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Couple embrace before surrendering to pursuing officers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — A couple got out of an SUV and then embraced before surrendering to pursuing sheriff's deputies after a chase for miles across part of metro Phoenix.
In Namibia's abortion debate, echoes of a repressive history
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The president’s voice came booming in through the open window of Rosa Namises’ house, crackling over the speakers from the soccer stadium next door. For Namises, an activist who hoped independence would mean the chance to reform Namibia’s strict abortion law, it was confirmation of something she’d long feared. Now, if she advocated for abortion rights, it wouldn’t just be an affront to social norms.
The rabbi and the rapper: what they see in old Ladino love songs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The Orthodox rabbi from Seattle and the rapper from Mexico believe they have stumbled upon a secret. Romansas, songs of love and other subjects the Jews from Spain and Portugal carried with them and continued to sing for five centuries after their expulsion from Iberia, are not stories of human romance, but are metaphors for the tragedy of forced exile. “A whole people who suffered so much after an expulsion, and you are telling me they don’t want to vent a little bit?” fumes Rabbi Simon Benzaquen. “Where did they do that?
The U.S. Has Issued Its Highest 'Do Not Travel' Warning for Five Mexican States
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The warning puts the states on par with war-torn Syria, Yemen, and Somalia
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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The audits could lead to criminal charges
FRB 121101: Have Scientists Solved the Mystery of Repeating Radio Signals From Deep Space?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Just one of these fast radio bursts has been found to flash again and again: FRB 121102. Now, scientists might have figured out the physical source of this mysterious extragalactic beep. Published in Nature, results show the signals might emanate from a neutron star in an extreme environment of "unprecedented” power. It could be sitting near a massive black hole or in a particularly potent interstellar cloud, or nebula.
Beach blades! Maine teen glides over frozen sand, surf
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
YORK, Maine (AP) — Beachgoers in Maine have caught an unusual sight — an ice skater's blades gliding over frozen sand and surf.
Hoo is next? Man says he's latest victim of owls in Georgia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
ATLANTA (AP) — A spate of recent owl attacks has ruffled the feathers of metropolitan Atlanta's residents.
Speaking of America: 'Here, you have the freedom'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When the communists came to his Vietnam town, Phong Robert Nguyen fled to a fishing boat, jammed already with 50 of his wife’s family.  As they cast off, they saw a barge filled with refugees sink, “and I saw a couple hundred people die in the water. Forty-two years later, he is a man content to see his sons and daughters make their own way as citizens here, even if they do not follow their father back to the sea. Nguyen’s story is the well-worn template of newcomers in this country, washed ashore by choice or circumstance, who toil relentlessly to succeed, and now watch their sons and daughters seize that freedom in their own way.
The Death Toll From the California Mudslides Has Risen to 17 as the Search for Survivors Intensifies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The mudslides follow in the wake of one of the largest wildfires in California history
White House Corrects Transcript of Key Exchange During President Trump's Immigration Meeting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The White House said the omission was an innocent mistake
Joe Arpaio, the Controversial Sheriff President Trump Pardoned, Is Running for Senate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He's running for Jeff Flake's seat
He's reckless and uninformed. But that doesn't make Trump crazy.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
There are said to be whispers that Trump is suffering from early stages of dementia. But no one’s shown me any evidence that he is anything other than a 71-year-old guy who never focused all that well to begin with.
New York's Donald J. Trump State Park: A story of abandonment and decay
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Signs for Donald J. Trump State Park are still visible on Taconic State Parkway in New York, even though the park is overrun with weeds and brambles. A subject of local debate and some controversy, the neglected land shows what happens when real property donated to the state for public use isn’t maintained for years.
Tattoos lead Thai police to arrest Japanese gang member
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have arrested a 72-year-old Japanese fugitive who was recognized when his full-body tattoos were circulated online.
