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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:28
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Resistance Report: Tom Cotton’s master class in holding a town hallON THE TOWN. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas held a town hall for the ages in Springdale, Ark., Wednesday night, drawing pointed questions from an Obamacare supporter, a Lutheran pastor, a descendent of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a 7-year-old boy.
Resistance Report: Tom Cotton’s master class in holding a town hall
Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health careVice President Mike Pence dismissed concerns Thursday about the pace of Republican plans to repeal and replace the health care law passed by Democrats under President Barack Obama, promising an “orderly transition” to a new system. It was the only comment by Pence in a 20-minute speech that went beyond boilerplate rhetoric and touched on challenges facing the new administration.
Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health care
Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug chargesMANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs said she won't be intimidated by a leader she called a "serial killer" after police arrested her on drug charges.
Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug charges
Race for DNC chair narrowsABC News' MaryAlice Parks talks with DNC chair hopeful Pete Buttigieg and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.
Race for DNC chair narrows
GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned downOLATHE, Kan. (AP) — GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters — a largely white Kansas City suburb — didn't reflect it.
GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned down
Wonder-ful news: 13-year-old girl wins Supreme Court decision over service dogYou may have seen photos of a young girl and her goldendoodle Wonder on the steps of the Supreme Court on social media, so who is she and why is she smiling? On Wednesday, the Supreme Court unanimously sided with Fry, which may allow her to sue her local school board for damages for the emotional distress she said she suffered by being denied the assistance of her service dog. “The school district had decided that Wonder wasn’t necessary,” Stacy Fry, Ehlena’s mother, told Yahoo News.
Wonder-ful news: 13-year-old girl wins Supreme Court decision over service dog
Activist heroically flies over barricade to seize Confederate flagBy climbing a flagpole outside the South Carolina's statehouse, Bree Newsome practically wrote the modern book on removing Confederate flags from public spaces. Apparently, not everyone read that book, so now we have a sequel. Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin d'Baha was arrested on Wednesday in South Carolina after epically leaping over a police tape barricade to snatch a Confederate flag out of a protestor's hand. Since it took place directly behind a CBS newscast, the stunning moment aired on live TV — the cameraman followed d'Baha as he quickly ran across the shot.  SEE ALSO: How Black Lives Matter made the leap from social media to social action Check out the unbelievable moment here. Protester jumps barricade and attempts to get Confederate flag from man #chsnews pic.twitter.com/hTBql8qS9Z — Ray Rivera (@RayRiveraLive5) February 22, 2017 The flagwas held by a member of the South Carolina Secessionist Party, protesting outside of the College of Charleston's Sottile Theatre, at an event featuring Newsome, an African-American activist, filmmaker and one of the driving forces behind the South Carolina state government's decision to permanently remove the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds. D'Baha was counter-protesting the demonstration when he dove over the police tape, and is now being lauded on Twitter for his remarkable act of resistance. This is Muhiyidin d’Baha, a #blacklivesmatter organizer and, like Bree Newsome, a #RoleModel and #hero. Conviction and courage in action. https://t.co/UgZ3ZVfWs5 — Donald Deeley (@DonaldJDeeley) February 23, 2017 @RayRiveraLive5 Somebody give that young man a medal. He's definitely doing great work. — JL Sigman (@JLSigman) February 23, 2017 That's the shit right there. No place for the confederate flag to be used like that in the US nowadays. We live in 2017, not 1862. https://t.co/uGDpCj2sDX — Jeff (@Vivalawino) February 23, 2017 the guy snatching the confederate flag is a hero, he didn't deserve to be arrested — ️ (@PRINCESSYIXING) February 23, 2017 Not all heroes wear capes @RayRiveraLive5https://t.co/2uw64XNBTu — Melanin God™ (@TrueTashan) February 23, 2017 D'Baha, our new personal hero, was arrested after his leap for justice, and reportedly charged with disorderly conduct by the Charleston Police Department.  Advocacy group Showing Up For Racial Justice Charleston has set up  a crowdfunding page to raise money for d'Baha's bail, already garnering over $12,000 of their $12,500 goal. D'Baha, you are an inspiration to us all. We leave you with this perfect tweet. @RayRiveraLive5 Racist's worst nightmare coming true. "My God, it's happening," he thinks as a flying black activist appears out of nowhere — Olivia Rodricks (@olivia_rodricks) February 23, 2017 BONUS: Trevor Noah has a lesson on how to talk to conservatives
Activist heroically flies over barricade to seize Confederate flag
France Is Training Eagles to Take Down Terrorist DronesThe latest tool in ISIS's armory could soon be foiled by an original aerial ace.
France Is Training Eagles to Take Down Terrorist Drones
Illinois state worker union members approve strike if neededIllinois could face a shutdown of its state government after its biggest labor union representing state workers said on Thursday its members overwhelmingly voted in favor of a strike. Just over 80 percent of members voted in favor of allowing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike if "no other path forward can be found" in reaching a new contract with the state, said Roberta Lynch, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31. The union's 38,000 members, who include prison guards, healthcare providers for veterans and the disabled, child welfare investigators, state highway workers and others, have been without a contract since July 2015.
Illinois state worker union members approve strike if needed
U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians fleeU.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive Islamic State from the western half of the city. Elite Counter Terrorism forces advanced from the southwestern side and entered the Ghozlani army base along with the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun
U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians flee
‘Truly heartbroken’: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66Fox News host Sean Hannity paid tribute to his longtime friend and colleague Alan Colmes on Thursday after the liberal commentator’s death at 66. According to a statement released by his family, Colmes passed away Thursday morning after a brief illness and leaves behind his wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley. Hannity and Colmes rose to national prominence as co-hosts of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity &Colmes,” which ran from 1996 until 2009.
‘Truly heartbroken’: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66
Trump Is Kremlin’s Puppet, Russian Editor SaysThe editor-in-chief of Moscow Times said Russia is looking to take advantage of President Donald Trump’s slip-ups in office.
Trump Is Kremlin’s Puppet, Russian Editor Says
India police arrest cheap mobile maker on fraud chargesLUCKNOW, India (AP) — The director of an Indian company that claimed it was selling the world's cheapest smartphone was arrested Thursday on fraud charges, police said Friday.
India police arrest cheap mobile maker on fraud charges
Woman who drove with man body on windshield gets 25 to lifeLOS ANGELES (AP) — A California substance-abuse counselor who hit a man with her car and drove two miles with his body embedded in her windshield was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison.
Woman who drove with man body on windshield gets 25 to life
Where does the Trump saga end?Which is strange, because normally you wouldn’t be idly speculating about the end of a presidency barely a month after the inauguration. Certainly, in parts of the country that voted overwhelmingly for Trump, the sense is he’s just getting started.
Where does the Trump saga end?
Business
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:49
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L.L. Bean rebuffs boycott over granddaughter’s big Trump donationA man wipes off the headlights of the L.L. Bean Bootmobile in the parking lot at the facility where the famous outdoor boot is made. L.L. Bean is pushing back against a boycott led by a group urging consumers not to shop at retailers that support President-elect Donald Trump after it was revealed that Linda Bean, heir of the Maine-based company’s founder, had donated to a political action committee that helped elect Trump. “We are deeply troubled by the portrayal of L.L. Bean as a supporter of any political agenda,” Shawn Gorman, L.L. Bean’s executive chairman, said in a statement posted to Facebook late Sunday.
