Argentina reports new clue in search for missing submarine

Argentina reports new clue in search for missing submarine

Ships and planes hunting for a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members will return to a previously search area after officials said Wednesday that a noise made a week ago in the South Atlantic could provide a clue to the vessel’s location. The Argentina navy spokesman, Capt. Enrique Balbi, said the “hydro-acoustic anomaly” was determined by the United States and specialist agencies to have been produced Nov. 15, just hours after the final contact…

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YouTube to crack down on videos showing child endangerment

YouTube to crack down on videos showing child endangerment

YouTube has announced a plan to implement stricter controls on videos that show child endangerment. The move, announced on Wednesday, comes after a BuzzFeed article exposed videos of children in “disturbing and abusive situations,” some of which had racked up millions of views. YouTube says it implemented new guidelines to remove content that features the endangerment of a child, even if that’s not what the uploader intended. In a post on the company’s official blog,…

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FCC stonewalling probe of ‘massive’ fake net neutrality comments scheme: NY AG

FCC stonewalling probe of ‘massive’ fake net neutrality comments scheme: NY AG

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released an open letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, accusing the agency of stonewalling his office’s investigation into what he called a “massive scheme” to inundate the FCC’s public net neutrality review process with fake comments. “The process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to current net neutrality rules has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities and the FCC has been…

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Parasites, infections in N. Korean soldier who defected reveal country’s conditions

Parasites, infections in N. Korean soldier who defected reveal country’s conditions

Hospital records from a soldier who defected from North Korea this month offer telling details about health problems in the closed country. The 24-year-old soldier had parasitic infections and a dangerous hepatitis infection — conditions that speak to poor sanitation and rough conditions in North Korea. Most shocking, perhaps, are reports of large parasitic worms, some measuring 11 inches, recovered from his intestines. “An estimated 5 million people in North Korea have intestinal roundworms. That’s…

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Facebook says it will let its users know if they liked Russian-linked propaganda

Facebook says it will let its users know if they liked Russian-linked propaganda

Facebook announced they are making a portal that will allow users to find out if they liked pages or followed Instagram accounts made by the Internet Research Agency, the Russian internet company that was outed as a troll farm after the 2016 election. The portal will provide a database of those potential pages and accounts that would have been liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017, before and after the 2016 election. “This…

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How the military handles the remains of fallen troops

How the military handles the remains of fallen troops

The discovery of additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four soldiers killed in an October ambush in Niger, drew renewed attention to the process of how the military transports the remains of deceased service members back to the United States and releases them to their family. On Tuesday, a Defense Department spokesperson told ABC News that additional remains were discovered on Nov. 12 in the same location in which his body…

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Education Department considers narrowing civil rights work

Education Department considers narrowing civil rights work

The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. Under the Obama administration, when a student complained of discrimination in a particular class or school, the education agency would examine the case but also look at whether the incident was part of a broader, systemic problem that needs to be fixed. Proposed revisions…

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White nationalist Spencer banned from 26 European nations

White nationalist Spencer banned from 26 European nations

A leading figure in the U.S. white nationalist movement said Wednesday that he hasn’t received government confirmation of his reported ban from entering more than two dozen European countries. Poland’s state-run news agency PAP says Polish authorities banned Richard Spencer from entering 26 countries in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area for five years. The news agency cited unnamed sources close to Poland’s Foreign Ministry. A source close to the Polish Foreign Ministry confirmed to The Associated…

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North Korean soldier who defected to the South loves watching music videos and movies

North Korean soldier who defected to the South loves watching music videos and movies

The North Korean solider who was captured on video defecting to the South earlier this month is enjoying watching South Korean music videos and the American movie “Transformers 3,” his doctor says. The 24-year-old defector, identified only by his last name, Oh, was shot at least five times by North Korean guards before he made it past the demarcation line on Nov. 13. But Oh is “not going to die,” Lee Cook-jong, the lead surgeon…

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Gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to sexual assault charges

Gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to sexual assault charges

The sports doctor accused of molesting young athletes while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty today to multiple charges of sexual assault. Clad in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, Dr. Larry Nassar appeared in court in Michigan’s Ingham County where he agreed to plead guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving girls who were younger than 13 and as old as 15. The plea deal calls for a…

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