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Climate Change Has Quadrupled Ocean 'Dead Zones,' Researchers Warn

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 00:03

The size of oxygen-starved ocean “dead zones,” where plants and animals struggle to survive, has increased fourfold around the world, according to a new scientific analysis.

Staff Interacted Several Times With Vegas Mass Shooter, Hotel Says

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 23:33

The staff at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas either interacted with mass shooter Stephen Paddock or entered his room at least 10 times before the night he killed 58 people at a music festival from his suite, a hotel representative has reportedly revealed.

Marijuana Industry Not Freaking Out Over Threat Of Federal Crackdown

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 23:11

WASHINGTON ― The marijuana industry and its advocates collectively held their breath this week following the release of new Justice Department guidance that gave federal prosecutors the go-ahead to aggressively pursue state-legal marijuana operations.

Texas couple ordered to pay enslaved nanny $121,000

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 22:49

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area couple who pleaded guilty to federal charges related to forcing a Nigerian woman to work nearly 20 hours taking care of their home and five children without pay for two years was ordered Friday to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution.

White Supremacist Charged With Terrorism After Alleged Attempt To Derail Train

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 22:13

The FBI has charged a 26-year-old Missouri man with terrorism after agents say he attempted to derail an Amtrak train in Nebraska by triggering the train’s emergency brakes.

US Navy locates crashed plane deep on Pacific seabed

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 22:09

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy has located a transport aircraft deep on the Pacific Ocean floor where it crashed in November, killing three sailors on board.

Homeless clampdown sparks UK royal wedding row

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 22:02

In picturesque Windsor, in the shadow of the castle where Queen Elizabeth II spends her weekends, a dozen homeless people shelter from the cold in a jumble of blankets and cardboard boxes. Simon Dudley, the Conservative leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council, has urged the local Thames Valley Police force to take action against their "aggressive begging and intimidation". "A large number of adults that are begging in Windsor are not in fact homeless," he wrote in a letter, while those that were genuinely homeless had rejected secure accommodation in order to keep begging.

This War Turned China Into a Military Superpower

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 21:34

When the Sino-Vietnamese war ended on March 16, 1979, it was hardly a definite resolution of the conflict. Both sides claimed victory, and Vietnam continued to pressure China’s allies in Cambodia and Thailand. As a result, the PLA continued to apply pressure to Vietnam by launching attacks across the Vietnamese border throughout the 1980s.

South Korea May Turn Its Assault Ships into F-35 Armed Aircraft Carriers

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 21:30

Should North Korea be worried? South Korea may turn its amphibious assault ships into nascent aircraft carriers—according to a report by the Yonhap News Agency, at least. In a report from late last month, Yonhap claimed that South Korean military officials are considering a plan to reconfigure their fourteen-thousand-ton Dokdo-class amphibious assault ships to carry the F-35B.

Judge rejects request for new vote in Virginia House race

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 20:36

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected a request for a new election that might have forced a 50-50 split in Virginia's House of Delegates, calling ballot mistakes cited by Democrats a "garden-variety" problem that doesn't merit federal intervention.

Sessions takes aim at judges' handling of immigration cases

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 20:05

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday launched a review of a little-known but widely used practice of immigration judges closing cases without decisions, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of people in greater legal limbo.

Hard-won UN debate sees US at odds with partners over Iran

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 19:31

British representative Matthew Rycroft speaks during the UN security council session over the ongoing protests in Iran. The US successfully fought off a Russian-led attempt on Friday to block a UN security council discussion over the past week’s Iranian protests. Russia had tried to stop the UN discussion on the grounds that it would represent an inappropriate interference in Iran’s internal affairs.

Safety probe warns California's dam crisis a 'wake-up call'

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 19:19

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "Long-term and systemic failures" by California dam managers and regulators to recognize inherent construction and design flaws at the tallest U.S. dam caused last year's near-disaster there, an independent panel of dam safety experts said Friday, calling it a wake-up call for dam operators around the country.

CDC To Teach The Public How To Prepare For A Nuclear Explosion

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 18:35

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week ― days after President Donald Trump bragged about the size and effectiveness of his “Nuclear Button” (which doesn’t exist) ― that the agency will hold a public session on how to prepare for a nuclear explosion.

The 101 Most Delish Ways To Eat Peanut Butter

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 18:25

...other than with a spoon out of the jar, of course.

No Longer A Hero On Breitbart, Steve Bannon Sees Supporters Turn On Him

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 18:01

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is seeing his most loyal internet followers turn on him after Michael Wolff’s explosive new book about the Trump administration quoted Bannon criticizing a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.

Nikki Haley’s Diplomacy of Revenge Targets U.N. Relief Agency

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:28

The United States threatens to pull the plug on hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the Palestinians.

Race car driver Tucker gets more than 16 years for lending scheme

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:53

A Kansas businessman and race car driver was sentenced to 16 years and 8 months in prison on Friday for crimes related to his online payday lending business, which prosecutors said made more than $3.5 billion as it exploited millions of cash-strapped consumers. Scott Tucker, 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan. Tucker did not make a statement at his sentencing, referring instead to a letter he submitted to the court in December.

30 Healthy Sizzling Steak Recipes

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:35

The Latest: Immigrant acquitted of killing faces US case

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:32

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of an immigrant acquitted of San Francisco pier shooting (all times local):