L.L. Bean rebuffs boycott over granddaughter’s big Trump donation
Union leader who says Trump lied about Carrier deal refuses to back downTrump tours a Carrier factory in Indianapolis, Dec. 1, 2016. Chuck Jones, the union leader who claims President-elect Donald Trump lied to Carrier employees while touting a deal to keep jobs in the U.S., says he started receiving harassing phone calls a half hour after Trump slammed him on Twitter. “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years,” Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999, told CNN on Thursday morning.
Union leader who says Trump lied about Carrier deal refuses to back down
Working, eating and sleeping at the officeThe sight of workers sleeping on the job is common in China, where a surplus of cheap labor can lead to downtime and employees at startup companies work long hours.
Working, eating and sleeping at the office
Obama seeks ‘irreversible’ opening to CubaThis story is part of a weeklong Yahoo series marking one year since the opening of relations between the United States and Cuba.
Obama seeks ‘irreversible’ opening to Cuba
World News
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:28
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Trump team tries to calm US-Mexico relations. Why that's not easyNothing raises nationalist hackles in Mexico like talk of United States military acting south of the border or targeting Mexican citizens. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who joined Mr. Tillerson for high-level meetings in the Mexican capital this week, was quick to try to tamp down the growing angst. Recommended: How much do you know about Mexico?
Trump team tries to calm US-Mexico relations. Why that's not easy
Sessions memo: Reversal on private prisons could portend shift on justice, observers sayPrivate prisons could be here to stay, Jeff Sessions signaled on Thursday. In a memo to the Bureau of Prisons Thursday, the attorney general rolled back Obama-era guidance in which then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates directed the BOP not to renew contracts with private prisons. The move may not have a significant impact immediately: The BOP has contracts with just 12 private facilities, housing only about 21,000 of the nearly 190,000 inmates in federal prisons, according to the Justice Department.
Sessions memo: Reversal on private prisons could portend shift on justice, observers say
Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to count the shots to estimate when the shooter would run out of bullets.
Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'
Could Betsy DeVos be an ally for transgender students? It's complicatedIn the “bathroom bill” debate, LGBT students may have found an unlikely ally in the Trump administration: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The newly minted secretary of Education reportedly balked at President Trump's efforts to reverse an Obama-administration directive that folded gender identity under Title IX protections. Ms. DeVos eventually fell in line with the rest of the administration on the issue, but she later took care to emphasize her dedication to preventing discrimination and bullying against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, in an echo of her earlier work toward promotion of LGBT rights.
Could Betsy DeVos be an ally for transgender students? It's complicated
Can parental spyware keep kids safe online?For parents concerned about what's happening on their kids' smartphones, there are a growing number of apps for monitoring children's digital lives. 
Can parental spyware keep kids safe online?
Ivanka Trump pushes $500 billion child care subsidy plan: Who would benefit?First daughter Ivanka Trump is asking Congress to rein in child-care expenses – but at a hefty price. According to a report from Bloomberg News, Ms. Trump met with members of Congress in the White House’s Roosevelt Room last week to discuss her plans for a child care tax benefit which could cost as much as $500 billion over 10 years. Ms. Trump's proposal is very similarto the plan proposed by Mr. Trump in September: Child-care expenses for individuals earning less than $250,000 annually (or couples earning less than $500,000 annually) would be deductible from income taxes.
Ivanka Trump pushes $500 billion child care subsidy plan: Who would benefit?
Once suspect, Trump now a hero at conservative 'Woodstock'Donald Trump has not always been a hero at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering that’s something of a Woodstock for the right-leaning faithful. On Friday President Trump was welcomed to CPAC 2017 as a conqueror home from the political wars. “Big thing Trump proved with his unlikely wins is that ideology doesn’t matter anymore in politics.
Once suspect, Trump now a hero at conservative 'Woodstock'
In Mexico, momentum grows to put out welcome mat for  'Dreamers'Before Maggie Loredo left her home in Georgia’s Dalton County for her grandfather’s house in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, she called the office of the Mexican public education secretariat. If I want to apply to a public university, she asked, but I grew up in the United States, which documents am I going to need? At the time, in 2008, that sounded alluringly simple to Ms. Loredo, who had lived without legal status in the US since she was a toddler.
In Mexico, momentum grows to put out welcome mat for 'Dreamers'
As famine threatens, an unprecedented global challenge – and responseThe challenge is unprecedented. Twenty million people in four countries face famine in the next six months, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned this week, unless the world steps in with $4.4 billion. “Millions of people are barely surviving in the space between malnutrition and death” in war-wracked Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria.
As famine threatens, an unprecedented global challenge – and response
Trump administration sets sights on state recreational marijuana lawsThus far into his presidency, President Trump has largely ignored the legalization of recreational marijuana. “I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement of it,” said Mr. Spicer. Eight states – Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Maine – and Washington, D.C. have legalized both medicinal and recreational marijuana.
Trump administration sets sights on state recreational marijuana laws
Critic of Duterte's anti-drug crusade charged with receiving bribes from drug lordsPhilippine Sen. Leila de Lima has been one of the harshest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Now, she herself has been charged with receiving bribes from drug dealers. Senator de Lima has announced that she will submit to arrest and face the charges.
Critic of Duterte's anti-drug crusade charged with receiving bribes from drug lords
Meeting hate with love in St. LouisAfter vandals damaged nearly 200 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last weekend, it wasn’t only Jews who rose up to denounce the act of hate. Muslim groups helped raised more than $120,000 to repair the damage and offered a reward to catch those responsible. Some 2,000 people – Jews, Christians, and Muslims – helped clean up the mess.
Meeting hate with love in St. Louis
CPAC dismisses Richard Spencer: How conservatives are severing alt-right tiesRichard Spencer, a white nationalist and a leader of the so-called "alt-right" movement, says he has been booted from the Conservative Police Action Committee (CPAC) by organizers who disagree with his views. A controversial figure, Spencer is credited with coining the term alt-right, which refers to a branch of the right-wing that has roots in white supremacy. Spencer has also addressed crowds where his cry of "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!" was met with what looked like Nazi salutes.
CPAC dismisses Richard Spencer: How conservatives are severing alt-right ties
What do those red Xs on Facebook mean?Facebook users may have noticed a sudden proliferation of red Xs in their news feeds on Thursday, thanks to a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking.
What do those red Xs on Facebook mean?
Behind raucous town halls, a return to messy roots of democracy?Across the United States, Republican representatives have been enduring unruly "town hall" meetings, facing down angry questions from constituents unhappy with their handling of President Trump's new administration. Some GOP lawmakers have even canceled town hall appearances or opted for teleconferences in order to avoid the outpouring of protests. Town halls, especially in smaller districts, can be poorly attended, even dull events.
Behind raucous town halls, a return to messy roots of democracy?
Technology
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:28
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This smart braille watch finally hits shelvesAfter almost three years, the Dot smartwatch is ready to hit the market.
