Al Franken: Democrats ‘gotta stop riding in limousines’
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:45:52 -0400
The Minnesota senator admits his party has a public perception problem — but not as big as the GOP’s when it comes to health care.


Kushner Meeting With Russian Bank Is Weird
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:24:41 -0400
Rachel Maddow relays a description of Russia's state-run VEB bank as not being a bank in the traditional way, making Jared Kushner's meeting with the chairman of that bank during the Trump transition all the weirder.


Trump promotes faulty White House math on health care
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:23:42 -0400
In addition to the elementary math error, the president's tweets attacked CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post and the New York Times as "fake news."


Female teacher arrested for allegedly having sex with student in car
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:45:52 -0400
A female substitute teacher has been arrested and charged with alleged sexual contact with a 17-year-old student in Missouri. Loryn Barclay, 24, has been charged with purportedly having sex with the student in his car and at his home on numerous occasions between November 2016 and January 2017. A local police officer who also serves at the school, Jay Jastal, was tipped off about the possible relationship.


China's verdant 'forest city' will fight pollution with a million plants
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:17:26 -0400
If tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees. SEE ALSO: How drones are helping to plant trees The verdant towers will help soak up urban air pollution, produce clean oxygen, and boost local biodiversity. The greenery also provides shade on sunny days and acts as an insulating blanket during winter, allowing tenants to use less heating and electricity. Liuzhou Forest City will span 175 hectares, or 0.67 miles, along the Liujiang River.Image: stefano boeri architettiIf the concept sounds familiar, that's because these buildings are the work of Stefano Boeri Architetti, the same architecture firm behind the two "vertical forest" buildings planned for Nanjing in eastern China.  Liuzhou city officials commissioned the Italian company to build the development, which will host about 30,000 people and be connected to the main Liuzhou city — population 3.8 million — via a fast-rail line used by electric cars. The forest city, now under construction, is expected to be completed by 2020, the Milan-based architects confirmed by email. 'Vertical forest' buildings in the Liuzhou development.Image: stefano boeri architettiThe development is a flashy but tiny effort to combat the dangerous smog and toxic air pollution that's choking China's industrialized cities. It comes as China is building more wind and solar power than any country in the world to slash emissions from coal plants, factories, and vehicles, and to combat climate change. Stefano Boeri's firm, which recently completed two verdant towers in Milan, is planning to expand into other smoggy cities, including China's Shijiazhuang, Guizhou, Shanghai, and Chongqing. In the Liuzhou Forest City, buildings, parks, and gardens will absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of fine dust pollutants per year, while producing about 900 tons of oxygen, the architects said in a press release.  By comparison, the two green towers in Nanjing will absorb 25 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 0.06 tons of oxygen.  An electric railway will link the 'forest city' to the main Liuzhou city.Image: stefano boeri architettiBeyond sucking up toxic air, the urban greenery is also expected to stifle noise pollution and support biodiversity by providing a habitat for the local birds, insects, and small animals that inhabit Liuzhou. The project will include residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, plus two schools and a hospital. Along with plants, the buildings will also feature rooftop solar panels to produce clean electricity and use geothermal energy systems for interior air-conditioning. Stefano Boeri Architetti said the Liuzhou Forest City represents its broader effort to design a "new generation" of architecture and urban environments to address climate change. WATCH: China's big, beautiful, green 'vertical forests' will suck up toxic smog


Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane's engine for luck
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:05:25 -0400
A superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck, Chinese officials said. The elderly woman was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport following the bizarre incident, forcing nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Guangzhou in southern China. The 80-year-old threw nine coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac.


US Navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:34:25 -0400
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy paid tribute on Tuesday to seven sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a merchant ship off Japan.


15 Still Missing After Tourist Boat Sinks in Colombia
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:57:59 -0400
The latest on the tourist boat packed with more than 150 passengers that capsized, leaving at least six people dead.


Hillary Clinton: Reading ‘Harry Potter’ builds compassion for immigrants, refugees
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:12:36 -0400
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cited a study that found reading “Harry Potter” helped to build compassion for marginalized groups in children.


U.S. says it saw preparations for possible Syria chemical attack
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:39:42 -0400
By Jeff Mason and Dmitry Solovyov WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - A U.S. warning to Syria's leadership against staging a chemical weapons attack was based on intelligence about what appeared to be active preparations at a Syrian airfield used for such an attack in April, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main international backer, denounced the warning and dismissed White House assertions that a strike was being prepared as "unacceptable," raising the tension between Washington and Moscow over the Syrian civil war.




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