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Photograph of Joe Biden talking with homeless man in Washington DC goes viral

Photograph of Joe Biden talking with homeless man in Washington DC goes viralAn image of former Vice President Joe Biden speaking with a homeless man in Washington DC has gone viral, being shared more than 100,000 times on Facebook. The photograph was taken by Caleb Baca on Thursday night, according to local television station Fox 5, but was posted into Facebook businessman Paul Equale, with that post being shared 103,000 times since it was posted on Friday – with more than 148,000 people reacting to it. Speaking about Mr Biden, he added that “character is about what you do when no one is watching”.



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UK police officer harmed by nerve agent now talking: minister

UK police officer harmed by nerve agent now talking: ministerA British police officer who was harmed by a nerve agent used in an attack on a Russian ex-spy is now able to talk to people although his condition remains serious, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Thursday. Former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on Sunday on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury and have been in a critical condition in hospital since then. An unnamed police officer who was at the scene was also hospitalized.



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Trump risks following Nixon mistake in talking with witnesses

Trump risks following Nixon mistake in talking with witnessesMichael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian, talks with Ari Melber about how New York Times reporting on Donald Trump talking to Robert Mueller witnesses compares to past presidents also taking such legally ill-advised action.



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GOP Lawmaker On Rob Porter Abuse Allegations: 'Why Are We Still Talking About It?'

GOP Lawmaker On Rob Porter Abuse Allegations: 'Why Are We Still Talking About It?'A Republican House member seems a bit confused why the public is still discussing the domestic abuse allegations that forced White House staff secretary Rob Porter from his job last week.



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GOP Lawmaker On Rob Porter Abuse Allegations: 'Why Are We Still Talking About It?'

GOP Lawmaker On Rob Porter Abuse Allegations: 'Why Are We Still Talking About It?'A Republican House member seems a bit confused why the public is still discussing the domestic abuse allegations that forced White House staff secretary Rob Porter from his job last week.



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World’s first talking killer whale: Wikie the orca learns to say ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’

World’s first talking killer whale: Wikie the orca learns to say ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’Whales are known for their impressive communications skills which allow pods to ‘talk’ to each other through complex clicks and singing, even when they are 100 miles apart. But a new experiment has shown the mammals are also apparently capable of mimicking human speech, a feat that was previously believed to be limited to primates, birds, elephants, dolphins and seals. Scientists say they have recorded a killer whale named Wikie repeating the words ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’, counting up to three, and even saying the name of her trainer ‘Amy.’ The 14-year-old orca lives in Marineland at Antibes, France, and is the first in the world ever recorded by scientists allegedly saying human words. The achievement is even more remarkable because whales do not have the same vocal ability as humans having evolved to make their own sounds underwater. While humans use the larynx to speak, whales produce sounds through their nasal passages using bursts of air. An orca whale in the wild  Recently scientists have discovered that whales have different ‘accents’ or ‘cultures’ and the new study suggests that those differences are picked up when young through imitation of adults, in a similar way to how children learn to speak through copying. Writing in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, José Abramson of the Complutense University of Madrid, said: “Vocal imitation is a hallmark of human spoken language, which, along with other advanced cognitive skills, has fuelled the evolution of human culture. “We found that the subject made recognizable copies of all familiar and novel and human sounds tested and did so relatively quickly, most during the first 10 trials and three in the first attempt. “Our results lend support to the hypothesis that the vocal variants observed in natural populations of this species can be socially learned by imitation.” Whales are known to communicate over one hundred miles and have their own dialect and cultures  Credit: AP Photo/Miami Seaquarium In the wild, killer whales live in pods and each has its own dialect, which includes calls that are completely unique to themselves. Some clicks are even thought to represent names. But it was unclear where that knowledge came from. Previously killer whales have been observed mimicking the barks of sea lions and the whistles of sea dolphins and beluga whales have been filmed apparently imitating humans, but until now no controlled experiments have been carried out to verify the reports. In the new trial, Wikie was trained to understand a ‘copy’ signal then invited to repeat 11 completely new sounds given by her trainer. They included words and also noises such as an elephant call, a wolf howl and a creaking door. Wikie was given a fish or an affectionate pat when she achieved the sound to reinforce the learning. Six judges were then asked to rate whether the vocalisation matched the original word or noise. The researchers concluded: “In sum, Wikie made recognizable copies of the demonstrated sound judged in real time by two observers, Wikie’s trainer and one experimenter, later confirmed by both after listening to the recordings. “The subject’s matching accuracy is all the more remarkable as she was able to accomplish it in response to sounds presented in-air and not in-water, the species’ usual medium for acoustic communication. “It is conceivable that our data represent a conservative estimate of the killer whale’s capacity for vocal imitation.” The whale words were also analysed in waveform and matched the human words when the acoustical recordings were compared. Dr Alex Thornton, senior lecturer in cognitive evolution at the University of Exeter, said: “We still don't fully understand why some animals learn to mimic, but there are a few possibilities. “In some cases, mimicking might be deceptive. Fork-tailed drongos in the Kalahari, for instance, copy meerkat alarm calls so that the meerkats drop their food in alarm and the drongo can swoop in and steal it. “In other cases, copying sounds might be a way of showing off to potential mates. If a male is good at learning to make lots of different noises, females might use this as an indication that they are also good at learning to find food and feed offspring. “Finally, in some cases copying sounds might help to identify an individual as a member of a group. Some whales, for example, learn their calls from one another and so have local vocal dialects that mark them out as members of their social group.”



