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Top climate scientist rebuts Al Gore film as 'bad science' while ticket sales plummet

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:15:00 -0400

It was a tough weekend for Al Gore: Not only did "An Inconvenient Sequel" continue its nosedive at the box office, but the global-warming documentary drew a scathing rebuttal from a leading climate scientist.

Climatologist Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville,

Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn, threaten lawsuits after nude photos surface on Celeb Jihad website

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:35:33 -0400

Tiger Woods and his ex-girlfriend, Olympic gold medalist skier Lindsey Vonn, are both reportedly threatening legal action against an X-rated website for publishing their nude photographs alongside explicit images of other celebrities including Miley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart.

The naked photographs were published Monday by the Celeb Jihad website and ...

Bryan Zollinger, Idaho rep, boasts of increased donations after spreading Charlottesville conspiracy

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:36:53 -0400

An Idaho state representative who argued it's "plausible" that the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, was a setup said Monday that he's doubling down on the controversial claim after donors promised to support him through the backlash.

"At first, I felt genuinely bad that maybe I had offended somebody," state ...

Border fencing, more agents and prosecutions cause drop in Yuma, Arizona, border crossings

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:05:06 -0400

The last time a president visited the border in Yuma, Arizona, was 2007, when then-President George W. Bush came to oversee the massive fence-building campaign he'd begun a year earlier, hoping to get a handle on the sea of illegal immigrants flowing north.

Ten years later, as President Trump visits ...

Ballot battle erupts in Ohio over health care costs

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:17:10 -0400

They lost in California, but that hasn't stopped activists from waging a referendum war in Ohio against the big pharmaceutical companies.

If approved by voters in November, Ohio agencies and state-assisted programs would be required to buy prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans ...

Department of Veterans Affairs' PTSD, pot study called 'worthless'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:35:07 -0400

Cannabis advocates are criticizing the Department of Veterans Affairs for wasting time and resources on recently published research that produced inconclusive results on the effects of medical marijuana in treating pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"I find the funds spent on regurgitating these studies to be worthless," said Sean Kiernan, ...

Daily Stormer ban opens door to government censorship, some say

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:41:05 -0400

Major internet companies' rush to oust a white nationalist website last week could make it tougher for tech companies and open-net advocates to try to keep the government from censoring websites in the future, the CEO of one of the companies said.

GoDaddy, Google and Cloudflare — a company that ...

Total solar eclipse crosses lower 48, leaves Americans moonstruck

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:31:08 -0400

OMAHA, Neb. — Americans looked to the heavens Monday to watch as the moon chased the sun from Oregon to South Carolina, breaking out in cheers, snapping photos or just staring upward in awe as darkness fell at midday.

"It's really, really gorgeous," said Manny Ortiz, wearing his First National ...

Reporters sue feds for info on FBI's Bundy ranch infiltration with fake film crew

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:50:00 -0400

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a lawsuit Monday against the Justice Department and FBI in an effort to pry loose documents related to the FBI's prior impersonation of documentary filmmakers.

The FBI has admitted to sending undercover agents to Nevada in 2014 to act as a ...

Judge warned State Dept. against 'running out the clock' on travel ban visas

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:53:00 -0400

A federal judge expressed skepticism Monday over how the State Department has been carrying out President Trump's travel ban, saying she thinks the government is "running out the clock" on perhaps more than 100 immigrants who could be shut out when their chance for visas expires in little more than ...

Smuggler nabbed with 60 illegal immigrants stuffed inside broccoli truck

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:45:49 -0400

Border Patrol agents rescued 60 illegal immigrants this weekend who were stuffed inside a refrigerated truck trailer — kept at 49 degrees — carrying broccoli, in the latest instance of a shocking smuggling attempt.

Agents in Texas nabbed the truck at a checkpoint after a dog alerted on it.

They ...

NJ Transit spent $1M on Penn Station project ad campaign

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:25:23 -0400

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Transit spent more than $1 million on a digital advertising campaign this summer to inform riders about changes caused by a massive two-month repair project at Penn Station that limited service on its second-busiest rail line.

The campaign to promote a special website on ...

Christopher Columbus monument in Baltimore smashed to combat 'white supremacy'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:04:40 -0400

A monument to Christopher Columbus that was over 200 years old was smashed with a sledgehammer Monday morning to combat a "culture of white supremacy."

A YouTube channel titled "Popular Resistance" posted footage of men in hoodies destroying a monument to Columbus and his famous voyage in 1492. The individuals ...

Cities respond to DOJ threat to withhold crime-fighting funds

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:50:11 -0400

Baltimore officials found themselves in a quandary when the Justice Department told them that in order to be eligible for a federal crime-fighting program, they would have to prove city policies do not block federal immigration agents' access to local jails.

Neither the city nor the Baltimore Police Department run ...

Colin Kaepernick to be featured in African American history museum; still no Clarence Thomas

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:08:25 -0400

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will feature items related to embattled NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but still has no plans to mention U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Harry Edwards, a sociologist who contributed to the museum's exhibition on race in sports, said he donated some ...

Solar eclipse: Americans stake out prime viewing spots to see sun go dark

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:53:40 -0400

Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history.

Eclipse-watchers everywhere — and millions were expected ...

University of Texas in Austin removes Confederate statues

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:22:12 -0400

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas quickly removed statues of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Confederate figures overnight from the main area of the Austin campus, a spokesman said Monday morning, just hours after the school's president ordered they be taken down.

University President Greg Fenves announced ...

Concealed-carry permits increasing as gun sales level off: Report

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:57:08 -0400

More than 16.3 million American residents now hold concealed weapons permits, according to a new report that says even as gun purchases are leveling off, the rate of folks applying for permission to carry their firearms is still rising.

Some 1.83 million new permits were issued in 2016, setting a ...

Mexican drug cartels using drones to smuggle heroin, meth, cocaine into U.S.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:13:11 -0400

The Border Patrol busted a 25-year-old man on drug-smuggling charges earlier this month after agents accused him of picking up a load of methamphetamine that smugglers flew over the border with a drone.

Agents said they saw the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) cross near San Diego and tracked it to ...

Zika virus reduced to few cases after scare in 2016

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:00:17 -0400

The Zika virus scare that sparked unprecedented travel warnings and a rush on bug spray in 2016 has petered out in its second year, with scientists saying that efforts to stamp out disease-carrying mosquitoes and the human immunity built up over the last year have combined to contain the spread.