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Japan Building "Great Wall" Against Tsunamis
Four years after the tsunami ravaged much of its northeastern coast and killed over eighteen-thousand people, Japan is constructing a nearly 250-mile chain of cement seawalls to fend off future towering waves. Opponents of the 6.8 billion dollar wall, which in some places will reach nearly five stories high, say that the massive concrete barrier will damage marine ecology and scenery and hinder vital fisheries. Moreover, it will do only little to protect residents, and even worse - it'll foster complacency. Instead, they call for people to either move to higher ground, or to create a "green wall" of trees that perhaps won't stop the floods, but will weaken the impact of the waves. However those in favor of the "great wall", say it's a necessary evil, and one that will provide some jobs, at least for a time. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/35d608bb1ebe4766b33146e39b6044ba/japan-opts-massive-costly-sea-wall-fend-tsunamis http://www.wochit.com
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Researchers Hopeful New Treatment Leads To HIV Cure
A new treatment resulting from the partnership between Britain's National Institute for Health Research and other leading medical research organizations has scientists hopeful that they may have found a way to eradicate the HIV virus completely. The Collaborative entity known as HIV Eradication of Viral Reservoirs is comprised of clinicians, virologists, and immunologists, who have treated the first patient in an upcoming study that will involve 50 participants. Whereas previous HIV treatments use Antiretroviral Therapy - or ART - to stop the virus from copying itself and spreading - which often results with the virus' return when treatment ends, this new approach hopes to activate "sleeping" HIV cells and encourage a patient's own immune system to fight HIV. According to professor Sarah Fidler "This first participant has now completed the intervention and we have found it to be safe and well tolerated." But Fidler adds that "Only when all 50 study participants have completed the whole study, by 2018, will we be able to tell if there has been an effect on curing HIV." http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/10/03/Scientists-hope-for-HIV-cure-with-new-treatment/9551475522018/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Israel Says Security Ties With India Out of the Closet
The Israeli defense minister said on Thursday that Israel's security relationship with India is out in the open after years of being under wraps. He vows to play a bigger role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's drive to build an industrial base. Modi's nationalist party has long seen Israel has a natural ally against Islamist militancy, and has openly cultivated warmer ties, beginning with a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York last year. Since then, various government ministers and top officials have been exchanging visits and on Wednesday, Moshe Ya'alon arrived in India. It was the first visit by an Israeli defense minister since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/yqa-0tW2ZmI/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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Instant Karma For Manhattan Attorney's Viral Racist Rant
Attorney Aaron Schlossberg is getting a heavy dose of payback for recent actions. Schlossberg was videotaped this week at a Fresh Kitchen near his Madison Avenue law office Where he was berating restaurant employees.and diners for speaking Spanish Schlossberg even threatened to call immigration authorities. The next day, his face landed on the front page of the New York Daily News. It was positioned above a Spanish headline which translated to: "Screw you, idiot." And there's more video emerging, showing Schlossberg accosting another pedestrian. And to top it all off, 2 NYC lawmakers have filed a formal complaint against him. "What we witnessed in the vile video from Mr. Schlossberg, which has since gone viral, is a humiliating and insulting attack on the more than 50 years of progress that this nation has made since the civil rights movement. We watched Aaron's video and we were disgusted." Rubén Díaz Jr. and Rep. Adriano Espaillat. The 42 year old Schlossberg is now laying low, (hopefully) learning a lesson about verbally attacking innocent bystanders. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-york-politicians-file-formal-complaint-against-lawyer-whose-racist-n875006?cid=public-rss_20180517 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Make Great Leap Forward in Treatment of Toxoplasmosis
Researchers say a new experimental model for the bacteria Toxoplasma gondii, which causes toxoplasmosis, may lead to treatment for the infection and could help with research on other diseases. In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the United States, England and France outlined methods for better research into the bacteria. Using an experimental model, researchers identified targets critical to T. gondii's life cycle, allowing them to develop compounds that limit the bug's ability to survive and may be able to cross the blood-brain barrier to allow treatment of central nervous system infections. More than 2 billion people around the world are estimated to be infected. Toxoplasmosis is an incurable brain infection. It is generally not life-threatening. However, it can damage the sight of millions who have it, threatens the health of infants and children, and can cause significant health issues for people with AIDS or cancer whose immune systems are compromised. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/07/19/Scientists-detail-best-method-to-treat-toxoplasmosis/5991468870778/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17 Hour Workdays
