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Iffy on Masks? Bill Nye Offers 'Hilarious…

Anyone still unclear about the importance of face masks may want to check out a new clip from Bill Nye the Science Guy. In Friday's viral TikTok video—which was shared online by comedian Christopher Titus , among others—the 65-year-old scientist offers his insight into how and why masks work,...

US ends 5 cultural programs with China in further…

The departing Trump administration has ended five cultural-exchange programs with China that it says were being used for Chinese propaganda and had no benefit to the U.S. The terminations follow new visa restrictions announced by Washington limiting stays in the U.S. by members of China’s Communist Party

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10 Stealthy Facts About Ninjas (International…

10 Stealthy Facts About Ninjas. In honor of International Ninja Day, here are ten facts about the mysterious warriors. 1. Ninjas were known for their skills in guerrilla warfare, assassination, sabotage, espionage and infiltration. 2. Though secretive, ninjas adhered to a strict hierarchy that eventually evolved into larger territorial guilds. 3. Ninjas were heroes to the lower classes in Japan, often recruited by those unable to afford the services of the upper-class samurai. 4. Because they didn't carry large swords, Ninjas often used whatever was available as a weapon. 5. Employing secrecy as a means of survival, ninjas also encouraged exaggerated tales of their exploits to incite intimidation. 6. Ninjas wearing all black is a modern day conception. They did their best to blend in to their surroundings. 7. Part of ninja training included in-depth knowledge of various forms of medicines, including a mysterious "black medicine" used to stop bleeding. 8. Ninjas used little "smoke bombs" of ash contained in an eggshell to create confusion or misdirect their enemies. 9. Female ninjas were common. They often used hair pins and nail attachments as weapons. 10. Ninjas would often carry crickets, using their chirps to cover the sounds of their movements

WH Abruptly Fires DoD Advisers, Installs Trump…

Less than a month after President Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper , the White House conducted an abrupt mass firing Friday of nine members of a Pentagon advisory board, putting in their place Trump allies. Per Politico , the removed members of the Defense Business Board received a terse email from...

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Stocks Rally To Record Highs On Friday

US stocks climbed on Friday after disappointing November jobs data buoyed hopes for a near-term stimulus deal. The S&P 500, Dow Jones industrial average, and the Nasdaq composite all closed at all-time highs. The US unemployment rate edged downward from 6.9% to 6.7% meeting economists' forecasts. The S&P 500 closed at 3,699.12, up 0.9% on Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 30,218.26, up 0.8% (249 points). While the Nasdaq composite saw closing numbers of 12,464.23, up 0.7%.

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Strong winds and heavy rain will target the coastal areas and I-95 corridor, while the interior could receive accumulating snow.

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They Hoped to Adopt. They Walked Into a 'Baby…

A former Arizona elected official and adoption lawyer has been sentenced to six years in prison in Arkansas for what prosecutors say was a scheme that involved smuggling dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands into US states to give birth, reports the Washington Post . Paul Petersen, 45, "subverted...

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Northeast Braces for Possible 'Bomb Cyclone'

The Northeast's first major snowstorm of the season is set to blanket multiple states over the weekend, with strong winds, anticipated snowfall in the double digits, heavy rains, and power outages in some areas. The weather event may even turn into a "bomb cyclone," which occurs when a storm system's...

ER visits, long waits climb for kids in mental…

The pandemic has led to rising emergency room visits and long waits for U.S. children and teens facing mental health crises

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Diaper-wearing special needs kitty is fearless…

Diaper-wearing special needs kitty is fearless and thinks he's limitless

This Day in History: The Washington Monument Is…

This Day in History: , The Washington Monument Is Completed. December 6, 1884. The Washington Monument stood as the tallest man-made structure in the world at the time. A monument to honor the nation's first president, George Washington, had been a focus of Congress since 1783. The Washington Monument Society began raising funds for the structure in 1832. Though fundraising efforts had fallen well short of the the $1 million budget, construction of Robert Mills' design began on July 4, 1848. . Construction was halted in the mid- 1850s and did not begin again until 1876. Once completed, the 555-foot-tall monument utilized more than 35,000 marble and granite bricks. Today, 800,000 people visit the monument yearly

Trump: Pull US Troops Out of This Nation by…

Last month, US officials announced President Trump would be pulling a significant number of US troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq by January. Now, another country joins the list, in a different part of the world. The Pentagon said Friday that nearly all of the 700 American troops in Somalia...

Elon Musk Planning Move, Texas After Firade On…

Abbott via Facebook TSLA Tesla 594.15 0.65 (0.11 %) Disclaimer Get real-time TSLA charts here " Elon Musk has informed friends that he plans to move to Texas, CNBC reports. The news comes after Musk threatened in May to move Tesla out of California because of its response to the coronavirus. Texas famously has no state income tax, which could save Musk a lot of money on his massive pay package. Tesla's factory in Fremont was required to cease operations for a short period of time. —Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020 Even before the tweet, Musk had called California's rules fascist, urging the state on an earnings call to "give people back their goddamn freedom."

Rescuers scramble to save people from flooding in…

Torrential rain brought life-threatening flooding to the Indonesian city of Medan in Sumatra Island on Dec. 4. Rescue crews worked overnight to evacuate residents from the flood waters. At least six people have died.

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British Doctors, Nurses Lose Spots in Line

Britain took delivery of its first shipment of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine on Thursday night, and all systems are go for the two-shot vaccinations to begin Tuesday. Many doctors and nurses, having been told they'd be in the first group to get the shots, had made their appointments. Then the government...

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Conway: Biden 'Looks Like' the Winner

A longtime member of President Trump's inner circle said Friday that she expects the Electoral College to award Joe Biden a majority of its votes and a peaceful transition to the new president to follow. "We, as a nation, will move forward, because we always do," Kellyanne Conway said. The...

Religious right eyes Biden warily after Trump's…

Conservative evangelical Christians have proven some of President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies

Woman drove 28 hours to save piglet with deformed…

Woman drove 28 hours to save baby pig with deformed legs