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?That?s how dictators get started?: McCain, critics blast Trump?s view of the media as ?the enemy?
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:56:23 -0500

?That?s how dictators get started?: McCain, critics blast Trump?s view of the media as ?the enemy?Critics on both sides of the aisle are blasting President Trump?s assertion that the media is ?the enemy of the American people? ? and comparing his escalated attack on the press to that of a dictator. ?That?s how dictators get started,? Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in an interview that aired on NBC?s ?Meet the Press? on Sunday. McCain stopped short of calling Trump one.



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Ex-cop says Duterte paid him, others to kill crime suspects
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:51:06 -0500

Ex-cop says Duterte paid him, others to kill crime suspectsMANILA, Philippines (AP) ? A retired Philippine police officer said Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was a mayor, ordered and paid him and other members of a so-called liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents, including a kidnapping suspect, his family and a critical radio commentator.



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Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, dies at 69
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:38:30 -0500

Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, dies at 69McCorvey died on Saturday morning of heart failure at an assisted living home in Katy, Texas, Joshua Prager, a journalist who is writing a book about the decision, said in an email. A reluctant hero of the abortion-rights movement, McCorvey put her courtroom pseudonym fully behind her in the 1980s when she lent her name to supporters of women's rights.



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Ukraine rebels accuse OSCE of aiding Kiev forces
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:23:49 -0500

Ukraine rebels accuse OSCE of aiding Kiev forcesUkraine's Russian-backed insurgents on Friday accused a top official in the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) of aiding Kiev's forces in the 34-month war. A separatist leader made the accusation at a joint news conference in the rebel-controlled city of Lugansk with Alexander Hug -- the principal deputy chief of the group's special monitoring mission to Ukraine --- who denied the claim. The OSCE is a Cold-war era body drawn up to ensure peace in Europe.



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Father and Son Killed In Head-On Collision With One Another
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:37:00 -0500

Father and Son Killed In Head-On Collision With One AnotherPolice said alcohol was a factor in the crash.



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Rep. Adam Schiff calls Trump's comment about press 'most alarming' remark since election
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:58:31 -0500

Rep. Adam Schiff calls Trump's comment about press 'most alarming' remark since electionThe ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee is interviewed on "This Week."



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Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailout
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:07:15 -0500

Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailoutMongolia has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a $5.5 billion bailout package, officials announced, as the debt-wracked country tries to stabilise its economy. The landlocked north Asian nation has been hit hard by a more than 50 percent fall over the past five years in the price of copper, its main export. Billions of dollars' worth of natural resources lie buried beneath Mongolia's sprawling steppes, but development has been delayed for years and slowing growth in its biggest customer China has hobbled the economy.



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Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving cars
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:27:58 -0500

Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving carsATLANTA (AP) ? Self-driving vehicles could begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other communities nationwide to test the emerging technology.



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The geekiest signs from the 'Stand up for Science' rally
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:25:51 -0500