Memo to Wall Street interns: go home and get some sleep. Goldman Sachs told its summer interns — all 2,900 of them — when they started their gigs this summer that they can’t be in the office between midnight and 7 a.m.. The 17-hour work day restriction is an attempt by the banking giants to curb some of their junior staffers’ long and grueling hours. One young banker told Atlantic writer Kevin Roose last year that the “banker 9 to 5” is 9 a.m. until 5 a.m. the next day. And 22-year-old Sarvshreshth Gupta complained to his father about regular 100 hour work weeks before he died earlier this year. Earlier this year, Bank of America told its staffers that they’ll be required to take a minimum of four weekends off per month. Goldman Sachs has also encouraged its staffers not to work on weekends, and began offering analysts full-time contracts instead of two-year contracts to relieve some of the pressure. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/tGnTl615qMg/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Barack Obama Joins Malia and Sasha in New York for Some Father-daughter Time
It’s inevitable: At some point, teenage kids just aren’t that into their parents any more. President Barack Obama, parent to two teenage daughters, set out to combat that trend by hanging out with his girls in New York for the weekend. The trio, plus some of the girls’ friends, seemed intent on packing a lot into their 24 hours together in the city. But no one was out of the hotel door too early on a rainy Saturday morning after zigzagging around Manhattan in dad’s motorcade into the wee hours on Friday night. A Saturday afternoon Broadway matinee was in the offing, believed to be Hamilton, the hit hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/18/barack-obama-malia-sasha-new-york-father-daughter-time http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Yoshinori Ohsumi Wins Nobel Prize In Medicine For His Work On Autophagy
Yoshinori Ohsumi is a biologist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and this year’s winner for the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Ohsumi has received the prize for his work on autophagy, a method for breaking down and recycling large pieces of cellular junk, such as clusters of damaged proteins or worn-out organelles. To keep recycling machinery in good condition is crucial for the cells' health. Not enough recycling can cause cellular trash to build up and lead to neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and too much recycling has been linked to cancer. According to biologist Maria Masucci of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Ohsumi‘s discoveries helped reveal the mechanism and significance of a fundamental physiological process. She said, “There is growing hope that this knowledge will lead to the development of new strategies for the treatment of many human diseases.” https://www.sciencenews.org/article/deciphering-cell%E2%80%99s-recycling-machinery-earns-nobel http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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'Phantom Limb' Pain Can Be Relieved Through Brain Training
People who undergo an amputation often experience pain and sensation from the limb that's no longer there. It's a phenomenon doctors call "phantom limb pain." But now, researchers say they've figured out a way to rewire the brain and reduce pain coming from a phantom limb. According to a new study, the technique essentially involves distracting the brain from mixed signals it may receive as a result of losing the limb. According to UPI, the research team used a brain-machine interface to decode the neural activity of the mental action needed for a patient to move their "phantom" hand, then linked those signals to a robot prosthetic limb. Patients experienced an increase in phantom pain if they tried to control the prosthetic arm by willing the movement of their missing arm. But patients' phantom pain decreased if they were trained to move the robot arm using the "wrong" side of the brain. For example, researchers said patients missing the left arm experienced reduced pain if they moved the prosthetic arm through neural signals associated with their right arm. Study co-author Ben Seymour says he hopes this research will provide an alternative to painkillers for people experiencing phantom limb pain. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/10/27/Brain-training-may-curb-phantom-limb-pain/4131477600155/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Strangers Leave $400 Tip And A Bigger Surprise
For months, Cayla Chandara has been a waitress at two different restaurants, pulling double shifts just to make ends meet. The 21-year-old moved to Waikiki, Hawaii, from Santa Rosa, California, for school. But with student loans and the high cost of living, Chandara didn’t want to slip into debt. Instead of continuing her education, Chandara decided to take a step back. She accepted a job at a nearby Cheesecake Factory and Noi Thai Cuisine, hoping to save up enough money so she could return to school one day. Chandara was serving two “life-long friends” and a 10-year-old girl visiting from Australia at Noi Thai Cuisine last week. They struck up a conversation, asking Chandara why she moved to Hawaii. Chandara told them about school and her dreams for the future. The waitress thought the customers were just being polite. But as she cleared their table and collected their $200 tab at the end of the night her jaw-dropped. The tip was $400 -- double their bill.Chandara recalled where the couple said they were staying, and decided she would swing by after her shift to thank them properly. “I genuinely wanted to say thank you,” Chandara said. “I sent a thank you letter saying how much it meant to me.” She left it at the hotel’s front desk and slipped out -- never expecting to see the tourists ever again. The next night, the woman and the little girl returned to the restaurant. They told Chandara they would like to give her $10,000 to pay off her student loans and to contribute to her continuing her college education. Chandara was at a loss for words. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cayla-chandara-hawaii-waitress-huge-tip/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Charming Prince Harry Helps Adorable Little Girl With Errant Shoe
