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Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier
Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier

NEW YORK (AP) - Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.

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Mother who 'blacked out' during baby's death gets 13 years

BELFAST, Maine (AP) - A woman who drank multiple shots of liquor and smoked marijuana on the night of her infant son's death was ordered Wednesday to serve 13 years in prison.

Defects found at China nuclear reactor project
Defects found at China nuclear reactor project

Defects were found in equipment for a third-generation nuclear reactor under construction in southern China with the problematic parts being replaced, the state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said Wednesday. The issue concerned equipment used in one of two new European Pressurised Reactors (EPR), large units designed to offer improved power and safety. With EPRs in Finland and France facing setbacks, the Chinese Taishan 1 and 2 are on track to become the first working reactors of their kind in the world.

Netflix Fires Exec Who Told One of Danny Masterson's Alleged Victims 'We Don't Believe' the Rape Claims

A Netflix spokesperson said Andy Yeatman, a kids' programming executive, was "no longer employed" at the company

The Latest: Homeless camp fire sparked Los Angeles blaze
The Latest: Homeless camp fire sparked Los Angeles blaze

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

Biggest LA fire spreading more slowly as survivors pick up the pieces
Biggest LA fire spreading more slowly as survivors pick up the pieces

Crews battling wildfires ravaging southern California for a week have managed to slow the spread of the worst of the blazes, officials said Tuesday, as residents were taking stock of the catastrophic damage. Evacuation orders were in place for threatened areas in the Santa Barbara region about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Los Angeles. In the past day or so, the blaze figure has grown by around a thousand hectares.

'Let's Just Meet.' Rex Tillerson Says the U.S. is Open to North Korea Talks Without Preconditions
'Let's Just Meet.' Rex Tillerson Says the U.S. is Open to North Korea Talks Without Preconditions

The apparent shift in Tillerson's thinking came nearly two weeks after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile

Republicans Are Rushing Toward a Deal on Their Tax Plan That Would Reduce the Rate for Top Earners
Republicans Are Rushing Toward a Deal on Their Tax Plan That Would Reduce the Rate for Top Earners

It would reduce the rate for top earners to 37%

Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions
Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions

By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal. "Let's just meet," Tillerson said in a speech to Washington's Atlantic Council think tank, presenting a new diplomatic overture amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile advances and harsh rhetoric between the two sides.

Supporters Defend Kirsten Gillibrand After Trump Delivers 'Sexist Smear'
Supporters Defend Kirsten Gillibrand After Trump Delivers 'Sexist Smear'

Dozens of people spoke out in defense of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Tuesday after President Donald Trump implied she was willing to trade sex for campaign contributions.

Your Apple Watch is About to Become More Useful at the Gym
Your Apple Watch is About to Become More Useful at the Gym

Apple's GymKit platform is starting to launch

No One Knows Who Will Win Alabama's Senate Election
No One Knows Who Will Win Alabama's Senate Election

Polls are all over the map

San Francisco Leaders Try to Move Forward After Mayor Ed Lee's Death
San Francisco Leaders Try to Move Forward After Mayor Ed Lee's Death

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning

White House Denies Trump's Gillibrand Tweet Was Sexist: 'Only If Your Mind Is in the Gutter'
White House Denies Trump's Gillibrand Tweet Was Sexist: 'Only If Your Mind Is in the Gutter'

The White House strongly denied that President Trump was making a sexist comment when he tweeted about Sen. Kirsten Gellibrand.

Mike Pence Stays Silent on Roy Moore and Alabama Senate Race
Mike Pence Stays Silent on Roy Moore and Alabama Senate Race

In a break from Trump, the VP has gone silent in the pivotal Senate race

Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit
Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit

Major investors vowed Tuesday to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate "doom". Two years to the day since 195 nations sealed the Paris Agreement to avert worst-case climate change, banks and companies announced billions of dollars of intended divestments from coal, oil and natural gas at a finance-themed climate summit. "We are losing the battle" against climate change, French President Emmanuel Macron told delegates.

Olympian Oscar Pistorius Wounded in Jail Fight, Officials Say
Olympian Oscar Pistorius Wounded in Jail Fight, Officials Say

Pistorius sustained a minor injury in the alleged assault

3 Myths About Your Teen
3 Myths About Your Teen's Bad Attitude

And 4 tips for making things better

Half the Country Says the GOP Tax Bill Will Hurt Them Financially
Half the Country Says the GOP Tax Bill Will Hurt Them Financially

The bill is deeply unpopular, according to polling

California wildfires a warning for other regions: Gov. Brown
California wildfires a warning for other regions: Gov. Brown

The governor of California Jerry Brown said Tuesday wildfires ravaging his state should serve as a warning for other parts of the world threatened by climate change. "The important fact is that these fires are going to become a very frequent occurence, that's what the science is telling us," he told AFP on the sidelines of the One Planet Summit, held in the French capital two years to the day after 195 nations signed the Paris Agreement to rein in global warming. Brown has become a leading climate campaigner in the United States and is seeking to rally other states, city authorities and companies to compensate for the inaction of the federal government under President Donald Trump.

