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First Major Hurricane Of Season May Take Aim On Area First Major Hurricane Of Season May Take Aim On Area
- September 08, 2018

It's wise to have a plan ready to go in case a storm should strike. The forecast track shows Florence's forecast path approaching the southeast US coastline late next week. In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria wreaked a significant amount of damage, costing the government $200 billion, and claimed more than 100 lives. (more...)
Trump High Court Nominee on Track With Senate Hearing Wrapping Up Trump High Court Nominee on Track With Senate Hearing Wrapping Up
- September 08, 2018

Democrats also questioned Kavanaugh's ability to separate himself from Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. In the 2002 email, Kavanaugh said that although he favored race-neutral policies in policing, there was an "interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented". (more...)
Kavanaugh Defends Judicial Record As Democrats Seek Answers On Hot-Button Issues Kavanaugh Defends Judicial Record As Democrats Seek Answers On Hot-Button Issues
- September 07, 2018

If you still harbor any doubts that the ongoing implosion of the Trump administration has driven Republicans in Congress to take desperate measures in anticipation of the fall elections, yesterday's incident at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh ought to have put them to rest once and for all . (more...)
Emmanuel Macron loses second minister in a week Emmanuel Macron loses second minister in a week
- September 06, 2018

The president was forced into the move after Nicolas Hulot, a popular eco-campaigner, resigned live on radio last week over "hollow commitments on environmental policy". But environmental groups immediately questioned whether De Rugy would be able to have an effect on the government's approach to climate change, saying Macron must better defend biodiversity and address environmental threats. (more...)
Japan Will Soon Conduct The First Test of Elevator Movement in Space Japan Will Soon Conduct The First Test of Elevator Movement in Space
- September 06, 2018

It will travel along a 10-meter (32.8-foot) cable suspended in space between two small satellites released from the International Space Station , according to the Mainichi . In 2014, Obayashi Corporation , a construction firm collaborating on the project, announced its capacity to build a $9-billion commercial space elevator by 2050. (more...)
Hole in International Space Station was drilled deliberately, says Russian space agency Hole in International Space Station was drilled deliberately, says Russian space agency
- September 06, 2018

Space agency boss Dmitry Rogozin revealed that the "micro fracture" found in a Russian spaceship docked at the NASA orbital lab might have been caused by a drill. In the meantime, the ISS, now inhabited by two Russians , three Americans, and one German, will continue its activities as usual. And if it was a deliberate act, again, drilling a 2mm hole seems a fairly pathetic attempt at sabotage. (more...)
Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh vows independence, sidesteps questions Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh vows independence, sidesteps questions
- September 06, 2018

Cory Booker , D-N.J., deliberately violated rules against releasing protected information - risking, in his own estimation, the loss of his position. A Catholic, he has been a US Court of Appeals judge in Washington for the past 11 years. "I am not a skeptic of regulation at all", he said. "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court ... (more...)
Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms
- September 06, 2018

Trump has denied any such collusion and has repeatedly called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt." But with Trump's fellow Republicans holding a slim majority in the Senate, and with no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the lifetime job on top United States judicial body. (more...)
Poaching: Almost 90 elephants dead in ‘biggest ever’ slaughter in Africa Poaching: Almost 90 elephants dead in ‘biggest ever’ slaughter in Africa
- September 06, 2018

Botswana "had a growing elephant population and was probably feeding expansion", said Milliken, but now "anything newly born is being offset by poaching". In recent decades, as African elephants have been decimated by poachers , Botswana has emerged as a rare success story. Botswana has the largest elephant population in the world - 130 thousand individuals. (more...)
Democrats Held Kavanaugh's Feet to the Fire. It Probably Won't Matter Democrats Held Kavanaugh's Feet to the Fire. It Probably Won't Matter
- September 06, 2018

Lewis, which effectively allows employers to force workers, low-wage and white-collar alike, to give up their rights to sue them as a group for unfair wages. When asked to weigh in on President Trump's most recent tweet disavowing the indictments of two Congressmen who supported him, he said he needed to stay "three ZIP codes away from the line of current events or politics". (more...)
Planet Nine may exist, but it might be hiding behind Neptune ZlotoNews
- September 06, 2018

