en-US Quake, at Least 5.5 in Magnitude, Strikes Southern Iran US Geological Survey: Magnitude 5.5 quake hits southern Iran near nuclear plant; felt in Bahrain, Persian Gulf. Thu, 19 2018 07:50:24 GMT Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes southern Iran; felt in Bahrain The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck in southern Iran near a nuclear plant, shaking Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf. Thu, 19 2018 07:11:28 GMT Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes southern Iran, near nuclear plant The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck in southern Iran near a nuclear plant, shaking Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate report of damage or injuries. Thu, 19 2018 07:30:00 GMT Bay Area’s air quality near nation’s worst, climate change to blame: Report California has some of the worst air quality in the nation, both in terms of ozone and particle pollution, and perhaps the biggest factor appears to be climate change, according to a new report. The Bay Area ranked sixth worst in the nation from 2014 to 2016 in terms of short-term particle pollution in a new “State of the Air 2018” report, which the American Lung Association released Tuesday. The region ranked 13th worst in the country for ozone pollution, which scientists say is due to climate change and warming temperatures across the globe, and several Bay Area counties experienced more unhealthy ozone days than previous years. Thu, 01 1970 00:00:00 GMT Saudi Arabia just screened ‘Black Panther,’ its first movie in 35 years — but 40 seconds of it were censored Saudi Arabia screened Marvel blockbuster "Black Panther" on Wednesday night, the first film to be shown in more than three decades.   But crucial scenes in the film were censored.  Despite the lifting of a 35-year ban on cinemas, movies in Saudi Arabia can expect strong censorship, particularly around scenes which feature sex, LGBT representation, and religious issues.  Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is making efforts to modernize the country and make its economy more competitive on the global stage. Saudi Arabia screened Marvel blockbuster "Black Panther" on Wednesday night, marking the country's first film screening in more than three decades.   The screening was praised by advocates as a milestone in Saudi's modernization efforts, but attendees were reminded of the country's conservative laws when crucial scenes in the film were censored for modesty.  The film's regional distributor, Italia Film, told The Hollywood Reporter that 40 seconds of the film had been censored, which it said was on par with edits made for screenings of the film throughout the region.  According to Associated Press, the ending scene which featured a kiss between characters was cut, despite scenes that depicted violence being left in. Awwad Alawwad, Saudi's minister of culture and information, attended the Riyadh premiere and told Associated Press films screened in the country need to strike a balance for Saudi audiences. "We want to ensure the movies are in line with our culture and respect for values. Meanwhile, we want to provide people with a beautiful show and really enjoy watching their own movies," he said. Last year, Saudi Arabia announced movies chosen for screening couldn't contradict "Sharia Laws and moral values in the Kingdom."  Variety noted in December that movies screened in Saudi Arabia can expect strong censorship, particularly around scenes which feature sex, LGBT representation, and religious issues.  Mario Haddad Jr., a Middle East distributor for Empire International, told Variety that films shown in the region are usually cut shorter than their international releases. Many major blockbusters, like 2009's "Watchmen", were heavily cut for Middle East audiences, which critics said led to the movie being "near incomprehensible."  Producers of the 2011 film "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" declined to show the movie in Gulf cinemas with the requested cuts, which prompted backlash. "Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to make the cuts that were necessary for it to be screened," Piroska Szakacs from local distributors Empire International said at the time. "The filmmakers wouldn't allow it." But Saudi Arabia's decision to lift the 35-year ban on cinemas points to major efforts by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to modernize the country and make its economy more competitive on the global stage. Saudi Arabia plans to open about 350 cinemas and 2,500 screens by 2030. The culture ministry believes this will generate $1 billion in box office spend each year, making it the 11th largest film market in the world. SEE ALSO: Saudi Arabia ended a 35-year ban on cinemas, pointing to the Crown Prince’s hopes for modernization Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What will happen when Earth's north and south poles flip Thu, 19 2018 04:13:53 GMT Trump delivered Japan a huge win on one part of the US#039;s upcoming talks with North Korea President Donald Trump agreed to raise one of Japan's most important political issues with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said he would try to resolve the issue of more than a dozen Japanese citizens that were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s. This is a huge win for Abe, whose support back home has plummeted as Japan fadded into the background on fast-moving talks with North Korea. But one expert told Business Insider it would be "tragic" if abductees' families put faith in Trump. In the 1970s, more than a dozen people went missing from coastal areas of Japan, abducted by North Korea in a failed attempt to turn Japanese citizens into spies. Pyongyang