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Turkish squirrel, who lost front paws, gets prosthetic set of wheels.mp4
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2018-06-04    121 views
A squirrel who was heavily injured in a wild animal trap and lost both his front paws has been given a set of prosthetic wheels.

The squirrel, called Karamel, was caught in a wild animal trap in the southeastern Turkish city of Batman.

Orthopedists at Istanbul's Aydin University designed the prosthetic wheels for him. One of them, Mustafa Gultekin, said they would wait for Karamel to adjust to the new device before passing on to the next phase, which would be to provide the squirrel with prosthetic limbs.

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Company hopes to launch luxury hotel in space
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2018-04-05    0 views
A company has announced what it's calling the world's first luxury hotel in space. Orion Span made the announcement at the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California, unveiling their plans for "Aurora Station."
Scheduled to welcome its first guests in 2022, Aurora is a planned modular space station, capable of hosting six people at a time.
The stay doesn't come cheap; the 12-day adventure costs 9.5 million dollars per person. Orion Span has already started taking reservations with an $80,000 deposit. Before taking off, guests are required to complete a three-month training course, part online, part at the company's facility in Houston, Texas.
According to Orion Span, guests will be able take part in research experiments such as growing food while in orbit and keep touch in with people on Earth via high-speed Internet.

Credit: Iron Span via Reuters
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Video released of Kilauea Volcano's summit lava lake
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2018-04-05    0 views
The U.S. Geological Survey released video showing a clear aerial view of Kilauea Volcano's summit lava lake. The video showed rare spattering on the north side and center of the lake's surface, which happens only occasionally when the surface flow direction reverses.
Spattering, which is triggered by gas bubbles bursting within the lake, typically occurs on the southeast side.

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey via Reuters
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Security camera footage shows Siberian shopping mall fire_B
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2018-04-03    0 views
Russia's Investigative Committee released security camera footage showing the moments after a deadly fire broke out in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia, killing 64 people.

The fire swept through a cinema complex and children's play area on the upper floors of the Winter Cherry shopping mall on March 25.

Investigators said last week that fire exits at the mall had been illegally blocked, the public address system was not switched on, the alarm system was broken, and children had been locked inside cinemas.

Russian police arrested the general director of ОАО Kemerovo Confectionary Combine, which owned the Winter Cherry mall.

Former head of state inspection on construction works in the Kemerovo region, Tanzilia Komkova, was also arrested and charged with failing to stop unauthorized construction and exploitation in the mall.

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Security camera footage shows Siberian shopping mall fire_A
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2018-04-03    0 views
Russia's Investigative Committee released security camera footage showing the moments after a deadly fire broke out in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia, killing 64 people.

The fire swept through a cinema complex and children's play area on the upper floors of the Winter Cherry shopping mall on March 25.

Investigators said last week that fire exits at the mall had been illegally blocked, the public address system was not switched on, the alarm system was broken, and children had been locked inside cinemas.

Russian police arrested the general director of ОАО Kemerovo Confectionary Combine, which owned the Winter Cherry mall.

Former head of state inspection on construction works in the Kemerovo region, Tanzilia Komkova, was also arrested and charged with failing to stop unauthorized construction and exploitation in the mall.

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson opens up about depression.mp4
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2018-04-03    0 views
Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, one of Hollywood's top paid stars, said on Sunday that he struggled with depressionn after watching his mother's attempted suicide, and encouraged men suffering from the disease
to open up about their struggles and seek help.

"Depression never discriminates," he wrote to his 12.7 million Twitter followers. "Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in.
You're not alone."

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Joker Dad Holds Up 'Say No' Sign as Daughter's Boyfriend Proposes
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2018-03-29    1 views
A prankster father in Nevada hijacked his daughter’s boyfriend’s proposal in the most hilarious way.

Allison Barron and her boyfriend Levi Bliss got engaged on March 24, after he wrote the words “marry me” in a field in their hometown of Winnemucca. She said yes, but her dad had other ideas — as he stood in the background with a sign that said “say no.”

