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Researchers Hopeful New Treatment Leads To HIV Cure
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
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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Scientists Make Great Leap Forward in Treatment of Toxoplasmosis
Researchers say a new experimental model for the bacteria Toxoplasma gondii, which causes toxoplasmosis, may lead to treatment for the infection and could help with research on other diseases. In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the United States, England and France outlined methods for better research into the bacteria. Using an experimental model, researchers identified targets critical to T. gondii's life cycle, allowing them to develop compounds that limit the bug's ability to survive and may be able to cross the blood-brain barrier to allow treatment of central nervous system infections. More than 2 billion people around the world are estimated to be infected. Toxoplasmosis is an incurable brain infection. It is generally not life-threatening. However, it can damage the sight of millions who have it, threatens the health of infants and children, and can cause significant health issues for people with AIDS or cancer whose immune systems are compromised. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/07/19/Scientists-detail-best-method-to-treat-toxoplasmosis/5991468870778/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Goldman Sachs Limits Interns to 17 Hour Workdays
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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'Phantom Limb' Pain Can Be Relieved Through Brain Training
People who undergo an amputation often experience pain and sensation from the limb that's no longer there. It's a phenomenon doctors call "phantom limb pain." But now, researchers say they've figured out a way to rewire the brain and reduce pain coming from a phantom limb. According to a new study, the technique essentially involves distracting the brain from mixed signals it may receive as a result of losing the limb. According to UPI, the research team used a brain-machine interface to decode the neural activity of the mental action needed for a patient to move their "phantom" hand, then linked those signals to a robot prosthetic limb. Patients experienced an increase in phantom pain if they tried to control the prosthetic arm by willing the movement of their missing arm. But patients' phantom pain decreased if they were trained to move the robot arm using the "wrong" side of the brain. For example, researchers said patients missing the left arm experienced reduced pain if they moved the prosthetic arm through neural signals associated with their right arm. Study co-author Ben Seymour says he hopes this research will provide an alternative to painkillers for people experiencing phantom limb pain. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/10/27/Brain-training-may-curb-phantom-limb-pain/4131477600155/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Barack Obama Joins Malia and Sasha in New York for Some Father-daughter Time
It’s inevitable: At some point, teenage kids just aren’t that into their parents any more. President Barack Obama, parent to two teenage daughters, set out to combat that trend by hanging out with his girls in New York for the weekend. The trio, plus some of the girls’ friends, seemed intent on packing a lot into their 24 hours together in the city. But no one was out of the hotel door too early on a rainy Saturday morning after zigzagging around Manhattan in dad’s motorcade into the wee hours on Friday night. A Saturday afternoon Broadway matinee was in the offing, believed to be Hamilton, the hit hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/18/barack-obama-malia-sasha-new-york-father-daughter-time http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Nascar Driver Tony Stewart Sued One Year After Fatal Crash
The family of a young driver who was struck and killed by Tony Stewart’s car on an upstate New York sprint racing track last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Nascar star. The lawsuit was filed on Friday, as Stewart returned to Watkins Glen International on the one-year anniversary of the fatal crash. The lawsuit accuses Stewart of gross negligence, saying he gunned his engine and put his car into a skid as 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr walked on to the track after a crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on 9 August 2014. The car struck Ward, and he was killed. A grand jury declined to indict Stewart, who at the time called it “100% an accident”. There was no comment from Stewart, who was with his crew in the garage before a final practice on Friday afternoon. Stewart-Haas Racing, the Nascar Sprint Cup team Stewart co-owns, also declined comment. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/aug/08/nascar-driver-tony-stewart-wrongful-death-lawsuit http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Why Did Jamie Lee Curtis Return To Halloween
The reason Jamie Lee Curtis had to return to the Halloween franchise is very simple, according to director David Gordon Green. http://screenrant.com/halloween-2018-jamie-lee-curtis-director/ 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
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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New Bio-Plastic Invented In Indonesia, Completely Biodegradable & Non-Toxic
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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Joe Biden Attends Son Beau Biden's Emotional Funeral
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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2017 Hurricane Season May Be The Worst In History