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World’s first talking killer whale: Wikie the orca learns to say ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’

World’s first talking killer whale: Wikie the orca learns to say ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’Whales are known for their impressive communications skills which allow pods to ‘talk’ to each other through complex clicks and singing, even when they are 100 miles apart. But a new experiment has shown the mammals are also apparently capable of mimicking human speech, a feat that was previously believed to be limited to primates, birds, elephants, dolphins and seals. Scientists say they have recorded a killer whale named Wikie repeating the words ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’, counting up to three, and even saying the name of her trainer ‘Amy.’ The 14-year-old orca lives in Marineland at Antibes, France, and is the first in the world ever recorded by scientists allegedly saying human words. The achievement is even more remarkable because whales do not have the same vocal ability as humans having evolved to make their own sounds underwater. While humans use the larynx to speak, whales produce sounds through their nasal passages using bursts of air. An orca whale in the wild  Recently scientists have discovered that whales have different ‘accents’ or ‘cultures’ and the new study suggests that those differences are picked up when young through imitation of adults, in a similar way to how children learn to speak through copying. Writing in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, José Abramson of the Complutense University of Madrid, said: “Vocal imitation is a hallmark of human spoken language, which, along with other advanced cognitive skills, has fuelled the evolution of human culture. “We found that the subject made recognizable copies of all familiar and novel and human sounds tested and did so relatively quickly, most during the first 10 trials and three in the first attempt. “Our results lend support to the hypothesis that the vocal variants observed in natural populations of this species can be socially learned by imitation.” Whales are known to communicate over one hundred miles and have their own dialect and cultures  Credit: AP Photo/Miami Seaquarium In the wild, killer whales live in pods and each has its own dialect, which includes calls that are completely unique to themselves. Some clicks are even thought to represent names. But it was unclear where that knowledge came from. Previously killer whales have been observed mimicking the barks of sea lions and the whistles of sea dolphins and beluga whales have been filmed apparently imitating humans, but until now no controlled experiments have been carried out to verify the reports. In the new trial, Wikie was trained to understand a ‘copy’ signal then invited to repeat 11 completely new sounds given by her trainer. They included words and also noises such as an elephant call, a wolf howl and a creaking door. Wikie was given a fish or an affectionate pat when she achieved the sound to reinforce the learning. Six judges were then asked to rate whether the vocalisation matched the original word or noise. The researchers concluded: “In sum, Wikie made recognizable copies of the demonstrated sound judged in real time by two observers, Wikie’s trainer and one experimenter, later confirmed by both after listening to the recordings. “The subject’s matching accuracy is all the more remarkable as she was able to accomplish it in response to sounds presented in-air and not in-water, the species’ usual medium for acoustic communication. “It is conceivable that our data represent a conservative estimate of the killer whale’s capacity for vocal imitation.” The whale words were also analysed in waveform and matched the human words when the acoustical recordings were compared. Dr Alex Thornton, senior lecturer in cognitive evolution at the University of Exeter, said: “We still don't fully understand why some animals learn to mimic, but there are a few possibilities. “In some cases, mimicking might be deceptive. Fork-tailed drongos in the Kalahari, for instance, copy meerkat alarm calls so that the meerkats drop their food in alarm and the drongo can swoop in and steal it. “In other cases, copying sounds might be a way of showing off to potential mates. If a male is good at learning to make lots of different noises, females might use this as an indication that they are also good at learning to find food and feed offspring. “Finally, in some cases copying sounds might help to identify an individual as a member of a group. Some whales, for example, learn their calls from one another and so have local vocal dialects that mark them out as members of their social group.”



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Analysis: With Koreas talking again, should US be worried?

Analysis: With Koreas talking again, should US be worried?TOKYO (AP) — North Korea is starting off the year with a fresh diplomatic initiative aimed at wooing South Korea ahead of its hosting of next month's Winter Olympics. But it's sticking to a decidedly harsh — and familiar — message for President Donald Trump: back off and let Koreans solve their own problems.



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After a Two-Year Silence, North and South Korea Are Finally Talking. Here's What to Expect

After a Two-Year Silence, North and South Korea Are Finally Talking. Here's What to ExpectThe Olympics may provide an avenue for resurrecting dialogue



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The Wildest Moments From ‘Fire And Fury,’ The Trump Book Everyone Is Talking About

The Wildest Moments From ‘Fire And Fury,’ The Trump Book Everyone Is Talking AboutWASHINGTON ― Journalist Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury drew outsize attention this week, when excerpts were released that featured members of President Donald Trump’s administration openly questioning his mental stability, as well as explosive comments from his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon.



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