This smart braille watch finally hits shelves
The FCC just gave you a reason to hold off on buying a 4K TVOver-the-air 4K broadcasts are coming, but you might want to hold off at getting a new UHD set just yet. The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to open discussions on the deployment of a next-generation broadcast-TV standard that should offer picture quality up to 4K Ultra High Definition and better antenna reception than today’s over-the-air digital signals. Like 2009’s transition to digital TV signals, this upgrade’s primary sales pitch is about a better picture — not just high definition, but the Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K resolution that today remains largely confined to streaming-video services and Blu-ray discs.
The FCC just gave you a reason to hold off on buying a 4K TV
Pogue’s Basics: Discover Google's Easter eggsEaster eggs are not dead!!
Pogue’s Basics: Discover Google's Easter eggs
This high-tech air purifier will help you sleep betterClair-S claims to help you get the rest you need. It’s an all-in-one device that sits neatly on your nightstand to make bedtime healthier and more convenient. Its air purifier boasts better performance than a HEPA filter to keep you breathing easy as you rest. It’s also a sound machine to promote tranquility and deeper sleep. You can use it asa Bluetooth speaker and an alarm clock, and even wake up to customized messages via the included app. The Clair team is seeking funding through an Indiegogo campaign, where you can reserve your Clair-S for as little as $119. ...
This high-tech air purifier will help you sleep better
How Google is fighting the war on internet trollsIt seems like for every feel-good story or picture of a puppy playing with a kitten, there are 1,000 trolls rummaging through the depths of their minds to post the most vile comments they can imagine. A kind of high-powered startup inside Google’s parent company Alphabet, Jigsaw focuses on how technology can defend international human rights. Available Thursday, Feb. 23, Perspective is the result of Jigsaw’s Conversation AI project and uses Google’s machine learning technologies to provide online publishers with a tool that can automatically rank comments in their forums and comments sections based on the likelihood that they will cause someone to leave a conversation.
How Google is fighting the war on internet trolls
Why 'experience' can hurt tech workers in Silicon ValleySilicon Valley is an industry whose foundation was built, byte by byte, with youthful innovation.
Why 'experience' can hurt tech workers in Silicon Valley
Broadband companies can’t build out their networks, and it's hurting consumersGoogle might have huge name recognition, but even it has trouble installing fiber optic internet lines. You can’t get Republicans and Democrats to agree about much these days, especially when it comes to telecom policy. The last three heads of the Federal Communications Commission — Obama’s picks, Julius Genachowski and Tom Wheeler, and President Trump’s chair Ajit Pai — all said as much.
Broadband companies can’t build out their networks, and it's hurting consumers
Pogue’s Basics: Use YouTube's built-in stabilizerA few weeks back, I reviewed handheld stabilizers for your phone or your GoPro. They make a huge difference in the quality of your videos—because let’s face it: Jerky looks amateur.
Pogue’s Basics: Use YouTube's built-in stabilizer
Sony’s new toy teaches coding and robot construction to kidsThis Lego-like toy uses sensors and actuators that bring kids’ creations to life.
Sony’s new toy teaches coding and robot construction to kids
The coolest tech toys from Toy Fair 2017The toys on display at the 2017 New York Toy Fair, though, are way cooler than anything we had as kids. Held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, New York Toy Fair showcases the year’s biggest toy trends. Mattel (MAT) easily had one of the largest booths at Toy Fair 2017.
The coolest tech toys from Toy Fair 2017
'Horizon: Zero Dawn' Review: Combat and storytelling shine in spectacular sci-fi epic‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’ is a gorgeous game with a familiar gameplay style and addictive story. Indeed, Sony and developer Guerilla Games couldn’t have fared much better in the run-up to the release of the Sony (SNE) PS4 exclusive, “Horizon: Zero Dawn.” A darling at trade shows like E3 and Gamescom, ”Horizon’s” dirt-meets-metal, futuristic take on prehistory managed to capture the imagination of even stodgy gamers. This is an open-world epic that borrows from the past in the best ways possible: a smidgen of “Shadow of Mordor,” a dash of “Far Cry,” a teaspoon of “Assassin’s Creed,” a shot of “Tomb Raider,” maybe a whiff of “The Witcher,” all jammed together and wrapped in a setting literally centuries ahead of the rote sci-fi hooey most games foist off as a plot.
'Horizon: Zero Dawn' Review: Combat and storytelling shine in spectacular sci-fi epic
Everything we know about the next iPhone so farApple’s (AAPL) next iPhone is going to be a huge product for the tech company. In other words, Apple is going to have to overdeliver on its next-generation iPhone. The phone needs to bring new features, an updated look and, above all, offer even iPhone 7 owners a reason to upgrade to the new phone.
Everything we know about the next iPhone so far
Wireless carriers are fighting for your cash, and that’s good newsOver the past week, the four big US wireless carriers have made two things clear: They’re easily spooked, and competition works. From Feb. 12 through Feb. 17, a cascading series of rate cuts and service-plan liberalizations have seen the price of unlimited data plans tumble from a high of infinity to, at worst, $100. The pricing battle started when Verizon (VZ) made a surprise announcement on Feb. 12 saying the company would start selling unlimited data plans for $80 for a single line without the kind of video streaming and hotspot limits T-Mobile (TMUS) imposed on its $70 unlimited plan.
Wireless carriers are fighting for your cash, and that’s good news
The $450 Analogue Nt mini brings new life to old-school NES gamesThe Analogue Nt mini lets you play your old Nintendo games, but for a steep price. Nintendo (NTDOY, NTDOF) might be looking to the future with its upcoming Switch console, but its fans can’t get enough of the company’s past. Case in point: the NES Classic Edition, a $60 plug-and-play unit that quickly became the holiday’s must-have gaming toy.
The $450 Analogue Nt mini brings new life to old-school NES games
The world's smallest USB-C laptop charger—I'm in loveThis might sound a little odd, but my favorite gadget of this young year is a laptop power adapter.
The world's smallest USB-C laptop charger—I'm in love
Politics
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:28
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Nigel Farage, the man behind Brexit, says he’ll be ‘useful’ to TrumpNigel Farage, the fiery advocate of the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom, tells Yahoo News he is expecting to play “quite a useful role” for the Trump administration — as a salesman for the White House agenda to British and European audiences. “When ISIS says they will use the refugee crisis to flood our country with their terrorists, we ought to take that seriously,” Farage said.
Nigel Farage, the man behind Brexit, says he’ll be ‘useful’ to Trump
Donna Brazile’s emotional farewell to DNC: ‘We came up short. I will not sugarcoat it.’Party leaders sought to inspire hundreds of delegates at the annual winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, trying out different messages for the party going forward, after its staggering losses in 2016. Saturday morning, the DNC will vote on its next chair, and there’s currently a close race between former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. Donna Brazile, who took over as interim DNC chair after Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ouster last July, launched into an emotional defense of the party and urged delegates to be unified.
Donna Brazile’s emotional farewell to DNC: ‘We came up short. I will not sugarcoat it.’
What, no zombies? At conservative confab, NRA’s LaPierre lists threats to civilization, starting with the mediaWhat do the mainstream media, liberal protesters, violent criminals, Mexican drug cartels and potential terrorists have in common? LaPierre painted a grim picture of the current political climate during the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on Friday.
