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Beyond A Year In Space: Touring The Launch Pad
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Astronauts Jessica Meir and Victor Glover visit Launch Pad 39B, where the space shuttle used to launch. Beyond A Year In Space premieres Wednesday, Nov. 15
France, Europe come to aid of UN climate panel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
France's president promised funding Wednesday for the UN's IPCC climate science panel, which faces a budget shortfall as it prepares to bring out a major report next year on the planetary perils of global warming. Europe must cover America's share of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's budget, Emmanuel Macron said at UN climate talks in Bonn, adding that France would "meet that challenge". A collaboration of thousands of experts worldwide, the IPCC issues reports every few years to synthesise and update the prevailing science about global warming caused by atmosphere-fouling emissions from burning fossil fuels.
What To Buy On Black Friday At Target
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The countdown to Black Friday and Cyber Monday is on.
Marco Rubio has the last laugh after Trump stops statement to drink water
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Florida senator takes to Twitter for a measure of sweet revenge on the president.
Moore attorney to accuser: Hand over the yearbook
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
An attorney for Senate hopeful Roy Moore tries to discredit Moore's accuser.
Trump pauses address to nation to take 2 big swigs of water
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had his own water bottle moment.
Amid apparent coup, Zimbabwe ponders a future without Mugabe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When troops placed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe under house arrest Wednesday in what appeared to be a military coup, it wasn’t just the possible unseating of the country’s long-time president. It was the political unraveling of a man who had, in many ways, often seemed to be Zimbabwe personified – in both its brightest days and its most troubled. By the time tanks rolled into Harare the day before, Mr. Mugabe had presided over nearly four tumultuous decades of Zimbabwean history.
A tax cut, but for whom? Republican plans favor business
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The latest plot twist in Republican efforts to overhaul the US tax code amplifies what may be the most fundamental debate surrounding the legislation: Who is this really for?
Behind religious defense of Roy Moore, an aggressive view of masculinity
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When some of Roy Moore’s defenders seemed to justify the idea of older Christian men dating teenage girls, a number of conservative Evangelical Christians, like a number of Americans, were both outraged and appalled. One of Mr. Moore's defenders compared a grown man dating a teen as akin to the biblical Mary and Joseph. While their ages are not given in the Bible, in some evangelical circles they are believed to be an adult male carpenter and young teenage girl.
Cards Against Humanity Has a 6
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The holiday promotion promises 6 surprises during December at the cost of $15
Feds approve pill with digital tracking system
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Dr. Nicole Saphier reacts on 'Fox & Friends First.'
The One Dish Chefs Say You Should Never Serve at Thanksgiving Dinner
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kitchen pros say you can strike this popular dish from your Thanksgiving menu
Buddha’s Remains? Cremated Human Discovered in Inscribed Box Alongside Hundreds of Ancient Statues in China
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Archaeologists discovered a box in Jingchuan County, China, which, according to its inscription, contained the cremated remains of the Buddha. More than 260 Buddhist statues were found along with the remains, some more than 6-and-a-half feet tall. Archaeologists date the statues to the Northern Wei dynasty (386 A.D. to 534 A.D.) and the Song dynasty (960 A.D. to 1279 A.D.), when the county was a major trading hub on the Silk Road.
Monsanto, U.S. farm groups sue California over glyphosate warnings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate, which the company sells to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops. The government of the most populous U.S. state added glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, to its list of cancer-causing chemicals in July and will require that products containing glyphosate carry warnings by July 2018.
Jeff Sessions Angrily Says He Did Not Lie Under Oath About Russia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Sessions pushed back against allegations that he misled members of Congress
Lawmakers target Asia's 'abhorrent' dog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The House Foreign Affairs committee adopted a resolution urging nine Asian countries to outlaw the use of dogs and cats for meat. The measure points out that many animals in the trade are stolen pets and also contends that mainstream culinary practice in Asia doesn’t include such meat.
White House mildly criticizes Russian bill targeting U.S. media
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The White House said it was “concerned” after Russian lawmakers voted to require international news outlets to register as “foreign agents.”
Viral video star looks to reunite with mystery dance partner
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BORDENTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is looking for the woman who busted a move while he danced in a supermarket parking lot.
Man smeared in deer blood struggles with police, arrested
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
CUSTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 62-year-old man has been arrested after police received a report of someone smeared in blood outside a western Michigan gas station.
Oh, man! Town drops 'men' from name of its governing board
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town has removed the word "men" from the name of its governing body.
