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Dogs Respond to Words and Inflection

Regarding other domestic pets, researchers say those animals are harder to test due to their lack of interest in human speech. "If dog brains also process what we say, then we have to re-think what makes words uniquely human", said Attila Andics , from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and author of the study .

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Italy natural disaster: Death toll passes 240 as rescue efforts continue

Another 46 died in Arquata, and 11 in Accumoli . A violent aftershock on Thursday afternoon sent rescuers fleeing as stones fell from the already severely damaged bell tower of the 15th century church of St Augustine in Amatrice . "We just wanted to make sure everybody was okay". In Accumoli , one witness told ANSA that fire and police teams looking for a young couple and two children in a pile of rubble were alternating earth-moving equipment with individuals using bare hands.

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Obama visits far-flung Midway Atoll in conservation push

U.S. President Barack Obama will strive to put some final touches on key elements of his foreign- policy agenda and log progress on unfinished priorities as he leaves for Asia on Friday to plunge into a month of worldwide summits. Obama hopes to further solidify his climate agenda when he travels onward from Midway to the Group of 20 summit in China. Environmental groups have been pushing both leaders to use the visit to formally enter their nations into the sweeping global climate deal ...

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Samsung updates smartwatch with GPS, calls for help

Samsung's Gear S family has been growing at a steady rate ever since the first wearable made its way to wrists, and now there are two new additions to welcome. The watch is IP68 rated for water and dust protection. The G3 Classic though has a simple design, while the G3 Frontier has a rugged look with flashy bands and a bigger display.

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Germany accuses Fiat of using illegal emissions device: government documents

Fiat Chrysler's August sales were marked by five Jeep brand driven by 41 percent jump in Jeep Cherokee sales. This week's letter to the European Commission, which was seen by Reuters , said that tests by German authorities on the Fiat 500X, Fiat Doblo and Jeep Renegade could prove the "illegal use of a device to switch off exhaust treatment systems" and urged the Commission to consult with Italian authorities to resolve the issue.

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Feds reviewing use of private immigration facilities

The council's report is due by November 30th. The "other shoe" has dropped on private companies that run federal prisons and immigrant detention centers, putting the future of several Texas facilities in question. The Department of Homeland Security is rethinking its reliance on for-profit prisons. The facilities grew out of a time when "tough on crime" policies brought federal prisons more inmates than they could house.

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Hurricane Hermine slams Florida, leaving thousands without power

Tropical storm or hurricane force winds are expected to reach the Gulf Coast by Thursday afternoon. With this latest trend, the storm would be felt the most across the coastline with heavy rain of 6+ inches and strong wind gusts from the Outer Banks of North Carolina through the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and the Delmarva Peninsula.

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Faced with crunch, Tesla plans to raise additional cash this year

The expansion of the Fremont factory for the Model 3 assembly is believed to be the main driver of Tesla's capital expenditure in the second half of 2016. Regulators made a decision to investigate the accident and Tesla's Autopilot system. With an impending update, the restrictions will become just a tad more restrictive.

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SpaceX launch pad explosion also destroys Facebook's satellite

In a post on Facebook , CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was "deeply disappointed". Zuckerberg noted that he has other technologies to help connect people. The rocket was performing a test firing when it exploded at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Falcon 9 blew up shortly after 9 a.m. during a test for a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is next to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delayed after phones 'catch fire'

The company recently launched an investigation into users' claims that the Note 7 has a tendency to explode while charging. Sister company Samsung SDI , the main battery supplier of these large-screen phones, said it was waiting for results of an investigation into the problem.

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Florida braces for first hurricane in more than a decade

Tropical Storm Hermine has strengthened into a hurricane as it heads towards Florida , forecasters have said. Unless we see another major shift in the forecast track, rain totals Friday could likely range from 4 to 6 inches in the central and southern Midlands with locally higher amounts possible.

