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Trump lashes out after judge bats down another immigration order

Trump lashes out after judge bats down another immigration orderPresident Trump lashed out early Wednesday after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction against his "sanctuary cities" executive oder. Trump said he'd take it to the Supreme Court.


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Limbaugh Slams Trump for 'caving' On Border Wall

Limbaugh Slams Trump for 'caving' On Border WallRush Limbaugh and his listeners are worried that President Trump is losing his chance to build the promised border wall. Lawrence O'Donnell explains why this isn't the first time Trump has lost this fight.


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White House Claims No Documents On Flynn

White House Claims No Documents On FlynnMaddow reports on a bizarre impasse between the House Oversight Committee and the Trump White House when a request for paperwork on the security clearance of disgraced former Trump NSA was met with the claim that such paperwork could not be produced


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The Latest: Police say woman in pit had reported harassment

The Latest: Police say woman in pit had reported harassmentBLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a woman found in a pit in her neighbor's shed (all times local):


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US Supreme Court takes narrow view on tribal immunity

US Supreme Court takes narrow view on tribal immunityThe US Supreme Court took a narrow view Tuesday on the immunity from lawsuits enjoyed by Native American tribes, which are treated in some respects like sovereign states that cannot be sued in American courts. In a case involving a limousine driver who rear-ended a car on a Connecticut freeway, the highest court in the land ruled unanimously that tribal employees do not always have immunity when involved in incidents that take place far from reservations. The justices revived a civil lawsuit filed by the injured occupants of the car in state court, overturning the Connecticut Supreme Court's decision to dismiss the case because the driver worked for the Mohegan Tribe, which runs a casino in the state.


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Dragged United passenger 'aggressive', officers say

Dragged United passenger 'aggressive', officers sayNewly released reports from security officers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport paint an unflattering picture of the man dragged from a United Airlines flight, setting off a worldwide uproar. The documents, requested by US media outlets which reported on their contents Tuesday, say passenger David Dao was "aggressive," and that one of the three officers attempting to remove him from his seat on United Flight 3411 had lost his grip when Dao flailed his arms, causing the 69-year-old to fall and injure himself. The reports also for the first time identified the three Chicago Department of Aviation officers on the plane, one of whom wrote that they had used "minimal but necessary force" to remove Dao from the packed flight to Louisville, Kentucky.


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How One Woman Shed 137 Lbs. With Strength Training and Simple Diet Changes

How One Woman Shed 137 Lbs. With Strength Training and Simple Diet ChangesThis is how Ashley Javar lost 137 pounds, one small step at a time.


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Ann Coulter's Controversial Statements

Ann Coulter's Controversial StatementsAuthor Ann Coulter who intends to speak at UC Berkeley campus Thursday, despite concerns over her security, is known for her controversial statements on racism and immigration.


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Exclusive: Russian spokeswoman on ‘ridiculous’ airstrikes in Syria, French election, fake news and dangers for gays in Chechnya

Exclusive: Russian spokeswoman on ‘ridiculous’ airstrikes in Syria, French election, fake news and dangers for gays in ChechnyaOn Wednesday, April 26, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric spoke with Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, about fake news, the U.S. airstrikes in Syria, President Trump, Russian influence on the French election and the dangers faced by gay men in Chechnya.


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Tucker Carlson and Caitlyn Jenner debate Trump and transgender rights

Tucker Carlson and Caitlyn Jenner debate Trump and transgender rightsThe conservative Fox News host made his debut in the slot formerly occupied by Bill O'Reilly with a discussion about the president's approach to LGBT issues.


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Army veteran and boyfriend ‘film themselves tying service dog to tree and shooting it five times’

Army veteran and boyfriend ‘film themselves tying service dog to tree and shooting it five times’An army veteran and her boyfriend have been arrested on animal cruelty charges after a video of the pair emerged apparently showing them tying a service dog to a tree and shooting it five times. Marinna Rollins, 23, was arrested on Tuesday in North Carolina. ​Rollins and Heng apparently filmed themselves as they tied up a pitbull named Camboui in a wooded area in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and allegedly shot it at close range five times with a rifle.


