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China is about to launch its second aircraft carrier. That could come as soon as this week, but a publicity campaign involving the country’s first aircraft carrier has produced some unexpected results. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyfSsgCrjb0 Researchers in Southern California say they've uncovered evidence that humans lived there 130,000 years ago. If it's true, it would be the oldest sign of humans in the Americas ever — predating the best evidence up to now by about 115,000 years. And the claim has scientists wondering whether to believe it or not. In 1992, archaeologists working a highway construction site in San Diego County found the partial skeleton of a mastodon, an elephant-like animal now extinct. Mastodon skeletons aren't so unusual, but there was other strange stuff with it. "The remains were in association with a number of sharply broken rocks and broken bones," says Tom Deméré , a paleontologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum. He says the rocks showed clear marks of having been used as hammers and an anvil. And some of the mastodon bones as well as a tooth showed fractures characteristic of being whacked, apparently with those stones. It looke..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFbCRbiRVSY A U.S. missile defense system that's now being installed in South Korea will be operational "in the coming days," says Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis have said all options are on the table to counter what Harris called "the reckless North Korean regime" in his testimony Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee. But Harris also stated, "We want to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not to his knees." Hours before the admiral spoke to members of Congress, parts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system, or THAAD, began the trip to their deployment site in a rural part of South Korea. "The overnight, unannounced operation came just six days after U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) secured the land in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, from the South Korean government," the Yonhap News Agency reports. Large components of the U.S. THAAD system began
For more than four decades, Jonathan Demme threaded a diverse path through the film industry — beginning as a publicist, filming everything from documentaries to comedic sendups, and finally earning the status of Oscar-winning elder statesman. He was 73. The director died Wednesday in Manhattan from complications of esophageal cancer, his publicist, 42 West, confirmed the death to NPR. Demme made films such as The Silence of the Lambs and Stop Making Sense that have helped define their respective genres. Yet despite these accomplishments — which also include the film Philadelphia — Demme never set out to become a director. Far from it, in fact: He wanted to be a veterinarian. But, as he told NPR in 2007 , that goal ran into trouble when he flunked out of college chemistry pretty much immediately. After a semester of writing movie review for his campus newspaper, he left college for a publicity job with B-movie master Roger Corman. "I met Roger Corman, who said, 'Well, you can writ..
A former soldier and her boyfriend are facing felony charges after police say she tied her service dog to a tree and shot it several times in the head while her boyfriend videotaped the act.
Ann Coulter will not speak Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley, Coulter said Wednesday on her verified Twitter account.
(CNN) -- Ann Coulter will not speak Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley, Coulter said Wednesday on her verified Twitter account. The conservative writer and speaker blamed the school in a series of tweets. A...
Head Coach Nick Rolovich and former Olympian Kevin Wong lend their voice to the "Hawaii Says No More" cause. They say more men need to join the charge against domestic violence and sexual abuse...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing “the biggest tax cut” ever even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill promises of bringing jobs and prosperity to the middle class. White House officials on Wednesday were to release broad outlines of a tax overhaul that would provide massive tax cuts to businesses big and small. The top tax rate for individuals would drop by a few percentage points, from 39.6 percent to the “mid-30s,” according to an official with knowledge of the plan. Small business owners would see their top tax rate go from 39.6 percent to 15 percent, said the official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the proposal before the White House announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, in a Wednesday morning speech, said the proposed overhaul would amount to “the biggest tax cut” and the “largest tax reform” in U.S. history. White House officials already have said the top corpora..
A Russian lawyer investigating an alleged $230 million money-laundering scheme nearly died in March after he fell from his fourth floor apartment in Moscow.
Anyone with any sense knows that the future of the GOP (or any political party for that matter) lies with the younger generation. Time for some new blood, new perspectives and a lot of collaboration. Andria Tupola is exactly what the GOP needs. Here is her impressive interview on Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker.
The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) will host a third community workshop on Wednesday, April 26, to present the Public Review Draft of the Airport Area Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Āliamanu Middle School Cafeteria, 3271 Salt Lake Boulevard. Light refreshments will be provided. The draft plan is the result of input gathered at community workshops, stakeholder meetings, public comments submitted to the DPP, and a survey of area residents, employers and employees. The plan addresses new development, pedestrian and traffic improvements, and public spaces around the future Pearl Harbor, Honolulu International Airport, and Lagoon Drive rail stations. This neighborhood embodies a broad mix of industrial, commercial, military, and residential uses, and it serves as the gateway to the island for arriving air travelers. The Airport Area TOD Draft Plan recommendations include: New mixed-use communities on underutilized lands nea..
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This newly discovered exoplanet may be Earth's twin in terms of mass and the distance from its host star, but you wouldn't want to visit. Researchers say it's an "iceball."
The Washington, D.C. Holocaust Memorial Museum wasn't the only one to have a special guest speaker for Yom Hashoah, one of the Holocaust Remembrance Days.
If all goes to plan, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will beam new images of Saturn and its rings to Earth early Thursday, sharing data from its first dive through the gap between the planet and its striped belt of ice and rock particles. Today's dive also marks the start of the final phase in the craft's 13-year visit to Saturn. Days ago, it used the gravity of Saturn's moon Titan to bend its path toward its eventual destruction on the planet. Cassini descended below the ring plane around 5 a.m. ET Wednesday, but the antenna it would normally use to send images is instead being used to deflect potentially harmful objects away from its instruments. As it performed the move, the craft's Twitter feed announced, "Shields Up!" "Because that gap is a region no spacecraft has ever explored, Cassini will use its dish-shaped high-gain antenna (13 feet or 4 meters across) as a protective shield while passing through the ring plane," NASA says. "No particles larger than smoke ..
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Head Coach Nick Rolovich and former Olympian Kevin Wong lend their voice to the "Hawaii Says No More" cause. They say more men need to join the charge against domestic violence and sexual abuse...
Chinese officials smashed a bottle of champagne on the bow of their second aircraft carrier Wednesday, launching what the Defense Ministry calls the country's first "homemade" carrier — which took less than four years to build. The as-yet-unnamed carrier joins the Liaoning, a repurposed 1980s-era Soviet ship that was bought from Ukraine and launched in 2012. Together, the Chinese ships represent a new dimension in the increasingly crowded waters in and around Asia, where claims and counter-claims have been made on islands and shipping routes. As NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing, the new carrier's launch is being greeted as an important milestone for China and its military. "It allows China to project power far off-shore, and protect its expanding overseas interests," Anthony says. "The U.S., meanwhile, has 10 carriers, and it's been building an operating them for the better part of a century." China's military launched the carrier from the Dalian shipyar..
Appliance manufacturers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., today to celebrate a popular energy efficiency program , even as it's slated for elimination in President Trump's proposed budget. You probably know the program's little blue label with the star — the Environmental Protection Agency says 90 percent of U.S. households do. "The Energy Star brand has brand recognition on par with, like, Coke and Pepsi," says Steve Byers, CEO of EnergyLogic. His company, which is among those receiving an Energy Star award at this year's event, inspects buildings to make sure they qualify for the program's seal of approval. "This is a very successful program," he says. "I don't know what more one could want out of a government program." In fact, the 25-year-old Energy Star program appears to be targeted simply because it's run by the federal government. It's one of 50 EPA programs that would be axed under Trump's budget plan , which would shrink t..