Trump’s big EPA website change should worry you

April 30, 2017

Arctic ice melt is a climate change indicator. But will that information be on the "updated" EPA climate site?Image: Mario Tama/Getty Images Yet another climate activist fear has become reality in the era of Trump. Years of research and data about carbon emissions, other greenhouse gases, and more was hidden from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website by the Trump administration Friday as the climate change webpage goes under “review.” Adding insult to injury, …

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NHS contaminated blood was ‘criminal cover-up’ – Burnham – BBC News

April 26, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBurnham: ‘I want to refocus everybody on giving victims what they’ve never had – the truth’ A “criminal cover-up on an industrial scale” took place over the use of NHS contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s, former Health Secretary Andy Burnham has claimed. More than 2,000 deaths have been linked to the scandal in which haemophiliacs and others were infected with hepatitis C and HIV …

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Glenn Beck: Trump ‘doing a really good job of misdirection’

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck said Monday he believes President Donald Trump is “doing a really good job of misdirection.” An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday showed 42% of people approve the President’s performance so far. The poll also showed Trump retaining support among his base, with 96% of people who said they voted for him saying they would do so again. “He’s done a good job of still appearing to be the guy who is …

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It’s the worst possible time for ‘Girlboss’ on Netflix

April 22, 2017

Britt Robertson as Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso in 'Girlboss.'Image: Karen Ballard/netflix When Netflix signed on for Girlboss, it probably sounded like a great idea. Feminism, fashion, and San Francisco? We were about to have our first female president, so what could go wrong? When the show starts streaming on Friday, things will be a little different. Not only are we living in Trump’s America, but Nasty Gal, the multi-million-dollar startup the show was based on, is bankrupt. …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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Painter Barkley Hendricks Dies At 72

April 19, 2017

Jack Shainman, Hendricks gallery, released a statement confirming his death: It is with great sadness that we announce that Barkley L. Hendricks passed away this morning. He was 72 years old. He is survived by his wife Susan of 34 years. We have had the great honor of working with Barkley since 2005. He was a situational painter, documenting the world around him in vivid and highly detailed paintings that capture the distinctive personalities of his subjects. He was a true artists …

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‘Diablo 3’s Necromancer class introduces the best companion ever: The Flesh Golem

April 17, 2017

The upcoming Necromancer class is so metal. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls‘ will soon debut a new Necromancer class and two brand new zones, and they are everything that Diablo 3 should always have been. This new content, that’s currently only available in a closed beta, will release as two sets of DLC at an unannounced date. There’ll be two free new zones within Act II of the game, and a paid “Rise of the Necromancer” pack that includes the new playable Necromancer …

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Nina Simone and me: An artist and activist revisited

April 17, 2017

(CNN)I was surfing online when I stumbled upon a mural in Baltimore painted by artist Ernest Shaw. It’s a three-headed portrait of civil rights icons: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and, of course, Nina Simone. Even within the boundaries of my computer screen, the painting on the side of a building at 401 Lafayette Street was powerful. Curious that the artist had chosen Simone as part of the trifecta, I dialed Shaw, a 41-year-old teacher at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health …

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‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ ditches the Season Pass (maybe) and its fractured community

April 16, 2017

Image: Dice Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s creative director confirmed something we’d been hoping for in an interview before today’s announcement: there’s no season pass for the game this time around. Assuming things stay that way and there’s kinda-maybe-possibly a chance that they won’t, as you’ll soon read it suggests that Star Wars: Battlefront II is coming together with an eye toward keeping the community whole long after the game is released. That …

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This smart bra can help calm you down when you’re stressed

April 12, 2017

Most wearables are about building muscle. VITALI is about strengthening your mind.Image: VITALI When Cindy Wu was a student at The University of British Columbia, she began to suffer from depression. One thing that helped improve her health was yoga. “It was like a cure for me,” the former mechanical engineering student said. Wu eventually became a yoga instructor herself. Then she did something even more ambitious: She built a smart sports bra to help take the health benefits of …

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Get psyched for the highest-definition livestream from space

April 12, 2017

Astronaut Peggy Whitson seen aboard the International Space Station.Image: nasa NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is about to set yet another space flight first when she stars in the first-ever ultra high-definition livestream from space on April 26. Sure, this is not as impressive as her record for the first female astronaut to command the International Space Station twice. Nor is it as noteworthy as the record she is poised to shatter on April 24 for the cumulative time spent in space by any …

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Officer: Black man’s fatal shooting had nothing to do with race

