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4th Circuit Court Ruling Keeps Trump's Travel Ban On Hold

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:23:00 +0000

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President Trump's controversial travel ban should be kept on hold, maintaining a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks key elements of the executive order from being enforced. A 13-judge panel of the court heard arguments over the ban earlier this month . In Thursday's decision, the chief judge writes that the travel ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination." Trump has signed two executive orders restricting travelers from a handful of majority-Muslim countries and putting a temporary moratorium on refugees. The first prompted chaos and was swiftly challenged in court. It was replaced by a second order , which omitted references to religion and explicitly exempted green card holders. That one, too, was promptly challenged in court and its central provisions have never gone into effect. The second executive order — "EO-2," as the court dubbed it — is the one that was under

Do You Know What Red Nose Day Is?

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:19:00 +0000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfec7ma1Xl0 May 25 is Red Nose Day in the United States. And millions of people are probably going, "huh, what?" The short explanation: It's a campaign to raise money to fight child poverty. But how does buying a red foam nose at a drugstore for a buck help the cause? And does this charity with the silly name really do good work? We did some reporting, and here's what we learned. The British charity Comic Relief started Red Nose Day in England in 1985 as a way to raise money to fight child poverty. Why Red Nose Day and not, say, Fight Child Poverty Day? It's hard to get a definitive answer. But it appears the organizers wanted a symbol that would make people laugh. Everyone from the Spice Girls to Hugh Grant have put on red noses to promote the fundraising effort. Red Nose Day is held every two years in the U.K. and has raised $1.4 billion, which is distributed to charities that fight child poverty. Three years ago, the event crossed over to the U.S.,

Food & Dining: Ghee Indian Kitchen

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:14:00 +0000

(5-25-2017) Chef Niven Patel, Chef/Owner of the new restaurant, Ghee Indian Kitchen. The restaurant is located in rapidly developing Downtown Dadeland, the area across Kendall Dr. from the Dadeland shopping mall. He serves Indian home-style dishes that are unusual and not seen in the US. He uses Indian vegetables grown in his own Homestead garden. He also has a water story. His only water source for the restaurant is recovered from the humidity in the restaurant. It makes 150 gallons of water a day. Restaurant news: Matt Meltzer gives his restaurant news Dinner in Minutes: Southwestern Chicken Burgers with Quick Coleslaw – perfect for Memorial Day weekend. It’s also the end of National Burger Month. www.dinnerinminutes.com

Trump's Proposed Budget Would Cut $2.2 Billion From Global Health Spending

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:13:00 +0000

U.S. aid for international family planning would be eliminated. Programs to combat HIV/AIDS in the world's poorest countries would be slashed by 17 percent. Efforts to fight malaria would be chopped by 11 percent. Those are just some of the cuts to global health spending called for by President Trump in the proposed budget he unveiled this week. On one level the reductions did not come as a surprise. Trump had already made clear in his "skinny budget" proposal, released in March, that he wanted to lower spending on foreign assistance by more than a third. Yet advocates for global health programs say they are nonetheless reeling as they pore through this week's more detailed release. "This is an official act of the executive branch. It's not a press release," says Scott Morris, director of the U.S. Development Policy Initiative at the Center for Global Development, a Washington D.C. think tank. He adds that the shock is all the greater in light of longstanding bipartisan support for

Doreen's Deals: "Robo-calls"

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:06:35 +0000

(5-25-2017) Today’s Topical Currents begins with Sun-Sentinel consumer columnist Doreen Christensen, and her mission to quell invasive “robo” calls. She has many tips, which include “googling” your own phone number, and getting smartphone apps to thwart ad calls.

