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Why Does Mexico Celebrate ​St. Patrick’s Day In A Big Way?
 
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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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Seattle Sees Unexpected Consequences From $15 Per Hour Min. Wage
 
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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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Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17 Hour Workdays
 
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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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Surprise! 7-week Old Baby Says "Hello"
 
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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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Japan Building "Great Wall" Against Tsunamis
 
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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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Tesla's Powerwall May Be The Future In 2017
 
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Elon Musk’s Powerwall home battery and “plan to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy” is many things, but it’s not a battery technology breakthrough. Powerwall is a big deal: a $3,500 rechargeable battery that can store electricity, power an entire home and be installed in virtually any garage or outside any home in under an hour sounds like real innovation. And for alternative energy source users, like solar panel or windmill owners, it is. Musk noted during his product unveiling at the Tesla Hawthorne, Calif.-based Design Studio, that Powerwall’s batteries owe much to the existing Tesla Model S electric car battery technology. A company spokesperson told Mashable, “We are leveraging the same architectures, battery management systems, and technologies as the Model S battery." Tesla confirmed that the Model S uses Panasonic lithium ion battery cells. As for the batteries inside the 3 ft. by 4 ft. Powerwall, they will eventually be manufactured at Musk’s still-under-construction $4.5 billion Gigafactory in Nevada. However, that facility won’t be completed and ready for battery production until, by Tesla’s own measure, 2017. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/Uv717YOQ01I/ http://www.wochit.com
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Something to 'talk' About: Vocal Chord Grown in Lab
 
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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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Turns Out You Can Make a Brick From China's Smog
 
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A Chinese artist just spent 100 days walking the streets of Beijing with a vacuum cleaner, and has made a brick from the city's polluted air. http://mashable.com/2015/12/01/beijing-smog-brick/#DTWohrrjhGqr 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
 
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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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Researchers Hopeful New Treatment Leads To HIV Cure
 
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A new treatment resulting from the partnership between Britain's National Institute for Health Research and other leading medical research organizations has scientists hopeful that they may have found a way to eradicate the HIV virus completely. The Collaborative entity known as HIV Eradication of Viral Reservoirs is comprised of clinicians, virologists, and immunologists, who have treated the first patient in an upcoming study that will involve 50 participants. Whereas previous HIV treatments use Antiretroviral Therapy - or ART - to stop the virus from copying itself and spreading - which often results with the virus' return when treatment ends, this new approach hopes to activate "sleeping" HIV cells and encourage a patient's own immune system to fight HIV. According to professor Sarah Fidler "This first participant has now completed the intervention and we have found it to be safe and well tolerated." But Fidler adds that "Only when all 50 study participants have completed the whole study, by 2018, will we be able to tell if there has been an effect on curing HIV." http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/10/03/Scientists-hope-for-HIV-cure-with-new-treatment/9551475522018/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Instant Karma For Manhattan Attorney's Viral Racist Rant
 
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Attorney Aaron Schlossberg is getting a heavy dose of payback for recent actions. Schlossberg was videotaped this week at a Fresh Kitchen near his Madison Avenue law office Where he was berating restaurant employees.and diners for speaking Spanish Schlossberg even threatened to call immigration authorities. The next day, his face landed on the front page of the New York Daily News. It was positioned above a Spanish headline which translated to: "Screw you, idiot." And there's more video emerging, showing Schlossberg accosting another pedestrian. And to top it all off, 2 NYC lawmakers have filed a formal complaint against him. "What we witnessed in the vile video from Mr. Schlossberg, which has since gone viral, is a humiliating and insulting attack on the more than 50 years of progress that this nation has made since the civil rights movement. We watched Aaron's video and we were disgusted." Rubén Díaz Jr. and Rep. Adriano Espaillat. The 42 year old Schlossberg is now laying low, (hopefully) learning a lesson about verbally attacking innocent bystanders. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-york-politicians-file-formal-complaint-against-lawyer-whose-racist-n875006?cid=public-rss_20180517 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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Yoshinori Ohsumi Wins Nobel Prize In Medicine For His Work On Autophagy
 
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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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Elon Musk Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Panel
 
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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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NTSB Reveals Disturbing Details Of American Airlines Flight 383's Terrifying Fire
 
