Senate readies for impeachment mayhem

Washington (CNN)A Democratic document dump on the eve of an expected House vote to finally send articles of impeachment to the Senate is supercharging the party’s demands for witnesses at President Donald Trump’s soon-to-begin trial. The chairs of the House Intelligence, Oversight, Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees said the new evidence confirmed that Trump and associates had “pressured Ukrainian officials to announce investigations that would benefit the President politically.” “There cannot be a full and fair trial in the Senate without the documents that President Trump is refusing to provide to Congress,” the chairmen said in a statement. Ever since…

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The Doomsday Clock Moves Closer Than Ever to Midnight

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists As far as the Bulletin and the Doomsday Clock are concerned, the world has entered into the realm of the two-minute warning, a period when danger is high and the margin for error low. The moment demands attention and new, creative responses. If decision makers continue to fail to act—pretending that being inside two minutes is no more urgent than the preceding period—citizens around the world should rightfully echo the words of climate activist Greta Thunberg and ask: "How dare you?" Before 2017, the clock had not been at that mark since 1953—the year…

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Mom of missing Idaho children lied to witnesses, won’t cooperate with police, investigators say

Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, are being sought by police in Rexberg, Idaho.  (Rexburg Police Department) Police said they  “strongly believe” the children’s lives may be in danger. Lori and Chad Daybell, 46 and 51 respectively, are believed to be part of a doomsday cult. Chad Daybell is a self-proclaimed Latter-day Saint author known for his books detailing the end of the world. The couple is affiliated with Preparing with People, a group that says its mission is to “help prepare the people of this earth for the second coming of Jesus Christ,” the news outlet reported. Lori Daybell’s former husband, Charles Vallow, was…

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Kid-focused STEM device startup Kano sees layoffs as it puts Disney e-device on ice

London-based STEM device maker Kano has confirmed it’s cutting a number of jobs which it claims is part of a restructuring effort to shift focus to “educational computing”. The job cuts — from 65 to 50 staff — were reported earlier by The Telegraph. Kano founder Alex Klein confirmed in a call with TechCrunch that Kano will have 50 staff going into next year. Although he said the kid-focused learn to code device business is also adding jobs in engineering and design, as well as eliminating other roles as it shifts focus. He also suggested some of the cuts are…

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Two Canadians got caught in a spat between the US and China. They’ve been in prison for a year

Hong Kong (CNN)In October 2018, Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, warned that US-China ties “have deteriorated to their worst point” since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Meng is accused of violating US sanctions against Iran. China’s detention of the two Canadians, who have been accused of sharing “state secrets and intelligence” with “foreign entities,” has been viewed by many as retaliation. Meng’s detention — which came amid an escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington — sent Chinese-Canadian relations plummeting to a point they have struggled to recover from. With the Huawei CFO looking no closer to release, many…

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Here Are 50 Ways To Spend Your Weekend If Youre Bored, Lonely, And Restless

By Hatice Yardım These hobbies from Ask Reddit are perfect for spicing up boring weekends. By Hatice Yardım 1. Soap carving allows you to create delicate art easily, all you need is a bar of soap and a soap carving knife (you can get one for cheap). 2. Magnet fishing, just need a big magnet tied to a length of rope and a river or lake to fish in. 3. Starter supplies for cross stitching cost about $10 and it takes less than half an hour to understand the basics. 4. Cardistry and card tricks. Buy a few decks of…

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Supreme Court set to hear arguments on DACA

(CNN)The fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children will be on the line Tuesday, when the Supreme Court hears arguments on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Immigrant advocates and DACA recipients from across the country have descended on the steps of the Supreme Court Tuesday morning. Under gloomy, cold weather, people donned ponchos and waited in line to get a chance to briefly watch the arguments when they begin at 10 a.m. ET. One of the plantiffs in the case, Antonio, was first in line in front of…

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Humans can land on Mars by 2035, NASA chief says

This October 2019 photo made available by NASA shows InSight’s heat probe digging into the surface of Mars. On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, NASA says the drilling device has penetrated three-quarters of an inch (2 centimeters) over the past week, after hitting a snag seven months ago. While just a baby step, scientists are thrilled with the progress. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP) In April, Bridenstine said before lawmakers that NASA astronauts could be on the Red Planet by 2033, pushing up the timeframe, Fox 2 previously reported. “We can move up the Mars landing by moving up the moon landing (to…

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LinkedIns degree problem

A couple of years ago, the co-founder and CEO of a blood-testing company was publicly taken to task for implying in articles and professional profiles that he has a PhD, when, in reality, he’d left a prestigious graduate group three years after enrolling, without a degree. The CEO is hardly alone in intentionally or otherwise sowing confusion around his credentials, however. Over the years, we’ve mistakenly believed that a number of founders have obtained specific college degrees based on their LinkedIn bio, only to learn offline that they enrolled for some period of time in a particular program that they…

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Wreck of Japanese aircraft carrier sunk in Battle of Midway discovered 77 years later

A starboard side gun on the Kaga wreck. (Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc.) The Kaga is one of four Japanese aircraft carriers that took part in the Battle of Midway, June 4-7, 1942. All four of the carriers, along with the Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma, were sunk in the battle, marking a pivotal victory for the U.S. Navy. After the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Japan hoped to deal another major blow to the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Midway. However, U.S. codebreakers were able to get details of the Japanese plan, and the Navy prepared its own ambush.…

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