The Geminid Meteor Shower Is One of the Best of the Year. Here's When to Watch
The Geminid Meteor Shower Is One of the Best of the Year. Here's When to Watch

Here's when to watch

Brand new Pacific island is a whole lot like Mars, and scientists are excited
Brand new Pacific island is a whole lot like Mars, and scientists are excited

It's not often that a whole new chunk of land just comes jutting out of the ocean, but that's just what happened with a new island in the South Pacific. A large undersea volcano blew its top in late 2014, shooting rock and ash skyward, and once everything calmed down an entirely new island had been formed. Now, NASA is looking at the newly formed landmass for possible hints at how the landscape of Mars behaved billions of years ago. The new island, which is being referred to by the unofficial name Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, didn't seem to have a bright future when it first emerged in the wake of the volcano's fury, but researchers now believe it actually might stick around for quite a...

Chemists Find New Evidence That Life Might Have Started in Space
Chemists Find New Evidence That Life Might Have Started in Space

Life's primordial soup could have been ice-cold.

Keaton Jones' Bullying Video Went Viral. Now His Mother Faces Backlash Over Confederate Flags
Keaton Jones' Bullying Video Went Viral. Now His Mother Faces Backlash Over Confederate Flags

"It was ironic. It was funny."

Suspected NYC Bomber Taunted Donald Trump on Facebook Before Attack, Officials Say
Suspected NYC Bomber Taunted Donald Trump on Facebook Before Attack, Officials Say

Akayed Ullah was charged with supporting terrorism

'Trump you failed to protect your nation', New York bomb suspect wrote ahead of failed attack
'Trump you failed to protect your nation', New York bomb suspect wrote ahead of failed attack

The New York bomb suspect wrote "Trump you failed to protect your nation" on Facebook before heading to a busy transit hub to set off a pipe bomb, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Akayed Ullah, from Bangladesh, has been charged with providing material support to terrorists and using weapons of mass destruction, following the failed suicide bomb attack on Monday.   The 27-year-old was arrested after setting off a pipe bomb strapped to his body at one of New York's busiest commuter hubs which left four other people injured.   He later told police that he carried out the attack "for the Islamic State (Isil)," according to court papers filed by federal prosecutors....

How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what 'dark energy' is
How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what 'dark energy' is

Cosmologists who were hoping to be the next Einstein have had to bin their theories.

NFL Network Suspends Marshall Faulk, 2 Others Over Sexual Harassment Claims
NFL Network Suspends Marshall Faulk, 2 Others Over Sexual Harassment Claims

A former employee filed a lawsuit

The Navy's Electronic-Warfare Planes Could Soon Become 'Motherships'
The Navy's Electronic-Warfare Planes Could Soon Become 'Motherships'

 Slow-flying unmanned aerial vehicles that could extend the distance at which Growler crews can pinpoint enemy radars. Northrop Grumman is trying to convince the U.S. Navy to transform the branch's EA-18G Growler electronic-warfare planes into motherships for small, slow-flying unmanned aerial vehicles that could extend the distance at which Growler crews can pinpoint enemy radars.

US-based climate scientists to take research to France
US-based climate scientists to take research to France

It is a dream come true for U.S.-based climate scientists - the offer of all-expenses-paid life in France to advance their research in Europe instead of in the United States under climate skeptic President Donald Trump, two of the winners say. American scientist Camille Parmesan and British scientist Benjamin Sanderson are among the 18 initial winners, including 13 based in the U.S., of French President Emmanuel Macron's "Make Our Planet Great Again" climate grants. In an interview with The Associated Press, Parmesan expressed elation at the prospect of spending the next five years doing her research in France instead of the United States.

Polls Close in Alabama Senate Race Goes After Bitter Campaign
Polls Close in Alabama Senate Race Goes After Bitter Campaign

Republican Moore faces sexual assault allegations viewed by senior party members as credible

The Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Girl in India Has Reignited Outrage
The Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Girl in India Has Reignited Outrage

After another brutal rape and murder of a young Indian girl, demonstrators have gathered in the northern state of Haryana to protest the failure of police to identify a culprit days after the crime, BBC reports.

Vladimir Putin Says Russian Troops Will Partially Withdraw From Syria
Vladimir Putin Says Russian Troops Will Partially Withdraw From Syria

Russian troops will soon begin exiting Syria under new orders from President Vladimir Putin, who made an unannounced visit to the war-torn country Monday. "I order the defense minister and the chief of the general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases," Russia's RIA Novosti news agency quoted Putin as saying, according to the BBC. "I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia," he added.

'I've Got Something to Say to This Guy.' Watch Stephen Colbert React to the New York Bomb Attack
'I've Got Something to Say to This Guy.' Watch Stephen Colbert React to the New York Bomb Attack

"Seriously? You tried to terrorize New York subway commuters? Nice try."

