Agency probes whether California Dem Party funneled illicit oil donations to governor

1 California’s campaign finance watchdog agency is looking into allegations the state’s Democratic Party funneled millions of dollars from oil and energy companies to high-profile politicians, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2014 reelection campaign. “It was a laundry machine for dirty energy contributions to the Brown administration, a slush fund of sorts, hiding big oil, utility […]

Ancient cult site in rugged mountains revealed with drones

1 Ancient Roman ruins that lie hidden below the surface at the Apennine Mountains of Italy have largely escaped discovery because the rugged terrain makes them difficult to spot by foot and dangerous to find by airplane. Now, using small airborne drones, archaeologists have found that an ancient settlement in the Apennines was much more […]

Paris debates opening special park space for nudists

Paris city councilmembers are debating a new proposal Monday that would create park space for tourists and locals to hang out in the nude. The proposal, put forth by the Green Party of Paris, has received support from several high profile officials, including Parisian mayor Anne Hidalgo who called the measure ““très sympa [nice/fun],” according […]

West Elm to launch boutique hotel brand

Furniture retailer West Elm is worried about following other chains down the rabbit hole of opening too many stores. So the company has another plan to sustain its growth: launching a chain of boutique hotels. West Elm will design, furnish and market the hotels, the first of which will open in Detroit and Savannah in […]

EasyJet pilot becomes world’s youngest commercial airline captain

A British woman has made history by becoming the world’s youngest commercial airline captain after passing easyJet’s command course. On Sunday, the low-cost London-based carrier announced that Kate McWilliams—who joined the airlines as a first officer when she was just 21—was officially promoted and believe she is the youngest ever commercial airline captain. “Personally I […]

Robots will soon be delivering groceries in Washington, DC

1 Order a grocery delivery in the Washington D.C. area in the coming months and you could find yourself opening the door to a self-driving robot. The company behind the wheel-based autonomous bot is about to start testing grocery and restaurant takeout deliveries in the East Coast city after it became the first in the […]

IMDb may not be able to tell you every actor’s age anymore

It’s one thing if the world knows that Brad Pitt is 52; people know just about everything else that’s going on in his life. But for the thousands of lesser-known working actors constantly on the prowl for gigs, age discrimination is a real (if illegal) problem. So on Saturday California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into […]

5 Key Nutrients Women Need As They Age

Introduction As women age, their risk of developing health problems such as heart disease and stroke increases, especially after menopause. “Women have a limited amount of estrogen once they go through menopause,” said Dr. Nereida Correa, a gynecologist at Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. “Once they’re estrogen-deficient, they’re at risk for heart […]

Fat flora? Gut bacteria differ in obese kids

Obese children have a different population of microorganisms living in their intestinal tracts, compared with lean children, researchers have found. These microorganisms appear to accelerate the conversion of carbohydrates into fat, which then accumulates throughout the body, the researchers said. The study is the first to find a connection between the gut microbiota and fat distribution in children. The […]

Scientists find new fat clues in feces

LONDON –  Scientists in Britain have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo – the human fecal microbiome – and levels of harmful types of body fat. In research that may help explain why excessive weight problems and obesity tend to run in families, the scientists said high levels of […]

Good News: The Tech to Change Your Grandma’s Life Is Already Here

IMAGINE THE PLIGHT of the urban grandmother—yours, maybe, or mine. If she had a car, she surrendered the keys long ago. The grocery store and a bus stop are just down the block, but her knees are bothering her, so she can’t walk that far. The doctor’s office is a few miles away. So is the senior center. Cities […]

BHS brand to be revived online in the UK

The collapsed retailer BHS is to re-launch as an online shop, selling some of the most popular items previously available on its website. BHS.com will employ just 84 people, a fraction of the 11,000 who lost their jobs after efforts to find a buyer for the high-street business failed. The last of BHS’s 163 department […]

Yahoo hit in worst hack ever, 500 million accounts swiped

Hackers swiped personal information associated with at least a half billion Yahoo accounts, the internet giant said Thursday, marking the biggest data breach in history. The hack, which took place in 2014, revealed names, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates and, in some cases, security questions and answers, Yahoo said in a press release. Encrypted […]

Facebook inflated video viewing stats for two years

Facebook has been overestimating the average time it told advertisers that users were spending watching videos on its platform for two years, possibly affecting marketer spending on Facebook ads. The metric was artificially inflated because it only counted videos as viewed if they had been seen for three or more seconds, not taking into account […]

 
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