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Stephen Hawking won accolades from his peers for having one of the most brilliant minds in science, but he never got a Nobel Prize because no one has yet proven his ideas.
The Nobel committee looks for proof, not big ideas. Hawking was a deep thinker — a theorist — and his musings about black holes and cosmology have yet to get the lockdown evidence that accompanies the physics prizes, his fellow scientists said.
"The Nobel Prize is not given to the smartest person or even the one who makes the greatest contribution to science. It's given to discovery," said California Institute of Technology physicist Sean Carroll. "Hawking's best theories have not yet been tested experimentally, which is why he hasn't won a prize."
Figure skater Adam Rippon became a star at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, but his rise to stardom was not without political controversy. Rippon, the first openly gay U.S. Olympic figure skater, turned down...
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One day after the mother of Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill publicly asked District Attorney Larry Krasner to help free her son from jail, prosecutors answered the call.
“The office is not opposed to him being out on bail,” Krasner spokesman Ben Waxman told NBC10.
In a motion filed Wednesday in Common Pleas Court, prosecutors said "there is a strong likelihood of [Mill's] conviction being reversed" as a result of allegedly false testimony provided more than 10 years ago.
That questionable testimony was provided by Philadelphia police officer Reginald Graham, who was among 29 so-called corrupt cops identified by the district attorney's office.
Graham was the only government witness called at the 2007 trial, putting into question whether the court had an accurate understanding of what happened more than 10 years ago when Mill was first arrested, prosecutors said.
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In the heart of America's diminished steel country, support for President Donald Trump's tariffs on imports is broad and bipartisan. It is tempered, though, by a strong streak of realism.
Trump's tariffs are expected to raise U.S. prices for steel and aluminum. That would help domestic producers and create several hundred new steelworker jobs.
But the tariffs aren't going to return American steel anywhere close to its peak output in the 1970s. Even some steelworkers feel it in places like Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.
Trying to turn attention back to tax cuts and away from the staffing turmoil in his administration, President Donald Trump promised Wednesday that more relief was on the way.
Speaking at a Boeing factory in St. Louis with two fighter jets as his backdrop, Trump celebrated the impact of the tax cuts he signed into law last year and said he was working with Congress on a second package that would deliver new benefits for companies and the middle class.
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Back in 2017, the Senate gave quick confirmation to President Donald Trump's national security team and his first secretary of state. But it's not likely to go as smoothly for Trump's new nominees to run State and the CIA.
Senate Democrats — and some top Republicans — are slow-walking the process amid fresh questions over the Trump administration's stance toward Russia and revived inquiries into the CIA's dark history of torture.
"There are a lot of unanswered questions," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Trump criticized Senate Democrats on Twitter Wednesday, writing, "Hundreds of good people, including very important Ambassadors and Judges, are being blocked and/or slow walked by the Democrats in the Senate. Many important positions in Government are unfilled because of this obstruction. Worst in U.S. history!"
George Lucas broke ground for “The Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts” in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The museum will feature paintings and comics, along with storyboards and props from popular films.
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The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility has recommended the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who remains on the payroll — a move that could put the veteran official's pension at risk, officials familiar with the process told NBC News.
The recommendation is now before Attorney General Jeff Sessions. OPR has already determined that McCabe should be fired and it's now up to Sessions whether to reverse that recommendation or to accept it.
McCabe is due to retire this weekend. If Sessions were to fire him before then, it would place McCabe's federal pension at risk.
The Department of Justice won't comment directly, but did issue a statement: "The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated."
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Six U.S. Army soldiers were injured in an avalanche in Vermont on Wednesday, officials confirmed.
Vermont National Guard officials said the soldiers were injured in an avalanche while performing advanced mountaineering training in Easy Gully near Smugglers' Notch around 1 p.m.
Two rescue units from Cambridge responded to the scene.
No other details, including the soldiers' conditions, were available.
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Wednesday he had no interest in becoming the next head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, flatly rejecting speculation that he would soon take over the position amid rapidly eroding White House support for embattled VA Secretary David Shulkin.
Two administration officials told The Associated Press that Shulkin's position is growing more precarious and that he could be out of a job within the week, but cautioned that nothing was finalized. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive personnel matter.
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The FBI is doubling the number of supervisors assigned to review tips received from the public, as the agency tries to prevent mass shootings such as last month's massacre at a Florida high school, the agency's deputy director said Wednesday.
Testifying before a Senate committee, Deputy FBI Director David Bowdich said the agency "could have and should have done more" to investigate information it received prior to the shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The FBI received at least two credible tips that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate.
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Elizabeth Holmes, founder of controversial blood testing start-up Theranos, has been charged with "massive fraud" by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the regulatory agency said Wednesday.
CNBC reported that Holmes allegedly raised more than $700 million from late 2013 to 2015 while "deceiving investors by making it appear as if Theranos had successfully developed a commercially-ready portable blood analyzer that could perform a full range of laboratory tests from a small sample of blood."
She and former Theranos president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, who was also charged, deceived investors by "hosting misleading technology demonstrations, and overstating the extent of Theranos' relationships with commercial partners and government entities, to whom they had also made misrepresentations," the SEC said.
Wall Street Journal investigations that questioned how effective Theranos' blood testing technology really was punctured the reputation of the once high-flying start-up.
Video of a Boston lawyer dressed as Queen Elsa from the animated movie "Frozen" helping a Boston police vehicle stuck in deep, deep, deep, deep snow is going viral on social media.
When the police wagon got struck in snow in the city's South End on Tuesday night, Jason Triplett, dressed as Elsa in a long blue-green gown and blonde wig, jumped into action.
He was caught on video by Chris Haynes, who was dining nearby.
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Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, died early Wednesday, a University of Cambridge spokesman said. He was 76 years old.
Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England.
The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Hawking wrote so lucidly of the mysteries of space, time and black holes that his book, "A Brief History of Time," became an international best seller, making him one of science's biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein.
"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years," his children Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement.
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When an attendant on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York City told Catelina Robledo and her daughter to put their dog in an overhead compartment because its carrier was partially blocking an aisle, they knew something was off.
"My mom was like, 'It's a dog, it's a dog,'" said Sophia Ceballos, Robledo's 11-year-old daughter. "And (the flight attendant) said, 'You have to put it up there."
Then, before Robledo -- who was also traveling with a newborn baby on the Monday flight and had paid a $200 fee to bring the French bulldog, Kokito, aboard -- could protest further, the overhead compartment was closed. It ended up being the last time they saw the dog, who Ceballos affectionately called "Little Pig," alive.