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This Map Shows Where Americans Are Being Told 'Do Not Travel' in Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The State Department is urging Americans to avoid these areas
Trump Administration Says States May Make Medicaid Recipients Work to Get Benefits
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Trump administration is giving states this option
Here Are All the TIME Covers Featuring Donald Trump Since the Start of His Presidential Campaign
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
From the Republican primaries to his Oval Office anniversary
Extinct giant burrowing bat fossil found in New Zealand
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived millions of years ago have been found in New Zealand, an international team of scientists announced Thursday. It belonged to "a bat super-family that once spanned the southern landmasses of Australia, New Zealand, South America and possibly Antarctica," according to study author Sue Hand from the University of New South Wales. The teeth and bones of the animal, which lived 16 to 19 million years ago, were discovered near St Bathans in Central Otago where the scientists have been working for the past 16 years.
New insights into mysterious, cosmic 'fast radio bursts'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Astronomers have edged closer to solving the mystery of distant cosmic radio bursts according to a study Wednesday that offers insights into the blasts which emit more energy in a single millisecond than our sun does all day. International astronomers have spotted a few dozen fast radio bursts (FRBs) -- and as many as 10,000 may occur daily -- but only one has repeated sporadically, known as FRB 121102, allowing it to be studied. The radio bursts from FRB 121102 could also originate from a young neutron star inside a powerful nebula, or a supernova remnant, said the report.
Mangled cars show the raw destructive power of California mudslides
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If anyone doubted the sheer destructive power of the mudslides that have devastated Southern California this week, a video posted to Instagram Thursday should hammer the point home. SEE ALSO: Photos: California's wildfires make way for destructive mudslides The video, which was uploaded by The Knight Show podcast and verified by Storyful, hovers over two utterly mangled blobs of crushed steel and twisted plastic on Hammonds Beach in Santa Barbara.  One of the unlucky cars, which had made a trip down Montecito Creek following heavy rain in the region, was apparently an H3 Hummer. The destructive power of nature... what’s left of a Honda and an H3 hummer #santabarbara #mudslide #theknightshow A post shared by The Knight Show (@theknightshowpodcast) on Jan 11, 2018 at 1:54pm PST The Santa Barbara County Fire Department also posted a picture of the wreckage. #CAstorm- A Hummer H3 and unknown model Honda sit on the beach mangled feet just from the Pacific Ocean after being carried down Montecito Creek following heavy rain early Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/ImVRmPntBV — SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) January 10, 2018 At least 17 people have died in the mudslides, and 43 people were still unaccounted for by Thursday afternoon, the LA Times reports. WATCH: The science behind the fast-moving wildfires that are devastating California
Malaysia to pay US firm up to $70M if it finds missing plane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government said Wednesday it will pay U.S. company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it can find the wreckage or black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within three months, in a renewed bid to solve the plane's disappearance nearly four years ago.
At Least 75 Women Have Been Strangled or Smothered in Chicago Since 2001, Police Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
67% of the cases go unsolved
The Unpresident: Why Donald Trump Will Never Change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Fire and Fury and Trump's first year
Study blames pot farms for poisoning of threatened owls
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rat poison is contaminating threatened northern spotted owls in California forests, and marijuana farms appear to be to blame, according to a study published Thursday.
'This Isn't an Exact Science.' Many Received Cellphone Alerts as Deadly Mudslides Hit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
400 homes were damaged or destroyed in the mudslides
Washington D.C. Is Renaming a Street by the Russian Embassy After a Murdered Opposition Leader
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A Russian lawmaker called the move a "dirty trick"
Philippines says deaths in vaccine row 'consistent with' dengue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Philippines said Thursday that some of the 14 children who died after receiving a controversial vaccine showed signs of "severe dengue", as investigators probe the drug whose use was suspended due to health concerns. More than 830,000 Filipino schoolchildren were injected with Sanofi's Dengvaxia vaccine last year in the world's first public dengue immunisation programme. Philippine authorities are also pursuing criminal and public health safety investigations into any links between the drug and the deaths of 14 schoolchildren who died months after being vaccinated.
