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There's officially a whole new kind of cloud

How many different kinds of clouds can you name? Zero? Great, that means we're on the same page. Sure you might rattle off some science-sounding words while pointing to a white blob in the sky in a feeble effort to appear intelligent every now and again, but you don't really know what they are, right? That is, unless you're a meteorologist or hobbyist skywatcher, in which case you can probably rattle off quite a few. If that sounds like you, it's time to get studying, because there's a whole new type of cloud to add to your knowledge base. Today, for the first time since 1987, the World Meteorological Organization is releasing an updated version of its International Cloud Atlas, which it...

Is the Air Force Getting Ready to Dump the F-15?
Is the Air Force Getting Ready to Dump the F-15?

The iconic fighter could be headed for the boneyard.

Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president
Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency oversees the nation's nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M.

WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computers
WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computers

The Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published Thursday by WikiLeaks. In its second release allegedly from the CIA's arsenal of hacking tools, WikiLeaks also said that it appears the US spy agency has been able since 2008 to insert it bugs onto new and unused iPhones by intervening in Apple's supply and distribution network. The release follows the initial publication on March 9 by the anti-secrecy group of thousands of pages of instructions and code from what it called the entire CIA arsenal of hacking tools.

Daily glass of pure fruit juice doesn't cause weight gain in kids

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Children who drink one serving of 100 percent fruit juice a day don't appear to gain significantly more weight than kids who consume no juice at all, a research review suggests. In the current study, one 6- to 8-ounce serving of 100 percent fruit juice was associated with a small amount of weight gain in kids 1 to 6 years old, but the difference was too small to be clinically meaningful because it didn't shift most children from a healthy weight to overweight. Fruit juice wasn't linked to any weight gain in children aged 7 to 18.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says Democrats will filibuster Neil Gorsuch
Sen. Chuck Schumer says Democrats will filibuster Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination

Speaking from the floor of the Senate on Thursday, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he could not support the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Schumer said Gorsuch would need to get 60 votes to get past a filibuster by Senate Democrats.

Trump Jr. called a
Trump Jr. called a 'disgrace' for criticizing London mayor

LONDON (AP) - Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for a tweet sent in the hours after Wednesday's London attack that included a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city, but left out that Khan was noting that residents need to "be prepared" for such attacks.

10 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai roadside bombings
10 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai roadside bombings

Ten Egyptian soldiers were killed in two roadside bombings as they clashed with Islamic State group jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula, the military said on Thursday. Fifteen jihadists were also killed in the fighting, the military said in a statement, without saying when the incidents took place. The military said the clashes broke out when soldiers raided "an extremely dangerous" jihadist hideout.

Quotes To Celebrate National Puppy Day
Quotes To Celebrate National Puppy Day

Thursday is National Puppy Day, a well-deserved tribute to man's (and woman's) furry best friend.

Two years on, Yemen stuck in
Two years on, Yemen stuck in 'quagmire'

Deadly fighting, a rise in jihadism, the threat of famine -- two years after Saudi Arabia intervened against Iran-backed rebels, Yemen is more unstable than ever. The chaos has also seen fighting erupt in vital Red Sea shipping lanes, and Riyadh's ally the United States stepping up its involvement. The war has become "a quagmire", Peter Salisbury, a research fellow at London's Chatham House, said ahead of the March 26 anniversary of the intervention of the Saudi-led coalition.

Trump Russia Case
Trump Russia Case 'More Than Circumstantial'

Rachel Maddow reports on developments in the investigation into coordination between the Donald Trump campaign in Russia, from a new report on Paul Manafort acting in Russia's interest to a new characterization of the evidence by Adam Schiff.

London Terror Attack: At Least 5 Killed, 40 Injured Outside Parliament
London Terror Attack: At Least 5 Killed, 40 Injured Outside Parliament

An attacker plowed through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing and killing a police officer outside Parliament in London on Wednesday.

Canada bolsters security after London attack
Canada bolsters security after London attack

Canada has tightened security, especially on Parliament Hill, after the deadly attack outside parliament in London, an official said Wednesday. Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said Ottawa had taken measures in light of the attack in which least three people were killed and 20 injured when a man mowed down pedestrians with a car then stabbed a police officer outside parliament before being shot dead. "The appropriate response has been taken by every police and security service in Canada, including those that function on Parliament Hill," he told a press briefing.

