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Brian Hansen qualifies for third Olympic speedskating team

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brian Hansen qualified for his third Olympic team with a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. speedskating trials. The 2010 silver medalist had a time of 1 minute, 46.64 seconds Saturday night. Joey Mantia won the 3 3/4-lap rac

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein fails to receive endorsement from California Democrats

As Feinstein seeks reelection, her state's party sided with a progressive candidate, but neither won the support
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein fails to receive endorsement from California Democrats

As Feinstein seeks reelection, her state's party sided with a progressive candidate, but neither won the support

Showing its love of coal miners, Trump regime seeks rule change to kill more of them from black lung

In 1881, H.A. Lemen, a professor of medicine at Denver University and president of the Colorado Medical Society, presented a paper at the society’s annual meeting. In it, according to Alan Derickson, he reflected on his examination of a man who, after 30 ye
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Showing its love of coal miners, Trump regime seeks rule change to kill more of them from black lung

In 1881, H.A. Lemen, a professor of medicine at Denver University and president of the Colorado Medical Society, presented a paper at the society’s annual meeting. In it, according to Alan Derickson, he reflected on his examination of a man who, after 30 years mining coal in Scotland, England, and Pennsylvania, had contracted an unspecified respiratory disease. Among the symptoms were a “harassing cough” and the spitting of up to a pint a day of a black fluid with a “decidely inky appearance.” Dr. Lemen wrote:  “The sentence I am reading was written with this fluid. The pen used has never been in ink.”  ••• ••• Coal has always been a killer. The Trump regime has nevertheless launched yet another effort to undermine an Obama-era rule designed to reduce that killing. This time, the target is the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s landmark respirable dust rule. It cuts the mandated level of allowable dust in coal mines by 25 percent. If, after MSHA review, the rule is gutted, there will be no end to an ongoing surge in black lung cases. And that means thousands more miners will die a ghastly death. My grandfather died that way four decades ago. The duplicity of Donald Trump is scarcely news to anyone. A year ago this month, while signing a roll-back of another rule—this one imposed to protect streams from coal pollution—he told a small group of miners: «We’re going to fight for you like I promised I would in the campaign. And you were very good to me, and I’m going to be even better to you, I promise you that.» The White House grifter’s trawling for support from coal miners is particularly grotesque given his willingness to trash health and safety regulations and slash the budgets to enforce them. Allowing miners to suck more dust particles into their lungs is “even better to” them how?  Inhaled, those particles—coal dust often mixed with rock dust—can cause black lung, known formally as pneumoconiosis, which gradually destroys the afflicted person’s ability to breathe. The reaping is particularly grim. In its worst form, black lung develops into “complicated pneumonconiosis,” or progressive massive fibrosis (PMF).  A slide from a presentation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows the progression from a healthy lung to advanced black lung disease. 

Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian attack on heavy water that deprived the Nazis of the atomic bomb

Feb. 28 marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Gunnerside and the memory of this successful mission remains strong
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Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian attack on heavy water that deprived the Nazis of the atomic bomb

Feb. 28 marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Gunnerside and the memory of this successful mission remains strong

Scott Pruitt says he's doing God's work by ignoring climate change and repealing Clean Power Act

The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) has the heartwarming story of how EPA chief Scott Pruitt was spoken to by the Almighty Himself, in deciding to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Act. Pruitt believes God commands us to take care of the environment
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Scott Pruitt says he's doing God's work by ignoring climate change and repealing Clean Power Act

The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) has the heartwarming story of how EPA chief Scott Pruitt was spoken to by the Almighty Himself, in deciding to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Act. Pruitt believes God commands us to take care of the environment and that also means to use what He has provided. «The biblical world view with respect to these issues is that we have a responsibility to manage and cultivate, harvest the natural resources that we've been blessed with to truly bless our fellow mankind.» Which is why, when asked about climate change, he has this to say: As for climate change or global warming, the 'environmental left' labels Pruitt a science denier. «Truly and clearly, the climate changes,» Pruitt acknowledges. This is an interesting “reason” for how Scott Pruitt acts in his positions of power. I guess all of those earthquakes in Oklahoma, tied to the oil and gas industry’s unregulated handling of their fracking operations was God’s way of giving Oklahoma the “thumbs up” sign? It clearly was because as the state’s attorney general during that time, Pruitt has shown himself to be a private-jet loving oily and gassy man. The good news is that Pruitt has been called to his leadership positions by the scripture! «It was actually Isaiah chapter one that I was reading through at that time that really spoke to my heart,» he continued. «Specifically, in the latter part of chapter one where God says to Israel, 'I will restore your leaders as in the days of old, your judges as at the beginning.' And there was just a desire that welled up in me to say, 'I want to be like those leaders that we had at our founding, at the inception of our country.'»

