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Great Lakes ice cover lowest in decades: What it means for the rest of winter

Several days of frigid temperatures around Michigan didn't put much of a dent into the record-warm Great Lakes.

The lakes collectively are only about 3% ice-covered, and scientists are forecasting a peak ice cover of only 12.3% this winter. That would be the lowest since 12% in the winter of 2002, which was the lowest ice year on the Great ...Read more

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Thousands of gallons of toxic phenol reportedly spilled this week at a Philly chemical plant

PHILADELPHIA — A worker failed to shut off a valve Thursday at the AdvanSix plant in Philadelphia and up to 2,000 gallons of phenol spilled, with some possibly entering the sewer system, according to a police report.

The incident occurred about 4:20 a.m. on the 2500 block of Bridge Street. The fire department responded, but did not call for ...Read more

Surfers were right: Imperial Beach is polluted with Tijuana sewage even in summer

SAN DIEGO — Imperial Beach surfers and swimmers have long complained about foul smells along the city's shoreline during summer months. For years, those concerns were swept aside as the Mexican sewage plaguing the town rarely spills over the border through the Tijuana River unless it's raining.

A new report out of UC San Diego's Scripps ...Read more

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Editorial: 1 in 3 Americans now 'alarmed' by climate change. Why aren't our leaders?

New results from a long-running public opinion survey show that about 1 in 3 Americans is now “alarmed” by global warming. Is it any wonder, given the horrific onslaught of fires, floods, heat waves and other climate disasters we’ve experienced in the last year alone?

The share of the U.S. adult population alarmed by global warming nearly...Read more

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Attempt to feed manatees fails so far, but effort to hold off starvation will continue

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An attempt to feed starving manatees appears to have failed so far, as the big marine mammals refuse to recognize floating lettuce as food.

State and federal wildlife officials undertook the unusual step of offering food to manatees last month after an unprecedented number of deaths last year, most from starvation. The...Read more

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Medevac helicopter flights could be grounded by new 5G rollout

The critically ill newborn baby was whisked by helicopter Saturday from rural Silverton, Oregon, to a children’s hospital in Portland, the kind of life-saving transport Life Flight Network makes thousands of times a year.

But starting Jan. 19, when new 5G wireless service kicks off across the country, such routine air-ambulance missions may ...Read more

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Attempt to feed manatees fails so far, but effort to hold off starvation will continue

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An attempt to feed starving manatees appears to have failed so far, as the big marine mammals refuse to recognize floating lettuce as food.

State and federal wildlife officials undertook the unusual step of offering food to manatees last month after an unprecedented number of deaths last year, most from starvation. The...Read more

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Do you have an old cellphone? Read this, you may lose service

AKRON, Ohio — Larry Miller admits he's not too techy.

He has a computer, but uses it as a word processor. He goes to the library regularly to check email or go on the internet.

"I was dragged kicking and screaming into the computer age," said the 82-year-old retired writer who lives in Springfield Township, Ohio.

His cellphone is a flip ...Read more

7 video games to watch for in 2022

"Halo Infinite." "Deathloop." "Far Cry 6." "Metroid Dread."

Last year was a banner year for gamers, who got treated to a host of terrific offerings, including a stunning "Halo" game and a surprising "Metroid" title. It’s a year that continued to establish the new consoles, the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5, while also showing just how...Read more

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CNET: Best sounding wireless earbuds for 2022

On the hunt for headphones with great sound? If you want to go easy on your wallet, we've got a list of the best cheap true wireless earbuds. However, if you want to find the absolute best-sounding wireless earbuds, the hard truth is you'll need to spend more — a lot more, in some cases.

The wireless headphones with good sound quality tend ...Read more

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Gadgets: NAD C700 streaming amplifier easy to make sing

NAD's C700 BluOS all-in-one streaming amplifier can be connected in minutes for music streaming, and you'll be happy with it. But when you look into all the additional built-in features, everyone from non-tech heads to the most advanced will have no problem making this system sing.

The C700 is a perfect device to tie what most people have ...Read more

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Jim Rossman: How do you run your laptop with the lid closed?

This week’s question is from a reader who wants to use his Windows 10 laptop at home with an external monitor. He was going to use an external keyboard and mouse.

The first step is to connect your laptop to the external monitor. This is probably done via HDMI cable.

He had the external monitor working (or so he thought), but to save space,...Read more

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North Carolina is home to some of Twitch’s most influential live streamers

When it comes to watching people play video games on the internet, there’s no company more dominant than Twitch, the video streaming service owned by Amazon.

The service hosts more than 90% of all video game streaming, according to a report from Streamlabs, a maker of livestreaming software. And the company has repeatedly rebuffed ...Read more

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Largest seller of stolen credit cards on Dark Web shuts down

Another seller of stolen credit cards on the dark web appears to be closing up shop.

UniCC has posted on dark web forums in both Russian and English that it is shutting down, according to Elliptic Enterprises Ltd., a blockchain forensics firm. UniCC is the the largest dark web vendor of stolen credit cards, with $358 million in purchases made ...Read more

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RCN Chicago rebranding as Astound Broadband, joining co-owned regional cable providers under national banner

There’s a new name in Chicago cable.

RCN, a cable and internet provider available to about 1 million homes in Chicago and the suburbs, is rebranding as Astound Broadband, joining co-owned regional services such as Grande, Wave and Digital West under the new national banner.

The announcement Wednesday gives New Jersey-based Astound, the sixth...Read more

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Despite delays, Medtronic remains bullish on its robot system, Hugo

Medtronic CEO Geoff Martha has a simple message for the skeptics: despite some bumps in the road, the robots are coming.

While Hugo might sound like a big, fluffy dog character in an animated movie, it's the name Medtronic has given its surgical robotic system.

"We expect Hugo to deliver double digit millions in sales this fiscal year, with a ...Read more

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Teen hacker claims ability to control 25 Teslas worldwide

A 19-year-old security researcher claims to have hacked remotely into more than 25 Tesla Inc. cars in 13 countries, saying in a series of tweets that a software flaw allowed him to access the EV pioneer’s systems.

David Colombo, a self-described information technology specialist, tweeted Tuesday that the software flaw allows him to unlock ...Read more

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Bones of whale extinct for 300 years that were once stored in North Carolina couple's garage are headed for Smithsonian

A couple walking on a North Carolina beach made a rare discovery that could help researchers solve mysteries from long ago.

Rita and Tom McCabe were used to finding shells during their walks on West Onslow Beach in the 1970s — but then they started stumbling upon large bones. After years of keeping the remains in their garage, the couple gave...Read more

Gov. Newsom announces plan to deal with extreme heat

Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration this week announced a plan for addressing extreme heat that includes recommendations on how to monitor deaths caused by heat waves and the possible establishment of temperature limits for residential units.

The release of the plan follows the publication of a Los Angeles Times investigation that revealed that ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden administration must move more quickly to undo Trump's climate mischief

As life returned somewhat to normal last year after the pandemic shutdowns of 2020, America’s briefly reduced greenhouse gas emissions have started climbing toward normal as well, according to a new report. The data is unsurprising, given 2020’s unprecedented drop in emissions due to the pandemic. But it’s a reminder that the Biden ...Read more