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Hong Kong pulls out stops to mark 20 years of Chinese rule

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 20:10

Hong Kong pulls out stops to mark 20 years of Chinese ruleA multi-million dollar programme of events in Hong Kong will mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain, but critics say the show is out of step with political tensions. China's President Xi Jinping is expected to visit for the July 1 anniversary, with security exercises under way in preparation. An official video of Canto pop stars performing a new song "Hong Kong, our home" is frequently broadcast on television networks.


Leonardo DiCaprio used a standard, office file folder for his climate march sign, lol

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 15:43

Leonardo DiCaprio used a standard, office file folder for his climate march sign, lolLook, let me start by saying Leonardo DiCaprio has done a lot to combat climate change.  He produced a climate change documentary titled Before the Flood that dropped in 2016. He has a foundation "dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants." The foundation has given $61 million to causes that align with that mission statement. He talks about climate change all the time. And, also, he was among the ~200,000 people in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to protest a White House that very much does not share his (scientifically valid) concern for the damage people are doing to the climate. SEE ALSO: Trump's big EPA website change should make you furious It's just kind of funny that the man who has done all of the above couldn't get a sign for the protest that was bigger than a piece of computer paper.  Like, at what point did DiCaprio realize he wanted a sign? Did he wake up in a hotel and say, "Shit, I forgot people were going to write things on posters and walk around with them at this thing I'm going to today," and then he went to the nearest Staples, a Staples with markers but without posterboard? Did the hotel have a green and a red marker and a file folder somewhere? Does he keep these things in a bag? Anyway, it's just funny. WATCH: Giant icebergs are a big tourist draw in Newfoundland, and a warning sign


UK Government was handed dossier on Donald Trump links to Russia last year, court papers reveal

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 12:30

UK Government was handed dossier on Donald Trump links to Russia last year, court papers revealThe British Government was passed the dossier detailing alleged collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump back in December, it has emerged. The collection of memos, which alleges the existence of a Russian programme "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Mr Trump to the presidency, was compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele. It was known to have circulated among intelligence officials and top politicians in Washington, and the Guardian now reports that Mr Steele's court filings state he shared the memo with a British "national security official" in their official capacity.


Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:53

Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quitBy Andrew Osborn and Svetlana Reiter MOSCOW (Reuters) - Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for 17 years, has not said whether he will run in presidential elections in March 2018. Saturday's protest in the capital -- called "We're sick of him" -- was organized by the Open Russia movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.


Cop Allegedly Fakes Suicide and Flees To Mexico

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:25

Cop Allegedly Fakes Suicide and Flees To MexicoCops are still searching for him.


US Marines return to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:11

US Marines return to Afghanistan's volatile HelmandUS Marines returned to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Saturday, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO's combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the resurgent Taliban. The deployment of some 300 Marines to the poppy-growing southern province came one day after the militants announced the launch of their "spring offensive", and as the Trump administration seeks to craft a new strategy in Afghanistan.


Two members of alt-right accused of making white supremacist hand signs in White House after receiving press passes

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 09:46

Two members of alt-right accused of making white supremacist hand signs in White House after receiving press passesTwo conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white supremacist hand symbol at a recent visit to the White House. “Just two people doing a white power hand gesture in the White House,” Fusion senior reporter Emma Roller tweeted, alongside a screenshot of the picture.


Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 08:29

Turkey blocks access to WikipediaBy Can Sezer and David Dolan ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has blocked online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the telecommunications watchdog said on Saturday, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security. The move is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey's Western allies, who say Ankara has sharply curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year's failed coup. "After technical analysis and legal consideration ... an administrative measure has been taken for this website (Wikipedia. ...


Judge orders Arkansas to conduct autopsy on executed inmate

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 07:42

Judge orders Arkansas to conduct autopsy on executed inmateA federal judge has ordered the Arkansas authorities to conduct an autopsy on the body of an executed inmate whose lawyer described his death as "horrifying," including jerking and convulsions during his lethal injection. Judge Kristine Baker of the US Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas issued the order late Friday, less than 24 hours after the state executed the 38-year-old convicted multiple murderer Kenneth Williams. Arkansas officials had said the compressed timeline was necessary because the state's stock of a sedative used in the lethal injection, midazolam, was set to expire at the end of April.


Knights of Malta elect temporary leader for reform period

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 07:21

Knights of Malta elect temporary leader for reform periodVATICAN CITY (AP) — The ancient Knights of Malta religious order on Saturday elected a temporary leader during a period of reform after the last grand master was effectively ousted by Pope Francis.


Bonobos may be better representation of last common ancestor with humans than chimps

Science Daily Animal News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 06:50

A new study examining the muscular system of bonobos provides firsthand evidence that the rare great ape species may be more closely linked, anatomically, to human ancestors than common chimpanzees.

Turkey, US can turn Raqa into 'graveyard' for IS: Erdogan

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 04:12

 ErdoganTurkey and the United States can join forces to turn the Islamic State jihadist group's de-facto capital of Raqa in Syria into a "graveyard" for the extremists, the Turkish president said on Saturday. The Turkish government is pressuring Washington to stop backing Kurdish fighters as an ally in the fight against IS jihadists in Syria, in a dispute that has has limited cooperation between the NATO allies. "The huge America, the coalition and Turkey can join hands and turn Raqa into a graveyard for Daesh," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an Istanbul meeting, using an alternative name for the IS group.


Apple Trying To Persuade California DMV To Change Self-Driving Rules

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 04:04

Apple Trying To Persuade California DMV To Change Self-Driving RulesThe tech giant also wants the state’s restriction on using self-driving vehicles without a human driver to be removed.


