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Lost city mystery solved as archaeologists decipher ancient stone tablets

18-May-2018

The 92 clay tablets were unearthed last summer by archaeologists from Germany’s University of Tübingen during an excavation in the village of Bassetki.

In 2016, a Christian saint’s bones were reportedly unearthed amid the rubble of an ancient Syrian monastery destroyed by ISIS.

Source: Common Domain

BJ’s Wholesale Files for IPO

18-May-2018

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. filed for an initial public offering Thursday, in a move that is relatively rare for a retailer recently.

In the filing Thursday, BJ’s Wholesale said $100 million worth of shares could be sold, though that is a typical placeholder figure used to calculate a deal’s registration fee and frequently is updated as the public offering moves forward. The deal was worth nearly $3 billion at the time, and the private equity backers have since paid themselves a number of dividends.

Source: DW

Bundesliga relegation playoff live: Wolfsburg vs. Holstein Kiel

18-May-2018

Wolfsburg host second-tier side Holstein Kiel in the relegation playoff after finishing in 16th place in the Bundesliga.

The two sides meet in this intra-division two-legged playoff after Wolfsburg finished 16th place in the Bundesliga and Holstein Kiel finished third in the second division. 20:00 - Welcome to DW's live blog for the relegation playoff between Wolfsburg and Holstein Kiel.

Source: DW

Limit president to two five-year terms, says Burundi's former leader

18-May-2018

Renewable once - is enough, Burundi's former president Sylvestre Ntibantunganya says in a DW interview as Burundi decides on presidential terms in a constitutional referendum.

I think, and I have always said, that a five-year term, renewable once, is enough if it comes from a consensus obtained through dialogue between people. I am in favor of limiting mandates to five years,. What is causing a great deal of concern is that current President Pierre Nkurunziza could end up with 14 more years in power, while the opposition are totally against even the five years which he is in the process of obtaining.

Source: Global News

Someone is leaking a banned, ozone-killing chemical into the air

18-May-2018

A mystery polluter appears to be flouting international rules and dumping copious amounts of a banned, ozone-destroying chemical into the atmosphere, scientists say.

The harmful chemical, dubbed trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11), has been banned for decades in an effort to save the ozone layer. However, a new study led by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows an unknown source has been releasing large amounts of CFC-11 into the atmosphere since 2013.

Source: Global News

MH370 crash was murder-suicide, says Canadian investigator

18-May-2018

The mystery around what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is over according to a Canadian aviation expert who believes the plane was intentionally flown into the southern Indian Ocean by one of the pilots in an act of murder-suicide.

“One of the pilots eliminated the other pilot and took the airplane to the ocean and intentionally ditched it,” Larry Vance, a former investigator with the Transportation Safety Board Canada,” told Global News. “Somebody decided to end their own life and for whatever reason that everyone else was going to go with them.”

Source: Reuters

Silicon Valley startup peddles 3D-printed bike

18-May-2018

Inc to customers, Jim Miller is doing what many Silicon Valley executives do after stints at big companies: finding more time to ride his bike.

Arevo Inc, a startup with backing from the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency and where Miller recently took the helm, has produced what it says is the world’s first carbon fiber bicycle with 3D-printed frame. Arevo is using the bike to demonstrate its design software and printing technology, which it hopes to use to produce parts for bicycles, aircraft, space vehicles and other applications where designers prize the strength and lightness of so-called “composite” carbon fiber parts but are put off by the high-cost and labor-intensive process of making them.

Source: Common Domain

How the record low birth rate could signal a coming recession

18-May-2018

U.S. fertility rates have reached a record low, at 60.2 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

“To some, this is cause for hand-wringing, as concerns arise that low fertility will spell problems for the nation’s economy, while others, concerned about limited natural resources, may look positively on the decline,” wrote Gretchen Livingston, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, who wrote about low fertility rates earlier this year.

Source: Washington Post

USDA may warn some facilities when animal welfare inspectors are coming

18-May-2018

For decades, the Agriculture Department has routinely conducted surprise inspections at zoos, breeding operations, research labs and other facilities to evaluate whether they are complying with federal animal welfare laws and issue warnings or penalties if not.

In a letter sent last month to entities regulated by the Animal Welfare Act, an agency official announced the launch of a pilot project to explore whether letting some facilities know inspectors are coming “actually improves the efficiency of our inspection program and improves the humane treatment of animals.” The department has no plans to discontinue unannounced inspections, but is considering “blending” them with announced ones, wrote Bernadette Juarez, the deputy administrator of animal care in the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Source: New York Times

2 Elected Officials File Complaint Against Man in Anti-Immigrant Rant

18-May-2018

Representative Adriano Espaillat, a New York Democrat who was born in the Dominican Republic, said on Thursday that he had filed a grievance with the court system against a man, believed to be a lawyer, who spewed a racist rant at Spanish-speaking workers in a Manhattan lunch spot.

