• Harambe’s Grandmother Euthanized At Miami Zoo
  • Trump’s Impending Presidency And Rising China Sea Tensions Are Putting Asia On Edge
  • Virginia executes convicted family killer Ricky Gray
  • Australian Open 2017: Kyrgios called out for ‘bizarre’ performance
  • Executions often put physicians in unfair dilemma

Harambe’s Grandmother Euthanized At Miami Zoo

The Miami zoo announced Wednesday the death of its matriarch gorilla, Josephine, the grandmother of the internets most famous gorilla, Harambe. According to the zoo, Josephine was nearly 50 years old at the time of her death, which is old age for a gorilla, and had been suffering from long-term health problems. Harambe made national news in May 2016, when zoo staffers at the Cincinnati Zooshot and killed him after…

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Trump’s Impending Presidency And Rising China Sea Tensions Are Putting Asia On Edge

tralia As the inauguration of Donald J. Trump approaches, a number of world leaders are making last minute moves, bracing for Americas new president and his unpredictable foreign policy methods before theyre fully solidified. Asia is no different. There is more going on in the region than Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillersons stray South China Sea . The looming possibility of an American retreat from the world and an escalating…

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Australian Open 2017: Kyrgios called out for ‘bizarre’ performance

Melbourne (CNN)After earning a warning for bad language, receiving a point penalty and attempting a questionable between-the-legs shot deep in the fifth set of a defeat at the Australian Open, the reception for Nick Kyrgios wasn’t warm as he awoke Thursday. Follow @cnnsport Any hope that tennis’ bad boy would make a quick transformation evaporated faster than one of his aces, as Kyrgios was called out by national and international…

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Executions often put physicians in unfair dilemma

(CNN)Virginia executed Ricky Gray, 39, by lethal injection on Wednesday evening at the Greensville Correctional Center. Virginia was to use compounded midazolam and compounded potassium chloride, as well as the paralytic drug, rocuronium bromide. Midazolam has been highly problematic in past lethal injections. Lethal injection is a trick of chemistry, and contrary to appearances, does not cause a cruelty-free death. Lately, the practice of lethal injection has somehow gone awry…

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Donald Trump: ‘Me generation’ boomer-in-chief

(CNN)The man who will put his hand on the Lincoln Bible on Friday is unlike any president in living memory. But he does not defy understanding. In fact, Donald Trump is a product of his generation, a profoundly narcissistic president who should be regarded as the baby boomer-in-chief. Boomers came of age in a time of unrivaled wealth and devastating political crisis. Consumerism was matched by an explosion in mass…

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Bernie Sanders Asks Trump’s Education Nominee If She’s Only Getting The Job Because She’s A Billionaire

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) questioned DeVos about her qualifications to oversee student loans and distribute Pell grants. She asked DeVos if she or any of her children had ever had to take out a student loan to help pay for college. Democrats said they were angry that they had not received a letter from the Office of Government Ethics saying it had completed a review of DeVos potential conflicts of…

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Trump’s Education Nominee Refuses To Say Guns Don’t Belong In Schools

Murphy also asked DeVos if she would support Trump if he moved to eliminate gun-free school zones. I will support what the president-elect does, she responded. If the question is around gun violence, she went on, please know that my heart bleeds and is broken for those families that have lost any individual due to gun violence. Murphy appeared upset by the responses, saying he looked forward to working with…

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Michigan governor’s brief mention of Flint in speech outrages congressman

(CNN)Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder mentioned the Flint water crisis 34 minutes into his “State of the State” address Tuesday. For Rep. Dan Kildee, whose congressional district includes the city, that 34-minute wait was too long. After Snyder’s speech, Kildee, a Democrat, sent out a statement denouncing the Republican governor’s lack of attention to Flint during the nearly hour-long speech and while in office.

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Transition Tracker: Trump, GOP lawmakers yet to get on the same page

Washington (CNN)From Obamacare to tax policy, President-elect Donald Trump and his fellow GOPers in Congress agree on the big picture ideas, but those pesky details are causing some disagreements. What’s clear three days before Trump takes the oath is that it will take some time for all of them to reach a consensus on his key priorities — if they ever do. For instance, Trump wants an Obamacare replacement in…

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‘God Bless the USA’ singer ‘not going to say no’ to performing at Trump inauguration

(CNN)Country music star Lee Greenwood, best known for his song “God Bless the USA,” defended his decision to perform at the “Make America Great Again!” concert just a day before President Elect’s Donald Trump’s inauguration, saying he had not received backlash from his fans. “I don’t know how you could say no, Erin,” the singer told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “When you have been asked to come sing in the capital…

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Trump’s EPA pick took hands-off approach to environmental crisis that shook Oklahoma

(CNN)Oklahoma is one of the more unlikely places in the United States to experience earthquakes. But in the six years that Scott Pruitt has served as the state’s attorney general, Oklahoma has been rattled by hundreds of quakes with a magnitude of 3.0 and greater, with some areas facing the same level of risk as high-hazard parts of California. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, Stanford University and the Oklahoma…

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Trump nominees say climate change is no hoax, but still invite skepticism

Washington (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Interior Department Tuesday was pressed to answer whether he agreed with Trump’s past statements that climate change is a “hoax.” And in what appeared to be a break with the President-elect, Rep. Ryan Zinke said clearly: “I don’t believe it’s a hoax.” Last week, Trump’s choice for secretary of state Rex Tillerson offered a similar view.