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According to a preliminary report released Friday by accident investigators, an engine disk that broke apart and forced an American Airlines jet to abort a takeoff in Chicago last week shows signs of fatigue cracking. The National Transportation Safety Board report said an examination shows evidence of an anomaly where the fatigue cracking begins. Metallurgical examinations of the disk are underway to determine what caused the cracking. CBS News reports disk pieces were spewed up to a half-mile away and a fierce fire enveloped the right side of the plane after the failure. American Airlines Flight 383 was traveling at 154 mph and was seconds from lifting off from O’Hare International Airport for Miami when pilots slammed the brakes. The fire was fed by a pool of jet fuel that formed under the wing when the plane came to a stop. All 161 passengers and nine crew on the flight safely evacuated. Twenty-one people suffered injuries, mainly from the evacuation. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ntsb-failed-american-airlines-engine-disk-chicago-ohare-fatigue-cracking/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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The Secret Message In Abraham Lincoln's Pocket Watch
 
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In the 1850s Abraham Lincoln, then a successful lawyer, purchased a fine pocket watch from George Chatterton, a jeweler in Springfield, Illinois. In January 1861, South Carolina seceded from the Union, followed by six more states before Lincoln's inauguration. On April 12th, 1861, the American Civil War began with shots fired at Fort Sumter. The next day watchmaker Jonathan Dillon unscrewed the dial from Lincoln's watch and engraved a message with a sharp tool. Dillon then signed and dated the inscription and closed the dial. The inscription reads: "Jonathan Dillon... April 13th, 1861... Fort Sumter was attacked by the rebels on the above date... J Dillon, April 13th 1861, Washington... thank God we have a government." Lincoln never knew of the message he carried in his pocket. It is not known who added a carving of the name "Jeff Davis,' the leader of the Confederates. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/MQ-cuqDXc3c/ http://www.wochit.com
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Are Weed-Infused 'Female Suppositories' Real?
 
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Most women can agree — periods are annoying and painful. One company wants to turn painful periods into “chill” periods using marijuana, a drug known for medicinal, as well as recreational, uses. The weed capsule has been dubbed “Foria Relief,” by the company Foria, which also launched a popular marijuana-infused sexual lubricant. The capsule is a small, cocoa butter-based insert that is being marketed as a pain reliever for women's menstrual cramps. The tampon-sized vaginal suppository is blended with a 6 to 1 ratio of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil concentrate and cannabidiol (CBD) isolate, respectively. THC works by targeting the nerves to “block out pain,” while CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory and as an antispasmodic by treating muscle spasms that occur from menstruation and ovulation. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/q5J1p9BlCdU/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Joe Biden Attends Son Beau Biden's Emotional Funeral
 
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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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Rare Herd of Bison Found in Utah
 
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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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Charming Prince Harry Helps Adorable Little Girl With Errant Shoe
 
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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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Lake Mead reaches historic low
 
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Vegetation grows between boat docks at the now defunct Echo Bay Marina in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Thursday, May 19, 2016, near Las Vegas. LAS VEGAS - The surface level at Lake Mead has dropped as planned to historic low levels, and federal water managers said Thursday the vast Colorado River reservoir is expected to continue to shrink amid ongoing drought. The closely controlled and measured lake shrunk Wednesday to its lowest point since Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 - with a surface level of 1,074.68 feet above sea level. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lake-mead-hits-all-time-low-amid-ongoing-drought/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Identify Treatment of Glioblastoma Brain Tumor
 
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Researchers say they have identified a protein -- tyrosine phosphatase receptor type Z, or PTPRZ, -- as a drug target for patients with glioblastoma. Glioblastoma has been classified by the World Health Organization as the highest grade glioma, a type of brain tumor that is difficult to treat with the median survival rate of patients with glioblastoma is 14 months. There has been a lack of effective treatment options has spurred researchers to look for other treatment options. The study also showed that the allosteric inhibitor of PTPRZ known as NAZ2329 suppressed stem cell-like properties in glioblastoma cells in cultures and tumor growth. https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/07/18/Scientists-identify-drug-target-for-treatment-of-glioblastoma/6421500394895/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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New Bio-Plastic Invented In Indonesia, Completely Biodegradable & Non-Toxic
 