He threatened to call the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to deport them, assuming that they were undocumented immigrants merely because of the language they spoke.

Source: The Guradian

The Making of a Massacre and canned laughter – podcasts of the week

18-May-2018

You might not have ever wondered why the Monkees killed canned laughter halfway through its second season, or what happens if you add it to Modern Family, but the answers are fascinating all the same.

As locals recount their stories, the story becomes increasingly terrifying: was the massacre the work of the criminals or a fallout from America’s war on drugs? HV. Slate’s TV critic Willa Paskin is on a mission to “crack cultural mysteries” and, accordingly, she attempts to answer questions no one else has even thought to ask in this new monthly podcast.

Source: Washington Post

The 12 best series finales of TV’s current golden age

18-May-2018

Really, that’s the best way to judge the success or failure of any series-ender: How good is it at helping you let go?. "Breaking Bad": Ursula Coyote/AMC; "Six Feet Under": Doug Hyun/HBO; "The Sopranos": Will Hart/HBO; "Mad Men": Justina Mintz/AMC; "Twin Peaks: The Return": Suzanne Tenner/Showtime; "The Office": Chris Haston/ NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; "Parks and Recreation": Colleen Hayes/ NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; "The Good Wife": Meagan McLaughlin/CBS; "Nurse Jackie": David M. Russell/Showtime; "The Shield": Courtesy of FX; "Halt and Catch Fire": Bob Mahoney/AMC; "The Leftovers": Ben King/HBO

Source: BBC

The ‘river people’ under threat

18-May-2018

A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Capital, and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

To cure its bite, Doley rinses his mouth with local rice beer (an antiseptic of sorts), ties a tourniquet above the wound, and then puts his mouth to it. Doley, tall and broad-shouldered, head shaved, tells me the Cal Bikal snake is particularly dangerous.

Source: New York Times

F.D.A. Names and Shames Drug Makers to Encourage Generic Competition

18-May-2018

Generic drug developers usually need between 1,500 to 5,000 units of the brand drug to develop their product and test it, to show that it is effective and can be absorbed at the same rate as the brand drug, according to the agency.

To avoid rivals, they fight for patent extensions, seek new uses for old products and, sometimes, prevent generic drug companies from obtaining samples. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, calls this “gaming the system,” and has vowed to stop it as part of the government’s campaign to lower drug prices.

Source: New York Times

Winless Cleveland Browns Get ‘Hard Knocks’ Treatment

18-May-2018

“Hard Knocks,” the HBO documentary series that takes an inside look at an N.F.L. team in training camp, has chosen its 2018 subject: the Cleveland Browns, who are coming off a winless season. Since its debut in 2001, “Hard Knocks” has focused on good teams (the 2008 Cowboys were coming off a 13-3 season) and bad teams (the 4-12 Falcons going into 2014).

“The story lines in Cleveland are compelling, which make the Browns an ideal partner on Hard Knocks,” said Ross Ketover, an N.F.L. Films senior executive.

Source: The Guradian

Saudi Arabia: women's rights activists arrested before lifting of driving ban

Saturday 19:06 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Preakness Stakes 2018: Everything you need to know

Saturday 19:06 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Greece Steps Closer to Completing Bailout Review

Sunday 17:16 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Simon Yates increases Giro d’Italia lead with stunning stage 15 victory

Sunday 17:16 GMT
Source: New York Times

Behind New York’s Housing Crisis: Weakened Laws and Fragmented Regulation

Sunday 17:16 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Justify Wins Muddy, Foggy Preakness Stakes

Sunday 20:02 GMT
Source: New York Times

A Trinity of Opinions on the Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’

Sunday 22:46 GMT
Source: Global News

Meghan Markle’s wedding dress may have been a ripoff

Today 20:04 GMT
Source: Common Domain

S&P Global Moves to Start Ratings Business in China

Today 01:33 GMT
Source: NBC News

J Balvin drops new album 'Vibras,' redefines how Latin artists crossover to the U.S. music scene

Today 20:04 GMT
Source: Reuters

China scolds U.S. for withdrawing invite to naval drills

Today 09:59 GMT
Source: Common Domain

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Source: NBC News

Trump lawyer Cohen met Russian oligarch at Trump Tower, source says

Today 20:05 GMT
Source: New York Times

Oil Prices Reverse Their Rise, and Drivers May See Relief

Today 20:05 GMT

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