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These 3 Superbugs Pose the Greatest Threat to Human Health
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The World Health Organization is issuing a warning about a group of deadly bacteria: Recently, the WHO released its first-ever listof "priority pathogens," a list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that the organization says pose the greatest threat to human health. Three pathogens made it into the critical-priority group. Multidrug-resistant bacteria, sometimes called "superbugs," are a critical priority because infections with these germs can be deadly, according to the WHO.
SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A SpaceX reusable cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday, ending a mission to supply astronauts on the International Space Station, the company said. The Dragon capsule -- the only such vessel capable of returning research samples and other material to Earth -- remained docked with the ISS for nearly a month after delivering more than two tonnes of food, water and scientific equipment for NASA on February 23. Before its departure, the crew loaded the cargo ship with old equipment, waste and almost 4,000 pounds of research samples from experiments carried out in the station's condition of microgravity.
China approves fewer GMO crop imports, hampering trade
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
China is approving fewer new biotech crops for import than before, hampering the launch of new products globally and hurting trade, an American industry group said on Tuesday. China does not permit the planting of any genetically modified varieties of staple food crops amid deep-seated consumer opposition.
White House won’t say whether Trump will present proof of wiretapping
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
At his daily briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to say when or whether President Trump will present evidence for the claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama. In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on March 15, Trump promised “some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks” when he was asked about the claim.
Gorsuch: ‘Of course women could be president of the United States!’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Facing his sixth hour of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Neil Gorsuch seemed to get a little unnerved when he was asked by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., about his originalist interpretation of the Constitution — a document, Klobuchar noted, that refers to the president as male. “When the Constitution refers 30-some-odd times as ‘his’ or ‘he’ when describing the president of the United States, you would see that as, ‘Well, back then they actually thought a woman could be president of the United States even though women didn’t have a right to vote’?” Klobuchar asked.
White House has no comment on Gorsuch not commenting on Roe v. Wade
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
WASHINGTON — During his campaign last year, President Trump promised to appoint judges who would overturn the court decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade. At his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Gorsuch said he wasn’t asked by Trump how he would rule on abortion, and he would have walked “out the door” if the president had sought a commitment on the issue. In light of this seeming contradiction, Yahoo News asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer if the president is confident Gorsuch would overturn Roe v. Wade and whether Trump still holds to that as a requirement.
Gorsuch calls same
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Judge Neil Gorsuch referred to the Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage decision as “settled law,” using a stronger phrase than he has for other legal precedents. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., asked Gorsuch to explain how his views on marriage equality have changed since 2004, when the George W. Bush administration was pushing for ballot initiatives that banned the practice in states. Gorsuch replied that sharing his “personal views” would send a misleading signal to the American people that he might be inclined to rule one way or another on future cases that come up on the subject.
Democratic Rep. Castro says Tillerson should have scheduled NATO, China meetings better
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rep. Joaquin Castro questioned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to skip a NATO meeting but go to Russia, in an interview Tuesday.
Franken calls Gorsuch dissent in trucker case ‘absurd’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken recalled his comedic past in a contentious exchange with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Tuesday during the judge’s confirmation hearing. Franken was questioning Gorsuch on the case of Alphonse Maddin, a trucker who was fired after his trailer broke down in subzero temperatures. Gorsuch concluded in a dissent that it wasn’t illegal for the company to fire Maddin for seeking safety, writing that “it might be fair to ask whether TransAm’s decision was a wise or kind one, but it’s not our job to answer questions like that.
Gorsuch hearing puts spotlight on medical aid
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch faces a Senate confirmation vote, a 2006 book he authored arguing against assisted suicide and euthanasia is receiving renewed attention, and so is the related, although distinct, practice of medical aid in dying. The husband of the late Brittany Maynard, who ended her own life with medication in 2014 after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, says Gorsuch would alter his views if he saw the reality of the practice. “The experience that I went through, if Neil Gorsuch, or anyone in his position, had seen firsthand what medical aid-in-dying is, he would probably have a much different opinion,” Dan Diaz said in an interview with Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric.
