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'This Is Reprehensible.' Read Jeff Flake's Speech Comparing Trump's Attacks on the Media to Josef Stalin
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"If we compromise the truth for the sake of our politics, we are lost"
President Trump's Use of Executive Privilege Has Been Likened to a 'Gag Order'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The White House's contention: Pretty much everything is off limits until the president says it's not
Archaeologists in Mexico Claim to Have Discovered the World's Longest Underwater Cave
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The discovery has revealed a combined cave about 216 miles long
Ann Curry Speaks Out: 'I Am Not Surprised' by Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Today Show's Matt Lauer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Verbal sexual harassment was pervasive"
Sen. Kaine condemns 'unacceptable' expanded U.S. mission in Syria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Tim Kaine warned that the expanded mandate outlined by Rex Tillerson was “unacceptable” absent a vote in Congress.
Former Montana lawmaker gets 18 years for drug trafficking
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former leader of the Montana House of Representatives who once supported funding for an anti-drug campaign was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring.
In shutdown showdown, questions over where public ire will be aimed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Let this be a warning to Republicans and Democrats as they ramp up their messaging wars as to who will take the blame for a potential government shutdown Friday at midnight: Things don’t always turn out as predicted. Who would have known that visitors to the National Gallery of Art in Washington would raise such a ruckus? Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) of Georgia thought Republicans had the upper hand in this battle.
Barack Obama Gave Michelle Obama a Romantic Surprise for Her 54th Birthday
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Getting notes and flowers from you will never get old."
President Trump's First Year Was an Affront to Civil Rights
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The President of the NAACPLDF writes: Donald Trump has no interest in racial justice and pushing toward the more perfect Union that our Constitution envisioned.
How Does the Brain Work? Minds of Creative People Show Unexpected Neurological Connections
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sure, we’re all capable of creativity, but some people are arguably more creative than others. New research may have found a biological reason for why that is, suggesting that highly creative individuals have stronger connections between three key sections of their brain. The study, published online this week in the online journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine (fMRI) to observe the brains of volunteers as they completed creative tasks.
China says air quality 'improved' in 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
China's air quality improved across the country in 2017, the environmental protection ministry said Thursday, after the problem was so dire in previous years that some periods were dubbed an "airpocalypse". The average level of PM2.5 particles -- which penetrate deep into the lungs -- in 338 cities stood at 43 micrograms per cubic metre last year, falling 6.5 percent year-on-year, according to a ministry statement. The World Health Organization recommends a maximum average exposure of 25 micrograms per cubic metre in a 24-hour period.
Explorers in Mexico Discover World's Largest Underwater Cave and It's Filled With Ancient Mayan Treasures
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Divers in Mexico have discovered the largest known underwater, flooded cave in the world. The discovery could reveal more about the pre-Hispanic, ancient community that existed in the region. The Yucatan peninsula, where the cave is located, still holds treasures from the ancient Mayan community.
Special Operations dogs get tactical gear upgrade
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Fox Firepower: Allison Barrie with a look at how U.S. Army SOCOM is looking to equip the 75th Ranger Regiment's dogs with advanced vest protection, wearable sensors and video cameras.
The world's longest underwater cave has been found in Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The search for the world's most extreme measurements - biggest, highest, tallest - tends to focus above ground, gazing at towering mountains and epic canyons. But the latest global peak statistic has come from under the soil, in the subterranean depths of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. There, in the famously porous terrain above which the Mayan civilisation once thrived, is what is now considered to be the planet's longest underwater cave system. A diver exploring Sistema Sac Actun Credit: HANDOUT This is not, technically, an uncovering of a new wonder - more a joining of dots. In recent days, divers have confirmed what had been suspected for a while - that the Sistema Sac Actun (a submerged labyrinth which stretches out for 164 miles) and the Dos Ojos system (shorter, but still impressive at 52 miles in length) are one and the same thing, connected by a previously unsurveyed channel. Sistema Sac Actun Together, this pair of vast limestone wormholes add up to 216 miles of below-the-surface space - a number which makes their combined size greater than that of the Sistema Ox Bel Ha (also in eastern Mexico; 168 miles), which was previously thought to be the yardstick for underwater networks. The cave stretches for a staggering 216 miles Credit: HANDOUT The discovery is the result of years of hard work by Gran Acuifero Maya, a project which focuses on the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan. The finding has been hailed as "amazing" Credit: HANDOUT The finding has been described as "amazing" by Guillermo de Anda, who is both the director of Gran Acuifero Maya and an underwater archaeologist.   