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Pope's reported comment to a gay man may indicate a new level of acceptance of homosexuality

By Tom Kington Pope Francis has reportedly told a gay man that “God made you that way and loves you as you are,” apparently pushing the pontiff's acceptance of homosexuality to a new level. Francis made the comments to Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean victim of priestly sexual abuse who recently spent days more

Source: Los Angeles Times


U.S. Suspends Tariffs on China, Stoking Fears of a Loss of Leverage

By ANA SWANSON and ALAN RAPPEPORT A temporary cease-fire has calmed fears of a trade war, but the Trump administration now faces criticism it is backing down from striking a tough deal. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: International Trade and World Market, Customs (Tariff), Treasury Department, Mnuchin, Steven T, Kudlow, Lawrence A, China, Trump, Donald J


As Disney Moves Forward With Fox, Comcast Continues Plotting

By BROOKS BARNES The Walt Disney Company struck a deal in December to buy most of 21st Century Fox, but Comcast, which has pursued Fox in the past, thinks it has another opening. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Media, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures, 21st Century Fox, Comcast Corporation, Walt Disney Company, Twentieth Century Fox, Roberts, Brian L, Iger, Robert A, Murdoch, Rupert


Mets pitcher finally unblocks long-blocked fan on Twitter -- but with stern warning

By Paulina Dedaj New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was apparently in a forgiving mood Saturday, unblocking a fan on Twitter whom Syndergaard had blocked more than a year and a half ago. more

Source: Fox News

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Justify wins Preakness Stakes on way to possible Triple Crown

By Elizabeth Zwirz Justify clinched first place at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. more

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Family of Pakistani girl killed in Texas school shooting begs U.S.: 'Please make sure this doesn't happen again'

By Aoun Sahi, Shashank Bengali Sabika Sheikh spoke to her 9-year-old sister on the phone from suburban Houston on Friday, counting down the days before she would complete her high school exchange program and return to the family home in Karachi, Pakistan. “She told me that in 20 days we will be together,” said Sabika's more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Houston Astros' manager wants answers, not more condolences, for victims of Texas shooting

By Paulina Dedaj Astros manager A.J. Hinch had strong words to share with reporters over the Texas school shooting ahead of Friday night's game, insisting that “thoughts and prayers” are “not fixing the problem.” more

Source: Fox News

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A royal wedding for the 21st century: Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle amid calls for social justice

By Laura King, Christina Boyle Until Meghan Markle came along, it's unlikely that anyone would associate the words “royal wedding” with the phrase “ringing call for social justice.” But that was the inescapable conclusion Saturday as Markle, a biracial, L.A.-bred American actress — glamorous and dewy-eyed, preternaturally composed... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


The Mars Room

By Helena Fitzgerald When a novel references another novel, in particular a canonical or very famous one, it's both a signpost to writer's intentions, and a potential trap. Fiction's most familiar dictum, “write what you know,” brings with it a burden that most young novelists struggle to overcome: in large part, a writer's more

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Stars without the warpaint

See what your favorite celebrities look like before they hit the makeup chair... and after. more

Source: Fox News

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Ethiopian-born doctor returns to Sweden after being freed

A Swedish doctor who had been imprisoned in his native Ethiopia on charges of corruption and terrorism has returned to Sweden. more

Source: Fox News

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Egypt's president announces Rafah crossing open for Ramadan

Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi says he has ordered the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the longest length of time since 2013. more

Source: Fox News

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A Coal Mine Stuck in Time

Built during the short economic boom between the two world wars, the Zollverein in Essen, Germany, is a historic industrial coal mine stuck in time. Reconstructed in the 1920s, the Zollverein adopted a Bauhaus style of architecture featuring a modern, symmetrical aesthetic. Today, the mine is a protected UNESCO World more

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Want to help your child succeed in school? Add language to the math, reading mix

Research shows that the more skills children bring with them to kindergarten—in basic math, reading, even friendship and cooperation—the more likely they will succeed in those same areas in school. Hence, "kindergarten readiness" is the goal of many preschool programs, and a motivator for many parents. more


Category: Social Sciences


Researchers mimic comet moth's silk fibers to make 'air-conditioned' fabric

Fabrics made from silkworm fibers have long been treasured for their beautiful luster and refreshing coolness. Columbia Engineering researchers have discovered that fibers produced by the caterpillars of a wild silk moth, the Madagascar comet moth (Argema mittrei), are far superior in terms of brilliance and cooling ability. Not only more


Category: Optics & Photonics


Time-lapse video captures the ash plume from Hawaii's volcano exploding higher than Mt. Everest

The biggest explosion yet from the Kilauea volcano propelled 1,000-pound rocks into the air, and sent ash rocketing 30,000 feet high

The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island this morning sent an ash plume exploding about 30,000 feet high into the atmosphere.