The planet may be 160,000 times dimmer than Neptune . Until then, many people will still wonder if there really is a Planet Nine lurking at the edge of our solar system. The scientists speculate that these objects, called trans-Neptunian objects or TNOs, are being pulled by the gravity of Planet Nine, an ice giant believed to weigh between five and 20 times the mass of Earth. (more...)
Gordon may hit Gulf Coast as hurricane after nightfall Gordon may hit Gulf Coast as hurricane after nightfall
- September 06, 2018

The 2 a.m. ET update from the National Hurricane Center said the storm had maximum-sustained winds of 50 miles per hour as it moved northwest at 14 miles per hour. In this scenario, the storm could be forced west and move toward the eastern USA coast. "We're asking people to do the same things that we're doing: prepare", Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich said in a statement. (more...)
Gordon now a tropical depression, flash flooding possible into the heartland Gordon now a tropical depression, flash flooding possible into the heartland
- September 06, 2018

But it's expected to make landfall Tuesday night in the northern Gulf Coast as only a Category 1 hurricane . A hurricane warning is in effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border. (more...)
5 takeaways from the Brett Kavanaugh hearings so far 5 takeaways from the Brett Kavanaugh hearings so far
- September 06, 2018

The strategy was front-and-center as Kavanaugh's hearing got underway Tuesday, with Democrats immediately calling on the committee to adjourn. Some of the memos even suggested Democrats, at the behest of civil rights groups, plotted to delay confirmation of one judge to try to skew an important affirmative action case making its way through the appeals court the nominee had been slated to join. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh Refuses to Say Whether Trump Can Pardon Himself
- September 06, 2018

Their pleas were rejected by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). But with Wednesday offering the first opportunity for lawmakers to question Kavanaugh , it is unclear what disruptions, if any, will emerge. Democratic senators including Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) requested that Kavanaugh's hearing be postponed because the Trump administration was withholding more than 100,000 pages of documents regarding his work as White House staff ... (more...)
Heavy rain hits Florida as tropical storm Gordon approaches Heavy rain hits Florida as tropical storm Gordon approaches
- September 05, 2018

Some areas may see up to 1 foot of rain. Rainfall is expected to continue through Wednesday morning in the Panhandle. Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency Tuesday morning for counties on the Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon makes its way toward the area. (more...)
Tropical storm Gordon moving quickly across eastern Gulf of Mexico: NHC
- September 05, 2018

For everyone else, the mayor is urging them to stock up on supplies, and shelter in place. "We waited as long as possible to make the call while watching the formation of Tropical Storm Gordon , but unfortunately the pyrotechnics company has specific guidelines it must follow to ensure the safety of its crew and the attendees", Robert Baugh, chief operating officer of the Chiles Restaurant Group, in an e-mail to the Bradenton Herald. (more...)
Bodies Of Almost 90 Elephants Found Dead In Botswana Bodies Of Almost 90 Elephants Found Dead In Botswana
- September 04, 2018

President Mokgweetsi Masisi, who took office in Botswana this year, has taken steps to reduce the use of military weapons in operations against poachers, according to local media reports. According to that census, a third of the continent's elephants had been killed in the last decade. Data from elephant tracking collars shows elephants enter Botswana from neighboring Angola, Namibia and Zambia where they were at more risk of being poached. (more...)
Alberta premier withdraws support for federal climate plan Alberta premier withdraws support for federal climate plan
- September 04, 2018

Earlier Thursday, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned Ottawa's approval of the pipeline, which would have doubled the line from Edmonton to the B.C. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in a tweet that the federal government is reviewing the decision. After the two decisions were reached, Trudeau told reporters that he was looking forward to proceeding in the "right way" to complete the expansion project, which is expected to raise oil tanker traffic off British Columbia's coast from ... (more...)
Crew investigating pressure leak on the International Space Station Crew investigating pressure leak on the International Space Station
- September 03, 2018

Here's the scary part - even though the leak is on 2mm, if NASA hadn't spotted it the crew would have run out of air in just 18 days. The space agency is contracting with Boeing and SpaceX to develop new vehicles to transport astronauts, but the work has been plagued by delays. (more...)