How did FBI unlock dead gunman's iPhone?
The FBI has managed to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending a court case, the US justice department says. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 06:22:51 GMT
Manufacturing, global trade impair health of people with no stake in either
The latest products may bring joy to people around the globe, but academic researchers this week are highlighting the heightened health risks experienced by people in regions far downwind of the factories that produce these goods and on the other side of the world from where they're consumed. Scientists quantify and map the shift of environmental and health burdens brought on by globalization and international trade. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:57:28 EDT
Infant vitamin B1 deficiency leads to poor motor function and balance
A new study found that infantile vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency severely affected the motor function of preschoolers who were fed faulty formula in the first year of their lives. The conclusions were based on a retrospective study of children who received Remedia, an Israeli formula brand completely lacking in vitamin B1, in 2004. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:09:52 EDT
PDVSA Manager Arrested in Venezuela Fuel Corruption Probe
Venezuela has arrested a senior manager of state oil company PDVSA on suspicion of “irregularities” in contracts to supply fuel to the domestic market, authorities said on Wednesday.
The detention of international commerce manager Marco Malave, 47, followed a shakeup of personnel at PDVSA's trade department since January and amid gasoline shortages around the South American OPEC nation last week.
“PDVSA representatives denounced a series of irregularities in the protocol for... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:25:51 -0400
Study Finds Correlation Between Good Health, Economic Prospects
A study by U.S. economic experts and a major health insurance company says a healthy population is a key ingredient in a healthy and growing economy.
Blue Cross and Moody's Analytics used data from millions of insurance customers to draw a statistical relationship between health and prosperity in the United States.
In counties throughout the 50 states where the population had top health scores, per capita incomes were nearly $4,000 a year higher than in counties where people had... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:15:07 -0400
Counterterror Efforts High on Agenda in Tillerson's Meetings with Turkey, NATO
The United States is examining its next steps in the campaign to defeat Islamic State militants and stabilize the refugee crisis with regional allies, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks on trips to Turkey and NATO headquarters this week. The top U.S. diplomat will press NATO allies to demonstrate a clear path to increase defense spending, in his first meeting with counterparts from this security bloc.
U.S.-led forces are increasing their campaign to retake the Syrian city of... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:00:44 -0400
Meningitis Outbreak Kills 269 in Nigeria
Meningitis has killed 269 people in Nigeria in recent weeks, the country's Center for Disease Control said, as Africa's most populous country and aid organizations try to tackle the surge in infections.
As of Monday, 1,828 suspected cases of meningitis had been reported, with deaths recorded in 15 of the country's 36 states, the center said late Tuesday on Twitter.
The center said on its website that 33 people died of meningitis in 2016.
More than 2,000 people died from... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:58:25 -0400
Dirty Air From Global Trade Kills at Home, Abroad, Study Contends
A study that measures the human toll of air pollution from global manufacturing and trade demonstrates how buying goods made far away can lead to premature deaths both there and close to home.
