Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 26, 2017

… and time again in vertebrates, not just with mammals,” says Richard Sabin, the Natural history Museum’s top whale expert. “You see these similarities in the early developmental stages and it’s really not until you’re halfway through the gestation – which for a humpback whale is around 11 months – that you start to see the things that make that foetus characteristically the species that it is.” Whales reached huge size only recently In search of …

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China landslide: Desperate search for survivors continues

June 25, 2017

(CNN)Thousands of rescuers are searching through rubble to find 109 people missing after a landslide devastated their village in Sichuan province, southwestern China. The missing range from an 80-year-old man to a girl aged just two and a half, according to a list released by Aba Prefecture’s government, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. …

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Trump defiant as pressure grows

June 19, 2017

… for either the President or his aides in the issue of alleged collusion with Russia or over a potential cover-up, the political uproar will be incalculable. At best, it could further complicate Trump’s efforts to pass a meaningful legislative agenda and ultimately his hopes of a successful presidency. At worst, it could force the nation to confront a third debate on whether to remove an elected President in just 45 years. The lessons of history suggest such traumas raise questions of …

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Foreign Carmakers Invoke Reagan To Sway Trump On Trade

June 17, 2017

… groups history. To accompany the ad, the trade group erected a website, , which features more of the data demonstrating the importance of foreign automakers in the United States economy. Foreign carmakers now produce of the cars made in the United States up from 1 percent in 1979, according to the AGAs analysis of its members data available on the new site. As a result, those German, Swedish, Japanese and South Korean companies with U.S. production plants directly employ 130,000 workers, the …

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Iraqi detainees in Michigan fear deportation

June 16, 2017

… majority of those arrested [in] the Detroit metropolitan area have very serious felony convictions, multiple felony convictions in many cases. I applaud the efforts of the law enforcement personnel who, day in and day out, put their lives on the line to protect this community,” Christensen said. Lawyers from the ACLU acknowledge the criminal history of those arrested, but say most of the detainees have complied with their conditions of supervision and have had no further run-ins with the …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… accept that it’s better to do them and run the risk that they go badly than look like you are running scared. Furthermore, if you want to brag that your candidate is a bloody difficult woman, then she has to show some empathy to remind people she is human after all.” Image copyright Reuters Sporting history is littered with underdogs triumphing because they wanted to win more than their opponents, or put in more effort. The same sometimes goes for politics. In this election Mrs …

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

… relations aren’t particularly positive, amid an ongoing dispute between Seoul and Tokyo over so-called “comfort women” held by the Japanese imperial army during World War II. Sporting culture Despite their longstanding differences — the two countries are still technically at war — South and North Korea have a strong shared footballing history. The two teams regularly play each other in friendlies and at international competitions. In April, South …

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Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted in a very long time

June 10, 2017

… me skeptical because Trump has never shied away from tweeting amid dicey legal and political circumstances before. (Remember that he called the Russia investigation the “single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history! ” in the immediate aftermath of Bob Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.) Or maybe Trump’s staff, as they had hoped to do, successfully distracted the President over these past 37 hours — keeping him from thinking too much, and …

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Mountain Climber Makes History With Rope-Free, Death-Defying Ascent At Yosemite

June 6, 2017

The 31-year-old elite climber on Saturday became the first person to scale the nearly 3,000-foot face of Yosemites El Capitan granite formation without ropes or safety gear, an act known in mountaineering as free-soloing. National Geographic, which exclusively reported Honnolds ascent, called it perhapsthe greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport. Fellow elite climber Tommy Caldwell had another way of describing Honnolds feat: After Honnold completed his climb in 3 …

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Albert Pujols hits his 600th career home run

June 4, 2017

Albert Pujols hit his 600th career homer on Saturday night, delivering a grand slam to become the ninth player in major league history to reach the mark. The Los Angeles Angels slugger connected in the fourth inning against Minnesota’s Ervin Santana, driving a high fly into the short left-field porch at Angel Stadium. The milestone homer is the latest superlative in the 17-year career of Pujols, a 13th-round draft pick who became one of the greatest hitters of his generation. The …

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Election blind dates: Peter Stringfellow and Mary Beard – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Mary Beard Describe yourself: I’m Mary Beard and I am a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge. My day-job is working on Roman history and ancient Roman history. A few years ago now, I started doing Roman documentaries on both BBC Two and BBC One. It’s got my face out there – for better or worse. Political beliefs: I would summarise my politics very simply as the maverick left and proud. How was your date?: I had a good time. He’s an engaging old …

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California GOP Mayor Says Attracting Asians And The Gays Helps Reduce Crime

June 1, 2017

… Parris said that cultural venues, such as the Lancaster Museum of Art and history he’s standing atop, would bring in a more law-abiding class of people. The mayor, whos made business trips to China and has attempted to learn Mandarin, convinced BYD, a Chinese manufacturer of batteries and electric cars, toopen up a factory in Lancaster in 2013, according to the L.A. Times. Hes alsopromoted birth tourism in Lancaster for wealthy Chinese familiesto boost revenue at a local hospital. …

