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Kim Jong Un's sister arrives in South Korea

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 5:59 AM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 6:46 AM

VIDEO: Kim Jong Un’s Sister Arrived in South Korea for 2018 Winter Olympics

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, arrived in South Korea on Friday, Reuters reported. 

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Kim Yo Jong landed at Incheon International Airport with a group of North Korean officials, including 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam, the president of the country’s Parliament and nominal head of state.

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It is the first time any member of the ruling Kim family has visited South Korea, CNN reported.

In an historic meeting during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in 

Pyeongchang, Kim Yo Jong shook hands with South Korea president Moon Jae-in, according to The Associated Press.

Kim Yo Jong, 30, was promoted to North Korea’s Politburo last year. She and her brother were born to the same mother, Ko Yong Hui, CNN reported.

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Air pollution during pregnancy tied to high blood pressure in kids, study suggests

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:10 PM

A new study finds babies exposed to air pollution in the womb have a higher risk for high blood pressure as children.
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A new study finds babies exposed to air pollution in the womb have a higher risk for high blood pressure as children.(Pixabay)

Exposure to air pollution in the womb can lead to higher blood pressured in children, a new study suggests.

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“What we found was that air pollution exposure during the third trimester in particular was associated with higher blood pressure in children," study author Dr. Noel Mueller, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told CBS News.

The research by Mueller and his team, which was published last week in the journal Hypertension, studied 1,239 mothers and their children aged three to nine in the Boston area. When the children were sorted into three categories (from highest to lowest exposure to pollution in the womb), the results showed that those in the highest exposure group were 61 percent more likely to have higher blood pressure than those in the lowest exposure group.

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To gauge the levels of pollution in the areas where the women lived during their third trimester, the researchers looked at readings from nearby Environmental Protection Agency monitors. The children in the "high-risk" category were exposed to levels at least twice as high as the "acceptable" amount set by the EPA.

Mueller said exposure to pollution "causes an inflammatory response that alters genetic expression and fetal growth and development, on the pathway to high blood pressure in childhood," The Independent reported. “We know that blood pressure tracks through life. Children who have elevated blood pressure in childhood have a higher probability of having hypertension later in life and cardiovascular diseases.”

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While the study only demonstrates a correlation between pollution and higher blood pressure and does not confirm causation, pregnant woman should be aware, researchers said.

Dr. Melissa Smarr, an assistant professor at the Department of Environmental Health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, said there are steps pregnant women can take to avoid air pollution.

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"Spending a limited amount of time near major roadways or heavily trafficked areas is one way to lessen air pollution exposure," she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Mueller also suggested pregnant women can avoid exercising outdoors in areas with bad air pollution.

Local and national governments should also work towards improving air quality, Mueller added. He explained that regulations are necessary "not only for the health of our planet but also for the health of our children."

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"The conceptualization and implementation of strategic initiatives to minimize air pollution can be furthered through continued partnerships between research institutions and local, state, and national government," Smarr said.

An increased risk of high blood pressure isn't something to be taken lightly, she warned.

“High blood pressure that goes untreated in childhood may increase the risk of developing high blood pressure and/or cardiovascular disease as an adult," she said. "Left untreated, high blood can adversely affect various organs in the body, ultimately reducing the overall quality of life."

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According to Smarr, the research is an important contribution to the understanding of children’s environmental health “as it highlights the significance of exposure to air pollution during pregnancy as it pertains to offspring health during early childhood, which has potential implications for adult health.”

"I am hopeful that these findings will encourage the design of larger future studies that are able to estimate personal maternal exposure to air pollution in the context of children's blood pressure measured multiple times throughout childhood,” she said.

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White House agrees to review of DOJ actions in 2016 campaign

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:59 PM

A day after President Donald Trump demanded an investigation into how the FBI dealt with investigations during the 2016 campaign, the White House accepted a plan from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to expand an ongoing review of the probe into Russian interference in the elections, and how it touched on the Trump Campaign.

“Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign,” read a statement issued by the White House.

“It was also agreed that White House Chief of Staff Kelly will immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with Congressional Leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested,” the statement added, referring to an ongoing battle between Republicans in Congress and the feds for documents about the Russia probe.

The outcome of the meeting between Mr. Trump, the Deputy Attorney General, the FBI Director, and the Director of National Intelligence – which was not listed on the President’s public schedule – was less explosive than what President Trump had seemingly threatened on Sunday, when he said he would demand a full investigation into whether the feds had “infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes.”

Mr. Trump and Congressional Republicans have been playing up the issue in recent days, arguing that initial FBI efforts to find out what Russia was doing with relation to the Trump Campaign, was actually an effort to undermine Mr. Trump’s bid for the White House.

But Democrats say what’s going on now is an effort by Mr. Trump and his allies in the Congress to undermine the current investigation, by allowing the President’s lawyers to see what evidence the Special Counsel’s office – and maybe U.S. Intelligence – had been able to gather during the 2016 campaign.

The Monday meeting at the White House came as Republicans stepped up demands for documents about the investigation, as Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), asked the Justice Department for information on contacts between officials and former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, who put together a controversial ‘dossier’ on the President, funded by Democratic sources.

In a letter to Rosenstein, Grassley zeroed in Monday on Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, and his contacts with Steele.

“Accordingly, please provide all records related to Mr. Ohr’s communications about these matters, including: (1) emails from Mr. Ohr’s personal and work accounts, (2) phone logs, (3) handwritten notes, and (4) text messages from personal and work accounts,” Grassley wrote in a letter.

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Maryland police officer shot, killed in line of duty investigating ‘suspicious activity’

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:03 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:03 PM



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A police officer was shot and killed Monday while investigating a report of suspicious activity in Baltimore County, Maryland, according to Gov. Larry Hogan.

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“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County police officer after she was shot in the the line of duty,” Hogan said on Twitter.

“Our prayers got out to this brave officer’s family, Baltimore County police and fire and the Baltimore County community,” he said. 

Hogan said the suspect is still on the loose as a manhunt continues.

The officer has not yet been publicly identified.

She died after she was shot in the head while investigating a report of “suspicious activity,” according to WBAL-TV.

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks wrote in a Twitter post that the officer was shot in Perry Hall, near Belair and Lausmier roads.

Police warned residents to shelter in place as they continued to investigate Monday's shooting. 

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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National Talk Like Yoda Day, It Is

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:34 PM

It's the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope! Let's take a look at some of the numbers that this film shattered.

May the 21st be with you, yes? 

Thirty-eight years ago, on May 21, 1980, the world was introduced to a little green Einstein-looking puppet with terrible grammar named Yoda. 

Today, people are still naming their pugs and french bulldogs after him.

Thanks to George Lucas, it is, hmmm?

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National Talk Like Yoda Day celebrates the anniversary release of "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back," the movie where Luke Skywalker meets Yoda in the swamps of the planet Dagobah.

To talk like Yoda, but “do or do not, there is no try.” Just switch around your sentence structure.

Speak in object-subject-verb instead of the normal subject-verb-object. Add "yes" and "hmmm" to the end of your sentences for a bonus. 

Love it, your coworkers will.

More "Star Wars" is coming at you this week with "Solo: A Star Wars Story" premiering Friday, May 25.

FILE PHOTO: A wax figure of Star Wars character Yoda on display at 'Star Wars At Madame Tussauds'. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)(Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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