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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry admits affair with head of her security detail

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:41

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry apologized on Wednesday for engaging in an affair with the head of her own police detail.

Liberals celebrate deadly GOP train crash on Twitter

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 07:30

Dana Loesch sounds off on 'Fox & Friends' and reacts to Democrats' criticism of Trump's State of the Union.

Trump Just Falsely Claimed He Had A Historically Huge Audience. Again.

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 06:52

President Donald Trump bragged Thursday morning that his State of the Union speech received the highest ever TV-viewing figures.

2018 Range Rover Velar Review: Wading Into New Waters

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 05:00

Once you start driving the new Land Rover Range Rover Velar, it becomes obvious that this compact luxury SUV is a new breed of Land Rover. It sits lower than other Range Rover models and takes co...

The Real Trick To Aging May Just Be To Ignore It

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 04:46

Ann Brenoff’s “On The Fly” is a column about navigating growing older ― and a few other things.

Samantha Bee Uses 4 Words To Describe Devin Nunes' Secret Memo

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 02:45

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)

North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho never looked back - but some wish to return

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:03

More than 20 percent of the North Korean defectors who have made their way to safety in South Korea have contemplated returning to their homeland, according to a new study. The survey, conducted by the Database Centre for North Korean Human Rights and NK Social Research, showed that 22.9 percent of defectors have toyed with the idea of returning to the North. The defectors are not, however, primarily motivated by disillusionment with life in the South or ideological differences with capitalist society, the study found. More than 34 percent said they had considered returning to North Korea in order to be reunited with their families, while others cited nostalgia for their hometowns, Yonhap news reported. The struggles that defectors have faced in order to escape the oppressive regime in Pyongyang were highlighted in President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Monday evening, with the president singling out Ji Seong-ho. In numbers | North Korean defectors Mr Ji was among the guests of honour at the address in Washington, and brandished a pair of crutches fashioned in the North as he was applauded. Mr Ji, 35, fell from a train as he was scavenging for coal at the age of 14 and lost his left leg below he knee and his left hand at the wrist when the train rolled over his limbs. In in interview in 2012, he said the next time he goes to North Korea will be after reunification is achieved. Other North Korean defectors appear to be more impatient about returning, the NKDB report showed. "The result indicates that not a small number of North Korean defectors are grappling with difficulties in resettling in the South", the report concluded. "It highlights the importance of providing psychological support and stable human networks for North Korean defectors, as well as economic support". FAQ | North Korean defection As many as 300,000 North Koreans are estimated to have defected since the end of the Korean War in 1953, mostly through China or Russia. A total of 31,093 were registered with the Unification Ministry in Seoul in 2017, of whom 71 percent were women. According to the ministry, just 1,127 managed to escape the North last year, down 21 percent on the previous year and evidence of a crackdown on attempts to flee the regime. South Korea does not provide statistics on defectors who subsequently return to the North, but Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has begun a campaign to convince escapees to return. There are reports that defectors are being offered guarantees over their safety and that of their families, as well as £33,000 in cash to return. A number of those who have accepted the offer have later appeared on North Korean television and described in detail the misery of their lives in the South before pledging their allegiance to Mr Kim. 

Taboo North Korean flag raised in South for Olympics

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 23:52

North Korea's national flag was raised in the South Thursday for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, organisers said, after an exemption came into force to avoid breaching Seoul's tough national security law. The two Koreas are still technically at war as the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. Under the security legislation, praise for the North is illegal, punishable by up to seven years in prison, and displaying the country's red, white and blue flag is considered a violation.

Sex Abuse Victims Tell Court They Were Pressured to See Disgraced Doctor Larry Nassar

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 23:29

The number of people who say they were abused by disgraced doctor Larry Nassar has topped 265

Taiwan says China air route dispute will determine future ties

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 22:04

A dispute with China over its opening of new air routes near Taiwan will determine future relations between Taipei and Beijing, Taiwan's government said amid a deepening disagreement that could strand thousands over an important holiday. The spat has become increasingly bitter, with both sides trading accusations after two Chinese airlines canceled extra flights to Taiwan over the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar, potentially leaving thousands of Taiwanese without tickets to go home. Whether this disputed issue can be resolved is an important indicator of how Taiwan people will view the future direction of relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait," Taiwan's China-policy making Mainland Affairs Council said in a statement late Wednesday.

Abuse victims say they were required to see disgraced doctor

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 21:51

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — Another wave of victims confronted Larry Nassar on Wednesday, this time about sexual abuse at an elite Michigan gymnastics club where young athletes felt they had to use the disgraced doctor's services and could not question the adults who ran the facility.

Rep. Adam Schiff: GOP's FBI Memo Could Lead To 'Constitutional Crisis'

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 21:32

warned of a looming “constitutional crisis” if Republicans in Congress succeed in having a controversial classified memo released that reportedly attacks the FBI and the Justice Department’s Russia investigation.