Each year, more than 750,000 people die prematurely from dirty air generated by making goods in one location that will be sold elsewhere. That's about one-fifth of the 3.45 million premature deaths from air pollution. The study says 12 percent of that total number of deaths, or about 411,000... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:42:39 -0400
This Day in History
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Knights of Columbus Established (1882)
The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic fraternal service organization in the world. Founded by Father Michael McGivney on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, the organization's primary purpose was to provide financial aid to members and their families in the event of illness or death. The Knights of Columbus has since donated billions to charity and now has more than 1.8 million members. What personal tragedy led McGivney to found the organization? Discuss
UN health agency highlights importance of measles vaccine amid Europe outbreak
Hundreds of measles cases have been reported in Europe – where the disease was believed to be nearing elimination – leading the United Nations health agency to urge families to vaccinate their children and for national authorities to take urgent measures to stop transmission at the borders. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST
Ex-minister Macdonald guilty of misconduct
Former NSW Labor minister Ian Macdonald has been found guilty of misconduct charges over a valuable Hunter Valley mining licence he granted in 2008 to a company chaired by his mate, ex-union boss John Maitland. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:01:53 +0200
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Jennifer Capriati (1976)
Capriati's family moved to Florida when she was four years old so she could pursue a tennis career, and by 1990, the 14-year-old had earned over $6 million in endorsements. She became the youngest women's tennis player to win a match at Wimbledon, to reach the semifinals in a Grand Slam event, and to rank in the top ten players. Personal problems—including an arrest—sidelined her as a teen, but she made a successful comeback in her 20s before injuries ended her career. Why was she arrested? Discuss
Article of the Day
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:00 +0200
The term handedness refers to the habitual or more skillful use of one hand as opposed to the other. Approximately 90% of people are right-hand dominant, and a number of biological, sociological, and environmental theories have been proposed to explain the trend. In 2007, researchers discovered the LRRTM1 gene, the first gene linked to an increased likelihood of left-handedness. Many cultures have associated "lefties" with evil or bad luck. What is one advantage associated with left-handedness? Discuss
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Named after Zeus, the supreme god of Greek mythology, Zeidae are a family of large, showy fish found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. Members of the Zeidae family have fairly discoid, laterally-compressed bodies with massive jaws, large eyes, and a conspicuous, crest-shaped dorsal fin containing up to 10 spines. Typically found close to the sea bottom, these edible fish are primarily caught via deep-sea trawling. How do they reproduce?
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT
The Reading Terminal complex is located in the Market East section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Completed in 1893, the complex houses a massive trainshed as well as a flourishing market that continues to do business today. At the time of its construction, the terminal's single-span arched-roof trainshed was one of the largest in the world. Now the world's oldest structure of its kind, the trainshed has been declared a National Historic Landmark. What is now housed in the trainshed?
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In a bid to end the troubles that have struck the Trump administration after the healthcare failure, President Donald Trump unveiled his long-promised executive order to fight cl Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:39:24 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - President Donald Trump has unveiled a new White House office that would provide its head with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy - and Trump is making his son Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:13:07 +1100
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In what came as the Trump administration’s latest move to crack down on sanctuary cities that do not assist federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws, Attorney Gene Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:53:54 +1100
US Officials Worry Budget Cuts Could Hurt Aid Efforts
With over 20 million people nearing starvation in four countries, the United Nations (UN) is asking for $5.6 billion in emergency aid.
For now, UN members have only offered about 20 percent of that amount.
Officials say the world is facing one of the biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II. The UN’s International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has declared a famine in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. A famine means that a very large... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:00:02 +0000
Red Bull Heir Avoids Legal Action after Crash
In 2012, the driver of a Ferrari, an expensive Italian sports car, hit a motorcycle police officer in Bangkok, Thailand, dragged him along the road and fled.
A trail of brake fluid led investigators to the home of one of the country’s richest families. The car belonged to Vorayuth Yoovidhya. His grandfather co-found the Red Bull energy drink company. Forbes magazine estimates the family’s net worth is around $10 billion.
The first reports said a family employee had been driving... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:50:53 +0000
Bob Dylan to Finally Receive Nobel Prize
This is What’s Trending Today.
Many people were surprised when the Swedish Academy announced last October that American singer Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The academy said it chose Dylan because he “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
After the announcement, the Nobel committee did not hear from Dylan for a long time.
Some people openly wondered if he would accept the prize.
But in December, Azita Raji, the United... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:40:30 +0000
Britain Officially Starts Withdrawal from European Union
British Prime Minister Teresa May has officially started the process for Britain to leave the European Union (EU).
May sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday. The move put Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon into effect.
The treaty is an international agreement on which the EU is based. Article 50 deals with how a member country can withdraw from the organization.
May’s letter noted the historic nationwide vote on EU membership last year.... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:31:36 +0000
Indonesian Tax Amnesty Program Set to End Friday
About 10 percent of Indonesians are registered taxpayers and only about one million report their taxes to the government.
That is not a lot for the world’s fourth most populous country. Indonesia is home to almost 260 million people.
The comparatively small number of taxpayers might be one reason for Indonesia’s growing budget deficit.
In the summer of 2016, the government launched a program to increase uncollected tax revenue. It offered to forgive individuals who... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:30:10 +0000
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