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The Latest: EU official urges Arkansas to stop execution

The Latest: EU official urges Arkansas to stop executionLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' plan to execute several inmates before the end of April (all times local):


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Syria accuses Israel of strike near Damascus airport

Syria accuses Israel of strike near Damascus airportSyria accused Israel of triggering a huge explosion near Damascus airport on Thursday by firing several missiles at a military position. Israel has carried out multiple air strikes in Syria since the country's civil war erupted in 2011, most of which it has said targeted arms convoys or warehouses of its Lebanese arch-foe Hezbollah, which is a close ally of the Syrian regime. In line with its usual practice, Israel's military declined to comment on the latest blast.


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These airlines, hotels and websites received the highest customer approval ratings

These airlines, hotels and websites received the highest  customer approval ratingsJetBlue, Priceline and Hilton are the most loved travel brands according to a new customer satisfaction report. 


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Please enjoy Obama photographer Pete Souza's latest flawless Trump troll

Please enjoy Obama photographer Pete Souza's latest flawless Trump trollTrump's first 100 days in office have come and gone, and they're not getting great reviews. So, naturally, Pete Souza has some throwback photos to post. President Obama's official White House photographer, well-known for his timely bouts of Instagram shade, has been sharing shots from Obama's first 100 days — which seem a little, uh, busier. And, less situated in Florida. And, are those a bunch of photos of him interacting civilly with Republican leaders? SEE ALSO: Pete Souza joins chorus gloating over Trumpcare failure with epic Instagram Please enjoy. First in a series from the first 100 days of the Obama administration. Inauguration night 2009, in a freight elevator heading to one of the Balls at the Convention Center. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 22, 2017 at 3:25pm PDT First 100 days. This was the first time sitting at the Resolute desk, just after 9am on 1/21/2009. Family pictures would soon fill the table behind the desk. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 23, 2017 at 7:42am PDT First 100 days. First meeting with Secretary of State. 1/21/2009. This picture also brings back the memory that because of the economic crisis, potus thought that it would be improper to redecorate the Oval Office even though Congress had appropriated the funds. Instead, he kept the Bush 43 carpeting, drapes and furniture until mid 2010. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 23, 2017 at 12:21pm PDT First 100 days. 1/21/2009. 7:30PM. Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office. Wait, you say. Wasn't the inauguration the day before? It was but the Chief Justice had made a slight error in the wording of the oath. So the White House counsel decided, for an abundance of caution, to ask Roberts to do it again at the White House the next day. Although it has sometimes incorrectly been reported that there was no press present for this, a small press pool (including Time photographer Callie Shell) did witness the second swearing-in in the Map Room. POTUS even joked to the pool afterwards, "The bad news for the pool is there’s 12 more balls.” A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 23, 2017 at 4:41pm PDT First 100 days. With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 1/23/2009 A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 24, 2017 at 8:02am PDT Time out from the first 100 days series. From 2010. Stay tuned. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 24, 2017 at 11:05am PDT First 100 days. We made trips to several different countries. Here we are in France with then President Sarkozy. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 25, 2017 at 6:26am PDT First 100 days. With world leaders before his first NATO Summit. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 25, 2017 at 9:01am PDT First 100 days. Prague, Czech Republic. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:52am PDT First 100 days. Meeting with Gen. Ray Odierno in Iraq. 4/7/2009 A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 25, 2017 at 1:20pm PDT First 100 days. With our troops in Iraq (at one of Saddam Hussein's palaces no less). A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 25, 2017 at 3:19pm PDT Until next time, Souza. The way things are going, we assume it will be very soon. WATCH: Ivanka Trump gets booed at an international women’s summit speaking about father's 'advocacy' for women


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Battling ISIS in Hatra, Iraq, and more: April 26 in photos

Battling ISIS in Hatra, Iraq, and more: April 26 in photosIraqi paramilitary troops fire toward Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra, near Mosul, Iraq; the robes of Pope Francis are blown over his head by a gust of wind as he delivers his homily during the weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City; and demonstrators in Minsk, Belarus, mark the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.


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Police Confirm Active Shooter In Washington Middle School

Police Confirm Active Shooter In Washington Middle SchoolPolice were responding to Hawkins Middle School in Mason County following reports of an active shooter.


