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  • 2 days ago
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    Man saved from air pocket in sunken ferry

    A man has been rescued from a ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, two days after it overturned with the loss of at least 207 lives. The engineer, named locally as Alphonce Charahani, reportedly survived in an air pocket inside the MV Nyerere ferry, which capsized near Ukara island on its way from Bugorora on Thursday. He is said to be in a serious condition.

  • 2 days ago
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    Walmart warning it'll raise prices as Trump's China tariffs kick in

    Walmart, the biggest U.S. retailer, warned the Trump administration the newest round of tariffs on imported Chinese goods could prompt it to raise prices on products from shampoo to bicycles to food. "This round of tariffs could impact a significant number of common consumer items that are not easily replaceable," Sarah F. Thorn, a senior director for global government affairs at Walmart, wrote in a Sept. 6 letter to the U.S. Trade Representative. "The immediate impact will be to...

  • 3 days ago
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    Homeopathy Ineffective Against Children's Cold and Flu

    Acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs), including the common cold, influenza, and pneumonia, are quite common in children. On average, kids experience between three and six of these infections every year. Most cases resolve without any serious harm, but tens of millions of these infections require hospitalization each year across the globe. In fact, ARTIs account for a quarter of deaths in children under age five, with pneumonia by far inflicting the most casualties.

  • 7 days ago
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    FEMA chief Brock Long is reportedly being investigated for improper use of government vehicles

    Federal prosecutors are handling an investigation into FEMA director Brock Long's use of government vehicles. The inquiry stems from concerns about Long driving the vehicles home during off-hours, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Long and two other FEMA officials are accused of using government vehicles for personal travel between Washington, DC, and Long's home in North Carolina at the taxpayer's expense. The probe into Long's actions has thus far been handled by ...

  • 7 days ago
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    70-year-olds and above account for 20% of Japan's population for 1st time

    Japanese people aged 70 and older account for more than 20 percent of the total population for the first time at 26.18 million, in further evidence of the country's rapidly aging society, according to government data. The data, released by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry ahead of Monday's Respect-for-the-Aged Day holiday, showed that as of Saturday people aged 70 or above account for 20.7 percent of the population, up from 19.9 percent the previous year.

  • 8 days ago
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    EU to give internet firms 1 hour to remove extremist content

    European authorities are planning to slap internet companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook with big fines if they don’t take down extremist content within one hour. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a speech Wednesday that the Commission is proposing the new rules as part of efforts to step up the bloc’s security. He said that removing material within an hour is important because it’s “the critical window in which the greatest damage is done.”

  • 8 days ago
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    Self-Driving Car Developers Should Put Pedestrians First

    Since March, when an autonomous vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona, forecasts for AVs have been decidedly less optimistic. But autonomous vehicle promoters are undeterred. AI entrepreneur Andrew Ng contends that self-driving cars will be safe for pedestrians when walkers and cyclists conform to their limitations. “What we tell people is, ‘Please be lawful and please be considerate,’” he told Bloomberg.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Couple accused of misusing Johnny Bobbitt’s GoFundMe donations may be indicted, attorney says

    The attorney for a Burlington County couple accused of mishandling a $400,000 GoFundMe account for homeless Johnny Bobbitt Jr. may not be able to represent the couple because one or both of them "will likely be indicted," according to court documents released Monday. Ernest E. Badway, an attorney with Fox Rothschild who represents Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico in a civil lawsuit filed by Bobbitt last month, wrote in a motion filed Friday in Burlington County Superior Court that h...