Neil Gorsuch stumped by viral ‘horse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck? Before moving on to more serious topics, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., posed the popular hypothetical question to Gorsuch at the urging of his teenage son Dallin.
What a croc: Student busted for taking baby gators into taxi
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — What a croc!
Climate change presents us with a choice, Seeking an end to the Ukrainian conflict, Balancing Beijing’s displeasure and missile defense, The people
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“Climate change today constitutes a threat to the well-being of our country, and not to confront it would be to put at risk the future of our children...,” writes Marcelo Mena, Chile’s vice minister of the environment. “The challenge that remains for us [in Chile] is in transportation, which accounts for 28.9 percent of our emissions.... The green tax means that vehicles will become more efficient, but it’s clear that public transport is the way forward.... We have two choices.
Defeating ISIS: Is Trump administration ready for the long haul?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Is it possible to defeat the Islamic State in a year? President Trump has directed the Pentagon to deliver plans to achieve that goal.
Youth opioid use has declined somewhat. What's behind the drop?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The rate of exposure to prescription opioids among children and teenagers in the United States dropped between 2009 and 2015, after a rapid increase in the early 2000s, a new study published on Monday shows. By looking at reports from the National Poison Data System over a 16-year period, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan found evidence that the US opioid epidemic has also extended to young children, as poison control centers across the country recorded an average of 32 calls a day from families for exposure incidents – which meant that, over that time period, somewhere in the US such a call was being made once approximately every 45 minutes.
When ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Scholars who study forgiveness often say that it can benefit both the forgiver and the forgiven, assuming the forgiven has paid a price for his or her wrongdoing and shows contrition. Forgiveness, in other words, is a two-way street toward healing a relationship. The idea has now been put to the test in a research report on what is an increasingly popular type of government forgiveness: allowing many ex-offenders to control public knowledge of their past crime.
Long a way station for refugees, immigrants, Mexico now playing host
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Five times over the past 14 years, Melvin, a young Honduran, attempted to cross the southern border of the United States. Five times, he was caught and deported back to Central America. Melvin and his family, who suffered death threats and extortion by local gangs in Honduras, applied for refugee status in Mexico, and are now awaiting the government’s response.
Martin McGuinness: How being honest about his IRA ties let him become a peacemaker
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
This morning I awoke to the news that Martin McGuinness, the former first minister of Northern Ireland and a noted commander of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), had died. Although McGuinness nominally stood down as first minister in January of this year because a scandal had engulfed his coalition partner, the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), he stated that for health reasons he would not himself be seeking re-election. Of course, as an IRA commander, McGuinness was a man who knew a thing or two about death.
Biden returns: What's next in the Obamacare fight?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
In the eyes of some Democrats, he might be the hero the party deserves – and the hero it needs. Joining House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats on the steps of the Capitol, an Obamacare rally will mark an unusually political start for a post-vice presidency. The Democratic leaders will gather on the front steps of the Capitol at 10 a.m. Wednesday in a joint celebration of Obamacare’s 7th anniversary and in protest of its potentially imminent repeal, according to Politico.
With health
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
On Tuesday morning, President Trump came to the basement conference room of House Republicans to do what he was supposedly born to do: Seal the deal. In this case, that meant lining up enough House votes to pass the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. The North Carolinian opposes the GOP health-care bill.
It's not just Norway – some developing countries are seeing gains in happiness index, too
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The World Happiness Report, an index that rates nations based on factors such as income and life expectancy, released its 2017 list Monday at the United Nations. The list doesn’t contain any surprises among the happiest or least happy nations, where Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, and Finland rounded out the top and the Central African Republic, Syria, Tanzania, and Burundi came in among the bottom of the list.
Why Apple announced its new iPad with such little fanfare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple (AAPL) just dropped a new iPad with all the excitement of an IRS audit. It feels like the company just woke up Tuesday morning and decided, “Hey, let’s announce a new iPad.” Instead of a flashy event like Apple usually holds when it debuts a new product, we simply got a press release. Apple’s new-ish iPad debuted with little fanfare.
