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Twitter tests longer character limit

Twitter tests longer character limit

You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won’t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...

MIZUHO: Here's why Facebook has 'a realistic opportunity' to enter China in 2018

MIZUHO: Here's why Facebook has 'a realistic opportunity' to enter China in 2018

Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.

Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history

Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history

Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”

Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.

Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.

The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign

The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign

This is a big week for YouTube. It’s getting a new design and new features—all of which have been in the works, carefully and methodically, for a very long time, and all of which, as far as I’m concerned, are welcome!

Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch

Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch

Fitbit’s all-new smartwatch is designed to do battle with the Apple Watch.It’s no secret that Fitbit (FIT) has been working on a smartwatch — Co-founder and CEO James Park said as much during the company’s Q2 2017 earnings call earlier this month. This is the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first “true” smartwatch.

Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’

Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’

The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.

Pogue's Basics: The secret Start menu in Windows 10

Pogue's Basics: The secret Start menu in Windows 10

Windows 10’s Start button harbors a secret: It can sprout a tiny utility menu. To see it, right-click the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen, or (on a touchscreen) hold your finger down on it. There, in all its majesty, is the Start menu’s secret utility menu.

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' might be the next big hit for Nintendo's Switch

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' might be the next big hit for Nintendo's Switch

Nintendo’s Mario is teaming up with Ubisoft’s bizarre rabbids in a new game that might be your next favorite Switch title.Mario is coming to Nintendo’s (NTDOY) new Switch console, but he’s sharing the spotlight with some relative unknowns. Ubisoft’s “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” is a turn-based strategy-style game co-starring Ubisoft’s (UBSFF) own rabbids, cartoonish bugged-eyed rabbits.

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw

The back-to-school shopping season is just around the corner, and Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping its new Surface Laptop will be the computer you or your child brings to the classroom. Starting at $999, the Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s attempt to fight back against the growing popularity of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) low-cost Chromebooks and Apple’s (AAPL) own MacBook line. The Surface Laptop also marks the debut of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S operating system, a more security- and performance-minded variant of Windows 10.

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Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday. It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18.

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that 'you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too.'" Khamenei tweeted. The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it too said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into Southern California neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker Inc. might sound like a familiar name, but it's actually a very new company that's just released a few details of its first new vehicle, the EMotion electric sedan. Although the official image doesn't give away much about some of the really revolutionary engineering behind the EMotion, it does show in some style the feature most people will inevitably talk about with this car: its pretty crazy butterfly doors. The company is run by Henrik Fisker, who was also the man behind Fisker Automotive, which produced the Karma electric sedan before the company withered and car went to China, resurrected by a company called Karma as the Revero.

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Last year, the Guardian reported on an event staged by the Kushner family in China to woo wealthy investors into luxury developments. Jared Kushner’s business dealings are under renewed scrutiny amid reports that the US’s top financial watchdog is looking into an investment-for-visa program run by the Kushner family’s real estate company and questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel.

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday ordered a re-examination of the case of a black death row inmate after one of the jurors at his trial questioned whether black people have souls. The high court in September halted the execution of Keith Tharpe, who was hours away from receiving a lethal injection, after his lawyers argued that racism had played a "pivotal role" in his death sentence. Tharpe was found guilty of the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law Jaquelin Freeman, which took place as she drove to work with his estranged wife in the southern US state of Georgia.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives. Royce is the latest in a wave of some 30 House Republicans who have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning. Democrats need to win 24 seats in the November mid-term elections to retake the majority in the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon expressed “regret” for his comments to journalist Michael Wolff, whose explosive new book sparked a backlash against the former top Donald Trump aide over his comments about a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes have perished during Australia's searingly hot summer, according to environmentalists. Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were "boiled alive" in the heat. Some flying foxes were still hanging from trees as they died, in a shock mass death which campaigners called "dreadful and heartbreaking". The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign wrote on Facebook that temperatures hit over 44C in the Campbelltown district of Sydney, and that over 400 of the animals died. Sydney reached a nearly 80-year temperature high of 47.3C on Sunday. The campaign wrote: "So many little lives lost due to the extreme heat and not enough canopy cover to shade them or keep them cool. "Adults sought out shade and more shelter further up the creek resulting in many babies being left behind to deal with the heat." Campaigners attempted to nurse the animals back to health Credit: Facebook People who live in the area are being urged to watch out for flying foxes which may be suffering heat stress, as those which are often move further to the ground, and to call local wildlife rescue services. Volunteer Cate Ryan told local media: "It was unbelievable. I saw a lot of dead bats on the ground and others were close to the ground and dying. I have never seen anything like it before." A local wildlife rescue group advised: "If the flying-fox is on the ground and it’s a hot day, you can place a cool towel or umbrella above it until the rescuer arrives to protect it from the the worst of the heat. Spraying the animal intermittently with a very light mist or setting up a sprinkler to gently wet the animal can also help." A pile of dead flying foxes Flying foxes are big bats and eat nectar, pollen and fruit. Unlike smaller bats, they do not use sonar and instead, like humans, use their eyes and ears. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign said "Flying foxes are intelligent and remarkable. These unique animals help regenerate our forests and keep ecosystems healthy through pollination and seed dispersal. They are a migratory and nomadic 'keystone' species; meaning a species that many other species of plants and animals rely upon for their survival and wellbeing. Flying foxes, like bees, help drive biodiversity, and faced with the threat of climate change, land clearing, and other human-caused ecological pressures, we need them more than ever." The Australian heatwave featured temperatures which melted the bitumen on the highway, as well as sparking bushfires which politicians warned were a danger to life.

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria's army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement carried by state television that Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutaifa area near Damascus from inside Lebanese airspace at 2:40 a.m. (0040 GMT) and Syrian air defenses hit one of the planes. Israel then fired rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defenses brought them down, the army said, adding that Israeli jets fired a final barrage of four rockets from inside Israel, one of which was intercepted by Syrian air defenses while the others caused material damage.

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's Supreme Court on Monday announced a review of a hugely controversial ban on gay sex, saying no one should have to live in fear because of their sexuality. The court said it would take up a legal challenge by five high-profile Indians who said the colonial-era law created an atmosphere of intimidation. The announcement is the latest chapter in a long-running legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and the gay community over the law passed by the British in the 1860s.

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

The enrollment number represents an increase of at least 400,000 from the third quarter ended Sept. 30 and over 200,000 since last year, Evercore ISI analyst Michael Newshel said in a note. Newshel predicted Centene's announcement, made during a presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, would get a mixed reaction as it was likely to boost the company's 2018 forecast but also further increase Centene's exposure to "the most volatile product segment" while others pull back.

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A mother, father and their two young sons were shot to death early Monday at a Southeast Texas beachfront hotel in what police are investigating as a possible triple killing followed by a suicide in which the woman was the shooter.

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

The Philippines will lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militarise a disputed South China Sea reef. Beijing claims nearly all of the sea and has been turning reefs in the Spratly and Paracel chains into islands, installing military facilities and equipment on them. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Tuesday said Manila was investigating reports of recent Chinese activity on Fiery Cross Reef, an outcrop that Beijing turned into an artificial island and which now appears to house a military base.

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

It might have been only 18 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City on Sunday afternoon, but the annual tradition of riding the subway without pants went on despite some frozen buns. SEE ALSO: Eastern U.S. shivers through 'stupid cold' temperatures after the 'bomb cyclone' The light-hearted event brought out many riders donning winter clothing, but no pants. Once on board, participants are supposed to play it straight and act like nothing's out of the ordinary.  No pants subway ride in New york January 7th 2018 #Nopantssuwayride2018 more information #improveverywhere https://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ #nopantssubwayride #nopants #nopantssubway #Newyorkhttps://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ A post shared by 2018awesome (@nopantssubway2018) on Jan 6, 2018 at 9:58am PST Even "Hot" Mike Pence was spotted wearing just a suit and underwear. Just met “Hot Mike Pence” doing the no pants subway ride today... he goes around prodding fun at the Trump administration, specifically the VP, collecting for causes opposed to the administration’s view pic.twitter.com/nkwkhp3NY0 — Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) January 7, 2018 Elsewhere riders were pant-less despite brisk temperatures in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Berlin, and London — where the ride is known as the "No Trousers Tube Ride." Just got home. Thank you to everyone who took part in the #NoTrousersTubeRide today in the UK or elsewhere in the world. The world can be a depressing place, but just silly things like this can make it so much easier to deal with. A genuinely hilarious day. pic.twitter.com/DO8Y29V6KX — Tom [PositiveLad] (@PositiveLad) January 7, 2018 Baby, it’s cold outside but it’s electric down in Metro. Go DC! Go DC, go! #nopantsdc #NoPantsSubwayRide @WTOP pic.twitter.com/qE1jV0s9T2 — Liz Anderson (@PlanetNoun) January 7, 2018 On the West Coast and in other more forgiving climates, it wasn't that cold, but riders still made an impressive showing in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles. No pants? No problem riding the L.A. Metro.The 10th annual No Pants Metro Ride surprised passengers at Union Station this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/LY69aimwB0 — Hub-LA (@TheHub_LA) January 7, 2018 No pants, no problem! WATCH: Subway rat seizes free avocado, because who wouldn't

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

Police officers shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in the United States in 2017, slightly more than the previous year, according to a tally published on Monday by The Washington Post. The newspaper has been logging details of shootings by police in the United States since 2015, tracking local news reports, public records and social media. Black men, both armed and unarmed, accounted for 22 percent of all people shot and killed by US police last year but make up just six percent of the total US population.

