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Science Says: Whale of a mystery solved? How they got so big

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists think they have answered a whale of a mystery: How the ocean creatures got so huge so quickly. A few million years ago, the largest whales, averaged maybe 15 feet long. That’s big, but you could still hold a fossil skull in two hands. Then seemingly overnight, one type of whale – the toothless baleens – became huge. Modern blue whales get as big as 100 feet, the largest creatures ever on Earth. Its skull is now bigger than a minivan … Read the referenced story here:…

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A Bain employee-turned-startup-founder says money isn’t everything in the early days of a new business

Angel investors, boot-strapping, and seed money — unsurprisingly, a lot of startup jargon centers around cash. Raising money is considered a crucial measure of success for any fledgling business. But it’s not everything, says Nicholas Miller, the co-founder and CEO of service industry software Gather. In 2012, Miller left his job as a senior associate at Bain & Company to launch his event management software startup. Four years later, he raised $2.5 million in Series A funding. But, despite successfully raising these funds for his own startup, Miller says focusing too much on…

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US 

Mark Zuckerberg Says He’s Not Running for Public Office

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn’t before is about building relationships, not politics. The 33-year-old billionaire wrote in a Facebook post that some users have asked if the trip means he’s running for public office. Zuckerberg says he’s not running for anything. Instead, he says the visits around the country are in order “to get a broader perspective.”   He said Facebook is looking to connect users beyond people they already know, and he wrote that it may be important that…

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Technology 

While You Were Offline: Trump Says He’s Treated Unfairly. Abe Lincoln Like, ‘What?’

Last week, President Trump said no politician had been “treated worse” than him. The internet pointed out some presidents who might challenge that. The post While You Were Offline: Trump Says He’s Treated Unfairly. Abe Lincoln Like, ‘What?’ appeared first on WIRED. … Read the referenced story here: While You Were Offline: Trump Says He’s Treated Unfairly. Abe Lincoln Like, ‘What?’

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US 

Former FBI Director’s Friend Says Trump Made Comey Feel Uncomfortable

Fired FBI director James Comey was uneasy with President Donald Trump’s interactions with him and wanted a professional boundary maintained between the agency and White House, according to a friend of the former law enforcement official in a story published Thursday. The New York Times cites Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution and frequent Trump critic, as saying Comey felt the contacts by Trump were inappropriate and that the now-former agency chief didn’t want to be friendly with the president. According to Wittes, Comey felt the need…

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US 

Trump Says He’s Victim of Witch Hunt, Denies Pressuring FBI Chief

A defiant President Donald Trump flatly denied Thursday that he had pressured the FBI to close its investigation of a former close aide, and he questioned the need for a special counsel to probe possible collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russians trying to influence the presidential election. “No, no. Next question,” he replied when a reporter asked whether he had asked then-FBI Director James Comey to back down on the bureau’s probe into fired national security adviser Michael Flynn. At his first news conference since April 12, standing alongside…

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US 

Chaffetz Says He’ll Leave US House at End of June

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, a move that calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee’s investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties with Russia. Chaffetz, a Republican, said in a letter sent to media and constituents that his last day will be June 30. He said last month that he would not seek re-election in 2018 and that he was considering leaving office early. The statement does not mention the investigation he is overseeing as the oversight…

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US 

Poll Says Blacks Less Likely to Have Enough for Retirement

Older white Americans are nearly twice as likely as African-Americans to say they’ve saved enough for retirement, a new poll found. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also found that African- Americans and Latinos have less financial security than whites and will rely on fewer sources of income during retirement. The retirement savings gap between white and other minority groups extends beyond pensions, 401(k)s or other retirement accounts. The survey shows older white Americans are also more likely to collect Social Security benefits, inherit money from their…

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Poll says blacks less likely to have enough for retirement

CHICAGO (AP) — Older white Americans are nearly twice as likely as African-Americans to say they’ve saved enough for retirement, a new poll found. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also found that African- Americans and Latinos have less financial security than whites and will rely on fewer sources of income during retirement. The retirement savings gap between white and other minority groups extends beyond pensions, 401(k)s or other retirement accounts. The survey shows older white Americans are also more likely to … Read the referenced story here:…

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