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Female Japan politician resigns after attacking male aide

Yahoo News - 11 hours 31 min ago

Female Japan politician resigns after attacking male aideMayuko Toyota, a 42-year-old Harvard graduate and up-and-coming member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), can be heard screaming at the unnamed aide, saying he should die as she mocked his thinning hair. "Don't damage my reputation anymore," Toyota screams, apparently in response to a mistake she claims the man had made. Major Japanese media, including public broadcaster NHK, named Toyota as the woman heard on the tape.

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry told he lacks 'fundamental understanding' of climate science

Yahoo News - 12 hours 47 min ago

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry told he lacks 'fundamental understanding' of climate scienceThe American Meteorological Society has told Rick Perry he lacks a ‘fundamental understanding’ of science after the US Energy Secretary claimed carbon dioxide was not a primary cause of climate change. The former governor of Texas told CNBC TV that “the most likely the primary control knob [for climate change] is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in”, rather than greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity. Becoming the latest of Donald Trump’s administration to dispute established science without any attempt at reasoned argument, Mr Perry also said it was “quite all right” to be a sceptic about climate change, suggesting the trait was one held by any “wise, intellectually engaged person”.

China's Xi visit to Hong Kong confirmed: report

Yahoo News - 14 hours 33 min ago

 reportPresident Xi Jinping will come to Hong Kong next week to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain, local media said, in a visit that will be incendiary to activists. Although widely expected, officials have not so far said whether Xi will make the trip, his first to Hong Kong since becoming president in 2013. The South China Morning Post reported for the first time Friday that Xi's visit had been "confirmed", citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the visit.

Appeals court overturns conviction of 'Making a Murderer' inmate

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:31

Appeals court overturns conviction of 'Making a Murderer' inmateA three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled 2-1 to uphold a federal judge's ruling last year that overturned Dassey's conviction for a 2005 murder. Magistrate Judge William Duffin had ruled in August that the conviction was based on a coerced confession that Dassey, now 27, gave as a 16-year-old with a learning disability. Duffin ordered Dassey freed in November, but his release was halted while Wisconsin authorities appealed the decision.

States won't rush approval of Yellowstone grizzly hunts

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:26

States won't rush approval of Yellowstone grizzly huntsHELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on removing Yellowstone region grizzly bears from federal protections (all times local):

McDonald's Stock Hits Record As Chain Upgrades Technology, Replaces Cashiers

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:22

McDonald's Stock Hits Record As Chain Upgrades Technology, Replaces CashiersAt fast food chains like McDonald's, automation through tools like self-serve kiosks are becoming increasingly commonplace.

8-Month-Old Baby Drowned While Mom Texted on Facebook: Police

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:15

 PoliceCheyenne Summer, 21, left her baby alone in the tub while she was on Facebook Messenger, police said.

You’d Be Scared if You Were Donald Trump, Too

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:05

You’d Be Scared if You Were Donald Trump, TooThe president is obsessed with the investigation into his relationship with Russia. He should be.

US condemns Islamic State demolition of Mosul mosque

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:04

US condemns Islamic State demolition of Mosul mosqueThe Al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret were levelled on Wednesday evening as US-backed Iraqi forces closed in on jihadist hold-outs in the northern city. Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi once exploited the powerful symbolism of the mosque to boost his stature when he gave his first sermon as leader of the group.

6.8-magnitude quake hits Guatemala, second in eight days: USGS

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:24

 USGSA powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit near Guatemala's coast Thursday, injuring four people and damaging homes and roads, officials said, just eight days after another strong tremor killed five people in the Central American country. The quake struck at 6:31 am (1231 GMT) with its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 46.8 kilometers, about 23 kilometers (14 miles) southwest of Puerto San Jose, the US Geological Survey said. The Guatemalan Seismological Institute measured the quake at a magnitude of 6.7.

Trump's putdown of wind energy whips up a backlash in Iowa

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:23

Trump's putdown of wind energy whips up a backlash in IowaIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — President Trump's putdown of wind energy at his Iowa rally was denounced Thursday across the state, which takes pride in its position as a national leader in wind generation.

The Latest: Lawyer for Manson follower blasts parole denial

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:12

 Lawyer for Manson follower blasts parole denialSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the parole hearing for Patricia Krenwinkel, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson (all times local):

Minneapolis police asked to limit presence at pride parade

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:07

Minneapolis police asked to limit presence at pride paradeMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis' first openly gay police chief responded sharply Thursday to a decision by organizers of the Twin Cities Pride Parade to ask her department to minimize its participation in Sunday's annual event due to tensions over the police shooting of Philando Castile.

'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prison

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:04

'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prisonWASHINGTON (AP) — An online conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation's capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant.

Couple Arrested After Mom Allegedly Breastfeeds Daughter While Drinking, Smoking at Bar

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:57

Couple Arrested After Mom Allegedly Breastfeeds Daughter While Drinking, Smoking at BarShari Tremba and Michael Trosclair were charged with neglect of a dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent and with public intoxication.