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene Corp , which has announced a deal to buy Impact Biomedicines, on Monday forecast 2018 total revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates, sending the U.S. biotech company's shares down 2 percent. Celgene, which left its long-range 2020 forecast unchanged, said it expects 2018 full-year revenue of $14.4 billion to $14.8 billion. Analysts' on average were estimating revenue of $14.83 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. While headlines suggested the Impact deal announced on Sunday could cost up to $7 billion, Celgene said the only certain cost was the upfront payment of $1.1 billion, with all other payments contingent on approval and major sales milestones for fedratinib, a late stage drug for myelofibrosis.

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the technological maturity of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The new boomer, which must become operational by 2031, will feature a host of new technologies that are supposed to increase the vessels’ survivability into the foreseeable future. “Additional development and testing are required to demonstrate the maturity of several Columbia class submarine technologies that are critical to performance, including the Integrated Power System, nuclear reactor, common missile compartment, and propulsor and related coordinated stern technologies,” the GAO report reads.

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Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday. It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18.

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that 'you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too.'" Khamenei tweeted. The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it too said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into Southern California neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker Inc. might sound like a familiar name, but it's actually a very new company that's just released a few details of its first new vehicle, the EMotion electric sedan. Although the official image doesn't give away much about some of the really revolutionary engineering behind the EMotion, it does show in some style the feature most people will inevitably talk about with this car: its pretty crazy butterfly doors. The company is run by Henrik Fisker, who was also the man behind Fisker Automotive, which produced the Karma electric sedan before the company withered and car went to China, resurrected by a company called Karma as the Revero.

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Last year, the Guardian reported on an event staged by the Kushner family in China to woo wealthy investors into luxury developments. Jared Kushner’s business dealings are under renewed scrutiny amid reports that the US’s top financial watchdog is looking into an investment-for-visa program run by the Kushner family’s real estate company and questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel.

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday ordered a re-examination of the case of a black death row inmate after one of the jurors at his trial questioned whether black people have souls. The high court in September halted the execution of Keith Tharpe, who was hours away from receiving a lethal injection, after his lawyers argued that racism had played a "pivotal role" in his death sentence. Tharpe was found guilty of the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law Jaquelin Freeman, which took place as she drove to work with his estranged wife in the southern US state of Georgia.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives. Royce is the latest in a wave of some 30 House Republicans who have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning. Democrats need to win 24 seats in the November mid-term elections to retake the majority in the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon expressed “regret” for his comments to journalist Michael Wolff, whose explosive new book sparked a backlash against the former top Donald Trump aide over his comments about a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes have perished during Australia's searingly hot summer, according to environmentalists. Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were "boiled alive" in the heat. Some flying foxes were still hanging from trees as they died, in a shock mass death which campaigners called "dreadful and heartbreaking". The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign wrote on Facebook that temperatures hit over 44C in the Campbelltown district of Sydney, and that over 400 of the animals died. Sydney reached a nearly 80-year temperature high of 47.3C on Sunday. The campaign wrote: "So many little lives lost due to the extreme heat and not enough canopy cover to shade them or keep them cool. "Adults sought out shade and more shelter further up the creek resulting in many babies being left behind to deal with the heat." Campaigners attempted to nurse the animals back to health Credit: Facebook People who live in the area are being urged to watch out for flying foxes which may be suffering heat stress, as those which are often move further to the ground, and to call local wildlife rescue services. Volunteer Cate Ryan told local media: "It was unbelievable. I saw a lot of dead bats on the ground and others were close to the ground and dying. I have never seen anything like it before." A local wildlife rescue group advised: "If the flying-fox is on the ground and it’s a hot day, you can place a cool towel or umbrella above it until the rescuer arrives to protect it from the the worst of the heat. Spraying the animal intermittently with a very light mist or setting up a sprinkler to gently wet the animal can also help." A pile of dead flying foxes Flying foxes are big bats and eat nectar, pollen and fruit. Unlike smaller bats, they do not use sonar and instead, like humans, use their eyes and ears. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign said "Flying foxes are intelligent and remarkable. These unique animals help regenerate our forests and keep ecosystems healthy through pollination and seed dispersal. They are a migratory and nomadic 'keystone' species; meaning a species that many other species of plants and animals rely upon for their survival and wellbeing. Flying foxes, like bees, help drive biodiversity, and faced with the threat of climate change, land clearing, and other human-caused ecological pressures, we need them more than ever." The Australian heatwave featured temperatures which melted the bitumen on the highway, as well as sparking bushfires which politicians warned were a danger to life.

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria's army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement carried by state television that Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutaifa area near Damascus from inside Lebanese airspace at 2:40 a.m. (0040 GMT) and Syrian air defenses hit one of the planes. Israel then fired rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defenses brought them down, the army said, adding that Israeli jets fired a final barrage of four rockets from inside Israel, one of which was intercepted by Syrian air defenses while the others caused material damage.

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's Supreme Court on Monday announced a review of a hugely controversial ban on gay sex, saying no one should have to live in fear because of their sexuality. The court said it would take up a legal challenge by five high-profile Indians who said the colonial-era law created an atmosphere of intimidation. The announcement is the latest chapter in a long-running legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and the gay community over the law passed by the British in the 1860s.

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

The enrollment number represents an increase of at least 400,000 from the third quarter ended Sept. 30 and over 200,000 since last year, Evercore ISI analyst Michael Newshel said in a note. Newshel predicted Centene's announcement, made during a presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, would get a mixed reaction as it was likely to boost the company's 2018 forecast but also further increase Centene's exposure to "the most volatile product segment" while others pull back.

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A mother, father and their two young sons were shot to death early Monday at a Southeast Texas beachfront hotel in what police are investigating as a possible triple killing followed by a suicide in which the woman was the shooter.

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

The Philippines will lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militarise a disputed South China Sea reef. Beijing claims nearly all of the sea and has been turning reefs in the Spratly and Paracel chains into islands, installing military facilities and equipment on them. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Tuesday said Manila was investigating reports of recent Chinese activity on Fiery Cross Reef, an outcrop that Beijing turned into an artificial island and which now appears to house a military base.

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

It might have been only 18 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City on Sunday afternoon, but the annual tradition of riding the subway without pants went on despite some frozen buns. SEE ALSO: Eastern U.S. shivers through 'stupid cold' temperatures after the 'bomb cyclone' The light-hearted event brought out many riders donning winter clothing, but no pants. Once on board, participants are supposed to play it straight and act like nothing's out of the ordinary.  No pants subway ride in New york January 7th 2018 #Nopantssuwayride2018 more information #improveverywhere https://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ #nopantssubwayride #nopants #nopantssubway #Newyorkhttps://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ A post shared by 2018awesome (@nopantssubway2018) on Jan 6, 2018 at 9:58am PST Even "Hot" Mike Pence was spotted wearing just a suit and underwear. Just met “Hot Mike Pence” doing the no pants subway ride today... he goes around prodding fun at the Trump administration, specifically the VP, collecting for causes opposed to the administration’s view pic.twitter.com/nkwkhp3NY0 — Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) January 7, 2018 Elsewhere riders were pant-less despite brisk temperatures in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Berlin, and London — where the ride is known as the "No Trousers Tube Ride." Just got home. Thank you to everyone who took part in the #NoTrousersTubeRide today in the UK or elsewhere in the world. The world can be a depressing place, but just silly things like this can make it so much easier to deal with. A genuinely hilarious day. pic.twitter.com/DO8Y29V6KX — Tom [PositiveLad] (@PositiveLad) January 7, 2018 Baby, it’s cold outside but it’s electric down in Metro. Go DC! Go DC, go! #nopantsdc #NoPantsSubwayRide @WTOP pic.twitter.com/qE1jV0s9T2 — Liz Anderson (@PlanetNoun) January 7, 2018 On the West Coast and in other more forgiving climates, it wasn't that cold, but riders still made an impressive showing in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles. No pants? No problem riding the L.A. Metro.The 10th annual No Pants Metro Ride surprised passengers at Union Station this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/LY69aimwB0 — Hub-LA (@TheHub_LA) January 7, 2018 No pants, no problem! WATCH: Subway rat seizes free avocado, because who wouldn't

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

Police officers shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in the United States in 2017, slightly more than the previous year, according to a tally published on Monday by The Washington Post. The newspaper has been logging details of shootings by police in the United States since 2015, tracking local news reports, public records and social media. Black men, both armed and unarmed, accounted for 22 percent of all people shot and killed by US police last year but make up just six percent of the total US population.

