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Seattle Sees Unexpected Consequences From $15 Per Hour Min. Wage
Low wage workers in Seattle who spent months agitating for a city-wide $15-per-hour minimum wage were quite successful in their quest. But many have suddenly found that the new rate has had unexpected consequences. Some workers across the city are left telling bosses to give them fewer hours at the higher wage because a full week’s earnings now puts them past the threshold for some welfare payments such as food stamps and assistance with rent. There have been other unforeseen consequences to the higher wage. Some restaurants are tacking on a 15 percent surcharge onto customer’s bills in order to avoid firing workers. Other stores, restaurants, and small businesses are simply closing down because they can’t afford the wage hike. By March of this year, for instance, restaurant closings increased at a much higher than average rate in Seattle. Many restaurants noted that the new wage put labor costs at nearly 50 percent of operating costs, and that made profit margins disappear. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/24/seattle-sees-unexpected-fallout-from-15-per-hour-min-wage/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by O&O Story Selection using http://wochit.com
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Why Does Mexico Celebrate ​St. Patrick’s Day In A Big Way?
In the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with lots of parades and even more beer. Mexico shows its Irish pride in a different way. The day is celebrated as a sort-of military holiday, in honor of El Batallón de los San Patricios. Saint Patrick’s Battalion was a group of European immigrants and expatriates, overwhelmingly Irish, who had defected from the United States army to fight alongside Mexico during the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846-48. Their reason for deserting is largely attributed to religion. The U.S. and its army, was majority Protestant, and the Catholic servicemen felt marginalized and reminded of their experience under Protestant British rule in Ireland, so they fled to the Catholic confines of Mexico. http://fusion.net/story/282037/st-patricks-battalion-mexico-ireland/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Surprise! 7-week Old Baby Says "Hello"
Most babies usually wait until they are at least one year old before they utter their first word. So a mother from Northern Ireland remained speechless recently, when her seven-WEEK-old son did this: ][ The surprised mom, Toni McCann, said she sensed her son Cillian was trying to mimic her before ultimately uttering "Hello". "If I hadn't videoed it, I’m sure people wouldn't have believed me", she told the Daily Mail, adding that she probably wouldn't have believed it herself. null http://www.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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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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Actress Olivia De Havilland Talks Sibling feud
Legendary actress Olivia de Haviliand is celebrating her 100th birthday today. In a rare interview, De Havilland is finally breaking her silence on Hollywood's most famous sibling rivalry. De Haviliand is a two-time Oscar winner and last living remnant of Hollywood's Golden Age. In the interview she finally talked about her true feelings about her late sister Joan Fontaine, revealing that she calls her "Dragon Lady." De Havilland said the "legend of a feud" with her sister was first created by an article entitled "Sister Act" in Life Magazine . The article followed the 1942 Oscars, where both sisters were nominated for an Academy Award. Joan Fontaine, at that time, was the lesser known sister. She won for the movie "Suspicion". De Havilland, meanwhile, had been nominated for "Hold Back the Dawn." De Haviliand said "A feud implies continuing hostile conduct between two parties. I cannot think of a single instance wherein I initiated hostile behavior. But I can think of many occasions where my reaction to deliberately inconsiderate behavior was defensive." http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/4e67281c3f754d0696fbfdee0f3f1469/Article_2016-07-01-EU--France-Olivia%20de%20Havilland/id-68ac2116a18f4c48b0953182c030edb1 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Lying Comment Earns Kellyanne Conway Unintented Laughter
