Stricter building rules, rejected by Donald Trump, helped Harvey-hit communities

Stricter building rules, rejected by Donald Trump, helped Harvey-hit communities

Trump rescinded the Obama standard as part of an executive order aimed at speeding up the permitting process for federally funded infrastructure. Related News As Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Gulf coast in Texas, the city of Seabrook had an edge over flood-swamped nearby towns and the devastation in Houston, just a half-hour drive away. Years ago, the city imposed higher elevation standards for buildings that were stricter than existing federal […]

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Trump expects to request initial Harvey funding from Congress soon

Trump expects to request initial Harvey funding from Congress soon

Donald Trump Top News President Donald Trump said on Friday he expects to soon make an initial funding request to the U.S. Congress to help Texas and Louisiana recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Trump made the comment as he thanked charitable organizations for coming to the aid of people affected by the storm. His initial request to Congress is expected to be nearly $6 billion. For all the […]

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Federal authorities: Travel ban deal impacts fewer than 20

Federal authorities: Travel ban deal impacts fewer than 20

In June, the Supreme Court found that the narrower order could be enforced if those visitors lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Related News A settlement in a legal battle over President Donald Trump’s first attempt at a travel ban will impact fewer than 20 people, federal authorities said Friday. Under the deal announced Thursday in federal court […]

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Boko Haram kill 11 in Nigeria displaced civilians camp

Boko Haram kill 11 in Nigeria displaced civilians camp

Boko Haram is waging an insurgency in a bid to establish a hardline Islamist state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north. (AP/File) Top News Boko Haram jihadists killed 11 people today in a raid on a camp for civilians displaced by the Islamist group’s violent insurgency, military and vigilante sources told AFP. The Boko Haram fighters penetrated the camp in Banki on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon which houses 45,000 internally displaced […]

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Donald Trump to host September 18 meeting of world leaders on U.N. reform

Donald Trump to host September 18 meeting of world leaders on U.N. reform

Trump, who took office in January, has since described U.S. funding as “peanuts” compared to the important work of the organization. (File) Related News U.S. President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of the United Nations, will seek to gather global support for reforming the world body when he hosts an event at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 18, a day before he formally addresses the 193-member organization. Countries […]

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Aug 2017 Jobs Report: Labor Day job numbers remain upbeat for Americans with disabilities

Aug 2017 Jobs Report: Labor Day job numbers remain upbeat for Americans with disabilities

This graphic compares the changes in the major economic indicators for Americans with and without disabilities. Based on August BLS data, there were increases in the employment to population ratio and labor participation rates for both groups. Credit: Kessler Foundation & UNHIOD As we celebrate Labor Day, the job news remains upbeat for Americans with disabilities, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by […]

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NASA examines Hurricane Lidia’s eye on the Baja

NASA examines Hurricane Lidia’s eye on the Baja

The AIRS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Lidia in infrared light on Aug. 31 at 4:59 a.m. EDT (0859 UTC). Powerful thunderstorms (purple) were around the center of circulation. Credit: NASA JPL/Ed Olsen Hurricane Lidia’s eye was visible in NASA satellite imagery as it approached Baja California, Mexico’s southernmost tip. Hurricane Lidia was making landfall on the Baja on Sept. 1 at 5 a.m. PDT […]

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Physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe

Physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe

The theory that primordial black holes collide with neutron stars to create heavy elements explains the lack of neutron stars in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, a long-standing mystery. Credit: University of California, Los Angeles UCLA physicists have proposed new theories for how the universe’s first black holes might have formed and the role they might play in the production of heavy elements such as gold, platinum and […]

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Bacteria act as aphrodisiac for the closest relatives of animals

Bacteria act as aphrodisiac for the closest relatives of animals

A mating swarm of the marine choanoflagellate S. rosetta, triggered by the bacterium V. fischeri. Tubulin is labeled gold, highlighting the cell body and flagellum, while the protein actin is labeled blue, showing off the organism’s distinctive collar. Credit: Arielle Woznica and Nicole King, UC Berkeley. To the surprise of scientists, bacteria can act as an aphrodisiac for one-celled marine organisms notable for being the closest living relative of all […]

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Cleanliness is next to sexiness for golden-collared manakins in Panama

Cleanliness is next to sexiness for golden-collared manakins in Panama

Adult Golden-collared Manakins create a clean display space in the forest so that their bright yellow color can be better appreciated by females. Credit: Ioana Chiver, STRI Few of us would find a marriage proposal made amidst dirty dishes and messy clutter particularly romantic, but we are not the only creatures who realize that cleaning up your act may improve your chances of attracting a mate. Juvenile male golden-collared manakins […]

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