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Seattle Sees Unexpected Consequences From $15 Per Hour Min. Wage
 
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Low wage workers in Seattle who spent months agitating for a city-wide $15-per-hour minimum wage were quite successful in their quest. But many have suddenly found that the new rate has had unexpected consequences. Some workers across the city are left telling bosses to give them fewer hours at the higher wage because a full week’s earnings now puts them past the threshold for some welfare payments such as food stamps and assistance with rent. There have been other unforeseen consequences to the higher wage. Some restaurants are tacking on a 15 percent surcharge onto customer’s bills in order to avoid firing workers. Other stores, restaurants, and small businesses are simply closing down because they can’t afford the wage hike. By March of this year, for instance, restaurant closings increased at a much higher than average rate in Seattle. Many restaurants noted that the new wage put labor costs at nearly 50 percent of operating costs, and that made profit margins disappear. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/24/seattle-sees-unexpected-fallout-from-15-per-hour-min-wage/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by O&O Story Selection using http://wochit.com
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Why Does Mexico Celebrate ​St. Patrick’s Day In A Big Way?
 
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In the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with lots of parades and even more beer. Mexico shows its Irish pride in a different way. The day is celebrated as a sort-of military holiday, in honor of El Batallón de los San Patricios. Saint Patrick’s Battalion was a group of European immigrants and expatriates, overwhelmingly Irish, who had defected from the United States army to fight alongside Mexico during the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846-48. Their reason for deserting is largely attributed to religion. The U.S. and its army, was majority Protestant, and the Catholic servicemen felt marginalized and reminded of their experience under Protestant British rule in Ireland, so they fled to the Catholic confines of Mexico. http://fusion.net/story/282037/st-patricks-battalion-mexico-ireland/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Surprise! 7-week Old Baby Says "Hello"
 
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Most babies usually wait until they are at least one year old before they utter their first word. So a mother from Northern Ireland remained speechless recently, when her seven-WEEK-old son did this: ][ The surprised mom, Toni McCann, said she sensed her son Cillian was trying to mimic her before ultimately uttering "Hello". "If I hadn't videoed it, I’m sure people wouldn't have believed me", she told the Daily Mail, adding that she probably wouldn't have believed it herself. null http://www.wochit.com
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Japan Building "Great Wall" Against Tsunamis
 
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Four years after the tsunami ravaged much of its northeastern coast and killed over eighteen-thousand people, Japan is constructing a nearly 250-mile chain of cement seawalls to fend off future towering waves. Opponents of the 6.8 billion dollar wall, which in some places will reach nearly five stories high, say that the massive concrete barrier will damage marine ecology and scenery and hinder vital fisheries. Moreover, it will do only little to protect residents, and even worse - it'll foster complacency. Instead, they call for people to either move to higher ground, or to create a "green wall" of trees that perhaps won't stop the floods, but will weaken the impact of the waves. However those in favor of the "great wall", say it's a necessary evil, and one that will provide some jobs, at least for a time. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/35d608bb1ebe4766b33146e39b6044ba/japan-opts-massive-costly-sea-wall-fend-tsunamis http://www.wochit.com
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Something to 'talk' About: Vocal Chord Grown in Lab
 
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Scientists at the University of Wisconsin successfully grew a vocal cord using cadaver tissue. Scientists have made promising breakthroughs in the world of bioengineering, successfully growing human kidneys, a mini-brain, and a limb. On Wednesday, a new body part worthy of talk was unveiled: vocal chords. The paper, published in Science Translational Medicine, shows how University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers bioengineered vocal chord tissue from a cadaver. The tissue, which closely resembles real vocal chord tissue, is even capable of transmitting sound. Dr. Nathan Welham, an associate professor of surgery at UW and a speech pathologist, touched on the significance of the discovery. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thedailybeast/articles/~3/OuGg07BtxPo/scientists-grew-a-vocal-cord.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Researchers Hopeful New Treatment Leads To HIV Cure
 
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A new treatment resulting from the partnership between Britain's National Institute for Health Research and other leading medical research organizations has scientists hopeful that they may have found a way to eradicate the HIV virus completely. The Collaborative entity known as HIV Eradication of Viral Reservoirs is comprised of clinicians, virologists, and immunologists, who have treated the first patient in an upcoming study that will involve 50 participants. Whereas previous HIV treatments use Antiretroviral Therapy - or ART - to stop the virus from copying itself and spreading - which often results with the virus' return when treatment ends, this new approach hopes to activate "sleeping" HIV cells and encourage a patient's own immune system to fight HIV. According to professor Sarah Fidler "This first participant has now completed the intervention and we have found it to be safe and well tolerated." But Fidler adds that "Only when all 50 study participants have completed the whole study, by 2018, will we be able to tell if there has been an effect on curing HIV." http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/10/03/Scientists-hope-for-HIV-cure-with-new-treatment/9551475522018/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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What Are Sanctions?
 
