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EPA chief Pruitt appeals to ‘civility’ but fails to quell environmentalists’ concerns

EPA chief Pruitt appeals to ‘civility’ but fails to quell environmentalists’ concernsEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first speech to employees of the EPA at midday on Tuesday did little to assuage the concerns of environmentalists over his ties to the fossil fuel industry. At the EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., Pruitt called for civility and listening in his highly anticipated, tense inaugural address to the staff of an agency that he sued more than a dozen times as Oklahoma attorney general. President Trump’s decision to nominate Pruitt, who has made it clear he has no confidence in mainstream climate science, to lead the EPA immediately incited a backlash from liberals and environmentalists.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 3:09 PM

N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probeKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations.




POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2017 7:10 PM

Once Renowned Surgeon Sentenced to Life Behind Bars for Intentionally Maiming Patients

Once Renowned Surgeon Sentenced to Life Behind Bars for Intentionally Maiming PatientsChristopher Duntsch once billed himself as the best neurosurgeon in all of Dallas.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 4:31 PM

Meet the 22-year-old fighting Trump’s terror talk about Sweden from the country’s official Twitter feed

Meet the 22-year-old fighting Trump’s terror talk about Sweden from the country’s official Twitter feedBefore President Trump’s reference on Saturday to a terror attack in Sweden, the biggest story in Stockholm was this one: a report about the so-called “fake news” industry published by Dagens Nyheter, a Swedish newspaper. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” the president said to his supporters at a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday. “Sweden, who would believe this?” Trump later explained he was watching a Fox News segment that featured a documentary filmmaker accusing the Swedish government of covering up an immigration-related crime wave there.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 2:40 PM

Texas to feral pigs: It's time for the 'hog apocalypse' to begin

Texas to feral pigs: It's time for the 'hog apocalypse' to beginTexas has a new plan for its 2.5 million feral hogs: total annihilation.  Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner, just approved a pesticide — called "Kaput Feral Hog Lure" — for statewide use. "The 'hog apocalypse' may finally be on the horizon," Miller said in a statement on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: First human-pig chimeras created, sparking hopes for transplantable organs — and debate "This solution is long overdue," he added. "Wild hogs have caused extensive damage to Texas lands and loss of income for many, many years." Texas's agriculture commission estimates that feral hogs cause $52 million in damage each year to agricultural businesses by tearing up crops and pastures, knocking down fences and ruining equipment. The so-called hog lure is derived from warfarin, a blood-thinning agent that's also used to kill rats and mice in homes and buildings. Animals don't die immediately from eating the odorless, tasteless chemical. That would be too kind. Instead, they keep eating it until the anti-clotting properties cause them to bleed to death internally. This week, Miller approved a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code that allows landowners and agricultural producers to use Kaput — essentially warfarin-laced pellets — to keep feral hogs off their property.  Not on my watch, hogs. Image: mark thompson/Getty Images Proponents of the hog toxicant, including the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, say it's an effective tool because it's only strong enough to kill the swine, and not other wildlife populations or livestock. In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered Kaput's hog bait under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, a move that made the product available for general use. Still, environmentalists and hog hunters alike staunchly oppose using warfarin to stamp out Texas's feral pig problem. Pigs poop, after all, and other animals could ingest the warfarin along the way. Some Texans hunt the pigs for sport and food, and they're worried about eating poisoned swine. "For Texas to introduce a poison into the equation is a bad decision in our opinion and could likely contaminate humans who unknowingly process and eat feral hogs," the Texas Hog Hunters Association said in a Change.org petition to block the rule change. MIke and his big ole boar from yesterday. Lamar county Texas https://t.co/jQoS5JbtnQ pic.twitter.com/2SeAKs7zbh — TX Hog Hunters Assn. (@texashoghunters) February 14, 2017 Louisiana might become the next state to use Kaput to quell its feral hog population, which worries state wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour. He said local black bears and raccoons could easily lift the lid to the cages containing the warfarin-laced pellets. "We do have very serious concerns about non-target species," LaCour told the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.  "When the hogs eat, they're going to drop crumbs on the outside, where small rodents can get them and not only intoxicate themselves but also birds of prey that eat them. Since the poison will be on the landscape for weeks on end, the chances of these birds eating multiple affected animals is pretty good," he told the newspaper. The pesticide's manufacturer, Scimetrics Ltd. Corp., assures the pesticide is safe for humans and wildlife — just not for feral pigs. 