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Why the UK election isn’t exciting Americans – BBC News

May 31, 2017

… exercised too little power rather than too much: they wanted him to use his royal prerogative to overrule parliament over its much-hated tax regime. America’s royal obsession sometimes has the feel of a cargo cult on a small Polynesian island, but its faithful to the thinking of some of the country’s leading founding fathers. history. That’s what continues to fascinate Americans about Britain, not its modern-day politics. That’s evidenced by the enormous popularity of the …

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Painful Chinese Foot-Binding Was More Than An Erotic Practice, Study Finds

… they could be trained to sit still for hours and help create textiles and clothing for the family. To uncover this little-known history of foot-binding, Bossen and the books co-author, researcher Hill Gates, interviewed over 1,800 elderly women in remote villages across China and found that foot-binding was widespread among peasant populations, shattering the belief that foot-binding was a status symbol of the elite. As the last generation of these foot-bound women disappears, we fortunately …

May 27, 2017
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Who is Nicola Sturgeon? A profile of the SNP leader – BBC News

… Salmond would stand as leader – for a second time. When he offered her the chance to run with him on a joint ticket as his deputy, Ms Sturgeon, who had always done her own thing when it came to politics, had to think it over. After reaching what she called an “instinctive” position, her leadership manifesto was withdrawn little more than a week after its launch, and the rest was history. The Salmond-Sturgeon leadership was a success for the party. Immediately after the …

May 27, 2017
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Ben & Jerry’s Bans Same-Flavored Scoops Until Australia Passes Marriage Equality

… statement to HuffPost. Ben & Jerrys has a long and proud history of commitment to social justice, including LGBTQI rights and marriage equality. This commitment is grounded in our companys core values and an unshakable belief that everyone deserves full and equal civil rights. Courtesy of Ben Jerrys Ben & Jerrys aims to have all messages from customers delivered before the final parliamentary session of the seasonon June 13th. …

May 27, 2017
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TV Meets Real Life As Frank Underwood Is Photographed By Pete Souza

Now,because reality TV has already bled into the Oval Office, the photographer who documented one of the most outwardly levelheaded presidents in recent history has shot one of the most inwardly unhinged Frank Underwood, Kevin Spaceys ruthless player onHouse of Cards. Close SUBSCRIBE TO & FOLLOW ENTERTAINMENT THE spot for your favorite fan theories and the best movie recs. Learn more Newsletter 137 K Add us Pete Souza Pete Souza Set to debut May …

May 23, 2017
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Watch Toby Keith Play An All-Male Show In Saudi Arabia During Trump’s Visit

Keith,author of a song parenthetically titled The Angry American, performed the free show alongside Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer in the nations capital, Riyadh, on a stage lined with red, white and blue lights and American flags. Keith played some of his own material, including the song Shouldve Been A Cowboy, in addition to some instrumental music with Saqer. Another epic moment @rabehsaqer playing oud (Arabian lute) on @officialtobykeith song #history #historyinthemaking …

May 21, 2017
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Here’s who Trump has called a ‘nut job’

Washington (CNN)“Nut job” seems to be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite insults for his political foes. The President — who The New York Times reported Friday bragged to two Russian officials that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him in regard to the Russia probe — has a history of slapping the label on people he disagrees with. By definition, nut job means a “mentally unbalanced person,” …

May 21, 2017
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Biden Reportedly Slams Hillary: ‘I Never Thought She Was The Correct Candidate’

I never thought she was the correct candidate, Biden said at the SALT conference in Las Vegas, according to Fusion reporter Hamilton Nolan.I thought I was the correct candidate. No man or woman should announce for the presidency unless they genuinely believe that for that moment in the nations history they are the most qualified person to deal with the issues facing the country, TheStreet quoted him as saying. I had planned on running for president, and although it would have been a very …

May 19, 2017
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Dutch King reveals he secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years

(CNN)They don’t call KLM “Royal Dutch Airlines” for nothing. King Willem-Alexander, reigning monarch of the Netherlands, revealed in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he’d regularly flown flights for a subsidiary of the Dutch flag carrier for over two decades. Calling the part-time role a “hobby,” the King says that he’d taken to the cockpit as a co-pilot of KLM Cityhopper — the airline’s short-haul carrier — …

May 18, 2017
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Inside an embattled Trump’s most consequential evening of turmoil yet

Washington (CNN)No one inside the West Wing had to ask how the President’s mood was on Wednesday afternoon as aides awaited his return from delivering the commencement address to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. A speech, once intended to offer encouragement and inspiration, became laced with grievances in the hours before the remarks were delivered. “No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly,” …

May 18, 2017
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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

… sorely tested the patience of his supporters. Falsehoods, exaggerations and blatant untruths But it is also possible that given his administration’s history of repeated falsehoods, exaggerations and blatant untruths, on issues from the size of the inauguration crowds to claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, the President may not come across as a particularly credible witness in the court of public opinion. And there’s no guarantee that the White House can …

May 17, 2017
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