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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Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’ – BBC News

Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade.

They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years’ time and send people to Mars by 2025.

Prof Hawking said that the goal would re-ignite the space programme, forge new alliances and give humanity a sense of purpose.

Source: Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’ – BBC News

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North Korea JFK ‘Mugging’ Actually a Homeland Security ‘Bust’

North Korea’s JFK “mugging” claim – that its delegation was roughed up there by U.S. agents who grabbed a legal “diplomatic package” – has been countered by the Department of Homeland Security saying three North Koreans were confronted at the airport but they had no diplomatic status.

According to the North Korea state-run KCNA, the North Koreans at John F. Kennedy International Airport were part of its United Nations delegation and they were attacked by U.S. authorities who “made a violent assault like gangsters,” per the New York Daily News.

Source: North Korea JFK ‘Mugging’ Actually a Homeland Security ‘Bust’

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Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher’s system

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death.

The report released Monday states Fisher may have taken cocaine three days before the Dec. 23 flight on which she became ill. She died four days later.

It also found traces of heroin, other opiates and MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy, but that they could not determine when Fisher had taken those drugs. The findings were based on toxicology screenings done on samples taken when the “Star Wars” actress arrived at a Los Angeles hospital.

Source: Coroner: Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher’s system

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Otto Warmbier came home just in time to die

Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old student who was returned in an unconscious state last week from North Korea, died Monday, his family said.

“Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.,” his parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said in a statement.

Otto Warmbier’s doctors at University of Cincinnati Medical Center said last week that he had extensive brain damage dating back longer than a year. They said he was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness and wasn’t aware of his surroundings.

Source: Otto Warmbier came home just in time to die

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Where To Find Pittsburgh’s Lowest Gas Prices

Overall, gas prices in the Pittsburgh area are higher than the state and national averages.

The average cost of a gallon of gas in the Pittsburgh area is $2.59, according to gas price monitoring website GasBuddy. That’s down more than two cents from a week ago and a decrease of more than seven cents from last month.

Source: Where To Find Pittsburgh’s Lowest Gas Prices

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City weighing options for ‘moat road’ around Allegheny Center | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Changes to the traffic circle around the former Allegheny Center on Pittsburgh’s North Side, derisively known as the “moat road,” could be coming by the end of summer.

Pittsburgh officials will meet with the neighborhood on Thursday to discuss whether to begin part of the $1.4 million project with bike lanes this year. The other option is to wait until next year for all of the work, which will include changing from four counter-clockwise lanes of traffic to one lane in each direction with bike lanes on the inner part of the circle and parking on the edge.

The project also will replace most traffic lights with stop signs and extend sidewalks with bumpouts at intersections to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the street.

Source: City weighing options for ‘moat road’ around Allegheny Center | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Bill To Prohibit Bans & Taxes On Plastic Bags Goes To Governor « CBS Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG (NewsRadio 1020/KDKA) – A bill that would prevent cities like Pittsburgh and other municipalities from banning or taxing plastic bags is on its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

A spokesman says Gov. Wolf opposes the bill, but will make a final decision about whether to sign or veto it once he reviews the measure.

Source: Bill To Prohibit Bans & Taxes On Plastic Bags Goes To Governor « CBS Pittsburgh

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Study finds lead in 20 percent of baby foods

Somewhat baffling to researchers is the fact that baby foods rank worse than regular foods. Perhaps processing is to blame?

The worst baby food culprits were grape juice (89 percent of samples contained lead), sweet potatoes (86 percent), and arrowroot cookies (64 percent). Researchers were able to determine how frequently contamination occurs, but not at what levels.

Source: Study finds lead in 20 percent of baby foods

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Blowout bars are popping up across Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The nationwide blowout bar chain Drybar will open its first Pittsburgh location this month in Upper St. Clair.

Messy hair, don’t care — that’s a thing of the past for devoted believers of the blowout. With just a wash, blow dry and a little styling with the right products, a look can last multiple days with minimal upkeep, depending upon a woman’s lifestyle.

Source: Blowout bars are popping up across Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Survey finds that too many people still think chocolate milk comes from brown cows

A new survey found out how Americans really feel about milk.

First off, 48% of respondents said that they aren’t sure where chocolate milk comes from. Um, guys, it comes from cows – and not just the brown kind.

Still, 7% of people – and remember, this survey talked to actual, grown-up adults – still think that chocolate milk only comes from brown cows. Actually, chocolate milk gets its flavor and color from cocoa beans.

Now that you know what milk-myths are still floating around out there, what about the ways people drink their milk?

A fair chunk of people are still hanging on to their taboo kitchen habits: 37% secretly drink milk straight out of the container, while another 29% use their kids as an excuse to buy chocolate milk for themselves.

And despite the fact that healthy lifestyle diets are all the rage right now, only 5% of people abstain from drinking milk altogether, making it a continued staple in most people’s homes.

Source: Survey finds that too many people still think chocolate milk comes from brown cows

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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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‘Dead Woman Walking’: Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground : The Two-Way : NPR

The British prime minister hopes to form a government with a small party in Northern Ireland. But members of her own party are questioning her leadership, and Labour leaders aren’t ready to give up.The fallout from Thursday’s snap general election, which left her Conservative Party bereft of their majority, also prompted her to seek out a relatively tiny ally that could have vast sway over what happens next in the U.K.

Reports surfaced Saturday that May was nearing a final deal to form a government with the help Democratic Unionist Party, a socially conservative, primarily Protestant bloc based in Northern Ireland. With just 10 members of Parliament, the DUP doesn’t wield much power on its own — but those seats, if they vote with May’s party, have the power to push the Conservatives over the threshold to a functioning government.

