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Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearing: What time; what channel; live-stream

Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat, will face senators Monday as his confirmation hearing begins.

Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, is likely to face several days of hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He  will fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February, 2016 if he is confirmed.

Here’s what to expect Monday.

What time: The hearing begins at 11 a.m. ET

What channel: CSPAN 2 will carry the hearing live.

Live-stream: The Senate Judiciary Committee will live-stream the hearing here.

Who will introduce him: Gorsuch will be introduced by three people: Sen. Michael Bennet, (D-Colo.); Sen. Cory Gardner, (R-Colo.); and Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general of the United States.

James Comey’s testimony: Live updates

FBI Director James Comey will testify Monday before a House Intelligence Committee hearing into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Comey will likely be asked about President Donald Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower in New York City during the run-up to the November election. 

Here’s what to expect Monday.

What time: The hearing begins at 10 a.m. ET

What channel: CSPAN, along with the other cable news channels will carry the hearing live.

How long will it last: It is scheduled to last until 1 p.m. ET

Anyone else testifying: Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, will also be testifying.

Is it live-streamedIt will be live-streamed on the HPSCI website. 

Live updates:

7 things to know now: Comey to testify; Clinton’s return; March Madness brackets blown

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Comey to testify: FBI Director James Comey will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday morning as hearings into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election get underway in Washington. Comey is expected to be asked at the public hearing about any investigations of the new administration and about President Donald Trump’s statement that his campaign was wiretapped. Also scheduled to testify is Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency.

2. Gorsuch hearings: Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat, begins confirmation hearings Monday. Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, would fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia who died in February 2016. Gorsuch is likely to face several days of hearings.

3. Out of the Woods: Hillary Clinton told a group on Friday that she was “ready to come out of the woods,” and return to the American political scene. Clinton joke about being spotted while taking walks in the woods around her New York home, and told people gathered at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Scranton, Pa., "I'm like a lot of my friends right now; I have a hard time watching the news.” Clinton urged those there to get involved in the political process. "I do not believe that we can let political divides harden into personal divides. And we can't just ignore or turn a cold shoulder to someone because they disagree with us politically," she said.

4. Breslin dies: Columnist and author Jimmy Breslin died Sunday in New York. Breslin, who first became famous for a column about the man who dug the grave for President John F. Kennedy, was 88. He spent his career in New York City, and won a Pulitzer Prize for his columns about the famous, the infamous and, in most cases, the everyday man. 

5. Brackets blown: Millions of people across the country let out a groan at the same time Saturday, when their NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket was blown up as returning champion Villanova lost to Wisconsin. There were other upsets – Duke lost to South Carolina and Michigan defeated Louisville. There was a blown call that likely sent Northwestern home early. After it was all over, the field was cut down to the “Sweet 16.” The tournament continues Thursday.  

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Spring arrived Monday morning at 6:28 a.m. E.T. with the vernal equinox – the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and heads toward the Tropic of Cancer. There’s more daylight, and, according to forecaster, it will be a warm spring.

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Scientists say eating cheese can help weight loss

Here is some Gouda news for people who want to lose weight but love cheese.

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Scientists said eating cheese does not raise a person’s cholesterol level and could even help you lose weight, the Sun reported.

In a study conducted in Ireland, scientists discovered that people who ate plenty of cheese do not have a higher cholesterol level than those who did not. The study used 1,500 adults, who kept a four-day food diary and were asked to note how many dairy products they consumed.

Their blood samples were then analyzed for cholesterol levels and other metabolic health problems, the Sun reported. Scientists found that the adults with a lower body mass index ate more dairy.

Current health guidelines suggest eating foods high in saturated fat increases the risk of high cholesterol and heart attacks, The Sun reported

That is often caused by an unhealthy diet or having a family history of stroke or heart disease. However, lower blood pressure was associated with eating cheese more than other products like yogurt and milk, the Sun reported.

Dr. Emma Feeney, Food for Health Ireland’s program manager, told the Sun that  “Simply looking at individual foods does not reflect the real story. What will really impact on our metabolic health, is the overall pattern in which whole foods are consumed.”

 

Cruise ship destroys coral reef

A small cruise ship did irreparable damage to an Indonesian coral reef that was listed on the world's most beautiful reefs and now the captain of the ship could be charged with its destruction.