Father of missing boy says he's desperate to find son

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:44

Father of missing boy says he's desperate to find sonLOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of a 5-year-old boy reported missing about a week ago in California has released a statement saying he is desperate to find his son, on the same day homicide detectives searched his home.


Friends hail woman, 86, killed trying to stop attack as hero

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:43

Friends hail woman, 86, killed trying to stop attack as heroNORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) — A young man was identified Friday as the suspect in the sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old California woman remembered as a hero by investigators and neighbors after she used a walking stick to try to stop an attack on her friend.


The Latest: Well-known lawyer defends teen in track attack

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:30

 Well-known lawyer defends teen in track attackNORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of an 86-year-old California woman (all times local):


Trump's big EPA website change should make you furious

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:23

Trump's big EPA website change should make you furiousYet another fear among scientists and climate activists has become reality in the era of Trump. Decades of research and data about carbon emissions, other greenhouse gases, and more was hidden from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website by the Trump administration late Friday as the sprawling climate change webpage goes under "review."  Adding insult to injury, this comes on the eve of the People's Climate March.  Climate change activists have been wringing their hands ever since Inauguration Day, fearing that the new administration would do something just like this. The EPA has been chipping away at climate change mentions on its website since January, but Friday's takedown is the biggest, and most disturbing step yet.  SEE ALSO: In ultimate insult, Trump rolls back EPA's climate policies from within the EPA The webpage, which has been in existence for more than 20 years, explained what climate change is, what caused it and how it affects your health, among other things. In contrast to what Trump and his EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, have said about climate change (they don't believe it's man-made), the webpage notes many times how humans have contributed to climate change.  "Research indicates that natural causes do not explain most observed warming, especially warming since the mid-20th century. Rather, it is extremely likely that human activities have been the dominant cause of that warming," the webpage read, according to an archived version captured before Friday. Starting Friday evening, going to EPA.gov/climate and EPA.gov/climatechange sent visitors to a landing page that said, "This page is being updated." In an agency statement about the website changes, there's no mention of removing all the content, even if temporarily.  "The process, which involves updating language to reflect the approach of new leadership, is intended to ensure that the public can use the website to understand the agency's current efforts," the EPA's statement reads, adding in the last line that "content related to climate and regulation is also under review." At the very end of a Friday news dump: @EPA might take climate change information off its website pic.twitter.com/Gngh62R5sJ — Timothy Cama (@Timothy_Cama) April 28, 2017 While the climate landing page was down, certain climate-related sections could still be found through a Google search. For example, a section about climate indicators was still live as of Friday evening. "While it remains to be seen how information and information access will change as the EPA site is updated, it is concerning that this overhaul was not announced until the same day that pages like the Climate Change page, which serve as important public resources, were already becoming unavailable," said the Environmental Data and Governance Website Tracking Initiative, a nonprofit group closely tracking changes to climate information across the federal government, in a statement.  "The timing of this overhaul cuts off availability when access to trusted information about the science behind climate change will be necessary to enable a conversation about our changing climate," the group stated. Trump has made climate denying statements in the past, calling global warming a hoax. More recently he walked them back, claiming that climate change was naturally occurring and not man-made. Trump's EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, is a noted climate-change denier.  The administration is seeking to make deep cuts to the EPA's budget and personnel, potential involving thousands of layoffs and the gutting of its climate science programs, which could leave few qualified people left to update the climate science page in the next few years. The scientific findings presented on the EPA climate change website were used by many in the media and the scientific community to contradict claims Pruitt made in a CNBC interview on March 9, in which he said that carbon dioxide does not act as a "control knob," or thermostat, on the planet's climate:  "I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," Pruitt said. "But we don't know that yet, as far as... we need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis," he said.  On eve of #climatemarch, Trump EPA releases quiet, mumbling press release signaling censorship of climate change content from EPA website. https://t.co/MUxAIf5XMs — John Walke (@jwalkenrdc) April 28, 2017 The EPA's inspector general is investigating whether Pruitt's statement's violated agency policy because they departed so much from the agency's own scientific findings.  The EPA has a link back to an archived view of the site from before Trump took office on Jan. 19. That's exactly one day before Trump took over. But more recent archived versions of the site are available, such as this screenshot of the climate page from March 17. Earlier Friday, Trump signed an executive order that expands offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, something the Obama administration fought to curtail. The administration has been working to roll back Obama's other climate change programs, including the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which would restrict greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.  The website review may be aimed at bringing the site in line with such an agenda, but any editing of scientific information would run counter to the history of the site and the mission of the EPA.  Information about the website changes have been murky, with the administration's statement leaving much to be desired in terms of detail. There's no timeline on when the changes will be made either. Climate activists have already begun voicing their concerns on social media, and this is sure to fire them up as they ready for Saturday's big climate march.  Mashable science editor Andrew Freedman contributed reporting for this story. WATCH: Hero with a drone spots a shark circling below 3 oblivious surfers


Filipino troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnapper in clash

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:28

Filipino troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnapper in clashMANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a notorious kidnapper who had sailed across the sea border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom, the military chief said Saturday.


The Latest: Judge orders evidence preserved from execution

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:25

 Judge orders evidence preserved from executionLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the final execution in Arkansas before the state's supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of the month (all times local):


6.8-magnitude quake strikes the Philippines: USGS

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:24

 USGSA 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Philippines early Saturday, triggering a tsunami warning that was later lifted, Philippine and US authorities said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake, which shook the southern region of Mindanao just before dawn, Philippine officials said. It struck at a depth of 41 kilometres (25 miles) in Mindanao, more than 700 kilometres southeast of the capital Manila, at 4:23 am Saturday (2023 GMT Friday), the US Geological Service said.


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