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U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia for nerve agent attack in UK
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain. A senior State Department official said it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the day. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was applied to his home's front door.
Senator: Russia has 'penetrated' Florida counties ahead of midterms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said that Russian "bad actors" may try to alter his state's voter registration rolls in the upcoming midterms.
Midterm Mania No. 1: Why Democrats and Republicans should worry about the Ohio results
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Tuesday was primary day in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington state. This week’s marquee event was the special election to replace former GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi in Ohio’s 12th U.S. House District, encompassing the Columbus suburbs and surrounding area — and both Democrats and Republicans have reason to be encouraged and discouraged by the results.
Unfiltered: ‘The left practices tolerance in the most superficial ways’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
On Nov. 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States — and Brandon Straka, a gay man and artist living in New York City, posted a video of his reaction to Facebook. Almost two years later, Straka posted another video that has since gone viral and spawned a movement. It was this disconnect that led Straka to create the #WalkAway campaign in mid-June of 2018, a social media movement that encourages lifelong liberals and Democrats to “walk away” from their party and explore conservative politics with an open mind.
Colorado college reprinting up to 9.2K diplomas to fix typo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado university is offering to reprint up to 9,200 diplomas after the outgoing editor of the school newspaper found a big typo.
GOP squeaks by in another special election – but warning signs abound
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Republicans are cheering their likely victory in Tuesday’s special election to fill an open House seat in Ohio. The narrowness of state Sen. Troy Balderson’s apparent victory suggests a “blue wave” may be heading right for suburban districts currently held by Republicans – where GOP women, in particular, are increasingly wary of President Trump.
These ancient plantlike organisms were animals — and we don't know why they disappeared
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After millions of years of slow going, evolutionarily speaking, the "Cambrian explosion" saw a rapid acceleration in the number of species evolving from existing life. Fossilized evidence from the era suggests that the Cambrian explosion is when the ancestors of most of the animals we know now came into being. To solve this mystery, researchers turned to Ediacaran organisms, named after the Ediacaran Period that lasted from 635 million to 542 million years ago, The Conversation explained.
Elon Musk Might Take Tesla Private in a Move That Values the Company at $82 Billion
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Tweet sent Tesla’s stock price soaring before trading was halted
Biggest blaze in California history challenges firefighters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Firefighters struggled against rugged terrain, high winds and an August heat wave Tuesday to slow the spread of the biggest wildfire ever recorded in California, an inferno that exploded to be nearly the size of Los Angeles in just 11 days.
Women Have a Better Chance of Surviving Heart Attacks When Treated by Female Doctors, Study Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The study suggests "unique challenges arise when male physicians treat female patients"
Financial Freedom with Bethenny Frankel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Financial Freedom with Bethenny Frankel
How a Failed Democracy Uprising Set the Stage For Myanmar's Future
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It’s been 30 years since huge, student-led uprisings shook Myanmar's foundations and set the stage for the country's future
Crews report progress in battling California wildfires
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Crews battling the biggest wildfire on record in California have made some progress but the weather forecast for the rest of the week is not promising, authorities said Wednesday. It will remain very hot and windy -- conditions that help fire spread -- until at least Saturday evening, the National Weather Service office in the state capital Sacramento said late Tuesday. The raging Mendocino Complex fire, comprising twin blazes in the state's north, has now ravaged just over 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) -- approximately the size of Los Angeles -- in less than two weeks.
Caltech Researchers Are Training a Drone to Herd Flocks of Birds Away from Airports
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Caltech Researchers Are Training a Drone to Herd Flocks of Birds Away from Airports
Egyptian students design car that runs on air
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A group of Egyptian students has designed a vehicle they say will battle rising energy prices and promote clean energy by running on nothing but air. The undergraduate students, who built the vehicle as part of their graduation project from Helwan University just outside Cairo, are rolling out a prototype one-person vehicle that runs on compressed oxygen. The go-kart-like vehicle comes as Egypt pushes ahead with painful economic reforms that include deep cuts to energy subsidies, measures tied to a three-year $12 billion IMF loan program it began in late 2016.
