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  • See the Moment the Old Tappan Zee Bridge Crashed Into the Hudson River (NY)

    01/17/2019 4:40:12 PM PST · by Trump_the_Evil_Left · 12 replies
    NewJersey 101.5 ^ | January 15, 2019 | Staff
    The old Tappan Zee Bridge in New York's Hudson Valley went crashing into the Hudson River late Tuesday morning. Traffic was backed up in both directions about 10:50 a.m. as explosives were used to tear down the eastern portion of the bridge. Video clips posted to Instagram show the bridge, first built in 1952, plummet into the water, sending up massive clouds of gray smoke.
  • Dishwasher awarded $21.5M for being forced to work on Sundays

    01/17/2019 4:10:20 PM PST · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    nypost.com ^ | January 16, 2019 | Chris Perez
    A hotel dishwasher was awarded $21.5 million this week after she managed to convince a Miami jury that her employer had violated her religious rights — by making her work on Sundays. “I love God,” said Marie Jean Pierre, speaking to NBC 6with her lawyer Marc Brumer. “No work on Sunday because Sunday I honor God.” Pierre, 60, got fired three years ago from her job at the Conrad Miami hotel — which was managed by Hilton at the time — after missing multiple shifts on Sunday to attend church service. She later sued, claiming the hotel had violated the Civil...
  • Speculation: Pelosi was on way to confer with EU leaders/Middle East Leaders

    01/17/2019 2:57:34 PM PST · by topher · 48 replies
    Note: Brussels is the Headquarters of the European Union. Was Nancy Pelosi trying to pull a fast one to enlist EU help/consultation on Government Shutdown? Egypt would have been a good place for Nancy Pelosi to consult with the leaders of the Middle East. Was Nancy Pelosi trying to pull a fast one by undercutting Trump with Middle East leaders with trip to Egypt?
  • Crocodile that mauled Indonesian woman to death was being kept as a pet

    01/17/2019 2:48:06 PM PST · by ETL · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Jan 17, 2019 | Kathleen Joyce | Fox News
    A 14-foot crocodile that mauled an Indonesian woman to death was illegally being kept as a pet at the facility where it happened, officials said Wednesday. Deasy Tuwo, 44, the head of a laboratory at a pearl farm in North Sulawesi, was feeding the crocodile in its enclosure on Jan. 10 when she was killed by the 1,500-pound reptile. It was not immediately clear if she fell in the enclosure or if she was dragged by the animal. Police are investigating the incident. ..." Hendrik Rundengan, from the local conservation agency, said Merry had eaten one of the woman's hands and...
  • Professional bull rider Mason Lowe died after animal stomped on chest during Colorado event

    01/17/2019 2:37:38 PM PST · by ETL · 53 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Jan 17, 2019 | Katherine Lam | Fox News
    Mason Lowe — described as a beloved professional bull rider and a star in the sport — was competing in an event in Colorado on Tuesday night when he was knocked off a bull who then stomped on his chest, killing him, officials and witnesses said. Lowe was attempting to get up when the hind left leg of the bull, named Hard Times, came down on his chest. Despite wearing a protective vest, he suffered a “massive chest injury that caused damage to his heart,” Professional Bull Riders Association officials said. “Mason was pulled under his bull during the buck off...
  • NJ $15 per hour deal reached

    01/17/2019 1:48:04 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 19 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 1/17/2019 | NJ
    New Jersey’s Democratic governor and lawmakers have reached a highly anticipated agreement to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour for most workers by 2024. Under the deal, many workers will move gradually to a $15 minimum wage over five years. Some classes of workers, including those employed by small businesses with five or fewer employees, will have to wait longer. The deal had been held up by a disagreement over which workers should receive $15 an hour and when. Gov. Phil Murphy has called for $15 for all, while legislative leaders said there must be exceptions made...
  • All bets are off for shutdown's impact on Super Bowl

