Woman shot by police in London counterterror operation

April 28, 2017

London (CNN)A woman was shot by police Thursday evening “during an ongoing counterterrorism investigation,” according to London’s Metropolitan Police. Police also said it was unrelated to an earlier arrest near the British parliament, where officers detained a man armed with knives on suspicion of planning a terror attack. The injured woman, who is in her 20s, was taken to hospital, where she remains under police guard. She has not yet…

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An unusually large number of humpback whales died last year

April 28, 2017

(CNN)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched an investigation Thursday into a large number of humpback whale deaths from Maine to North Carolina. The agency declared the deaths an unusual mortality event, the first one observed in humpback whales in nearly a decade. An unusual mortality event (UME) is defined under the Marine Mammal Protection Act as “a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine…

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IBM wants future delivery drones to pass off your packages in mid-air

April 28, 2017

Just imagine, and entire relay network of package-carrying drones.Image: Claude Paris/AP/REX/Shutterstock If Amazon has its way, the skies could soon be buzzing with drones, carrying our online purchases directly to our doors. But today’s drones can only travel so far so what happens when you live out of range of a distribution hub? On Wednesday, IBM Research announced a patent that might someday allow delivery drones to pass off packages…

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Bill Gates doffs his hat to the Indian prime minister. Here’s why

April 27, 2017

Image: VCG via Getty Images Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who’s one of the four global leaders in TIME’s ‘Most Influential People’ list, has a new admirer in Bill Gates. The software billionaire took to social media to acknowledge Modi for putting “the spotlight” on India’s open defecation problem through the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) mission. SEE ALSO: India bans one of its oldest symbols of VIP culture Gates wrote:…

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Gett buys Juno to expand ride-hailing business in United States

April 27, 2017

Image: gett There soon will be one less ride-hailing app to choose from for those still boycotting Uber. Gett, one of the largest players in the New York ride-hailing market, has acquired Juno for $200 million, TechCrunch reported Wednesday. SEE ALSO: The feud between Britain and Sean Spicer is getting ridiculous Gett will acquire all of Juno’s existing business, including its network of drivers and its employees, according to TechCrunch‘s…

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Here’s why these companies want Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement

April 27, 2017

The Arc de Triomphe is Illuminated to celebrate the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement.Image: Yoan Valat/Epa/REX/Shutterstock One day in advance of a pivotal White House meeting to decide the fate of U.S. involvement in the Paris Climate Agreement, the Trump administration is hearing from a diverse number voices urging it to keep the country in the treaty. The agreement, which went into force in November 2016, commits all countries…

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The Pope’s perilous mission to Egypt

April 27, 2017

(CNN)When Pope Francis travels to Egypt on Friday, he will retrace a journey his namesake made nearly 800 years ago, with a somewhat similar mission in mind. The friar survived, but his plan didn’t. Malik al-Kamil refused to convert to Christianity. But the conversation was courteous, according to tradition, and ended with the sultan offering a peace treaty that included Christian control of Jerusalem. The Crusaders rejected the proposal, and…

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American ‘convert’ who lived in ISIS territory detained by Turkey

April 27, 2017

(CNN)An American and his family who were living in territory held by ISIS in Syria have been detained in Turkey, a senior Turkish official told CNN. The official said that Kary Paul Kleman was detained after surrendering to border guards at the Oncupinar crossing in Kilis. He was accompanied by his wife, a Syrian national, and three children. “Our initial assessment is that he along with his family members was…

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Zuckerberg and Obama chatted about Facebook and fake news

April 27, 2017

Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit.Image: Jeff Chiu/REX/Shutterstock After a long, confusing, fake news-filled 2016 election in which Donald Trump became President of the United States, Barack Obama was one of the many people to take shots at Facebook’s role in spreading fake news. But according to a new New York Times Magazine article published online on Tuesday, Obama didn’t just complain about fake news,…

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Shea Moisture apologizes after Twitter slammed its ad: ‘We really f-ed this one up’

April 26, 2017

The hair care company Shea Moisture apologized Monday after social media backlash over an ad it released last week. It shows white women, and just one woman of color, talking about hair hate and how Shea is their go-to productprompting cries of whitewashing. The product, founded in Harlem in 1991, has a strong African-American customer base. SEE ALSO: Pepsi finally unites America with its terrible Kendall Jenner ad Wow –…

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Go with your gut: Harnessing the power of intution

April 26, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Robert Kneschke Intuition. Its that voice in the back of your head telling you that you should bring a raincoat or umbrella. Its that sinking feeling you have in the pit of your stomach when feeling that youve been betrayed. Its the instant connection that you have with your best friend. Its that hunch that you should make that investment or take a business risk. Intuition has…

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Please free your mind and enjoy these great makeup destruction videos

April 26, 2017

Rest in pieces, Chanel blush.Image: YOutube/Beauty News As Pablo Picasso once said, and as I now whisper to myself at my computer, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” Including these videos of makeup being crushed into dust. “Makeup Breakup” is the brainchild of beauty bloggers Kat and Hailey, who run the Beauty News YouTube channel. As far as we can tell, it’s the first makeup destruction…

