Can China pick up US slack on climate change?

Hong Kong (CNN) US President Donald Trump's move to rollback environmental protections leaves China poised to take the lead in the global fight against climate change. "China is increasingly taking its position on the world stage (as) an economic superpower in its own right." Speaking in New York last week , China's ambassador to the UN Liu Jeyi said "whatever the vicissitudes of the international situation... China remains steadfast in its ambition to reinforce actions in responding to climate change." "(China and the US) are moving in opposite directions on this issue," said Alex Lo, an expert on climate politics at the University of Hong Kong. But for nations most at risk from climate change, "you have to wonder how much of their country they're willing to see go underwater before they take action unilaterally to modify the climate."

March 29, 2017 07:18 UTC

Democratic Republic of Congo: Bodies of 2 UN experts found

Story highlights Bodies of UN experts who went missing two weeks ago discoveredUN Secy General urges DRC government to conduct full investigation(CNN) The bodies of two UN experts who went missing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo earlier this month have been found, the United Nations confirmed in a statement Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said UN peacekeepers discovered the bodies of US citizen Michael Sharp and Swedish national Zaida Catalan on Monday outside the city of Kananga. Sharp and Catalan were members of the UN Group of Experts on Congo who were investigating large-scale human rights violations in the region. With them were four Congolese nationals -- interpreter Betu Tshintela, driver Isaac Kabuayi and two unidentified motorbike drivers, according to Human Rights Watch. On March 13, the DRC government announced they had "fallen into the hands of unidentified negative forces," but did not release further information, HRW said.

March 29, 2017 04:31 UTC

Antiabortion activists face 15 felony charges over undercover videos that targeted Planned Parenthood

Two antiabortion activists whose controversial undercover videos accused Planned Parenthood doctors of selling fetal tissue were charged Tuesday with more than a dozen felonies by California prosecutors. The videos sparked outrage among abortion foes after Daleiden claimed the videos showed the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses. The videos resulted in a "flood of hate speech, threats and violence" to abortion providers, said Vicki Saporta of the National Abortion Federation. Daleiden and Merritt were charged with 14 felony counts of making recordings without consent and one felony count of conspiracy. Sandra Merritt leaves a Houston court last year.

March 29, 2017 03:13 UTC

Could Losing Sleep Be Killing You?

*This article is the first in a two-part series on how poor sleep quality can affect the health of older adults and ways to treat sleep problems. Part 2 focuses on defining various sleep disorders and tips for better sleep. "~Jules VerneSleep experts agree that chronic poor sleep in general and obstructive sleep apnea in particular (OSA) in anyone, but especially in older adults, can be fatal. “I’d just like to further stress the seriousness of obstructive sleep apnea and how it can hurt hearts,” said. “Research shows untreated, severe obstructive sleep apnea more than doubles your risk of dying from heart disease.”(Photo courtesy of: the American Academy of Sleep Medicine AASM)Dasgupta is referring to a study done last year by several departments of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and sleep medicine at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

March 29, 2017 02:40 UTC

'Bones' star Emily Deschanel breaks down the final episode

The cast and crew of "Bones" were on location filming the climax of their series finale episode -- an intense scene where Brennan and Booth (David Boreanaz) take on vengeful killer Mark Kovac (Gerard Celasco). The show's final episode aired Tuesday. Kovac was killed in the series finale. Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in the series finale episode of "Bones." In the closing scene of the final episode, a scene between Brennan and Booth reveals the number is essentially a metaphor for perseverance.

March 29, 2017 02:37 UTC

Two activists who filmed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood charged with 15 felonies

(AP/Pat Sullivan)The two antiabortion activists who mounted a hidden-camera investigation against Planned Parenthood officials have been charged with 15 felonies for violating the privacy of health-care providers by recording confidential information without their consent. The court fight over the secretly recorded videos began in April 2015, when Daleiden and Merritt made site visits at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast headquarters, using fake names to portray themselves as a company interested in connecting Planned Parenthood health centers with research studies. The two antiabortion activists were actually affiliated with Daleiden’s little-known antiabortion nonprofit, the Center for Medical Progress. [‘Not a scintilla of evidence’ of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood: Federal judge blocks Texas defunding effort]While touring the facilities, they recorded a series of undercover videos, supposedly showing Planned Parenthood employees discussing plans to sell aborted human fetal tissue and body parts. U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks, in Austin, wrote that Texas officials lacked “even a scintilla of evidence” to conclude that Planned Parenthood committed wrongdoing and warranted termination from the Medicaid program.

March 29, 2017 02:16 UTC

Maxine Waters To Bill O'Reilly: 'I'm A Strong Black Woman, And I Cannot Be Intimidated'

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) had nothing to say to Bill O’Reilly after the Fox News host made a racist and sexist comment about her Tuesday. “I am a strong black woman, and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined,” Waters said after MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked her about O’Reilly’s disastrous insult. I’m going to stay on the issues,” she said. Shortly after Waters appeared on MSNBC, O’Reilly addressed his racist remark during his Fox News show, but he snickered while he issued an apology to the congresswoman.

