The Air Force's Next Super Fighter: Boeing's 'New' F-15X?

Could this really happen?
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Exclusive: Venezuela's self-declared president Guaido to nominate own Citgo board - sources

The congress chief wants to secure control of the U.S. subsidiary of Venezuelan state-run energy firm PDVSA as he seeks to assemble an interim government. Controlling Citgo and other assets outside Venezuela, especially those that generate revenue, would provide him with much-needed funds.
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Oil rises 1 percent on deepening OPEC supply cuts, sanctions on Venezuela

Oil prices rose on Wednesday as producer club OPEC said it had cut supply deeply in January and as U.S. sanctions hit Venezuela's oil exports. International Brent crude futures were up 1.1 percent, or 69 cents, at $63.11 per barrel. Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at futures brokerage OANDA in Singapore, said oil prices were boosted after "Saudi Arabia announced it was cutting daily production and exports by a further 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) on top of its agreed OPEC quota cut".
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Lovers, comrades! Forbidden love in North Korea finds a way in Vietnam

It was 31 years after Pham Ngoc Canh, 69, took that first photo of Yong Hui, before the two were finally allowed to get married in 2002 when North Korea took the rare step of allowing one of its citizens to marry a foreigner. "From the moment I saw him, I was so sad because I felt it would be a love that could never be realized," said Ri, 70, speaking from the small Soviet-era apartment she and Canh share in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. Now enjoying freedoms in Vietnam that would be impossib...
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Apple, Google Both Hosting Saudi Government App That Lets Men Track Women, Restrict Their Travel

Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store both continue to host a Saudi government app, Absher, that allows men in the country to track their female relatives’ movements and restrict their travel.Read more...
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India Seeks Access to Private Messages in WhatsApp Crackdown

Now U.S. social media pioneers Facebook and Twitter are in danger of suffering similar setbacks in what is perhaps the world’s most important emerging technology market. In the latest skirmish, the government is targeting Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp, the popular messaging service increasingly important to its parent’s bottom line. Frustrated that the service has been used to incite violence and spread pornography, the government is pressing WhatsApp to allow more official oversight of online disc...
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Alibaba Says China's Slowdown Isn't Hurting It All That Much

“Our business is delinked” from the Chinese economy because “we’re in e-commerce and we’re digitizing the whole sector,” Tsai said Tuesday at the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. technology conference in San Francisco. Tsai said the company’s growth would continue to outpace the broader economy as digital commerce expands faster than the traditional retail business.
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The Green New Deal: Historians weigh in on the immense scale required to pull it off

In an attempt to cure his paralysis, a 42-year-old Franklin D. Roosevelt began to visit Warm Springs, Georgia in the mid-1920s, soaking his weak legs in the town’s soothing mineral waters. It was here that Roosevelt — who in less than a decade would become President of the United States — would see a part of the nation new to him. And it was miserable. “He saw the reality. He had never seen poverty like that. He saw a family of eight living in a tar paper shack, farming on depleted soil,” Paul S...
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Oil prices rise on OPEC supply cuts, Venezuela sanctions

Oil prices rose on Wednesday as producer club OPEC said it had cut supply deeply in January and as U.S. sanctions hit Venezuela's oil exports. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $53.60 per barrel at 0219 GMT, up 50 cents, or 0.9 percent, from their last close. International Brent crude futures were up 0.8 percent, or 51 cents, at $62.93 per barrel.
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Mnuchin hopes for 'productive' trade meetings in China

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday he hopes for "productive" trade meetings in China this week, as the two countries seek to hammer out an agreement amid a festering dispute that has seen both level tariffs at each other. U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China are scheduled to rise to 25 percent from 10 percent if the two sides cannot reach a deal by a March 1 deadline, increasing pain and costs in sectors from consumer electronics to agriculture. Mnuchi...
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Here's How Not to Report on a Public Transit Crisis

The New York City subway system is crumbling. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority that runs the system can’t seem to find the cash to fix it. But rather than self-reflect on decades of neglect, fund mismanagement, and big, flashy, money-sucking projects, the MTA blames fare evaders for its budget woes.Read more...
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: I Suck and the Problem Is the Whole Site

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, whose platform has become synonymous with yelling, trolling, and a less-than-stable president who uses it for incoherent rants and threats of nuclear annihilation, is in a tough spot: Many if not most of the criticisms of his site are accurate, and Dorsey’s tactic of choice when responding to…Read more...
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This Animated Lego Fan Film Is as Good as the Official Movies

Has wild winter weather made it difficult for you to pop out to the theater to catch The Lego Movie 2? Eventually the flakes will stop falling, but until they do, Nukazooka’s excellent fan film Lego: The Great Escape will tide you over with characters, animation, and a story that’s just as entertaining as the official…Read more...
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McConnell Trolls Democrats By Pledging A Vote On The Green New Deal

WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky
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Chimp sign language mimics human speech, study shows

Chimpanzeesign language follows the same rules as human speech, scientists find Experts made the discovery after studying videos of wild chimps living in Uganda's Budongo Forest Reserve. Like other great apes, chimpanzees lack the ability to speak but make use of meaningful gestures, much like deaf people signing to each other. The study found that chimp gestures are underpinned by mathematical patterns, or linguistic laws, similar to those seen in human language. The team from the Universit...
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Malaysia plastic pollution: 'We saved our town from your Western rubbish'

