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  • U.S. Drops Charges Against Turkish Security Accused Of Attacking American Demonstrators news

    The U.S. has dropped criminal charges against nearly all of the Turkish

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:58:35 -0400
  • Autopsies Being Performed on Family of 4 Found Dead in Mexico news

    Authorities said they found no trace of violence on the bodies or signs of forced entry.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400
  • If The Law Says Scott Walker Has To Call Early Elections, The GOP Will Rewrite It news

    A day after a judge said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was violating state

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:21:26 -0400
  • Surveillance video shows Vegas gunman methodically bringing suitcases of weapons to hotel room news

    In the week before the Las Vegas mass shooting, Stephen Paddock brought at least 21 suitcases to his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel as he gradually amassed 23 guns and thousands of rounds of ammo.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:59:40 -0400
  • The Latest: Tribal court orders baby's return to parents news

    MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Miccosukee tribal police taking a baby from her parents (all times local):

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:40:22 -0400
  • Austin Bomber Is A Terrorist Of Our Own Making news

    It's been a hell of a few weeks here in Austin, Texas, and the last one was

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:57:04 -0400
  • In photos: Damien Hirst unveils 'Colour Space' paintings in UK

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    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:18:15 -0400
  • Roy Moore supporters tried to buy off his accuser’s lawyer using 10,000 dollars and Steve Bannon news

    A jaw dropping new storyline surrounding last year’s Alabama special election ties Steve Bannon and Breitbart to a plot aimed to undermine Leigh Corfman’s accusations on Roy Moore

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:07:58 -0400
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is up to 16 times more massive than thought news

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), a massive area of floating plastic debris that is more than twice the size of Texas, contains about 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. This is between 4 and 16 times the mass of plastic that scientists previously estimated.  What's worse is that the amount of plastic within this area is growing "exponentially," according to a comprehensive three-year-long study using 30 vessels and a high-tech reconnaissance aircraft.  The study, published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, provides a detailed analysis of the size and types of plastic caught up in the Garbage Patch, which occupies about 1.6 million square kilometers, or 617,763 square miles, between Hawaii and California.  SEE ALSO: A floating 'island of trash' has surfaced in the Caribbean The GPGP is just one of five ocean garbage patches that have developed around the world as people use more and more plastic, which is not biodegradable and is used for everything from water bottles to shipping crates. A fleet of 30 vessels, each dragging nets behind them to scoop up pieces of plastic, gathered 1.2 million samples. Scientists from The Ocean Cleanup Foundation in the Netherlands, as well as six universities and an aviation sensor company, used the samples they'd gathered to build a model of how plastic is transported in and out of the GPGP.  The study estimates that the approximately1.8 trillion pieces of plastic within the GPGP weighs about 80,000 metric tons. Another unexpected finding: Most of this mass — 92 percent — is composed of large plastic debris, such as crates and bottles, while just 8 percent or so of the mass is made up of microplastics, pieces smaller than 5 millimeters in size.  Modeled mass concentration of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage PatchImage: THE OCEAN CLEANUP FOUNDATION/lebreton et. al. scientific reports."We were surprised by the amount of large plastic objects we encountered," said Julia Reisser, chief scientist of the expeditions, who works for The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, in a press release.  At least 46 percent of the mass was composed of ghostnets, or fishing nets drifting at sea, unmoored from the ships that once towed them, the study found.  “There’s a lot more plastic out there than thought,” said Boyan Slat, a co-author of the study and founder of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, in an interview. Unlike earlier studies, which focused on collecting small pieces of plastic within a smaller area of the GPGP, this one attempted to capture the full range of debris floating in the GPGP. The armada of research ships used small nets to catch the small pieces, large ones to wrangle the medium-to-large pieces, and a C-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with LIDAR equipment in order to detect "these mega-pieces” of larger than 1 meter, Slat said.  Using their transport model, the researchers pointed to Asia as a main source of plastic pollution for the GPGP, particularly Japan and China, though plastics from North America contribute to it as well. Plastics that get routed into the Garbage Patch by winds and ocean currents are likely to be permanently trapped there, in a zone of little wind and devoid of weather systems that would break up and disperse the debris. Eventually, some of the surface plastic does sink to the ocean bottom, where it can endanger marine life.  A styrofoam buoy collected during the 2015 ocean surveyImage: the ocean Cleanup Foundation.The researchers used an "apples to apples" comparison of small plastic pieces, dating back to 1970, to analyze their mass estimates against previous studies, Slat said. The conclusion was inescapable: There is more and more plastic being added to the Garbage Patch each year, with far less plastic escaping, to the point where it's undergoing exponential growth.  This May, scientists and engineers affiliated with The Ocean Project plan to test out technology to clean up plastic from the sea, using a vessel off the California coast. The eventual plan is for the group to reduce plastic pollution by cleaning up the GPGP and similar areas of plastics around the world.  The nearly $40 million initiative relies on private funding; since 2013, they'd been raising funds using crowdfunding. Now, according to Slat, the group relies on a group of anonymous philanthropists, split about equally between Silicon Valley and Europe. One prominent investor is Marc Benioff, the founder and CEO of Salesforce, Slat said.  “We need to understand how much plastic is out there so that we can clean it up,” Slat said. The goal is to have the first plastic from the Garbage Patch recovered and back in port before the end of this year, Slat said. On its website, the foundation says its goal is to clean up 50 percent of the GPGP recovered within five years of deployment. WATCH: 'Supercolony' of 1.5m penguins discovered in Antarctica

