Report: White House Counsel Is Cooperating Extensively In Russia Probe
Don McGahn, the White House counsel, has been cooperating extensively with
08/18/2018 - 05:38 PM
Bodies of missing Colorado girls allegedly killed by dad found in oil and gas tanks: report
The bodies of two missing Colorado girls who disappeared along with their
08/17/2018 - 10:10 AM
Alex Jones Destroyed Evidence In Sandy Hook Defamation Cases, Motion Says
Alex Jones, the conspiracy theory-peddling host of Infowars, deleted evidence
08/17/2018 - 05:43 PM
Trump blames D.C. pols for raining on his parade
President Trump on Friday blamed Washington, D.C., lawmakers for ballooning costs that forced the cancellation of his planned military parade.
08/17/2018 - 09:42 AM
Atlantia to hold board meetings after Genoa bridge disaster: source
Italian toll-road group Atlantia has called special board meetings next week to discuss the deadly collapse of a bridge it operates in Genoa, a source said on Friday. Autostrade per l'Italia, the Atlantia unit that manages the stretch of motorway in northern Italy where the bridge is located, is expected to hold a board meeting on Tuesday while the Benetton-backed parent company will hold its own meeting on Wednesday, the source said. A series of technical and legal issues will be presented to Atlantia and Autostrade board members next week, according to the source .
08/17/2018 - 06:59 AM
7 Family Members Killed in Horrendous Crash in Oregon
The Oregon family was on its way to a Vegas vacation when their SUV was hit head-on.
08/17/2018 - 04:30 PM
Venezuelans flee economic crisis at home
The Pentagon is preparing to dispatch a hospital ship to Colombia and possibly other parts of South America to help relieve strain on health care systems overloaded by an influx of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans. An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the crisis-torn country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
08/18/2018 - 12:55 PM
Immigrant Dads Say ICE Separated Them From Their Kids Again With No Explanation
Sixteen migrant fathers who had previously been separated from and then
08/17/2018 - 06:00 PM
Deadly, 40,000-foot fire tornado revealed in new videos
Harrowing new footage released by California's firefighting agency Cal Fire reveals the massive fire tornado that led to the death of a firefighter on July 26. The fire tornado was part of the Carr Fire that's engulfed 223,610 acres of land in Northern California so far. A report from Cal Fire breaks down the details surrounding the fiery phenomenon. SEE ALSO: A fire tornado hit California. Here's how it happened. Per the report, the tornado "was a large rotating fire plume that was roughly 1,000 feet in diameter at its base" and managed to reach a height of 40,000 feet. In late July, we covered news of a fire tornado in the area on the evening of July 26. It's unclear whether the fire tornado in the report is the same as the one that garnered media attention at the time, according to Cal Fire. "Observations from witnesses and other evidence suggest that either several fire tornados occurred at different locations and times, or one fire tornado formed and then periodically weakened and strengthened causing several separate damage areas," the report says. Fire tornados can happen when extreme heat spins up from the ground. As Mashable's Mark Kaufman explained at the time: Firefighters captured the disturbing video above from a helicopter, as well as footage taken from a fire engine, and from the Keswick Dam on the Sacramento River. The Carr Fire continues to ravage parts of Shasta County and Trinity County. It is 77 percent contained, and other fires continue to rage in Northern California and other areas These fires are spurred on by extreme heat and dryness in the region. While human-caused climate change isn't necessarily the direct cause of any single weather event, like these fires, it can make extreme weather more likely now and in the future. WATCH: Scientists made an awesome error that could save our planet from plastic hell
08/18/2018 - 11:11 AM
565 Migrant Children Remain Separated From Families 3 Weeks Past Judge's Deadline
Only a small fraction of the nearly 600 migrant children reported to still be
08/16/2018 - 11:26 PM
Body language expert analyzes Christopher Watts' behavior before arrest in deaths of wife, kids
A body language expert has weighed in on the demeanor of Christopher Watts as
08/17/2018 - 12:32 PM
Elon Musk Unloads On 'Excruciating' Year As Tesla Stock Drops
Anyone can see that Elon Musk has been having a rough year.