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene Corp , which has announced a deal to buy Impact Biomedicines, on Monday forecast 2018 total revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates, sending the U.S. biotech company's shares down 2 percent. Celgene, which left its long-range 2020 forecast unchanged, said it expects 2018 full-year revenue of $14.4 billion to $14.8 billion. Analysts' on average were estimating revenue of $14.83 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. While headlines suggested the Impact deal announced on Sunday could cost up to $7 billion, Celgene said the only certain cost was the upfront payment of $1.1 billion, with all other payments contingent on approval and major sales milestones for fedratinib, a late stage drug for myelofibrosis.

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the technological maturity of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The new boomer, which must become operational by 2031, will feature a host of new technologies that are supposed to increase the vessels’ survivability into the foreseeable future. “Additional development and testing are required to demonstrate the maturity of several Columbia class submarine technologies that are critical to performance, including the Integrated Power System, nuclear reactor, common missile compartment, and propulsor and related coordinated stern technologies,” the GAO report reads.

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Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday. It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18.

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that 'you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too.'" Khamenei tweeted. The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it too said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into Southern California neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker Inc. might sound like a familiar name, but it's actually a very new company that's just released a few details of its first new vehicle, the EMotion electric sedan. Although the official image doesn't give away much about some of the really revolutionary engineering behind the EMotion, it does show in some style the feature most people will inevitably talk about with this car: its pretty crazy butterfly doors. The company is run by Henrik Fisker, who was also the man behind Fisker Automotive, which produced the Karma electric sedan before the company withered and car went to China, resurrected by a company called Karma as the Revero.

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Last year, the Guardian reported on an event staged by the Kushner family in China to woo wealthy investors into luxury developments. Jared Kushner’s business dealings are under renewed scrutiny amid reports that the US’s top financial watchdog is looking into an investment-for-visa program run by the Kushner family’s real estate company and questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel.

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday ordered a re-examination of the case of a black death row inmate after one of the jurors at his trial questioned whether black people have souls. The high court in September halted the execution of Keith Tharpe, who was hours away from receiving a lethal injection, after his lawyers argued that racism had played a "pivotal role" in his death sentence. Tharpe was found guilty of the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law Jaquelin Freeman, which took place as she drove to work with his estranged wife in the southern US state of Georgia.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives. Royce is the latest in a wave of some 30 House Republicans who have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning. Democrats need to win 24 seats in the November mid-term elections to retake the majority in the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon expressed “regret” for his comments to journalist Michael Wolff, whose explosive new book sparked a backlash against the former top Donald Trump aide over his comments about a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes have perished during Australia's searingly hot summer, according to environmentalists. Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were "boiled alive" in the heat. Some flying foxes were still hanging from trees as they died, in a shock mass death which campaigners called "dreadful and heartbreaking". The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign wrote on Facebook that temperatures hit over 44C in the Campbelltown district of Sydney, and that over 400 of the animals died. Sydney reached a nearly 80-year temperature high of 47.3C on Sunday. The campaign wrote: "So many little lives lost due to the extreme heat and not enough canopy cover to shade them or keep them cool. "Adults sought out shade and more shelter further up the creek resulting in many babies being left behind to deal with the heat." Campaigners attempted to nurse the animals back to health Credit: Facebook People who live in the area are being urged to watch out for flying foxes which may be suffering heat stress, as those which are often move further to the ground, and to call local wildlife rescue services. Volunteer Cate Ryan told local media: "It was unbelievable. I saw a lot of dead bats on the ground and others were close to the ground and dying. I have never seen anything like it before." A local wildlife rescue group advised: "If the flying-fox is on the ground and it’s a hot day, you can place a cool towel or umbrella above it until the rescuer arrives to protect it from the the worst of the heat. Spraying the animal intermittently with a very light mist or setting up a sprinkler to gently wet the animal can also help." A pile of dead flying foxes Flying foxes are big bats and eat nectar, pollen and fruit. Unlike smaller bats, they do not use sonar and instead, like humans, use their eyes and ears. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign said "Flying foxes are intelligent and remarkable. These unique animals help regenerate our forests and keep ecosystems healthy through pollination and seed dispersal. They are a migratory and nomadic 'keystone' species; meaning a species that many other species of plants and animals rely upon for their survival and wellbeing. Flying foxes, like bees, help drive biodiversity, and faced with the threat of climate change, land clearing, and other human-caused ecological pressures, we need them more than ever." The Australian heatwave featured temperatures which melted the bitumen on the highway, as well as sparking bushfires which politicians warned were a danger to life.

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria's army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement carried by state television that Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutaifa area near Damascus from inside Lebanese airspace at 2:40 a.m. (0040 GMT) and Syrian air defenses hit one of the planes. Israel then fired rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defenses brought them down, the army said, adding that Israeli jets fired a final barrage of four rockets from inside Israel, one of which was intercepted by Syrian air defenses while the others caused material damage.

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's Supreme Court on Monday announced a review of a hugely controversial ban on gay sex, saying no one should have to live in fear because of their sexuality. The court said it would take up a legal challenge by five high-profile Indians who said the colonial-era law created an atmosphere of intimidation. The announcement is the latest chapter in a long-running legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and the gay community over the law passed by the British in the 1860s.

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

The enrollment number represents an increase of at least 400,000 from the third quarter ended Sept. 30 and over 200,000 since last year, Evercore ISI analyst Michael Newshel said in a note. Newshel predicted Centene's announcement, made during a presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, would get a mixed reaction as it was likely to boost the company's 2018 forecast but also further increase Centene's exposure to "the most volatile product segment" while others pull back.

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A mother, father and their two young sons were shot to death early Monday at a Southeast Texas beachfront hotel in what police are investigating as a possible triple killing followed by a suicide in which the woman was the shooter.

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

The Philippines will lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militarise a disputed South China Sea reef. Beijing claims nearly all of the sea and has been turning reefs in the Spratly and Paracel chains into islands, installing military facilities and equipment on them. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Tuesday said Manila was investigating reports of recent Chinese activity on Fiery Cross Reef, an outcrop that Beijing turned into an artificial island and which now appears to house a military base.

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

It might have been only 18 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City on Sunday afternoon, but the annual tradition of riding the subway without pants went on despite some frozen buns. SEE ALSO: Eastern U.S. shivers through 'stupid cold' temperatures after the 'bomb cyclone' The light-hearted event brought out many riders donning winter clothing, but no pants. Once on board, participants are supposed to play it straight and act like nothing's out of the ordinary.  No pants subway ride in New york January 7th 2018 #Nopantssuwayride2018 more information #improveverywhere https://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ #nopantssubwayride #nopants #nopantssubway #Newyorkhttps://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ A post shared by 2018awesome (@nopantssubway2018) on Jan 6, 2018 at 9:58am PST Even "Hot" Mike Pence was spotted wearing just a suit and underwear. Just met “Hot Mike Pence” doing the no pants subway ride today... he goes around prodding fun at the Trump administration, specifically the VP, collecting for causes opposed to the administration’s view pic.twitter.com/nkwkhp3NY0 — Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) January 7, 2018 Elsewhere riders were pant-less despite brisk temperatures in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Berlin, and London — where the ride is known as the "No Trousers Tube Ride." Just got home. Thank you to everyone who took part in the #NoTrousersTubeRide today in the UK or elsewhere in the world. The world can be a depressing place, but just silly things like this can make it so much easier to deal with. A genuinely hilarious day. pic.twitter.com/DO8Y29V6KX — Tom [PositiveLad] (@PositiveLad) January 7, 2018 Baby, it’s cold outside but it’s electric down in Metro. Go DC! Go DC, go! #nopantsdc #NoPantsSubwayRide @WTOP pic.twitter.com/qE1jV0s9T2 — Liz Anderson (@PlanetNoun) January 7, 2018 On the West Coast and in other more forgiving climates, it wasn't that cold, but riders still made an impressive showing in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles. No pants? No problem riding the L.A. Metro.The 10th annual No Pants Metro Ride surprised passengers at Union Station this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/LY69aimwB0 — Hub-LA (@TheHub_LA) January 7, 2018 No pants, no problem! WATCH: Subway rat seizes free avocado, because who wouldn't

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

Police officers shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in the United States in 2017, slightly more than the previous year, according to a tally published on Monday by The Washington Post. The newspaper has been logging details of shootings by police in the United States since 2015, tracking local news reports, public records and social media. Black men, both armed and unarmed, accounted for 22 percent of all people shot and killed by US police last year but make up just six percent of the total US population.

