Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Read More

Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Read More

Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

TOP STORIES

VLADIMIR PUTIN ANNOUNCES CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA The Russian president announced the cease-fire will be effective at midnight and guaranteed by Turkey and Russia. [Reuters]

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech Wednesday renouncing Israeli settlements “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week.” The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama’s vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution. [Daniel Marans, HuffPost]

POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE IN BERLIN TRUCK ATTACK DETAINED A forty-year-old Tunisian suspect is being held in Germany under suspicion of involvement in the Christmas market truck attack that killed 12. And new reports suggest the truck’s automatic braking system “may have saved lives.” [NYT]

DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIED THE DAY AFTER HER DAUGHTER The member of Hollywood royalty famous for “Singin’ in the Rain” died after a reported stroke, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. Herlast words were about Carrie, and they’re heartbreaking. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

AND TRIBUTES ARE STILL POURING IN FOR CARRIE FISHER Fans,family, her ex-husband, Paul Simon, and her beloved dog, Gary, have all spoken out about the legend’s sudden death at 60 from a heart attack. [Leigh Blickley, HuffPost]

OBAMA NAMES TWO NEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS Both of the spaces, one of which is in Utah, the other in Nevada, are considered Native American cultural sites. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]

‘BRIBES BORE A HOLE IN U.S. BORDER’ “A review by The New York Times of thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes while being paid to protect the nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws.” [USA Today]

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES IN NEW ENGLAND Two feet of snow is headed your way. [USA Today]

WHAT’S BREWING

WINTER IS ALWAYS COMING For illegal streaming services. “Game of Thrones” was the TV show illegally streamed the most for the fifth year in a row. [HuffPost]

EMMA WATSON’S READING LIST PUTS YOURS TO SHAME Crack open those books folks, we have some catching up to do. [HuffPost]

‘MAYBE WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY ALIENS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD’ “Absent signs of life, astronomers are starting to look for extraterrestrial nuclear wars and pandemics.” [Nautilus]

OMBRE IS THE NEW BLACK A send-up of the year in tech ombre ― because who cares about the Pantone colors of the year now, when all we do is look at our phone screens? [Wired]

OVER 3 TONS OF THIS ENDANGERED ANIMAL WERE SEIZED IN CHINA Meet the pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world. [HuffPost]

WELL, AT LEAST 2016 WAS GOOD TO SCARJO She was named the top earning actor worldwideby Forbes, over Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. [HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

~ A new study argues that taking fish oil during pregnancy​ may reduce the risk of asthma for the child.

~ Meet the Breathalyzer for diseases.

~ Kim Kardashian ran into frenemy (and her former boss) Paris Hilton on Christmas Eve for the first time in years.

~ And don’t fret ― Kanye silenced those divorce rumors with this photo.

~ Dissecting how Adam Driver (yes, Adam Driver of “Girls”) became a movie star.

~ A Dutch fertility clinic may have used the wrong sperm for 28 couples.

~ J.Lo and Drake are stroking the romance rumors with their latest Insta pics.

~ Looks like humans will be able to marry robots by 2050, in case that was on your list of things you needed to happen in the next 34 years.

~ We can’t get over these timelapses of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

~ Looks like the Disney Avatar theme park may have been worth the wait.

~ No, but really, where are this girl’s legs in the latest optical illusion photo sweeping the internet?

~ And check out this list of good news from 2016, because we all need it.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Advise and Dissent

The imminent confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s cabinet are an opportunity for senators of good conscience to place country ahead of partisanship. If they believe human activity is accelerating climate change and unquestionably needs to be addressed, they can–and should–send a powerful message to President Trump.

These senators should demand a similar environmental commitment from Trump’s nominees, and if it is not forthcoming, rejection would be in order. Hopefully, there would be enough Republican votes coupled with the Democrats to block the nomination.

