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Cosmic Crisp: This latest apple launch is nutritious and lasts in fridge for a year

The newest apple product has more to do with horticulture than technology. 

More than two decades in the making, a new apple variety called the Cosmic Crisp started shipping to retailers across the country in recent days. The new variety of the fruit was developed by researchers at Washington State University, who describe it as an exceptionally tasty and long-lasting cross between the disease-resistant Enterprise and the Honeycrisp apples. 

The new apple’s pollen is derived from the Honeycrisp, making it the new apple’s male parent, while its beauty comes from the Enterprise, its female parent, according to Kate Evans, professor of horticulture and head of apple breeding at Washington State.

“Enterprise was chosen really because of its appearance,” Evans told a podcast devoted to eaters called the Sporkful with Dan Pashman. “It looks really nice — it’s a very pretty apple.”

Dubbed Cosmic Crisp for the bright yellow dots on its skin that resemble stars, the apple industry’s newest addition keeps well in storage and especially the refrigerator, where it reportedly can still be in eating shape even after a year.

But do the new apples live up to the hype, in terms of their taste? According to Pashman, the answer is a resounding yes. 

“That’s very juicy, very juicy,” he said after a tasting. “The entire sensory experience of this apple is just amped up and elevated. It’s extremely crunchy; it’s extremely juicy; it’s extremely sweet and also acidic. It’s like a technicolor apple.”

The Cosmic Crisp is the first apple to be bred in Washington state, where more than half of the nation’s apples are grown. The research behind it was paid for by growers in the state, who have exclusive rights to sell it for the first 10 years. It’s launch is also being backed by $10.1 million, four-year marketing campaign.

About 6,000 acres are currently devoted to growing the Cosmic Crisp, making it the eighth biggest variety in the state, in terms of acreage, Scot H. Hulbert, interim associate dean of the college of agricultural, human and natural resources sciences, told The Daily Evergreen, a student newspaper. 

Growers have already planted 12 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees, a sign of confidence in the new variety, according to the Associated Press. While only 450,000 40-pound boxes will be available for sale this year, that is expected to jump to more than 2 million boxes in 2020 and more than 21 million by 2026.

Still, how the Cosmic Crisp fares against the crisp, juicy and very sweet Gala — the nation’s most grown apple — remains to be seen.

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President Trump in London for NATO summit and dinner with the queen

London — President Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from NATO, surprised many by kicking off a two-day visit to London on Tuesday for the transatlantic alliance’s annual summit by defending it against criticism from France. Mr. Trump called French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that NATO had suffered “brain death,” “very insulting.” 

Mr. Trump said it was a “very, very nasty statement, essentially to 28 countries. Nobody needs NATO more than France.”

The 70-year-old NATO alliance was founded to defend Europe from the Soviet Union. Today, it’s supposed to be a united effort to guarantee the freedom and safety of member countries, but as CBS News correspondent Paula Reid reports,  there is plenty of infighting.

“We are making real progress, most importantly on the burden sharing,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, adding that Mr. Trump’s “leadership on defense spending is having a real impact.”

“When I came in, I was angry at NATO, and now I’ve raised 130 billion dollars,” Mr. Trump said, referring to the amount Stoltenberg says European members and Canada will have added to their collective defense budgets by 2020. “And yet you still have many delinquent — you know I call them delinquent when they’re not paid up in full,” Mr. Trump added.

Of NATO’s 29 members, only nine spend at least two percent of their GDP on defense. The United States is reducing its contribution to NATO’s central budget, Reid reports. 

But even in London, Mr. Trump could not escape questions about the ongoing impeachment inquiry in Washington. 

“This is a witch hunt by the Democrats. It’s a continuation — it’s been going on for 3 years,” he said.

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France warns Donald Trump new tariffs would draw “strong response” from European Union in trade war today

Paris — French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire on Tuesday promised a “strong” EU response to threatened U.S. tariffs on French goods, as another front split open in the U.S. trade war. 