March 29, 2017 02:15 UTC

The hidden costs of segregation

Economic and racial segregation tend to go hand in handRegions with more segregation between blacks and whites are more economically segregated, the study found. Whites tend to benefit most from high degrees of racial segregation, according to the study. Additionally, higher levels of racial segregation are associated with lower incomes and lower educational attainment for blacks. Higher levels of black-white segregation are associated with lower levels of educational attainment for blacks and whites and lower levels of safety for all area residents. On the other hand, neither economic segregation nor racial segregation is significantly related to white or Latino median or per capita income.

March 29, 2017 02:15 UTC

Cayde-6 Steals The Show In New 'Destiny 2' Teaser Trailer

Things kicked off with a simple image, that simply showed the game's title, Destiny 2, amidst some smoke and fire. This was later followed by a teaser trailer starring Cayde-6, voiced by Firefly's Nathan Fillion, who reprises his role from the original game. It's a cinematic trailer, so we don't really learn much from it beyond the fact that a full reveal trailer is scheduled for Thursday the 30th at 10am PST. Check it out:We may not learn much from this trailer, but we can glean a few clues. His performance in the original game's Taken King DLC pretty much stole the show, and he steals it again in this teaser trailer.

March 29, 2017 02:03 UTC

Celebrity Substance: The Uncompromising Dave Chappelle

This blog post is part of a series called, “Celebrity Substance.” I use celebrity careers from a variety of professions as examples, to discuss what can be learned from their successes and failures. Comedian Dave Chappelle released two of his three highly anticipated Netflix comedy specials last week. Chappelle grew up in D.C. and Yellow Springs, OH, and started performing stand-up comedy when he was just 14. Chappelle is known for his high standards, and consistently walks away from fame and money if a project doesn't meet his standard. These are a few things we can learn from Dave Chappelle's career:Don’t CompromiseThe host of “Inside the Actors Studio,” James Lipton, asked Chappelle about his father’s death in 1998 and how it lead to a decline.

March 29, 2017 01:52 UTC

FDA Approves Drug for Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

The Food and Drug Administration approved a multiple-sclerosis drug called Ocrevus, the first treatment for the most severe type of the disease, known as primary progressive MS. The medicine, from Genentech Inc., is generically called ocrelizumab. Primary progressive MS affects about 15% of the estimated 2.3 million MS patients in the world. The patients with this severe type have watched for years as more than a dozen other...

March 29, 2017 01:52 UTC

White House Staff Drops Out Of Correspondents' Dinner In 'Solidarity' With Trump

There will be no White House staffers attending next month’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, according to a statement from Jeff Mason, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. White House officials told the WHCA on Tuesday evening that they will skip the annual dinner as an act of “solidarity” with President Donald Trump, who had announced in February that he would not attend the dinner. “The WHCA board regrets this decision very much,” Mason said in the statement. “We have worked hard to build a constructive relationship with the Trump White House and believe strongly that this goal is possible even with the natural tension between the press and administrations that is a hallmark of a healthy republic.”

March 29, 2017 01:41 UTC

How to cycle around Taiwan in 12 days

But Taiwan's Cycle Route No. The journey beginsThe circular round-the-country route typically takes between 10 to 12 days to complete -- and is not recommended for beginners. Approaching Taiwan's southernmost tip, there's a dedicated bike hotel by the dune-backed beaches of Kenting National Park. After rounding the southern tip of Taiwan, the eastern coast ripples with some 286 mountain summits topping 9,843 feet (3,000 meters). Back in the capital after 12 days on two wheels, you realize just how serious Route No.

March 29, 2017 01:28 UTC

Paralyzed man uses arm thanks to experimental device

Known as functional electrical stimulation or FES, these electrodes are key to restoring movement in his finger and thumb, wrist, elbow and shoulders. The Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center , of which Ajiboye is a part, first developed electrical stimulation technology for reanimating paralyzed function nearly 30 years ago. Essentially, the technology circumvents the spinal injury feeding the electrical stimulation of his brain through wires to the electrodes in his arm. "Stimulation of nerves or the spinal cord, rather than muscles, and more sophisticated stimulation technology may provide substantial improvements," wrote Perlmutter. Although other labs have worked with non-human primates or partially paralyzed participants, his study helped someone who is completely paralyzed.

March 29, 2017 00:56 UTC

Senate Formally Backs Montenegro’s Bid to Join NATO

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate ratified legislation on Tuesday backing Montenegro’s bid to become the 29th member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a move that could increase tensions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Montenegro’s bid received bipartisan support from the Senate, which voted 97-2 in favor of the measure. Leading Republicans and Democrats described the overwhelming vote as a signal to Mr. Putin of U.S....

March 29, 2017 00:45 UTC

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