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Former doorman says he got hush money over Trump love
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The doorman, Dino Sajudin, reportedly signed a contract with American Media that carried a $1 million penalty for disclosing details of the explosive story.
Mother's obituary helps officers nab 1981 prison escapee
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Investigators say a woman's obituary helped federal agents capture her fugitive son nearly four decades after he escaped from an Oklahoma prison.
Russian consumerism may be poisoning this town. But nascent civil society is pushing back.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Few in Volokolamsk have any doubt that the two are connected. To try to remedy the situation, the parents, with their lawyer, are doing something that may be a first in Russia: file a class action suit on environmental grounds, seeking the dump's closure and damages for the harm it has done to locals. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?
Neri Oxman, MIT Professor Linked to Brad Pitt, Once Called Him a ‘Stereotype’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's been over a year since Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie called it quits, leaving the world to mourn Brangelina, and the true love that portmanteau represented. Since then, eyes have been on Pitt and who he might date next. Perhaps that’s why speculation is building this week that Pitt is dating Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Neri Oxman.
Congress Never Wanted to Regulate Facebook. Until Now
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Washington has been happy to let high-tech companies police themselves--until now
This Hummingbird's Tail Whistles, and No One's Sure Why
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In early spring, people walking through the deserts of California might be able to hear a high-pitched whistle. That noise comes from a male Costa’s hummingbird, but not from his throat—it’s all in his tail.
President Trump Says Syria Attack Could Happen 'Very Soon or Not So Soon at All'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He was tweeting Thursday morning
Japan's Tech Future Is Looking Brighter After a Monumental Discovery in the North Pacific Mud
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Japan's Tech Future Is Looking Brighter After a Monumental Discovery in the North Pacific Mud
Survey Reveals Gaps in Knowledge of Holocaust History—And That Most Americans Believe It Could Happen Again
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The results were released in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day
The Accused Parkland Shooter Has an $800,000 Trust Fund. But He Says He Can’t Afford an Attorney
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Nikolas Cruz wants to donate his share of the inheritance to the Parkland community
Climate change runs AMOC with Atlantic currents: studies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A system of Atlantic Ocean currents that regulates global weather is at its feeblest in 1,600 years, weakened partly by climate change, said researchers Wednesday, warning of trouble ahead. Two studies in the journal Nature concluded the system, dubbed the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), is in decline -- validating a long-held scientific suspicion. The weakening, agreed the teams, was the result of melting sea ice, glaciers, and ice-shelves gushing freshwater -- less dense than salty ocean water -- into the North Atlantic.
Cold Case Murder Victim Identified After 37 Years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Once known only as 'Buckskin Girl' or Jane Doe, the Miami County, Ohio, murder victim now has a name.
Restoring marshes, oyster reefs could save $50 billion: study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Restoring oyster reefs and marshes could save the US Gulf Coast region $50 billion in flood damages over the next 20 years, and are far more cost effective than seawalls, researchers said Wednesday. Natural measures like wetland and reef restoration can yield benefit-to-cost ratios of seven to one, "meaning more than $7 in direct flood-reduction benefits for every $1 spent on restoration," said the report. Meanwhile, artificial measures, like building levees, seawalls and elevating homes, can be effective but expensive, with benefit-to-cost ratios near or below one-to-one.
Here's What Could Be Stopping President Trump From Striking Syria – for Now
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Russia has strengthened Syria’s air-defense capabilities, deploying S-400 missile batteries
Did Paul Ryan leave them rolling in the aisles?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
As a senior leader of his party and second in line to succeed the president, so much of Mr. Ryan’s legacy is now being judged on his legislative wins and losses, or his support, silence, and criticism concerning the behavior of President Trump. A reading of his speeches shows he did often trigger a bipartisan chuckle over a partisan issue or party division.
As civilian toll climbs in Gaza, focus on Hamas dampens compassion in Israel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Dramatizing their demand for a “Right to Return” to long lost homes, tens of thousands of Gaza Strip residents have mobilized for what were billed as peaceful marches along the Palestinian territory’s heavily fortified border fence with Israel. As both sides gird for a third round Friday, the marches’ toll has risen to 31 people killed and more than 1,000 wounded, sparking outrage at the highest number of Palestinian casualties in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 war between Israel and the hard-line Hamas movement that rules Gaza. Recommended: How much do you know about the Palestinians?
