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Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017, 6:54 A.M.

This undated photo taken by Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt and released by the World Wildlife Fund, shows a blind huntsman spider, the first of its kind in the world without any eyes, something scientists say is attributable to living permanently without daylight, found in Laos. (Peter Jaeger / Research Institute Frankfurt via the World Wildlife Fund)
Spiders are quite literally all around us. A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more than three-quarters of bedrooms. There’s a good chance at least one spider is staring at you right now, sizing you up from a darkened corner of the room, eight eyes glistening in the shadows.

Lead exposure alters children’s lives decades later, study indicates

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017, 6:54 A.M.

A nurse takes blood from a little girl named to test lead levels in this file photo. Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to research. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to research that offers one of the clearest looks yet at the potential long-term health impact of the potent neurotoxin.

Forecasts for this past winter were mostly awful. Blame the fickle Pacific Ocean.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017, 6:53 A.M.

Waves break in Pacific Grove, Calif., in this file photo. Experts predicting the weather this past winter had a tough time, as the Pacific Ocean didn’t act as predicted. (Vern Fisher / Associated Press)
Predicting the weather for winter many weeks before it begins is hard. If any season proved there is a long way to go in perfecting such long-term outlooks, this winter was it. I am not aware of any outlet in the government, media or private sector that nailed the 2016-17 winter outlook. In fact, some forecasts predicted the opposite of what actually happened.

This woman is growing a second skeleton – and it’s locking her inside her own body

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017, 6:46 A.M.

Jasmin Floyd as a child; by the time she was 7 or so, Floyd said, her shoulders had started sticking; gradually, she found herself unable to rotate them. . (Courtesy photo / Jasmin Floyd)
Jasmin Floyd was on her way to kindergarten in northeastern Connecticut, buckled into the back seat of her mother’s car. On the way, she called out, “Mommy, my neck hurts,” her mother, RoJeanne Doege, recently recalled. Doege said she peered through the rearview mirror and tried to reassure her, “Honey, it’s probably just how you slept.”

TSA defends pat-down of Texas boy; countless others creeped out

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017, 10:49 P.M.

The Transportation Security Administration is defending an officer’s pat-down of a boy at a Texas airport that outraged his mother and thousands and thousands of people who viewed her Facebook posting on the incident.

Transgender California inmates could have bras, cosmetics

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017, 6:49 P.M.

Transgender California prison inmates would be allowed to have bras, cosmetics and other personal items corresponding to their gender identities under proposed rules filed with state regulators on Tuesday.

President Trump asserts immunity against defamation claims

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017, 4:14 P.M.

In this combination photo, President Donald Trump, left, listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on March 13, 2017 in Washington and Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice” appears at a news conference in Los Angeles on Oct. 14, 2016, to announce claims that Trump made unwanted sexual contact with her at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais and Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press)
Republican President Donald Trump’s lawyers say he’s immune while president from defamation claims brought by a former contestant on his reality TV show “The Apprentice” who accused him of unwanted sexual contact.

Ryan says House to revisit health care, offers no details

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017, 9:09 A.M.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, joined by from left by, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., talks about getting past last week’s failure to pass a health care overhaul bill and rebuilding unity in the Republican Conference, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he’s going to give battered House Republicans another crack at a health care overhaul. But he offered no timeline, and leaders haven’t resolved how to overcome the deep GOP divisions that crumpled their legislation last week in a humiliating retreat for themselves and President Donald Trump.

Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand Medicaid

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017, 9:01 A.M.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, with Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, walks out of Colyer’s statehouse office Thursday, March 9, 2017, on their way to a humanitarian award ceremony in Topeka, Kansas. (Thad Allton / Associated Press)
Kansas’ Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under the federal Affordable Care Act, which the GOP and President Donald Trump have promised to repeal.

White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall

UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017, 7:53 P.M.

This March 22, 2017, file photo shows a family having a picnic on the bank of the Rio Grande river in Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas state, Mexico, located across from Roma, Texas. (Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press)
The White House is calling for immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community development grants to help pay for the border wall that President Donald Trump repeatedly promised would be financed by Mexico.

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Nothing but excuses from Idaho GOP

Opinion Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune examines all the excuses used by Republican leadership over the past 4-5 years to thwart Medicaid expansion at the expense of Idaho's poor and working poor. ...