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Zika virus was sexually transmitted in Texas, CDC says

Zika virus was sexually transmitted in Texas, CDC says

In a statement to CNN, the CDC said it confirmed the test results showing Zika present in the blood of a "nontraveler in the continental United States." The agency stressed that there was no risk to a developing fetus in this instance. Uganda's Zika Forest, birthplace of the Zika virus Frieden said that studies on sexual transmission are not easy studies to do, but the CDC is continuing to explore that avenue of transmission. "What we know is the vast majority of spread is going to be from m...

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Tenn. store clerk rapes 2 women for shoplifting

Tenn. store clerk rapes 2 women for shoplifting

A Tennessee store employee raped two women after he caught them shoplifting, authorities say. Robert Lindlau, assistant manager at a Dollar General store in Clarksville, forced the women to perform sexual favors on him inside a locked room, according to cops. The 38-year-old Lindlau had escorted the women, aged 44 and 32, to an office in the back of the store. He told them cops had been called and it would be about an hour before authorities showed up. No call to the police had been made, and...

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Science

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Gravitational waves: breakthrough discovery after two centuries of expectation

Gravitational waves: breakthrough discovery after two centuries of expectation

Scientists announce discovery of clear gravitational wave signal, ripples in spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein “We have detected gravitational waves. We did it,” said David Reitze, executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo), at a press conference in Washington. The announcement is the climax of a century of speculation, 50 years of trial and error, and 25 years perfecting a set of instruments so sensitive they could identify a distortion in...

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Tardigrade brought back to life after being frozen for thirty years

Tardigrade brought back to life after being frozen for thirty years

Tardigrades (also known as water bears, because of the shape of their head) are one of the hardiest creatures on Earth, they can be frozen, boiled, put in a vacuum, dried to the point of having almost no moisture left in their body, and still return to living a normal life once put back into a normal environment. They can also apparently survive being frozen for decades, no worse for the wear. The team in Japan reports that two tardigrades were found among a sample of moss collected at Showa...

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Politics

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Assange: Vote for Hillary Clinton is ‘vote for endless, stupid war' which spreads terrorism

Assange: Vote for Hillary Clinton is ‘vote for endless, stupid war' which spreads terrorism

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spoken out against US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, calling her a “war hawk with bad judgment” who gets an “emotional rush out of killing people.” He went on to state that Clinton did not learn from her mistakes, and set out to repeat history in Syria. But despite Assange's loathing for Clinton, she is still in contention to win the Democratic nomination for the presidential election in November. Assange wrote the memo from the Ecuadorian emba...

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GOP doubts grow about Rubio

GOP doubts grow about Rubio

Congressional Republicans are re-evaluating Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in the wake of his dismal showing in New Hampshire and disastrous debate performance over the weekend. The GOP establishment rallied around the freshman Florida senator last week after he outperformed polls in Iowa by finishing a strong third in that state’s caucuses. “People who have already endorsed [Rubio] are probably concerned to see how he can come out of South Carolina. I think there’s a definite level of c...

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Health

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Here’s what you need to know about Zika virus

Here’s what you need to know about Zika virus

The Zika Virus spreading in the Americas: What to know CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports on an alarming new virus spreading across the Americas. A new mosquito-borne virus is fast spreading across the Americas and the Caribbean, with cases reported among travelers returning to the U.S. Zika virus outbreaks are proliferating across multiple countries and territories in the region, such as Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil, Panama and Venezuela. They have been associated with increased reports of birth defe...

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Zika virus a public health emergency, sanitation, and El Niño in Peru

Zika virus a public health emergency, sanitation, and El Niño in Peru

A mother in Brazil speaks out – one of her twins was born with microcephaly; action needed on access to toilets; landslides and flooding in shanty towns Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Given there’s such agreement among us about the terrible consequences of the war on drugs on the poor and poverty reduction, how about a few more development organisations speaking out about it? Come on guys!