Father of missing Chinese scholar: 'Give my daughter back'

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:53

 'Give my daughter back'URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The father of a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois made an emotional appeal on Thursday for his 26-year-old child's safe return, saying in an interview: "Give my daughter back."

New photos show us what the final Model 3 design will probably look like

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:31

New photos show us what the final Model 3 design will probably look like

Tesla's final Model 3 unveiling is set to take place next month, but an enterprising Redditor happened to spot a Model 3 charging at a Supercharger station in California and managed to take the most detailed and instructive photos we've seen yet. Whereas most of the Model 3 photos we've seen in recent weeks have been taken of a Model 3 in motion, the most recent crop of Model 3 photos were carefully taken while the car was sitting still. What's more, the Tesla employee driving the car reportedly told the Redditor that the Model 3 design is "pretty much" final at this point. While this is admittedly a second-hand blurb, it stands to reason that this is indeed accurate given that July is right around the corner.

So without further ado, featured below are a series of photos which provide us with our crispest look yet at what the shipping version of the Model 3 is actually going to look like.

The front-on view is essentially similar to what we've seen from the beginning, with the Model 3 below in the center and flanked by two Model S vehicles.

And now a side view for good measure.

A shot of the Model 3 from the rear.

A close-up shot of the interior gives us our first solid look at what the final steering wheel design may look like. Alas, this is a far cry from the spaceship style design Elon Musk promised on Twitter many months back.


Moving along, this shot of the interior showcases an elegant wood trim, in line with other Model 3 spy shots we've seen over the past few weeks. Note that the display on the Model 3 is 15-inches and a tad smaller than the display that comes standard on both the Model S and the Model X.

Not much too see here, just a Model 3 getting some juice.

And last but not least, pictured below is a Model 3 with a decidedly unorthodox rims.

Pictures aside, we also have a pretty firm grasp on what type of specs the Model 3 will bring to the table. According to an official product sheet from Tesla that was released not too long ago, the entry level Model 3 will have a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds and a minimum range of 215 miles on a single charge.

Americans and guns: It's complicated

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:30

 It's complicatedATLANTA (AP) — Americans have long had a complex relationship with guns.

NASA's Curiosity rover has a pet rock on Mars

Yahoo News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:22

NASA's Curiosity rover has a pet rock on MarsMars is probably a pretty lonely place.  The red planet is littered with rusty red rocks and, as far as we know, devoid of any kind of life. But even so, rovers still roam the surface of the world on humanity's behalf, making their solitary treks along previously unexplored paths.  And sometimes, they make friends.  SEE ALSO: NASA photo captures the loneliness of the Mars Curiosity rover NASA's Curiosity rover — which has been exploring the red planet's Gale Crater since 2012 — appears to have a little pet rock caught in one of its wheels.  The rock got stuck in the right front wheel at some point in the last couple weeks, but scientists aren't exactly sure when it started hitching a ride because the rover doesn't snap photos of its wheels every day. Sol 1729 and 1730 MAHLI images of the hitchhiker rock pic.twitter.com/m5SEYXyrep — Lars (@LarsTheWanderer) June 19, 2017 This isn't the first time a rock has gotten caught in Curiosity's shoe, according to Emily Lakdawalla, a planetary scientist writing a book about the rover. Lakdawalla said that NASA and other interested folks back on Earth keep an eye on Curiosity's wheels and the rocks that might pop up in them as it roams the Martian surface. Scientists also spotted another rock, which appeared in that same right front wheel starting in January and disappearing by April, according to Ashwin Vasavada, a Curiosity project scientist.  The current pet rock was seen in photos taken on Sol (Mars day) 1729 and 1730, which translates to June 17 and June 18 on Earth.  "We don’t exactly know how the rocks get in the wheels, but it’s likely that they can hop in as the wheels (and heavy rover) break rocks and sink into the soil around loose rocks," Vasavada said via email. As for the rock's effect on Curiosity's wheels, it seems to be pretty benign.  MARS FACT: All rocks on Mars are freeloading stowaways. pic.twitter.com/m8nSdVUXE4 — SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) June 20, 2017 The rocks are small and relatively soft, Vasavada said, so they shouldn't pose too much of an issue to the long-running rover's movements. However, it's always possible that something unexpected could happen.  "There are some bad scenarios, such as when a rock gets jammed and makes a larger hole in a wheel, or if a rock interferes with some cables that run to the wheel motors," Vasavada said. "But we don’t think those are credible problems with these small rocks." Scientists have Curiosity take these photos of its wheels to keep an eye on any holes that have developed in the rover's machinery.  The holes in Curiosity's wheels are a sign of the wear and tear the rover has taken on during its years of work on the red planet, but for the moment, the worn wheels are still functioning well.  And hey, at least Curiosity has a friend. WATCH:


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