Dog in Missouri has 2nd Tail Growing from Head

An animal rescue shelter in Missouri has taken in an abandoned puppy that has a second tail growing from the middle of its head.

Photos of the 10-week-old pooch — which the staff at Mac’s Mission has named “Narwhal” — have gone viral, amassing tens of thousands of likes on Facebook.

Veterinarians have X-rayed the dog’s second tail and found it isn’t attached to anything vital. But because it doesn’t cause Narwhal any pain, they’re not going to surgically remove it.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50409531

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Facebook Removes 3.2B Fake Accounts

Facebook has been busy eliminating fake accounts, lots of them, over 3 billion.

The social media conglomerate says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service between April and September as well as 11.4 million instances of hate speech.

Officials say that almost all of the bogus accounts were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users.

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New NASA Study Finds Long-Haul Danger for Astronauts

NASA seems to have made a startling discovery that could impact our first manned mission to Mars.

A new report has revealed that spaceflight can halt and even reverse blood flow in an astronaut’s upper body.

This health risk was unknown until now and the study has also shown that one astronaut was found to have developed a clot in the internal jugular vein during spaceflight.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/zero-gravity-serious-problem-nasa-study-finds-new-health-risk-n1081701

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U.S. Budget Gap Hits $1 Trillion

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the U.S. budget gap grew 34% in the first month of the fiscal year.

Federal spending outpaced revenue growth, which pushed the 12-month deficit past $1 trillion for the first time since February 2013.

Last month, government spending increased 8% to $380 billion compared to a year earlier as federal outlays rose for defense, education, health, and Social Security.

Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-budget-deficit-widened-in-october-11573671728

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Pence Praises New Rule That Allows Adoption Agencies to Ban Gay Parents

Vice President Mike Pence said he “couldn’t be more proud” of the White House administration’s proposed rule that would allow adoption agencies to refuse gay parents while still collecting federal dollars.

Pence said that the last administration jeopardized faith-based agencies’ right to observe their “deeply religious beliefs.” His remarks were made during an event with the Department of Health and Human Services that was celebrating National Adoption Month.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/pence-praises-rule-would-let-adoption-agencies-exclude-gay-parents-n1081821

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CDC Identifies Two New Potentially Deadly Superbugs

A CDC report released Wednesday finds that two new “superbugs” that are resistant to antibiotics have killed twice as many people than previously reported. Overuse of antibiotics has caused some bacteria to become completely resistant.

CBS met a woman who had one of these superbugs called C. difficile, which she fought for three years. She was hooked up to feeding tubes and could barely walk and talk for three years after the bacteria caused colitis. C. difficile killed at least 12,800 Americans in 2017 alone.

There’s also a new superbug called Candida auris that is new to the CDC report. The report says there are five total superbugs that are concerning to public health.

Doctors are urging those with viruses like the common cold to not use antibiotics since they don’t work on viruses. Experts are hoping for new vaccines and other ways to prevent and treat these superbugs.

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cdc-report-identifies-two-new-potentially-deadly-superbugs-2019-11-13/

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Thanksgiving Air Travel Expected To Set A Record

It seems like we hear it every year: It will busy if you travel by plane this Thanksgiving.

TSA has announced that we should expect Thanksgiving air travel to set a new record this year.

Around 26.8 million passengers will go through TSA screenings during the Thanksgiving travel season between November 22nd and December 2nd. That’s 4 percent more than last year.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving might be the busiest day ever for the US airline industry. If you are flying on that day, congratulations on being a part of history.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/thanksgiving-air-travel-expected-to-set-a-record-tsa-says/ar-BBWIaWP

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Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Unveil Green New Deal for Public Housing

Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled what is being called A New Green Deal, which will invest $172 billion over the next ten years to upgrade the U.S. 1.2 million public housing units.

The deal would seek to renovate the units by converting furnaces and stoves that use oil or gas to more energy-efficient electrical appliances and replaces lead pipes to clean up the unit’s water supply.

While the plan could create around 241,000 new jobs according to Huff Post, but the bill will likely never become law as Republicans have spoken of cutting back on funding for the public sector.

Source: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-green-new-deal-public-housing_n_5dcce14fe4b0a794d1fa7ffb

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GA Executes Man for ’94 Store Clerk Killing

The state of Georgia executed Ray Jefferson Cromartie Wednesday night for the April 1994 slaying of store clerk Richard Slysz in Thomasville.

Prosecution in the case say Cromartie and another man walked into the convenience store, shot Slysz before grabbing two cases of beers and leaving. They also believe that Cromartie shot another store clerk a few days earlier who survived.

Cromartie had maintained his innocence until the end. His lawyers lost two appeals and were denied the opportunity to DNA test evidence gathered at the crime that would prove Cromartie wasn’t the shooter.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/georgia-executes-convicted-killer-who-was-denied-dna-test-n1082001

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New Zealand closer to euthanasia

Euthanasia is one major step closer to reality in New Zealand after the country’s parliament voted for legalization.

