-9229


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  • 66/81   Afghan president names council for peace deal with Taliban
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    Afghanistan's president has appointed a council for national reconciliation, which will have final say on whether the government will sign a peace deal with the Taliban after what are expected to be protracted and uncertain negotiations with the insurgents.  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree late Saturday establishing the 46-member council, led by his former rival in last year’s presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, who is now in the government.

    Afghanistan's president has appointed a council for national reconciliation, which will have final say on whether the government will sign a peace deal with the Taliban after what are expected to be protracted and uncertain negotiations with the insurgents. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree late Saturday establishing the 46-member council, led by his former rival in last year’s presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, who is now in the government.


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  • 67/81   Teachers across the world concerned as schools reopen despite rising cases
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    “Children should not become the losers of the pandemic,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

    “Children should not become the losers of the pandemic,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.


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  • 68/81   Teachers across the world concerned as schools reopen despite rising cases
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    While the United Nations warned Wednesday of a “global education emergency” if kids could not return to school after months of lockdowns, teachers are concerned about safety and a lack of contingency planning as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.  “We do have the impression that German politicians are under pressure to reopen schools without knowing how to best do it,” Heinz-Peter Meidinger, the head of the German Teachers’ Association, told NBC News earlier this month.  At least 41 schools in the capital, Berlin, have reported coronavirus cases among staff and students since they reopened earlier this month.

    While the United Nations warned Wednesday of a “global education emergency” if kids could not return to school after months of lockdowns, teachers are concerned about safety and a lack of contingency planning as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. “We do have the impression that German politicians are under pressure to reopen schools without knowing how to best do it,” Heinz-Peter Meidinger, the head of the German Teachers’ Association, told NBC News earlier this month. At least 41 schools in the capital, Berlin, have reported coronavirus cases among staff and students since they reopened earlier this month.


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  • 69/81   India records world's biggest single-day jump in virus cases
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    India registered 78,761 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the biggest single-day spike in the world since the pandemic began, just as the government began easing restrictions to help the battered economy.  The surge raised India's tally to over 3.5 million, and came as the government announced the reopening of the subway in New Delhi, the capital.  A country of 1.4 billion people, India now has the fastest-growing daily coronavirus caseload of any country in the world, reporting more than 75,000 new cases for four straight days.

    India registered 78,761 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the biggest single-day spike in the world since the pandemic began, just as the government began easing restrictions to help the battered economy. The surge raised India's tally to over 3.5 million, and came as the government announced the reopening of the subway in New Delhi, the capital. A country of 1.4 billion people, India now has the fastest-growing daily coronavirus caseload of any country in the world, reporting more than 75,000 new cases for four straight days.


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  • 70/81   Israel responds to explosive balloons with tank fire on Gaza
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    The Israeli military said it struck militant targets in Gaza early on Sunday in response to continued launches of explosives-laden balloons out of the Hamas-run territory.  Hamas-linked groups have launched a wave of incendiary balloons into Israel in recent weeks, torching wide swaths of farmland.  Israel has responded with airstrikes and other attacks.

    The Israeli military said it struck militant targets in Gaza early on Sunday in response to continued launches of explosives-laden balloons out of the Hamas-run territory. Hamas-linked groups have launched a wave of incendiary balloons into Israel in recent weeks, torching wide swaths of farmland. Israel has responded with airstrikes and other attacks.


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  • 71/81   Lebanon’s powerhouse Hezbollah hit by backlash after blast
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    Sara Jaafar joined a group of political activists gathered on Aug. 4 to discuss strategies to challenge Lebanon’s entrenched rulers when their building was shaken and the windows blasted out by the giant explosion that rocked Beirut.  No direct connection to Hezbollah has emerged in the explosion that wreaked destruction across the city and killed at least 180 people.  Theories abound about what triggered the explosion, including even a possible Israeli strike against Hezbollah.

    Sara Jaafar joined a group of political activists gathered on Aug. 4 to discuss strategies to challenge Lebanon’s entrenched rulers when their building was shaken and the windows blasted out by the giant explosion that rocked Beirut. No direct connection to Hezbollah has emerged in the explosion that wreaked destruction across the city and killed at least 180 people. Theories abound about what triggered the explosion, including even a possible Israeli strike against Hezbollah.


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  • 72/81   Two conventions — one masked, the other mostly not — offer contrasting views on coronavirus
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    The two conventions offered very divergent views for a nation still struggling with a pandemic.

    The two conventions offered very divergent views for a nation still struggling with a pandemic.


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  • 73/81   First confirmed case of COVID-19 reinfection is ‘not surprising,’ doctors say
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    Researchers in Hong Kong confirmed the first known case of coronavirus reinfection, but many doctors and public health officials say it isn't that surprising given what we know about waning immunity from other coronaviruses.

    Researchers in Hong Kong confirmed the first known case of coronavirus reinfection, but many doctors and public health officials say it isn't that surprising given what we know about waning immunity from other coronaviruses.


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  • 74/81   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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  • 75/81   '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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  • 76/81   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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  • 77/81   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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  • 78/81   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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  • 79/81   Should colleges discount tuition when they go remote?
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    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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  • 80/81   Coronavirus an afterthought as RNC opens
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    “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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  • 81/81   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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