Nonchalant dog is unimpressed with owner’s speed sailing

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Speed sailing is the new sticking your head out of a car window. A man knows his dog puts way too much trust in him when they are perfectly fine with getting strapped into a bag and sent speed sailing off a cliff. His dog is largely unimpressed with soaring thousands of feet above a Hawaiian mountain, but gives him some licks of love at the end for a good effort. It's okay, owner, you tried. Unapologetic parents can't stop, won't stop having babies Chubby-cheeked bat chows down on some scrumptious-looking grapes Obama says 'climate change can no longer be denied or ignored' in pre-Earth Day video Deaf baby boy happily hears his mom's voice for the first time Read more... More about Viral Videos , Dog , Watercooler , and Videos Read more »

Deputy who fatally shot a black man in Oklahoma defends training record

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Tulsa reserve deputy Robert Bates defended his training record Friday on the Today show, two weeks after he said he accidentally mistook his gun for a taser, and fatally shot Eric Harris, during an undercover operation. “I yelled, 'taser taser,' as required in training," Bates, 73, said . “The laser light is the same on each weapon.” He has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, but is out on bail See also: Video sheds new light on deadly Tulsa police shooting of Eric Harris Bates said he has written proof that he underwent proper firearm training. According to local newspaper Tulsa World , however, Bates' supervisors were told to falsify his training records, and some supervisors who refused to do so were transferred Read more... More about Us World , Us , Oklahoma , Eric Harris , and Deputy Read more »

Why is this CEO smiling? Maybe it’s because he earns $284 million a year.

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Shortly before GoPro went public in July 2014, the company laid out a few of its potential risk factors for investors: competition from the likes of Apple, the ability to maintain the premium value of its brand and being "highly dependent" on its CEO and founder. "Our future success depends in significant part on the continued service of our Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Woodman," the company said in its S-1 filing. "Mr. Woodman is an at-will employee and there are no vesting restrictions on any of the Class B common stock that he owns. The loss of Mr. Woodman could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results." Read more... More about Gopro and Business Read more »

Police officer posts selfies and puns on lost iPhone owner’s Facebook page

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Australian police officers aren't your average cops. Occasionally, they are caught dancing on the street and sometimes they troll members of the public on social media See also: Lost your Android device? Google 'Find my phone' Police in the New South Wales country town of Albury had a laugh on April 12 when an iPhone was handed in at the local station, after its owner lost it on a night out. An officer taught the phone's owner, Bella Crooke, a lesson in phone security by posting a selfie of himself on her Facebook with the advice: "You should probably put a password on your phone. When you are ready to pick it up it will be at Albury police station." Read more... More about Iphone , Police , Us World , Selfie , and Australia Read more »

3D printing shoots for the moon — and your furniture

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3D printing opens up a world of possibilities, from recreating human body parts in plastic and cells to making mind-bending designs otherwise impossible with standard production techniques. But its broadest impact may be on some of the more mundane part of our lives. During a special preview of the fourth annual 3D Print Show in New York City, which runs from April 16 to April 19, I was struck not by the random 3D-printed hands scattered about, but rather by the home décor that came from 3D printers, ranging from lamps and wall-hangings to wine bottle holders and furniture See also: I Drove a 3D Printed Car Read more... More about 3d Printers , 3d Printer , 3d Printing , Tech , and Gadgets Read more »

Tennessee is one step closer to making the Bible its official state book

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The Tennessee state House ignored serious constitutional concerns — and the wishes of Republican leaders in the Statehouse — in voting to make the holy Bible the official state book. The chamber approved the measure 55-38 on Wednesday, which is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former pastor, who argued that his proposal reflects the Bible's historical, cultural and economic impact in Tennessee. See also: The Book of Yeezus replaces every mention of God in The Bible with Kanye Tennessee's attorney general, Herbert Slatery, warned in a legal opinion earlier this week that the bill would violate separation of church and state provisions of both the federal and state constitutions. Read more... More about Tennessee , Bible , Us World , and Us Read more »

Organized labor as a new civil rights movement

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As fast-food workers and organized labor plan mass protests on April 15 for a $15 minimum wage and union, they are also relaying the message that workers' rights are civil rights. As racial minorities continue to make up more and more of the lower-wage employment sectors, organized labor is betting that working to advance racial equality will be at central to its survival. Numerous labor unions have taken on issues directly related to racial justice. The AFL-CIO has been a vocal advocate of "ban-the-box" initiatives, which would remove the requirement for employers to ask prospective employees about previous convictions. Advocates say the change could help African Americans, who face higher rates of incarceration than whites and have a national unemployment rate that is frequently double that of white Americans, more easily find jobs. Read more »

Tinder Cuddles Up To Instagram In Latest Update

 Tinder released an update today that integrates directly with Instagram, letting users scroll through the Instagram profiles of their potential matches within the app itself. Tinder now also supports common connections, letting users see the degree to which they’re separated from a person based on the social graph, as well as presenting all Facebook interests instead of just common… Read More Read more »

Australia to deploy hundreds of troops to Iraq to fight Islamic State

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Hundreds of troops will leave Australia on Wednesday to join the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Tuesday morning. The deployment of 330 Australian soldiers to the war-torn region had been announced on March 5 by the Australian government and the troops have been undertaking training locally in preparation for the deployment. See also: 'We will never forget you': Malala's letter to the missing Nigerian schoolgirls The majority of Army personnel will come from Brisbane’s 7th Brigade and join 100 New Zealand and U.S. troops in the Middle East, in what is being called the "Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission," the government announced. Read more... More about Isis , Us World , and Australia Read more »

IBM’s Watson Health Cloud is on a mission to reduce healthcare costs

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Is information the answer to every problem? Perhaps, as IBM sees it, only with the right amount of access and analysis The company is about to put IBM Watson, the Jeopardy -playing, dinner-cooking , cloud-based supercomputer in a blender with billions of healthcare data bits. The result: Watson Health Cloud. See also: How Apple wants to transform medical research with the iPhone The goal is a recalibration of healthcare costs through always-available access to information about personal health and how it compares to health details about millions of anonymized others. "We believe a very large portion of healthcare spend is preventable," said John Kelly, IBM's SVP of solutions research, in an interview with Mashable . "Costs can improve dramatically through these technologies." Kelly is so confident in Watson Health Cloud that he thinks it can not only halt the growth of healthcare costs, but also reverse them Read more »