Lizzo is the musical artist you need to hear right now

(CNN)If you’re not familiar with Lizzo yet, you’ll be hearing a lot more about her soon. Here’s what else you should know about her. She stopped talking in order to find her voice Lizzo, born as Melissa Viviane Jefferson, grew up in Houston and stopped talking for three months when she was 20 years old. “I don’t know what was wrong. It was dark,” she told Great Big Story. The singer, who turns 31 next week, said she needed to listen to the voice inside of her to learn her life’s purpose. During her self-imposed silence, she decided she wanted to become a singer. Now signed to Atlantic Records, Lizzo wants her music to make the world a better place. …

Planting 1.2 trillion trees could reverse a decade of climate change. Heres how to do it.

via Flying Horse Farms / Flickr Ecologist Thomas Crowther and his colleagues at ETH Zurich, a Swiss university, have determined that planting 1.2 trillion trees would cancel out a decade of carbon emissions. The researchers have also estimated that the planet has over 3 trillion trees, about seven times more than previously thought. “There’s 400 gigatons [of CO2 stored] now in the 3 trillion trees,” Crowther said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Washington, D.C. last February. “If you were to scale that up by another trillion trees, that’s in the order of hundreds of giga-tons captured from the atmosphere – at least 10 years of anthropogenic emissions completely wiped out,” he continued. The effects …

The Latest: Egypt begins vote on extending el-Sissi’s rule

Egyptians have begun voting on constitutional amendments aimed at keeping President el-Sissi in power until 2030. The referendum comes amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi’s government has arrested thousands of people, most of them Islamists but also prominent secular activists, and rolled back freedoms won in a 2011 pro-democracy uprising. The proposed changes were blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule. ___ 8:35 a.m. Egyptians are being asked to vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. The three-day voting period for the nationwide referendum starts at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) Saturday on proposed changes that would also further enshrine the military’s role in politics. …

LAs Plan to Reboot Its Bus SystemUsing Cell Phone Data

The gray buses that roll along Los Angeles' Orange Line don't look like other buses: They're 60 feet long, and their streamlined design means they don't just stop. With some pomp, they arrive. They dock. And today, on a drizzly Sunday, nearly every seat on the Orange Line is taken. The route connects the northwest corner of the San Fernando Valley to a Metro Rail station in North Hollywood, 18 miles and about an hour away. It's perhaps the country's best example of “bus rapid transit,” a grade of service that's supposed to combine the best features of a trolley line with the relative cheapness of a bus. People dig it. Today, the woman next to me is speaking quietly …

Democrats Ran On Lowering Drug Prices. Now They Could Cut A Bad Deal With Donald Trump.

For months now, House Congressional Progressive Caucus about how to lower prescription drug prices. But as details of negotiations between House Speaker Donald Trump have leaked into the public, frustration among progressives is boiling over. Speaking in a personal capacity on Thursday, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) told HuffPost that he and “the overwhelming majority” of his fellow CPC members “will oppose” any prescription drug bill that cedes the government’s authority to regulate drug prices to an independent arbitration firm. It’s a direct challenge to Pelosi ― who is championing arbitration in private ― and an effort to disrupt the talks with Trump, which progressives believe are ignoring their views. “Any bill that allows Pharma to engage in arbitration is inconsistent …

Suitcases stuffed with $6.7M in cash reportedly found at home of Sudan’s ousted president

Large amounts of cash were found in suitcases at the home of ousted Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, seen in this file photo. (AP Photo/Mohamed Abuamrain,) Sudan’s military ousted Bashir following four months of street protests against his rule, then appointed a military council it says will rule for no more than two years while elections are organized. Bashir’s two brothers were arrested Wednesday on charges of corruption, as part of a widespread crackdown on officials and backers of the former government. BROTHERS OF OUSTED SUDANESE RULER ARRESTED, BUT PROTESTERS REFUSE TO LEAVE MILITARY HEADQUARTERS Bashir is being held inside the high-security Kobar prison in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum after being detained at the presidential palace, according to Sky News.

NFL’s Danny Amendola lashes out at ex Olivia Culpo after reports of her getting cozy with Zed

In the post, which has since been deleted, the 33-year-old slammed Culpo, 26, for her “fishbowl lifestyle,” explaining that he chooses to nail up picture frames of the people he loves the most inside his home to protect them from ridicule rather than post about them online. “Olivia chooses and wants to be noticed on the internet and in Hollywood to make money,” Amendola said, claiming her need for media attention was hard for him to understand because he plays ball “for one reason and that’s RESPECT.” Amendola said he and Culpo both made mistakes during the course of their “loving relationship” and mentioned their “crazy” sex life. The football star said Culpo often got angry with him for not …

How Recommendation Algorithms Run the World

This March, a book that advances an outlandish conspiracy theory—a theory whose name I will not mention—soared in Amazon's sales rankings. The book's rise was helped greatly when the ecommerce giant put the book on its carousel of recommended titles, which is shown to shoppers who aren't searching for that particular book. That fueled more curiosity and sales. Which led to more recommendations. The particular conspiracy theory outlined in this book holds that President Donald Trump pretended to collude with Russia precisely to ensure that he would be investigated, which would give him a chance to secretly collaborate with special prosecutor Robert Mueller to investigate and finally arrest former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who belongs to a global satanic cult …

