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1. Johnny Cash to replace Confederate statue on Capitol Hill

The likenesses of music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights icon Daisy Lee Gatson Bates will appear in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol in marble form, replacing two figures from the Civil War. "There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country," she said in 2017. Some state lawmakers were opposed to using Cash to represent the state in Washington because of his troubled past, according to the Arkansas Times. "Mr. Cash is a great musician. . . but the drugs, the alcohol, the women, that kind of thing. . . no, I can't hold him up to my children as a model," state Rep. Doug House said. "Music is a big deal in Arkansas, and Johnny Cash is a big deal in music," he continued.


2. Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without A Warrant, Closes Fourth Amendment Loophole

In a major win for digital privacy, Utah became the first state in the nation to ban warrantless searches of electronic data. Under the Electronic Information or Data Privacy Act, state law enforcement can only access someone's transmitted or stored digital data if a court issues a search warrant based on probable cause. In a concession to law enforcement, the act will let police obtain location-tracking information or subscriber data without a warrant if there's an "Imminent risk" of death, serious physical injury, sexual abuse, livestreamed sexual exploitation, kidnapping, or human trafficking. In Carpenter, Roberts acknowledged that CSLI "Does not fit neatly under existing precedents," since it's a form of "Personal location information maintained by a third party." As a result, the court "Decline[d] to extend Smith and Miller." "Given the unique nature of cell phone location records," he wrote, "The fact that the information is held by a third party does not by itself overcome the user's claim to Fourth Amendment protection." While Carpenter's long-term impact on digital data will largely depend on how the Supreme Court reconciles the decision with its woefully outdated precedents, in Utah, the Electronic Information or Data Privacy Act has already struck a major blow against the third-party doctrine.


3. Sydney homeless man’s pet rat found and reunited!

In actual fact, the beloved pet rat, Lucy, hadn't been stolen at all and a woman - who was wrongly blasted as a heartless thief on social media - believed the pet had been abandoned. Chris, 59, received an outpouring of support after it was revealed Lucy went missing in broad daylight on Pitt St in Sydney's CBD. Chris and Lucy are a well known duo to many Sydney residents, who walk past them every day. "My pet rat Lucy was stolen on Saturday," the sign read. "Lucy is black and white with a bit of brown." NSW Police posted a video of the emotional reunion, which shows Chris smooching the lucky rat. "Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command have reunited a homeless man and his pet rat today, after she went missing last week," police said in a statement.


4. MDMA reopens a 'window in the brain' that lets PTSD victims form new bonds and memories to overcome trauma, study suggests

The popular party drug MDMA - or ecstasy - may 'reopen' narrow windows in the brain that allows us to re-learn better social behaviors, new research suggests. MDMA has been given breakthrough therapy status by the Food and Drug Administration because it has shown such promise for treating PTSD.Scientists have observed the way that MDMA increases hormones and neurochemicals associated with positive emotions and reduces activity in the brain's fear centers. Typically, adult mice don't have the ability to form tight and memorable social bonds - it's a behavior only seen in juvenile mice. The effects continued, even two weeks after the mice had received a single dose of MDMA.This suggested to the researchers that MDMA has a unique ability to 'reopen' this window of social bonding through increased oxytocin levels, which trigger the kind of neuroplasticity that psychologists believe may help trauma victims to reshape painful memories. If MDMA is approved by the FDA, it will likely be given in a single dose after several therapy sessions, and two therapists present for the eight-hour session after the MDMA dose.


5. British diver who helped rescue Thai soccer team is himself rescued from cave in Tennessee

British diver who helped rescue Thai soccer team is himself rescued from cave in Tennessee - New York Daily NewsBritish diver who helped rescue Thai soccer team is himself rescued from cave in Tennessee. A British diver who helped rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thai cave last year was himself rescued in Tennessee on Wednesday. Josh Bratchley was pulled out of the Mill Pond Cave in Jackson County by fellow pro diver Edd Sorenson, who was flown to Tennessee from Florida after he received a phone call in the middle of the night. "As soon as I saw him, all he said was, 'thank you, thank you, who are you?'" Sorenson said during a press conference on Wednesday night following the dramatic rescue. Multiple rescue crews were involved in the effort to recover Bratchley, who looked like a snowman covered in "Mud" when Sorenson first saw him.