Should Trump then replace the failed nominee with someone possessing similar negative views, that individual should also be voted down. So it should go until the president gets the idea.

Senate prospects for defying Trump are not as farfetched as they might appear, even with a Republican majority and a severe partisan divide permeating the nation’s capital. In 2015, all 54 Republican senators joined their Democratic colleagues in backing a resolution stating that climate change was occurring. Five Republicans lawmakers even broke ranks to support an additional resolution declaring that climate change was significantly caused by humans (though the quintet stopped short of calling for immediate corrective action). If they ever sided with the Democrats in opposing a recalcitrant Trump nominee, it would constitute sufficient numbers to thwart the confirmation.

Senators should certainly entertain dropping the hammer on Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Virulently anti-EPA in his role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt was expressly selected by Trump to emasculate the very agency he was supposed to head. The dubious justification for this counterintuitive appointment was that the EPA was overregulating the fossil fuel industry.

In gratitude for Pruitt’s endorsement in the GOP presidential primary, Jeb Bush asserted that the EPA nominee would do a great job “unleashing an energy revolution”. But that is not EPA’s job. If that is Bush’s ambition for the nominee, the former Florida governor should be touting Pruitt for the top post at the Department of Energy.

In his confirmation hearing, Pruitt should be asked to pledge that environmental protection will be his first and foremost priority, with economics and energy productivity relegated to secondary considerations. That is in accordance with the original conceptualization of the EPA as an independent agency acting within the federal government as the sole exclusive custodian of the public’s and planet’s environmental health. If Pruitt can’t commit to the agency’s primary mission, he should be issued his walking papers.

Other Trump environmentally-related nominees are former Texas governor Rick Perry at the Department of Energy and Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke at the Interior Department. Senators should only vote affirmatively if these nominees demonstrate they take climate change seriously.

Perry also needs to explain what caused him to agree to lead a government agency whose elimination he previously advocated. Approval of his nomination should also hinge on his willingness to shift gradually away from fossil fuels in the direction of clean, renewable energy.

Zinke’s commitment to renewable energy and restraints on wholesale extraction of fossil fuels on federal lands and waters should be established before he gets the green light.

Republican senators ought not to feel intimidated at the thought of challenging Trump’s environmental choices. The latest poll shows an overwhelming majority of Trump voters want his nominees to toe the line in combatting climate change.

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The 10 Best Health Stories Of 2016

As journalists, we always appreciate a good story and we’re eager to read everything we can. As the year draws to a close, we collected our favorite health journalism from 2016, including profiles we couldn’t stop thinking about, injustices that needed investigation and even a love story. 

Read the list, then get swept away for yourself: 

“When The Hospital Fires The Bullet”

By Elizabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times

When Alan Pean, then a 26-year-old student drove himself to the hospital while in the throes of a mental health emergency, he was desperately seeking help.

Instead, he was shot in the abdomen by two off-duty police officers in his hospital bed in Houston. This investigation into Pean’s shooting details America’s increasingly more armed hospital system, and explores the question of whether guns in hospitals protect patients ― or put them in danger.

“Why Did It Take 9 Hours And 3 Emergency Rooms For This Woman To Get A Rape Kit?”

By Jillian Keenan, Cosmopolitan

This horrifying narrative from Cosmopolitan tells one woman’s infuriating story of visiting three emergency rooms before successfully accessing a rape kit. It illuminates the ways in which hospitals fail sexual assault victims through creating obstacles that are stigmatizing and logistically complicated.  

“How Therapy Became A Hobby Of The Wealthy, Out Of Reach For Those In Need”

By April Dembosky, NPR

As mental health professionals increasingly turn down insurance, the disparity in accessible mental healthcare grows ever wider, leaving out the very people who need it most. 

“How U.S. Torture Left A Legacy Of Damaged Minds”

By Matt Apuzzo, Sheri Fink and James Risen, The New York Times

Collaboration from three journalists brings forth a piece about the lasting mental health effects of brutal U.S. torture programs at Guantanamo Bay and secret CIA prisons is outrageous.

