2017 was among the hottest years ever recorded, government scientists reported Thursday, Jan. 18. The year was the second-hottest in recorded history, NASA said, while scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 2017 was the third-warmest they've ever recorded. The two government agencies use different methodologies to calculate global temperatures, but by either standard, the 2017 results make the past four years the hottest period in their 138-year archive.
The Minnesota Orchestra is going to South Africa this summer to honor the centenary of Nelson Mandela - the first major professional orchestra from North America to visit that country.
TransCanada Corp. has enough customer interest to go forward with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, if the company decides to build it. The Calgary-based company now has "approximately 500,000 barrels per day of firm, 20-year commitments," according to a statement on Thursday, Jan. 18. The pipeline operator will continue to secure additional volumes.
When Robert Owens's father was 75, he gave his son some advice. "He said, 'You know, son, the sad part is when you get old they just put you on a shelf and you become irrelevant. Fight to stay relevant. Fight to stay in the game, otherwise they will write you off.' "
Look up "immigrant" in different languages, and you'll notice something interesting: The word sounds nearly the same in lots of tongues. "Immigrant" is "immigrant" in Afrikaans, "imigrant" in Bulgarian and "yímín" in Chinese. Filipino speakers use the term "imigrante;" in Japanese it's something like "imin." The Russian version of immigrant is, essentially, "immigrant." In Spanish, it's "inmigrante." In Sudanese, it's "imigran."
Oilfield-service providers, happy to close the book on a largely unforgiving 2017, are eyeing a rebirth with higher crude prices sowing the seeds for a prolonged period of growth. Last year wasn't kind to these companies. The Philadelphia Oil Services Index lost 17 percent, ending 2017 at its lowest yearly level since 2008. The first hints of a shift could come Friday, when Schlumberger may report adding more than $1 billion in sales in the fourth quarter, compared with a year earlier, according to an average of 33 analyst estimates.
Amazon.com has released a list of 20 regions in the United States and Canada that the online retail giant is considering as possible sites for its second headquarters. The list, released Thursday, includes major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta, as well as smaller communities including Pittsburgh, Raleigh and Nashville. The nation's capital is heavily represented, with D.C., northern Virginia and the Maryland suburb of Montgomery County also making the cut.
A battle over what President Donald Trump's former chief strategist can tell Congress has thrown a glaring spotlight on the potential conflicts of interest surrounding White House Counsel Don McGahn and how long he will remain in that job.
B-52 Stratofortress bombers began arriving Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, temporarily providing the Pentagon with a rarity as tensions with North Korea percolate: three kinds of bombers in the Pacific.
Veteran U.S. spies were elated to learn of the arrest this week of a suspect in a long-running mole hunt within the CIA's ranks. But their mood was tempered by skepticism that the man will ever face charges for what some believe is his role in the exposure and deaths of several CIA agents in China, according to current and former officials. The arrest Monday of Jerry Chun Shing Lee, also known as Zhen Cheng Li, a former CIA case officer, is the latest chapter in a joint FBI and CIA investigation into the devastation of the agency's spy network in China, the officials said.