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The biodegradable burial pod that turns your body into a tree

(CNN)Your carbon footprint doesn’t end in the grave. Once buried, they say, the biodegradable plastic shell breaks down and the remains provide nutrients to a sapling planted right above it. Bretzel and Citelli believe that death is as closely related to consumerism as life. Their goal? To create cemeteries full of trees rather than tombstones, reduce waste, and create new life out of death. Although sowing a seed on top of the Capsula may sound like an attractive concept, Jacqueline Aitkenhead-Peterson, Associate Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop…

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Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of church sex abuse scandal, dead at 86

(CNN)Cardinal Bernard Law, the former Boston archbishop who resigned in disgrace during the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal, has died, the Vatican confirmed. He was 86. Law’s name became emblematic of the scandal that continues to trouble the church and its followers after a Boston Globe investigation revealed that he and other bishops covered up child abuse by priests in the Boston Archdiocese. The group advised the Vatican to keep the abuse survivors in mind when planning Law’s funeral. “Every single Catholic should ask Pope Francis and the Vatican why,”…

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Scores Die as Mexico Rocked by Month’s Second Major Quake

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City, killing scores throughout the region, reducing buildings to rubble and sending thousands fleeing in panic during the second temblor this month. The quake ravaged the far-flung region of more than 20 million people, and images showed structures burning and exploding, some suddenly losing integrity and collapsing into billowing dust clouds. The death toll was uncertain, but the Televisa network reported at least 94 had perished in the densely populated national capital and elsewhere. People remove debris from a collapsed building in Mexico…

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Maria Becomes Hurricane, Putting Caribbean in the Crosshairs Again

For the third time this month, a hurricane is spinning toward the already battered Caribbean and gathering strength along the way. The National Hurricane Center upgraded tropical storm Maria to a hurricane Sunday as winds picked up to 75 miles per hour. The storm, 140 miles (225 kilometers) east-northeast of Barbados, is intensifying, and hurricane warnings have been issued for the islands of Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat. Watches are in place for locations including the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, Anguilla and St. Barthelemy — all…

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NFL TV Ratings Slump Again

Fewer people watched the opening week of National Football League coverage than they did last year, a decline TV executives chalk up to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Cable news and the Weather Channel almost tripled their audiences in prime time and grew fourfold during the day, according to data from the networks, drawing fans away from football. “Thursday Night Football” was down 13 percent, and Sunday games on CBS also declined. “Sunday Night Football” on

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Martin Shkrelis One-of-a-Kind Wu-Tang Album Listed for Sale on EBay

The one and only copy of, an album by the Wu-Tang Clan purchased by former pharmaceutical executive-turned-convicted criminal Martin Shkreli, was listed for sale on EBay at a deep discount to the $2 million he paid for it.  The  Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg The EBay listing for the recording states “this is the one and only Wu-Tang album,” going on to say that Shkreli “decided to purchase this album as a gift to the Wu-Tang Clan for their tremendous musical output. Instead I received scorn from at least one of their (least-intelligent) members,…

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A $150 Billion Misfire: How Disaster Models Got Irma Wrong

Twenty miles may have made a $150 billion difference. Estimates for the damage Hurricane Irma would inflict on Florida kept mounting as it made its devastating sweep across the Caribbean. It was poised to be the costliest U.S. storm on record. Then something called the Bermuda High intervened and tripped it up. “We got very lucky,” said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If Irma had passed 20 miles west of Marco Island instead of striking it on Sunday, “the damage would have been astronomical.” A…

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Cruise Lines Send Ships to Caribbean on Hurricane Rescue Mission

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. are sending some of their empty ships to the Caribbean to help evacuate stranded tourists and bring much-needed supplies to islands severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Norwegian expects to pick up 2,000 travelers unable to leave the island of St. Thomas prior to the storm. Its ship, Norwegian Sky, which normally cruises between Miami and the Bahamas, is sailing from its present location off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, and is expected to arrive in St. Thomas Monday. The effort is being organized by the…

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Equifaxs Hacking Nightmare Gets Even Worse For Victims

After Equifax Inc. revealed that sensitive data on two of every five Americans was exposed in a cyberattack, thousands logged onto a company website to see if they were at risk. For many, the site didn’t work at first. But for those who got through, a nasty surprise was waiting. If your data had been stolen, Equifax offered a free year of credit monitoring known as “TrustedID Premier.” But some fine print may also mean that consumers who agree would be giving up the right to sue over many types of…

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Rajan Warned Modi Against Cash Ban, New Book Shows

The man who predicted the 2008 global financial crisis also presaged the damage Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unprecedented cash ban would cause to India’s economy. Raghuram Rajan was governor of the Reserve Bank of India in February 2016, when he was asked by the government for his views on demonetization, according to Rajan’s book "I do what I do", the first time he’s spoken about his experience in the country. "Although there may be long-term benefits, I felt the likely short-term economic costs would outweigh them, and felt there were potentially…

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Future Hurricanes Will Be Worse Than Harvey

How powerful would Hurricane Harvey have been in 1880? How much stronger might it be in 2100? A single Hurricane Harvey has been more than anyone can bear. But to better prepare cities for future storms, researchers are preparing to re-watch Harvey thousands of times. They’ve already been studying earlier storms, and their conclusions don’t bode well for the decades to come.  In the months and years after Superstorm Sandy’s 2012 assault on New Jersey and New York, Gary Lackmann, an atmospheric science professor at North Carolina State University, was asked how…

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Wells Fargo Boosts Fake-Account Estimate 67% to 3.5 Million

Wells Fargo & Co. raised its estimate for how many bogus accounts employees may have created, a sign the bank is still struggling to move past a scandal that sparked record fines and congressional investigations. An outside review into more than 165 million deposit and credit-card accounts found an additional 1.4 million that were potentially unauthorized, bringing the total to about 3.5 million, according to a statement Thursday from the San Francisco-based firm. The revised estimate covers January 2009 to September 2016, almost twice as long as the period examined…

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Harvey Hits U.S. Oil Hub With Massive Winds, Torrential Rain

Harvey became the strongest hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, making landfall in the heart of the U.S. energy sector and bringing the danger of a life-threatening storm surge. Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 storm between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas, packing gusts strong enough to strip the roof off houses and menacing Houston, the country’s fourth-largest city, the U.S. Tanker trucks enter a refinery ahead of Hurricane Harvey in Texas City, on Aug. 25. Category 4 In addition to its economic impacts, Harvey prompted…

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Wall Street Banks Are Sending Warning Signals

1) We Could Be Close to a Downturn The rally looks like it’s about to peter out, say analysts at banks like HSBC Holdings Plc, Citigroup Inc., and Morgan Stanley. They’re looking at the relationships between stocks, bonds, and commodities—and they’re worried people may be ignoring fundamentals. “Just like they did in the run-up to the 2007 crisis, investors are pricing assets based on the risks specific to an individual security and industry, and shrugging off broader drivers,” Societe Generale SA 2) The New iPhone Won’t Blow You Away Not with…

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The Pope’s ‘blind spot’ on sexual abuse

(CNN)Last December, Pope Francis wrote a letter to bishops around the world, lamenting the pain his church has caused sexually abused children. The accusations against Pell set two of Francis’ chief aims at odds. While he has pledged to punish officials complicit in sexual abuse, he is also loath to believe “gossip,” as he calls it, and quick to offer mercy to sinners, especially those with whom he has close ties. “He has a blind spot when it comes to people close to him,” said John Thavis, author of “The…

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