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been relentless. Storm after storm has formed, pelting the Caribbean, US, and Mexico with relentless rains, punishing winds, and dangerous storm surge. This year has seen 13 named storms so far (the designation tropical storms get when their winds exceed 39 mph), making it an "extremely active" year according to the National Hurricane Center. Storms are classified as hurricanes when their sustained winds surpass 74 mph — that has happened seven times in 2017 so far. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Jose have received the most attention so far, as they had the most significant impacts on populated areas. But the season doesn't end until November, so more storms are likely to arise. This interactive graphic shows where the six worst Atlantic hurricanes so far this year went and what damage they caused (the seventh, Gert, didn't affect any land). Click through to get a fuller picture of how intense this season has been. The first hurricane of the Atlantic season, Franklin made landfall as a Category 1 storm on August 10 in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Its 85-mph maximum sustained winds quickly dissipated over the mountainous, sparsely populated region. Rainfall totals reached 8 to 11 inches, and the storm surge crested 4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast. Hurricane Harvey’s widespread devastation came primarily from its torrential rains. The Category 4 storm made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, lashing the coast with 130-mph maximum winds. The storm then lost intensity and crawled across the state for three days before going back into the Gulf of Mexico, sucking up more moisture, and making a second landfall as a tropical storm near the Louisiana border. Harvey dumped over 4 feet of rain on Houston and the surrounding areas, making the storm the worst rainfall disaster in US history. At least 82 people died, most of them trying to escape floodwaters. Experts estimate the storm could cost around $100 billion. Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history. At its strongest, the storm's wind speeds hovered around 185 mph, with gusts of more than 215 mph. The Category 5 storm started battering the southern and western Caribbean islands on September 6, before crossing Cuba and the Bahamas. It made landfall in Florida on September 10 as a Category 4. The storm demolished most buildings on Barbuda and St. Martin, cut off communications on many islands, and left millions without power throughout the Caribbean, Florida, and Georgia. At least 61 people died — 38 in the Caribbean and 23 in the US. Irma caused billions of dollars of damage in the Caribbean, and could cost the US $50 billion. Hurricane Katia was a short-lived storm that made landfall in the middle of Mexico’s Gulf Coast on September 8 as a Category 1 storm. Katia died down to a tropical depression the next day as it interacted with Mexico’s mountainous terrain. The storm brought heavy rains, dumping 10 to 15 inches on northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla. Two people were killed in a mudslide. Hurricane Jose — a Category 4 storm at its strongest — first appeared to be following in Hurricane Irma’s wake. But it turned north and headed up the US East Coast, bringing heavy rain, dangerous surf, and tropical storm-force windsfrom Georgia to New England. Jose came close to the Leeward Islands on September 9 and got nearMassachusetts on September 20, but never made landfall — a welcome relief in an unusually busy hurricane season. Hurricane Maria devastated many of the same islands that Irma had hit just a couple weeks prior.http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-hurricane-maria-irma-jose-harvey-katia-franklin-damage-florida-puerto-rico-caribbean-2017-9 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Philadelphia Apologizes to Baseball Great Jackie Robinson
The city of Philadelphia officially offered an apology this week to Jackie Robinson for the shameful way he was treated in the City of Brotherly Love during his famous baseball career. The City Council passed a resolution on Thursday naming April 15 as a day to honor Robinson’s achievements and to apologize for the racism he faced while visiting Philadelphia in the 1940s. As baseball fans and historians know, April 15 is the day Robinson broke baseball's color barrier by becoming the first black player in the sport. In Philadelphia, Robinson was famously taunted by manager Ben Chapman, who, along with Phillies players, hurled racial slurs at Robinson each time he came to bat during the 1947 season. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/mar/31/philadelphia-apology-jackie-robinson-racism-dodgers 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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US Drug Overdose Hit All Time High
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, deaths from drug overdoses reached an all-time high in 2014. Deaths from overdoses of prescription drugs and heroin continue to be the leading cause of unintentional death for Americans. The numbers rose 14% from 2013 to 2014. The latest CDC data finds that deaths from natural opiates such as morphine, codeine and semisynthetic prescription pain killers like oxycodone and hydrocodone jumped 10% from 2013 to 2014. Most heroin users initially start by using prescription painkillers. http://rss.cnn.com/c/35494/f/676999/s/4c5735be/sc/13/l/0L0Scnn0N0C20A150C120C180Chealth0Cdrug0Eoverdose0Edeaths0E20A140Cindex0Bhtml0Deref0Frss0Ius/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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The Less Obvious, Early Symptoms Of Parkinson's Disease
