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  • Missy Elliott drops surprise 'Iconology' EP and new single 'Throw It Back'

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    "Iconology" -- Elliot's first album since 2005's "The Cookbook" -- is really more of an EP, boasting a lean five tracks, two of which are the same but one is delivered a cappella. "Please don't steal my style/I might cuss you out/What you doin' now/I did for a while," Missy raps on "Throw It Back," reminding everyone of just who they're dealing with and what she brought to the game back in the day. "Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance! Sincerely, Dr. Melissa 'Missy' Elliott #ICONOLOGY," Missy tweeted Tuesday afternoon, as she revealed the project's cover art.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:40:32 -0400
  • France to deploy celebrated cuisine to ease G-7 tensions

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    As tensions loom over this weekend's G-7 summit of world leaders in France, the country is counting on one key asset to cheer up the event: food. France hosts the summit of seven advanced economies starting Saturday in the southwestern seaside resort of Biarritz, known for its surfers, casino on the beach, luxury houses from the 19th century, and gastronomic specialties. The French presidency has chosen five local chefs, all with Michelin stars, to prepare lunches and dinners that will highlight the region's products.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:38:14 -0400
  • Putin orders Russia to respond after US missile test

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    President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty. In Sunday's test, a modified ground-launched version of a U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missile accurately struck its target more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) away. The test came after Moscow and Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:33:30 -0400
  • U.S. new home sales drop sharply, point to more housing weakness

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    Sales of new U.S. single-family homes sank more than expected in July, a sign that the housing market continued in low gear despite lower mortgage rates and a strong labor market. The Commerce Department said on Friday new home sales dropped 12.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635,000 units last month. Economists had expected a sales pace of 649,000 units.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:32:17 -0400
  • WRAPUP 1-U.S. new home sales drop sharply, point to more housing weakness

    Sales of new U.S. single-family homes sank more than expected in July, a sign that the housing market continued in low gear despite lower mortgage rates and a strong labor market. The Commerce Department said on Friday new home sales dropped 12.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635,000 units last month. Economists had expected a sales pace of 649,000 units.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:29:00 -0400
  • China announces tariffs on $75 billion of US goods as Trump heads to G7 summit in France

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    Just as President Donald Trump was preparing to meet world leaders to discuss the global economy and his trade wars, China on Friday announced it would impose tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. imports in retaliation for duty hikes the United States pledged to slap on Chinese imports starting next month. The announcement also came just before the chairman of the Federal Reserve gave a speech investors and analysts planned to scrutinize for signs of how the central bank would address worries of a slowing economy -- and as President Trump sent mixed messages on tax cuts.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:22:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Poland's ruling party hit by scandals, polls show

    Poland's ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, hit by two high profile resignations, lost ground in two polls on Friday ahead of October's election. A poll by Kantar showed PiS losing 5 percentage points, while a Social Changes poll showed a drop of 2 percentage points.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:20:37 -0400
  • Jeffrey Epstein: Allegations of child rape linked to disgraced financier being investigated by French prosecutors

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    The chief prosecutor in Paris has announced an investigation into the alleged rape of children and other charges linked to Jeffrey Epstein. The disgraced financier was facing accusations of child trafficking when he apparently committed suicide in his jail cell in New York this month,More follows…

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:11:50 -0400
  • Court revives challenge to Minnesota same-sex marriage video law

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    The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota, said a lower court erred in dismissing Angel and Carl Larsen's constitutional challenge to a state antidiscrimination law. It revived two claims by the couple and their company, Telescope Media Group, and ordered a lower court judge to consider whether they are entitled to a preliminary injunction. A spokesman for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office defended the law, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:11:29 -0400
  • Powell: U.S. in 'favorable' place, Fed will 'act as appropriate'

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    The U.S. economy is in a "favorable place" and the Federal Reserve will "act as appropriate" to keep the current economic expansion on track, Fed chair Jerome Powell said on Friday in remarks that gave few clues about whether the central bank will cut interest rates at its next meeting or not. The chair, under pressure from President Donald Trump to cut rates soon and deeply, listed a series of economic and geopolitical risks that the Fed is monitoring -- many of them, Powell noted, linked to the administration's trade war with China and other countries.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:02:16 -0400
  • Powell: U.S. in "favorable" place, Fed will "act as appropriate"

    The U.S. economy is in a "favorable place" and the Federal Reserve will "act as appropriate" to keep the current economic expansion on track, Fed chair Jerome Powell said on Friday in remarks that gave few clues about whether the central bank will cut interest rates at its next meeting or not. The chair, under pressure from President Donald Trump to cut rates soon and deeply, listed a series of economic and geopolitical risks that the Fed is monitoring -- many of them, Powell noted, linked to the administration's trade war with China and other countries.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:00:00 -0400
  • 'Shallow' sets record as longest-charting winner of Best Original Song Oscar

