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The study, which analyzed a total of 1.2 million plastic samples retrieved from the patch as well aerial scans, estimates that there are at the very least 79 thousand tons of plastic floating around in an area of more than 617,000 square miles – a figure that is between four and 16 times higher than previously thought.
The Scientific Reports study coincided with another report on by Britain’s Foresight Future of the Sea, which estimates that plastic pollution in the ocean could triple by 2050, putting it alongside sea level rise and warming oceans as one of the main environmental threats facing marine life, and the seas in general.
“Plastic does not decompose, instead breaking down into ever smaller pieces,” the report states. “The full effects are not understood, but there is growing evidence of plastic harming sea creatures and restricting their movement, as well as polluting beaches.”
The festivities before the day’s bout between Paxton’s Seattle Mariners and the host Minnesota Twins were proceeding as planned, with Paxton minding his business in the outfield during the national anthem. But when Challenger, the eagle assigned to a pre-game fly-in ceremony, decided to go rogue and live up to his name, the Mariners lefty had no choice but to play it cool and let said eagle land on him, fly off him and then land on him again.
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging Massachusetts’ ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, saying in a ruling released Friday that the weapons fall beyond the reach of the Second Amendment.
U.S. District Judge William Young said assault weapons are military firearms and aren’t protected by the constitutional right to “bear arms.” Regulation of the weapons is a matter of policy, not for the courts,
The numbers: The U.S. gained just 103,000 new jobs in March to mark the smallest increase since last fall, but the latest report on employment still shows the tightest labor market in nearly two decades.
Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 170,000 uptick in new nonfarm jobs.
The unemployment rate, however, clung to a 17-year low of 4.1% and it’s expected to go even lower in the months ahead. Job openings are at a record high and big and small firms alike say they plan to add more workers.
“The situation at our Southwest Border is unacceptable,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the policy. “Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest — that closes dangerous loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border. “
“As a result, a crisis has erupted at our Southwest Border that necessitates an escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border,” he said.
A Georgia sheriff, whose politically incorrect welcome sign went viral in 2015, has a new, bold message for visitors to his county.
“Our citizens have concealed weapons,” the welcome sign reads in part. “If you kill someone, we might kill you back.”
But it doesn’t stop there.
It’s far past time for politicians to start paying attention to the “silent middle” and stop overlooking them, a black gun advocate said during a Friday news segment.
“What’s happening is that you have fringes on both side that are screaming and the silent middle is just being overlooked. We’re over taxed. We’re under-represented. We’re disregarded,” North Carolina resident Mark Robinson told “Fox & Friends” hosts. “A lot of times our words are ignored. That needs to cease.”
Police arrested 36-year-old Hanane Mouhib after Abraham Cardenas was found dead Thursday night in a home in the town of Sweden, just west of Rochester, New York. She was charged with second-degree murder.
Court papers say Mouhib stabbed the boy in the upper back then cut his neck, severing his head. Mouhib’s husband, mother-in-law and a 10-year-old boy were also home.
Johnson was charged with attempted murder, arson of a dwelling house and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Evan White, a reporter for WFXT-TV, said on social media that Johnson and the victim had met at the house for a “drug activity,” and the alleged attack occurred after she “called him names.”
His shooting has sparked anger aimed at the NYPD. The department released several security videos and 911 transcripts from the minutes leading up to the officers’ decision to fatally shoot Vassell. The videos appeared to support NYPD claims that Vassell was repeatedly thrusting a metal object that looked like a gun into the faces of several people – including a woman holding the hand of her child. The weapon turned out to be an L-shaped section of pipe.
The 34-year-old’s rap sheet includes a first-degree gang assault charge, possession of a firearm and a few assault charges. He was also arrested for armed robbery, grand larceny, criminal mischief, driving without a license and disorderly conduct. The last time he was arrested was in 2013 for assault.
KUSA-TV reports 31-year-old Nathan Weitzel was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty in February to one count of first-degree attempted murder.
Last year, Weitzel pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. In exchange for the guilty plea, six other charges were dropped.
What police eventually discovered was more unspeakable than anyone had imagined: The teens’ bound and stabbed bodies were 100 feet (31 meters) down an abandoned mine shaft.
A man enraged that his girlfriend had welcomed her friends into their home bound, beat and stabbed Powell to death as Otteson watched in horror before he cut her throat, prosecutors said this week.
“It’s as bad as anything I’ve ever seen,” said Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon.
Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old former landscaper and shopping mall Santa Claus, is currently facing six murder charges. Investigators believe he met his victims in Toronto’s Gay Village neighborhood through dating apps.
