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Scientists detail full genome of wheat for first time
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In a breakthrough that experts say will help feed the growing global population in the coming decades, scientists Thursday revealed they have cracked the full genome of wheat for the first time. Wheat feeds more than a third of the global human population, providing more protein than meat in the human diet and making about one-fifth of calories consumed by people. Experts say the world needs more disease-resistant varieties and breeds that can grow with less water in a warmer environment.
Andrew Cuomo: "We Will Reach Greatness When Every American is Fully Engaged"
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Andrew Cuomo: "We Will Reach Greatness When Every American is Fully Engaged"
The Death Toll From Italy's Genoa Bridge Collapse Is at Least 38
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Many in the city had said the 1967 bridge needed shoring up
Presidents pay tribute to Aretha Franklin
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The current and former presidents are paying tribute to soul legend Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit. She was 76.
Swiss brothers get ready to refloat the bubble car
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Oliver and Merlin Ouboter have more than 7,200 orders for their Microlino, a modern version of the Isetta which swaps the old single-cylinder petrol engine for a 20 horsepower electric motor but keeps the famous front-opening door. The brothers, whose father Wim made millions from modernized kick-scooters, plan to launch the car in December. "The average modern car is way too big for normal use," said Oliver, the project's 24-year-old operations chief.
University honors students who found love in elevator in '72
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's Temple University is honoring a 45-year relationship sparked in a campus elevator.
The election’s ‘pink wave’ that is driving equality
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
While political pundits debate the possibility of a “blue wave” – a Democratic Party landslide – in November’s elections, less has been said about a possible “pink wave” – the election of an unprecedented number of women to public office. In addition, a record 19 women have won major-party nominations for the US Senate while 11 women have been nominated for gubernatorial races and at least 185 women have won nominations in House races, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Twenty-something Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gained attention when she upset a veteran incumbent congressman in a New York Democratic Party primary race.
Japan's Emperor Tries to Make Amends for World War II
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For his last time, Japan’s Emperor Akihito addressed a memorial service Wednesday marking the end of World War II. Once again, he expressed “deep remorse” for the war.
Asylum Seekers Say Illegal Crossings Were Their Only Option
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Asylum-seekers start on the path to an illegal crossing long before they actually reach the banks of the Rio Grande.
Is Russia’s Mysterious New Satellite a Space Weapon?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S. is calling Moscow out over a satellite’s unusual behavior.
More Than 70 People Overdosed in a Single Day in New Haven, Officials Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Most of the overdoses occurred on the New Haven Green – not far from Yale
Andrew Cuomo's Office Backtracks After Governor Says America 'Was Never That Great'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Republicans quickly pounced on the New York politician's comment
NASA on Sleeping Mars Opportunity Rover: "We Still Haven't Heard From It"
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A global dust storm forced the 15-year-old veteran to shut down in June.
India warns of 'extremely grave' crisis as flood toll rises
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India's Kerala state Thursday as the death toll reached 106 with nearly 150,000 left homeless. Helicopters airlifted stranded victims from rooftops and dam gates were thrown open as incessant torrential rain brought fresh havoc to the southern state that is a major international tourist draw. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state now faces an "extremely grave" crisis with more downpours predicted.
U.S. Says New Tariffs on Turkey to Stay as Qatar Comes to President Erdogan's Aid
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S. and Turkey remained locked in a stalemate that has jolted global markets, as the White House said new tariffs on Turkish goods would remain and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a financial lifeline from Qatar that should buy him time.
As newspapers unite to defend press freedom, Trump accuses them of 'COLLUSION'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump on Thursday accused national newspapers that are participating in a Boston Globe-led editorial campaign protesting his attacks on the press of colluding against him.
Teaching police to holster their emotions
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
At that point, a police instructor halted the training exercise, praising Kelly and his partner for their calm approach to the mock emergency. The scene unfolded not inside a home but in a cinderblock room on the campus of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in this Seattle suburb. The training, held last month at the state’s police academy, mirrors programs spreading nationwide amid intensified scrutiny of fatal shootings by police of people with mental illness.
