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  • Camp Fire victims return home as evacuation orders are lifted

    For the first time since the Camp Fire devastated parts of Northern California, residents in the worst-hit areas are allowed to return to their homes. On Saturday at 9 a.m., the evacuation orders were lifted for residents in the town of Paradise and other unincorporated areas hit by the wildfire, Butte County officials said in a statement. The restrictions for non-residents would be lifted at 9 a.m. Sunday. The Camp Fire began November 8 and burned through more than 153,000 acres in […]

  • COP24 climate talks end in agreement — barely

    KATOWICE, Poland — After two weeks of discordant and emotional negotiations, the nations of the world agreed Saturday night on a set of rules meant to help curb global warming. But scientists and even the negotiators themselves know the so-called “Paris Rulebook” won’t be enough on its own to stop carbon pollution from reaching critical levels. Countries would have to do far more to curb fossil fuel use and deforestation to avoid the droughts, superstorms, deadly heat waves and coastal […]

  • Trump names Mulvaney ‘acting’ chief of staff

    WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, will become the acting White House chief of staff replacing John Kelly, President Donald Trump announced on Friday. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for his service!” Trump tweeted. Trump appointed Mulvaney to the […]

  • Largest known diamond in North America found in Canada

    CANADA — A 552-carat yellow diamond was recently unearthed in Canada — the largest ever found in North America. Mining company Dominion Diamond Mines said in a press release on Thursday the diamond was discovered in October at the Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The “astonishing gemstone” measures 33.74 millimeters by 54.56 millimeters, the company said. It was uncovered in the initial screening process at Diavik’s recovery plant, the company said. “Abrasion markings on the stone’s surface attest […]

  • Federal judge in Texas strikes down Affordable Care Act

    WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas said on Friday that the Affordable Care Act’s individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional and that the rest of the law therefore cannot stand. Legal experts say the ruling won’t immediately affect Americans’ health coverage, and a group of states led by California is already vowing to appeal. But the invalidation of the landmark health care law popularly known as Obamacare throws into doubt the future of health coverage for millions of Americans on […]

  • ‘Christmas comet’ – the year’s brightest – to pass by Earth this weekend

    The night sky will come alive this weekend when a green comet streaks by Earth on the heels of the Geminid meteor shower‘s display of green fireballs. Comet 46P/Wirtanen began brightening in November, but it will make its closest approach to Earth on Sunday and be visible with the naked eye. The comet will come within 7 million miles of Earth — a proximity that won’t happen again for 20 years. That’s 30 times the moon’s distance from us. The comet […]

  • Johnson & Johnson shares plunge after report that says it knew about asbestos in its baby powder

    Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) stock fell as much as 11 percent on Friday — on track for its worst day since 2002 — after a Reuters report said the company knew for decades that asbestos was in its baby powder. The company has been grappling with lawsuits alleging some of its talcum powder products caused cancer. The Reuters report cites documents and other evidence that indicate company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers knew about the problem and failed […]

  • Inside the secret U.S. military mission that found the Titanic

    For years, the incredible discovery of the Titanic’s wreckage at the bottom of the ocean in 1985 was thought to have been a purely scientific effort. But that was a ruse. Speaking to CNN on Thursday about now-declassified events, Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic, said that the expedition was part of a secret U.S. military mission to recover two sunken nuclear submarines on the bottom of the ocean. “They did not want the world to know that, so I […]

  • 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in Border Patrol custody is identified

    Her name was Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, and she had traveled with her father from a rural indigenous community in Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz region. They were among a large group of migrants whom Border Patrol agents detained last week in a remote area of the New Mexico desert. Two days later, 7-year-old Jakelin was dead after becoming violently ill, according to Tekandi Paniagua, Guatemalan general consul in Del Río, Texas. The US Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional […]

  • CNN and The Des Moines Register to release first 2020 Iowa caucus poll Saturday

    With the midterm elections over and attention turned to the next election cycle, CNN and The Des Moines Register will release their first polling Saturday on Iowa’s 2020 presidential caucuses. “The Iowa Poll” will be released Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. This will be the first poll The Des Moines Register releases in partnership with CNN since the poll’s founding in 1943. Saturday’s poll will provide early insights into likely Democratic caucus goers and their views on the potential […]