It is the result of years of hard work Credit: HANDOUT He says that expanded knowledge of the cave system will allow for a greater understanding of the Maya people, who thrived in the region before prior to the Spanish conquest of Central and South America in the 16th century. "It allows us to appreciate much more clearly how the rituals, the pilgrimage sites and ultimately the great pre-Hispanic settlements that we know emerged," he told Reuters. The Maya considered cenotes to be holy sites Credit: GETTY The Maya held the "cenotes" - giant sinkholes - of their region in high esteem, regarding them as holy sites and portals to communication with the gods. Religious objects and human skeletons have been found at the bottom of some of these sinkholes, including the Sacred Cenote at the historic city of Chichen Itza - leading to the theory that they were used by the Maya for human sacrifice. Tulum caves locator map One of the Yucatan Peninsula's biggest sinkholes is the Gran Cenote - which sits three miles west of the popular tourist town, Tulum. This is also part of the Sistema Sac Actun, and has been used as a gateway for divers charting its many twists and turns. The beach at Tulum Credit: Monica and Michael Sweet/M Swiet Productions This is not the first time this watery maze - whose name translates from Spanish and Yucatec Maya as "White Cave System" - has been found to have hidden contours. In 2007, it was revealed that the Sistema Nohoch Nah Chich, previously thought to be separate, was also linked to the Sistema Sac Actun. It is not, however, the longest cave system in the world. Going underground | The world's 10 longest caves While its size makes Sistema Sac Actun the longest underwater cave network, the longest on the planet is the Mammoth Cave complex - which is riddled into the hillsides of southern Kentucky, and is thought to extend for 405 miles.
Correction: Science Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Correction: Science Says-Meteor story
Prototypes for Trump's U.S.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it,” the president tweeted. Here's a look at prototypes constructed in Otay Mesa in San Diego, Calif.
The resistance is organized and ready in district where Trump is visiting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Democrats, especially women, have been organizing ever since last year’s election. And they think they have a chance to take the seat in this heavily Republican district.
Sen. Kaine condemns ‘unacceptable’ expanded U.S. mission in Syria
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Tim Kaine warned that the expanded mandate outlined by Rex Tillerson was “unacceptable” absent a vote in Congress.
Paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley up for auction
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley six decades ago in Oklahoma is up for auction, and bids have already surpassed $1,200.
Protesters yank down angel sculpture in Athens, saying it looks like Satan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Black-clad protesters in southern Athens have torn down a red sculpture shaped like an angel and broke its wings in a fresh act of violence against an artwork critics liken to Satan. It was displayed in early December in a busy area in the coastal suburb of Palaio Faliro. Protesters have included some residents, religious conservatives and supporters of far right political groups.
Italy's migrants teach themselves to stand up for themselves
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
It used to be that when a migrant here was the victim in a car accident – a fender bender or such – the local police would still end up blaming them for the collision. “I’ve been teaching them to stand for their rights and told them to keep evidence when they interact with the authorities. For more than a decade, the Refugees and Asylum Seekers Movement in Caserta (MMRC) has been helping migrants stand up to exploitative employers and appeal effectively for documents that allow them to find legal jobs and houses.
Reducing drunken
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Sobering statistics tell the story of how alcohol and driving combine in a tragic mix. Alcohol-impaired drivers in the United States cause more than 10,000 road deaths each year – about a third of all traffic deaths. Nearly 40 percent of the victims are people other than the drunken drivers themselves.
McKayla Maroney Won't Be Fined for Speaking Out About Sexual Abuse, USA Gymnastics Says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Maroney had signed a non-disclosure agreement
Sudden Death of 200,000 Saiga Antelopes Tied to Horrifying Killer Bacteria That Scientists Can't Explain
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists finally have an answer to what suddenly killed hundreds of thousands of antelope in 2015: a normally harmless bacteria made deadly by climate change. Three years ago, entire herds of saiga antelope dropped dead for no apparent reason. By studying the dead, researchers identified the killer: a bacteria called Pasteurella multocida type B.
Giant 'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroid Will Whiz By Earth So Close We Can See Inside It
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On February 4, an asteroid called 2002 AJ129 is due to slip past Earth. It is between 1600 and 4000 feet across, according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies, but there's no chance it will make impact—NASA has calculated it will remain 2.6 million miles away.
Commentary: These Next
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Commentary: These Next-Generation Supercomputers Are So Hot They Need to Run in a Freezer
Here's Why the Flu Is Especially Bad This Year
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Every part of the continental U.S. is showing "widespread" flu activity
A Killer Got Caught Because She Posted a Selfie That Showed an Incriminating Clue
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The image showed her wearing a belt used to strangle the victim
President Trump's Medical Exam Is Spawning a Conspiracy Movement of 'Girther' Naysayers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A conspiracy movement is trying to cast doubt on Trump's official height and weight
Price hike would make national parks look like 'exclusive club,' resigning NPS board member says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Nearly every member of the National Park Service advisory board resigned out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has not consulted with them over any decisions about the nation’s natural treasures. The agency is considering more than doubling the price of admission for 17 popular national parks during peak season.
