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  • Chief Oct 26, 2019

    New Evacuations, Power Outages Near California Wildfire

    Authorities ordered at least 50,000 residents to evacuate towns near a massive Northern California wildfire Saturday, and the state’s largest utility announced power shut-offs for an estimated 2.35 million people due to forecasts of severe winds and extreme fire danger. Two previous electricity shut-offs in recent weeks were carried out amid concern that gusty winds could disrupt or knock down...

  • Carnegie Mellon University Aug 5, 2019

    Original ‘Nancy Drew' Passes Torch to TV's Newest Version

    Pamela Sue Martin, TV’s original Nancy Drew, has passed the torch to the actress playing the latest incarnation of the teenage sleuth. Martin will appear on The CW’s remake that blends mystery, suspense, a supernatural element and a bit of horror. She got her big break on “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” with Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson in the...

  • Donald Trump Jun 18, 2019

    US Air Quality Is Slipping After Years of Improvement

    After decades of improvement, America’s air may not be getting any cleaner. Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows. While it remains unclear whether this is the beginning of a trend, health experts say it’s troubling to see air quality progress stagnate. There were 15% more...

  • Donald Trump Jun 18, 2019

    US Air Quality Is Slipping After Years of Improvement

    After decades of improvement, America’s air may not be getting any cleaner. Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows. While it remains unclear whether this is the beginning of a trend, health experts say it’s troubling to see air quality progress stagnate. There were 15% more...

  • Phoenix Apr 23, 2019

    5 Reasons Experts Think Autonomous Cars Are Many Years Away

    In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city, and you’ll get an almost universal answer: Not anytime soon. An optimistic assessment is 10 years. Many others say decades as researchers try to...

  • driver Apr 23, 2019

    Tesla Reveals Plan for Fully Self-Driving Cars Amid Skepticism

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company’s electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services. The vision sketched out Monday during an event at Tesla’s Silicon Valley headquarters requires several leaps of faith — something that...

  • Phoenix Feb 4, 2019

    5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon

    In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city, and you’ll get an almost universal answer: Not anytime soon. An optimistic assessment is 10 years. Many others say decades as researchers try to conquer...

  • driver Jan 4, 2019

    Too High To Drive: States Grapple With Setting Limits On Weed Use Behind Wheel

    It used to be the stuff of stoner comedies and “Just Say No” campaigns. Today, marijuana is becoming mainstream as voters across the country approve ballot questions for legalization or medical use. In response, state governments are testing ways to ensure that the integration of this once-illicit substance into everyday life doesn’t create new public health risks. These efforts are...

  • The Associated Press Jun 1, 2018

    Teacher Who Saved Dozens of Lives During Parkland School Shooting to Get Special Tony Award

    Melody Herzfeld saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet on Valentine’s Day when a former student allegedly whet on a school rampage, killing 17 people.

  • Carnegie Mellon University Apr 25, 2018

    EPA Chief Signs Proposal Limiting Science Used in Decisions

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule Tuesday that seeks to restrict the types of scientific studies that regulators can use to determine the impact of pesticide and pollution exposure on human health. Pruitt said the change, long sought by chemical manufacturers and fossil fuel companies, would increase transparency in the agency’s decision-making by requiring all underlying...

  • Facebook Mar 21, 2018

    Analysis: Facebook Is a Community Like No Other, But Should You Leave It?

    Sure. Take that quiz about which hair-metal band is your spirit animal. Share a few snaps of your toddler at the beach and watch the likes pile up. Comment on that pointed political opinion from the classmate you haven’t seen since the Reagan administration. Just remember that your familiar, comforting online neighborhood — the people you care about most and...

  • California Jan 9, 2018

    ‘I'm Shaking Cold': Chilly Offices Plague Workers

    Two long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, a fleece jacket, two scarves and two pairs of socks. That has been Karen Ericson’s go-to outfit in her office in Des Moines, Iowa, in recent weeks. “I am still shivering,” the 39-year-old graphic designer said last week, estimating the temperature in the office was in the mid-60s while outside, the city hit 19 below...

  • California Oct 6, 2017

    Trump Warns of ‘Calm Before the Storm'

    While taking photos alongside military leaders and their spouses before a dinner at the White House Thursday, President Donald Trump made an ambiguous statement about “the calm before the storm.”

  • Puerto Rico Oct 1, 2017

    Who Is San Juan's Mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, a Target of Trump's Criticism?

    In the wake of Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has been a visible presence on the ground in the Puerto Rican capital. She’s been seen comforting nursing home residents, wading in the floodwaters, and pleading for more aid during news conferences and TV appearances, NBC News reported. She also hasn’t been afraid to assert herself — a...

  • Donald Trump Sep 30, 2017

    San Juan Mayor Slams Trump Over Hurricane Relief

    Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, slammed President Donald Trump and the bureaucracy that she says is slowing down aid to Hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

  • Los Angeles Jun 1, 2017

    Investors Backing Tesla's Supercharged Promise Over GM's Steady Profits

    When General Motors CEO Mary Barra introduced the Chevrolet Bolt at the CES gadget show last year, she took a shot at Tesla. Buyers can be confident because Chevy has 3,000 U.S. dealers to service the new electric vehicle, she said. The implication was that Tesla, with just 69 service centers nationwide, can make no such promise. The uncharacteristic insult...

  • Los Angeles May 11, 2017

    What's Holding Back Self-Driving Cars? Human Drivers

    In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis. A self-driving car would be programmed to drive at the speed limit. Humans routinely exceed it by 10 to 15 mph (16 to 24 kph) — just try entering the New Jersey...

  • head Mar 31, 2017

    Fact Check: Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Dubious Drug Claims

    In an address to law enforcement, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made two dubious claims about marijuana and opioids

  • ASIA Mar 30, 2017

    Dirty Air From Global Trade Kills at Home and Abroad

    A study that measures the human toll of air pollution from global manufacturing and trade shows how buying goods made far away can lead to premature deaths both there and close to home. More than 750,000 people die prematurely from dirty air every year that is generated by making goods in one location that will be sold elsewhere, about one-fifth...

  • Donald Trump Dec 13, 2016

    Recount Efforts End: Trump Wins in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

    Presidential election recount efforts came to an end Monday in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with both states certifying Republican Donald Trump as the winner in contests that helped put him over the top in the Electoral College stakes. Trump’s victory in Wisconsin was reaffirmed following a statewide vote recount that showed him defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 23,000 votes. Meanwhile,...

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