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Technology

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Mark Zuckerberg shames Facebook board member Marc Andreessen for 'deeply upsetting' India tweets

Mark Zuckerberg shames Facebook board member Marc Andreessen for 'deeply upsetting' India tweets

Many Twitter users, from India and elsewhere, criticised Andreessen for his comments. The offending tweet was quickly deleted and Andreessen issued an apology, in which he claimed he is a “huge admirer of the nation of India and the Indian people,” and saying in future he would leave commentary on these kinds of topics “to people with more knowledge and experience than me.” Mark Zuckerberg told a Q&A audience he doesn't like spending on "frivolous" decision and that includes his attire The Fa...

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World News

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Dutch hold 10 for Bitcoin money laundering

Dutch hold 10 for Bitcoin money laundering

Dutch police have arrested 10 people in the Netherlands as part of an international probe into money-laundering through sales of the shadowy virtual currency Bitcoin, prosecutors said Wednesday. Fifteen places were raided Tuesday in eight Dutch towns as part of the probe, during which luxury cars, cash and the ingredients to make ecstasy were seized. "Bank accounts and Bitcoin accounts were also seized thanks to help from the United States, Australia, Morocco and Lithuania," the Dutch prosecu...

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N. Korea says conducted 'successful' hydrogen bomb test

N. Korea says conducted 'successful' hydrogen bomb test

North Korea said Wednesday it had successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test, marking a major step forward in its nuclear development, if confirmed. "The republic's first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00 am on January 6, 2016, based on the strategic determination of the Workers' Party," a state television news reader announced.

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  • Ron Lohrman 4 weeks, 1 day ago
    There is only one reason to test a bomb.
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Photo Of Kim Kardashian Leaves Fans Concerned

Photo Of Kim Kardashian Leaves Fans Concerned

A new Instagram photo of the reality star has left fans worried that she’s altered her looks permanently. In a photo that Kourtney posted this weekend, the 35-year-old star looks almost unrecognisable. Posing behind her big sister, Kim’s cheeks and lips look bloated – leaving some fans speculating whether she’s had cosmetic work done and others admitting that they didn’t even realise it was her in the snapshot. View gallery “Kim seems to have been getting more work done,” one fan wrote. Anoth...

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  • dorothy iltis cooper 1 week, 2 days ago
    Kim, Chloe and Isabel just came out with our new LookBook.
    From Rome with Love, maybe that could cheer you up. I am a disabled mum and have two teens. We could sure use your help spreading the issues about women and disabilities. I am a merchandiser, for C+I and you can get to my boutique, Adorabledorrie or Dorothy Cooper. Be well Kim! Happy Valentines Day
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Bill Cosby Just Sent a Tweet to His Fans After Wednesday Arrest and It Totally Backfired

Bill Cosby Just Sent a Tweet to His Fans After Wednesday Arrest and It Totally Backfired

Friends and fans, Thank You. Reacting to Cosby’s Thursday tweet, users on the social media platform were divided, though the vast majority skewed toward disapproval. Reactions ranged from "what about the victims?” to “stop denying your horrendous crimes." Here’s a few of the sentiments that Twitter users had to say in response to Cosby’s tweet: @BillCosby Make a New Year’s resolution, Bill: stop denying your horrendous crimes against women. @BillCosby Wow. What about all of us ex-fans with an...

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  • Margareta Durkin 1 month, 1 week ago
    I hope they put this scumbag away for the rest of his life.
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A sports blogger with 250,000 followers barged into Twitter headquarters demanding to be verified

A sports blogger with 250,000 followers barged into Twitter headquarters demanding to be verified

Twitter verifies certain people, mostly famous people, to prevent others from impersonating them on the service. "I'm just trying to get verified by the company so people can't make fake Rico Bosco accounts," he said, referring to a Barstool Sports personality. Barstool Sports writers often seem to skirt official Twitter rules, usually by encouraging their followers to harass users who consider the website's content offensive. Eventually, Twitter employees met with Portnoy, but chose did not ...

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From a Boston penthouse, world’s best fantasy player plunges into startup world - The Boston Globe

From a Boston penthouse, world’s best fantasy player plunges into startup world - The Boston Globe

While most fans relish a few more hours of sleep, Sud fires up a custom software program that crunches vast amounts of data in search of the ideal team to field in that day’s games. By the first kickoff, he’s assembled hundreds of finely tuned rosters. Only then can he sit back and, from a sleek apartment 24 floors above downtown Boston, watch his football fantasies play out. So far in 2015, Sud said, he’s made more than $3.5 million. Earlier this year he moved into a penthouse apartment once...

