The causes of death have been released for two children who were found dead in a car behind an Indiana police department’s headquarters Monday, as the case continued to take bizarre turns.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in American history -- and more than six years later, scientists are still investigating how much damage it actually caused. Now, a new study suggests the spill may have permanently marred one of the Gulf shore's most important ecosystems.
The internet may never be the same after Oct. 1. That’s the day the United States is scheduled to relinquish control over it to an international governing body, a move that could threaten cyberspace security, stability and openness.
A bag of baseballs autographed by Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez washed ashore Monday on Miami Beach, the latest tragic detail to emerge after Fernandez and two friends were killed in a boating accident.
Police in El Cajon, Calif., about 15 miles northeast of San Diego, fatally shot a black man outside Los Ponchos Mexican restaurant in a strip mall after responding to a call Tuesday afternoon that he was acting in an "erratic" manner.
WASHINGTON — As attorneys defended the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan in a federal appeals court Tuesday, two senators from coal-dependent West Virginia said it's unlawful and will devastate communities.
GILES COUNTY, Va. - Robert Devereaux is a family physician in this southwest corner of Virginia, where problems surrounding prescription opioid use far outstrip the capacity of psychiatrists and addiction specialists to treat them. When he found crushed fragments of painkiller pills inside the nose of an older patient with chronic back pain, the most Devereaux could do was refuse to prescribe more.
MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Inspired by a friend, Doug Grant founded a healthcare start-up that would pay people for bone-marrow donations. However, a federal government regulation may put this plan on hold.
In Covington, Kentucky, a small city of 40,000 just outside Cincinnati, times could be better. Median household income is just around $35,000. Twenty percent of the population doesn't have health care. And twenty-five percent of residents live in poverty.
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump faced off for their first debate at Hofstra University on Sept. 26. We asked a group of scholars to listen to the often heated exchange and react to just one quote related to their area of expertise. Here are those picks.
WASHINGTON - Late last year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack strode into the Oval Office to tell President Barack Obama that he wanted to resign.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Donald Trump aggressively blamed the nation's chronic problems on Hillary Clinton yet found himself mostly on the defensive in their first debate here Monday night as she accused him of racist behavior, hiding potential conflicts of interest and "stiffing" those who helped build his business empire.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton faces Republican nominee Donald Trump in the first presidential debate of 2016 at Hofstra University in New York. Watch it live beginning at 8 p.m. CT / 9 p.m. ET.
In recent months, the key story of international climate policy has been about how quickly countries will join the Paris agreement and cross the legal threshold to bring it into force. And as of now, that seems very close to happening.As soon as it does, though, the question will shift. People will start asking not about which countries will join the deal and how quickly, but about whether any of these countries are on track to do what they've already said they would under the agreement - namely, hit their voluntarily pledged targets to cut their emissions.And in many cases, that may be a lot harder than simply getting the agreement ratified or otherwise approved at home.Take the United States. It pledged, as part of the Paris process, to cut its emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. And it outlined a bevy of policies, most prominently the contested Clean Power Plan, in order to get there.Since then, there have been questions about how achievable this U.S. goal is - and now, a new study in Nature Climate Change appears to raise concerns to a new pitch. The paper, by Jeffery Greenblatt and Max Wei of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, does the math on current and proposed future U.S. climate policies and basically finds that it will be difficult (although certainly not impossible) for the country to hit its embraced target, without doing even more than is being contemplated right now."They said we're going to make a 26-to-28 percent reduction, and here are the different ways we're going to do that," said Greenblatt in an interview. "We're going to pass the Clean Power Plan, improve the efficiency of heavy duty trucks. . .We just looked at each of those policies, and did the best we could to look at what the impact of any of them would be."Greenblatt and Wei first sought to calculate what 2005 emissions actually were, and found that we don't really know - or at least, not