While meeting with locals in New Zealand on Friday, the 30-year-old Prince Harry was snapped enjoying a very special moment with one little girl. Kensginton Palace's official Instagram posted the precious pic on Instagram today. The accompanying sweet snapshot shows Harry offering the little girl one of her shoes, which appears to have fallen off her foot. Prince Harry is finally concluding his long trip Down Under. After training with Australian troops, he's been touring New Zealand. He recently visited the Turn Your Life Around youth development center in Mangere, South Auckland, New Zealand where he played pool and meet with local youths. The prince also participated in traditional Maori customs and learned about the Maori people of New Zealand. http://www.eonline.com/news/657125/prince-harry-plays-prince-charming-while-meeting-adorable-little-girl-in-new-zealand-see-the-cinderella-pic?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Joe Biden Attends Son Beau Biden's Emotional Funeral
Beau Biden's viewing service was emotional to say the least. Vice President Joe Biden, whose son tragically passed away from brain cancer five days ago at the young age of 46, was surrounded by friends and family Thursday at Beau's public service and viewing at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware. Biden, his wife Jill Biden, Beau's wife and kids and the rest of their family were understandably emotional while watching honor guards carry Beau's casket, which was draped with an American flag. The famous family shed tears as they said goodbye to the former Attorney General, who had been battling brain cancer for several years. In addition to the service and viewing, Beau was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross, Delaware's highest honor, for his "heroism, meritorious service and outstanding achievement." http://www.eonline.com/news/663433/vice-president-joe-biden-attends-son-beau-biden-s-emotional-funeral-surrounded-by-family?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Homeless NYC Girl Earns Junior Olympics Win
NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest surprise Monday for 10-year-old Rainn Sheppard, competing at the Junior Olympics in Houston and far from the New York City homeless shelter she shares with her two sisters and mother, wasn't the gold medal she won in the 3,000 meters. It was the arrival of her mother. Rainn and her sisters, 11-year-old Tai and 8-year-old Brooke, had hoped merely to make their mother proud, since she couldn't afford to make the trip from the Brooklyn shelter herself. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/386c25518f464186bf7a2ac026580ce7/Article_2016-08-02-US--Homeless%20Track%20Stars/id-5bae5d9b43b04a0ea7d6e88c5606758a http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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US Drug Overdose Hit All Time High
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, deaths from drug overdoses reached an all-time high in 2014. Deaths from overdoses of prescription drugs and heroin continue to be the leading cause of unintentional death for Americans. The numbers rose 14% from 2013 to 2014. The latest CDC data finds that deaths from natural opiates such as morphine, codeine and semisynthetic prescription pain killers like oxycodone and hydrocodone jumped 10% from 2013 to 2014. Most heroin users initially start by using prescription painkillers. http://rss.cnn.com/c/35494/f/676999/s/4c5735be/sc/13/l/0L0Scnn0N0C20A150C120C180Chealth0Cdrug0Eoverdose0Edeaths0E20A140Cindex0Bhtml0Deref0Frss0Ius/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Elon Musk Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Panel
Elon Musk is basically trying to save the world. Just a few days after announcing Tesla’s all-electric SUV called the Model X, his latest step is creating world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel. On Friday, SolarCity, the company he chairs, announced it will start producing panels with a module efficiency exceeding 22%. But thanks to the efficiencies, the panels will produce 30-40% more power than a standard issue solar panels despite being of comparable size. They will be available for most customers starting in 2017. The company also said the panels will be manufactured at its new Buffalo, New York facility, a unique feature given that almost all other solar panels are made in China. http://fusion.net/story/208036/elon-musk-solarcity-solar-panel-record/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=/feed/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Woman With ALS Holds Goodbye Party Before Ending Own Life
In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her closest friends and relatives to invite them to a two-day party, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness." And just one rule: No crying in front of her. The 41-year-old artist had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. According to the Associated Press, Davis held the gathering to say goodbye before becoming one of the first Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under the state's new doctor-assisted suicide law for the terminally ill. Davis spent months planning her exit, feeling empowered after spending the last three years losing control of her body bit by bit. The painter and performance artist could no longer stand, brush her teeth or scratch an itch. Her caretakers had to translate her slurred speech for others. Wearing a Japanese kimono she bought on a bucket-list trip she took after being diagnosed in 2013, she looked out at her last sunset and took the drugs at 6:45 p.m. with her caretaker, her doctor, her massage therapist and her sister by her side. Four hours later, she died. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/386c25518f464186bf7a2ac026580ce7/Article_2016-08-11-US--Woman's%20Final%20Party/id-21d9da4fc7f440b2ab9c01f3eb8c68a4 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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California Water District OKs Tom Selleck's Settlement Offer
