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A man bit a smartphone battery as a test, and it exploded – The Verge

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A man bit a smartphone battery as a test, and it exploded
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Immigrant activists protest outside US Sen. Schumer’s home – Washington Times

The activists wanted them to fight harder for legislation to protect from deportation the 700,000 or so younger immigrants known as “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. as children and now are here illegally.

New York resident Ali Garvey said her father was deported 35 years ago when she was a baby. She said she feels the pain and suffering that her friends are going through.

About 75 people held signs that said “Clean Dream Act Now” and “No! Not One More Deportation!” Some chanted “If Chuck won’t let us dream, we won’t let him sleep.”

Senate Democrats – led by Schumer – angered their liberal, activist political base on Monday by yielding to Republican demands to reopen the government without an immigration deal.

NEW YORK (AP) – Protesters rallied outside U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Brooklyn home on Tuesday to denounce the deal to end the federal government shutdown without protections for young immigrants.

Rebecca Coyle, 43, of Brooklyn, said she was angry with Schumer and urged him to step down as minority leader.

“We sent him to Washington to defend our democratic values and he sold out,” said Coyle. “He gets frightened every time he gets a little pushback.”

Scottish Government denies flag change – Belfast Telegraph

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Lion Rampant flag, the Royal Banner of Scotland, has been flown from government buildings instead of the Union flag for royal birthdays and anniversaries since 2010.

“The Royal Banner (Lion Rampant) has been flown on Royal occasions since 2010.

Scottish Government denies flag change

The Scottish Government has said there has been no change to policy around flags displayed on its buildings amid claims the Union flag will no longer be flown on certain occasions.

More than two million lazy Brits will face serious health problems in the next 20 years – The Sun

MORE than two million people will have as many as four serious conditions in the next 20 years because they are lazy, a shock report has warned.


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Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation of health service leaders told The Times: “This is the defining social issue of our time. The NHS and social care services are not coping now, yet within 20 years they will have to cope with 2.5 million older people with four or more chronic illnesses.

In 2015, 10 per cent of over-65s in England had four or more illnesses. Professor Jagger estimates that this will rise to 17 per cent by 2035.

Carol Jagger, professor of epidemiology of ageing at Newcastle University, warned that people were now reaching 65 with one more disease on average than those in the previous generation.

Health boffins have predicted that the increase in obesity and lazy lifestyles among middle-aged people means that in the coming years two thirds of over-65s will have at least two conditions, such as cancer, dementia or arthritis.


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NHS England said: “This study is further evidence of the need to integrate care, in the way the NHS is now beginning to do.”

The GOP Tax Law May Be Growing A Little Less Unpopular – HuffPost

To test whether shedding the word “Republican” could help nudge support for the law upward, the HuffPost/YouGov poll divided respondents into two groups, with half asked about the “tax reform law recently passed by Congress” and the other half about the “Republican tax reform law recently passed by Congress.” The overall results were inconclusive, suggesting that if the word “Republican” has a partisan effect in this context, it’s not a particularly substantial one. Although the group that didn’t get a partisan cue rated the law a few points higher, perceptions of the effect the law would have on them personally were about the same in the two groups.

Still, public polling this January shows the tax law viewed unfavorably overall, with about 37 percent approval and 43 percent disapproval ― numbers that don’t appear auspicious enough to give Republicans much of a boost in November. The Affordable Care Act, which passed with about 42 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval in March 2010, went on to bedevil Democrats in that year’s midterms.

But other tracking surveys found less movement.

Use the widget below to further explore the results of the HuffPost/YouGov survey, using the menu at the top to select survey questions and the buttons at the bottom to filter the data by subgroups:

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Jan. 19-20 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

The Fatal Conceit of the Government Mortgage Complex – Forbes

The Fatal Conceit of the Government Mortgage Complex

Norbert Michel , Contributor I follow the evolution and devolution of monetary and financial policy Opinions expressed by Contributors are their own. Debate over housing finance reform has raged for ten years. A favorite argument of those

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Twin car bombs kill more than 30 in Libya’s Benghazi: officials – Reuters

There were several bombings during the latter stages of the conflict targeting figures linked to Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), but Tuesday’s casualty toll was far higher than usual.

The first blast struck outside a mosque in Benghazi’s central Al Salmani district as worshippers were leaving evening prayers.