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Coffee shops on the march as pubs decline, town centre data shows – BBC News

The figures – which do not include Northern Ireland – exclude shops and were collated by people walking up and down the country’s high streets. Click to see content: nightlife_birmingham The largest growth areas included lounge bars (116%), cake makers (51%), juice bars (46%) and speciality restaurants. There was also a 31% increase in the number of coffee shops. Comedy clubs (-33%), snooker halls (-34%), internet cafes (-41%) and bingo…

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Strike-hit Southern ranks worst for customer satisfaction – BBC News

Southeastern was the second-worst performer with a rating of 31%, including one star for seat availability – the rail firm said it valued all feedback, understood passengers’ concerns about seats, and was committed to improving services. Thameslink and Great Northern, whose parent company is also GTR, scored 32%, with one star for frequency and condition of carriages. Merseyrail came top with 72%, followed by Virgin Trains West Coast with 69%…

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MPs call for unpaid internships ban – BBC News

The cross-party social mobility report highlights the way that entry into some professions can be skewed in favour of more affluent youngsters. ‘Fair and transparent’ The use of unpaid internships as an entry system means that it is only available to young people who can either support themselves or who have parents who can provide for them while they are working without pay. There is also a geographical barrier when…

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Funerals paid for by crowdfunding are on the rise – BBC News

This is more than four times as many for the same period in 2015. Click to see content: justgivingfunerals_birmingham For more stories from the BBC England Data Unit see our Pinterest board. The rise has been put down to a combination of the increasing cost of funerals and the general rise in the use of online crowdfunding. Charles Wells, chief operations officer for JustGiving, said: “Thinking about the costs of…

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Transition Tracker: Health insurance for everybody edition

Washington (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump now says he wants “insurance for everybody” when Obamacare is replaced, which caused nearly every pundit in Washington and beyond scrambling to figure out what exactly he means. Will everyone get health care? Or will everyone get access to health care? Does that mean it’ll be affordable to everyone? Can he get the Republican Congress unified behind that plan? WHAT’S NEW TODAY ON… OBAMACARE

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NHS prescription drugs being sold illegally by patients – BBC News

Media captionNHS patient caught selling his drugs in undercover film Patients are illegally selling NHS-prescribed medications online and pocketing the cash. A BBC investigation has uncovered people selling unwanted or unused drugs, which can only be prescribed by specialists. Prescription medicines to treat a variety of ailments were readily available for sale on eBay. An eBay spokesperson confirmed it had removed a number of listings for sale from the site….

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The commuters who enjoy being creative with their time – BBC News

Image copyright Vikki Hutton Image caption Amy Dicketts asks the people she photographs to tell her something surprising about themselves “I thought there must be something better I could be doing than staring into space or looking at my phone,” said the 24-year-old who works in marketing. Image copyright Amy Dickett “Usually they are surprised but glad to have some entertainment on an otherwise boring journey. Often the people around…

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‘Hidden Figures’ Continues Its Reign At The Box Office

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Its bombs away at the multiplexes. Theres almost an unprecedented number of films out there, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. Its got to be somewhat daunting and overwhelming for moviegoers. Hidden Figures faced stiff competition from Lionsgates La La Land, riding high after sweeping the Golden Globe Awards, and STXs The Bye Bye Man, which earned $14.5 million and $13.4 million, respectively. La…

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Looking For Anti-Trump Protests? Here Are Dozens To Choose From.

A man who bragged about sexually assaulting women, mocked a reporter with a disabilityand invited a foreign adversary to hack the U.S. government will be sworn in next Friday as the 45th president of the United States. You can voice your concern at one of the hundreds of demonstrations planned across the country and around the world in the days surrounding the inauguration. Hundreds of poets are expected to gather…

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Trump promises his Obamacare replacement plan will cover all: Report

(CNN)President-elect Donald Trump is putting the finishing touches on an Obamacare replacement plan that aims to provide “insurance for all,” he told The Washington Post. Also, he will demand that drug companies negotiate directly with Medicare and Medicaid and lower their prices, saying they will no longer be “politically protected.” Trump did not reveal any details of how he’d accomplish this daunting task, noting that he is waiting for his…

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Reality Check: Trump says Atlanta is ‘falling apart’ and ‘crime infested’

Atlanta (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump harshly criticized Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Saturday, tweeting that his district was “in horrible shape and falling apart (and not to mention crime infested) …” Trump’s tweets came in response to Lewis’ comments to NBC News’ Chuck Todd in a taped interview that aired on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” The congressman said, “I don’t see the President-elect as a legitimate president.” He said he thought…

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Beijing’s smog: A tale of two cities

Beijing (CNN)The first thing Jiang Wang does when she wakes up in the morning is check on her daughter to make sure she’s breathing clean air. Next, it’s time to start making breakfast. She’s already made sure all the groceries come from an organic farm. She’ll wash her produce with tap water filtered through a separate treatment system under her sink. But that water isn’t for drinking — there’s imported…

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Mom Shares Emotional Speech Every Parent Hopes To Make For Child Who Didnt Fit In

Weddings are a magical day all about the union of two people. It’s like a birthday, but for a couple! At least that’s what a friend of mine once said. Whatever way you think about it, you can at least agree that they’re tearful about 90% of the time. But hopefully, the happy kind of tears. There are so many overwhelming emotions that will find their way into every single…

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