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Engine failure forces Ivanka, Jared's helicopter to return to airport

CNN - 32 min 29 sec ago
A helicopter carrying Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had to return to an airport in Washington on Thursday after one of its engines failed, two law enforcement sources told CNN.

Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans

NY Times - 35 min 33 sec ago
While President Trump had largely sought to avoid alienating the special counsel in recent months, he has shifted his tone in the past two days.

White House Memo: Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels

NY Times - 40 min 59 sec ago
Ignoring the advice of aides over how to deal with the special counsel was the decision of a president who ultimately trusts only his own instincts.

9/11 hero who saved hundreds dies of cancer

CNN - 42 min 21 sec ago
After terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a New York ferry captain who later became a city firefighter helped evacuate hundreds of people from Lower Manhattan.

Army, Struggling to Get Technology in Soldiers’ Hands, Tries the Unconventional

NY Times - 42 min 28 sec ago
The new Futures Command, breaking the traditional model of an Army department, will aim to get new weapons rapidly from the lab to the battlefield.

Texas A&M Swats Second-Seeded North Carolina From Tournament

NY Times - 44 min 39 sec ago
A huge block in the first half set the tone in a game in which the Tar Heels were forced out to the perimeter and could not catch up.

Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians

NY Times - 51 min 20 sec ago
Cambridge Analytica, a company that developed technology to target voters, has denied having connections to Russia. But evidence suggests otherwise.

Saudi Crown Prince, in His Own Words: Women Are ‘Absolutely’ Equal

NY Times - 54 min 33 sec ago
In a “60 Minutes” interview, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid out his views on Islam, women’s rights, his wealth and the jailing of hundreds of princes.

Trump attacks Robert Mueller

CNN - 1 hour 1 min ago
President Donald Trump started his Sunday morning by lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller's team, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former FBI Director James Comey.

School Officials Wanted Florida Gunman Committed Long Before a Massacre

NY Times - 1 hour 5 min ago
In 2016, a sheriff’s deputy and two guidance counselors thought Nikolas Cruz should be forcibly committed for psychiatric evaluation, but decided he did not meet the legal criteria, records show.

UMBC vs Kansas State

CNN - 1 hour 6 min ago

Republicans warn Trump to keep hands off Mueller

CNN - 1 hour 8 min ago
Key Republicans on Sunday warned President Donald Trump not to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Police Plea to Austin Bomber: ‘We Want to Listen to You’

NY Times - 1 hour 9 min ago
The authorities made an unusual public appeal on Sunday to hear directly from whoever has been planting deadly package bombs on doorsteps in Austin, Tex.

Fourth winter storm in 3 weeks to hit East Coast

CNN - 1 hour 12 min ago
Spring begins Tuesday, but winter isn't ready to retire just yet.

How Top Republicans Reacted, or Didn’t, to Trump’s Tweets on Mueller

NY Times - 1 hour 13 min ago
Some leading Republicans warned the president against firing the special counsel, but many had no response.

Media multitasking may push you to healthy (or unhealthy) snacks

Futurity.org - 1 hour 35 min ago

Using more than one device with a screen while you’re having a snack may influence your food choices, a new study suggests.

Specifically, when people engage in media multitasking that makes them feel good, they’re more prone to eat healthy, says Anastasia Kononova, assistant professor in the department of advertising and public relations at Michigan State University.

One example: shopping online while watching television and texting.

As reported in Computers in Human Behavior, 140 participants watched an episode of Two and a Half Men, without any scenes that included food and eating, so that eating behaviors weren’t influenced. Commercials were also carefully selected to avoid those advertising food or drinks.

“…when using multiple screens makes people feel stressed or overwhelmed, they eat worse.”

There were four groups of participants who followed one of four scenarios: watching TV only; watching TV and texting; watching TV, texting, reading an article online, and filling out a quiz; and watching TV, texting, and shopping online. Each participant had a choice of healthy snacks—almonds, grape tomatoes, and carrots—or unhealthy snacks—potato chips, chocolates, and candy.

Participants rated the third scenario, involving an online article and quiz, the most difficult and the least enjoyable combination. Participants in this group who chose unhealthy snacks ate 32 percent more than those who chose healthy snacks. In general, most people picked only one healthy snack and two junk food snacks.

However, the group that watched TV, texted, and shopped online consumed, on average, 26 percent more healthy snacks than unhealthy.

And those who only watched TV ate the most of both types of snacks.