A Woman Actually, Successfully Returned Her Dead Christmas Tree
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
New holiday cost-saving hack?
Woman Accused of Trashing Warhol Art on First Date Is a 'Great Person,' Lawyer Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He claims she caused at least $300,000 in damage
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Is Being Trucked Back to Montana to Restore a Ski Lodge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The historic chalet was destroyed by a wildfire
Google Doodle Celebrates South African Author and Anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new artwork honors Paton, who bought international attention to racial tensions in South Africa.
America’s Most Powerful Nuclear Weapon Almost Killed The People Who Helped Build It
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sixty-one years ago on an island in the South Pacific, scientists and military officers, fishermen and Marshall Islands natives observed first-hand what Armageddon would be like. The Atomic Energy Commission code-named the nuclear test Castle Bravo. The March 1, 1954 experiment was the first thermonuclear explosion based on practical technology that would lead to a deliverable H-bomb for the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command—part of the Operation Castle series of tests needed to manufacture the high-yield weapons.
The Flu Killed a Healthy 21
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Know the common warning signs
Danish wind power whips up record 43% of electricity
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Wind power generated 43.4 percent of electricity consumed in Denmark last year, a new record for the Nordic nation which aims to rely on renewables for half of its energy needs by 2030, authorities said Thursday. "Denmark is on track to surpassing its EU energy targets" which is to have at least 50 percent of its energy needs supplied by renewable resources by 2030, against a current one third, and a zero-fossil fuel energy by 2050, the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate said in a statement. "With the wind power production record, Denmark places a green flag on the world map," Danish energy minister Lars Lilleholt said.
Viral Tattoo Photos Lead to Arrest of Fugitive Yakuza Member
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He had been in hiding for 10 years
Study: Warming puts millions more at risk from river floods
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BERLIN (AP) — Global warming will increase the risk of river flooding over the coming decades, endangering millions more people around the world, according to a study published Thursday.
A Federal Judge Has Blocked Trump's Plan to End the DACA Program for Young Immigrants
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The judge granted a request to prevent President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while lawsuits play out in court
A lofty proposal: 'Marry Me' etched in snow, seen from above
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork.
Storm blew historic building to Canada; Maine wants it back
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LUBEC, Maine (AP) — A fishing-industry building on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is half-submerged in waters near a Canadian island, and conservationists fear it could disintegrate before legal tangles are resolved.
Cliven Bundy case: How big a problem is prosecutorial misconduct?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Cliven Bundy wanted to walk out of the courtroom in his jail jumpsuit and ankle shackles. US District Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed the case, which related to an April 2014 standoff with federal officers seeking to impound Mr. Bundy’s cattle, “with prejudice” this week – meaning prosecutors cannot retry the case on the same charges. “The court has found a universal sense of justice has been violated” by prosecutors who withheld and misrepresented vast quantities of evidence, she wrote.
Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison at 16 Challenges Penalty After Celebrity Support
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Cyntoia Brown fatally shot a man who picked her up for sex when she was a teen
Transgenic cows produce 'safe' trial therapy for MERS
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An experimental treatment for deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been manufactured in cattle carrying human DNA, and proved "safe" when injected into human guinea pigs, scientists reported Wednesday. It is too early to tell whether the therapy actually works against the MERS virus which kills over a third of people it infects. "The data from our study suggests that SAB-301 is safe, and further research into the treatment is warranted," said John Beigel of the Maryland-based Leidos Biomedical Research company.
Brainstorm Health: Cows and MERS, JPMorgan Updates, Cigarette Smoking
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Brainstorm Health: Cows and MERS, JPMorgan Updates, Cigarette Smoking
EU unveils supercomputer plan to rival China
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The EU unveiled plans Thursday to raise one billion euros to build superfast computers that catch up with China and others to boost Europe's economy, make medical advances and fight hacking. China overtook the United States in numbers and performance for supercomputers in a ranking last November, followed by non-EU Switzerland and Japan in third and fourth place. "It is a tough race and today the EU is lagging behind: we do not have any supercomputers in the world's top ten," said Andrus Ansip, the European Commisssion vice president for the digital single market.