After a series of bizarre television appearances in which her messaging conflicted with the White House, it seemed that Kellyanne Conway was in the Trump Dog house. But now, Conway is back in the public eye. While speaking at D.C.'s Newseum during an examination of journalism in the Trump era, Conway said - without a hint of irony - "You can turn on the TV... and people literally say things that just aren't true." The crowd immediately erupted in laughter, and Kellyanne had to wait several moments before resuming, nodding and smiling as if to note that she, too, was in on the joke. And in another memorable moment from Conway's interview, moderator Michael Wolff referenced the Washington Post's tagline, saying "I'm going to tell you, when they say 'democracy dies in darkness,' you're the darkness," after which Conway paused again for the audience's laughter, before responding "I'm not the darkness." A fitting answer for the woman who coined the term "alternative facts." http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a44507/kellyanne-conways-newseum-panel/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Two Tanzanian U.N. Peacekeepers Killed in Congo Ambush
The country's U.N. mission said Two United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania were killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday when their patrol was ambushed in an area where government forces are fighting Ugandan rebels. Felix Basse, spokesman for the mission known as MONUSCO, told Reuters the peacekeepers were attacked in the village of Kikiki, around 30 miles north of the town of Beni in North Kivu province. He said, "The ambush took place today, this afternoon ... The death toll is two and we have a couple of injured." The Congolese army said earlier on Tuesday that it had killed 16 Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces rebels during fierce fighting in the same zone over the weekend. Tuesday's ambush was the second attack on U.N. forces in the area in 48 hours after a MONUSCO helicopter was fired upon by unidentified gunmen on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/iXpXnbE9dlw/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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Why the U.S. Military Pushed Helicopters Overboard in the Vietnam War
In the final year of the Vietnam War, a series of offensives by the North Vietnamese led to the fall of the South Vietnamese capital Saigon on April 30, 1975. As the North Vietnamese Viet Cong approached Saigon, South Vietnamese citizens and American personnel fled before them, and the U.S. government began a program of mass evacuations. People were helicoptered away, sometimes under fire, to waiting American warships. The final phase of the evacuation was code-named Operation Frequent Wind. This included a map of Saigon showing areas where they would be picked up when the signal was given. Frequent Wind was carried out on April 29 and 30. Such was the speed of the evacuation and the number of people involved that the ships became overwhelmed with people and the helicopters that had brought them. Orders were given to push surplus helicopters over the sides of the ships to make room for more. Some pilots were told to drop off their passengers, then ditch their machines in the sea, bailing out at the last moment to be picked up by waiting rescue boats. Over 7,000 people were evacuated in Operation Frequent Wind. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/dPc28CAsJQE/ http://www.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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Mexico's President In Another Corruption Scandal
Once again, Enrique Peña Nieto and his family appear to be benefiting from his position as president of Mexico. José Luis Montenegro and Julio Roa are reporters at The Guardian. According to Fusion, they recently revealed that Mexican businessman Ricardo Pierdant, who has operations in both the U.S. and Mexico, appears to have paid taxes for Peña Nieto’s family and allowed them to use his luxury apartment in Key Biscayne, Florida. The journalists reported that Pierdant also used a holding company to pay $29,703 in property taxes for the President's wife Angelica Rivera's apartment in 2013. Stranger still, the apartments are connected by a private elevator and share the same telephone number. One has to wonder: What did Pierdant expect in return for lending out his million-dollar property and paying Rivera’s taxes? That's unknown at this time, but the journalists have explained that Pierdant’s company, Grupo Pierdant, is expected to bid for a lucrative government contract to manage seaports in Mexico. http://fusion.net/story/337255/jorge-ramos-another-scandal-pena-nieto/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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What Are Sanctions?