The geekiest signs from the 'Stand up for Science' rallyAt a rally full of scientists, things were bound to get a bit geeky. On Sunday, thousands scientists and supporters gathered in Boston's Copley Square to "stand up for science" under the Trump administration.  Their signs were, predictably, quite clever.  My favorite sign so far. #standupforscience pic.twitter.com/2pSlU5UPdz ? Tomas Green (@TomasWGreen) February 19, 2017 I can't tell you how many older people have come up to me today to say, "I remember polio. Thank you." #standupforscience #AAASmtg pic.twitter.com/hrkIY3d5wh ? Kathleen Bachynski (@bachyns) February 19, 2017 #standupforscience (and other essentials) pic.twitter.com/Hy1buB2IWY ? Karin (@Sage_Risotto) February 19, 2017 #standupforscience pic.twitter.com/wZforidd1s ? Caitlin MacKenzie (@CaitlinInMaine) February 19, 2017 Many rally-goers were in Boston for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society. "You don't usually see these kinds of rallies and demonstrations at scientific meetings," Kishore Hari, a chemist-turned-science educator, said ahead of Sunday's rally.  "It's a sign that scientists are feeling not just under attack, but like the integrity of their work is in question," he said.  "We must indeed hang together, or we will hang separately." #standupforscience pic.twitter.com/g8gUNGvOQ6 ? Clapback Nation (@clapbacknation) February 19, 2017 Lots of clever signs, as expected. #standupforscience pic.twitter.com/uJUmo7BfuA ? Kaleigh Rogers (@KaleighRogers) February 19, 2017 The most Boston of signs. #StandUpForScience #Boston https://t.co/tmBqgeI7gT pic.twitter.com/8CAi5T3REs ? Adam Salsman (@asalsman) February 19, 2017 My dad repping it at the #StandUpForScience rally today. #AAASmtg #Boston #ScienceNotSilence pic.twitter.com/Fcwo16PrqB ? Luca Shapiro (@LuccheseCrime) February 19, 2017 #standupforscience #factsmatter A post shared by Miles Grant (@thegreenmilesgrant) on Feb 19, 2017 at 9:36am PST Some signs from the #StandUpForScience rally in #Boston. . . . . #igboston #igersboston #followingboston #bostonbill #boston_community #bostonusa #narcityboston #cityscapeboston A post shared by Juan Ramos (@3_2_juan_) on Feb 19, 2017 at 11:19am PST Scientists at the rally voiced concerns about what they say is President Donald Trump's "anti-science" administration. Trump has tapped cabinet officials who deny the mainstream scientific consensus that climate change is happening, and that human activity is largely to blame. The newly confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Administration, Scott Pruitt, called himself the "leading advocate against the EPA" during his tenure as Oklahoma's attorney general. Since taking office, Trump has also moved to curb the flow of information from key government agencies involved in environmental issues. Along with the EPA, the departments of Interior and Agriculture were ordered to stop sharing information with the public, including through social media accounts. In response to the Trump administration's actions, U.S. scientists have taken the relatively rare step of banding together. Last December, a few hundred scientists held a rally outside the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. That event ? plus the widespread Women's Marches in January ? have inspired the larger March for Science, a demonstration planned for Earth Day on April 22. "Scientists usually like to be in their labs or their offices, just doing their thing, and rarely do they come together to fight for something," said Astrid Caldas, a climate scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science advocacy organization. Caldas noted that rallies aren't the only way scientists can speak out. Some people may feel more comfortable engaging directly with policymakers, penning articles, or working behind the scenes. "I think it's important that every scientist's voice is heard," she said. "There are many ways of advocating for science." Hari, the science educator, said he is organizing more than 260 satellite events to coincide with the main March for Science in Washington this spring. "Usually you hear the phrase 'let the science do the talking,'" he said. "I don't think that's going to be the case any more." BONUS: Harvard scientists have created the rarest material on earth



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President Trump's post-campaign rally in Melbourne, Fla.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:00:13 -0500

President Trump's post-campaign rally in Melbourne, Fla.After weeks of negative press, controversies and missteps, Donald Trump is going back to where he?s comfortable: the campaign trail.The president will hold a ?Making America Great Again? rally at 5:20 p.m. Saturday from Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, just up the coast from his Mar-a-Lago retreat, where he is spending the weekend.  Trump has mostly stuck to Twitter to disseminate his thoughts since taking office, content to allow surrogates such as Kellyanne Conway, Vice President Mike Pence, senior adviser Stephen Miller and press secretary Sean Spicer to make his case on TV and before the media. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr



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Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monk
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:25:27 -0500

Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monkBy Cod Satrusayang and Aukkaraporn Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Monks and police scuffled on Monday at a Buddhist temple in Thailand where security forces are trying to arrest an influential former abbot on money-laundering charges. The standoff at the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple represents one of the biggest challenges to the authority of Thailand's junta since it took power in 2014. Police said they would try to avoid violence while threatening arrest for followers of the sprawling temple who have defied orders to leave and instead flocked there, hampering the search for 72-year-old Phra Dhammachayo.



