NASA has captured 20 years of seasonal changes in a new global map of the home planet.
NASA captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of the home planet.
The data visualization, released this week, shows Earth's fluctuations as seen from space.
The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons. The varying ocean shades of blue, green, red and purple depict the abundance — or lack — of undersea life.
Residents of the town of Okanogan, Washington, got quite an air show courtesy of the U.S. Navy.
A U.S. Navy plane based at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island created the sky writing in the shape of male genitalia in the skies over the rural community on Thursday, the station said.
Many residents spotted the contrails in the clear blue skies above the central Washington town.
Whidbey Island said in a statement to NBC that members of the Navy are "held to the highest standards" and that the "actions of this aircrew were wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values.
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The State Department is hitting back at the growing bipartisan criticism of Rex Tillerson's leadership and accusations he is presiding over a debilitating brain drain of the nation's diplomatic corps.
In a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Republican chairman, the department said Tillerson's reorganization plans aren't crippling the agency as reports have claimed. Top ranks aren't being intentionally gutted through attrition, mass retirements and buyouts, it said, and a planned 8 percent reduction of its nearly 75,000 employees had been mandated by the Office of Management and Budget and is proceeding under that order.
In the letter sent to Sen. Bob Corker late Thursday, the department said there are only 108 fewer foreign service officers now than in 2016. The tally is still 2,000 more than there were in 2008, it said.
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The White House Friday sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that's already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small.
The request, President Donald Trump's third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for disaster relief this fall close to $100 billion — and that's before most of the money to rebuild Puerto Rico's devastated housing stock and electric grid is added in.
Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson announced Friday he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
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At least 25 transgender people in the United States have been homicide victims so far this year, the highest annual total on record, according to advocacy groups that have been monitoring the grim phenomenon and seeking ways to reduce the toll.
The Human Rights Campaign, in a report released Friday, calculated that 102 transgender people have been killed in the U.S. over the past five years — including 25 this year. Its report, jointly sponsored by the Trans People of Color Coalition, was issued ahead of Monday's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance observations, commemorating the hundreds of transgender people killed worldwide each year.
Another monitoring group, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs , has tallied 26 homicides of transgender and gender-nonconforming people in the U.S. so far this year.
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A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day.
Advocacy groups warned about the threats posed by such "killer robots" and aired a chilling video illustrating their possible uses on the sidelines of the first formal U.N. meeting of government experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems this week. More than 80 countries took part.
Ambassador Amandeep Gill of India, who chaired the gathering, said participants plan to meet again in 2018. He said ideas discussed this week included the creation of legally binding instrument, a code of conduct, or a technology review process.
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The Children's Health Insurance Program covers annual check-ups and more medical procedures for nearly 9 million kids in low-income families, but congressional bickering is putting it at risk, NBC News reported.
The program has enjoyed bipartisan support since it was created in 1997, but legislators have let this year's reauthorization deadline pass in the debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Now funding in 11 states will run out by the end of the year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and 21 more states by March.
CHIP gives health insurance to children and pregnant mothers who don't qualify for Medicaid but can't afford private insurance, and Census data shows the rate of uninsured children has dropped from 14 to about 4.5 percent in the past 20 years, experts say.
It's helped Roland Williams, 11, a St. Louis boy with an extremely rare form of lung cancer whose mother was told last year that "he would make it to see his 10th birthday."
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Police said they are investigating a "targeted" incident where a homemade explosive device resembling a pipe bomb damaged a vehicle parked outside a Massachusetts home belonging to a local high school principal.
Police said officers responded to a home on Lakeshore Drive in Blackstone shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday for a report of possible vandalism to a vehicle.
Upon arrival, the homeowner, identified by police and neighbors as Bellingham High School Principal Lucas Giguere, told officers that he had heard a loud bang that shook his home. He then noticed extensive damage to his vehicle.
A preliminary investigation determined that the vehicle had been damaged by an explosive device that resembled a pipe bomb.
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The mother of a Texas toddler whose body was recovered last month from a drainage culvert weeks after she was reported missing was arrested Thursday on a charge of child endangerment.
Police said she and her husband left their 3-year-old adopted child, Sherin Mathews, home alone while they went to dinner just hours before they claimed she had disappeared.
Sini Ann Mathews, who has maintained her innocence in the death of Sherin, surrendered to Richardson police Thursday and is being held on $250,000 bond on the state jail felony charge.
In a statement Thursday, Richardson police said detectives learned Sini Mathews, 35, and Wesley Mathews took their 3-year-old biological daughter to dinner and left Sherin alone at home, placing her in "imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment."
U.S. Senator Al Franken is asking his colleagues to investigate his own behavior after new allegations of sexual misconduct.
For over a decade, Charles Crenshaw has been paying his ex-wife tens of thousands of dollars annually in alimony. The now-retired engineer is hoping to renegotiate the agreement for lower payments, but he's waiting first to see what comes of a tax reform proposal in Congress.
Under a House Republican tax plan that would eliminate the deduction for alimony payments, the 73-year-old resident of Bloomfield, Connecticut, says he could lose thousands of dollars.
"I'm contacting my congressman," Crenshaw said, "to say that's something that should be left alone."
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The wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore said Friday her husband won't quit the race in the face of allegations that he sexually assaulted young women years ago.
Standing on the white marble steps of the state Capitol, Kayla Moore was joined by several dozen women at a rally supporting Moore as she spoke in defense of her husband.
The couple has been married for more than 32 years, and Kayla Moore said her Army veteran husband has always been a gentleman.
"He will not step down. He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama," said Kayla Moore, who did not take questions.
According to a new study in Sweden, owning a dog could help you live longer. Scientists followed more than 3 million adults for 12 years.