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Pope: Forgo greed and gluttony of Christmas for simple love

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 16:35

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged Christians on Monday to forgo the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love.

2018's white Christmas restricted to the interior Northeast, Upper Midwest and mountainous West

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 15:18

Those hoping for a white Christmas this year will be disappointed unless they live in the northern tier of the country or in the higher elevations.

New evidence in case of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth discovered in Idaho

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 15:06

Investigation into death of missing Colorado mother is ongoing after discovery of new evidence; former federal prosecutor Steven Mulroy weighs in.

After Gatwick chaos, UK minister says detection systems can combat drones

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 14:59

"I can say that we are able to now deploy detection systems throughout the UK to combat this (drone) threat," Wallace said in a tweet Three days of drone sightings caused chaos at Britain's second busiest airport, thought to be the most disruptive incident of its kind, revealing a vulnerability that will be scrutinized by security forces and airport operators worldwide.

Every Dog at Missouri Animal Shelter Finds Forever Home in Time for Christmas

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 14:54

Every dog at St. Charles City Animal Control was adopted over the weekend, clearing the shelter just in time for Christmas.

Video: Watch a Tesla on Autopilot slam on the brakes and avoid a crash

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 14:31

More often than not, stories involving Tesla's Autopilot feature tend to make the news when something goes awry. Whether it's a Model S on Autopilot crashing into a stationary car or a Tesla on Autopilot almost careening into a highway divider, there's no question that activating the feature still requires drivers to pay close attention to surrounding road conditions at all times. All the same, Tesla's Autopilot feature has improved considerably over the past few years. And truth be told, there are many instances where Tesla's Autopilot feature works exactly as designed. The only thing is, we don't often hear about the crashes Autopilot prevents, unless of course it happens to be caught on video. With that said, a newly uploaded video to YouTube shows a Tesla on Autopilot automatically apply the brakes and avoid what was certain to be a rear-end collision. Notably, the video below was captured using Tesla's Dashcam feature which records video via the car's front-facing camera. Of course, this isn't the first time Tesla's Autopilot managed to save the day. Just a few months ago, a Model 3 owner uploaded footage which showed Tesla's Autopilot feature preventing what could easily have been a very serious crash, video of which can be seen below. The truth is, Tesla's Autopilot feature tends to get a lot of bad press because Elon Musk, in characteristic fashion, hyped up its capabilities early on. If we can put aside some of Musk's sensational claims for a second, there's no denying that Tesla has done a rather impressive job of bringing this somewhat futuristic technology into the mainstream. As a final note, you may recall that Musk last year promised that a Tesla on Autopilot would drive itself from California to New York with no user interaction whatsoever before 2018. That obviously hasn't come to pass and there's no indication it will anytime soon.

Trump spends Christmas Eve shutdown 'all alone,' tweeting his frustrations

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 14:26

'Twas the night before Christmas, and in the White House the president was firing off a ferocious tweet storm.

Drone detectors now deployable across UK: minister

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 13:58

British Security Minister Ben Wallace said Monday the government can now deploy drone detection systems nationwide, after days of device sightings caused chaos at Gatwick Airport and criticism of the government response. "We are able to now deploy detection systems throughout the UK to combat this threat," Wallace said in a statement.

Winter storm in the West could hamper holiday travel

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 13:24

The low pressure system is bringing snow and rain to the West but then continues across the nation throughout the week