The shows that detainees – many of whom were later shown to be innocent –often end up with the same psychological health profiles as American prisoners of war, raising critical questions about torture and interrogation tactics. 

“Unprepared: The Difficulty Of Getting A Prescription For A Drug That Effectively Prevents HIV Infection”

By Spenser Mestel, Longreads

Truvada helps prevent the spread of HIV. When Spenser Mestel tries to get a prescription for the medication in Iowa City, he discovered that a medical breakthrough is just part of the equation ― making it available is more complicated than you’d think. 

“OxyContin Goes Global – We’re Only Just Getting Started”

By Harriet Ryan, Lisa Girion and Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times

As part of a definitive investigation into the company behind OxyContin, this Los Angeles Times investigative team tackles corporate plans to prescribe OxyContin globally.

“The New Focus On Children’s Mental Health”

By Emily Goldberg, The Atlantic

A deep dive published in The Atlantic exposed the growing problem of children’s mental health – 17 million young people meet criteria for disorders which affect the ability to learn, behave and express their emotions, but few teachers are equipped to address the issue. The story highlights some of the great programs working to fix this probl. 

“Locked On The Psych Ward”

By Rosalind Adams, Buzzfeed

A chilling investigative report on for-profit psychiatric hospitals reveals how psychiatric wards hold down patients, bills insurers and creates profit from unwell patients. 

“Can Tylenol Help Heal A Broken Heart?”

By Melissa Hill, The New York Times

When college student Melissa Hill’s boyfriend breaks her heart, she remembers a research paper she came across in her studies: When your heart hurts, pop a Tylenol.

“Theranos Whistleblower Shook The Company ― And His Family”

By John Carreyou, The Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou broke the Theranos scandal late in 2015, but spent all of 2016 investigating and fleshing out the fraud, logistical struggles and organizational problems that were the biotech startup’s downfall. No piece showcases his careful, thorough reporting more than this incredible profile of whistleblower, Tyler Shultz. Bonus: Here’s the rest of his work on Theranos

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Syria Cease-Fire To Take Effect At Midnight On Dec. 30

BEIRUT, Dec 29 (Reuters) – The Syrian army announced a nationwide halt to fighting to begin at midnight on Thursday, in a move designed to pave the way for a political solution to the country’s more-than six-year-old war.

In a statement carried by Syrian state news agency SANA, the army said the ceasefire will begin at 0000 on Dec. 30.

It excluded Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Nusra Front and all groups linked to them.

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When the Bough Breaks the Economy Will Fall – Trouble to Come in the New Year

Donald Trump promises an economic miracle during his administration, low taxes, record profits for companies, and high-paying jobs for workers. I wish it were true, but it ain’t going to happen.

Unbeknownst to the President-elect, capitalist economies have built-in economic cycles with highs (peaks) and lows (troughs). That’s just the way capitalism works. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) uses changes in gross domestic product, or GDP, to measure the length of economic cycles from trough to trough, or peak to peak. On the average, since the 1950s U.S. economic cycles have lasted about five and a half years. But there is wide variation. In the early 1980s the economy went from peak to peak in just eighteen months. In the 1990s the cycle lasted almost ten years. Economic woes bringing down the Bush administration in 1992 (“It’s the economy, stupid!”) followed by an economic boom that lasted through the end of the Clinton years when a “dot.com” investment bubble burst.

Highs are generally marked by prosperity, growth, and low unemployment. During lows there is business stagnation and workers get laid-off. In the United States the federal government tries to use interest rates, tax policy, and government spending to keep the economy in balance without extreme highs and lows. This does not always work, especially when a “bubble” economy leads to unjustified investor exuberance and expansion. Problems emerge when the highs are out of control. Eventually a “bubble” bursts and an economy is stuck in a deep and prolonged low, either a recession or depression.

