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Middlebury College professor asked students to calculate dose of lethal gas used in Nazi gas chambers

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A Middlebury College chemistry professor’s exam question asked students to calculate the lethal dose of the poisonous gas used by Nazis during the Holocaust, reports say.

In the question, professor Jeff Byers asked students to calculate the amount of Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) that would be a lethal dose in a particular room, the student-run newspaper, The Middlebury Campus, reported.

HCN, the question’s preamble said, was a poisonous gas used by Nazi Germany “to horrific ends in the gas chambers during The Holocaust.”

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The gas chamber question came to light in the student-run satirical newspaper, The Local Noodle, the Middlebury Campus reported.

The Vermont liberal arts college said last week that it was investigating the incident under the terms of its faculty misconduct policy. Meanwhile, Byers has taken a leave of absence.

“This inexplicable failure of judgment trivializes one of the most horrific events in world history, violates core institutional values, and simply has no place on our campus,” Middlebury President Laurie Patton wrote in a statement last week. “We expect our faculty to teach and lead with thoughtfulness, good judgment, and maturity. To say we have fallen short in this instance is an understatement.”

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The school said an investigation into Byers’ past exams also found a second objectionable exam question that made references to the Ku Klux Klan, that “appeared to be humorous in intent, but which was gratuitous and offensive.”

Patton did not elaborate on what exactly the question asked.

Byers apologized to students in a letter posted on the school’s website on April 10.

“I apologize and take full responsibility for my actions in administering two examinations in the last year containing questions that were clearly offensive, hurtful, and injurious to our students,” he wrote. “I can offer no explanation for my actions other than carelessness and hubris.”

The school’s Community Bias Response Team, which is charged with assessing and responding to bias incidents, sent out a campuswide email criticizing both the exam question and The Local Noodle for making light of it, The Middlebury Campus reported.

The news of the exam comes at the same time the college decided Wednesday to cancel a lecture by conservative Polish politician Ryszard Legutko. The university cited safety concerns.

The decision comes two years after the school was the site of a rowdy protest against conservative author Charles Murray that saw a Middlebury professor injured.

The student-run newspaper had described Legutko as a critic of LGBTQ activists, multiculturalism and liberal democracy.

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Patton said in a campus-wide message on Thursday that the college has experienced several incidents of bias in recent weeks “that are causing pain and anger in our community,” but did not specify what those were.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Korea nuclear impasse looms over US-Japan talks

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Stalled negotiations over dismantling North Korea’s nuclear program are looming over high-level talks between the U.S. and Japan.

Just a day after North Korea called for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to be removed as President Donald Trump’s top negotiator, he and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan were meeting at the State Department Friday with their Japanese counterparts to plot a way forward.

U.S. officials say they remain open to resuming the talks with North Korea but Pompeo has not yet reacted to the North Korean demand, which followed what it said was a test of a new tactical weapon.

The nuclear talks have been at an impasse since Trump’s second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement in Vietnam in late February.

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California ‘house of horrors’ parents face life in prison; 911 call from daughter released: ‘Sometimes we live in filth’

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The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured some of their 13 children face being sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Friday, a day after the 911 call from one of their daughters which helped lead to their downfall was released.

David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court in February to torture and other abuse and neglect so severe it stunted their children’s growth, led to muscle wasting and left two girls unable to bear children.

Their 17-year-old daughter was able to escape the filthy home in a middle-class section of Perris, about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. She jumped out of the window and used a cell phone to alert authorities. ABC News obtained the 911 call the girl made to authorities, pleading for help.

“I’ve never been out,” the teen told the dispatcher. “I don’t go out much.”

CALIFORNIA ‘HOUSE OF HORRORS’ PARENTS PLEAD GUILTY

“My parents are abusive,” she said in the call. “My two little sisters right now are chained up right now … they’re chained up to their bed.”

“Sometimes we live in filth and sometimes I wake up and I can’t breathe because how dirty the house is,” she told the dispatcher.

