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U.S. judge blocks Texas plan to cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:42

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Austin issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday halting Texas' plan to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, saying the state did not present evidence of a program violation that would warrant termination. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said state health officials "likely acted to disenroll qualified health care providers from Medicaid without cause." He said the preliminary injunction will preserve the court's ability to render a meaningful decision on the case's merits.

UPS has a functioning drone delivery concept, and it makes more sense than Amazon’s

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:32

Companies like Amazon are going all-in on drone deliveries and have already shown off warehouses that send packages out to customers exclusively via drone. For delivery companies like UPS, the idea of converting operations to rely exclusively on drones  is laughable, but that doesn't mean they won't find a way to utilize the new technology to streamline the delivery process.

This week, UPS tested out a delivery drone concept that doesn't so much do away with its iconic brown box trucks as augment them.

The test was conducted using a specially equipped UPS delivery truck which has a drone compartment built right into its roof. When the driver stops to deliver a package, the drone can be sent out to deliver one to a nearby location as well. UPS used the example of a rural delivery where sending a driver and truck down a long, winding road would be less efficient than sending the drone to deliver the package instead.

Once the drone has completed its delivery it automatically docks with the truck once again, and long arms grab and situate the device so that it can be recharged for the next stop. The drone is capable of carrying packages as heavy as ten pounds, which is double the five pound weight limit of Amazon's initial drone delivery tests.

Due to current FAA regulations which require drones to remain within visual of its operator — and avoid flying over buildings or people — even UPS's modest drone ambitions have some serious limitations. However, there's hope that those restrictions will be made a bit more workable in the future.

Mass funeral held for 20 Haitians who died in dismal prison

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:30

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral Tuesday for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti's largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime.

Bao Bao the panda leaves the National Zoo, flies to new home in China

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:24

Say bye-bye to Bao Bao! The 3-year-old giant panda has left the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and is flying on a special FedEx aircraft to China. As part of an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all pandas born in the United States must return to China before they are 4 years old.

Trump comments put focus on Sweden's embrace of immigrants

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:05

HELSINKI (AP) — When a riot broke out in a predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb this week, the biggest surprise for many Swedes was that a police officer found it necessary to fire his gun.

Drew Peterson in federal custody at Terre Hatue, Ind., prison

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:58

Drew Peterson is now in federal custody at a prison in Terre Haute, Ind., and no longer in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Trump's Deportation Qualifications Expand

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:49

The White House said DREAMers were only excluded from Tuesday's immigration actions.

Russian Billionaire Could Be Link Between Trump, Russia

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:45

Natural gas titan Dmitry Firtash could be extradited to the U.S. to face corruption charges after an Austrian court ruled against him Tuesday.

This real-time pollution map will enlighten you on your city's air quality

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:33

Air pollution isn't always visible, but it's definitely real. To help us gain a better understanding of air quality around the world, BreezoMeter, an air quality analytics provider, is visually breaking things down with a new interactive air pollution map. SEE ALSO: Wi-Fi passwords from airports around the world in one brilliant map The map delivers real-time information on air pollution along with hourly forecasts and helpful weather-related health and fitness recommendations. Its data is drawn from "official air quality sensors" placed across cities that monitor airborne particles and combined with information on wind, weather and traffic conditions. By simply searching a location, users will be shown a color-coded map of the pollution level in the surrounding area. They'll also receive useful information such as carbon monoxide and ozone levels, weather forecast updates, and heath, sports and child care-related suggestions. You can use the map to choose the cleanest park for a picnic, a running route for your next jog or even review pollen levels to help keep your allergies in check. Image: breezometer "Today’s traditional air pollution monitoring methods include only annual traffic data, which doesn’t reflect the day-to-day changes residents see and breathe on their local streets," BreezoMeter's CTO Emil Fisher said in a press release.  "BreezoMeter’s newest algorithm serves as a massive research and development breakthrough, bringing air pollution data accuracy to a new and precise level, monitored worldwide." he said. Image: breezometer The company's CEO Ran Korber insists that BreezoMeter's map is changing the game. "Businesses and consumers previously had to rely on inaccurate and generic point data regarding pollution, a truly global health crisis," he said in a press release. So far, major brands like Dyson, Dermalogica, AccuWeather and Cisco integrate BreezoMeter's air quality data in their products, and the company hopes its map will help people better understand their surroundings.  BONUS: The first manned hoverbike could finally fulfill your 'Star Wars' dreams

Ukraine backs more sanctions against Russia in passport spat

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:27

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's president called Tuesday for new sanctions against Russia over its decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine, while the Kremlin accused Ukraine of denying vital documents to people in the rebel regions.

Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:25

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Vandals have damaged or tipped over as many as 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis, leaving the region's Jewish community shaken and anxious.