Source: ‘Dead Woman Walking’: Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground : The Two-Way : NPR

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Indiana voter registration group, employees charged with falsifying applications

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said officials did not find any evidence that fraudulent ballots were cast in last November’s election or that the group and its employees committed voter fraud. “These allegations pertain to voter registration applications provided to county officials before the November election,” he said in a news release. “Let me be clear that these are not allegations of voter fraud nor is there any evidence to suggest that voter fraud was the alleged motivation.”

Source: Indiana voter registration group, employees charged with falsifying applications

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Election results 2017: 20 things you may have missed – BBC News

It’s hard to catch everything in the flurry of facts, stats and spin. Here are some choice nuggets.

The SNP has suffered some of the night’s biggest losses. Former leader Alex Salmond, who was Scotland’s first minister between 2007 and 2014, lost his Gordon seat to the Scottish Conservatives. The SNP leader in Westminster, Angus Robertson, also lost his Moray seat to the Tories.

Former Lib Dem Leader and deputy PM Nick Clegg also suffered a fall from grace. He looked visibly upset when he lost his Sheffield Hallam seat – which he had held for 12 years – to Labour. But his departure didn’t seem to shock everyone. “Who is Nick Clegg?” was one of the top trending questions on Google overnight.

Source: Election results 2017: 20 things you may have missed – BBC News

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Will Privatized Air Traffic Control Put You in Danger?

Trump reignites a long-simmering debate. We take a look at how other countries have done it.

That model is used in other countries, including Canada. U.S. carriers frequently cite Nav Canada, the Ottawa-based nonprofit that’s overseen air traffic there since 1996, as something America should emulate. Under such a model, the FAA would retain oversight of safety much as Transport Canada, its counterpart north of the border, does. The new U.S. air traffic group would be funded by user fees.

Source: Will Privatized Air Traffic Control Put You in Danger?

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Australian police treating deadly shootout as terror attack – CBS News

Shootout ended with two men dead, three officers wounded and female hostage freed

The gunman shot three officers before police killed him. Two of the wounded police officers were taken to a hospital, and the other was treated at the scene.

Source: Australian police treating deadly shootout as terror attack – CBS News

Across the pond: British police name 2 of 3 London attackers

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Megyn Kelly gets outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin on her NBC premiere ‘Sunday Night’ – LA Times

The hour-long news show promised to be a “a tough conversation” between Kelly and the Russian leader. But for Putin, it was child’s play as he displayed an elusive and ultimately dismissive demeanor toward Kelly.

The interview, which was teased for weeks on NBC as a must-see exclusive, lasted less than 10 minutes. But that was just about enough time to confirm that she’s still not a great interviewer, and he’s still one of the most deceptive interview subjects around.

Source: Megyn Kelly gets outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin on her NBC premiere ‘Sunday Night’ – LA Times

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Harley Recall List 2017: 57,000 Motorcycles By Harley-Davison After Oil Leak Leads To 2 Accidents, 1 Injury

According to USA Today, Harley-Davidson’s most recent recall affects approximately 57,000 motorcycles sold in around the world, with at least 46,000 sold in the United States. The company reportedly recalled the bikes due to an oil line that can come loose. If this happens, there is the potential for oil to leak in the path of the rear tire.

Source: Harley Recall List 2017: 57,000 Motorcycles By Harley-Davison After Oil Leak Leads To 2 Accidents, 1 Injury

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Casual dining is in danger — and millennials are to blame.

Casual dining is in danger — and millennials are to blame.

Brands such as TGI Fridays, Ruby Tuesday, and Applebee’s have faced sales slumps and dozens of restaurant closures, as casual dining chains have struggled to attract customers and grow sales.

“Casual-dining restaurants face a uniquely challenging market today,” Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith recently wrote in a letter to shareholders.

According to Smith, these sit-down restaurants’ struggles can blamed on the most-frequently besmirched generation:

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Gay man says church members beat, choked him for hours to expel ‘homosexual demons’

A church leader from the Word of Faith Fellowship in North Carolina is accused of kidnapping and assaulting a gay church member.

As he told police, a church leader and more than 20 other members of the Word of Faith Fellowship — based in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Spindale, N.C. — repeatedly punched, beat and knocked him down for about two hours. At one point, someone grabbed him by the throat and shook him, he said.

Source: Gay man says church members beat, choked him for hours to expel ‘homosexual demons’

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Aliens Have Visited Earth, Space Entrepreneur Robert Bigelow Believes

 

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Robert Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Aerospace, talk while standing next to the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module on Jan. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

Aliens are among us. That’s the gist of comments made by billionaire space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday. Could intelligent alien life really exist on Earth and we wouldn’t know about it?

Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, said, “Obviously, I think that aliens are out there. The conditions for life seem to be very widespread. All the requirements for life are everywhere, that doesn’t prove life is everywhere.”

“Could they come here and be buzzing the skies and occasionally entertaining Bob Bigelow by visiting him? It doesn’t violate physics, but is it likely?” Shostak told Live Science. (Not really, because if it were, humans would have better evidence by now for their Earthly invasion, he said.)

Source: Aliens Have Visited Earth, Space Entrepreneur Robert Bigelow Believes

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McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate – NY Daily News

FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a news conference in Juneau, Alaska. For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faces a challenge in resolving the clashing demands of GOP senators on a health care replacement bill.

Source: McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate – NY Daily News

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