And as luck would have it, a camera more

Source: Discover Magazine


Suzanne Scott Named First Female Chief Executive of Fox News

By EMILY STEEL and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM The appointment of Ms. Scott by the Murdoch family elevated an executive closely tied with the Roger Ailes regime that became mired in a sexual harassment scandal. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: News and News Media, Appointments and Executive Changes, Television, Fox News Channel, Abernethy, John A (1956- ), Murdoch, Lachlan, Murdoch, Rupert


Sorry, but a wedding — no matter how royal — will not create 'Princess Meghan'

By Patt Morrison It's shouting into the head winds of romantic swoonery, but Saturday's wedding will not create “Princess Meghan.” Quaint and odd they may be, but the rules of the royal road are both clear and strict, and neither tabloids nor TV will change them. In the House of Windsor, “princesses” are more

Source: Los Angeles Times


PayPal Agrees to $2.2 Billion Deal for European Payments Start-Up iZettle

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and NATHANIEL POPPER The Silicon Valley digital payments company reached a deal for iZettle, which is Europe's answer to the mobile payments company Square. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: PayPal, iZettle AB, Mobile Commerce and Payments, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures, Small Business, Computers and the Internet, Start-ups


NFL linebacker Reuben Foster's accuser recants domestic violence claim

By Samuel Chamberlain A former girlfriend of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster lied to authorities when she accused him of hitting her and caused him to be charged with domestic violence, her attorney said Thursday. more

Source: Fox News

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Ukraine arrests journalist for Russian news agency, ramping up tension with Kremlin

By Mansur Mirovalev Authorities in Ukraine have arrested a journalist with a Kremlin-funded news agency who they said “justified” Crimea's annexation, “supported” pro-Russian separatists and now faces up to 15 years in jail for treason. The arrest of Kirill Vyshynsky, a Ukrainian national and head of the Ukrainian... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Longtime Palestinian official speaks on protests, violence, Israel and seeking peace without U.S. help

By Noga Tarnopolsky Nabil Shaath, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on foreign affairs and international relations, has in one capacity or another been in the midst of relations with Israel and the United States for nearly 30 years. Shaath has an extensive network of contacts around the world... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party

By Patt Morrison The House of Windsor may be slow, but it's not dumb. A dazzling royal wedding, watchable from just about anywhere in the connected world, serves up one more example of how the British royal family has survived and even eked out triumphs through war, tabloids, television and Twitter. And that's... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Tennis star smashes racket on umpire's chair in frustration over call

By Ryan Gaydos Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova took her frustrations out on the umpire's chair Wednesday after the official called one of her opponent's shots "in" when the former world No. 1 thought it was "out." more

Source: Fox News

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Earth-like alien planets could experience 'snowball states'

By Chelsea Gohd Staff Writer Earth-like planets with severe tilts and orbits could enter abrupt "snowball states," in which entire oceans freeze and surface life cannot survive, according to new research. more

Source: Fox News

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After 60 years, Isle Royale continues world's longest predator-prey study

Researchers from Michigan Technological University have released the annual Winter Study report detailing updates on the ecology of Isle Royale National Park. For the third year in a row, the Isle Royale wolf population remains a mere two, while the moose population continues to stay above the historic average. Without more


Category: Ecology


The largest parachute ever built for Mars aces its first test

By Tereza Pultarova Contributor The largest-ever parachute bound for Mars, which will land Europe's ExoMars rover on the surface of the Red Planet in 2021, passed the first in a series of tests in Sweden. more

Source: Fox News

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Man accused in beating, robbery of New York professor claims he doesn't remember attack, suffers 'bad spirits'

