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New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challenges

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:15

New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challengesBy Jessica Resnick-Ault NEW YORK (Reuters) - New leadership at Puerto Rico's beleaguered electric utility may not be sufficient to compensate for missteps following Hurricane Maria that led to delayed work, recurrent blackouts and more than $500 million in contracts with untested companies now under federal investigation. A management shakeup on Friday will not by itself cure the chaotic and slow power restoration efforts two months after the hurricane struck the island. PREPA's chief executive Ricardo Ramos stepped down unexpectedly last week, days after congressional hearings on the restoration.


A chicken-flavored electrolyte drink could help sniffer dogs stay hydrated

Science Daily Animal News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:52

The first comparison of plain water, electrolyte injections and a chicken-flavored electrolyte drink as techniques for keeping sniffer dogs hydrated when working in hot weather finds that while all are safe and effective, dogs drink more and are more hydrated when given a chicken-flavored electrolyte drink.

New malaria parasites identified in wild bonobos

Science Daily Animal News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:51

Malaria parasites, although widespread among wild chimpanzees and gorillas, have not been detected in bonobos, a chimp cousin. Although the researchers saw evidence of a new malaria species in bonobos, it was limited to one small area of their range. This work helps the hunt for biological loopholes to potentially exploit the life history of ape pathogens to better understand how they cross over to humans.

Turkish lira hits record low against dollar

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:44

Turkish lira hits record low against dollarThe embattled Turkish lira hit record lows against the dollar on Tuesday as investors took fright over an impending trial in the United States and changes to banking regulations. The Turkish lira lost over one percent in value to trade at 3.97 to the dollar late morning, testing the never-before-reached 4.0 ceiling, before rallying slightly to 3.95 in the early evening. The latest drop followed the delay on Monday of a scheduled trial in the United States of Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab and Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy chief executive of Turkish lender Halkbank, accused of defying US sanctions on Iran.


The Next Big Iran Military Threat: Stealth Submarines That Could Battle Israel?

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:21

 Stealth Submarines That Could Battle Israel?Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has once again slammed Iran’s presence in Syria, this time claiming that Tehran has a plan to base aircraft in the country, dock its submarines on Syria’s Mediterranean coast and directly threaten Israeli waters. “They want to bring their air force there, right next to Israel,” Netanyahu declared in November 2017.


Hurricane Maria: Bill Clinton personally hands out supplies in Puerto Rico to survivors

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:12

 Bill Clinton personally hands out supplies in Puerto Rico to survivorsFormer US president Bill Clinton has arrived in Puerto Rico to meet with residents as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria. Mr Rossello said Mr Clinton's visit will help people realise Puerto Rico still needed relief supplies more than two months after he hurricane wreaked havoc on the island. "It's important to have him here because he has a vision of how to emerge from the emergency phase, establish normalcy and begin to rebuild," Mr Rossello said.


A Mysterious Object Flying Past the Sun Is Our First Confirmed Visitor From Another Solar System

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 06:50

A Mysterious Object Flying Past the Sun Is Our First Confirmed Visitor From Another Solar SystemIt's been named ‘'Oumuamua’ after a Hawaiian term meaning scout or messenger


Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 06:08

Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities orderA federal judge on Monday permanently blocked President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.


In 1991, America Stopped Building the Ultimate Submarine Russia or China Still Can't Beat

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:25

In 1991, America Stopped Building the Ultimate Submarine Russia or China Still Can't BeatThe extreme quietness of the Seawolf class gave the Navy the idea of modifying the last submarine, USS Jimmy Carter, to support clandestine operations. The MMP gives Carter the ability to send and recover Remotely Operated Vehicles/Unmanned Underwater Vehicles and SEALs and diving teams while submerged. The Seawolf-class submarines were envisioned as the best submarines ever built.


The Presidential Turkey Pardon: An Awkward Thanksgiving Tradition

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 04:41

 An Awkward Thanksgiving TraditionFrom Reagan to Trump, no president has been immune from awkward run-ins with the Thanksgiving turkey.


Karina Vetrano murder : Man beat jogger so hard her teeth broke, court hears

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 04:13

 Man beat jogger so hard her teeth broke, court hearsCathie and Philip Vetrano heard the accused Chanel Lewis explain that he struck Karina Vetrano so hard that her teeth broke. In a pre-taped confession, Mr Lewis said he “lost it” and grabbed the 30-year-old from Queens as she ran past him through a marshy swamp along a bike path in Spring Creek Park. The confession was recorded back in February 2017 after Mr Lewis spent the night in a police precinct watching cartoons.


LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From China

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:50

LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From ChinaOutspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night.


Donald Trump’s Pricey New Christmas Hat Gets Exactly The Reception You’d Expect

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:48

Donald Trump’s Pricey New Christmas Hat Gets Exactly The Reception You’d ExpectThis time, he’s selling a Christmas version of his famous lid, with “Make American Great Again” covered in embroidered lights on the front and “Merry Christmas” on the back.