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 10:33 AM

Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libya beach

Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libya beachThe bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday. Residents of the village of Harcha, outside Zawiya, 45 kilometres (30 miles) from Tripoli, alerted the emergency services after finding a wrecked boat on the beach with bodies inside, the Red Crescent said. "We don't have an appropriate vehicle to transport the bodies or a cemetery for unidentified bodies to bury them in," the group said.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 3:41 PM

‘A Serbian Trap’: Freezing conditions in Belgrade are not the biggest problem for refugees in Belgrade

‘A Serbian Trap’: Freezing conditions in Belgrade are not the biggest problem for refugees in BelgradeA trip along the refugee track within Serbia reveals that the old route through the Balkans is still being used despite strong border control, harsh conditions and frozen temperatures. Despite the existence of camps built by the Serbian state, the migrants are here trying to make their way into European Union countries illegally.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 12:35 PM

Ex-Hong Kong leader jailed in fall from 'such a height'

Ex-Hong Kong leader jailed in fall from 'such a height'By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was jailed for 20 months on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, making him the most senior city official to serve time behind bars in a ruling some said reaffirmed the financial hub's vaunted rule of law. The sentence brings an ignominious end to what had been a long and stellar career for Tsang before and after the 1997 handover to Chinese control, service that saw him knighted by the outgoing British colonial rulers. "Never in my judicial career have I seen a man falling from such a height," said High Court justice Andrew Chan in passing sentence.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 5:49 AM

Apple 'spaceship' headquarters readies for boarding

Apple 'spaceship' headquarters readies for boardingApple on Wednesday announced that workers will start boarding its futuristic new "spaceship" campus in Silicon Valley in April, fulfilling a vision set out by late founder Steve Jobs. The process of moving more than 12,000 people to a new campus that Jobs envisioned as a "center for creativity and collaboration" was expected to continue late into the year. A theater on the new Apple Park campus was named in honor of Jobs, who would have turned 62 on February 24.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 2:42 PM

Resistance Report: More than 1 million sign White House petition for Trump’s tax returns, breaking record

Resistance Report: More than 1 million sign White House petition for Trump’s tax returns, breaking recordPresident Trump has taken to saying that no one cares about his taxes. White House petitions need to draw more than 100,000 signatures within 30 days to be considered for an official response from the White House.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 9:56 AM

Massachusetts police end visits to schools to greet kids

Massachusetts police end visits to schools to greet kidsNORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police department's program that sent officers into elementary schools one day a week to greet and high-five students has been ended because some people complained.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 11:05 AM

Iceland's President said he would ban pineapple on pizza if he could

Iceland's President said he would ban pineapple on pizza if he couldPineapple on pizza: you love it, or you hate it so much you use your power as president of a small country to make it literally illegal. In what's being called a "political bombshell" by Iceland Magazine,  President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said he would ban pineapple as a topping on pizzas— if he were allowed to pass laws on his own. SEE ALSO: Trump thinks something terrible happened in Sweden, so here come the IKEA and ABBA jokes The incendiary comments were in response to questions from students about where he stood on the concept of pineapple as a topping while visiting a local high school. Word of his controversial opinion quickly spread across the internet, where it began trending on Twitter. With a debate as contentious as this one, everybody had to get a word in. not only does iceland use entirely renewable energy but their president is also a WOKE BAE pic.twitter.com/EkGbjmwHL1 — eva (@myIoveiscooI) February 21, 2017 Emotions flared. you can all stay in Iceland as well so us pineapple on pizza lovers can live in peace and tastiness pic.twitter.com/UOZ3g5shNp — Luke Brooks (@luke_brooks) February 21, 2017 Brands are even taking to Twitter to make their stance on the issue known.  No ban here  pic.twitter.com/vmSJw5F1ew — DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) February 21, 2017 Long after the last pineapple is thrown into the Icelandic sea, DiGiorno Pizza's Last Stand will be remembered: "No ban here  ." BONUS: Snap's Spectacles