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Officer says 'minimal but necessary force' used on United passenger

Officer says 'minimal but necessary force' used on United passengerOne of the police officers who forcibly removed a passenger from a United Airlines flight said "minimal but necessary force" was used in the incident that became a public relations disaster for the carrier, according to a report released by the city. Video recorded by other passengers showed David Dao, a 69-year-old doctor, being dragged down the aisle with blood on his face after refusing to give up his seat on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky on April 9. Dao suffered a concussion and a broken nose, lost two front teeth and is likely to sue the airline, according to his lawyer, Thomas Demetrio.


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Police Use Data Found on Slain Woman's Fitbit in Murder Case Against Husband

Police Use Data Found on Slain Woman's Fitbit in Murder Case Against HusbandConnie Dabate, 39, was found shot to death in the Ellington home she shared with her two children and husband, Richard Dabate, on December 23, 2015.


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House Freedom Caucus announces support for new Republican healthcare bill to replace Obamacare

House Freedom Caucus announces support for new Republican healthcare bill to replace ObamacareThe House Freedom Caucus has announced it supports the new Republican health care reform bill that aims to replace Obamacare. The news marks a potentially bright contrast from the dramatic collapse in healthcare negotiations that occurred last month and appeared to put President Donald Trump's promise to repeal and replace Obamacare — which is officially named the Affordable Care Act — in jeopardy. Mr Trump had vowed to revisit the healthcare negotiations following that collapse but observers have noted that cobbling together a healthcare repeal plan that pleases both the hard line conservatives in the Freedom Caucus and more moderate Republicans would be difficult.


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AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitors

AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitorsPRIPYAT, Ukraine (AP) — A bulletin board in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat still bears an edition of the Sovietsky Patriot newspaper, dated three days before the nuclear explosion that turned the city into one of the world's most baleful ghost towns.


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Defying crackdown, Venezuelans stage new march

Defying crackdown, Venezuelans stage new marchVenezuelan protesters planned a new march Wednesday against President Nicolas Maduro, defying his government despite the deaths of more than 25 people in an increasingly violent political crisis. Twenty-six people have died so far this month in violence around the protests, including four minors, according to Attorney General Luisa Ortega. Maduro put the figure at 29 deaths in a speech Tuesday evening, without giving details.


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How badly do you want this stunning iPhone 8 to be real?

How badly do you want this stunning iPhone 8 to be real?

The iPhone 8 is arguably the most highly anticipated iPhone release we've seen in quite some time. Sure, everyone was excited about Apple finally introducing larger-screened iPhone models, first with the iPhone 5 and later with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the amount of hype surrounding the iPhone 8 seems to be at a whole another level. And with good cause, the iPhone 8 promises to deliver a radical overhaul to the entire user experience, both in hardware and in software. In addition to an edgeless OLED display, there have also been strong rumblings from the rumor mill suggesting that the iPhone 8 will introduce advanced augmented reality features.

Earlier this week, photos of an alleged "dummy" iPhone 8 model surfaced online, perhaps giving us our best look yet at what Apple's next-gen iPhone will actually look like. Following up on that, the folks over at ConceptsiPhone recently put together a brand new iPhone 8 concept video which provide us with an all-encompassing three-dimensional view of Apple's 2017 flagship iPhone.

Now to be fair, some aspects of the video don't quite align with some of the rumors we've seen floating around. For example, the video depicts a white ceramic iPhone 8, a device that likely isn't on Apple's roadmap this year, if ever. Further, the video depicts an iPhone with speakers on every corner of the device, yet another design that will likely never see the light of day. Thirdly, the camera module in the video is positioned horizontally, a design seemingly at odds with a plethora of schematic leaks we've seen over the past few weeks. Nonetheless, with the iPhone 8 release still months away, it's still intriguing to take a look at iPhone 8 concept videos featuring forward-thinking designs, even if they're not actually on the horizon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y66_1U-ulro

Most impressively, the video above gives us a more immersive look at how an edgeless OLED display might impact the user experience. Our only gripe, however minor, is that many concept videos only give us a taste of what the iOS homescreen might look like as opposed to showing us how popular apps might take advantage of an edge to edge display. One thing we hope the video gets right, though, is an embedded Touch ID sensor in the display itself, a design Apple is reportedly struggling with.

