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Gunmen Besiege Intelligence Facility in Kabul as Afghanistan Mourns Victims of Suicide Bombing

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:04

The attacks come at the end of more than a week of assaults that have left scores of people dead


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A Powerful Psychedelic Drug Gave Users a Taste of a Near-Death Experience

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:00

A new study sheds light on a myth surrounding DMT.


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U.S. Says New Tariffs on Turkey to Stay as Qatar Comes to President Erdogan's Aid

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 02:46

The U.S. and Turkey remained locked in a stalemate that has jolted global markets, as the White House said new tariffs on Turkish goods would remain and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a financial lifeline from Qatar that should buy him time.


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U.S. Says New Tariffs on Turkey to Stay as Qatar Comes to President Erdogan's Aid

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 02:45

Washington said tariffs will stay regardless of whether an American pastor detained in Turkey is freed


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US voices alarm over Russia satellite's 'very abnormal behaviour'

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 02:44

The United States has voiced concern about Russia’s launch of a mysterious satellite that is exhibiting “very abnormal behaviour”, raising suspicions about Moscow’s pursuit of new space weapons. The Russian government has insisted the satellite is a “space apparatus inspector”, but an American official said the object’s movements in orbit were “inconsistent with anything seen before” in that capacity. “We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,” said Yleem Poblete, US assistant secretary for arms control, verification and compliance.


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Incessant Rains and Widespread Flooding Devastate the South Indian State Of Kerala, Killing 67

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:26

Torrential rains continue to batter the southern Indian state of Kerala for the seventh day in a row, causing widespread flooding and landslides that have led to the deaths of at least 67 people.


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Women's trial in Kim Jong Nam killing heads to defense phase

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:26

Women's trial in Kim Jong Nam killing heads to defense phase


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Genome points to inbreeding, disease behind bumblebee decline: research

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:21

(Reuters) - Researchers in Canada playing detective with the yellow-banded bumblebee's genome have found evidence that inbreeding and disease are the likely reasons for the decline of the species, York University's Associate Professor Amro Zayed told Reuters. The team led by Zayed, Sheila Colla and biology researcher Clement Kent believes it is the first time the genome of an at-risk bumblebee has been sequenced. "We took one queen and used new sequencing technology that gave us very long stretches of DNA to sequence and assemble the reference genome for Bombus terricola," Zayed told Reuters.


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Genome points to inbreeding, disease behind bumblebee decline: research

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:21

(Reuters) - Researchers in Canada playing detective with the yellow-banded bumblebee's genome have found evidence that inbreeding and disease are the likely reasons for the decline of the species, York University's Associate Professor Amro Zayed told Reuters. The team led by Zayed, Sheila Colla and biology researcher Clement Kent believes it is the first time the genome of an at-risk bumblebee has been sequenced. "We took one queen and used new sequencing technology that gave us very long stretches of DNA to sequence and assemble the reference genome for Bombus terricola," Zayed told Reuters.


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Asylum Seekers Say Illegal Crossings Were Their Only Option

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:08

Asylum-seekers start on the path to an illegal crossing long before they actually reach the banks of the Rio Grande.


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China Is Sending a Trade Envoy to Washington Amid Tariff Dispute

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:34

The delegation led by a deputy commerce minister will visit in late August to discuss "issues of mutual concern"


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Church Abuse Survivors Demand a Full Reckoning After Pennsylvania Report

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 21:05

About 40 of the nearly 200 dioceses in the U.S. have released lists of priests accused of abusing children


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Swimmer Suffers Puncture Wounds in Shark Attack on Cape Cod

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 20:25

A man swimming off Cape Cod was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the first shark attack on a human at the popular summer tourist destination since 2012.


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Police Arrest Man Believed to Be Connected to 46 Overdoses in a Connecticut Park

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 19:57

No deaths were reported from the overdoses, which are believed to be related to "K2" synthetic marijuana


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Swimmer Suffers Puncture Wounds in Shark Attack on Cape Cod

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 19:46

A 61-year-old man suffered puncture wounds to his torso and legs as he was attacked by a shark in Cape Cod


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Japan's Emperor Tries to Make Amends for World War II

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 19:44

For his last time, Japan’s Emperor Akihito addressed a memorial service Wednesday marking the end of World War II. Once again, he expressed “deep remorse” for the war.


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Closing Arguments Were High Stakes for Manafort's Defense Team. They May Be Higher for Robert Mueller

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 16:53

Trump continues to refer to the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt," a conviction in the Manafort trial could help the investigators prove its legitimacy to a skeptical public


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'A Get Out of Jail Free Card.' Why Church Abuse Survivors Want to Abolish the Statute of Limitations After Pennsylvania Report

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 16:01

"We ask the Pennsylvania legislature to stop shielding child sexual predators behind the criminal statute of limitations"


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New pesticide may harm bees as much as those to be replaced

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:26

A new class of pesticides positioned to replace neonicotinoids may be just as harmful to crop-pollinating bees, researchers cautioned Wednesday. In experiments, the ability of bumblebees to reproduce, and the rate at which their colonies grow, were both compromised by the new sulfoximine-based insecticides, they reported in the journal Nature. Colonies exposed to low doses of the pesticide in the lab yielded significantly less workers and half as many reproductive males after the bees were transferred to a field setting.


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Former Tesla engineer claims she was pushed out for raising safety concerns

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:16

Just about two months ago, Tesla filed a lawsuit against a former employee named Martin Tripp. According to the complaint, and offhand remarks from Elon Musk, Tripp tried to sabotage the Model 3 production line and even tried to abscond with proprietary company data. Tripp, meanwhile, views himself as a whistle blower of sorts and alleges that Tesla employed questionable tactics in order to increase Model 3 production numbers. What's more, Tripp boldly claims that Tesla shipped faulty batteries and that the Model 3, as a direct result, is a danger on the road.

Now comes word, via Business Insider, of another former Tesla engineer with her own list of potentially troublesome accusations against the electric automaker. Speaking to BI, former Tesla employee Cristina Balan explained that Tesla tried to dismiss employee complaints regarding waste, quality control, and even safety issues. What's more, Balan's telling of the story implies that she was pushed out of the company for bringing said issues to Tesla's attention.

For what it's worth, Balan hasn't worked at Tesla for more than four years, a fact which perhaps makes the timing of the story somewhat peculiar. Pushing that aside, Balan recounts how she and some of her team members brought up concerns regarding design flaws that weren't being given a sufficient amount of attention.

For instance, her concern about the so-called "rat hole" — a gap she had found in the design of the Model S's roof headliner that separated the roof from the rest of the car — had been met with what Balan saw as clear resistance from her managers.

Tesla, she claimed, ultimately stuffed a piece of styrofoam in the gap of the $100,000 car to fix it. And while the DIY-sounding solution didn't present a safety issue, Balan said it did create a rattling noise in some of the vehicles, which customers later complained about.

The full extent of Balan's story reads right out of a legal thriller, and even involves high stakes arbitration and Balan secretly recording conversations with co-workers. You can check out the full story over here.


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