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Explosive blog post details ?abhorrent? sexism at Uber
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:46:57 -0500

Explosive blog post details ?abhorrent? sexism at Uber

In a blog post published Sunday, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Riggetti details her experiences working for the company. Sadly, given she's a female engineer working at a thrusting, big-name Silicon Valley startup, the experiences are exactly what you'd expect.

In the post, Riggetti details numerous instances of overt sexist behaviour. She reportedly sent evidence, including email and chat logs to HR, but ran into a brick wall multiple times. In the end, she says that her attempts to quietly report sexist behaviour were turned against her:

I forwarded this absurd chain of emails to HR, and they requested to meet with me shortly after. I don't know what I expected after all of my earlier encounters with them, but this one was more ridiculous than I could have ever imagined. The HR rep began the meeting by asking me if I had noticed that *I* was the common theme in all of the reports I had been making, and that if I had ever considered that I might be the problem. I pointed out that everything I had reported came with extensive documentation and I clearly wasn't the instigator (or even a main character) in the majority of them - she countered by saying that there was absolutely no record in HR of any of the incidents I was claiming I had reported (which, of course, was a lie, and I reminded her I had email and chat records to prove it was a lie). She then asked me if women engineers at Uber were friends and talked a lot, and then asked me how often we communicated, what we talked about, what email addresses we used to communicate, which chat rooms we frequented, etc. -  an absurd and insulting request that I refused to comply with. When I pointed out how few women were in SRE, she recounted with a story about how sometimes certain people of certain genders and ethnic backgrounds were better suited for some jobs than others, so I shouldn't be surprised by the gender ratios in engineering. Our meeting ended with her berating me about keeping email records of things, and told me it was unprofessional to report things via email to HR.

Beyond the reports to HR, Riggetti also details a company overrun with internal politics and management problems:

In the background, there was a game-of-thrones political war raging within the ranks of upper management in the infrastructure engineering organization. It seemed like every manager was fighting their peers and attempting to undermine their direct supervisor so that they could have their direct supervisor's job. No attempts were made by these managers to hide what they were doing: they boasted about it in meetings, told their direct reports about it, and the like.

Shortly after the blog post was published, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick issued a statement promising a (secret, internal) investigation into the matter, and reaffirmed Uber's committment to a equitable workplace where everyone isn't trying to stab each other in the back:

"I have just read Susan Fowler's blog. What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It's the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber -- and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired."

This isn't the first time that Uber has run into human resources problems within its internal teams and management. In 2014, an Uber exec famously suggested digging up dirt on journalists to discredit them. That statement came in response to a journalist who had accused Uber of sexism once again.

More recently, #DeleteUber trended on Twitter after Uber removed surge pricing at JFK airport during a taxi strike -- a strike that was in protest of President Trump's Muslim travel ban. The same hashtag is trending again tonight following Riggetti's blog post.



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Russia Calls For New World Order
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:39:26 -0500

Russia Calls For New World OrderRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow was seeking closer with Washington while also refusing to cower to the NATO militant alliance led by the U.S. 



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Nigeria urges AU to intervene over 'SAfrica killings'
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:27:41 -0500

Nigeria urges AU to intervene over 'SAfrica killings'Nigeria on Monday urged the African Union to step in to stop what it said were "xenophobic attacks" on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa. "This is unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria," a senior presidential aide on foreign affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said in an emailed statement. There was no independent verification of the claimed number of deaths, which may have been the result of wider criminal activities rather than anti-immigrant sentiment.



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Arpaio successor pulls back on immigration holds in jails
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:02:36 -0500

Arpaio successor pulls back on immigration holds in jailsPHOENIX (AP) ? For years, immigrants being released from jails in Phoenix would routinely be kept locked up an extra couple days to give federal authorities time to check their immigration status and launch deportation proceedings.



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Fantasy league aims to lure US students to economics
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:03:45 -0500

Fantasy league aims to lure US students to economicsHave you needed to use your high school chemistry recently? The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, part of the US central bank system, is on the forefront of trying to make economic and personal finance information accessible to the general public, and especially to students.



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On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:38:14 -0500

On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle aheadPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) ? Plug your noses and ready your "Juche fertilizer." It's time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea.



