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'Good Samaritan' Trying to Help Lost Toddler Attacked by Child's Father: Cops

11 hours 33 min ago

A Florida man was trying to find the parents of a lost toddler when the child's dad punched him repeatedly, authorities said.


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Outrage as Mother of 'Baby Doe' Walks Free Following Boyfriend's Conviction

June 27, 2017 - 4:39pm

Rachelle Bond testified against boyfriend Michael McCarthy, who was convicted of murder.


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Venezuela's Maduro warns of war if 'revolution' toppled

June 27, 2017 - 3:32pm

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro warned on Tuesday that he and supporters would take up arms if his socialist government was violently overthrown by opponents who have been on the streets protesting for three months. "I'm telling the world, and I hope the world listens after 90 days of protest, destruction and death," Maduro said in reference to anti-government unrest that has led to at least 75 deaths in the OPEC nation since April. "If Venezuela was plunged into chaos and violence and the Bolivarian Revolution destroyed, we would go to combat.


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China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plants

June 27, 2017 - 3:17pm

If tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees. SEE ALSO: How drones are helping to plant trees The verdant towers will help soak up urban air pollution, produce clean oxygen, and boost local biodiversity. The greenery also provides shade on sunny days and acts as an insulating blanket during winter, allowing tenants to use less heating and electricity. Liuzhou Forest City will span 175 hectares, or 0.67 miles, along the Liujiang River.Image: stefano boeri architettiIf the concept sounds familiar, that's because these buildings are the work of Stefano Boeri Architetti, the same architecture firm behind the two "vertical forest" buildings planned for Nanjing in eastern China.  Liuzhou city officials commissioned the Italian company to build the development, which will host about 30,000 people and be connected to the main Liuzhou city — population 3.8 million — via a fast-rail line used by electric cars. The forest city, now under construction, is expected to be completed by 2020, the Milan-based architects confirmed by email. 'Vertical forest' buildings in the Liuzhou development.Image: stefano boeri architettiThe development is a flashy but tiny effort to combat the dangerous smog and toxic air pollution that's choking China's industrialized cities. It comes as China is building more wind and solar power than any country in the world to slash emissions from coal plants, factories, and vehicles, and to combat climate change. Stefano Boeri's firm, which recently completed two verdant towers in Milan, is planning to expand into other smoggy cities, including China's Shijiazhuang, Guizhou, Shanghai, and Chongqing. In the Liuzhou Forest City, buildings, parks, and gardens will absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of fine dust pollutants per year, while producing about 900 tons of oxygen, the architects said in a press release.  By comparison, the two green towers in Nanjing will absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 0.06 tons of oxygen.  An electric railway will link the 'forest city' to the main Liuzhou city.Image: stefano boeri architettiBeyond sucking up toxic air, the urban greenery is also expected to stifle noise pollution and support biodiversity by providing a habitat for the local birds, insects, and small animals that inhabit Liuzhou. The project will include residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, plus two schools and a hospital. Along with plants, the buildings will also feature rooftop solar panels to produce clean electricity and use geothermal energy systems for interior air-conditioning. Stefano Boeri Architetti said the Liuzhou Forest City represents its broader effort to design a "new generation" of architecture and urban environments to address climate change. WATCH: China's big, beautiful, green 'vertical forests' will suck up toxic smog


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Galaxy Note 7 ‘Fandom Edition’ brings Samsung’s biggest mistake back from the dead

June 27, 2017 - 2:33pm

This past fall, Samsung was forced to dig itself out of one of the biggest tech controversies in history. In what was nothing short of a nightmare scenario, scores of Galaxy Note 7 devices began exploding all across the globe, a problem that was eventually traced back to design and manufacturing issues involving the Note 7's battery. Ultimately, Samsung was forced to cease production altogether and issue a worldwide recall, a turn of events believed to have cost Samsung billions.

Remarkably, Samsung was able to withstand the PR crisis that was the Galaxy Note 7 and survive intact. Not only that, but Samsung's mobile business has since flourished on the back of impressively strong sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Apparently in the fast-moving world of tech, consumers are just as liable to forget about a company's mistakes as they are to forget about a company's successes.

That said, Samsung is now embarking on a curious strategy to help remind people of the Note 7's existence. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Samsung is bringing the Note 7 back to life in the form of a refurbished "Fandom Edition" model. That's right, the Galaxy Note 7 FE is not an SNL punchline, but rather a legit product that will hit store shelves on July 7. Now, to be fair, the Galaxy Note 7 FE will have different (read: safer) components than the original Note 7.

The Note 7 FE will make its debut in South Korea and may eventually wind up on store shelves in other countries later on down the road. As to why Samsung would release a product that evokes memories of phones exploding, well, that's a question for the ages.


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10 must-have iPhone accessories under $25

June 27, 2017 - 12:53pm

Apple’s iPhones are arguably the best smartphones on the planet. The hardware is fantastic, the customer service is positively unbeatable, and the iOS platform is the best mobile software platform in the world. Of course, all that comes at a price — iPhones are also some of the most expensive smartphones out there. You’ve already spent somewhere between $650 and $950 on your iPhone, so now it’s time to save some money. In this post, you’ll find 10 different must-have iPhone accessories that each cost less than $25.