The Boss: Jamie O'Banion Is About to Sell $100M in Beauty Products
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The GloPRO founder is also a pro at negotiating with toddlers
The CDC Is Investigating an E. Coli Outbreak Across 7 States
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The infections range from New Jersey to Idaho
Alan Murray: New Book on Artificial Intelligence Comes at a Very Teachable Moment
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Authors of a new book Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI show the glass as half full when it comes to this technology.
Mark Zuckerberg Leaves Washington With Bumps and Bruises, but Nothing Worse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Facebook executive escaped Capitol Hill subject to memes and gifs, not regulations
Anchorage Voters Are Set to Become First in the Nation to Reject Anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Supporters of the referendum conceded defeat and opponents are claiming victory
A Prominent Alabama Evangelist Has Been Arrested on Child Sex Charges
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Paul Edward Acton Bowen, 37, is a public speaker who has written three books for sale online
Toxic 'Bootleg' Alcohol Killed 82 People in Indonesia Last Week
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Home brews are not uncommon in Muslim-majority Indonesia, which places high taxes on alcohol
Scott Pruitt dislikes the EPA logo because he thinks it looks like a marijuana leaf
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Maybe you can see it better than we can. According to the New York Times, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt isn't happy with the organization's seal, which has been in place for nearly 50 years. SEE ALSO: Here's a running list of all the Scott Pruitt scandals The reason: He thinks it looks like a marijuana leaf.  It features a flower bloom representing all the elements of the environment, coupled with four leaves. It was produced for no charge by an ad agency in 1971 and was illustrated by Ken Bloomhorst, who died in January. It's wild that Scott Pruitt thinks the @EPA seal looks like a "marijuana leaf," because it's clearly the fire flower from Super Mario Bros. https://t.co/gmi0IhdTnz pic.twitter.com/ceEr3tGv3n — Jory Heckman (@jmheckman) April 11, 2018 The revelation was part of a story about Pruitt's alleged demands to change the EPA's "challenge coin," a small medallion of military origin. He wanted to make it bigger and without the EPA logo. In its place, he suggested a buffalo, a bible verse, or the Great Seal of the United States paired with his own name.  Since his appointment as EPA chief, Pruitt has regularly found himself under scrutiny, most recently when he used a little-known provision in a clean water law to give two political aides a pay rise. Then there are the questions over Pruitt's apparent need for a large, expensive security detail, first class travel, and shady living arrangements. Oh, and he is a climate change skeptic. "These coins represent the agency," Ronald Slotkin, a now retired EPA employee who was the director of its multimedia office, told the newspaper. "But Pruitt wanted his coin to be bigger than everyone else's and he wanted it in a way that represented him." We still have one more question though: How on Earth does the EPA logo look like a marijuana leaf? Scott Pruitt wanted to replace the EPA's logo on souvenirs because he thought it looked like a marijuana leaf.https://t.co/4Z2MeuHeTLFWIW, this is the EPA's logo pic.twitter.com/psW7jKWG1V — Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) April 11, 2018 WATCH: This Idaho town is naming streets after ‘Game of Thrones’ characters
Pompeo: 'I cooperated' with the Mueller investigation
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
CIA Director Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s pick for secretary of state, confirmed on Thursday that he has been interviewed by Robert Mueller in the special counsel's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia.
Vermont bistro owner offers gift for return of cutout
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont restaurant owner is offering a $100 gift certificate to the person who returns a life-size cardboard cutout of himself that was stolen from an airport.
Tiger reported running through streets of New York _ or not
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
NEW YORK (AP) — A false report of a tiger in the streets of New York has caused a social media frenzy.
Mower, tooth in a box, Vishnu doll in New Jersey beach trash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — The bizarre trash items plucked from New Jersey's beaches last year might be enough to cause nausea or heartburn. But don't worry, a bottle of Pepto-Bismol was among the items collected.
These Bright Spots Are Alien Volcanoes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
As Voyager 1 approached Jupiter in the 1970s, scientists expected the spacecraft to find a world not unlike our moon. Io, the innermost of Jupiter’s largest moons, is about the same size and mass as the moon. It seemed reasonable to predict Io would turn out to be a cold, rocky world studded with craters, too.