What, no zombies? At conservative confab, NRA’s LaPierre lists threats to civilization, starting with the media
Paris mayor hits back after Trump calls her city unsafeParis Mayor Anne Hidalgo had an amusing response to how President Trump characterized the French capital during a Friday speech.
Paris mayor hits back after Trump calls her city unsafe
Donald Trump’s latest attack on the media was riddled with blatant contradictionsPresident Donald Trump began his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday with a lengthy rant railing against what he dubbed the “fake news.” After weeks of bad headlines, Trump suggested the “dishonest media” falsified stories about issues in his administration by using made-up sources. “And I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It’s fake! Phony! Fake!” Trump said.
Donald Trump’s latest attack on the media was riddled with blatant contradictions
Brexit leader Nigel Farage: 2016 was start of global populist revolutionBritish politician Nigel Farage heralded 2016 as the beginning of global populist revolution during a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. In a speech titled “Brexit and What it Means for the World,” Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), said that future schoolchildren would study 2016 as the dawn of a new political era — ushered in by the so-called Brexit referendum in the U.K. and the election of President Trump in the U.S. “There is one year that every schoolchild will know, and that year is the year of 2016, because in 2016 we witnessed the beginning of a global political revolution and it’s one that is not going to stop.
Brexit leader Nigel Farage: 2016 was start of global populist revolution
Hillary Clinton calls for ‘resistance and persistence’ from DemocratsIn a video released Friday, Hillary Clinton encouraged Democrats to “move forward with courage, confidence and optimism” as the party prepares to rebuild after losing the White House and failing to gain majorities in either house of Congress in the November elections. The three-minute video was posted online shortly after it was greeted with applause at a Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta, Ga. The DNC will choose new party leaders, including a new chairperson, on Saturday. Although Clinton has mostly stayed out of the spotlight since her stunning election loss to Donald Trump, lately she has started to speak out more pointedly via her Twitter account.
Hillary Clinton calls for ‘resistance and persistence’ from Democrats
Scenes from CPAC 2017Conservatives are smiling this week at an annual convention in Washington, celebrating President Trump’s win, but beneath the surface lurk tensions central to how Republicans will govern in the next two years andto the 2018 election outlook. At the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference, once a fringe event that is now decidedly in the Republican mainstream, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to help fire up an estimated 10,000 activists in attendance. Known as CPAC, the event is being held at a new MGM resort and casino located in Maryland, just outside Washington. So Trump, a former casino developer, should feel at home, despite certain unresolved differences with many of his hosts over issues such as trade, taxes and small government.
Scenes from CPAC 2017
Emboldened by Trump, Republicans aim to halve legal immigrationTom Cotton, R-Ark., left, and David Perdue, R-Ga., speak to the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill Feb. 7. While much of the media has been focused on the administration’s campaign against illegal immigration, a rising star among Senate Republicans, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, has been pursuing a parallel agenda: a bill to cut legal immigration in half, an idea long considered toxic in Washington but whose time may be coming around. Perhaps no one in Washington was happier to hear the news than Roy Beck, a cheerful 68-year-old former reporter who founded the anti-immigration group NumbersUSA, and has been waiting for a moment like this for 20 years.
Emboldened by Trump, Republicans aim to halve legal immigration
Resistance Report: Activists holding town halls with cardboard cutout, empty suits — Gabby Giffords tells GOP to ‘have some courage’Former Rep. Gabby Giffords speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, in this July 27, 2016 photo. Holding town halls with Flat Marco, a cardboard cutout, is just the latest in a series of creative measures progressive activists have taken to shame reluctant members of Congress into holding town halls and draw media attention to their concerns.
Resistance Report: Activists holding town halls with cardboard cutout, empty suits — Gabby Giffords tells GOP to ‘have some courage’
Trump bashes FBI for being ‘totally unable’ to stop leaksPresident Trump is interviewed by Reuters in the Oval Office Feb. 23. President Trump said the FBI is “totally unable” to crack down on U.S. government employees who plan to leak sensitive information to the media. The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security "leakers" that have permeated our government for a long time.
Trump bashes FBI for being ‘totally unable’ to stop leaks
U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians fleeU.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive Islamic State from the western half of the city. Elite Counter Terrorism forces advanced from the southwestern side and entered the Ghozlani army base along with the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun
U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians flee
Last stand for Standing RockProtesters opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline braced for a showdown with authorities as some vowed to defy Wednesday’s deadline to abandon the camp they have occupied for months to halt the project. President Trump has pushed for the completion of the multibillion-dollar pipeline since he took office last month, despite objections from Native Americans and environmental activists who say it threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set a deadline of Wednesday afternoon for protesters to leave the Oceti Sakowin camp.
Last stand for Standing Rock
Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health careVice President Mike Pence dismissed concerns Thursday about the pace of Republican plans to repeal and replace the health care law passed by Democrats under President Barack Obama, promising an “orderly transition” to a new system. It was the only comment by Pence in a 20-minute speech that went beyond boilerplate rhetoric and touched on challenges facing the new administration.
Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health care
Trumpism versus conservatism at CPACNATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — “Conservatism” will be supplanted by “Trumpism” when the president speaks Friday at the annual gathering of right-wing activists known as CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference — Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway predicted Thursday. “This will be TPAC when he’s here, no doubt,” Conway quipped.
Trumpism versus conservatism at CPAC
Sports
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:28
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Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic GamesJust days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. The AP’s survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio’s Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.
Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games
The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA FinalsThis evening is Game 1 of the NBA Finals, where the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will once again face off, and each team has a very stylish roster.
The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA Finals
How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike"Mechanical doping" made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.​
How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike
Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two months after Stabler — has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma. The New York Times reports that well over 100 football players, including several Pro Football Hall of Famers, have CTE so far.
Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?
Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing BallerinaWith a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.” 
Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina
Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival TeenA cheering coach lost her job after allegedly tripping a cheerleader. Video shows the cheerleader backflipping and Teresa Fann sticking a leg out to stop her.
Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival Teen
World's Longest Bicycle Spans 117-Feet—Half a City Block!Clear the streets! Dutch cycling group Mijl Van Mares Werkploeg just broke the 2016 world record for longest bicycle.  At a whopping 117 feet long, the bike stretches half a city block and spans farther than the word’s longest limo, at 100 feet long. Per Guinness World Record’s requirements, it has just two wheels and is actually operable. The bike stretches half a city block. (Photo: Guinness World Records) In the video, Mara Montalbano shows us how it rides.
World's Longest Bicycle Spans 117-Feet—Half a City Block!
Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at Sports“In business, you either close a deal or you don’t — and if you don’t, you can’t just say, ‘Well, everybody tried hard, right?’” Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.
Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at Sports
Study Finds Benefit of CheerleadingCould cheerleading be the most progressive sport in terms of gender roles? New research from the University of East Anglia indicates that the traditionally female-centered activity can help participants of both sexes challenge stereotypes about girls in sports. The study, which was published in the journal Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, tracked the growing popularity of cheerleading in the U.K. and focused on the members of four cheerleading teams. “The participants in our study talked about flipping gender norms in cheerleading,” Dr. Amy Pressland, a co-author of the study, tells Yahoo Parenting.
Study Finds Benefit of Cheerleading
Novak Djokovic’s Inspiring Dad Comments: How Being a Parent Heightens Happy MomentsNovak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer to claim the U.S. Open title on Sunday, says parenthood has made him a better player. Since then, the tennis champ has credited fatherhood with improving his game.