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Emmett Till Mississippi civil rights memorial vandalised for second time in two months

June 27, 2017 - 12:47pm

An sign marking the site where black teenager was accused of whistling at a white woman - something that would subsequently result in him being lynched - has been vandalised for the second time in two months. The marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail was damaged last month when someone scratched on it. Allan Hammons, whose company manages the Mississippi Freedom Trail, more than a dozen signs established in 2011 to mark seminal moments and locations in the civil rights movements, said the incident was deeply disturbing.


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U.S. worries Russia could step up North Korea support to fill China void

June 27, 2017 - 12:04pm

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - As the United States pressures China to enforce United Nations sanctions on its ally North Korea, Washington is concerned that Russia could provide support to Pyongyang and fill any vacuum left by Beijing, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday. "I'm concerned that Russia may backfill North Korea," Haley told U.S. lawmakers in Washington.


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Two U.S. studies differ over effects of marijuana on drivers

June 27, 2017 - 12:01pm

(This June 22 story has been refiled to correct study author's name to "Aydelotte" instead of "Adedoyte" in third paragraph.) By Taylor Harris (Reuters) - Two U.S. studies on the effects of marijuana on drivers in states where it is allowed for recreational use came to different conclusions about whether it increases risks behind the wheel. A study by the American Journal of Public Health published on Thursday looked at motor vehicle fatalities and found no significant increase in Colorado and Washington State, where recreational marijuana use is legal, compared with eight states where it is not legal that have similar populations, vehicle ownership, and traffic laws. “Our study focused on deaths and actually found what we expected going into this," Jason Aydelotte, lead author of the study said in a telephone interview.


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Iraqi forces seize more ground in Mosul from Islamic State, PM sees victory soon

June 27, 2017 - 11:32am

By Stephen Kalin MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul's Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State's de-facto capital, and Iraq's prime minister predicted victory very soon. Iraqi forces, battling up to 350 militants dug in among civilians in the Old City, said federal police had dislodged IS insurgents from the Ziwani mosque and were only a few days away from ousting militants completely from the Old City.


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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets Demon’s wide-body look

June 27, 2017 - 11:00am

With only 3,300 destined to be built, the chances of you getting your hands on a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon are slim, even if you can afford the car’s $86,090 price tag. The good news is that you’ll be able to get the Demon’s sexy wide-body look on a new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, which doesn’t suffer from limited production. Dodge on Tuesday announced that the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat will be available with a wide-body design.


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Man Spent 3 Months Behind Bars for Possession of Cocaine That Turned Out to Be Dry Wall

June 27, 2017 - 10:49am

Karlos Cashe was released last week after spending 90 days in jail.


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Are Whales Methodically Killing South Africa’s Great White Sharks?

June 27, 2017 - 10:37am

The great white sharks were found dead, their livers removed as if by a surgeon. Some were missing testicles and a heart.


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Hostages in Philippine town forced to fight, loot, become sex slaves: army

June 27, 2017 - 10:04am

By Kanupriya Kapoor MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying a southern Philippine city have been forced to loot homes, take up arms against government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters, the army said on Tuesday. Citing accounts of seven residents of Marawi City who either escaped or were rescued, the military said some hostages were forced to convert to Islam, carry wounded fighters to mosques, and marry militants of the Maute group loyal to Islamic State. Some escapees say bodies of residents have been left in the streets, some for weeks, and civilians are distressed by government air strikes and artillery bombardments that have reduced parts of Marawi to rubble.


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London apartment tower fire triggers emergency inspections, evacuations

June 27, 2017 - 9:36am

The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy.


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U.S. saw chemical weapons activity at Syrian base struck in April

June 27, 2017 - 9:33am

The United States saw what appeared to be active Syrian preparations for a possible chemical weapons attack at Shayrat airfield, the same Syrian airfield the United States struck in April, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said on Tuesday. "This involved specific aircraft in a specific hangar, both of which we know to be associated with chemical weapons use," Davis said, speaking by phone from Washington. Davis added that the worrisome activity dated back to "the past day or two." He did not say how the United States collected its intelligence.


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Former GOP Rep. Jolly: Affordable Care Act gave me a ‘safety net’

June 27, 2017 - 8:32am

A Florida Republican who earlier campaigned against the Affordable Care Act came to a new view of it after he lost his insurance coverage.


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Trump promotes faulty White House math on health care

June 27, 2017 - 8:23am

In addition to the elementary math error, the president's tweets attacked CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post and the New York Times as "fake news."


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4 Dead, Liverless Sharks Wash Ashore in Weird Whodunit

June 27, 2017 - 8:15am

Orca whales have claimed the life of another great white shark by eating its liver and leaving it for dead, making it the fourth such gristly death in less than two months. During a four-day period in early May, researchers reported finding the bodies of three great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) that had washed ashore along South Africa's Western Cape province. Now, a fourth dead, liverless shark has washed ashore, according to a post today (June 26) on the Marine Dynamics blog, a site hosted by a shark cage diving company.


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Man Held Teen Girl Captive For More Than a Year: Cops

June 27, 2017 - 8:07am

Michael Wysolovski, 31, was arrested and charged with holding Hailey Burns captive after her parents received a tip from a woman in Romania.


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