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N.Korea cancels S.Korea visit by advance team for art troupe

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:40

N.Korea cancels S.Korea visit by advance team for art troupeSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation led by the head of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea over the weekend to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe she also leads during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.


Delta issues new rules on emotional support animals

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:05

Delta issues new rules on emotional support animalsAfter the airline said it saw a spike in animal incidents, passengers must now provide documentation for their pet to the airline within 48 hours of their flight.


Classmate speaks out about California ‘House of Horrors’ victim

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:03

Classmate speaks out about California ‘House of Horrors’ victimA classmate of one of the victims who attended community college says the Turpin son was very thin and always in the same clothing.


Gymnastics stars speak out against Larry Nassar

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:56

Gymnastics stars speak out against Larry NassarAly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, two members of the 2012 USA Gymnastics team that stole the show at the London Olympics, were among the victims to give powerful statements against Larry Nassar.


Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:56

Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing babyA car plowed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade, killing a baby and injuring more than a dozen people.


How to Solidify Your Retirement Fund

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:27

How to Solidify Your Retirement FundThe traditional three-legged retirement stool -- consisting of pensions, personal savings and Social Security benefits -- is looking wobblier than ever. Defined benefit pension plans, which have been disappearing for some time, are now on the verge of extinction. Just 8 percent of private employers offered pension plans in 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Googe CEO: A.I. more important to humanity than fire, electricity

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:04

 A.I. more important to humanity than fire, electricityGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai discusses the importance of developing artificial intelligence and why it’s good that humanity is concerned about its development.


Adulthood now begins at 24, say scientists as young people delay work, marriage and families 

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:00

Adulthood now begins at 24, say scientists as young people delay work, marriage and families Adulthood does not begin until 24, scientists have concluded because young people are continuing their education for longer and delaying marriage and parenthood. The traditional definition for adolescence is currently between and the ages of 10 and 19, which marked the beginnings of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth. But, writing in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne argue the timings needs to be changed. They point to the fact that the brain continues to mature beyond the age of 20, and many people’s wisdom teeth do not come through until the age of 25. And people are also getting married and having children later, with the average man entering their first marriage aged 32.5 and women 30.6, an increase of eight years since the 1970s. Families have changed significantly since the 1970s Credit:  Fox Photos Lead author Prof Susan Sawyer, said delays in young people leaving education, settling down and becoming parents, showed adolescence was now longer and argued that policies that support youth should be extended beyond teenage years. Countries such as New Zealand already treat children who have been in care as vulnerable until they are 25, allowing them the same rights as youngsters “Age definitions are always arbitrary,” she said, but “our current definition of adolescence is overly restricted.” “The ages of 10-24 years are a better fit with the development of adolescents nowadays.” However other academics argued that just because young people were unmarried or still in education did not mean they were not fully functioning adults. But Dr Jan Macvarish, a parenting sociologist at the University of Kent, told the BBC: “There is nothing inevitably infantilising about spending your early 20s in higher education or experimenting in the world of work. “Society should maintain the highest possible expectations of the next generation.” Prof Sawyer also admits there could be downsides to he plan, particularly if youngsters were no longer seen as responsible or capable of full engagement in society until they were 24. "Such a view would risk disenfranchising adolescents and undermines their rights to fully participate in society," she added.


2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car: owners' impressions after a year

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:00

 owners' impressions after a yearCalifornians got the chance to buy Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars before everyone else, and the compact hatchback has sold well in the state, aided by its 238-mile rated range. What follows are John Porter's words, edited by Green Car Reports for comprehension, style, and length.


Taiwan stymies new China flights amid route row, official says

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:25

Taiwan stymies new China flights amid route row, official saysBy Jeanny Kao and Brenda Goh TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Taiwan's aviation regulator has stalled applications for new flights from China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines amid a row between Beijing and the self-ruled island over air routes, a regulatory official said on Friday. Taiwan had not yet approved the applications to add flights during the approaching Lunar New Year holiday because in recent weeks the airlines had used four disputed air routes close to the island, said the official, who asked not to be identified. This month China opened several disputed air routes, including a northbound M503 route in the Taiwan Strait, without informing Taiwan, contravening what the democratic government in Taipei said was a 2015 deal to first discuss such flight paths.