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  • Umar Hameed 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Passion is a key ingredient in success. Sud's passion for the game and data seems to be the secret of his success. Another person with the same skill-set but less passion would get diminished results. Your thoghts?
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    • Joel Lefkovitz 1 month, 1 week ago
      What an incredible story! Completely agree his passion combined with raw genius created his incredible success. This is a good example of what makes America so great.
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Leaked Twitter Data Paints Grim Future For Platform - Yahoo Finance

Leaked Twitter Data Paints Grim Future For Platform - Yahoo Finance

Twitter's application programming interface, commonly referred to as API, has apparently indicated that the number of daily tweets has been cut in half since August 2014. According to Business Insider, this batch of data was made available by a long-time Twitter tracking app developer. Per the "leaked" data, Twitter experienced its peak average daily tweets in August 2014 at 661 million, while the January 2016 sampling came in at an average of 303 million daily tweets. Twitter, commenting on ...

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How an Obsessed Billionaire Finally Bought Gold.co.uk After Seven Years

How an Obsessed Billionaire Finally Bought Gold.co.uk After Seven Years

Halliday-Stein is a British billionaire and entrepreneur who fell into the gold trading business back in 2008 when he was looking to buy a €œmodest amount€ of the shiny stuff himself. It was at the height of the financial crisis, and Halliday-Stein €”who was keeping an eye on emerging business models €”was on the lookout for a new opportunity. While surfing the net for gold and silver, he soon became disillusioned by the subpar websites and customer services he encountered. So, he decided to...

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Society

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Chicago Professor Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Chicago Professor Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation

The professor, Jason Lieb, 43, made unwelcome sexual advances to several female graduate students at an off-campus retreat of the molecular biosciences division, according to a university investigation letter obtained by The New York Times, and engaged in sexual activity with a student who was “incapacitated due to alcohol and therefore could not consent.” Dr. Lieb, who has received millions of dollars in federal grants over the last decade, did not respond to requests for comment. “In light ...

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Entertainment

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Scott Weiland's Family: 'Don't Glorify This Tragedy'

Scott Weiland's Family: 'Don't Glorify This Tragedy'

By Wallace Morgan Coldplay team with Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Gwyneth... By Jesse Berney Contributor By Matt Taibbi By Matt Taibbi By Amanda Marcotte By Rolling Stone By John Knefel By Rob Sheffield Contributor By Rob Sheffield By Rob Sheffield By Rob Sheffield By David Ehrlich By Sean Collins By David Ehrlich By David Ehrlich By David Ehrlich By Bilge Ebiri By Benoit Denizet-Lewis The worst predicted impacts of climate change... By Rolling Stone By Jennifer Wood By Stayton Bonner A Sunday in the b...

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  • Chery Rozar 2 months ago
    Interesting article. He may not have been the best father, husband and he certainly had a serious drug problem but he was amazingly talented and will be deeply missed. Rest in peace Scott Weiland.
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    • Margareta Durkin 1 month, 1 week ago
      What an amazing talent. So sad to see him go way too soon. RIP and best to his family and friends.
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Travel

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Tiny house rentals for your mini vacation

Sure, living in a tiny house full-time may sound daunting, but renting a wee retreat for a couple of days is an easy way to get a taste of the downsized life. The movement around tiny houses emphasizes small homes -- usually less than 400 square feet -- that facilitate simple, economical living. While the concept is geared toward primary residences, there's a subset of very small homes catering to travelers looking for unique alternatives to hotels. Many of the tiny house rentals popping up o...

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  • Kindra Foster 1 month ago
    I've lived in my Jeep for months at a time as I travel and write. It takes some getting used to, but you get a routine going--as you would with any style of living. Now, I feel like I live in a mansion. I have a two-room studio apartment. Lol! I think the tiny house is a great way for people to make extra money with the same amount of land. Especially possible when you live in a beautiful location.
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