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Joint Press Release from Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on the Second Round of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue

5:22 pm Eastern | Weather

Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso met today for the second round of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue. At today’s meeting, Vice President Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Aso, as Chairs of the Economic Dialogue, affirmed the importance of strengthening bilateral economic, trade, and investment ties. Fostering strong domestic demand-driven growth and fair trade practices can expand trade and foreign direct investment between our two countries that contribute to economic growth and job creation and result in more balanced trade. Both sides committed to build on momentum in the Dialogue to demonstrate progress in the near future. Common Strategy on Trade and Investment Rules/Issues Technical-level work is underway that is to (1) result in more effective enforcement activities against unfair trade practices by third countries, as well as (2) identify new areas of common interest for promoting higread more »

Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan, study finds

5:02 pm Eastern | World

People who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogramme of weight they carry, research suggests.read more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves South Carolina Disaster Declaration

4:51 pm Eastern | Weather

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma from September 6 to September 13, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Irma in the counties of Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Edgefield, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, McCormick, Oconee, and Pickens. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Warren J. Riley as the Federal Coordinating Offiread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Joint Press Conference

4:48 pm Eastern | Weather

Rose Garden 1:47 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I just want to say that we just spent quite a bit of time inside with the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been a friend of mine for a long time, long before my world of politics, early into his world of politics, I think. But we've been friends for a long time. We are probably now, despite what we read, we're probably now -- I think, at least as far as I'm concerned -- closer than ever before. And the relationship is very good. We're fighting for the same thing. We're fighting for lower taxes, big tax cuts, the biggest tax cuts in the history of our nation. We're fighting for tax reform, as part of that. We are getting close to healthcare. We'll come up in the early- to mid-part of next year. We're going to have a vote; I think we already have the votes. We feel confident we have the votes. We pretty much knoread more »

2017-10-16 13:54:38 UPDATED: (M4.5) Bering Sea 63.2 -172.5 (29192)

4:46 pm Eastern | U.S. News

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2017-10-16 13:54:37 UPDATED: (M4.8) Bering Sea 63.1 -172.3 (29192)

12:51 pm Eastern | U.S. News

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Finally! A solution to office thermostat wars

12:05 pm Eastern | World

No matter the season, thermostat wars rage in offices worldwide. Workers bicker over the temperature, alternately complaining that it's too hot or too cold. Concordia researchers may have developed a solution.read more »

Formidable Shield 2017: Ship Engages BMD Target During NATO Exercise, MDA and Navy Conduct SM-6 Test Launch

10:03 am Eastern | Weather

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a ballistic missile target as well as three anti-ship cruise missiles Oct. 15, 2017.read more »

GDACS daily newsletter for 16/10/2017

16 Oct 02:12 | Weather

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2017-10-16 00:27:27 (M4.3) Kuril Islands 46.5 150.4 (29192)

15 Oct 21:25 | World

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2017-10-15 06:50:30 (M4.1) Pribilof Islands, Alaska region 56.5 -168.3 (29192)

15 Oct 17:55 | SciTech

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Green alert: earthquake M 4.5 in Russian Federation on 10/15/2017 6:33:57 AM

15 Oct 03:04 | U.S. News

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System M 4.5 in Russian Federation on 15 Oct 2017 06:33 UTCread more »

2017-10-15 06:33:57 (M4.5) Kuril Islands 49.4 155.2 (29192)

15 Oct 02:57 | World

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2017-10-13 23:31:50 (M4.7) Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 52.5 -169.8 (29192)

13 Oct 19:51 | World

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2017-10-13 16:24:48 (m4.4) Komandorskiye Ostrova Region 55.7 164.6 (29192)

13 Oct 14:41 | SciTech

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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - October 12, 2017

13 Oct 07:57 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC October 12, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT VENEZUELA DEPARTMENT/TRAVEL read more »

2017-10-13 08:00:51 (M4.8) Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 52.1 -170.1 (29192)

13 Oct 04:16 | U.S. News

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2017-10-13 07:10:34 (M4.1) Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 51.5 -178.3 (29192)

13 Oct 03:45 | SciTech

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GDACS daily newsletter for 13/10/2017

13 Oct 02:11 | Weather

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Green alert: earthquake M 4.5 in Russian Federation on 10/13/2017 3:06:19 AM

12 Oct 23:38 | U.S. News

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2017-10-13 03:06:19 (M4.5) Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia region 55.5 166.3 (29192)

12 Oct 23:34 | U.S. News

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World's 'better' countries have higher rates of cancer

12 Oct 15:08 | World

The world's "better" countries, with greater access to healthcare, experience much higher rates of cancer incidence than the world's "worse off" countries, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.read more »

Indictment: Mother Took Children And Fled to Russia

12 Oct 14:53 | U.S. News

Kansas City News has been updated: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/kansascity/news/press-releases/indictment-mother-took-children-and-fled-to-russia

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Study exposes the dark side of coffee cultivation in Uganda