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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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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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Sweden celebrates king's 70th with ABBA's 'Dancing Queen', the Beatles
Sweden celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday with ABBA's hit 70s pop song 'Dancing Queen'. At Stockholm City Hall, the king was greeted by a choir singing the Beatles hit "All You Need Is Love" — with the audience joining in. Guests included the former Dutch queen, now Princess Beatrix, of the Netherlands, Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos, Denmark's Queen Margrethe and Japan's Princess Takamado. Born on April 30, 1946, Carl XVI Gustaf ascended the throne in 1973 and married German commoner Silvia Sommerlath three years later. They have three children and five grandchildren, with Crown Princess Victoria next in line to the throne. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/4e67281c3f754d0696fbfdee0f3f1469/Article_2016-04-30-EU--Sweden-Royal%20Birthday/id-7379a318e8bd432d9270f8328c2ada48 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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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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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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Something to 'talk' About: Vocal Chord Grown in Lab
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin successfully grew a vocal cord using cadaver tissue. Scientists have made promising breakthroughs in the world of bioengineering, successfully growing human kidneys, a mini-brain, and a limb. On Wednesday, a new body part worthy of talk was unveiled: vocal chords. The paper, published in Science Translational Medicine, shows how University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers bioengineered vocal chord tissue from a cadaver. The tissue, which closely resembles real vocal chord tissue, is even capable of transmitting sound. Dr. Nathan Welham, an associate professor of surgery at UW and a speech pathologist, touched on the significance of the discovery. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thedailybeast/articles/~3/OuGg07BtxPo/scientists-grew-a-vocal-cord.html 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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Rare Herd of Bison Found in Utah
Researchers have confirmed that the Henry Mountains of southern Utah are home to a rare, genetically pure bison herd. The team included Utah State University scientists who analyzed tissue samples from the bison. Dr. Johan du Toit, professor of ecology and large mammal conservation at USU, said that the herd is even more unique than other populations of bison that have not interbred with cattle. He added, "We’ve got a very, very special case in that the Henry Mountains bison is actually in fact the only population of bison in existence which is now both genetically pure and is free of the disease brucellosis and is free-ranging on public land co-mingling with cattle and is legally hunted. So, we have this very unique population which is one of a kind." http://upr.org/post/genetically-pure-bison-found-utah http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News 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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Princess Charlotte Greeted With Tiny Bouquet In Germany
The royal tour continues! Kate Middleton, Prince William, Princess Charlotte and Prince George traveled from Warsaw, Poland to Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday morning. The youngest royals were spotted sweetly gazing out of the plane’s window as they took off from Poland, and were cheerfully greeted when they touched down in Germany. The adorable family of four were photographed all walking hand-in-hand as they exited onto the red carpet laid out for them on the tarmac. Princess Charlotte was handed a tiny bouquet of flowers while her mother, who sported a periwinkle blue dress and coat, held a larger one. The 2-year-old cutie wore a darling blue printed dress with navy shoes and a matching blue bow. http://www.etonline.com/news/221831_princess_charlotte_is_greeted_with_a_tiny_bouquet_as_the_royals_touch_down_germany_cute_pics/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Prince Andrew Says His Daughters Should No Longer be Excluded From Royal Duties
Prince Andrew has lost his battle to retain his royal status. So why is he opening up a new front in his war with Prince Charles, using his kids Beatrice and Eugenie as the pawns? Prince Charles and his younger brother Prince Andrew have never got on very well. As children, the two were distant primarily due to their age differences (Andrew is 11 years Charles’s junior, and Charles was at boarding school from the age of 8) but as the years have gone on, that separation has been replaced by a jealousy on Andrew’s part. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thedailybeast/articles/~3/CAPNF9NIdyE/inside-the-royal-war-between-prince-charles-and-prince-andrew.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Seaweed's Farming Revolution Caught In Net Of Red Tape