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The island of Bali is a jewel of the Indonesian archipelago, a tourist magnet known for idyllic beaches and lush forests. But the curse of plastic pollution threatens to make this a paradise lost, disfigured by trash-strewn shores and sprawling landfill sites. Only China dumps more plastic in the ocean than Indonesia, and much of it washes up in Bali. The crisis inspired local surfer and entrepreneur Kevin Kumala to find a novel solution. "I was with a friend sitting outside a bar and we were seeing hundreds of motorcyclists wearing vinyl ponchos," he recalls. "It clicked that these disgusting, toxic ponchos would be used a few times and then discarded, but they would not decompose." The biology graduate resolved to create a better plastic, that would leave no trace. http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/16/world/cassava-plastic/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Peaches Geldof's Last Interview: 25-Year-Old Vowed To Never Let Her Two Sons Down Before Death
 
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Peaches Geldof's last interview is haunting to say the least. Less than one month before she was found dead inside her U.K. home today, the late 25-year-old socialite opened up about parenting and her two infant sons Astala and Phaedra. "Becoming a mother was like becoming me, finally," Geldof told Mother & Baby magazine "After years of struggling to know myself, feeling lost at sea, rudderless and troubled, having babies through which to correct the multiple mistakes of my own traumatic childhood was beyond healing. I felt finally anchored in place, with lives that literally depend on me, and I am not about to let them down, not for anyone or anything." http://www.eonline.com/news/529339/peaches-geldof-s-last-interview-25-year-old-vowed-to-never-let-her-two-sons-down-before-death?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com
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New Discovery Reveals Einstein Tried To Devise A Steady State Model Of The Universe
 
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Almost 20 years before the late Fred Hoyle and his colleagues devised the Steady State Theory , Albert Einstein toyed with a similar idea: that the universe was eternal, expanding outward with a consistent input of spontaneously generating matter. An Irish physicist came across the paper last year and could hardly believe it. According to this week's article in Nature , It had been stored in plain sight at the Albert Einstein Archives in Jerusalem — and is freely available to view on its website — but had been mistakenly classified as a first draft of another Einstein paper. Cormac O'Raifeartaigh, a physicist at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland, says that he "almost fell out of his chair" when he realized what the manuscript was about. He and his collaborators have posted their findings, together with an English translation of Einstein's original German manuscript, on the arXiv preprint server and have submitted their paper to the European Physical Journal . http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnfarrell/2014/02/25/new-discovery-reveals-einstein-tried-to-devise-a-steady-state-model-of-the-universe/ http://www.wochit.com
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Woman With ALS Holds Goodbye Party Before Ending Own Life
 
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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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Louisiana Floods Caused 88 Caskets To Jettison From Graves
 
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Floods in Lousiana's Calcasieu Parish caused a morbid scene with waters watshed away caskets from their resting places into the Sabine River. In March, five different cemeteries jettisoned caskets in the towns of Vinton, and Starks. The coroner's office recovered all 88 caskets most of which came from the Niblett's Bluff cemetery in Vinton. The lead investigator for the parish Charlie Hunter, explained why this happened. Hunter stated, "When water is over the top of the grave for extended periods of time, the pressure causes the grave to either pop the lid or float the entire vault." Emily Dalfrey lost her home in the floods and on top of that she lost 8 interred family members. She was understandably overcome with emotion when she spoke to reporters but she said that the coroner's office was very helpful in recovering the deceased family members and returning them to their final resting place. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/louisiana-flooding-caskets-calcasieu-parish/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Obama Meets Famous Ancient Skeleton During Ethiopia Visit
 
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She had never heard of Barack Obama, or the United States for that matter, and did not say a word when she met the president before a state dinner in Ethiopia. Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old member of Australopithecus afarensis, is the most complete skeleton of an early human ancestor ever discovered. The fossil, normally housed in Ethiopia’s national museum, was brought to the national palace on Monday for Obama’s visit and helped put the ephemera of politics in perspective. The president even touched a vertebra from Lucy’s torso after being encouraged by Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged, senior curator of anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences. Alemseged said Lucy demonstrated how all human beings are connected, joking: “Every single person, even Donald Trump.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/27/obama-ethiopia-lucy-fossil http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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The Less Obvious, Early Symptoms Of Parkinson's Disease
 
