2 May 2017

CRISPR gene-editing tool targets cancer’s “command center”
researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have used the tool to target what they call cancer’s command center, in a treatment that’s been shown in mice to shrink aggressive tumors and increase survival rates without harming healthy cells. The technique works by targeting fusion genes, mutations created when two separate genes combine into one hybrid that often leads to cancer. In previous work, the team found that a fusion gene known as MAN2A1-FER was associated with cancer of the prostate, liver, lungs and ovaries, and it helps the tumors grow and spread.

Rogue journalist stuns White House reporters with surprise grilling
documentary filmmaker Mike Cernovich addressed reporters and loudly asked, “Why will nobody here cover the violence against Trump supporters?” A confused hush fell over the room as reporters, unaccustomed to being on the receiving end of shouted questions, tried to figure out what was going on. But Cernocivh immediately continued, “And why won’t you demand that leaders of the Democrats disavow the violence by Antifa the way you demanded Trump disavow violence from his supporters?” He then answered his own question by telling the room: “This has been completely covered up. You have no answer.”

New Hamas Policy Lays Claim to Holy Places in Jerusalem, “The Muslim Birthplace of Jesus”
Hamas’ new policy paper, perceived by the world as softening of their position, calls for ethnically cleansing the region by force in order to create a Muslim state. Israel claims it is an attempt to fool the world, and fix Hamas’ image as a terror organization. The paper also lay claim to Jerusalem as a Muslim city, rewriting history by referring to Israel’s capital as the “birthplace of Jesus”. While making these exclusive Muslim claims to all of Israel, Hamas makes other claims that most people would disagree with.

7 Photos of Snowy and Flooded Fields From Texas to Illinois
Winter Storm Ursa swept across the High Plains this past weekend, dumping snow from Texas to Nebraska in one of the strongest snowstorms to hit the region this late in the spring, according to the Weather Channel. This weekend’s storm has also caused flooding in eastern Oklahoma, northern Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, according to the National Weather Service, which is slowing down planting progress in certain states and may require replanting in others.

‘We Lost the Western Kansas Wheat Crop This Weekend’
Blizzard conditions and heavy snow swept western Kansas, including 14 to 20 inches in Colby in the northwestern quadrant of the No. 1 winter wheat state in the nation, said the Weather Channel. “We lost the western Kansas wheat crop this weekend. Just terrible,” tweeted Justin Gilpin, chief executive of the grower-funded Kansas Wheat Commission.

Quake near Canada border jolts Yukon, southeast Alaska
A major earthquake in northwest British Columbia shook up communities in nearby Alaska and Yukon Territory but caused no apparent damage….a teacher in the Alaska village of Klukwan about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the epicenter, said the magnitude 6.2 quake shook her awake at 4:30 a.m. A series of aftershocks, including a magnitude 6.3 quake at 6:18 a.m., kept Carl from getting a restful night’s sleep.

Italy first EU country to publicly reject UNESCO’s anti-Israel resolution
Italy on Tuesday became the first European state to publicly state that it planned to reject a Palestinian backed resolution disavowing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. Late this afternoon, while Israelis celebrate Independence Day, UNESCO’s 58-member Executive Board is set to approve the text.

Swiss govt says threat of extremist attacks ‘remains at heightened level’
The risk of extremist attacks in Switzerland remains elevated, the Swiss spy agency said on Tuesday, and more attacks by the Islamic State militant group and its sympathizers were expected across Europe.

OPEC deal backfires: Saudis lose market share to Iran, Iraq
Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest producer and de facto leader, is losing market share, while Iran and Iraq have so far emerged as winners of the cuts with in the cartel in a battle for market share, according to Christof Ruehl, former chief economist at BP who is currently Global Head of Research at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).

Netanyahu wants to stop PA funding for terrorists, but how is another matter
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office would not say whether the premier supports Israeli legislation in the Knesset to block funding to the Palestinian Authority that goes to paying terrorists and their families, just hours after he condemned the payments on Monday. “How can you speak about peace with Israel and at the same time pay murderers who spill the blood of innocent Israelis?” Netanyahu asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his speech at a Memorial Day ceremony…“Fund peace, not murder.”

As Israel marks Independence Day, Hamas issues new and threatening charter
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Monday dropped its longstanding call for Israel’s destruction, but said it still rejected the country’s right to exist and backs “armed struggle” against it. Hamas supports the establishment of a transitional Palestinian state along the borders from 1967, its leader Khaled Meshaal said on Monday in Doha while announcing the group’s new policy document.