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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Woman With ALS Holds Goodbye Party Before Ending Own Life
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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A Young Migrant Rescues Child Dangling From Paris Balcony
A young man is hailed a hero after he scaled a building in Paris to rescue a young child dangling from a balcony. 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama climbed up four floors of the apartment building in just seconds to rescue the child. On Monday, Emmanuel Macron invited Gassama to the Élysée Palace, Gassama was given a certificate and a gold medal for performing an act of courage and dedication. "I didn't think about it, I climbed up and God helped me." "He explained to me that he arrived from Mali a few months ago with the dream of making a life for himself here. I replied that his heroic act is an example for all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France," https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/28/asia/paris-baby-spiderman-rescue-intl/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Malala, Satyarthi Receive Nobel Peace Prize
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel laureate Wednesday when she received the Peace Prize in Oslo, sharing it with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. "A young girl and a somewhat older man, one from Pakistan and one from India, one Muslim, the other Hindu; both symbols of what the world needs: more unity. Fraternity between the nations!" said Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee. Malala, 17, who was given the prestigious award in Oslo City Hall, became a global icon after she was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education. Satyarthi, 60, was recognised by the Nobel committee for a 35-year battle to free thousands of children from virtual slave labour. http://news.yahoo.com/malala-yousafzai-17-receive-nobel-peace-prize-044511088.html http://www.wochit.com
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Honduran Families Deported Back To A Bleak Future
Overwhelmed by unaccompanied minors and women with children crossing illegally, U.S. authorities have stepped up deportations back to Central America. 58 women and children returned last week on a U.S. flight to San Pedro Sula, considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Illegal immigration of Central American families and unaccompanied children spiked this year as rumors circulated that children, and women with children, would be released in the United States. Since Oct. 1, more than 57,000 children and 55,000 people traveling as families, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, have been arrested. The spike prompted the Obama administration to expand detention space for families and to deport them more quickly — sending with them a stern message that there are no free passes for migrants coming illegally. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2014-07-23-LT--Honduras-Deported%20Families/id-d8c0967c327046ee8f5e729d69b32ec5 http://www.wochit.com
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Iran Send Food Drop Planes To Qatar
As the blockade against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries starts to bite, five Iranian planes filled with food have landed at Doha airport. Iran said the planes were filled with vegetables. According to the semi-official Tasnim news agency, the country plans to send 100 tons of fresh fruit and legumes every day to the import-dependent nation. Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi told the Agence France-Presse news agency Sunday, "So far five planes carrying ... vegetables have been sent to Qatar, each carrying around 90 tonnes of cargo, while another plane will be sent today. We will continue deliveries as long as there is demand." http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/11/middleeast/iran-qatar-planes-food/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Head For Rwanda
Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi are officially on vacation, heading for Rwanda. Portia gifted Ellen with her own namesake wildlife fund in honor of the talk show host’s 60th birthday. Ellen has a deep affinity for Dian Fossey’s dedication to animals. Her wildlife fund's first initiative is to build a gorilla conservation centre in Rwanda and will form part of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. The couple spent their weekend in Nairobi, Kenya at an exclusive boutique hotel, Giraffe Manor. https://www.channel24.co.za/Gossip/News/ellen-degeneres-spends-time-in-kenya-before-visit-to-dian-fosseys-gorillas-in-rwanda-20180528 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Taipei Turns Metro Train Cars into Sports Venues for Universiade 2017
To celebrate being the host city of the upcoming Universiade 2017 -- the Olympics for international university athletes -- the Taiwanese capital has transformed a six-car train into six different sports venues -- a running track, a soccer pitch, a baseball field, a basketball pitch, a field for throwing sports and a swimming pool. And the eye-popping 3D artworks have inspired a few commuters to dive in. "Many people are still unfamiliar with -- and have never stepped inside -- some of the sports venues, we hope to bring sport closer to their daily life," a spokesperson for the city's Department of Information and Tourism said. "By choosing to revamp a train -- an everyday means of commuting, the public will have the opportunity to participate." The swimming pool car, with a floor that resembles a real water surface, has proved to be the most popular and Instagrammable theme so far. The 29th Summer Universiade kicks off on August 19 and closes on August 30. It's the first time Universiade is held in Taiwan and the game is the biggest sporting event Taiwan has hosted so far. http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/taipei-metro-universiade-3d-swimming-pool/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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United States Fans Flocking To Russia For The World Cup