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When you think of Parkinson’s disease, you probably picture tremors and Michael J. Fox, but a more telling early indicator is handwriting that suddenly gets much smaller. According to Reader's Digest, a 2013 Israeli study found handwriting analysis was able to identify patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s more than 97 per cent of the time. Other early indications of the condition can include a loss of smell. If you stop noticing pungent cologne and aren’t drawn to the aroma of mouth-watering food, pay attention. Intense dreams that cause you to thrash and kick in your bed can also be an indicator. When any of these symptoms last more than a couple of weeks, see a neurologist. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, and the sooner you get control of the symptoms, the better your quality of life will be. http://www.readersdigest.ca/health/conditions/10-red-flag-symptoms/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Extract DNA From A Mummy
 
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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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Ancient DNA Reveals First Polynesians Origins
 
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After just 3000 years of human life on the island of Fiji, ancient DNA reveals the origins of the first Polynesians. Distinctive stamped red pottery, obsidian tools, and shell ornaments reveal that explorers could have been farmers from East Asia or hunter-gatherers from Melanesia including Papa New Guinea. Scientists sequenced the DNA of four skeletons from Vanuatuan and Tongan women dating back 2300 to 3100 years ago. Although many Polynesians today carry Melanesian DNA, the long, unbroken chunks reveal that it was incorporated recently, about 500 to 2500 years ago, after the Lapita period. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/10/game-changing-study-suggests-first-polynesians-voyaged-all-way-east-asia http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Sorry, Princess! Thai Prince Strips Wife of Royal Name
 
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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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Science May Have Found A Cure for the World's Most Common STD
 
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Many, many people around the world who have been diagnosed with human papillomavirus, or HPV. HPV is incurable, and it strikes nearly every sexually active human at some point in his or her lifetime. Right now, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 79 million Americans have the virus and doctors report roughly 14 million new cases every year in this country. Happily an HIV drug that’s been on the market since 2006 may hold the key to fighting the virus—and warding off its associated cancers. British scientists Ian and Lynne Hampson of the University of Manchester recently published results from a phase 1 clinical trial in the peer-reviewed journal Plus One—which suggest that a cure is looking more promising than ever. 23 Kenyan women were given Lopimune, a combination of the anti-viral HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir, for two weeks. According to Fusion, twelve weeks after the trial began, the researchers found that HPV infection levels had declined in 19 of the 23 women. Not only that, but in 12 of the 23 women, no virus could be detected at all. http://fusion.net/story/289715/hpv-cure-worlds-most-common-std/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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HIV Was In NYC For At Least A Decade Before ID'd
 
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The name of a man long identified as the source of the AIDS epidemic in the United States may be cleared with a genetic study of HIV viruses from the 1970s. Researchers in Nature say HIV came to New York City between 1969 and 1973, long before the man known as Patient Zero became infected. Using techniques developed to decipher badly degraded ancient DNA from fossils, researchers reconstructed the genetic instruction books of eight HIV viruses from blood samples collected in 1978 and 1979 in New York City and San Francisco. According to evolutionary biologist Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona in Tucson, the viral DNA was so genetically diverse that the viruses must have been circulating in the cities for years, picking up variations. Worobey and colleagues calculate that the virus probably first jumped to the United States in 1970 or 1971. So HIV spread for about a decade before AIDS was recognized in 1981 and found to be caused by a retrovirus in 1983. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hiv-came-nyc-least-decade-virus-id%E2%80%99d http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Use Stem Cell Therapy To Treat Leading Cause Of Blindness
 
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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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Malaysia, Indonesia to Let Boat People Come Ashore...Temporarily
 
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Malaysia and Indonesia said on Wednesday they would offer shelter to 7,000 "boat people" adrift at sea in rickety boats. However, the governments made it clear that their assistance was temporary and they would take no more. More than 3,000 migrants have landed so far this month in Malaysia and Indonesia. Together with Thailand, the countries have pushed away many boats that approached their shores--in spite of appeals from the United Nations to take them in. In a joint statement in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Indonesia emphasized that the international community also had a responsibility to help them deal with the crisis. Selim, a Rohingya refugee, says the Burmese government kills Muslims, and pleads for help from the UNHCR--the United Nations High Commission For Refugees. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/SXFbHgcqPTg/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Tom Hanks Praises Community College in New York Times Op-Ed
 