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    After 45 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100, "Shallow" by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper has finally fallen off the chart. "Shallow" has spent more weeks on the Hot 100 than any other track that's won the Oscar for Best Original Song. It was No. 1 for just one of those weeks: the week of March 9, after Gaga and her three co-writers took home the Academy Award on Feb. 24.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:00:00 -0400
  • US STOCKS-China's tariff blow weighs on Wall Street, Powell speech in focus

    U.S. stocks fell on Friday after China threatened to impose additional tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, ahead of a highly anticipated speech from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. China's latest tariffs, which follow U.S. duties on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, threaten to prolong an ongoing trade war between the world's top two economies that has raised concerns about slowing global growth. China's commerce ministry said it would impose additional tariffs on thousands of U.S. products, including agricultural products, crude oil, small aircraft and cars.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:57:37 -0400
  • Woman arrested for allegedly killing her baby, teen daughter: Police

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    Linda Nguyen, 47, was arrested for the deaths of her two daughters, who were found Tuesday in their garage in Ontario, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, according to Ontario police. The gruesome discovery was made on Tuesday by the children's father when he arrived home, prompting him to call police, Russell said at a news conference on Wednesday.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:57:00 -0400
  • Mr. B, an adorable 'jumbo-sized' cat up for adoption, wins over the internet

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    A brown and white short-haired tabby named Mr. B -- short for BeeJay -- is going up for adoption at Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and pet lovers lost it trying to get their paws on the unbelievably large cat. "We are excited to find him a home soon, but he's not quite ready to go home yet.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:55:00 -0400
  • Handwritten notes highlight British Queen Victoria's grief

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    British royal documents including Queen Victoria's heart-wrenching, handwritten account of her husband Prince Albert's death have been put online, offering a firsthand account of her overwhelming grief. Images of Victoria's leather-bound notebook have been uploaded as part of thousands of documents and photos on the website www.albert.rct.uk that went online Friday to mark next week's 200th anniversary of Albert's birth.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:53:25 -0400
  • Polish official: Deadly lightning storm like terror attack

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    A Polish emergency official on Friday likened the deadly lightning storm over the Tatra Mountains that killed at least five people and injured more than 150 to a terror attack in terms of the number of casualties and some of the wounds. Two people remain missing after multiple lightning strikes hit the Giewont peak and other places in the Tatras on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The thunderstorm, which witnesses said came suddenly on a day that began with clear weather, produced an unimaginable emergency in the popular trekking region, said Jan Krzysztof, head of the TOPR Tatra emergency service.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:49:37 -0400
  • Nebraska court upholds state's approval of pipeline path

    Nebraska's highest court lifted one of the last major hurdles for the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday when it rejected another attempt to derail the project by opponents who wanted to force the developer to reapply for state approval. The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld the decision of regulators who voted in November 2017 to green-light a route through the state. The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 in favor of an "alternative route" for the project instead of developer TC Energy's preferred pathway for the pipeline.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:47:26 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka withdraws emergency law imposed after Easter attacks

    Sri Lanka on Friday withdrew an emergency law imposed after Easter Sunday attacks, a military spokesman said, signifying the return of calm to the island nation which is set to vote in a new head of state later this year. President Maithripala Sirisena imposed emergency law in April after more than 250 people were killed and 500 wounded in Islamist militant bombings across churches and luxury hotels on Easter day. The army will continue to assist police for internal security, military spokesman Sumith Atapattu told Reuters.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:44:16 -0400
  • What Kelly Ripa posted on Instagram that has Mark Consuelos 'sobbing'

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    What Kelly Ripa posted on Instagram that has Mark Consuelos 'sobbing' originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comKelly Ripa shared a touching photo Thursday of her daughter's christening.With Lola off to college soon, the talk show host reflected on how fast her children with husband Mark Consuelos have grown up."2001 from your Christening to college. In the blink of an eye. I’m not crying. You’re crying," she wrote, adding, "(Actually Daddy’s sobbing). ...