Two children charged with killing half-a-million bees on Iowa farm

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:09

Two children charged with killing half-a-million bees on Iowa farmThe boys, aged 12 and 13, have been charged with knocking over 50 beehives at the Wild Hill Honey farm in Sioux City which caused half a million bees to freeze to death in late December. Wild Hill Honey owner Justin Engelhardt claimed the boys had caused $60,000 (£42,000) of damage in what he called a “completely senseless” act. Mr Engelhardt said he and his wife had discovered the destruction on 28 December when they went to dust snow off the hives.


Hunting dogs as possible vectors for the infectious disease tularaemia

Science Daily Animal News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:02

Tularaemia is an infectious bacterial disease that is life-threatening for rodents, rabbits and hares, but which can also infect humans and dogs. While contact with contaminated blood or meat makes hunters a high-risk group, the frequency of infections among hunting dogs has not been much studied. Researchers have now confirmed a relevant prevalence of infections in Austrian hunting dogs following a serological study in which seven percent of the animals tested positive. This could lead to more intense debate as to whether the often asymptomatic animals represent an additional risk of infection for people.

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:00

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This WeekKids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.


Animal carnivores could be our powerful allies

Science Daily Animal News - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:59

Animal carnivores living in and around human habitation are declining at an unprecedented rate -- but they may provide crucial benefits to human societies. Researchers have revealed that predators and scavengers ranging from bats to leopards and vultures are valuable to human health and well-being.

Turkish troops shell Afrin to oust US-backed Kurdish militia

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:36

Turkish troops shell Afrin to oust US-backed Kurdish militiaTurkey on Friday started shelling the Syrian town of Afrin held by a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers "terrorists" in a move to oust them, the defence minister said. The Turkish government has repeatedly warned that a full-scale operation against Syrian towns controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, including Afrin, is imminent after the US said it was training a 30,000-strong border force there. "The Afrin operation will take place," Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli told A Haber television.


Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:15

Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional mapsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning. The conservative-majority court granted a bid by Republican legislators in North Carolina to suspend the Jan. 9 order by a federal court panel in Greensboro that gave the Republican-controlled General Assembly until Jan. 24 to come up with a new map for U.S. House of Representatives districts.


Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That Way

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:13

Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That WayThe mother of a University of Alabama student who received national scorn for her racist rants on video said she agreed with the school’s decision to expel her daughter.


Turpin family latest: Two healthy Maltese dogs seized from couple whose 13 malnourished children were found 'imprisoned'

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:35

 Two healthy Maltese dogs seized from couple whose 13 malnourished children were found 'imprisoned'Authorities seized two healthy dogs from the Turpin family after 13 siblings were found malnourished and allegedly tortured. The two Maltese-mix dogs “appear healthy”, Perris, California animal control officer Christina Avila said, and will be raffled for adoption. David and Louise Turpin have denied a string of charges relating to their alleged treatment of the children, who are aged between 2 and 29.


China Wants Missile Defenses To Stop India (And Kill Satellites)

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:28

China Wants Missile Defenses To Stop India (And Kill Satellites)India conducted a successful test of its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a nuclear-capable Agni-5, on Thursday, underscoring a potential threat to China as well as Pakistan. China is also within range of nuclear-armed North Korean missiles and Japan is mulling whether it should develop similar capabilities.


Anderson Cooper Tells Conan Haiti Is 'Among The Richest Countries I've Ever Been To'

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:03

Anderson Cooper Tells Conan Haiti Is 'Among The Richest Countries I've Ever Been To'CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday gave Conan O’Brien a glowing review of Haiti before the talk show host’s trip there.


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