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Tom Hanks praised his time at community college in an op-ed for Wednesday's New York Times, writing that Hayward, Calif.'s Chabot College "made me what I am today." The two-time Oscar winner said his lousy SAT scores kept him out of the other two universities he applied to — M.I.T. and Villanova — so he ultimately chose Chabot because it accepted everyone and the education would be free. Hanks says that his time at Chabot was spent taking classes such as oral presentation and studies in Shakespeare, as well as looking at girls and flipping through the library's vinyl record collection. The show-biz mainstay also writes that the skills he learned during his two years at the school helped him throughout his professional career in the entertainment industry. When Hanks produced the award-winning miniseries John Adams, for example, he used an outline format that he learned from one of his Chabot history professors. http://news.yahoo.com/tom-hanks-praises-community-college-york-times-op-050025143.html http://www.wochit.com
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Suge Knight Fires His Lawyers, Speaks for Himself in Court Appearance
 
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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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What Will $35 Quadrillion Zimbabwe Dollars Get You?
 
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On June 15 the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe took the last step in the process of ditching its currency. Zimbabwe dollars will be decommissioned at a rate of 35 quadrillion per US dollar. Any remaining Zimbabwe dollars in circulation after September 30 2015 will be officially, as opposed to practically, worthless. Withdrawing all Zimbabwe dollar banknotes from circulation officially brings an end to the era of people carrying cash around in large bags and even wheelbarrows to do their everyday shopping. In 2009, the end of the decade long recession saw the government adopt the US dollar as its main currency. Since then people have effectively used US dollars or South African rand in everyday life, while an increasingly small number of Zimbabwe dollars (with virtually no value) remained in circulation. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/PdefnkVOPo0/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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300,000 VW Diesels Sitting All Over The US
 
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Volkswagen has taken parking lots to a whole new level in the United States. It will not be emptying them soon. A recent court filing shows that Volkswagen AG has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 U.S. diesel vehicles through mid-February. The German automaker has been storing hundreds of thousands of vehicles around the United States for months. The filing from the program’s independent administrator said that Volkswagen has 37 secure storage facilities around the United States 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 near Victorville, California. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/L8Je91eIy0s/vw-storing-around-300000-diesels-at-37-facilities-around-u-s-idUSKBN1H50GQ 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
 
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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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Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney Plunge Into Icy Lake Michigan for Charity
 
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Lady Gaga and her new fiancé Taylor Kinney have cold feet - but not about their impending nuptials! The sweet couple jumped into Lake Michigan to help raise money for the Special Olympics in Chicago's annual Polar Plunge. The weather was below freezing, but the "Born This Way" singer and the brave, shirtless Chicago Fire actor didn't seem to mind...the two even shared a kiss before hopping into the ice cold water. Vince Vaughn also joined the couple in taking the Polar Plunge while proudly donning a Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey. He and Lady Gaga seemed positively frozen afterwards, and the singer even posted an Instagram with the caption, "My weave froze! Taylor gave me his hat, I thought my wig was going to freeze into and become one with the lake." Taylor, on the other hand, seemed totally relaxed the entire time. Maybe all that time fighting fires has him thankful for the cold. http://www.eonline.com/news/630795/lady-gaga-shirtless-taylor-kinney-jump-into-icy-lake-for-polar-plunge-charity-event-see-the-photos?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com
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Snow Falls In Hawaii State Park For Perhaps First Time Ever
 
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As a winter storm bore down on the Hawaii islands early Monday, officials are warning residents of gusty winds, rain, high surf, and a rarer sight: snow. In fact, Hawaii’s Department of Land and […] The post Snow Has Fallen in a Hawaii State Park for Perhaps the First Time Ever appeared first on Geek.com. https://www.geek.com/news/snow-has-fallen-in-a-hawaii-state-park-for-perhaps-the-first-time-ever-1774043/?source http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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How Did Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Get Their Powers?
 
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Fans have known for a while now that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are no longer mutants in Marvel Comics. Their new origins however, have remained a mystery, with theories on their powers ranging from Inhuman lineage to genetic tampering. But finally, those guesses can come to a close. As revealed in the publisher’s new preview of Uncanny Avengers #4, Wanda and Pietro Maximoff are indeed not the children of Magneto, but of humans Marya and Django Maximoff. So how did they get their powers? Much like their Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts, Scarlet and Quicksilver’s abilities now derive from genetic testing. Marvel villain the High Evolutionary took the twins from their birth parents and conducted all sorts of genetic experiments on them. http://comicbook.com/2015/05/09/-scarlet-witch-quicksilvers-confirmed-as-not-being-mutants-true-/ http://www.wochit.com
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Ring Bought At London Garage Sale Could Be Worth $500K
 
