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Olympian Oscar Pistorius Wounded in Jail Fight, Officials Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Pistorius sustained a minor injury in the alleged assault
'Let's Just Meet.' Rex Tillerson Says the U.S. is Open to North Korea Talks Without Preconditions
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The apparent shift in Tillerson's thinking came nearly two weeks after North Korea said it had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile
'It's Not Over.' Roy Moore Won't Concede the Alabama Senate Race to Doug Jones
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Alabama Secretary of State said a recount would unlikely change the outcome
Tasmanian tiger was 'doomed by poor DNA' long before it was wiped out by hunting, scientists say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists in Australia have mapped the genetic sequence of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, raising hopes of reviving the species, whose last survivor died in a zoo in the city of Hobart in September 1936. The landmark study of the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was based on examination of DNA from a female pup that had been preserved in ethanol at a museum since 1909. Andrew Pask, a researcher from the University of Melbourne, said that establishing a blueprint of the thylacine’s entire genetic code was the first step in trying to bring back the species through cloning. “As this genome is one of the most complete for an extinct species, it is technically the first step to ‘bringing the thylacine back’,” he said.  “We are still a long way off that possibility. We would need to develop a marsupial model to host the thylacine genome, like work conducted to include mammoth genes in the modern elephant.” Tasmanian tigers became extinct on the Australian mainland about 3,000 years ago but survived on the island state of Tasmania. The species was hunted by European settlers who believed the animals threatened their sheep and who were encouraged by a government bounty of £1 per carcass. Tasmanian tigers or thylacines photographed at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart in Australia's Tasmania state in 1918 Credit:  AFP / TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY The last known creature died in captivity in 1936, though the species was not officially declared extinct until 1982. But the genome study revealed that the sandy-coloured marsupial may have become extinct even if humans had not settled in Tasmania. The sequencing found that the thylacine had little genetic diversity, making it harder for it to survive changes in environmental conditions. "They were actually in pretty bad genetic shape and it wasn't because of their isolation on Tasmania. It was a longer-term decline in their history," Dr Pask said. “We certainly made them go extinct — there's no question about that. But we now know even if [thylacines] were still around today they'd probably be in the same genetic dire circumstances as the Tasmanian devil [a local species that is under threat]." The Tasmanian tiger has a somewhat mythical status in Australia and there is still frenzied speculation about whether it may have survived in the wild. There have been regular reported sightings, though most experts believe that the creatures that are spotted are probably feral dogs and that the thylacine is unlikely to have survived. Recent unconfirmed sightings in the state of Queensland prompted a fresh search which has so far proven fruitless. The study found that the genetic health of the thylacine became compromised about 70,000 to 120,000 years ago, an era which coincided with an ice age. The Tasmanian species became  isolated when the island was cut off from the mainland due to rising seas about 14,000 years ago. On the mainland, the species became extinct due to extreme weather and drought, according to a study released earlier this year. Experts said it could take some years – and billions of dollars - to revive the species. "We still have a way to go to get the technology and to get that at a reasonable cost," Christy Hipsley, from Museums Victoria, told Channel Seven. However, Dr Pask said he believed humans have a moral obligation to try to revive the species. "I think we were responsible for hunting [the species] to extinction - in that case, we almost owe it to the species to bring it back," he said. The findings were published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.
Scientists to investigate if cigar
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whether the first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet.
Bannon's war against McConnell just lost its biggest battle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In going all in on Roy Moore’s Senate campaign, Steve Bannon gambled and lost — big.  His insurgency against the Republican establishment now looks increasingly uncertain.  
Does US need special counsel to probe special counsel Mueller?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Taking their cue from President Trump, some congressional Republicans are intensifying charges that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election is suspect because it is laced with pro-Democratic political bias. At one point Rep. Steve Chabot (R) of Ohio suggested that investigators on the Russia probe might as well wear uniforms.
The Geminid Meteor Shower Is One of the Best of the Year. Here's When to Watch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Here's when to watch
A NASA Algorithm Can Save Endangered Whale Sharks
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Constellations of spots on these school bus-sized animals were hard to track, until now.