Despite its low cost to taxpayers, Trump’s budget eliminates the Marine Mammal Commission

A protection program which costs taxpayers just 1 cent a year would be one of the casualties of Trump's budget
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Despite its low cost to taxpayers, Trump’s budget eliminates the Marine Mammal Commission

A protection program which costs taxpayers just 1 cent a year would be one of the casualties of Trump's budget

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Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus trade-in: Get up to $350 back for your old phone - CNET

If you're interested in getting the new Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus, Samsung can give you cash back for your old phone.
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Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus trade-in: Get up to $350 back for your old phone - CNET

If you're interested in getting the new Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus, Samsung can give you cash back for your old phone.

Co-brandings with e-tailers not up to expectation: SBI chief

SBI chairman said that despite availability of technology at the bank the volumes were not high as sometimes these e-commerce players themselves provide funds to their lenders, which affects the volumes for the banks.
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Co-brandings with e-tailers not up to expectation: SBI chief

SBI chairman said that despite availability of technology at the bank the volumes were not high as sometimes these e-commerce players themselves provide funds to their lenders, which affects the volumes for the banks.

Reliance inks MoUs with AP govt for Rs 52,000-cr investment

The Memorandum of Understandings were a follow-up action to the meeting Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani had with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati on February 13.
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Reliance inks MoUs with AP govt for Rs 52,000-cr investment

The Memorandum of Understandings were a follow-up action to the meeting Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani had with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati on February 13.

India Gas Solutions signs MoU with AP to create marketing infra for natural gas

India Gas Solutions is a 50:50 joint venture company of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and BP International Limited (BP) in the business of marketing gas and LNG in India.
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India Gas Solutions signs MoU with AP to create marketing infra for natural gas

India Gas Solutions is a 50:50 joint venture company of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and BP International Limited (BP) in the business of marketing gas and LNG in India.

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Samsung’s DeX docking station gets revamped, turning a smartphone into a trackpad

 If you were having any doubts about Samsung’s commitment to its DeX, consider them assuaged. The company introduced its smartphone docking hardware with the Galaxy S8 and has talked up a new version for every big phone release since then — a
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Samsung’s DeX docking station gets revamped, turning a smartphone into a trackpad

 If you were having any doubts about Samsung’s commitment to its DeX, consider them assuaged. The company introduced its smartphone docking hardware with the Galaxy S8 and has talked up a new version for every big phone release since then — and today’s big Galaxy S9 reveal is no different. We were pretty lukewarm on the idea — or at least skeptical of how big a niche such… Read More

A ‘Black Panther’ moment

 This week we’re bringing you a special edition of CTRL+T, the podcast that examines TechCrunch stories through a cultural lens. You might have heard that Marvel released a film called Black Panther last week and it saw near-record crowds descend
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A ‘Black Panther’ moment

 This week we’re bringing you a special edition of CTRL+T, the podcast that examines TechCrunch stories through a cultural lens. You might have heard that Marvel released a film called Black Panther last week and it saw near-record crowds descend on theaters all over the world. The CTRL+T podcast team was among them. We headed to Oakland on an unseasonably cold-for-California evening… Read More

Samsung’s AR Emoji taps creepy avatars and Disney characters to compete with Animoji

 We’ve known for a while that Samsung’s been planning an Animoji competitor for its latest handset. Now that we’ve actually seen (the admittedly clunkily named) AR Emoji in action, we can testify to the fact that it’s some combina
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Samsung’s AR Emoji taps creepy avatars and Disney characters to compete with Animoji

 We’ve known for a while that Samsung’s been planning an Animoji competitor for its latest handset. Now that we’ve actually seen (the admittedly clunkily named) AR Emoji in action, we can testify to the fact that it’s some combination of compelling and creepy. That last part first. Like the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9 takes advantage of its on-board face scanning technology… Read More

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 wants to turn the camera into a new home screen

 The Galaxy S8 and S8+ already had one of the better smartphone cameras in the industry, and the Galaxy S9 and S9+ both seem to be top contenders to secure Samsung a place among the best options out there in 2018, too. But the most interesting thing abou
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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 wants to turn the camera into a new home screen