If you're intrigued by the seemingly never-ending world of iPhone 8 concept videos, the one below from Macitynet is well worth checking out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipwsXQ8Zwl0


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Father Kills 11-Month Old Baby In Facebook Video

Father Kills 11-Month Old Baby In Facebook VideoViewers could access the horrific video for about 24 hours where Wuttisan Wongtalay brutally killed his 11-month-old daughter on his Facebook page.


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8 Popular Part-Time Jobs for Retirees

8 Popular Part-Time Jobs for RetireesMany people continue to work after age 65, but they often prefer a part-time role. Some retirees work in low-wage jobs, likely because they need the money or appreciate some other aspect of the job, such as schedule flexibility. Here are the eight most commonly held jobs among people age 65 and older, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Forget the AirPods: These Wireless Earbuds Are Now $24

Forget the AirPods: These Wireless Earbuds Are Now $24The AirPods are Apple's first foray into the wireless headphones industry offering a no-fuss, near-instantaneous way to wirelessly connect to your iOS device. However, at $159, they're far from cheap and their cable-free design makes them easy to misplace.


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U.S. slams South Sudan's Kiir over 'man-made' famine, urges truce

U.S. slams South Sudan's Kiir over 'man-made' famine, urges truceBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States slammed South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Tuesday for the African state's "man-made" famine and ongoing conflict, urging him to fulfill a month-old pledge of a unilateral truce by ordering his troops back to their barracks. "We must see a sign that progress is possible," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told a United Nations Security Council briefing on South Sudan. "We must see that ceasefire implemented." South Sudan descended into civil war in 2013 after Kiir fired his deputy, unleashing a conflict that has spawned armed factions often following ethnic lines.


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The Latest: Father of missing California boy, 5, released

The Latest: Father of missing California boy, 5, releasedLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the search for a missing 5-year-old boy in Southern California (all times local):


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Campus free speech battle erupts in Berkeley

Campus free speech battle erupts in BerkeleyABC's Maggie Rulli reports on Ann Coulter and UC Berkeley engaging in the latest battle over free speech on U.S. college campuses.


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Donald Trump’s White House issues furious attack on ‘unelected’ judge who blocked sanctuary cities order

Donald Trump’s White House issues furious attack on ‘unelected’ judge who blocked sanctuary cities orderDonald Trump’s administration has issued a furious attack on the federal judge who blocked the executive order calling for the withdrawal of funds from sanctuary cities, claiming that it put “thousands of innocent lives at risk”. A blistering statement from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the block an “egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge”.


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President Le Pen? Just '10 little points'

President Le Pen? Just '10 little points'Could France's Marine Le Pen become president? "We can win and I'm going to say it better: we're going to win," a confident-sounding Le Pen told France 2 television on Monday evening. The anti-immigration leader failed to clinch the top spot in the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday, coming second on 21.30 percent behind pro-Europe centrist Emmanuel Macron on 24.01.


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After two weeks with the Galaxy S8, I still think the iPhone 7 Plus is the world’s best phone

After two weeks with the Galaxy S8, I still think the iPhone 7 Plus is the world’s best phone

It's funny how months of leaks and rumors can paint what appears to be a complete picture of an upcoming smartphone. But then, once the device is finally announced, a different picture forms. All of the components and details that leak never quite seem to accurately portray the finished product, and this was exactly the case with Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Months of leaks and rumors left precious few surprises when Samsung finally unveiled its new flagship phones last month, yet we were all still completely blown away.

If you've read my in-depth Galaxy S8 review, then you know just how impressed I am with these new phones. And if you bought one yourself over the weekend, you've now experienced firsthand what the future of smartphone design feels like. But as incredible as Samsung's new design is, and as impressive as its hardware has become, I still can't call the Galaxy S8 the world's best smartphone.

