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MERKEL CLINGS ON: German chancellor’s last-chance coalition talks reach STALEMATE

The two camps aim to seal a deal by the end of Sunday to renew the “grand coalition” as the German chancellor ttempts to claw back power after failing to form a government in Germany’s general election.  Angela Merkel‘s conservatives and the SP reached agreement on energy and agriculture on Saturday, but are now in an ongoing dispute over healthcare, more than four months after the election Speaking at the end of talks on Saturday, conservative politician Michael Grosse-Broemer said the two blocs intended to stick to the timeframe but…

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Apple offers free repairs for iPhone glitch – CNET

The repair is free, but we’re afraid you’ll have to buy your own burger. Sarah Tew/CNET Apparently for some iPhone users, seven isn’t a lucky number. Apple is offering free repairs to owners of the “small percentage” of iPhone 7 devices that may be displaying a No Service notice even when cell service is available, the company said in a post late Friday. Apple said the status bar glitch is the result of a faulty component on the gadget’s main logic board. The problem phones were manufactured between September 2016…

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AI can predict when we’ll die — here’s why that’s a good thing

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Artificial intelligence is proving to be a revolutionary tool across many industries, but the technology is having a particularly big impact when it comes to healthcare. Researchers are using AI to combat the flu, by building improved seasonal forecasts that inform the development of influenza vaccines, and the technology is already helping to diagnose rare diseases so that patients can get the treatments they need. Now, scientists have found a new medical application for AI: predicting when a seriously ill patient admitted to the hospital…

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5-Year-Old Girl Permanently Disfigured in Voodoo Ritual, Police Say

The little girl was permanently disfigured as a result of the burns More Two women are accused of burning and permanently disfiguring a 5-year-old girl during a voodoo ritual. Police said the ritual was meant to remove a demon inside the little girl that was causing her to misbehave, the Associated Press reported. The little girl’s mother requested the ritual, according to police, and has not been charged but is receiving mental health treatment. The mother is of Haitian descent, according to the report, where religious voodoo has been practiced…

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A Controversial Bill Would Allow Chemical Castration of Sex Offenders in Oklahoma

Only seven states have similar laws More A controversial bill would add Oklahoma to the short list of states that have authorized chemical castration as an acceptable condition of release for convicted sex offenders. Republican Rep. Rick West is sponsoring the bill at the behest of a constituent, the Associated Press reports. If it passes, men convicted of violent sex crimes could be required as a condition of release to take drugs that lower testosterone and sexual libido. It’s unclear how often the option would actually be used, though the…

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PUTIN FIGHTS BACK: Russia fires missile ‘killing 30 terrorists’ after Su-25 jet shot down

The Russian Defence Ministry said Moscow had retaliated with a strike from an undisclosed high-precision weapon that wipedd out more than 30 militants in an area of Idlib province where the plane was downed. Reports say Russia fired numerous missiles from both the Mediterranean Sea and its Khmeimim air base in Syria. Huge explosions have now been reported in a number of coastal areas, as well as Idlib, where the jet was shot down.  Syrian rebels shot down Russian warplane Su-25 and killed its pilot on the ground after he…

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Democratic rebuttal calls Nunes memo ‘deliberately misleading’

WASHINGTON — A top House Democrat is challenging the core conclusion of the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Friday, calling the allegation that the Justice Department and FBI withheld key details as they sought a secret surveillance warrant on former Trump adviser Carter Page “deliberately misleading and deeply wrong on the law.” NBC News has exclusively obtained a six-page rebuttal to the Nunes memo from Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, which was to be circulated to all House…

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WATCH Red Rising author Pierce Brown: Top 10 fan questions, Top 3 Howler pick-up lines!

Brown is currently on a triumphal international tour after his latest book, Iron Gold topped the New York Times lists. In fact, with adulation everywhere he goes and screaming admirers it almost resembles the kind of progress and reception his hero Darrow would have made. Luckily, however, his Howlers (as the fans call themselves) may be a feisty and devoted bunch, but the there has been no major bloodshed along the way. I caught up with him at the London main book signing at Foyles on Charing Cross Road. During…

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Russian jet downed and pilot killed by Syrian militants

Syrian militants downed a Russian fighter jet and killed its pilot in northwest Syria on Saturday, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported. The pilot flew a fighter jet, known as a Su-25, over the Idlib province when he was hit by a portable anti-aircraft missile system, Russia’s news agency TASS reported the defense ministry saying. People walk amidst the rubble of the Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet scattered on the ground, in Ma’saran village near Saraqeb city, in Eastern Idlib countryside, Syria, on Feb. 3, 2018. Abdalla Saad / EPA…

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