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The ice on Lake Michigan has turned blue. Here's why.

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:52

The ice on portions of Michigan's Great Lakes has turned blue, but don't worry, there's a perfectly good reason why.  The phenomenon is common on glaciers, but not so much on large swathes of lake ice. It's happening where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron, at a place called the Straits of Mackinac. There, fat slabs and mounds of cracked blue ice have collected near the shorelines. Local photographer Tori Burley captured the image above.  SEE ALSO: Gas-filled vessel barrels solo through pathetic Arctic sea ice during dead of winter The ice, however, is not actually turning blue. The color is a result of the way sunlight is bouncing off this particular ice, explained Ted Scambos, a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, in an interview.  Sometimes, weather conditions — such as a lack of high winds — allow water to freeze slowly and evenly, resulting in ice composed of large crystals (unlike snow, which is formed quickly and made up of small crystals).  When light hits these big ice crystals, it can travel deep into the structures (compare this to snow, wherein light hits a sharp edge and reflects off of it right away, resulting in blinding white). When the light travels deeper into slowly formed ice, some of the red wavelengths of sunlight — which is the longest wavelength of visible light — get absorbed into the ice structure.  The blue, which is the shortest wavelength of visible light, bounces back out, meet our eyes, and results in a deep aqua color.   Sunlight reflecting off the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, which makes the water look an aqua color.Image: nasaBut this isn't the complete story. Blue ice is also composed of relatively pure, untainted water, which allows the blue reflection to be so vivid and dominant. "It's a tribute to how clean the upper surface of Lake Michigan is," said Scambos, adding, "At least somewhere in Lake Michigan."  WATCH: 'Beast from the East' to plunge UK, rest of Europe into historic deep freeze

Protesters Descend On ICE San Francisco Headquarters After Immigration Raids

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:49

SAN FRANCISCO ― Hundreds of activists gathered on Wednesday outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building here to protest the arrests of more than 150 undocumented immigrants in recent days. Local activist groups organized the “emergency rally” to respond to the mass arrests in Northern California, just two weeks after more than 200 people were arrested in similar raids in the Los Angeles area. “We have come together today to show that the Northern California region stands together in denouncing the mass arrests that happened in the last three days,” Blanca Vazquez, a media spokesperson for the protest, told HuffPost.

Mennonite investigator who won't testify goes back to jail

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:09

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A defense investigator in a death penalty case has been jailed indefinitely for refusing to testify for prosecutors, saying that helping their effort to execute a defendant would violate her religious beliefs.

Venezuela presidential hopeful wants Wall Street economist on team

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:06

By Andrew Cawthorne and Vivian Sequera CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan presidential candidate Henri Falcon said on Wednesday he would like a Wall Street economist, who sees dollarization as the solution for hyper-inflation in Venezuela, to play a big role on his team if he wins the upcoming election. Falcon said Francisco Rodriguez, a Venezuelan who is chief economist at Torino Capital and advising him informally, would be the ideal leader of his economic team should he defeat socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

What did Hope Hicks lie about? Newsroom readers have thoughts

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 17:43

“She tells Trump how great he is.” “Does Hicks realize that she is not a contestant on ‘The Bachelor’?” Hope Hicks resigned one day after reports claimed she told “white lies” for President Trump, but it’s unclear what about. Newsroom readers have some theories. During a closed-door testimony, White House communications director Hope Hicks reportedly admitted her job has sometimes required her to tell “white lies” on the president’s behalf. The admission has sparked questions and concern. Newsroom commenters believe: “Lies are lies” no matter how big or small. Others think that “anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously … cannot be trusted.” According to reports, Hicks insisted she didn’t lie about the investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. What do you think Hicks lied about? Should “white lies” get a pass? Join the conversation in Newsroom.

iPhone X competitors/copycats, Apple healthcare, Apple's new TV shows: Macworld Podcast episode 594

Macworld - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 17:30

A few new smartphones have been introduced, and some of them look remarkably like the iPhone X. Apple is going to provide its own healthcare to its employees. Apple is also creating several new TV shows for the Apple TV. We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Michael Simon, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 594.

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Georgia teacher arrested after firing gunshot in school classroom

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:57

The incident unfolded as schools around the country remain on edge from a shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 students and educators were killed. In response to that massacre, allegedly carried out by a former student, U.S. President Donald Trump has said teachers should be allowed to carry concealed firearms on school campuses. The incident at Dalton High School, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Atlanta, the Georgia capital, began when a group of students tried to enter a classroom and found that their teacher would not let them in, Bruce Frazier of the Dalton Police Department said.

