GOP Ditched Tax Talk For Immigration Attacks In Midterms

The What’s more, the analysis shows, many ads in which Republicans do mention taxes didn’t focus on the tax legislation they passed in 2017, which provided a steep tax cut for corporations. Of the GOP ads that referred to taxes, 40 percent also mentioned Pelosi, and 35 percent also raised the subject of health care – often suggesting Democrats would raise taxes to pay for a universal health care system.  Republican messaging on taxes peaked in mid-October, with a majority …

A City In Alaska Stopped Putting Fluoride In Their Water In 2007. Guess What Happened Next?

Juneau, Alaska, may want to rethink their policy on water fluoridation after a paper published in BMC Oral Health found that the average number of carie procedures per child under six has jumped from 1.55 to 2.52 per year since the city voted to stop adding fluoride to the water supply in 2007. Despite a raft of evidence to the contrary, some people believe fluoridated water can cause health problems such as cancer, osteoporosis, Down syndrome, chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, and even lower …

This Weekend’s Eclipse Will Be The First Of Six This Year – Here’s How To See Them All

The new year may have gotten off to a shaky start, but it’s set to get a whole lot better for all you space fans out there. We’ve already seen some incredible developments in the first week of 2019. Right off the bat, New Horizons smashed exploration records with its successful flyby of Ultima Thule, and the next day we were treated to some stunning high-resolution images of the snowman world snapped by the spacecraft on its way past. We’ve …

Woman Who Received Lung Transplant Developed Peanut Allergy From Her Donor

In terms of the effort-to-smugness ratio, becoming an organ donor is probably just about the best thing you can do with your time. It’s easy – you can sign up online if you don’t live somewhere with opt-out laws – it’s incredibly convenient, since you’ll be dead by the time the donation actually happens, and you get to waltz around like you’ve saved the lives of up to eight people, because, well, you genuinely might. But sometimes, in very rare cases, …

Washington, D.C., attorney general is suing Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Your phone may be talking to Facebook, even if you don't use Facebook.Image:  Busakorn Pongparnit/gettyimages A worrying number of popular Android apps share user data with Facebook without user consent, new research from Privacy International shows (via Financial Times).  Here’s the worst part: Staying off Facebook doesn’t protect you from this.   SEE ALSO: Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg quits Facebook, because yeah Privacy International, a London-based charity that focuses on improving people’s personal privacy, examined 34 popular Android apps, …

UK can ‘turn corner’ with Brexit, says May

Corbyn warns of ‘complete Brexit mess’ Sturgeon: EU migrants welcome in Scotland US ambassador issues trade deal warning MPs are due to vote in the Commons in mid-January on the proposals reached with the EU. Downing Street has said there is “still work to do” – as the PM seeks to persuade sceptical Conservative MPs, some of whom believe the agreement does not represent the Brexit the country voted for in 2016. The prime minister is continuing to seek further …

Judge says Affordable Care Act will remain in effect during appeal

(CNN)The federal judge who declared the Affordable Care Act’s individual coverage mandate unconstitutional earlier this month issued an order on Sunday saying despite his previous ruling the law can remain in effect pending appeal. Still, the decision threw the future of health coverage for millions of Americans on the Obamacare exchanges and in Medicaid expansion into doubt. It also threatened to wipe away popular protections for those with pre-existing conditions, as well as measures that save money for senior citizens …

Recent grad diagnosed with paralyzing illness while teaching in Thailand

The family is raising funds to cover the cost of transporting her back to their home in Virginia. (Courtesy) While there is no known cure, treatment options can help ease symptoms and while patients are expected to eventually recover, some may experience lingering weakness, numbness or fatigue. TEEN PERMANENTLY BLINDED AS MYSTERY ILLNESS CAUSES SEVERE SWELLING, BRUISED FACE According to the family’s GoFundMe page, Bradner’s mother was able to fly to Thailand on Christmas Eve to be with her daughter, …

Democrats head into 2019 split on everything but Trump

(CNN)Democrats are coming into control of the House and entering the 2020 presidential primary unified in their opposition to President Donald Trump — but split on almost everything else. Here is a look ahead at some of the debates that will animate the coming year. Getting real about ‘Medicare for all’ “Medicare for all,” a form of single-payer health care, is the party’s most popular big-ticket proposal for delivering on its promise of universal health care — a solution to …

Huge fire at health complex ‘arson’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMore than 60 firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control A fire which ravaged part of a derelict NHS health complex is being treated as a possible arson attack. The blaze broke out at Bedford Health Village on Kimbolton Road, Bedford, at about 18:07 GMT on Thursday. Police believe the fire, which was tackled by dozens of firefighters at its height, was started deliberately. Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said there …

China’s factory sector contracts for the first time since 2016

Hong Kong (CNN Business)China’s slowing economy is ending 2018 on a sour note. In recent months data has suggested that factories are seeing a slowdown in export orders amid trade tensions between the United States and China. “The drivers of China’s slowdown have yet to have their full impact on the economy,” analysts at Moody’s wrote in a research note in December. “This creates a high degree of uncertainty and risk.” Trade wild card The big wild card is how …

Children ‘exceed sugar limit by age 10’

Choosing lower-sugar foods and drinks can make a difference. The recommended daily maximum of sugar for children aged four to six is five cubes or 19g. For children aged seven to 10 this rises to six cubes (24g) and up to seven cubes (30g) for those aged 11 and over. However, UK children are consuming around 13 cubes or 52g of sugar a day, says PHE, based on results from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey. Half of the sugar …

Guatemalan boy who died in US custody had the flu, medical examiner says

(CNN)The 8-year-old Guatemalan migrant who died on Christmas Eve in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection had the flu, according to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. An autopsy showed Felipe tested positive for Influenza B, the medical examiner’s office said Friday. Influenza B is among the viruses that cause seasonal epidemics most winters in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Felipe was the second Guatemalan child to die in …

If you have a problem with the ‘snooze’ button, this alarm clock is for you

Image: Henrique Simplicio/Flickr When your alarm went off this morning, did you leap cheerfully out of bed like some kind of psychopath… or did you do the predictable thing and hit that snooze button?  Love it or hate it — or even love to hate it — the snooze button is as much a part of our modern morning routine as breakfast radio shows and scoffing cereal. SEE ALSO: 5 ways to clean your computer keyboard — Clarification Please But …

Shine brings its female-focused self-care app to Android

Shine, one of the many apps capitalizing on the growing self-care trend, has now brought to Android devices its app used by 3 million people. Originally launched as a simple messaging bot that doled out life advice and motivation, Shine has grown over the years to become a larger self-help platform aimed largely at the millennial crowd — and, in particular, millennial women. As of Shine’s $5 million Series A round last April, the app’s user base was 70 percent …