A Southern California water district voted Wednesday night to accept Tom Selleck's offer of more than $21,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing the "Magnum, P.I." star of taking water he wasn't entitled to for his 60-acre ranch. The vote, taken during a closed session, was 3-0 with two members of the Calleguas Municipal Water District's board of directors absent. The district, which provides water to Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and several other Ventura County cities, sued Selleck and his wife earlier this month after officials said a private investigator discovered a tanker truck bound for their ranch was regularly filling up at a Calleguas fire hydrant. The board's acting president, Thomas Slosson, said state and local law prohibits taking water outside a district's boundaries. The ranch, in nearby Westlake Village, is just outside the Calleguas area. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/4e67281c3f754d0696fbfdee0f3f1469/Article_2015-07-15-US-Tom-Selleck-Water-Theft-Lawsuit/id-8144aa9b29d34c74b5b04911adc20f13 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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The Less Obvious, Early Symptoms Of Parkinson's Disease
When you think of Parkinson’s disease, you probably picture tremors and Michael J. Fox, but a more telling early indicator is handwriting that suddenly gets much smaller. According to Reader's Digest, a 2013 Israeli study found handwriting analysis was able to identify patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s more than 97 per cent of the time. Other early indications of the condition can include a loss of smell. If you stop noticing pungent cologne and aren’t drawn to the aroma of mouth-watering food, pay attention. Intense dreams that cause you to thrash and kick in your bed can also be an indicator. When any of these symptoms last more than a couple of weeks, see a neurologist. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, and the sooner you get control of the symptoms, the better your quality of life will be. http://www.readersdigest.ca/health/conditions/10-red-flag-symptoms/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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FDA Discovers Disturbing News About Parmesan Cheese
A recent investigation by the FDA indicates that people might be enjoying a lot more wood pulp in their cheese than they expected. A recently released document that relates to an ongoing cheese-related FDA investigation makes clear how widespread cheese fraud has been. It’s common for manufacturers to use a small amount of wood pulp as a bulking agent and the acceptable limit set by the FDA is just 2% of the total weight. However several manufacturers are reportedly using much, much more. One company, Castle Cheese, was reportedly producing fake parmesan cheese and distributing it to some of the largest grocery chains in the US including Target. Acting on a tip, the FDA inspected a Castle Cheese facility and found that it’s 100% grated parmesan cheese was actually equal parts swiss, mozzarella, white cheddar, and cellulose. http://www.geek.com/news/fda-discovers-that-100-real-parmesan-cheese-youre-eating-may-be-wood-2-1647488/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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France: First country to ban plastic cups, plates
France has become the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic cups and plates. A new French law will require all disposable tableware to be made from 50% biologically-sourced materials that can be composted at home by January of 2020. That number will rise to 60% by January of 2025. The measure is an addition to France's "Energy Transition for Green Growth Act," a wide-reaching law adopted last year with the aim of mitigating the impact of climate change. France hopes to become a world leader in environmental and energy solutions, catalyzed by the COP21 Climate Change conference held in Paris last December. Scientists estimate that around eight million tons of plastic waste ended up in the world's oceans in 2010, with warnings that this amount could increase tenfold unless international waste management is improved. Bangladesh became the first nation to ban the bags in 2002, after they blocked up drainage systems during flooding. Countries including South Africa, Kenya, China, Rwanda and Mexico have followed suit, along with certain states of the US. http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/19/europe/france-bans-plastic-cups-plates/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Ancient DNA Reveals First Polynesians Origins
After just 3000 years of human life on the island of Fiji, ancient DNA reveals the origins of the first Polynesians. Distinctive stamped red pottery, obsidian tools, and shell ornaments reveal that explorers could have been farmers from East Asia or hunter-gatherers from Melanesia including Papa New Guinea. Scientists sequenced the DNA of four skeletons from Vanuatuan and Tongan women dating back 2300 to 3100 years ago. Although many Polynesians today carry Melanesian DNA, the long, unbroken chunks reveal that it was incorporated recently, about 500 to 2500 years ago, after the Lapita period. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/10/game-changing-study-suggests-first-polynesians-voyaged-all-way-east-asia http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Malala, Satyarthi Receive Nobel Peace Prize