Seaweed cultivation in the U.S. is growing quickly, cresting on its promise as a sustainable, low-impact form of aquaculture that could help feed millions. Not only that, kelp also reduces the acid level of the ocean. But tough state rules surrounding commercial use of coastal resources are preventing many would-be entrepreneurs from diving into the market. Dr. Charles Yarish is an internationally recognized seaweed expert and marine sciences professor at the University of Connecticut in Stamford. He says fifteen farms currently have permits to commercially grow kelp in the Northeast, up from zero prior to 2008. But most would-be kelp farmers on the West Coast are in limbo, as states work to establish regulations. So far, only Washington has regulations in place, and just one research project under way. Even in states where regulations are in place, however, Yarish told NBC News the permitting process is "very onerous." Yarish says the approval process is deliberate because regulators are determined to avoid environmental damage - including excessive nutrient discharge, escapes of farmed animals and spread of disease - inflicted by some big aquaculture operations of decades past. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/red-tape-slows-bloom-seaweed-farming-s-green-revolution-n613526 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Three Amazing Things To Do In Ottawa During The Frigid Winter
Ask any American to suggest things to do in Ottawa in the winter, and chances are you'll be met with a big, fat "Huh?" But for Canadians, “Skating the Rideau Canal” will most likely be the first response. Nevertheless, visitors to Ottawa are often disappointed to find that when it's too warm, the canal is only partially open--or even closed--during their winter visit. But Readers Digest reports the open-air, refrigerated Ottawa City Hall Sens Rink of Dreams is usually good to go. Admission is free, but be sure to bring your own skates. Dominion Arboretum is one of Ottawa’s lesser-known cold-weather tourist stops. It has prime slopes once the snow falls. Admission is free, and if you don’t have a toboggan--but you do have a few free nights and approximately $400--you can sign up to make your own at the Ottawa City Woodshop, located a short drive away in Little Italy. Now that’s a souvenir! Finally, the ever-popular Gatineau Park is 20 minutes from Ottawa proper, but you can use its free ski trails along the Ottawa River. http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/canada/things-to-do-in-ottawa-winter/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Nutritionists Weigh In On The Best Food Apps Around
If you're not already using a nutrition app, you might want to consider downloading one--or two. New York City-based nutritionist Kristen Carlucci tells Health.com that nutrition apps are some of the best tools to reach and sustain your long-term health goals. Carlucci suggests MyFitnessPal for its impressive built-in food library. But when you're travelling, healthy fare is much harder to come by. That's why Health's contributing nutrition editor Cynthia Sass loves Food Tripping, an app that guides you towards healthier eateries along your route. As for labels, nutrition labels are meant to demystify products, but we often find ourselves more confused by them. No longer. For an easy fix, the Fooducate app lets you scan nutrition labels for a quick assessment of how healthy something really is. Finally, although grocery stores have become more accommodating to shoppers with food allergies, it can still be difficult to find products that fit your specific needs. For those with dietary restrictions, the app Ingredient quickly identifies products within your diet plan. Just apply a filter for your specific allergy, and the app will locate those gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, nut-free, or dairy-free foods in nearby stores. http://www.health.com/nutrition/best-nutrition-apps http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Sweden's Princess Madeleine Gives Birth to a Son!
There's a new baby in town! Sweden's Princess Madeleine has given birth to a boy! She went into labor Monday, only two days after attending the wedding of her brother, Prince Carl Philip. The marshal of the realm said in a statement, "Both mother and child are in good health." The palace didn't reveal the name of Madeleine's new baby. This is the second child for Madeleine and husband Christopher O'Neill, who already have one-year-old daughter Princess Leonore. The royal family celebrated Carl Philip's nuptials Saturday in Stockholm, where he married Sofia Hellqvist in the chapel of the Royal Palace in front of friends and members of the royal family. http://www.eonline.com/news/666624/sweden-s-princess-madeleine-gives-birth-to-a-son?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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Scientists Extract DNA From A Mummy
Ancient Egyptian mummies are known to preserve many details of the once-living: facial features, signs of illness, and even tattoos. But not, it seemed, DNA. After repeated failure in extracting the molecule, many scientists had been convinced that the hot desert climate and the chemicals used in the process of mummification would have destroyed any remnant of genetic material long ago. Now a team of ancient DNA specialists has successfully sequenced genomes from 90 ancient Egyptian mummies. The study, led by Johannes Krause, a geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, reportedly used next-generation sequencing methods to read stretches of any DNA present in a sample and successfully fished out those that resembled human DNA. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/scientists-thought-ancient-egyptian-mummies-didn-t-have-any-dna-left-they-were-wrong http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Implanted Defibrillators Can Deliver Inappropriate Shocks, Driving Up Huge Bills