Explaining the deadly volcanic tsunami that hit Indonesia

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:35

Hundreds are dead, with more missing, following a tsunami that took the Indonesian coast by surprise on Dec. 22.  But this was no typical tsunami. Rather, it was a volcanic tsunami, and understanding what that means may help explain why this particular manifestation of nature's power was so devastating.  The tsunami that struck between the Sumatra and Java islands was triggered not by an earthquake — as is typically the case with tsunamis — but instead by an active volcano in the area known as Anak Krakatau. The volcano reportedly partially collapsed, triggering a landslide underwater, which then in turn kicked off the tsunami, said Dwikorita Karnawati, who leads Indonesia's meteorological agency, according to multiple news reports. The sequence of events didn't trigger a tsunami alert, catching the country by surprise.  "[It] did not rise to the level of triggering [a tsunami] alert," University of Southern California's Tsunami Research Center director Costas Synolakis told NBC News. "So from that point of view, the Tsunami Warning Centers were essentially useless." SEE ALSO: Radioactive boars have taken over towns abandoned after Fukushima The 305-meter volcano responsible for the landslide, reports Al Jazeera, rose from the sea starting in the 1920s at the site of a deadly 1883 eruption that left over 30,000 dead.  It was only a few months ago in late September that another tsunami struck the Indonesia coast. That tsunami followed a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, and resulted in 6-foot waves.  As for Saturday's tragedy, Northwestern University earth science professor Emile Okal told NBC News that volcanoes are constantly in motion and that landslides are one essentially unavoidable outcome of that fact.  "A volcano is something that is a living thing," explained Okal. "Eventually it's going to have a landslide, and if it’s underwater, going to displace water and make a wave." Tragically, for those on the Indonesia coast affected by Saturday's tsunami, this fact reverberates both into the past and the future. Officials warn that more volcanic tsunamis may be coming, with CNN reporting that Anak Krakatau is still erupting and could experience more landslides.  But for now, rescue workers are focused on today, and that means finding those people still missing following the uniquely dangerous volcanic tsunami.  WATCH: Transform your tub into an emergency water storage

Trump's coalition cracking over his policies and personality

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:25

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Jill Mott doesn't like the tweets. The hard line on the border is too hard. And when asked whether she will vote for President Donald Trump a second time, she lets out a long, deep sigh.

Trump links Federal Reserve to 'a powerful golfer who can't putt'

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:02

Donald Trump’s reported musings about firing Jerome Powell, his own appointee who has raised interest rates against the president’s wishes, have stoked Wall Street jitters. Amid reports he has asked advisers if he is allowed to fire the chair of the Federal Reserve, Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that the central bank is “the only problem our economy has” because, in part, it does not “understand necessary trade wars”. Inimitably, the president also likened the Fed to “a powerful golfer who can’t score.

Russia: Hole drilled from inside Int'l Space Station capsule

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 11:11

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian cosmonaut who explored a mysterious hole in a capsule docked to the International Space Station said Monday that the opening was drilled from inside the spacecraft and Russian law enforcement agencies are investigating what caused it.

Severe weather poised to threaten southern US immediately after Christmas

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:50

After drizzle puts a damper on Christmas Day, the threat for severe weather is expected to ramp up from Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley Wednesday into Thursday.

Where are stocks headed in 2019? Wall Street pros are calling for a rebound

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:47

After the worst year for stocks in 10 years, where is the market headed in 2019? Wall Street pros are calling for a rebound. Here's why:

Donald Trump, Walled Off From Reality

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:28

What will it take for Republicans in Congress to conclude that President

Elon Musk promises Tesla will pay customers who miss federal tax credit

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:15

'Tesla will cover the tax credit difference' on cars not delivered before Jan. 1.

Jakelin Caal: Body of seven-year-old girl who died at US border completes final journey home to Guatemala

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 09:34

The body of a seven-year-old girl who died while in custody of the US Border Patrol arrived in her native Guatemala on Sunday and was being driven hours into the countryside to be handed over to family members for a last goodbye. A white coffin containing Jakelin Caal was received in the afternoon at Guatemala City's international airport by representatives of the country's Foreign Ministry and then loaded into the back of a black hearse by workers in orange vests. No family members were on hand.

Scientists find galactic fossil of the Big Bang

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 08:46

Mexico, Dec. 24 (Notimex).- A group of astronomers discovered one of the only three known fossil clouds in the Universe, which will offer new data on the formation of the first galaxies. The cloud of orphan gas that formed after the Big Bang was discovered in the distant Universe, through the optical telescope of the WM Keck Observatory in Maunakea, Hawaii. The discovery of the galactic fossil was carried out by PhD student Fred Robert and Professor Michael Murphy at the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. "Everywhere we look, the gas in the universe is contaminated by the waste of heavy elements from exploding stars," Robert said. However, he explained, this particular cloud seems pristine, not polluted by stars, even 1,500 million years after the Big Bang. "The most convincing explanation is that it is a true relic of the Big Bang," he said. According to the WM Keck Observatory, the other two known fossil clouds were discovered in 2011, however, it is now possible to inspect these fossil relics, said Michael Murphy. "That will tell us exactly how rare they are and will help us understand how some stars and galaxies formed gas in the early universe and why some do not," he said. NTX/ICB/MAG/JCG