The Caledonian Sky destroyed nearly 140,000 square feet of the underwater reef, CNN reported.

Noble Caledonia, the company that owns the ship, apologized, but only said that the ship ran aground earlier this month, BBC reported.

The company said it will help in the reef's regeneration by creating a fund to help the local economy impacted by the reef's destruction and to help pay for repairs to the coral.

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The ship was undamaged and was refloated after running aground, the BBC reported.

CNN reported that insurance may pay for some of the environment damage, the Indonesian authorities said that the captain committed a crime and could be sent to prison.

Reefs are becoming endangered due to environmental changes.

A recent aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef showed coral bleaching for the second year. It indicates that the water temperatures are too warm for coral to survive.

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7 things to know now: Trump on wiretapping; March Madness begins; Trudeau, Ivanka go to a show

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Travel ban on hold: A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the second version of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration Wednesday, questioning whether the administration was motivated by national security concerns when it issued the order. The ban was to go into effect Thursday. Trump called the ruling, 'unprecedented judicial overreach.'

2. Let the ‘madness’ begin: The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins Thursday with a full slate of games. In the day’s opening rounds, you can catch Wisconsin and Virginia Tech; Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast and one of the surprise teams in the tournament – Northwestern – playing Vanderbilt.

3. “Things” coming to committee: President Trump told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that his administration would soon be “submitting things” to the House Select Committee on Intelligence concerning the alleged wiretapping of Trump Towers in Manhattan. He told Carlson he will be “perhaps speaking publically about this next week.” Trump has accused former president Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign during his 2016 presidential run.

4. Budget plan to be released: The White House will release details Thursday of its plan to cut the federal budget. The "America First" budget outline is said to contain deep cuts at the State Department, including a 38 percent reduction in foreign aid spending. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Environmental Protection Agency are said to be facing similar budget cuts. The Defense Department will see a boost in spending.

5. Fed raises rates: The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates on Wednesday by a quarter of a percentage point, a move that had been expected due to the strengthening of the economy in the past few months. It is the third time the Fed has raised rates since December of 2015.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with his guest, Ivanka Trump, took in a show on Wednesday night in New York City. The new musical shines a light on the compassion of Canadians following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “Come From Away” highlights the stories of those in the Newfoundland town of Gander who took in travelers after flights to the United States were canceled following the 9/11 attacks.

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Woman's face burned after headphones explode in mid-flight

While sleeping on a flight from Beijing to Australia, a woman woke up to the sound of a loud explosion and a burning sensation on her face.

Two hours into her flight, the woman's battery-operated headphones exploded and caught fire, according to a press release from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

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"I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire," the woman told ATSB.

Flight attendants helped put out the fire from the headphones, but both the battery and cover melted to the floor of the plane. Passengers smelled melted plastic, burnt hair and smoke for the remainder of the flight.

"People were coughing and choking the entire way home," the passenger told ATSB.

ATSB officials said the batteries in the headphones likely caught fire, and listed safety precautions when bringing battery-powered devices on an aircraft.

The agency posted photos of the woman's injuries from the incident on its webpage.

7 things to know now: Will Comey speak; Twitter hacked; Trump's income tax; Ben Affleck

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

 1.  Comey to speak: FBI Director James Comey may provide a "clearer explanation" Wednesday of any FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-R.I.), told CNN that he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), spoke to Comey on March 2, and that Comey indicated he would shed light on any Russia-related FBI investigation in advance of a hearing on Wednesday.

2. Twitter hack: Thousands of Twitter accounts were apparently hacked early Wednesday in a massive attack on the social media site. A tweet that begins with a swastika and that includes the words “Nazi Germany” and “Nazi Holland” was seen on the accounts of the BBC, Forbes, Amnesty International, Sprint, Reuters, Duke University and others. The tweet has been sent thousands of times from various accounts.

3.  Trump income tax: President Donald Trump paid $36.5 million in taxes in 2005, according to a federal tax return that was made public on Tuesday. The return showed that Trump earned $153 million that year. He reported a business loss of $103 million. The president paid a roughly 24.5 percent tax rate. The return, which journalist David Cay Johnston said showed up in his mailbox, was made public on MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s show Tuesday night. Maddow tweeted about two hours before her show that she had the return and would be revealing it on the broadcast. She spent about 25 minutes talking about the return before disclosing the details.