3 Myths About Your Teen’s Bad Attitude
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
And 4 tips for making things better
How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what 'dark energy' is
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Cosmologists who were hoping to be the next Einstein have had to bin their theories.
San Francisco Leaders Try to Move Forward After Mayor Ed Lee's Death
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning
Chemists Find New Evidence That Life Might Have Started in Space
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Life's primordial soup could have been ice-cold.
Polls Close in Alabama Senate Race Goes After Bitter Campaign
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Republican Moore faces sexual assault allegations viewed by senior party members as credible
Republicans Are Rushing Toward a Deal on Their Tax Plan That Would Reduce the Rate for Top Earners
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It would reduce the rate for top earners to 37%
White House Denies Trump's Gillibrand Tweet Was Sexist: 'Only If Your Mind Is in the Gutter'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The White House strongly denied that President Trump was making a sexist comment when he tweeted about Sen. Kirsten Gellibrand.
Three Florida Men Charged With Animal Cruelty For Dragging a Shark Behind Their Boat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A video of a shark being dragged behind their speeding boat went viral in late July after a Miami sport fisherman criticized it on social media
The FBI Agent Who Was Removed From Mueller's Russia Probe Called Trump an 'Idiot'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Peter Strzok was removed from the investigative team following the discovery of politically charged text messages
Can rescue animals change the way we grieve?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
There is a care farm in Arizona where rescue animals are helping people deal with traumatic grief.
Rep. Speier on Alabama, North Korea and how Congress is not 'Animal House'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Rep. Jackie Speier cautioned that Doug Jones’s shock defeat of Roy Moore is a “unique” result that may not apply to the 2018 midterms.
Graceless: Women warned off politics in Zimbabwe
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
During his 37 years as Zimbabwe’s prime minister and president, Robert Mugabe ordered the massacre of thousands of political opponents, ran the country’s economy into the ground, and instilled a culture of political violence and paranoia that will likely long outlast him. “Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s legacy, though it was being chipped at in the end, was not being tainted by his own hand,” declared the state-owned Herald newspaper the day after Mr. Mugabe’s resignation.
What Doug Jones's win means for Democrats
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Doug Jones, the Democratic lawyer who snatched a historic Senate win in Alabama on Tuesday, is a man of high ideals. In 1977, when he was still in law school, the young Alabamian skipped contracts class with a friend to watch then-Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley prosecute the first trial of the 1963 bombing of the 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham. Mr. Baxley faced a defense lawyer who was the son of a Birmingham city mayor – two titans going at it.
People once at odds don’t try to even the score
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
After he declared victory over Islamic State (ISIS) on Dec. 9, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made an important promise. Mr. Abadi is now the latest world leader searching for national reconciliation and a healing of social wounds after the end of an armed conflict or the collapse of an authoritarian regime. In the West African nation of Gambia, a new president, Adama Barrow, plans to set up a truth commission to shed light on the human rights abuses committed during the two-decade rule of his dictatorial predecessor, Yahya Jammeh.
Keaton Jones' Bullying Video Went Viral. Now His Mother Faces Backlash Over Confederate Flags
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"It was ironic. It was funny."
Suspected NYC Bomber Taunted Donald Trump on Facebook Before Attack, Officials Say
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Akayed Ullah was charged with supporting terrorism
Half the Country Says the GOP Tax Bill Will Hurt Them Financially
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The bill is deeply unpopular, according to polling
Your Apple Watch is About to Become More Useful at the Gym
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Apple's GymKit platform is starting to launch
California wildfires a warning for other regions: Gov. Brown
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The governor of California Jerry Brown said Tuesday wildfires ravaging his state should serve as a warning for other parts of the world threatened by climate change. "The important fact is that these fires are going to become a very frequent occurence, that's what the science is telling us," he told AFP on the sidelines of the One Planet Summit, held in the French capital two years to the day after 195 nations signed the Paris Agreement to rein in global warming. Brown has become a leading climate campaigner in the United States and is seeking to rally other states, city authorities and companies to compensate for the inaction of the federal government under President Donald Trump.