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 12:00 PM

10 fascinating facts about the Washington Monument

10 fascinating facts about the Washington MonumentThe iconic Washington Monument is celebrating its 132nd birthday today. Learn how it took 40 years to complete the project, and the surprising connections it has to the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, and the Constitution.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 10:45 AM

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigns after controversial pedophilia comments

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigns after controversial pedophilia commentsOn Feb. 21, 2017, Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation as an editor at Breitbart News. The writer and commentator has been facing backlash since a video of him making controversial comments about pedophilia surfaced.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 5:17 PM

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned ParenthoodAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 6:49 PM

Women's life expectancy on track to hit 90 in some nations

Women's life expectancy on track to hit 90 in some nationsBy 2030 life expectancy for South Korean women could top nine decades, an average lifespan long thought to be out of reach, researchers said Wednesday. South Korea is not only the first country in the world where women may live past 90 on average, it is also the one on track to log the biggest jump in longevity, they reported in The Lancet medical journal. Other developed countries are not far behind: the longevity of French and Japanese women are more likely than not to stretch past 88 years.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 6:47 PM

8-Year-Old Boy's Parents Charged After He Overdoses on Heroin

8-Year-Old Boy's Parents Charged After He Overdoses on HeroinThe boy is now with family members.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 3:39 PM

College Board tightens SAT exam security, but key risk remains

College Board tightens SAT exam security, but key risk remainsThe New York-based College Board said the steps include reducing the number of times the test is given outside the United States and increasing the auditing of test centers. As Reuters reported last year, the College Board has failed to stop a widespread and known security problem. Asian test-preparation companies are gathering questions and reading passages from past SAT exams, and then giving their clients that material to practice upon.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 5:05 PM

Trump’s Sweden gaffe gets ridiculed on late night TV

Trump’s Sweden gaffe gets ridiculed on late night TVWhen President Trump picks up his copy of the New York Times on Tuesday morning, he’ll see something he likes for a change: a photo of himself smiling and shaking hands with his new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, a pick that has been widely praised. Below the image, though, Trump will see a story that has continued to dog him for the last three days: the fallout over the president’s suggestion during his campaign-style rally in Florida on Saturday that a terror attack had occurred in Sweden the night before. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump told his supporters on Saturday night.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 9:50 AM

SpaceX aborts approach to space station, delivery delayed

SpaceX aborts approach to space station, delivery delayedCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise smooth flight from NASA's historic moon pad.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 10:17 AM

These are the world's best beaches 2017: TripAdvisor

These are the world's best beaches 2017: TripAdvisorIf there's one single beach that leaves visitors enamored, recharged and inspired, it's Baia do Sancho in Brazil, which captured the title of world's best beach by TripAdvisor travelers for a third time. 




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 8:46 AM

Britain's top court backs government on immigration income test

Britain's top court backs government on immigration income testBy Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top court backed a government attempt to limit immigration by ruling on Wednesday that an income test for those who want to bring their non-European spouses to the UK is acceptable and does not infringe human rights. Prime Minister Theresa May introduced a rule in 2012 when she was interior minister that Britons who wanted to bring spouses from outside the European Economic Area to the UK had to be earning at least 18,600 pounds ($23,170) a year. The Supreme Court said the minimum income requirement had caused significant hardship to many, but ruled that in principle it was not inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 6:29 AM

The iPhone 8 will have wireless charging, but not the kind we want

The iPhone 8 will have wireless charging, but not the kind we want

For some reason, there’s been a lot of iPhone 8 chatter on Tuesday as various reports came out detailing some of the features, specs, and design elements of this year’s hottest iPhone. Ming-Chi Kuo talked about the phone’s new 3D camera tech, TrendForce released a bunch of design and specs details based on supply chain information, and a brand new report tacks yet another key iPhone 8 feature: Wireless charging.

First seen by Apple Insider, a new research note from Cowen and Company’s Timothy Arcuri says that the iPhone 8 will indeed support wireless charging, but the solution won’t be as exciting as we want it to be. Over the past year, multiple reports said the iPhone 8 will feature long-range wireless charging developed by Energous. The company's solution can recharge a device across the room, without requiring physical contact between the handset and the wireless charging station.

