The climate change simulations that best capture current planetary conditions are also the ones that predict the most dire levels of human-driven warming, according to a statistical study released in the journal Nature on Wednesday. The study, by Patrick Brown and Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California, examined the high-powered climate change simulations, or models, that researchers use to project the future of the planet based on the physical equations that govern the behavior of the atmosphere and oceans.
A Burmese python - more than 17 feet long and weighing more than 130 pounds, with more rows of sharp teeth than you ever cared to imagine - has been captured and killed in the Florida Everglades. Officials said the hunter, Jason Leon, set a record late last week for bringing in the longest snake recorded in the South Florida Water Management District's Python Elimination Program, which was designed earlier this year to help trim the reptile's troubling population.
While debating a land-use bill at a committee meeting on Tuesday night, Pennsylvania state Rep. Matt Bradford laid his hand - for just a moment - on the left forearm of the colleague sitting next to him. That colleague was conservative Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who interrupted Bradford mid-sentence with a personal bit of information. "Look, I'm a heterosexual.
If Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Officer Ryan Holets had his way, this story would have never gone viral. CNN would not have learned that Holets while on duty had agreed to adopt a baby from a homeless drug addict about to shoot up heroin in broad daylight. And CNN would have never had the chance to chronicle that encounter, drawing the attention of millions of people around the world to the story of how Holets's family grew by one on Oct. 12.
Bitcoin topped $13,000 for the first time, pushing this week's gains to more than 30 percent amid speculation that the use of futures will help make digital currencies a legitimate asset class for mainstream investors. The largest cryptocurrency by market value has soared from less than $1,000 at the start of the year as optimism climbs for the distributed ledger technology known as blockchain that is at the heart of bitcoin. The price surge has been accompanied by a growing chorus of warnings that the speculative frenzy is an asset bubble poised to burst.
A California woman who worked for a sports marketing firm led by Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging that the retired football star required her to wear thong underwear and share his bed during business trips. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Orange County, California, also alleges that Moon, 61, committed sexual battery by grabbing the woman's crotch during a trip to Seattle this year. The suit further accuses Moon of pulling off the woman's bathing suit after slipping a drug into her drink during a separate trip to Mexico in October.
WASHINGTON - A group of six Senate Democratic women called Wednesday, Dec. 6, for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to resign amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment. In a lengthy statement posted on Facebook, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she was "shocked" and "disappointed" by several women's allegations that Franken inappropriately touched them. She was joined by Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., the highest-ranking woman among Senate Democrats.
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin, he of the perennial 80 percent approval ratings, declared his intention Wednesday to run for re-election in March, essentially guaranteeing a new six-year term for the Kremlin leader.
BERLIN - Despite strong criticism from the Middle East and carefully worded rebukes from U.S. allies, President Trump is expected to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday, Dec. 6, and to announce moving the U.S. Embassy there in a decision that would upend decades of U.S. policy. Several countries, among them many U.S. allies in Europe, are warning that the move could further disrupt relations between Palestinians and Israelis and spark unrest in the region.
If the NFL really does have a quarterback problem, it will be absent Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, where the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Los Angeles Rams. Last year, the Eagles and Rams traded up to the second and first picks so they could select Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. This year, the Eagles are 10-2 and the Rams are 9-3, and they will square off in a Week 14 showdown that might determine a playoff bye.