40 Years After 'Star Wars' Error, Newspaper Apologizes To Wookiee Community

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:06:00 +0000

Four decades ago Friday, The Dallas Morning News committed an error so grave, so egregious , that it long remained shrouded in silence — out of a deep sense of shame and self-recrimination that one can only imagine. The paper called Chewbacca a "Wookie." On Thursday, the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars' release, editors nobly faced down the dark truth of their institution's past, publishing a correction: "Our review of the original Star Wars , which appeared in The Dallas Morning News on May 26, 1977, incorrectly referred to Chewbacca as a 'Wookie.' The correct spelling, of course, is 'Wookiee.' We regret the error and apologize to the seven-foot-tall hairy alien biped community." Thank you, Morning News , for offering a model of journalistic rigor and integrity. Which brings us to our own dark past: Roughly seven years ago, we wrote a post about a trend that had hit Twitter at the time. It was a hashtag purporting to reveal the deepest secrets of the Star Wars universe —

As Trump Slams NATO Allies, Obama Defends 'International Order'

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:57:00 +0000

In one of his most high-profile appearances since leaving the White House, former President Obama warned before tens of thousands of young people in Berlin that "the international order is at a crossroads." President Trump was also in Europe, chiding NATO members while in Belgium for not living up to agreed-upon defense-spending levels. Obama delivered an implicit rebuke to Trump's "America First" policy, saying in the modern, interconnected world, "we can't isolate ourselves. We can't hide behind a wall." Despite being largely out of sight since leaving office (aside from appearing in occasional paparazzi photos on billionaires' yachts ), Obama seemed eager to rejoin the debate over globalism that's been shaping elections in the U.S. and Europe. He stressed that an increasingly integrated economic order had delivered unparalleled peace and prosperity to the continent. Of that narrative, he said: "It has to be continually renewed, because there is a competing narrative of fear and

'Mother Of All Landslides' In Big Sur Buries Section Of California's Highway 1

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:39:00 +0000

Skirting California's coastline, Highway 1 offers a popular and dramatic drive through the Big Sur region. On a normal day, a drive along the winding two-lane road gets one's heart pumping with fears of plunging down the hillside. But a weekend landslide has reshaped the coastline and closed part of the route, as a third of a mile of highway is now covered with dirt and rocks at an area called Mud Creek. As you can see in the before-and-after graphic below, where the coast used to form roughly a straight line, it's now a rocky bulge into the Pacific. The slide shut down a 12-mile section of the highway south of Monterey, from Ragged Point to Gorda, Calif., The New York Times reports . The executive director of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Stan Russell, told the newspaper that while residents are used to erosion strewing rubble across the road, "This one, people are referring to as the mother of all landslides." After a five-year drought, California finally got a rainy and snowy

Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:35:00 +0000

NASA's Juno spacecraft has spotted giant cyclones swirling at Jupiter's north and south poles. That's just one of the unexpected and puzzling findings being reported by the Juno science team . Juno arrived at Jupiter last summer. It's the first spacecraft to get a close-up look at the planet's poles. It's in an orbit that takes it skimming close to the cloud tops of the gas giant once every 53 days. After each close pass, the spacecraft sends a trove of data back to Earth. Scientists weren't expecting to see cyclones at the poles. "You point a camera at terra incognita on Jupiter, and 'surprise!' you get a surprise," says Cornell University's Jonathan Lunine , director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science and a member of the Juno science team. Ultimately, scientists will want to understand how these cyclones change over time and whether they form differently in the north and south poles. "But for now, just to sit back and stare at these imagess just a delight to

Why Did The Top Student Aid Official Under Betsy DeVos Resign?

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:26:00 +0000

The sudden resignation of an Obama appointee who oversaw student aid at the U.S. Department of Education has brought forth competing explanations. James Runcie oversaw the Federal Student Aid office, which administers $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study that helps 13 million students pay for college each year. The announcement came a day after the Trump administration called for large cuts to these aid programs. And it happened the same morning that Runcie's boss, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, was testifying about those cuts on Capitol Hill. "I cannot in good conscience continue to be accountable as Chief Operating Officer given the risk associated with the current environment at the Department," Runcie wrote in his resignation memo , which was confirmed by NPR. Reaction to his departure split along partisan lines. Statements by DeVos' office, as well as Republicans in Congress, pointed to recurring allegations of financial mismanagement against the FSA, going back to at