Jeff Bezos takes this massive robot for a ride
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demonstrated this insane-looking, 13-foot-tall mechanical robot at the second annual MARS (Machine-Learning Automation, Robotics & Space Exploration) conference. The robot, called Method-2, is a product of Hankook Mirae Technology, a South Korean company. If you think it looks like something out of a sci-fi flick, that’s because the creator worked on major sci-fi films such as “Terminator” and “Transformers.” Bezos must have felt the same way, since he was quoted as saying “Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?” referencing the actress’s 1986 flick, “Aliens. ...
Antioxidants May Not Ward Off Dementia After All
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Antioxidant supplements may not help ward off dementia, a new study suggests. Although previous research had suggested a possible link between the two, this latest study is one of the largest studies to investigate whether antioxidants could help ward off dementia, and found no such link. Researchers analyzed information from more than 7,500 U.S. men ages 60 and older who were randomly assigned to take a daily vitamin E supplement, a daily selenium supplement, both supplements or a placebo.
There’s a Psychological Explanation for Why Tetris Is So Addicting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Why spend all that time on a game you can’t win?
Most Teens Who Abuse Opioids 1st Got Them from a Doctor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Most American teenagers who abuse opioid drugs first received the drugs from a doctor, a new study finds. "One consistent finding we observed over the past two decades is that the majority of nonmedical users of prescription opioids also have a history of medical use of prescription opioids," said study author Sean McCabe, a research professor at the University of Michigan.
Rocket launch startup Rocket Lab snags $75 million in new funding
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Privately owned Rocket Lab, a Los Angeles- and New Zealand-based startup poised to begin small satellite launch services this year, has closed a Series D financing round of $75 million, company officials said on Tuesday. Data Collective, a venture capital fund based in San Francisco, led the round, with additional investment from Promus Ventures, an undisclosed investor, and existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and K1W1, said Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck.
Gorsuch: I would have ‘walked out the door’ if Trump had asked me to overturn Roe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Judge Neil Gorsuch said he was never asked by President Trump to promise to overturn the landmark Supreme Court case protecting a woman’s right to an abortion and would have promptly walked out on the president if he had. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Gorsuch on the second day of his confirmation hearing if the president had ever made Gorsuch promise to vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.
White House won't say if Trump will present proof of wiretapping
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
At his daily briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to say if or when President Trump will present evidence for the claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama. In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on March 15 Trump had promised “some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks” when he was asked about the claim.
That's not carry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A snake carried onto a commuter airplane flying between Alaska communities caused a commotion this past weekend.
Michigan college student's dating resume goes viral
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University student has received dozens of phone calls after creating and sharing a dating resume.
Authorities: Man errantly texted prosecutor about drug swap
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man mistakenly sent a text message to a Pennsylvania prosecutor indicating that he wanted to trade marijuana for heroin.
Climate change presents us with a choice, Seeking an end to the Ukrainian conflict, Balancing Beijing’s displeasure and missile defense, The people
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
“Climate change today constitutes a threat to the well-being of our country, and not to confront it would be to put at risk the future of our children...,” writes Marcelo Mena, Chile’s vice minister of the environment. “The challenge that remains for us [in Chile] is in transportation, which accounts for 28.9 percent of our emissions.... The green tax means that vehicles will become more efficient, but it’s clear that public transport is the way forward.... We have two choices.
Legendary tomb of Jesus resurrected
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Believed by the devout to house the final resting place of Jesus Christ, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre will open to the public on Wednesday after nearly a year of restoration. An ongoing dispute between the religious groups controlling the site had brought the burial place, known as the Edicule, to the brink of collapse. "We are at the critical moment for rehabilitating the Edicule," director of the restoration Antonia Moropoulou told National Geographic.
