Brazil probes possible killings of 'uncontacted' tribe

Published: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 1:40 PM
Updated: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 1:39 PM

Brazilian prosecutors are investigating reports that gold prospectors may have killed members of a so-called uncontacted tribe in the Amazon.

Brazil's National Indian Foundation asked prosecutors to look into the matter after prospectors were heard discussing an attack on indigenous people who live in the Javari Valley near the border with Peru. The foundation said in a statement Monday that some prospectors have been detained for questioning, but they have not confirmed any deaths.

Federal prosecutors confirm that they have opened an investigation, but haven't given any details.

Survival International says the area is home to more uncontacted tribes than anywhere else on Earth. Isolated peoples are particularly vulnerable and indigenous groups in Brazil in general have complained that their way of life is increasingly under threat from land conflicts.

This is the speech Queen Elizabeth would give if World War III ever broke out

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

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It’s the speech Queen Elizabeth hopes she never has to deliver.

A speech prepared back in the ’80s for the Queen to give in the event that World War III breaks out was revealed last week. The address was written in the event this does occur, and she needs to address the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

The speech was released by the government last week under the 30-year rule, and is reflective of the time it was written — with a “planned” broadcast date of March 4, 1983.

The Queen’s speech was set to begin with a reference to her annual Christmas address. “The horrors of war could not have seemed more remote as my family and I shared our Christmas joy with the growing family of the Commonwealth,” the speech reads. “Now, this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds.”

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She also recalls the outbreak of World War II, which occurred just a few years after her father, King George VI, became the monarch following his brother’s abdication.

“I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father’s inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939,” the speech continues. “Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.”

Going on, the Queen talks about the fears that everyone will face, either going off to war themselves or sending their loved ones there. At the time the speech was written, her second son Prince Andrew was active in the navy, and she made a personal mention of him, too.

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“My husband and I share with families up and down the land the fear we feel for sons and daughters, husbands and brothers who have left our side to serve their country,” it reads. “My beloved son Andrew is at this moment in action with his unit and we pray continually for his safety and for the safety of all servicemen and women at home and overseas.”

Of course, the Queen’s speech also offers words of hope and encouragement, even in the face of another global crisis.

“But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all, the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength.”

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She continues: “It is this close bond of family life that must be our greatest defense against the unknown. If families remain united and resolute, giving shelter to those living alone and unprotected, our country’s will to survive cannot be broken.”

The speech ends as you might expect, with an encouragement to pray for those fighting and a blessing for the country.

“As we strive together to fight off the new evil, let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be. God Bless you all.”

Social media honors Tupac Shakur on 21st anniversary of death

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

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It’s been 21 years since the death of Tupac Shakur, and fans across social media have been paying tribute to the artist throughout the day to honor his legacy.

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On Sept. 7, 1996, the rapper was gunned down in Las Vegas while en route to a nightclub after watching a Mike Tyson versus Bruce Seldon fight. He died nearly a week later at age 25 after his mother, Afeni Shakur, removed him from life support. His murder remains unsolved. 

More than two decades after his death, hip-hop heads still sing his praises, heralding him as one of the greatest musicians in history. Never afraid to tackle controversial topics that spanned from politics and social activism, Tupac influenced the masses through his film, poetry and music. 

Today, people are expressing their gratitude. From lyrics and quotes to pictures and newspaper clippings, many have flocked to Twitter to remember the fallen star using the #TupacShakur hashtag.  

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Want better sleep? Keep your pet in your bedroom, study says

Published: Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 1:34 PM

It's important to get a good night's sleep, and these eight tips will help you catch some serious Z's. Powder down electronics Block the clock Beds are for sleep Avoid caffeine Eat right before bed No pets allowed

If you’re looking for ways to rest better at night, your dog may be able to help. Keeping your pets in your bedroom could improve your quality of sleep, according to new research

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Scientists from the Mayo Clinic recently conducted a study to determine how catching some zzz’s with your pup can affect bedtime. 

To do so, they examined 40 healthy adults who did not have sleep disorders and their dogs over a five-month period. Both the participants and their doggies wore activity devices that tracked their sleep patterns each night. 

After analyzing the results, they found that those who kept their dogs in their bedroom experienced better quality of sleep, compared to those who didn’t.

However, those who snuggled with their pet in bed actually suffered from lower quality of sleep. The sleep benefit extended only to having dogs in your bedroom ─ not in your bed, the study said. 

“Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption,” lead researcher Lois Krahn said in a statement. “We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.”

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While their study only assessed a small group and dogs over the age of five months, they believe their findings prove that the relationship between people and their pets has changed over time.

“Today, many pet owners are away from their pets for much of the day, so they want to maximize their time with them when they are home,” Krahn said. “Having them in the bedroom at night is an easy way to do that. And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won’t negatively impact their sleep.”

Prince William takes Prince George to his first day at prep school

Published: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 8:36 AM

Britain's Prince William accompanies Prince George as he is greeted by Helen Haslem - the head of the lower school as he arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.  Prince William's pregnant wife Kate was too ill with morning sickness Thursday to take young Prince George to his first day of school.  (Richard Pohle/Pool Photo via AP)
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Britain's Prince William accompanies Prince George as he is greeted by Helen Haslem - the head of the lower school as he arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Prince William's pregnant wife Kate was too ill with morning sickness Thursday to take young Prince George to his first day of school. (Richard Pohle/Pool Photo via AP)(Richard Pohle/AP)

Prince George has just accomplished a milestone, as he went to his first day of prep school in southwest London.

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In a moment that mimicked one of Princess Diana and Prince William 30 years ago, George was escorted to Thomas’s Battersea by his father, The Guardian reported.

Missing in the first-day-of school moment was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was absent due to her severe morning sickness from her third pregnancy.

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Well wishers jammed the fence outside the school to watch as the princes arrived.

The school is said to be teaching George, who will be going by the name George Cambridge, how to be kind, gain confidence, leadership and humility, The Guardian reported.

Like any 4-year-old, George looked a little unsure as he walked up to greet the head of the school. His father, despite being second in line to the throne, carried his son’s bag.

Thomas’s Battersea costs $23,000 a year, CNN reported.

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