What really fell in Zimbabwe’s coup
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When he was elected the first leader of a newly democratic Zimbabwe in 1980, Robert Mugabe sought reconciliation with the country’s former rulers, the white minority. It was a recognition of the need for rule by equality and merit over rule by race and heritage. After 37 years in power, however, Mr. Mugabe forgot that guiding principle of modern governance.
Pet grooming: how one woman thinks it can help people exit the poverty cycle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The Grooming Project is the principal initiative of Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child – a nonprofit in Kansas City, Mo., that’s dedicated to helping families exit the poverty cycle and become self-reliant. Behind it all is Natasha Kirsch, EPEC’s founder and executive director. Given the many issues facing such individuals, Ms. Kirsch emphasizes much more than just grooming in The Grooming Project.
As ban on 'Il Duce' trinkets looms, Mussolini's hometown eyes educational future
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Mussolini busts, Mussolini keyrings, statues of “Il Duce” on a rearing stallion, and Mussolini propaganda posters. The bizarre objects are crammed into a shop on the main street of Predappio, a town in northern Italy where Benito Mussolini was born in 1883. In the past few decades it has become a place of pilgrimage for Italy’s unrepentant neo-Fascists: unabashed admirers of a man who led Italy into disastrous colonial adventures and an alliance with Adolf Hitler which brought Italy to its knees.
A Member of Congress Exposed Himself to a Staffer, Lawmakers Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
She testified at a hearing on preventing sexual harassment in Congress
People Who Want to Live in Space Have a Constitution, a Government and Now Personal Data on a Satellite
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On November 12, the Space Kingdom of Asgardia, which bills itself as a "virtual nation" launched its very first satellite, which is about as large as a loaf of bread and will orbit Earth for somewhere between six months and five years, then die a fiery death by re-entering the planet's atmosphere. Asgardia was founded last autumn in a Paris hotel room by Igor Ashurbeyli, a Russian scientist and entrepreneur, who wants to peacefully establish a space nation that he could consider more unified and egalitarian than anywhere on Earth.
Zimbabwe’s Military Has Taken Control of the Capital. Here’s What We Know
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The president and his wife are now in custody
Paul Ryan: Roy Moore 'Should Step Aside' From Senate Bid in Wake of 'Credible' Allegations
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Ryan joined the chorus of Republicans calling on Moore to quit the race
The Holocaust Museum Says There Is 'Mounting Evidence' of Genocide in Myanmar
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More than 615,000 Rohingya have fled recent military violence
Scientists testing sweat analysis for cellphone authentication
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Dr. Halamek and his lab are analyzing amino acids for smartphone identification.
S. Korea postpones nationwide college exam after rare quake
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
South Korean authorities took the unprecedented step of postponing nationwide college entrance exams after a rare 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit the southeast on Wednesday, sparking alarm in a country that seldom experiences significant tremors. The quake, the second most powerful recorded in South Korea, struck at a depth of nine kilometres (six miles) near the industrial city of Pohang at around 2:30 pm (0530 GMT), the Korea Meteorological Administration said. Seven people were injured, Seoul's public administration ministry said, but they warned that number could rise because the quake was shallow.
A Serial Killer in Tampa May Have Struck Again. Here’s What to Know
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A fourth victim was found shot and killed
Trump deletes tweet that appeared to reference wrong mass shooting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hours after a shooting spree in Northern California left five people dead, President Trump tweeted his condolences — about the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that occurred nine days earlier.
Lawmakers target Asia’s ‘abhorrent’ dog
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Animal rights activists gather in front of the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles to protest China’s dog meat trade and Yulin Dog Meat Festival on June 9, 2017. According to activists with Last Chance for Animals, thousands of dogs are beaten, boiled and burned alive during the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Citing the “abhorrent” mass slaughter of millions of dogs and cats for their meat each year, including stolen pets, a key House of Representatives committee on Wednesday adopted a resolution urging nine Asian countries to outlaw the practice.
6 Czechs fined for sporting Borat mankinis in Kazakhstan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PRAGUE (AP) — Six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.
Texas State University Suspends Greek Life After 'Tragic Death' of Fraternity Pledge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Police said alcohol might have been a factor in his death
Merkel to address climate talks amid calls for coal exit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BONN, Germany (AP) — World leaders arrived at global climate talks in Germany on Wednesday to give the negotiations a boost going into the final stretch, as campaigners called for a strong signal from rich countries on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
FDA: Herbal Alternative to Opioid Painkillers Can Lead to Addiction and Death
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The FDA is aware of 36 deaths involving the herbal remedy
Trump touts poll showing majority disapprove of his performance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump tweeted on Tuesday a graphic with the results of a daily tracking poll that shows 46 percent of Americans approve of his job performance. But the same poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, shows 53 percent disapprove.
