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With VPN clampdown, China’s firewall fills in its cracks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A chill wind whips down the walkways on the campus of Peking University, the selective academy that attracts China’s best and brightest students. Strolling past the stone steps and upturned roof of the university library, a law student vents about how China’s ruling Communist Party is tightening controls on information. “It’s harder this year than last year” to bypass the firewall that government censors use to block thousands of blacklisted websites, says the student.
How hurricane Michael could affect Florida’s high
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Indeed, it’s not a reference to hurricane Michael, the Category 4 storm that slammed into the Florida Panhandle earlier this week and wrought devastation across the southeastern United States. Superstorm Sandy had just struck the New Jersey coast, and the state’s then-governor, Republican Chris Christie, greeted a visiting President Barack Obama warmly. Six years later, on the eve of President Trump’s first midterm elections, such bipartisan comity seems unimaginable.
Melania Trump Says We Should Stop Critiquing Her Fashion Choices. Here's Why It Keeps Happening
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Experts weigh in on why Melania's fashion choices — from a pith helmet to her stilettos — as the First Lady really do matter.
Hold on to Your Fascinator! Windy Windsor Threatens to Ruin the Royal Outfits at Princess Eugenie's Wedding
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Prince William and Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, Prince George and Princess Charlotte all stepped out to enjoy the occasion
Africa's Youngest Billionaire Was Abducted in Tanzania
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Africa’s youngest billionaire was abducted by masked gunmen outside a hotel in Tanzania’s main city of Dar Es Salaam on Thursday, BBC reports.
She Wanted to Help Liberia's Most Vulnerable Girls. Then Her School Became a Predator's Hunting Ground
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An investigation into a major American charity working with children in Liberia uncovered stories of sexual abuse.
Florida School Bus Crashes Into Swimming Pool
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Florida School Bus Crashes Into Swimming Pool
Japan delays spacecraft landing on very rocky asteroid
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency is delaying a spacecraft touchdown on an asteroid because scientists need more time to find a safe landing site on the extremely rocky surface.
How a Conservative Supreme Court Could Actually Benefit Progressives
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
And why change should not — and does not — start there
Turkey sets free American pastor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
IZMIR, Turkey — American Pastor Andrew Brunson walked out of court a free man today after spending 24 months in a Turkish prison.
Man nicknamed 'Willy Wonka' pleads guilty to multiple crimes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The leader of a multistate ATM and vehicle burglary ring known as "Willy Wonka" or the "Chocolate Man" has pleaded guilty to 60 charges.
Home where witch trials victim John Proctor lived for sale
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A house where a victim of the Salem witch trials once lived is on the market for $600,000 just in time for Halloween.
An end to the dollar's global hegemony? The Kremlin sees an opportunity.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
For average Russians, a small personal hoard of US dollars has always represented a place of safety amid the wild ups-and-downs that continue to beset the country's national currency, the ruble. The Trump administration has increasingly worked to weaponize the US dollar, by using its hegemonic position as the world's “reserve currency” to punish any entity or country that attempts to defy proliferating unilateral US sanctions against Russia, Iran, and China. The idea might have sounded quixotic a decade or so ago, when Russia and China first started talking about it.
Unraveling the Mystery Behind the Red Room in The Haunting of Hill House
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Major spoilers ahead
Prince George and Princess Charlotte Had an Absolute Ball at the Latest Royal Wedding
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Congrats to the royal bride and groom
Pentagon Grounds Troubled F
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More than 320 F-35s are already operating from 15 bases worldwide
Khashoggi friend says journalist angered Saudi government with column during its 'charm campaign'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Jamal Khashoggi's friend Khaled Saffuri tells the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery" what the Washington Post columnist may have done to provoke the ire of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi royal family.
Naming Rights: Orlando's new police chief is named Orlando
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando's newest police chief is already making a name for himself. His name? Orlando.
