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More Than 60 Roller Coaster Riders Left Upside Down as Universal Studios Ride Gets Stuck

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:53

More Than 60 Roller Coaster Riders Left Upside Down as Universal Studios Ride Gets StuckThe ride in Japan reportedly became stuck some 65 to 100 feet above the ground.


Accused Florida airport shooter to avoid death penalty in plea deal

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:07

Accused Florida airport shooter to avoid death penalty in plea dealA U.S. Iraq war veteran agreed on Tuesday to plead guilty to killing five people at a Florida airport last year in exchange for prosecutors not pursuing the death penalty, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors said. Esteban Santiago, 28, is accused of opening fire in the baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale airport on Jan. 6, 2017. U.S. prosecutors said in federal court on Tuesday that they would not seek the death penalty for Santiago.


Burning high-rise occupied by squatters collapses in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 09:26

Burning high-rise occupied by squatters collapses in Sao Paulo, BrazilAn abandoned high-rise building occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo caught fire and collapsed Tuesday, sending chunks of fiery debris crashing into neighboring buildings and surrounding streets.


Guitar Fans Fret As Legendary Maker Gibson Files for Bankruptcy

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 09:02

Guitar Fans Fret As Legendary Maker Gibson Files for BankruptcyThe company has supplied guitars to B.B. King and Elvis Presley


Ancient Christian ruins found under former ISIS-held city

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 08:49

Ancient Christian ruins found under former ISIS-held cityThe ruins of an ancient Christian refuge, or early church, possibly dating back to the first centuries of Christendom’s existence, under the Roman Empire has been discovered in Manbij, Syria, which was recently under ISIS control.


Ford's Car Cut Impact

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 08:07

Ford's Car Cut ImpactA look at the reaction to Ford's big decision.


Trump calls leak of Mueller's questions 'disgraceful'

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 07:48

Trump calls leak of Mueller's questions 'disgraceful'On Monday night, the New York Times published a report including more than 40 questions that Mueller would like to ask Trump.


Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) Could Be a Winner From Sprint Buyout

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 07:10

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) Could Be a Winner From Sprint BuyoutShares of both T-Mobile US ( TMUS) and Sprint Corp. ( S) were down sharply on Monday as investors mulled the possibility of a drawn-out merger approval process. Telecom competitor Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) also traded lower by 4.3 percent, but analysts say the T-Mobile deal could provide an opportunity for Verizon.


Virginia Is On The Verge Of Giving Health Coverage To 400,000, But There's A Catch

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 04:33

Virginia Is On The Verge Of Giving Health Coverage To 400,000, But There's A CatchVirginia's Republican-led legislature is on the verge of doing something that


Father of Parkland shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 01:12

Father of Parkland shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuitBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - The father of a student killed during the Parkland, Florida high school mass shooting filed on Monday a wrongful death lawsuit against a former deputy sheriff who he accused of failing in his duty to confront the shooter, calling him a "coward." Andrew Pollack filed the lawsuit in a Broward County court on behalf of his late daughter Meadow, who was one of 17 people killed on Feb. 14 by Nikolas Cruz, a former student who opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, according to a court document. The lawsuit accuses former Broward Sheriff Deputy Scot Peterson, who was an armed resource officer at the school, of failing in his duty to enter the building during the shooting.


Taiwan says China dangled $3 billion to grab ally Dominican Republic

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 00:39

Taiwan says China dangled $3 billion to grab ally Dominican RepublicBy Jess Macy Yu and Ben Blanchard TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China offered the Dominican Republic a $3.1 billion package of investments and loans to get them to sever ties with Taiwan, a Taiwan official said on Tuesday, after the Caribbean nation switched allegiance to China in a diplomatic blow to the self-ruled island. China said there were no economic pre-conditions. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own, has formal relations now with only 19 countries, many of them poor nations in Central America and the Pacific like Belize and Nauru.


Documents show ties between university, conservative donors

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 20:53

Documents show ties between university, conservative donorsFAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest public university granted the conservative Charles Koch Foundation a say in the hiring and firing of professors in exchange for millions of dollars in donations, according to newly released documents.


