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DNC chair candidates spar on future of party as race tightens

DNC chair candidates spar on future of party as race tightensThe two most prominent candidates to lead the Democratic Party appeared to agree with each other on most of the issues in a CNN debate Wednesday night, while outsider candidates and the moderators needled them about how sharply the party should focus on President Donald Trump and whether sitting Democratic officeholders should be primaried in 2018.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 6:46 AM

Iowa pig farmer to Sen. Grassley: You’re going to create ‘one great big death panel’ by repealing Obamacare

Iowa pig farmer to Sen. Grassley: You’re going to create ‘one great big death panel’ by repealing ObamacareFarmer Chris Peterson pleads with Sen. Chuck Grassley in Iowa on Tuesday. Republican lawmakers returning home this week to host town halls are being greeted by overflow crowds filled with angry voters and protesters demonstrating against President Trump’s polarizing policies.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 10:34 AM

Support pours in for damaged Jewish cemetery near St. Louis

Support pours in for damaged Jewish cemetery near St. LouisUNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery badly damaged by vandals is getting a show of support from cleanup volunteers, well-wishers and financial contributors from across many faiths.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 5:05 PM

Le Pen top aide put under formal investigation

Le Pen top aide put under formal investigationThe chief of staff of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was put under formal investigation on Wednesday after a day of questioning over the alleged misuse of EU funds to pay parliamentary assistants, a judicial source said. Catherine Griset was taken into custody for questioning along with Le Pen's bodyguard Thierry Legier, who was later released without being put under investigation, according to the source. In reaction to the news, Le Pen said that she formally denied any wrongdoing in a case that she said was being used to undermine her campaign.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 4:42 PM

2 Teens Allegedly Shot Girl, 14, and Left Her to Die After Planned Robbery: Cops

2 Teens Allegedly Shot Girl, 14, and Left Her to Die After Planned Robbery: CopsShe was found hours after being shot.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 12:55 PM

Hillary Clinton to Republicans ducking town halls: ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the ... Congress’

Hillary Clinton to Republicans ducking town halls: ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the ... Congress’Hillary Clinton speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in December 2016. Hillary Clinton has a message for Republican members of Congress who are ducking angry constituents as they return to their home districts. “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the…Congress,” Clinton tweeted Wednesday, linking to an op-ed in the Kansas City Star about the growing wave of demonstrations seen at town halls across the country this week.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 4:40 PM

Norwegian Air launches $65 flights between the US and UK

Norwegian Air launches $65 flights between the US and UKNew pair of shoes? Or transatlantic flight from the UK to the US? That's the new conundrum at travelers' disposal, with this week's launch of bottom-of-the-barrel fares by Norwegian Air, which is offering flights for as low as $65 USD one-way. 




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 9:24 AM

Texas to feral pigs: It's time for the 'hog apocalypse' to begin

Texas to feral pigs: It's time for the 'hog apocalypse' to beginTexas has a new plan for its 2.5 million feral hogs: total annihilation.  Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner, just approved a pesticide — called "Kaput Feral Hog Lure" — for statewide use. "The 'hog apocalypse' may finally be on the horizon," Miller said in a statement on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: First human-pig chimeras created, sparking hopes for transplantable organs — and debate "This solution is long overdue," he added. "Wild hogs have caused extensive damage to Texas lands and loss of income for many, many years." Texas's agriculture commission estimates that feral hogs cause $52 million in damage each year to agricultural businesses by tearing up crops and pastures, knocking down fences and ruining equipment. The so-called hog lure is derived from warfarin, a blood-thinning agent that's also used to kill rats and mice in homes and buildings. Animals don't die immediately from eating the odorless, tasteless chemical. That would be too kind. Instead, they keep eating it until the anti-clotting properties cause them to bleed to death internally. This week, Miller approved a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code that allows landowners and agricultural producers to use Kaput — essentially warfarin-laced pellets — to keep feral hogs off their property.  Not on my watch, hogs. Image: mark thompson/Getty Images Proponents of the hog toxicant, including the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, say it's an effective tool because it's only strong enough to kill the swine, and not other wildlife populations or livestock. In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered Kaput's hog bait under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, a move that made the product available for general use. Still, environmentalists and hog hunters alike staunchly oppose using warfarin to stamp out Texas's feral pig problem. Pigs poop, after all, and other animals could ingest the warfarin along the way. Some Texans hunt the pigs for sport and food, and they're worried about eating poisoned swine. "For Texas to introduce a poison into the equation is a bad decision in our opinion and could likely contaminate humans who unknowingly process and eat feral hogs," the Texas Hog Hunters Association said in a Change.org petition to block the rule change. MIke and his big ole boar from yesterday. Lamar county Texas https://t.co/jQoS5JbtnQ pic.twitter.com/2SeAKs7zbh — TX Hog Hunters Assn. (@texashoghunters) February 14, 2017 Louisiana might become the next state to use Kaput to quell its feral hog population, which worries state wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour. He said local black bears and raccoons could easily lift the lid to the cages containing the warfarin-laced pellets. "We do have very serious concerns about non-target species," LaCour told the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.  "When the hogs eat, they're going to drop crumbs on the outside, where small rodents can get them and not only intoxicate themselves but also birds of prey that eat them. Since the poison will be on the landscape for weeks on end, the chances of these birds eating multiple affected animals is pretty good," he told the newspaper. The pesticide's manufacturer, Scimetrics Ltd. Corp., assures the pesticide is safe for humans and wildlife — just not for feral pigs. 