Barron reassured everyone that her dad was only joking, and that he and his future son-in-law get on very well.

Images of the proposal were shared to Twitter, where they had racked up over 47,000 retweets.

Credit: Allison Barron
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VW storing around 300,000 diesels at 37 facilities around U.S.
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2018-03-29    0 views
Volkswagen has taken parking lots to a whole new level.

Volkswagen AG has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 U.S. diesel vehicles The automaker admitted in 2015 to circumventing the emissions control system in U.S. diesel vehicles. VW must buy back or fix 85% of the vehicles involved by June 2019 or face higher payments for emissions.

The German automaker has been storing hundreds of thousands of vehicles around the U.S. Volkswagen has 37 secure storage facilities housing nearly 300,000 vehicles. The lots include a shuttered suburban Detroit football stadium, a former Minnesota paper mill and a sun-bleached desert graveyard in California. And they will not be emptying anytime soon.

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Woman dies in Arizona after being hit by Uber self-driving car
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2018-03-22    0 views
A woman in Arizona died of her injuries after being struck by a Uber self-driving vehicle.
The ride hailing company said it had suspended its autonomous vehicle program.
The accident marked the first fatality from a self-driving vehicle, which are still being tested around the globe, and could derail efforts to fast-track the introduction of the new technology.
At the time of the accident, the car was in autonomous mode with a vehicle operator behind the wheel.
In a tweet, Uber expressed its condolences and said the company was fully cooperating with authorities.
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New crew launches en route toward International Space Station
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2018-03-21    0 views
A Soyuz rocket took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Its international crew includes veteran astronauts
Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel, as well as Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev.

The craft is destined for the International Space Station. There they will be greeted by American astronaut Scott Tingle, Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov.

Their goals include receiving a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft, as well as perform a spacewalk to install wireless antennas, and replace cameras outside the station.
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How Apple’s iPhone skews US trade deficit
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2018-03-21    0 views
It's something Donald Trump regularly tweets about from his iPhone. “Trade deficits, trade deficits, trade deficits.” At least $500 billion.

A potential trade war is brewing between the US and China, due to a sharp trade imbalance, mainly in tech. But the Apple iPhone is actually a great example of why the US-China trade deficit may be overblown. The iPhone is US designed and owned, but manufactured in China. The US imported over $70 billion worth of cellphones from the country last year, but in reality, that number isn't accurate. These parts come from all over the world.

China is the manufacturing hub for lot of the world's electronics. When those phones are finally shipped out of China, they don't necessarily reflect the value of where that phone has come from. They put a high number in the exports from China and a big surplus in the US imports.

The display modules comes from Samsung in South Korea, the memory chips come from Japan's Toshiba, and the chipsets are from America's own Qualcomm. Finally, it's assembled in China by contract manufacturers like Foxconn.
 
That's only a small fraction of the overall pie, usually around 3 to 6% of the manufacturing cost. But the full amount of $400 per iPhone gets slapped onto China's export tally.

China, for its part, reported its 2017 trade surplus with the US as 276 billion - just over a quarter less than the US figure. But those numbers seem to mean little to Trump, who may be unveiling new tariffs for China this week.
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Surveillance video shows actions of armed deputy on duty during school shooting
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2018-03-15    2K views
The Sheriff's Office in Broward County, Florida, released surveillance footage showing the actions of deputy Scot Peterson outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a gunman went on the rampage inside last month, killing 17 people. The deputy's failure to enter the school during the shooting has added to criticism of law enforcement officials over warnings that accused shooter Nikolas Cruz posed a threat.
In a press release accompanying the video, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said "the video speaks for itself." Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has said that Peterson should have entered the school and killed the shooter. Peterson, who had been assigned to Stoneman Douglas High School as an armed school resource officer since 2009, resigned rather than face suspension after an internal investigation was launched.