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In this June 20, 2018, file photo Louise Turpin, left, and her husband, David Turpin, right, appear for a preliminary hearing in Superior Court in Riverside, Calif.  (AP)

When asked by the dispatcher when the last time she took a bath, she replied, “I don’t know. Almost a year ago.”

Authorities arrived at the home in January 2018 and were shocked by what they saw. A 22-year-old son was chained to a bed and two girls had just been set free from their shackles. The house was covered in filth and the stench of human waste was overwhelming, police said.

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Authorities said the children barely left the home except for the occasional family vacation, slept most of the day and were mostly kept in their rooms.

The children said they were beaten, caged and shackled to beds if they didn’t obey their parents. The children ranged in age from 2 to 29.

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David Turpin, 57, had been an engineer for Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Louise Turpin, 50, was listed as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing.

It was not immediately clear if any of the children will attend the sentencing, but they will be offered a chance to speak or can offer written statements to be read in court.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Great white shark reveals razor-like teeth as it attempts to chomp photographer’s camera

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This time, it’s personal.

A giant great white shark opened wide as it attempted to make a meal out of wildlife photographer Peter Kragh’s camera. Kragh shared the jaw-dropping footage taken during a trip off Guadalupe Island in Mexico on social media last month.

“Surprise!” Kragh captioned a March 26 Instagram clip that shows the great white launching its body out of the water.

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Kragh estimated the shark was at least 15 feet long, according to the Daily Mail.

He told the British newspaper on Thursday that he wasn’t in any serious danger, and kept his hands out of the water. The camera was hanging off the side of the boat, partially in the ocean, as the shark made its impromptu debut.

Days later, Kragh — a marine life photographer who has been featured on programs such as “Planet Earth” on BBC and National Geographic’s “Secret Life of Predators”— shared another video of a great white shark putting on an epic display near Mexico.

“Great white shark breach I totally missed w my drone,” he captioned the video.

According to the tourism company Nautilus Liveaboards, which offers cage diving packages, Guadalupe Island is one of the top destinations for shark watching.

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“This small volcanic island, located in the Pacific 240 kilometers (150 miles) off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-seeing consistency and conditions. Only Guadalupe Island can boast shark viewing in beautiful clear blue water with 100 – 150-foot visibility,” the tourism company states on its website.

Great white sharks can grow up to 20 feet long and weigh up to 2.5 tons, making them the largest predatory fish to roam the sea, according to National Geographic. But they’re not as lethal as you might imagine.

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“Of the 100-plus annual shark attacks worldwide, fully one-third to one-half are attributable to great whites,” National Geographic reports. “However, most of these are not fatal, and new research finds that great whites, who are naturally curious, are ‘sample biting’ then releasing their victims rather than preying on humans.”

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‘Dead’ dog escapes grave, shocks owners, after being accidentally buried alive

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In headlines that mirror a horror flick, an elderly dog in Russia recently shocked its owners when it returned from the grave, alive and well, after being accidentally buried alive.

Two sisters in the village of Novonikolsk, Primorsky Krai, recently buried their 18-year-old dog named Dik after he remained motionless “for a long time,” apparently having passed away in his sleep, International Business Times reports.

The heartbroken owners took the pooch to a local pet cemetery and said what they thought would be goodbye forever — but Dik had other plans.

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Reportedly laid to rest in a shallow grave, Dik was able to dig himself out of the earth, and was soon found “exhausted” on the side of a road by passersby. The rescuers took the pup to Otkroi Svoe Serdtse (Open Your Heart) animal shelter, where officials shared photos of the lost dog to social media, according to The Daily Mirror. Catching wind of the news, Dik’s overwhelmed owners were able to retrieve him again.

“Dik’s owners thought that he was dead after failing to wake him up,” Irina Mudrova, head of the shelter, said of the unbelievable story, as translated by The Sun. “Fortunately, they buried him not deep underground and he managed to get to the surface after regaining consciousness.”

“His owners, two elderly sisters, came to take him home and cried. They were very grateful and donated $80 to our shelter.”

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Social media commenters in Russia, meanwhile, were quick to liken the tale to the big screen reboot of Stephen King’s 1983 “Pet Sematary,” which premiered in American theatres on April 5.

