"Ukrainian police searched the homes of Russian Orthodox priests and Russian Orthodox churches in several cities Monday, stepping up pressure as Kiev pushes for the creation of an independent Ukrainian church.
The eight searches in Ukraine's capital and the nearby Zhytomyr region were part of a criminal investigation into inciting hatred and violence, according to a police statement.
The Russian Orthodox Church said Sunday that more than 20 Orthodox priests had been summoned for questioning by Ukraine's SBU security service. One priest who has drawn particular attention is the head of Kiev's Pechersk Monastery."
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"Police say they have arrested about 90 suspected mafia members in a series of coordinated raids in four European countries.
The arrests in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium came as part of an investigation codenamed Pollino that was launched in 2016 against the ’ndrangheta criminal group on allegations of cocaine trafficking, money laundering, bribery and violence, said Eurojust, the European agency that fights cross-border organized crime, which coordinated the operation".
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"Central European University (CEU), which is a graduate institution accredited in the US and Hungary, has been forced to stop accepting new students after January 1, 2019, by Hungarian law.
As a result, it said in a statement, the institution will launch all US-accredited degree programs in the Austrian capital of Vienna as of next September.
It comes after the university has been subjected to verbal and thinly-veiled legislative attacks by Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán."
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"A cooling tower at Disneyland was the likely source for all 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year near the theme park, an Orange County health official has testified.
Most of those who fell ill visited the park in the fall of 2017. Disneyland has denied it was the source, pointing to three infected people who had been in Anaheim but not at Disneyland. One of them died.
Dr. Matthew Zahn, medical director for epidemiology at the Orange County Health Care Agency, told an appeals board judge at the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration that those three people were in nursing homes in Anaheim, the Los Angeles Times reported. He said health workers visited the nursing homes and determined there were no likely sources of the Legionella bacteria there."
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"A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century.
The federally mandated study was supposed to come out in December but was released by the Trump administration on Friday, at a time when many Americans are on a long holiday weekend, distracted by family and shopping.
David Easterling, director of the Technical Support Unit at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, emphasized that there was "no external interference in the report's development." He added that the climate change the Earth is experiencing is unlike any other."
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According to an extensive investigation by the Associated Press, the Trump Administration "has put the safety of thousands of teens at a migrant detention camp at risk" by overlooking the background checks of their caregivers and mental health workers.
According to a memo from the Health and Human Services inspector made public on Tuesday, "none of the 2,100 staffers at a tent city holding more than 2,300 teens in the remote Texas desert are going through rigorous FBI fingerprint checks."
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"The idea is simple: spray a bunch of particles into the stratosphere, and they will cool the planet by reflecting some of the Sun’s rays back into space. Scientists have already witnessed the principle in action. When Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it injected an estimated 20 million tonnes of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere — the atmospheric layer that stretches from about 10 to 50 kilometres above Earth's surface. The eruption created a haze of sulfate particles that cooled the planet by around 0.5 °C. For about 18 months, Earth’s average temperature returned to what it was before the arrival of the steam engine"
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"Officials are now investigating 252 cases of possible acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), including 90 confirmed cases in 27 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The number of cases under investigation by the CDC is up 33 from last week, and the number of confirmed cases rose by 10, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters Tuesday."
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"Lithium is a potent psychiatric drug, one of the primary prescribed medications for bipolar disorder. But it’s also an element that occurs naturally all over the Earth’s crust — including in bodies of water. That means that small quantities of lithium wind up in the tap water you consume every day. Just how much is in the water varies quite a bit from place to place.
Naturally, that made researchers curious: Are places with more lithium in the water healthier, mentally? Do places with more lithium have less depression or bipolar or — most importantly of all — fewer suicides?"
Facebook's fight against fake accounts and spam continued Thursday as the social networking giant removed 559 Facebook Pages and 251 Facebook accounts over breaking the site's rules for "spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior."
"Many were using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names and posted massive amounts of content across a network of Groups and Pages to drive traffic to their websites," wrote Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy and Oscar Rodriguez, a Facebook product manager, in a blog post announcing the latest purge.
The Portland City Council on Tuesday cleared the way for the city to sue the Trump administration over new rules kneecapping cities' ability to recoup fees from telecom providers.
By its action Tuesday, the City Council added Portland to a growing list of cities, primarily on the West Coast, that are preparing to fight Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission over what officials view as a needless freebie to cable companies.
The initial popularity of gig work prompted a rash of speculation that independent workers — freelancers as well as gig workers and contractors — would soon occupy a steadily larger portion of the workforce. In October, a study by the Freelancers Union and Upwork, a freelancing website, predicted that a majority of U.S. workers would be freelancers by 2027.
Yet the JPMorgan Chase Institute’s report casts doubt on that likelihood. It found that among drivers, 58 percent work just three months or less each year through online economy websites. These include ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft as well as delivery drivers and movers who find work through online apps. Amazon, for example, now uses independent drivers to deliver some packages.
"People over 50 in areas with the highest levels of nitrogen oxide in the air showed a 40% greater risk of developing dementia than those with the least NOx pollution, according to the research, based on data from London.