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 10:33 AM

Women in sports ad strikes nerve in Arab world

Women in sports ad strikes nerve in Arab worldAn online commercial released by Nike this week that showed Arab women fencing, boxing and spinning on ice-skates has stirred controversy over its attempt to smash stereotypes about women leading home-bound lives in the conservative region. Maybe they'll say you exceeded all expectations." Within 48 hours the video was shared 75,000 times on Twitter and viewed almost 400,000 times on YouTube. "An ad (which) touches on the insecurities of women in a society digs deeper and becomes an empowerment tool rather than just a product," Sara al-Zawqari, a spokeswoman for the International Red Cross in Iraq, wrote on her Twitter page.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 5:53 AM

Iraqi Army Ahead of Schedule in Fight For West Mosul, U.S. Officials Say

Iraqi Army Ahead of Schedule in Fight For West Mosul, U.S. Officials SayAfter the brutal slog to clear eastern Mosul, Baghdad is throwing all its chips on the table to finish off the last ISIS stronghold in Iraq.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 4:03 PM

Cool facts about 7 Earth-size planets circling single star

Cool facts about 7 Earth-size planets circling single starCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Talk about an Earth-shattering discovery.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 5:38 PM

Olathe Restaurant Shooting Suspect Arrested

Olathe Restaurant Shooting Suspect ArrestedA massive manhunt was launched by the Kansas police after a gunman yelling racial slurs in a restaurant shot three people.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 2:20 AM

DAPL protesters refuse to leave camp ground

DAPL protesters refuse to leave camp groundABC News' Phillip Mena reports from the area where protesters are refusing to leave as they reach their deadline.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 2:56 PM

Seeing Double? Puppy Born in Shelter Has Bizarre Image of Herself on Left Ear

Seeing Double? Puppy Born in Shelter Has Bizarre Image of Herself on Left Ear"We had put up a picture of her trying to get her adopted, and someone commented, 'Oh look, she's got a dog on her ear,'" said a shelter representative.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 2:25 PM

4 charged in death of 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy

4 charged in death of 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsyTERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A judge entered not guilty pleas Thursday on behalf of four people charged with neglect in the death of a malnourished 9-year-old western Indiana boy with cerebral palsy.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 6:15 PM

Tillerson and Kelly’s Visit to Mexico Went About as Well as You’d Expect

Tillerson and Kelly’s Visit to Mexico Went About as Well as You’d ExpectTrump calls it a “tough trip.”




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 2:49 PM

These are the world's best beaches 2017: TripAdvisor

These are the world's best beaches 2017: TripAdvisorIf there's one single beach that leaves visitors enamored, recharged and inspired, it's Baia do Sancho in Brazil, which captured the title of world's best beach by TripAdvisor travelers for a third time. 