08/17/2018 - 12:02 PM
Judge says Trump campaign screwed up on wording of confidentiality agreements
A Manhattan judge issued a ruling on Thursday that thwarts the Trump campaign’s attempts to keep a lawsuit out of open court.
08/16/2018 - 10:56 PM
Murdered Colorado Mother Called Husband 'the Best Dad Us Girls Could Ask For' in Facebook Posts
Her husband Christopher is accused of killing her and their two daughters
08/17/2018 - 07:29 AM
Yazidi 'ex-sex slave' trapped both in Iraq and in German exile
A young Yazidi woman who fled to Germany but returned home to northern Iraq says she cannot escape her Islamic State group captor who held her as a sex slave for three months. Ashwaq Haji, 19, says she ran into the man in a German supermarket in February. Traumatised by the encounter, she returned to Iraq the following month.
08/17/2018 - 06:33 AM
Remains of wife, two young daughters found in Colorado murder case
The husband and father, Chris Watts, was arrested on suspicion he killed his family.
08/17/2018 - 02:49 PM
China sacks top official over vaccine scandal, firm may de-list
China has sacked a senior provincial official and is probing a former top drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd, which again warned it could be delisted over the scandal. The company was accused in July of falsifying data for a rabies vaccine and manufacturing an ineffective vaccine for babies, sparking widespread consumer anger. While there were no known reports of people being harmed by the vaccines, regulators ordered Changsheng to halt their production and recall the rabies vaccine.
08/16/2018 - 10:51 PM
Ryan Zinke Would 'Sell His Grandkids For Big Oil,' Says Washington Governor
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee slammed Ryan Zinke's record on the environment
08/17/2018 - 09:20 PM
Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A plane from China veered off a runway at Manila's airport while landing in a downpour near midnight then got stuck in a muddy field with one engine and wheel ripped off before the 165 people on board scrambled out through an emergency slide, officials said Friday.
08/17/2018 - 01:07 AM
Body found in burning vehicle at Disney World in Florida, say police
The unidentified victim was discovered when firefighters extinguished the blaze near the Fantasia Gardens miniature golf course. Homicide detectives have joined the investigation, according to a statement from Orange County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called to the scene at 1209 Epcot Resorts Boulevard to assist the Reedy Creek Fire Department at 4.11am on Saturday morning.
08/18/2018 - 12:48 PM
Socialists Need To Fight For Economic Change -- Not Just Another Version Of Capitalism
"Socialism" has become the new political buzzword. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
08/17/2018 - 05:45 AM
Postal Worker Discovers Eight-Foot-Long Python Lounging on Kansas Home`s Mailbox
A huge snake that likely belonged to a neighbor was found curled up around a mailbox at a Kansas home Friday, startling the postal worker who discovered it.
08/18/2018 - 03:34 PM
Trump's 'Good Person' Nod To Paul Manafort Is A Sign To Keep Quiet, Ex-U.S. Attorney Says
President Donald Trump's comment calling former campaign chairman Paul
08/17/2018 - 10:09 PM
The secret Soviet organization that explains what Russia is doing today
Russian attempts to dupe, confuse or weaken the West date back at least to the early decades of the 20th century. An outfit called the Cheka charted a course that’s still being followed today.
08/17/2018 - 05:00 AM
Colombia fears Ecuador border controls effect on Venezuelan exodus
Bogota said Friday it was "worried" that tightened Ecuadorian entry requirements for Venezuelans fleeing an economic and political crisis would leave thousands stranded in Colombia. Ecuador announced on Thursday that Venezuelans entering the country would need to show passports from Saturday onwards, a document many are not carrying. "We're talking about 3,000 people a day, just Venezuelans" crossing into Ecuador alone from the border town of Rumichaca, said Colombia's migration director Christian Kruger.