The observational study, published in the BMJ Open journal on Wednesday, cannot establish that air pollution was a direct cause of the dementia cases. However, the authors said the link between higher pollution and higher levels of dementia diagnosis could not be explained by other factors known to raise risks of the disease."
A cholera outbreak in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has reportedly been blamed on holy water, after at least 10 people died over the past two weeks, while more than 1 200 people have contracted the disease.
According to BBC, authorities have blamed the spread of the acute water diarrhoea to poor hygiene and the drinking of unsafe water.
The authorities have also identified contaminated holy water in some of the region's monasteries as being behind the outbreak.
The public health risks from Hurricane Florence rise with every inch of floodwater.
Floods are notorious conduits for filth, indiscriminately sweeping away the flotsam and jetsam of civilization: raw sewage and “solids” from municipal water treatment plants, industrial solvents and potent chemicals, garbage and debris, and the carcasses of wild animals trapped by rising floodwaters.
But it could take weeks, if not months, to know how bad the contamination is. So far, neither the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality or any other public health agencies are known to have tested the floodwaters for contamination levels, largely because these agencies are focused on the immediate response to Hurricane Florence. Toxicologists and scientists at UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State University are planning to take water samples in flooded regions, but the analysis of the results will take time.
"Duke Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant, about 30 miles south of Wilmington, has declared a state of emergency as the 1,200-acre complex remains cut off by flood waters and and is inaccessible to outside personnel."
The automaker announced on Monday that it is investing $500 million in Uber and working more closely with the company to accelerate the development and deployment of self-driving vehicles. Uber plans to retrofit Toyota Sienna minivans with its autonomous technology and begin real-world testing in 2021.
The deal gives Toyota a key partner in a field that is growing rapidly, and comes on the same day that four of the automaker's suppliers announced a partnership to develop some of the software underpinning autonomous vehicles.
"This agreement and investment marks an important milestone in our transformation to a mobility company," Shigeki Tomoyama, the president of Toyota Connected Company, said in a statement.
"Facebook has launched a new artificial intelligence system to better understand memes that are often posted on its platform and identify offensive ones.
According to a blog post, Facebook underscored the need for such a system as its platform is flooded by photos that contain text in various forms, whether overlaid on an image in a meme or inlaid in a photo of a restaurant menu."
The Puerto Rican government has placed much of the blame for mismanagement of resources on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A senior FEMA official told CBS News' David Begnaud that "if [FEMA] put that water on that runway there will be hell to pay ... If we did that, we're going to fess up to it."
The images of huge stacks of bottled water began circulating on social media Tuesday, the same day President Trump called the government's response to Maria an "unsung success" during a meeting on hurricane preparedness in the Oval Office. Nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico because of the storm.
The European Parliament has voted to pass the new EU Copyright Directive. This is when things get messy.
Over the last few months, the crucial vote had been portrayed as a decisive battle over the future of the internet as we know it. Whether you believed that or not, the vote revealed what side of the debate you stood on.
We have been here before: the directive was already rejected in a vote in July, following an energetic opposition campaign orchestrated by prominent technologists and internet grandees – including the inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Far from being killed, though, the legislation was simply reassessed, with MEPs putting forward over 100 amendments.
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Verzilov was one of four members of the group to invade the pitch, dressed in a police officer’s uniform, during the World Cup final between France and Croatia. It was part of a protest against Russian police brutality after a series of torture allegations were reported from prisons and police interrogation rooms across the country.
Verzilov reportedly fell ill after Nikulshina and another member of Pussy Riot attended a court hearing.
Verzilov has been involved in protest art in Russia for more than a decade, participating in both the Voina art collective and the formation of Pussy Riot.
He recently became the publisher of Mediazona, an independent Russian-language site founded by Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and, which focuses on court cases and conditions in Russian prisons.
A wealthy couple harvested sperm from their dead son and used it to create a "designer grandson" in likely the first case of its kind in Britain.
The couple were left devastated after their only child was killed in a motorcycle crash and seemingly ended their chance of becoming grandparents.
But the pair, who are in their 50s, were reportedly desperate for an heir decided to harvest the 26-year-old's sperm, which was frozen and exported to the US, bypassing strict laws in the UK.
Their grandson is now three and is believed to be living with them in Britain in a case that highlights ethical and legal concerns.
The mayor of Leggett, North Carolina, and his wife have been found dead in an apparent double murder, officials and local media report. At least two suspects have been taken into custody.
Deputies from the Edgecombe County’s Sheriff’s Office responded to the couple’s home in Leggett on Thursday afternoon after one of them was reported missing. Two bodies were found at the home.
A town official confirmed that the deceased are Mayor Gary Skelton and his wife Jackie. Details about how they died have not been released, but local news outlet WRAL-TV said they were attacked in their home.
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The proposed class-action lawsuit, filed against the Walt Disney Company and others by Amanda Rushing and her child — identified only as “L.L.” — alleges that Disney’s gaming apps are embedded with code that tracks children’s data, which is ultimately used for “behavioral advertising to children whose profile fits a set of demographic and behavioral traits.”
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Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies, assisted by a K9 team, captured a suspect wanted for the armed carjacking of a woman who was leaving the Burning Man event on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
According to the Sheriff's Office, about at 4 p.m. the victim approached deputies stationed in Gerlach and reported that a man had just stolen her car at knife point.
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