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U.N. urgently seeks $4 billion aid to avert famine for 20 million in Africa, Yemen

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More than $4 billion is needed by the end of March to help nearly 20 million people who risk starvation in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday.

10 Things Parents Can Do to Show Their Love and Support for Transgender Students

Today, the Trump Administration announced that it would rescind a vital guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education (DOJ and DOE) regarding schools’ obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Show More Summary

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by the color blue.Recommended Reading:Ijeoma: [Content Note: Harassment; dehumanization] When a Woman Deletes a Man's Comment OnlineKath: [CN: Fat hatred] You Are Not Subtle with Your HateLaura: Transition,...Show More Summary

Sum of their parts: Researchers use math to foster environmental restoration

The oft-quoted proverb, "Too many cooks spoil the broth," is apt wisdom for describing challenges facing policy makers, public resource managers, ag producers, industry, residents and other stakeholders in attempts to jointly tackle major environmental restoration projects. Show More Summary

Congressional effort to allow killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in their dens moves to U.S. Senate

Rep. Don Young of Alaska, a former board member of the NRA and a licensed trapper, conceded on the House floor that he used to kill wolf pups in their dens for a bounty paid by the federal government. Photo by Alamy Last week’s vote on H.J. Show More Summary

First Solar Posts Better Than Expected Q4, Raises 2017 Guidance, Preps New Module Production

The two big U.S.-based vertically-integrated solar manufacturers have been going through restructuring efforts in order to cope with this industry's weird, transitional year. SunPower, the high-efficiency silicon solar cell leader and...Show More Summary

Lighten up, it's only a newspaper slogan

"Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Film at 11. Actually, the quote above isn’t a local TV news headline; it’s the new motto of The Washington Post.  It was spotted Tuesday night under the paper’s masthead online (but not in the print edition) and quickly inspired speculation that it was a response to...

NASCAR's Danica Patrick: 'I'm sure I've had 12 concussions'

Danica Patrick estimates she’s had at least a dozen concussions during her racing career. The popular NASCAR driver said Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway if a doctor told her another one would put her at serious risk, she would leave the sport without hesitation. “If there was someone...

Nick Cannon welcomes son, Golden 'Sagon,' with Brittany Bell

Today in Entertainment: Will President Trump watch the Oscars? Feb. 22, 2017, 12:44 p.m. With the Oscars around the corner and much of Hollywood still focused on the twists and turns of the presidency of Donald Trump, here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts: If there's a...

Forest Elephant Populations Have Seen An ~80% Decline In Central Africa’s Most Important Preserve Because Of Poaching

Forest elephant populations in Central Africa’s most important nature preserve, Gabon’s Minkébé National Park, have declined by between 78^ and 81% over recent times as a result of poaching, new research from Duke University has found. Show More Summary

Couple Rejects Abortion Even Though Their Baby May Die Right After Birth

Although their baby will supposedly live only a few hours after birth, one couple is rejecting abortion in favor of life. And their heartbreakingly beautiful story is going viral. The media (yes, even the liberal media) picked up the story after Royce Young, an ESPN basketball writer in Oklahoma, applauded his 7-months pregnant wife Keri […]

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Colonialism; state violence.]"The camps are not Standing Rock. The rise of the encampments was a profoundly important moment in the history of the Standing Rock Sioux, and for all of us, but that moment is not a place, or a people. Show More Summary

Make IVF Cheaper By Growing Embryos in Your Own Vagina Instead of an Incubator

A new fertility device is putting a DIY spin on in vitro fertilization, letting clinics offer the wildly expensive procedure at about half the traditional cost. Effortless IVF, a budget-friendly clinic in Calgary, Canada that openedShow More Summary

Abcarian: UC Berkeley's tiny minority of black students finally get a space to call their own

Essential Education: The end of the L.A. Unified iPad saga Feb. 22, 2017, 12:02 p.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest: The FBI has completed its investigation into L.A. Unified's iPad plan, and the U.S. Attorney's office says...

Mr. Midcentury Modernism is ready for his Palm Springs close-up

You don’t have to have a Midcentury Modern home in Palm Spring to get that look, says interior designer Christopher Kennedy. You can draw design inspiration from Modernism Week — the celebration of Midcentury Modern architecture and design and preservation running through Feb. 26 in Palm Springs,...

Among Republicans, Trump is more popular than congressional leaders

Trump's new immigration directives: stricter enforcement and more deportations Feb. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: New Homeland Security Department memos call for strengthening immigration enforcement President Trump, after failing to...

DISGRACEFUL: Trump Administration Puts Transgender Kids at Risk

HRC today responded to the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind protective guidance for transgender students. Under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Departments of Justice...Show More Summary

4 Thumbnail-Sized Frog Species Discovered in India

Four frogs tinier than an average adult thumbnail are among seven new species identified in India's Western Ghat mountain range. The new frog species all belong to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as night frogs. As the name suggests, they usually come out after dark and prefer to hide out under damp vegetation on the forest floor. Show More Summary

Quick Hit: Taja Lindley Releases Short Film “This Ain’t A Eulogy”

Last week, writer, artist, and healer, Taja Lindley released the short film, “This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering” based on her solo performance art show of the same name.  Inspired by the non-indictments of the police officers responsible for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the short film draws parallels between discarded […]

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