6. Critically endangered kākāpō – the world's fattest parrot – has record breeding season: Just 147 adult kākāpō are alive today in their native New Zealand, but scientists hope their fortunes are turning around

The world's fattest species of parrot has had a record-breaking breeding season in New Zealand, with scientists saying the fortunes of the critically-endangered bird are finally turning around. There are only 147 adult k?k?p? alive today, although a few hundred years ago they were one of New Zealand's most common birds, before being hunted to the brink of extinction, killed by introduced pests, and losing their forest homes to farming. The nocturnal, flightless parrot is one of New Zealanders favourite birds, and is known for its charismatic nature and owl-like face. Dr Andrew Digby I talk about the #conservation of two of the world's rarest and most unusual birds. "They're a very unusual bird, they're the world's only flightless parrot, and they have been following their own evolutionary path for 30 million years. There is so much to learn from them - they are strange and unique," said Digby.



8. Notre Dame Cathedral: Disney pledges $5M to rebuild 'Hunchback' home

Disney, the studio behind the 1996 animated version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," is chipping in to help rebuild the famed Paris cathedral after a fire devastated the landmark Monday. The University of Notre Dame announced Tuesday that it would contribute $100,000 to help rebuild its namesake. In a tweet, it also noted the bells of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Notre Dame tolled 50 times, "Representing the 50 Hail Marys of Our Lady's rosary - at 6 p.m. today to mark the start of the rebuilding process of Notre Dame Paris." Notre Dame Cathedral will rise again: Macron issues promise. Free flights for reconstruction team: Air France-KLM offering free flights to those helping rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral.


9. Post-surgical deaths in Scotland drop by a third, attributed to a checklist

PA Deaths after surgery in Scotland have dropped by more than a third, research suggests. A study indicated a 37% decrease since 2008, which it attributed to the implementation of a safety checklist. Dr Atul Gawande, who introduced the checklist and co-authored the study, published in the British Journal of Surgery, said: "Scotland's health system is to be congratulated for a multi-year effort that has produced some of the largest population-wide reductions in surgical deaths ever documented." "Prof Jason Leitch, NHS Scotland's national clinical director, added:"This is a significant study which highlights the reduction in surgical mortality over the last decade. "While there are a number of factors that have contributed to this, it is clear from the research that the introduction of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist in 2008 has played a key role."



11. Ubisoft offers Assassin's Creed Unity for free so you can see Notre-Dame Cathedral

Following the tragic burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral spire in Paris, Ubisoft - the developers behind the historically driven Assassin's Creed series - has responded charitably. For the next week, PC users will be able to download Assassin's Creed Unity for free. This entry into the franchise lets players explore late 18th-century Paris during the French revolution, including a recreation of the Notre Dame Cathedral. "You can download Assassin's Creed Unity on PC for free here, and you'll own it forever in your Uplay games library." Assassin's Creed Unity is available for free download for PC users from "April 18th at 00:00 to April 25th at 17:00" and can be accessed via this page.


12. Ubisoft offers Assassin’s Creed Unity for free so you can visit Notre-Dame

Ubisoft today announced it'd be giving away Assassin's Creed Unity away for free, as a tribute to the damaged Notre-Dame and to give gamers "The chance to experience the majesty and beauty of the cathedral" in the wake of the fire. The company stated they'd spent a large amount of time in Paris during the development of the game, in particular Notre-Dame, which is painstakingly recreated within the game. "We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture." It's a pity the game doesn't have the Discovery Tour exploration mode available in later Assassin's Creed games, but gamers can still climb around every inch of the interior and exterior with Arno. This is not how I saw the company resurfacing Unity - if indeed it ever did so, considering the game was overall a bit of a disappointment. Ubisoft will also be donating €500,000 to the reconstruction fund and is encouraging those who download the game to do that same.



