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'Absolutely No Link' Between YouTube Attacker And People She Shot, Police Say

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:00

Police say they've found no evidence Nasim Najafi Aghdam targeted specific individuals during the attack that injured three. But authorities have determined a motive: "She was upset with YouTube."

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Markets Jittery Over U.S.-China Trade Fight

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:56

U.S. stock markets fell again after China announced its latest round of retaliation in the escalating tit-for-tat tariff fight. Investors are worried by prospects of a prolonged trade war.

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A Novel Virus Killed 24,000 Piglets In China. Where Did It Come From?

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:54

At first, tests were positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. Then something strange happened. The pigs stopped testing positive for that virus — but kept getting sick.

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How A Guatemalan Village's Fortunes Rose And Fell With U.S. Migration And Deportation

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:33

Hundreds of people left San Jose Calderas for work opportunities in the U.S. They sent back money that helped the village prosper. Things changed when many of them were deported and had to come back.

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Center of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:26

The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a lot of company, according to a new study that suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000 other black holes.

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FDA Orders An Unprecedented Recall After Kratom Company Ignored Its Requests

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:33

"Triangle Pharmanaturals refused to cooperate with FDA despite repeated attempts to encourage voluntary recall," the agency said.

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Professors Are Targets In Online Culture Wars; Some Fight Back

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:52

Across the country, in the past year and a half, at least 250 university professors have been targeted in cyber harassment campaigns because of their research, teaching or social media posts.

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China's $50 Billion Tariff Threat Targets U.S. Soybeans, Cars, Whiskey

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:21

China listed 106 items it could hit with tariffs, this time including America's biggest export to the country: soybeans.

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Atlanta Struggles To Fulfill MLK's Legacy In Health Care

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:30

Fifty years after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., his hometown still has major racial disparities in mortality and other measures of health.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify In Congress On April 11

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 09:42

Welcoming the news, the top Republican and Democrat on a House committee said, "we look forward to him answering our questions" about protecting users' data.

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Trump Under Investigation By Special Counsel, But Not A Criminal Target

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 09:30

NPR confirms that President Trump's legal team was notified last month that the president wasn't a criminal target at the time, but is being investigated.

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GMO Yeast Mimics Flavors Of Hops, But Will Craft Brewers Bite?

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:00

Some beer-brewing scientists have developed a genetically modified yeast that produces the same hoppy aromas and flavors beer drinkers like, without the hops. But some craft brewers are skeptical.

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Canadian Hotel Forgives Guest 17 Years After Flock Of Seagulls Trashed His Room

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:00

When Nick Burchill stayed at the Fairmount Empress hotel in Victoria, Canada in 2001, he left the window open and a suitcase full of pepperoni in his room. The birds saw an opportunity.

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Many Protests, Few Arrests In Sacramento

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:09

After two weeks of protests following the killing of Stephon Clark, there have been just two arrests and little if any violence. It's a deliberate effort from both sides to keep the peace.

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The Paris Lawyer Who Gives Google Nightmares

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:01

Dan Shefet won what may be the most powerful single case against Google: the right to get search results about himself removed. Now people and governments the world over are seeking him out.

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Can You Believe Your Own Ears? With New 'Fake News' Tech, Not Necessarily

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:01

Advances in audio software mean fraudsters can create the most lifelike phony audio ever played, making it seem that people said things they didn't.

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Despite Swirl Of Conspiracy Theories, Investigators Say The MLK Case Is Closed

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:00

Fifty years after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., alternate theories about his death continue to flourish. Three men who investigated the crime said they're confident in their conclusions.

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Marine Helicopter Crashes In Southern California; 4 Presumed Dead

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 02:12

The CH-53E Super Stallion crashed Tuesday afternoon near El Centro, about 100 miles east of San Diego.

Democrats Claim Victory In Wisconsin's Supreme Court Race

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 23:20

Before Judge Rebecca Dallet's win on Tuesday, big-name Democrats from around the country endorsed her for Wisconsin's Supreme Court, hoping to build party momentum ahead of the fall midterm elections.

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U.N. 'Actively Looking' At Afghan Airstrike That Reportedly Killed Dozens

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:13

Conflicting reports have emerged from an Afghan raid on Taliban-controlled territory. The government says it targeted a militant meeting, while many residents say the bombs hit a religious gathering.

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