China Is Preparing for an Influx of North Korean Refugees, Report Says
China Is Preparing for an Influx of North Korean Refugees, Report Says

A leaked document says five refugee camps are being built near the border

Hezbollah Shifts Its Focus to Israel in the Wake of Washington's Jerusalem Move
Hezbollah Shifts Its Focus to Israel in the Wake of Washington's Jerusalem Move

The group hopes this marks the "beginning of the end" of the Jewish state

Trump wants NASA to return astronauts to the Moon, beyond
Trump wants NASA to return astronauts to the Moon, beyond

President Trump speaks before signing a policy directive instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to 'refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery.'

Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical
Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use. The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, a herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, could refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray it on soybeans Monsanto engineered to resist the weed killer, according to company data. The United States faced an agricultural crisis this year caused by new formulations of dicamba-based herbicides, which farmers and weed experts say harmed crops because they evaporated and...

An Actor
An Actor's Fight for LGBTQ Rights

The Star Trek: Discovery actor broke barriers as an openly gay teen in My So-Called Life- now he wants to help others like him

President Trump Blames the New York Explosion Terror Attack on a 'Lax' Immigration System
President Trump Blames the New York Explosion Terror Attack on a 'Lax' Immigration System

"The terrible harm that this flawed system inflicts on America's security and economy has long been clear."

Youth climate trial reaches federal appeals court, as judges signal it
Youth climate trial reaches federal appeals court, as judges signal it's going to trial

The case, known as Juliana v. United States, was  scheduled to go to trial in Oregon beginning on Feb. 5. On Monday, a panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments regarding the Trump administration's move to squash the case using a little-used legal tactic known as a writ of mandamus.

'Cruel and Vicious.' Woman Who Killed Pregnant Neighbor to Keep Baby Pleads Guilty
'Cruel and Vicious.' Woman Who Killed Pregnant Neighbor to Keep Baby Pleads Guilty

22-year-old Savanna Greywind was 8 months pregnant when she disappeared

Wild New Optical Illusion Will Make You Question Reality
Wild New Optical Illusion Will Make You Question Reality

Just when you think you've seen it all, a researcher from Japan identified a new type of optical illusion, and it's sure to blow your mind. According to study researcher Kohske Takahashi, a psychologist at Chukyo University, Japan, this is the first time anyone has identified this particular illusion, to the best of his knowledge, Indy 100 reported.

Ancient Fishing Hooks Found at Burial Site Could Rewrite Our Understanding of Pleistocene Gender Roles
Ancient Fishing Hooks Found at Burial Site Could Rewrite Our Understanding of Pleistocene Gender Roles

The discovery of the world's oldest known fishing hooks to be placed in a burial mound may end up rewriting the history of gender roles in Pleistocene-era Indonesia. The hooks-five of them-were found in a 12,000-year-old grave on Alor Island, and appear to be arranged around the head of a woman. Sue O'Connor, the archaeologist from the Australian National University who found the hooks, wrote in a new paper that the men of this region and time period were the ones assumed to be doing most of the fishing.

This Type of Whale Could Become Extinct Soon
This Type of Whale Could Become Extinct Soon

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said there are only about 450 of the whales left and 17 of them have died so far in 2017. The situation is so dire that American and Canadian regulators need to consider the possibility that the population won't recover without action soon, said John Bullard, the Northeast Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Bullard and other NOAA officials made the comments during a Tuesday meeting of the regulatory New England Fishery Management Council.

Apple Just Bought Shazam. Here's What We Know
Apple Just Bought Shazam. Here's What We Know

It could integrate well with Apple Music

Uber Accidentally Charged a Passenger $14,000 for a 21-Minute Ride
Uber Accidentally Charged a Passenger $14,000 for a 21-Minute Ride

"There was an error here and it has been resolved," an Uber spokesperson told Slate of the $18,518.50 Canadian dollar fare. This is insane!" Emily Kennard wrote alongisde a screenshot of the receipt for the ride.

Photos and video show terrifying spread of California
Photos and video show terrifying spread of California's Thomas Fire

As wildfires continue to blaze throughout Southern California, displacing residents and destroying buildings, terrifying images and videos show firefighters struggling to battle the historically large Thomas Fire. SEE ALSO: How to help victims of the Southern California wildfires As of Monday morning

Cats Are As Brainy As Bears But Fall Short of Dogs
Cats Are As Brainy As Bears But Fall Short of Dogs

It's a bad news/good news situation for Fluffy: Cats don't have as many neurons as dogs, suggesting they just aren't as cognitively capable. Instead, they discovered that the number of neurons in any given carnivoran's brain has more to do with brain size - at least to a point. The biggest animals in this group, such as lions and bears, have a relatively piddling number of neurons.

Humans Would Be Cool with Finding Aliens
Humans Would Be Cool with Finding Aliens

If extraterrestrial life is ever discovered, humanity would probably be pretty cool with it. A new study, one of very few of its kind, finds that people typically respond quite positively to the notion of life on other planets. The study investigated the possibility of finding microbial extraterrestrials, not intelligent E.T.s, so people's responses might be a little different if they were told an armada of aliens were headed toward Earth, cautioned study author Michael Varnum, a psychologist at Arizona State University.

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