But Arcuri says the phone will support either Qi or Airfuel protocols. The former needs physical contact between the charging pad and the iPhone, while Airfuel’s method is a bit longer range but still needs to be in close proximity to the charging pad. The analyst said that existing chipsets already support both wireless charging methods, with the Galaxy S6 being an example of a device with similar wireless charging support.

Energous’ technology isn’t likely to be seen in the next iPhone. As Apple Insider notes, Energous’ WattUp needs 5GHz radio frequency and beam-forming to charge devices over-the-air at longer ranges, but the has FCC so far only approved a version that delivers low power over a few inches. As we've noted in previous coverage, however, Energous has said that its longer-range technology is still on schedule to hit the market over the next year, and all devices equipped with its receiver chips will be compatible with new longer-range charging stations once they're released.

Arcuri believes that Energous’ higher power requirements for the longer range version might never be approved by the FCC.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 2:56 PM

Q&A: Becoming a US citizen _ who can do it, and how?

Q&A: Becoming a US citizen _ who can do it, and how?LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates say they've seen a huge spike in calls and questions about how people can become U.S. citizens since President Trump's executive orders on immigration and travel.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 3:45 PM

Texas Hunters Who Claimed They Were Shot by 'Illegal Aliens' Actually Shot Each Other: Cops

Texas Hunters Who Claimed They Were Shot by 'Illegal Aliens' Actually Shot Each Other: CopsThe hunters had falsely claimed they were ambushed by illegal immigrants, authorities said.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 2:43 PM

U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians flee

U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians fleeA few hundred civilians have fled their homes in the outskirts of western Mosul, the first reported displacement since a U.S.-backed offensive on the jihadists’ remaining stronghold there began at the weekend. A Reuters correspondent saw about 200 women and children being transported on buses by federal police on Wednesday to the town of Hammam al-Alil, some 20 km (12 miles) south of Mosul, where camps have been set up. The federal police and elite Interior Ministry units known as Rapid Response have made quick progress towards western Mosul in a sweep from the south through hilly desert terrain since fighting resumed on Sunday.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 12:45 PM

The Great Cheese Scare

The Great Cheese Scare"We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this issue has caused,” Sargento Foods Chief Executive Officer Louie Gentine said in a statement.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 7:14 AM

Le Pen top aide put under formal investigation

Le Pen top aide put under formal investigationThe chief of staff of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was put under formal investigation on Wednesday after a day of questioning over the alleged misuse of EU funds to pay parliamentary assistants, a judicial source said. Catherine Griset was taken into custody for questioning along with Le Pen's bodyguard Thierry Legier, who was later released without being put under investigation, according to the source. In reaction to the news, Le Pen said that she formally denied any wrongdoing in a case that she said was being used to undermine her campaign.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 4:42 PM

'Making a Murderer' prosecutor on what he would have done differently in the Steven Avery investigation

'Making a Murderer' prosecutor on what he would have done differently in the Steven Avery investigationKen Kratz, the former special prosecutor in the murder trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, spoke to Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga about his new book, "Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What 'Making a Murderer' Gets Wrong.' When asked if he regrets having local investigators' involved in the case while they were also being sued by Avery, he said, "You can look back, and would I have rather now had somebody else? Sure." He noted that the resources available at the time made that very difficult, and that they were not the only officers involved.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 4:52 PM

Drew Peterson transferred out of Illinois prison system

Drew Peterson transferred out of Illinois prison systemMENARD, Ill. (AP) — Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, has been transferred out of the Illinois prison system and into a federal penitentiary in Indiana.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 6:46 PM

Russia, Ukraine clash over tribute to UN ambassador

Russia, Ukraine clash over tribute to UN ambassadorRussia and Ukraine clashed on Tuesday over a UN Security Council tribute to long-serving Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin whose death has triggered an outpouring of grief at the world body. Council ambassadors observed a minute of silence in honor of Churkin and took turns addressing the chamber in the tribute to the 64-year-old diplomat who was Russia's envoy at the United Nations for a decade. Ukraine's Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, who holds this month's council presidency, offered condolences before leading the council in a moment of silence, but his remarks were brief.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 6:49 PM

United Airlines enters basic economy fare wars in the US

United Airlines enters basic economy fare wars in the USAirfare wars are heating up in the US, with United Airlines the latest carrier to launch a basic economy fare in response to the low-cost competition. 




