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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ten Things: Did You Know...?

Google Doodle Marks the Cassini spacecraft's final exploration of Saturn and its rings
Google marks the Cassini spacecraft's final run/TIME.

News nuggets probed, plucked and patched from the press.

  1. Ben Ferencz, at 97, the last surviving prosecutor at the Nazi Nuremberg trials has said lessons were not learned from warfare, while a World War Two Nazi leader's son has warned "not to trust us" Germans.
  2. The White House has told a US congressional committee it will not comply with a request to release files related to a controversial former aide, who is suspected to have received money in December 2015 to address a Moscow gala, where he sat next to President Vladimir Putin.
  3. Donald Trump has indicated he will scrap plans to find cash for his border wall in this week's spending bill, while a judge continues to block Trump's order barring funding for cities that shelter illegal immigrants.
  4. Trump's daughter Ivanka was met with groans as she defended her father's attitude towards women at the G20 women's summit in Berlin, while former US president Barack Obama has been criticised for reportedly agreeing a $400,000 (£310,000) fee for a speech to a Wall Street bank.
  5. The US firm Coca-Cola has said it will cut about 1,200 jobs due to falling demand for its fizzy drinks, while a hair company issued an apology after its ad prompted an online backlash from its African-American customers. Some responses likened the incident to the outcry over a Pepsi advert which was accused of trivialising street protests in the US.
  6. A teenage boy with "significant" mental health problems has been held in solitary confinement for four-and-a-half months, a court in England has heard, while a former official at Celtic Boys Club has been charged in connection with alleged historical sexual offences in Scotland.
  7. Some dogs are descended from an ancient breed that travelled with the ancestors of Native Americans into the Americas, while a primitive type of human, once thought to be up to three million years old, actually lived much more recently, a study suggests.
  8. Waste plastic is being used to build roads, while scientists have been able to keep premature lambs alive for weeks using an artificial womb that looks like a plastic bag.
  9. A cheating US husband has been charged with killing his wife after police said data from her wearable fitness tracker contradicted his version of events, while an organ trafficker who preys on Syrian refugees in Beruit talks of how he once sold a Western client a human eye.
  10. A new fitness craze from Germany, combining traditional yoga poses while drinking bottles of beer, is gaining popularity in Asia, while in its final exploration, the Cassini space probe is about to make the first of 22 dives in between the rings of Saturn and the planet's atmosphere.

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