Many Adults Don't Think Exposure To Vaping Is Bad For Kids

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:11:00 +0000

Despite the toxic ingredients commonly found in e-cigarettes and other vaping products, many adults don't think secondhand e-cigarette aerosol poses a risk to children, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one-third of adults surveyed didn't know if secondhand aerosol caused harm to children, and 40 percent of the adults said this kind of exposure caused "little" or "some" harm to children. The newness of these products, promotion by the industry and the lack of regulation contribute to the knowledge gap, says Dr. Brian King, one of the study 's authors and the deputy director for research translation at the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. "We didn't really see the use of these products increase among adults or youth until around 2011 or 2012," King says. "They're heavily promoted, and frequently the inherent risks of using these products, particularly among youth, is not included in that promotion." Nicotine, heavy

Google A.I. Clinches Series Against Humanity's Last, Best Hope To Win At Go

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:13:00 +0000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U1p4Mwis60 Sure, it's not the singularity (yet) — but it is a rather singular achievement. AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence program developed by Google's DeepMind lab, did not even need a third game to display its dominance over the world's best (human) Go player. On Thursday the A.I. defeated Ke Jie in Wuzhen, China, repeating its victory of two days ago and clinching a best-of-three series against the 19-year-old wunderkind. Ke has one more chance to redeem himself, on Saturday, though if the first two matches are any indication, is chances don't look good. That's not to cast aspersions on Ke's play. Quite the opposite, in fact. In a blog post Thursday, DeepMind called the match "a stunning work of art." "According to AlphaGo's estimation of the match, the programme assessed the first 50 moves as virtually perfect," the post read, "and the first 100 moves were the finest anyone has ever played against the Master version of AlphaGo." Yet it was not

Confronting the Legacy of Racism in America

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:03:00 +0000

Lynching is back in America’s headlines. Thats how a recent op-ed in The Guardian put it, alluding to the killing of Richard Collins III , a black college student and newly commissioned Army lieutenant who was stabbed to death last week on the campus of the University of Maryland. Officials are investigating the fatal stabbing as a possible hate crime . Sean Urbanski, the University of Maryland student charged with killing Collins, was a member of the white supremacist Facebook group, Alt-Reich: Nation. The killing has echoes of past racial crimes, and it has many Americans asking: How does this still happen in 2017? Ibram X. Kendi looks to the nations violent past for answers. Hes the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016. GUESTS Brakkton Booker , Reporter, WAMU Ibram X. Kendi , Professor of African American History, the University of Florida; author of Stamped from the

NOAA Predicts 'Above-Normal' Activity In Atlantic Hurricane Season

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:23:00 +0000

The Atlantic hurricane season could see between two and four major hurricanes in 2017, according to the latest forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. There's only a 20 percent chance that this season will be less active than normal, the agency says. The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1, but one named storm, Arlene, already hit land last month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it expects between 11 and 17 named storms (with sustained winds of 39 mph or higher), and from five to nine hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher) this season. "The season could be comparable to last year, which was the most active since 2012 with 15 named storms," said Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. The Atlantic season runs through Nov. 1. Toward the end of the 2016 hurricane season, a powerful storm, Hurricane Matthew, reached Category 5 status and brought destruction and flooding to an area that ranged

How Gen. Michael Flynn Became A Central Figure In The Russia Hacking Scandal

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:16:00 +0000

Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Late in the day yesterday, The New York Times broke a story reporting that American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over candidate Donald Trump through his advisers. My guest, Matthew Rosenberg, is one of the three reporters who wrote that story. Rosenberg covers intelligence and national security for the Times and has been covering the investigations into General Michael Flynn and his communications with and payments from Russia. Flynn was part of the Trump campaign and was appointed President Trump's national security adviser. He was forced to resign after 25 days because of his undisclosed communications with Russian officials. Rosenberg knows Flynn from Afghanistan when Rosenberg was reporting there and Flynn was the military intelligence chief there.