Toronto police investigating an alleged serial killer accused of burying his victims in garden planters are now looking for any links between him and a series of grisly, unsolved murders from the 1970s.
A political advocacy arm of a Wisconsin Planned Parenthood is being fined by the Federal Elections Commission for failing to accurately report $116,898 in contributions to the campaign of then-Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and another Democrat politician, The Washington Free Beaconreported.
Discrepancies found in Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin’s October 2016 quarterly report revealed the group’s failure to disclose independent expenditures in a timely and accurate manner, according to the FEC.
is his interview with Vox.com, in which Zuckerberg managed to generate a new round of bad press over Facebook’s privacy scandal, talked about having some sort of Supreme Court decide what constitutes “acceptable speech” and how Facebook (FB) hampers independent media outlets. Oh, and he apparently thinks patriotism is arcane.
Zuckerberg also talked about how his company “worked directly” with the German government to monitor content before elections there, saying that “if you work with the government in a country, they’ll actually have a fuller understanding of what is going on.”
That prompted the Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman to write: “The idea of Facebook working with governments around the world to filter news is more frightening than almost any commercial use of user data one can imagine.”
CommonDreams.com reports that Facebook has admitted that more user accounts may have been compromised than those announced during the company’s most recent data scandal. Initial reports stated that approximately 51 million accounts were allegedly targeted in the Cambridge Analytica user data scandal, Facebook later clarified after an internal audit that the number was closer to 87 million, but it now seems that the company has admitted after further research that nearly all of Facebook’s 2 billion accounts could have users personal info scraped from them by a variety of “malicious actors.”
WIRED journalist Matt Burgess noted that Facebook’s last statement on the data scandal briefly mentioned that “most” of the site’s two billion users had personal info scraped from their Facebook profiles by “malicious actors.”
In recent years, YouTube, which is owned by Google, has increasingly censored or demonetized videos that they deem inappropriate or offensive, making it harder for conservatives to produce accessible content.
“On the one hand, you have situations on YouTube where they shut down a site or say it is inappropriate,” Schweizer explained. That could be somebody at a relatively junior level at YouTube who just decides ‘I don’t like what Dennis Prager’s teaching is on Judeo-Christian values or whatever, it’s offensive to me so I’m just going act in my capacity to censor it,’ they do that all the time.”
He went on to contend that there is evidence that major technology companies are systematically eliminating certain types of content to fit their own political agenda.
She had little in the way of an answer as to why Facebook did not tell users in 2015 that their data had been compromised except to say that the company believed the data had been deleted.
“That doesn’t mean you don’t tell the users ,‘Hey, this was stolen from you,’” NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie said to Sandberg, to which the COO replied, “Yes, you’re right and we should have done that. We should have done that as well.”
“Because it feels like Facebook was trying to get away with it,” Guthrie followed up.
“I don’t think that’s true but, of course, you’re right, and we should have done that,” Sandberg said.
Defense Specialist Allison Barrie shares the inside scoop on breakthrough new foam that could provide better protection than Kevlar or tank armor, and is strong enough to pulverize armor piercing rounds.
“We used to have something called stop and search, where the police would stop a suspect to see whether they were carrying a knife. We’ve stopped doing that. You know why? Because the police are too fearful of being thought to be racist if they pick up somebody who’s black,” Farage said.
“So what you’ve now got is political correctness is killing people in London,” he continued.
“I’m afraid the rise in violent crime in London has been going on for some years. It isn’t just gun crime,” Farage said Friday on Fox News. “There’s been a 40 percent rise in knife crime in the last decade. And the new phenomenon of acid attacks. So we really have got a big problem in some of the burrows of London.”
The police are afraid of being called racist if they apprehend a minority suspect and accused them of neglecting their duties to avoid criticism, Farage said.
The Third University Hospital of Peking University is running a sperm donation campaign that states their requirements to become a potential donor include both good health and “favorable political qualities,” the SCMP reports. The article says these requirements include:
“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir,” King proclaimed in the figurative shadow of the Great Emancipator at the Lincoln Memorial. “This note was the promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
King was not demonizing “white America,” he was appealing to its conscience, asking his fellow Americans to live up to the ideals that they claimed defined our best selves.
The biggest threat to the second amendment isn’t Congress. It’s big corporations. Last month, Citigroup demanded that all its business partners restrict gun sales. Now, in New York, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli sent a letter to Visa, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and six other financial companies saying they should explore the possibility of blocking credit card users from buying guns, ammo, or accessories.