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Ouch! Germany replaces U.S. as country with best global image

Germany replaces the USA as country with best global image

Germany has replaced the United States as the country with the best "brand image," according to a new study of 50 countries released Thursday.

The Nation Brands Index (NBI) survey by German-based market research firm GfK and the British political consultant Simon Anholt measured public opinion around the world on "the power and quality of each country's 'brand image.'"

Germany moved up to first place after coming in second in 2016. The U.S. dropped from top to sixth, with France, Britain, Canada and Japan taking spots two to five.

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NASA considers which cities will flood as ice sheets melts

NASA : NYC first to flood as Antarctic ice sheets meltAs ice sheets on Greenland and Antartica melt, which cities are most liable to flood? NASA scientists have built a new simulation to help coastal planners find answers.

Scientists know where meltwater will enter the ocean, but a combination of factors determining where that excess water will end up is more complicated.

The new simulation analyzes the planet's spin rate and gravitational field to more accurately predict how meltwater will be redistributed globally -- revealing where sea levels will rise most dramatically.

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Researchers: CTE was detected in living former NFL player

CTE found in living football player For the first time, research has confirmed that scientists successfully detected chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- known commonly as CTE -- in a living former professional football player.

Scientists detected signs of the dementia-like disease in former player Fred McNeill four years ago, but it's not possible to confirm CTE until after a patient's death. McNeill died in 2015, and confirmation he had the disease was made last week in the journal Neurosurgery, scientists said Wednesday.

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Trump administration lifts ban on importing heads of hunted elephants

Trump administration lifts ban on importing elephant heads

The Trump administration confirmed Thursday it lifted a ban that had prohibited hunters from importing trophies of elephants killed in two African nations, reversing a 2014 rule put in place by the Obama White House.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told NBC News that the agency had “determined that the hunting and management programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will enhance the survival of the species in the wild.”

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UCLA Basketball Players Admit To Shoplifting In China, Are Suspended From Team

UCLA basketball players admit to shoplifting in China

Three UCLA freshmen have been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team, one day after returning home from China, where they were detained and accused of shoplifting, announced head coach Steve Alford at a news conference at the university on Wednesday.

"They're going to have to regain the trust of this athletic department, of this university, and because this was such a high-profile international matter, the trust of the general public," Alford said, adding that the school is working through a review process with its office of student conduct.

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Top Massachusetts Police Officials Retire After Trooper Sues Over Altered Arrest Report

Ryan Sceviour resigned

The two top Massachusetts State Police officials abruptly retired just days after a trooper filed a lawsuit claiming he was disciplined for not initially editing an arrest report on a judge’s daughter.

Col. Richard McKeon, who headed the force, and Deputy Superintendent Francis Hughes, the second-in-command, both left the police force on Tuesday. McKeon’s retirement came three days earlier than he had originally planned, The Boston Herald reported. He had announced his retirement last week as furor mounted over the arrest report and a lawsuit was filed by state trooper Ryan Sceviour.

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Christopher Steele believes his dossier on Trump-Russia is 70-90% accurate

Christopher Steele believes his dossier is 70 -90% correct

Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who compiled an explosive dossier of allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, believes it to 70% to 90% accurate, according to a new book on the covert Russian intervention in the 2016 US election.

The book, Collusion: How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win, by Guardian journalist Luke Harding, quotes Steele as telling friends that he believes his reports – based on sources cultivated over three decades of intelligence work – will be vindicated as the US special counsel investigation digs deeper into contacts between Trump, his associates and Moscow.

“I’ve been dealing with this country for thirty years. Why would I invent this stuff?” Steele is quoted as saying.

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Fox News viewers outraged after Shepard Smith debunks Hillary Clinton uranium ‘scandal’

Shepard Smith debunks uranium conspiracy theory that FOX promoted

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is under fire from his own viewers after he debunked what the network dubbed the Hillary Clinton uranium “scandal.”

Some even suggested he ought to look for work at liberal rivals CNN and MSNBC.

Smith resuscitated the alleged scandal as Republicans on Capitol Hill again called for a special counsel to investigate Clinton.  He called the accusations against her “inaccurate.”

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Australia's PM wants marriage equality by Christmas after 'overwhelming' vote

Australia's PM wants marriage equality by Xmas after overwhelming vote

The Australian parliament must commit to deliver marriage equality by Christmas, the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has said after an “unequivocal, overwhelming” vote of 61.6% in favour of same-sex marriage in an unprecedented national postal survey.

As nationwide celebrations heralded a result that will give enormous momentum to a final push to achieve the historic social reform, Turnbull moved to head off attempts from conservatives in his ruling Liberal-National Coalition to frustrate or delay the legislative process.

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