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What Happened When TIME Met Stephen Hawking 30 Years Ago

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:25

The famed British theoretical physicist died Wednesday at the age of 76

ALS: The disease that Stephen Hawking defied for decades

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 03:02

British physicist Stephen Hawking was one of the most famous sufferers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the fatal neurological disease that paralysed his body but did nothing to curb his contribution to science. The rare condition normally claims the lives of those who have it within two to three years of diagnosis, making Hawking's five-decade fight to overcome the disease an extraordinary exception. The neurodegenerative condition attacks the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, hampering their ability to communicate with muscles and control voluntary movements, leading to eventual paralysis.

Iconic Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies At 76

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 23:50

Stephen Hawking died Wednesday after complications due to amyotrophic lateral

The Latest: Governors from Alabama, Texas speak after crash

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 19:02

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a tour bus that was returning to Texas from Disney World (all times local):

Chinese Reporter Rolled Her Eyes On State Television, And Social Media Users Can't Deal

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 18:52

Chinese social media users are abuzz after a camera caught a reporter's candid

Manafort placed under house arrest; weight of evidence cited

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 17:34

Rachel Maddow reports on a newly released court document in which former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is put under house arrest with the judge noting that Manafort could face the rest of his life in prison.

UK counterterror police investigate Russian's London death

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 17:06

LONDON (AP) — British counterterrorism police on Tuesday took charge of the investigation into the death in London of a Russian businessman because he was connected to a prominent Kremlin foe.

Turkish forces surround Kurdish town in northern Syria

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 17:02

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey said Tuesday its troops and allied Syrian fighters have encircled the Kurdish-held town of Afrin in northern Syria, putting hundreds of thousands of civilians under siege and marking a significant military advance in the seven-week operation.

Charles Manson's Grandson Awarded Cult Leader's Body: 'I'm the Last Man Standing'

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 17:00

The decision comes after a months-long court battle among several people who tried to claim the cult leader’s body.

Researchers find 'critical' security flaws in AMD chips

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:22

Security researchers said Tuesday they discovered flaws in chips made by Advanced Micro Devices that could allow hackers to take over computers and networks. Israeli-based security firm CTS Labs published its research showing "multiple critical security vulnerabilities and exploitable manufacturer backdoors" in AMD chips. The report comes weeks after Intel disclosed similar hardware-based flaws dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, sparking widespread computer security concerns and a congressional inquiry.

As Trump visits border, Latino voters are watching and biding their time

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:26

Latino voters often don’t turn out in large numbers for midterms, but Democrats are hoping that won’t be the case this year — and Donald Trump, visiting California to inspect models for his border wall, may be helping them.

Despite Brexit, Britain wins EU support on nerve agent attack

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:16

By Robin Emmott and John Irish BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Germany and France expressed solidarity with Britain on Tuesday after London accused Moscow of a nerve agent attack on British soil, but beyond strong vocal EU support, diplomats said there was little appetite for more economic sanctions on Russia. Despite tensions over Britain's decision to quit the bloc next year, EU leaders, top officials and NATO reacted in quick succession after British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech in the British parliament on Monday on the poisoning of a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to May on Tuesday, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron, and both leaders condemned the attack in statements on Tuesday.

Fired by Trump over Twitter, Tillerson doesn't thank him

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:06

Hours after President Trump announced his firing over Twitter, outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday left the former real estate entrepreneur off the list of people he praised and thanked in a brief speech about his accomplishments and the future of his department. Tillerson, looking and sounding defeated as he delivered an eight-minute farewell, said he was delegating his duties to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, effective at the end of the day, and formally ending his own watch as the top U.S. diplomat at the end of the month. The former Exxon chief told reporters in the State Department briefing room that Trump had telephoned him from Air Force One a little after noon — some five hours after the president announced to the world that Tillerson was out, to be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo.

Ryan Zinke Spars With Senators Over Use Of Private Planes

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:06

WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday swung back at critics

Threat To Iran Deal Grows With Rex Tillerson’s Ouster

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:16

WASHINGTON ― When President Donald Trump floated pulling the United States out

'No Excuse' for Leaving Gun in High School Locker Room, Sheriff Says

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:14

"I have no excuse for my lack of responsibility with this matter"

Prosecutors drop 27 cases worked on by police officer filmed attacking black man

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:05

Prosecutors have dropped 27 criminal cases worked on by a white police officer who was filmed appearing to attack a black man during an arrest. US media reports said footage showed North Carolina officer Christopher Hickman choking and beating Johnnie Rush, who had been accused of jaywalking, and telling him he was “going to get f***ed up”. Mr Hickman, 31, was arrested and charged with assault by strangulation after the video emerged last week.

Charlottesville car attack witness sues Alex Jones, others

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:18

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former State Department official who became the target of harassment after posting a video showing the car attack during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville sued right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and others Tuesday.

Empty shoes, empty schools: U.S. gun law activists begin two days of theater

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:14

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tom Mauser came to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday dressed in gray Vans sneakers, the same ones his 15-year-old son Daniel wore when he was killed by two gunmen at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999 along with a dozen other people. Mauser was one of a handful of gun control activists and volunteers who braved a frigid March morning to lay out about 7,000 pairs of shoes on the U.S. Capitol lawn as a makeshift memorial to American children killed by gun violence. "There's nobody in those shoes, it's like the emptiness in our hearts from gun violence," said Mauser, 66, of Littleton, Colorado.

Russian broadcaster RT could be forced off UK TV over spy crisis

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:09

Britain's media regulator Ofcom said Russian broadcaster RT could lose its UK license if Theresa May's government determines that Moscow was behind the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England this month. RT, or Russia Today, is a round-the-clock news network that is funded by Vladimir Putin's government. With tensions growing between London and Moscow over the attack on Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, some lawmakers have said RT should be blocked in Britain.