Sen. Marco Rubio Admits There's No Proof Tax Cut Is Helping American Workers

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 18:01

Sen. Marco Rubio Admits There's No Proof Tax Cut Is Helping American WorkersMarco Rubio may have committed the ultimate heresy for a Republican: The


Here's what happened when Trump asked Bill Gates to be his science advisor

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 17:59

Here's what happened when Trump asked Bill Gates to be his science advisorIn a March meeting with Bill Gates, President Trump reportedly asked the billionaire philanthropist if he wanted the prestigious job of White House science advisor, a role that's been left unfilled up to this point.  Apparently, without hesitation, Gates declined the proposition, according to Stat News, which recently sat down with Gates to discuss the rather unsettling possibility of another virulent global flu pandemic. (In 1918-1919, a now common strain of flu killed as many as 50 million people worldwide.) SEE ALSO: You're more likely to get the flu from a sick flight attendant than a sick passenger: study After getting Trump excited about the potential of a universal flu vaccine — which Gates hopes innovative scientists will achieve with his financial backing — Gates is said to have asked why the president still hadn't filled the important position of White House science advisor. “I mentioned: ‘Hey, maybe we should have a science advisor',” said Gates. In response, Trump asked if Gates wanted the job, to which Gates replied, "That's not a good use of my time." That's a diplomatic, if not completely honest response. Gates is a lot of things: a computer programmer, philanthropist, celebrity, businessman, etc. But he's not technically a scientist. Mashable contacted the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for confirmation that the event took place, and will update this story upon hearing back. In any case, there's little doubt the intelligent Gates understands much about the realms of sciences that he's actively engaged in — notably vaccines and public health — but the science advisor vacancy is surely better filled by a practicing scientist. The last scientific advisor to grace the White House, John Holdren, served President Obama for eight years. Following Obama's departure, Holdren returned to his post at Harvard University, where he is a professor of environmental science and policy in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Trump is the first president in more than half a century, since President John F. Kennedy, who hasn't nominated a science advisor in the first year of his term. It's unknown whether Trump will ever nominate anyone, though it would likely be to his benefit. While president, Trump has failed to recognize that weather and climate are substantially different phenomena, for instance.  In Ghana to discuss public health solutions, Bill Gates gives a child a rotavirus vaccine against diarrhea on March 26, 2013.Image: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty ImagesGates called the meeting "the longest conversation about universal flu vaccine that the president’s ever had." So, perhaps the president — who still has no science advisor — came to better recognize the benefits of the sciences, particularly those in the public health realm, to greater society. Perhaps. A flu pandemic, according to the CDC, is what happens when a new flu strain leads to a global outbreak, which is what humanity experienced in 1918-1919. Since our bodies have never encountered the bug before, we have little to no immune defense. A universal vaccine — still just a medical hope for scientists around the world — could dramatically limit a new pathogen's ability to overtake our hapless bodies.  “One thing’s for sure: No matter what your framework is, even if it’s that human benefits outside the country count for zero, stopping pandemics is a smart thing,” said Gates. WATCH: Michael Phelps discusses how he learned to overcome suicidal thoughts


The Latest: UN report says IS expanded control near Damascus

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 17:52

 UN report says IS expanded control near DamascusBEIRUT (AP) — The latest on developments in Syria (all times local):


Some Democrats Want Hillary Clinton To Return The DNC's Money

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 17:47

Some Democrats Want Hillary Clinton To Return The DNC's MoneySeveral Democratic officials are asking Hillary Clinton to return the money


Iran bans use of popular Telegram messaging app

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 17:06

Iran bans use of popular Telegram messaging appIran's judiciary on Monday banned the hugely popular Telegram messaging app, which the authorities have accused of allowing armed opposition groups to fuel unrest. A judge in Tehran gave "the order to interrupt Telegram", the judiciary's Mizan Online news agency said. Telegram, built by Russian tech guru Pavel Durov, is the most popular social network in Iran with some 40 million users -- roughly half the population.


Roy Moore Files Complaint Claiming He Was Targeted By Political Conspiracy

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 15:30

Roy Moore Files Complaint Claiming He Was Targeted By Political ConspiracyFormer Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore filed a complaint on Monday


'Clerical error' briefly puts U.S. close to war with Iran

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 15:22

'Clerical error' briefly puts U.S. close to war with IranRachel Maddow reports on a declaration by the White House that Iran "has" a clandestine nuclear weapons program, followed shortly thereafter by a corrected statement that Iran only "had" such a program.


Golden State Killer Case: Is Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo Pretending to Be Sickly Old Man?

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 14:29

 Is Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo Pretending to Be Sickly Old Man?Police believe DeAngelo is acting in a bid for sympathy from the court.


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