“Media multitasking can affect rationalization process,” Kononova says. “Our main finding was that people like some media multitasking situations and hate others. And, when using multiple screens makes people feel stressed or overwhelmed, they eat worse.”

Obesity may make ignoring ‘food cues’ even harder

It could be that unpleasant media multitasking increases cognitive load, so it’s harder for people to have control over snack selection and rationalize with themselves about healthy eating, Kononova says. It could also be “stress eating,” during which people experience unpleasant feelings and turn to more pleasant foods.

“The findings of this study could be useful for parents, educators, and other caregivers who might want to discourage media multitasking among young people in their care,” she says. “At the same time, not every form of multitasking seems to be harmful for one’s diet. If you enjoy using multiple screens together, it might actually help your food choices.”

The study is especially relevant since most young people use multiple screens at a time (TV, phone, and laptop), Kononova says.

Additional coauthors are from the Curtis L. Gerrish School of Business at MSU; Endicott College; and CHA University, South Korea.

Source: Michigan State University

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MMA fighter knocks himself out

CNN - 1 hour 36 min ago

Syrian Rebels, Backed by Turkey, Seize Control of Afrin

NY Times - 1 hour 39 min ago
The city in the Syrian enclave was the target of a two-month military operation against Kurdish militias. Tens of thousands of civilians evacuated as its fall neared.

China to Name New Central Bank Chief as It Seeks Continuity Amid Change

NY Times - 1 hour 39 min ago
The choice of Yi Gang almost guarantees stability in policy as China tries to slow its rise in debt while avoiding any sharp deceleration in economic growth.

China gains ground in ‘war against pollution’

Futurity.org - 1 hour 40 min ago

As China marks its four-year anniversary of declaring a “war against pollution,” a new analysis shows that air pollution has decreased across the board in the country’s most populated areas.

“…China is due to see dramatic improvements in the overall health of its people, including longer lifespans…”

Cities on average have cut concentrations of fine particulates—widely considered the deadliest form of air pollution—by 32 percent. The analysis uses data from more than 200 government monitors throughout the country.

“The data is in—China is winning its war against pollution,” says Michael Greenstone, professor of economics and director of the Energy Policy Institute (EPIC) at the University of Chicago. “By winning this war, China is due to see dramatic improvements in the overall health of its people, including longer lifespans, if these improvements are sustained.”

The most populated cities saw some of the greatest declines:

  • Beijing cut air pollution by 35 percent;
  • Shijiazhuang, the Hebei Province’s capital city, by 39 percent;
  • and Baoding, China’s most polluted city as of 2015, cut pollution by 38 percent.
A figure from the study maps pollution data from the China National Environmental Monitoring Center and calculates life years saved using the AQLI methodology. (Credit: Energy Policy Institute at U. Chicago)

If China sustains these reductions, residents would see their lifespans extended by 2.4 years on average. The roughly 20 million residents in Beijing would live 3.3 years longer, while those in Shijiazhuang and Baoding would add 5.3 years and 4.5 years onto their lives, respectively. These improvements in life expectancy would be experienced by people of all ages, not just the young and old.

The analysis is the first in a series highlighting pollution challenges and improvements globally, drawing from the method underlying the Air Quality Life Index, which EPIC introduced last year and plans to fully release in the coming months.

Climate change may worsen China’s winter haze

The index—which shows the potential gain in life expectancy communities could see if their pollution concentrations are brought into compliance with World Health Organization or national standards—is based on two studies that convert concentrations of fine particulates (PM2.5) into their impact on lifespans.

Notably, while China has seen a marked improvement in air pollution, their levels still exceed these global and national standards, as the AQLI shows. Bringing the entire country into compliance with its own standards would increase average life expectancies by another 1.7 years, in the areas where data is available. Complying with WHO standards instead would yield 4.1 years.

“China has taken aggressive, and in some cases extraordinary, measures to reduce its pollution in a relatively short time span—from prohibiting new coal-fired power plants in the most polluted regions to physically removing the coal boilers used for winter heating from many homes and businesses,” Greenstone says.

In China, more than 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure

“This approach, which has relied heavily on requiring specific actions as opposed to more efficient market-based mechanisms, has imposed its share of costs on the Chinese economy. There is a great opportunity to facilitate the urgent need for continued rapid economic growth and achieve further reductions in pollution by embracing market-based approaches to regulation, like pollution taxes and cap-and-trade markets for pollution.”

Source: University of Chicago

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