Novak Djokovic’s Inspiring Dad Comments: How Being a Parent Heightens Happy Moments
Little League Team’s Heartwarming Last Act for Dad and His SonGary Parrish, center, died on Thursday of liver cancer. Gary Parrish was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and metastasis to the liver in June. STORY: Late Dad Makes Stunning Appearance in Photo With Widow, Baby When this year’s baseball season started, 11-year-old Ryan Parrish’s coach, Caison Whatley, who also coached him last season, noticed the boy was unusually distracted. He’s got a whole lot more on his mind than we could ever have,” Whatley told WSFA.
Little League Team’s Heartwarming Last Act for Dad and His Son
What We Can Learn About Sibling Rivalry From Serena and Venus WilliamsSerena and Venus Williams share a hug after Serena’s victory over her big sister on Tuesday night. (Photo: Corbis Images) After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus on Tuesday night in a competitive three-set U.S. Open quarterfinals match, the two met at the net and embraced. Venus, the older Williams sibling, whispered to her sister: “I’m so happy for you.”
What We Can Learn About Sibling Rivalry From Serena and Venus Williams
Michael Sam Makes Up With Dad Who Criticized Him for Being GayFormer NFL player Michael Sam, who had been estranged from his father since coming out as gay in February 2014, tweeted this week that the two have spoken for the first time since then. (Photo: Getty Images) When former NFL player Michael Sam announced to the world that he was gay back in February 2014, he was largely praised for his bravery and honesty by fellow players, various celebrities, the NFL, and ESPN — pretty much everyone, it seemed, except his father, Michael Sam Sr., who was quoted at the time as saying, “I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” STORY: NFL Dad Sends Powerful Message by Confiscating Kids’ ‘Trophies for Nothing’ Shortly after, Sam discussed his estrangement from his dad during a segment of Dancing With the Stars, while he was a contestant.
Michael Sam Makes Up With Dad Who Criticized Him for Being Gay
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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:28
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White House rips Trump health pick over stock dealOutgoing White House press secretary Josh Earnest tore into President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for health and human services secretary, Georgia Rep. Tom Price, amid a report that the Republican congressman bought stock in a medical company, then introduced legislation that would have directly benefited the company. “This is a very narrow, specific company that dealt with implants— hip and knee — and the legislation specifically affects implants.
White House rips Trump health pick over stock deal
Being denied an abortion more harmful to a woman’s mental health than having one: StudyPlanned Parenthood supporters rally for women’s access to reproductive health care on “National Pink Out Day” at Los Angeles City Hall. Brittany Sherwood was only 15 when she had an abortion after becoming pregnant the first time she ever engaged in sex. “Looking back, I’m proud of myself for having the insight to know that I wouldnever be able to give up the child for adoption following a pregnancy and birth,” said Sherwood, who is now a mental health nurse practitioner in southern Florida.
Being denied an abortion more harmful to a woman’s mental health than having one: Study
Illegal midwives and border babies: The determined fight for home birth in AlabamaAshley Loper, 27, is in the throes of labor.
Illegal midwives and border babies: The determined fight for home birth in Alabama
‘What Kind of Mother Is 8 Months Pregnant and Wants an Abortion?’Kate, already mom to one daughter,  terminated her second pregnancy at 36 weeks. She named the daughter she lost Rose. (Photo: Rosanna U/Getty Images)
‘What Kind of Mother Is 8 Months Pregnant and Wants an Abortion?’
New Trump ad attacks Clinton's healthDonald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that “the shackles have been taken off” his campaign — a thinly veiled threat suggesting that the final 28 days of the presidential race will be filled with personal attacks. Hillary Clinton failed every single time as secretary of state. The 30-second spot, titled “Dangerous,” then cuts to clips of Clinton coughing on the stump and being helped up the stairs and into her van.
New Trump ad attacks Clinton's health
Dr. Oz on Trump interview: ’I’m not going to ask him questions he doesn’t want to have answered’Trump will appear on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Thursday. When Donald Trump appears on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Thursday, the Republican nominee will reveal “his own personal health regimen,” according to a press release. Just don’t expect him to reveal the results of his recent physical — and don’t expect anyprobing from Dr. Mehmet Oz, the show’s host.
Dr. Oz on Trump interview: ’I’m not going to ask him questions he doesn’t want to have answered’
Trump on Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis: ‘I hope she gets well soon’Donald Trump declined to attack Hillary Clinton’s health, a day after the Democratic nominee’s campaign revealed that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia. “I hope she gets well soon,” the Republican nominee said on “Fox &Friends” Monday. Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 memorial service in Lower Manhattan on Sunday, and a video taken by an onlooker appeared to show Clinton wobbling as she was helped into her van.
Trump on Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis: ‘I hope she gets well soon’
Rudy Giuliani says Hillary Clinton has a secret illness. His supposed proof? Online videos.Rudy Giuliani has joined the chorus of Donald Trump supporters peddling conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health. “She doesn’t need to campaign,” the former New York City mayor, who has emerged as one of the Republican nominee’s most visible surrogates, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “She has the New York Times, she has the [New York] Daily News, she has ABC, she has CBS, she has NBC.
Rudy Giuliani says Hillary Clinton has a secret illness. His supposed proof? Online videos.
Outraged Citizens Say This Gym’s Campaign Is Fat ShamingFit4Less gym, in the U.K., has found itself in the midst of a controversy over one of its billboards. The gym’s ad upset people because it mentions “fat” people.
Outraged Citizens Say This Gym’s Campaign Is Fat Shaming
What a Guy Who Doesn’t Shower Can Teach Your Kid About CleanlinessThis article originally appeared it Fatherly:
What a Guy Who Doesn’t Shower Can Teach Your Kid About Cleanliness
Dad of Sick Baby Warns of Devastating Consequences of Not Washing HandsA father “almost lost” his baby daughter to the über-contagious Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and is warning others about the dangers of not washing hands.
Dad of Sick Baby Warns of Devastating Consequences of Not Washing Hands
‘World’s Heaviest Teenager’ Finally Walks After Dropping 700 Lbs.At his highest weight, Khaled Mohsen Al Shaeri weighed 1,345 lbs. and hadn’t left his bed for three years. In 2013, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia ordered that he be hospitalized for treatment. Since then, Shaeri — now in his early 20s — has lost 700 lbs., and anew video, posted to YouTube Tuesday (garnering almost 48,000 views), shows him walking for the first time in years. 
‘World’s Heaviest Teenager’ Finally Walks After Dropping 700 Lbs.
Teen’s Joyful ‘I Beat Cancer’ Announcement Strikes a ChordA teen’s announcement on Facebook that he is cancer-free has captured the attention of thousands of people. Jacob Munoz’s mom Yvette posted a photo on the Facebook page she created for her son, Jacob’s Fight, showing a beaming Jacob holding a handmade sign that read: “I am cancer free. Thank you Jesus.” The post has received more than 30,000 likes, over 3,000 shares, and more than 4,000 comments.