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:42:19 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-U.S. Representative Seth Moulton ends bid for Democratic presidential nomination

    U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, who mounted a long-shot bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ended his campaign on Friday, warning that the party must now decide how far left it wants to move. "Today, I want to use this opportunity ... to announce that I am ending my campaign for president," Moulton will say at a speech before the Democratic National Committee meeting in San Francisco, according to remarks provided by his campaign. Moulton, a 40-year-old Iraq War veteran who plans to seek re-election to the district he represents in Massachusetts, failed to garner the support he needed to qualify for any of debates.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:39:27 -0400
  • Billionaire conservative icon David Koch dies at 79

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    Billionaire David Koch, a conservative force in American politics, has died, his brother Charles Koch confirmed in a statement on Friday. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother David. Anyone who worked with David surely experienced his giant personality and passion for life," Charles Koch wrote in a statement, adding that his brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer 27 years ago.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:39:00 -0400
  • As G7 leaders arrive, barricaded Biarritz leaves swimmers out in the cold

    Come rain or shine, every morning of the year Biarritz's White Urchin swimmers' club take a one kilometre swim around the Bay of Biscay. The scene comes less than 24 hours before world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, arrive for a G7 summit in France's southwest surfing capital to navigate their differences on issues ranging from climate change to Iran and tariffs. "I find the G7 an aberration.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:37:09 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. man accused of spying by Russia says he was hurt in prison

    A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying said on Friday that prison authorities in Moscow had injured him, as a court ruled to extend his detention by two months. Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28 and accused of espionage, something he denies. Agents from Russia's Federal Security Service arrested him soon afterwards.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:36:13 -0400
  • Candidate: Marysville should be as white "as possible"

    Jean Cramer made the comment Thursday in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. More than 90% of Marysville's 9,700-person population is white. Cramer responded when the moderator asked candidates if Marysville should do more to attract foreign-born residents, who are boosting populations in some Great Lakes states.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:34:11 -0400
  • Seth Moulton to drop out of Democratic primary race

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    Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton plans to exit the Democratic presidential primary race on Friday, becoming the second 2020 candidate to drop out this week as the field narrows. Moulton is set to announce the end of his campaign during remarks to the Democratic National Committee. Moulton focused on mental health treatment after revealing his own struggles on that front as a combat veteran.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:27:48 -0400
  • Seth Moulton to drop out of Democratic primary race

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    Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton plans to exit the Democratic presidential primary race on Friday, becoming the second 2020 candidate to drop out this week as the field narrows. Moulton is set to announce the end of his campaign during remarks to the Democratic National Committee. Moulton focused on mental health treatment after revealing his own struggles on that front as a combat veteran.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:27:41 -0400
  • Representative Seth Moulton ends bid for Democratic presidential nomination

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    Representative Seth Moulton, who mounted a long-shot bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ended his campaign on Friday, warning that the party must now decide how far left it wants to move. "Today, I want to use this opportunity ... to announce that I am ending my campaign for president," Moulton will say at a speech before the Democratic National Committee meeting in San Francisco, according to remarks provided by his campaign. Moulton, a 40-year-old Iraq War veteran who plans to seek re-election to the district he represents in Massachusetts, failed to garner the support he needed to qualify for any of debates.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:25:37 -0400
  • Russia's Chechnya inaugurates what it says is Europe's largest mosque

    Authorities in the Russian region of Chechnya on Friday inaugurated what they said was the largest mosque in Europe in a pomp-filled ceremony attended by local and foreign officials. Named after the Prophet Mohammed, the marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the "largest and most beautiful" mosque in Europe. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, said the mosque -- located in Shali, a town of 54,000 just outside the regional capital Grozny -- was "unique in its design, and majestic in its size and beauty".

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:22:11 -0400
  • G7 advisers discuss "concrete measures" on Amazon fires - France

    Advisers to G7 leaders are discussing concrete measures to be decided on during the Group of Seven industrialised countries' summit this weekend in France, a French diplomatic source said on Friday. "We are working at the advisers level to take concrete initiatives on the Amazon as part of the G7," the source told Reuters. The European Union put pressure on Friday on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to act to limit the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:20:33 -0400
  • REFILE-Climate activists demonstrate outside Brazil embassies in Paris and London

    PARIS/LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Several hundred environmental activists demonstrated on Friday outside the Brazilian embassy in Paris as a clash between the two countries' leaders over the issue of climate change intensified, while similar protests took place in London. On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron and U.N. Secretary General António Guterres expressed concerns about wildfires that are raging in the Amazon, but Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro responded angrily to what he regarded as meddling. Climate activist group Extinction Rebellion said protesters were also gathering at the Brazilian embassy in London calling on Bolsonaro to protect the Amazon rainforest.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:17:28 -0400
  • GRAPHIC-Take Five: G7 set for communique-tion breakdown

