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Trump Continues a Presidential Tradition Started…

The outgoing President Trump did maintain one tradition: He left a letter in the Oval Office for his successor. What it says is unknown, with USA Today reporting a White House rep said only, "It's a letter between 45 and 46." Mike Pence left a letter for Kamala Harris as...

Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, American…

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris showcased American designers at their inauguration Wednesday

Bali's monkey thieves apparently understand…

The token exchange paradigm shows that monkeys and great apes are able to use objects as symbolic tools to request specific food rewards. Such studies provide insights into the cognitive underpinnings of economic behaviour in non-human primates. However, the ecological validity of these laboratory-based experimental situations tends to be limited. Our field research aims to address the need for a more ecologically valid primate model of trading systems in humans. Around the Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia, a large free-ranging population of long-tailed macaques spontaneously and routinely engage in token-mediated bartering interactions with humans. These interactions occur in two phases: after stealing inedible and more or less valuable objects from humans, the macaques appear to use them as tokens, by returning them to humans in exchange for food. Our field observational and experimental data showed (i) age differences in robbing/bartering success, indicative of experiential learning, and (ii) clear behavioural associations between value-based token possession and quantity or quality of food rewards rejected and accepted by subadult and adult monkeys, suggestive of robbing/bartering payoff maximization and economic decision-making. This population-specific, prevalent, cross-generational, learned and socially influenced practice may be the first example of a culturally maintained token economy in free-ranging animals.

Alec Baldwin Leaves Twitter Following Backlash…

Alec Baldwin Leaves Twitter Following Backlash Over Wife's Heritage. Hilaria Baldwin recently came under fire after some social media users accused her of faking a Spanish accent. Hilaria claims to have come to America from the Spanish island of Mallorca when she was 19 years old for college. People who say they went to the same high school as her disputed those claims, calling into question her true heritage. Hilaria then clarified that she was "born in Boston and grew up spending time with my family between Massachusetts and Spain.". Alec took to Instagram shortly after to defend his wife, and now he's seemingly sick of the comments on Twitter, saying, "Goodbye for now."

President Biden's First Speech: 'Joy Cometh in…

Standout lines from President Biden's inauguration speech, per CNBC and CNN: "This is America's day. This is democracy's day. A day of history and hope." "Today we celebrate not the triumph of a candidate but of a cause. The cause of democracy. ... This hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed." "We...

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80% Of Adults Want Biden To Act Fast On Aid

A Morning Consult poll finds that four in five Americans want Biden to prioritize federal aid. The top two concerns of the voters were small business aid and stimulus checks. Respondents also indicated favorability of extending mortgage forbearance policies. They also favored increasing unemployment benefits and raising taxes for the wealthy. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen affirmed Biden's stance on aid in her confirmation hearing. Biden lists a quick economic recovery from the pandemic at the top of his to-do agenda.

Snow still coming down as roads get cleared

Just as the roads get cleared, the heavy lake-effect snow adds a new layer atop the streets of Boyne Mountain, Michigan, on the night of Jan. 19.

Dreamcatcher

Trailer for 'Dreamcatcher' starring Lou Ferrigno Jr., Zachary Gordon, Adrienne Wilkinson, Travis Burns, Nazanin Mandi

China Has 2 Biting Words for the Departing…

On Donald Trump's final day as president, China stopped biting its tongue. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the country's top officials and leading state-media outlets largely refrained from directly criticizing Trump as relations between the two countries soured over trade and the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the government-run Xinhua...

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The Presidential Moves Biden Will Make Today

They've "typically been a honeymoon period for new presidents," as NBC News puts it. The first 100 days most certainly won't be that for Joe Biden, who won't begin his term as president by tackling what he thought he would when he was seeking the nomination. Then he promised to...

Biden puts U.S. back into fight to slow global…

President Joe Biden is putting the United States back into the worldwide fight to slow global warming as one of his first acts in office

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World's friendliest UPS driver takes photos with…

World's friendliest UPS driver takes photos with dogs he meets on his route

'Wonka' Prequel Set for 2023 Release

'Wonka' Prequel Set for 2023 Release. According to Warner Bros., the movie will focus on "a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory.". 'Paddington' director Paul King and 'Harry Potter' producer David Heyman signed on for the project. Gene Wilder portrayed the infamous character in 1971's 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.'. Johnny Depp tried his hand at playing the squirrely chocolatier in a 2005 reboot directed by Tim Burton. It is not yet known who will portray Willy Wonka in the prequel. 'Wonka' is slated to hit theaters March 17, 2023

Trump's Farewell Speech: 'Have a Good Life'

Joe Biden will become the 46th president at noon, and President Trump will have been long gone by the time that happens. Trump departed for Mar-a-Lago on Air Force One at 8:59am. He arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland shortly after 8:30am to a 21-gun salute and...

Pence, McConnell, and McCarthy To Skip Trump's…

At least three top Republicans plan to miss President Donald Trump's farewell ceremony. House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rep. Kevin McCarthy will attend church with Joe Biden. Vice President Mike Pence is unable to make it due to logistical issues, says Business Insider. Many people see this as the final snub to Trump from his once-closest allies. Others may also fail to attend but none so far have been confirmed outside of these three. Joe Biden is set to take office tomorrow and become the 46th President of the United States.

Heavy snow comes down fast, buries driveway

Heavy snowfall quickly buried this driveway in Grafton, Massachusetts, on the night of Jan. 19. The recorder said the snow fell at a rate of over 3 inches per hour at one point.

Snowkissed: Kate (Spot)

Trailer for 'Snowkissed' starring Chris McNally, Jen Lilley, Amy Groening, Rodrigo Beilfuss, Jay Koensgen

Jack Ma Vanished in October, Suddenly Reappears

Everyone worried about Jack Ma can breathe (a little) easier. The Chinese billionaire hadn't been seen or heard from—not even via social media—since the end of October, when he gave a scathing speech against Chinese regulators that enraged President Xi Jinping. Now, however, an encouraging update: "Jack Ma...

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Here Come the Pardons: Trump's List Released

Pardon day is here. The White House was expected to announce a slew of pardons and commutations on Tuesday, President Trump's last full day in office, but instead the list came out early Wednesday, hours before his term ends at noon, CNN reports. The most notable name on the list...

Rape charges denied by lawyer for '70s Show…

An attorney for “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson has pleaded not guilty on his behalf in a Los Angeles court to the rapes of three women in the early 2000s

Virgin Orbit just launched a rocket from a Boeing…

Virgin Orbit, the California-based satellite launch company, confirmed that its LauncherOne rocket reached space during the company’s second launch demonstration today, successfully deploying 10 payloads for NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). Virgin Orbit’s novel launch system uses a technique called air launch, in which a rocket is launched from under the wing of a jet aircraft, rather than from a traditional launch pad on the ground. In addition to improving the payload capacity of the rocket, this technique allows the LauncherOne system to be the world’s most flexible and responsive launch service — flying on short notice and from a wide variety of locations to access any orbit.