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Curious mountain lion seen on video watching children play in California neighborhood

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:49

Curious mountain lion seen on video watching children play in California neighborhood“I was really afraid for the kids and it was just pure adrenaline.”


Oregon grieves for natural places wiped out by wildfires

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:41

Oregon grieves for natural places wiped out by wildfiresOregonians are grieving the loss of some of their most treasured natural places after wildfires wiped out campgrounds, hot springs and wooded retreats that have been touchstones for generations in a state known for its unspoiled beauty. The flames that destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least nine people also encroached on beloved state parks, scorched some of Oregon's best-known hiking trails and raged through a whitewater rafting mecca. A forest center built on the ruins of an old mining town that hosted thousands of Oregon children was largely reduced to ashes.


Walmart rolling back two of its COVID-19 precautions as customer behaviors change

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:25

Walmart rolling back two of its COVID-19 precautions as customer behaviors changeHere’s how your next trip to the retailer could soon look different.


Office of the Special Counsel investigating Betsy DeVos over Fox News appearance: report

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:19

 reportYet another top Trump administration official is being investigated for potentially violating federal law


Countries are spending billions to revive fossil fuel industries that collapsed during the pandemic

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:19

Countries are spending billions to revive fossil fuel industries that collapsed during the pandemicWhen fossil fuel industries collapsed during the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world could've used it as an opportunity to transition to renewable energy sources. Instead, they've poured billions of dollars into saving polluting industries instead of meeting their pledges to massively cut greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change, CNN reports.The COVID-19 pandemic led to the collapse of fossil fuel industries around the world: Oil famously tanked below $0 a barrel in April, while coal companies were projected to "never recover" from pandemic losses. But several global economies are doing their best to make sure that doesn't happen.In Poland, for example, the government bought up $35 million in unwanted coal to help that struggling industry, CNN reports. The EU as a whole originally planned to tie its $2 trillion coronavirus relief package with its pledge for carbon neutrality, but Poland was able to wiggle its way out of that deal, and the EU only ended up putting 30 percent of the relief funds toward the climate. Canada funneled $1.1 billion into a new oil pipeline, while Australia is quickly building a new coal mine and India is opening dozens more, all under the guise of helping the economy recover from COVID-19.All of these contradictory moves come as countries claim they're committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and other goals for cutting emissions to avoid devastating climate change. But while emissions did reduce a bit while coronavirus lockdowns were in place, they won't help the climate in the long term, and are still far from the levels of climate action the world needs to avoid absolute catastrophe, data from the Climate Action Tracker reveals. Read more at CNN.More stories from theweek.com Democrats have a better option than court packing Trump supporters boo Ohio's GOP lieutenant governor for encouraging mask use Biden and Trump will talk Supreme Court, COVID-19, and election integrity at 1st presidential debate


Russia's nuclear icebreaker on its Arctic voyage

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:12

Russia's nuclear icebreaker on its Arctic voyage

Introducing: the nuclear-powered icebreaker

Courtesy: Baltic Shipyard

Known as the "Arktika"

Russia says it is

the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker

It set off on a two-week journey to the Arctic

as part of Moscow's efforts to tap

into the region's commercial potential

The "Arktika" is over 560 feet long

designed for a crew of 53

and can break ice almost 10 feet thick


U.S. Labor Department could make it easier to treat workers as independent contractors

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:12

U.S. Labor Department could make it easier to treat workers as independent contractorsDuring a phone call with reporters, senior department officials said the rule, if adopted, would provide courts with a "cleaner and easier-to-use process" than the complex multi-factor test currently applied in lawsuits alleging workers have been misclassified. Independent contractors are not entitled to many of the legal protections afforded to employees, such as minimum wage and overtime pay. Employees can cost companies up to 40% more than contractors, according to several studies.


Only in Arizona: Bobcats clinging to a saguaro cactus caught on camera

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:04

 Bobcats clinging to a saguaro cactus caught on camera"At first, obviously, it was exciting to see them but then I kind of realized, 'Oh they're up there for a reason,' " Mindy King said.