Church Abuse Survivors Demand a Full Reckoning After Pennsylvania Report
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
About 40 of the nearly 200 dioceses in the U.S. have released lists of priests accused of abusing children
China Is Sending a Trade Envoy to Washington Amid Tariff Dispute
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The delegation led by a deputy commerce minister will visit in late August to discuss "issues of mutual concern"
Genome points to inbreeding, disease behind bumblebee decline: research
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
(Reuters) - Researchers in Canada playing detective with the yellow-banded bumblebee's genome have found evidence that inbreeding and disease are the likely reasons for the decline of the species, York University's Associate Professor Amro Zayed told Reuters. The team led by Zayed, Sheila Colla and biology researcher Clement Kent believes it is the first time the genome of an at-risk bumblebee has been sequenced. "We took one queen and used new sequencing technology that gave us very long stretches of DNA to sequence and assemble the reference genome for Bombus terricola," Zayed told Reuters.
Police Arrest Man Believed to Be Connected to 46 Overdoses in a Connecticut Park
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
No deaths were reported from the overdoses, which are believed to be related to "K2" synthetic marijuana
U.S. Says New Tariffs on Turkey to Stay as Qatar Comes to President Erdogan's Aid
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Washington said tariffs will stay regardless of whether an American pastor detained in Turkey is freed
Climate change multiplies harmful marine heatwaves
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The number of days marked by potentially destructive ocean heatwaves has doubled in 35 years, and will multiply another five-fold at current rates of climate change, scientists warned Wednesday. Compared to hot spells over land, which have claimed tens of thousands of lives since the start of the century, ocean heatwaves have received scant scientific attention. "Marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades," lead author Thomas Frolicher, an environmental physicist at the University of Bern, Switzerland, told AFP.
Bayer Vows Stronger Roundup Defense as It Absorbs Monsanto
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bayer AG vowed to step up its defense against a wave of U.S. lawsuits over the herbicide Roundup as it began the formal integration of Monsanto Co., acquired for $66 billion in June. Because U.S. authorities insisted that the businesses operate separately until that sale was complete, Bayer said it previously had been barred from steering Monsanto’s legal strategy. Bayer is facing $289 million in damages after Monsanto lost the first court case stemming from claims that the weed killer causes cancer.
Closing Arguments Were High Stakes for Manafort's Defense Team. They May Be Higher for Robert Mueller
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump continues to refer to the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt," a conviction in the Manafort trial could help the investigators prove its legitimacy to a skeptical public
Brennan fires back at Trump: Claims of 'no collusion' are 'hogwash'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A day after President Trump revoked John Brennan’s security clearance, the New York Times published a blistering op-ed by the former CIA director, who disputes Trump’s assertion that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.
Beyond Flint: Newark is sued over lead in drinking water
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The City of Newark is accused of failing to acknowledge or remove the alarming level of lead in its drinking water — among the highest recently recorded for a major U.S. water system.
New pesticide may harm bees as much as those to be replaced
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A new class of pesticides positioned to replace neonicotinoids may be just as harmful to crop-pollinating bees, researchers cautioned Wednesday. In experiments, the ability of bumblebees to reproduce, and the rate at which their colonies grow, were both compromised by the new sulfoximine-based insecticides, they reported in the journal Nature. Colonies exposed to low doses of the pesticide in the lab yielded significantly less workers and half as many reproductive males after the bees were transferred to a field setting.
Women's trial in Kim Jong Nam killing heads to defense phase
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Women's trial in Kim Jong Nam killing heads to defense phase
'A Get Out of Jail Free Card.' Why Church Abuse Survivors Want to Abolish the Statute of Limitations After Pennsylvania Report
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"We ask the Pennsylvania legislature to stop shielding child sexual predators behind the criminal statute of limitations"
Sarah Sanders 'Can't Guarantee' There's No Tape of President Trump Using a Racial Slur
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said she couldn't guarantee that there isn't a tape of Trump using a racial slur.
Parkland Students Begin First Day of School—With New Classroom Locks and Upgraded Video Surveillance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High will use heavy security, video surveillance
US voices alarm over Russia satellite's 'very abnormal behaviour'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The United States has voiced concern about Russia’s launch of a mysterious satellite that is exhibiting “very abnormal behaviour”, raising suspicions about Moscow’s pursuit of new space weapons. The Russian government has insisted the satellite is a “space apparatus inspector”, but an American official said the object’s movements in orbit were “inconsistent with anything seen before” in that capacity. “We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,” said Yleem Poblete, US assistant secretary for arms control, verification and compliance.
Troops called to India's Kerala as flood toll rises
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Helicopters airlifted stranded families from rooftops and dam gates were thrown open as incessant torrential rain brought fresh havoc Thursday to the Indian state of Kerala where about 100 people are feared dead.