    Trade, climate change, exchange rates, government spending, Brexit, dealings with China, Iran and Russia - there doesn't seem to be an issue that all members of the wealthy G7 group of nations agree on. Summit host France's president, Emmanuel Macron, has put climate change centre-stage for the event. Locked in a trade war with China, he has floated the idea of tariffs on imports from the EU and elsewhere, and his suggestion to re-admit Russia to the G7 has met with opposition from other members.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:13:27 -0400
  • U.S. Representative Seth Moulton ends bid for Democratic presidential nomination

    U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, who had mounted a long-shot bid for the presidency, will end his campaign in a speech on Friday, according to media reports. A 40-year-old Iraq War veteran who represents a district in Massachusetts, Moulton failed to garner the support he needed to qualify for the Democratic debates.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:12:39 -0400
  • Zimbabwe police arrest 10 union officials as clampdown deepens

    Zimbabwe police arrested 10 union officials on Friday as they tried to petition the finance minister over low pay for teachers, witnesses said, extending a government clampdown on dissent that has hobbled the country's main opposition. Police with batons bundled the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe officials into a truck outside the finance ministry. The union had been trying to present a petition to finance minister Mthuli Ncube over teachers' salaries, which average around 500 Zimbabwe dollars ($50) a month.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:11:33 -0400
  • US STOCKS-China's tariff blow sets Wall St for lower open ahead of Powell speech

    Wall Street was set to open lower on Friday as China's threat to impose tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods ratcheted up trade tensions ahead of a highly anticipated speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. China's commerce ministry said it would impose additional tariffs on a total of 5,078 U.S. products that include agricultural products, crude oil, small aircraft and cars.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:07:52 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Billionaire industrialist and conservative donor David Koch dies at age 79

    Billionaire industrialist David Koch, a driving force behind conglomerate Koch Industries who as one of the world's richest people became a major financier of conservative causes and political candidates, has died at age 79, his brother said on Friday. Charles Koch, Koch Industries Inc's chairman, disclosed the death in a statement that touched on his younger brother's lengthy battle with prostate cancer and his philanthropic contributions to medical research, education and the arts. “He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten,” Koch said in a statement addressed to employees.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:05:55 -0400
  • As Malta disembarks migrants more charity-govt clashes loom

    Malta agreed Friday to disembark 356 migrants who were trapped for two weeks on a rescue ship in the central Mediterranean, capping a week of standoffs between charities and governments that have exposed in dramatic ways Europe's inability to deal with migration from Africa. The Maltese armed forces will be taking ashore the passengers from the Ocean Viking before they are distributed to France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Romania, the prime minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, announced on Friday in a series of tweets. SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, the two charities running the Norwegian-flagged ship, had said that requests for docking had been previously denied by Malta and ignored by Italy.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:02:20 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    A light-rail passenger train derailed in Sacramento, California, late Thursday night, injuring 27, officials said. Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg aims to prevent one million deaths by 2028 from addiction and mental illness under a plan he released on Friday aimed at tackling the country's opioid and substance abuse crisis. Buttigieg wants to require health insurance companies to provide mental health and addiction treatment on an equal footing with other physical conditions, to reduce deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:56:57 -0400
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Following is a summary of current world news briefs. The explosion that killed five Russian scientists during a rocket engine test earlier this month was followed by a second blast two hours later, the likely source of a spike in radiation, Norway's nuclear test-ban monitor said on Friday. Six EU countries have agreed to take in 356 migrants stranded at sea for two weeks aboard the Ocean Viking rescue vessel, ending the latest standoff over migration to Europe across the Mediterranean.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:56:56 -0400
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. A Bosnian-Dutch film about a girl leaving the Netherlands and returning to her native Bosnia to visit the sick father she has never met was chosen on Thursday as the best movie at the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), celebrating its silver jubilee. The jury chaired by Swedish film-maker Ruben Ostlund, whose film "The Square" won Cannes' Palme d'Or in 2017, awarded "Take Me Somewhere Nice" by Bosnian director Ena Sendijarevic with the 16,000 euros ($17,736) Heart of Sarajevo award.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:56:55 -0400
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    Following is a summary of current health news briefs. GlaxoSmithKline's experimental HIV injection is as effective when given every other month as monthly, according to a study, a convenience that could help the British drugmaker in its battle against a rival drug from Gilead Sciences .GSK's two-drug injection was as effective as a monthly dose of the same regimen in maintaining viral suppression at 48 weeks in a late-stage study, said ViiV Healthcare, GSK's HIV unit. Fewer U.S. adolescents are participating in programs designed to prevent substance abuse, a study suggests.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:56:54 -0400
  • Reuters Odd News Summary