14. India - Delhi Metro (DMRC) to Run All Its Operations from Solar Energy by 2021

New Delhi: The DMRC which currently meets 60% of its electricity needs from solar energy, plans to run all its operation on solar energy by 2021. Currently, the DMRC produces 21 MW of solar energy from all its solar panels installed across multiple stations and hubs. It will start getting 99 MW solar energy from the 750 MW Solar Power Park in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh from May 2019. DMRC had signed a power purchase agreement with Madhya Pradesh-based Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd to procure green power from the latter to run its trains. A senior official said, the DMRC will get green power from the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd within the next 2 months.


15. Jason Momoa Shaves for First Time Since 2012 to Raise Awareness for Aluminum Recycling

"Goodbye Drogo. Bye Arthury Curry," Jason Momoa said in a surprising new video released to promote the use of recyclable aluminum cans for water over plastic water bottles. "I just want to do this to bring awareness that plastics are killing our planet," Momoa said in the video as he began shaving his cheeks. "I'm SHAVING this beast off, It's time to make a change," Momoa captioned the video on Instagram. The video shows Momoa walking through trash-strewn sand and rocks, likely in Jordan where he is currently filming the upcoming "Dune" remake. Momoa stars alongside Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin and many others in Frank Herbert's sprawling sci-fi space epic first brought to the big screen by David Lynch in 1984.


16. Burned black churches in Louisiana raise $1.3M after Notre Dame fire

A continent away, the blaze also spurred more than $1.8 million in donations to rebuild three historically black churches burned in suspected hate crimes in Louisiana. As of Sunday, a GoFundMe campaignseeking donations for the churches had raised only about $50,000. Raleigh Romine wrote, "These churches shouldn't get lost in the response to the Notre Dame tragedy." The first of the fires was reported on March 26 at St. Mary Baptist Church, the next on April 2 at Greater Union Baptist Church and the third on April 4 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Freddie Jack, a pastor and president of the Seventh District Missionary Baptist Association, said the donations for both Notre Dame and the Louisiana churches showed "The great compassion and generosity of people."



18. Moncton girl providing 'comfort kits' for homeless now has support from school

Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:58PM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:58PM EDT. Walking home with her family after a hockey game one night, 11-year-old Caleigh Fagan of Moncton, N.B., saw a homeless man sitting alone who "Looked very sad and not comfortable." Using her own money, Fagan created "Caleigh's comfort care kits," portable care packages with essential items she could hand out to the homeless people in her community. Fagan also got her school, Lewisville Middle School in Moncton, involved by going to her teacher Mr. Bishop. Fagan brought a three page proposal along, laying out costs, her objectives and ideas for fundraising and collecting items for the kits. Each homeroom class is putting together their own kits, with school activities such as PJ Day, Slipper Day and Jersey Day being coopted to collect items - but more donations keep coming in.



20. Human heart made from human cells created with 3D printer for first time

For the first time in recorded history, scientists have created a working, vascularized engineered heart using human cells by printing it in 3D.The advancement, which could change medicine forever, was unveiled in a study published in Advanced Science on Monday. NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL FIRE: HOW A VIDEO GAME AND 3D LASER SCANS COULD HELP THE RECONTRSUTRCTION EFFORT. Dvir continued: "This heart is made from human cells and patient-specific biological materials. In our process these materials serve as the bioinks, substances made of sugars and proteins that can be used for 3D printing of complex tissue models. People have managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, but not with cells or with blood vessels. Our results demonstrate the potential of our approach for engineering personalized tissue and organ replacement in the future." Although the heart was made with human cells and "And patient-specific biological materials," it's still too small to be used for an organ transplant, as it is only the size of a rabbit's heart, at just a few grams. TEEN USES 3-D PRINTING TO BUILD A NEW ARM FOR HIS VETERAN DAD. The study was inspired by the prevalence of heart disease in both Israel and the U.S. According to data compiled by the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, accounting for the deaths of more than 600,000 people every year. With further work, Dvir hopes that they can teach the heart to "Behave" like hearts, including tasks such as pumping blood and having the valves worth together.