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 6:36 AM

Trump comments put focus on Sweden's embrace of immigrants

Trump comments put focus on Sweden's embrace of immigrantsHELSINKI (AP) — When a riot broke out in a predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb this week, the biggest surprise for many Swedes was that a police officer found it necessary to fire his gun.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 6:05 PM

Deputy Responds To Girl, 19, Who Stole His Bike to Get Home Safely: 'It Had to be Scary For Her'

Deputy Responds To Girl, 19, Who Stole His Bike to Get Home Safely: 'It Had to be Scary For Her'A young woman who identified herself as "M" explained she had a 16-mile journey home, and was stranded "because of drunk boys, a dead phone and no money."




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 2:45 PM

Verizon Kickstarting 5G Revolution in These 11 Cities

Verizon Kickstarting 5G Revolution in These 11 CitiesVerizon will soon offer a preview of what 5G will feel like when the networking standard becomes more widespread. The wireless provider says it's testing out 5G connectivity on select customers in 11 markets by middle of 2017 with an eye toward seeing how 5G will work in the real world. Verizon will test 5G in 11 cities this year.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 1:38 PM

These Scientists Want Pluto — And Our Moon — To Become Planets

These Scientists Want Pluto — And Our Moon — To Become PlanetsA team of NASA researchers led by Alan Stern, the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, has called for a drastic change in the way planets are currently defined.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 5:53 AM

Firebrand Milo quits Breitbart News after child sex remarks

Firebrand Milo quits Breitbart News after child sex remarksBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Provocative far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos resigned on Tuesday as a senior editor of the Breitbart News website after he was vilified and lost a book deal over comments that condoned certain intimate relations between men and young teenage boys. Yiannopoulos thanked Breitbart for letting him transmit conservative and libertarian ideas to an audience that otherwise would never have heard them, but said he did not want his "poor choice of words" to detract from his colleagues' important work. For me, now, that means stepping aside." Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter last year after making remarks on race, religion and sex that incited racial attacks on an African-American actress.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 5:11 PM

NASA discovered 7 Earth-sized planets and everyone made the same Trump jokes

NASA discovered 7 Earth-sized planets and everyone made the same Trump jokesFinally — some good news. NASA has found what pretty much appears to be a backup solar system a mere 40 light-years away. And not a moment too soon. SEE ALSO: NASA may put astronauts on the first flight of its new mega-rocket Scientists discovered seven Earth-sized exoplanets circling a dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, and everyone on Earth is ready to sign up for a one-way ticket to the new system. (Using current technology, it would be nearly impossible for humans to get to the planetary system, however. #Thanks2017.) Image: NASA/JPL-CALTECH Everyone also immediately made the scientific achievement about the 45th president. With seven new worlds suddenly available, the possibilities seemed endless. Earthlings could send Trump to the new system. He could mess up these exoplanets before destroying Earth. Or we could all flee to these new worlds and leave Trump behind. Twitter was filling up with Trump and TRAPPIST-1 jokes as soon as NASA made the announcement. Trump just announced that we're building a giant space barrier around the Earth, and we're going to get planet Trappist-e to pay for it — Jason Mayland (@JaymayAllDay) February 22, 2017 Trump administration announces plan to build wall around #TRAPPIST-1 system. — Mike Spry (@mdspry) February 22, 2017 In breaking news. President Trump is set to announce terrorist attacks at Trappist-1. #fakenews #swedenincident#fakenews — Kevin Read (@kevread21) February 22, 2017 Trump drawing up plans to build a wall around Earth and make TRAPPIST-1 pay for it #nasa — justdermo (@Bryan_Dermody) February 22, 2017 Let's Leave the Earth to Trump and Putin. May they battle it out. We are flying to #Trappist ! — Udo Nobili (@udoAugenAuf) February 22, 2017 #NASA We should shift to Trappist immediately before Trump goes mad and starts another World War — Saleh Ahmed (@SA_Ahmed_Saigol) February 22, 2017 NASA you baes! Now just find us a way to send Trump to TRAPPIST-1 and we're sorted for life! — Jacob Edward  (@Radio_Jacob) February 22, 2017 You knw NASA can always send trump to TRAPPIST-1 just to check whether its safe or not. Really... do dis.. send him....away... asap..like rn — monica. (@monicakasana) February 22, 2017 Better chance of finding intelligent life 40 light-years away, than in the #Trump administration. #justsaying #trappist @NASA — leonard (@leonard_obrien) February 22, 2017 Has Trump already tried to convince Nasa to change the name Trappist into Trumpist? — Ilaria Mainardi (@Blanche012) February 22, 2017 Some poor soul from NASA explaining Trappist-1 to Trump right now. pic.twitter.com/PaZ11hI9w4 — Ian Higgins (@ianhigg) February 22, 2017 Now we just need to decide which planet to go to once the forces of manmade climate change make our own Earth uninhabitable. Dibs on Trappist-1f. BONUS: The first manned hoverbike could finally fulfill your 'Star Wars' dreams