4. Travel ban suits: Attorneys representing several states will be in court on Wednesday asking federal judges to halt the implementation of President Trump’s revised travel ban. The ACLU will argue Wednesday in a Maryland court that the ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries is unconstitutional. Courts in Hawaii and Washington will be addressing similar suits filed in those states. The new ban is to go into effect on Thursday.

5. Affleck completes program: Actor Ben Affleck says he has completed a program for alcohol addiction and plans to, “live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be." Affleck revealed on his Facebook page that he wanted his children “to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it,” and that he would, “be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step." Affleck previously underwent treatment for alcohol addiction in 2001.

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An uncompleted film by the late Orson Welles will see the light of day, thanks to Netflix. “The Other Side of the Wind,” which Welles started filming in 1970 but never completed, will be restored and finished, the company announced Tuesday. The movie is a satire about a filmmaker attempting a comeback in Hollywood. One of its stars, Peter Bogdanovich, is helping to edit the movie. It also starred the late John Huston and Dennis Hopper. Welles died in 1985.

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One study says people aren’t as nice as they think

A new study by Goldsmiths, University of London revealed how nice people really are. 

Psychologists found that 98 percent of British people think they fall within the 50 percent of the population’s nicest, according to The Independent

The Gurdian reported that the study of a pool of 100 participants was conducted on behalf of British low-cost airline Monarch and led by Johnathan Freeman, a psychology professor at the university.

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While the majority of participants had a positive self-image, about two-thirds said they rarely, if ever, help carry shopping bags. Five-sixths infrequently give money to strangers, and just a quarter donate blood. 

The people who ranked themselves as kind were wealthier, happier and better at dealing with stress and chaos, according to the study. 

"We're also looking at what makes people lose their nice," Freeman said. "So what makes people snap? What's the tipping point?"

A video from the airline posted to YouTube showed study particpants had their microexpressions analyzed by a technoglogy called FaceReader as they watched positive and negative scenes.

According to the study, rudeness, losing important documents and bad service ranked as the three biggest triggers for people to "lose their nice."

Just because people think they are nice, however, doesn’t make it true.  

"More than half of participants who rated themselves as the second-highest level of nice scored below the sample average on agreeableness. So people think they’re nicer than they really may be," Freeman said.

Mass coral bleaching hits Great Barrier Reef for 2nd consecutive year

An aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef last week showed widespread coral bleaching for the second consecutive year, an indication that water temperatures stayed too warm for coral to survive, Australian officials said.

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"We are seeing a decrease in the stress tolerance of these corals," said Neal Cantin, of the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences. "This is the first time the Great Barrier Reef has not had a few years between bleaching events to recover. Many coral species appear to be more susceptible to bleaching after more than 12 months of sustained above-average ocean temperatures."

Bleaching occurs when coral, invertebrates that live mostly in tropical waters, release the colorful algae that live in their tissues and expose their white, calcium carbonate skeletons. Bleached coral can recover if the water cools, but if high temperatures persist for months, the coral will die.

Eventually the reef will degrade, leaving fish without habitats and coastlines less protected from storm surges.

Officials with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Institute of Marine Science found severe bleaching in the central part of the Great Barrier Reef Thursday during a six-hour flight between Townsville and Cairns. The area was spared the severe widespread bleaching seen last year.

"How this event unfolds will depend very much on local weather conditions over the next few weeks," said David Wachenfeld, director of reef recovery for the Marine Park Authority.

Wachenfeld emphasized that it's unlikely that all the bleached coral found Thursday will die.

"As we saw last year bleaching and mortality can be highly variable across the 344,000 square kilometer (133,000 square mile) Marine Park — an area bigger than Italy," he said.

The first global bleaching event occurred in 1998, when 16 percent of corals died. The problem spiraled dramatically in 2015-2016 amid an extended El Nino natural weather phenomenon that warmed Pacific waters near the equator and triggered the most widespread bleaching ever documented. This third global bleaching event, as it is known, continues today, even after El Nino ended.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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