The United States is not competing in the World Cup, but has seen its fans buy the most tickets. http://www.espn.com/soccer/fifa-world-cup/story/3523402/us-tops-2018-world-cup-ticket-sales-to-fans-outside-of-russia http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Feds Raid Victoria Gotti's Home, Sons' Businesses
On Wednesday, Victoria Gotti's home in Old Westbury New York was raided by federal agents. Gotti is the daughter of late mob boss John Gotti. According to reports, the feds were executing a search warrant from the Brooklyn US Attorney's Office. The agents also raided an auto-parts store owned by Victoria's ex-husband Carmine Agnello, which is now run by their three sons. Agnello is in jail pending trial on charges of racketeering. Gotti's multi-million dollar mansion was also the setting for her family's reality TV series Growing Up Gotti. http://www.eonline.com/news/794738/federal-agents-raid-victoria-gotti-s-home-sons-auto-parts-business-report?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 YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Leader of Al-Qaida-linked Group in Russia's Caucasus Killed by Special Forces
Russia's counterterrorism agency says the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group operating in the Caucasus region of southern Russia has been killed by special forces. Aliaskhab Kebekov took over the leadership of the Caucasus Emirate last year after the death of its founder, Doku Umarov, who had claimed responsibility for major attacks in Russia. The Caucasus Emirate is a loose alliance of rebel groups seeking to create an independent Islamic state in the North Caucasus, a predominantly Muslim region that includes Chechnya and Dagestan. http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/world/~3/4iLp8pRjQds/ http://www.wochit.com
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India to Sign Iran Port Deal, Ignores U.S. Warning
India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals with Iran. India and Iran agreed in 2003 to develop a port at Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran's border with Pakistan, but the venture has made little progress because of Western sanctions on Iran. Now, spurred on by Chinese President Xi Jinping's signing of energy and infrastructure agreements with Pakistan worth $46 billion, Modi wants to swiftly sign trade deals with Iran and other Gulf countries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/OyDjpFbC4kQ/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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10 Tips to Make the Most of Your College Tours
Visiting colleges can be an exciting first step into the next phase of your life. Or this process can feel daunting and seem like a huge waste of money. Here are ten tips on how to get the most out of your college campus tours: 1. Read the admission section of the college website before you visit to see if you need to schedule a tour in advance -- since many schools have different policies. 2.Make your visit count by scheduling an on-campus interview if you have the option. 3.Take notes and photos to help you remember each school you visit. 4.Look at the school's stats and ratings 5. Have the option of visiting a school with a friend rather than a parent 6. Stray from the informational session and explore the campus on your own 7. Get a feel for the campus, rather than just focusing on the facts 8. Talk and discuss the information you learn on a tour 9. Don't stress about visiting every school 10. Look into instant decision days. Some schools have the option of a single day where the student can explore a college, have an interview and be admitted. http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/college-game-plan/make-most-your-college-campus-tours-these-10-tips-n632576 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Private Funeral Held for George Michael in London
Best-selling British superstar singer George Michael was buried in London on Wednesday in a private funeral some three months after his death on Christmas Day, his publicist said. Several luxury cars with blacked-out windows arrived and later left Highgate Cemetery in north London, Reuters reporters said. "Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved son, brother and friend," a family statement from the singer's publicist said, without confirming the venue. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/entertainment/~3/08g10dECVLo/us-people-michael-funeral-idUSKBN1702JW http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Study: New Way to Activate Stem Cells to Grow Hair
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles say in a study they have identified a new way to activate stem cells in hair follicles to regrow hair. The study, published today in Nature Cell Biology, findings could lead to new drugs that could promote hair growth for people with baldness or alopecia. The cells then either sent pyruvate to their mitochondria or convert it to lactate. Researchers blocked the production of lactate genetically in mice and found that this prevented hair follicle stem cell activation and then increased lactate production genetically in the mice, which accelerated hair follicle stem cell activation. https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/08/14/Scientists-find-new-way-to-activate-stem-cells-to-grow-hair/1301502733503/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Can Climate Change Be A Good Thing?
