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2016-Dec-08 20:22 PM

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Passenger plane crashes in Pakistan

2016-Dec-07 18:52 PM

A Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Wednesday with about 47 people on board, according to local police and the Civil Aviation Authority. It left Chitral and lost contact with the control tower while traveling to Islamabad. "Rescue teams are reaching the scene of the crash, and then we will know more," said Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George.

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Google to be powered 100% by renewable energy from 2017

2016-Dec-07 18:45 PM

Google’s data centers and offices will be powered entirely by renewable energy starting next year. “We are convinced this is good for business, this is not about greenwashing,” said Marc Oman, the head of EU energy at Google. “This is about locking in prices for us in the long term. Increasingly, renewable energy is the lowest cost option.”

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TIME 2016 Person of the Year: Donald Trump

2016-Dec-07 18:45 PM

“It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption,” wrote Nancy Gibbs, Time’s managing editor. “Trump is poised to preside, for better or worse.” Gibbs went on to say that critics and supporters alike will now “discover together” how much he delivers versus what he has said. “For framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year.”

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Parents spend just as much time with screens as their kids

2016-Dec-07 18:45 PM

New research suggests that parents spend as much time in front of screens as their children. A 2015 study indicated that teens averaged about nine hours in front of a screen for entertainment. In a new survey of 1,800 parents with children between the ages of 8 and 18, the adults spent an average of nine hours in front of screens for purposes other than work.

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Lessons from Ghostbusters not learned, all-female Ocean's 11 coming

2016-Dec-07 18:45 PM

Damian Lewis is in negotiations to join the cast of ‘Ocean’s Eight,’ a female-driven spinoff of ‘Ocean’s Eleven.' Lewis will be starring alongside actresses including Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, and Sarah Paulson. The actor will reportedly be the villain of the movie. Lewis (“Homeland”) recently finished producing the second season of Showtime’s “Billions.” “Oceans Eight” is slated to debut on June 8, 2018.

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First photos from Cassini Saturn probe's new orbit

2016-Dec-07 18:45 PM

NASA’s Cassini probe has begun sending back its first images of Saturn from its orbit around the ringed planet. Over the next nine months, Cassini will conduct several orbits around Saturn to deliver images to NASA. At the end of the mission, the probe will be destroyed in the atmosphere of the planet. It has been studying Saturn for about 12 years.

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Apple Music crossed 20M subscribers

2016-Dec-07 18:45 PM

Apple Music has surpassed 20 million subscribers. Three months ago, Apple Music reached 17 million subscribers, marking an increase of three million since the end of the summer. "It's been quite a year," said Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. The company launched its streaming service in 2015.

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Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

2016-Dec-06 19:00 PM

Confidential information obtained by the Washington Post suggests that the Pentagon covered up an internal study that showed $125 billion in expenses for administrative purposes. The report may have been hidden in fear of Congress reducing the defense budget upon learning how the department uses its funds. More than 1 million people were employed for back-office operations, while about 298,000 were employed for military purposes.

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Rare Superbug Gene Discovered on U.S. Pig Farm

2016-Dec-06 19:00 PM

Researchers believe they have discovered a new superbug gene that could threaten the effectiveness of antibiotics. It was discovered on a pig farm in the U.S. The gene itself is called bla IMP-27, and it gives bacteria the ability to resist a last-resort type of antibiotic. "The emergence of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae has been described as heralding the end of the antibiotic era,” the researchers concluded.

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The Grammy Nominations are in

2016-Dec-06 18:57 PM

Albums from Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Sturgill Simpson have been nominated for 'Album of the Year' at the upcoming Grammy Awards. Justin Bieber (“Love Yourself”), Adele (“Hello”) and Beyoncé (“Formation”) were also nominated in the “Song of the Year” category. Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper, Maren Morris and Anderson Paak made the list of “Best New Artist” nominees.

10374-Uber’s main competitor in China set to raise $2 billion

U.K. Prime Minister says she’ll push for a tailor-made Brexit agreement

2016-Dec-06 18:57 PM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says that she will push for a tailor-made Brexit agreement that has the country’s best interests in mind. May has faced criticism as of late for failing to provide extensive details on a plan to leave the European Union. "I’m interested in all these terms that have been identified -- hard Brexit, soft Brexit, black Brexit, white Brexit, gray Brexit," she said.

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight,’ trailer has officially dropped

2016-Dec-06 18:57 PM

The first trailer for the next ‘Transformers’ movie, ‘Transformers: The Last Knight,’ has officially dropped. In the trailer, humans and the Transformers are at war, and Optimus Prime appears to play the role of a villain. This will be the last movie in the “Transformers” franchise from Michael Bay. However, there are reportedly several spinoffs and sequels in the making.