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 3:50 PM

Teens accused of plot to rob, kill girl found shot in ditch

Teens accused of plot to rob, kill girl found shot in ditchLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Two teenage boys charged with shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head and leaving her wounded in a ditch lured her to the spot in a small Utah town with a plan to rob and kill her, prosecutors said Tuesday.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 7:57 PM

Turkey says '100 IS fighters' left in Syria's Al-Bab

Turkey says '100 IS fighters' left in Syria's Al-BabTurkey said Wednesday fewer than 100 Islamic State jihadists were still holed up in a flashpoint Syrian town which has seen the bloodiest clashes of Ankara's half-year campaign inside the conflict-torn country. Speaking to NTV television, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said half of the town of Al-Bab was in the hands of Turkish troops and allied pro-Ankara Syrian rebels, after the government repeatedly said it was "largely under control". Since launching its unprecedented incursion into Syria in August, Turkey has been focusing on Al-Bab as the last bastion of IS extremists in Aleppo province.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 6:23 AM

Brazil's race to save drought-hit city

Brazil's race to save drought-hit cityThe shrunken carcasses of cows lie in scorched fields outside the city of Campina Grande in northeast Brazil, and hungry goats search for food on the cracked-earth floor of the Boqueirao reservoir that serves the desperate town. After five years of drought, farmer Edivaldo Brito says he cannot remember when the Boqueirão reservoir was last full. Brazil’s arid northeast is weathering its worst drought on record and Campina Grande, which has 400,000 residents that depend on the reservoir, is running out of water.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 11:36 AM

Top U.S. diplomat, security chief to visit Mexico Wednesday

Top U.S. diplomat, security chief to visit Mexico WednesdaySecretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Mexico this week along with the Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to discuss issues including border security with the southern neighbor amid frayed relations under new U.S. President Donald Trump. Tillerson and Kelly will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and other top Mexican officials during the two-day visit on Wednesday and Thursday, the State Department said in a statement.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 9:08 AM

Plane carrying 5 people hits Australian shopping mall

Plane carrying 5 people hits Australian shopping mallMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Five people were believed killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 12:59 AM

3 great Pokemon Go map trackers that still work after the Generation 2 update

3 great Pokemon Go map trackers that still work after the Generation 2 update

Whether you're jumping back in after months away or haven't stopped playing Pokemon Go since launch, you're probably looking to catch as many of the 80 new Generation 2 Pokemon as possible. Sadly, Niantic has been shutting down third-party trackers left and right over the past several months, but there are still a few great apps available on iOS and Android to help you track down the new Pokemon.

Admittedly, these apps don't quite live up to the standards of some of the earliest Pokemon Go map trackers (before Niantic started cracking down), but they should do the job. It's also worth noting that these apps feature in-app purchases to either remove ads or to add additional features.

PokeTracker

PokeTracker

Finally, a way to see exactly where Pokémon are hiding in Pokémon Go! Complete with filters and background notifications.