Implanted defibrillators can deliver a potentially lifesaving shock to a heart that's beating erratically. However, a new study shows that patients often wind up in the emergency room or the hospital needing medical procedures afterwards. According to UPI, that was the case whether the shock was needed or not--and in 38 percent of cases, the researchers added--it wasn't. Inappropriate shocks occur when the device mistakes an irregular heartbeat for ventricular arrhythmia, a condition that can cause the patient to die from cardiac arrest if not corrected. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating. Aside from pain, anxiety and discomfort for the patient, there is the issue of money. The researchers found the average cost of health care following a shock was nearly $5,600 for an appropriate shock--and nearly $4,500 for an inappropriate shock. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/02/15/Shocks-from-implanted-defibrillators-trigger-health-costs-of-their-own/4231487189250/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Restored Winnie-The-Pooh Returns to NYC Library
After spending a year in the tender care of a textile restoration expert, Winnie the pooh and his cast of characters have been returned to the New York City Public library for the exhibit on the classic children's character. The library has actually had Winnie the pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Tigger on display since 1987. They were previously owned by Christopher Robin Milne who received them as presents from writer A.A Milne, the original creator of the Winnie the Pooh stories. Milne wrote the stories about the stuffed characters for his son. The books eventually became classic children's literature, chronicling the adventures of the bear named Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/4e67281c3f754d0696fbfdee0f3f1469/Article_2016-08-03-US--Pooh%20Returns/id-e92e585c7d8f48ccbb8c32f7847b3129 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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Here Are Five Facts About the Little-Known Pangolin
Here are five facts about the little-known Pangolin: 1. Pangolin’s scales are made of keratin, which is the same material found in a rhino's horn. A pangolin's tongue can be longer than its body. Pangolins don't have very good eyesight. Pangolins can live in trees or in the ground. Some species climb trees by using their claws to grip on to overhanging branches, while others use their claws to dig holes in the ground. Four of the species are found in Asia and the four others are found in Africa. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/37470783' http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Create Better Way To Study Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
For bacteria, practice makes perfect: Adjusting to ever higher levels of antibiotics prepares them to morph into super resistant strains, and scientists can now watch it happen. According to Science News, a new device — a huge petri dish coated with different concentrations of antibiotics — makes this normally hidden process visible. Microbiologist Michael Baym and colleagues report in the Sept. 9th issue of 'Science' that the setup gives a step-by-step picture of how garden-variety microbes become antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Baym and his colleagues think the experimental setup could be used to study microbial evolution under other environmental and spatial constraints, like the availability of particular nutrients. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/scientists-watch-bacteria-evolve-antibiotic-resistance http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Elon Musk Talks Heartbreak
In a recent, in-depth Rolling Stone interview, Elon Musk got candid about his personal life. Expressing his heartbreak over their parting, he spoke of his recent breakup with ex-girlfriend Amber Heard. It's an usual move for Musk. In 2010 he said that he would "rather stick a fork in my hand than write about my personal life." The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX went on to discuss how difficult it is for him to meet people. He says he is looking for a long-term relationship — and a soul mate. Musk even asked interviewer Neil Strauss if there was anyone Strauss thought he should date. He told Rolling Stone, "If I'm not in love, if I'm not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy. I will never be happy without having someone." http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-relationships-2017-11 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News 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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Racist Cop To Serve 10 + Years
