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It Turns Out Legal Weed In Colorado Hasn't Led To Kids Abusing The Drug

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:32

Opponents of marijuana policy reform have warned that legalizing cannabis could give way to an epidemic of young people abusing the plant.


Woman with 84 Great Danes guilty of animal cruelty charges

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:27

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman who had dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes living in her New Hampshire mansion was found guilty Tuesday of 10 animal cruelty charges.


The Latest: Homeland Security watching Alabama election

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:03

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):


McMaster rips Russian 'campaigns of subversion'

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:28

President Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, accused Russia on Tuesday of waging “campaigns of subversion” against the United States and its allies.


Keaton Jones' Mom Responds to Criticism Over Confederate Flag Photos: 'I Can't Take It Back'

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:07

Kimberly Jones also claims she has nothing to do with a GoFundMe page that has raised $58,000 for her son.


39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:38


PolitiFact's Lie Of The Year: Donald Trump And 'This Russia Thing'

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:03

PolitiFact on Tuesday revealed its 2017 “Lie of the Year,” focusing on how President Donald Trump has regularly disputed whether Russia interfered in last year’s election and questioned the widely held conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, which he has frequently undermined and dismissed as “political hacks.”


North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:52

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s mistreatment of political prisoners is at least as egregious as that carried out in World War II concentration camps, according to a former international judge who survived Auschwitz.


Democrats rally behind Gillibrand after Trump’s ‘sexist smear’ on Twitter

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:38

President Trump lashed out at New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Twitter after she called on him to resign over recent sexual misconduct allegations.


The Air Force Is Training F-35s To Fight Russia and China in a War

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:00

The Air Force F-35 is using “open air” ranges and computer simulation to practice combat missions against the best Chinese and Russian-made air-defense technologies. While the Air Force aims to prepare for the unlikely contingency of a potential engagement with near-peer rivals such as Russia or China, Air Force planners recognize that there is much more concern about having to confront an adversary which has purchased air-defense technology from the Russians or Chinese. The Air Force F-35 is using “open air” ranges and computer simulation to practice combat missions against the best Chinese and Russian-made air-defense technologies – as a way to prepare to enemy threats anticipated in the mid-2020s and beyond.


MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:50

MSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.


You can buy an iMac Pro on Dec. 14, but you can't upgrade the RAM

Macworld - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:44

When Apple unveiled the new iMac Pro at WWDC in June, Phil Schiller promised that the new machine would begin shipping in December. With just a bit over two weeks to go, Apple is making good on its promise.

Apple has announced that the iMac Pro will be available beginning Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at $5,000 for an 8-core Xeon procession, 32GB of RAM, an 8GB Radeon Pro Vega GPU and 1TB SSD. That’s a lot of machine, but it’s hardly maxed out. Customers will be able to customize the iMac Pro up to an 18-core Xeon chip, 128GB of RAM, 16GB GPU, and 4TB hard drive.

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The real reason why a flat white costs more than other coffee

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:38

The epitome of coffee cool, the flat white came under fire this week as Conal Lavery of Thomson’s Coffee Roasters told Channel 4’s Supershoppers that customers were being ripped off by excessive pricing. In Starbucks, you can expect to pay £2.40 for a tall latte (12 fl oz) with two shots of coffee, but £2.60 for a significantly smaller flat white (8 fl oz). In Caffè Nero, a medium latte is £2.50 - but a flat white will set you back £2.60.  Based on their ingredients, he explained, a flat white (a double espresso shot with a single portion of textured milk) should be cheaper. "There is no reason for a flat white to cost any more," he said.  "The chains and the speciality independent side of the market do a double shot as standard [in flat whites as well as lattes]," he added. "So you are getting the same amount of coffee and with a flat white but with less milk. So if anything, it should cost less." I hate the word hipster, but people are buying into the East London thing Previously the preserve of specialists and coffee drinkers in Australia and New Zealand, where it originated, the flat white entered public consciousness a couple of years ago. It's now a mainstream choice on the high street - but still comes at a seemingly bizarre premium.  So, are hapless consumers being tricked into thinking we're buying a superior coffee? Or are we paying some sort of zeitgeist tax? What does the flat white represent to you? Credit: Getty The inflated price might have something to do with the fact that the espresso-based coffee is still synonymous with the "cool" East London lifestyle, says Chloe Callow, coffee expert and editor of Caffeine Magazine.  Callow agrees that the flat white costs no more to produce than other conventional coffees - but she does say that there's an added skill in texturing the milk. A proper flat white should be made using whole milk that is steamed to microfoam consistency - this means aerating the milk less than if you were making a latte, which creates a silkier texture. There's also an art to producing the detailed and highly Instagrammable foam art that is synonymous with a flat white. If done properly, all of this requires investment in a skilled barista. Coffee decoded: why filter is the only way to brew beans now However, Callow suggests that the other reason for the higher cost of a flat white comes from its "perceived value". Retailers are relying on the desire of consumers to be part of a trend. "These customers are not just buying a flat white, she says. "They’re buying into a lifestyle." For Callow, the flat white represents an accessible, affordable, bite-sized portion of cool - which grants momentary inclusion into a certain tribe.  "The [flat white] trend stemmed from the rise of independent coffee shops in London - think of the stereotype of the tattooed barista." Is your flat white really worth the extra pennies? "There are loads of them now, but when they first arrived, they were pioneers of this 'third wave' coffee scene. The flat white was less accessible back then, and seen as something a little bit different." Third Wave coffee, for those of you who didn't get the memo, is the term for the global movement towards treating coffee as an artisan food product. "The flat white is a small luxury but it's still affordable - it's perceived as niche, and above and beyond the everyday," continues Callow. "It's not like buying a cup of tea and a biscuit. I hate the word 'hipster', but people are buying into the East London thing, and taking a moment to feel like they're part of a different demographic. Full of beans: Britain's 30 best and buzziest coffee shops The mystery that still surrounds coffee, she suggests, also contributes to the allure of slightly less orthodox brews. "Because coffee isn't well understood by many, it's still seen as mysterious - even by chefs in restaurants. It's exotic and unknown, a bit like natural wine." But the question is, does Callow think the flat white is a rip-off? Apparently not. "For £3, it's worth it - and most people don't mind, because of what it represents." Whatever the flat white represents to you, it seems that the jury is out.  


Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:30

NEW YORK (AP) — This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism."


Mother of Keaton Jones says Confederate flag photos were supposed to be 'ironic and funny'

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:36

The mother of Keaton Jones is addressing backlash on social media after controversial photos emerged of her and her son posing with Confederate flags.


Mario Batali Advocated Doing 'The Right Thing' Weeks Before Being Accused Of Misconduct

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:29

Mario Batali, who stepped down from his restaurant group on Monday after four women accused him of sexual misconduct, spoke out in support of women’s equality at an event in October.


U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:22

The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said on Monday.


Hopper From 'Stranger Things' Wore A Holiday Sweater And Became A Meme

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:37

Actor David Harbour is spreading the festive cheer with a holiday sweater snap, which is now going viral.


The Navy's Electronic-Warfare Planes Could Soon Become 'Motherships'

Top Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:34

 Slow-flying unmanned aerial vehicles that could extend the distance at which Growler crews can pinpoint enemy radars. Northrop Grumman is trying to convince the U.S. Navy to transform the branch’s EA-18G Growler electronic-warfare planes into motherships for small, slow-flying unmanned aerial vehicles that could extend the distance at which Growler crews can pinpoint enemy radars.


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