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Space nation Asgardia ready to launch itself into orbit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Asgardia, a virtual nation online, wants to load all its data on a small satellite and launch it to a permanent home in orbit around the Earth.
Sessions contradicts Comey, says he was not silent about FBI director’s Trump concerns
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Jeff Sessions rejected Comey’s claim that he “did not reply” when the former FBI director expressed concerns about having private communications with Trump.
Jeff Sessions promises not to target Robert Mueller: It wouldn’t be ‘appropriate for me to do’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee he would not take any actions that could result in the firing of Robert Mueller.
Republicans mum on health care progress as Trump urges Senate to repeal Obamacare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Debate continued to rage in Congress Tuesday about a long awaited Senate healthcare bill, with top Republicans meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on the matter.
Sen. Wyden to Sessions: Your comments don’t ‘pass the smell test’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sen. Ron Wyden exchanged a series of barbs during Sessions’ Tuesday testimony before the Senate intelligence committee.
‘I don’t recall’: Jeff Sessions doesn’t remember much about last year at Senate hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a hard time remembering whether he met with any Russian officials during Trump's presidential campaign last year.
Schiff on Russia investigation: We’ll get the truth to the public 'one way or another'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that the truth about Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign would eventually come out, if not in open Congressional testimony then in reports to be issued down the road.
I Took a Babymoon Without My Husband (And It Was Amazing)
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
We were both exhausted and a little burnt out on planning for baby, and we deserved our own last hurrahs.
Grocery Gripes: Supermarkets With the Most and Least Complaints
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. What drives supermarket shoppers round the bend—figuratively and sometimes literally? Apparently, it’s a lack of checkou...
How to Identify a Bed Bug
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. More than half of travelers would steer clear of a hotel if even just one online review mentioned a bed bug sighting the...
Can You Make Wrinkles Go Away for Good?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Marcella has tried Botox for her forehead wrinkles and loved the results – but follow-up injections provoked a bad reaction, raising welts on her face. She wants a wrinkle solution that will last.
Is Woman's Endometriosis Nightmare Over?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
When Julia last visited The Doctors, she was suffering from paralyzing pain induced by endometriosis. The Doctors arranged for her to see Gynecologist Dr. Tamer Seckin in hopes that he could relieve her pain. Watch: Young Woman Says Endometriosis Is Destroying Her Life!
Put Beauty Back in Your Bling
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Is your treasured jewelry losing its glitter? Let your gems shine bright again – the answer to cleaning your diamonds is probably as close as your kitchen sink.
Wear Your Favorite Jewelry Without Going Green
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Just give the portion of the piece that comes in contact with your skin a good coat of clear nail polish and let it dry. Whether it’s the inside of a ring or bracelet or the back of an earring, the nail polish forms a clear, durable layer insulating your skin from the offending metal.
Nintendo shows off new 'Super Mario Odyssey' and more at E3 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo's E3 2017 event brought us 'Super Mario Odyssey,' but little in the way of third-party games.
Hair Regrowth Products for Women & Men: Who Pays More?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers found, for example, that one popular product, Rogaine, cost 40 percent more when it was marketed to woman than when it was marketed to men. This isn't the first time that researchers have uncovered gender-based price differences for consumer products. Indeed, this price mark-up practice for products marketed to women has a name: the "pink tax," said study co-author Dr. Jules Lipoff, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Renaissance Mom: Leonardo Da Vinci's Mother Identified
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The identity of Leonardo da Vinci's mother has eluded historians for years, but now one scholar said he's found the woman behind the Renaissance man. After digging through overlooked records in Italy, Martin Kemp, a leading Leonardo expert, claimed that the artist was born to Caterina di Meo Lippi, a 15-year-old orphan, on April 15, 1452. From existing documents, historians already knew that Leonardo was mostly raised by his father, a lawyer named Ser Piero da Vinci.
Why a private space balloon company is sending KFC chicken to the stratosphere
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Arizona-based company World View Enterprises has an ambitious goal: send humans to the upper edges of the atmosphere using high-altitude balloons. It’s a dream that’s still years away from being a reality, so in the meantime, the company is aiming to send something a bit smaller to the edge of space: fried chicken. Today, World View announced that it will be sending Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new spicy Zinger chicken sandwich to the stratosphere for multiple days.
Garbage dumped in sea off Lebanon sparks outrage
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A "mountain of garbage" dumped at sea off Beirut under a deal between the government and a company has sparked outrage in Lebanon, two years after mass protests over a waste crisis. For the past 10 days, civil society groups have shared images of trucks carrying rubbish and tipping it into the Mediterranean, a process that is ongoing. Activists say the waste from the "mountain of garbage" at Borj Hammoud in north Beirut is disposed of under an agreement between the government's Development and Reconstruction Council (CDR) and a private company.