Russian Trolls Used This One Weird Trick To Infiltrate Our Democracy. You’ll Never Believe Where They Learned It.

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:49

The troll operation liked divisive, emotionally charged content because the social media platforms liked divisive, emotionally charged content. Facebook and Twitter were and still are optimized to send traffic to posts about these subjects, and so the troll outfit optimized its content accordingly. It went hard on social-justice issues and directed ire at everyone from manspreaders to Nazis.

Missing CDC doctor was passed up for promotion before his disappearance

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:29

Missing CDC doctor Timothy Cunningham was passed up for a promotion shortly before he disappeared without a trace more than two weeks ago, according to police. Cunningham, a highly regarded epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, went missing after he left work mid-day on Feb. 12. Atlanta Police Department Major Michael O'Connor said that on the morning of his disappearance, Cunningham called his sister before going to work and talking with his supervisor about a promotion that he didn't receive.

California areas advised to evacuate ahead of potential mudslides

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 15:38

The warning, which is one step below a mandatory order, affects about 30,000 people in Santa Barbara County, said Kelly Hoover, a spokeswoman for the county sheriff's office. Do not wait for a notification," the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said in a written statement. It follows criticism of Santa Barbara County officials that they did not adequately warn residents of the danger ahead of the January mudslides.

Syrian government ground forces attack Ghouta despite Russian truce plan

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 15:18

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government forces launched a ground assault on the edge of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta enclave on Wednesday, seeking to gain territory despite a Russian plan for five-hour daily ceasefires, a war monitor and sources on both sides said. Hundreds of people have died in 11 days of bombing of the eastern Ghouta, a swathe of towns and farms outside Damascus that is the last major rebel-controlled area near the capital. The onslaught has been one of the fiercest of Syria's civil war, now entering its eighth year.

Nikolas Cruz's Biological Mom Was a Drug Addict Who Gave Him Up for a $50,000 Fee: Report

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 13:28

He was given up for adoption when he was days old.

Rubio Bill Would Let 18-Year-Olds In D.C. Buy Assault-Style Guns -- Despite What He Just Said

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 13:11

WASHINGTON ― Following the deadly school shooting in his home state, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) last week expressed support for raising the minimum age for certain gun purchases from 18 to 21, yet he is not backing away from a bill he proposed that would reduce restrictions on young people obtaining such weapons in the nation’s capital. “I absolutely believe that in this country, if you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle,” he said at a CNN town hall last week, where he faced questions from students and parents affected by the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Stolen Vintage Car That Once Belonged to Amelia Earhart Found Abandoned

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:07

The 1932 Hudson Essex Terraplane was taken on Friday from an industrial complex’s lot in Orange at about 10 p.m. Friday, Orange police said.

Trump rips Sessions's 'DISGRACEFUL' decision on probe of alleged FISA abuses

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 11:31

President Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions's decision to ask the Justice Department's inspector general to look into claims that the FBI and other Obama administration officials misled a FISA court judge.

Denver Mayor Apologizes for 'Inappropriate' Text Messages, Vows to Stay in Office

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:42

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock admitted text messages he sent a woman who worked on his security detail in 2012 were inappropriate but says he will not step down.

Illinois House Expected to vote on Tougher Gun Laws

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:42

Lawmakers in Illinois are expected to vote on five measures to restrict firearms purchases and intervene on mental health issues on Wednesday.

Oprah Says She Would Run For President Under One Condition

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:24

“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” Oprah said in an interview with InStyle, conducted three weeks before her Globes speech. “Gayle ― who knows me as well as I know myself practically ― has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?’” Oprah revealed to InStyle. If Oprah did run, the “A Wrinkle In Time” actress already has experience with attention she’d receive from President Donald Trump.

Father of Florida high school shooting victim to legislators: 'You all failed me and my little boy'

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:08

The father of one of the victims of the Parkland high school massacre gave an emotional testimony in front of Florida lawmakers on Tuesday during a four-hour discussion over a new school safety bill. "You legislators, you all failed me and my little boy," said Max Schachter, the father of Alexander Schachter, a 14-year-old boy who was gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School two weeks ago. "Sadly, you have a unique opportunity in the state of Florida to be leaders and to unite this country around school safety," said Schachter.

Woman Charged With Murdering 3 Babies in the 1980s

Top Stories - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:03

"I don't understand why they couldn't figure that out"


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