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Shocker! World?s first self-driving car race ends in a crash
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:40:03 -0500

Shocker! World?s first self-driving car race ends in a crash

The world's first race on a professional track involving self-driving cars ended, not surprisingly, with a crash. As part of the Roborace competition held in Buenos Aires over the weekend, one of the two self-driving Devbot vehicles involved in the race slammed into a wall after miscalculating a particularly sharp turn.

While the Devbot vehicles weren't going all out, they weren't exactly driving at a leisurely pace either. At their best, both cars were driving in excess of 100 MPH, with one reaching a top speed of 115 MPH at one point.

In addition to racing around the track at high speeds, it's worth noting that each car can communicate with the other as to prevent them from crashing into each other. Unfortunately, the racetrack wall proved to be an insurmountable foe.

As for the software malfunction that caused the crash, Roborace's Justin Cooke explained what happened in an interview with the BBC:

One of the cars was trying to perform a manoeuvre, and it went really full-throttle and took the corner quite sharply and caught the edge of the barrier.

It's actually fantastic for us because the more we see these moments the more we are able to learn and understand what was the thinking behind the computer and its data.

Indeed, for as far along as self-driving software and hardware has progressed, it's clear that there's still a lot of work to be done before self-driving cars can replace human drivers completely across all driving environments.

While the DevBot vehicles are designed such that they "can be driven by a human or a computer", the versions used in the race over the weekend did not have any humans inside. Photos of the crash can be seen here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSbSUeKEj00



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Zimbabwe's Mugabe says he is people's choice for 2018 election
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:01:47 -0500

Zimbabwe's Mugabe says he is people's choice for 2018 electionBy Cris Chinaka HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's people and the ruling ZANU-PF party see no viable alternative candidate to President Robert Mugabe for general elections in 2018, state media quoted him as saying on Sunday. "The people, you know, would want to judge everyone else on the basis of President Mugabe as the criteria," Mugabe, who is Africa's oldest leader, said. Mugabe has been in power in the southern African country since 1980 and in December his party confirmed him as its candidate for the next presidential election expected in mid-2018, when he will be 94.



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Toughening penalties if pets are harmed during crimes
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:53:00 -0500

Toughening penalties if pets are harmed during crimesFLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) ? When Denise Krohn came home to find her goldendoodle Kirby bleeding on the kitchen floor, she at first thought it was a terrible accident. But she soon realized that her home had been ransacked, and that her other dog, Quigley, was lying dead on his favorite blanket in the living room.



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Police Build Kitty Condo for Stray Cat That Has Been Visiting Department For Years
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:57:00 -0500

Police Build Kitty Condo for Stray Cat That Has Been Visiting Department For YearsOne officer spent several nights working on the condo.



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Don?t Look Now, But There?s Another Greek Debt Crisis Brewing
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:47 -0500

Don?t Look Now, But There?s Another Greek Debt Crisis BrewingTalks over Athens? debt burden threaten to spill into European election season.



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Kim Dotcom Eligible For US Extradition
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:07:17 -0500

Kim Dotcom Eligible For US ExtraditionThe New Zealand High Court said, however, that the extradition is not based on copyright grounds, and Dotcom?s legal team is ?confident? the decision will be reversed.



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"Blind Sheik" guilty of 1990s terror plots dies in US prison
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:37:35 -0500

"Blind Sheik" guilty of 1990s terror plots dies in US prisonThe so called Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 has died in a federal prison. He was 78.



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Gambia celebrates Barrow's inauguration
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:41:28 -0500

Gambia celebrates Barrow's inaugurationThousands celebrated Saturday as new Gambian President Adama Barrow retook his oath of office, a month after he was sworn in across the border in neighbouring Senegal during a tense power struggle. February 18 is also the anniversary of The Gambia's independence from Britain, but many are also calling the day the birth of a third republic following the ousting of Yahya Jammeh at the ballot box. Tens of thousands packed the venue, singing and dancing, an AFP correspondent said.