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene Corp , which has announced a deal to buy Impact Biomedicines, on Monday forecast 2018 total revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates, sending the U.S. biotech company's shares down 2 percent. Celgene, which left its long-range 2020 forecast unchanged, said it expects 2018 full-year revenue of $14.4 billion to $14.8 billion. Analysts' on average were estimating revenue of $14.83 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. While headlines suggested the Impact deal announced on Sunday could cost up to $7 billion, Celgene said the only certain cost was the upfront payment of $1.1 billion, with all other payments contingent on approval and major sales milestones for fedratinib, a late stage drug for myelofibrosis.

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the technological maturity of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The new boomer, which must become operational by 2031, will feature a host of new technologies that are supposed to increase the vessels’ survivability into the foreseeable future. “Additional development and testing are required to demonstrate the maturity of several Columbia class submarine technologies that are critical to performance, including the Integrated Power System, nuclear reactor, common missile compartment, and propulsor and related coordinated stern technologies,” the GAO report reads.

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Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday. It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18.

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that 'you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too.'" Khamenei tweeted. The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it too said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into Southern California neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker Inc. might sound like a familiar name, but it's actually a very new company that's just released a few details of its first new vehicle, the EMotion electric sedan. Although the official image doesn't give away much about some of the really revolutionary engineering behind the EMotion, it does show in some style the feature most people will inevitably talk about with this car: its pretty crazy butterfly doors. The company is run by Henrik Fisker, who was also the man behind Fisker Automotive, which produced the Karma electric sedan before the company withered and car went to China, resurrected by a company called Karma as the Revero.

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Last year, the Guardian reported on an event staged by the Kushner family in China to woo wealthy investors into luxury developments. Jared Kushner’s business dealings are under renewed scrutiny amid reports that the US’s top financial watchdog is looking into an investment-for-visa program run by the Kushner family’s real estate company and questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel.

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday ordered a re-examination of the case of a black death row inmate after one of the jurors at his trial questioned whether black people have souls. The high court in September halted the execution of Keith Tharpe, who was hours away from receiving a lethal injection, after his lawyers argued that racism had played a "pivotal role" in his death sentence. Tharpe was found guilty of the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law Jaquelin Freeman, which took place as she drove to work with his estranged wife in the southern US state of Georgia.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives. Royce is the latest in a wave of some 30 House Republicans who have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning. Democrats need to win 24 seats in the November mid-term elections to retake the majority in the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon expressed “regret” for his comments to journalist Michael Wolff, whose explosive new book sparked a backlash against the former top Donald Trump aide over his comments about a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes have perished during Australia's searingly hot summer, according to environmentalists. Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were "boiled alive" in the heat. Some flying foxes were still hanging from trees as they died, in a shock mass death which campaigners called "dreadful and heartbreaking". The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign wrote on Facebook that temperatures hit over 44C in the Campbelltown district of Sydney, and that over 400 of the animals died. Sydney reached a nearly 80-year temperature high of 47.3C on Sunday. The campaign wrote: "So many little lives lost due to the extreme heat and not enough canopy cover to shade them or keep them cool. "Adults sought out shade and more shelter further up the creek resulting in many babies being left behind to deal with the heat." Campaigners attempted to nurse the animals back to health Credit: Facebook People who live in the area are being urged to watch out for flying foxes which may be suffering heat stress, as those which are often move further to the ground, and to call local wildlife rescue services. Volunteer Cate Ryan told local media: "It was unbelievable. I saw a lot of dead bats on the ground and others were close to the ground and dying. I have never seen anything like it before." A local wildlife rescue group advised: "If the flying-fox is on the ground and it’s a hot day, you can place a cool towel or umbrella above it until the rescuer arrives to protect it from the the worst of the heat. Spraying the animal intermittently with a very light mist or setting up a sprinkler to gently wet the animal can also help." A pile of dead flying foxes Flying foxes are big bats and eat nectar, pollen and fruit. Unlike smaller bats, they do not use sonar and instead, like humans, use their eyes and ears. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign said "Flying foxes are intelligent and remarkable. These unique animals help regenerate our forests and keep ecosystems healthy through pollination and seed dispersal. They are a migratory and nomadic 'keystone' species; meaning a species that many other species of plants and animals rely upon for their survival and wellbeing. Flying foxes, like bees, help drive biodiversity, and faced with the threat of climate change, land clearing, and other human-caused ecological pressures, we need them more than ever." The Australian heatwave featured temperatures which melted the bitumen on the highway, as well as sparking bushfires which politicians warned were a danger to life.

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria's army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement carried by state television that Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutaifa area near Damascus from inside Lebanese airspace at 2:40 a.m. (0040 GMT) and Syrian air defenses hit one of the planes. Israel then fired rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defenses brought them down, the army said, adding that Israeli jets fired a final barrage of four rockets from inside Israel, one of which was intercepted by Syrian air defenses while the others caused material damage.

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's Supreme Court on Monday announced a review of a hugely controversial ban on gay sex, saying no one should have to live in fear because of their sexuality. The court said it would take up a legal challenge by five high-profile Indians who said the colonial-era law created an atmosphere of intimidation. The announcement is the latest chapter in a long-running legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and the gay community over the law passed by the British in the 1860s.

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

The enrollment number represents an increase of at least 400,000 from the third quarter ended Sept. 30 and over 200,000 since last year, Evercore ISI analyst Michael Newshel said in a note. Newshel predicted Centene's announcement, made during a presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, would get a mixed reaction as it was likely to boost the company's 2018 forecast but also further increase Centene's exposure to "the most volatile product segment" while others pull back.

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A mother, father and their two young sons were shot to death early Monday at a Southeast Texas beachfront hotel in what police are investigating as a possible triple killing followed by a suicide in which the woman was the shooter.

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

The Philippines will lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militarise a disputed South China Sea reef. Beijing claims nearly all of the sea and has been turning reefs in the Spratly and Paracel chains into islands, installing military facilities and equipment on them. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Tuesday said Manila was investigating reports of recent Chinese activity on Fiery Cross Reef, an outcrop that Beijing turned into an artificial island and which now appears to house a military base.

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

It might have been only 18 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City on Sunday afternoon, but the annual tradition of riding the subway without pants went on despite some frozen buns. SEE ALSO: Eastern U.S. shivers through 'stupid cold' temperatures after the 'bomb cyclone' The light-hearted event brought out many riders donning winter clothing, but no pants. Once on board, participants are supposed to play it straight and act like nothing's out of the ordinary.  No pants subway ride in New york January 7th 2018 #Nopantssuwayride2018 more information #improveverywhere https://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ #nopantssubwayride #nopants #nopantssubway #Newyorkhttps://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ A post shared by 2018awesome (@nopantssubway2018) on Jan 6, 2018 at 9:58am PST Even "Hot" Mike Pence was spotted wearing just a suit and underwear. Just met “Hot Mike Pence” doing the no pants subway ride today... he goes around prodding fun at the Trump administration, specifically the VP, collecting for causes opposed to the administration’s view pic.twitter.com/nkwkhp3NY0 — Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) January 7, 2018 Elsewhere riders were pant-less despite brisk temperatures in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Berlin, and London — where the ride is known as the "No Trousers Tube Ride." Just got home. Thank you to everyone who took part in the #NoTrousersTubeRide today in the UK or elsewhere in the world. The world can be a depressing place, but just silly things like this can make it so much easier to deal with. A genuinely hilarious day. pic.twitter.com/DO8Y29V6KX — Tom [PositiveLad] (@PositiveLad) January 7, 2018 Baby, it’s cold outside but it’s electric down in Metro. Go DC! Go DC, go! #nopantsdc #NoPantsSubwayRide @WTOP pic.twitter.com/qE1jV0s9T2 — Liz Anderson (@PlanetNoun) January 7, 2018 On the West Coast and in other more forgiving climates, it wasn't that cold, but riders still made an impressive showing in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles. No pants? No problem riding the L.A. Metro.The 10th annual No Pants Metro Ride surprised passengers at Union Station this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/LY69aimwB0 — Hub-LA (@TheHub_LA) January 7, 2018 No pants, no problem! WATCH: Subway rat seizes free avocado, because who wouldn't

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

Police officers shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in the United States in 2017, slightly more than the previous year, according to a tally published on Monday by The Washington Post. The newspaper has been logging details of shootings by police in the United States since 2015, tracking local news reports, public records and social media. Black men, both armed and unarmed, accounted for 22 percent of all people shot and killed by US police last year but make up just six percent of the total US population.

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene Corp , which has announced a deal to buy Impact Biomedicines, on Monday forecast 2018 total revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates, sending the U.S. biotech company's shares down 2 percent. Celgene, which left its long-range 2020 forecast unchanged, said it expects 2018 full-year revenue of $14.4 billion to $14.8 billion. Analysts' on average were estimating revenue of $14.83 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. While headlines suggested the Impact deal announced on Sunday could cost up to $7 billion, Celgene said the only certain cost was the upfront payment of $1.1 billion, with all other payments contingent on approval and major sales milestones for fedratinib, a late stage drug for myelofibrosis.