US Secretary of State Tillerson to skip meeting of NATO foreign ministers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a semi-annual NATO summit set for early April, in a rare no-show for the top diplomat from the country that serves as the alliance’s de facto leader. Mr. Tillerson will instead attend an overlapping two-day talk in Florida between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, leaving Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon to represent the United States at the NATO meeting, where European governments hold discussions on nuclear policy and strategic matters of high confidentiality. The month after the summit, Tillerson will attend a G7 meeting in Sicily, then travel to Moscow to meet with top diplomats from Russia, topping off a schedule that seems to underscore early signs of a radical shift in diplomacy under the Trump administration – one that has ruffled feathers with many old allies.
Ivanka Trump gets West Wing office, access to classified information
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, will get an office in the White House’s West Wing, along with government-issued communications devices and access to classified information, giving new prominence to her background role as an advisor to the president. Ms. Trump, whose husband, Jared Kushner, also serves as a senior advisor to the president, will not be paid for her work nor will she receive an official title, according to Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser for Ivanka.
Cinco de Mayo cancelled in Philadelphia amid immigration fears
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Organizers of a prominent Mexican festival in Philadelphia have cancelled this year’s parade over concerns that immigration authorities could target attendees. Edgar Ramirez, one of the six organizers who decided unanimously to cancel it, told local station WCAU-TV that the decision was a “sad but responsible” one in light of the "severe conditions affecting the immigrant community,” citing recent large-scale immigration raids that include a roundup of 248 people in Pennsylvania and neighboring states this month. "We have people who travel all the way from Chicago, Connecticut and New York," Mr. Ramirez told the station.
Why were Confederate battle flags flown during March Madness?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
It has nothing to do with basketball, but an incident during NCAA March Madness games served as a reminder that the south still struggles with the complicated symbol that embodies the scars of the Civil War and modern racial tensions. The Confederate battle flag flew conspicuously over the parking garage for the South Carolina stadium hosting two NCAA March Madness basketball games on Sunday. A small group hoisted the large flag to protest the NCAA’s opposition to the symbol, which had resulted in a boycott of Greenville, S.C., as a game site since 2001.
The Cybersecurity Podcast
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Cybersecurity is not just about computers and digital processes. The most important, and most interesting, part of the story is the people behind the keyboard.
23 Things Your Wife Wishes You'd Do More Often
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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You Might Need Nearly Half a Million Dollars to Send Your Kid to College
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Because the world is for the rich, I guess.
Watch These Mischievous Toddler Twins Have An Adorable All
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
As Miley would put it, the Balkin twins can't be tamed (or confined to their cribs).
This Hero of a Woman Proposed to Her Boyfriend With a Bouquet of Doritos
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
They were ketchup-flavored, in case you were wondering.
Suri Cruise Looks More Like Katie Holmes' Mini
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
You'll never convince me that cloning isn't a thing among Hollywood parents.
This Mom Posed for An Emotional Maternity Photo Shoot With Her Egg Donor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
"I had a strong desire to acknowledge the woman who made my pregnancy possible."
Kaitlyn Bristowe Announces That She's Freezing Her Eggs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
"I'm taking control of my future!"
David Pogue tested 47 pill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
You want to hear some numbers that’ll curl your toes? An estimated 187 million Americans (58%) are on at least one prescription drug. (Source: Network for Excellence in Health Innovation [NEIH]). 110 million prescriptions a year are never even picked up. (Source: CVS Pharmacies based on 2008 data.) Up to 50% of us don’t take our medicines as prescribed (wrong times, wrong amounts, wrong meds), according to NEIH. And roughly 125,000 Americans die every year as a result. (Source: Research cited by the then-US surgeon general in 2012.)
Should We 'Tend and Befriend' in This Stressful Time?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
To better understand how people respond, some recent studies have focused on an alternative to the well-known fight-or-flight pattern, one that's been labeled the tend-and-befriend response, says Mindy Greenstein, a clinical psychologist and author of "The House on Crash Corner," a book about coping with crisis.
ARM’s next
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
ARM tipped its hand today with the announcement of DynamIQ, a new technology it says will lay the groundwork for its next generation of mobile processors. Like other mobile chip makers, the company’s got a lot to contend with when it comes to future-proofing its offerings, and certainly ARM’s making some pretty big claims for what it’s...