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Fossil hunters find bones of human-sized penguin on New Zealand beach

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>The remnants of an ancient penguin that stood as tall as a human have been found encased in rock on a beach in New Zealand.

>Fossil hunters chanced upon the prehistoric bones in sedimentary rock that formed 55m to 60m years ago on what is now Hampden beach in Otago in the country’s South Island.

>Measurements of the partial skeleton show that the flightless bird weighed about 100kg and had a body length of 1.77 metres (5ft 10in), equal to the average height of an American man. Emperor penguins, the tallest penguin species alive today, reach only 1.2 metres when fully grown.

>Penguins evolved from flying birds tens of millions of years ago, but lost the ability to get airborne and became accomplished swimmers instead. Once grounded, some penguin species became much larger, growing from about 80cm tall to twice the size.

>The pieces of the latest skeleton, including wing, spine, breast and leg bones, were first discovered more than a decade ago, but the rock holding the fossilised bones was so hard that it has taken until now for researchers to prepare and study the remains.

>Rather than the usual black-and-white colouring, the ancient penguin was probably brownish and had a longer beak than its modern-day cousins. “It would most likely have been slimmer too and not so cute looking,” said Gerald Mayr at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt. “It’s one of the tallest penguins that has ever been found.”

>Researchers named the new species Kumimanu biceae, after the Maori words “kumi”, meaning a large mythological monster, and “manu” for bird. The second part of the name honours Beatrice Tennyson, known as “Bice”, the mother of Alan Tennyson, a senior researcher on the team.
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US FDA accepts application for Indivior's new schizophrenia drug

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted Indivior's application for its new schizophrenia treatment, the British drugmaker said on Tuesday, boosting hopes of marketing the drug in the country.

The London-listed company, which specialises in heroin addiction treatment, said the FDA had accepted its application for RBP-7000, an investigational once-a-month injectable to treat schizophrenia.

Earlier this month, the company's experimental drug to help fight America's growing opioid addiction crisis was approved by the FDA, boosting its sales prospects as competitors threaten revenue from an older product.
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GOP Rep. Peter King rips Stephen Bannon as 'morally vacuous,' likens him to a 'disheveled drunk'

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>The morning after Democrat Doug Jones' stunning victory over Republican Roy Moore in the special election for Alabama's Senate seat, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) came out swinging against Stephen Bannon, the chairman of Breitbart News and former White House chief strategist. Bannon stumped hard for Moore, especially in the campaign's waning days, as part of his "war" on the GOP establishment.

>"This guy does not belong on the national stage. He looks like some disheveled drunk that wandered onto the political stage," King said of Bannon, speaking to CNN's Chris Cuomo. A blinking Cuomo sat in silence as King ripped into Bannon before finally interjecting: "Peter King, I know where you're from and I know you like to knuckle up every now and then, but did you just call Steve Bannon a disheveled drunk?" King replied, "No, very precise — I said he looks like one."

>Aesthetics aside, King said that he didn't take nearly as much of an issue with Bannon's politics as he did his morals — or lack thereof. "He's not representing what I stand for," King said. He also claimed that Tuesday's election results were "a revulsion by people at [Bannon's] style, at his type of divisive views," adding that Bannon "encourages racial division." In a tweet earlier Wednesday, King again ripped Bannon as "morally vacuous":

>While Bannon may the scapegoat de jour for Republicans like King — who were reluctant to support a candidate accused of sexually assaulting teenagers — people in the White House apparently blame Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y) for Moore's loss. Kelly O'Meara Morales
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Black Apple Exec forced to step down after saying "White people can be diverse"

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>Denise Young Smith, who is black, angered activists during this year’s One Young World Summit in Bogota when she defended the diverse “life experience” that Apple’s white employees bring to the table. The executive apologized within days, but the company now says she will head to Cornell Tech at the end of the year.

>“I focus on everyone,” Ms. Smith, who has 20 years of experience in the company, said during the Oct. 4-7 conference. “Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color or the women or the LGBT or whatever because that means they’re carrying that around … because that means that we are carrying that around on our foreheads. […] There can be 12 white blue-eyed blond men in a room and they are going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.”