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the technological maturity of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The new boomer, which must become operational by 2031, will feature a host of new technologies that are supposed to increase the vessels’ survivability into the foreseeable future. “Additional development and testing are required to demonstrate the maturity of several Columbia class submarine technologies that are critical to performance, including the Integrated Power System, nuclear reactor, common missile compartment, and propulsor and related coordinated stern technologies,” the GAO report reads.

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Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday. It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18.

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that 'you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too.'" Khamenei tweeted. The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it too said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into Southern California neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker Inc. might sound like a familiar name, but it's actually a very new company that's just released a few details of its first new vehicle, the EMotion electric sedan. Although the official image doesn't give away much about some of the really revolutionary engineering behind the EMotion, it does show in some style the feature most people will inevitably talk about with this car: its pretty crazy butterfly doors. The company is run by Henrik Fisker, who was also the man behind Fisker Automotive, which produced the Karma electric sedan before the company withered and car went to China, resurrected by a company called Karma as the Revero.

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Last year, the Guardian reported on an event staged by the Kushner family in China to woo wealthy investors into luxury developments. Jared Kushner’s business dealings are under renewed scrutiny amid reports that the US’s top financial watchdog is looking into an investment-for-visa program run by the Kushner family’s real estate company and questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel.

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday ordered a re-examination of the case of a black death row inmate after one of the jurors at his trial questioned whether black people have souls. The high court in September halted the execution of Keith Tharpe, who was hours away from receiving a lethal injection, after his lawyers argued that racism had played a "pivotal role" in his death sentence. Tharpe was found guilty of the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law Jaquelin Freeman, which took place as she drove to work with his estranged wife in the southern US state of Georgia.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives. Royce is the latest in a wave of some 30 House Republicans who have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning. Democrats need to win 24 seats in the November mid-term elections to retake the majority in the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon expressed “regret” for his comments to journalist Michael Wolff, whose explosive new book sparked a backlash against the former top Donald Trump aide over his comments about a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes have perished during Australia's searingly hot summer, according to environmentalists. Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were "boiled alive" in the heat. Some flying foxes were still hanging from trees as they died, in a shock mass death which campaigners called "dreadful and heartbreaking". The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign wrote on Facebook that temperatures hit over 44C in the Campbelltown district of Sydney, and that over 400 of the animals died. Sydney reached a nearly 80-year temperature high of 47.3C on Sunday. The campaign wrote: "So many little lives lost due to the extreme heat and not enough canopy cover to shade them or keep them cool. "Adults sought out shade and more shelter further up the creek resulting in many babies being left behind to deal with the heat." Campaigners attempted to nurse the animals back to health Credit: Facebook People who live in the area are being urged to watch out for flying foxes which may be suffering heat stress, as those which are often move further to the ground, and to call local wildlife rescue services. Volunteer Cate Ryan told local media: "It was unbelievable. I saw a lot of dead bats on the ground and others were close to the ground and dying. I have never seen anything like it before." A local wildlife rescue group advised: "If the flying-fox is on the ground and it’s a hot day, you can place a cool towel or umbrella above it until the rescuer arrives to protect it from the the worst of the heat. Spraying the animal intermittently with a very light mist or setting up a sprinkler to gently wet the animal can also help." A pile of dead flying foxes Flying foxes are big bats and eat nectar, pollen and fruit. Unlike smaller bats, they do not use sonar and instead, like humans, use their eyes and ears. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign said "Flying foxes are intelligent and remarkable. These unique animals help regenerate our forests and keep ecosystems healthy through pollination and seed dispersal. They are a migratory and nomadic 'keystone' species; meaning a species that many other species of plants and animals rely upon for their survival and wellbeing. Flying foxes, like bees, help drive biodiversity, and faced with the threat of climate change, land clearing, and other human-caused ecological pressures, we need them more than ever." The Australian heatwave featured temperatures which melted the bitumen on the highway, as well as sparking bushfires which politicians warned were a danger to life.

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria's army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement carried by state television that Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutaifa area near Damascus from inside Lebanese airspace at 2:40 a.m. (0040 GMT) and Syrian air defenses hit one of the planes. Israel then fired rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defenses brought them down, the army said, adding that Israeli jets fired a final barrage of four rockets from inside Israel, one of which was intercepted by Syrian air defenses while the others caused material damage.

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's Supreme Court on Monday announced a review of a hugely controversial ban on gay sex, saying no one should have to live in fear because of their sexuality. The court said it would take up a legal challenge by five high-profile Indians who said the colonial-era law created an atmosphere of intimidation. The announcement is the latest chapter in a long-running legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and the gay community over the law passed by the British in the 1860s.

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

The enrollment number represents an increase of at least 400,000 from the third quarter ended Sept. 30 and over 200,000 since last year, Evercore ISI analyst Michael Newshel said in a note. Newshel predicted Centene's announcement, made during a presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, would get a mixed reaction as it was likely to boost the company's 2018 forecast but also further increase Centene's exposure to "the most volatile product segment" while others pull back.

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A mother, father and their two young sons were shot to death early Monday at a Southeast Texas beachfront hotel in what police are investigating as a possible triple killing followed by a suicide in which the woman was the shooter.

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

The Philippines will lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militarise a disputed South China Sea reef. Beijing claims nearly all of the sea and has been turning reefs in the Spratly and Paracel chains into islands, installing military facilities and equipment on them. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Tuesday said Manila was investigating reports of recent Chinese activity on Fiery Cross Reef, an outcrop that Beijing turned into an artificial island and which now appears to house a military base.

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

It might have been only 18 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City on Sunday afternoon, but the annual tradition of riding the subway without pants went on despite some frozen buns. SEE ALSO: Eastern U.S. shivers through 'stupid cold' temperatures after the 'bomb cyclone' The light-hearted event brought out many riders donning winter clothing, but no pants. Once on board, participants are supposed to play it straight and act like nothing's out of the ordinary.  No pants subway ride in New york January 7th 2018 #Nopantssuwayride2018 more information #improveverywhere https://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ #nopantssubwayride #nopants #nopantssubway #Newyorkhttps://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ A post shared by 2018awesome (@nopantssubway2018) on Jan 6, 2018 at 9:58am PST Even "Hot" Mike Pence was spotted wearing just a suit and underwear. Just met “Hot Mike Pence” doing the no pants subway ride today... he goes around prodding fun at the Trump administration, specifically the VP, collecting for causes opposed to the administration’s view pic.twitter.com/nkwkhp3NY0 — Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) January 7, 2018 Elsewhere riders were pant-less despite brisk temperatures in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Berlin, and London — where the ride is known as the "No Trousers Tube Ride." Just got home. Thank you to everyone who took part in the #NoTrousersTubeRide today in the UK or elsewhere in the world. The world can be a depressing place, but just silly things like this can make it so much easier to deal with. A genuinely hilarious day. pic.twitter.com/DO8Y29V6KX — Tom [PositiveLad] (@PositiveLad) January 7, 2018 Baby, it’s cold outside but it’s electric down in Metro. Go DC! Go DC, go! #nopantsdc #NoPantsSubwayRide @WTOP pic.twitter.com/qE1jV0s9T2 — Liz Anderson (@PlanetNoun) January 7, 2018 On the West Coast and in other more forgiving climates, it wasn't that cold, but riders still made an impressive showing in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles. No pants? No problem riding the L.A. Metro.The 10th annual No Pants Metro Ride surprised passengers at Union Station this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/LY69aimwB0 — Hub-LA (@TheHub_LA) January 7, 2018 No pants, no problem! WATCH: Subway rat seizes free avocado, because who wouldn't

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

Police officers shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in the United States in 2017, slightly more than the previous year, according to a tally published on Monday by The Washington Post. The newspaper has been logging details of shootings by police in the United States since 2015, tracking local news reports, public records and social media. Black men, both armed and unarmed, accounted for 22 percent of all people shot and killed by US police last year but make up just six percent of the total US population.

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene Corp , which has announced a deal to buy Impact Biomedicines, on Monday forecast 2018 total revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates, sending the U.S. biotech company's shares down 2 percent. Celgene, which left its long-range 2020 forecast unchanged, said it expects 2018 full-year revenue of $14.4 billion to $14.8 billion. Analysts' on average were estimating revenue of $14.83 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. While headlines suggested the Impact deal announced on Sunday could cost up to $7 billion, Celgene said the only certain cost was the upfront payment of $1.1 billion, with all other payments contingent on approval and major sales milestones for fedratinib, a late stage drug for myelofibrosis.

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the technological maturity of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The new boomer, which must become operational by 2031, will feature a host of new technologies that are supposed to increase the vessels’ survivability into the foreseeable future. “Additional development and testing are required to demonstrate the maturity of several Columbia class submarine technologies that are critical to performance, including the Integrated Power System, nuclear reactor, common missile compartment, and propulsor and related coordinated stern technologies,” the GAO report reads.

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Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon expressed “regret” for his comments to journalist Michael Wolff, whose explosive new book sparked a backlash against the former top Donald Trump aide over his comments about a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into Southern California neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday. It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18.