Somaliland drought "a kind of nightmare" - and a security threat: minister
Somaliland drought "a kind of nightmare" - and a security threat: minister

By Laurie Goering LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Prolonged drought in Somaliland has killed between 65 and 80 percent of the semi-autonomous region's livestock, creating conditions that are "the worst time in our lives" and could threaten regional security, says the region's environment minister. With 70 percent of Somaliland's economy built around livestock, "you can imagine the desperation of the people, the desperation of the government," said Shukri Ismail Bandare, the minister of rural development and environment.

New Apple Devices Available On Verizon Starting Friday
New Apple Devices Available On Verizon Starting Friday

The new Apple devices launched Tuesday will be available for purchase at Verizon's offline and online stores, staring Friday.

Tillerson Plan to Skip NATO Meeting Baffles Former Officials
Tillerson Plan to Skip NATO Meeting Baffles Former Officials

Lawmakers, former officials denounce the move as 'disgraceful.'

Lawyer: Teacher seen kissing now missing Tennessee student

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A teacher now accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old female student in Tennessee had been investigated by the school system after another student reported seeing the teacher kiss the girl, a lawyer for the missing girl's family said.

The Atlantic Daily: Hearing Things
The Atlantic Daily: Hearing Things

What We're Following Confirm and Deny: During a congressional hearing today, James Comey publicly confirmed that the FBI since late July has been investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia's election interference. Comey also said the bureau had "no information" to support Trump's baseless claim that he was surveilled by Obama-but in a press briefing later today, Sean Spicer continued to defend his boss, who repeated yesterday that he'd been wiretapped.

Blac Chyna Gets Real About Her Relationship With Rob Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Her Ex Tyga and More News
Blac Chyna Gets Real About Her Relationship With Rob Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Her Ex Tyga and More News

Everything you need to know about Blac Chyna's relationship with the Rob Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and her ex Tyga, 'Beauty and the Beast' breaking box office records this weekend, Zayn Malik's relationship with Gigi Hadid, and Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's trip to Morocco with baby Luna. Get all the details at MarieClaire.com!

Bloomberg: Apple is working on multiple exciting new AR features for the iPhone 8
Bloomberg: Apple is working on multiple exciting new AR features for the iPhone 8

Of all the rumored additions Apple is said to be bringing to the iPhone 8, few are as intriguing as augmented reality. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called AR a "core technology" in interviews, prompting many analysts and journalists to speculate on how Apple might utilize AR functionality in its devices. On Monday, Bloomberg added fuel to that fire with a huge, comprehensive report on Apple's plans for AR. Giving credence to earlier reports, Bloomberg's sources say that Apple has "hundreds of engineers" on the project, some of which previously worked on Facebook's Oculus Rift and Microsoft's HoloLens headset. While discrete AR devices are likely at least a year away, we...

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Trump's rallies give a boost to president and his supporters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - President Donald Trump is returning to the road, rallying supporters to recapture the enthusiasm of his campaign and reassuring them about his tumultuous early days in the White House.

Uber president Jones leaves after six months
Uber president Jones leaves after six months

Ridesharing giant Uber took another hit with the departure of its president, Jeff Jones, after just six months, US media reported on Sunday. Jones' departure comes after a series of difficulties at Uber, Recode and The Wall Street Journal reported. According to Recode, Jones had voiced dissatisfaction with the company's strategies.

Brazil president seeks to calm fears over meat sales, exports
Brazil president seeks to calm fears over meat sales, exports

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Michel Temer, confronting a corruption scandal tarnishing Brazil's lucrative meat industry, met on Sunday with executives and foreign diplomats to assuage health concerns tarnishing a sector responsible for $12 billion in annual exports. The inspection scandal throttled the share prices of JBS SA , the world's largest meat producer, and poultry exporter BRF SA , after both were targeted in "Operation Weak Flesh" along with dozens of smaller rivals. Addressing diplomats from Europe, the United States, China and elsewhere, Temer said Brazil's government "reiterates its confidence in the quality of a national product that has won over...

Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault
Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault

Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of the Syrian capital on Sunday as rebels and jihadists tried to fight their way into the city centre in a surprise assault on government forces. The attack comes just days before a fresh round of UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva aiming at ending Syria's six-year war. Rebels and government forces agreed to a nationwide cessation of hostilities in December, but fighting has continued across much of the country, including in the capital.

Break in the Case? Cops Searching Property Where Bodies of Indiana Hikers Were Found
Break in the Case? Cops Searching Property Where Bodies of Indiana Hikers Were Found

The property owner, Ron Logan, has been arrested on an unrelated probation violation.