“We were in contact yesterday with the European Union to ensure that if there are new American tariffs there will be a European response, a strong response,” Le Maire told Radio Classique.

On Monday, the United States threatened to impose tariffs of up to 100 percent on $2.4 billion in French goods in retaliation for a digital services tax that Washington says is discriminatory.

The U.S. and China are already embroiled in a trade war and U.S. President Donald Trump said tariffs would be reinstated on Argentina and Brazil, accusing them of manipulating their currencies and hurting U.S. farmers.

French sparkling wine, yoghurt and Roquefort cheese are on the latest list of goods that could be targeted as soon as mid-January, after a report from the U.S. trade representative’s office found the digital tax penalises American tech companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

The decision “sends a clear signal that the United States will take action against digital tax regimes that discriminate or otherwise impose undue burdens on U.S. companies,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.

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Le Maire told Radio Classique on Tuesday that the U.S. threat was unacceptable.

“This is not the sort of behavior one expects from the United States with respect to one of its main allies, France, and to Europe in general,” Le Maire said.

Lighthizer had also warned that Washington was considering widening the investigation to look into similar taxes in Austria, Italy and Turkey.

“The USTR is focused on countering the growing protectionism of EU member states, which unfairly targets U.S. companies, whether through digital services taxes or other efforts that target leading U.S. digital services companies,” he said.

The tariff announcement is likely to increase tension between the United States and Europe. The U.S. is already readying tariffs on $7.5 billion in EU imports over illegal subsidies for the European aircraft giant Airbus. The World Trade Organization on Monday gave the U.S. a greenlight to impose those levies, ruling that the EU had not complied with an order to end the subsidies.

The announcement also came just hours before Mr. Trump was due to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London on Tuesday.

What the French tax does

The French tax, enacted earlier this year, imposes a three percent levy on the revenues earned by technology firms in France, which often come from online advertising and other digital services.

The tax affects companies with at least 750 million euros ($830 million) in annual global revenue on their digital activities.

The French tax targets revenue instead of profits, which are often reported by tech giants in low-tax jurisdictions like Ireland in a practice that has enraged governments.

French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump attend a joint press conference at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019.

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The USTR report “concluded that France’s Digital Services Tax (DST) discriminates against U.S. companies, is inconsistent with prevailing principles of international tax policy, and is unusually burdensome for affected US companies”.

The USTR has scheduled public hearings on the proposal to impose “duties of up to 100 percent on certain French products” and the possibility of “imposing fees or restrictions on French services.”

The last date to submit comments on the proposed actions is January 14, and “USTR expects to proceed expeditiously thereafter.”

The list of French products subject to potential duties includes cosmetics, porcelain, soap, handbags, butter, and several kinds of cheeses, including Roquefort, Edam and Gruyere. However, despite Mr. Trump’s repeated threats to retaliate against French wines, only sparkling wine made the tariff list.

Industry groups welcomed the report, with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation saying in a statement that France’s tax is “narrowly and inappropriately targeted to raise revenue only from the largest companies in a small set of industries, many of them American”.

While applauding the USTR investigation, Jennifer McCloskey of tech industry lobby group Information Technology Industry Council said she would prefer to avoid “a strong trade response.”

“We respectfully urge the United States, France, and all participating governments to focus on a successful and lasting tax policy resolution” at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), she said in a statement.

So far, efforts to find a global solution to the dispute over digital taxes have not been successful.

Last month, G20 ministers meeting in Washington opened talks on an international system to tax global tech giants that the OECD hopes would take effect by June.

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Dogor: Frozen 18,000-year-old puppy found in permafrost of Russia’s Far East

Russian scientists on Monday unveiled a prehistoric puppy, believed to be 18,000 years old, that was found in permafrost in the country’s Far East. Discovered last year in a lump of frozen mud near the city of Yakutsk, the puppy is unusually well-preserved.