Teen’s Joyful ‘I Beat Cancer’ Announcement Strikes a Chord
Toddler ‘Lucky to Be Alive’ After Battery ‘Burned’ Through Her LungMom Clare Skill said her two-year-old daughter Sophie was playing at home when she noticed that something was wrong. Sophie went from agitated to crying excessively while holding the back of her neck. “She was so distressed, and I just knew she had swallowed something,” Skill told the Huffington Post U.K Monday. “My heart was beating so fast.”
Toddler ‘Lucky to Be Alive’ After Battery ‘Burned’ Through Her Lung
Is Preschool Depression Something Parents Should Worry About?Do three-year-olds actually get depressed?
Is Preschool Depression Something Parents Should Worry About?
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Resistance Report: Tom Cotton’s master class in holding a town hallON THE TOWN. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas held a town hall for the ages in Springdale, Ark., Wednesday night, drawing pointed questions from an Obamacare supporter, a Lutheran pastor, a descendent of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a 7-year-old boy.
Resistance Report: Tom Cotton’s master class in holding a town hall
Kellyanne Conway touts ‘conservative feminism’ at CPACAddressing the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway promoted herself as a model for an alternative to modern, progressive feminism. “I look at myself as a product of my choices, not as a victim of my circumstances, and that’s what conservative feminism is all about,” Conway said.
Kellyanne Conway touts ‘conservative feminism’ at CPAC
Shooting of 2 Indians in US bar sends shock waves in IndiaHYDERABAD, India (AP) — The shooting of two Indians in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar has sent shock waves through their hometowns, and India's government is rushing diplomats to monitor progress in the investigation into the crime.
Shooting of 2 Indians in US bar sends shock waves in India
China continues 'steady pattern' of S.China Sea militarization: expertsRecent satellite imagery appears to show China is completing structures intended to house surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) on a series of artificial islands in the South China Sea, a Washington think-tank said Thursday. According to images published by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, the structures are being installed on Fiery Cross Reef, Mischief Reef and Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands. The AMTI, which is part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said China appears to have begun construction on the buildings between late September and early November 2016.
China continues 'steady pattern' of S.China Sea militarization: experts
Scientists discover 7 earth-size planets with possible life orbiting starNASA announced the discovery of the most Earth-size planets found in the habitable zone of a single star. The dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, was discovered in 2008.
Scientists discover 7 earth-size planets with possible life orbiting star
Activist heroically flies over barricade to seize Confederate flagBy climbing a flagpole outside the South Carolina's statehouse, Bree Newsome practically wrote the modern book on removing Confederate flags from public spaces. Apparently, not everyone read that book, so now we have a sequel. Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin d'Baha was arrested on Wednesday in South Carolina after epically leaping over a police tape barricade to snatch a Confederate flag out of a protestor's hand. Since it took place directly behind a CBS newscast, the stunning moment aired on live TV — the cameraman followed d'Baha as he quickly ran across the shot.  SEE ALSO: How Black Lives Matter made the leap from social media to social action Check out the unbelievable moment here. Protester jumps barricade and attempts to get Confederate flag from man #chsnews pic.twitter.com/hTBql8qS9Z — Ray Rivera (@RayRiveraLive5) February 22, 2017 The flagwas held by a member of the South Carolina Secessionist Party, protesting outside of the College of Charleston's Sottile Theatre, at an event featuring Newsome, an African-American activist, filmmaker and one of the driving forces behind the South Carolina state government's decision to permanently remove the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds. D'Baha was counter-protesting the demonstration when he dove over the police tape, and is now being lauded on Twitter for his remarkable act of resistance. This is Muhiyidin d’Baha, a #blacklivesmatter organizer and, like Bree Newsome, a #RoleModel and #hero. Conviction and courage in action. https://t.co/UgZ3ZVfWs5 — Donald Deeley (@DonaldJDeeley) February 23, 2017 @RayRiveraLive5 Somebody give that young man a medal. He's definitely doing great work. — JL Sigman (@JLSigman) February 23, 2017 That's the shit right there. No place for the confederate flag to be used like that in the US nowadays. We live in 2017, not 1862. https://t.co/uGDpCj2sDX — Jeff (@Vivalawino) February 23, 2017 the guy snatching the confederate flag is a hero, he didn't deserve to be arrested — ️ (@PRINCESSYIXING) February 23, 2017 Not all heroes wear capes @RayRiveraLive5https://t.co/2uw64XNBTu — Melanin God™ (@TrueTashan) February 23, 2017 D'Baha, our new personal hero, was arrested after his leap for justice, and reportedly charged with disorderly conduct by the Charleston Police Department.  Advocacy group Showing Up For Racial Justice Charleston has set up  a crowdfunding page to raise money for d'Baha's bail, already garnering over $12,000 of their $12,500 goal. D'Baha, you are an inspiration to us all. We leave you with this perfect tweet. @RayRiveraLive5 Racist's worst nightmare coming true. "My God, it's happening," he thinks as a flying black activist appears out of nowhere — Olivia Rodricks (@olivia_rodricks) February 23, 2017 BONUS: Trevor Noah has a lesson on how to talk to conservatives
Activist heroically flies over barricade to seize Confederate flag
GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned downOLATHE, Kan. (AP) — GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters — a largely white Kansas City suburb — didn't reflect it.
GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned down
‘Truly heartbroken’: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66Fox News host Sean Hannity paid tribute to his longtime friend and colleague Alan Colmes on Thursday after the liberal commentator’s death at 66. According to a statement released by his family, Colmes passed away Thursday morning after a brief illness and leaves behind his wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley. Hannity and Colmes rose to national prominence as co-hosts of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity &Colmes,” which ran from 1996 until 2009.
‘Truly heartbroken’: Sean Hannity honors longtime friend Alan Colmes after death at 66
France Is Training Eagles to Take Down Terrorist DronesThe latest tool in ISIS's armory could soon be foiled by an original aerial ace.
France Is Training Eagles to Take Down Terrorist Drones
Bin Laden raid architect McRaven says Trump media attack threatens democracyThe retired admiral who designed and oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden says President Trump’s superheated charge that the mainstream news media is the “enemy of the American people” is not just wrong, but also could pose a dire threat to American democracy. “The president said the news media is the enemy of the American people,” William McRaven said Tuesday. The former Joint Special Operations Command leader, now chancellor of the University of Texas system, made the remarks at the inaugural event of the Communication and Leadership Speaker Series at UT’s Belo Center for New Media.
Bin Laden raid architect McRaven says Trump media attack threatens democracy
Wonder-ful news: 13-year-old girl wins Supreme Court decision over service dogYou may have seen photos of a young girl and her goldendoodle Wonder on the steps of the Supreme Court on social media, so who is she and why is she smiling? On Wednesday, the Supreme Court unanimously sided with Fry, which may allow her to sue her local school board for damages for the emotional distress she said she suffered by being denied the assistance of her service dog. “The school district had decided that Wonder wasn’t necessary,” Stacy Fry, Ehlena’s mother, told Yahoo News.
Wonder-ful news: 13-year-old girl wins Supreme Court decision over service dog
Florida Police Officer Charged With ManslaughterThe officer had shot and killed a 73-year-old woman during a public demonstration in August.
Florida Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter
Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open governmentATLANTA (AP) — When Nydia Tisdale turned her camera on a north Georgia city council meeting, the mayor ordered her to stop recording and had a police officer forcibly remove her and the camera.
Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open government
Pakistan says gas leak, not bomb, behind Lahore blastAn explosion that killed seven people and caused panic in the Pakistani city of Lahore was caused by a gas leak and not a bomb as police had earlier stated, officials said Friday. It was not caused by explosives or a result of terrorism," Punjab provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah said Friday. Thursday's explosion sent panic through Lahore, where reports of a second blast were quickly debunked.
Pakistan says gas leak, not bomb, behind Lahore blast
Reince Priebus rejects Steve Bannon's touch in awkward TV momentSorry, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus doesn't want to hold your hand.  In a delightful moment broadcast from a Feb. 23 CPAC event, Bannon reached out for a brief moment of human connection only to have his advances sort of... swatted away? By Chief of Staff Priebus.  SEE ALSO: Sorry, Steve Bannon, Jake Tapper isn't going to "shut up" because you told him to It's five seconds long, but people are already latching on to this little incident.  @KJAlvarado124 @UndergroundSch2 Not in public, people are watching. pic.twitter.com/hcV7SDAnto — Meredith (@itsmeMereW) February 23, 2017 Although new fan fiction is probably already in the works, for politics-slash-romance fans. @KJAlvarado124 @awzurcher pic.twitter.com/bV5319Pv3e —Katja (@Lionkatja) February 23, 2017 Evidence of some past Priebus-approved physical contact has come to light. @KJAlvarado124 @david_rees counterpoint: https://t.co/Ype7ltUIDb — Chris Svenningsen (@hmmwhatsthis) February 23, 2017 We hope whatever's going on, they work it out soon, but if they want to keep giving us incredible gifs like this one... Your call, gentlemen.  Oops. #CPAC2017 pic.twitter.com/kaaKP6JHQI — The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) February 23, 2017 BONUS: 56-hour groundbreaking face transplant surgery gives man a new face
Reince Priebus rejects Steve Bannon's touch in awkward TV moment
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Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new depositsNearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository.
Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new deposits
NASA's Jupiter-circling spacecraft stuck making long lapsNASA's Jupiter-circling spacecraft is stuck making long laps because of sticky valves
NASA's Jupiter-circling spacecraft stuck making long laps
Agriculture heads indoors with new farming startup Bowery FarmingThe term "farmer's tan" may soon lose all significance -- not because farming is going anywhere, but rather, because it's going inside. A startup called Bowery Farming has caught the intention of investors and food experts alike.
Agriculture heads indoors with new farming startup Bowery Farming
Scientists train bumblebees to score goals with tiny footballs for treatsBumblebees have been trained to move tiny footballs to score goals in order to get a reward. "We wanted to explore the cognitive limits of bumblebees by testing whether they could use a non-natural object in a task likely never encountered before by any individual in the evolutionary history of bees," said Dr Clint Perry, joint lead author of the study published in Science. The team, from Queen Mary University of London, was building on previous research that showed how bumblebees could complete a range of cognitive tasks but these were all closely related to their natural foraging behaviour.
Scientists train bumblebees to score goals with tiny footballs for treats
Spain to cull 17,000 ducks as bird flu hitsMore than 17,000 ducks will be culled in Spain after a highly contagious bird flu strain that has affected poultry throughout Europe was detected at a farm, authorities said Thursday. The virus found in Catalonia is H5N8, said Meritxell Serret, in charge of agriculture in the northeastern region -- the same one that has seen hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese slaughtered in France's southwest. Up until now, the virus had only been detected in Spain in three wild animals.
Spain to cull 17,000 ducks as bird flu hits
Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M peopleDENVER (AP) — Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say.
Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M people
Study: Accuracy of voice biometrics can diminish as we ageResearchers at fraud-detection firm Pindrop presented new research at RSA last week that shows our voice’s speed and pitch changes enough over the years that it may cause voice biometrics systems to fail.
Study: Accuracy of voice biometrics can diminish as we age
Why 3D Printing and Biotech Will Be Good Bets in 2017Organovo and BioVie are 2 microcap biotechs doing well
Why 3D Printing and Biotech Will Be Good Bets in 2017
Let Professor Einstein challenge your brainLearn and test your brain with Professor Einstein.
Let Professor Einstein challenge your brain
World View shows off its HQ and Stratollite platform for near-space balloon missionsWorld View Enterprises declared its Tucson headquarters and its hybrid balloon technology to be ready for prime time today, in the wake of a pathfinder mission that captured satellite-type imagery from a stratospheric height of nearly 77,000 feet. “This technology, sending high-altitude balloons up into the stratosphere, has essentially at this point, with the opening of this building, opened an entire new world of business and aviation,” said former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, World View’s director of flight crew operations. World View CEO Jane Poynter said the key to the technology is the ability to control the company’s uncrewed “Stratollites”… Read More
World View shows off its HQ and Stratollite platform for near-space balloon missions
Happy Feet meets T-Rex: Penguins in the age of dinosA giant penguin foot-bone discovered in New Zealand shows that the ancestors of everyone's favourite flightless bird waddled Earth during the age of dinosaurs, researchers reported Thursday. The new find, unearthed by an amateur fossil hunter near the Waipara River in New Zealand, does not by itself prove penguin-dinosaur cohabitation. "The two penguins -– from exactly the same locality -- are morphologically quite different," said Gerald Mayr, an ornithologist at Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, and lead author of a study unveiling the discovery.
Happy Feet meets T-Rex: Penguins in the age of dinos
Life Expectancy in South Korea May Reach 90 by 2030Life expectancy is expected to rise in many countries around the world, but in the United States, that increase is predicted to be smaller than in other countries, a new study finds. In the study, published today (Feb. 21) in the journal The Lancet, researchers predicted what the average life expectancies will be in 35 countries for people born in the year 2030. The greatest increases in life expectancies over their present levels were predicted for girls born in South Korea and boys born in Hungary, the researchers found.
Life Expectancy in South Korea May Reach 90 by 2030
Boeing's Charleston Plant Enters a New Age as It Turns Out the First 787-10Boeing's plant in Charleston, S.C., just had the most dramatic week in its history.
Boeing's Charleston Plant Enters a New Age as It Turns Out the First 787-10
A Mysterious Blob Has Washed Up On A Beach In The PhilippinesA giant, hairy blob has washed up on a beach in the Philippines, baffling local residents. The mysterious beast beached after a deadly earthquake struck the region on Sunday, causing a number of strange creatures to come ashore. Some suggested it looked like a huge Shitzu, or even an Appa, a fiction character from the animated TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender.
A Mysterious Blob Has Washed Up On A Beach In The Philippines
Scientists Taught Bees to Play Football to Gain an Insight into Their BrainsAfter several observations, each real bee we tested picked up how to solve the task and no longer needed demonstrations. One group of bees watched another previously trained bee move the ball to the center. A second group of bees observed the ball moving to the center “by itself” (we actually used a magnet under the platform to move the ball).
Scientists Taught Bees to Play Football to Gain an Insight into Their Brains
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Resistance Report: Tom Cotton’s master class in holding a town hallON THE TOWN. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas held a town hall for the ages in Springdale, Ark., Wednesday night, drawing pointed questions from an Obamacare supporter, a Lutheran pastor, a descendent of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a 7-year-old boy.