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These Texas students are on a mission to raise money for their classmates with cancer

April 26, 2017

For a group of eighth grade girls from Deer Park, Texas, organizing a benefit concert has shown them the incredible power of community. The Music 4 A Mission benefit concert was born out of a class the girls are taking at Deer Park Junior High School called Caring Communities. The goal is to raise $20,000, through a combination of ticket sales, donations, and a silent auction. The proceeds will be…

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Violence injury treatment ‘falls’ in England and Wales – BBC News

April 26, 2017

Since 2010, researchers found a decline of 40% in people needing treatment in emergency departments after violence, he added. Decreases in drug uses and binge drinking were said to be possible reasons for falls in violent incidents. But the group’s latest report, which also assessed records from minor injury units and walk-in centres, said casualties peaked at weekends – suggesting that alcohol-related violence remained a significant problem. The data showed…

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Group won’t host Ann Coulter, but she still plans to speak at UC Berkeley

April 26, 2017

(CNN)Will conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter speak Thursday on the campus of one of America’s most famously progressive universities? A student group that had been helping to plan the speaking engagement said Tuesday it now will not host the event in Berkeley, California. But Coulter tweeted she still expects to be at the University of California’s flagship campus.

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Facebook and GIPHY are now good friends

April 26, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference on April 18, 2017 at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.Image: justin sullivan/Getty Images Once upon a time, Facebook did not support GIFs. In fact, there was a time when Facebook supported the file format and then took that support away. Developers tried to hack it. One group succeeded, in a way. GIPHY, one of the…

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Starbucks’ ‘Unicorn Frappuccino’ is the latest food or drink designed just for social media

April 25, 2017

Image: starbucks To anyone who hasn’t spent time on certain corners of Instagram, Starbucks’ latest creation and the viral hype surrounding it might be a bit confusing. The neon “Unicorn Frappuccino” clashes hard with the coffee chain’s affected faux-Italian branding. It’s not the sort of drink that one imagines ordering with words like “Venti” or sipping amidst light jazz. SEE ALSO: Starbucks unicorn frappuccinos to grace Earth for a limited…

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Eight ways machine learning is already in your life – BBC News

April 25, 2017

Virtual personal assistants – the likes of Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant – are able to follow instructions because of voice recognition. They process natural human speech, match it to the desired command and respond in an increasingly natural way. The assistants learn over a number of conversations and in many different ways. They might ask for specific information – for example how to pronounce your name, or whose…

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Brexit university brain drain warning – BBC News

April 25, 2017

The cross-party committee of MPs, investigating the potential impact of Brexit on the higher education sector, heard warnings about the negative impact if EU staff, worried about their future status, were poached by universities in other countries. The report from MPs said their right to work and stay should be given unilaterally before the end of this year if there is no reciprocal deal with other EU countries Mr Carmichael…

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CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. US officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike…

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Best hotels in Mauritius: How top designers remade luxury in paradise

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Luxury hotels have staked claims to Mauritius’s famed beaches for decades, but over the last couple of years, elite designers have remade venerable island institutions and built new paradise retreats from the ground up. Oberoi Mauritius, Turtle Bay Marine Park, Balaclava While this isn’t a couples-only resort, the Oberoi feels like a honeymooners retreat. There is a kids’ club for the little ones, but everything from the waterfall at the…

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Are we sexist for gawking at Macron’s marriage?

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Barely 24 hours after Emmanuel Macron’s advancement in the French presidential election, the European and American tabloids are awash in headlines directed at his 10-year marriage to Brigitte Trogneux, their wording undeniably suggesting certain scandal. “How Brigitte met Emmanuel Macron — when she was his (married) teacher — and what the French will make of it,” goes the headline in the Independent. “Sealed with a kiss! French Presidential favorite Emmanuel…

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Why Putin and Trump both like Le Pen

April 25, 2017

(CNN)On one hand, Donald Trump’s praise of France’s far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who appears to have received enough votes in Sunday’s election to advance to the May 7 runoff, is not surprising. Le Pen, like Trump, ran a campaign that was anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and traded on white supremacist themes. (It’s no coincidence that former Klan leader David Duke has publicly praised both Le Pen and Trump.) On…

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How will the White House remember the Holocaust?

April 24, 2017

(CNN)Monday is Yom Hashoah, the day designated in 1953 by the State of Israel to commemorate the murder of millions of Jews during the Second World War. Selected to mark the anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, this day is meant to impart a lesson: Jews should be remembered not only for dying in the Holocaust, but for fighting for their lives as well. But perhaps the most important…

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American monitor in Ukraine dies in explosion

April 24, 2017

(CNN)An American paramedic attached to a monitoring patrol in volatile eastern Ukraine was killed in an explosion on Sunday, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said. The US citizen was part of a patrol of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. It is the first time an SMM patrol member has been killed while on duty, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said. The group has not released…

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