The fighting in Benghazi was part of a broader conflict that developed in Libya after former ruler Muammar Gaddafi was removed from power and killed in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011.

The eastern government, which is aligned with Haftar’s LNA and opposes an internationally backed government in the capital, declared three days of mourning after Tuesday’s attack.

The victims also included civilians, among them an Egyptian national employed in a vegetable shop in front of the mosque. Health officials said the toll could rise because some of the wounded were in critical condition.

One of those killed was Ahmed al-Feitouri of the investigation and arrest unit attached to the general command of east Libyan security forces. A senior intelligence official, Mahdi al-Fellah, was among around 50 wounded, officials said.

The twin explosions shattered the relative calm that had recently returned to Libya’s second city, scene of more than three years of warfare from 2014 until late last year.

Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Peter Cooney and James Dalgleish

It was not immediately clear who was responsible.

Martinez rockets up Hall of Fame ballot as DHs gain respect –

A seven-time All-Star, Martinez was a designated hitter in 1,412 of 2,055 career regular-season games. During an 18-season big league career spent entirely with Seattle, he won two AL batting titles, earned seven All-Star selections and finished with a .312 average and 309 homers.

Hoffman fell five votes short last year, when Jeff Bagwell, Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected. Hoffman is making his third appearances and is bidding to become only the sixth pitcher in the Hall who was primarily a reliever, after Hoyt Wilhelm (1985), Rollie Fingers (1992), Dennis Eckersley (2004), Bruce Sutter (2006) and Goose Gossage (2008). Relievers and DHs get a boost when Mariano Rivera becomes eligible next year and David Ortiz in 2022.

Jones and Thome would raise to 54 the total of players elected in their first year of eligibility. An eight-time All-Star, Jones won the 1999 NL MVP and the 2008 NL batting title. He batted .303 with 2,726 hits and 468 home runs in 19 seasons with the Atlanta Braves. Thome was a five-time All-Star who hit 612 home runs, eighth on the career list, over 22 seasons.

”We now have tools to evaluate players that we didn’t have even 10 years ago, and it’s easy now to compare Edgar, not just to other DHs but to other hitters, both of his era and all eras,” former reporter Jayson Stark said. ”He measures up against all of them.”

Roy Halladay also will be on the 2019 ballot. The retired pitcher died Nov. 7 at age 40 when a plane he was piloting crashed off Florida.

Martinez’s Hall chances have been aided Ryan M. Spaeder, a 28-year-old fan from Virginia who sent statistical analyses to about 250 voters. Martinez is making the ninth of the 10 appearances he is allowed on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot.

”I think it’s kind of like relief pitchers: Once the first couple started to get in, people had to accept the fact that they’re part of the game now,” said’s Tracy Ringolsby, who voted for Martinez for the first time this year. ”You can’t get around them. You can’t ignore it. And so, you have to give them consideration.”

Voters must have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years and their ballots were due Jan. 24. Anyone elected will be inducted into the Hall at Cooperstown on July 29 along with pitcher Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell, who were voted in last month by the Hall’s Modern Era committee, which considered former players and executives whose contributions to baseball were most significant from 1970-87.

This City Wants to Allow Supervised Drug Injection Sites to Combat Opioid Epidemic – TIME


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Illinois Capitol workers should wash hands with ‘pencil-sized stream of water’ after tests find possible bacteria – Chicago Tribune

Haupt said Monday’s initial warning was sent “out of an abundance of caution.” He said officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health and industry experts have advised that the “transmission of this bacteria in normal, day-to-day operations is unlikely.”


Employees at the Illinois Capitol have been told to use just a “pencil-sized stream of water” to wash their hands after a test of the water system revealed the possible presence of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

Legionnaires’ disease is most often contracted by inhaling mist or vapor that contains the Legionnella bacteria. It is not contagious and people cannot get sick from drinking contaminated water, according to the state health department. The elderly are at a higher risk.

Testing was done at 10 sites, including the main Capitol building, the State Library, the Howlett administrative building and the State Armory, where the broken pipe was located. The preliminary positive result came from the armory, which is vacant.

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It’s unclear how those washing their hands in bathrooms with automatic faucets should follow those guidelines, but White spokesman Henry Haupt said maintenance workers would remove faucet aerators. He said showers also would be disabled, including one in the governor’s office and those belonging to legislative leaders.