According a U.N. panel, climate change, caused mainly by greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, is set to cause economic harm in almost all parts of the world by spurring ever more droughts, heat waves and floods. But for the 56,000 inhabitants of Greenland, a giant island a quarter the size of the United States, the melt may be unlocking frozen assets and helping businesses: Fishing, farming, mining, shipping and tourism, to name just a few. This island at ground zero of global warming and is seeking to be one of the few places on Earth to benefit. In order to capitalize on an alarming thaw that included a record early melt on the vast ice sheet in April 2016 before a cooler May, environment Minister Mala Hoy Kuko said the north Atlantic island "is in the midst of new thinking." http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/F8U5PUfiHAg/us-climatechange-greenland-idUSKCN0YZ1EM http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Explorers Find Doomed Arctic Ship Missing Since 1848
According to researchers, the long lost British Ship, the HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay. The Terror and the flagship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, the HMS Erebus, were abandoned in heavy sea ice back in 1848, during the British Royal Navy explorer’s doomed attempt to complete the Northwest Passage. All 129 men on the Franklin expedition died, in the worst disaster to hit Britain’s Royal Navy in its long history of exploring the arctic. The well-preserved wreck matches the Terror in several key aspects, but was found nearly 60 miles south of where experts long believed the ship was crushed by ice. http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/09/13/ship-lost-for-168-years-found.arctic-research-foundation http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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How Teens Are Affected By Technology
‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,’ is a documentary that discusses and directs both modern-day internet and phone addiction. According to new studies, a modern-American teenager spend six and a half hours looking at digital devices every day. 60 percent of teenagers in a newly conducted study said that they text and use social media while doing homework, and 76 percent of them listen to music. Sherry Turkle, a noted sociologist say this is hurting more than helping. She states, “What’s extraordinary about the studies on multitasking is, even though you’re doing worse and worse on everything you’re doing, you feel as though you’re doing better and better.” Teenagers will soon need to lower their tech usage. https://www.cnet.com/news/teen-tech-smartphone-addiction-screenagers-snapchat-google/#ftag=CAD590a51e http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Saleforce Tower Is The Tallest Building In San Francisco, But Its Not That Tall
While San Francisco may not be known for having a towering skyline, the new Salesforce Tower is by far the tallest building in the city, standing at 1070 feet and 61 stories tall. Compared to buildings around the world, Salesforce Tower is not that tall, as the world-famous Eiffel Tower of Paris, completed in 1889, is just 7 feet shorter. The skyscraper, which opened on January 8, is named after the influential cloud software company that owns the naming rights and leases half the building. Three floors of the building are leased by coworking company WeWork, which it opens to its customers as office space and a floating workspace. http://www.businessinsider.com/salesforce-tower-height-2018-2 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
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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Sorry, Princess! Thai Prince Strips Wife of Royal Name
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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Otto the Skateboarding Bulldog Breaks World Record
A bulldog called Otto has broken the Guinness World Record for skateboarding through the "longest human tunnel" in Peru. Otto passed through the legs of 30 people and was presented with an official certificate. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34796523 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Postables using http://wochit.com
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Man's 10,000 Bottle Deposit Scheme Could Mean Prison
Bottle deposit laws are designed to encourage people to recycle by charging shoppers a small deposit on bottles that they can get back once the bottle is recycled. But a Michigan man recently tried to game that system to get more money. Brian Everidge purchased 10,000 bottles in New York, which charges residents a 5 cent deposit. He then took the bottles to Michigan, which gives residents a 10 cent refund. But it turns out that attempting to collect a deposit on bottles purchased in another state is illegal under the Michigan law. And now, the man's $500 scheme could land him in prison. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/24/michigan-bottle-deposit-recycling-seinfeld http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker Off Somalia for 1st Time in 5 Years
Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia. Officials and piracy experts stated it is the first hijacking of a commercial vessel since 2012. According to reports, the Aris 13 was approached on March 13th by two skiffs. The ship was carrying fuel from Djibouti to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. A Somali official added that an estimated two dozen men boarded the Aris off the northern coastline. An analyst with Oceans Beyond Piracy reported the oil tanker has a crew of eight Sri Lankans. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pirates-hijack-oil-tanker-aris-13-somalia-s-coast-officials-n733151?cid=public-rss_20170314 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Can Scientists Save Puerto Rico's "Monkey Island"?
