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Colby Rasmus' disgusting beard didn't last long enough to feel the internet's wrath

Mashable - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:32

A warning to athletes — be wary of outlandish facial hair. It could lead to an internet trolling extravaganza. 

Just ask Colby Rasmus, who showed up to MLB Spring Training this camp sporting a mighty fine neck beard. Perhaps the Tampa Bay Rays outfielder was looking for some new mojo, hoping to improve on his dismal .206 batting average from 2016, the worst of his big league career. 

SEE ALSO: Based on Magic Johnson's tweets, the Lakers basically just hired Perd Hapley from 'Parks and Rec'

Either way, the internet chimed in — as it always does — absolutely roasting Rasmus' new beard with a series of hilarious tweets.   Read more...

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More North Koreans sought in murder of Kim Jong Nam

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:29
Malaysian authorities want to speak with a North Korean embassy official and airline employee as part of their investigation into the murder of Kim Jong Nam.
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Margot Robbie's new ride looks straight out of the future

Mashable - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:26

Who knew you needed an ambassador to spruik electric vehicles?

Nissan does, and it's enlisted the services of Australian actress Margot Robbie to go riding around in its fancy EV sports concept car, the BladeGlider, around Monaco's Monte Carlo street circuit.

SEE ALSO: Ford's self-driving cars won't have steering wheels because engineers maybe kept falling asleep

The BladeGlider is a two-seater which was first unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo motor show. It's loosely based off the company's DeltaWing racer, which debuted at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2012. 

There are only two BladeGliders in the world, and the car hits 100 km/h (0-60 mph) in under five seconds.  Read more...

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Trump administration withdraws transgender bathroom protections

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:25
The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.
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Internet, meet Finland's adorable first dog, Lennu

Mashable - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:20

The world has been suffering political dog content withdrawals. After all, everyone's still grieving the sudden withdrawal of the Obama family's dogs, Bo and Sunny, from the world stage. 

Donald Trump, of course, has no pets.

It makes sense then that the desperate gaze of pup-lovers worldwide has fallen on Finland and President Sauli Niinistö's badass pup, Lennu.

SEE ALSO: Doggy tour bus shows adventurous pups the sights of London

Lennu, a five-year-old Boston terrier, according to the Finnish outlet Yle Uutiset, has been making public appearances for some time now. He's not fully media trained, and has a habit of distracting the cameras away from his owner and onto his own antics. And now, people outside Finland have caught on. Read more...

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Guy pranks local school by pretending to be a kid and calling out sick

Mashable - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:18

YouTube is filled with an enormous amount of "prank" videos, which typically end with being people just being jerks to others for a few clicks. Every once and a while, though, a classic prank will shine through the rest.

Tim Bradbury of Tiny Tim Adventures is insanely good at imitating a cartoon-like voice of a child, so good that he even fooled a local school into thinking he was actually a child that went there for several minutes. 

Prank phone calls just never seem to get old.  Read more...

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Nine arrested at Dakota Access Pipeline site

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:15
As Wednesday's deadline set by the governor to evacuate the Standing Rock camp site looms, a number of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters have vowed to stay put.
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Employee disappears with $100M

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:15
A major European conglomerate says one of its employees in South Korea has gone missing -- along with $100 million.
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LOOK: Mom shares viral, painful photo of cancer-stricken son

Inquirer - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:10
A mother has summed up the heart-wrenching realities she and her cancer-stricken son were going through in one viral Facebook post. On Tuesday, Facebook page Love What Matters posted a photo of Drake Medinger, a 10-year-old boy from Texas who wasdiagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September 2012, NBC Chicago reported. Now bald and wearing a diaper, his aching facial expression depicts his discomfort brought about by months of chemotherapy. "For anyone battling cancer or enduring chemotherapy. For anyone going through this horrible disease. It is about to get real, real hard and real quick," Drake's mother, Jessica, captioned the image. "This was this morning after...

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Don't want to use Uber? Waze Carpool expands to other cities.

Mashable - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:07

Google-owned Waze wants to dominate the ride-hailing market. Thanks to the allegations of sexual harassment rocking top competitor Uber, it may actually stand a chance. 

With timing that may or may not be coincidental, Chief Wazer Noam Bardin announced that his company plans to radically expand its carpool service, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Initially launched in the U.S. last year, Waze Carpool in many ways functions similar to Uber: it matches drivers with riders and compensates those behind the wheel —minus the institutionalized sexism detailed over the weekend in a blog post by former employee Susan Fowler Rigetti. Read more...