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigns after controversial pedophilia comments

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:17

On Feb. 21, 2017, Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation as an editor at Breitbart News. The writer and commentator has been facing backlash since a video of him making controversial comments about pedophilia surfaced.

Firebrand Milo quits Breitbart News after child sex remarks

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:11

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Provocative far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos resigned on Tuesday as a senior editor of the Breitbart News website after he was vilified and lost a book deal over comments that condoned certain intimate relations between men and young teenage boys. Yiannopoulos thanked Breitbart for letting him transmit conservative and libertarian ideas to an audience that otherwise would never have heard them, but said he did not want his "poor choice of words" to detract from his colleagues' important work. For me, now, that means stepping aside." Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter last year after making remarks on race, religion and sex that incited racial attacks on an African-American actress.

iPhone 8 Selfie Camera Reportedly Senses 3D Space, Acts As Iris Scanner

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:06

Apple's upcoming iPhone could come with an advanced front-facing camera that has facial recognition and iris recognition abilities.

The Latest: Mom, 2 daughters, grandson slain in Mississippi

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:04

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on four people killed in the rural eastern Mississippi community of Toomsuba (all times local):

Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men's memories

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:54

CHICAGO (AP) — Testosterone treatment did not improve older men's memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements.

'Making a Murderer' prosecutor on what he would have done differently in the Steven Avery investigation

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:52

Ken Kratz, the former special prosecutor in the murder trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, spoke to Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga about his new book, "Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What 'Making a Murderer' Gets Wrong.' When asked if he regrets having local investigators' involved in the case while they were also being sued by Avery, he said, "You can look back, and would I have rather now had somebody else? Sure." He noted that the resources available at the time made that very difficult, and that they were not the only officers involved.

Why the Supreme Court rejected a death penalty appeal

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:44

The Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to hear a death row inmate’s challenge to Alabama’s lethal injection method, freeing the state to try for the eighth time to carry out the planned execution of Thomas Douglas Arthur. "He has amassed significant evidence that Alabama's current lethal junction protocol will result in intolerable and needless agony," she wrote, referring to Arthur's argument that the lethal injection method violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Recommended: How much do you know about landmark Supreme Court decisions?

Man who discussed attack like Dylann Roof's to stay in jail

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:40

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Benjamin McDowell will remain in jail for at least a little while after the FBI said the convicted felon wanted to buy a gun to use in a hate crime similar to the South Carolina church shootings two years ago.

4-year-old's anti-Trump dinosaur protest gives us the fuel we need to stay woke

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:32

Since Donald Trump was elected to the presidency, protests have rocked both the nation and the world. Millions of people got up, made signs and gathered to make their voice and thoughts heard. SEE ALSO: Holiday takes an anti-Trump turn with #NotMyPresidentsDay protests On a little patch of Washington D.C. earth, a similar protest is also quietly underway. Signs have been carefully made, and participants are standing firm. The difference is that the signs here are the size of an index card and the protesters are plastic dinosaurs. Image: danny_dire_/twitter The dinosaurs belong to 4-year-old Jackson. The garden protest belongs to the entire family, including mom Andria Wisler and dad Bill Rebeck. "The idea came from a conversation that I had with Andria," Rebeck said. "When I was saying that some completely random people knew about our dinosaur garden." Jackson is the proud curator of the dinosaur garden. Created by a neighbor, Jackson took an immense affinity to the dinosaurs. Rebeck said his son would check on them every couple of days and move them around. Random people passing by also enjoyed looking at the dinosaurs. Image: bill rebeck "When I said how well known our dinosaurs had become, Andria said they should use their fame to make their important opinions heard," Rebeck shared. Jackson immediately took to his mom's idea. "He taped the signs onto emery boards and we stuck them in the ground among the dinosaurs," Rebeck explained. "He also had me write a very long discourse on everything he knew about dinosaurs, and he wanted that to go into the garden as well. I told him the large piece of cardboard didn't fit. I think he's forgotten about that now." Image: andria wisler/twitter "I thought the dinosaurs would be noticed by the people on the street, and a few of them are members of Congress, so that seemed important," Rebeck said. He did not seem to expect the immense popularity the garden has gotten due to the fact that a neighbor's tweet about it went viral. But he is glad that it is getting attention. some kids on my block made an anti-trump protest with toy dinosaurs and i'm dying — Dan U (@danny_dire_) February 18, 2017 "We can learn a lot from extinct animals," Rebeck said. The family does have plans to change the protest slightly in the future. Rebeck spoke about a potential volcano being involved. Image: andria wisler/twitter "I think the signs will change, or increase, depending on whether people come up with clever things to write. 'Our Eggs, Our Choice' came from the friend of a student that I know," Rebeck said of their plans for the garden. "Actually, I am sure there will be more signs. Dinosaurs care about issues - they need to so that they don't go extinct again." Stay strong and stay woke, dinos. We need as many voices as we can get. BONUS: Inauguration crowds are looking puny compared to Women's March crowds