Say Cheese! Young chefs spar in grilled cheese challenge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The youngest of three Maine chefs has taken first place in the inaugural Augusta Agricultural Trades Show gourmet grilled cheese sandwich contest.
Riots Turn Deadly After the Rape and Murder of a 7
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The case is the latest in a spate of kidnappings and murders of young girls in northeast Pakistan
Doctor Had Wife Killed to Keep Her Quiet About Opioid Drug Ring, Police Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
April Kauffman was a local radio host
NYC sues, divests from oil firms over climate change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is taking on the oil industry on two fronts, announcing a lawsuit Wednesday that blames the top five oil companies for contributing to global warming and saying the city will sell off billions in fossil fuel investments from the city's pension funds.
The Trump Administration Will Not Allow Drilling Off the Florida Coast
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Florida's Governor opposed the idea
'Praying for Our Community.' Oprah’s Home Was in the Middle of the California Mudslide
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
At least 15 people died after a mud flow swept through Santa Barbara County
President Trump Suggests 'Bill of Love' for Dreamers and Border Security
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump's two-phase plan would address young immigrants and security first
Rescuers search for victims as California mudslide toll hits 17
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rescuers used dogs and helicopters to search for victims on Wednesday of powerful mudslides which left at least 17 people dead in a southern California community that is also home to major celebrities including Oprah Winfrey. Heavy rains on Tuesday sent rivers of waist-high mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles, which are still recovering from last month's ferocious wildfires. At least 28 people were injured, authorities said, while 30,000 remained subject to mandatory evacuation orders.
US declares Florida exempt from offshore drilling plan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Trump administration on Tuesday said it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida after pressure from the state's Republican governor. The abrupt reversal came days after officials announced a proposal to allow drilling in virtually all coastal waters, drawing immediate criticism from environmentalists. Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida was among the early critics of the plan that is part of President Donald Trump's "energy dominance" focus, saying oil drilling threatened Florida's natural resources, an issue that has long had bipartisan support.
Game of Thrones Star Maisie Williams Spent Golden Globes Weekend Living Her Best Life
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Williams is clearly making the most of her time off
Sen. Lee: Big tech companies ruining our freedom, privacy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sen. Mike Lee argues companies like Google and Facebook have become so pervasive and have crossed the line in violating consumers' privacy. #Tucker
Butterfly Fossils Older Than Flowers Hint At How Bugs Will Survive Climate Change
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Ancient moths and butterflies adapted to an arid world.
Robert De Niro Calls President Trump a ‘Fool’ in Expletive
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's not the first time he's criticized the president
Obama reports no gifts from Putin in 2016 — sad!
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The State Department published its annual list of foreign leaders who made gifts to American officials, including President Barack Obama. Vladimir Putin wasn’t on it. Neither was Kim Jong Un.
Brief power outage darkens CES tech, electronics show
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
The digital economy's big annual trade show, CES, suffered a brief, disruptive plunge into darkness on Wednesday because of a power outage the show's organizers blamed on a glitch caused by heavy rains the day before in usually sunny Nevada. The irony of a partial blackout at a trade show dedicated to the latest electronic technology did not escape social or industry media. Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center lost power at about 11:15 a.m. local time, shutting down brightly lit company booths and darkening rooms used by hundreds of journalists covering CES.
This New Virtual Reality Headset Could Finally Get You Into VR
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's affordable, comfortable and it doesn't require a computer or smartphone to work
Amazon Alexa Could Make These Smart Glasses Way Better Than Google Glass
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
They look cooler, too
Meghan Markle Just Deleted Her Social Media Accounts. Here's How to Stay Invested in Her Life
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She's going to be a royal, please keep up with her via the palace
This Company Could Make $70 Million if It Finds the Long
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines flight remains one of aviation's greatest mysteries
New York unveils plans for fossil fuel divestment
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
New York announced plans Wednesday to sell off $5 billion in fossil fuel investments from city pension funds after suing for billions of dollars in damages from oil companies to help fund protection against climate change. While other cities in Europe and the United States have already taken similar steps, New York hailed its move as significant as it is the biggest metropolis in the country. The city suffered billions of dollars of damage in Hurricane Sandy.