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US student debt tops $1.31 trillion: Does Betsy DeVos have a plan?
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:03:54 -0500

US student debt tops $1.31 trillion: Does Betsy DeVos have a plan?Student loans were the leading cause for a substantial increase in household debt last year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday. While the high balance of US student debt is not news anymore, the new record-high $1.31 trillion balance, up 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter, is another reminder of the severity of a problem that has cast a shadow over the nation in recent years. During her confirmation hearing, now-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos suggested a vision for higher education that might not require as much student debt.



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This new iPhone 8 feature might end up blowing our minds
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:33:11 -0500

This new iPhone 8 feature might end up blowing our minds

Amid rumors that the iPhone 8 will incorporate advanced facial recognition features, the Hebrew-language website Calcalist (via Times of Israel) is reporting that Apple recently acquired Realface, an up-and-coming Israeli startup with impressive real-time facial recognition software.

Lending credence to rumors that the iPhone 8 may forgo the use of Touch ID in favor of facial recognition, Realface's software is said to be sophisticated enough such that it can reliably be used as a foundation for mobile-based biometric authentication.

As is often the case when Apple acquires a company, Realface's web presence has already been wiped from the web. Still, thanks to the magic of Google, we were able to poke around and dig up some intriguing nuggets of information about the company's promising technology.

Realface boasts that it's AI software rests upon deep learning methods and is so reliable and quick that the end-result is an absolutely seamless user experience.

"Our technology provides our customers and end-users with the highest level of authentication and security available on all platforms," says Realface. "We have proprietary IP in the field of frictionless face recognition and effective learnings from facial features." Incidentally, Realface's technology is also capable of filtering out photos of faces and advanced sculptures designed to trick the software into thinking that a device's camera is honed in on an actual human face.

Further, Realface claims that its software can recognize faces with a 99.67% success rate, an impressive figure that is even higher than the average 97.5% success rate exhibited by humans. To this point, a profile on Realface from last year relays that the company's technology is so advanced that it can even distinguish between identical twins with alarming and impressive accuracy.

Below is a quick and dirty demo of the software in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNlkxGmIgW0

What's particularly interesting is that Realface's technology is not only capable of discerning individual faces, but can also analyze specific facial expressions as a means to determine a user's mood. If this sounds somewhat familiar, Apple last year acquired Emotient, a company with similar AI technology of its own.

Now as for what Apple is planning to do with its growing portfolio of AI-based facial recognition software, well, that's the million dollar question. While initial speculation centered on Apple rolling out augmented reality features, perhaps similar to what the beloved MSQRD app does, more recent rumblings suggest that Apple wants to position facial recognition as a means to identify users and securely authorize sensitive transactions. Again, there are even reports that facial recognition might ultimately serve as a replacement for Touch ID.

While this seems far-fetched, Ming Chi-Kuo -- an analyst with the best track record regarding Apple rumors -- seems to think otherwise. In a recently issued research note, Kuo claims that the iPhone 8's rumored edgeless design cannot, for whatever reason, coexist peacefully with Touch ID. Consequently, Kuo relays that Apple wants to eventually replace Touch ID with a facial recognition solution.

When it comes to Apple, the old adage that when there's smoke, there's fire is generally true. That being the case, it stands to reason that facial recognition will be a huge and incredibly exciting component of the iPhone 8 user experience.



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SpaceX celebrates successful launch from historic NASA launch pad in Florida
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:35:43 -0500

SpaceX celebrates successful launch from historic NASA launch pad in FloridaThe private company's newest rocket was sent with supplies to the International Space Station.



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?I am a Muslim too? rally in Times Square
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:34:26 -0500

?I am a Muslim too? rally in Times SquareRussell Simmons and Rabbi Marc Schneier hosted a large demonstration in Times Square on Sunday in response to Trump?s executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.



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Man dies after breaching security at Honolulu airport
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:28:51 -0500

Man dies after breaching security at Honolulu airportHONOLULU (AP) ? The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a man is dead after he breached security at Honolulu International Airport and stopped breathing.