More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, scientists are still scrambling to save the more than 1,000 rhesus monkeys living of the island's southeast coast. Since tge 1930s, Cayo Santiago, known as “Monkey Island,” has been a crucial resource for researchers studying primates. Miraculously, the monkeys largely survived the initial impact of Hurricane Maria. But the storm devastated the small island, destroying its lush vegetation and wrecking the infrastructure that provided its inhabitants with fresh water. Researchers are now transporting shipments of food and water to the island and distributing supplies in the local community in nearby Punta Santiago. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/monkey-island-puerto-rico-hurricane-maria_us_59d7abd0e4b0f6eed3500645?section=us_science http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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U.S. To Boost Haitian Deportations
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday, the United States, responding to a surge in Haitian immigrants, will end special protections for them dating back to a 2010 earthquake that devastated that nation. The United States would reportedly now take steps to deport newly arrived Haitian migrants who do not have a case for seeking asylum. said Department of Homeland Security officials said, more than 5,000 Haitian immigrants have entered the United States without visas this fiscal year through Oct. 1, , up from 339 in fiscal year 2015. Deportations, however, could be difficult if Haiti remains reluctant to issue documents needed to take back its residents. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/L8sIQBgQmA4/us-usa-immigration-haiti-idUSKCN11S1A0 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Devils Hole Pupfish May Have Arrived 9,000 Years Later Than Previously Thought
The alarmingly rare Devils Hole pupfish — known from only one pool in a Nevada desert —might not be the long-isolated species it was believed to be. The small, bluish fish lives in Devils Hole--a collapsed cavern filled with water in the Mojave Desert. Biologists have speculated that the pupfish descend from residents of ancient bodies of water that disappeared from the region more than 10,000 years ago. As those waters receded, pupfish took refuge where they could. But now, according to Science Magazine, it appears the pupfish may not be quite as special as once believed. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did DNA tests on the fish. Results show the Devils Hole pupfish appear to have recently shared genes with desert pupfish that live in springs or other watery places — perhaps between 105 and 850 years ago. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/devils-hole-pupfish-may-not-have-been-so-isolated-so-long http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Historic Ocean Liner Desperately in Need of Repairs
According to a new report, the iconic Queen Mary ocean liner needs repairs and could soon sink if nothing is done to restore the 83-year-old ship. Naval architects and engineers who recently inspected the vessel as part of a marine survey, tell CBS News that corrosion in the engine room has left the ship prone to flooding. Since there are no water-tight doors or working pumps to remove the water, the ship, which is stationed in Long Beach, California, is now facing the increasing threat of sinking. According to Long Beach’s Economic and Property Development Director John Keisler, the city has designated $23 million for urgent repairs. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/historic-queen-mary-ocean-liner-in-danger-of-sinking-without-repairs/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Moroccan Mosques Switch To Renewable Energy
Morocco is setting an example and teaching its people about climate change by turning their mosques green. 600 Moroccan mosques are switching to LED lighting, photovoltaic electricity, and solar water heating. This project is expected to be completed by 2019 and the rest of the mosques are expected to follow. The director of the National Agency for the Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency said, “mosques are not a big consumer of electricity: there is some lighting, some water heating. What we want to do is inform people.” http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/16/africa/morocco-green-mosques/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Iran Lifts 40-Year Ban On Women Watching World Cup
For the first time in nearly 40 years, female soccer fans packed an Iranian stadium’s stands. After a decades long ban was briefly lifted, women cheered on Iran in the World Cup. The Huffington Post reported that female soccer fans packed a stadium in Tehran for Wednesday's game. The historic moment occurred at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. The event marked a break from Iran's de facto ban on women attending male sporting events. Female sports fans have been turned away from stadiums and sometimes arrested. This following the Islamic revolution of 1979. The Equality League, which advocates for women’s rights in sports, applauded the viewing as “progress.” However, the group noted that women have yet to be allowed to watch a soccer game live. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/iranian-women-allowed-to-watch-world-cup_us_5b2be9efe4b00295f15a87f9 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Is Climate Change Harmful to Snowshoe Hares?