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Italian bank looks to keep its customers sweet by bringing pastries to its punters (EET)
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2018-03-15    0 views
Italy's top pastry chef, Iginio Massari, is literally banking on his latest patisserie to set a new trend.
Opening a shop full of sweet delights inside a bank in central Milan,Massari, whose treats have been served to stars and royalty, has teamed up with the country's largest lender, Intesa Sanpaolo, to reinvent office-like, unwelcoming branches into inviting places with a more informal feel.
Only steps from the Duomo Cathedral of Italy's financial capital, delicate pastries, rich fruit tarts and multi-coloured pates de fruits sweets sit next to counters and cash machines.
Italian banks are facing thousands of job cuts and need to lose up to a third of their branches over coming years. But those branches that survive are being redesigned to make them more appealing to a new generation and type of client.
Massari said he believes the first patisserie to be opened in a bank is up for the challenge to make it a winning formula.
Customers certainly appear to be won over with a brisk trade already underway and many saying it has given them an added incentive to visit their bank.

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Italian bank looks to keep its customers sweet by bringing pastries to its punters (NTD)
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2018-03-15    0 views
Italy's top pastry chef, Iginio Massari, is literally banking on his latest patisserie to set a new trend.
Opening a shop full of sweet delights inside a bank in central Milan,Massari, whose treats have been served to stars and royalty, has teamed up with the country's largest lender, Intesa Sanpaolo, to reinvent office-like, unwelcoming branches into inviting places with a more informal feel.
Only steps from the Duomo Cathedral of Italy's financial capital, delicate pastries, rich fruit tarts and multi-coloured pates de fruits sweets sit next to counters and cash machines.
Italian banks are facing thousands of job cuts and need to lose up to a third of their branches over coming years. But those branches that survive are being redesigned to make them more appealing to a new generation and type of client.
Massari said he believes the first patisserie to be opened in a bank is up for the challenge to make it a winning formula.
Customers certainly appear to be won over with a brisk trade already underway and many saying it has given them an added incentive to visit their bank.

Credit: Reuters
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Trump points to Russia in poisoning of former spy in UK
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2018-03-15    0 views
President Donald Trump pointed the finger at Russia in the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Great Britain, saying he had spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

During a meeting with Ireland's prime minister in the Oval Office, Trump said it's something "that should never, ever happen."

The U.S. joined the Britain, France and Germany in a joint statement blaming Moscow for the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy living in England.

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Toys 'R' Us could shut all U.S. stores, risking 33,000 jobs
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2018-03-15    0 views
Toys 'R' Us Inc will sell or close all its U.S. stores in the coming months, risking up to 33,000 jobs.

The announcement was made to workers by Chief Executive David Brandon at the toy-store chain's Wayne, New Jersey headquarters.
The closure of Toys 'R' Us would be a blow to generations of consumers and toy makers that sold their products at the chain's 885 U.S. locations, including Mattel, Hasbro, and Lego.

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Family devastated after puppy dies on US flight
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2018-03-15    0 views
United Airlines faces backlash over a puppy that died in-flight after a cabin attendant ordered it stowed in an overhead bin.

United said that despite the puppy owner's telling the flight attendant that there was a dog in the carrying case, the flight attendant either did not hear or did not understand.

Transportation Department figures show that of the 24 animals that died on U.S. carriers last year, 18 were on United flights. The U.S. Department of Transportation said it was examining the events that led to the French bulldog's death.
In response, U.S. Senator John Kennedy plans to file a bill that would prohibit airlines from putting animals in overhead bins.

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Kudlow says he has accepted job as Trump's top economic adviser
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2018-03-14    0 views
Television commentator and economic analyst Larry Kudlow accepted an offer from President Donald Trump to become the White House's top economic adviser, replacing Gary Cohn.

Kudlow, was an informal advisor to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Like Cohn, Kudlow had criticized the president's decision to place steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, saying they would harm steel-consuming producers.
But Trump said on Wednesday that Kudlow had "come around" to view tariffs as a useful tool for renegotiating trade deals.