    Connie West, co-owner of an alien-themed motel in the tiny U.S. desert outpost of Rachel, Nevada, believes they are coming no matter what. A whimsical invitation on Facebook has urged UFO enthusiasts to gather on Sept. 20 and "storm" nearby Area 51, a U.S. military base long rumored to house extraterrestrials and spaceships. More than 2 million Facebook users have said they plan to go.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:56:53 -0400
  • Reuters People News Summary

    The case of ex-"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who sparked a firestorm in Chicago by reporting a racist attack authorities have ruled a hoax, returns to court on Friday, when local media say a judge may tap a special prosecutor to review the case. Mexican musician Celso Pina, famed as "the rebel of the accordion" for mixing eclectic styles with traditional Colombian cumbia, died on Wednesday of a heart attack in his hometown of Monterrey, his record label La Tuna Records said. A former publicist for Michael Jackson on Thursday announced plans for a charitable foundation not affiliated with the late pop singer's family or estate, intended to defend and promote the legacy of the controversial entertainer.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:56:52 -0400
  • Reuters Science News Summary

    Following is a summary of current science news briefs. Scientists in Florida have artificially induced reproductive spawning of an endangered Atlantic coral species for the first time in an aquarium setting, a breakthrough they say holds great promise in efforts to restore depleted reefs in the wild. The achievement, announced this week at the Florida Aquarium in Apollo Beach near Tampa, borrowed from lab techniques developed at the London-based Horniman Museum and Gardens and used previously to induce spawning of 18 species of Pacific coral, officials said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:56:52 -0400
  • Taylor Swift drops 'Lover' album: 5 things to know about the game-changer

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    Taylor Swift drops 'Lover' album: 5 things to know about the game-changer originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comAfter what's felt like an eternity, the day all Swifties have been waiting for is here: Taylor Swift has released her album "Lover."And while Swift is known for her creative, lyrical prowess, there's also so much more that makes "Lover" so special, including the cameos, its instant success and how it's the first album she owns herself.(MORE: Taylor Swift performs live on 'GMA,' reveals she'll re-record her old albums)Here are five things to know and "love" about "Lover. ...

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:56:45 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-China strikes back in trade dispute with U.S. with new tariffs

    China unveiled on Friday retaliatory tariffs against about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, putting an additional 10% on top of existing rates in the latest tit-for-tat exchange in a protracted dispute between the world's top two economies. The latest salvo from China comes after the United States unveiled tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, including consumer electronics, scheduled to go into effect in two stages on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:56:25 -0400
  • Russia rocket accident likely had two explosions, Norway monitor says

    The explosion that killed five Russian scientists during a rocket engine test earlier this month was followed by a second blast two hours later, the likely source of a spike in radiation, Norway's nuclear test-ban monitor said on Friday. The second explosion, detected only by infrasonic air pressure sensors and not by the seismic monitors that pick up movements in the ground, was likely from an airborne rocket powered by radioactive fuel, the Norsar agency said. Russia's state nuclear agency, Rosatom, on Aug. 10 said the accident involved "isotope power sources" but did not give further details.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:48:50 -0400
  • Billionaire industrialist and conservative donor David Koch dies at age 79

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    Billionaire industrialist David Koch, a driving force behind conglomerate Koch Industries who as one of the world's richest people became a major financier of conservative causes and political candidates, has died at age 79, his brother said on Friday. Charles Koch, Koch Industries Inc's chairman, disclosed the death in a statement that touched on his younger brother's lengthy battle with prostate cancer and his philanthropic contributions to medical research, education and the arts. Koch, a philanthropist and patron of cultural and medical institutions, amassed his vast wealth with a large ownership stake in Koch Industries, the Wichita, Kansas-based company he ran with Charles.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:47:11 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Myanmar troops' sexual violence against Rohingya shows 'genocidal intent' -U.N. report

    Sexual violence committed by Myanmar troops against Rohingya women and girls in 2017 indicated the military's genocidal intent to destroy the mainly Muslim ethnic minority, United Nations investigators said in a report released on Thursday. The panel of independent investigators, set up by the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2017, accused Myanmar's government of failing to hold anyone accountable and said it was responsible "under the Genocide Convention for its failure to investigate and punish acts of genocide".

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:46:09 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Brazil's Bolsonaro says army may help fight Amazon fires

    Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday the army may be enlisted to help combat fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest, as international condemnation and calls for tough action to quell the unfolding crisis continued to mount. According to the presidential agenda, Bolsonaro is set to meet with a team that includes the defense and environment ministers and the foreign minister at 3 p.m. local time (1800 GMT). Fires in the Amazon have surged 83% so far this year compared with the same period a year ago, government figures show, destroying vast swathes of a forest considered a vital bulwark against global climate change.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:43:36 -0400
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