April 3, 2017

(CNN)A white Tulsa, Oklahoma officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist last year said race was not a factor in her decision to open fire. She said the man “caused” his death when he ignored her commands, reaching into his vehicle to retrieve what she believed was a gun. “I saw a threat and I used the force I felt necessary to stop a threat,” Officer Betty Shelby said Sunday during an interview on 60 Minutes. Shelby is scheduled to stand trial …

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Google’s Mars data center and weather control system are just a couple of its best April Fools’ Day pranks

April 2, 2017

Image: google April Fools’ Day is the only “fake news” day that’s almost welcome. Almost. And one of the longstanding masters of the tech prank, Google, is at it again with a fresh batch of trickery. This year, the jokes are more obviously fake this time around in what appears to be an effort to avoid anyone actually thinking these products actually exist. SEE ALSO: 15 office prank ideas to show your coworkers who’s really the boss Nevertheless, some of these …

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Snapchat to brands: Make great stuff and we might let you get on Discover

March 31, 2017

Social media influencer Jen Levinson anchors the first episode of Marriott's Snapchat series. Hotel chains aren’t really cool. They have cool stuff to offer, like free wi-fi and swimming pools, but if you’re a young traveler on a budget, you might be looking more to services like Airbnb. Marriott isn’t ready to concede that, so they’re going after millennials on their own turf: Snapchat. The goal is to convince these travelers via Snapchat that Marriott Rewards is a …

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‘Bed-blocking’ statistics reveal areas worst affected. – BBC News

March 24, 2017

Out of 1.87 million delayed days between April 2016 and the end of January 2017, just over 1 million were down to the NHS. There were 635,000 where social care was responsible and 145,000 that were a mixture of both. @-webkit-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-webkit-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-webkit-transform:rotate(360deg);} } @-moz-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-moz-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-moz-transform:rotate(360deg);} } @-ms-keyframes spinnerRotate { …

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Republicans change health care bill in search for votes

March 21, 2017

(CNN)House Republican leaders released a package of amendments Monday evening to modify the GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare — the culmination of days of negotiations and closed-door meetings to win over critics and skeptics of the proposal. The amendments mark efforts by GOP leaders and the White House to appease both conservatives and moderates who have expressed reservations about the bill. As of Monday, senior Republicans were continuing to whip the GOP conference to ensure …

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Democrats urge one another not to get distracted by Trump’s taxes

March 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)Democratic operatives and lawmakers who once would have rejoiced at the release of President Donald Trump’s taxes reacted to the publication of his 2005 tax return by urging their colleagues not to get distracted from the Republican health care plan. Journalist David Cay Johnston published the return information ahead of an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday. The return, which Johnson said he found in his mailbox, found that Trump paid $38 million in income tax in 2005. It …

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Paul Ryan ‘Encouraged’ By Report That Says Millions Would Lose Insurance Under GOP Plan

March 14, 2017

WASHINGTON House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday that he isencouraged by an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office that found the Republican health care proposal would result in 24 million more uninsured Americans by 2026. Were saying the governments not going to force people to buy something they dont want to buy, he added. And if we end an Obamacare mandate that says you must buy this government, one-size-fits-all plan, guess what, people arent going to buy that. So, of course, …

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A CBO report that conservatives can get behind

March 14, 2017

(CNN)The Congressional Budget Office has released its estimate of House Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, and it highlights the tricky balance that President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and other supporters of the proposed American Health Care Act have to strike. JUST WATCHED Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Stay up to date on the latest opinion, analysis and conversations through social media. Join us at Facebook/CNNOpinion and follow us …

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Why hot chillies might be good for us – BBC News

March 11, 2017

The receptors are actually there to detect the sensation of scalding heat. Capsaicin makes your mouth feel as if it is on fire because the capsaicin molecule happens to fit the receptors perfectly. When this happens it triggers these receptors, which send a signal to your brain, fooling it into thinking that your mouth is literally burning. Is the chilli pepper friend or foe? Can you hurt yourself eating chilli peppers? The reason why wild chilli plants first started to produce capsaicin …

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Brings Back Lead Ammo In Parks And Refuges

March 3, 2017

As the internet freaked out over Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke riding a horse to his first day on the new jobThursday,environmental activists expressed outrage over one of his first actions: overturning a federal ban on hunting with lead ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges. Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy, Zinke said in a statement. This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the communitys voice is …

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Courts to ban cross-examination of victims by abusers – BBC News

February 23, 2017

Ms Truss has been under pressure to reform the treatment of domestic abuse victims in family courts after the President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby said they were lagging “woefully” behind their criminal counterparts. Family court judges are supposed to follow guidance, known as practice direction 12J, which is aimed at stopping an abusive partner from directly interrogating their ex. But charity Women’s Aid has said that professionals in …

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