British Police Decry Apparent U.S. Leaks Of Manchester Attack Evidence

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:18:00 +0000

Police in Manchester, England, have reportedly decided to stop sharing some intelligence with the U.S. after details from their ongoing terrorism investigation were apparently leaked to the American press. President Trump pledged that the source of the leaks will be identified. Trump said in a statement that he has directed the Department of Justice to open an investigation — and that "if appropriate," the person responsible will be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." The investigation into the Monday night bombing at an Ariana Grande concert, which killed at least 22 people, has resulted in multiple arrests. While a number of media outlets are reporting that the Greater Manchester Police will no longer share information about the investigation with U.S. intelligence experts, other forms of cooperation between the two countries will continue, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports from London. But one thing is very clear: U.K. officials are upset about the leaks, which they blame on U

Ahead of meeting with NATO, leaders question Trump's intentions

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:01:37 +0000

Candidate Donald Trump called NATO “obsolete,” demanded allies step up their defense spending and threatened to back out of the alliance. President Trump has since walked back his remarks. He’s meeting with NATO leaders for the first time in Brussels on Thursday, and some member countries are still bracing for another unexpected pivot from a man who’s become known for his impulsive comments and decision-making. The World sat down with Ivo Daalder, former US Ambassador to NATO (2009-2013), for his take on what to expect. What President Trump wants from NATO Trump wants increased defense spending from what he views as freeloading NATO countries and a greater commitment to fighting terrorism. His call for allies to do more isn’t exactly unique, Daalder says. “Every president comes to Europe and says ‘unless there is a real willingness to start paying for defense, our ability to convince the American public to continue the support of NATO is going to be undermined, or at least become

Patient, Doctor Groups Say New CBO Score Reveals Health Care Bill's Flaws

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:23:00 +0000

Health care groups that represent doctors and patients are warning members of Congress that the House Republicans' plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would hurt people who need insurance most. The groups are responding to the latest assessment by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which concluded that the proposed American Health Care Act would leave 23 million more people without health insurance than under current law and would cut the deficit by $119 billion over 10 years. The latest CBO analysis came after House Republicans made changes to the bill earlier this month to try to ensure that people with pre-existing medical conditions can still get insurance. "Last-minute changes to the AHCA made by the House offered no real improvements," said Andrew Gurman, president of the American Medical Association , in a statement. "Millions of Americans will become uninsured --with low-income families on Medicaid being hit the hardest." Those concerns were echoed by group after

'Playboy' Model Sentenced Over Body-Shaming Woman At Gym

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:04:00 +0000

Model Dani Mathers, whose haughty posting of a photo of a naked woman at her gym sparked outrage last summer, will be punished by spending a month removing graffiti in Los Angeles. Mathers pleaded no contest to a charge of invading the 70-year-old woman's privacy. "The issues that surround body shaming can be devastating," Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said, "not only to daughters and mothers, but also to sons and fathers, members of the LGBTQ community, to a trans kid who might be struggling with identity, to people who are disabled. The message today is clear: Body shaming is not tolerated in the city of Los Angeles." Mathers, 30, was Playboy 's 2015 Playmate of the Year. She was banned by the LA Fitness health club chain for surreptitiously taking a photo of a woman in a shower area and publishing it along with the caption, "If I can't unsee this then you can't either." When it announced the ban, LA Fitness called Mathers' behavior "appalling." Saying it had revoked her

Trump Avoids Major Slips On International Religious Tour

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:54:00 +0000

By heading straight to the homelands of Islam, Judaism and Christianity on his first presidential trip, Donald Trump took a major risk. The possibility of offending his hosts somewhere along the way with an ill-considered tweet or offhand remark loomed large. Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican are places where appearances matter and words must be chosen carefully. "This was a kabuki dance through a minefield," said Chris Seiple, who has written extensively on religion and foreign policy. "Any president would have difficulty handling it, given all the different perspectives and all the ways it could go wrong." During his presidential campaign, Trump angered many Muslims by saying he thinks that "Islam hates us" and by calling for a ban on Muslim immigration. Some Jewish leaders saw signs of anti-Semitism in his campaign imagery and in the comments of some of his aides and followers. Pope Francis suggested that anyone who called for the construction of a border wall to deter