The World’s Population May Near 10 Billion By 2050 | Time.com

(UNITED NATIONS) — India’s population is expected to surpass China’s in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a U.N. report said Wednesday.

The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division forecasts that the current world population of nearly 7.6 billion will increase to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100.

Source: The World’s Population May Near 10 Billion By 2050 | Time.com

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Turner’s taking over Pittsburgh’s last remaining dairy | TribLIVE

Latrobe resident Scott Gray tells WPXI-TV the family’s plight is worse than if their home was ruined by fire because their insurance won’t cover the damage.

Gray says the skunk apparently sneaked into the house through a doggie door then spent three hours inside with the family’s dogs, spraying its noxious scent everywhere.

Source: Turner’s taking over Pittsburgh’s last remaining dairy | TribLIVE

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Century-Old Sunken Coast Guard Ship With Bay Area Ties Found Off SoCal Coast

A research team found Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch in October off of Point Conception in Southern California, officials announced Tuesday.

Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch, a ship that served with Commodore George Dewey in the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898, was found in October by a research team under 300 feet of water off of Point Conception in Southern
California.

The ship sank on June 13, 1917 after a collision with a passenger ship, the SS Governor. At the time of the collision the McCulloch was on its way back to Mare Island in Vallejo to be outfitted with bigger guns for use in World War I.

Source: Century-Old Sunken Coast Guard Ship With Bay Area Ties Found Off SoCal Coast

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Renaissance Mom: Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mother Identified

The identity of Leonardo da Vinci’s mother has eluded historians for years, but now one scholar said he’s found the woman behind the Renaissance man.

From existing documents, historians already knew that Leonardo was mostly raised by his father, a lawyer named Ser Piero da Vinci. Scholars also knew that Ser Piero was not married to Leonardo’s mother, and there was some indication that her name was Caterina. [In Photos: Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’]

Source: Renaissance Mom: Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mother Identified

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Anti-Sharia rallies around the U.S. denounce Islam while stoking concerns among Muslim groups – LA Times

Muslim leaders and others are concerned about anti-Sharia, or Islamic law, marches planned nationwide on Saturday.

Members of Act for America, which has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, gathered in parks and plazas across the country, organizing nearly two dozen so-called March Against Sharia rallies, stoking concerns and counter-events by Muslim leaders who say the group is spewing hate.

Source: Anti-Sharia rallies around the U.S. denounce Islam while stoking concerns among Muslim groups – LA Times

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500-year-old human flying machine design brought to life in new exhibition – Mirror Online

For the first time, 100 machines invented by the acclaimed Italian Renaissance-era mastermind have been brought to life using plans he drew himself.

A few of the 500-year-old designs, such as the bird-like human aeroplane, were created at life-size scale.

Source: Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500-year-old human flying machine design brought to life in new exhibition – Mirror Online

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At $110.5 Million, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Painting Becomes Priciest U.S. Artwork Ever Sold : The Two-Way : NPR

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s untitled painting of a skull is displayed behind an official with Sotheby’s, which offered the media a preview earlier this month. On Thursday, the work sold for $110.5 million — the highest sum ever paid at auction for a work by a U.S. artist. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Michel Basquiat joined “joined the pantheon of great, great artists” Thursday night, when the late painter’s 1982 work Untitled sold for a record-breaking $110.5 million at auction — the highest sum ever paid at auction for a U.S.-produced artwork

Source: At $110.5 Million, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Painting Becomes Priciest U.S. Artwork Ever Sold : The Two-Way : NPR

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Life Expectancy Varies By 20 Years, Depending On County : Shots – Health News : NPR

Geographic inequality in lifespan is growing in the United States, with people in some counties living more than 20 years longer than those in others.

New research documents significant disparities in the lifespans of Americans depending on where they live. And those gaps appear to be widening, according to the research.

Source: Life Expectancy Varies By 20 Years, Depending On County : Shots – Health News : NPR

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Tyrants Bench to be Removed from Oil City’s Justus Park Given Back to VFW :: exploreClarion.com

 

By Chris Rossetti

The city was first asked to remove the bench in a November 3 letter from The American Atheists Legal Center (AALC), which claimed the display likely violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.”

Source: Tyrants Bench to be Removed from Oil City’s Justus Park Given Back to VFW :: exploreClarion.com

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French citizens vote in an uncertain race that could determine Europe’s future

In a year of populist drama, the closely watched election offered citizens sharply differing choices about France’s role in the world. The front-runners ranged from an ex-Trotskyist campaigner who wants to impose a maximum income to a hard-edged, anti-immigrant firebrand who wants to split from the European Union and reorient toward Russia.

Source: French citizens vote in an uncertain race that could determine Europe’s future

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Secret UK tomb found to contain remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury – Chicago Tribune

In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 25, 2011, then Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams poses with a 400-year old King James Bible at his London residence, Lambeth Palace. According to a statement from the London Museum released Sunday April 16, 2017, the remains of five former archbishops of Canterbury were discovered during renovation works inside a secret tomb beneath a building located next to Lambeth Palace, including the remains of Richard Bancroft who became archbishop in 1604 and played a major role in production of the King James Bible. (Akira Suemori / AP)

A London museum has revealed that the remains of five archbishops of Canterbury were discovered inside a secret tomb beneath its building. The remains of some others have not been identified.

Source: Secret UK tomb found to contain remains of 5 archbishops of Canterbury – Chicago Tribune

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Here’s what United will do differently after the infamous dragging incident

United Airlines will no longer allow crew members to displace passengers who are already seated on a plane.

Under a new policy, which is meant to avoid future public relations disasters like the one the world witnessed earlier this week, airline crews are required to check in at least an hour before a flight leaves, the airline company said. The purpose is to avoid having to find a seat for a crew member after all passengers have already boarded.

Source: Here’s what United will do differently after the infamous dragging incident

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Mumps in Texas: Biggest outbreak in 22 years – CNN.com

The Texas Department of State Health Services warns of multiple ongoing mumps outbreaks: 221 total cases this year, the highest incidence in 22 years.

  • Experts say the virus could be spreading from neighboring Arkansas
  • The outbreaks are not due to a lack of vaccinations
  • Although vaccination protection wanes over time, it can make complications less likely

Source: Mumps in Texas: Biggest outbreak in 22 years – CNN.com

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World’s oldest person Emma Morano dies at 117 – BBC News

Italian Emma Morano was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living.

Ms Morano had admitted that her longevity was partly down to genetics: her mother reached 91 and several sisters reached their centenary.

But it was also down to a rather unusual diet of three eggs – two raw – each day for more than 90 years.

Source: World’s oldest person Emma Morano dies at 117 – BBC News

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‘Assassins!’: A Confederate spy was accused of helping kill Abraham Lincoln. Then he vanished.

Maryland native John Surratt was arrested nearly two years after the assassination in Alexandria, Egypt, wearing the uniform of the pope’s private army. But his saga didn’t end there.

It was the trial of the century: a presidential assassin who had led authorities on a global manhunt for nearly two years. Some even speculated that Surratt, 23, was the key to tying Confederate leaders to Lincoln’s killing.

Source: ‘Assassins!’: A Confederate spy was accused of helping kill Abraham Lincoln. Then he vanished.

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Spicer apologizes after receiving sharp criticism for saying Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons

His original comment came as he tried to underscore the barbarity of the Syrian government.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer apologized on Tuesday for remarks that were viewed as downplaying the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Source: Spicer apologizes after receiving sharp criticism for saying Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons

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