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Author: Everett Themer

Company Issues Public Apology After Train Leaves Tokyo Station Too Early

Tuesday morning passengers on Tokyo’s Tsukuba Express line might not have noticed anything was wrong but when their train left Minami-Nagareyama station, it did so 20 seconds ahead of schedule and when the company noticed, it issued an apology to customers. The train was traveling northbound on the line that connects Tokyo’s Akihabara station with Tsukuba to the northeast.  After passengers had boarded, the crew didn’t check the time, resulting in the slightly early departure “around” 9:44 a.m., the company said. “We deeply apologize for the severe inconvenience imposed upon our customers,” the Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company said, in...

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Uranium Contamination Feels Like Discrimination to Native Americans

Many of those living in the Blue Gap-Tachee Chapter in northeastern Arizona remember when mining companies blasted uranium out of the Claim 28 site near their homes, coating their world in a snow-like dust. Area resident Helen Nez had 10 children, today she only has three.  Of those 10 children, 7 died of a disorder called Navajo neuropathy, which has been linked to uranium contamination. “Many people died and some have liver disease, kidney disease and some suffer from cancer as a result,” Nez said through a translator.  While she was pregnant, Nez and her family drank from a spring,...

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FCC May Overturn Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission is set to make public plans next week calling for a vote to reverse a 2015 net neutrality order barring the blocking or slowing of web content, two people briefed on the plans confirmed. In May, the FCC voted to approve Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal the former Obama administration’s order classifying internet service providers as utility providers.  Pai currently plans to hold a final vote on the proposal at the FCC’s Dec. 14 meeting and release details of the plans next week. Pai asked in May for public comment on whether the FCC...

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Psychic Facing Judge for Getting It Wrong

A 35 year old French woman is suing a telephone psychic after paying £25 for a call in which the medium said a doctor had wrongly diagnosed stomach and chest pains and that the woman would be dead within six months.  The woman is now claiming she suffered severe psychological trauma after receiving the doom-laden prediction last July. Identified by The Daily Mail only as Magalie, the woman said “She told me that I had heart trouble, and that if I didn’t see a better doctor, I’d be dead within six months.”   The woman visited a doctor who gave her a...

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Russian Billionaire Wants Alien Hunting Mission to Saturn Moon

In a search for alien life, Russian billionaire turned extra-terrestrial hunter Yuri Milner says he plans to beat NASA with a mission to the Saturn moon Enceladus. “The one overarching question we are asking at our foundation is: ‘Are we alone in the universe?’” said Milner, who has pledged over $200 million to the Breakthrough Initiative, an organization he founded in 2015 to observe space and develop new means of cosmic travel. Speaking at the Seattle “A New Space Age” conference, Milner said his science team is convinced there are three potential locations likely suitable for extra-terrestrial lifeforms in...

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