Military ship that sank century ago won't be pulled from sea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard ship that first set out to sea during the Spanish-American War and sank off the coast of Southern California 100 years ago won't be moved anytime soon, officials said Tuesday.
Live coverage: Jeff Sessions’ Senate testimony
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
AG Jeff Sessions will testify for the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 13, and face questions about his meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
Could Donald Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Would President Trump be able to fire Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 election?
Defense chief Mattis: ‘We’re not winning in Afghanistan’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday agreed that “we are not winning in Afghanistan” and promised a new strategy by mid-July.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies at Senate hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying in front of the Senate intelligence committee about his meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States during President Trump’s election campaign — meetings the attorney general did not disclose during his confirmation hearing back in January. Sessions’ account of Trump’s meeting with former FBI Director James Comey, who testified last week before the committee, is also likely to be raised.
Jeff Sessions: It’s a ‘detestable lie’ to say I colluded with Russia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sessions began his highly anticipated testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee today by denying any knowledge of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, calling such allegations an “appalling and detestable lie”. Sessions also denied reports that he met with a Russian official while attending a speech by then President-elect Trump at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016.
KFC to send chicken sandwich to edge of space on balloon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — KFC plans to make a space pioneer out of a chicken sandwich next week when it sends it to the edge of the atmosphere with the help of a high-altitude balloon.
US as a good neighbor to Central America
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
For several decades, the United States has found it easy to answer the biblical question “Who is my neighbor?” Recent presidents have offered money, trade, and advice to three impoverished nations of Central America – Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. In Congress, a bipartisan consensus still supports spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year to address the root causes of these problems by creating economic opportunity and rule of law in Central America. “The idea of us coming alongside Central Americans themselves to try to improve their own conditions, their own democracy, or their own markets I think is an important use of the United States’ political will,” says Sen. James Lankford (R) of Oklahoma.
Eavesdropping on fish sex in the name of conservation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Using underwater microphones and mathematical models, researchers from the US and Mexico were able to estimate population numbers for the Gulf corvina, a popular eating fish from Mexico's Gulf of California. When the males start calling to attract mates, the sound is "deafening", said researchers from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI). "It's louder than a rock concert," study co-author Brad Erisman said in a statement issued by the UTMSI.
5 Fascinating Things About Money and Happiness That You Probably Didn’t Know
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The last one may change the way you think about financial goals.
Do Fidget Spinners Contain Lead? What Parents Should Know
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An unofficial report may be stoking fears that fidget spinners, the hottest toy of the year, could contain dangerous amounts of lead. The report comes from Tamara Rubin, a lead-poisoning-prevention advocate who is not affiliated with any university or research institution. Rubin tested a handful of fidget spinners at her home, using a device called an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, which measures levels of elements in materials.
NASA experiment to color the skies to learn about Earth’s atmosphere
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Acting NASA Director Robert Lightfoot on Monday discussed how NASA is going to launch a rocket to change the color of the skies to learn more about Earth’s upper atmosphere and whether the Trump administration’s budget cuts will hurt the space organization.
Cybersecurity firms warn new malware could threaten US grid
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Malicious code capable of controlling electrical substation switches and breakers could possibly be used to turn off power distribution
A hedgehog blown up 'like a beach ball' was popped in life
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This gassy hedgehog has had a rough week. He was rescued in Doncaster, England last Monday after a member of the public called RSPCA about what she thought was a pregnant hedgehog. SEE ALSO: Baby hippo gives mommy a mouth massage because hippo bonding is weird When RSPCA inspector Sandra Dransfield arrived to collect the animal, she knew that the poor little guy in fact was suffering from "balloon syndrome."  He had inflated to nearly twice his size  due to  the condition, which was caused by an underlying infection.Image: RSPCAAccording to a press release from the RSPCA, the condition occurs when an underlying infection causes gas to collect under a hedgehog's skin. Because the skin over the animal's back is large to allow for rolling up in a ball, the space fills with gas and expands. "It’s the worst case of Balloon Syndrome I’ve seen," said Dransfield in the statement. "This poor chap was almost twice its natural size, literally blown up like a beach ball with incredibly taut skin." Image: RSPCAThankfully, veterinarians and the Stapeley Grange Wildlife were able to "pop" the ballooning hedgehog, relieving the gas and pressure from under his skin. The hedgehog is currently on antibiotics to clear up his underlying infection. "He is still under observations but he is doing well and the team are hoping he will make a full recovery so we can return to the wild," said Lee Stewart, manager at RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre. We're glad the little dude is on the road to recovery. Get well soon! WATCH: Watch this orangutan play with a fidget spinner
COVFEFE Act: Democratic lawmaker explains his bill to record Trump tweets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump’s tweets could soon be classified as presidential record and render any deletions illegal, thanks to a new bill introduced Monday by a Democratic congressman.