 The Galaxy S8 and S8+ already had one of the better smartphone cameras in the industry, and the Galaxy S9 and S9+ both seem to be top contenders to secure Samsung a place among the best options out there in 2018, too. But the most interesting thing about the camera might just be how central it is to the S9 and its launch. A home away from home(screen) Samsung is fully aware that people spend a… Read More

The Samsung Galaxy S9 arrives March 16 for $720, with AR emojis, real-time translation and a better camera

 Samsung didn’t leave too much up to the imagination this time out. The hardware giant took a little wind out of its own sails back at CES when it announced it would be launching its latest flagship sometime this month. And then, of course, the inv
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The Samsung Galaxy S9 arrives March 16 for $720, with AR emojis, real-time translation and a better camera

 Samsung didn’t leave too much up to the imagination this time out. The hardware giant took a little wind out of its own sails back at CES when it announced it would be launching its latest flagship sometime this month. And then, of course, the invites went out, bearing a giant number “9.” Read More

With the Galaxy S9, Samsung put the fingerprint sensor where it belongs

 The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a beautiful phone with a critical flaw. The fingerprint sensor is in the wrong damn spot. A phone is only as good as its usability and, to me, the S8 is crippled with its fingerprint sensor located off center. It drives me mad b
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With the Galaxy S9, Samsung put the fingerprint sensor where it belongs

 The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a beautiful phone with a critical flaw. The fingerprint sensor is in the wrong damn spot. A phone is only as good as its usability and, to me, the S8 is crippled with its fingerprint sensor located off center. It drives me mad but Samsung finally righted the wrong with the S9. Samsung just announced the latest Galaxy phone and we spent some time with it. It’s… Read More

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Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

BOSTON (AP) - One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in c
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Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

BOSTON (AP) - One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead. And in what could be a new ...

Hard Rock casino to flood Atlantic City with live music

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's newest casino promises to flood the city with live music. The music-themed Hard Rock casino opening this summer promises to become an East Coast musical mecca, with over 200 nights of live music in its first year. Th
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Hard Rock casino to flood Atlantic City with live music

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's newest casino promises to flood the city with live music. The music-themed Hard Rock casino opening this summer promises to become an East Coast musical mecca, with over 200 nights of live music in its first year. The global gambling, entertainment and resort ...

Indianapolis children's museum, Salvation Army settle suit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has agreed to buy the Salvation Army's state headquarters in a deal settling a lawsuit over a museum expansion project. The dispute between the neighbors stemmed from the museum's $38.5 million sports
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Indianapolis children's museum, Salvation Army settle suit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has agreed to buy the Salvation Army's state headquarters in a deal settling a lawsuit over a museum expansion project. The dispute between the neighbors stemmed from the museum's $38.5 million sports park project that is set to open March 17. Salvation ...

Michigan artist creates border crossing robotic sculpture

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - An artist at the University of Michigan has created a 40-foot robotic sculpture that explores the idea of borders and boundary conditions. Chico MacMurtrie unveiled the «Border Crossers» statue outside the university's Muse
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Michigan artist creates border crossing robotic sculpture

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - An artist at the University of Michigan has created a 40-foot robotic sculpture that explores the idea of borders and boundary conditions. Chico MacMurtrie unveiled the «Border Crossers» statue outside the university's Museum of Art on Feb. 16, the Ann Arbor News reported. The robot ...

Harriet Tubman national park visitors shatter projections

CHURCH CREEK, Md. (AP) - Harriet Tubman looked north in 1849 and, seeing freedom, fled the Eastern Shore of Maryland and its system of human bondage. What separates her from many other self-liberating slaves of the time was that she looked back. Tubman return
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Harriet Tubman national park visitors shatter projections

CHURCH CREEK, Md. (AP) - Harriet Tubman looked north in 1849 and, seeing freedom, fled the Eastern Shore of Maryland and its system of human bondage. What separates her from many other self-liberating slaves of the time was that she looked back. Tubman returned a dozen times or more, ferrying ...

A 13-year-old dies after falling from a cliff in French Alps

PARIS (AP) - French authorities say a 13-year-old boy has died after falling from a cliff in the French Alps while his 10-year-old brother survived. The local gendarmerie said overnight searches by about 30 police and mountain rescue officers led to discoveri
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A 13-year-old dies after falling from a cliff in French Alps

PARIS (AP) - French authorities say a 13-year-old boy has died after falling from a cliff in the French Alps while his 10-year-old brother survived. The local gendarmerie said overnight searches by about 30 police and mountain rescue officers led to discovering the children early Sunday at the foot of ...

