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Donald Trump denies being a racist after reported crude remark

Donald Trump denies being a racist after reported crude remark

World
Media playback is unsupported on your devicePresident Donald Trump has denied that he is racist, after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations.Mr Trump reportedly used the term last week during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on immigration reform.He has now told reporters: "I am not a racist. I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed."It is the first time the president has responded directly to the racism accusations.He made the denial to White House press pool reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach in Florida on Sunday night.What did the president allegedly say?The row broke out after lawmakers from both parties visited the president on Thursday to work on a proposal for a bipartisan immigration deal....
Fast radio bursts mystery 'close to being solved'

Fast radio bursts mystery 'close to being solved'

Technology
Astronomers are getting closer to solving one of the universe's biggest mysteries.Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are transient radio pulses that emit more energy in a single millisecond than the sun does all day.As many as 10,000 of them are thought to occur every day but so far astronomers have only spotted dozens and have struggled to pin down their origin.Fast radio bursts are extremely powerful but they are also very short, lasting only milliseconds.Making a researcher's task even more difficult, many of them only happen once.One, however, has been observed to repeat itself sporadically, allowing researchers to examine it more closely.FRB 121102 could have come from an extreme environment - "among the most highly-magnetised regions of space ever observed", researchers say in a report contain...
Pope warns on being misled by the pursuit of money

Pope warns on being misled by the pursuit of money

Finance
Pope Francis advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one's whole life, urging people in his Epiphany remarks Saturday to also resist "the inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches."Francis said during a homily at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica that people "often make do" with having "health, a little money and a bit of entertainment."He urged helping the poor and others in need of assistance, giving freely without expecting anything in return.Many Christians observe Epiphany to recall the three wise men who followed a star to find baby Jesus. Francis suggested asking "what star we have chosen to follow in our lives.""Some stars may be bright, but do not point the way. So it is with success, money, career, honors and pleasures wh...
The Latest: Oil platforms in Gulf of Mexico being evacuated

The Latest: Oil platforms in Gulf of Mexico being evacuated

World
The Latest on Tropical Storm Nate (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A U.S. federal agency says oil and gas companies have begun evacuating production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico in anticipation of Tropical Storm Nate. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's New Orleans office said in a news release that as of midday Thursday, six production platforms, out of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf, had been evacuated. No drilling rigs were evacuated, but one moveable rig was taken out of the storm's path. The agency estimated less than 15 percent of the current oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in, which equates to 254,607 barrels of oil per day. Nate formed in the Caribbean Sea Thursday and was expected to be in the Gulf by Saturday morning. ——— 3:20 p.m. Author
The secret to being a great saver

The secret to being a great saver

Finance
Money guide for Millennials"What's the difference between 'paying yourself first' and saving money?" -- Ayesha Paying yourself first is a way to save money. In fact, it's the best way to save money. The trick is that rather than setting extra money aside, you're saving for yourself and your future goals right away, before spending the rest on non-essentials. Treat the savings goal like an important bill -- just like your rent or mortgage -- that must be paid every month. The only difference is it's a bill you pay to yourself. "Anybody can save the remnants of a paycheck after they've spent most of it," says George Galat, a California-based financial adviser. "[Paying yourself first] is purposeful, proactive and implies a level of progression toward a collection of goals," says Galat. ...