Trade war drives fresh wedge between Ukraine and rebels
Trade war drives fresh wedge between Ukraine and rebels

It was always an uncomfortable paradox for Ukraine's warring sides: while Kiev and Russian-backed rebels battled each other for nearly three years, trade kept flowing across the frontline. Now even those tenuous links have finally ruptured after Ukraine's leader Petro Poroshenko ordered a halt to all goods deliveries to the eastern separatist regions, ramping up tensions in the festering conflict. The move was a last resort for Kiev, as coal from their former industrial heartland remains a key energy source and authorities are reluctant to sever the few threads binding the insurgent fiefdoms to Ukraine.

What to expect at Neil Gorsuch
What to expect at Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings

On Monday, the Senate will start several days of hearings involving Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Here is a quick overview of what to expect.

Russia Payments Intensify Flynn Scandal
Russia Payments Intensify Flynn Scandal

Rachel Maddow raises the question of whether Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn committed a crime by accepting payments from Russia, and whether the Trump campaign knew about it before hiring him.

Alexa Now Part Of Amazon iOS App
Alexa Now Part Of Amazon iOS App

Amazon just updated its official app for iOS to include its smart voice assistant Alexa.

One World Trade Center newest landmark to light up green for St. Patrick
One World Trade Center newest landmark to light up green for St. Patrick's Day

On St. Patrick's Day, the world will take on a shamrock green glow, with new additions to Tourism Ireland's annual "Global Greening" campaign. 

iOS 11 lock screen gets re-imagined in brand new concept photos
iOS 11 lock screen gets re-imagined in brand new concept photos

These days, it's not uncommon to come across stunning and thought-provoking iOS 11 concepts that aren't necessarily feasible. Indeed, some designers, when putting together iOS 11 mockups, seem to focus on cobbling together fantastical features without ever stopping to contemplate whether or not their designs are practical or even doable. Imagining futuristic iOS 11 features can certainly be fun and entertaining, but sometimes we've got to take a step back and focus on iOS features Apple might actually implement. Stepping up to the plate in this regard, Matt Birchler of Birchtree recently put together an interesting list of iOS 11 lockscreen ideas that not only seem doable, but might...

Top lawmakers see no evidence for Trump wiretap claim
Top lawmakers see no evidence for Trump wiretap claim

Senior US lawmakers said Wednesday they had seen no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that his predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped his New York home and office building. "We don't have any evidence that that took place," said Devin Nunes, Republican chairman of the congressional committee conducting a probe into the allegation, at a press conference. Based the investigation by the House Intelligence Committee he heads, "I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower," said Nunes, whose committee is also conducting an investigation into suspected Russian interference in last year's US election.

Rachel Maddow promises Trump tax returns, and the internet goes wild with reaction GIFs
Rachel Maddow promises Trump tax returns, and the internet goes wild with reaction GIFs

Trump's long-held assertion that no-one cares about his tax returns was slammed yet again Tuesday night, when the internet went wild in response to one reporter teasing a big IRS-shaped revelation. SEE ALSO: 'Rumps Against Trump' sees protesters bare their butts outside Trump Tower "Breaking; We've got Trump tax returns," MSNBC host Rachel Maddow tweeted at 7:30 p.m. ET, promising more information on air at 9. BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.(Seriously). - Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017 She didn't specify which returns, or even which Trump, but her words lit up Twitter. Within minutes, her surname was trending with well over...

Spicer on calling GOP health care bill
Spicer on calling GOP health care bill 'Trumpcare': 'This is a bill that's not his, it's a joint effort'

On March 14, Yahoo News White House Correspondent Hunter Walker asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer if any component of the current House Republican health care bill needs to change for President Trump to put his name on the bill. Spicer responded said the bill is "not his" and called it a "joint effort."

Thai customs seizes 21 rhino horns worth $5 million
Thai customs seizes 21 rhino horns worth $5 million

BANGKOK (AP) - Thai authorities said Tuesday they have seized 21 unusually large rhinoceros horns worth almost $5 million that were smuggled from Ethiopia.

Volvo
Volvo's First EV To Cost Less Than $40K

Volvo already has several T8 Plug-In Hybrid versions of its cars, such as the XC90 SUV, though their electric-only range is poor by EV standards.

Congressional Budget Office: Healthcare Replacement Plan Adds 24 Million Uninsured by 2026
Congressional Budget Office: Healthcare Replacement Plan Adds 24 Million Uninsured by 2026

Two Congressional committees have already passed their legislative efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act without waiting for feedback from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on how t...