William Melendez, former Michigan police officer, was sentenced up to ten years in prison for acts of violence against an unarmed black man. The victim, Floyd Dent, was stopped for a minor traffic offense. Then, Melendez and his fellow officers proceeded to beat Dent and plant drugs in his vehicle. Judge Vonda Evans served Melendez his sentence this week. While reading her statement she said they were “a group of racist police officers” who carried out a “humiliating and degrading” act against Dent. She ended with the powerful question, "It's 2015, how does this happen?" This week, former Michigan police officer William Melendez was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for beating an unarmed black man, Floyd Dent, during a routine traffic stop. At Melendez’s sentencing hearing this week, Judge Vonda Evans of the Wayne County Circuit Court scolded Melendez and the officers who accompanied him that day, calling them “a group of racist police officers” who carried out a “humiliating and degrading” act against Dent. http://fusion.net/story/264144/judge-vonda-evans-william-melendez-sentencing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=/feed/ 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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A Boy With Cancer was so Determined to Meet The Rock, it Made the Actor Cry
Meeting your heroes can be an emotional experience, but sometimes it's the idol who ends up getting misty eyed. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had a unique encounter with with a dedicated fan, Nick Miller, in a chance meeting after hitting the gym, on April 5th. He shared a photo of himself with Miller on Instagram . Johnson wrote in his post, "this kid runs up to me, hugs the hell outta me and says it's been his life's dream to meet me and tell me how much I've inspired him to fight cancer and hard core chemo and stem cell transplant treatments." After hugs and photo ops were done, Johnson claims he was so touched by Miller's story that he even started to cry on his way home. The Rock doesn't just have big muscles, he has a big heart. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/k2fjSg9zxes/ http://www.wochit.com
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Man donated blood every week for 60 years and saved the lives of 2.4 million babies
Most people get a gold watch when they retire, but James Harrison deserves so much more. Harrison, known as the "Man With the Golden Arm," has donated blood every week for 60 years. After 1,100 donations, the 81-year-old Australian man "retired" Friday. According to the Australian Red Cross, he has helped save the lives of more than 2.4 million Australian babies. Harrison's blood has unique, disease-fighting antibodies needed to develop the medication Anti-D, which helps fight against rhesus disease. The condition occurs when a pregnant woman's blood starts attacking her unborn baby's blood cells. In the worst cases, it can result in death, for the baby. The Australian Red Cross, said: "Every batch of Anti-D that has ever been made in Australia has come from James' blood." Now that Harrison has given his last blood donation the Blood Service hopes people with similar antibodies in their blood will step up and donate. https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/11/health/james-harrison-blood-donor-retires-trnd/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Robert Patrick Hopes To Return To X-Files
Robert Patrick is interested in reprising the character of John Doggett during The X-Files season 11. While most viewers will always understandably associate The X-Files solely with the team of Mulder and Scully, longtime fans will remember that near the end of the series’ original run, co-lead David Duchovny opted to leave and pursue a film career. Neither FOX or creator Chris Carter was prepared to let Mulder’s departure be the end of The X-Files, so an attempt was made to continue things by adding in a new partner for Scully: Special Agent John Doggett (Patrick). http://screenrant.com/robert-patrick-xfiles-season-11/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Evacuations Ordered In Sweden As Fires Rage As Far North As Arctic Circle
Dozens of forest fires are raging across Sweden as far north as the Arctic Circle, forcing nearly 100 people were to evacuate their homes, emergency officials said. Sweden has been struggling to cope as unusually hot, dry conditions fuel more forest fires than the emergency services can handle. Thomas Aronsson, chief of a specialist firefighting service based in Sweden, told CNN, "There are 80 fires right now in Sweden, and there is no helicopter company or pilot in all of Sweden that's not involved in fighting these fires." The blaze now covers an area of 9,000 hectares, nearly 35 square miles and spreading, as Sweden struggles to get it under control. https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/19/europe/sweden-forest-fires-wxc-intl/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Giuliana Rancic Shares Adorable Pics Of Her "Lil Fireman" Duke Rancic For Halloween
Now this is just too cute! Giuliana Rancic took to Instagram Thursday to share some preview pics of son Duke's adorable Halloween costume. In one photo, the E! News host holds little Duke's hand as the mommy-son duo walk down the hall. The 2-year-old looks beyond precious in firefighter boots and pants with suspenders and a white tee. Duke's fireman costume is complete with a black fireman's helmet. Rancic later shared a second solo snapshot of Duke smiling while modeling his Halloween ensemble. "My lil' Fireman," she wrote on Instagram. http://www.eonline.com/news/593858/giuliana-rancic-shares-adorable-pics-of-her-lil-fireman-duke-rancic-for-halloween?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com
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Blessed Are the Poor: Pope Francis Visits Paraguay Slum