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Stan Van Gundy slams NCAA, says they don’t care about athletes

It’s safe to say Stan Van Gundy isn’t a big fan of the NCAA.The Detroit Pistons head coach did not hold back on Sunday, calling the organization “the worst” in sports. Van Gundy went further talking about the NBA one-and-done rule. It’s safe to say
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Stan Van Gundy slams NCAA, says they don’t care about athletes

It’s safe to say Stan Van Gundy isn’t a big fan of the NCAA.The Detroit Pistons head coach did not hold back on Sunday, calling the organization “the worst” in sports. Van Gundy went further talking about the NBA one-and-done rule. It’s safe to say he’s not a fan. It’s safe to say a lot of people aren’t happy with the NCAA right now, but Van Gundy’s comments are next level. They’re hard to argue with, too. With each passing day, it’s tougher and tougher to argue that the NCAA has the best interests of anyone but themselves in mind — and not many people have been arguing anything to the contrary for a while.

Bruce Pearl signed Florida fan’s funny poster after loss

Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl has always been known for having a great reputation with fans dating back to his days with Tennessee, and that connection is apparently not limited to those who cheer on the Tigers.Before Saturday’s game against Florida,
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Bruce Pearl signed Florida fan’s funny poster after loss

Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl has always been known for having a great reputation with fans dating back to his days with Tennessee, and that connection is apparently not limited to those who cheer on the Tigers.Before Saturday’s game against Florida, someone snapped a photo of Pearl lounging poolside at a hotel in Gainesville. Of course, one Gators fan jumped all over the opportunity to blow the photo up and bring shirtless Bruce Pearl with him to the O’Connell Center. That fan probably didn’t expect Pearl to be such a good sport about it. Pearl’s No. 12-ranked Tigers lost the game, so you have to give him credit for taking that in stride even after a tough day. Now, if he had signed one of those dollar bills that Florida fans dropped on Auburn players to heckle them, that would really be something.

Brewers, Nationals, others still in on free agent pitching

Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are still free agents. But their market is starting to heat up again, according to Jon Morosi. In fact, up to six teams – including the Brewers and Nationals – are monitoring their status. The Nationals are favorite
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Brewers, Nationals, others still in on free agent pitching

Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are still free agents. But their market is starting to heat up again, according to Jon Morosi. In fact, up to six teams – including the Brewers and Nationals – are monitoring their status. The Nationals are favorites to take the NL East again this season while the Brewers look to build on their surprise 86-win season. But losing the Yu Darvish sweepstakes to division-rival Chicago hurts.That’s why the Brewers still find themselves in on the others. After adding Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain within 30 minutes of each other back in January, Milwaukee definitely boasts a depth-filled outfield. But it’s their starting rotation that still needs work. Jimmy Nelson is not going to be the same upon his return. Then after Chase Anderson and Zach Davies, it’s all up in the air. Jhoulys Chacín is a solid 4-5 option, but that’s probably his peak.Morosi elaborates on the interest:“The issue isn’t a lack of interest. One source said Saturday night that the Brewers, Yankees, Philli

Mirai Nagasu apologizes for controversial remarks

U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu apologized for a set of comments she made after her singles event that apparently came off the wrong way.Nagasu credited herself, saying she “saved” the U.S. in the team event to win a bronze medal, while adding that she tr
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Mirai Nagasu apologizes for controversial remarks

U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu apologized for a set of comments she made after her singles event that apparently came off the wrong way.Nagasu credited herself, saying she “saved” the U.S. in the team event to win a bronze medal, while adding that she treated her free skate as an audition for Dancing With the Stars. Many were unimpressed with this conduct, viewing her as discrediting her teammates, making excuses for a 10th place finish, and showing a lack of focus in a major Olympic event.On Saturday, a tearful Nagasu apologized for her remarks.“I feel really, really awful about the things I said,” Nagasu told Adam Carlson of People on Saturday. “I feel bad that people think that I was throwing my teammates under the bus because I never wanted to come off that way.“I had my dream Olympic skate [in the team event] and to me, I’ve been dreaming of that moment for such a long time, it made me feel like a superhero and superheroes save the day. And I wish I had said that we were all superheroes during the team

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