Sport 

Winter Olympics ice dancing: Shibutanis, Hubbell and Donohue in action – live!

Give them a medal. Give them something. Give them endorsement deals. I could watch that again, right now. Ignore the yellow boxes. Their scores for the first five elements are very good. Their combination spin is indeed the highest-scoring combo spin so far. The circular step sequence is 10.80. This is simply beautiful. Will it earn a medal? Don’t know, don’t care. Just enjoying it. So is the crowd. Which means it’s time for Coldplay, and a piano-heavy version of Paradise. Their opening combination spin is amazing. Second place so…

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Why does restoring full power in Puerto Rico seem like a never-ending task?

About a third of Puerto Rico’s residents — over 900,000 — are still living without electricity five months after Hurricane Maria battered the island on Sept. 20th of last year. As power restoration efforts continue against all odds, it’s still hard for officials to say when the power will be fully restored, the question on everyone’s mind. “I would hesitate to give you a date,” said Lt. Col. John Cunningham of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the deputy commander for the Task Force Power Restoration on the island. “We…

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After large-scale killings, aid groups find new ways to comfort

Charitable giving in the United States went up 4 percent last year, a nice jump after near-zero growth the year before, according to the Blackbaud Institute. The causes include a better economy, big hurricanes, and the ease of online giving. But also of note is that giving was even higher to faith-based and international aid groups. One reason may be a new trend in giving: With more places suffering mass killing of innocent people, whether in Iraqi cities or in American schools, charities seek to heal individuals and communities of…

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Science 

Bitcoin rich kids in Puerto Rico: crypto utopia or crypto-colonialism?

Cryptocurrency entrepreneurs have moved to Puerto Rico to build a crypto utopia – initially dubbed Puertopia but now named Sol – where they plan to pay little in taxes. The crypto expats also hope to demonstrate how the city of the future will look with blockchain methods used for most transactions alongside the development of a new digital cryptocurrency. But it’s less clear about whose future – the few or the many – will be the driving force for change on the US territory. Puerto Rico was devastated by last…

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Bending the arc toward national service

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed mandatory “national service” for young people between the ages of 18 and 21. They could either join the military for a short stint or be engaged in various civic causes. The main purpose: Help France overcome its social divisions and nurture patriotism. The French military, which last saw forced conscription in 1997, might also see a boost in recruits. In Canada, meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last month that he is setting up a Canada Service Corps that will encourage – not force…

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Latest blackout shows Puerto Rico’s fragility

More than five months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked out power to Marisol Rodriguez’s home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the lights finally came back on Friday. “I started to cry,” she said. On Sunday afternoon, her jubilant neighborhood, Cupey, made a feast of traditional dishes — rice and beans, roast pork, potato salad — for the electrical brigade workers who had been restoring power to the area. “It was a great time,” Rodriguez said. By 9 p.m., the power was out again. Firefighters work at a power substation…

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Fiscal stimulus is back. So are bigger deficits

In piling a huge spending bill on top of a huge tax cut without the requisite revenues to pay for either one, US policymakers are putting extraordinary faith in the economy. They’re hoping it will grow so fast that it keeps a swollen national debt from getting worse. They can point to signs of economic strength behind their faith: After nine years of expansion, business is booming and unemployment rates are near rock-bottom. But economists and investors fret that the federal government is adding stimulus at exactly the wrong time in the…

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Science 

AP FACT CHECK: Climate science undercuts EPA chief's view

FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Environment Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pruitt is once again understating the threat posed by climate change, this time by suggesting that global warming may be a good thing for humanity. Pruitt has been champion for the continued burning of fossil fuels while expressing doubt about the consensus of climate scientists that man-made carbon emissions are overwhelmingly the cause of record temperature increases observed around the world. In an interview…

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Science 

AP FACT CHECK: EPA chief sees good in warming, experts don't

FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Environment Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pruitt is once again understating the threat posed by climate change, this time by suggesting that global warming may be a good thing for humanity. Pruitt has been champion for the continued burning of fossil fuels while expressing doubt about the consensus of climate scientists that man-made carbon emissions are overwhelmingly the cause of record temperature increases observed around the world. In an interview…

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Lifestyle 

The Mercy: The lonely, tragic death at sea of a disgraced ‘sailor’

GETTY British yachtsman Donald Crowhurst is pictured aboard Teignmouth Electron Little more than fibreglass and plywood remain of the Teignmouth Electron, which since 1988 has remained on the south-western end of the island where it has succumbed to a succession of hurricanes and unforgiving elements. Its name has worn away and someone has spray painted Dream Boat on the hull. British tourists Tony and Jane Day, who now live in San Francisco, saw the wreck while on a sailing holiday. “You could still see parts of the galley and what…

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