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According to the Huffington Post, while shopping at a garage sale at West Middlesex University Hospital in West London, an unidentified woman may have unwittingly scored a one-of-a-kind discount! The woman purchased a £10 (or approximately $13) diamond ring at the garage sale, and assumed it to be costume jewelry due to its heavy antique setting. But after a jeweler suggested that it may be real, she had it appraised, and was shocked to discover it in fact was a genuine 19th century cushion-cut diamond. Soon afterwards, Sotheby's of London, the revered auction house which specializes in the expensive and historic, confirmed the authenticity of the stone, estimating the 26.27-carat diamond at about $450,000, thanks to its near-flawless color and clarity. http://www.allure.com/story/garage-sale-ring-worth-half-million http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Underground Lake Found On Mars Raises Possibility Of Life
 
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Using a radar instrument on an orbiting spacecraft, scientists have spotted what they said on Wednesday appears to be a sizable salt-laden lake under ice on the southern polar plain of Mars, a body of water they called a possible habitat for microbial life. FILE PHOTO: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took this snapshot of Mars 11 hours before the planet made its closest approach to Earth on August 26, 2003. REUTERS/J. Bell (Cornell U.) and M. Wolff (SSI)/NASA/File Photo The reservoir they detected — roughly 12 miles (20 km) in diameter, shaped like a rounded triangle and located about a mile (1.5 km) beneath the ice surface — represents the first stable body of liquid water ever found on Mars. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/G2w8Gcj_2A4/underground-lake-found-on-mars-raising-possibility-of-life-idUSKBN1KF1Z8 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Kim Kardashian Denied Membership to Soho House ''Numerous Times"
 
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You'd think being one of the world's most famous celebrities would get you access behind any and every closed door imaginable, but you'd be wrong. Los Angeles' Soho House turns five years old this year, and some members of the private club's management are spilling secret details about who has been allowed in and who hasn't. Tim Geary, the former membership director, told The Hollywood Reporter "We denied access to every Real Housewife who applied." "Kim Kardashian has unsuccessfully tried numerous times...We tried not to give membership to people who would fuel paparazzi or bring press." http://www.eonline.com/news/640449/kim-kardashian-denied-membership-to-soho-house-numerous-times-plus-details-on-the-club-s-secret-britney-spears-dilemma?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com
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Scientists Detect Strange Radio Signals From Far Into The Cosmos
 
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This repeating radio burst observation may lead to a better understanding of this baffling cosmic phenomenon. It seems like every time we attempt to take a step toward better understanding our cosmos we are left with more questions than answers — a regular Bonini’s Paradox. Just a few years ago we didn’t even know that the cosmic phenomena known as fast radio bursts (FRB) — rare, bright, and inexplicable signals from beyond our galaxy — existed. And until recently, only one of these FRBs had been recorded on more than one occasion. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/alien-radio-burst/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Bank Of England Chooses A Weird Quote For New Jane Austen £10 Note
 
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Bank of England Chooses a Weird Quote for New Jane Austen £10 Note That's not really what the character was saying? Except umm please check with someone who has actually read Pride & Prejudice next time, Bank of England, because fans are pointing out that this isn't exactly a line about the wonders of literature. The #NewTenPoundNote featuring Jane Austen: coming 14 September 2017. https://t.co/VMGsueavyh pic.twitter.com/f6PF9DWglM — Bank of England (@bankofengland) July 18, 2017 The line is spoken by Caroline Bingley in Pride & Prejudice, except she's not talking about a personal love of reading. http://www.elle.com/culture/books/news/a46694/bank-of-england-jane-austen-ten-pound-note/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Israel Says Security Ties With India Out of the Closet
 
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The Israeli defense minister said on Thursday that Israel's security relationship with India is out in the open after years of being under wraps. He vows to play a bigger role in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's drive to build an industrial base. Modi's nationalist party has long seen Israel has a natural ally against Islamist militancy, and has openly cultivated warmer ties, beginning with a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York last year. Since then, various government ministers and top officials have been exchanging visits and on Wednesday, Moshe Ya'alon arrived in India. It was the first visit by an Israeli defense minister since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/yqa-0tW2ZmI/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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