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 8:46 AM

The Best Keyboards For Serious Typists

The Best Keyboards For Serious Typists




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 12:32 PM

Britain's top court backs government on immigration income test

Britain's top court backs government on immigration income testBy Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top court backed a government attempt to limit immigration by ruling on Wednesday that an income test for those who want to bring their non-European spouses to the UK is acceptable and does not infringe human rights. Prime Minister Theresa May introduced a rule in 2012 when she was interior minister that Britons who wanted to bring spouses from outside the European Economic Area to the UK had to be earning at least 18,600 pounds ($23,170) a year. The Supreme Court said the minimum income requirement had caused significant hardship to many, but ruled that in principle it was not inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 6:29 AM

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship just had to abort its supply run mission

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship just had to abort its supply run mission

SpaceX made headlines earlier this week when its Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched and then performed a perfect vertical landing. Today's SpaceX news isn't nearly as cheerful, as the Dragon cargo ship that was placed into orbit by the rocket has been forced to make an emergency abort before it reached the International Space Station, delaying the delivery of supplies to astronauts aboard the craft.

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/834336113884012544

The Dragon capsule, which is unmanned and guided entirely by remote commands, experienced a software glitch that produced a faulty value in its navigation calculations. The Dragon was less than a mile from the ISS when the capsule's software cried foul and, according to a NASA spokesperson, the SpaceX craft "did exactly what it was designed to do" by breaking off its approach. According to both SpaceX and NASA, the crew of the ISS was never in any real danger, and the capsule itself is said to be "in excellent shape." SpaceX and NASA appear to be chalking up the erroneous data as a fluke.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/834346217853194243

The capsule is carrying 5,500lbs of supplies for the astronauts on board the International Space Station, and this is SpaceX's tenth cargo run in service of NASA. The supplies will still make it to their destination, however, as SpaceX is planning on making another attempt at delivery Thursday morning. The 24-hour delay in supply delivery won't spell doom for anyone on board the space station, and "will not adversely impact" any of the biological materials or experiments housed within the Dragon.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 8:58 AM

Federal Judge Blocks Access To Redacted Hillary Clinton Emails

Federal Judge Blocks Access To Redacted Hillary Clinton EmailsThe judgment denying access to State Department concluded that none of the redacted emails suggested any “hints of nefarious government action or motive in responding to that conduct.”




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 6:27 AM

Ex-Hong Kong leader jailed in fall from 'such a height'

Ex-Hong Kong leader jailed in fall from 'such a height'By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was jailed for 20 months on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, making him the most senior city official to serve time behind bars in a ruling some said reaffirmed the financial hub's vaunted rule of law. The sentence brings an ignominious end to what had been a long and stellar career for Tsang before and after the 1997 handover to Chinese control, service that saw him knighted by the outgoing British colonial rulers. "Never in my judicial career have I seen a man falling from such a height," said High Court justice Andrew Chan in passing sentence.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 5:49 AM

US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zoo

US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after leaving DC zooBEIJING (AP) — An American-born panda started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 1:35 AM

Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate

Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmateWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate whose death sentence may have been tainted by disturbing references to race.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 12:35 PM

Poland ousts 90 percent of top brass in defence overhaul

Poland ousts 90 percent of top brass in defence overhaulAbout 90 percent of Poland's top military brass have been replaced in an overhaul launched by the rightwing government, the defence ministry said Wednesday. Several leading generals had already resigned over the past year as Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz pushes to consolidate the government's control of the armed forces. The defence ministry did not say how many generals had left the army, which now stands at 106,000 soldiers, up from 96,000 in 2015.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 4:32 PM

Couple with Down Syndrome to Celebrate 22nd Anniversary: 'I've Never Seen Love Like It'

Couple with Down Syndrome to Celebrate 22nd Anniversary: 'I've Never Seen Love Like It'Defying criticism, a couple with Down syndrome has been married for nearly 22 years.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 6:59 PM

2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep CompassBetter than before, and that's no backhanded compliment.




POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2017 12:01 AM

Upset at Trump, Mexico voices 'worry and irritation' to U.S. envoys

Upset at Trump, Mexico voices 'worry and irritation' to U.S. envoysBy Alexandra Alper and Noe Torres MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico on Thursday expressed "worry and irritation" about U.S. policies to two of President Donald Trump's top envoys, giving a chilly reply to the new administration's hard line on immigration, trade and security. Comments by Trump about a "military operation" to deport criminals added to the tense atmosphere, and prompted a clarification from Homeland Security chief John Kelly, one of the U.S. officials visiting Mexico City. The U.S. government angered Mexico this week by saying it was seeking to deport many illegal immigrants to Mexico if they entered the United States from there, regardless of nationality.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 8:22 PM

Scientists discover 7 earth-size planets with possible life orbiting star

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.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 9:46 AM

What Is Milo Yiannopoulos’ Net Worth?