Resistance Report: Tom Cotton’s master class in holding a town hall
Kellyanne Conway touts ‘conservative feminism’ at CPACAddressing the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway promoted herself as a model for an alternative to modern, progressive feminism. “I look at myself as a product of my choices, not as a victim of my circumstances, and that’s what conservative feminism is all about,” Conway said.
Kellyanne Conway touts ‘conservative feminism’ at CPAC
GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned downOLATHE, Kan. (AP) — GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters — a largely white Kansas City suburb — didn't reflect it.
GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned down
China continues 'steady pattern' of S.China Sea militarization: expertsRecent satellite imagery appears to show China is completing structures intended to house surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) on a series of artificial islands in the South China Sea, a Washington think-tank said Thursday. According to images published by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, the structures are being installed on Fiery Cross Reef, Mischief Reef and Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands. The AMTI, which is part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said China appears to have begun construction on the buildings between late September and early November 2016.
China continues 'steady pattern' of S.China Sea militarization: experts
Florida Police Officer Charged With ManslaughterThe officer had shot and killed a 73-year-old woman during a public demonstration in August.
Florida Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter
U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians fleeU.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive Islamic State from the western half of the city. Elite Counter Terrorism forces advanced from the southwestern side and entered the Ghozlani army base along with the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun
U.S.-backed offensive pounds Islamic State in western Mosul as civilians flee
Scientists discover 7 earth-size planets with possible life orbiting starNASA announced the discovery of the most Earth-size planets found in the habitable zone of a single star. The dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, was discovered in 2008.
Scientists discover 7 earth-size planets with possible life orbiting star
Activist heroically flies over barricade to seize Confederate flagBy climbing a flagpole outside the South Carolina's statehouse, Bree Newsome practically wrote the modern book on removing Confederate flags from public spaces. Apparently, not everyone read that book, so now we have a sequel. Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin d'Baha was arrested on Wednesday in South Carolina after epically leaping over a police tape barricade to snatch a Confederate flag out of a protestor's hand. Since it took place directly behind a CBS newscast, the stunning moment aired on live TV — the cameraman followed d'Baha as he quickly ran across the shot.  SEE ALSO: How Black Lives Matter made the leap from social media to social action Check out the unbelievable moment here. Protester jumps barricade and attempts to get Confederate flag from man #chsnews pic.twitter.com/hTBql8qS9Z — Ray Rivera (@RayRiveraLive5) February 22, 2017 The flagwas held by a member of the South Carolina Secessionist Party, protesting outside of the College of Charleston's Sottile Theatre, at an event featuring Newsome, an African-American activist, filmmaker and one of the driving forces behind the South Carolina state government's decision to permanently remove the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds. D'Baha was counter-protesting the demonstration when he dove over the police tape, and is now being lauded on Twitter for his remarkable act of resistance. This is Muhiyidin d’Baha, a #blacklivesmatter organizer and, like Bree Newsome, a #RoleModel and #hero. Conviction and courage in action. https://t.co/UgZ3ZVfWs5 — Donald Deeley (@DonaldJDeeley) February 23, 2017 @RayRiveraLive5 Somebody give that young man a medal. He's definitely doing great work. — JL Sigman (@JLSigman) February 23, 2017 That's the shit right there. No place for the confederate flag to be used like that in the US nowadays. We live in 2017, not 1862. https://t.co/uGDpCj2sDX — Jeff (@Vivalawino) February 23, 2017 the guy snatching the confederate flag is a hero, he didn't deserve to be arrested — ️ (@PRINCESSYIXING) February 23, 2017 Not all heroes wear capes @RayRiveraLive5https://t.co/2uw64XNBTu — Melanin God™ (@TrueTashan) February 23, 2017 D'Baha, our new personal hero, was arrested after his leap for justice, and reportedly charged with disorderly conduct by the Charleston Police Department.  Advocacy group Showing Up For Racial Justice Charleston has set up  a crowdfunding page to raise money for d'Baha's bail, already garnering over $12,000 of their $12,500 goal. D'Baha, you are an inspiration to us all. We leave you with this perfect tweet. @RayRiveraLive5 Racist's worst nightmare coming true. "My God, it's happening," he thinks as a flying black activist appears out of nowhere — Olivia Rodricks (@olivia_rodricks) February 23, 2017 BONUS: Trevor Noah has a lesson on how to talk to conservatives
Activist heroically flies over barricade to seize Confederate flag
Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open governmentATLANTA (AP) — When Nydia Tisdale turned her camera on a north Georgia city council meeting, the mayor ordered her to stop recording and had a police officer forcibly remove her and the camera.
Georgia woman wages single-handed fight for open government
Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health careVice President Mike Pence dismissed concerns Thursday about the pace of Republican plans to repeal and replace the health care law passed by Democrats under President Barack Obama, promising an “orderly transition” to a new system. It was the only comment by Pence in a 20-minute speech that went beyond boilerplate rhetoric and touched on challenges facing the new administration.
Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health care
Bin Laden raid architect McRaven says Trump media attack threatens democracyThe retired admiral who designed and oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden says President Trump’s superheated charge that the mainstream news media is the “enemy of the American people” is not just wrong, but also could pose a dire threat to American democracy. “The president said the news media is the enemy of the American people,” William McRaven said Tuesday. The former Joint Special Operations Command leader, now chancellor of the University of Texas system, made the remarks at the inaugural event of the Communication and Leadership Speaker Series at UT’s Belo Center for New Media.
Bin Laden raid architect McRaven says Trump media attack threatens democracy
White House accused of picking media favoritesPresident Donald Trump's White House barred several major US media outlets from a daily press briefing Friday, raising accusations of favoritism. The White House excluded some outlets that have provided critical coverage like CNN and the New York Times from an off-camera event that replaced the traditional on-camera daily briefing. Much smaller conservative outlets like the One America News Network that have provided favorable coverage did attend.
White House accused of picking media favorites
France Is Training Eagles to Take Down Terrorist DronesThe latest tool in ISIS's armory could soon be foiled by an original aerial ace.
France Is Training Eagles to Take Down Terrorist Drones
Illinois state worker union members approve strike if neededIllinois could face a shutdown of its state government after its biggest labor union representing state workers said on Thursday its members overwhelmingly voted in favor of a strike. Just over 80 percent of members voted in favor of allowing the union's bargaining committee to call a strike if "no other path forward can be found" in reaching a new contract with the state, said Roberta Lynch, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31. The union's 38,000 members, who include prison guards, healthcare providers for veterans and the disabled, child welfare investigators, state highway workers and others, have been without a contract since July 2015.
Illinois state worker union members approve strike if needed
Wonder-ful news: 13-year-old girl wins Supreme Court decision over service dogYou may have seen photos of a young girl and her goldendoodle Wonder on the steps of the Supreme Court on social media, so who is she and why is she smiling? On Wednesday, the Supreme Court unanimously sided with Fry, which may allow her to sue her local school board for damages for the emotional distress she said she suffered by being denied the assistance of her service dog. “The school district had decided that Wonder wasn’t necessary,” Stacy Fry, Ehlena’s mother, told Yahoo News.
Wonder-ful news: 13-year-old girl wins Supreme Court decision over service dog
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