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel laureate Wednesday when she received the Peace Prize in Oslo, sharing it with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. "A young girl and a somewhat older man, one from Pakistan and one from India, one Muslim, the other Hindu; both symbols of what the world needs: more unity. Fraternity between the nations!" said Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee. Malala, 17, who was given the prestigious award in Oslo City Hall, became a global icon after she was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education. Satyarthi, 60, was recognised by the Nobel committee for a 35-year battle to free thousands of children from virtual slave labour. http://news.yahoo.com/malala-yousafzai-17-receive-nobel-peace-prize-044511088.html http://www.wochit.com
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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Head For Rwanda
Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are officially on vacation, heading for Rwanda. Portia gifted Ellen with her own namesake wildlife fund in honor of the talk show host’s 60th birthday. Ellen has a deep affinity for Dian Fossey’s dedication to animals. Her wildlife fund's first initiative is to build a gorilla conservation centre in Rwanda and will form part of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. The couple spent their weekend in Nairobi, Kenya at an exclusive boutique hotel, Giraffe Manor. https://www.channel24.co.za/Gossip/News/ellen-degeneres-spends-time-in-kenya-before-visit-to-dian-fosseys-gorillas-in-rwanda-20180528 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Suge Knight Fires His Lawyers, Speaks for Himself in Court Appearance
In a brief court appearance Monday Suge Knight said he fired the lawyers handling his murder case. Speaking on his own behalf, he told the judge he's received poor medical treatment while in jail and that he's going blind. His case was transferred to another judge, but Knight had to leave early to receive more treatment. It's the third time he's gone straight from court to the hospital. Knight has been officially charged with premeditated murder following a hit and run that led to the death of his friend. The incident stemmed from an on-set argument where Straight Outta Compton was filming. Knight has plead not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run. http://www.complex.com/music/2015/03/suge-knight-fires-lawyers-in-murder-trial http://www.wochit.com
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Honduran Families Deported Back To A Bleak Future
Overwhelmed by unaccompanied minors and women with children crossing illegally, U.S. authorities have stepped up deportations back to Central America. 58 women and children returned last week on a U.S. flight to San Pedro Sula, considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Illegal immigration of Central American families and unaccompanied children spiked this year as rumors circulated that children, and women with children, would be released in the United States. Since Oct. 1, more than 57,000 children and 55,000 people traveling as families, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, have been arrested. The spike prompted the Obama administration to expand detention space for families and to deport them more quickly — sending with them a stern message that there are no free passes for migrants coming illegally. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2014-07-23-LT--Honduras-Deported%20Families/id-d8c0967c327046ee8f5e729d69b32ec5 http://www.wochit.com
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Explorers Find Doomed Arctic Ship Missing Since 1848
According to researchers, the long lost British Ship, the HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay. The Terror and the flagship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, the HMS Erebus, were abandoned in heavy sea ice back in 1848, during the British Royal Navy explorer’s doomed attempt to complete the Northwest Passage. All 129 men on the Franklin expedition died, in the worst disaster to hit Britain’s Royal Navy in its long history of exploring the arctic. The well-preserved wreck matches the Terror in several key aspects, but was found nearly 60 miles south of where experts long believed the ship was crushed by ice. http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/09/13/ship-lost-for-168-years-found.arctic-research-foundation http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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India Builds First 'smart' City as Urban Population Swells
India's push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract investment rests in large part with dozens of "smart" cities like the one being built on the dusty banks of the Sabarmati river in western state Gujarat. So far, it boasts modern underground infrastructure, two office blocks and not much else. The plan, however, is for a meticulously planned metropolis complete with gleaming towers, drinking water on tap, automated waste collection and a dedicated power supply - luxuries to many Indians. With an urban population set to double at 814 million people by 2050, India faces the kind of mass urbanization only seen before in China. Ahead of his election last May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised 100 so-called smart cities by 2022 to help meet the rush. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/K4E_tbpmqk8/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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Amelia Earhart's Skeleton May Have Been Found And Identified 76 years Later.