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Australian firefighters shot at while battling US wildfire

    Two Australian firefighters, on patrol with US Forest Service personnel in Washington state, were set upon by hunters, chased and shot at in an incident which has reached officials within the Foreign Affairs Department. The incident, which took place on August 23, shook Australia's support operation in the northwest of the United States and led to demands for local fire services to upgrade security and guarantee the safety of the crew.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Exploding ‘Whalegrenade’ harpoons take up to 20 minutes to kill whales, Norwegian data reveals

    Whales shot with modern explosive devices often take several minutes to die, and can take as long as 25 minutes, according to official Norwegian data. Figures submitted by Norway to the International Whaling Commission ahead of its meeting in Brazil show around a fifth of the whales shot with their harpoons take a prolonged time to die.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Sony CEO on VR: 'You Will See The Change And Improvement'

    Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida is confident that issues with current VR headsets will be improved upon in the future. Speaking to The Independent at the IFA technology conference in Berlin last week, Yoshida outlined many of the common problems with early VR headsets like the company’s own PlayStation VR (PSVR), noting that the tech was “still evolving” at the moment.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Italian director wears ‘Weinstein is innocent’ t-shirt at Venice Film Festival

    An Italian director has worn a homemade t-shirt showing its support for disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein at Venice Film Festival. Luciano Silighini Garagnani, a Conservative D-list Italian casting director turned filmmaker, proudly paraded a t-shirt which read “Weinstein is Innocent” with a photo of the mogul himself.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Papadopoulos says Trump "approved" his proposed meeting with Putin ahead of the 2016 election

    Former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos claims Donald Trump supported his proposal of a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy aide to Trump’s campaign, has pled guilty to misleading FBI agents probing allegations of collusion between Russia and Trump officials.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    His $109K Heart Attack Bill Is Now Down To $332 After NPR Told His Story

    A Texas hospital that charged a teacher $108,951 for care after a 2017 heart attack told the patient Thursday it would slash the bill to $332.29 — but not before a story about the huge charge sparked a national conversation over what should be done to combat surprise medical bills that afflict a growing number of Americans.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Why The Mind Is Not the Brain

    Let’s start with the title of your latest book. Why is the mind not the brain? The shortest argument goes something like this: there’s what philosophers call a mereological fallacy. Mereology is the discipline which studies the relation between wholes and parts. So imagine someone tells you that David Beckham didn’t score a goal, it was his foot. That would be an odd thing to say because Beckham couldn’t shoot for the goal without his foot, but it was the whole beast, so to speak, which ...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    American Airlines 737 MAX Routes – How to Avoid Them

    If you've had a bad experience on the 737 MAX, with it's super small bathrooms and teeny tiny pitch, here's how you can avoid booking on thier routes.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    ‘Hey Jude’ at 50: Celebrating the Beatles’ Most Open-Hearted Masterpiece

    “Hey Jude” sums up the Beatles’ turbulent summer of 1968 — a tribute to their friendship, right at the moment it was starting to fracture. The single was a smash as soon as they released it on August 26th, 50 years ago — their biggest hit, topping the U.S. charts for nine weeks. It’s the Beatles at their warmest, friendliest, most open-hearted. John, Paul, George and Ringo sound utterly in sync, building to that power-drone “na na na na” chant. Yet it’s a song born from conflic...

  • 1 month ago
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    A Truckload of Nike Shoes, Left as ‘Bait,’ Stings Chicago

    Even in a city rife with distrust of law enforcement, residents were shocked by the sting operation: A tractor-trailer filled with Nike sneakers parked in an impoverished neighborhood on the South Side. The “bait truck” was left there earlier this month to lure would-be thieves into a trap, the authorities said. Three men were arrested on charges of stealing from the truck, prompting outrage in the community where faith in the police is already at a low point.

  • 1 month ago
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    Paul Manafort went to Kyrgyzstan to 'strengthen Russia's position'

    Paul Manafort, whose work as a political consultant in Russia and Ukraine led to his conviction in a Virginia courtroom on Wednesday, worked more extensively in the former Soviet Union than was previously reported, a new investigation has claimed. According to a report published on Wednesday by the new investigative media outlet Project, Manafort and his fixer Konstantin Kilimnik were sent in 2005 to the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, where the two promoted Russian interests, including th...

  • 1 month ago
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    Flesh-eating STI which causes genitals to 'rot away' found in UK for first time

    A sexually transmitted disease which causes the genitals to erupt into flesh-eating ulcers has been detected for the first time in the UK and it's making a comeback in other countries too. Usually found in far-flung tropical countries, there have been no previous cases of the rare STI Donovanosis recorded in the UK. That is until now.