One of the predicted consequences of climate change is that in areas that regularly get snow will see it melt earlier in the spring. While that may be good for people who hate to shovel, it’s a problem for animals that change their camouflage to match the seasons, such as the snowshoe hare of North America. Since these animals don’t have control over when they change from dun brown to snowy white, if snow comes later or melts earlier, they may be ill-dressed for the weather and now a new study has quantified the consequences for the snowshoe hare. For now, that’s not such a big deal, but mismatches could have big consequences later in the century, as snows arrive later and later and spring melts come earlier and earlier. https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/wild-things/climate-change-may-be-deadly-snowshoe-hares http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Cubans Who Want to Be Americans Are Stranded in Panama
Thousands of undocumented Cuban migrants are stranded in Panama, straining humanitarian agencies amid fears that the United States' immigration policy could soon change. According to Panamanian government figures, there are more than 2,700 Cuban migrants in the country. About 1,400 of those are in one camp in Paso Canoas, a border town that spills into neighboring Costa Rica. In the sweltering heat, the wait for answers is stifling. According to NBC News, it's an unfolding crisis for the region. For decades, the enduring images of Cuban refugees had been those risking the dangerous journey to America by sea. Now, many are attempting the risky journey by land. They fly to South American countries, then trudge through Central America, through Mexico, and into the United States. But late last year, Nicaragua shut its border, causing thousands of undocumented migrants to be stranded in Costa Rica. Now, Costa Rica has closed its border, spawning a new bottleneck in Panama. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/grueling-trek-u-s-leaves-thousands-cuban-migrants-stranded-panama-n565346 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Light Rail Train Now Crosses Los Angeles Metro Area Reaching the Coast
A light rail line now extends across the metropolitan area of Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean; the opening of a new line is the first to do so since the 1950s. The final 6-and-a-half mile leg of the Expo Line will now ferry riders from the inland suburb of Azusa into Santa Monica. The recent milestone fulfills a decades-long drive to for expanded public transportation. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority added the ride from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica will take 48 minutes to cross the 15-miles of distance. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/386c25518f464186bf7a2ac026580ce7/Article_2016-05-20-US--Rail%20Reaches%20Beach/id-cb2db256c34f4eda9f9744a466c334b3 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Duchess Kate Reveals Prince George's Nickname for The Queen
The Prince's nickname was revealed by the Duchess of Cambridge in a recently shared clip from ITV's upcoming documentary, Our Queen at 90. calls the Queen "Gan Gan." How damn cute is that? The Duchess commented, "George is only 2-and-a-half, he calls her Gan Gan,""She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay, and that just shows I think her love for her family." Our Queen at 90 will be shown on ITV at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, in the run-up to Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday (on April 21). The clip is the first time the Duchess has been interviewed on television since she and Prince William were engaged. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/np3x6the5mE/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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South Korean Team Wins Robotics Competition, Proving Disaster Relief Potential
A small team of researchers, scientists and engineers from South Korea won $2 million at robotics competition after showing how robots can be used to save lives on rescue missions. Their victory wasn't fast or very dramatic, but the team's DRC-Hubo robot slowly and methodically proved that robots could take on the rough and dangerous job of disaster response. The members of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology remotely guided and programmed DRC-Hubo through eight tasks for the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge. program manager Dr. Gill Pratt, says the task environment modeled after the fukushima disaster aftermath. a competition to develop semiautonomous robots that can help with disaster-relief operations. There were many mistakes during the competition, with several robots falling over. Even the winner messed up, drilling a hole in the wrong material. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/nqT08GM9THE/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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