New research shows that Amelia Earhart may have had a chapter in her life we were unaware of. The legendary American pilot died as a castaway, not in a plane crash like previously believed. Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic and was attempting to fly around the world. Her plane allegedly crashed into the Pacific Ocean while she attempted to circle the Earth. Now it has been discovered that the skeleton of a castaway found on the island of Nikumaroro, Kiribati, in 1940 may belong to Earhart. The human remains were initially dismissed by British authorities who thought the bones belonged to a male.It is now apparent that Earhart had lived and tried to radio back calls when she landed on the island and tried to survive for as long as she could. http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/01/world/history-rewritten-amelia-earhart-trnd/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Saleforce Tower Is The Tallest Building In San Francisco, But Its Not That Tall
While San Francisco may not be known for having a towering skyline, the new Salesforce Tower is by far the tallest building in the city, standing at 1070 feet and 61 stories tall. Compared to buildings around the world, Salesforce Tower is not that tall, as the world-famous Eiffel Tower of Paris, completed in 1889, is just 7 feet shorter. The skyscraper, which opened on January 8, is named after the influential cloud software company that owns the naming rights and leases half the building. Three floors of the building are leased by coworking company WeWork, which it opens to its customers as office space and a floating workspace. http://www.businessinsider.com/salesforce-tower-height-2018-2 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Feds Raid Victoria Gotti's Home, Sons' Businesses
On Wednesday, Victoria Gotti's home in Old Westbury New York was raided by federal agents. Gotti is the daughter of late mob boss John Gotti. According to reports, the feds were executing a search warrant from the Brooklyn US Attorney's Office. The agents also raided an auto-parts store owned by Victoria's ex-husband Carmine Agnello, which is now run by their three sons. Agnello is in jail pending trial on charges of racketeering. Gotti's multi-million dollar mansion was also the setting for her family's reality TV series Growing Up Gotti. http://www.eonline.com/news/794738/federal-agents-raid-victoria-gotti-s-home-sons-auto-parts-business-report?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Discovery Orders Documentary on Thai Soccer Team Cave Rescue
According to SF Gate, the Discovery Channel has ordered a one-hour documentary focused on the rescue of the boys’ soccer team from a cave in Thailand. “Operation Thai Cave Rescue” is slated to debut Friday on Discovery Channel and air Saturday on Science Channel. The documentary will explore how the team got trapped and how they survived without knowing how to swim. “Operation Thai Cave Rescue” will also attempt to answer why the cave’s geology presented such extreme challenges. “Operation Thai Cave Rescue” will be produced for Discovery Channel by ITN Productions. https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/Discovery-Orders-Documentary-on-Thai-Soccer-Team-13063749.php http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Private Funeral Held for George Michael in London
Best-selling British superstar singer George Michael was buried in London on Wednesday in a private funeral some three months after his death on Christmas Day, his publicist said. Several luxury cars with blacked-out windows arrived and later left Highgate Cemetery in north London, Reuters reporters said. "Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved son, brother and friend," a family statement from the singer's publicist said, without confirming the venue. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/entertainment/~3/08g10dECVLo/us-people-michael-funeral-idUSKBN1702JW http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Man's 10,000 Bottle Deposit Scheme Could Mean Prison
Bottle deposit laws are designed to encourage people to recycle by charging shoppers a small deposit on bottles that they can get back once the bottle is recycled. But a Michigan man recently tried to game that system to get more money. Brian Everidge purchased 10,000 bottles in New York, which charges residents a 5 cent deposit. He then took the bottles to Michigan, which gives residents a 10 cent refund. But it turns out that attempting to collect a deposit on bottles purchased in another state is illegal under the Michigan law. And now, the man's $500 scheme could land him in prison. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/24/michigan-bottle-deposit-recycling-seinfeld http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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'Ghost Particle' Found In Antarctica
According to a report by CNN, for the first time, scientists have been able to trace the origins of a ghostly subatomic particle that traveled 3.7 billion light-years to Earth. CNN reports that the tiny, high-energy cosmic particle, known as a neutrino, was discovered by sensors deep in the Antarctic ice in the IceCube detector. Scientists were able to trace the origin of the neutrino to a galaxy with a supermassive, rapidly spinning black hole at its center. The galaxy is located to the left of the Orion constellation's shoulder and is approximately 4 billion-light-years from Earth. Doug Cowen, a founding member of the IceCube collaboration, said in a statement, "This identification launches the new field of high-energy neutrino astronomy, which we expect will yield exciting breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe and fundamental physics, including how and where these ultra-high-energy particles are produced." https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/12/world/neutrino-blazar-cosmic-ray-discovery/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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New Treatment In Development for Rare Autoimmune Disease
Researchers in Germany are making progress in the treatment of encephalitis. The inflammatory disease affects the central nervous system. A joint effort by the Charite university-hospital in Berlin and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, the study focused on a rare form of the disease, known as anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. The autoimmune disease is a serious problem as it causes inflammation of the brain, leading to neurological and psychiatric problems. In some cases, patients have developed psychoses, epileptic seizures and movement disorders. The team developed a new treatment regimen that provided patients with an inhibitor used to treat a type of blood cancer. Their results showed that the new treatment method led to a decline in antibodies responsible for the disease. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/01/06/Researchers-develop-new-treatment-for-rare-form-of-encephalitis/6931483729574/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Baltimore's National Aquarium Will Create Dolphin Sanctuary With Natural Habitat