Better alerts to feed a hungry world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A new type of survey called the “Waffle House Matrix” has proved to be an odd but effective way to measure the severity of natural disasters in the United States. It looks at whether these famed 24/7 restaurants in an affected area are open or closed. Satellite images have long provided such information, but now experts are looking at the potential for artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Here's What Kanye West Said to President Trump at the White House
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
West shared an extended monologue
Meterologist Gives the Weather Report With Her Baby Strapped to Her Back
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Shoutout to working moms
It's 'Gone': How Hurricane Michael Swiftly Flattened One Florida Town
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hit head-on by Hurricane Michael, many homes were destroyed in this town of about 1,190 people
Washington State Supreme Court Abolishes 'Racially Biased' Death Penalty
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Governor says the death penalty's use had been 'arbitrary and racially biased'
Kid Rock and Kanye West Have Both Mused About Running for Office. Now They're at the White House
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The two musicians are both vocal Trump supporters
Pope Francis Compares Abortion to Hiring a Hit Man to Solve a Problem
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Pope Francis compared abortion to a mafia-style killing Wednesday, saying it’s the equivalent of hiring a hit man to “take out a human life to solve a problem.”
Amandla Stenberg Is a New Kind of Hollywood Star
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The 19-year-old stars in 'The Hate U Give," a new movie about police brutality
Russia probes ISS rocket failure
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Russian investigators have launched a probe into why a Soyuz rocket failed shortly after blast-off, in a major setback for Russia's beleaguered space industry. US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were forced to make an emergency landing after the incident on Thursday, but were rescued without injury in Kazakhstan. Russian officials said they were launching a criminal investigation into the accident, the first such incident on a manned flight in the country's post-Soviet history.
U.S., Russian astronauts in ‘good condition’ after booster rocket failure prompts emergency landing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Just two minutes into a flight on Thursday, a booster rocket failure made it impossible to reach the space station. The spaceship went into automatic abort, and American Nick Hague and Russian Alexey Ovchinin plunged back to earth.
Michelle Obama on What She Enjoys Most About Life After the White House
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Former First Lady Michelle Obama says "the small things" are what she appreciates most about life after the White House.
Astronauts headed for ISS forced to make emergency landing after in
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's been an interesting couple of months for Russia's space program. Everything had been going quite smoothly for Roscosmos ahead of the bizarre hole discovered in one of their Soyuz spacecraft which was (and still is) attached to the International Space Station. Both Roscosmos and NASA released statements saying everything was being handled and that there was no concern that future mission would be impacted in any way. This morning, the first launch since the possible sabotage was discovered, Russia's Soyuz booster saw its first in-flight failure in recent memory, and the first manned rocket-related emergency in decades. The crew was able to abort, and their capsule proceeded on a ballistic reentry which touched down shortly thereafter. In statements by both Russia and NASA the crew is said to be in "good condition," and no serious injuries have been reported. The mission was carrying two crew members instead of its usual three due to Russia's delay of scientific instruments which the third passenger was trained for. The flight was carrying NASA's Nick Hague and Russia's Alexey Ovchinin. “The Soyuz capsule is returning to Earth via a ballistic descent, which is a sharper angle of landing compared to normal,” NASA said in a brief statement via Twitter. “Search and rescue teams are heading towards the expected touchdown location of the spacecraft and crew.” https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1050314064344141824 A subsequent tweet shows both astronauts boarding a plane after being recovered from the touchdown site. Both men appear understandably disappointed in the wake of what they just experienced, and the realization that they won't be headed to the International Space Station any time soon. https://twitter.com/roscosmos/status/1050370594792005633 It's an incredibly bizarre turn of events in the wake of the strange discovery of damage on the Soyuz capsule. Neither NASA or Roscosmos will be jumping to any conclusions, but Russia has promised a full investigation and is forming a team to look into how and why the rocket failed as it did. It's obviously worth noting that the Soyuz rocket is a completely separate piece of hardware from the Soyuz crew capsule, and something like the hole found in the crew capsule currently attached to the International Space Station couldn't possibly result in a failure of a rocket booster. Still, the two unfortunate events happening back-to-back is hard to brush off, and we'll have to wait for Russia's investigation to conclude before we know how things played out.
Trump Rally Crowd Chants 'Lock Her Up!' About Senator Dianne Feinstein
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Chants of “Lock her up!” rang once again throughout an Iowa arena as President Donald Trump rallied supporters Tuesday night.
Washington Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty Violates Its State Constitution
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Governor says the death penalty's use had been 'arbitrary and racially biased'
Michelle Obama Reveals What Really Happened During Her Sweet Exchange With George W. Bush
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Remember the candy George W. Bush gave to Michelle Obama at John McCain's funeral? There's more. She shares the hilarious story.