The latest economic uptick started in June 2009, following the Great Recession caused by a toxic mortgage/unregulated banking bubble. This cycle has now lasted for seven and a half years, a long time by economic standards. If we start measuring the cycle from the 2007-2008 “trough,'” it is even longer and the recovery was fragile. If this pattern holds, the economy is due for a major downturn during the Trump years, and signals indicate it will be a bad one, global, and probably worse than 2007-2008. I am worried because Trump and his “advisors” rely on bluster rather than policy and seem to have little understanding of or commitment to learning how anything works.

Recent economic news makes me especially nervous. On December 9, 2016 the New York Times reported “Major Indexes Ride Surge to Record Highs Yet Again.” That was on Thursday. On morning Friday, the Times website reported that indexes continued to climb. The record-making price climb was led by major banks, hoping for an end to regulation, and energy companies, banking on increased prices and the freedom to rape the environment without restrictions. These were speculative increases, investor gambling, not backed by any analysis or proof of economic expansion. In the 1990s, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan called this type of investment “irrational exuberance” because it “escalated asset values” without evidence that companies were going to be profitable – then the dot.com bubble burst.

One reason for the stock market surge, the Standard and Poor’s index tripled between March 2009 and March 2016, while the Dow Jones Industrial index almost doubled between 2012 and today, is that since 2009 interest rates have been almost zero. Investors put money in the stock market because it is the only place to make money. In addition, companies are able to borrow from banks at low interest and they can merge or buy up their own stock, inflating market rates, figuring they can always use profits to pay back loans. But this is essentially a Ponzi scheme. When the bough breaks, someone is going to be left holding greatly diminished or even worthless stock.

Wall Street insiders predict a Trump stock market boom in 2017. They have predicted a “bullish” market every year since 2000. But during this period the Standard & Poor’s stock index declined in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2015. In 2008 the insider forecast was for a market increase of over 10%, but the S.&P. index fell by almost 40%.

Richard Wolff, an economist who teaches at New School University in New York City, jokes that he and his leftist colleagues have “predicted ten of the last four recessions,” including a number that never took place. Wolff argues that despite its inequities and periodic crises capitalism has proven to be resourceful. But he also believes that the current situation is the “worst condition of American capitalism” he has ever seen or expected to see. I think he is right.

Given the economic business cycle and other indicators, the bough will break soon. “Irrational exuberance” has contributed to the increased value of the U.S. dollar overseas. That may be good for foreign travel, but it will be horrible for domestic businesses that will be unable to sell overseas because their products and services are too expensive.

But an even bigger problem caused by the rise in the value of the dollar is foreign companies and countries that will be unable to repay debts. That could be the pin that pricks the bubble. Poorer countries and corporations based in the Third World have been borrowing trillions of interest free dollars for more than a decade and they have to pay back in dollars. But as the value of their money declines, they face a huge spike in servicing costs and an elevated debt that they can never pay back. The Mexican peso has declined 10% against the dollar and the Turkish lira by 17% this year alone. The Indian rupee fell to a record low and its stocks declined as global financial funds fled Indian assets. In Brazil, on December 1, the U.S. dollar sold at its highest rate in six months and the São Paulo Stock Exchange had its steepest decline in almost a year.

All of this is happening while four long-term mega-trends, each foreboding in its own right, threaten economic viability.

1. Economic inequality in the United States and around the world continues to grow. Studies by economists Thomas Piketty, Emmanual Saez, and Gabriel Zucman show that since 1980, the share of total income going to the top 1 percent of earners in the United States has doubled. Wages, however, have barely changed over the last thirty years so the bottom half’s share of national wealth, the working-class and middle class, has narrowed. They argue that rather than reflecting conditions in a mature modern economy, an economic gap this size makes the United States look like some of the world’s poorest countries.