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that 'you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too.'" Khamenei tweeted. The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it too said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker Inc. might sound like a familiar name, but it's actually a very new company that's just released a few details of its first new vehicle, the EMotion electric sedan. Although the official image doesn't give away much about some of the really revolutionary engineering behind the EMotion, it does show in some style the feature most people will inevitably talk about with this car: its pretty crazy butterfly doors. The company is run by Henrik Fisker, who was also the man behind Fisker Automotive, which produced the Karma electric sedan before the company withered and car went to China, resurrected by a company called Karma as the Revero.

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Last year, the Guardian reported on an event staged by the Kushner family in China to woo wealthy investors into luxury developments. Jared Kushner’s business dealings are under renewed scrutiny amid reports that the US’s top financial watchdog is looking into an investment-for-visa program run by the Kushner family’s real estate company and questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel.

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday ordered a re-examination of the case of a black death row inmate after one of the jurors at his trial questioned whether black people have souls. The high court in September halted the execution of Keith Tharpe, who was hours away from receiving a lethal injection, after his lawyers argued that racism had played a "pivotal role" in his death sentence. Tharpe was found guilty of the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law Jaquelin Freeman, which took place as she drove to work with his estranged wife in the southern US state of Georgia.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives. Royce is the latest in a wave of some 30 House Republicans who have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning. Democrats need to win 24 seats in the November mid-term elections to retake the majority in the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes have perished during Australia's searingly hot summer, according to environmentalists. Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were "boiled alive" in the heat. Some flying foxes were still hanging from trees as they died, in a shock mass death which campaigners called "dreadful and heartbreaking". The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign wrote on Facebook that temperatures hit over 44C in the Campbelltown district of Sydney, and that over 400 of the animals died. Sydney reached a nearly 80-year temperature high of 47.3C on Sunday. The campaign wrote: "So many little lives lost due to the extreme heat and not enough canopy cover to shade them or keep them cool. "Adults sought out shade and more shelter further up the creek resulting in many babies being left behind to deal with the heat." Campaigners attempted to nurse the animals back to health Credit: Facebook People who live in the area are being urged to watch out for flying foxes which may be suffering heat stress, as those which are often move further to the ground, and to call local wildlife rescue services. Volunteer Cate Ryan told local media: "It was unbelievable. I saw a lot of dead bats on the ground and others were close to the ground and dying. I have never seen anything like it before." A local wildlife rescue group advised: "If the flying-fox is on the ground and it’s a hot day, you can place a cool towel or umbrella above it until the rescuer arrives to protect it from the the worst of the heat. Spraying the animal intermittently with a very light mist or setting up a sprinkler to gently wet the animal can also help." A pile of dead flying foxes Flying foxes are big bats and eat nectar, pollen and fruit. Unlike smaller bats, they do not use sonar and instead, like humans, use their eyes and ears. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign said "Flying foxes are intelligent and remarkable. These unique animals help regenerate our forests and keep ecosystems healthy through pollination and seed dispersal. They are a migratory and nomadic 'keystone' species; meaning a species that many other species of plants and animals rely upon for their survival and wellbeing. Flying foxes, like bees, help drive biodiversity, and faced with the threat of climate change, land clearing, and other human-caused ecological pressures, we need them more than ever." The Australian heatwave featured temperatures which melted the bitumen on the highway, as well as sparking bushfires which politicians warned were a danger to life.

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

Police officers shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in the United States in 2017, slightly more than the previous year, according to a tally published on Monday by The Washington Post. The newspaper has been logging details of shootings by police in the United States since 2015, tracking local news reports, public records and social media. Black men, both armed and unarmed, accounted for 22 percent of all people shot and killed by US police last year but make up just six percent of the total US population.

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria's army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement carried by state television that Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutaifa area near Damascus from inside Lebanese airspace at 2:40 a.m. (0040 GMT) and Syrian air defenses hit one of the planes. Israel then fired rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defenses brought them down, the army said, adding that Israeli jets fired a final barrage of four rockets from inside Israel, one of which was intercepted by Syrian air defenses while the others caused material damage.

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's Supreme Court on Monday announced a review of a hugely controversial ban on gay sex, saying no one should have to live in fear because of their sexuality. The court said it would take up a legal challenge by five high-profile Indians who said the colonial-era law created an atmosphere of intimidation. The announcement is the latest chapter in a long-running legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and the gay community over the law passed by the British in the 1860s.

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

The enrollment number represents an increase of at least 400,000 from the third quarter ended Sept. 30 and over 200,000 since last year, Evercore ISI analyst Michael Newshel said in a note. Newshel predicted Centene's announcement, made during a presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, would get a mixed reaction as it was likely to boost the company's 2018 forecast but also further increase Centene's exposure to "the most volatile product segment" while others pull back.

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A mother, father and their two young sons were shot to death early Monday at a Southeast Texas beachfront hotel in what police are investigating as a possible triple killing followed by a suicide in which the woman was the shooter.

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

It might have been only 18 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City on Sunday afternoon, but the annual tradition of riding the subway without pants went on despite some frozen buns. SEE ALSO: Eastern U.S. shivers through 'stupid cold' temperatures after the 'bomb cyclone' The light-hearted event brought out many riders donning winter clothing, but no pants. Once on board, participants are supposed to play it straight and act like nothing's out of the ordinary.  No pants subway ride in New york January 7th 2018 #Nopantssuwayride2018 more information #improveverywhere https://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ #nopantssubwayride #nopants #nopantssubway #Newyorkhttps://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ A post shared by 2018awesome (@nopantssubway2018) on Jan 6, 2018 at 9:58am PST Even "Hot" Mike Pence was spotted wearing just a suit and underwear. Just met “Hot Mike Pence” doing the no pants subway ride today... he goes around prodding fun at the Trump administration, specifically the VP, collecting for causes opposed to the administration’s view pic.twitter.com/nkwkhp3NY0 — Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) January 7, 2018 Elsewhere riders were pant-less despite brisk temperatures in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Berlin, and London — where the ride is known as the "No Trousers Tube Ride." Just got home. Thank you to everyone who took part in the #NoTrousersTubeRide today in the UK or elsewhere in the world. The world can be a depressing place, but just silly things like this can make it so much easier to deal with. A genuinely hilarious day. pic.twitter.com/DO8Y29V6KX — Tom [PositiveLad] (@PositiveLad) January 7, 2018 Baby, it’s cold outside but it’s electric down in Metro. Go DC! Go DC, go! #nopantsdc #NoPantsSubwayRide @WTOP pic.twitter.com/qE1jV0s9T2 — Liz Anderson (@PlanetNoun) January 7, 2018 On the West Coast and in other more forgiving climates, it wasn't that cold, but riders still made an impressive showing in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles. No pants? No problem riding the L.A. Metro.The 10th annual No Pants Metro Ride surprised passengers at Union Station this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/LY69aimwB0 — Hub-LA (@TheHub_LA) January 7, 2018 No pants, no problem! WATCH: Subway rat seizes free avocado, because who wouldn't

Former Chinese military chief of staff under investigation

Former Chinese military chief of staff under investigation

A former chief of staff of China's military is under investigation on "suspicion of bribery", state media said Tuesday, as Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-graft crackdown claimed another top general. Fang Fenghui was appointed to the PLA's top post in 2012. The general has been "transferred to the military prosecution authority on suspicion of bribery" said Xinhua news agency without providing further details.

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene Corp , which has announced a deal to buy Impact Biomedicines, on Monday forecast 2018 total revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates, sending the U.S. biotech company's shares down 2 percent. Celgene, which left its long-range 2020 forecast unchanged, said it expects 2018 full-year revenue of $14.4 billion to $14.8 billion. Analysts' on average were estimating revenue of $14.83 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. While headlines suggested the Impact deal announced on Sunday could cost up to $7 billion, Celgene said the only certain cost was the upfront payment of $1.1 billion, with all other payments contingent on approval and major sales milestones for fedratinib, a late stage drug for myelofibrosis.

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the technological maturity of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The new boomer, which must become operational by 2031, will feature a host of new technologies that are supposed to increase the vessels’ survivability into the foreseeable future. “Additional development and testing are required to demonstrate the maturity of several Columbia class submarine technologies that are critical to performance, including the Integrated Power System, nuclear reactor, common missile compartment, and propulsor and related coordinated stern technologies,” the GAO report reads.

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Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday. It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18.

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that 'you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too.'" Khamenei tweeted. The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it too said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into Southern California neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker Inc. might sound like a familiar name, but it's actually a very new company that's just released a few details of its first new vehicle, the EMotion electric sedan. Although the official image doesn't give away much about some of the really revolutionary engineering behind the EMotion, it does show in some style the feature most people will inevitably talk about with this car: its pretty crazy butterfly doors. The company is run by Henrik Fisker, who was also the man behind Fisker Automotive, which produced the Karma electric sedan before the company withered and car went to China, resurrected by a company called Karma as the Revero.

