Missile threat alert for Hawaii a false alarm; officials blame employee who pushed ‘wrong button’

January 16, 2018

… it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility that a nuclear war could start by accident if proper safeguards aren’t taken. “The risk of accidental nuclear war is not hypothetical — accidents have happened in the past, and humans will err again,” tweeted Perry, who served under former President Bill Clinton. “When the lives of millions are at risk, we must do more than just hope that mistakes won’t happen.” What will state officials do now? State …

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Facebook Tweaks Newsfeed to Favor Content from Friends, Family

January 15, 2018

… meaningful social interactions.” The upshot: The newsfeed algorithm will now give less weight to the popularity of posts and more weight to posts that encourage users to interact and comment. One of the big criticisms of Facebook in the past 18 months is that the content we see in the newsfeed is driven too much by Facebook’s obsession with persuading people to spend as much time as possible on Facebook. The more time people spend in the newsfeed, the more ad revenue Facebook makes. …

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Hoda Kotb’s new role on ‘Today’ just made history for the morning news show.

January 15, 2018

It’s official: Hoda Kotb is the new permanent co-host of “Today” on NBC. Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images. Kotb had been the temporary replacement for Matt Lauer since November. But, throughout the past month, she seemed to impress all the right people. Her earnest, delicate on-air handling of Lauer’s dismissal was widely praised, CNN noted, after the former “Today” co-host was fired for mounting allegations of sexual harassment. “This is …

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Donald Trump scraps UK February visit

January 14, 2018

The “strong and deep” partnership between Britain and the US “will endure” despite Mr Trump’s cancellation, a spokesman added. However, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan – who has clashed with the president in the past – said the US president had “got the message” that many Londoners were staunchly opposed to his policies and actions. BBC North America editor Jon Sopel said he suspected the possibility of protests in London would have also …

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Man Rushes To Hospital When Pregnant Girlfriend Goes Into Labor And Discovers She’s Lied About Everything

January 14, 2018

… pregnant and never had been. “The doctors told me it was a phantom pregnancy,” Servat explained, having spent the past 34 weeks believing he was about to become a father. Even more sickening is the allegation from a former boyfriend of Bienvenue who claims that this isn’t the first time she has faked a pregnancy. “This isn’t the first time she’s done it,” a relative told The Toronto Sun at the time. “But honestly, we never would …

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New York’s JFK Airport isn’t a fun place to be the weekend after a bomb cyclone

January 13, 2018

… working to remove snow from JFK Airport after a winter storm dumped eight inches of snow on the tarmac. https://t.co/ZHLIa9PRSQ pic.twitter.com/jZMVZkI0Yc — ABC News (@ABC) January 6, 2018 I’ve been stuck at the JFK airport for the past 40 hours. My @KuwaitAirways flight was cancelled on 5th January & so far there’s been no news of a replacement flight. No airline representative has told us anything & no response on the airline helpline numbers too. — …

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The internet is having a field day with Trump’s assertion that he’s a ‘stable genius’

January 13, 2018

… pic.twitter.com/iKmNxx1gZA — nick (@nick_pants) January 6, 2018 In reality, it is most definitely all of us who are the stable geniuses for having been able to adjust to this nonstop news cycle of gloom, doom, and unbelievable, surreal developments for the past year. Hahahahahaha pic.twitter.com/9BfapDD6IQ — Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 6, 2018 Related video Dave Rubin is defending free speech from progressives RETWEET to agree! #AMJoy #stablegenius …

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Americas first openly gay male Winter Olympian is also pretty damn funny too.