Child sex offender's release from jail had tormented tragic Gaia Pope 

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:47

Child sex offender's release from jail had tormented tragic Gaia Pope Gaia Pope was traumatised by the impending release from jail on child sex offences of a college friend against whom she had made a police complaint. Gaia, 19, had accused Connor Hayes of sexual abuse after they had stopped seeing each other two years ago, the offender’s mother said yesterday.  Police had dropped that investigation into Hayes, 24, but had prosecuted him successfully for persuading another girlfriend to take part in a sex video which was then uploaded onto the internet. Hayes was jailed for two years in April after pleading guilty to three separate offences of taking an indecent moving image of a child, possession of indecent images of a child and paying for the sexual services of a child.  He was due for release in the coming months, under rules which mean offenders serve half their sentence. Connor Hayes, 24, was jailed for sex offences Gaia’s family and friends said the “traumatic incident” and fear of Hayes’ release had made her “very anxious” and that could have triggered an epileptic seizure. Gaia’s body was discovered on Saturday close to a cliff edge near to Swanage, in Dorset, where she had last been seen on November 7. A post mortem ruled out the involvement of any third party in her death and yesterday police acknowledged the “stress and anxiety” caused to three members of one family arrested on suspicion of her murder.  Rosemary Dinch, 71, her son Paul Elsey, 49, and her grandson Nathan Elsey, 19, who were all dragged into the case, are threatening to sue police for wrongful arrest after an alleged CCTV mix-up caused by the clocks changing. Ms Dinch's daughter, Deborah Elsey, told The Sun she had given police CCTV footage from her house that showed her son, who said he had known Miss Pope, leaving his home. "When they questioned him, the time didn't match the time on the footage so they dragged him in for murder," Ms Elsey said. Gaia Pope The inquiry into Gaia’s death will now turn to what triggered her behaviour in the hours before she vanished. Hannah Sutherland, her aunt, spoke of “a traumatic incident a couple of years ago”. She said: “And because of her epilepsy, prior to a seizure she could get very anxious and that was apparently part of what came out as some of the anxiety. She was anxious there could potentially be some parole or something coming up.” Gaia’s father Richard Sutherland said the incident had “had a really devastating effect on her”. Mr Sutherland said he had lots of questions that now needed answers, telling ITV News: “We want to know more. I think we know that she was really struggling [with] a lot of issues and she clearly just couldn’t cope with that. With the epilepsy she was just struggling badly.” Hayes’s mother confirmed that Gaia had made a complaint against her son although the detail of the allegation is not clear. In a statement, she said: “I am aware that my son had a brief friendship with Gaia Pope when she was 16 and had just started college. “Within weeks of their friendship ending, Gaia made an accusation to the police which was not upheld. “To the best of my knowledge my son has not had any contact with Gaia since their friendship ended at least two years ago.” Police cordon off an area close to the coastal path at Swanage Hayes, from Bournemouth, and his friend William Wright, 24, from Bovington, also in Dorset, were both jailed for two years for abusing another victim. The victim had been persuaded by Hayes in November 2014 to take part in a sex video with Wright, telling the girl that the video was for personal use.  Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Hayes and Wright shot 10 video clips and 27 still images of them having sex with the girl. Their victim was 16 at the time and over the age of consent for sex but under the age of 18, meaning it was illegal to make or possess indecent images of her. A year later, in November 2015, the video was uploaded onto the internet and the men were arrested shortly afterwards.  Gaia Pope's sister says she was the 'light of my life' 01:38 Wright’s father Jeremy Wright insisted yesterday his son had not known Gaia and bore no responsibility for her death. Mr Wright said he had been told by his son’s friends that Hayes had faced further accusations, although he was unclear what they were. Gaia’s family and friends have now begun a campaign seeking justice. Lucy Tuffin, her close friend, posted on Facebook: “No one can hurt you anymore Gaia, if I could have protected you from it all I would have,” adding: “Justice for Gaia. It was You and Me against the world and still is.” Her cousin, Marienna Weidemann-Pope, had posted on Facebook “#JusticeForGaia” which was being shared across the social networking site. Gaia Pope caught on CCTV on the day she went missing Gaia's mother, Natasha Pope said in a written tribute: “A wise magnificent soul that burns far too bright for this world. Her spirit overflows with love and compassion for others. “Gaia our free spirit, our wild pony, a light that will radiate for all eternity. Meet me at the gate my darling and so we are here longing for you for the rest of our lives. Together forever, united as one, your Mum always.” Gaia’s twin sister, Maya, said in tribute: “Gaia is my everything and I am heartbroken.”  Dorset police confirmed the three people arrested in connection with Gaia’s disappearance had been released from investigation without any further action. Detective superintendent Paul Kessell, said: “I appreciate our enquiries would have caused these individuals stress and anxiety. However, we have an obligation in any missing person investigation to explore every possible line of enquiry.  “The public would expect Dorset Police to fully investigate the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl. Our aim was not only to find Gaia but to find out what happened to her.” The cause of Gaia's death remains undetermined pending toxicology results.


Police: Woman confessed to putting babies in concrete in 90s

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 00:10

 Woman confessed to putting babies in concrete in 90sTOKYO (AP) — A Japanese woman was arrested Tuesday after police say she confessed to putting four newborns in concrete-filled buckets two decades ago and having been filled with guilt over not caring for her babies.


As World Turns More Slowly, We Face Earthquake Boom, Scientists Warn

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 22:15

As World Turns More Slowly, We Face Earthquake Boom, Scientists WarnMore powerful earthquakes could rock the globe in 2018 because of infinitesimal changes in the speed of the Earth’s rotation, scientists warn.


U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 20:32

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crashThe two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.


New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 20:05

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiquesWith wide boulevards, fashionable shopping and a Roman-style amphitheatre, the newly built Palestinian city of Rawabi is the culmination of a decades-long dream for developer Bashar al-Masri. It boasts an extreme sports centre and 15,000-seater amphitheatre hung with giant pictures of Arab and Western entertainment stars, while a cinema and winery are set to be built.


White House asks Supreme Court to allow full travel ban

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 19:51

White House asks Supreme Court to allow full travel banThe White House asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to allow President Donald Trump's latest travel ban to take full effect after an appeals court in California ruled last week that only parts of it could be enacted. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 13 partially granted a Trump administration request to block at least temporarily a judge's ruling that had put the new ban on hold. It ruled the government could bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States.


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