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Yoshinori Ohsumi Wins Nobel Prize In Medicine For His Work On Autophagy
 
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Yoshinori Ohsumi is a biologist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and this year’s winner for the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Ohsumi has received the prize for his work on autophagy, a method for breaking down and recycling large pieces of cellular junk, such as clusters of damaged proteins or worn-out organelles. To keep recycling machinery in good condition is crucial for the cells' health. Not enough recycling can cause cellular trash to build up and lead to neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and too much recycling has been linked to cancer. According to biologist Maria Masucci of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Ohsumi‘s discoveries helped reveal the mechanism and significance of a fundamental physiological process. She said, “There is growing hope that this knowledge will lead to the development of new strategies for the treatment of many human diseases.” https://www.sciencenews.org/article/deciphering-cell%E2%80%99s-recycling-machinery-earns-nobel http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Joe Biden Attends Son Beau Biden's Emotional Funeral
 
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Beau Biden's viewing service was emotional to say the least. Vice President Joe Biden, whose son tragically passed away from brain cancer five days ago at the young age of 46, was surrounded by friends and family Thursday at Beau's public service and viewing at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware. Biden, his wife Jill Biden, Beau's wife and kids and the rest of their family were understandably emotional while watching honor guards carry Beau's casket, which was draped with an American flag. The famous family shed tears as they said goodbye to the former Attorney General, who had been battling brain cancer for several years. In addition to the service and viewing, Beau was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross, Delaware's highest honor, for his "heroism, meritorious service and outstanding achievement." http://www.eonline.com/news/663433/vice-president-joe-biden-attends-son-beau-biden-s-emotional-funeral-surrounded-by-family?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Banksy Confirms He's Behind New Mural In South Wales
 
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On Tuesday, street artist Banksy confirmed on Instagram that he is responsible for a mysterious piece of artwork that appeared in South Wales that morning. Banksy placed the work on two walls of a garage owned by a local steelworker in the Taibach area of Port Talbot. According to CNN, the art, which appears to pay homage to the town's industrial past, depicts a child playing in what looks like snow, but is actually ash from a skip fire. In July, properties and cars were covered with black dust from the town's steelworks, which has been suggested as a potential inspiration for the work. https://www.cnn.com/style/article/banksy-port-talbot-wales-gbr-scli/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Identify Treatment of Glioblastoma Brain Tumor
 
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Researchers say they have identified a protein -- tyrosine phosphatase receptor type Z, or PTPRZ, -- as a drug target for patients with glioblastoma. Glioblastoma has been classified by the World Health Organization as the highest grade glioma, a type of brain tumor that is difficult to treat with the median survival rate of patients with glioblastoma is 14 months. There has been a lack of effective treatment options has spurred researchers to look for other treatment options. The study also showed that the allosteric inhibitor of PTPRZ known as NAZ2329 suppressed stem cell-like properties in glioblastoma cells in cultures and tumor growth. https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/07/18/Scientists-identify-drug-target-for-treatment-of-glioblastoma/6421500394895/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Elon Musk Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Panel
 
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Elon Musk is basically trying to save the world. Just a few days after announcing Tesla’s all-electric SUV called the Model X, his latest step is creating world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel. On Friday, SolarCity, the company he chairs, announced it will start producing panels with a module efficiency exceeding 22%. But thanks to the efficiencies, the panels will produce 30-40% more power than a standard issue solar panels despite being of comparable size. They will be available for most customers starting in 2017. The company also said the panels will be manufactured at its new Buffalo, New York facility, a unique feature given that almost all other solar panels are made in China. http://fusion.net/story/208036/elon-musk-solarcity-solar-panel-record/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=/feed/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Are Weed-Infused 'Female Suppositories' Real?
 
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Most women can agree — periods are annoying and painful. One company wants to turn painful periods into “chill” periods using marijuana, a drug known for medicinal, as well as recreational, uses. The weed capsule has been dubbed “Foria Relief,” by the company Foria, which also launched a popular marijuana-infused sexual lubricant. The capsule is a small, cocoa butter-based insert that is being marketed as a pain reliever for women's menstrual cramps. The tampon-sized vaginal suppository is blended with a 6 to 1 ratio of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil concentrate and cannabidiol (CBD) isolate, respectively. THC works by targeting the nerves to “block out pain,” while CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory and as an antispasmodic by treating muscle spasms that occur from menstruation and ovulation. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/q5J1p9BlCdU/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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India to Sign Iran Port Deal, Ignores U.S. Warning
 
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India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals with Iran. India and Iran agreed in 2003 to develop a port at Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran's border with Pakistan, but the venture has made little progress because of Western sanctions on Iran. Now, spurred on by Chinese President Xi Jinping's signing of energy and infrastructure agreements with Pakistan worth $46 billion, Modi wants to swiftly sign trade deals with Iran and other Gulf countries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/OyDjpFbC4kQ/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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Princess Charlene Of Monaco Is Pregnant With Twins!
 