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Couple Adopts 5 Siblings So They Aren't Split Up in Foster Care System

2016-Dec-06 18:57 PM

An Arizona couple is making headlines for adopting five siblings to ensure that they would not be split up in the foster care system. Brenda and Curt Heuer made the move in honor of National Adoption Day, which is celebrated annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. They have adopted 52 foster children over the course of 12 years.

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Taiwan President: "No policy shift" post phone call

2016-Dec-06 18:57 PM

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has stated that her phone call with Donald Trump last week ‘does not mean' there will be a shift in policy. Instead, she specified that “the phone call was a way for us to express our respect for the U.S. election as well as congratulate President-elect Trump on his win." No U.S. president or president-elect had spoken with the leader of Taiwan since 1979.

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How nuts is this? Nuts might be good for you

2016-Dec-06 18:57 PM

A new analysis suggests that nuts may be able to reduce the odds of developing illnesses. Researchers from Imperial College analyzed 20 studies from around the world, which included more than 800,000 participants. They found that those who ate nuts daily were less likely to have illnesses. “It’s definitely one of the foods we should be eating more of,” said one of the researchers.

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A.I. Is Now Writing Christmas Carols

2016-Dec-05 22:36 PM

Scientists have trained an artificial intelligence system to write and sing Christmas carols. In order to familiarize their neural network with the musical scale, the researchers trained it using 100 hours of online music. This allowed it to produce a 120-beats-per-minute melody. They then integrated a variety of digital images, which the AI interpreted to form lyrics.

Read More: Popular Mechanics
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Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development

2016-Dec-05 22:36 PM

President-elect Donald Trump has selected former presidential primary candidate Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and he has accepted the opportunity. Armstrong Williams, Carson’s top aide, previously said that the retired neurosurgeon is not interested in a cabinet position due to a lack of government experience. However, Carson has since stated that he could make a “significant contribution”.

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Army Denies Dakota Pipeline Permit

2016-Dec-05 22:36 PM

In a victory for protesters, the Army has stated that it has denied a permit for the North Dakota Access Pipeline to run under Lake Oahe. The Army’s assistant secretary, Jo-Ellen Darcy, will not grant a necessary permit to developers to move forward with their existing route. However, President-elect Donald Trump supports the pipeline’s construction and could reverse the decision if necessary.

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Italy's referendum rejected

2016-Dec-05 22:36 PM

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is expected to officially resign today after the country voted to reject constitutional reforms. Over the weekend, Renzi had promised to resign if the reforms were rejected. About 57.1 percent of voters were against giving the lower house the power to pass laws without the need for additional approval.

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe to Visit Pearl Harbor with Obama

2016-Dec-05 22:35 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the first leader of his country to visit Pearl Harbor, the Hawaiian naval base Japan attacked in 1941. Earlier this year, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit a memorial in Hiroshima, dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing. Over 2,300 American servicemen died in the Pearl Harbor attack.

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Kennedy Center Awards announced

2016-Dec-05 22:35 PM

The Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, James Taylor and Martha Argerich received Kennedy Center Honors at the 39th annual event this Sunday, hosted by Stephen Colbert. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Sean Penn, Bill Clinton, and Ringo Starr were also at the event. The black-tie event raised nearly $6 million for the organization’s arts center.

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Mummified remains identified as Egyptian Queen Nefertari

2016-Dec-05 22:35 PM

A team of archaeologists believe that a pair of mummified legs that are on display at an Italian museum may belong to Egyptian Queen Nefertari. The researchers used radiocarbon dating, anthropology, genetics, chemical analysis, and paleopathology to draw their conclusions. Queen Nefertari was thought to be the favorite wife of Ramses II. Her decorated tomb was initially excavated by Italian archaeologists in 1904.

Read More: Eureka Alert
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Oakland fire death toll at 36

2016-Dec-05 22:35 PM

At least 36 people are confirmed dead following a warehouse fire in Oakland, California, on Friday night. The death toll is expected to rise as investigators continue to move through the wreckage. Less than a third of the warehouse had been searched as of Sunday, and it could take weeks to identify the victims. A criminal investigation into the blaze is being launched.

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Bana Alabed, seven-year-old tweeting from Aleppo, goes quiet

2016-Dec-05 22:35 PM

The Twitter page of an Aleppo-based seven-year-old girl has disappeared. Bana Alabed had developed a following after using Twitter to depict the life of her family in the city. The final tweet on her page came from her mother. “We are sure the army is capturing us now,” she wrote. “We will see each other another day dear world.”

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