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Hurricane Lester enters Central Pacific as Category 3 storm

But it's expected to remain a hurricane as it passes the state, Chevalier said. Giuseppe Manone boards up the windows of a store in Hilo, Hawaii as Hurricane Madeline approached the Big Island on Wednesday, Aug. He says Lester could begin affecting the islands Friday night. But if the storm track shifts slightly to the north, the eye of the storm could pass over land.

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Elon Musk Says Tesla Autopilot Is Getting an Upgrade Within Weeks

The company, through a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, is looking to raise cash through an equity offering or a debt offering. Two payment options: Tesla will offer both a pay-per-use option and a lifetime option. For now, the Tesla Model 3 starts with a price of $35,000 before incentives. Additionally, Tesla calls for more funds to support the capital needs arising from its $2.6 billion acquisition of struggling sister company SolarCity .

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Brady to serve as honorary co-captain at alma mater

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after throwing an interception during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants on Thursday, Sept. The last Super Bowl champion to finish with a losing preseason record was ... the Giants in 2007. The Patriots and Giants closed out the preseason against each other for the 12th straight season.

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Mel Brooks pays tribute to Gene Wilder

Brooks told Wilder about this idea he had for a movie. Brooks collaborated with Wilder as director in several comedy classics including The Producers , Blazing Saddles , and Young Frankenstein . "It's kind of like losing a parent", Ostrum told Variety . "And the big number in it is 'Springtime for Hitler .' Yeah, you're gonna get the money! ".

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Crowd Views on: Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), Alcoa Inc (NYSE:AA)

This represents a $2.26 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.32%. Silliman Craig L. offloaded 672 shares in the company at a per-share price of $52.76 and ended up generating $35,450 in proceeds. Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 26th. Relative strength index (RSI-14) for Verizon Communications Inc .

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Thank to President Obama for creating a safe zone for tuna, sea

U.S. President Barack Obama greets military personnel after he arrives on Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Honolulu . But it was also timed as Obama makes his way to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and other world leaders in his last visit to Asia, having sought to refocus US defence and trade policy on the region.

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Pope Francis says care of environment a new 'work of mercy'

Instituted by Pope Francis in 2015 shortly after the release of his environmental encyclical " Laudato Si ", the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation takes place each year on September 1. The message, titled "Show Mercy to our Common Home", reflects on the day of prayer as an occasion for Christians to "reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation" and to thank God "for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care".

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Nigerian Military Says Boko Haram Commanders Killed In Latest Airstrikes

They were identified as Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman. The statement, signed by army spokesperson Col. Sani Kukaskeka Usman, says the attack took place while militants were praying in a village near their base in northeast Nigeria, and that it was "the most unprecedented and spectacular air raid".

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Google is giving up on modular phones for now, suspends Project Ara

The move is a serious backflip for the search giant given that it announced in May that it was not only moving forward with Project Ara but would be bringing it to market "later this year" with a developer edition in the fourth quarter. Google's spokesperson has chosen not to comment on this matter. It'd not only help lengthen the overall lifespan of the gadget but also reduce the e-waste generated by old phones.

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Tropical Storm Hermine has formed in Gulf of Mexico

As of the 1 p.m. Wednesday update , the storm is moving north at only 2 miles per hour. As of 5 a.m. ET, a hurricane watch was in effect from Florida's Anclote River to Indian Pass - with a tropical storm warning in effect from the former to the Walton/Bay County line.

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Android Nougat is Here, Here's How to Get it Early

Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to go into the app itself. The new OS version will offer users more productivity options, better battery life and is said to be more secure than the previous avatars. Still, it's probably a good idea to backup any important data before applying an update manually , whether you're using a custom recovery or adb to do it.

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Clinton camp raises record $143 million in August

Trump has 40 percent in the poll , edging out Clinton's 39 percent. Trump, of course, has always been the more unpopular of the two presidential nominees, and he remains so; 35 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of him, compared to 63 percent unfavorable.