The law would allow those with less than six months to live the option to voluntarily end their lives with physician assist. Two doctors would have to sign off.

While the bill was approved, 69-51, language in the bill requires a national referendum be held before it can officially become law.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50408033

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Mystery man moves liberal library books

We get it. Politics can get the best of us. Cause family riffs. Arguments in public. But moving books at the library? That’s… creative!

Somebody is mysteriously hiding books that criticize President Donald Trump in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Others, that espouse liberal viewpoints, have been moved to the fiction section.

The culprit even left a note: “I am going to continue hiding these books in the most obscure places I can find to keep this propaganda out of the hand of young minds… Your liberal angst give me great pleasure.”

Librarian Bette Ammon told the New York Times, “There’s a saying that a good library has something in it to offend everyone and we’re pretty proud that we fit that criteria.”

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50403688

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Boy with cerebral palsy gets surprise visit

Feel-good story alert! A 9-year-old Kentucky boy with cerebral palsy got the birthday surprise of a lifetime.

Troy Weathers Jr. loves to cook. So, when Superchefs chef and owner Darnell Ferguson walked in, the boy ab-sol-lutely lost it!

After screaming, hitting the floor, and tears of joy, Troy gave Ferguson a hug. Then the pair got to work baking some birthday cupcakes.

Mom told station WDRB that she had been working on the surprise since Summer and Ferguson flew in just for the party.

Source: https://www.wdrb.com/news/year-old-boy-with-cerebral-palsy-gets-birthday-surprise-from/article_8a3ee932-04f8-11ea-ae72-071b22ff0323.html

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Illinois Senate Approves Ending Daylight Saving Time

Illinois has gotten one step closer to bowing out of the time-change thing.

The Illinois Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that seeks to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the state. The bill needs to be approved by the House before it gets sent to the governor’s office for final approval.

If it becomes law, Illinois will join most of the country in setting clocks back an hour on the second Sunday of 2020 — and then the state’s residents will leave them that way. Currently, Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that doesn’t participate in the twice-yearly time change.

Source: https://wrex.com/category/2019/11/12/daylight-saving-time-bill-passes-illinois-senate-heads-to-house/

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Oxygen Behaving Strangely on Mars

The Curiosity rover landed in Gale Crater back in 2012 and since then has been busy studying the surface of Mars.

But what about the air? Well, Curiosity has been curious about that as well and seems to have discovered that the oxygen on the Red Planet behaves strangely.

It has detected the largest amount of methane ever measured and discovered oxygen behaves in a way that can’t be explained by any chemical process scientists understand at this time.

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nasa-mars-oxygen-gas-alien-life-curiosity-rover-methane-a9200701.html

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Facebook Is Secretly Using Your iPhone’s Camera

Facebook says it has discovered a bug that causes the platform to access iPhone cameras as users scroll through the news feed.

The bug was discovered Tuesday and officials at Facebook said it is sending a fix for the problem to Apple.

A Facebook spokesman also noted there’s no evidence of any photos or videos being uploaded because of the bug.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/12/tech/facebook-app-camera-bug-trnd/index.html

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Top Milk Company Declares Bankruptcy

The largest milk producer here in the U.S. has announced it’s declaring bankruptcy.

Dean Foods has been around for 94 years under such brands as Dairy Pure, Organic Valley and Land O’Lakes.

Sales are down 7% this year and profits dropped twice that as the company says it’s taken a hit with more people opting for non-dairy.

Source: https://apnews.com/5eb1173f5e2b4994927bc921f5b49f0e

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‘Black Death’ Plague Resurfaces In China

This is not the kind of franchise reboot we were looking for. Two people in China are being treated for a disease tied to the infamous Black Death plague of the Middle Ages.

Chinese officials say two patients have been diagnosed with pneumonic plague – similar to the plague that wiped out tens of millions of people in Europe in the 14th century.

Plague still exists today but is very rare, with a few cases popping up in the U.S. each year. It’s typically contracted from fleas that infest rodents and other small animals.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/13/health/china-plague-intl-hnk-scn-scli/index.html

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Hillary Clinton On 2020 Run: “Never Say Never”

Hillary Clinton doesn’t plan on joining the presidential race, but she won’t rule it out completely.

Asked about her 2020 plans during a BBC interview, Clinton responded “Never, never, never say never” and said she was “under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it”.

However, the former Secretary of State says that “as of this moment”, a 2020 run is “absolutely not in my plans”.

If she did choose to run, Clinton has already missed the deadline to make the primary ballot in several states.

Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/12/hillary-clinton-presidential-run-2020-000325

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Are We Facing An ‘Insect Apocalypse’?

Researchers at the University of Sussex are warning of an ‘insect apocalypse’ that could have a drastic effect on the environment.

A new study claims that half of the world’s insect population has died off in the last 50 years, largely due to the increased use of pesticides.

Scientists warn the loss of insects could lead to a “catastrophic collapse” of the environment, because most plant life depends on insects for pollination.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/13/insect-apocalypse-poses-risk-to-all-life-on-earth-conservationists-warn

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