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  • 14 hours ago
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    Dog pulled from California fire revived after 20 minutes

    California firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes. The dog's owner, 35-year-old Crystal Lamirande, had just returned to her Santa Monica apartment Tuesday when a neighbor yelled there was a fire. Lamirande frantically tried to save her dog, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu named Nalu, but the smoke was too thick for her to go inside, she said Thursday.

  • 14 hours ago
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    U.S. Senate votes to overturn Obama broadband privacy rules - One America News Network

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted narrowly to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers’ privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc’s Google or Facebook Inc. The vote was along party lines, with 50 Republicans approving the measure and 48 Democrats rejecting it. The two remaining Republicans in the Senate were absent and did not cast a vote.

  • 14 hours ago
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    Oil-rich Venezuela is experiencing crippling gas shortages

    Venezuela, the country with the largest crude oil reserves on the planet, is currently facing a crippling gas shortage — just the latest shortage of everyday necessities to affect the economically beleaguered nation. According to Deutsche Welle, getting gas hasn’t usually been a problem in Venezuela’s capitol city of Caracas, but the country’s main domestic producer — state-controlled company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. — is struggling with distribution, and a backlog of payment de...

  • 14 hours ago
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    7,000 underground gas bubbles poised to 'explode' in Arctic

    Scientists have discovered as many as 7,000 gas-filled 'bubbles' expected to explode in Actic regions of Siberia after an exercise involving field expeditions and satellite surveillance, TASS reported. A number of large craters - seen on our images here - have appeared on the landscape in northern Siberia in recent years and they are being carefully studied by scientists who believe they were formed when pingos exploded.

  • 1 day ago
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    Good news for animal lovers: Congress bans cutting off dog tails

    The controversial practice will now be outlawed in Spain, along with cropping ears, cutting vocal chords, and removing claws and teeth. The Spanish Congress on Thursday passed the law, which will put Spain in line with the 1987 European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party (PP) had voted against the legislation, while the liberal Ciudadanos and Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) abstained, according to El Pais.

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    Five Creepy Things Your ISP Could Do if Congress Repeals the FCC’s Privacy Protections

    Why are we so worried about Congress repealing the FCC’s privacy rules for ISPs? Because we’ve seen ISPs do some disturbing things in the past to invade their users’ privacy. Here are five examples of creepy practices that could make a resurgence if we don’t stop Congress now. Call Congress and help keep creepy ISP practices a thing of the past! 5. Selling your data to marketers Which ISPs did it before? We don’t know—but they’re doing it as you read this! It’s no secret that man...

  • 2 days ago
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    When CVS stopped selling cigarettes, some customers quit smoking

    The retail pharmacy company CVS Health helped its customers quit smoking by pulling cigarettes off the shelves two years ago, a new study suggests. Smokers who purchased cigarettes exclusively at CVS stores were 38 percent less likely to buy tobacco after the national chain stopped selling cigarettes, the study shows. In addition, cigarette sales dropped 1 percent - or by 95 million packs - in 13 states in the eight months after CVS left the tobacco market in September 2014, according to the rep...

  • 2 days ago
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    Inside Amazon’s Battle to Break Into the $800 Billion Grocery Market

    After almost a decade of food retail experiments with little success online, the e-commerce giant is embracing the physical stores it once shunned.

  • 3 days ago
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    A hot bath has benefits similar to exercise

    Many cultures swear by the benefits of a hot bath. But only recently has science began to understand how passive heating (as opposed to getting hot and sweaty from exercise) improves health. At Loughborough University we investigated the effect of a hot bath on blood sugar control (an important measure of metabolic fitness) and on energy expended (number of calories burned). We recruited 14 men to take part in the study. They were assigned to an hour-long soak in a hot bath (40˚C) or an hour of...

  • 3 days ago
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    Italy’s Struggling Economy Has World’s Healthiest People

    When it comes to living a long life, Italy is the place to be. The high-heeled boot surrounded by five seas is ranked the healthiest country on Earth in the Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries. A baby born in Italy can expect to live to be an octogenarian. But 2,800 miles south in Sierra Leone, the average newborn will die by 52. While Italy is among the most developed countries, growth has stagnated for decades, almost 40 percent of its youngsters are out of jobs and it’s saddled w...

  • 3 days ago
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    Apple sold $4.2 billion of product in New Zealand, paid $0 local taxes

    The big technology story in New Zealand this weekend is about Apple's tax bill. Or rather, the lack thereof. The electronics giant sold $4.2 billion (NZD) worth of products in New Zealand, but it didn't pay any local tax at all. That's according to a Saturday report from the New Zealand Herald. Apple did pay $37 million in income tax based on its New Zealand sales, but it paid that money to the Australian government, since that's where the New Zealand operation is run from.

  • 4 days ago
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    Former IT Admin Accused of Leaving Backdoor Account, Accessing It 700+ Times

    An Oregon sportswear company is suing its former IT administrator, alleging he left backdoor accounts on their network and used them more than 700 times to search for information for the benefit of its new employer. According to court documents, Michael Leeper worked for Columbia Sportswear between 2000 and 2014, going through several positions up to senior director of technology infrastructure.