Baltimore's National Aquarium will create the first U.S. dolphin sanctuary and transfer its eight dolphins there, the aquarium said on Tuesday. The move comes after five years of study and as the U.S. public has grown increasingly uneasy about keeping dolphins and whales in captivity, Chief Executive John Racanelli said in a statement. Creating the outdoor, seawater sanctuary poses a challenge since all but one of the colony of six female and two male dolphins was born in an aquarium or a zoo, Racanelli said. One female, Nani, was born in the wild in 1972. The dolphins will also have to learn how to be ocean-dwelling creatures. The site will be much larger than the dolphins' current habitat, and it will have more natural stimuli, such as fish and marine plants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/89w-NYpHWRM/us-usa-environment-dolphins-idUSKCN0Z0214 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Sorry, Princess! Thai Prince Strips Wife of Royal Name
Thailand's crown prince has revoked the royally-assigned family name of his wife, following the arrest of several of her relatives in a high-profile corruption case. News about the monarchy is heavily filtered by the palace, and under the lse-majest laws, the world's harshest, anything deemed an insult or a threat to the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The office of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn issued a statement on Friday ordering the Interior Ministry to strip the family of Princess Srirasmi of the royal-appointed surname Akharaphongpreecha. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is the first in line for the Thai throne. http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/40f9239a/sc/11/l/0L0Snbcnews0N0Cnews0Cworld0Cthailands0Ecrown0Eprince0Estrips0Ewife0Eroyally0Eappointed0Efamily0Ename0En258351/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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Taipei Turns Metro Train Cars into Sports Venues for Universiade 2017
To celebrate being the host city of the upcoming Universiade 2017 -- the Olympics for international university athletes -- the Taiwanese capital has transformed a six-car train into six different sports venues -- a running track, a soccer pitch, a baseball field, a basketball pitch, a field for throwing sports and a swimming pool. And the eye-popping 3D artworks have inspired a few commuters to dive in. "Many people are still unfamiliar with -- and have never stepped inside -- some of the sports venues, we hope to bring sport closer to their daily life," a spokesperson for the city's Department of Information and Tourism said. "By choosing to revamp a train -- an everyday means of commuting, the public will have the opportunity to participate." The swimming pool car, with a floor that resembles a real water surface, has proved to be the most popular and Instagrammable theme so far. The 29th Summer Universiade kicks off on August 19 and closes on August 30. It's the first time Universiade is held in Taiwan and the game is the biggest sporting event Taiwan has hosted so far. http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/taipei-metro-universiade-3d-swimming-pool/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Study: New Way to Activate Stem Cells to Grow Hair
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles say in a study they have identified a new way to activate stem cells in hair follicles to regrow hair. The study, published today in Nature Cell Biology, findings could lead to new drugs that could promote hair growth for people with baldness or alopecia. The cells then either sent pyruvate to their mitochondria or convert it to lactate. Researchers blocked the production of lactate genetically in mice and found that this prevented hair follicle stem cell activation and then increased lactate production genetically in the mice, which accelerated hair follicle stem cell activation. https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/08/14/Scientists-find-new-way-to-activate-stem-cells-to-grow-hair/1301502733503/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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How To Properly Prepare Broccoli To Be A Cancer-Fighting Vegetable
Broccoli can help you prevent cancer. Here's how you should prepare it. https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/nutrition/how-to-prepare-broccoli-to-prevent-cancer/ar-BBIUdGm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Elon Musk Aims To Take On Flint Water Crisis
Elon Musk has been taking a good bit of criticism lately, much of it deserved. After enduring quite a bit of roasting over his ineffective efforts to help kids trapped in a cave in Thailand, he’s now pledged to help every single person in Flint, Michigan, who is still affected by the water crisis. Read more... https://gizmodo.com/elon-musk-vows-to-take-on-flint-water-crisis-1827524972 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Gremlins 3 Update Offered by Gremlins Star Zach Galligan
When it comes to both Christmas-set movies and horror/comedy mash-ups, Joe Dante’s 1984 classic Gremlins is one that tends to assume a high spot on both lists. Starring Zach Galligan (Waxwork) as lead Billy Peltzer – and featuring ’80s mainstays like Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, and Corey Feldman in supporting roles – Gremlins introduced the world to both the adorable little mogwai creatures and the evil titular monsters that they turn into when fed after midnight. A massive hit, Gremlins went on to gross over $150 million theatrically on a budget of only $11 million. http://screenrant.com/gremlins-3-cast-plot-details-zach-galligan/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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India to Sign Iran Port Deal, Ignores U.S. Warning
India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals with Iran. India and Iran agreed in 2003 to develop a port at Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran's border with Pakistan, but the venture has made little progress because of Western sanctions on Iran. Now, spurred on by Chinese President Xi Jinping's signing of energy and infrastructure agreements with Pakistan worth $46 billion, Modi wants to swiftly sign trade deals with Iran and other Gulf countries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/OyDjpFbC4kQ/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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America's First Wave-Produced Power Could Meet A Quarter of Energy Power Needed
