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March 31, 2014

The United Nations' International Court of Justice has ordered Japan to temporarily halt whaling in the Antarctic because the practice does not serve scientific purposes, as the country claims. Australia initially brought the case to court in 2010, claiming that Japan was killing whales for commercial purposes.

In a 12-to-4 vote, presiding Judge Peter Tomka said Japan didn't justify why it's killing a large number of whales. As part of the ruling, the country must immediately withdraw all whaling permits and licenses in the Antarctic. "The evidence does not establish that the program's design and implementation are reasonable in relation to achieving its stated objectives," Judge Tomka said. Japan responded saying it's "deeply disappointed" by the decision.

Japan and Western countries have clashed repeatedly over the whaling issue, since it's common for whale meat to be sold in the Asian country, while other countries want to end whaling on conservation grounds. Jordan Valinsky

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Tech giant Apple on Monday reported $58 billion in revenue and a $13.6 billion profit for the second quarter of the year, easily beating Wall Street's projections. The staggering three-month profit was a 33 percent increase from the same quarter one year ago, when Apple netted $10.2 billion. Surging iPhone sales contributed to much of the growth. Apple sold 61.2 million smartphones for the quarter, far more than the 43.7 million iPhones it sold during the same period last year. Jon Terbush

Developing story
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Fighting broke out Monday between protesters and police in Baltimore just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, the unarmed black man who died after suffering a spinal injury in police custody.

At least seven officers sustained injuries while scuffling with protesters, and one was left unresponsive, police said in a press conference. Footage from the demonstrations showed groups of young protesters throwing rocks, bricks, and other objects at lines of officers in riot gear.

Police responded with tear gas and other non-lethal tools and said they would continue to crack down on violent demonstrations. Jon Terbush

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords
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As much as we'd like to think we are all special snowflakes who do our jobs with a certain flair that makes us irreplaceable, the unfortunate truth is that cold, hard machinery could replace many of us humans — and it would probably save employers a ton of money.

A new report co-written by Oxford University academics and Nesta, a London-based nonprofit research group, found that less than a quarter (21 percent) of all 702 categorized occupations in the U.S. were deemed creative enough to likely evade an impending robot takeover. Here are the top five jobs with the least likelihood that they will become automated in the near future, via The Wall Street Journal:

1. Translators and interpreters (5.8 percent)
2. Performing artists (7 percent)
3. Radio broadcasters (7.7 percent)
4. Film and TV producers (8 percent)
5. R&D on natural sciences (10.9 percent)

While artsy occupations bring a human charm that will be tough for robots to replicate, many employees in agriculture and manufacturing are in grave danger of being made redundant by machines. If you're in one of the fields below, you may want to check over your shoulder to make sure a robot isn't coming to snatch up your job:

1. Peat extractors (100 percent)
2 .Motion picture projectionists (97 percent)
3. Copper producers (70.7 percent)
4. Mailing list publishers (69 percent)
5. Bartenders (67.5 percent)

Perhaps the most troubling thing about the list above is the inclusion of bartenders, who, according to the study, could easily be replaced by robots in the near future. If that's the case, do you think robots do buybacks? Samantha Rollins

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says it is "ridiculous and absurd" to argue there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

"There isn't such a right," Rubio said in a weekend interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

"You would have to really have a ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. Constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex," Rubio added.

Earlier this month, the freshman senator and 2016 candidate said that while he believed sexual preference to be an inborn trait, he still opposed same-sex marriage. Jon Terbush

Dino Discovery
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Bringing your kids to work has its benefits.

Seven-year-old Diego Suarez was playing outside with his sister while his parents, both geologists, studied rock formations in the Andes in southern Chile. As they were playing, Suarez uncovered a fossilized dinosaur bone, which turned out to belong to a previously unknown species.

Paleontologists called to the site eventually discovered bones from more than a dozen dinosaurs, including four near-complete skeletons, The Guardian reports. The scientists named the species Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, after its location and the boy who discovered it. Most of the Chilesaurus remains are from animals roughly the size of turkeys, though the species could reach almost 10 feet in length.

The Chilesaurus, which lived about 145 million years ago, during the Jurassic Period, is an enigma among dinosaurs — it's a relative of the T-rex, a carnivorous species, but the Chilesaurus was a plant-eater. The Chilesaurus' anatomy is also odd, reports, because its skull and feet are more typical of long-necked dinosaurs than of tyrannosaurs.

The new species could change the way scientists look at bird evolution, too — the Chilesaurus is part of the theropod group, the ancestors to birds. The Chilesaurus proves that some theropods adapted meat-free diets much earlier than was previously believed, notes. Meghan DeMaria

So sue me
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ESPN on Monday filed suit against Verizon, alleging the communications giant violated its contract with the network by offering customers smaller, categorized subscription packages.

"We simply ask that Verizon abide by the terms of our contracts," ESPN said in a statement.

In a bid to lure cord-cutters and others interested in cheaper cable deals, Verizon debuted custom subscription plans this month that allow customers to purchase channels in genre-specific tiers, such as sports, entertainment, and kids. "Consumers have spoken loud and clear that they want choice, and the industry should be focused on giving consumers what they want," a Verizon spokesperson said in response to the suit, adding the company was "well within our rights under our agreements." Jon Terbush

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) insists she is not running for president — but that doesn't mean she has no impact on the race.

Simply by remaining a vocal, visible progressive on major issues — Wall Street influence, international trade, student loan debt — Warren can shape the presidential debate from the outside. At least that's what Warren's camp is hoping, with one adviser telling The New Yorker Warren can "get [Clinton] on record and hold her feet to the fire."

"I think she's in a beautiful position right now," the adviser told the magazine, "because she can get Hillary to do whatever the hell she wants."

Check out the entire profile here. Jon Terbush

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