Report: Adele Gave Her Estranged Husband A New House Two Months Before Announcing Split – Perez Hilton

Even though Adele The official legal deed from back in January was clear, stating in no uncertain terms (below): “Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, spouse of Simon Konecki, hereby grants to Simon Konecki, a married man as his sole and separate property.” Hearing that sure sounds like he’ll be able to keep that home after divorce proceedings, one would imagine, though the couple has only just announced their split, of course, and they’re far from going through the inevitable legal wrangling. This new reveal, first reported by Radar Online, comes just days after the Rolling In The Deep singer first announced that she was breaking up with her husband of at least two years. The pair’s relationship has long been shrouded in privacy, though, …

Ilhan Omar: Somali Americans vow to stand up to Trump attacks

After being accused of endangering one of the citys US representatives, the president visited Minneapolis. Activists were there to meet him As she stood in a crowd of protesters, helping hold a long Stand with Ilhan sign outside the trucking company in Burnsville where Donald Trump was about to speak, Habon Abdulle could not help but be swept up in the contradictory emotions of the moment. As a hijab-wearing Muslim woman who speaks with a slight Somali accent, and as executive director of congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her supporters were affiliated with terrorist groups. There was another oldie-but-goodie: that the city of Minneapolis, like many urban centers dealing with an affordable housing shortage driven by an influx of new residents, …

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Comes Up With A Whole New Way To Say She Lied

Sarah Huckabee Sanders now admits that she lied to reporters after President James Comey in 2017. But in both special counsel Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, she wouldn’t use the L-word.  After Trump fired Comey, Sanders told reporters that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in the director. She also claimed to have heard from “countless” members of the agency who were “grateful and thankful” to Trump for firing the director. However, Sanders told this Office that her reference to hearing from ‘countless members of the FBI’ was a ‘slip of the tongue.’ She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey was a comment she made ‘in the heat of the moment’ …

3 candidates vie for North Macedonia presidency

Here is a look at the three candidates, all of whom are university professors: ____ Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, 63 — The first woman to run for president since the country declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Known for her love of yoga and rock-and-roll, Siljanovska, a constitutional law professor, first emerged as a non-partisan candidate promoted by her university. Her nomination is now supported by the main conservative opposition VMRO-DPMNE party. Siljanovska campaigned under the slogan “Justice for Macedonia, fatherland calls.” She has been a vocal opponent of the deal with Greece that changed the country’s name to North Macedonia in return for Athens dropping its objections to the country joining NATO. Siljanovska served as minister without portfolio in 1992-1994 …

Giuliani slams ‘conflicts of interest’ in special counsel’s office: ‘When did Mueller become God?’

White House counsel Don McGahn looks on as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) “You’re treating these people as if they’re fair,” Giuliani told Wallace at one point when asked why Trump didn’t agree to a sit-down interview with special counsel prosecutors. “They’re not.” Elaborating on Mueller’s failure to “exonerate” Trump, Giuliani pointed out that prosecutors are tasked with determining whether there is evidence of a chargeable offense, and aren’t typically in the business of publicly exonerating anyone — especially when complex constitutional considerations are involved, and would make such an exoneration difficult in any event. Giuliani also noted that Mueller’s investigation had concluded unimpeded, …

Mercury Has A Very Large Solid Inner Core

Mercury might be the smallest planet in the Solar System but its mysteries are as big as any other planet’s. A particularly intriguing one is to do with its disproportionally large metallic core, which occupies 85 percent of its volume. The latest analysis suggests that its inner core is solid just like Earth’s. What’s more, despite the fact that Mercury is so small, its inner core might be almost as big as our planet’s. As reported in Geophysical Research Letters, the team estimates that the inner core’s radius is 30 to 70 percent that of the outer (and molten) core.   “Mercury’s interior is still active, due to the molten core that powers the planet’s weak magnetic field, relative to Earth’s,” …

Tottenham win Champions League epic as Llorente stuns Manchester City

Tottenham lost 4-3 but beat Manchester City on away goals to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals Seriously, where do you even start? It was a wild and eccentric night, full of drama and incident, and when the players of Tottenham finally manage to catch their breath they can start looking forward to a Champions League semi-final. They had blown a gaping hole in Manchester Citys hopes of an unprecedented quadruple and, in the process, reached the last four of this competition for the first time. Their celebrations at the end were long and joyous. That, however, tells only part of the story from a match when City led 1-0, trailed 2-1 and then went ahead 3-2, all …

Even Relatively Solitary River Dolphins Have Exceptionally Complex Language

The Araguaian river dolphin is different from most other dolphin species. Besides inhabiting fresh, not salty, water it lives a relatively solitary life, instead of forming large pods. It’s the latter feature that led biologists to expect Araguaians would have much less complex communication tools than their marine counterparts, but this has turned out to be wrong. Instead, there are hundreds of sounds in the Araguaian’s vocabulary, a discovery that may shed light on how marine mammals in general developed their communication tools. Dr Laura May Collado of the University of Vermont studied the inhabitants of the Tocantins River and its tributary the Araguaia, which the dolphins are named after. “We found that they do interact socially and are making …