2. Climate change, denied by Trump and his pick as head of the Environmental Protection Administration, will be economically devastating. Health care costs go up as people, especially the old and young, face weather extremes. Infrastructure, especially in coastal cities will be destroyed by storm surges and rising sea levels. Drought and flooding will undermine agricultural production.

Donald Trump swears he can bring industrial jobs back to the United States, but he ignores the last two mega-trends – robotics and overcapacity.

3. Trump promises good jobs when factory production returns to the United States, but he misses a big concern – robotics. The World Economic Forum predicts a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is the works that will be characterized by unprecedented “developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, and biotechnology.” This would mean millions of skilled and unskilled workers being replaced by machines. A recent study estimates that about 13% of U.S, manufacturing job losses were caused by foreign competition, the other 87% by enhanced productivity as a result of automation. The global capitalist firm McKinsey & Company believes that existing technologies could automate 45% of the activities people are paid to perform. They estimate about 60% of all occupations will be affected, including jobs like welding and soldering on assembly lines, food preparation, and packaging, and that in some areas, like retail sales, half of the jobs will be eliminated.

4. The world is suffering from a crisis of overcapacity similar to the one in the late 1920s. Industry is not going to expand because factories can already produce more cars, steel, flat-screen televisions, and other consumer products than can be profitably sold or even used. Stanford history professor Walter Scheidel argues that the only thing that has reversed this trend in the past has been devastating wars that destroyed factories and inventory, clearly not a preferred economic policy.

Meanwhile Republicans in the House and Senate, led by their economic guru Paul Ryan, are committed to budget cuts, tax reductions, and reducing deficits, the exact wrong solutions championed by Herbert Hoover in 1929 that prolonged the Great Depression of the 1930s. Trump’s America First economic nationalism will also worsen the situation as it makes international cooperation to solve a global economic downturn virtually impossible.

It is going to be a difficult ride, especially, and as always, for working people. Let’s hope Trump and the Republicans take the blame and the U.S. and world economies recover quickly on the next uptick.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Advise and Dissent

The imminent confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s cabinet are an opportunity for senators of good conscience to place country ahead of partisanship. If they believe human activity is accelerating climate change and unquestionably needs to be addressed, they can–and should–send a powerful message to President Trump.

These senators should demand a similar environmental commitment from Trump’s nominees, and if it is not forthcoming, rejection would be in order. Hopefully, there would be enough Republican votes coupled with the Democrats to block the nomination.

Should Trump then replace the failed nominee with someone possessing similar negative views, that individual should also be voted down. So it should go until the president gets the idea.

Senate prospects for defying Trump are not as farfetched as they might appear, even with a Republican majority and a severe partisan divide permeating the nation’s capital. In 2015, all 54 Republican senators joined their Democratic colleagues in backing a resolution stating that climate change was occurring. Five Republicans lawmakers even broke ranks to support an additional resolution declaring that climate change was significantly caused by humans (though the quintet stopped short of calling for immediate corrective action). If they ever sided with the Democrats in opposing a recalcitrant Trump nominee, it would constitute sufficient numbers to thwart the confirmation.

Senators should certainly entertain dropping the hammer on Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Virulently anti-EPA in his role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt was expressly selected by Trump to emasculate the very agency he was supposed to head. The dubious justification for this counterintuitive appointment was that the EPA was overregulating the fossil fuel industry.

In gratitude for Pruitt’s endorsement in the GOP presidential primary, Jeb Bush asserted that the EPA nominee would do a great job “unleashing an energy revolution”. But that is not EPA’s job. If that is Bush’s ambition for the nominee, the former Florida governor should be touting Pruitt for the top post at the Department of Energy.

In his confirmation hearing, Pruitt should be asked to pledge that environmental protection will be his first and foremost priority, with economics and energy productivity relegated to secondary considerations. That is in accordance with the original conceptualization of the EPA as an independent agency acting within the federal government as the sole exclusive custodian of the public’s and planet’s environmental health. If Pruitt can’t commit to the agency’s primary mission, he should be issued his walking papers.

