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Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 11th proposal of the 2018 State of the State: a comprehensive plan to outlaw “sextortion” and non-consensual pornography, often known as “revenge porn.” Under these new measures, a conviction for any of these serious offenses will require registration as a sex offender and sentences will range from a class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail or three years of probation, or up to a class C Felony, punishable by up to fifteen years in prison.
“The dangerous proliferation of sextortion and revenge crimes disproportionately targets young women and girls and causes harm and embarrassment that can follow victims their entire lives,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new legislation outlaws this horrific, exploitive practice once and for all in New York and will help provide New Yorkers with peace of mind both on- and offline.”
Energy storage has been called the Holy Grail of renewable energy, but battery storage has its own Holy Grail — a solid state battery.
Scientists at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) say they have taken a step closer to developing a solid state battery, that is, one that uses a solid electrolyte, which would give it a higher energy density and make it less flammable and safer than batteries that use liquid electrolytes, such as most existing lithium-ion batteries.
However, while the technology is promising, commercializing it could take more than 10 years.
‘Why not leapfrog?’
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory were working on a magnesium battery, which offers higher energy density than lithium, but had few viable options for a liquid electrolyte, which tends to corrode other battery parts.
“Magnesium is such a new technology, it doesn’t have any good liquid electrolytes,” Gerbrand
Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Michigan State Police are investigating new clues from Montana after a box of human remains was discovered in a shed in Missoula.
According to police in Missoula, Montana, human bones and teeth were found in a box in a shed in September. Forensic testing revealed they likely belonged to children between the ages of 2 and 4, 5 and 8, and 6 and 10.
The remains were compared against the national database and authorities told FOX 2 the Skelton brothers case is one of the more likely scenarios. Missoula police then reached out to Michigan police.
Missoula police are in contact with Michigan State Police because the descriptions match those of the missing boys, but have nothing
A man who was in a confused state and last seen Monday has been reported missing from the West Side Austin neighborhood.
Bajil Rihani, 26, was last seen in the 4900 block of West Walton, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.
He was described as a Middle Eastern man with a light complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair, police said. He stands at 5-foot-3 and weighs about 120 pounds. He also has a tattoo of a cross behind his left ear.
Police said Rihani, whose facial hair may be fuller now, was in a confused state and was last seen wearing an oversized black suit.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to call Area South detectives at (312) 747-8274.
SKOWHEGAN — State police detectives and game wardens with tracking dogs fanned out Tuesday into the woods and hay fields along Route 150 in Skowhegan, searching for clues in the 6-month-old disappearance of a Skowhegan woman.
The renewed search efforts came as officials said the state police Major Crimes Unit and the Maine Warden Service now are assisting in the search for 40-year-old Tina Stadig, an indication that authorities think the case may involve suspicious circumstances.
Lt. Jeffrey Love, head of the Major Crimes Unit, said detectives were there with Skowhegan police and game wardens, working
Twenty-three years after a woman’s remains were found in the woods in northern Michigan, the Michigan State Police is asking to public to help identify who she was.
The woman’s body was found in October 1994 by a bow hunter, who was walking in a wooded area off Bamfield Road in Alcona County.
“As DNA technology advanced, so has the investigation,” said the Michigan State Police in a press release.
However, more than two decades after the woman’s death, police still don’t know who she is.
The woman is 30-50 years old, and was between 4-foot-7-inches and 5-foot-6-inches tall, according to Michigan State University anthropologists. The woman’s remains may have been in the woods for up to four years before her skeleton was discovered, meaning she may have died as long