College Student Is Found Dead After Going Missing During Winter Break
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The UPenn student's death is being investigated as a homicide
China says no major oil spill after Iran tanker collision
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Chinese authorities battling a blaze aboard an Iranian oil tanker said Wednesday no major spill has been detected, but an explosion had forced firefighting vessels temporarily to suspend work. One body has been found but 31 sailors from the Sanchi -- mainly Iranians -- remained missing four days after it collided with a freighter off Shanghai. The tanker owner said it was hopeful that some or all of the crew members were in a safe part of the vessel and would be rescued.
Classified satellite fell into ocean after SpaceX launch, official confirms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SpaceX said its rocket worked "correctly."
Trump calls interview with special counsel 'unlikely'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Amid reports that special counsel Robert Mueller will soon seek to question President Trump as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Trump on Wednesday called such an interview “unlikely.”
Obama reports no gifts from Putin in 2016 – sad!
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The State Department published its annual list of foreign leaders who made gifts to American officials, including President Obama. Vladimir Putin wasn’t on it. Neither was Kim Jong Un.
With key GOPers retiring, could Orange County lead the way to a Democratic wave?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Two veteran GOP congressmen representing California’s Orange County, Darrell Issa and Ed Royce, just announced their retirements, a hopeful sign for Democrats. But can they capitalize on it to flip the House?
On DACA, old political fault lines – but new room for optimism
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
After months of wrangling over the fate of young unauthorized immigrant “Dreamers,” both Republicans and Democrats are encouraged. Thanks to a remarkable, mostly public negotiating session with President Trump on Tuesday, they have at least settled on the scope of a deal. On the wall, for instance, “the problem is that both sides have been rhetorically locked into positions on things,” says Theresa Brown, immigration policy director at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).
Why earmarks, deplored by many Republicans, find a new fan in Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
At one point during Tuesday’s remarkable 55-minute televised negotiation with members of Congress over immigration reform, President Trump suddenly switched gears and came out in favor of … earmarks, those spending deals inserted into legislation for individual lawmakers. Banned by Congress in 2011 for abuse and waste, earmarks could actually bring back bipartisanship and help get things done on the Hill, said the president, who famously prides himself on his dealmaking prowess. “[Earmarks] did have some problems,” Mr. Trump admitted, saying there would need to be better controls.
'Suicide is Not a Joke.' YouTube Responds to Controversial Logan Paul Video
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Many pushed YouTube to take action, waiting for a response to the controversy
'Go Through a Different Door.' Why Serena Williams Doesn't Want Her Daughter to Follow Her Career Path
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I’d like her to have a normal life. I didn’t have that.”
'I See a Young King': LeBron James Slams H&M for 'Coolest Monkey' Hoodie
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We as African Americans will always have to break barriers"
Life on Titan? Saturn's Mysterious Moon Has Eerily Earth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An alien looking out at its neighborhood on Saturn's moon Titan may see scenery surprisingly reminiscent of beautiful vistas here on Earth, according to two recent papers published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Together, these two papers give us the best sense of Titan's surface to date, informed by some of the last data scientists received from the Cassini spacecraft that orbited Saturn until its destruction in September. Knowing more about Titan's surface can also teach scientists about the moon's structure deep below. Scientists pieced together three different types of radar measurements made by sending radio waves through the moon's super-thick atmosphere.
This Wild New Laptop Uses Your Phone as a Touchpad and Second Screen
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's a pretty cool concept
CES 2018: New high
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Electric urban commuting just got an upgrade with these new scooters and bikes revealed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Is Russia Losing the Space Race?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A high-risk gamble on a new spaceport in Siberia is marred by high-profile failures.