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There are more royal babies on the way than we thought! Monaco's Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II are expecting twins, according to Hello!, who spoke with the mom-to-be Monday in an interview held in New York. The former Olympic swimmer and mom-to-be gushed "I feel absolutely great." These will be the first children for 36-year-old Charlene, who married the prince, 56, in 2011. Albert has two children from previous relationships: daughter Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, 22, and son Alexander Coste, 11. Charlene has been eager to have a child of her own, though, telling Italian Vanity Fair, "I want motherhood very much, but everything is in God's hands." http://www.eonline.com/news/586093/princess-charlene-of-monaco-is-pregnant-with-twins?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com
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Charming Prince Harry Helps Adorable Little Girl With Errant Shoe
 
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While meeting with locals in New Zealand on Friday, the 30-year-old Prince Harry was snapped enjoying a very special moment with one little girl. Kensginton Palace's official Instagram posted the precious pic on Instagram today. The accompanying sweet snapshot shows Harry offering the little girl one of her shoes, which appears to have fallen off her foot. Prince Harry is finally concluding his long trip Down Under. After training with Australian troops, he's been touring New Zealand. He recently visited the Turn Your Life Around youth development center in Mangere, South Auckland, New Zealand where he played pool and meet with local youths. The prince also participated in traditional Maori customs and learned about the Maori people of New Zealand. http://www.eonline.com/news/657125/prince-harry-plays-prince-charming-while-meeting-adorable-little-girl-in-new-zealand-see-the-cinderella-pic?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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The Less Obvious, Early Symptoms Of Parkinson's Disease
 
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When you think of Parkinson’s disease, you probably picture tremors and Michael J. Fox, but a more telling early indicator is handwriting that suddenly gets much smaller. According to Reader's Digest, a 2013 Israeli study found handwriting analysis was able to identify patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s more than 97 per cent of the time. Other early indications of the condition can include a loss of smell. If you stop noticing pungent cologne and aren’t drawn to the aroma of mouth-watering food, pay attention. Intense dreams that cause you to thrash and kick in your bed can also be an indicator. When any of these symptoms last more than a couple of weeks, see a neurologist. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, and the sooner you get control of the symptoms, the better your quality of life will be. http://www.readersdigest.ca/health/conditions/10-red-flag-symptoms/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Why Does Dirk Nowitzki Bring A Foil-Wrapped Plate of Food to Every Game?
 
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Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is often spotted carrying a foil-wrapped plate of leftovers. Why, you might ask? Is he cheap? Or a weirdo? http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2015/12/10/9886148/dirk-nowitzki-those-leftovers-are-still-good-dammit http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Rare Herd of Bison Found in Utah
 
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Researchers have confirmed that the Henry Mountains of southern Utah are home to a rare, genetically pure bison herd. The team included Utah State University scientists who analyzed tissue samples from the bison. Dr. Johan du Toit, professor of ecology and large mammal conservation at USU, said that the herd is even more unique than other populations of bison that have not interbred with cattle. He added, "We’ve got a very, very special case in that the Henry Mountains bison is actually in fact the only population of bison in existence which is now both genetically pure and is free of the disease brucellosis and is free-ranging on public land co-mingling with cattle and is legally hunted. So, we have this very unique population which is one of a kind." http://upr.org/post/genetically-pure-bison-found-utah http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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California Leading The Nation In Human Trafficking
 
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In California on Thursday authorities arrested nearly 300 people in a human trafficking sweep. Los Angeles law enforcement identified 10 victims who official report had been forced into prostitution. " Police stated 8 of the 10 who were rescued in what officiasl are calling "Operation Summer Rescue" were minors. Despite numerous sweeps throughout the year Tim Stack from the LAPD told the LA Times that trafficking continues to persist. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center reports that California has the highest rate of reported trafficking in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/zUBF2r8cL0I/us-usa-trafficking-arrests-idUSKCN10T2AI http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Woman With ALS Holds Goodbye Party Before Ending Own Life
 