When a Malaysian town was inundated with foreign plastic waste, a group of villagers decided to fight back.
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'We saved our town from your plastic rubbish'

When a Malaysian town was inundated with foreign plastic waste, a group of villagers decided to fight back.
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Canada PM surprised minister quit cabinet over ethics accusations

Trudeau told reporters that Jody Wilson-Raybould had not raised any concerns with him about how Ottawa was handling the case of construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, which is seeking to avoid a corruption trial because the executives accused of wrongdoing have left the company and it has overhauled ethics and compliance systems. Wilson-Raybould said in a letter to Trudeau earlier in the day she was leaving "with a heavy heart" but gave no reasons. "Frankly, I am both surprised and disapp...
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Dirty secret

One small town has become a dumping ground for the world's waste and it's causing a stink.
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NASA to make final attempt to contact Mars Opportunity Rover

US space agency NASA will make one final attempt to contact its Opportunity Rover on Mars late Tuesday, eight months after it last made contact. Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004 and covered 28 miles (45 kilometers) on the planet, securing its place in history after lasting well beyond its expected 90-day mission. Despite NASA engineers' best efforts to get a response via radio channels, its last communication was on June 10, 2018.
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This dune-covered volcanic rock bed is one of the coolest places on Mars

There are lots of cool sights to see here on planet Earth, but our Solar System is filled with planets that are just as interesting, and we're just now getting a chance to see them.This stunning image of sandy dunes on Mars is a great example. The photo was snapped by the HiRISE camera built into NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and it's immediately apparent that what you're looking at is otherworldly. The sandy crescents lay atop a dry, jagged surface thought to be lava rock ...
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As an Ocean Master Himself, James Cameron Had a Complex Reaction to Aquaman

James Cameron loves water. Not only did he make a romance about a shipwreck, his films have had multiple liquid characters, the new Avatar sequels are partially set underwater, and he’s been involved in several deep ocean documentaries. So after he saw James Wan’s Aquaman, he had a lot of thoughts.Read more...
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'Hackers' Charged by U.S. Over Hundreds of Hoax Bomb Threats on Schools

An alleged hacker accused of sending fake bomb threats to hundreds of schools was reportedly arrested Tuesday by FBI agents in North Carolina, while an alleged accomplice, who is currently incarcerated in the U.K., now faces charges in the U.S.Read more...
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GM, Amazon Discuss Backing Electric Truck Maker Rivian

The Plymouth, Michigan-based startup is working on electric pickup and sport utility vehicle and debuted concept versions at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. An investment in Rivian could help GM get an electric pickup to market faster and help ward off upstarts such as Tesla Inc. For Amazon, investing in Rivian would signal an ambition to shift a portion of the massive vehicle fleet that delivers its packages to zero-emission vehicles.
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U.S. Senate proposal would block Saudi path to atomic weapon in nuclear deal

Under the measure, any U.S. civilian nuclear cooperation agreement, or 123 agreement, with Saudi Arabia would prevent enrichment of uranium or reprocessing of plutonium made in reactors - two routes to making nuclear weapons. It is unclear whether a majority of the 100-member Senate would support the resolution of Democrats Jeff Merkley and Ed Markey and Republican Rand Paul. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been holding quiet talks with officials from Saudi Arabia on sharing U.S. nuclear...
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Mark Kelly joins exclusive club of astronaut-politicians

PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly entered the race Tuesday to finish John McCain's term in the U.S. Senate, looking to join a small club of space explorers who have served in the U.S. Capitol.
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Study: No leaking radiation from Alaska island nuclear site

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest round of testing on Alaska's remote Amchitka Island found no radioactive material has leaked from locations where the federal government conducted underground nuclear tests there decades ago, a federal official said Tuesday.
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California Governor Newsom swipes at Trump, cuts water, rail projects

In his first State of the State address since taking office, Newsom also took several swipes at U.S. President Donald Trump, calling the Republican's immigration policies "political theater" based on misrepresentations. Newsom distanced himself from fellow Democrat and four-term governor Jerry Brown in partially unwinding two of his popular predecessor's signature projects: bypassing the fragile California Delta with a set of tunnels to divert water from upstream and building a $77 billion high...
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Activision to Cut 8% of Staff After Delivering Weak Forecast

Bloomberg reported last week that the video-game maker was preparing to make the cuts. On a conference call with investors Tuesday, Activision said sales of key games such as Call of Duty, Overwatch and Hearthstone have been disappointing. As part of the turnaround plan, Activision will increase the number of developers working on its most popular games by 20 percent, while reducing administrative costs and centralizing sales functions.
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US Senate votes to expand nationals parks, protected lands

The US Senate approved a landmark expansion of protected lands Tuesday, the first major gain for conservationists in two years after repeated setbacks by the Trump administration. The Senate voted 98-2 in support of the Natural Resources Management Act, which gives new or strengthened protection from mining and encroachment to more than two million acres (810,000 hectares), expands eight national parks and historic sights, and adds new national monuments and heritage areas. Habitats for wildli...
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