The Latest: Oil companies dispute climate lawsuit claims
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York City's actions on oil investments, and lawsuit against oil companies over climate change (all times local):
Astronaut Apologizes for Spreading 'Fake News' About Growing Taller in Space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The astronaut thought he had a growth spurt in space, but it was fake news
Congress May Be Moving Closer to a Compromise on Dreamers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tuesday shaped up to be a fascinating day on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue
Trump's 'Year One' ignites on the cover of Time
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Time magazine is set to publish a cover that it says depicts Donald Trump's first year in office and the White House response to Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury.”
Activists protest against Trump's immigration policies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Immigration activists, clergy members and others participate in a protests against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
Rapper with song 'Sell Drugsz' gets prison for selling drugs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include "Sell Drugsz" has been sentenced to three years in prison for doing just that.
A lofty proposal: 'Marry Me' etched in snow, seen from above
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork. Gavin Becker enlisted ...
A pang of conscience in Myanmar
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
If coming clean about one’s mistakes is a first step toward remorse, Myanmar’s military deserves praise for a rare moment of honesty. On Jan. 10, the country’s top brass admitted its security forces murdered 10 Rohingya Muslims last September and buried them in a mass grave. Over the past year, the military has driven more than 650,000 Rohingya refugees from Rakhine State into Bangladesh.
Organ Transplants Hit an All
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
There were a record number of transplants in 2017
CES 2018: New robot folds your laundry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Revealed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show: A new home appliance called Foldimate looks to eliminate the annoyance of folding your laundry on a daily basis.
This Gym Chain Is Banning Cable News From its TVs Because It’s Stressing People Out
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Life Time says members requested they no longer show channels like Fox News and MSNBC
The U.S. Has Issued Its Highest 'Do Not Travel' Warning for 5 Mexican States
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The warning puts the states on par with war-torn Syria, Yemen, and Somalia
Cretalamna Bryanti: New Dinosaur
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Imagine a great white shark as long as a bowling lane, with teeth that could grow up to the size of your hand. Paleontologists almost never find shark fossils that represent anything other than the teeth of the animals.
Why unregulated cryptocurrencies could trigger another financial crisis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Interest among financial institutions in bitcoin derivatives contracts highlights worrying reminders of the not-too-distant past.
Myanmar Says Its Soldiers Are to Blame For the Deaths of 10 Rohingya Found in a Mass Grave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The 10 Rohingya were found in a mass grave last month, prompting an internal inquiry
Drone swarms: What are they and how the military is using them
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Go inside the military’s new drone swarm technology, how it helps ground troops and increases our tactical capabilities.
U.S. firm uses its tech in new search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A U.S. firm is about to use its powerful technology to begin a new search for the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing in 2014. Locating it will score it a payday of as much as $70 million.
Kellyanne Conway: We're forced to talk about Hillary, whom we never mention
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Kellyanne Conway, refuting the claim that the White House is "obsessed" with Hillary Clinton, said on “Fox & Friends”: “The fact is, we only have to talk about her because people won’t let go of an election that she lost miserably.”
French police stop drunk driver, 73, after 17 spins round roundabout
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PARIS (Reuters) - A Frenchman who drank excessive amounts of alcohol and then drove 17 times round a roundabout said he had not heard the sirens when police finally brought him to a halt. The dizzying drive was not the 73-year-old's first offence of its kind, Ouest France newspaper, which reported the tale, said of the incident in Brittany, western France. The driver's license was confiscated, it said. (Reporting by Brian Love; editing by Mark Heinrich)
Outdoor center warns skiers of dive
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — Officials at a Maine outdoor center are warning skiers to watch out for an "aggressive dive-bombing" owl that recently struck a man.