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Today in History for March 13th

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On this day in history: Uncle Sam cartoon debuts; Law prohibiting teaching evolution goes into effect; Deadly rampage at Scottish elementary school; Brigadoon opens on Broadway. (March 13)

Highlights of the day in history – a retrospective view on political events, historic battles, and life changing decisions. More: http://smarturl.it/TodayInHistory

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Here’s the latest for Thursday, January 11th: Bipartisan senators reach a deal on DACA; Walmart to up salaries for U.S. workers, also closing dozens of Sam’s Clubs; Crews search for mudslide victims; Mudslide reaches Oprah’s backyard. (Jan. 11)

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This Bricklaying Robot Can Build Walls Faster Than Humans (HBO)

Meet the Semi-Automated Mason or SAM, a robot that is so good at building walls it could take over the construction industry. Created by New York-based company Construction Robotics, the brick-laying robot promises to both increase productivity while reducing overall labor costs.

While the efficiency on construction sites has been stagnant in the last 20 to 30 years, manufacturing efficiency has increased significantly due to robotics and technology. Construction Robotics created SAM to solve that problem. SAM requires a human partner to smooth over the works, but the heavy lifting is left to the bot.

The robot can lay bricks at least three times faster than humans – and it never gets tired or makes mistakes. VICE News went to a construction site in Virginia to see SAM at work.

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Outer Mass – White Lies

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Terra Firma is a new Drum & Bass label based in York (UK) specializing in a deep, organic, old school styles. Owners Rous and Horton have teamed up to curate a label presenting their passion for Drum & Bass.

Terra Firma kicks off its first release with King / White Lies, the debut double-sided single from Australia’s newest Drum & Bass act, Outer Mass. Based in Perth, Sam & Matt have already risen through the ranks of the electronic music community with their own projects. Now wishing to take things further the duo teamed up to create their first single. Their ready to take it to the next level!

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Hannah Eve & Philth – For Sam

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Released 6th February 2017.

After a very successful 2016 for one of my favourite new labels, Soul Trader are starting the year very strong. This collaboration cut between Hannah Eve and Philth is not for the feint hearted.

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This Week On The Line: Sam Oakford Discusses International Crises and UN Diplomacy

On Thursday at 12pm EDT VICE News’ UN Correspondent Samuel Oakford joins On The Line to discuss some of the world’s most pressing crises and the diplomatic response from the UN.

Puerto Rico Says It Can’t Pay Debts, Others Claim That ‘Crisis Looms’ – http://bit.ly/1GXwyQv

Palestine Is About to Give the ICC a File Detailing Israel’s Alleged War Crimes in Gaza – http://bit.ly/1U5zjpu

Armed Groups Reportedly Raped, Castrated, and Slit the Throats of Children in South Sudan – http://bit.ly/1LB96vE

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White House Requests $500 Million to Aid Syrian Rebels

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The White House on Thursday asked Congress for half-a-billion dollars in aid to go towards opposition fighters in Syria at war with the regime of recently re-elected President Bashar Al-Assad.

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to develop more detailed plans to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, should Congress approve the requested funding.

In a report sent to lawmakers at the Capitol on Thursday, the White House requested $500 million in aid to “help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control and facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement.”

The Associated Press reported that the multimillion dollar request makes up just a fraction of a larger, $65.8 billion overseas operations request sent to Congress that, if approved, would fund a number of Pentagon and State Department programs, as well as $1 billion in assistance to nations adjacent to Syria.

This latest request by the administration for aid comes merely weeks after the president outlined his foreign policy objectives during a speech last month at the West Point Military Academy graduation ceremony.

“As president, I made a decision that we should not put American troops into the middle of this increasingly sectarian civil war, and I believe that is the right decision. But that does not mean we shouldn’t help the Syrian people stand up against a dictator who bombs and starves his own people,” Obama said. “And in helping those who fight for the right of all Syrians to choose their own future, we are also pushing back against the growing number of extremists who find safe haven in the chaos.”

“So with the additional resources I’m announcing today, we will step up our efforts to support Syria’s neighbors — Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq — as they contend with refugees and confront terrorists working across Syria’s borders.”

At the time, Obama added that he would “work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and brutal dictators.” Now only weeks later, he appears to have taken the first steps to securing such funding.

Since nearly the start of the Syrian civil war more than three years ago, hawkish Republicans in Congress have urged the White House to take action against Assad, with Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) going as far as to travel abroad to meet with rebel fighters overseas. Others have condemned any response from Washington altogether, though, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who this week attributed the arming of fighters in Iraq as the impetus for a “jihadist wonderland” there created on Uncle Sam’s watch and dime.

According to the AP’s Julie Pace, White House officials said the Obama administration would work with members of Congress and regional player to come to terms with what sort of training and assistance in particular would be provided to opposition fighters by the US.

“One potential option,” Pace wrote, “would be to base US personnel in Jordan and conduct the training exercise there.”

Also last month, the Pentagon deployed more than 6,000 Marines to Jordan to conduct drills alongside military officials there.