Other Trump environmentally-related nominees are former Texas governor Rick Perry at the Department of Energy and Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke at the Interior Department. Senators should only vote affirmatively if these nominees demonstrate they take climate change seriously.

Perry also needs to explain what caused him to agree to lead a government agency whose elimination he previously advocated. Approval of his nomination should also hinge on his willingness to shift gradually away from fossil fuels in the direction of clean, renewable energy.

Zinke’s commitment to renewable energy and restraints on wholesale extraction of fossil fuels on federal lands and waters should be established before he gets the green light.

Republican senators ought not to feel intimidated at the thought of challenging Trump’s environmental choices. The latest poll shows an overwhelming majority of Trump voters want his nominees to toe the line in combatting climate change.

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Syria Ceasefire To Take Effect At Midnight On Dec. 30

BEIRUT, Dec 29 (Reuters) – The Syrian army announced a nationwide halt to fighting to begin at midnight on Thursday, in a move designed to pave the way for a political solution to the country’s more-than six-year-old war.

In a statement carried by Syrian state news agency SANA, the army said the ceasefire will begin at 0000 on Dec. 30.

It excluded Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Nusra Front and all groups linked to them.

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One Tear-Jerking Last Look At Michelle Obama’s Best Outfits Of 2016

We spent a large part of 2016 celebrating Michelle Obama’s legacy and trying our best to ignore the imminent end of her tenure as first lady. She has done a great deal to help distract us from the latter, blessing the masses with arguably her best dressed year yet.

Sure, FLOTUS has had too many incredible style moments to count over the past eight years, but she really turned it out for the farewell tour. This rose gold Atelier Versace moment serves as proof. 

Nothing can prepare us for the dark day looming in the distance when she passes along her title and the slew of best-dressed opportunities that come with itto the incoming first lady. But as they say, it’s better to smile because it happened than to cry because it’s over.

It’s in that spirit that we present 11 of Michelle’s best looks of 2016, which we intend to scroll up and down over and over again for the remainder of this year.

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How American Babies Behave Differently From Infants In Other Cultures

Polish babies are comfortable expressing negative moods while American babies are particularly active and social, and scientists believe that’s because the values and norms of a person’s culture shape them from the very beginning of life. 

From early on, the values and of norms of your culture shape the person you’ll become. The earliest ― and likely the most lasting ― of these cultural influences comes from, you guessed it, your parents.

During the five years she spent studying babies around the world, Washington State University psychologist Dr. Maria Gartstein made some striking observations of how parents’ different cultural values influenced the temperaments and behavior of their babies. These temperamental patterns could set the stage for mental health or illness down the road. 

Gartstein and her colleagues conducted a cross-cultural examination of the behavior of Chilean, Polish, South Korean and American babies, the results of which were recently published in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology. The mothers of 125 to 420 babies in each country were asked to fill out observations of more than 200 behaviors and temperamental qualities in their infants at six months and one year old, including activity level, shyness, sadness, cuddliness and attention focusing. 

The results showed significant parenting differences across these four cultures. American babies, for instance, were more social and impulsive than babies from the other countries, and they were also the most likely to enjoy highly stimulating activities.

“[American babies] have some unique opportunities and challenges, compared to infants growing up in other regions of the world,” Gartstein said. “I really appreciate their readiness to engage and share enjoyment ― the baby version of extraversion, if you will.” 

American mothers also reported that their babies were less likely to display negative emotions, and are easy to soothe when upset. This behavior may result from parents discouraging their children from expressing negative emotions. 

The other babies, however, acted very differently. In fact, Garstein says that she was taken aback by the extent of the behavioral differences seen across cultures. 

“One of my more profound moments occurred when I realized that parent-infant interaction dynamics varied dramatically, even in cultures we think of as being similar,” Gartstein told The Huffington Post. 