Israel to UNESCO: Reject fake history on Jerusalem
Israel urged UNESCO’s 58-member Executive Board not to promote “fake” history by approving on Tuesday a Palestinian-backed resolution that rejects Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem. “Tomorrow, even as we celebrate, UNESCO will be voting against Israel’s right to sovereignty in its capital city, Jerusalem,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovel…”This is absurd. We have become used to the concept of ‘fake news’. Well, welcome to ‘fake history,” Hotovely said.

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea
The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea. The system can intercept North Korean missiles although full operational capability is still some months away. Tensions have been rising around the Korean peninsula, with repeated threats from North Korea and the presence of a group of US warships and a submarine.

Indian anger over soldiers’ bodies ‘mutilated by Pakistan’
Indians have taken to social media to demand revenge after the army accused Pakistani troops of killing two Indian security personnel in disputed Kashmir. The army accused Pakistan of mutilating the bodies in Monday’s clash on the Line of Control – claims the Pakistani army denied. But Indians, including the mourning families of the soldiers, feel Pakistan “should be taught a lesson”.

Merkel to meet Putin to discuss crises in Syria and Ukraine
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet Vladimir Putin in Russia for the first time since 2015. The meeting, at Mr Putin’s summer residence in Sochi, comes with bilateral relations in a trough over the war in Syria and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. They are expected to discuss both issues during their meeting, but no breakthroughs are expected.

U.S. issues travel alert for Europe, citing threat of terrorist attacks
The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Europe on Monday, saying U.S. citizens should be aware of a continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout the continent. In the alert, the State Department cited recent incidents in France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom and said Islamic State and al Qaeda “have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”

No money for Trump’s wall, plus 6 other GOP issues missing from $1T spending bill
Congressional negotiators have come up with a $1.07 trillion plan to keep the government running through the end of September – but there’s a lot missing from the 1,665-page bill. And much of it involves items that President Donald Trump promised during his campaign and the early days of his presidency.

Budget deal may map U.S. Congress road ahead, via Trump bypass
The U.S. Congress…may be mapping a bipartisan path forward that skirts around President Donald Trump…Democrats and some lobbyists said on Monday. The path was discernible in a nearly $1.2 trillion federal spending deal carved out over the weekend to avert a government shutdown. It had Democratic fingerprints all over it, even though Republicans control Congress and the White House.

Islamic State seeks to impose religious rules in Egypt’s North Sinai
…Interviews with residents of North Sinai and reviews of Islamic State videos suggest the group…is seeking to impose its hardline interpretation of Islam on the local populace…the group has created a morality police force…to enforce strict rules against such behaviour…Coupled with a sharp increase in attacks on Christians inside and outside its predominant area of operations in North Sinai, the developments mark a significant change of tactics for Egypt’s Islamic State affiliate.

Student penalized for using word ‘man’ on his essay
At the University of Florida, a student was recently penalized for writing “man” instead of “humankind” in a class paper. History major Martin Poirier wrote “Water is a thing prior to man” on a paper for a history class called “History of Water.”

“That’s Enough” – Angry Trump Kicks CBS Reporter Out Of Oval Office
Having been pestered by CBS reporter John Dickerson over what great advice President Obama had given him (and his wiretapping accusations); President Trump’s frustration briefly boiled over as he turned his back and remarked “ok, that’s enough, thank you, goodbye,” gesturing for the reporter to leave The Oval Office…

51% Of Murders In The U.S. Come From Just 2% Of The Counties
In 2014, 54% of the counties in the U.S. had no murders whatsoever while the worst 1% of counties had 37% of the murders and the worst 5% of counties accounted for 68% of murders.

Trump Destroys Michelle O’s Legacy; Makes School Lunches Great Again
“If kids aren’t eating the food, and it’s ending up in the trash, they aren’t getting any nutrition – thus undermining the intent of the program.”

Ethiopia drought creates food crisis for 7.7 million
The number of people in need of food aid in Ethiopia’s drought-hit regions has surged to 7.7 million, over two million more than an estimate earlier this year, state media reported Friday.

The Mark of the Beast
…The world is a blink of an eye from being under total domination to Satan’s best representatives on the planet. A total in-your-face economic dictatorship is within the grasp of the New World Order crowd.