The Navy's Wave Energy Test Site at the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay on Oahu in Hawaii, a wave energy test site holds undersea cables that move up and down with the waves, turning the wheels of generators in the donut-shaped Lifesaver device, becoming the first wave-produced electricity to go live in the United States. It is estimated that the ocean's endless motion has enough power to meet a quarter of America's energy needs and reduce the nation's reliance on oil, gas, and coal. Though small in scale, the test project near Kaneohe Bay represents the vanguard of U.S. wave energy development, consisting only two buoys anchored a half-mile to a mile offshore. The buoys are barely noticeable from shore, but developers envision dozens of machines working at once, an idea that could run into the same opposition wind turbines have faced from environmentalists, tourist groups and others. Steve Kopf, CEO of Northwest Energy Innovations, said "Nobody wants to look out and see wind turbines or wave machines off the coast." http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/386c25518f464186bf7a2ac026580ce7/Article_2016-09-19-US--Wave%20Energy%20Race/id-beac5780afcf489587559685a394102c http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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This Couple's 'First Kiss' Made Navy History
A San Diego man and his partner were the first male same-sex couple to be chosen for the ceremonial first kiss during the homecoming of submarine warship USS San Francisco. The fast-attack submarine reunited with its home port at Naval Base Point Loma Monday afternoon while families lined the dock awaiting the arrival of husbands, sons, dads and brothers returning from a seven-month stint in the Western Pacific. Thomas Sawicki and his boyfriend Shawn Brier were the lucky couple chosen to share the first kiss off the ship. He said, "Everyone was cheering for me when they announced it over email. Everyone was very excited, very supportive, very happy." http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/433f7c0a/sc/36/l/0L0Snbcnews0N0Cnews0Cus0Enews0Cgay0Emale0Ecouples0Efirst0Ekiss0Emakes0Enavy0Ehistory0En30A3691/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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I Will Force the Expiration of The PATRIOT Act...
Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday by refusing to allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite debate on a key surveillance bill. In a statement to POLITICO Saturday, Paul warned that he would not consent to any efforts to pass either an extension of current law or the USA Freedom Act, a reform bill passed overwhelmingly by the House earlier this month. “So tomorrow, I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program,” Paul said. Because of the nature of the Senate rules, Paul can force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act, which he has vowed on the campaign trail to repeal as president because he contends it invades Americans’ privacy rights. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/exclusive-rand-paul-i-will-force-the-expiration-of-the-patriot-act-118443.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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President Obama Turns Books Journalist in Marilynne Robinson Interview
The American president interviewed the Pulitzer-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson in a lengthy piece which has just been published by the literary magazine, taking the author of Gilead through topics from Christianity to democracy. He told Robinson, who he has known since 2012 when he presented her with the National Humanities Medal, that “one of the things that I don’t get a chance to do as often as I’d like is just to have a conversation with somebody who I enjoy and I’m interested in … and so we had this idea that why don’t I just have a conversation with somebody I really like and see how it turns out. And you were first in the queue.” Informing Robinson that her creation John Ames, a pastor from Iowa, is “one of my favourite characters in fiction”, Obama asked her “how your interest in Christianity converges with your concerns about democracy”. He also inquired how, given the importance of faith to Robinson, “at least in our democracy and our civic discourse, it seems as if folks who take religion the most seriously sometimes are also those who are suspicious of those not like them”? http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/13/president-obama-turns-books-journalist-in-marilynne-robinson-interview http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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'Goosebumps 2' Trailer Released
The first trailer for Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween has finally arrived, and it brings the ghastly thrills and ghoulish chills. The full-length trailer is the first glimpse we've gotten of the spooky sequel. While the first movie starred Jack Black as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, the follow-up film seems to focus on the evil antics of Slappy the puppet. According to ComicBook.com, Jack Back will not be reprising the role of R.L. Stine in the new movie, but there is a wave of new actors joining the freaky franchise. Haunted Halloween stars Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Caleel Harris. Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween is set to hit theaters on October 12. http://comicbook.com/2018/07/11/goosebumps-2-trailer-watch/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Historic Ocean Liner Desperately in Need of Repairs
According to a new report, the iconic Queen Mary ocean liner needs repairs and could soon sink if nothing is done to restore the 83-year-old ship. Naval architects and engineers who recently inspected the vessel as part of a marine survey, tell CBS News that corrosion in the engine room has left the ship prone to flooding. Since there are no water-tight doors or working pumps to remove the water, the ship, which is stationed in Long Beach, California, is now facing the increasing threat of sinking. According to Long Beach’s Economic and Property Development Director John Keisler, the city has designated $23 million for urgent repairs. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/historic-queen-mary-ocean-liner-in-danger-of-sinking-without-repairs/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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