    01/17/2019 1:38:05 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Dareh Gregorian
    When it comes to Super Bowl LIII, air traffic controllers are flying blind. The government shutdown has already resulted in canceled planning meetings for the Feb. 3 game in Atlanta, and if the federal budget impasse continues, airport screeners and flight controllers at the busiest airport in the world will be working on game day for no pay. Dan McCabe, a National Air Traffic Controllers Association representative, told NBC News that his colleagues had been holding meetings over the past year to prepare for the surge in travelers to the area. But now the planning meetings, which included officials from...
  • Why Antarctica's sea ice cover is so low (and no, it's not just about climate change)

    01/17/2019 12:42:29 PM PST · by ETL · 20 replies
    Phys.org ^ | January 17, 2019 | Julie Arblaster, Gerald A Meehl, Guomin Wang, The Conversation
    Sea ice cover in Antarctica shrank rapidly to a record low in late 2016 and has remained well below average. But what's behind this dramatic melting and low ice cover since? Our two articles published earlier this month suggest that a combination of natural variability in the atmosphere and ocean were to blame, though human-induced climate change may also play a role. What happened to Antarctic sea ice in 2016?Antarctic sea ice is frozen seawater, usually less than a few metres thick. It differs from ice shelves, which are formed by glaciers, float in the sea, and are up to...
  • Size matters—to livebearer fish, big fins are a big deal

    01/17/2019 12:22:47 PM PST · by ETL · 2 replies
    Phys.org ^ | January 17, 2019 | University of California - Riverside
    To female molly and Limia fish, nothing is hotter than a male with a large dorsal fin. But these fins aren't just decorations to attract females. Males also use them to fight or intimidate rivals. For scientists who study evolution, the fins present a chicken-and-egg dilemma. Which came first—ornamental fins for courtship displays, or fighting fins only later used in displays?In a new paper, biologists from the University of California, Riverside, studied the evolution of 40 molly and Limia species, and concluded dorsal fin displays arose first for males to compete with other males, only later being used in courtship...
  • 'They handcuffed me and dragged me on the grass': Vegan activist moans after she was[tr]

    01/17/2019 11:47:42 AM PST · by simpson96 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/15/2019 | Charlie Moore
    A vegan activist has posted footage of herself being arrested at the site of a cattle truck crash where several cows had to be euthanised. Leah Doellinger, an activist with 32,000 Instagram followers, drove down to Koo Wee Rup, south of Melbourne after the truck rolled this morning. Several cows had escaped and were roaming nearby fields before officials rounded them up into a paddock. Some of the cows were badly injured and sadly had to be put down. Ms Doellinger filmed herself tending to one of the euthanised cows with a group of friends. In her Instagram video, officials...
  • D.C. Restaurant Implements Civil Rights Training Following Transgender Bathroom Incident

    01/17/2019 11:33:35 AM PST · by simpson96 · 4 replies
    Eater ^ | 1/16/2019 | Gabe Hiatt
    The Cuba Libre restaurant in Penn Quarter has agreed to institute civil rights training for employees and pay a $7,000 fine following an incident in June in which two staff members attempted to prevent a transgender woman from using the ladies bathroom. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced today that his office had reached a settlement with the Washington location of the chain following an investigation that found Cuba Libre DC violated the city’s Human Rights Act by discriminating against Charlotte Clymer’s gender identity and failing to educate its employees on customers’ rights. In a document signed by Racine and...
  • Woman admits in court that attack at Toronto-area Canadian Tire was ‘for ISIS’

    01/17/2019 11:21:53 AM PST · by simpson96 · 5 replies
    Global News ^ | 1/17/2019 | Jessica Patton, Catherin McDonald
    Thirty-four-year-old Rehab Dughmosh, who is facing terror-related charges, admitted in court that she attacked people inside a Scarborough Canadian Tire store in the summer of 2017 “for ISIS.” This acknowledgement came about after the crown read a six-page agreed statement of facts presented to the jury on the first day of her trial on Wednesday. When asked by the crown after reading the statement if the facts were true, Dughmosh — who is self-represented —said, “Yes.” According to the statement of facts, Dughmosh packed a bag with several homemade weapons, including a bow and a butcher’s knife, just before 5...
  • Amazon sets conference on robotics, artificial intelligence