January 12, 2018

Adam Rippon just made U.S. Olympics history. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images. When the 28-year-old heads to South Korea, he’ll be the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to compete in the Winter Games. Can he get a hell yeah? Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images. Other male LGBTQ athletes have competed in the winter games in years past — notably, fellow figure skaters Johnny Weir and Brian Boitano — but none had been open about their sexual orientation …

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Khloe Kardashian Finally Confirmed Her Pregnancy On Instagram & We Are So Excited

January 12, 2018

… conflicted opinion about having children in the past, as she revealed, “When I was doing my fertility treatments, they were more so for Lamar. I had to stop because there was much deeper stuff that was happening in our marriage.” She added, “I knew that it wasn’t the right situation to bring a child into, and I think I’ve done a lot of covering up for him, like, even when it made me look like I was the problem. But I was fine taking on that burden on my shoulders …

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It’s Official: China Has Put An End To Its Legal Ivory Trade

January 11, 2018

In China, ivory is officially so last year. On December 31, 2017, the Chinese government shut down all of its remaining domestic ivory trade, meaning one of the world’s largest consumers of ivory is no longer legally selling and purchasing ivory. Poaching is one of the biggest threats facing African elephants, resulting in the slaughter of 30,000 elephants each year. Combined with habitat destruction, poaching has devastated population numbers in recent history. Over the past …

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The Criminal Underworld Is Dropping Bitcoin for Another Currency

January 11, 2018

Bitcoin is losing its luster with some of its earliest and most avid fans — criminals — giving rise to a new breed of virtual currency. Privacy coins such as monero, designed to avoid tracking, have climbed faster over the past two months as law enforcers adopt software tools to monitor people using bitcoin. A slew of analytic firms such as Chainalysis are getting better at flagging digital hoards Source: Coinmarketcap.com Note: Figures shows percentage change in price compared …

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Is “Seriously Considering” Running For President In 2020

January 10, 2018

… possible,” he told Vanity Fair. “This past election shows that anything can happen.” Meanwhile, on Instagram, he once said, “the idea of one day becoming President to create real positive impact and global change is very alluring.” If Johnson did run, it’s unclear which party he’d represent. He previously spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2000 and is a registered Republican voter. However, if he did chose to run as the Republican leader, …

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A 27-year-old died of cancer. Her final advice has the internet in tears.

January 9, 2018

… Butcher’s poignant post is definitely worth reading in full. But here are 16 especially powerful points: 1. “I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all, so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bullshit. … Those times you are [whining] about ridiculous things (something I have noticed so much these past few months), just think about someone …

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Two Senators Call for Trump to Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Reports

January 7, 2018

Two Democratic senators called on President Donald Trump to resign amid demands for a congressional investigation from the numerous women who have come forward and said Trump engaged in sexual misconduct with them in the past. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have both publicly said they believe Trump should resign from the presidency in light of the more than a dozen sexual misconduct allegations that have been made against him. Booker made his comments over the …

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The US Flirts With Geoengineering to Stymie Climate Change

January 4, 2018

… is, if the bill gets past McNerney's colleagues and then the only world leader to shun the Paris Climate Agreement. To be clear, McNerney would love nothing more than for the US to cut emissions. But the climate situation has become so dire that he thinks geoengineering is now something the US is obligated to explore. Not, like, initiating a full-scale manipulation of the stratosphere next week, but at least looking into the idea. “It's very important that we understand what our …

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This cryptocurrency is blowing up. But it’s not currency

January 3, 2018

Image: Getty Images Move over ethereum and litecoin — ripple is suddenly the hot new cryptocurrency.  But ripple is different. It can’t be mined. It can’t be used to go shopping. And it’s operated by a private company. Ripple is still far smaller than bitcoin, the reigning king of cryptocurrencies, but it’s had a remarkable 2017. Ripple has increased by 29,000 percentin the past 12 months, pushing its value to more than $70 billion. In comparison, bitcoin …

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I’m A Brown Woman Who’s Breaking Up With The Democratic Party

January 1, 2018

… different outcome. To be fair, there’s no reason for you to assume otherwise. We always show up for you. Take, for example, the special election in Alabama on Tuesday. Had black people not shown up, an accused child molester would be our newest senator. This past year, I held and attended numerous fundraisers for your candidates. I donated money every time I was asked. I marched: for women, for children, for reproductive rights, for science. I traveled across the country for the …

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What I Expect To See From Politicians Come 2018

January 1, 2018

As 2017 draws to a close I find myself frustrated and angry daily with what we as a country have had to endure in our political spectrum for the past 2+ years. In an era with information and personal interaction more readily available than ever before in history, we as Americans have been continually fed clichés and bullshit by those who should be leading with clarity and respect for those they serve. I’m not talking about President Trump when I relay my sentiments of anguish over …

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Check out Time magazine’s Person of the Year cover: ‘The Silence Breakers.’