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France denounces cyberattacks blamed on Moscow
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:57:18 -0500

France denounces cyberattacks blamed on MoscowSuspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign are "unacceptable", France's foreign minister said Sunday, adding it was clear that pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron was being targeted. A spokesman for Macron, who is currently riding high in the polls, has accused Moscow of being behind a flurry of cyberattacks on his campaign website and email servers over the past month. "It's enough to see which candidates, Marine Le Pen or Francois Fillon, Russia expresses preference for in the French electoral campaign," Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in an interview with Journal du Dimanche.



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Solar-powered Africa ?never more possible and less expensive?: energy chief
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:16:44 -0500

Solar-powered Africa ?never more possible and less expensive?:  energy chiefBy Maina Waruru ABU DHABI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ?solar revolution? is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun and a huge need for electricity on a continent where many are still without it, means solar has huge potential in Africa, said Adnan Amin, the director general of IRENA. ?Africa?s solar potential is enormous,? he said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.



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Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrants
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:05:43 -0500

Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrantsPRESIDIO, Texas (AP) ? Two hunters accused in a shooting on a remote Texas ranch near the Mexican border had told authorities that they were attacked by immigrants who had entered the country illegally.



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One dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailment
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:07:30 -0500

One dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailmentOne person died and 27 others were injured -- three of them seriously -- when a train derailed Saturday shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels, officials said. The train carrying 85 passengers derailed four minutes after leaving Louvain bound for the North Sea coast via the Belgian capital, the SNCB railway authority said. "Rescue workers confirm the death of one person, three seriously injured and 24 others hurt," a Belgian official told AFP on condition of anonymity.



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Libya's Seraj sees Russia as possible intermediary with eastern commander
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:03:09 -0500

Libya's Seraj sees Russia as possible intermediary with eastern commanderBy Shadia Nasralla and Andreas Rinke MUNICH (Reuters) - Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Seraj of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli said on Sunday he would like Russia to help overcome deadlock in the country, which is struggling with divisions among militias and an Islamist militant threat. In an interview with Reuters, Seraj expressed hope that Moscow might act as an intermediary between him and Khalifa Haftar, a military commander who is supported by factions based in the east of Libya. Seraj's Government of National Accord has been trying to formulate plans for unified Libyan security forces since arriving in Tripoli in March, but has made little progress.



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Mourning the presidency: A mock funeral for Presidents? Day
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:55:12 -0500

Mourning the presidency: A mock funeral for Presidents? DayA New Orleans-style funeral in New York?s Washington Square Park hosted by Rise and Resist and GAG Is Watching on Saturday gave young New Yorkers the chance to grieve, march, sing, wail and ultimately ?demand the rebirth of a presidency dedicated to the service of all peoples.?



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Blizzard Terminating Windows XP, Vista Support
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:21:58 -0500

Blizzard Terminating Windows XP, Vista SupportVideo game company Blizzard Entertainment has announced the end of the road for Windows XP and Windows Vista support for its games.



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This futuristic ATM means you?ll never have to go into a bank again
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:00:26 -0500

This futuristic ATM means you?ll never have to go into a bank againFifty years ago, the ATM was one of the first robots to start down the long path of stealing jobs. Even the name -- Automated Teller Machine -- shows that it was explicitly designed to put bank tellers out of a job. ATMs have become far more sophisticated since their introduction, but their main function of dispensing cash hasn't really changed. So, for ATMs themselves to remain relevant as banks increasingly go online, there needs to be change. NCR, a company you likely haven't heard of but almost certainly interact with frequently, has just released its latest take on the ATM. Called the SelfServ 80, it's likely to have payment processing conference attendees all aflutter -- but there's a reason you should care too. Rather than just dispensing cash, the machine uses a 19-inch touchscreen and video confrencing to let you do virtually anything you'd do in a regular bank. Apply for credit cards or loans can theoretically all happen without ever speaking to a person in the flesh: all the communication can happen with a bank advisor via fancy Skype. Only ever talking to a bank advisor through a screen does sound like an awfully dystopian future. But the silver lining here is that by centralizing the bank tellers, banks could offer services for much longer hours, and you'd never need to wait in line to see one of your branch's two tellers ever again. The ATM will start rolling out this year, as according to NCR "several of the largest banks in the world, along with many community banks, have signed on for initial delivery contracts."



