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Delay Those New Year’s Plans: 2016 Is Getting A Leap Second

WASHINGTON (AP) — Already a leap year, 2016 will drag on a bit longer. International timekeepers are adding a leap second at year’s end. Because Earth is slowing down a tad, occasionally timekeepers insert another second or two to match Earth’s rotation and the precise atomic clocks. U.S. Naval Observatory’s Geoff Chester says the tides’ interaction with the moon and other factors, including warmer, denser waters from El Nino, cause Earth to take longer to go full circle each day. Timekeepers announced Wednesday that on Dec. 31, at 11:59 p.m. and 59 seconds Universal Time (6:59 p.m. Eastern Time),...

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After Dalai Lama met Lady Gaga, China warns of his motives

BEIJING (AP) — China warned people to be aware of what it said are nefarious motives of the Dalai Lama after he met with Lady Gaga on a trip to the U.S. and spoke about love and compassion. “The purpose of his visits and activities in other countries is just to promote his proposal for Tibetan independence,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Monday. Beijing regularly vilifies the Tibetans’ spiritual leader as a political figure who advocates splitting the Himalayan region of Tibet from the rest of China. The Dalai Lama says he simply wants a higher degree of...

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Julia Roberts Walks Cannes Red Carpet Barefoot

CANNES, France (AP) — Julia Roberts ascended the famed red-carpet steps to the Cannes Film Festival barefoot, a year after several women were famously turned away from the festival’s premieres for not wearing high heels. At the premiere of Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster” on Thursday, Roberts went shoeless to climb the steps that conclude Cannes’ iconic carpet. She slipped out of her heels, bundled up her flowing black gown and bounded barefoot up the stairs. Protocol on Cannes’ red carpet is extremely rigid. Last year, several attendees were denied entry for wearing flat shoes and a media storm erupted....

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SpaceX Provides Platform For Stargate Research Center for UT-RGV

(Edinburg Politics ) For The UT System, the arrival of SpaceX provides a platform for the establishment of STARGATE – the first research center of excellence for the new UT Rio Grande Valley. STARGATE is a cooperative effort with SpaceX to develop and support commercialization of phased-array technology for satellite and space vehicle communication. The STARGATE facility will be a radio frequency technology park located adjacent to the SpaceX launch site command center. SpaceX will assemble and launch their signature advanced rockets and spacecraft, with launches every month at the Boca Chica Beach site. When not being used for...

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Iran’s atomic chief visits Prague to talk nuclear business

PRAGUE (AP) — With sanctions lifted, the head of Iran’s nuclear program came to talk business with Czech leaders. The Czech Foreign Ministry said the two-day visit by Iran’s vice president and nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, focused on developing a bilateral nuclear cooperation. The Czechs say that would contribute to better international control of Iran’s nuclear program. Iran is seeking help from European nations to better its civilian program. After their meeting on the first day of Salehi’s visit on Monday, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said a nuclear energy cooperation with Iran in particular “represents a huge...

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7 of the Most Challenging Schools across U.S. Located in RGV

The Washington Post revealed their list of most challenging schools across the country and seven of them are right here in the Rio Grande Valley. But what is the secret behind all of the success? Academics at IDEA public schools in the valley are outperforming other schools across the United States by being in the top 1%. But such recognition has not come easily… schools are rated on what Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews calls “the challenge index.” “This consists of a total number of advanced placements, international baccalaureate and Cambridge tests given in a school year divided...

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$52 Million to be Invested in Pharr providing a positive economic impact

$52 million is being invested in the city of Pharr. Three companies are moving into town which officials say will provide more than 100 job opportunities for Pharr residents with an economic impact of more than $170 million. “These will be cold store facilities that will support the international trade when it comes to fruits and vegetables.” A press conference making the announcement will take place tomorrow at the Pharr economic development building located at 1215 south Cage Boulevard at 11:00 am. Everyone is welcome to attend. Recommended: No...

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‘Batman v Superman’ shrugs off bad reviews, opens to $170M

NEW YORK (AP) — Faster than a speeding bullet and impervious to lousy reviews, the superhero faceoff “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” rebounded from a smack down from critics to debut with a massive $170.1 million in North America, the sixth best opening of all-time. The stakes were high for the Warner Bros. release, which cost $250 million to make and about $150 million to market. But the studio’s bid to launch a DC Comics universe to rival Marvel’s empire was met with persistent PR pains and numerous changes in the release date. It fought skepticism over Ben...

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’10 Cloverfield Lane’ opens well, but ‘Zootopia’ roars

NEW YORK (AP) — Moviegoers didn’t have much to go on with the mysterious “10 Cloverfield Lane,” but the words “Cloverfield” and “J.J. Abrams” were enough. The Abrams-produced monster movie, a so-called “spiritual successor” to 2008’s found-footage hit “Cloverfield,” opened with a better-than-expected $25.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was good enough for second place to the Disney animated hit “Zootopia,” which stayed on top with $50 million in its second week, a slide of only 33 percent from its opening weekend. The weekend’s biggest disappointment was Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Brothers Grimsby,” which flopped with a mere...

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Global stock markets, oil price turn lower

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower as another drop in the price of oil and some weak corporate earnings got trading off to a gloomy start. Oil companies sank along with the price of crude early Friday. Chevron fell 1 percent. Several companies were also falling after releasing weak earnings or outlooks. Deere & Co. and Nordstrom sank after their forecasts disappointed investors, and Ameren and VF Corp. fell after their results came up short of estimates. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 103 points, or 0.7 percent, to 16,301 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern...

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