How the Midterms Will Test Trump’s Hold on the GOP
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Donald Trump's coalition is broader than the Democrats' caricature
When Neil Armstrong Went to the Moon, He Brought Souvenirs of the Wright Brothers' Flight. Now They're for Sale
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Armstrong described himself as a "devotee" of the Wright Brothers
Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid: official
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid in order to shed light on the origins of the solar system will now land on the rock several months later than planned, officials said Thursday. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) told reporters the Hayabusa2 probe is now expected to touch down on the Ryugu asteroid in "late January" at the earliest, rather than at the end of this month as initially expected. JAXA project manager Yuichi Tsuda said they needed more time to prepare the landing as the latest data showed the asteroid surface was more rugged than expected.
Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and ULA win Air Force’s backing for future rockets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S. Air Force says Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance have won its go-ahead for the development of new rockets that could be used for national security launches — a boost that could eventually add up to billions of dollars. Blue Origin, the Kent, Wash.-based space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, was awarded a launch service agreement for its New Glenn rocket, which is due to be launched from Florida starting in 2021. The agreement provides for as much as $500 million through 2024, but Blue Origin is expected to contribute to a cost-sharing arrangement.… Read More
Man in Wheelchair Dies After Falling Down Escalator
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A man fell to his death after attempting to ride up an escalator on a motorized wheelchair.
Rocket carrying American and Russian malfunctions, forcing emergency landing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut are in "good condition" after a booster rocket on their spacecraft failed and forced them to make an emergency landing Thursday, both countries' space agencies said. The Soyuz MS-10 rocket took off at 4:40 a.m. local time on what was supposed to be a six-hour journey to the International Space Station. Instead, the rocket suffered a malfunction shortly after taking off from Russia's spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Trump on holding rally during hurricane: I couldn't disappoint my fans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The president defended his decision to go ahead with a political rally in Pennsylvania as Hurricane Michael ripped across the southeastern U.S., saying he could not disappoint his many fans.
Democratic Congress would hold EPA accountable on climate change, senator says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said Democrats would hold EPA leadership accountable for protecting the environment and taking climate change seriously if they win back Congress.
Unfiltered: ‘There’s a sort of black market in insulin’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
When insulin was first developed as a medical treatment in the early 1900s, it cost the equivalent of about $25 a month. For some of the 7 million diabetic Americans who depend on insulin and can’t afford its hefty price, desperate times have called for desperate measures.
'Good chance' Turkey will release American pastor tomorrow
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Andrew Brunson, a Christian preacher from North Carolina, became the center a diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington after Turkey jailed him on terrorism charges two years ago.
Cash bail: why some call for changes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
In August, California passed a bill that abolishes cash bail and replaces it with a risk-assessment program. Although some say the existing system is unfair and costly, the new measure has faced criticism from more than one camp. Under British common law, the release of a suspect before his or her trial was granted on the basis of a surety, or guarantee, from another individual.
Banksy's Insane Self
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After street artist Banksy got his $1.4 million painting to shred itself after selling, memes have now come in to memorialize the moment
The Battle Over Brett Kavanaugh Has Ended. But the Pain His Hearing Triggered Has Not
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Why the pain remains, according to experts and survivors
Hurricane Michael Hits Florida and Leaves a Trail of Damage
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hurricane Michael hits Florida and leaves a trail of damage
NASA watchdogs blame SLS rocket snags on Boeing missteps and poor oversight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA’s Space Launch System, the rocket that’s being designed to send astronauts to the moon and Mars, seems likely to miss the schedule for its first test launch in 2020 due to poor management by Boeing and its overseers, the space agency’s auditors say. A report released today by the NASA Office of Inspector General projects that the delivery of the first Boeing-built core stage for the heavy-lift SLS rocket may slip beyond its currently scheduled date of December 2019. What’s more, the cost of SLS development is on track to amount to at least $8.9 billion, which is twice what… Read More
Georgia's Secretary of State Is Blocking 53,000 Voter Registrations as He Runs for Governor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kemp, who’s also the Republican candidate for governor, is in charge of elections and voter registration in Georgia
Russian rocket malfunctions during launch to space station; crew makes safe landing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An American and a Russian spaceflier are in good shape after they were forced to abort their trip to the International Space Station due to a rocket anomaly, but today’s scary launch has cast a pall over orbital operations going forward. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were due to begin a six-month stint in orbit with their launch from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, aboard a Soyuz spacecraft that was perched atop Russia’s workhorse Soyuz-FG rocket. Just minutes after liftoff at 2:40 p.m. local time (1:40 a.m. PT), the rocket booster experienced an anomaly, and the… Read More