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Astronauts take 2nd spacewalk in 2 weeks for radiator work

The palm-sized MiniON DNA sequencer , built by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, could eventually open the way for full-fledged experiments studying how space radiation might scramble the genes of earthly organisms. The portable MinION device works with consumable flow cells that contain the proprietary nanopore sensing apparatus required to perform experiments. The device can also help astronauts diagnose illness in space and allow them to identify disease-causing microbes on the ISS.

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Russian Federation claims killing Islamic State leader in Syria air strike

The Amaq news agency, considered the Islamic State's media outlet, tweeted that al-Adnani died while surveying military operations in the city of Aleppo, The Washington Post reported . Russian Federation subsequently said one of their airstrikes was what killed the top Daesh fighter. Meanwhile, an unnamed USA defense official who spoke to CNN described the claim as "laughable".

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Alaska plane accident: 'No survivors' in midair collision over Russian Mission

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating, reports say. Reports reaching here on Thursday quoted troopers as citing responders at the scene northwest of the village of Russian Mission, 375 miles, or 603 kilometers, west of Anchorage, that all five people on board the two planes were killed.

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Florida: SpaceX rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral ahead of launch

As part of its routine preparations for the launch, the company does what's called a "static fire test", which means it burns the rocket's engines while holding it in place with tethers. It was one of the rockets that has been recycled after a successful drone barge landing - SpaceX hopes to be able to re-use such equipment for the first time ever, potentially vastly reducing the costs of space travel.

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USA to urge G20 to boost economies, pay attention to angry citizens

Kritenbrink recalled the previous engagements between the two Presidents, including their first informal summit held at the Sunnylands estate in California in 2013, Obama's state visit to Beijing in 2014 and Xi's state visit to the U.S. Countries such as Brazil and Ukraine are now going through domestic steps toward ratification, he said, though getting the deal approved in the European Union will be more complex, as every member state needs to agree first.

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All donated blood in United States will be tested for Zika

Zika has been found in Central and South America, and on some Caribbean islands. No such cases have been reported in the United States. The statement said three other suspect cases - two from a family who live in the area and another individual who works nearby - had preliminarily tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus based on their urine samples.

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Hurricane Hermine to Batter Florida, US East Coast Braces for Extreme Storm

The hazardous weather is the latest blow to the state's tourism industry, weeks after Florida confirmed cases of the Zika virus on both coasts, which dented travel to the region from expectant mothers and others. The storm surge watch/warning graphic highlights spots with the highest risk for "life-threatening inundation from storm surge ", the service said.

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Obama: Four Houston drug offenders among 111 to be released early

Obama has focused on granting clemency for inmates convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and serving sentences that, if those same people were found guilty today, would not be as long. If we have any hope of reducing this trend, we need to not only champion criminal justice reform, but also change our perceptions of inmates and ex-offenders.

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Facebook's mission to spread internet fails as SpaceX rocket explodes

On Wednesday, it said it had signed its first customer to use a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket, but that launch was not due until later this year. The explosion occurred as the rocket was being filled with propellant, says SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who adds in a tweet that the blast originated near the upper stage oxygen tank.

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Samsung stops Note7 shipments on reports of battery fires

The company has also faced issues with the production of its handset failing to meet initial demand in some markets, which doesn't exactly put Samsung in the best position a week before rival Apple announces the iPhone 7. More specifically, Korean ITM Semiconductor is the one, at which Samsung points a finger for making the faulty packs. The news comes on the heels of a report by South Korean News agency Yonhap about five claims of the devices "exploding" during charging, from all ...

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Specs, Price and Features

The smartphone is found listed on Company's Vietnamese official website with a Price Tag of 6,290,000 Vietnamese Dong or roughly Rs. 18,898. According to the listing, the device is powered by Exynos 7870, an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

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September offers free games and updates for both subscriptions

However, with Microsoft's latest offering, eligible gamers will be able to keep it without shelling out any dime. Moreover, according to Major Nelson website , it is easy to play Xbox 360 backward compatible games on Xbox One and it just needs is to be installed.


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