As I explained in my review, the Galaxy S8 is vastly superior to Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in terms of hardware design. Vastly. Samsung's curved edges on the front and back combined with incredibly narrow bezels result in a design that really looks and feels like the future of smartphones. As I also explained in a separate article, going back to my iPhone 7 Plus after using the Galaxy S8 feels like going back to an old tube TV after having used a flat-screen TV.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 looks better than the iPhone. It feels better than the iPhone. The display is much, much better than the screens on Apple's iPhones. But overall, it's still not the better device.

Now, I'm not suggesting that the Galaxy S8's beauty is only skin deep. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are by far the smoothest and most powerful Android phones the world has ever seen. What's more, Samsung's latest version of TouchWiz (now called Samsung Experience) is its best yet, and Samsung's own Android apps have improved as well on Android 7.0 Nougat. But still, Nougat is no iOS and the Galaxy S8 is no iPhone.

Now that I've been using the Galaxy S8+ for nearly two weeks, I can safely say Apple's iPhone 7 Plus is still the best smartphone on the planet. While the Galaxy S8+ beats (nay, destroys) the iPhone 7 Plus where design and display quality are concerned, the phone's meaningful advantages end there, for the most part.

Here are five key areas where the iPhone 7 Plus still has the edge:

  1. Software is important, and iOS is still better and smoother than Android. Even with Samsung's new and improved Samsung Experience, the iPhone still has a clear advantage. Samsung Connect is also a nice start, but Apple's Continuity features are miles ahead of Samsung in terms of carrying the user experience across devices and platforms. Some might argue that software is the most important thing on a smartphone, and Apple has a huge edge here.
  2. Apps are important, and iOS apps are still better and smoother than Android apps. Perhaps it's Google's loose third-party developer guidelines, or perhaps the company's developer tools aren't on par with Apple's. Whatever the case, the Android app experience remains terribly inconsistent, and iOS versions of apps are always more refined and simpler, even when the same app is available on both platforms.
  3. Performance is important, and the iPhone 7 Plus still outperforms the Galaxy S8+. Take one look at this real-world performance test and you'll see that Android still can't keep up with iOS, even when it's being propelled by next-generation processors like the Snapdragon 835.
  4. Battery life is important, and there's still nothing else out there that can touch the iPhone 7 Plus. I wasn't able to get a good feel for the Galaxy S8+'s battery life for my review since Samsung sent my review unit late, but I've now spent more time with the phone. It'll carry most people through a full day, but Apple's phablet outlasts the S8+ by a healthy margin.
  5. Customer care is important, and there isn't a consumer electronics company in the world that can even approach Apple in this key area. The company continues to invest heavily in after-sales service, and that investment will always pay off big time. Samsung has gotten better and its on-device customer service feature is a nice addition, but it's still nothing like dealing with Apple support.

Many people are tied to Android and Google's ecosystem, which is perfectly fine. For these people, the Galaxy S8 is as good as it gets. Google's services are the best in the world, and they're free. While most Google products are available on iOS these days, they'll never be as deeply integrated on the iPhone as they are on Android phones. But if you want the best overall user experience from top to bottom, there's only one place to turn. Samsung's Galaxy S8 is impressive, but the reigning king hasn't yet been dethroned.


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What we do in the next 5 years will determine the fate of the melting Arctic