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In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her closest friends and relatives to invite them to a two-day party, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness." And just one rule: No crying in front of her. The 41-year-old artist had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. According to the Associated Press, Davis held the gathering to say goodbye before becoming one of the first Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under the state's new doctor-assisted suicide law for the terminally ill. Davis spent months planning her exit, feeling empowered after spending the last three years losing control of her body bit by bit. The painter and performance artist could no longer stand, brush her teeth or scratch an itch. Her caretakers had to translate her slurred speech for others. Wearing a Japanese kimono she bought on a bucket-list trip she took after being diagnosed in 2013, she looked out at her last sunset and took the drugs at 6:45 p.m. with her caretaker, her doctor, her massage therapist and her sister by her side. Four hours later, she died. http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/386c25518f464186bf7a2ac026580ce7/Article_2016-08-11-US--Woman's%20Final%20Party/id-21d9da4fc7f440b2ab9c01f3eb8c68a4 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Suge Knight Fires His Lawyers, Speaks for Himself in Court Appearance
 
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In a brief court appearance Monday Suge Knight said he fired the lawyers handling his murder case. Speaking on his own behalf, he told the judge he's received poor medical treatment while in jail and that he's going blind. His case was transferred to another judge, but Knight had to leave early to receive more treatment. It's the third time he's gone straight from court to the hospital. Knight has been officially charged with premeditated murder following a hit and run that led to the death of his friend. The incident stemmed from an on-set argument where Straight Outta Compton was filming. Knight has plead not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run. http://www.complex.com/music/2015/03/suge-knight-fires-lawyers-in-murder-trial http://www.wochit.com
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People are Drowning Tortoises After Confusing Them With Sea Turtles
 
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A new bulletin from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reminding tourists and Floridians that all turtles are not equal. The commission received three reports in March from "helpful" samaritans that accidentally mistook a gopher tortoise for a sea turtle, releasing them into the ocean where they are less likely to end up as dinner for the many dangers that lurk on the beaches. Unfortunately, gopher tortoises can't swim. The land-dwelling tortoises often nest in beach dunes that are adjacent to the beaches where sea turtles nest, which can lead to the confusion. The two shelled creatures can be distinguished by their limbs. Gopher tortoises have toes with a claw on each toe, and sea turtles have flippers, for swimming. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/tH7-WESCQqM/ http://www.wochit.com
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NBC Hit With Criticism After Ignoring Olympic Swimmer's Partner
 
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On Tuesday NBC received even more flack regarding their coverage of the Rio Olympics after commentators failed to mention or acknowledge the relationship between British diver Tom Daley and Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black even after cameras lingered on Black's crew for some time. Viewers went off on Twitter asking NBC why their commentators "can't get anything right?" NBC responded saying, "“With more than 11,000 athletes at the Games, it isn’t always possible to identify every competitor’s significant other, regardless of their sexual orientation.” http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/LssMntHeWmg/rio-olympics-nbc-slammed-twitter-918611 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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China Built a Bus That Drives Over Other Cars
 
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China built a bus that drives over other cars. Not like a monster truck… although that would be pretty sweet. No, China’s massive new bus is jacked up so that its customers ride high above the other traffic. The concept is easy enough to understand: elevate the passenger compartment of a bus high enough that it can move its passengers around with only a minimal impact on the flow of traffic. It’s capable of hauling 300 passengers at a time, which means this is actually a small TEB. http://www.geek.com/news/china-actually-built-that-massive-bus-that-cars-can-drive-over-cars-1664478/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Dazzling Supertide Transforms France's Mont Saint-Michel Into an Island, Delighting Thousands
 
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A supertide has turned France’s famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon. The so-called “tide of the century” actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in and out along the whole northern French coast, it's especially dramatic at the UNESCO world heritage site, which is normally linked to the mainland only by a narrow causeway at high tide. The high tide, said to rise at the pace of a horse's gallop, turned the Mont briefly into an island Saturday, while the day's low tide allowed people to walk on the expansive flat seabed. Tidal specialist Nicolas Pouvreau told France 24 the surge was a few inches short of expectations. http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/world/~3/gP2Ubk0HhSE/ http://www.wochit.com
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Scientists Use Stem Cell Therapy To Treat Leading Cause Of Blindness
 
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2 (UPI) -- Researchers made advances toward creating stem cell-derived retinal cells used to treat a leading cause of blindness, scientists at the National Eye Institute said. NEI scientists found that tiny tube-like protrusions called primary cilia on a layer of cells in the back of the eye, known as the retinal pigment epithelium, are essential for the survival of the retina's light-sensing photoreceptors, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Reports. The discovery has advanced scientists' ability to use induced-pluripotent stem cells to create adult RPE for transplants to treat patients with geographic atrophy -- or dry age-related macular degeneration -- a leading cause of blindness in the United States. https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2018/01/02/Scientists-advance-stem-cell-therapy-for-a-leading-cause-of-blindness/8571514929118/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Stephen Hawking Talks Aliens
 
