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Piercing cold to threaten frozen pipes, frostbite in northeastern US

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:41

The frigid air unleashed by the polar vortex in the Midwest will expand into the Northeast this week, bringing the coldest air for the region thus far in 2019.

Polar vortex to freeze U.S. upper Midwest and Northeast

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:37

The U.S. Midwest and Northeast were braced for dangerous subzero temperatures this week, as the polar vortex was set to blast arctic conditions unusually far south, the National Weather Service said on Monday. The system was set to extend from the Dakotas through New England, with Chicago expecting temperatures to plunge as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit (-32 Celsius) overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, the weather service said. The polar vortex - the frigid winds that circulate around the North Pole - is extending further south into the Upper Midwest, said weather service meteorologist Brian Hurley.

Vale's Dam Breach in Brazil Leaves Dozens Dead; Stock Plunges

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:32

Mayor Avimar de Melo of the city of Brumadinho, which was partly leveled by the spill, is seeking millions in damages and blamed Vale’s “incompetence” for the incident. Brazil’s Prosecutor General Raquel Dodge said company executives may be held responsible. “Given that this is the second dam burst linked to Vale, we would expect more stringent remediation requirements and tougher penalties,” Macquarie Capital Ltd. analysts including Grant Sporre wrote on Monday.

As US teachers ramp up pressure, face reality: L.A. strike was about control, not students

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:07

Don't let myths perpetuate a massive, outdated system. The hope for students lies in charter schools. That's what public education should look like.

Toyota Is Replacing the Old Yaris with a Rebadged Mazda 2 Hatchback

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:06

Like the current Yaris sedan, it's looking like the 2020 Yaris hatch will also be built by Mazda.

Hillary Clinton 'still considering 2020 presidential run'

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:47

Hillary Clinton has not ruled out running for president in 2020, a new report claims. Ms Clinton was the Democratic nominee for president in 2016 but lost to Donald Trump in a seismic upset, though she did win the popular vote. "I think we have to at least leave our mind open to the possibility that [Clinton] is still talking about it," Mr Zeleny said.

50 years after the Santa Barbara oil spill: How the catastrophe sparked a modern environmental movement

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:41

Jan. 28, 2019, marks 50 years since the pristine shores and Pacific waters of Santa Barbara, California, were blemished and blackened by an estimated 3 million gallons of crude oil.

Deadly Tornado Batters Havana

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:18

Cuba's capital, Havana, was battered by what appeared to be a deadly tornado, as powerful winds and heavy rains downed power lines causing a blackout overnight. Cuba's President said the tornado killed people and injured more than 170 others. (Jan. 28)

Pros and Cons of Private Student Loans

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:43

Although financial aid, including scholarships, grants and federal student loans, can offer low- or no-cost ways to pay for a degree, private student loans can bridge the gap between student aid and the actual cost of attending school. Here's what you need to know about the pros and cons of private student loans before signing on the dotted line. There are two major types of student loans to choose from: federal student loans, which are issued through the U.S. Department of Education, and private student loans, which are offered by individual financial institutions.

U.N. Khashoggi investigator to meet Istanbul chief prosecutor

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:40

ISTANBUL/GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights investigator leading the international inquiry into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will meet Istanbul's chief prosecutor on Tuesday, the prosecutor's office said. Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard, on a week-long visit to Turkey with a forensic and legal team, met Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Islamist militants prime suspects in Philippine cathedral bombing

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:31

Investigators probing the Catholic cathedral bombing that killed 21 people in the Philippines' restive south said Monday a group tied to notorious Islamists Abu Sayyaf is the prime suspect. Two explosions tore through the cathedral on the Muslim-majority island of Jolo, killing worshippers at Sunday mass and security forces in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Authorities said the so-called Ajang-Ajang faction is a small band of several dozen that most likely carried out the bombing, the Philippines' worst in years, in an act of revenge.

How to Read Your ACT Score Report

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:00

Both the ACT and the SAT are accepted by college admissions committees, and both are extremely popular among college applicants. To accurately interpret test results and make well-reasoned decisions thereafter -- as well as set appropriate target scores at the onset of their test prep -- ACT test-takers must know how to read and understand their ACT score report ( see sample here). Your composite score is another word for your total score, and it is calculated by averaging and rounding your four section scores.

The Latest: UK food retailers warn of price hikes, shortages

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 08:58

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plans to leave the European Union (all times local):

The world’s most popular Instant Pot is down to its lowest price of 2019

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 07:54

Everyone knows that the Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is the best-selling and most popular Instant Pot model in the world. In fact, even with its steep retail price of $100, it's easily among the world's most popular pressure cookers, period. If you haven't already experienced the glory that is the Instant Pot DUO60, today is your lucky day because a surprise Amazon sale just slashed it to the lowest price of 2019 so far. There's no telling when this deal will end, but it definitely won't last long so grab one while you still can. Here's some additional info from the product page: * Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle * Features 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Saute/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button * Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food * Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time.Product Dimensions: 14.17 x 14.84 x 13.31 inches * UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors.Accessories include, stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz

Trump attacks Fox News reporters and mistakenly names random teenage girl on Twitter

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 06:45

Donald Trump has launched a furious attack on two Fox News reporters over their coverage of his border wall negotiations, and accidentally involved a random teenage girl in the ensuing furore. In a tweet, the US president criticised chief White House correspondent John Roberts and and another person he wrongly believed was Washington-based journalist Gillian Turner over their “understanding” of the issue. “Never thought I’d say this but I think @johnrobertsFox and @JillianTurner @FoxNews have even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC!” Mr Trump tweeted.

Casey Hathaway: Three-year-old boy missing in freezing weather for two days 'looked after by bear'

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 03:52

Rescuers found Casey Hathaway tangled up in thorny bushes in Craven County, eastern North Carolina, close to where he disappeared from his grandmother’s home. Casey was located by police after a member of the public heard a child crying and shouting for their mother about 45 metres into the woods. Craven County sheriff Chip Hughes told local television station WCTI: “He didn’t really get into how he was able to survive and all that.

Death toll rises to 58 as hope dims after Brazil dam collapse

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 21:56

Rescuers worked past sunset to search a bus thought to have bodies inside and a home where three bodies were already found, state fire department spokesman Pedro Aihara told reporters. The collapsed dam at Vale SA's Corrego do Feijao mine buried mining facilities and nearby homes in the town of Brumadinho, killing dozens and leaving the community in shock. "Obviously, given the nature of the accident, as time passes, this chance will go down." After announcing the latest number of confirmed dead, state civil defense agency spokesman Flavio Godinho told reporters he expected the death toll to continue rising.

The Latest: Opposition leader urges more Venezuela protests

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 20:34

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

Emerging Asia Market Rebound in Sight With China, Trade Caveats

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 19:53

Malaysia’s ringgit was their favorite of eight regional currencies as the nation’s central bank is seen as unlikely to ease policy, while for bonds, China was the top pick. “A more flexible Fed is definitely positive for Asia, while the U.S.-China trade spat has already been priced in and has shown some signs of improvements, supporting the scenario of a rebound,” said Koji Fukaya, chief executive officer at FPG Securities Co. in Tokyo.

Brazil's Search for Survivors Resumes After New Fears Ease

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 19:39

Brumadinho city center and other nearby neighborhoods were evacuated early Sunday after alarms were raised due to rising waters in another dam at the Corrego do Feijao iron ore mining complex in the region. The death toll from Friday’s accident stood at 58 on Sunday, Civil Defense spokesman Flavio Godinho said. The incident on Friday at the Feijao mine is the second deadly dam accident in just more than three years involving the world’s biggest iron ore producer.