Battling 18 blazes, California may face worst fire season
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it's only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history.
Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell Ousts Longtime Prosecutor Bob McCulloch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who investigated the Michael Brown shooting case, lost a Missouri primary challenge to Councilman Wesley Bell
Scientists are racing against time to save Scarlet, an ailing, 3
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists and researchers are in a race against time, struggling to save an ailing 3-year-old killer whale named Scarlet which has gone missing. The youngest of the group, the southern resident killer whale that's known to marine scientists as J50 hasn’t been seen for days, and even before she vanished, experts were worried about her deteriorating health. "It is very possible that she has succumbed at this point and that we may never see her again," Teri Rowles, marine mammal health and stranding coordinator for National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, told journalists during a press phone briefing Tuesday.
Vice News journalist on what it's like to be recognized by Nazis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“‘It was just like this sense of, ‘Oh, they're everywhere.’”
Kaine: We are still in a 'battle between love and hate'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“There are people who want to drag us back, sadly even including the president.”
What Trump doesn’t understand about trade and tariffs
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Yahoo Finance columnist Rick Newman takes issue with the president’s economic prescriptions on trade.
U.S. says to impose new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in UK
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury in March after a liquid form of the Novichok type of nerve agent was applied to his home's front door. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it had been determined that Russia "has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law, or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals." She said sanctions would take effect on or around Aug. 22.
U.S. Congressman Collins, son charged with insider trading
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
By Brendan Pierson and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Christopher Collins, a Republican U.S. congressman from New York who was one of President Donald Trump's earliest supporters, was criminally charged on Wednesday with taking part in an insider trading scheme involving an Australian biotechnology company on whose board he served. The indictment came as Collins, 68, was seeking a fourth two-year term in November's elections, where Democrats hope to recapture the House of Representatives. "These charges are a reminder that this is a nation of laws, and that everybody stands equal before the bar of justice," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said at a news conference in Manhattan.
Famous Nevada pimp running for office loses brothel license
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials have yanked a brothel license from Nevada's most famous legal pimp, who has fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style candidate for a state legislative seat and faced increasing anti-prostitution sentiment.
Driver's test arrest: Pot, gun, cash found in smelly car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — A 22-year-old man who went for his driver's test left in handcuffs after the examiner became suspicious about a certain odor emanating from the car.
Michigan twins from different parties advance in election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters from different political parties are a step closer to public office in western Michigan.
2 lives down, 7 to go: Cat survives being hit twice by cars
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRAFTON, N.Y. (AP) — A cat named Harley has used up two of its nine lives after surviving being hit by two vehicles on an upstate New York road.
Vermont city employs goats to get rid of poison ivy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's capital city is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy — grazing goats.
Why US talks with the Taliban are suddenly on the table
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The United States has a lot invested in Afghanistan: a longer war than both world wars and its intervention in Vietnam combined, more than $2 trillion, and more than 2,370 service members’ lives lost. To understand the mounting signs of the Trump administration’s interest in negotiating some form of political deal with the Taliban, consider the conjunction of two key factors. Recommended: Is West winning in Afghanistan?
Charlottesville pastors see protest as an act of faith
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The idea seemed simple enough: Put out a call to faith leaders and clergy across the country, and get them to show up in Charlottesville and stand against white supremacy. It was the summer of 2017, and white supremacists had already marched on the city twice: First in May, at a torchlight rally led by white nationalist Richard Spencer, and again in July, when the Ku Klux Klan came and held a demonstration that ended in tear gas. The robust local activist community had long begun marshaling their forces, but local ministers Brittany Caine-Conley and Seth Wispelwey – both with the United Church of Christ – saw a glaring gap.