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Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says scientists have already discovered thousands of planets outside of our solar system. The chance that at least some of these planets house life as we know it is pretty great, and Hawking is growing more convinced all the time that perhaps not too far in the future, beings from other solar systems may try to communicate with us. But in a new film streaming on CuriosityStream called Stephen Hawking's Favorite Places, Hawking says, “We should be wary of answering back. Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus — that didn’t turn out so well.” But Hawking is hopeful that contact with other civilizations would improve our outlook as a people. “It would force us to change,” Stephen mused. “We would have to give up the idea that we are unique and start acting with more compassion and humility.” http://comicbook.com/2016/09/23/stephen-hawking-more-convinced-than-ever-that-aliens-exist/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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What Will $35 Quadrillion Zimbabwe Dollars Get You?
 
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On June 15 the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe took the last step in the process of ditching its currency. Zimbabwe dollars will be decommissioned at a rate of 35 quadrillion per US dollar. Any remaining Zimbabwe dollars in circulation after September 30 2015 will be officially, as opposed to practically, worthless. Withdrawing all Zimbabwe dollar banknotes from circulation officially brings an end to the era of people carrying cash around in large bags and even wheelbarrows to do their everyday shopping. In 2009, the end of the decade long recession saw the government adopt the US dollar as its main currency. Since then people have effectively used US dollars or South African rand in everyday life, while an increasingly small number of Zimbabwe dollars (with virtually no value) remained in circulation. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/PdefnkVOPo0/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Ancient DNA Reveals First Polynesians Origins
 
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After just 3000 years of human life on the island of Fiji, ancient DNA reveals the origins of the first Polynesians. Distinctive stamped red pottery, obsidian tools, and shell ornaments reveal that explorers could have been farmers from East Asia or hunter-gatherers from Melanesia including Papa New Guinea. Scientists sequenced the DNA of four skeletons from Vanuatuan and Tongan women dating back 2300 to 3100 years ago. Although many Polynesians today carry Melanesian DNA, the long, unbroken chunks reveal that it was incorporated recently, about 500 to 2500 years ago, after the Lapita period. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/10/game-changing-study-suggests-first-polynesians-voyaged-all-way-east-asia http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Scientists Extract DNA From A Mummy
 
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Ancient Egyptian mummies are known to preserve many details of the once-living: facial features, signs of illness, and even tattoos. But not, it seemed, DNA. After repeated failure in extracting the molecule, many scientists had been convinced that the hot desert climate and the chemicals used in the process of mummification would have destroyed any remnant of genetic material long ago. Now a team of ancient DNA specialists has successfully sequenced genomes from 90 ancient Egyptian mummies. The study, led by Johannes Krause, a geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, reportedly used next-generation sequencing methods to read stretches of any DNA present in a sample and successfully fished out those that resembled human DNA. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/scientists-thought-ancient-egyptian-mummies-didn-t-have-any-dna-left-they-were-wrong http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Sorry, Princess! Thai Prince Strips Wife of Royal Name
 
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Thailand's crown prince has revoked the royally-assigned family name of his wife, following the arrest of several of her relatives in a high-profile corruption case. News about the monarchy is heavily filtered by the palace, and under the lse-majest laws, the world's harshest, anything deemed an insult or a threat to the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The office of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn issued a statement on Friday ordering the Interior Ministry to strip the family of Princess Srirasmi of the royal-appointed surname Akharaphongpreecha. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is the first in line for the Thai throne. http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/40f9239a/sc/11/l/0L0Snbcnews0N0Cnews0Cworld0Cthailands0Ecrown0Eprince0Estrips0Ewife0Eroyally0Eappointed0Efamily0Ename0En258351/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com
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Monaco's Princess Charlene Is Pregnant With First Child!
 
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There's another royal baby on the way! Monaco's Princess Charlene and Prince Albert have just announced that they're expecting their first child at the end of the year. The royals are said to be over the moon about their impending arrival, sharing that they were filled with "immense joy" in a short statement. In the latest Italian issue of Vanity Fair, the princess hinted at the good news by revealing that she was ready to start a family. Charlene said "As a couple we have been through many difficult moments and profound changes in our personal lives, but being together has always been a challenge that has brought us together. I have boundless confidence in our love." http://www.eonline.com/news/546835/monaco-s-princess-charlene-is-pregnant-with-first-child?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com
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Here Are Five Facts About the Little-Known Pangolin
 
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Here are five facts about the little-known Pangolin: 1. Pangolin’s scales are made of keratin, which is the same material found in a rhino's horn. A pangolin's tongue can be longer than its body. Pangolins don't have very good eyesight. Pangolins can live in trees or in the ground. Some species climb trees by using their claws to grip on to overhanging branches, while others use their claws to dig holes in the ground. Four of the species are found in Asia and the four others are found in Africa. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/37470783' http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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2017 Hurricane Season May Be The Worst In History
 