12 Oct 09:12 | World

New research led by Kelly Austin, associate professor of sociology at Lehigh, explores unequal exchange in the coffee industry. She cites a range of negative consequences that coffee cultivation contributes to, including: malaria vulnerability, decreased participation in schooling, gender inequalities, and environmental degradation in Bududa, Uganda.read more »

2017-10-12 08:23:03 (M4.8) Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska 52.1 -170.2 (29192)

12 Oct 04:46 | World

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Press Releases: Spain National Day

11 Oct 19:38 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 11, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Spain as you celebrate your National Day. The United States and Spain are great friends and close allies. As the President said during his September 26 meeting with President Rajoy, the deep relationship between our two peoples is a strong foundation for lasting cooperation. Oread more »

Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in 4 decades

11 Oct 15:15 | World

The number of obese children and adolescents (aged 5 to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades, according to a new study led by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO). read more »

What Googlers were up to at GHC ‘17

11 Oct 13:38 | World

The 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing wrapped up last week. The largest conference for women in tech with more than 18,000 attendees, it’s also one of our favorite moments of the year for Google. Eight hundred Googlers joined the thousands of other attendees at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, to demonstrate some of our products, meet aspiring Googlers, and connect with talented women (and men) from around the world. Here’s a quick glimpse at what we did at GHC ‘17: read more »

What Googlers were up to at GHC ‘17

11 Oct 13:38 | World

The 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing wrapped up last week. The largest conference for women in tech with more than 18,000 attendees, it’s also one of our favorite moments of the year for Google. Eight hundred Googlers joined the thousands of other attendees at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, to demonstrate some of our products, meet aspiring Googlers, and connect with talented women (and men) from around the world. Here’s a quick glimpse at what we did at GHC ‘17: read more »

Google industrial designer Alberto Villarreal talks hardware, mole and marathons

11 Oct 13:35 | World

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating the fascinating stories and important contributions of our Hispanic Googlers—their histories, their families, and what keeps them busy inside and outside of work. Next up is Alberto Villarreal, creative lead for hardware and student of his wife (a historian) and 6-year-old daughter, who teach him about history and how to speak German, respectively. Give us the 10-second version of what you do at Google.I lead a team of industrial designers responsible for defining the creative direction of Google’s hardware mobile devices. We launched our latest work—the Pixel 2 phone, the Pixelbook laptop and PixelBook Pen—last week.  read more »

Celebrating Coming Out Day: Portraits of LGBTQ+ Googlers

11 Oct 12:00 | Media

As someone who identifies as non-binary, transgender and gay, I’ve come out a lot. As the co-creator of a "Transgender 101" course that introduces Googlers to trans issues, I come out to my coworkers every time I facilitate a session. Yet I still feel nervous every single time I do it. Growing up in Orange County, CA, I didn’t know any gay people in my high school and I never saw any gay people who seemed like me. For years, I hated myself, wishing I could be straight and “normal."Ironically, it was while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Gambia, a country where being gay is punishable by death, that I made my first LGBTQ+ friends and felt proud of being gay.  read more »

Look up to your role models in VR with “The Female Planet”

11 Oct 12:00 | World

I grew up surrounded by strong female role models. My mom worked on Wall Street in the 1960s as an IBM Systems Engineer, one of the only women in her field. From day one, her stories about preparation, mental toughness, and teamwork helped me determine aspirations for my own career. When I was a bit older I had a summer internship and shadowed a female broadcast journalist at the top of her career, sparking my interest in media. Now in my role at Google, I want to use VR technology to make it easier for young women to shadow and learn from global female leaders.We just released “The Female Planet,” a new VR video series from Google and Surround Vision, that captures the daily lives of amazing female role models around the world. “The Female Planet” delves into the personread more »

Giving banks a friendly, modern makeover with digital signage: Heritage Bank

11 Oct 12:00 | Media

Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Jane Calder, General Manager of Marketing at Heritage Bank, Australia’s largest customer-owned bank with over 60 branches throughout Queensland. As part of a refurbishment of its branches, Heritage Bank used Chrome OS and Chromeboxes to power video walls and interactive touchscreens to guide customers in making key financial decisions.As a customer-owned bank, we’re passionate about delivering great customer experiences. So when we set out to revitalize the design of our bank branch network, we wanted to remove barriers that come between staff and customers. Customers come to us to have life-changing conversations, like how to buy their first homes and how to save up for their children’s college education. The digital screens now in place across over a third of our network, along with the interactive kiosks in over a dozen brancheread more »

Celebrating Coming Out Day: Portraits of LGBTQ+ Googlers

11 Oct 12:00 | Media

As someone who identifies as non-binary, transgender and gay, I’ve come out a lot. As the co-creator of a "Transgender 101" course that introduces Googlers to trans issues, I come out to my coworkers every time I facilitate a session. Yet I still feel nervous every single time I do it. Growing up in Orange County, CA, I didn’t know any gay people in my high school and I never saw any gay people who seemed like me. For years, I hated myself, wishing I could be straight and “normal."Ironically, it was while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Gambia, a country where being gay is punishable by death, that I made my first LGBTQ+ friends and felt proud of being gay.  read more »