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He's at the center of the transgender bathroom debate

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:01
When Gavin Grimm announced his transition, he was initially told he could use the boys' bathroom. But that soon changed.
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This British Brand Casted Its First Young Filipino Model

Inquirer - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:00
While you weren't looking, Burberry recruited its first Filipino model. And she's just a toddler. Baby Skylar-Louise signed on last April 2016 to pose for Burberry Kid's autumn/winter `16 campaign. This in itself is already a big feat for the tot, but then her photo became the homepage of the brand's"Infant Girl 6 months - 3 years" category.Scarlet Snow Belo and Olivia Manzano might have some competition on who's the cutest toddler. Mom Lavern Bacsafra-Mcleish, a Filipina supervisor in London, was so proud to see photos of Skylaron the website, as well as in stores and magazines. As of writing, there's no news yet on Skylar's future modeling stints. I guess we'll jus...

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Here's what the Ice Age tells us about future sea level rise

Mashable - Thu, 2017-02-23 09:00

A new study on an ancient ice sheet may hold important clues about our planet's future.

The research focuses on the Laurentide Ice Sheet, the massive expanse covering North America during the last Ice Age, which ended about 10,000 years ago. A team of scientists found that small spikes in the temperature of the ocean — not the air — likely caused periods of rapid melting and splintering of the ice.

SEE ALSO: This 'GOT' star teamed up with Google to capture Greenland's melting ice

Their findings add to a growing body of evidence that climate change could ultimately drive sea levels even higher than today's models predict, according to the study published Feb. 15 in the journal Nature. Glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica and other areas have been melting rapidly in recent years due in part to increasing ocean temperatures. Read more...

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The emails Republicans don't want you to see

Mashable - Thu, 2017-02-23 08:52

A trove of more than 7,500 emails and other documents were released on Wednesday revealing that President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordinated closely with his state's oil and gas industry while also leading an office responsible for regulating them. 

The emails, released by the Oklahoma attorney general's office after losing a two-year legal battle with the Center for Media and Democracy, show that Scott Pruitt worked with energy executives to push back against EPA regulations that were viewed as harmful to their industry.

The records release came mere days after the former Oklahoma attorney general was narrowly confirmed by the Senate and began his new job at the EPA.  Read more...

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De Lima should seek doctor’s help – Panelo

Inquirer - Thu, 2017-02-23 08:50
  President Rodrigo Duterte's chief legal counsel on Thursday warned embattled Sen. Leila de Lima that she may be held liable for inciting to sedition for her tirades against the chief executive.   Lawyer Salvador Panelo's warning came a few days after Justice Secretary Vitalinao Aguirre also told the senator that her tirades against the President could be considered "inciting to sedition."   READ: Aguirre warns De Lima over inciting to sedition   "Her continued and relentless tirades against President Duterte could lead to criminal liability for the commission of the crime of inciting to sedition," Panelo said in a statement.   Pan...

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iPhone users spent so much money in the App Store last year

Mashable - Thu, 2017-02-23 08:39

Congratulations, iPhone users: you spent a ton of money on apps last year. 

Right after the holiday season, Apple touted huge App Store sales. But now analysts at SensorTower have broken down the numbers at the user level to give us a better look at what people were spending their money on.

SEE ALSO: So the App Store is basically Yelp now

The standout stat: The average iPhone user coughed up $40 on premium apps and in-app purchases throughout the year, up from $35 in 2015. But the spending growth didn't necessarily come from new downloads, as iPhone owners actually downloaded fewer apps in 2016 than the year before (33 per device last year compared to 35 in 2015).  Read more...

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Larger than life

BBC - Thu, 2017-02-23 08:31
The BBC meets Raja Bhaiya and tries to separate the man from the myth.
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Chicago public schools to keep ICE agents out

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 2017-02-23 08:26
Chicago Public Schools say they will deny federal immigration agents access to district buildings and personnel unless served with a criminal warrant, the latest in a series of steps taken by US school officials to protect undocumented students.
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Wanted: 'Missing' lawmakers

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 2017-02-23 08:23
Some Americans would like you to believe their Republican members of Congress have mysteriously gone missing. Those constituents have turned to some creative ways to voice their displeasure.
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Hug a tree while you still can: U.S. forests are disappearing

Mashable - Thu, 2017-02-23 08:22

The Amazon rainforest and Indonesia's peat swamps aren't the only places suffering from deforestation. On the mainland U.S., swaths of forests are steadily disappearing, too.

It's not just that we're losing trees. The forests themselves are growing farther and farther apart, researchers say.

A new study found that the average distance between forest patches increased by nearly 1,690 feet — or about 14 percent — between 1992 and 2001.

SEE ALSO: Meet the architect behind China's smog-sucking 'vertical forests'

That's bad news for biodiversity. 

Think of each forest patch as a sanctuary or transit hub for migratory animals and other species. When forests are closely knit together, the wildlife, plants and soil can share nutrients and thrive. When trees are few and far between, these connections break down. Read more...

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