didn't admit to the kidnappings until 2002 when Kim Jong Il, in an attempt to receive aid, returned five abductees to Japan. At the time, North Korea said it only abducted 13 people and the remainder had died — a claim widely disbelieved in Japan where the abductions, believed to be of 17 people, have remained a hot political issue, particularly as family members of the taken youths grow older. But at a news conference in Florida on Wednesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Donald Trump confirmed the US would bring the cause up with Kim Jong Un directly. "I will tell you that we were having dinner last night, and [Abe] started talking about abduction and how horrible it was. And his level of enthusiasm was unbelievable. And I said to him right then and there last night at the table, I said we will work very hard on that issue, and we will try and bring those folks back home," said Trump. A day earlier, Abe expressed his gratefulness that Trump himself would take up the issue at the upcoming US-North Korea summit, and Trump replied, "You have my commitment." It's a huge win for Abe. The Japanese prime minister's popularity, and grip on power had plummeted back home, due both to a political scandal involving his wife and Abe's constant exclusion from the fast-moving talks concerning the country's biggest security threat, North Korea. In the past, Abe was the world leader closest to Trump, and the two bonded over games of golf as well as a hardline approach to North Korea. In the first 11 months of Trump's presidency the two spoke on the phone 13 times — more than Abe did during Obama's entire second term. But Abe received no warning about Trump's decision to accept a meeting with Kim Jong Un and has been scrambling ever since. Japan was even forced to ask China about Kim's meeting with Xi Jinping after finding out about the visit in the media, long after Beijing had briefed Washington and Seoul. In meeting Trump ahead of the upcoming US-North Korea summit, and gaining assurances on the abductions issue — which Abe had made a top policy priority for his administration — the prime minister is likely feeling more confident about his relationship with Trump and the Japanese people than he has in months. "Whether Japan will be left behind, that is not at all the case. In the last two days, together with President Trump, we have spoken about North Korea," Abe said. "We have gone into really in-depth discussion. About our policy and direction, we have reached agreement." This isn't the first time Trump has raised the abductions issue Speaking at the UN last year, the president mentioned the story of Megumi, a 13-year-old who was kidnapped while playing on the beach and was forced to become "a language tutor for North Korea's spies." He also met the families of the abductees, who were mostly chosen by North Korean commandos at random, while on a tour of Asia in November. "I think it would be a tremendous signal if Kim Jong Un would send them back," Trump said the time. "That would be the start of something I think would be just something very special, if they would do that." And the latest news has again raised the hopes of family members whose siblings, children, and parents were taken more than 40 years ago. Hope in Trump may be misguided But hoping Trump raises the issue with Kim, and can even deliver a positive outcome, may be misguided. In meeting the families of those abducted by North Korea, Trump was following a pattern set by the two presidents before him and most US ambassadors. Robert S. Boynton, a journalism teacher at NYU and the author of "The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea's Abduction Project," told Business Insider at the time of the meeting last year that little would likely be achieved. "The families have become a kind of sacred shrine officials must visit in order to demonstrate that they and their loved ones have not been forgotten. The Japanese government uses these visits to show that the US cares, and hasn't abandoned Japan," Boynton said. "It is all theater because most US officials know virtually nothing about the abductions." "It is tragic if the abductees' families put real faith in Trump. He couldn't remember the name of a slain US soldier, and I'm sure he's already forgotten about Megumi Yokota," he added.SEE ALSO: NO ENTRY: How Japan's shockingly low refugee intake is shaped by the paradox of isolation, a demographic time bomb, and the fear of North Korea Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump tried to cut a secret deal with Planned Parenthood — here's what happened Thu, 19 2018 02:25:39 GMT ‘Rampage’: Inside the Globe-Trotting Mission to Compose Its Score (Exclusive Video) Composer Andrew Lockington took a decidedly international approach to his music for the Dwayne Johnson actioner “Rampage,” including traveling to Costa Rica to record the sounds of wild howler monkeys and employing a Ugandan children’s choir. He credits director Brad Peyton — his collaborator on four films including the 2015 hit “San Andreas” — with […] Wed, 18 2018 23:07:41 GMT Data And #039;Smart#039; Video Are Helping Amateur And Pro Athletes Alike Improve Their Game Blast Motion is a wearable motion sensor technology that allows athletes across a variety of sports — from baseball and softball to golf and basketball — analyze their athletic performance. Wed, 18 2018 21:44:00 GMT This tech exec#039;s big career regret has to do with golf Rhonda Vetere of nThrive explains how golf could be key to your success. Wed, 18 2018 18:55:00 GMT Donald Trump Wants to ‘Sneak Out’ with Japan PM to Play Golf at Mar-a-Lago “We’re going to sneak out tomorrow morning and play a round of golf, if possible, if we have the time,” Trump said. Wed, 18 2018 02:18:23 GMT