FEATURES:
- Interactive map showing precise Pokemon locations
- View the locations of Gyms and PokeStops including controlling team and lures.
- Touch a pokemon to see it's name, details about its location, share it with friends and get directions
- Notifications when a Pokemon spawn nearby - even if PokeTracker is in the background
- Filter the map to hide Pokemon you have already caught

[Download PokeTracker free from the App Store]


PokeSensor

pokesensor

Scan for Pokemon in real time and see them on a map, all from your device! Scan up to 2000m radius to find every Pokemon that is hiding nearby.

PokeSensor lets you scan an area for Pokemon, showing you the exact location of each Pokemon. You can either scan your current location, long-press a point on the map to scan from there, or search for a location using the native search feature.

FEATURES
• Scan for nearby Pokemon from ANY location
• See IVs of all Pokemon on the map
• Customize scan distance and scan speed
• Pinpoint all Pokemon in scan area
• Scan up to 1000m radius
• Search for any location to scan from it, or long-press on the map to move your pin
• Clean, native interface and easy controls

Note that Pokemon Go doesn't give us valid despawn times for Pokemon anymore unless that time is less than 90 seconds. Instead, the Pokemon will count up to 30 minutes and will then disappear from the map. This gives you a rough idea of how long the Pokemon has been there.

[Download PokeSensor free from the App Store]
[Download the PokeSensor APK for Android devices]


PokéFind/GO Tools

pokefind

PokéFind is a crowdsourced, interactive map for Pokémon Go! We also provide tools to make sure you have the strongest set of Pokémon with our CP and IV calculators.

Need to catch some rare Pokémon in Pokémon GO? Use our tool to find them through user submitted sightings. We have over 10,000,000 submitted Pokémon locations.

Features:
- CP / Evolution Calculator: Find out your Pokémon's CP before evolving it to make sure it is worth the candies!
- IV Calculator: find out how perfect your Pokémon is
- Map that shows all pokemon, gyms and pokestops around you. We have added a system to where you can filter only pokemon that are still around. Expired pokemon will be slightly transparent. We hope this new features provide accurate data to help you hunt down the pokemon you want!

[Download PokéFind free from the App Store]
[Download GO Tools free from Google Play]




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 1:38 PM

Cyprus's Anastasiades says regrets Akinci's decision not to attend talks

Cyprus's Anastasiades says regrets Akinci's decision not to attend talksCypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed regret on Wednesday over the decision of Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci not to attend scheduled peace talks on Thursday. "I am ready to continue the dialogue at any time," Anastasiades wrote on Twitter. Greek Cypriot officials earlier reported Akinci had pulled out of Thursday's peace talks, ongoing for almost two years.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 6:32 AM

Possible 'Hidden Chamber' in King Tut's Tomb Invites More Secretive Scans

Possible 'Hidden Chamber' in King Tut's Tomb Invites More Secretive ScansA group of archaeologists has said the tomb of Tutankhamun may hold a hidden chamber containing the tomb of Queen Nefertiti. Now, a physicist plans to lead a team conducting another series of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) scans as a last-ditch effort to find Nefertiti's burial site. In this method, high-frequency radio waves bounce off the ground and off of walls, and the reflected signals can reveal hidden treasures, or empty chambers.This is the third time that this method has been used in Tutankhamun's tomb and it is unclear how the new scans will be different than the others.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 10:20 AM

Did Murdered Indiana Teens Capture the Voice of Their Killer?

Did Murdered Indiana Teens Capture the Voice of Their Killer?A voice can be heard saying "down the hill" on a recording on Liberty German's cell phone.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 4:13 PM

Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon cleric

Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon clericBEIRUT (AP) — France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance.




POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2017 12:48 PM

Turkey says only 100 jihadists left in IS-held Syria battleground

Turkey says only 100 jihadists left in IS-held Syria battlegroundTurkey said Wednesday fewer than 100 jihadists were still holed up in the flashpoint Islamic-State Syrian town of Al-Bab, as rebel commanders predicted its capture was imminent. The fight for Al-Bab has seen the bloodiest clashes of Ankara's half-year campaign inside the conflict-torn country and its capture would be one of the most significant reverses for Islamic State in Syria. Speaking to NTV television, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said half of the town of Al-Bab was in the hands of Turkish troops and allied pro-Ankara Syrian rebels, after the government repeatedly said it was "largely under control".




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 12:41 PM

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