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:30:57 -0400
  • Bolton expected to shake up Trump’s National Security Council news

    Donald Trump is replacing H.R. McMaster with John Bolton as his national security adviser. Bolton will have plenty on his desk, including North Korea, Russia and Iran. He’s also expected to shake up Trump’s National Security Council.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:36:22 -0400
  • Solutions: Gun Violence, voters discuss Second Amendment divide news

    As thousands prepare to march to end gun violence on Saturday, Chuck traveled to Madison, Wis. to challenge Americans across party lines to achieve what Washington hasn't been able to: solutions.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:22:39 -0400
  • Spending Bill Would Prevent Employers From Pocketing Workers' Tips news

    WASHINGTON ― Tucked into the $1.3 trillion spending bill unveiled by

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:07:31 -0400
  • Iowa family found dead in vacation condo in Mexico news

    Kevin and Amy Sharp, along with their two children, were found dead in their vacation condo in Akumal, Mexico, one week after their family back in Iowa had last heard from them. A family member said there was no foul play and autopsy results are pending.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:59:20 -0400
  • Mexico vacation ends tragically for American family of four news

    The bodies of four Americans from Iowa were discovered in a condo Friday morning. Now, their deaths are being investigated. CBS News national correspondent Manuel Bojorquez reports.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:07:39 -0400
  • Former Mormon Missionary Center Leader Accused Of Sexual Assault news

    Years-old sexual abuse allegations against a former Mormon missionary leader

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:07:37 -0400
  • Smoky condo fire in Vietnam kills at least 13, injures 28 news

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Residents startled awake by loud noise and smoke signaled for help with lit mobile phones and crawled onto cranes from their balconies to escape a fire Friday at a large condominium complex in southern Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City. At least 13 people were killed and 28 injured, with police saying it was unclear if anyone was missing.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:34:46 -0400
  • The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week news

    Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:52 -0400
  • Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic news

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, 16 times higher than previous estimates, experts have warned. A three-year mapping project led by the The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, which is based in The Netherlands, has discovered that the problem is far worse than first thought. The ‘Garbage Patch’ also known as the ‘Pacific Trash Vortex’ was first noticed by US boat captain Charles Moore in 1997 when he was sailing from Hawaii to southern California and claimed to have stumbled upon ‘plastic…as far as the eye could see” Experts said they were surprised about how large some pieces of plastic were  Credit: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation  Plastic aggregates in the area because of circular ocean currents which pick up rubbish along coastlines and swirl them into the centre. It is estimated that items take around six years to reach the patch from the coast of the USA and around a year from Japan. Previously scientists have used fine-meshed nets to trap the plastic and quantify how much rubbish has accumulated, but the new study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, has found that the method has vastly underestimated the problem. The new study involved traditional trawling with nets, as well as aerial scanning to map plastic in the ocean in 3D. The team used huge nets to trawl for trash  Credit: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation  The results show that the Garbage Patch is now three times the size of France, with nearly two trillion pieces of plastic, weighing the equivalent of 500 jumbo jets. The figures are four to sixteen times higher than previous estimates. 92 per cent of the mass is represented by larger objects such as fishing nets, while eight per cent of the mass was due to microplastics. “We were surprised by the amount of large plastic objects we encountered,”said Dr. Julia Reisser, Chief Scientist of the expeditions. “We used to think most of the debris consists of small fragments, but this new analysis shines a new light on the scope of the debris.” Much of the plastic was marine waste  Credit: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation By comparing the amount of microplastics with historical measurements of the Garbage Patch, the team found that plastic pollution levels have been growing exponentially since measurements began in the 1970s.   It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050. Plastic in the oceans swallowed by marine animals that cannot digest it. Chemicals leach into the water, and it has been shown that even humans who eat seafood ingest 11,000 pieces of microplastic each year.   The Great Pacific Garbage Patch sites between California and Hawaii  Boyan Slat, Founder of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation and co-author of the study, elaborated on the relevance of the findings for his organisation’s cleanup plans: “To be able to solve a problem, we believe it is essential to first understand it. “These results provide us with key data to develop and test our cleanup technology, but it also underlines the urgency of dealing with the plastic pollution problem. “Since the results indicate that the amount of hazardous microplastics is set to increase more than tenfold if left to fragment, the time to start is now.”  