What we do in the next 5 years will determine the fate of the melting ArcticGlobal warming has pushed the Arctic into a new state unprecedented in human history, with thinning and retreating sea ice, skyrocketing air and sea temperatures, melting permafrost, and glaciers that are shedding ice at increasing rates.  All of these impacts and more may seem remote at first — after all, few of us live in Nunavut — but if you're a coastal resident anywhere in the world, from New York City to Dhaka, Bangladesh, what happens in the Arctic will affect you during the next several decades and beyond, primarily through sea level rise.  SEE ALSO: Trump White House reveals it's 'not familiar' with well-studied costs of global warming The economic effects of all Arctic warming impacts may be enough to dent the gross domestic product of some countries, with cost estimates ranging from $7 trillion to $90 trillion by the end of this century. These are the conclusions of a new, comprehensive assessment of the Arctic climate by a division of the Arctic Council — a cooperative, governing body that helps oversee development in the Far North.  Sea ice (TOP) meets land as seen from NASA's Operation IceBridge research aircraft above Greenland.Image: Mario Tama/Getty ImagesThe scientific report, released on Tuesday, is known as Snow, Water, Ice, and Permafrost in the Arctic, or SWIPA. About 90 scientists helped produce the report, while more than two-dozen experts peer-reviewed the results.  The document contains two key findings that anyone concerned about the future of not just the Arctic, but the entire globe, should take note of.  The first is that the Arctic Ocean could be free of summer sea ice starting as early as the late 2030s, which is earlier than other estimates have shown. The second is that rapid Arctic warming is driving greater melting of land ice in the region, which led scientists to conclude that consensus projections of global sea level rise made in 2013 are too conservative. Compared to the previous SWIPA report, which was produced in 2011, the new assessment paints a far more dire picture of an Arctic climate in overdrive.  It also offers hope that action can be taken now to slow down and eventually stabilize Arctic warming after about the year 2050. But time is running out. Even with rapid action to curb global warming pollutants like carbon dioxide and methane, the Arctic most of us grew up with — featuring thick sea ice making the region virtually impenetrable year-round — is gone, and is not likely to return anytime in the next century.  Sea ice thickness trends, showing the thinning trend in recent years.Image: zack labe"... The Arctic of today is different in many respects from the Arctic of the past century, or even the Arctic of 20 years ago," the report states. "Many of the changes underway are due to a simple fact: Ice, snow, and frozen ground — the components of the Arctic cryosphere — are sensitive to heat."  Based on computer model projections, the report states that average fall and winter temperatures in the Arctic will increase up to 5 degrees Celsius, or 9 degrees Fahrenheit, above late 20th century values by the middle of the century, even if relatively stringent greenhouse gas emissions cuts are made.  Such temperature thresholds are already being reached in some months, with January 2016 recording a temperature anomaly of 9 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1981-2010 average for the region, with even higher anomalies seen during October through February of the same year.  This past winter was the warmest on record for the Arctic, and for the third straight year, Arctic sea ice peaked at a record low level during the winter. This has left sea ice in a precariously thin and sparse state as the upcoming melt season nears.  The report contains valuable findings on what would happen to Arctic climate change if the world were to come close to meeting the goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement. That treaty, which went into force in November 2016, aims to keep global warming to well under 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels through the year 2100.  It's unclear whether the agreement's goals are still feasible, considering that the U.S. — the world's second-largest emitter — is considering pulling out of it altogether, and other nations have yet to offer plans to cut their emissions in line with the temperature target.  A "drunken forest" in Fairbanks Alaska where trees are collapsing into the ground due to permafrost melt.Image: Warming Images/REX/ShutterstockMeeting the Paris targets would help slow the pace and reduce the severity of Arctic warming, but it "would not stabilize the loss of Arctic glaciers, ice sheets, and ice caps," the report states.  "The recent SWIPA assessment tells that the changes in the Arctic are bound to continue at the current rate until mid-century," said Morten Skovgaard Olsen, who chaired the new report, in an email.  "But it also tells that immediate and ambitious green-house gas reductions will slow the speed of changes beyond mid-century and even stabilize change beyond mid century, preventing major further impacts associated with the Arctic melt .” Any carbon pollution cuts made now will have the most significant influence on what the Arctic will look like after about 2050, the report's authors said at a press conference Tuesday in Virginia.  “The changes are cumulative, and so what we do in the next 5 years is really important on slowing down the changes that will happen in the next 30 or 40 years," said James Overland, a climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  "The emphasis on action and immediacy is one of the main findings” from the report, he said.  NASA project scientist Nathan Kurtz surveys an iceberg locked in sea ice near Pituffik, Greenland.Image: mario tama/Getty ImagesForeign ministers from the eight Arctic nations will meet in Fairbanks, Alaska on May 11 to discuss these findings and other issues pertaining to the region. Some discussion on the Paris agreement may take place, particularly along the sidelines of the talks. According to the SWIPA report, meltwater from Arctic glaciers has contributed 35 percent of current sea level rise, with the greatest contribution coming from Greenland.  The planet's largest island lost an average of 375 gigatons of ice per year. This is equivalent to losing a block of ice measuring 4.6 miles on all sides, from 2011 to 2014 alone. It amounts to twice the melt rate from 2003 to 2008. In addition, thawing permafrost is harming infrastructure from Alaska to Siberia, with landslides and mysterious craters swallowing parts of the Russian Arctic.  In Alaska, the report found that wildfires in taiga forests are worse now than at any time in the past 10,000 years, due to hotter, drier summers and earlier spring snowmelt. WATCH: Stunning drone footage captures rare video of blue whales feeding