21. This girl’s insistence to dress up as aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman led her to meet her idol's great niece

Noa's defiant determination would eventually lead her to meet Bessie Coleman's great niece, Gigi Coleman. When her mother brought up "Queen Bessie" in the car after school, Noa was determined to do her paper on her idol. When Moniqua sent Noa's final project to the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the organization was so impressed, they offered to fly Noa's family from their Georgia hometown to Ohio to meet Bessie Coleman's great niece, Gigi Coleman. Excited to meet a relative of her idol, Noa drew a portrait of Bessie Coleman to give to Gigi at the event. " Noa will now also be traveling to upstate New York to give her Bessie Coleman presentation at the National Women's Hall of Fame in June."This was just a school assignment.


22. 400 kms in 5.5 hours: Kerala suspends all work to save 15-day-old infant’s life

The Kerala government and the public came together to send a humanitarian message by creating a green corridor for an ambulance carrying a 15-day old infant boy with congenital heart disease, which completed a journey of around 400 kms in 5.5 hours. The baby, who was born at a hospital in northern Kasaragod district, developed respiratory distress and had to be admitted to a private hospital in Mangaluru. Midway into the journey, the health administration, fearing health risks for the baby due to the long travel, decided to speak to the parents to convince them to seek treatment at a private hospital in Kochi, which would reduce the travel time. Health Minister KK Shylaja spoke to the parents and convinced them to admit the baby at a hospital in Kochi and also accept the government's offer. The travel time of nearly 400 kms journey was completed in five and a half hours with just one stop made at Edappal to fill fuel.


23. Mohamed Salah: Middle East Must Change How It Treats Women

Egyptian soccer superstar Mohamed Salah has called on men in his country and across the Muslim world to treat women with more respect. "I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture," Salah said. He said seeing how women were treated "In my culture and in the Middle East" had changed the way he thought about gender relations. After leading his country to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 for the first time in 28 years, Salah has become an icon in Egypt and across the region. Salah was named in the 2019 TIME 100 list of the world's most influential people, and appears on one of the issue's six covers.


24. Dad, 40, Shows Off Ripped Physique After Losing Almost 7 Stone In 150 Days

As the weather starts to heat up and summer approaches, you may be thinking about trying to tone up and get that beach body ready. If you're looking for some motivation to push you through those gruelling gym sessions, look no further than Jeremiah Peterson, who lost 92lbs in just 150 days, and is now rocking bulging muscles and rock hard abs. The 40-year-old from Montana, in the United States, started his health kick a couple of years ago after going on a hiking trip with his family, weighing a hefty 290lbs. "Since shifting the weight, the dad explained:"I looked at myself in the mirror and thought about my family, my responsibilities and how I would be 40 in less than a year. "I knew I HAD to make some serious changes in my life."


25. babies with 'bubble boy disease' cured using HIV with gene therapy

Now 10 babies with "Bubble boy disease" have had it fixed by a gene therapy made from one of the immune system's worst enemies - HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.A study out Wednesday details how scientists turned this enemy virus into a savior, altering it so it couldn't cause disease and then using it to deliver a gene the boys lacked. The nickname "Bubble boy disease" comes from a famous case in the 1970s - a Texas boy who lived for 12 years in a protective plastic bubble to isolate him from germs. It involves removing some of a patient's blood cells, using the modified HIV to insert the missing gene, and returning the cells through an IV. Before getting their cells back, patients are given a drug to destroy some of their marrow so the modified cells have more room to grow. Within a few months, normal levels of healthy immune system cells developed in seven boys. Six to 24 months after treatment, all eight are making all the cell types needed to fight infections, and some have successfully received vaccines to further boost their immunity to disease.