Despite shooting spike, a Chicago community gets a handle on violence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
On a recent Monday afternoon, a dozen boys and girls are shooting hoops at the outdoor courts of Ogden Park on Chicago’s South Side – something that not long ago, few dared to do in this neighborhood of Englewood, which has long struggled with gun violence. “At one point, these guys couldn’t even come out and play ball,” says Chicago police officer Morris Brown, watching the teens from his patrol car.
Syria needs to be a blueprint for peacemaking
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
A good place to bring fresh thinking is in Syria. Most of the pro-democracy rebels fighting against a ruthless Assad regime have been defeated. Many powerful nations, such as Iran, Turkey, Russia, and Israel, claim a stake in a post-conflict Syria.
The Bachelorette Finale: Becca Has to Choose Between Blake and Garrett
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Time to choose between Blake and Garrett
WWF uses fake Singapore ivory store in awareness campaign
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An apparent online ivory store which caused a furore in Singapore has been exposed as a hoax set up by environmental group WWF to highlight perceived shortcomings in local laws. It is still legal to sell pre-1990 items in Singapore. After a few days, a post from someone claiming to be the store's owner appeared and insisted all the products were "completely legal" in Singapore.
What to Know About the Mendocino Complex Fire, the Largest Wildfire in California History
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Mendocino Complex Fire is now the largest wildfire in California history. Here's what to know about the fast-moving blaze.
Human Fetus Found on American Airlines Airplane
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The New York City Chief Medical Examiner's office is investigating the fetus to determine exactly how it died
Tim Kaine: We are still in a 'battle between love and hate'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“There are people who want to drag us back, sadly even including the president.”
U.S. says New York congressman Collins indicted for insider trading
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday said Christopher Collins, a Republican congressman from New York, has been indicted for insider trading in connection with the securities of Australian biotechnology company Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd. The indictment also charged Collins' son, Cameron Collins, as well as Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron Collins' fiancee. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by David Gregorio)
Holy cow! Bovine herd helps police corral suspect in Florida
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A herd of 16 cows helped police officers in Florida corral a fleeing suspect who bailed out of a car and ran through a pasture.
Cardinals challenge fans to eat $75 belly busting burger
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals fans can reap a reward while expanding their waistlines watching football this season.
Argentina Votes Today on Legalizing Abortion. Here's What That Means for Women's Rights Across Latin America
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Argentina has long been a leader in the region on human rights issues—and if it votes to legalize abortion, it could be the start of monumental change
U.S. to Impose 25% Tariffs on an Additional $16 Billion of Chinese Goods
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The move escalates a trade war between the world's two biggest economies
Wildfires Continue To Rage Across Southern California
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Wildfires Continue To Rage Across Southern California
Why the summer sound of noisy crickets is growing fainter
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
They're just one of many insects facing dramatic population decline.
SpaceX launches Indonesian satellite and kicks off new round for rocket reusability
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SpaceX sent Indonesia’s Merah Putih telecommunications satellite into orbit tonight, marking the first reuse of its new-generation Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket booster. Liftoff came on time at 1:19 a.m. ET Tuesday (10:19 p.m. PT Monday) after a trouble-free countdown at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Minutes after launch, the booster flew itself back down for an at-sea touchdown on SpaceX’s autonomous drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The launch and landing kicked off a new chapter in SpaceX’s quest to increase rocket reusability and reduce the cost of access to space. The company says its Block 5… Read More
ACLU Sues the U.S. Over Restricting Access for Asylum Seekers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The lawsuit targets Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to restrict the kinds of cases that qualify for asylum
On anniversary of rally, how Charlottesville changed us
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Top row, left to right: Edward Ayers, Nikuyah Walker, Terry McAuliffe, Susan Bro, Ryan Kelly, Emily Gorcenski and Tim Kaine. Bottom row, left to right: Christopher Cantwell, Marissa Blair, Marcus Martin, photo of Heather Heyer, Elle Reeve and Wes Bellamy.
Why QAnon has gained traction in Trump’s America
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher talks about the rise of the fringe conspiracy movement QAnon.
How Heather Heyer's mother keeps her legacy alive
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."