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The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been relentless. Storm after storm has formed, pelting the Caribbean, US, and Mexico with relentless rains, punishing winds, and dangerous storm surge. This year has seen 13 named storms so far (the designation tropical storms get when their winds exceed 39 mph), making it an "extremely active" year according to the National Hurricane Center. Storms are classified as hurricanes when their sustained winds surpass 74 mph — that has happened seven times in 2017 so far. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Jose have received the most attention so far, as they had the most significant impacts on populated areas. But the season doesn't end until November, so more storms are likely to arise. This interactive graphic shows where the six worst Atlantic hurricanes so far this year went and what damage they caused (the seventh, Gert, didn't affect any land). Click through to get a fuller picture of how intense this season has been. The first hurricane of the Atlantic season, Franklin made landfall as a Category 1 storm on August 10 in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Its 85-mph maximum sustained winds quickly dissipated over the mountainous, sparsely populated region. Rainfall totals reached 8 to 11 inches, and the storm surge crested 4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast. Hurricane Harvey’s widespread devastation came primarily from its torrential rains. The Category 4 storm made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, lashing the coast with 130-mph maximum winds. The storm then lost intensity and crawled across the state for three days before going back into the Gulf of Mexico, sucking up more moisture, and making a second landfall as a tropical storm near the Louisiana border. Harvey dumped over 4 feet of rain on Houston and the surrounding areas, making the storm the worst rainfall disaster in US history. At least 82 people died, most of them trying to escape floodwaters. Experts estimate the storm could cost around $100 billion. Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history. At its strongest, the storm's wind speeds hovered around 185 mph, with gusts of more than 215 mph. The Category 5 storm started battering the southern and western Caribbean islands on September 6, before crossing Cuba and the Bahamas. It made landfall in Florida on September 10 as a Category 4. The storm demolished most buildings on Barbuda and St. Martin, cut off communications on many islands, and left millions without power throughout the Caribbean, Florida, and Georgia. At least 61 people died — 38 in the Caribbean and 23 in the US. Irma caused billions of dollars of damage in the Caribbean, and could cost the US $50 billion. Hurricane Katia was a short-lived storm that made landfall in the middle of Mexico’s Gulf Coast on September 8 as a Category 1 storm. Katia died down to a tropical depression the next day as it interacted with Mexico’s mountainous terrain. The storm brought heavy rains, dumping 10 to 15 inches on northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla. Two people were killed in a mudslide. Hurricane Jose — a Category 4 storm at its strongest — first appeared to be following in Hurricane Irma’s wake. But it turned north and headed up the US East Coast, bringing heavy rain, dangerous surf, and tropical storm-force windsfrom Georgia to New England. Jose came close to the Leeward Islands on September 9 and got nearMassachusetts on September 20, but never made landfall — a welcome relief in an unusually busy hurricane season. Hurricane Maria devastated many of the same islands that Irma had hit just a couple weeks prior.http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-hurricane-maria-irma-jose-harvey-katia-franklin-damage-florida-puerto-rico-caribbean-2017-9 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Strangers Leave $400 Tip And A Bigger Surprise
 
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For months, Cayla Chandara has been a waitress at two different restaurants, pulling double shifts just to make ends meet. The 21-year-old moved to Waikiki, Hawaii, from Santa Rosa, California, for school. But with student loans and the high cost of living, Chandara didn’t want to slip into debt. Instead of continuing her education, Chandara decided to take a step back. She accepted a job at a nearby Cheesecake Factory and Noi Thai Cuisine, hoping to save up enough money so she could return to school one day. Chandara was serving two “life-long friends” and a 10-year-old girl visiting from Australia at Noi Thai Cuisine last week. They struck up a conversation, asking Chandara why she moved to Hawaii. Chandara told them about school and her dreams for the future. The waitress thought the customers were just being polite. But as she cleared their table and collected their $200 tab at the end of the night her jaw-dropped. The tip was $400 -- double their bill.Chandara recalled where the couple said they were staying, and decided she would swing by after her shift to thank them properly. “I genuinely wanted to say thank you,” Chandara said. “I sent a thank you letter saying how much it meant to me.” She left it at the hotel’s front desk and slipped out -- never expecting to see the tourists ever again. The next night, the woman and the little girl returned to the restaurant. They told Chandara they would like to give her $10,000 to pay off her student loans and to contribute to her continuing her college education. Chandara was at a loss for words. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cayla-chandara-hawaii-waitress-huge-tip/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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South Korean Team Wins Robotics Competition, Proving Disaster Relief Potential
 