Trooper who faced firing in Black man's death dies in crash

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:03

Trooper who faced firing in Black man's death dies in crashMaster Trooper Chris Hollingsworth was pronounced dead Tuesday following a brief hospitalization, Warren Lee, chief investigator for the Ouachita Parish Coroner's Office, told The Associated Press. Hollingsworth had been airlifted to Shreveport early Monday after crashing his personal vehicle on Interstate 20 near Monroe. Hours before, Hollingsworth had received word that State Police intended to terminate him following an internal investigation into the May 2019 death of Ronald Greene, a case that has drawn mounting scrutiny and become the subject of a federal civil rights investigation.


Brazil's Bolsonaro blames indigenous people for Amazon fires in U.N. speech

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 08:55

Brazil's Bolsonaro blames indigenous people for Amazon fires in U.N. speechBrazil's President Jair Bolsonaro told the United Nations on Tuesday that indigenous people in the Amazon were to blame for fires in the rainforest this year and attacked the media for spreading panic about the coronavirus pandemic. In a pre-recorded speech to a remote session opening the U.N. General Assembly, the far-right leader rebutted international criticism of his environmental policies and his handling of the world's second-most deadly coronavirus outbreak after the United States.


Romney supports holding a vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 08:52

Romney supports holding a vote on Trump's Supreme Court nomineeIf the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Sen. Mitt Romney said.


Activists are chasing Palantir across the US this week to protest its contracts with ICE

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 08:29

Activists are chasing Palantir across the US this week to protest its contracts with ICEPalantir has said in government filings that it sees activism as a potential threat to its business.


Pregnant Bindi Irwin reveals baby's sex: 'You are our world'

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 08:21

 'You are our world'Irwin and her husband, Chandler Powell, are about to become a family of three.


Census takers head to homeless shelters, outdoor camps

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 08:15

Census takers head to homeless shelters, outdoor campsStarting this week, census takers are grabbing reflective vests, face masks, bug spray and flashlights and heading out at night in groups of four to track down one of the hardest populations to count in the 2020 census — the homeless. Over three days and nights this week, census takers will fan out to shelters, soup kitchens, mobile food van stops and other places across the U.S. where people experiencing homelessness often gather. Delayed for six months by the global pandemic, it’s one of the hardest logistical operations the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes.


Airbus has revealed three zero-emission plane designs that could become reality in just 15 years — take a look at the hydrogen-powered aircraft of the future

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 08:08

Airbus has revealed three zero-emission plane designs that could become reality in just 15 years — take a look at the hydrogen-powered aircraft of the futureAirbus announced three new hydrogen-powered concept airplanes. It plans to have a zero-emission aircraft enter service by 2035.


India aims to cut crop waste burning in Punjab and Haryana by 80%

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 08:00

India aims to cut crop waste burning in Punjab and Haryana by 80%India is likely to reduce crop waste burning, a major source of air pollution during the winter months, by 75-80% in Punjab and Haryana states, part of the country's farm belt that borders the capital New Delhi, two government officials said on Tuesday. Every winter, a thick blanket of smog settles over northern India, as a combination of factors such as the burning of crop residues, industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust brings a sharp spike in pollution. The federal government and the state governments of Punjab and Haryana have ensured that rice farmers can easily hire machines to dispose of the paddy stalks and straw, said the officials, who did not wish to be identified in line with government policy.


The big fish caught in Xi Jinping's anti-graft net

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 07:38

The big fish caught in Xi Jinping's anti-graft netThe former head of Interpol, an ex-spy chief and a Xinjiang governor accused of "trading power for sex" are just some of the high-profile officials to suffer spectacular falls from grace in President Xi Jinping's purge of the Chinese Communist Party's upper echelons.


Chinese death-row inmate digs tunnel to escape Indonesian jail

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 07:33

Chinese death-row inmate digs tunnel to escape Indonesian jailA Chinese drug trafficker on death row escaped from a jail near Indonesia's capital after digging a 30-metre (100 feet) tunnel from his cell, police said.


Pakistan fire: Two to hang for Karachi garment factory inferno

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 07:32

 Two to hang for Karachi garment factory infernoThe men were found guilty of starting Pakistan's deadliest industrial fire, killing some 260 people.


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