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Last year, the Guardian reported on an event staged by the Kushner family in China to woo wealthy investors into luxury developments. Jared Kushner’s business dealings are under renewed scrutiny amid reports that the US’s top financial watchdog is looking into an investment-for-visa program run by the Kushner family’s real estate company and questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel.

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday ordered a re-examination of the case of a black death row inmate after one of the jurors at his trial questioned whether black people have souls. The high court in September halted the execution of Keith Tharpe, who was hours away from receiving a lethal injection, after his lawyers argued that racism had played a "pivotal role" in his death sentence. Tharpe was found guilty of the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law Jaquelin Freeman, which took place as she drove to work with his estranged wife in the southern US state of Georgia.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives. Royce is the latest in a wave of some 30 House Republicans who have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning. Democrats need to win 24 seats in the November mid-term elections to retake the majority in the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon expressed “regret” for his comments to journalist Michael Wolff, whose explosive new book sparked a backlash against the former top Donald Trump aide over his comments about a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes have perished during Australia's searingly hot summer, according to environmentalists. Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were "boiled alive" in the heat. Some flying foxes were still hanging from trees as they died, in a shock mass death which campaigners called "dreadful and heartbreaking". The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign wrote on Facebook that temperatures hit over 44C in the Campbelltown district of Sydney, and that over 400 of the animals died. Sydney reached a nearly 80-year temperature high of 47.3C on Sunday. The campaign wrote: "So many little lives lost due to the extreme heat and not enough canopy cover to shade them or keep them cool. "Adults sought out shade and more shelter further up the creek resulting in many babies being left behind to deal with the heat." Campaigners attempted to nurse the animals back to health Credit: Facebook People who live in the area are being urged to watch out for flying foxes which may be suffering heat stress, as those which are often move further to the ground, and to call local wildlife rescue services. Volunteer Cate Ryan told local media: "It was unbelievable. I saw a lot of dead bats on the ground and others were close to the ground and dying. I have never seen anything like it before." A local wildlife rescue group advised: "If the flying-fox is on the ground and it’s a hot day, you can place a cool towel or umbrella above it until the rescuer arrives to protect it from the the worst of the heat. Spraying the animal intermittently with a very light mist or setting up a sprinkler to gently wet the animal can also help." A pile of dead flying foxes Flying foxes are big bats and eat nectar, pollen and fruit. Unlike smaller bats, they do not use sonar and instead, like humans, use their eyes and ears. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign said "Flying foxes are intelligent and remarkable. These unique animals help regenerate our forests and keep ecosystems healthy through pollination and seed dispersal. They are a migratory and nomadic 'keystone' species; meaning a species that many other species of plants and animals rely upon for their survival and wellbeing. Flying foxes, like bees, help drive biodiversity, and faced with the threat of climate change, land clearing, and other human-caused ecological pressures, we need them more than ever." The Australian heatwave featured temperatures which melted the bitumen on the highway, as well as sparking bushfires which politicians warned were a danger to life.

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria's army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement carried by state television that Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutaifa area near Damascus from inside Lebanese airspace at 2:40 a.m. (0040 GMT) and Syrian air defenses hit one of the planes. Israel then fired rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defenses brought them down, the army said, adding that Israeli jets fired a final barrage of four rockets from inside Israel, one of which was intercepted by Syrian air defenses while the others caused material damage.

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's Supreme Court on Monday announced a review of a hugely controversial ban on gay sex, saying no one should have to live in fear because of their sexuality. The court said it would take up a legal challenge by five high-profile Indians who said the colonial-era law created an atmosphere of intimidation. The announcement is the latest chapter in a long-running legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and the gay community over the law passed by the British in the 1860s.

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

The enrollment number represents an increase of at least 400,000 from the third quarter ended Sept. 30 and over 200,000 since last year, Evercore ISI analyst Michael Newshel said in a note. Newshel predicted Centene's announcement, made during a presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, would get a mixed reaction as it was likely to boost the company's 2018 forecast but also further increase Centene's exposure to "the most volatile product segment" while others pull back.

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A mother, father and their two young sons were shot to death early Monday at a Southeast Texas beachfront hotel in what police are investigating as a possible triple killing followed by a suicide in which the woman was the shooter.

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

The Philippines will lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militarise a disputed South China Sea reef. Beijing claims nearly all of the sea and has been turning reefs in the Spratly and Paracel chains into islands, installing military facilities and equipment on them. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Tuesday said Manila was investigating reports of recent Chinese activity on Fiery Cross Reef, an outcrop that Beijing turned into an artificial island and which now appears to house a military base.

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

It might have been only 18 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City on Sunday afternoon, but the annual tradition of riding the subway without pants went on despite some frozen buns. SEE ALSO: Eastern U.S. shivers through 'stupid cold' temperatures after the 'bomb cyclone' The light-hearted event brought out many riders donning winter clothing, but no pants. Once on board, participants are supposed to play it straight and act like nothing's out of the ordinary.  No pants subway ride in New york January 7th 2018 #Nopantssuwayride2018 more information #improveverywhere https://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ #nopantssubwayride #nopants #nopantssubway #Newyorkhttps://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ A post shared by 2018awesome (@nopantssubway2018) on Jan 6, 2018 at 9:58am PST Even "Hot" Mike Pence was spotted wearing just a suit and underwear. Just met “Hot Mike Pence” doing the no pants subway ride today... he goes around prodding fun at the Trump administration, specifically the VP, collecting for causes opposed to the administration’s view pic.twitter.com/nkwkhp3NY0 — Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) January 7, 2018 Elsewhere riders were pant-less despite brisk temperatures in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Berlin, and London — where the ride is known as the "No Trousers Tube Ride." Just got home. Thank you to everyone who took part in the #NoTrousersTubeRide today in the UK or elsewhere in the world. The world can be a depressing place, but just silly things like this can make it so much easier to deal with. A genuinely hilarious day. pic.twitter.com/DO8Y29V6KX — Tom [PositiveLad] (@PositiveLad) January 7, 2018 Baby, it’s cold outside but it’s electric down in Metro. Go DC! Go DC, go! #nopantsdc #NoPantsSubwayRide @WTOP pic.twitter.com/qE1jV0s9T2 — Liz Anderson (@PlanetNoun) January 7, 2018 On the West Coast and in other more forgiving climates, it wasn't that cold, but riders still made an impressive showing in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles. No pants? No problem riding the L.A. Metro.The 10th annual No Pants Metro Ride surprised passengers at Union Station this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/LY69aimwB0 — Hub-LA (@TheHub_LA) January 7, 2018 No pants, no problem! WATCH: Subway rat seizes free avocado, because who wouldn't

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

Police officers shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in the United States in 2017, slightly more than the previous year, according to a tally published on Monday by The Washington Post. The newspaper has been logging details of shootings by police in the United States since 2015, tracking local news reports, public records and social media. Black men, both armed and unarmed, accounted for 22 percent of all people shot and killed by US police last year but make up just six percent of the total US population.

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene Corp , which has announced a deal to buy Impact Biomedicines, on Monday forecast 2018 total revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates, sending the U.S. biotech company's shares down 2 percent. Celgene, which left its long-range 2020 forecast unchanged, said it expects 2018 full-year revenue of $14.4 billion to $14.8 billion. Analysts' on average were estimating revenue of $14.83 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. While headlines suggested the Impact deal announced on Sunday could cost up to $7 billion, Celgene said the only certain cost was the upfront payment of $1.1 billion, with all other payments contingent on approval and major sales milestones for fedratinib, a late stage drug for myelofibrosis.

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the technological maturity of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The new boomer, which must become operational by 2031, will feature a host of new technologies that are supposed to increase the vessels’ survivability into the foreseeable future. “Additional development and testing are required to demonstrate the maturity of several Columbia class submarine technologies that are critical to performance, including the Integrated Power System, nuclear reactor, common missile compartment, and propulsor and related coordinated stern technologies,” the GAO report reads.

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Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Sports stadiums in Saudi Arabia will open their doors to women to attend football matches for the first time ever on Friday, the government has announced. "The first match that women will be allowed to watch will be Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin on Friday January 12," the ministry of information said in a statement on Monday. It said women would also be able to attend a second match on the following day and a third one on January 18.

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "Once again, the nation tells the US, Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that 'you've failed, and you will fail in the future, too.'" Khamenei tweeted. The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it too said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Record rain and mudslides hit California

Several homes have swept from their foundations and residents are unaccounted for as mud flows into Southern California neighborhoods below hillsides scarred by recent wildfires.

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker unveils Emotion Electric sedan with butterfly doors

Fisker Inc. might sound like a familiar name, but it's actually a very new company that's just released a few details of its first new vehicle, the EMotion electric sedan. Although the official image doesn't give away much about some of the really revolutionary engineering behind the EMotion, it does show in some style the feature most people will inevitably talk about with this car: its pretty crazy butterfly doors. The company is run by Henrik Fisker, who was also the man behind Fisker Automotive, which produced the Karma electric sedan before the company withered and car went to China, resurrected by a company called Karma as the Revero.