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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:49:02 -0500

Recent developments surrounding the South China SeaBANGKOK (AP) ? A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:



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Ecuador in key vote for Latin American left
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:06:11 -0500

Ecuador in key vote for Latin American leftEcuador voted Sunday in general elections that could see a pillar of the Latin American left swing to the right -- and potentially deprive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of his place of refuge in London. President Rafael Correa, who is not running, expressed confidence that his party's candidate, Lenin Moreno, would win in the first round. The polls clearly say the contrary," he said after casting his ballot at an elementary school in Quito.



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President Trump hosts a rally in Melbourne, Fla.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:13:52 -0500

President Trump hosts a rally in Melbourne, Fla.On Saturday, February 18, 2017, President Trump is holding a campaign-style event in Melbourne, Fla. one month into his first term.



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Police expand search for suspect in 2 Indiana girls' deaths
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:50:25 -0500

Police expand search for suspect in 2 Indiana girls' deathsDELPHI, Ind. (AP) ? Authorities said Monday they are expanding the search for a suspect in the killings of two girls who were found dead near a northern Indiana trail last week.



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Hundreds of inmates abandon gang life in El Salvador
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:29:51 -0500

Hundreds of inmates abandon gang life in El SalvadorInside a Salvadaron prison Francisco Lopez teaches fellow ex-gang members how to make paper figurines, as part of a program designed to reinsert them into society once they are released. There are an estimated 70,000 gang members in El Salvador.



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Syrian rebels say army attacks wrecking ceasefire efforts
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:05:06 -0500

Syrian rebels say army attacks wrecking ceasefire effortsSyrian rebel groups who have participated in peace talks said on Sunday that an upsurge in Syrian army shelling and bombing was wrecking the prospects of maintaining a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey. The rebel groups, mostly backed by Turkey, have attended two rounds of talks in the Kazakh capital Astana. Mohammad Alloush, the head of the Astana talks delegation, said the rebel groups who signed a shaky ceasefire deal late last year that was meant to end bombing of civilians were ready to go back to "all out war".



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AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of Coding
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:00:00 -0500

AstroBot Kit Teaches Kids the Joys of CodingOne of the most intriguing robot kits at this year's show, UBTech's AstroBot kit can be built into one of three different characters and programmed using a simple mobile app. Available this spring for $199, AstroBot can be built as either a treaded robot that looks a bit like Walle, a humanoid-style robot or a wheeled vehicle. An infrared sensor keeps AstroBot from bumping into objects as it moves around.



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SpaceX Cargo Mission Heads For Space Station
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:05:07 -0500

SpaceX Cargo Mission Heads For Space StationThe Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Station in Florida at 6:39 a.m. PST.



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Sanctuary holds 7 cows saved from slaughter to promote peace
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:29:35 -0500

Sanctuary holds 7 cows saved from slaughter to promote peaceSAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) ? An Arizona sanctuary is sheltering seven cows that were intended for slaughter as part of an effort that owners believe promotes peace and good health.



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The Latest: Pence offers Ukraine's president support
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:31:45 -0500

The Latest: Pence offers Ukraine's president supportMUNICH (AP) ? The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Europe (all times local):



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UAE signs $1.2 bn in deals as arms fair opens
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:31:41 -0500

UAE signs $1.2 bn in deals as arms fair opensAbu Dhabi (AFP) - The four-day International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) kicked off Sunday in Abu Dhabi with the United Arab Emirates announcing 21 deals worth more than $1.2 billion.



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Parts of South Sudan experiencing famine: government official
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:03:04 -0500

Parts of South Sudan experiencing famine: government officialBy Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - Parts of war-ravaged South Sudan have been hit by famine, a government official said on Monday, saying nearly half the country's population would lack reliable access to affordable food by July. Oil-rich South Sudan has been mired in civil war since 2013, when President Salva Kii fired his deputy. Since then the fighting has increasingly split the country along ethnic lines, leading the United Nations to warn of a potential genocide.



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