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A small team of researchers, scientists and engineers from South Korea won $2 million at robotics competition after showing how robots can be used to save lives on rescue missions. Their victory wasn't fast or very dramatic, but the team's DRC-Hubo robot slowly and methodically proved that robots could take on the rough and dangerous job of disaster response. The members of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology remotely guided and programmed DRC-Hubo through eight tasks for the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge. program manager Dr. Gill Pratt, says the task environment modeled after the fukushima disaster aftermath. a competition to develop semiautonomous robots that can help with disaster-relief operations. There were many mistakes during the competition, with several robots falling over. Even the winner messed up, drilling a hole in the wrong material. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/nqT08GM9THE/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Snow Falls In Hawaii State Park For Perhaps First Time Ever
 
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As a winter storm bore down on the Hawaii islands early Monday, officials are warning residents of gusty winds, rain, high surf, and a rarer sight: snow. In fact, Hawaii’s Department of Land and […] The post Snow Has Fallen in a Hawaii State Park for Perhaps the First Time Ever appeared first on Geek.com. https://www.geek.com/news/snow-has-fallen-in-a-hawaii-state-park-for-perhaps-the-first-time-ever-1774043/?source http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Iraqi Special Forces Sweep Mosul University For Leftover Militants
 
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Iraqi special forces have swept through the campus of Mosul University. They want to clear it of any remaining Islamic State militants, after taking full control of the area. A military statement said troops had also taken another area along the eastern bank of the Tigris river. The gains will hopefully bring more of Islamic State's last major stronghold in the country under Iraqi forces' control. Iraqi forces say they are close to recapturing the entire eastern bank. They are backed by U.S.-led air power in an offensive that was launched in October to retake the city. The campaign involves a Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shi'ite militias. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/TzIfuv1X7lc/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-idUSKBN14Z09G http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Ruins Of Japanese Castle Reveals Ancient Roman Coins
 
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Since 2013, a team of archeologists from Uruma city's local Board of Education has been excavating Katsuren castle located in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture. The site is a UNESCO world heritage site. Ten ancient Roman coins dating to the Ancient Roman Empire, were discovered recently when a researcher from Gangoji temple cultural properties department, spotted them when he traveled to the castle from Nara. On Monday the Uruma Board of Education announced their discovery. The coins were later submitted for examination them using X-ray technology. The tchnology allows the engraving on the coins to be seen with greater clarity. The Roman coins appeared to be from at least 300 to 400 AD. http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/27/luxury/ancient-roman-coins-japan/index.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Detroit Mom Who Put Kids in Freezer Given Life Sentence
 
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The apparently remorseless Detroit mother who admitted to killing two of her children and hiding their bodies in a deep freezer was sentenced Friday morning to life in prison without parole. Mitchelle Blair, 36, was allowed to address the Wayne County courtroom and displayed the same anger she has previously shown since her arrest in March in the horrific case. Blair, who used her time blasting the fathers of her dead children for being absent in their lives said, "But I'm the only one not lying about anything." http://feeds.nbcnews.com/c/35002/f/663303/s/4836e44f/sc/14/l/0L0Snbcnews0N0Cnews0Cus0Enews0Cdetroit0Emom0Emitchelle0Eblair0Egets0Elife0Esentence0Eputting0Echildren0Efreezer0En393781/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by Wochit using http://wochit.com
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Kim Kardashian Denied Membership to Soho House ''Numerous Times"
 
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You'd think being one of the world's most famous celebrities would get you access behind any and every closed door imaginable, but you'd be wrong. Los Angeles' Soho House turns five years old this year, and some members of the private club's management are spilling secret details about who has been allowed in and who hasn't. Tim Geary, the former membership director, told The Hollywood Reporter "We denied access to every Real Housewife who applied." "Kim Kardashian has unsuccessfully tried numerous times...We tried not to give membership to people who would fuel paparazzi or bring press." http://www.eonline.com/news/640449/kim-kardashian-denied-membership-to-soho-house-numerous-times-plus-details-on-the-club-s-secret-britney-spears-dilemma?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories http://www.wochit.com
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Baltimore's National Aquarium Will Create Dolphin Sanctuary With Natural Habitat
 
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Baltimore's National Aquarium will create the first U.S. dolphin sanctuary and transfer its eight dolphins there, the aquarium said on Tuesday. The move comes after five years of study and as the U.S. public has grown increasingly uneasy about keeping dolphins and whales in captivity, Chief Executive John Racanelli said in a statement. Creating the outdoor, seawater sanctuary poses a challenge since all but one of the colony of six female and two male dolphins was born in an aquarium or a zoo, Racanelli said. One female, Nani, was born in the wild in 1972. The dolphins will also have to learn how to be ocean-dwelling creatures. The site will be much larger than the dolphins' current habitat, and it will have more natural stimuli, such as fish and marine plants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/89w-NYpHWRM/us-usa-environment-dolphins-idUSKCN0Z0214 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Natalie Cole Dead At 65
 