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Jared Kushner's company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Last year, the Guardian reported on an event staged by the Kushner family in China to woo wealthy investors into luxury developments. Jared Kushner’s business dealings are under renewed scrutiny amid reports that the US’s top financial watchdog is looking into an investment-for-visa program run by the Kushner family’s real estate company and questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel.

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

Supreme Court reopens death row case over racist juror

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday ordered a re-examination of the case of a black death row inmate after one of the jurors at his trial questioned whether black people have souls. The high court in September halted the execution of Keith Tharpe, who was hours away from receiving a lethal injection, after his lawyers argued that racism had played a "pivotal role" in his death sentence. Tharpe was found guilty of the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law Jaquelin Freeman, which took place as she drove to work with his estranged wife in the southern US state of Georgia.

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives. Royce is the latest in a wave of some 30 House Republicans who have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning. Democrats need to win 24 seats in the November mid-term elections to retake the majority in the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2011.

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon Backpedals On Comments In New Book On Trump

Steve Bannon expressed “regret” for his comments to journalist Michael Wolff, whose explosive new book sparked a backlash against the former top Donald Trump aide over his comments about a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes die in Australia during searing heatwave

Hundreds of flying foxes have perished during Australia's searingly hot summer, according to environmentalists. Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were "boiled alive" in the heat. Some flying foxes were still hanging from trees as they died, in a shock mass death which campaigners called "dreadful and heartbreaking". The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign wrote on Facebook that temperatures hit over 44C in the Campbelltown district of Sydney, and that over 400 of the animals died. Sydney reached a nearly 80-year temperature high of 47.3C on Sunday. The campaign wrote: "So many little lives lost due to the extreme heat and not enough canopy cover to shade them or keep them cool. "Adults sought out shade and more shelter further up the creek resulting in many babies being left behind to deal with the heat." Campaigners attempted to nurse the animals back to health Credit: Facebook People who live in the area are being urged to watch out for flying foxes which may be suffering heat stress, as those which are often move further to the ground, and to call local wildlife rescue services. Volunteer Cate Ryan told local media: "It was unbelievable. I saw a lot of dead bats on the ground and others were close to the ground and dying. I have never seen anything like it before." A local wildlife rescue group advised: "If the flying-fox is on the ground and it’s a hot day, you can place a cool towel or umbrella above it until the rescuer arrives to protect it from the the worst of the heat. Spraying the animal intermittently with a very light mist or setting up a sprinkler to gently wet the animal can also help." A pile of dead flying foxes Flying foxes are big bats and eat nectar, pollen and fruit. Unlike smaller bats, they do not use sonar and instead, like humans, use their eyes and ears. The Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign said "Flying foxes are intelligent and remarkable. These unique animals help regenerate our forests and keep ecosystems healthy through pollination and seed dispersal. They are a migratory and nomadic 'keystone' species; meaning a species that many other species of plants and animals rely upon for their survival and wellbeing. Flying foxes, like bees, help drive biodiversity, and faced with the threat of climate change, land clearing, and other human-caused ecological pressures, we need them more than ever." The Australian heatwave featured temperatures which melted the bitumen on the highway, as well as sparking bushfires which politicians warned were a danger to life.

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Syria says Israel hits its territory with jets, missiles

Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria's army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement carried by state television that Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutaifa area near Damascus from inside Lebanese airspace at 2:40 a.m. (0040 GMT) and Syrian air defenses hit one of the planes. Israel then fired rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defenses brought them down, the army said, adding that Israeli jets fired a final barrage of four rockets from inside Israel, one of which was intercepted by Syrian air defenses while the others caused material damage.

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's top court to review gay sex ban

India's Supreme Court on Monday announced a review of a hugely controversial ban on gay sex, saying no one should have to live in fear because of their sexuality. The court said it would take up a legal challenge by five high-profile Indians who said the colonial-era law created an atmosphere of intimidation. The announcement is the latest chapter in a long-running legal tussle between social and religious conservatives and the gay community over the law passed by the British in the 1860s.

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

Centene says over 1.4 million sign up for Obamacare plans

The enrollment number represents an increase of at least 400,000 from the third quarter ended Sept. 30 and over 200,000 since last year, Evercore ISI analyst Michael Newshel said in a note. Newshel predicted Centene's announcement, made during a presentation at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, would get a mixed reaction as it was likely to boost the company's 2018 forecast but also further increase Centene's exposure to "the most volatile product segment" while others pull back.

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

Police: Triple homicide and suicide possible in deaths of 4

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A mother, father and their two young sons were shot to death early Monday at a Southeast Texas beachfront hotel in what police are investigating as a possible triple killing followed by a suicide in which the woman was the shooter.

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

Philippines to protest over China activity on reclaimed reef

The Philippines will lodge a diplomatic protest with China after Manila questioned if Beijing had reneged on a pledge not to militarise a disputed South China Sea reef. Beijing claims nearly all of the sea and has been turning reefs in the Spratly and Paracel chains into islands, installing military facilities and equipment on them. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Tuesday said Manila was investigating reports of recent Chinese activity on Fiery Cross Reef, an outcrop that Beijing turned into an artificial island and which now appears to house a military base.

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

Chilly weather didn’t stop these pantless subway passengers

It might have been only 18 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City on Sunday afternoon, but the annual tradition of riding the subway without pants went on despite some frozen buns. SEE ALSO: Eastern U.S. shivers through 'stupid cold' temperatures after the 'bomb cyclone' The light-hearted event brought out many riders donning winter clothing, but no pants. Once on board, participants are supposed to play it straight and act like nothing's out of the ordinary.  No pants subway ride in New york January 7th 2018 #Nopantssuwayride2018 more information #improveverywhere https://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ #nopantssubwayride #nopants #nopantssubway #Newyorkhttps://improveverywhere.com/2017/12/27/no-pants-subway-ride-2018-details-for-new-york/ A post shared by 2018awesome (@nopantssubway2018) on Jan 6, 2018 at 9:58am PST Even "Hot" Mike Pence was spotted wearing just a suit and underwear. Just met “Hot Mike Pence” doing the no pants subway ride today... he goes around prodding fun at the Trump administration, specifically the VP, collecting for causes opposed to the administration’s view pic.twitter.com/nkwkhp3NY0 — Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) January 7, 2018 Elsewhere riders were pant-less despite brisk temperatures in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Berlin, and London — where the ride is known as the "No Trousers Tube Ride." Just got home. Thank you to everyone who took part in the #NoTrousersTubeRide today in the UK or elsewhere in the world. The world can be a depressing place, but just silly things like this can make it so much easier to deal with. A genuinely hilarious day. pic.twitter.com/DO8Y29V6KX — Tom [PositiveLad] (@PositiveLad) January 7, 2018 Baby, it’s cold outside but it’s electric down in Metro. Go DC! Go DC, go! #nopantsdc #NoPantsSubwayRide @WTOP pic.twitter.com/qE1jV0s9T2 — Liz Anderson (@PlanetNoun) January 7, 2018 On the West Coast and in other more forgiving climates, it wasn't that cold, but riders still made an impressive showing in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles. No pants? No problem riding the L.A. Metro.The 10th annual No Pants Metro Ride surprised passengers at Union Station this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/LY69aimwB0 — Hub-LA (@TheHub_LA) January 7, 2018 No pants, no problem! WATCH: Subway rat seizes free avocado, because who wouldn't

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

US police shot and killed 987 people in 2017: newspaper

Police officers shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in the United States in 2017, slightly more than the previous year, according to a tally published on Monday by The Washington Post. The newspaper has been logging details of shootings by police in the United States since 2015, tracking local news reports, public records and social media. Black men, both armed and unarmed, accounted for 22 percent of all people shot and killed by US police last year but make up just six percent of the total US population.

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene 2018 revenue forecast shy of estimates, shares fall

Celgene Corp , which has announced a deal to buy Impact Biomedicines, on Monday forecast 2018 total revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates, sending the U.S. biotech company's shares down 2 percent. Celgene, which left its long-range 2020 forecast unchanged, said it expects 2018 full-year revenue of $14.4 billion to $14.8 billion. Analysts' on average were estimating revenue of $14.83 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. While headlines suggested the Impact deal announced on Sunday could cost up to $7 billion, Celgene said the only certain cost was the upfront payment of $1.1 billion, with all other payments contingent on approval and major sales milestones for fedratinib, a late stage drug for myelofibrosis.

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

America's New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the technological maturity of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The new boomer, which must become operational by 2031, will feature a host of new technologies that are supposed to increase the vessels’ survivability into the foreseeable future. “Additional development and testing are required to demonstrate the maturity of several Columbia class submarine technologies that are critical to performance, including the Integrated Power System, nuclear reactor, common missile compartment, and propulsor and related coordinated stern technologies,” the GAO report reads.