NEW YORK - The friendly, and often clumsy, Labrador retriever has retained its long held title as the most popular dog breed in the United States, while the fearless Rottweiler has climbed to its highest ranking in 20 years. The nation's most sought after dogs of 2016 were unveiled in New York City on Tuesday, March 21, by the American Kennel Club, a purebred dog registry that releases a list of top dog breeds each year.
Major League Baseball home run king Barry Bonds is returning to the San Francisco Giants as a special advisor, the team said on Tuesday. The seven-time National League Most Valuable Player will attend the Giants' spring training camp in Arizona for a week starting Wednesday and also visit the Giants' minor league teams to work with the organization's young players.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The South Carolina man who admitted he lied to the FBI and concealed knowledge of the massacre carried out by his friend Dylann Roof at a historic black church was sentenced on Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison. Joey Meek, 22, told authorities his childhood friend Roof revealed his plot during an alcohol and drug-fueled night about a week before the June 2015 shooting. Roof, who is white, said he wanted to start a race war by killing black people at a church, court records show.
Injuries fell by half and concussions were reduced by almost two thirds after Hockey Canada banned body checking for players younger than 13 years old, researchers say. “Concussions are among the most commonly-occurring injuries in youth recreation, and although many recover quickly, some experience ongoing symptoms,” said study author Kathryn Schneider of the University of Calgary Sport Injury Prevention Research Center in Alberta. “The goal is to reduce the public health impact of this by preventing injuries from the start,” she told Reuters Health.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Republican lawmakers on Tuesday that voters could punish them if they do not approve a plan he favors to dismantle Obamacare, applying new pressure in the first major legislative fight of his presidency. In one of the few visits he has made to the U.S. Capitol since taking office, Trump told Republicans in the House of Representatives they would face "political problems" for opposing the bill that takes apart Obamacare and partially replaces it.
SAN LEANDRO, Calif. - The enemy drone whined in the distance. The Interceptor, a drone-hunting machine from Silicon Valley startup Airspace Systems, slinked off its launch pad and dashed away in hot pursuit. The hunter twisted through the air to avoid trees, homed in on its target, fired a Kevlar net to capture it, and then carried the rogue drone back to its base like a bald eagle with a kill.
Twitter Inc said on Tuesday, March 21, it had suspended more than half a million accounts since the middle of 2015 as the company steps up efforts to tackle "violent extremism" on its microblogging platform. The company shut down a total of 376,890 accounts in the last six months of 2016, Twitter said in its latest transparency report. Twitter also said it had started taking legal requests to remove content posted by verified journalists and media outlets. Twitter said it had received 88 such requests, but had not taken any action on the majority of these requests.
LOS ANGELES - A baby girl from the Ivory Coast born with four legs and two spines has been successfully separated from a parasitic twin in a rare and complex surgery at a Chicago hospital. Ten-month-old Dominique underwent a six-hour procedure involving five surgeons at the Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, on March 8. She is now thriving with the Chicago foster family who will look after her until she is well enough to return home, her doctors and foster mother told Reuters on Monday.
Apple unveiled an updated version of its iPad tablet with a brighter screen on Tuesday, available to order from Friday and with a $329 starting price that is the lowest ever for a full-sized tablet from Apple. Apple also said its smaller iPhone SE model will be available in 32 and 128 gigabyte versions, replacing the 16 GB and 64 GB models.
A proposal by the Trump administration to cut $190 million in funding for updating U.S. maps of flood-prone areas would trigger higher insurance rates or more homebuilding in risky locations, a consumer group said on Monday. Flood-mapping provides important details about where it is safe to build, whether flood insurance is needed and how to price coverage, Robert Hunter, director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America, said in a statement.