In the horror flick, a family’s life unravels when they bury their pet cat in a spooky animal graveyard in the woods behind their new home – and the feline returns from the dead.

“I wonder, have Dik’s owners read Pet Sematary? Are they afraid for their lives?” one cheeky commenter wondered, as per The Sun.

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Gingrich suggests Nadler’s push to further probe Mueller report is an attempt to save his job in the House

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is suggesting Friday that Democrat Jerry Nadler’s push for a fully unredacted Mueller report — and his insistence to get the Special Counsel to testify on Capitol Hill – are desperation moves in an effort to save his job as House Judiciary Committee Chairman.

The comments from Gingrich come as Democrats are still floating the possibility of trying to impeach Trump, despite Mueller in his report not finding any evidence of collusion with Russia and not reaching a verdict on the obstruction issue.

“Look at poor Jerry Nadler’s problem,” Gingrich said Friday on ‘Fox & Friends’. “The left wing of his party is going berserk, they all want to find a way to keep this up, his presidential candidates are going berserk.

“He can’t as Chairman, not look like he is doing something – or they will, frankly, take away his chairmanship,” Gingrich added. “And that’s the dance in the House right now.”

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U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks Thursday following the release of a redacted version of the Mueller report. (AP)

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Nadler – a frequent Trump critic – said yesterday that the redacted version of the report released by the Justice Department “outlines disturbing evidence” that Trump engaged in misconduct and possibly obstructed justice. The New York Democrat also noted that Attorney General Bill Barr will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee next month and he has requested that Robert Mueller also appear before the committee to testify on his findings.

“Let him testify. I don’t have a problem with that,” Gingrich said about Mueller. “Let him come in and say ‘hey, I spent two years, interviewed 500 people, had an entire team of lawyers, spent 25 million dollars’ – it ain’t there.

“My guess is that Mueller will be a pretty impressive witness,” Gingrich also said. “But he will be a witness for ending the process.”

Gingrich concluded his ‘Fox & Friends’ interview by saying that he believes President Trump will come out stronger following the Mueller report’s release.

“Here’s a guy who, while he has 90 percent negative press coverage and he has an ongoing investigation, he just plows ahead,” Gingrich said. “I think you have to assume, now that he has been exonerated in every possible way, he’s going to be stronger, his re-election is going to be more likely.

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“People around the world are going to accommodate him,” he added. “They are going to start saying ‘you know, I gotta deal with this guy through 2024’.”

And that, Gingrich says, is “an enormous change from a week ago.”

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Britney Spears’ father reportedly banned ‘Extra’ staff member for taking a selfie

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Britney Spears’ dad and sole conservator Jamie Spears banned a former “Extra” producer, Carlo De Santis, from ever working with the singer again, De Santis said, after he posted an unapproved selfie with the singer.

“Remember that time @britneyspears’ dad had me banned from ever working with her again because I didn’t ask HIM for permission to [post] a photo she HERSELF consented to? Yeah, #FREEBRITNEY,” De Santis posted online Thursday along with a 2016 image he posted with the singer.

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“Extra” host Mario Lopez seemingly confirmed the story, by commenting on the post, “Hahaha I remember!”

Page Six has previously reported that fans of Britney’s have been concerned about the singer’s well-being since she checked into a mental health facility earlier this month.

Reps have not gotten back to us.

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Meanwhile, Spears’ mom, Lynne Spears, has fanned the flames of hysteria over the star’s mental health with cryptic online posts, Page Six has reported. Lynne’s been liking Instagram comments from fans, such as, “I really hope you are supporting Britney in trying to end [her] conservatorship. I really hope your ailing ex-husband isn’t keeping your daughter somewhere against her will.”

Jamie’s been battling a serious colon condition.

Lynne and Jamie split in 2002, and he’s been Britney’s conservator since 2008.

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De Santis has also worked at “Entertainment Tonight” and been a freelance producer, according to a LinkedIn profile.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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Indiana farmers uncover ancient mastodon bones

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Workers installing a new sewer on an Indiana farm made a mammoth discovery this week — 13,000-year-old mastodon bones.