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Finland is world's happiest country - U.N. report
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2018-03-14    0 views
Despite its sometimes harsh climate and dark winters, Finland is the world's happiest country according to an annual survey by a United Nations-affiliated group.
Easy access to nature, safety, childcare, free healthcare and good schools ranked high amongst Finns.
Finland, which was in fifth place last year, ousted Norway for the top spot. The Top 10 continue to be dominated by the Nordics with Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden next to Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

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UK expels Russian diplomats after nerve agent attack
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2018-03-14    0 views
The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent on British soil.
The British government has identified the substance used as Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Russian military in the 1970s and 80s.

The diplomats being expelled have been identified as "undeclared intelligence officers,” according to British Prime Minister Theresa May.
High-level bilateral communications with Moscow will also be suspended. And Russian state assets will be frozen
This will be the single biggest expulsion for over 30 years.

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Peru seizes more than a ton of drugs
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2018-03-14    0 views
Two anti-drug missions in Peru wrapped up in March, and resulted in the seizure of more than a ton's worth of drugs including cocaine. The drugs were destined for both Bolivia and Europe.

Peru is virtually tied with Colombia as the world's biggest cocaine producer. Most of Peru's coca is grown in a lawless jungle area inhabited by holdout Shining Path rebels.

And in 2015 a new law was introduced authorizing the military to shoot down drug-smuggling aircraft.

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Argentine navy rescues stranded U.S. scientists from Antarctica
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2018-03-14    0 views
On Sunday, Argentine Navy rescued a group of U.S. scientists stranded on Joinville Island in Antarctica. The group was stranded due to a "remarkable presence of ice", according to the Argentine Foreign Ministry.

The Navy stepped in following a request for assistance from the U.S. Antarctic Program. The Navy deployed the icebreaker Almirante Irizar to the camp, and sent a helicopter to make the pick-up of the five scientists.

All five scientists were found in good health.

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Texas Students Hurt in Disney Trip Bus Plunge
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2018-03-13    0 views
On Tuesday in Alabama,a bus carrying high school band members home to Texas from Disney World ran off a highway and plunged into a deep ravine, killing the driver and injuring dozens.

First responders used ropes to rappel down the 50-foot ravine.

About 45 people were on the bus. At least 37 of them, most of them teenagers, were treated for injuries that ranged from minor to very serious.

The Baldwin County Sheriff said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the bus to crash.

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Pro Wrestling Star Jeff Hardy Arrested for DWI - But That's Not the Worst Part
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2018-03-13    2K views
Professional wrestling star Jeff Hardy was arrested for driving while impaired in Concord, North Carolina on March 10. Hardy registered a blood alcohol level of .25 — well over the legal limit of .08.

A police report indicated Hardy had lost control while driving north on Concord Parkway. Hardy’s car tore up over 100 feet of guardrail before spinning to a halt in the middle of the road. It is estimated Hardy did $5,000 worth of damage to the guardrail and $8,000 in damage to the 2016 Cadillac he was driving.

Jeff Hardy already has a criminal history in North Carolina. He was incarcerated in 2009 for drug possession. Drunk driving is not expressly prohibited under the WWE Wellness code. But Hardy has already violated the WWE Wellness policy twice in the past. A third violation would result in his WWE contract being terminated.
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Video Shows Deadly Utah Courtroom Shooting
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2018-03-13    0 views
Dramatic video released Monday shows a defendant inside a Utah federal courthouse gunned down by a U.S. marshal after rushing the witness stand, brandishing a pen. Sale Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crip gang, is seen rising from his seat before grabbing his lawyer’s pen and attempting to stab a shackled witness. Angilau’s family filed a wrongful death suit. Their attorney, Bob Sykes, claimed the marshal panicked, and should not have used deadly force. U.S. District Judge John Dowdell dismissed the Angilau family’s wrongful death suit Friday, citing the video as proof that the U.S. marshal acted reasonably.

Credit: U.S. Federal District Court of Utah via AP