Rosenstein: I’d fire Russia probe special counsel only if ‘good cause’ to do so
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified Tuesday that he would fire the special counsel in the Russia investigation only if he had “good cause” to do so — even if that meant ignoring a direct order from President Trump. Rosenstein, testifying about the Justice Department budget in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was asked by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. “Senator, I’m not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders,” Rosenstein said.
Joe Scarborough blasts ‘un
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Joe Scarborough ripped into President Trump and his Cabinet on Tuesday, one day after a video of Trump prompting officials to speak up and praise him during a meeting caught fire. “‘Sick’ is the word,” the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” said of the meeting. Scarborough wasn’t the only one who questioned the event — the Trump administration’s first full Cabinet meeting.
Megyn Kelly: Alex Jones’ views on Sandy Hook are ‘revolting’ — but my goal is ‘to shine a light’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Kelly is defending her interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, scheduled to air Sunday on NBC, amid protests led by the families of the Sandy Hook school shooting — a massacre Jones has repeatedly called a hoax.
Minor league team pitches pregnancy tests for Father's Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A minor league baseball team in Florida has planned an unusual Father's Day promotion. The team will give out pregnancy tests.
Man ordered to remove clamshells as stench draws complaints
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been given until the end of the week to get rid of the unwashed clamshells he used to pave a road that neighbors complained give off a sickening stench.
It wasn't 'itsy bitsy,' but spider causes Florida car crash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) — A spider is being blamed for a car crash in the Florida suburbs.
Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Google Simulator Lets You See What the Eclipse Will Look like Where You Live
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On August 21, people across the U.S. will see day turn to night as a total solar eclipse passes over North America. The last time the path of a total solar eclipse passed across the country from coast to coast was 1918, so this year’s event is, as expected, generating considerable excitement. For those eagerly anticipating the eclipse, Google and scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have created a simulator that allows you to watch what will happen to the sun where you live on the day.
A simple mental trick can help you figure out who’s telling a lie
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Last week, when Senator Martin Heinrich questioned ex-FBI director James Comey during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, the New Mexico Democrat suggested that understanding what happened in private discussions between Comey and US president Donald Trump comes down ultimately to which man one chooses to believe. “Do you want to say anything,” he asked Comey,…
US official makes brief appearance at G7 environment summit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Top environment officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies met Sunday in Italy amid ongoing differences between the U.S. and other members of the club over how to deal with climate change.
Germany to welcome two giant pandas
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Two long-awaited giant pandas from China will arrive in Germany in two weeks time, with Berlin rolling out the red carpet for the furry ambassadors' arrival. The two new residents, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, will fly into Berlin on a special Lufthansa cargo plane on June 24, accompanied by two Chinese vets, Berlin zoo's chief vet, and a tonne of bamboo. Meng Meng means "dream" in Chinese while the zoo says Jiao Qing translates to "darling", although the Chinese characters are a composite of "tender" and "festive".
Trump was 'wrong' to leave climate change deal: UK minister
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
US President Donald Trump was "wrong" to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change deal, Britain's new environment minister said on Tuesday. Gove, who has himself come under criticism for voting against measures to prevent climate change, said the Paris Accord was "a significant step forward". May told Trump at the time that the climate accord was a safety net for future generations.
‘COVFEFE Act’: Democratic lawmaker explains his bill to record Trump tweets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump’s tweets could soon be classified as presidential record and render any deletions illegal, thanks to a new bill introduced Monday by a Democratic congressman.
Theater refuses to back down over Trump depiction in ‘Julius Caesar’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In this rendition of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” the title character is blond, wears a long tie, owns a gold bathtub, and is married to a Slavic woman.
Trump friend: Spicer ‘doesn’t deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy is standing by his assertion that Trump is contemplating the removal of Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Judge orders DUI defendants to download ride
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge known for handing down unusual sentences is requiring convicted drunken drivers to download ride-hailing apps on their phones as part of their punishment.
Correction: Cross
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BEEBE PLAIN, Vt. (AP) — In a story June 10 about the sale of a home that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of the house. The home is just over 3,000 square feet, not almost 7,000 square feet.