“This puppy has all its limbs, pelage – fur, even whiskers. The nose is visible. There are teeth. We can determine due to some data that it is a male,” Nikolai Androsov, director of the Northern World private museum where the remains are stored, said at the presentation at the Yakutsk’s Mammoth Museum.

The pup was dubbed “Dogor,” a Yakutian word for friend. It appears to have died when it was two months old.

In recent years, Russia’s Far East has been plentiful for scientists studying the remains of ancient animals. As the permafrost melts, more and more parts of woolly mammoths, canines and other prehistoric animals are being discovered. Often it is mammoth tusk hunters who discover them.

This is a handout photo taken on Monday, September 24, 2018, showing a 18,000-year-old Puppy found in permafrost in the Russia’s Far East, on display at the Yakutsk’s Mammoth Museum, Russia. Russian scientists have presented a unique prehistoric canine, believed to be 18,000 years old and found in permafrost in the Russia’s Far East, to the public on Monday, December 2, 2019.

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When the puppy was discovered, scientists from the Stockholm-based Center for Palaeogenetics took a piece of bone to study its DNA.

“The first step was of course to send the sample to radio carbon dating to see how old it was and when we got the results back it turned out that it was roughly 18,000 years old,” Love Dalén, professor of evolutionary genetics at the center, said in an online interview.

Further tests, however, left the scientists with more questions than answers — they couldn’t definitively tell whether it was a dog or a wolf.

“We have now generated a nearly complete genome sequence from it and normally when you have a two-fold coverage genome, which is what we have, you should be able to relatively easily say whether it’s a dog or a wolf, but we still can’t say and that makes it even more interesting,” Dalén said.

He added that the scientists are about to do a third round of genome sequencing, which might solve the mystery.

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Full transcript of “Face the Nation” on December 1, 2019

On this “Face the Nation” broadcast moderated by Margaret Brennan:

  • Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, (@CoryBooker)
  • David Rubenstein, “The American Story: Conversations With Master Historians”
  • Michael Duffy, “The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity”
  • Susan Page, USA Today, “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Arc of Power” (@SusanPage)
  • Jon Meacham, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels” (@jmeacham)
  • Ruth Marcus, Washington Post, “Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh And The Conservative Takeover” (@RuthMarcus)

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Terrelle Pryor: Former NFL wide receiver arrested, recovering after being stabbed in Pittsburgh

Free agent NFL wide receiver Terrelle Pryor has been arrested and is in stable condition after being stabbed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, overnight, CBS Sports reports. Pryor was stabbed in the shoulder and chest, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“Former NFL WR Terrelle Pryor underwent surgery this morning and is in critical condition after being stabbed last night at his Pittsburgh apartment in the shoulder and chest, per source,” Schefter wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning. Pryor’s agent says he was told the former Rose Bowl MVP is expected to make a full recovery, according to The Associated Press

The stabbing occurred early Saturday morning at the Heinz Lofts apartment complex in the Troy Hill neighborhood, CBS Pittsburgh reports. Police arrested both Pryor and Shalaya Briston. Pryor is being charged with simple assault while Briston has been charged with criminal attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Briston “also received injuries” in the altercation, according to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

According to criminal complaints filed with the Allegheny County District Attorney, Pryor was taken to the hospital by Briston and two unnamed witnesses. One witness described a “tussle” between Pryor and Briston, who the witness also said had been dating for about a year. The building manager of Heinz Loft Apartments also told police Pryor and Briston were living together, and both are on the lease for the same apartment. 

It was unclear from witness accounts who stabbed Pryor, however, one complaint concludes, “Witness 2 said the only person tussling with [Pryor] when he was stabbed was Ms. Briston.”

Police also noted that Briston had bruising on her nose.

Pryor is a native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania. After playing quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2008, he was by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft. He played five seasons with the Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals. 

As a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns in 2016, Pryor recorded 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. He also holds the NFL record for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback (93 yards). 

Pryor joined the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason, but was released in September following a hamstring injury. He has not played in a regular season game since November 2018.