What Is Milo Yiannopoulos’ Net Worth?The alt-right journalist's comments about the age of sexual consent, which went viral on social media recently, cost him the publication of his book “Dangerous.”




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 7:17 AM

Apple says new California headquarters to open in April

Apple says new California headquarters to open in April(Reuters) - Apple's sprawling new campus, dubbed "Apple Park," will open in April, the iPhone maker said on Wednesday. Although the first wave of employees will begin moving into the new Cupertino, California, headquarters this spring, it will take about six months for all of the 12,000-plus workers to make the transition, Apple said. Apple also said the 1,000-seat theater at its futuristic headquarters will be named for its late co-founder, Steve Jobs, who helped design the 175-acre campus before his death in 2011.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 1:22 PM

Kansas lawmakers scramble for budget fix after tax hike veto

Kansas lawmakers scramble for budget fix after tax hike vetoTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators pushing to roll back Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's signature income tax cuts scrambled Wednesday to find a new plan to fix the state's dire budget problems after he vetoed their bill.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 8:07 PM

Man convicted of throwing baby son off bridge to his death

Man convicted of throwing baby son off bridge to his deathMIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man charged with throwing his baby son off a 90-foot-high bridge to his death was convicted of murder on Wednesday.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 5:36 PM

One Android company wants to use smartphones to make PCs truly dead

One Android company wants to use smartphones to make PCs truly dead

Android is an operating system that’s supposed to power smartphones, tablets, cars, wearables, and other gadgets. But it’s not an OS meant to take over your primary PC. Or is it? Recent reports indicate that Google has some great plans for Android, including turning the OS into a platform that can run on any device, laptops and desktops included. Even Samsung is heading in that direction on its own, as the Galaxy S8 is rumored to come with a special accessory that can be used to connect the smartphone to an external display.

But until any of these plans get official, there’s an Android company based in China that’s already doing novel things with Google’s mobile OS. Jide Technologies, which makes its Android-based, Windows-like Remix OS, is ready for the next big thing: Turning Android smartphones into full-fledged computers.

We talked about Remix OS in the past, a free OS that lets you install Android on any Windows or Mac to offer you a Windows-like user interface and overall experience. The best part is that you still get to use the same apps you downloaded from Google Play on a bigger screen, complete with modified UI elements for the larger display real estate.

But Jide is ready to move forward with an even bolder plan. Rather than installing Remix on your desktop, you could install Remix OS on Mobile (ROM) on your smartphone, and then just connect it to a display or TV. That’s Remix Singularity in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUbnref3kGM

That certainly sounds great, at least on paper. ROM will be “as close to stock Android as possible,” Jide co-founder David Ko told The Verge in an interview. “But imagine when you get back to your office or study, you connect your phone, and it turns into a PC mode, just like a laptop or desktop.”

Yes, that sounds amazing in theory. In practice. ROM will not ship with Google Play preloaded, so users will have to sideload the app to get their Play apps working on bigger screen. Furthermore, Jide needs partners to agree to have ROM installed on their devices, something that might not coincide with their contractual obligations to Google.

Finally, there’s the hardware factor. You’d probably need a rather powerful mobile device to drive a great ROM experience on a monitor. But Jide is primarily targeting first-time Android users who won’t all have the means to afford a powerful enough device.

That said, Remix Singularity definitely sounds exciting, so we’ll just have to wait to see it in action.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 11:08 PM

Caitlyn Jenner sends Trump a critical message from 'one Republican to another'

