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A mother prays for her boys as bombs rain on Syrian rebel enclave

Death has a soundtrack in Eastern Ghouta: The growing rumble of a jet ripping through the sky, punctuated by a low but loud thud. Then come screams and sirens. It is being heard with alarming frequency in the besieged Syrian rebel enclave, near Damascus, where some 190 people have died since Sunday night according to U.K.-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. These have been the deadliest days for the area since 2015, the observatory said. NBC News was not able to independently confirm the group’s account but it…

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Mueller files new charge against lawyer accused of lying to investigators

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a new charge against an attorney accused of lying to investigators in the Russia investigation. Alex Van Der Zwaan was charged for making false statements about his communications with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, according to a court document obtained by NBC News. Gates and his longtime business associate, former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, were charged in October with money laundering, conspiracy and other offenses after being investigated by Mueller. The new charge was announced Tuesday, just days after Mueller indicted 13…

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Soon you may be able to 3D print clothing in your own home

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Three-dimensional printing has changed the way we make everything from prosthetic limbs to aircraft parts and even homes. Now it may be poised to upend the apparel industry as well. Fashion designers have already unveiled shoes and clothing made via 3D printing, in which plastic material is deposited layer upon layer to create a three-dimensional structure. In one recent example, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen showed off a 3D-printed dress at last month’s Paris Fashion Week. 3D printing won’t replace weaving, knitting, and other conventional…

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Harassed, hit on, fed up: Women in medicine want their #MeToo

Inside a bright operating room, Dr. Christina Jenkins gripped her surgical clamp, ready to remove a skin graft. With her was a scrub tech, an anesthesiologist, and, across the operating table, the attending physician — a veteran trauma and burn surgeon. Jenkins, a resident at the time who was just beginning her career, dug her surgical instrument underneath the skin graft. She was almost finished spreading apart the patient’s staples when, she said, the attending physician leaned over so his face was uncomfortably close to hers. “You know how to…

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Watch out. North Korea keeps getting better at hacking.

WASHINGTON — In the latest indication that North Korea’s cyber operations are more sophisticated than commonly realized, computer security researchers have identified a group of government hackers and spies in the hermit kingdom who are capable of stealing documents from computers that aren’t connected to the internet. In a new paper published Tuesday morning, leading cyber security firm FireEye says its iSight intelligence arm has tracked a national-security related spying arm it calls APT37 that has “expanded its operations in both scope and sophistication.” That hacking group — which is…

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Partygoer accused of stealing thumb from $4.5 million ‘cultural treasure’

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have called for a “severe punishment” to be imposed after a 2,000-year-old terra-cotta warrior’s thumb was stolen while being displayed in the U.S. According to an arrest affidavit, 24-year-old Michael Rohana broke off the thumb after taking a selfie with one of the statues during an Ugly Sweater Party at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Terra-cotta warriors during an exhibition in Liverpool, England, last year. Andrew Yates / Reuters file Known as “The Cavalryman,” the warrior is worth $4.5 million. The incident occurred on Dec. 21…

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Harassed, hit on and fed up: Women in medicine await reckoning

Inside a bright operating room, Dr. Christina Jenkins gripped her surgical clamp, ready to remove a skin graft. With her was a scrub tech, an anesthesiologist, and, across the operating table, the attending physician — a veteran trauma and burn surgeon. Jenkins, a resident at the time who was just beginning her career, dug her surgical instrument underneath the skin graft. She was almost finished spreading apart the patient’s staples when, she said, the attending physician leaned over so his face was uncomfortably close to hers. “You know how to…

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Work for it. What Trump’s tough new Medicaid rules mean.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Every day that Steve Olshewsky can convince himself to get out of bed and face the world is a small victory in his eyes. After a series of panic attacks forced him out of work in 2009, Olshewsky returned to his hometown to recover with family. He’s made great strides since then, thanks to medication and his work at Participation Station, a peer-run outpatient clinic for serious mental illness. There, he sits in on group sessions, teaches tai chi to members, and talks clients through rough days…

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Ice dancing ‘Shib Sibs’ claim bronze at PyeongChang Olympics

The ice dancing duo known as the “Shib Sibs” claimed the bronze medal Tuesday morning in PyeongChang at the 2018 Winter Olympics ice dancing competition. Alex and Maia Shibutani, who helped clinch the bronze for Team USA at the team event, received a 114.86 free dance score, which gave them a total of 192.59 — a decisive victory over fellow Team USA ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who ended the night with a final score of 187.69. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada held onto their first…

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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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