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:22:37 -0400
  • Too old for 2020? Trump, Biden, Bernie and the politics of age news

    Will young voters, mobilized by the movement that has sprung up in response to the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., turn out for candidates well into their 70s?

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:00:55 -0400
  • Chinese navy to carry out combat drills in South China Sea

    China's navy will carry out combat drills in the South China Sea, the military's official newspaper said on Friday, describing the move as part of regular annual exercises. Taiwan's defense ministry said this week it had shadowed a Chinese aircraft carrier group traversing the Taiwan Strait in a southwesterly direction - meaning into the disputed South China Sea - in what Taiwan judged to be a drill. China's navy and air force frequently carry out drills in the South China Sea, where the government has been building man-made islands and constructing airstrips and other facilities, unnerving the region.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:15:08 -0400
  • Here Are 6 Of John Bolton's Most Belligerent Op-Eds In Recent Years news

    President Donald Trump named John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:24:13 -0400
  • Man killed in fiery crash at Travis AFB's main gate identified news

    A man who was killed in a fiery crash at Travis AFB's main gate has been identified as 51-year-old Hafiz Kazi.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:02:54 -0400
  • Teen wounded in US school shooting dies after life support removed news

    A teenage girl left brain dead after she was wounded in a school shooting in Maryland died after she was removed from life support, local officials said Friday. The girl, 16 year old Jaelynn Willey, was shot in the head by the attacker, with whom she had had a relationship. "My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from us," said her mother, Melissa Willey, according to The Washington Post.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:24:43 -0400
  • Fatal police shooting protest disrupts NBA game news

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of people protesting a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in California's capital city marched into City Hall, disrupted rush-hour traffic on a freeway and then joined hands to block thousands of NBA fans from entering the arena where the Sacramento Kings were playing.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:23:30 -0400
  • Charles Lazarus, Founder of Toys R Us, Dies at 94 news

    Charles Lazarus opened what would become the first Toys R Us store in 1948.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:04:17 -0400
  • The Climate Is Changing For Climate Skeptics news

    SAN FRANCISCO ― Climate change skeptics may have outlived their usefulness to

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:19:44 -0400
  • Thirteen dead in Vietnam highrise apartment fire news

    Thirteen people were killed and several injured when a fire broke out at an apartment complex in Vietnam's southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City early Friday, authorities said.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:42:48 -0400
  • Donald Trump-Joe Biden Feud Sparks Savage Meme Ridiculing The Pair news

    It was only a matter of time before the simmering feud between President

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:33:26 -0400
  • China should prepare for military action over Taiwan: Chinese paper news

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China should prepare for military action over self-ruled Taiwan and pressure Washington over cooperation on North Korea after the United States passed a law to boost ties with Taiwan, a widely read Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday. Beijing was infuriated when U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation last week that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa. Beijing has also been upset by Trump's threats to impose trade restrictions on China over its huge trade surplus with the United States.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:59:41 -0400
  • Trump Wants His Cabinet To Serve His Ego, Not The Nation news

    In commenting on his decision to remove Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from

    Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:00:57 -0400
  • New VW Touareg Detailed On Video Showing Fresh Design, Huge Screen news

    If you add them up, the two fully digital displays measure a combined 27 inches.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:01:35 -0400
  • Lone Nigerian captive refused to convert for Boko Haram news

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The mother of the only Nigerian schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity after the extremists released 104 classmates said Thursday her daughter was blocked from boarding the vehicle to freedom and told to convert to Islam.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:04:41 -0400
  • Four-year-old child accidentally shoots baby at Texas home, police say news

    A nearby resident in the city of Temple said he saw a police officer carrying a “lifeless-looking” baby out to an ambulance. “The police officer carried [the infant] out,” witness Bradley Martin said. Temple Police Department's criminal investigations division is working on the case.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:09:13 -0400
  • Fort Standard's Terrazzo Planters and Other Top Picks from the AD Design Show

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    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:42:08 -0400
  • Gaza bomb suspect, two Hamas security officers killed in raid news

    The man Hamas called the main suspect in a bomb attack against the Palestinian prime minister in Gaza was killed in an arrest raid on Thursday that also left two members of the Islamist movement's security forces dead. One of chief suspect Anas Abu Koussa's alleged accomplices in last week's attack was also killed in the raid, according to Hamas. The raid came after Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, launched a manhunt to search for the perpetrators of a roadside bomb that left prime minister Rami Hamdallah unhurt on March 13.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:25:40 -0400
  • John Dowd Resigns As Trump's Lead Lawyer In Russia Probe news