Caitlyn Jenner sends Trump a critical message from 'one Republican to another'Caitlyn Jenner has been a problematic, Donald Trump-loving spokeswoman for the transgender community. But that didn't stop her from coming out hard against the president Thursday night. The transgender former-Olympian turned reality star isn't happy with Trump's reversal this week of an Obama-era action that allowed transgender kids to use the bathrooms of their choice in schools. In fact, she wants him to call her, stat.  Jenner has been swatting away critiques since she stumped for Republican candidates during the grueling 2016 election cycle. She said she wanted to be the trans ambassador for Ted Cruz and insisted that Trump would be a good candidate for women. Well, she seems to have lost much of her goodwill towards the commander-in-chief when she recorded a candid message to Trump, speaking "from one Republican to another." SEE ALSO: Tech companies blast Trump for transgender rights reversal "This is a disaster, and you can still fix it," Jenner said. "You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me." Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me. pic.twitter.com/XwYe0LNUOq — Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017 In her Twitter message, which was a real departure from her previous endorsement of the GOP, Jenner condemned those who have lashed out against transgender people. "I have a message for the trans kids of America — you're winning," Jenner said in her video. "I know it doesn't feel like it today or everyday, but, you're winning." And she offered a not-so-subtle dig at Trump's new attorney general, Jeff Sessions.  "Now I have a message for the bullies," Jenner said. "You're sick. And because you're weak, you pick on kids, you pick on women, or anyone else you think is vulnerable. Apparently even becoming the Attorney General." She pledged that these issues will be settled by the Supreme Court in the case of Gavin Grimm, who is fighting his Virginia school district over his bathroom rights. She also pointed to the National Center for Transgender Equality as a resource for those being discriminated based on their gender identity. No word on whether Trump has taken up Jenner's offer yet, but her support stands out, nonetheless.  BONUS: Kanye West says he would have voted for Trump




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 9:37 PM

You Probably Shouldn't Be Taking That Probiotic, This Digestive Expert Says

You Probably Shouldn't Be Taking That Probiotic, This Digestive Expert SaysAs a dietitian who's worked in a gastroenterology practice for the better part of a decade, one of the most common questions my patients ask me is, "Should I take a probiotic supplement?" More often than not, my answer is "no." This surprises most people. The relatively poor condition of the modern American gut microbiota -- that complex ecosystem of microscopic bacteria and yeasts that inhabits our intestines -- is being linked to all manner of health issues, from obesity and metabolic diseases to depression and autoimmune disease. The typical conclusion based on these compelling health headlines is that taking pills full of "probiotic" bacteria is an essential component to basic health maintenance -- no less important than brushing your teeth or washing your hands.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 10:37 AM

Deportation spat overshadows Trump envoys' talks with angry Mexico

Deportation spat overshadows Trump envoys' talks with angry MexicoBy Alexandra Alper MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A bid by U.S. President Donald Trump to deport non-Mexican illegal migrants to Mexico that has enraged Mexicans will top the agenda when officials from both countries meet on Thursday amid a deepening rift between the two nations. The U.S. government on Tuesday said it would seek to deport many illegal immigrants to Mexico if they entered the United States from there, regardless of their nationality, prompting a fiery response from Mexican officials. Calling the measure "unilateral" and "unprecedented," Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said new immigration guidelines would top the agenda of meetings in Mexico City with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 1:04 AM

New Volkswagen eGolf offers more power and more range

New Volkswagen eGolf offers more power and more rangeVW has announced that the latest-generation plug-in electric Golf will come with an EPA-estimated range of 125 miles (200km) when it goes on sale in the US this spring. Despite a more potent motor, the car can go further on a single charge because of improved and more efficient battery chemistry.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 1:15 PM

A Bodyboarder Dies In Fatal Shark Attack On Reunion Island

A Bodyboarder Dies In Fatal Shark Attack On Reunion IslandA man bodyboarding on the northwest coast of Reunion Island died after a fatal shark attack.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 3:16 PM

Education Secretary Defends Transgender Ruling

Education Secretary Defends Transgender RulingEducation Secretary Betsy DeVos is defending the decision to rescind public-school bathroom rules for transgender students. (Feb. 23)




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 2:58 PM

After protest, China says will address army veterans' issues

After protest, China says will address army veterans' issuesBEIJING (AP) — China's defense ministry said Thursday it expects economic growth and a strengthened social security system to solve problems faced by former soldiers, following reports of new street protests by disgruntled veterans who say they've been denied their promised retirement benefits.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 5:25 AM

Woman Arrested After Doing Cartwheels During Field Sobriety Test: Cops

Woman Arrested After Doing Cartwheels During Field Sobriety Test: CopsBryelle Marshall, 23, was arrested and charged with battery, aggravated DWI, and for an expired license plate.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 8:56 AM

'Monster' ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex assault

'Monster' ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex assaultLANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sports doctor who treated elite female U.S. gymnasts was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting nine girls, including some too reluctant to speak up about the alleged abuse years ago because he was considered a "god."