08/17/2018 - 03:31 PM
Electric Scooters Being Left Around Are Angering Residents
They're turning up buried on the beach and hanging from road signs.
08/17/2018 - 03:06 PM
Taiwan's president lauds Belize amid dwindling support
Before a joint session of Congress and Prime Minister Dean Barrow, Tsai said, "At a time of great political pressure against Taiwan's international space, you have spoken for the rights and obligations of Taiwan as a member of the international community." Belize is one of 18 countries that still recognize Taiwan. Belize receives financial aid from Taiwan for scholarships, agriculture and healthcare.
08/17/2018 - 08:02 PM
Bishop: I have 'profound remorse' after sex abuse report
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy said Friday he has "profound remorse" and offers his "heartfelt apology" to the victims.
08/17/2018 - 04:44 PM
Officials Defend Plan To Close Almost All Polling Places In Majority Black Georgia County
Election officials in a rural southwest Georgia county are defending a plan to
08/17/2018 - 03:51 PM
22 Pumpkin Bars That Will Make You Forget All About Pie
08/17/2018 - 12:25 PM
Body found in New Mexico compound identified as missing Georgia boy, police say
Police have identified the body of a boy found in a New Mexico compound as Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who was reported missing in November. The Office of the Medical Investigator identified the remains of three-year-old Abdul-Ghani, who was from Jonesboro, Georgia, when he was reported to be missing. Prior to identifying Abdul-Ghani’s body, the Taos County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico had raided the compound they referred to as a “makeshift residence” on 3 August and found 11 children ranging in age from one to 15 years old.
08/17/2018 - 06:10 PM
Trump Trying To ‘Stifle Free Speech,' Former Intelligence Officials Say
In a joint statement Thursday, a dozen of the nation's leading former
08/17/2018 - 12:08 AM
Tucker Carlson's Taco Tantrum: 'It’s An American Food! ... Those Are My Tacos. Mine!'
Tucker Carlson likes his tacos to be American.
08/17/2018 - 12:59 AM
China May Be Adding a ‘Nuclear Element’ to the South China Sea, the Pentagon Warns
China plans to introduce floating nuclear power plants near disputed islands
08/16/2018 - 11:58 PM
Don't worry, your cereal probably won't poison you with pesticides
It may seem like an alarmist local news story to declare your breakfast could kill you, but a new independent study claims that some of your favorite cereals could contain unsafe levels of a chemical used in a popular weed killer. The report, from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), was published online Wednesday and outlines the levels of the chemical glyphosate they found in various breakfast cereals and snacks. Glyphosate is the major ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp and one at the center of an ongoing tug-of-war. The World Health Organization (WHO) has ruled the chemical is "probably carcinogenic to humans," and the state of California has categorized it as a chemical linked to cancer. Meanwhile, in late 2017, the EPA concluded an assessment that declared "glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. And its with that intersection in mind that one has to look upon the new EWG report — which wasn't peer reviewed by independent scientists — with quite a bit of scrutiny. EWG versus the EPA For the study, the EWG tested dozens of samples, looking for levels of glyphosate that were above 160 pars per billion (ppb)/0.16 mg, which the organization considers the upper range of safe levels of the chemical for children to be exposed to. You can see their full results here but a few items stand out: Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal had readings of 620 ppb/0.62 mg and 780 ppb/0.78 mg. Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal had readings of 470 ppb/0.47 mg, 490 ppb/0.49 mg, and 530 ppb/0.53 mg. Quaker Old Fashioned Oats had readings of 390 ppb/0.39 mg, 1100 ppb/1.1 mg, and 1300 ppb/1.3 mg. Those numbers seem not so great — if you use the EWG's threshold. But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets a much higher bar for how much glyphosate is safe for a person. According to a 1993 EPA report, the safe exposure level could be as high as 2 mg a day, well above any of the rates that the EWG uncovered in their studies. For what it's worth,
The Guardian recently published a report showing that the FDA has been investigating the use of glyphosate for years but has yet to issue any public findings. The ongoing research into glyphosate is important because It's a hugely popular pesticide, with hundreds of millions of gallons being used on U.S. crops each year. And, per