Easy-To-Grow Plants You Should Plant This Spring
Easy-To-Grow Plants You Should Plant This Spring

Start your garden this weekend.

McCain Tells President To Release Wiretap Proof
McCain Tells President To Release Wiretap Proof

Rep. Adam Schiff said President Donald Trump's wiretap allegations are a problem, whether they're true or not.

Rep. Schiff doesn
Rep. Schiff doesn't expect to see any evidence of Trump wiretap allegations

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is interviewed on "This Week."

South Korea
South Korea's Moon vows 'new history' after impeachment

The front-runner to succeed South Korea's impeached president Park Geun-Hye on Sunday called for unity as the country writes a "new history", while hundreds gathered outside the home of the ousted leader in a show of support. The Constitutional Court on Friday upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach Park, effectively removing her from office over a corruption scandal involving her close friend. A presidential election is to be held within 60 days of the ruling, with local media suggesting May 9 as the most likely date.

New leak shows how incredible Samsung
New leak shows how incredible Samsung's Galaxy S8 design really is

Less than three weeks from today, Samsung's hotly anticipated Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be official. The company plans to unveil its next-generation flagship smartphones at a special press conference in New York City on March 29th, and Android fans couldn't be more excited. Of course, it won't really be an unveiling in the traditional sense of the word - BGR already took care of that with a recent exclusive, and we've seen the upcoming new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ plenty of times since then. It will still be a relief to see the new phones shown off on stage in an official capacity though, because it will mean that we're one big step closer to their upcoming release. Leaks and rumors...

US rejects China
US rejects China's call to halt drills if NKorea stops tests

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States on Wednesday rejected China's proposal for a halt to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises if North Korea suspends its nuclear and missile activities. It called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un irrational and demanded "positive action" before the U.S. can take his regime seriously.

Uber prohibits use of
Uber prohibits use of 'Greyball' technology to evade authorities

By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has prohibited the use of its so-called "Greyball" technology to target regulators, ending a program that had been critical in helping Uber evade authorities in cities where the service has been banned. Uber is reviewing the different ways the technology has been used and is "expressly prohibiting its use to target action by local regulators going forward," Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said in a blog post on Wednesday. The ride-hailing company last week confirmed the existence of the "Greyball" program, which uses data from the Uber app and other methods to identify and circumvent officials who...

Official: Couple hundred US Marines go into Syria
Official: Couple hundred US Marines go into Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - A couple hundred Marines have deployed into Syria with heavy artillery guns, as part of the ongoing preparation for the fight to oust the Islamic State group from its self-declared headquarters of Raqqa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

The Latest: Poland
The Latest: Poland's women show the government red cards

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Latest on International Women's Day events (all times local):

New Programs Offer Low Down Payment and Rate Options to First-Time Homebuyers

If you're a first-time buyer, making the leap to homeownership in 2017 could be an affordable dream come true. For those who have smaller amounts of money saved or who carry sizable student loan debt, the best news is that today's first-time buyer affordability programs allow qualified buyers to put as little as 3 percent down, thereby removing the biggest obstacle to homeownership: amassing a substantial chunk of cash.

A camera made from 23,000 drinking straws offers a very unique perspective
A camera made from 23,000 drinking straws offers a very unique perspective

In an age where we would go to any lengths to get a unique photo, two artists, thirsty for something new, have created a camera that offers peak uniqueness. SEE ALSO: Taking underwater photos with your iPhone just got way easier Michael Farrell and Cliff Haynes have developed something called the Straw Camera. The name of the camera indicates exactly what it is made out of - 32,000 drinking straws. Image: michael farrell & cliff haynes "The Straw Camera, which is a box stacked with approximately 23,000 black drinking straws, produces a multipoint perspective from an array," Cliff Haynes wrote on the camera's website. "The light viewed/collected by each individual...

McCain calls on Trump to back up wire-tapping claim

By Richard Cowan and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain on Monday called for President Donald Trump to release any evidence supporting his claim the Obama administration wiretapped him while probing Russia's influence in the 2016 election. "I think the president of the United States, if he has any information that would indicate that his predecessor wiretapped Trump Tower, then he should come forward with that information. The American people deserve it," McCain, a Republican from Arizona, told Reuters.

Shoot a police dog? In Kentucky, you might not go to jail
Shoot a police dog? In Kentucky, you might not go to jail

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Daleon Rice shot Ernie twice, right in front of a police officer, but he'll never serve a day in prison for the crime.

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