Pope stops popemobile to comfort fallen horseback policewoman
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
IQUIQUE, Chile (Reuters) - Pope Francis ordered his popemobile to stop on Thursday after a mounted Chilean policewoman was thrown off her frightened horse, which had reared up as the pontiff passed by. Francis stepped from his vehicle and waited several minutes on the pavement, at times talking to the woman, until an ambulance arrived to take her away. She was not seriously injured, officials said. (Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
How the Government Shutdown Fight Could Stall a Program That Gives Millions of Children Health Insurance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The program is essentially a negotiating tactic to stop a shutdown
Paul Ryan Has the Toughest Job in Washington: Avoiding a Government Shutdown
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Despite an all-Republican Washington, Congress faces challenges to keep the government open. That could hurt the GOP this fall.
The 5 Things to Know About the Thaw in Korean Relations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's all sunshine on the Korean peninsula as the rival nations agree to meet for talks. But dark clouds are on the horizon
Rex Tillerson Says There Is Evidence That Sanctions Are 'Really Starting to Hurt' North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S. Secretary of State said he was confident the pressure would eventually bring North Korea to the negotiating table
'The Wall is the Wall': Trump defends border plan after Kelly suggests it has 'changed'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump defended his plan for a wall along the U.S. southern border on Thursday after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said some of the immigration policies Trump touted during the campaign — including the wall — had “changed.”
Headless chickens found in Connecticut courtroom
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut are investigating the discovery of two decapitated chickens inside a courtroom.
Police: Woman tells of body in her home, leads them on chase
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a woman told them a man was fatally shot and was in her home, and then led them on a chase into Massachusetts and back before she was arrested.
'It's Actually a Nightmare.' Mother Warns Others After 10
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"You have to be aware of your child"
Steve Bannon Has Been Subpoenaed After Refusing to Answer Questions in Russia Probe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The focus on the former White House chief strategist follows his spectacular fall from power
President Trump Heads to Pennsylvania Ahead of 2018's First Congressional Race
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We're in Trump country here," GOP candidate Rick Saccone said
China spots four oil slicks from sunken tanker
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The spill from a sunken Iranian tanker off China's east coast has spawned four oil slicks as authorities prepared to send robots to the wreckage to assess the environmental damage. The Sanchi, which was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, sank in a ball of flames in the East China Sea on Sunday, a week after colliding with Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter the CF Crystal. The State Oceanic Administration of China said late Wednesday that it was monitoring four slicks with a total area of almost 101 square kilometres (39 square miles), roughly the same size as Paris.
A free
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Lesson from the GOP in 2016: When a field of candidates is divided 20 different ways, the one who makes a loud, emotional or even outrageous appeal can incite enough of a disenchanted plurality to win.
Little 'Rainbow' Dinosaur Discovered by Farmer in China
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Iridescent feathers glistened on the dinosaur's head, wings and tail, according to an analysis of the shape and structure of the creature's melanosomes, the parts of cells that contain pigment. "The preservation of this dinosaur is incredible — we were really excited when we realized the level of detail we were able to see on the feathers," study co-researcher Chad Eliason, a postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum in Chicago, said in a statement. A farmer in northeastern China's Hebei Province discovered the fossil, and the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning in China acquired the find in 2014.
9 Suspects Face Hazing Charges in Death of FSU Fraternity Pledge Andrew Coffey
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Florida State junior died after a "big brother" ritual in November
Worst
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Earth's surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study released Wednesday which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions. A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet's temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature. How effectively the world slashes CO2 and methane emissions, improves energy efficiency, and develops technologies to remove CO2 from the air will determine whether climate change remains manageable or unleashes a maelstrom of human misery.
‘Close the Deal.’ Congress Wants President Trump to Be Decisive on Immigration
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"He's not yet indicated what measure he’s willing to sign"
Temperatures Plunged to
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Temperatures in the remote, diamond-rich Russian region of Yakutia on Tuesday plunged to minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas.
Scott Pruitt insincerely asked what's Earth's ideal temperature. Scientists answer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Donald Trump listens to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after announcing his decision that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2017. The debate is how do we know what the ideal surface temperature is in 2100? Shifting the ‘debate’ toward ‘the ideal surface temperature’ achieves that goal by creating the perception that we don’t know what temperature we should aim for.