DNC chair Perez: 'I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Tom Perez suggested he agreed with Barkley’s view that Democrats have taken low-income and African-American voters “for granted.”
US cities dedicate resources to international negotiations on migrants and refugees
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
More than a dozen US cities have requested a role in global talks on responding to ever-larger waves of people on the move, days after President Trump exited the process. The cities, led by New York and including Chicago, Washington, and Atlanta, hope to take part in negotiations to agree the first international compacts on migration and refugees, due to be adopted by the end of next year. Last week, they joined more than 130 cities around the world seeking formal entry to the two sets of negotiations scheduled to start in February.
Trump Took to Twitter to Deny He Watches a Lot of TV
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
He pushed back on a report that he's always in front of the tube
Trump distances himself from Roy Moore after upset
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump says he knew Republican Alabama Senate Roy Moore would lose in Tuesday’s special election — and claimed that his prediction was correct.
Police: Man strips naked, jumps on car after road crash
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Fairfax County police say a man stripped off his clothes and jumped on a passing vehicle after a road accident near Washington Dulles International Airport.
'Oumuamua: Did E.T. Send Us Our First Interstellar Asteroid? Scientists Are Going to Find Out This Week
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Scientists have been watching 'Oumuamua, the first known interstellar asteroid, with fascination since it landed on their screens in October. And beginning on Wednesday, a team will be studying it in search of something that would make the object even more groundbreaking: signals indicating it is in communication with extraterrestrial intelligent life.
Family's 'A Christmas Story' house may become Lego set
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A central New York family is campaigning for their carefully crafted recreation of the house from "A Christmas Story" to become an official Lego set.
Incredible video from NASA probe as it peers into Jupiter’s mysterious Great Red Spot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The storm is getting smaller and no one knows why
Roy Moore and Doug Jones Make One Last Push for Alabama Votes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
After a polarizing campaign
Trump instructs NASA to return astronauts to moon in new directive
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The president and vice president argued that investment in the space program would lead to more job creation, innovation and military applications.
Doug Jones's victory in Alabama is an ominous sign for Republicans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted Ku Klux Klan members for an infamous 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, will be the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate in 20 years.
NFL Network Suspends Marshall Faulk, 2 Others Over Sexual Harassment Claims
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A former employee filed a lawsuit
White House Says Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against President Trump 'Took Place Long Before' 2016 Election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Three of Trump's accusers have called for Congress to investigate
SpaceX delivery delayed few days; 1st reused rocket for NASA
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
SpaceX has delayed its latest space station grocery run by another few days
'I've Got Something to Say to This Guy.' Watch Stephen Colbert React to the New York Bomb Attack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
"Seriously? You tried to terrorize New York subway commuters? Nice try."
Kepler Mission: NASA to Reveal AI Breakthrough Discovery—With a Little Help From Google
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA has called a press conference to reveal a breakthrough discovery from its alien-hunting Kepler telescope. The discovery was driven by Google’s machine-learning artificial intelligence software. The announcement will be live-streamed on NASA’s website, according to a press release.
Doug Jones' victory in Alabama is an ominous sign for Republicans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted Ku Klux Klan members for an infamous 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, will be the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate in 20 years.
Trump administration tries to connect N.Y. terror incident to immigration proposals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna stepped in to the White House press briefing on Tuesday to push for changes in family immigration and the visa lottery but he was repeatedly unable to cite any data supporting his proposals when pressed by reporters.
The White House Is Having Its First News Conference Since Trump's Accusers Spoke Out Anew. Watch It Live
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
3 women who accused Trump of sexual harassment spoke out again
Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Major investors vowed Tuesday to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate "doom". Two years to the day since 195 nations sealed the Paris Agreement to avert worst-case climate change, banks and companies announced billions of dollars of intended divestments from coal, oil and natural gas at a finance-themed climate summit. "We are losing the battle" against climate change, French President Emmanuel Macron told delegates.
White House says Trump's tweet to Gillibrand was not 'sexist at all'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Trump's tweet saying Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign donations.
Police: Man posed as officer, tried to get discounted coffee
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police in western New York have charged a man who they say impersonated a police officer in an attempt to get discounted coffee.