    01/17/2019 11:03:37 AM PST · by ETL · 18 replies
    Phys.org ^ | January 17, 2019
    Amazon announced plans Thursday to hold a conference open to the public on robotics, space and artificial intelligence, as well as to discuss future applications of emerging technologies. The re:MARS conference in Las Vegas will include "visionary talks, interactive workshops, technical deep dives, roundtables, hands-on demos, and more," an Amazon statement said.The conference called Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space on June 4-7 grew out of a private, invite-only event hosted by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in recent years."We're at the beginning of a golden age of AI," Bezos said in the statement."Recent advancements have already led to invention that...
  • Opal-filled fossils reveal timid, dog-size dinosaur that lived down under

    01/17/2019 10:37:36 AM PST · by ETL · 21 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Jan 17, 2019 | Laura Geggel Senior Writer | LiveScience
    When Mike Poben, an opal buyer and and fossil fanatic, bought a bucket of opal from an Australian mine, he was surprised to find to find what looked like an ancient tooth in the pile. Later, he also found a fossilized jaw piece — one that was shiny and glistening with opal. After showing the two opalized specimens to paleontologists in 2014, Poben learned that they were part of a previously unknown dog-size dinosaur species, a new study finds. This dino lived about 100 million years ago in Australia, back when the landscape was lush and dotted with lakes. The...
  • Deposit Fees

    01/17/2019 9:20:06 AM PST · by rey · 28 replies
    17 Jan 2019
    How can the state of California collect deposit fees on plastic bottles of .05 cents per bottle and .10 cents per quart of oil and never pay out on it? If anyone else collected a deposit that was never paid they would find themselves in a world of trouble.
  • 29 Years Old With Nearly $1,000,000 In Debt! (Dave Ramsey)

    01/17/2019 9:09:26 AM PST · by gattaca · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sep 17, 2018 | YouTube
    One has an MBA and the other works for the government Dave says spending like in Congress
  • Satire. Poll Finds Most People OK With Raising Taxes On Other People

    01/17/2019 8:20:41 AM PST · by gattaca · 22 replies
    U.S.—In a stunning new poll, Americans indicated they are OK with a 70% marginal tax rate, indicating that since the hefty taxes would only apply to other people and not themselves, they are alright with the extremely high taxes. "See, a lot of people think the proposed 70% tax rate is way too high," said one woman in California. "But what they don't understand is that the 70% is only on really rich people---in other words, not me. Let's crank it up to 90, 100, or 110% even. I don't mind in the slightest." Americans all over the country suggested...
  • NASA may decide this year to land a drone on Saturn's moon Titan

    01/17/2019 8:13:56 AM PST · by ETL · 7 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 16, 2019 | Meghan Bartels, Space.com Senior Writer
    The spacecraft that have peered through the yellowish haze surrounding Saturn's moon Titan discovered a strange, yet strangely familiar world where life could theoretically take root. Now, scientists want to return — this time buoyed by Earth's fascination with drone technology. That's precisely what a team of scientists working on a proposed mission called Dragonfly want to do: combine terrestrial drone technology and instruments honed by Mars exploration to investigate the complex chemical reactions taking place on Saturn's largest moon. Later this year, NASA will need to decide between that mission and another finalist proposal, which would collect a sample...
  • Are people paying for FOX NATION?

    01/17/2019 8:04:40 AM PST · by Baynative · 12 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 1/17/19 | me
    I've seen several links to took me to the new subscription page where FOX personalities preach to the choir. I am not inclined to pay for more clutter on my computer and since I live in a rural area the drain on my data plan is also a non starter. I'm wondering if people are signing up for this stuff in significant numbers.
  • Exclusive: How The Word 'Family' Triggered A Meltdown At Google

    01/17/2019 7:22:50 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 17, 2019 | Peter Hasson
    A Google executive sparked a fierce backlash from employees by using the word “family” in a weekly, company-wide presentation, according to internal documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Many Google employees became angry that the term was used while discussing a product aimed at children, because it implied that families have children, the documents show. The backlash grew large enough that a Google vice president addressed the controversy and solicited feedback on how the company could become more inclusive. TheDCNF received the documents from a source who insisted upon anonymity in order to share them. (RELATED: Google Employees...