  • 4 days ago
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    Images show dilapidated Olympic venues in Rio just SEVEN MONTHS later

    A drained pool filled with mud, crumbled roads and overgrown plots of grass. These eerie images aren't from a post-apocalyptic movie, they are photographs of several Olympic venues in Rio - just seven months after the games finished. Despite promises from the organisers that the billion-dollar site would be used to benefit Brazil's citizens, it remains deserted and dilapidated.

  • 4 days ago
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    Witcher 4 has been confirmed by CD Projekt Red

    Witcher 3 is considered to be among the best RPG’s ever released. Created by a modest studio in Poland called CD Projekt Red (now valued at over $1 billion on the Polish stock exchange), the title shocked the world with what many purists viewed as a digital masterpiece. It’s only fair for fans to want another game set in the same universe. There’s good news if you’re one of those people who are eager to play another Witcher game, since CD Projekt Red has confirmed there is definitely goi...

  • 5 days ago
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    Tesla’s $169 Million Battery Play Is Just the Beginning

    Tesla is ready to power some grids. And not just in California or Australia. Last week, Elon Musk wagered he could address South Australia’s energy crisis with 100 megawatts (MW) of batteries installed in 100 days or less—“or it’s free.” The exchange blew up on Twitter and led to phone calls between Musk and leading Australian politicians, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman later chimed in that he’s interested, too.)

  • 5 days ago
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    Wellcome Book Prize reveals shortlist for 2017

    Wellcome Book Prize has announced their shortlist for 2017, commending excellent exceptional works of fiction and non-fiction which have penetrated the health and medicine areas. The shortlist comprises of six books, two are fiction and four are non-fiction. A judging panel chose the list was chosen and it was chaired by celebrated Scottish crime writer Val McDermid, alongside Simon Baron-Cohen, Gemma Cairney, Tim Lewens, and Di Speirs.

  • 6 days ago
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    Netflix is rolling out a button for skipping the opening credits

    Netflix is rolling out a button that lets you skip the opening credits on some television shows. This week some Twitter users spotted a “skip intro” button that appears when you hover over the title sequence for shows including Netflix originals House of Cards and Iron Fist, and Mad Men (a third-party show). Both those shows open each episode with the title sequence, making it unclear whether you’ll be able to skip title sequences in shows with cold opens.

  • 7 days ago
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    Mount Etna: BBC crew caught up in volcano blast

    Volcano watchers suffer cuts, bruises and burns as an explosion pelts them with hot rocks and steam.

  • 7 days ago
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    Intel Dem: Trump may have declassified CIA hack information

    Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that President Donald Trump may have declassified sensitive intelligence about a potential hack of the Central Intelligence Agency. "It's one thing if the President has a detailed and thoughtful conversation with the intelligence community about what to declassify, what to release to the public," Schiff told CNN. "But if, on the other hand, this was simply the President looking for an opport...

  • 7 days ago
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    The Real Cost of Abolishing the National Endowment for the Arts

    On Thursday morning, President Trump’s proposal for the federal budget confirmed a fact long suspected: the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Together, the four groups receive less than a billion dollars a year, with the NEA and the NEH costing taxpayers $148 million a year each—approximately 0.004 percent of the federal budget indiv...

  • 9 days ago
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    Boaty McBoatface to go on first Antarctic mission

    A small yellow robot submarine, called Boaty McBoatface after a competition to name a new polar research ship backfired, is being sent on its first Antarctic mission. Boaty, which has arguably one of the most famous names in recent maritime history, is a new type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), which will be able to travel under ice, reach depths of 6,000 metres, and transmit the data it collects to researchers via a radio link.

  • 9 days ago
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    The 10,000-hour rule is wrong and perpetuates a cruel myth

    A decade ago, Magnus Carlsen, who at the time was only 13 years old, created a sensation in the chess world when he defeated former world champion Anatoly Karpov at a chess tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the next day played then-top-rated Garry Kasparov —who is widely regarded as the best chess player of all time — to a draw.

  • 9 days ago
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    AT&T allegedly “discriminated” against poor people in broadband upgrades

    It's no secret that ISPs can make more money from network upgrades in wealthy neighborhoods than low-income ones, and a new analysis of Cleveland, Ohio, by broadband advocacy groups appears to show that AT&T is following that strategy. The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and a Cleveland-based group called Connect Your Community alleged in their report today that "AT&T has systematically discriminated against lower-income Cleveland neighborhoods in its deployment of h...

  • 9 days ago
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    South Korea Does Impeachment Right

    South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye was officially removed from office Friday after the constitutional court affirmed her impeachment by the national assembly. It’s a remarkable outcome for a relatively new democracy, and the scandal holds some important lessons for how impeachment can take place in a political culture deeply dominated by partisanship.

  • 9 days ago
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    Trump admin ups drone strikes, tolerates higher civilian casualties

    The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to make it easier for the CIA and the military to target terrorists with drone strikes, even if it means tolerating more civilian casualties, U.S. officials told NBC News. The military already has declared that parts of Yemen and Somalia are war zones — "areas of active hostilities" in Pentagon parlance — which means the U.S. has greater latitude to launch strikes even if civilian deaths are possible.