On the last day of his pilgrimage to his native Latin America, Pope Francis practiced what he preaches, and visited a slum. Hours before he was due to fly back to Rome, wrapping up an week-long visit that also took him to Ecuador and Bolivia, the Pope went to Banado Norte, a flooding-prone slum in the outskirts of Paraguay's capital Asuncion, where about 1500 families live in extreme poverty. While he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, he often visited the city's slums, home to many Paraguayan immigrants. After hearing the locals stories, the Pope told them, "I have looked forward to being with you today. I could not come to Paraguay without spending some time with you, here on your land." http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/480d24d4/sc/11/l/0L0Snbcnews0N0Cnews0Cworld0Cblessed0Eare0Epoor0Epope0Efrancis0Evisits0Eparaguay0Eslum0En390A741/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit 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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Scientists Use Stem Cell Therapy To Treat Leading Cause Of Blindness
2 (UPI) -- Researchers made advances toward creating stem cell-derived retinal cells used to treat a leading cause of blindness, scientists at the National Eye Institute said. NEI scientists found that tiny tube-like protrusions called primary cilia on a layer of cells in the back of the eye, known as the retinal pigment epithelium, are essential for the survival of the retina's light-sensing photoreceptors, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Reports. The discovery has advanced scientists' ability to use induced-pluripotent stem cells to create adult RPE for transplants to treat patients with geographic atrophy -- or dry age-related macular degeneration -- a leading cause of blindness in the United States. https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2018/01/02/Scientists-advance-stem-cell-therapy-for-a-leading-cause-of-blindness/8571514929118/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Gillian Anderson Brings Mini-Me Daughter Piper Maru Klotz to Olivier Awards
Gillian Anderson stepped out with her 20-year-old daughter, Piper Maru Klotz , at the Olivier Awards in London over the weekend and the two look like a mirror image of one another. X-Files actress and her stunning daughter both donned strapless black gowns to the black tie affair and turned heads over their nearly identical good looks. Between the haunting blue eyes and the killer cheekbones, the apple clearly doesn't fall from the genetically gifted tree, now does it? The 46-year-old actress was nominated during Sunday night's even for her role as Blanche DuBois in the Old Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. http://www.eonline.com/news/646308/gillian-anderson-brings-mini-me-daughter-piper-maru-klotz-to-olivier-awards-see-for-yourself?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com
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Hurricane Florence Causes Evacuations In North Carolina
According to Reuters, officials in North Carolina have begun to order residents to evacuate. Authorities issued evacuation orders of residents of the Outer Banks barrier islands. The order came on Monday, ahead of rapidly approaching Hurricane Florence. Florence is the first major hurricane to threaten the eastern United States this year. The National Weather Service classified Florence as a Category 3 storm, with winds over 115 MPH. It warned it would be “an extremely dangerous major hurricane” by the time it made landfall. The service forecast that landfall should occur in the Carolinas on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/jpPuHlwUeq0/evacuations-in-north-carolina-as-hurricane-florence-roars-closer-idUSKCN1LP096 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Wrongly Convicted Man Amazes Judge At Hearing
Dateline Digital Series: Conviction 0:52 A Bronx man who served 20 years in prison for a murder that more than a dozen alibi witnesses say he could not have committed threw a wrench Friday into plans to dismiss the case against him. Richard Rosario, over the objections of prosecutors, asked the court to stay the dismissal until a full investigation could be done. Rosario had been released a month earlier after Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark announced they have no intention of retrying him for the now unsolved 1996 murder of 17-year-old Jorge Collazo. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/richard-rosario-stuns-judge-trying-dismiss-his-murder-case-n598456 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Chicago Transit Authority Fast Facts...
Here's a look at what you need to know about the Chicago Transit Authority. Chicago's rapid transit system is the second largest public transportation system in the United States, serving Chicago and 35 suburbs. The rail system is referred to as the "L" because most of its rail lines are elevated above the city streets. On any weekday 1.68 million passengers take Chicago Transit Authority, CTA, (buses and the "L"). There are 1,865 buses, 127 routes and 11,104 posted bus stops, serving 300.12 million passengers per year. There are 1,356 "L" cars, eight different routes, and 145 train stations, serving 229.12 million passengers per year. The rapid transit system provides transportation to both of Chicago's major airports, O'Hare and Midway. The subway/underground system services downtown only. The elevated trains service both downtown and everywhere else. http://rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/edition_us/~3/PxnUeJZc_sM/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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