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According to news reports, singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of Nat King Cole, has died at the age of 65. The TMZ celebrity news website said Cole died from congestive heart failure following complications from a kidney transplant and Hepatitis C, diagnosed in 2008. Cole scored a big hit in 1991 with "Unforgettable" — a virtual duet with her late father, who died before his daughter began her solo career. "Unforgettable" and the album it came from earned Cole three of her nine Grammy Awards. Rev. Jessie Jackson remembered the singer in a Twitter post as did other fans of the singer. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/ooyB0TPEkfc/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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A Boy With Cancer was so Determined to Meet The Rock, it Made the Actor Cry
 
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Meeting your heroes can be an emotional experience, but sometimes it's the idol who ends up getting misty eyed. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had a unique encounter with with a dedicated fan, Nick Miller, in a chance meeting after hitting the gym, on April 5th. He shared a photo of himself with Miller on Instagram . Johnson wrote in his post, "this kid runs up to me, hugs the hell outta me and says it's been his life's dream to meet me and tell me how much I've inspired him to fight cancer and hard core chemo and stem cell transplant treatments." After hugs and photo ops were done, Johnson claims he was so touched by Miller's story that he even started to cry on his way home. The Rock doesn't just have big muscles, he has a big heart. http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/~3/k2fjSg9zxes/ http://www.wochit.com
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Prince Andrew Says His Daughters Should No Longer be Excluded From Royal Duties
 
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Prince Andrew has lost his battle to retain his royal status. So why is he opening up a new front in his war with Prince Charles, using his kids Beatrice and Eugenie as the pawns? Prince Charles and his younger brother Prince Andrew have never got on very well. As children, the two were distant primarily due to their age differences (Andrew is 11 years Charles’s junior, and Charles was at boarding school from the age of 8) but as the years have gone on, that separation has been replaced by a jealousy on Andrew’s part. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thedailybeast/articles/~3/CAPNF9NIdyE/inside-the-royal-war-between-prince-charles-and-prince-andrew.html http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Ring Bought At London Garage Sale Could Be Worth $500K
 
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According to the Huffington Post, while shopping at a garage sale at West Middlesex University Hospital in West London, an unidentified woman may have unwittingly scored a one-of-a-kind discount! The woman purchased a £10 (or approximately $13) diamond ring at the garage sale, and assumed it to be costume jewelry due to its heavy antique setting. But after a jeweler suggested that it may be real, she had it appraised, and was shocked to discover it in fact was a genuine 19th century cushion-cut diamond. Soon afterwards, Sotheby's of London, the revered auction house which specializes in the expensive and historic, confirmed the authenticity of the stone, estimating the 26.27-carat diamond at about $450,000, thanks to its near-flawless color and clarity. http://www.allure.com/story/garage-sale-ring-worth-half-million http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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'Naruto' Headband Saves Man During NYC Subway Attack
 
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Earlier this month, Anthony Durden was riding the New York City subway home after a long day spent at New York Comic Con. The 21-year-old was riding the A train in the early morning hours when a stranger approached him and slashed him with a knife. Durden then hit the attacker in the head, but he didn’t do it unarmed. He used part of his Naruto cosplay he had brought with him to the comic convention, a ninja headband. When the subway came to its next stop, the attacker rushed off the train to an unknown location. Durden exited as well and met up with someone who helped him staunch his laceration. It took more than 20 stitches to treat the wound. http://comicbook.com/2017/10/15/naruto-headband-saves-man-subway-new-york/ http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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How To Properly Prepare Broccoli To Be A Cancer-Fighting Vegetable
 
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Broccoli can help you prevent cancer. Here's how you should prepare it. https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/nutrition/how-to-prepare-broccoli-to-prevent-cancer/ar-BBIUdGm http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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Iran Rejects U.S. Warning Against Space Launches, Ballistic Missiles
 
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According to Reuters, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected a U.S. warning against carrying out space vehicle launches and missile tests, saying they did not violate a U.N. resolution. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a pre-emptive warning to Iran earlier on Thursday against pursuing three planned space rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution. On Twitter, Zarif said that “Iran’s launch of space vehicles - & missile tests - are NOT in violation of (Resolution) 2231. " http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/gkaPfFVax74/iran-rejects-u-s-warning-against-space-launches-ballistic-missiles-idUSKCN1OX1JW http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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