Daily Archives: December 7, 2017

14 high-profile police-related deaths of U.S. blacks

A white former police officer in South Carolina was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for shooting an unarmed black motorist to death in 2015. Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty to violating Walter Scott’s civil rights when he shot him five times in the back. A state murder charge, which resulted in a hung jury in ...

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This ESPRESSO machine doesn't make coffee but scans the skies for habitable planets

A new planet hunter has been fired up in Northern Chile — the ESPRESSO machine doesn’t make coffee but is a massive spectrograph that is the most powerful planet-hunting tool ever to scan the cosmos.  What does ESPRESSO stand for? It stands for the Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations. It is a light detector that determines what wavelengths or colours are ...

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Kinder Morgan cleared to start work on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite Burnaby's objections

The National Energy Board issued an order Thursday saying Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is exempt from having to comply with two sections of bylaws in Burnaby, B.C., that were standing in the way of the $7.4-billion project.  The NEB order, which comes three days after the regulator heard the case in Calgary, says the company is not required to comply ...

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Palestinians in Ramallah protest U.S. announcement on Jerusalem because city 'is like our second mother'

Tala Anati has visited Jerusalem only twice, but she is very much opposed to the recent U.S. announcement declaring it the capital of Israel. “Jerusalem is like our second mother, and it’s the heart of Palestine,” Anati said while clutching a Palestinian flag. “It’s the capital, it’s the one and only capital for Palestine.” Anati, 16, was one of hundreds ...

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J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. defend casting Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and the team behind the Fantastic Beasts movies are coming under fire from some fans online after defending the casting of Johnny Depp amid earlier allegations of domestic violence levied against him. “The huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life. For me personally, the ...

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The markets believe in Goldilocks

ANOTHER week, another record. The repeated surge of share prices on Wall Street is getting monotonous. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has passed another milestone—24,000—and the more statistically robust S&P 500 index is up by 17% so far this year. Emerging markets have performed even better, as have European shares in dollar terms (see chart). Political worries about trade disputes, ...

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Video shows online-ordered Christmas presents stolen from family's front step

A character lurking around houses and stealing presents is a familiar plot line from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s also reality for one family who lives in the northwest corner of Regina.  Candace Schwindt calls herself a Cindy Lou Who sympathizer. Her packages were filched from her front step on Monday less than two hours after they were dropped off by a ...

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