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CBS News, Feb. 27, 2019
Week of remarkable weather extremes: Is this the new normal?
Zack Labe, Ph.D candidate at the University California, Irvine, said the dynamic pattern is having impacts locally in Alaska and over the U.S. mainland as well. “It is likely February Bering Sea ice extent will be the 2nd lowest on record (after last year),” Labe said. “The large warm ridge is also related to the frigid temperatures downstream in central Canada and the northern contiguous United States.”

NPR (KHN), Feb. 28, 2019
Foes Of Trump’s Restrictions On Family Planning Clinics See Law On Their Side
Leah Litman, an assistant professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, said the now more conservative Supreme Court might not necessarily accept those arguments, as well as others likely to be raised. But there is no question, she said, that “the underlying scope of [the Title X program] has changed” since 1991.

Reuters, Feb. 27, 2019
Explainer: What legal risks does Cohen’s testimony pose to Trump?
Legal experts said Trump would have a stronger defense if he could show he did not know he was breaking the law. While ignorance of the law is not usually an excuse, campaign finance laws are treated differently, said Richard Hasen, a professor of election law at the University of California, Irvine. “For the campaign finance violation to be criminal, prosecutors would have to prove a wilful violation,” Hasen said. “If Trump did not know that he was violating campaign finance laws by directing the spending he would not be criminally liable.”

The Verge, Feb. 27, 2019
Moderating content doesn’t have to be so traumatic
Meanwhile, research from Roxane Cohen Silver, a psychologist at University of California Irvine showed that more than six hours of exposure to coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings (where exposure can be through any form of media) in the four weeks after the attack was linked to more stress than having actually been there.

The Daily Mail, Feb. 27, 2019
House of Horrors father says he hopes his children will forgive him and visit him in prison-after he and his wife pleaded guilty to 14 counts of torture and abuse
The guilty pleas could help with the challenges the children face, especially since many abuse survivors struggle with feelings of self-doubt, said Jessica Borelli, a clinical psychologist and professor at University of California, Irvine. ‘It is a pretty clear affirmation of how they were mistreated,’ Borelli said. ‘If there is any part of them that needs validation that how they were treated was wrong and was abuse, this is it.’\

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