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Amazon's New Echo Look Makes Alexa the Fashion Police

Amazon's New Echo Look Makes Alexa the Fashion PoliceAlexa, do these pants make me look fat? Amazon's newest voice-powered device, the Echo Look, is a $199 Wi-Fi connected camera that you can use to check out how you look in your favorite outfits. When you say "Alexa, take a picture" or "Alexa, take a video," the Echo Look will snap a shot of you, and then upload it to the Echo Look app, where you can review what you're wearing and what you've worn in the past.


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French intelligence says Assad forces carried out sarin attack

French intelligence says Assad forces carried out sarin attackBy John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - French intelligence has concluded that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a sarin nerve gas attack on April 4 in northern Syria and that Assad or members of his inner circle ordered the strike, a declassified report showed. The chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed scores of people, according to a war monitor, Syrian opposition groups and Western countries. It prompted the United States to launch a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base, its first deliberate assault on the Assad government in the six-year-old conflict.


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Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacherCOLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator.


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Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein on Trump-Russia investigation: 'Oh my god, there's a cover-up going on'

Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein on Trump-Russia investigation: 'Oh my god, there's a cover-up going on'Famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein says that the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could end up revealing a “cover-up” of alleged connections between President Donald Trump's team and Russia. “There, he is central to what the FBI believes is a cover-up going on among people close to the president of the United States about what happened with the Trump campaign and Russia,” Mr Bernstein, who is now a CNN commentator, said.


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Call the state department's ad for Mar-a-Lago what it is: a plea for corruption | Ross Barkan

Call the state department's ad for Mar-a-Lago what it is: a plea for corruption | Ross BarkanThe state department touted the virtues of the US president’s private members club. No sitting president in American history has been so engrossed with personal profit as Donald Trump. Moving into the White House has not altered his lifelong obsession with making money.


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1,000 shot in Chicago so far this year

1,000 shot in Chicago so far this yearChicago hit a grim milestone Tuesday, with more than a thousand people shot in the Midwestern US city since the beginning of the year. According to the Chicago Tribune newspaper 1,008 people have been shot in the city -- at least 182 fatally -- since the beginning of January, a pace roughly unchanged since the same period last year. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) offered conflicting data for the first four months of 2017, saying 172 people were killed and 954 shot -- a nine percent decline compared to the same period last year.


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Amazon’s $96 sound bar is so good it doesn’t need a separate subwoofer

Amazon’s $96 sound bar is so good it doesn’t need a separate subwoofer

It used to be that if you wanted to add decent sound to your TV, you need to spend upwards of $1,000 on a surround sound system. The the home audio market got much more competitive, and prices began to fall. Things really took a turn when companies began launching sound bars, which cost less to make and didn't require users to run cables all over their homes. Fast-forward to today, and you can get a solid sound bar with a wireless subwoofer for between $200 and $300.

And then there's the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Sound Bar with Built-In Subwoofer, a 4-star rated home audio solution that costs less than $100. The nifty design builds the sub right into the sound bar itself, delivering great sound, a compact design, and the easiest possible installation.

Here are a few more details from the product page:

  • 31.5-inch sound bar with built-in subwoofer enhances home-audio systems (not compatible with universal or TV remotes)
  • Bluetooth technology v2.1 + EDR with A2DP & AVRCP for seamless streaming from various devices
  • Full-range stereo speakers; up to 92 dB (2.1 channels)
  • 4-piece 2-inch round frame; mid- to high-range drivers; 4-by-2.7-inch sub-range driver; 2-piece passive radiator
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Whether you’re starting your day with a strong cup of coffee or indulging in a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, caffeine is a drug that many people don’t want to quit. And thankfully, you don’t have to: A new scientific review offers reassurance that, in moderate amounts, caffeine is perfectly healthy. The paper confirms the results of the…

Whether you’re starting your day with a strong cup of coffee or indulging in a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, caffeine is a drug that many people don’t want to quit. And thankfully, you don’t have to: A new scientific review offers reassurance that, in moderate amounts, caffeine is perfectly healthy.