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Pipe bomb explodes in subway passage near Port Authority Bus Terminal, one suspect in custody

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>Commuters underground near 40th Street and 8th Avenue began to flee after the loud, muffled sound was heard in the Port Authority subway station. Police officers, firefighters and Port Authority counterterrorism officials tried to clear people from the bus station and the west side of 8th Avenue as sirens blared.

>I am glad nobody was heart, but it took me much longer to get from Queens to Brooklyn. We live in a "New reality" that we didn't ask for.
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>Prayers and good wishes to my many, many friends in NYC. I've never lived there but have visited many times. It truly is "our" American...

>Andre Rodriguez, 62, a caseworker at one of the city’s shelters, said he heard the explosion around 7:30.

>“I was going through the turnstile,” he said. “It sounded like an explosion, and everybody started running.”

>Alicja Wlodkowski, 51, said that she had been in a restaurant inside the Port Authority when she suddenly saw a crowd of people running.

>“A woman fell, and nobody even stopped to help her because it was so crazy,” she said. Then it all slowed down. I was standing and watching and scared.”
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Politifact's Top Trump Team Falsehoods of 2017

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6. Sean Spicer: "That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period."
5. Steven Mnuchin said Trump "has given more financial disclosure than anybody else."
4. Sean Spicer said Paul Manafort "played a very limited role" in the Trump presidential campaign.
3. Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrongly sourced Trump’s Obama wiretapping claim
2. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump never encouraged violence
1. John Kelly said Rep. Frederica Wilson bragged about getting funding for an FBI building
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Senior justice official dismisses Republican charges of bias in Trump probe

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>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday dismissed Republican lawmakers’ charges that attorneys and agents investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election are biased against President Donald Trump.

>Republicans have attacked Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has charged four Trump associates in his investigation, which is also looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow officials.

>Russia denies the conclusions by U.S. intelligence agencies that Moscow used hacking and disinformation to affect the election and Trump says there was no collusion.

>At a hearing on Wednesday, Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee increased criticism of Mueller, highlighting text messages between two FBI employees, including an agent on his investigating team, as displaying bias against Trump.

>Republicans said they had reviewed more than 300 anti-Trump text messages exchanged last year between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, an FBI agent who worked on Mueller’s probe.

>Members of the committee read aloud the contents of some of the text messages between Strzok and Page.

>Some texts call Trump an “idiot” and a “loathsome human,” according to copies of a sampling of the texts reviewed by Reuters.

>In one July 2016 exchange they poked fun at Trump’s campaign during the Republican National Convention.

>“My god, I’m so embarrassed for them. These are like second-run stars,” Page responded to Strzok. “And wow, Donald Trump is an enormous d*uche.”
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Microsoft's December Patches Address 34 Security Issues

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3 men convicted of unsuccessful mosque bombing demand pro-trump jurors

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Three men accused of plotting to bomb a western Kansas mosque say their rights are being violated by the exclusion of jurors from more politically conservative areas.

Attorney for the three men say in documents filed in federal court in Wichita that the jury selection procedure is discriminatory and “excludes rural and conservative jurors.”

According to a motion filed by attorneys for defendant Curtis Wayne Allen, and joined by his co-defendants, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wayne Wright, jurors in their case will be picked from registered voters from Wichita and surrounding areas, and not from western Kansas.

The three men are charged with conspiring to target Somali immigrants living in Garden City, Kan.

When they announced the charges, officials alleged that Allen, Stein and Wright hoped to create a “bloodbath” by detonating vehicles laden with bombs the day after the Nov. 8 election.

Voters in those areas of western Kansas are more likely to have conservative political views and are more likely to have supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, according to the defense motion.

“This case is uniquely political because much of the anticipated evidence will center around, and was in reaction to, the 2016 presidential election,” according to the defense motion.

The defense motion says that the political ideologies of liberal and conservative voters tend to tend to differ “regarding the appropriate size and power of the federal government and the individual rights of its citizens.”

“Additionally, this case will require the jury to evaluate and weigh evidence regarding whether the alleged conduct constitutes the crimes charged or whether it was constitutionality protected speech, assembly and petition, and/or the right to bear arms,” according to the motion.

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