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 5:47 PM

Trudeau defends move to give U.S. agents more powers in Canada

Trudeau defends move to give U.S. agents more powers in CanadaCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday defended plans to give more powers to U.S. border agents stationed in Canada, saying travelers would at all times be protected by domestic laws. As part of a 2015 deal between Canada and the United States, Trudeau's government has introduced draft legislation allowing U.S. border agents based in Canada more leeway to question and search people wishing to enter the United States.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 5:33 PM

An inside look at the differences between life at NASA and SpaceX

An inside look at the differences between life at NASA and SpaceX

When Elon Musk sets his sights on an industry, he does so with purpose and with the intention of completely turning said industry on its head. While most people are readily familiar with Musk's efforts at Tesla, the groundbreaking work being done by SpaceX, Musk's other company, has only recently started to attract attention from the mainstream.

To be sure, Elon Musk was bold for thinking that Tesla could revolutionize the auto industry. That said, Musk's plans to enter the aerospace industry with SpaceX and compete with and work alongside NASA wasn't just bold, it was downright crazy. And yet, both of Musk's ventures continue to amass greater success with each passing year.

Earlier this month, we stumbled across a thread on Quora asking if it's better for engineers to work at NASA or SpaceX. Of course, the question itself was a bit misleading because it's not as if one company is superior to the other. Without question, some of the smartest minds on the planet can be found at both. Still, there are a number of interesting differences between the work environment at NASA and SpaceX that are worth highlighting.

Tackling this issue, an engineer named Andre Lavoie -- who has spent significant time at both companies -- details a number of fascinating differences between life at NASA and SpaceX.

Not surprisingly, the fact that NASA is a government agency, as opposed to a private company like SpaceX, impacts the work environment in both positive and negative ways. While Lavoie points out that the work-life balance at NASA is a positive, the work there can sometimes be encumbered by "an institutional aversion to risk" and predictably slow-moving bureaucracy.

Projects can start with much fanfare and then be cancelled. Repeatedly. Maybe this is because there are many worthy things that should be studied but funds are always limited. It can be rewarding because you have more opportunity to really dig in and understand things and learn. Your job is very secure, even when budgets get cut or you yourself don't succeed.

As for life at SpaceX, the work environment there, not surprisingly sounds awfully similar to a forward-thinking start-up, albeit on steroids.

In contrast, Space X is a product company. It designs, builds, sells and launches rockets. Your job there is to make that happen no matter what. Nobody gives up. Failure is acceptable, to a point. Risk taking is expected, but stupidity and recklessness is punished unceremoniously. You just get fired. There is no job security. Schedule is critical because as a privately funded company if it fails to succeed before the money runs out then it's game over. The sense of urgency is huge. At Space X you can have plenty of responsibility even if you have little experience. This is great if you are energetic, resourceful and work obsessively. If not you will probably fall behind and then your days will be numbered.

Lavoie's full answer, along with the full thread is well worth digesting in its entirety. You can check it out over here.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 7:00 PM

Bannon emerges from White House to appeal for conservatives to unite behind Trump

Bannon emerges from White House to appeal for conservatives to unite behind TrumpBy Richard Cowan and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon, known as a forceful influence in the White House, made a rare public appearance on Thursday to appeal to conservatives to unite behind the Republican president as he presses his agenda. Bannon took to the stage along with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus at the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference, telling the gathering, "We want you to have our back" in upcoming battles, and denouncing media criticism of Trump.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 6:28 PM

2017 GMC Acadia Denali AWD

2017 GMC Acadia Denali AWDExactly what you expect, nothing more, nothing less.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 4:31 PM

What Is LTE-U? FCC Green Lights First LTE-For-Unlicensed Devices

What Is LTE-U? FCC Green Lights First LTE-For-Unlicensed DevicesThe Federal Communications Commission authorized the use of LTE-U, a technology that promises improved connections for mobile carriers. Some critics warn it could interfere with Wi-Fi networks.




POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017 4:51 PM

The 2018 Range Rover Velar Is a Glass Roof With Some Car Attached

The 2018 Range Rover Velar Is a Glass Roof With Some Car AttachedAnd it shares its name with the first Range Rover prototype.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 12:42 PM

California senator removed after criticizing late lawmaker

California senator removed after criticizing late lawmakerSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker was removed from the state Senate floor Thursday after refusing to stop delivering a speech criticizing late state Sen. Tom Hayden for his leadership role in the anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s.




POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2017 10:36 PM

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