The paper confirms the results of the last big review done on caffeine safety, back in 2003: that intake levels of up to 400 mg a day, or about four 8-ounce cups of coffee, are not associated with health risks for adults. The results, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, were recently presented at the Experimental Biology conference in Chicago.

“After decades of research and thousands of papers, we know a lot about caffeine,” says lead author Daniele Wikoff, health sciences practice leader at ToxStrategies, a private scientific consulting firm. “And what our findings truly confirm is that having caffeine as part of your daily diet is still acceptable and without adverse effects.”

The new review also found that existing upper limits for pregnant women (300 mg a day) and children (about 1.1 mg per pound) continue to be supported by scientific data. “This should give pregnant women some comfort that they do not need to eliminate caffeine from their diet,” says Wikoff.

Although there’s no change to the current recommendations, an update was long overdue, says Wikoff. Since the widely-cited 2003 review on caffeine was conducted by Health Canada, more than 10,000 papers have been published on the drug’s effects on various aspects of health.

That’s why the North American branch of International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a nonprofit foundation dedicated to advancing the understanding of nutrition and food safety, decided to commission an analysis on more recent literature. (ILSI North America receives funding from the American Beverage Association and the National Coffee Association. Both organizations “received periodic progress reports but did not participate in any aspect of the systematic review,” the authors note in the paper.)

In the new review, the institute recruited ToxStrategies to comb through more than 700 studies conducted on humans and published between 2001 and 2015. In addition to scientists from ToxStrategies, the research team consisted of seven scientific advisory board members from academic institutions across the U.S. and Canada, with expertise in the paper’s different areas of focus.

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The researchers narrowed those studies down to 426 for inclusion in the review, all of which focused on how caffeine related to five specific topics: toxicity, bone health and calcium intake, cardiovascular effects (including blood pressure and heart rate), behavioral health (including headaches, mood, and sleep), and reproduction and development (including fertility, miscarriage, and birth defects).

Despite all the new research, the paper’s conclusions remain generally the same as the previous review’s. More than 90% of Americans currently consume less than 400 mg a day of caffeine, the authors wrote, and the findings of the new review “support the safety of standard consumption practices in the United States.”

The authors did note that studies on caffeine in children were limited. While they found no need to recommend a change in current recommendations, they do say that more research on this age group would be valuable. (The American Academy of Pediatrics maintains a long-held position that caffeinated beverages, especially energy drinks, should be avoided in children.)

And because research on the general safety of caffeine is so plentiful, they also recommend that future studies shift their focus to unhealthy populations, sensitive groups, and ways that people may be affected differently on an individual level.

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The studies included in the review looked at a variety of caffeine sources, including coffee, tea, chocolate, other beverages, and supplements, but the review did not evaluate the health effects associated with these different sources separately. When considering your caffeine intake, says Health’s medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj, it’s important to keep in mind the entire food or drink.

Plain coffee, for example, is rich in antioxidants and may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Soda and fancy coffee concoctions, on the other hand, can be high in calories or contain artificial sweeteners, while energy drinks can contain sugar and other stimulants that have been associated with health risks.

Dr. Raj also says that just because 400 mg a day of caffeine is safe, that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. “We don’t all metabolize caffeine the same way: Some people find that even a little cup of coffee or tea can make them restless,” she wrote in a recent column for Health. “Listen to your body, and if you tend to get jittery, try spacing out your caffeinated beverages,” she added.

If you find that you’re becoming dependent on caffeine, make sure you’re getting enough sleep—or talk to your doctor about why else you might be so tired, Dr. Raj adds. You can always try an all-natural energy enhancer, too: A recent study found that 10 minutes of stair-walking provided a better boost than a 50-mg caffeine pill.

This article originally appeared on Health.com

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