Massachusetts police stop driver for pizza box license plate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — Police officers in a Massachusetts town jokingly recommend drivers get a little more creative if they make their own illegal license plates.
6 Czechs 'fined' for sporting Borat mankinis in Kazakhstan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PRAGUE (AP) — A group of six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.
NASA Photos Show Antarctic Ice Loss In ‘Irreversible Decline,’ Say Researchers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers say the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is in "irreversible decline."
Donald Trump Says His Asia Trip Has Been 'Tremendously Successful'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He told reporters in Manila that the "fruits of our labor are going to be incredible"
Five little quirks which might mean you’re actually a psychopath
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Around 1% of people have some psychopathic traits
Meet Doug Jones, the Democrat Running Against Embattled Republican Roy Moore
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
His chances of winning are improving following accusations that Moore pursued relationships with several teenage women
Trump slurps shark fin soup as U.S. works to remove itself from the shark fin trade
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Donald Trump's eventful 12-day trip around Asia has come to an end, but not without sparking some controversy. The Associated Press reported that while at a state dinner in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, Trump was slurping on shark fin soup — a culinary delicacy that requires shark finning, or the brutally violent process of killing sharks, to make. SEE ALSO: 6-year-old Arabella is still Trump's greatest diplomat in China Though the dish is popular in China, the meal is causing outrage among animal rights and environmental activists who oppose shark finning, which involves catching sharks, slicing off their fins, and tossing them back into the water to die. Around 70 million sharks are killed for soup each year using the method, which has the potential to drive sharks to extinction, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). It's currently being debated by congress. During his trip to Vietnam Trump dined on shark fin soup. The man has no soul. — Touré (@Toure) November 14, 2017 Trump ate #shark fin soup in Vietnam. Extinction in a bowl, on Trump's plate. https://t.co/ve3pnUWMfY — John R Platt (@johnrplatt) November 13, 2017 Trump being served shark fin soup tonight in Hanoi. Embarrassing that the White House let that happen. — Harriet Alexander (@h_alexander) November 11, 2017 Earlier this month, Lora Snyder of Oceana, a non-profit organization committed to ocean conservation, reportedly told House members, "The demand for these fins fuels shark finning, the act of slicing the fins off a shark and dumping its body back at sea where it will drown, bleed to death or be eaten alive by other fish," according to E&E News. And Mission Blue — renowned marine biologist Sylvia Earle’s organization that works to protect the oceans and sea creatures, like sharks, that live there — has also argued against the shark fin trade. In an article on Mission Blue's website, Mariah Pfleger — a marine scientist at Oceana — wrote the demand for the fins is a "major contributor to shark mortality" and feels it should be banned. "According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the United States is still importing fins from places like Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Indonesia, to name a few," Pfleger wrote. Though pool reports show Trump appeared to make no comment on the soup, perhaps some sort of warning should have gone off in his head — seeing as how his own country is actively making an effort to completely remove itself from the shark fin trade.  In 2010, Congress passed the Shark Conservation Act (SCA), making it illegal to fin a shark at sea in the United States. And since then, several states and territories, including California, Hawaii, and New York, have individually banned the possession, sale, and distribution of shark fins. Not to mention the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act was introduced to the Senate and House of Representatives in March. If passed the bill would make it illegal to participate in the shark fin trade in the United States. While the soup Trump consumed did contain shark fin, it also included several other types of seafood, as confirmed by the Associated Press report: No word on whether Trump squeezed ketchup in his soup or asked for his shark fin to be well done. WATCH: This portable filter could put an end to discarded plastic bottles
Hate in America: Where it comes from and why it's back
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
White nationalism is on the rise in America, along with hate crimes against minorities. What drives people to bigotry, and violence? Psychologists, sociologists and historians offer some answers.
Hate in America: A look under the hood
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hate in America began even before there was an America. Here are some images of the perpetrators — and targets — of bigotry in its past.
Four voices of white nationalism
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
From a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard to a 22-year-old ex-“social justice warrior,” each described a combination of factors that — despite their varying ages and diverse upbringings — led all four of them on the path to white nationalism.
Another North Carolina woman hits lottery jackpot twice
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
GRANITE FALLS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman hit the jackpot with two scratch-off lottery tickets, marking the second such instance in three weeks.
Unrest Growing in Zimbabwe as Tanks Close in on Capital
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tensions have been rising between Robert Mugabe and the Military