Vanessa Blackburn

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Blumenthal Says He Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ By ‘Slurs’ From Trump

Connecticut Democrat says he will keep talking about Mueller<p>Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he will not be thrown off from talking about legislation …

United Apologizes, Reverses Truvada Policy After HIV Activists Push Back

Following outrage by HIV advocates after UnitedHealthcare sent a rejection letter to a patient seeking Truvada — denying him due to his “high risk homosexual behavior" — the insurer announced Friday it is changing its policy for the daily HIV prevention pill "effective immediately."<p>“We apologize …

New York State

Shirtless Vladimir Putin fishes, dives and swims during Siberian vacation

Russian President Vladimir Putin perhaps out-Putin-ed himself with his latest set of photos showing the rugged leader fishing, swimming and getting some sun in Siberia.<p>The Kremlin pool photos were taken between Aug. 1 and 3 and offer a distinct contrast to his American counterpart President Trump. …

Russia

Scientists just unearthed an absolutely terrifying new sea creature

It’s hard to imagine that, after thousands of years of cataloguing every living thing we come across, humans are still discovering new animals, but …

More than 8,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean and brought to Italy over Easter long weekend

More than 8,000 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean and brought to Italy in the space of just three days over Easter, as Italian politicians denounced the exodus as a racket that should be stopped as quickly as possible.<p>Nearly 8,500 asylum seekers were saved from dinghies and ex-fishing …

Coast Guard

How Google embarrassed Apple

Google's new Pixel phone launched to positive reviews, largely because of the phone's new digital helper called Google Assistant.<p>As I wrote in my review of the new Google Pixel, it's relatively easy to make a high-end smartphone these days. The real challenge is lighting it up with unique software …

Barack Obama 'deliberately snubbed' by Chinese in chaotic arrival at G20

The US president was denied the usual red carpet welcome and forced to ‘go out of the ass’ of Air Force One, observers say<p>China’s leaders have been accused of delivering a calculated diplomatic snub to Barack Obama after the US president was not provided with a staircase to leave his plane during …

Red Carpet

Facebook Lite Is A Stripped Down Android App For The Developing World

Facebook can be painfully slow on weak network connections or prohibitively expensive on stingy data plans that are common in India, Africa, and Southeast Asia. So today, Facebook is launching a bare-bones, low-resolution version of its Android app that works well on crummy networks or outdated …

The NSA is still conducting mass surveillance of the US internet to find cyberattacks

The NSA is scanning US web traffic for specific malware signatures, according to new Snowden documents published by <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>ProPublica</i>. Previous documents have shown the NSA and GCHQ collecting data from undersea data cables, but this is the most comprehensive look at how the NSA uses …

US scientists: Global warming pause 'no longer valid'

<b>US researchers say new evidence casts doubt on the idea that global warming has "slowed" in recent years.</b><p>A US government laboratory says the much talked about "pause" is an illusion caused by inaccurate data.<p>Updated observations show temperatures did not plateau, say National Oceanographic and …

New blood test shows all the viruses you've ever been infected with

Welcome to your personal, viral logbook<p>Chances are, you don't know all the viruses you've encountered throughout your life. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just find out? According to a new studyin <i>Science</i>, researchers have devised a blood test that can do just that by identifying the viruses that …