The Schepman family of Seymour first thought cow or chicken remains had been found during the renovations, but when they saw a giant tusk and 4-foot-long thigh bones, they realized the beast was much larger and more ancient.

“It’s amazing to think about something this large roaming around this area,” Joe Schepman told the Seymour Tribune.

“The weight of them is unbelievable,” he said while holding a bone. “When the tusks were on the animal, they were about 9 feet long if you can imagine that.”

An ancient member of the elephant family, scientists estimate the forest-dwelling creatures roamed North and Central America before they became extinct more than 10,000 years ago, likely due to overhunting by tribes.

An expert from the Indiana State Museum studied the bones and confirmed the remains belong to a male mastodon weighing 12,000 pounds who would have been aged between 40 and 50 when he died 13,000 years ago.

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This April 15, 2019 photo shows Joe Schepman, right, and his son, Brad, standing with the remains of a mastodon found on their property in Seymour, Ind. Atlas Excavating recently discovered the remains of a mastodon on property owned by Schepman. The remains include the majority of a tusk, part of a jawbone with teeth, two upper leg bones, a vertebrae, a joint and part of the skull. The tusk was split into two pieces and together made up about a third of the tusk. (Jordan Richart/The Tribune via AP)

“It was a very big animal, and it’s amazing to think about what was here before us and how we don’t think anything about it,” son Brad Schepman said.

While it is rare to find so many bones from the same animal, museum expert Ron Richards told the Seymour Tribune that mastodon bones are found in Indiana up to twice a year.

“People find them interesting because they were real, they were here and they’re every bit as much a Hoosier as I am,” Richards said.

An American mastodon unearthed in 1998 named “Fred” is already an iconic fixture at the Indiana State Museum.

The Schepman family have decided to donate the remains to the museum so they could be “enjoyed by everyone.”

“It would be so cool for a kid from here to go to the museum in Indianapolis and see these bones and the tusk and know they were found in their hometown,” Brad Schepman said.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

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Tammy Bruce: California Dems’ commitment to being official clown car of the Democratic Party continues

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California’s commitment to being the official clown car of the Democratic Party continues apace.

The latest absurdity is brought to us by legislation from the Democratically controlled state legislature seeking to ban all those little plastic toiletry bottles one finds in hotel rooms.

”‘We know we have an enormous problem with our world, we’ve become addicted to [plastic], and it’s caused a major dilemma environmentally,’ said Assemblyman Ash Kalra, who introduced Bill AB-1162 in February,” Fox News reported.

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This urgent need for legislation is due to, of course, climate change. Plastic is pouring into our oceans, harming the ecosystem and destroying the lives of animals. But don’t tell Democrats that the culprit isn’t pesky Americans or the United States. No, it’s actually the direct fault of five Asian nations, led by China.

Last year, a headline at Forbes said, “5 Asian countries dump more plastic into oceans than anyone else combined.” China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are the culprits, according to a 2017 report by Ocean Conservancy and cited by the news magazine.

This is an awful problem, and not only will banning the tiny traveler-size shampoo bottles from hotels in California not help, it does damage in that it sends a message to Americans that they’re actually doing something to solve the problem when nothing could be further from the truth.

The solution, California says, is for hotels and resorts to install refillable dispensers in bathrooms. But one of the beneficial things of these tiny bottles is that you are met with the message that the hotel shower is not a spa. The tiny bottles themselves tell you to hurry it up. For a state with droughts, you would think that would be an important message. But that would require thinking, which is in short supply these days in the Golden State.

Eventually, you know California will not be able to abide convenience and drug stores selling the travel-sized toiletries, either. As Americans are inclined to do, this might evolve into a new sort of entrepreneurism.

I can’t wait to see a man standing in front of hotel-approaching tourists, flinging open his trench coat revealing a myriad of tiny bottle toiletries for the reasonable black market price of $10 each — Pantene shampoo and conditioner, the tiny Gold Bond hand cream, miniature Secret deodorant and the handy-dandy Lilliputian version of Listerine. Tiny bottles for the tiny criminal lurking within you.

