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U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, speaks during a news conference in June after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan.
Wed, 08/23/2017 - 02:07

Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet was relieved of command on Wednesday after four accidents involving Navy ships. Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer will assume command.

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 22:08

An Arizona law banning ethnic studies violated students' constitutional rights, a federal judge said Tuesday.

Phoenix police order protesters outside the venue where President Trump held a rally Tuesday to disperse. Officers used tear gas to try to force the crowd to leave.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 20:31

Reporters on the scene say the gas canisters apparently were fired after someone among the protesters threw water bottles at the police.

Chinese tourists visit the park in northern Taiwan that is home to more than 200 statues of late nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in 2015.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:27

The U.S. isn't alone in confronting sites dedicated to contentious, and often troubling, moments in its history.

Ten Chinese and Russian companies as well as six individuals are targeted by a new round of U.S. sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang's weapons program. This follows a round of U.N. sanctions.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 18:24

Ten Chinese and Russian companies and six individuals are targeted. Many were tied to rogue nation's coal and resource trade and its efforts to send workers abroad.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Department of Justice on Aug. 4. The department is being sued by multiple cities, including now Los Angeles, over its stance on "sanctuary cities."
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 18:23

LA is among the jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with federal authorities on immigration enforcement. The Trump administration has threatened to cut millions in funding to them.

Greenpeace activists hang a banner from the rafters at a bank shareholders' meeting earlier this year in Zurich, calling for it to "STOP DIRTY PIPELINE DEALS!" Also on the banner are hashtags supporting Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:30

Energy Transfer Partners alleges Greenpeace and other "eco-terrorist groups" tried to block its pipeline with "campaigns of misinformation." Greenpeace says the suit is a bid to "silence free speech."

With her Instagram response, Louise Linton, at a 2014 Grey Goose promotional event in Scotland, has opened the door for a discussion on a progressive tax system.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:19

Linton, an actress and the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, touched off an Internet firestorm with a condescending Tuesday Instagram post.

Cambridge University Press had removed some 300 articles from the "China Quarterly" site at the behest of the censors, including articles about the Tiananmen Square military crackdown. Earlier this summer, thousands gathered in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of the massacre.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:15

Cambridge University Press had removed articles about Tibet, Taiwan and Tiananmen Square from its Chinese website at the request of authorities. Days later, the publisher reversed course.

A California jury awarded a woman $417 million in a case against Johnson & Johnson. The woman claimed that her use of Johnson's Baby Powder led to terminal ovarian cancer. Scientists disagree on how strong a link there is between talc and ovarian cancer.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:08

Scientists have found an association between talc and ovarian cancer, but they don't agree on exactly what that means.

Kelp plants grow on a 30-foot-long, white PVC pole suspended in the water. If this is successful, instead of just one row, there would be a whole platform, hundreds of meters across and hundreds of meters deep, full of kelp plants.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:08

International research labs are using seaweed to make biofuel, but little progress has been made in the U.S. Now scientists in California are developing a prototype to enable vast open-ocean farming.

First lady Melania Trump, President Trump, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton, Vice President Pence, and second lady Karen Pence are photographed at Mnuchin and Linton's wedding on June 24 in Washington, D.C.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 16:29

Dressed in more than $16,000 worth of clothes and accessories in the photo, Louise Linton, a Scottish actress married to Steven Mnuchin, had ridiculed an Instagram follower for being "out of touch."

Four men —Mohamed Houli Chemlal (from left), Driss Oukabir, Salah El Karib and Mohamed Aallaa — suspected of being part of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Spain leaves a Civil Guard base on the outskirts of Madrid prior to their court appearance on Tuesday.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:42

Multiple suspects reportedly testified that an imam masterminded an initial plot to carry out a large-scale attack using explosives. The imam was killed in a blast before last week's vehicle attacks.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (left) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will present a plan that fleshes out a set of principles they wrote about in an op-ed in <em>The Washington Post</em>.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:11

Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper and Ohio Republican John Kasich are nearing completion on a plan to strengthen the Affordable Care Act exchanges that they will present to the Senate next month.

Wade Dooley, in Albion, Iowa, uses less fertilizer than most farmers because he grows rye and alfalfa, along with corn and soybeans. "This field [of rye] has not been fertilized at all," he says.
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:41

Big food companies like Walmart want farmers to reduce greenhouse emissions from nitrogen fertilizer. But the best-known program to accomplish this may not be having much effect.

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