The Guardian's report, "the FDA has had trouble finding any food that does not carry traces of the pesticide." Not that eating pesticides is a great thing, but the large discrepancies between the EPA numbers and the EWG numbers can be confusing for consumers trying to determine how much, exactly, is still safe. "Finding glyphosate in food is residue," Kaitlin Stack Whitney, an environmental studies scholar, said in an interview. "Residue limits are a subset of exposure limits as eating pesticides residue is one route of potential exposure." "So finding non-zero amounts isn't unexpected; it's's planned for and limited under current law," Stack Whitney, who also worked as a staff biologist for the EPA, added. There's also the issue of "spray drift," as Stack Whitney notes, pointing to EWG finding traces of the chemical on products labeled organic likely due to some of the pesticide drifting to those organic crops on the wind. "The current pesticide review process struggles to account for this because agencies can't know what anyone and everyone's neighbors may grow and which chemicals they may apply," she said. "So whether residues are from direct application or drift is critical to understanding how to address if you think the amount is unsafe." A question of methodology For Lori Hoepner, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, it's about methodology. She notes that "it's hard enough to have consensus among scientists when you're talking about using the same methods." "So to go from something that would determine the limit of exposure, and try to extend that information to telling consumers about what it means to find glyphosate in their food, I think it can be perceived as something of a stretch," Hoepner said. Noting that she's familiar with the EWG's work and has vouched for them as a good resource for consumers, Hoepner still expressed some reservations about they way they presented their work for this study. "It always concerns me when science is presented in a way that is not peer-reviewed, doesn't have the oversight of additional researchers who can validate or question the method." Stack Whitney echoed Hoepner's sentiment: "[The EWG] study is like a white paper or other reports from think tanks, well researched and written but not peer reviewed. It would be useful to review their actual data and methods but those aren't available." Hoepner also wanted to see more about how they took their samples. "What was their method? Was it randomized? Was it all from one box? How many different boxes were used? Where did they buy them?" Hoepner said. Noting the wide ranges in some of the results, Hoepner says, "that definitely creates a question mark in my mind for validity." The corporations defend their products As for the companies identified in the study, they're standing by the quality of their products. A statement sent via email from the Quaker brand maintained the brand's stance they're products are perfectly safe and included a passage that denied the use of glyphosate in the making of their products. A spokesperson for General Mills, producers of Cheerios, echoed this sentiment in a statement. Corporate behemoth Monsanto, which produces RoundUp, has been under fire lately for the chemical, including a recent California verdict that ordered the company to pay $289 million to a school groundskeeper who claimed his constant and prolonged exposure to the chemical was to blame for him developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In the wake of the EWG's report, Monsanto posted a rebuttal on their website accusing the EWG of "publicizing misleading information." Additionally, in an email exchange, a spokesperson for Monsanto highlighted this portion: Additionally, Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge told the
New York Times in response to EWG study, “[The EWG] have an agenda. They are fear mongering. They distort science.” For consumers, there's no right or wrong answer at the moment. While buying different brands may seem like an option, the prevalence of the pesticides used makes it nearly impossible to completely avoid. The opposing sets of data can only sow more confusion and consumers are left to decide who they trust more: groups like the EWG, government agencies like the EPA, or corporations. WATCH: Here's how long fruits and vegetables are stored before you buy them at the store
08/17/2018 - 11:04 AM
3M to pay $9.1 million over defective military ear plugs
The 3M Co. has agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle allegations it knowingly sold defective combat ear plugs to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that limited the effectiveness of the hearing protection devices, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. A settlement frees 3M from the inconvenience of a long investigation and litigation, it said. The 3M payment settles allegations that 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies Inc., knew the ear plugs it sold the military were too short for proper insertion into the users' ears and could loosen and not perform effectively in some people, the Justice Department said.