But it’s not just California that has this inclination to mislead people about American responsibility for the assault on the environment.

Attending a meeting, I recently stayed at a major hotel chain in Washington, D.C. I arrived somewhat late the night before and was happy with the idea of ordering room service for dinner. Yet, there was no room service menu. I turned on the television to look for the digital version. Not there, either.

I called down to the front desk, and they informed me that in their commitment to being a green hotel chain and to help save the planet, they were using less paper and were no longer providing room service menus. They would, however, be happy to send someone up with a menu.

So here is a hotel that does not provide a room service menu because of the paper involved (you know, to save energy and consumption), but is willing to send a staff person to use an energy-guzzling elevator to deliver the piece of paper they did not provide. To save the planet. Got it.

After this Kafka-esque experience of ordering a hamburger, I get the one-page menu, order and finally there’s the “room service!” knock. I open the door and the porter has my food in a … paper bag.

Not on a tray, but yes, in a paper bag.

I ask him if there was a shortage of service trays. But no, I was informed this is how they deliver all their room service food … in paper bags. Indeed, the next morning as I left my room to attend the meeting, there are torn and used paper bags in front of other doors waiting for collection by the room service staff.

All I could do was laugh and hope George Orwell doesn’t mind becoming an adjective.

Here we have the bread and circus of “going green” — ridiculous virtue signaling that is not just irrelevant but absurd in the end. Asian nations continue to dump plastics into the ocean and now likely laugh as California, major hotel chains and politicians make fools of us all. It’s like being told to dance as someone shoots at your feet. And we dance and dance.

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Today’s Democrats have made sure that their constituency is prepared for and expects to be blamed for the world’s excesses. Americans are bad and selfish, we are told, and everything is our fault. The only difference? Everything is still our fault and now our hair won’t be clean.

As long as we allow the liberal machine to spread the lie that the American individual, and this country as a whole, is the problem in the world, despots and dictators in other nations will continue to have a field day turning the environment into a dumpster fire.

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Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill reportedly loses custody of son amid abuse investigation

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Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill reportedly had his young toddler removed from his and the boy’s mother’s custody.

Word of the boy’s removal from his parents’ care comes a month after the wide receiver was being investigated over alleged incidents of battery against the child, the Kansas City Star reported Friday.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS’ TYREEK HILL REPORTEDLY INVESTIGATED OVER TWO INCIDENTS INVOLVING TODDLER SON

Hill and his fiancée Crystal Espinal were seen at a Johnson County, Kan., courthouse Wednesday as they participated in a “child in need of care case,” according to the newspaper.

Earlier this week, Hill showed up at offseason voluntary workouts for the Chiefs. Hill didn’t address the media. Chiefs coach Andy Reid addressed his wide receiver’s situation.

“I know you’re going to potentially ask about Tyreek,” Reid told reporters, according to Kansas City Star. “Tyreek is here. I don’t have anything further to tell you from the statement we put out. There’s been no new news on it. I’m going to leave it at that. I have had a chance to say hello to him. I have done that. And again, see him in the meeting.”

He later added: “I’m not here to judge. I’m here to coach.”

The first alleged incident occurred March 5 when Overland Park police were called due to a report of child abuse or neglect at home, KCTV News 5 reported. Police were then called to the same Kansas home to investigate a battery against a juvenile. Hill’s name wasn’t listed on the second police report, according to the station.

A source familiar with the second incident told the Kansas City Star the situation resulted in the son breaking his arm. Espinal was reportedly listed as “others involved” on the police report. The Kansas Department of Children and Families told the paper it was investigating as well.

According to KCTV News 5, Hill went to the Johnson County Courthouse for an emergency hearing April 5, which resulted in his son temporarily being placed in another home.

Hill has not been charged with a crime. The NFL team said in a March statement it was “aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill. We are in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities.”

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The speedy wide receiver was at Oklahoma State when he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery in 2015, when his then-pregnant girlfriend accused him of choking her and punching her in the stomach. According to KCTV News 5, Hill was given a deferred sentence of three years and his record was expunged. The Chiefs then selected him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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