Here are some of the most striking differences: 

  • South Korean babies had the longest attention spans. 

  • Chilean babies scored the highest in negative mood and emotions. 

  • Polish babies were the most likely to show sadness, and also the most difficult to soothe when upset. 

  • Chilean babies were the most active and most likely to struggle to concentrate on one task at a time. 

  • South Korean babies liked to cuddle the most, but were the least active. 

The researchers largely chalk these differences up to variations in parents’ cultural values. In South American cultures, for instance, parents are typically very animated with their children, which may contribute to babies being more active and having more trouble focusing. In Poland, on the other hand, the common cultural value of being open about emotions may lead infants to feel comfortable showing sadness. In South Korea, an emphasis on behavioral and attentional control likely causes babies there to reflect these traits. 

Parenting plays a huge role in the development of these behaviors, and not just what we typically think of as parenting, like playing and feeding, according to Gartstein. 

“We have to think broader … [to include] things like daily routine, what parents view as important for their kids to develop to be happy and healthy adults, what they think is essential with respect to parental responsibilities,” she explained. “There are surprisingly considerable cross-cultural differences in these areas.”  

The researchers hope that better understanding the influence of cultural values can help psychologists devise new strategies for preventing behavioral issues in babies and toddlers, and potentially predicting mental illnesses like ADHD. 

“If we are aiming to prevent behavioral problems which are a known precursor for more serious psychological problems,” Gartstein said in a press release, “we need to know more about the values and expectations parents bring to the child-rearing table.”

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The Road to Fitness in 2017

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Cynthia Villamizar, Waze Ops

Each holiday season, marketers can look forward to a few months of predictable shopping behavior and navigation trends. This year, right on cue, shoppers made their way to supermarkets in the run-up to Thanksgiving Day and flooded retail storefronts on Black Friday. And, as we enter the first week of January, we expect consumers to start hitting the gym in pursuit of their dreams of improved health and rock-hard abs in 2017. As we wrap up the holiday season, we take a look at the navigation habits of these fitness-focused "resolutionaries" and share some insights to help you capitalize on consumers' unusually high motivation.

Last Cheat Meal of the Season?

The road to fitness isn't without its speed bumps, and if history is anything to go by, we can expect a good number of consumers to take an early detour. Waze data for the first days of 2016 shows a spike in navigations to fast food restaurants that suggests consumers rang in the new year by enjoying their last cheat meal of the season.

Our data also shows that users spent the weekend recovering from their New Year's festivities and avoiding the gym altogether, presumably storing up the energy to jump start their fitness goals on Monday. This end-of-season indulgence is a golden opportunity for QSR and CPG brands to appeal to consumers and potentially play a part in this last hurrah ritual.

New Year, New Me

On the first business day of 2016, our data shows a steep increase in navigations to gyms. This volume persists for a few weeks, as fully committed users tried to settle into a new routine.

This is the perfect time for advertisers to reach Wazers navigating to and from the gym and offer them relevant deals. Food marketers can provide discounts on low-carb meals and salads. Gyms could use ads on Waze to manage the traditional early morning and early evening spikes in foot traffic by encouraging users to take a midmorning spin class or an early afternoon yoga class.

One More Day to Slay

According to Waze data, navigations to the gym during any given week peak Monday through Wednesday and start dwindling on Thursday. In January, motivation is at an all-time high, and navigations spike for an additional day per week as workday warriors trade in their Thursday happy hours for HIIT sessions.

With consumers still focused on fitness through Thursdays, marketers have an extra opportunity to capitalize on motivated consumers who may be eager to treat themselves to a well-earned reward. For example, an ad promoting a special Friday night dinner or the latest fitness tracking gadget could be particularly powerful if delivered to a consumer on her way home from the gym.