to a high level of precision. They estimate that we emitted between 6.323 and 7.403 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions in that year. That's right: The high end and low end estimate diverge by over a billion tons.Based on these numbers, Greenblatt and Wei calculate that the U.S. needs to reduce its annual emissions, in 2025, to between 4.553 billion and 5.478 billion tons in order to meet its goal. However, the study finds that based on three sets of expected policies - already finalized laws or regulations (like the Clean Power Plan); suggested laws, regulations, or executive actions; and future potential actions that have already been "announced" - the U.S. is still on course to fall short.Specifically, the study finds that in 2025, with all three categories of policies, the U.S. might fall within the target range by as much as 356 million tons if we're lucky - so success is possible - but emissions could also still exceed the range by as much as 924 million tons. "Further reductions will be necessary to close this gap with confidence," the authors write.So why are we so off? Here's where the new research partly merges with one of the most contentious matters in current climate policy - the question of how much of the fast-acting greenhouse gas methane we're emitting, and where it is coming from.Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency increased its estimate for how much methane is being emitted by the oil and gas sector, and by the U.S. overall, in recent years. The new study has more or less done something similar."We made some corrections to the 2005 and 2025 estimates for methane," says Greenblatt. In particular, he said, in 2005 these changes added 400 million additional tons of carbon dioxide equivalents emitted as methane.Greenblatt emphasized that assumptions of higher methane emissions aren't the only reason that the U.S. could miss its goals, but that it's a significant one. "An increasing amount of methane emissions is part of the story," he said.Another reason for lingering uncertainty about whether the U.S. will meet its goals involves trees: There's a large range in estimates of how much carbon they're likely to absorb in coming years. And although this rarely gets mentioned, the U.S.'s overall policy goal relies not only on emitting less greenhouse gases, but also on storing large amounts in forests.Problems such as these extend far beyond the U.S., of course. Similar questions are sure to be asked about other countries' pledges, too. Moreover, multiple analyses have found that even if you hold countries at their word and they do achieve their pledges, it still won't be enough to keep the warming of the planet below 2 degrees Celsius, which is an explicit target of the Paris agreement. So no matter what, global ambition is going to have to be raised."There is certainly need for further policy action," said Greenblatt in an interview. But he added, "I think the U.S. should be complimented. They set their own target, and they set out a path to meet it as best they could. I think if they need to work a little harder, that's not an unexpected outcome."
Automated cars have the backing of President Barack Obama, who's signed off on what's largely been a hands-off approach to regulating the burgeoning industry, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.
Arrests for simple marijuana possession in the United States fell to nearly a two-decade low last year, according to new statistics released Monday by the FBI.
Public speaking is an anxiety-inducing task for most us, yet it’s also a necessary one, whether you’re a corporate CEO, a high school teacher or a presidential candidate. And like the rest of us, candidates stumble when speaking in public.
Every presidential election year in my American Political Campaigns and Elections course, I get an opportunity to spend a full lecture discussing with students some of the famous moments from historic presidential debates.
Recent news articles have highlighted positive findings in experimental Zika virus pre-clinical vaccine studies in monkeys and described the start of two Zika virus vaccine trials in humans.
BURLINGTON, Wash. - A 20-year-old man is in custody in the fatal shooting of five people at a mall in a rural town in western Washington, state police said late Saturday.
A manhunt is underway Saturday for a gunman police said opened fire at a mall in Washington state, killing four women and one man, authorities said.
AURORA, Colo. -- Here on the High Plains, where the deer and the antelope once played, Denver's suburbs roam toward the Rockies' front range and the nature of today's polyglot politics is written in the local congressman's campaign schedule. One day last week, Republican Mike Coffman went from a Hispanic charter school in a strip mall, to another strip mall for lunch at an Ethiopian restaurant with leaders of the Ethiopian-American community, then to a meeting with the editor of the largest of two Korean-language newspapers serving more than 3,000 Korean-Americans in the metropolitan area.
Coming off its best Christmas in years, the U.S. toy industry is wagering that the Pokemon Go craze will command a lot of space on kids' wish lists.