By Katherine Lam A man allegedly seen on video attacking and robbing an 87-year-old professor inside a New York City bank on Sunday reportedly said he doesn't remember the assault and suffers from “bad spirits.” more

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FDA approves non-opioid drug to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms

Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. more

Source: Fox News

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Feeding habits of ancient elephant relatives uncovered from grass fragments stuck in their teeth

A new study, led by scientists at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) in Beijing, China, including University of Bristol Ph.D. student Zhang Hanwen, examined the feeding habits of ancient elephant relatives that inhabited Central Asia some 17 million years ago. more


Category: Archaeology & Fossils


Metallic drivers of Alzheimer's disease

X-ray spectromicroscopy at the Scanning X-ray Microscopy beamline (I08), here at Diamond, has been utilised to pinpoint chemically reduced iron and calcium compounds within protein plaques derived from brains of Alzheimer's disease patients. The study, published in Nanoscale, has shed light on the way in which metallic species contribute to more


Category: Bio & Medicine


What is all the fuss about 5G?

Every decade or so, the wireless industry rolls out a new cellular communications standard that can transmit more data more quickly. Already under development is the next round, called "5G" because it's the fifth major generation of these standards for encoding and transmitting data over radio waves. more

Source: Tech Xplore

Category: Telecom


China Approves Toshiba Microchip Deal, Signaling Thaw With U.S.

By CARLOS TEJADA and MICHAEL J. de la MERCED The decision by Chinese antitrust officials could be a significant peace offering to the Trump administration as the two countries seek to solve a trade dispute. more

Source: The New York Times

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Trump administration support for Israel goes beyond its predecessors and isolates U.S. internationally

By Tracy Wilkinson The Trump administration has gone further than any previous U.S. government in expressing full-throated support for Israel in the recent clashes that left dozens of Palestinians dead, isolating itself internationally and further relinquishing its role as a Middle East peace broker. Administration... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


It's been one year since Mueller began his investigation. It's past time for it to wrap up

By Hans von Spakovsky The year-long special counsel investigation seems to have raised more questions about the possible misbehavior by Mueller's investigators and other government officials than by the Trump campaign. more

Source: Fox News

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Cal Thomas: As Americans we will often disagree but let’s do it with some level of respect for each other

By Cal Thomas Politics has always been a contact sport and in America's early days fisticuffs sometimes broke out in Congress. more

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Boulder passes sweeping anti-gun bill; pro-2A nonprofit vows to sue individual councilmembers

By Gregg Re The Boulder City Council passed a sweeping gun control ordinance Tuesday night banning "assault weapons" and bump stocks, even as a pro-Second Amendment nonprofit threatened to challenge the new law in court by suing individual councilmembers. more

Source: Fox News

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AP Interview: Anwar wants Malaysia to scrap race policies

By EILEEN NG Pardoned Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim says decades-old affirmative action policies for the country's Malay majority must be discarded in favor of a new program to help the poor regardless of race. more

Source: Fox News

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The Puppeteer Behind ‘Star Wars’

He was inside Jabba the Hut in “Return of the Jedi,” helped make “The Muppets” come alive and has been pulling the strings on Yoda since he was 19 years old. Meet Dave Barclay, the puppet master, builder and animatronic supervisor responsible for some of your favorite characters on film more

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Fancy Some Chicken Pudding for Dessert?

At Özkonak Pudding Shop, heaven is a place on Earth. Here, you can eat chicken for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert (yes, even dessert). Tavuk göğsü, aka “chicken breast pudding,” is a sweet Turkish delicacy dating way back to the Ottoman Empire. And, no one knows the recipe quite like more

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Rapper T.I. claims wrongful arrest outside his gated community

A lawyer for T.I. says the Grammy-winning rapper never got to tell his side of the story to police before they arrested him after a pre-dawn attempt this week to enter his gated community near Atlanta. more

Source: Fox News

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'Thank the Party!' China tries to brainwash Muslims in camps

By GERRY SHIH Day after day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China's new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party. more

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A look at the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan

By AYA BATRAWY Hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world began fasting on Thursday from sunrise to sunset for the month of Ramadan, a time of contemplation, fortitude and intense worship. more

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Burundi votes in referendum on the president's power

By Associated Press Burundi is voting in a referendum proposing constitutional changes that could extend the president's rule until 2034. more

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