Monday, October 24, 2016

CO2 levels mark 'new era' in the world's changing climate

2016 is likely to be the first year in recorded history in which levels of CO2 in the atmosphere remain above the symbolically important threshold of 400 parts per million.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Officer who responded to noise complaint was in for a stellar dance performance

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Ya gotta have dance practice somewhere.


A police officer responding to a noise complaint at a Carrollton, Texas apartment complex last month stumbled upon something that wasn't complaint-worthy at all: a group of groomsmen practicing a dance to surprise a soon-to-be bride.


"When the officer first approached us, we were a little nervous, but we knew we were doing nothing wrong," groom David Opegbemi told ABC News.



So the group offered to show off what it'd been preparing - a very cute dance set to "My Girl."



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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Dog unitards are here, just in time for fall and not without controversy

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Fall, a.k.a. turtleneck season, is finally here in terms of brisk temperatures. So why shouldn't Fido join in on the fun?


Thanks to Shed Defender, your pup can. The company specializes in dog unitards. Yes, dog unitards.


In addition to its new line being stylish, the company claims the unitards have a lot of practical benefits for your pet.



The dog unitards cover the pooch's neck, body and all four legs. They have a hole for the tail and come in a variety of colors and sizes.



As implied by its name, the Shed Defender's primary function is keeping your dog from leaving a trail of fur everywhere. Read more...

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Beyoncé invites Jay Z, Serena Williams onstage at last Formation tour stop

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Was there ever any doubt that the last gig of Beyonce's Formation tour would be an affair to remember?


Bey brought out Serena Williams, Kendrick Lamar and husband Jay Z - basically, all the marquee Lemonade guests one could ever want - during the show at New Jersey's MetLife stadium. 


Williams danced onstage for "Sorry," the Lemonade track on which she makes a scene-stealing video appearance.




Lamar stepped in for an assist on "Freedom," also from Lemonade.






At the end of the show, Jay Z, whose widely rumored infidelity is generally considered the driving force behind Beyonce's latest album, joined Bey onstage for a "Drunk in Love" duet. (He was not present for any Becky-related portions of the performance.) Read more...

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

5 times you shouldn't use a credit card

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A credit card used responsibly can be a great tool to build your credit score and a credit history.


If you pay off your bill in full every month and balance your budget like a pro, using a credit card for most expenses allows you to track your spending easily and take full advantage of cash-back and other rewards programs.


But if you don't pay off the bill each month, the high interest rates on a card will cost you as your debt keeps rolling over. That's when you should consider cheaper methods of financing.


Here are five times you may want to ditch the credit card. Read more...


1. To pay for a big expense

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Police release Keith Scott videos, leaving more questions than answers

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Two videos released Saturday by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department fail to provide a full picture of just what happened during its officers' fatal encounter with Keith Lamont Scott.


Police shot and killed Scott, a 43-year-old African American man, on Tuesday, precipitating days of protests across Charlotte.



The first video, shot from an officer's body camera, does not appear to show the moment of the shooting. It also has no sound until the aftermath of the incident, when Scott is seen lying face-down after being shot. Read more...

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Spectacular photos of 1940s Brazil by a government photographer gone rogue

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A blind street performer plays an accordion.

Image: Genevieve Naylor/Corbis via Getty Images

In 1940, 25-year-old Genevieve Naylor, who had recently become one of the first female photographers hired by the Associated Press, received an assignment from the U.S. State Department to travel to Brazil.

With the war between the Axis and Allied powers expanding into a truly global conflict, the State Department's Office of Inter-American Affairs was tasked with cultivating South American support for the Allies. Naylor was sent to capture the images to illustrate the propaganda campaign and conjure wartime support from Brazil and adjacent countries. Read more...

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