Listen to a captive killer whale named 'Wikie' mimic 'hello' back to scientists

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 19:03

In 2014, scientists hauled their recording equipment into Marineland, an aquatic theme park located in the French resort town of Antibes. They wanted to see if a 14-year old orca whale living there, named Wikie, could listen to a huge diversity of sounds — from humans, elephants, and whales — and then mimic these noises back. The experiment was designed to test the hypothesis,  supported by other studies, that killer whales and other cetaceans learn sounds in social settings.  According to their research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Wikie successfully copied these sounds back to the researchers — although there's certainly no evidence she was ever truly "talking." SEE ALSO: Cloned monkeys born in Chinese lab pave way for new medical studies The team of scientists, which included neuroscientists and evolutionary researchers, wrote that their "main objective was to test whether the killer whales were capable of learning novel sounds through imitative learning..." Below is a recording of Wikie mimicking the sound of "hello," as spoken to her by trainers: Previously, sea-faring scientists documented different pods of wild whales using their own culturally distinct "vocal dialects" to communicate. Now, thanks to this new study, there's some direct experimental evidence about how these regional whale dialects may develop.  After seeing Wikie's ability to mimic a rich diversity of sounds, the researchers suggest that these intelligent animals can master their unique vocalizations through "social learning" — in other words, hanging out with each other and mimicking each others' sound and language.  While it’s still very much a mystery how different killer whales in disparate parts of the sea pass along unique sounds to their respective clans, they might be mimicking each other, similar to Wikie imitating the sounds of human voices. Wikie, though, has never seen the ocean, having spent her life in captivity at Marineland for nearly 18 years. According to the Marineland website, she's no longer performing alongside human trainers after an incident in which she "pushed a trainer underwater." Her captivity, while controversial —- SeaWorld announced in 2016 that it's completely phasing out its captive orca program — did afford the research team an opportunity to study whale intelligence and language. Not only was Wikie in a controlled environment, but as a trained whale, she could be instructed to listen to the researcher’s sounds. Three different set-ups were used to observe Wikie's behavior in the Marineland pool. This included Wikie responding to live sounds made by her son, Moana, as well as mimicking some never-heard-before sounds played through a speaker.   Image: royal society publishing The great limitation in this research, of course, is that only one whale was studied, and a trained whale at that. If more killer whales can be observed mimicking sounds, we'll know that this isn't simply a fluke — meaning just Wikie's unique ability to mimic sound.  Future opportunities to perform these studies in controlled settings, however, will grow increasingly limited as more theme parks, like SeaWorld, shutter their captive killer whale programs in response to public pressure. This means that scientists will need to seek answers to the many remaining questions by saying hello to these intelligent creatures in the wild. WATCH: Veterinarians are using fish skin to help heal bear paw burns from wildfires  

Correction: Deadly Car Wash Shooting story

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 17:34

MELCROFT, Pa. (AP) — In a story Jan. 30 about the shooting deaths of four people at a car wash, The Associated Press, relying on information from state police, misspelled the first name of one of the female victims. She was Cortney Snyder, not Courtney.

US urges Poland to drop Holocaust bill angering Israel

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 17:05

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States asked Poland to rethink plans to enact proposed legislation regulating Holocaust speech that has sparked a diplomatic dispute with Israel, arguing Wednesday that if it passes it could hurt freedom of speech as well as strategic relationships.

Michelle Obama gave one little girl's third grade project an A+

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:58

Growing up, most of us had the one school project that required us to dress up as one of our heroes.  Twitter user Audrey Dow (@ADCollegeOpp) shared a picture of her 9-year-old daughter dressed as her hero former First Lady Michelle Obama for a school project. Dow says her daughter was inspired by the former First Lady's commitment to helping students go to college, and that she sees herself in her hero. Today my 9 year old was @MichelleObama for her 3rd grade Open House project. She was inspired by her work to make sure more kids go to college & #ReachHigher . She loves that Mrs Obama is brown & has hair like hers #ISawMyself — Audrey Dow (@ADCollegeOpp) January 29, 2018 This tweet on its own is adorable and inspiring, but the story got even better after Obama herself retweeted the photo and gave it her stamp of approval. This just made my day. I may not be a 3rd grade teacher, but this gets an A+ in my book! — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 31, 2018 An A+ from THE Michelle Obama? You really can't beat that.  WATCH: Michelle Obama's final farewell: "Lead by example with hope, never fear"

The Sad and Inspiring Story Behind the Police Officer at the State of the Union Who Adopted a Heroin Addict's Baby

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:26

When Officer Ryan Holets came across a pregnant woman preparing to shoot up, he didn't know how much the encounter would change his life

Dallas man set to die for killing daughters, 9 and 6

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:17

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — As her mother listened on the telephone, 9-year-old Faith Battaglia pleaded with her father.

Test of US-Japanese missile interceptor fails again

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:32

A test of a US missile interceptor failed in Hawaii on Wednesday, a defense official said, marking the second such unsuccessful attempt in less than a year. The test using the Aegis Ashore system occurred at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai, Missile Defense Agency spokesman Mark Wright said in a statement. Wright said the test was of an SM-3 Block IIA missile, made by arms giant Raytheon and designed to intercept intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

FBI Warns Against Trump Release of Nunes Memo

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:12

Rachel Maddow details the lengths to which FBI and DoJ officials have gone to warn Republicans against releasing a memo of classified information assembled by Devin Nunes, and a new report of Donald Trump pressuring officials with questions about loyalty.