British Media Say U.K. Parliament Crash Suspect is a Briton of Sudanese Origin
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Local media identified him as 29-year-old Salih Khater
Karachi's rooftop cattle get a crane lift to the ground
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
Residents of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, watched as cattle were lowered by crane from the top of a four-storey home ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha. Unlike other Muslims who buy animals for slaughter a few days before the sacrificial holiday, Syed Ejaz Ahmad, 55, said raising his own calves was more economical. Ahmad started raising calves in a rooftop shed about 15 years ago.
Meanwhile in ... Victoria, Seychelles, stray dogs are being paired with prison inmates
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Mexico City, traffic is notoriously frustrating. With a series of choreographed dances (to music ranging from “Swan Lake” to Michael Jackson’s “Rock With Me”), performers leap into the street as the streetlight changes and dance for exactly 58 seconds (the duration of the red light). “We never thought this was going to have this kind of impact,” one of the dancers, Manuela Ospina Castro, told The Associated Press.
Trump Tower Operators Are Being Sued for Using Water From the Chicago River
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Illinois’ attorney general is suing the operators of Trump International Hotel and Tower for removing water from and releasing water into the Chicago River in violation of federal environmental laws
Swimmer Suffers Puncture Wounds in Shark Attack on Cape Cod
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A 61-year-old man suffered puncture wounds to his torso and legs as he was attacked by a shark in Cape Cod
Taliban Storm an Afghan Army Base, Killing 17 Soldiers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Taliban had besieged the base, which housed about 140 Afghan troops, for three days before the massive push on it late on Monday night
A Dispute in a Philadelphia Walmart Checkout Line Ended With Gunfire
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Several victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries
Colorado Police Searching for 'Endangered Missing' Pregnant Mom and 2 Daughters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I'm just hoping right now that she's somewhere safe," her husband said
Climate Change Fighting Crystals May Be Able to Help Reduce CO2 Emissions
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We need all the tools we can get.
The Company Behind Corona Beer Is Investing Nearly $4 Billion in Legal Pot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The investment is a bet that legalization will gain traction around the world
Democrat Christine Hallquist Becomes First Major Party Transgender Candidate for Governor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
If elected, Christine Hallquist will be the nation's first transgender governor
Former Tesla engineer claims she was pushed out for raising safety concerns
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Just about two months ago, Tesla filed a lawsuit against a former employee named Martin Tripp. According to the complaint, and offhand remarks from Elon Musk, Tripp tried to sabotage the Model 3 production line and even tried to abscond with proprietary company data. Tripp, meanwhile, views himself as a whistle blower of sorts and alleges that Tesla employed questionable tactics in order to increase Model 3 production numbers. What's more, Tripp boldly claims that Tesla shipped faulty batteries and that the Model 3, as a direct result, is a danger on the road. Now comes word, via Business Insider, of another former Tesla engineer with her own list of potentially troublesome accusations against the electric automaker. Speaking to BI, former Tesla employee Cristina Balan explained that Tesla tried to dismiss employee complaints regarding waste, quality control, and even safety issues. What's more, Balan's telling of the story implies that she was pushed out of the company for bringing said issues to Tesla's attention. For what it's worth, Balan hasn't worked at Tesla for more than four years, a fact which perhaps makes the timing of the story somewhat peculiar. Pushing that aside, Balan recounts how she and some of her team members brought up concerns regarding design flaws that weren't being given a sufficient amount of attention. For instance, her concern about the so-called "rat hole" — a gap she had found in the design of the Model S's roof headliner that separated the roof from the rest of the car — had been met with what Balan saw as clear resistance from her managers. Tesla, she claimed, ultimately stuffed a piece of styrofoam in the gap of the $100,000 car to fix it. And while the DIY-sounding solution didn't present a safety issue, Balan said it did create a rattling noise in some of the vehicles, which customers later complained about. The full extent of Balan's story reads right out of a legal thriller, and even involves high stakes arbitration and Balan secretly recording conversations with co-workers. You can check out the full story over here.
President Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Director John Brennan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Brennan has been increasingly critical of Trump
Not Everyone Is Thrilled About Paris’s New Eco
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bright red eco-urinals called "uritroittoirs" now sit alongside the Seine near Notre Dame cathedral.
Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil.
12 Ways Teachers Save Money on Back
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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