The members of Johnstown’s Classic Clowns Club, alarmed by the ongoing rash of alleged “creepy clown” sightings, met at the East Hills Senior Center in Richland Township on Wednesday evening.
WASHINGTON — In an ad that appeared on New Hampshire television two weeks ago, an elderly man dumps an armful of pill bottles on the checkout stand of a pharmacy.
AUSTIN — The state of Texas may be getting out of the refugee resettlement business, but those who help new arrivals make their homes here say refugees will continue to come.
In some potentially game-changing news for the way we understand professional football, the National Football League began the 2016 preseason by placing tracking sensors in its footballs for the first time. The chips are also in balls used in Thursday night games.
For someone who has overdosed, the difference between life and death can come down to how cooperative a friend, relative or passer-by is with emergency dispatchers.
It didn't take long to discover there was some hype behind the latest drug being touted as the great hope for Alzheimer's disease. Earlier this summer, the biotech giant Biogen staged a press conference extolling the merits of its experimental drug aducanumab. CNN reported that the drug might be "a game-changer," while The Independent called it "a breakthrough" that left one scientist "trying not to get too excited."
A local former prisoner of war was honored Sunday at an annual commemoration and reception at the Joe Ronnie Hooper Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Claremore.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After a second night of violent demonstrations here that left one man clinging to life and several businesses damaged, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency just before midnight Wednesday and sent the National Guard and state troopers to assist local police.
ATLANTA — A major gasoline pipeline leak that left many in the South scrambling to find fuel was repaired Wednesday, but the region’s supplies were expected to remain spotty for several more days.
WASHINGTON — As Mylan CEO Heather Bresch sat expressionless on Wednesday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., lashed out at her for what he said was the only reason her company had raised the price of a pack of two EpiPens from $100 to $600 over the past nine years.
HARRISBURG -- Leaving pets to swelter in unattended cars could bring tougher sanctions for owners, while police, firefighters and others may soon have the authority to bust out a window to save cats and dogs in distress.
CLAREMORE, Okla. – Communities nationwide are accelerating their use of police body cameras in response to concerns over the use of deadly force by officers responding to routine traffic stops and suspected crime scenes.
Park Place Apartments came to exemplify the devastation of neighborhoods across Kokomo, Indiana, which, for the second time in four years, was left in complete disarray by tornadoes. Its owners plan to bring the property back to life once again.
LAWRENCE, Mass. — A 36-year-old New Hampshire mother who last week overdosed and collapsed in a Massachusetts discount store with her bewildered toddler daughter in tow is expected to face child endangerment charge, police say.
Several people seeking their biological fathers made unsettling discoveries which have led to a retired fertility doctor being charged with two felonies in Indiana.
WASHINGTON - The sculpture was packed in bubble wrap inside a taped-up box and was wheeled on a dolly to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial one day last month by three people who looked to be in their 60s.
Police in North Carolina shot and killed a black man they said was armed outside an apartment complex in Charlotte on Tuesday, setting off violent protests that continued late into the night. The officer involved was also black, police told the Washington Post.
Editors Note: With fewer than seven weeks until the Nov. 8 presidential election, many voters have yet to make up their minds. As part of an occasional series of articles, we'll check in with undecided voters for their thoughts about key issues and developments during the campaign.
RICHMOND, Ky. — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke to a crowded auditorium at a Town Hall meeting in Richmond, Kentucky, as part of the Obama Administration’s newly designated National Prescription Opium and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.
Fall officially starts on Thursday, and the change in season often yields more than just an influx of fallen leaves. The cooler season also brings an increase in cases of influenza.
With only 16 students in uniform, the tiny marching band at Cumberland High School in eastern Illinois is getting sound from some unusual sources: the director and his mother.
A bomb exploded in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday, injuring 29 people. Police discovered a second explosive device nearby. Like the bomb used in the Boston Marathon attack, these devices were built from pressure cookers and loaded with shrapnel.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, police released video footage Monday that shows a white police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man - footage that the city's police chief called "very disturbing."