December 31, 2017

… 2017 marked a watershed year for survivors of sexual abuse. “All social movements have highly visible precipitating factors,” Aldon Morris, a professor of sociology at Northwestern University, told Time. “In this case, you had Harvey Weinstein, and before that you had Trump.” In the past year and a half, 13 women have come forward alleging Trump sexually harassed or assaulted them following the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, in which the former reality …

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Heather Heyer’s Mom: I Have To Hide Her Grave From The Nazis

December 31, 2017

… as if saints. I knew she would want her life to be deconstructed honestly and real. We spent a solid two hours hugging and talking to people. By the end of it I felt elevated again, as if I had wings on my feet. After her powerful oration at Heyers memorial service, by chance she and Kim drove home past where Heyer was killed. When I saw, I grabbed my husbands arm and said, Oh my God, oh my God. I screamed and I almost jumped out of the car, because the pain hit me so hard. It was the first …

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Is This Marine Veteran the Next Doug Jones?

December 31, 2017

… cross-party appeal, John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and candidate for lieutenant governor, told The Daily Beast. I think the Democrats picked extremely well and I think the Republicans picked extremely poorly. Republicans selected conservative state Rep. Rick Saccone who has said in the past that he was Trump before Trump was Trump and is known for introducing the National Motto Display Act in 2013, which would have required public school districts statewide to post In God We …

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Dictionary.com hits Mike Pence for his fawning praise of Trump

December 30, 2017

… (@Bzboyzmom) December 21, 2017 Related video Dave Rubin is defending free speech from progressives In the past, Merriam-Webster has corrected Trump’s use of “heel”in a tweet about the country’s division, schooled Kellyanne Conway about her “alternative facts,” explained why North Korean leader Kim Jon-un called Trump a “dotard,” and told Trump the difference between the words “council” and “counsel” after he tweeted …

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Christian Bale shares why white men should step aside in favor of diverse voices.

December 29, 2017

… honor — or even forgive his past behavior. But more white men of privilege should speak out with the conviction and honesty he did and work to make this country a better place for everyone, especially people too often left out out of the conversation. (Looking at you, Matt Damon.) Photo by WOCinTech Chat/Flickr. What we need more is new ideas and fresh voices. More women. More people of color. More LGBTQ people. More people with disabilities. More people living below the poverty …

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The Man Who Rescued The Rabbit From The Wildfire May Actually Have Done Something Terrible

December 28, 2017

… stepped in. The second argument in the original article explains that rats have been observed rescuing their young from similar wildfires in the past, which suggests rabbits might do the same during similar situations. Making such an implication using two very different species based on what is essentially anecdotal evidence, however, is a tough sell – particularly as rabbits haven’t been observed doing this on any occasion. As aforementioned, burrowing rabbits have high survival …

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What Joe Biden’s Anita Hill apology tells us about his 2020 plans

December 28, 2017

(CNN)The biggest tell to date of Joe Biden’s 2020 plans came this week, when he apologized to Anita Hill. Amid the growing #metoo movement — and the series of politicians who have either resigned or lost races while battling allegations of sexual harassment — Biden’s past with Hill was sure to grow as an issue in the coming weeks and months. So he nipped it in the bud. For the second time in a month. (Last month, Biden was asked about the Thomas hearings and …

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5 years after Sandy Hook, the victims have not been forgotten

December 28, 2017

… burst in, did not say a word, no facial expressions, and proceeded to shoot their teacher,” said Robert Licata, whose 6-year-old son, Aiden, escaped by running past the shooter. Soto’s mother said her daughter was selfless. “She would not hesitate to think to save anyone else before herself, and especially children. She loved them more than life, and she would definitely put herself in front of them any day,” Donna Soto told CNN. Soto had wanted to be a teacher since she …

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