    John Dowd resigned Thursday as President Donald Trump's lead attorney assigned

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:37:11 -0400
  • Venezuela oil workers clash with security officials in PDVSA cafeteria protest news

    By Alexandra Ulmer and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Angry Venezuelan oil workers demanding better benefits to counter crushing hyperinflation and food shortages clashed with security officials during a rare protest in the cafeteria of state oil company PDVSA's headquarters on Friday. Venezuela is home to the world's largest crude reserves but its creaking state-led economic model has all but collapsed, sparking four-digit inflation and long lines for everything from milk to medicines. Many struggling oil workers have kept mum for fear of losing their jobs and health insurance as President Nicolas Maduro's government takes an increasingly tough line on dissent.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:31:53 -0400
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Scolds His Own Party For Trying To Impeach Justices news

    The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a Republican, spoke out

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:31:01 -0400
  • School district plans to arm students with rocks as protection against school shooters news

    As schools around the nation grapple with how to best protect their students against a potential gunman, a school district in Pennsylvania has come up with one concrete solution. The superintendent of the Blue Mountain School district told state lawmaker

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:32:44 -0400
  • 14 Most Reliable Pickups, SUVs, and Minivans On The Road

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    Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:09:41 -0400
  • FBI seeks motive for fiery van crash at California air base news

    ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are working around the clock as they struggle to determine why a man with no apparent ties to terrorism drove a flaming minivan full of propane tanks and gasoline cans through the main gate of a major Northern California Air Force Base this week.

    Sat, 24 Mar 2018 04:21:54 -0400
  • United Airlines gives woman $10,000 after taking her off overbooked flight news

    A woman has received a $10,000 travel voucher from United Airlines after she was bumped from her flight. United reportedly had an issue with one of the seats on a fully booked plane leaving from Washington and headed to Austin. In a series of tweets, the experience is documented on Ms Preiss’ Twitter feed as she shifts from outrage that United was forcing a traveller off a flight, to still-inconvenienced surprised delight.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:11:00 -0400
  • Expert: No sign of foul play in US youth's death in Bermuda news

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — A U.S. student who died while visiting Bermuda for a rugby tournament died from an apparent fall and there are no signs of any foul play, police and a forensic expert said Thursday.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:04:42 -0400
  • After Years Of Deficit Doomsaying, Republicans Go On Massive Spending Spree news

    WASHINGTON ― Republicans are learning to love deficits and debt again, now

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:04:16 -0400
  • Trump Doesn’t Get His ‘Great Beautiful Wall’ But Does Get 33 Miles Of Fence news

    WASHINGTON ― Having failed to get Mexico and then Congress to pay for his

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:08:16 -0400
  • U.N. rights experts urge China to provide care for rights lawyer news

    United Nations experts called on China on Friday to provide medical care to Jiang Tianyong, a prominent human rights lawyer jailed for inciting "subversion", amid reports of his deteriorating health. In a rare joint statement on China, six independent human rights experts voiced deep concern at the condition of Jiang, sentenced to two years jail last November after being found guilty of inciting subversion of state power.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:34:04 -0400
  • Syrian Kurdish leader condemns Russia for Turkey 'green light' in Afrin news

    A prominent Syrian Kurdish leader on Thursday criticised Russia for giving a "green light" to Turkey to carry out an offensive in Syria's Afrin region, saying it wouldn't have happened without Moscow's approval. Turkish troops and allied Syrian forces seized control of the northwestern city of Afrin from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia on Sunday. In an interview with AFP during a visit to Stockholm, Saleh Muslim, the former co-chair of the main Syrian Kurdish political movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) said Turkey wouldn't have succeeded without Russian backing.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:34:05 -0400
  • Royal Caribbean picks up world's largest cruise ship news

    French shipbuilder STX handed over the world's biggest cruiseliner, the Symphony of the Seas, to US giant Royal Caribbean International on Friday ahead of its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean. The ship, which weighs 228,000 tonnes, is at 362 metres (1,188 feet) long just 20 metres shy of the length of the Empire State Building. It is marginally bigger than its sister ship, the Harmony of the Seas, which STX France delivered to Royal Caribbean in 2016.

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:09:42 -0400
  • Petersen Automotive Museum to host ‘Outlaw’ Porsche Panel news

    Celebrating all things underground Porsche culture with a new 'Outlaw' panel, the Petersen Automotive museum will host craftsmen and icons from the Porsche Hot Rod world during an exclusive event

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:08:13 -0400
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