Republicans Moving to Protect Mueller as President Trump Unleashes Attacks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
“If there’s any realistic opportunity for appropriate legislation, I’m for it”
Diamond and Silk react to the Zuckerberg hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Rep. Martha Blackburn told the Facebook CEO 'Diamond and Silk are not terrorism' during questioning about censoring speech. Diamond and Silk share their thoughts on 'The Ingraham Angle.'
Apollo 13 Facts: The Historic Mission That Never Made it to the Moon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's been 48 years since three NASA astronauts blasted off into space in the hopes of landing on the Fra Mauro region of the moon. Astronauts James "Jim" Lovell, John "Jack" Swigert and Fred Haise began the mission normally. The first two days of the mission actually went so smoothly that another astronaut in mission control, Joe Kerwin, told Lovell, "Spacecraft is in real good shape as far as we're concerned, Jim.
London’s Murder Rate Soars as Police Struggle to Fight Spike in Violent Crime
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
More than 50 people Have been killed in London since the start of 2018, with stabbing being the main cause of death.
Russia Says the Syrian Government Is Now in Control of Douma, Site of Suspected Chemical Attack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Meanwhile, Syrians are bracing for a possible U.S. attack in retaliation to an alleged chemical assault
The National Enquirer Paid $30,000 for a 'Rumor' About Donald Trump. Then It Spiked the Story
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The tabloid later decided the salacious story was false
Trump backs off tweet warning Russia of 'coming' Syria strike
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
“Never said when an attack on Syria would take place,” Trump tweeted early Thursday. “Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"
Threat of closure spurs surge in sales for Necco Wafers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The maker of the colorful Necco Wafers has experienced a surge in sales since announcing it might close unless it finds a buyer, and a Florida woman offered to exchange her 15-year-old car for one company's wafer inventory.
Ad touting 'World Famous Big Blue Bug' goes up on I
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nearly 60-foot long blue termite that overlooks Interstate 95 in Rhode Island is now even harder to miss.
The biggest and most surprising races in Grand National
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, sports
Have you got your bets in for the Grand National Winners 2018 yet? To help you keep your knowledge of the race in check, we've got this awesome infographic on the now infamous 1990 Grand National Event.
Earth's Mysterious Second Magnetic Field Revealed in Stunning New Swarm Images
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
You may know that the Moon is behind our oceans’ tides, drawing water to and from coasts with its gravitational pull. You might not know that this movement generates a weak magnetic field. The huge bodies of electrically-conductive salt water create a magnetic signal as they ebb and flow.
The 'Space Gene' That Wasn't
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A viral story about twin astronauts shows what happens when science writing goes awry.
A stamp
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Researchers in China have developed a nanofilm that is able to store large amounts of data holographically. A single 10-by-10 cm piece could archive more than 1,000 times the data found on a DVD.
Facebook's data lockdown is a disaster for academic researchers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Mark Zuckerberg's decision to heavily restrict Facebook's APIs turns an opaque social network into an unaccountable black box.
Drones will soon decide who to kill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The militarisation of AI has serious ethical and legal implications.
This Day in History, April 12, 2018
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Among the events that happened on this day in history, in 1981 NASA launches space shuttle Columbia.
Fire the special counsel. Please.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Trying to shut down the special counsel and seize control of the Justice Department will be the thing that brings this entire Legoland of an administration crashing down on itself.
Handwritten note lands man Volkswagen bus of his dreams
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
LIDENHURST, N.Y. (AP) — A man has the car of his dreams eight years after he slipped a note inside the window of a blue 1971 Volkswagen bus that the then-16-year-old called his "future car."
The Hidden Link Between Mass Shootings in the U.S. and the Global Economic History of the Firearms Industry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The global history of gun manufacturing has serious implications for the situation today
President Trump Is 'Very Thankful' for Xi Jinping's Conciliatory Talk on Trade
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The U.S. president said he appreciated the Chinese leader's "kind words" at the Boao Forum
Mark Zuckerberg Tells Congress That Facebook Is Working With Robert Mueller Probe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"I know that we are working with them"