08/17/2018 - 11:22 AM
The Latest: Tesla shares drop 9 percent after Musk interview
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Tesla CEO Elon Musk (all times local):
08/17/2018 - 04:14 PM
Girl who pushed friend off bridge charged
18-year-old Taylor Smith was charged with reckless endangerment for pushing her friend off a 60-foot-bridge.
08/17/2018 - 06:56 PM
How America's Old-School Battleships Got Revenge for Pearl Harbor
On the American battleships, the young sailors marveled that despite a night of sound and fury their battleships had suffered nothing. They were all alive to greet the new day. The loudspeakers blared, “Now hear this. Secure from general quarters. Set torpedo defense watch.”
08/17/2018 - 01:00 AM
Nebraska Woman Beams After Allegedly Attacking Boyfriend With Sword
Ivy Moore, 26, was arrested early Wednesday after she called police to tell them her boyfriend wouldn’t leave her Lincoln apartment.
08/17/2018 - 10:10 AM
Bannon: Trump Was Right On Charlottesville, Left 'Just As Violent As KKK'
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said President Donald Trump
08/18/2018 - 02:37 AM
Top 10 American car shows revealed
The readers of the USA Today newspaper have voted on the best car shows in America, ranging from classics to vans. Here are the results…
08/17/2018 - 11:10 AM
World Leaders Opt For China's Money Over The Rights Of 1 Million Jailed Muslims
WASHINGTON ― Now that United Nations experts have endorsed widespread reports
08/18/2018 - 08:00 AM
Macron, Merkel warn of 'humanitarian risks' in Syria's Idlib
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced concern Friday about the humanitarian situation in the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib, which is shaping up be the country's next big battleground. In a telephone call the two leaders described the "humanitarian risks" in Idlib, where government forces have stepped up their bombardments of rebel positions in recent days, as "very high", according to the French presidency. President Bashar al-Assad has set his sights on retaking control of the northwestern province of Idlib -- the biggest area still in rebel hands after seven years of war.
08/17/2018 - 01:40 PM
Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 47
Over 2,000 people have been potentially exposed to the virus that began in North Kivu province, but the violence means officials cannot be sure if they have identified all the chains by which it is spreading in the east of the vast country. Congo's Health Ministry said confirmed and probable cases numbered 87 in total, including 47 deaths. Health workers "have a huge amount of work to do to follow up on these contacts, to continue the investigations and the active search for cases, as well as to prepare the ground for the vaccination teams," the ministry said in a statement late on Friday.
08/17/2018 - 06:26 PM
Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano
HONOLULU (AP) — Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain.
08/17/2018 - 11:33 PM
Chinese plane slides off Manila airport runway in heavy rain
The aircraft, carrying 157 passengers and eight crew, landed on its second attempt before skidding onto the grass, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesman Eric Apolonio told AFP. Its wings and engines were heavily damaged in the incident, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, which also said the plane circled the airport for an hour before attempting to land. The incident forced a partial shutdown of the Philippines' main airport.
08/17/2018 - 01:18 AM
Elon Musk repeatedly breaks down in interview as he admits taking pills to sleep and explains bizarre Tesla tweet
Elon Musk repeatedly broke down in an interview in which he attempted to explain some of his recent strange behaviour. The Tesla boss has admitted to taking pills to sleep and that he has had a difficult year, alternating between laughter and crying as he did. Mr Musk made the revelations in an interview with the New York Times that appeared to have been organised primarily to address the controversy around a recent tweet he posted about Tesla.
08/17/2018 - 02:12 AM
Texas Man, 80, Charged in 1969 Cold Case Killing of Common-Law Wife
Ralph Tyrone Cooper was charged with murder in the death of Mary Ann Burton, his common-law wife who was just 21 years old when she her body was found in a vacant field in Houston on July 20, 1969, police said.
08/17/2018 - 11:00 AM
Trump Administration Hit With 7 Major Environmental Setbacks In Court In Past Week
The Trump administration suffered seven major environmental setbacks in the
08/17/2018 - 02:41 PM
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