Making sense of the Arab Spring

11 Oct 11:51 | SciTech

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Mass extinctions led to low species diversity, dinosaur rule

11 Oct 09:09 | World

Two of the earth's five mass extinction events - times when more than half of the world's species died - resulted in the survival of a low number of so-called "weedy" species that spread their sameness across the world as the Earth recovered from these dramatic upheavals. read more »

2017-10-11 00:12:17 (M4.1) Caspian Sea 42.3 48.6 (29192)

10 Oct 20:39 | U.S. News

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

10 Oct 18:49 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to address ways to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon. President Trump underscored the need to work together to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its malign and destabilizing activities, especially its sponsorship of terrorism and its development of threatening missiles.Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford.  The briefing and discussion focused on a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons. read more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 11, 2017, as the 88th anniversary of General Pulaski Memorial Day

10 Oct 18:36 | World

GENERAL PULASKI MEMORIAL DAY, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Today, we commemorate General Casimir Pulaski, a Polish immigrant whose heroic contributions to the American Revolutionary War helped shape our Nation's history. Known as the "Father of the American Cavalry," General Pulaski demonstrated bravery as a soldier and exceptional leadership as a military officer. General Pulaski is internationally renowned for having supported and fought for independence and freedom, both in his native Poland and in the United States. Born into Polish nobility, General Pulaski and his family fought to preserve a free and self-governing Poland. Exiled from his country after a failed uprising against Russian control of Poland, the Marquis de Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin recruited General Pulaski to join the read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 10/10/2017, #21

10 Oct 16:45 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:14 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon. I hope everybody had a nice Columbus Day. Got to take a little break. I'm sure you missed me. Let me start by saying that our hearts go out to the people of California who are enduring the wildfires taking place now. The loss of homes and burning of precious land is heartbreaking, but the loss of life is truly devastating. Last night, the President spoke with Governor Jerry Brown, and today he approved an expedited major disaster declaration for California, along with Fire Management Assistance Grants. The administration is working closely with state and local officials to ensure the people of California are receiving the support they need. Staying on the disaster relief front, I'd like to share some positive news from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands today. School resumed in the U.S. Virgin Islands thread more »

Press Releases: Under Secretary Shannon Travel to New York

10 Oct 16:23 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 10, 2017 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will travel to New York City, October 10–11. In New York, Under Secretary Shannon will deliver the keynote address at the Latin America, United States and Spain in the Global Economy Forum, hosted jointly by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce and El País. For further information regarding the Forum, please visit read more »

Air pollution exposure on home-to-school routes reduces the growth of working memory

10 Oct 15:22 | World

A study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has demonstrated that exposure to air pollution on the way to school can have damaging effects on children's cognitive development.read more »

NASA Announces Briefing on Carbon Mission Science Results

10 Oct 13:49 | SciTech

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 12, to discuss new research to be published this week on changing global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The research is based on data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission and other satellites.read more »

NASA TV to Broadcast Hispanic Heritage Event

10 Oct 13:03 | SciTech

NASA will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the James Webb Auditorium in the agency’s headquarters in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 12, with a discussion of the contributions of Hispanics to NASA’s mission and the importance of Hispanic representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.read more »

NASA to Televise International Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking

10 Oct 09:10 | SciTech

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft delivering almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station beginning at 5:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 12.read more »

NASA to Televise International Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking

10 Oct 09:10 | SciTech

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft delivering almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station beginning at 5:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 12.read more »

Global unemployment passes 200 million in 2017

10 Oct 09:08 | World

More than 200 million people are out of work around the world – an increase of 3.4 million since last year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said, calling for policies that can recharge “sluggish” growth of small and medium-sized businesses.read more »

The Agoraphobic Traveller shares her Street View portraits

10 Oct 08:00 | SciTech

Editor’s note: Jacqui Kenny is a New Zealander who now lives in London, U.K. On World Mental Health Day, we asked Jacqui to tell her story about a surprising use of Street View.For over 20 years I have lived with severe anxiety, and eight years ago I was diagnosed with agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations where you might feel panicked, trapped, helpless or embarrassed. Sometimes walking to my local supermarket can be a challenge, let alone traveling far from home.Almost two years ago, after closing down a decade-old business I had co-founded, I lost confidence in myself, and my agoraphobia worsened. I wasn’t ready to face the world, but I knew I needed a creative outlet to help keep the negative thoughts away. I found a surprising and unique refuge in the creative possibilities of Google Street View. As I clicked through Google Maread more »

Gluten Intolerance Appears Largely Undiagnosed In Canada

9 Oct 16:08 | World

Research on a large sample of Canadians suggests that most people with celiac disease don't know they have it.read more »

Gluten Intolerance Appears Largely Undiagnosed In Canada

9 Oct 16:08 | World

Research on a large sample of Canadians suggests that most people with celiac disease don't know they have it.read more »

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