Walmart To Raise Age Requirement To Buy Firearms And Ammunition

Walmart To Raise Age Requirement To Buy Firearms And AmmunitionWalmart has vowed to raise its age requirement to 21 years old for customers looking to purchase firearms or ammunition from their stores. The retail giant decided to change its firearms policy “in light of recent events,” Walmart said in a statement to reporters on Wednesday. “We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm,” the company’s statement read.


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Walmart To Raise Age Requirement To Buy Firearms And Ammunition

Walmart To Raise Age Requirement To Buy Firearms And AmmunitionWalmart has vowed to raise its age requirement to 21 years old for customers looking to purchase firearms or ammunition from their stores. The retail giant decided to change its firearms policy “in light of recent events,” Walmart said in a statement to reporters on Wednesday. “We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm,” the company’s statement read.


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The ice on Lake Michigan has turned blue. Here's why.

The ice on Lake Michigan has turned blue. Here's why.The ice on portions of Michigan's Great Lakes has turned blue, but don't worry, there's a perfectly good reason why.  The phenomenon is common on glaciers, but not so much on large swathes of lake ice. It's happening where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron, at a place called the Straits of Mackinac. There, fat slabs and mounds of cracked blue ice have collected near the shorelines. Local photographer Tori Burley captured the image above.  SEE ALSO: Gas-filled vessel barrels solo through pathetic Arctic sea ice during dead of winter The ice, however, is not actually turning blue. The color is a result of the way sunlight is bouncing off this particular ice, explained Ted Scambos, a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, in an interview.  Sometimes, weather conditions — such as a lack of high winds — allow water to freeze slowly and evenly, resulting in ice composed of large crystals (unlike snow, which is formed quickly and made up of small crystals).  When light hits these big ice crystals, it can travel deep into the structures (compare this to snow, wherein light hits a sharp edge and reflects off of it right away, resulting in blinding white). When the light travels deeper into slowly formed ice, some of the red wavelengths of sunlight — which is the longest wavelength of visible light — get absorbed into the ice structure.  The blue, which is the shortest wavelength of visible light, bounces back out, meet our eyes, and results in a deep aqua color.   Sunlight reflecting off the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, which makes the water look an aqua color.Image: nasaBut this isn't the complete story. Blue ice is also composed of relatively pure, untainted water, which allows the blue reflection to be so vivid and dominant. "It's a tribute to how clean the upper surface of Lake Michigan is," said Scambos, adding, "At least somewhere in Lake Michigan."  WATCH: 'Beast from the East' to plunge UK, rest of Europe into historic deep freeze


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The ice on Lake Michigan has turned blue. Here's why.

The ice on Lake Michigan has turned blue. Here's why.The ice on portions of Michigan's Great Lakes has turned blue, but don't worry, there's a perfectly good reason why.  The phenomenon is common on glaciers, but not so much on large swathes of lake ice. It's happening where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron, at a place called the Straits of Mackinac. There, fat slabs and mounds of cracked blue ice have collected near the shorelines. Local photographer Tori Burley captured the image above.  SEE ALSO: Gas-filled vessel barrels solo through pathetic Arctic sea ice during dead of winter The ice, however, is not actually turning blue. The color is a result of the way sunlight is bouncing off this particular ice, explained Ted Scambos, a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, in an interview.  Sometimes, weather conditions — such as a lack of high winds — allow water to freeze slowly and evenly, resulting in ice composed of large crystals (unlike snow, which is formed quickly and made up of small crystals).  When light hits these big ice crystals, it can travel deep into the structures (compare this to snow, wherein light hits a sharp edge and reflects off of it right away, resulting in blinding white). When the light travels deeper into slowly formed ice, some of the red wavelengths of sunlight — which is the longest wavelength of visible light — get absorbed into the ice structure.  The blue, which is the shortest wavelength of visible light, bounces back out, meet our eyes, and results in a deep aqua color.   Sunlight reflecting off the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, which makes the water look an aqua color.Image: nasaBut this isn't the complete story. Blue ice is also composed of relatively pure, untainted water, which allows the blue reflection to be so vivid and dominant. "It's a tribute to how clean the upper surface of Lake Michigan is," said Scambos, adding, "At least somewhere in Lake Michigan."  WATCH: 'Beast from the East' to plunge UK, rest of Europe into historic deep freeze


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Protesters Descend On ICE San Francisco Headquarters After Immigration Raids

Protesters Descend On ICE San Francisco Headquarters After Immigration RaidsSAN FRANCISCO ― Hundreds of activists gathered on Wednesday outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building here to protest the arrests of more than 150 undocumented immigrants in recent days. Local activist groups organized the “emergency rally” to respond to the mass arrests in Northern California, just two weeks after more than 200 people were arrested in similar raids in the Los Angeles area. “We have come together today to show that the Northern California region stands together in denouncing the mass arrests that happened in the last three days,” Blanca Vazquez, a media spokesperson for the protest, told HuffPost.


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Protesters Descend On ICE San Francisco Headquarters After Immigration Raids

Protesters Descend On ICE San Francisco Headquarters After Immigration RaidsSAN FRANCISCO ― Hundreds of activists gathered on Wednesday outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building here to protest the arrests of more than 150 undocumented immigrants in recent days. Local activist groups organized the “emergency rally” to respond to the mass arrests in Northern California, just two weeks after more than 200 people were arrested in similar raids in the Los Angeles area. “We have come together today to show that the Northern California region stands together in denouncing the mass arrests that happened in the last three days,” Blanca Vazquez, a media spokesperson for the protest, told HuffPost.


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Trump has mightily annoyed his base over guns, but it could be the making of him

Trump has mightily annoyed his base over guns, but it could be the making of himIn the fourteen months Donald Trump has occupied the Oval Office, he has frequently acted in a way that has left many in the Republican Party horrified. At the White House this week, Trump managed combine the two, putting on a blockbuster of a show and angering Republicans, as he sought the political equivalent of having his cake and consuming it, with comments on gun control. Meeting with governors and members of Congress, the 71-year-old voiced a series of ideas on gun regulation that were at odds with many in his party.


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Trump has mightily annoyed his base over guns, but it could be the making of him

Trump has mightily annoyed his base over guns, but it could be the making of himIn the fourteen months Donald Trump has occupied the Oval Office, he has frequently acted in a way that has left many in the Republican Party horrified. At the White House this week, Trump managed combine the two, putting on a blockbuster of a show and angering Republicans, as he sought the political equivalent of having his cake and consuming it, with comments on gun control. Meeting with governors and members of Congress, the 71-year-old voiced a series of ideas on gun regulation that were at odds with many in his party.


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