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    Russia's foreign minister says ready to discuss reducing nuclear arms

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday Russia was willing to discuss reducing nuclear weapons, news agency RIA reported. "We are ready to discuss the possibility of further reducing nuclear capacity, but only if all factors are taken into account and not only the number of strategic offensive weapons," Lavrov was quoted as saying. He said it was "absolutely clear the time had not yet come" for eliminating all nuclear arms, news agency TASS reported.

  • 11 days ago
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    'More Than a Feeling': The making of a rock classic

    Forty years ago, the band Boston released its debut single, “More Than a Feeling.” The song was a big hit, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard chart — but that was just the start of the story. “More Than a Feeling” became an enduring radio staple, one which established Boston among the biggest rock acts in the country and which helped turn the band’s eponymous debut album into a huge seller. This bittersweet tale about the power of music also helped define an entire genre of immaculately...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    New Peeps-flavored Oreos reportedly turning people's poop pink

    Those new Peeps-flavored Oreos are giving some people a bright pink surprise when they use the bathroom. The limited edition cookies just came out a few weeks ago. The Oreos have a pink marshmallow filling. Complaints are turning up on Twitter that after eating the cookies people's excrement looks like Pepto-Bismol. One person said the Oreo Peeps left a pink stain in the toilet.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Try Hard II: Try Harder

    Having gorged on Gawker’s freshly slain body and retreated to his cave for a little bout of hibernation, Charles Harder is back, baby! And he’s bolder than ever. The lawyer who unexpectedly forced New York gossip site Gawker into bankruptcy, Harder has set his eyes on taking down a brand new target: the MailOnline. The MailOnline recently found itself on the receiving end of a new lawsuit prepared by Harder, on behalf of First Lady Melania Trump.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Pound Drops as May Reported to Brace for New Scottish Referendum

    The pound fell against all its major peers after The Times reported that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s team is preparing for Scotland to potentially call for an independence referendum. Sterling, which has been held hostage by politics since a Scottish referendum in 2014, fell as much as 0.6 percent after the newspaper cited unidentified government sources as saying May could agree to a new Scottish vote, but on condition it is held after the U.K. leaves the European Union.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Netflix, Youtube and Amazon are the Most Popular Streaming Services

    Netflix, Youtube and Amazon, are the most popular web streaming services. In the 2016 report on global web phenomenon, Sandvine, an analytics firm, shows that Netflix accounts for more than one third of all downstream web traffic in North America. Netflix is followed by Youtube, Amazon Video and a few other streaming services, see below.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Donations soar for Indian 'hate crime' victim

    More than half a million dollars has been raised in a day for the family of an Indian man shot dead in a suspected hate crime at a Kansas bar. The killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, an engineer originally from Hyderabad, has made headlines in his home country. Some people on social media have blamed it on intolerance and distrust sparked by President Donald Trump's tough stance on immigration. Adam Purinton, 51, a US Navy veteran has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and ...

  • 1 month ago
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    Today in Obamacare: the GOP’s latest plan gives the wealthy extra help to buy insurance

    Republican leadership on Thursday released a 19-page outline of how the party would like to replace Obamacare — including one change that sounds wonky but is a really huge deal. Both Obamacare and the Republican replacement plans provide tax credits to help make insurance more affordable. But while Obamacare’s credits are based on income, meaning poorer people get more help, the Republican plan would base them on age.

  • 1 month ago
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    World’s largest owl spotted in Utah for the 1st time in nearly 30 years

    The harsh winter cold has brought not only avalanches and flooding this year, but a rare bird not seen in Utah for close to 30 years. Utahns gathered in Mountain Green Feb. 9 after someone spotted the largest owl in the world, the Great Gray Owl, on the side of a road. Utah resident Amber Watkins-Olpin said she was driving to work in the morning and saw a group of people taking pictures and looking at something.

  • 1 month ago
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    Exemplary Dallas ISD teacher fired over porn past says she endured 'sex slavery,' pleads for job

    A Dallas ISD teacher who was fired because she acted in adult films more than a decade ago says she was forced into “sex slavery” and is fighting to get back her dream job helping children. Resa Woodward, 38, taught sixth-grade science at an all-girls STEAM academy at Balch Springs Middle School before she was removed from the classroom in November. She was fired after her past in adult films was exposed on social media. She is appealing her termination to the Texas Education Agency.

  • 1 month ago
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    EU's Tusk calls on Europe to rally against Trump threat

    European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump has joined Russia, China and radical Islam among threats to Europe and called on Europeans to stick together to avoid domination by three other continental powers. In a letter to national leaders before a summit that he will chair in Malta on Friday to prepare the Union's future after Britain leaves, the conservative former Polish prime minister said Trump's more protectionist trade policy offered t...

  • 1 month ago
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    Scientists unveil new form of matter: Time crystals

    To most people, crystals mean diamond bling, semiprecious gems or perhaps the jagged amethyst or quartz crystals beloved by collectors. To Norman Yao, these inert crystals are the tip of the iceberg. If crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space, like the carbon lattice of a diamond, why can't crystals also have a structure that repeats in time? That is, a time crystal?

  • 2 months ago
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    Physicists may have just manipulated 'pure nothingness'

    It's one of those philosophical questions we occasionally ponder: What is nothing? Can nothing be something? If not, then how can something come from nothing? If there's one scientific field on the forefront of such conceptual paradoxes, it's quantum theory. And in quantum theory, nothing actually is something ... sort of.

  • 2 months ago
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    Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship 'with slaughtered whale'

    A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo's hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said Sunday. The conservationist organisation -- whose two vessels departed Australia last month for the Southern Ocean to disrupt the hunt -- said it spotted the Nisshin Maru in the Australian whale sanctuary around the nation's Antarctic territory.

  • 2 months ago
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    Bahrain executes three Shiites over police killings

    Bahrain on Sunday executed three men found guilty of killing three policemen, in a move likely to further raise tensions between the country's Shiite majority and its Sunni rulers. The three Shiite men faced the firing squad, six days after a court upheld their death sentences over a bomb attack in March 2014, the prosecutor's office said in a statement carried by BNA state news agency. The executions came a day after demonstrations broke out across Shiite villages following rumours th...

  • 2 months ago
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    BBC sets up team to debunk fake news

    The BBC is to assemble a team to fact check and debunk deliberately misleading and false stories masquerading as real news. Amid growing concern among politicians and news organisations about the impact of false information online, news chief James Harding told staff on Thursday that the BBC would be “weighing in on the battle over lies, distortions and exaggerations”. The plans will see the corporation’s Reality Check series become permanent, backed by a dedicated team targeting false sto...