Given the commonly held theory that it takes 21 days to establish a new habit, the spike in gym traffic on Thursdays is also great news for gym owners who want members to solidify their long-term fitness habits. In fact, members who visit the gym at least three times a week in the first month of membership refresh their memberships 78 percent of the time, according to PT Direct (compared to 59 percent for members who only visit the gym once per week in the first month). As Athletic Business notes, many clubs will start reaching out to members if they have not stopped by during the first 21 days of their first month, and Waze navigation data corroborates the challenge of keeping members engaged through this milestone: the first dip in navigations to gyms in January 2016 occurred at the three-week mark.

Luckily, Waze offers several advertising opportunities that allow gym owners to reach users who have navigated to their gyms or interacted with previous offers so they can provide extra motivation when would-be gym-goers are most likely to waver.

Destination Fitness

This new year, we expect consumers to enjoy one last fast food meal before fully committing to their health goals and getting to the gym more often. Waze encourages marketers across all industries to leverage our navigation insights and engage consumers in a meaningful way while fitness is top of mind. QSR marketers can focus on their low-calorie items, retailers can highlight their fitness offerings, and gyms can acquire and retain members by promoting special deals to those highly motivated consumers on the road to fitness in 2017.

This article was originally published in The Compass– an industry resource for mobile, native, and location-based marketing.

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Netflix Will Help Parents Trick Kids Into Going To Bed Early On New Year’s Eve

Good news! Netflix is continuing its annual tradition of making New Year’s Eve a little bit easier for parents.

The streaming service is offering 10 New Year’s Eve countdown videos that will help get kids to sleep early. The process is simple: Parents can show their kids one of the on-demand countdown videos at any point in the night, effectively tricking them into thinking they reached midnight and letting them ring in the celebration on their own time. 

The videos feature characters from “Fuller House,” “Word Party,” “Puffin Rock,” “Luna Petunia,” “Beat Bugs,” “All Hail King Julien,” “Skylanders Academy,” “Trollhunters,” “Project Mc2,” and “Chasing Cameron.”

“Netflix is all about giving members the freedom to decide when and how to watch, and the New Year’s Eve Countdowns do just that,” Netflix’s Director of Kids Content, Andy Yeatman, told The Huffington Post.

“They put families in charge of the holiday, whether that means celebrating at 9 and then lights out, or ringing in the New Year over and over again,” he added. “I have three young daughters, so for us, that means celebrating three times with three different countdowns they each get to choose.”

Tricking your kids into thinking it’s midnight may feel wrong to some parents, but look at it this way ― it’s midnight somewhere

You can find the countdowns by searching “Countdowns” on Netflix, starting Wednesday. 

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This Comedian Makes A Solid Case For Why Gatorade Should Sponsor Him

The difference between those who come in second and those who take home the trophy is champion-level dedication. Sometimes when you want something that seems unattainable, you grit your teeth, lace up your sneakers, and … tweet at Gatorade.

Writer and comedian Jon Savitt wants to be sponsored by Gatorade. So, he put together this promo ― let’s call it a hype video ― to prove his case. Your move, Gatorade.

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This Comedian Makes A Solid Case For Why Gatorade Should Sponsor Him

The difference between those who come in second and those who take home the trophy is champion-level dedication. Sometimes when you want something that seems unattainable, you grit your teeth, lace up your sneakers, and … tweet at Gatorade.

Writer and comedian Jon Savitt wants to be sponsored by Gatorade. So, he put together this promo ― let’s call it a hype video ― to prove his case. Your move, Gatorade.

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This Comedian Makes A Solid Case For Why Gatorade Should Sponsor Him

The difference between those who come in second and those who take home the trophy is champion-level dedication. Sometimes when you want something that seems unattainable, you grit your teeth, lace up your sneakers, and … tweet at Gatorade.

Writer and comedian Jon Savitt wants to be sponsored by Gatorade. So, he put together this promo ― let’s call it a hype video ― to prove his case. Your move, Gatorade.

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