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Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Today in History

Robert Francois Damiens makes an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King Louis XV of France.
Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the U.S. government. His U.S. revolver patent will give him a monopoly on the manufacturing of revolvers until 1857, and during the Civil War his factory in Hartford, Connecticut, will supply firearms to both the North and the South.
Union General Henry Halleck, by direction of Lincoln, orders General Ulysses Grant to revoke his infamous General Order No. 11 that expelled Jews from his operational area.
Utah becomes the 45th state of the Union.
France offers to sell their Nicaraguan Canal rights to the United States.
The U.S. Supreme Court decides in the Gonzales v. Williams case that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and can enter the United States freely, yet stops short of awarding citizenship.
The Negro National League, the first black baseball league, is organized by Rube Foster.
The Paris Conference on war reparations hits a deadlock as the French insist on the hard line and the British insist on Reconstruction.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt claims in his State of the Union message that the federal government will provide jobs for 3.5 million Americans on welfare.
Billboard magazine publishes its first music Hit Parade.
On the Greek-Albanian front, the Greeks launch an attack towards Valona from Berat to Klisura against the Italians.
Japanese forces begin the evacuation of Guadalcanal.
UN forces abandon Seoul, Korea, to the Chinese Communist Army.
The French Army in Indochina launches Operation Nenuphar in hopes of ejecting a Viet Minh division from the Ba Tai forest.
Spain returns the Ifni province to Morocco.
A 7.7 earthquake kills 15,000+ people in Tonghai County, China.
Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England.
Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
The Khmer Rouge launches its newest assault in its five-year war in Phnom Penh. The war in Cambodia would go on until the spring of 1975.
The Ulster Volunteer Force kills six Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The next day 10 Protestant civilians are murdered in retaliation.
Ohio officials approve an out-of-court settlement awarding $675,000 to the victims and families in the 1970 shootings at Kent State University, in which four students were killed and nine wounded by National Guard troops.
Over 300 people die and more than 700 are injured in Pakistan’s deadliest train accident, when an overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train.
Jesse “The Body” Ventura, a former professional wrestler, is sworn in as the populist governor of Minnesota.
The euro, the new currency of 11 nations, goes into effect on the continent of Europe.
NASA’s Mars rover Spirit successfully lands on Mars.
Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the Rose Revolution of November 2003.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) becomes the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Burj Khalifa (Khalifa tower) officially opens in Dubai, UAE. At 2,722 ft (829.8 m) it is the world’s tallest man-made structure.

Concentration Camps for African Migrants Are Popping Up Across Libya

Chocolate may go extinct in the next 40 years

Chocolate could reportedly vanish as early as 2050. This revelation has led scientists from the University of California at Berkeley to work with Virginia-based manufacturer Mars, Incorporated to save the cacao plant from disappearing.

Large part of Earth could become desert by 2050

More than 25 percent of Earth will experience serious drought and desertification by the year 2050 if the attempts made by the Paris climate agreement to curb global warming are not met, according to a  new study by the journal Nature Climate Change.

Feeling Burned Out?

Too much screening has misled us about real cancer risk factors

The best-known downside of cancer screening, such as PSA tests for prostate cancer and mammograms for breast cancer, is that they often flag cancers that pose no risk, leading to over-diagnosis and unnecessary, even harmful, treatment. But widespread screening for "scrutiny-dependent" cancers - those for which the harder you look the more you find, and the more of what you find is harmless - causes another problem, two leading cancer experts argue in a paper published on Monday: increasing the apparent incidence of some cancers. That in turn is misleading doctors and the public about what increases people's risk of developing cancers - or at least the types of cancer that matter.

Big Myths Sold by the Defenders of Capitalism

Why Silicon Valley Loves to Stereotype the Sherpa

Silicon Valley’s Capitalist Greed Continues to Cheat Creators and Rob American Culture

The U.S. Economy Is Far More Fragile Than It Looks

From Bloody Drug War to Legal Pot

This Is the Next Battle Frontier in the War Against Body Shaming

Here's How to Stop Hate Groups from Spreading

Pennsylvania mom sues teachers for mocking disabled daughter in voicemail

The trio of teachers in Washington County’s McGuffey School District allegedly mocked Beth Suhon’s daughter struggles with Turner’s Syndrome, a chromosomal condition that targets women and causes developmental as well as learning disabilities.
A Vermont judge on Tuesday tossed out a case against 20-year-old University of Vermont student Wesley Richter after he was accused of using “explicitly racist and threatening language” to target African-American students.

Man charged with beating stepson to death over cookie

A man in Florida has been charged with murdering his stepson—over a cookie.
Jack Junior Montgomery, 31, of Tampa, Florida was charged Sunday with felony first-degree murder for the killing of his 7-year-old stepson, Brice Russell. The family was living at the Masters Inn in Seffner, Florida, WFLA reported.

Georgia police arrest 70 partygoers after no one owns up to bringing less than an ounce of weed

Early on the morning of December 31, 2017, police in the Atlanta suburb of Cartersville arrested 70 people at a house party because no one would claim ownership of a stash of marijuana.

Wichita cop responding to 911 suicide call shoots 9-year-old girl in the forehead

Less than one week after a Wichita Police Department officer fatally shot an innocent citizen in a “swatting” prank, a second officer has been placed on administrative leave after shooting another innocent citizen.

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