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Rapid Arctic meltdown in Siberia alarms scientists

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. But already this year, fires in the spring arrived earlier and with more ferocity, government officials have said. In the territory where Deyev lives, fires were three times as large this April as the year before. And the hot, dry summer lies ahead. Much of the world remains consumed with the deadly novel coronavirus . The United States, crippled by the pandemic, is in the throes of a divisive ... Full story

Keith Darnell Williams Sr., a D.C. police officer, died of covid-19

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. He retired in 2017 but returned under a senior officer program to help the department, and once again was assigned to a school. Williams was hospitalized with covid-19 in March and died June 4 . He is believed to be among the first of more than 150 officers on the D.C. police force to test positive for the novel coronavirus and the only one thus far to die. He was 53. “Whether on the foot beat or in a ... Full story

Three officers fired over selfie that reenacted chokehold on Elijah McClain

Photos show officers reenacting chokehold on Elijah McClain. Three officers from the Aurora Police Department have been fired over a photo reenacting the chokehold that occurred before the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died in police custody last summer, the interim police chief announced Friday. The officer who mimicked the chokehold, Jaron Jones, resigned earlier this week. Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson showed the ... Full story

New way to calculate dogs' ages may unlock secret to aging

Scientists have developed a more accurate way to determine dogs' ages, rather than multiplying human years by seven. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, looked at changes in canine DNA over time and found that certain chemical tags follow a predictable pattern with aging. They then compared these markers with human DNA and created a new formula for determining dog years. MORE: Dogs and horses mimic each other during play, ... Full story

Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. -- At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day, accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”. The president dug further into American divisions Friday, offering a discordant tone to an electorate battered by a ... Full story

North Korea says no need to sit down with U.S. for talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea does not feel the need to have talks with the United States, which would be nothing more than “a political tool” for Washington, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Saturday, ahead of a U.S. envoy’s visit to South Korea. FILE PHOTO: Hyon Song Wol, head of the North Korean Samjiyon art troupe takes a photo of Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-Hui (C) ahead of the welcoming ceremony of North Korea's leader ... Full story

U.S. sends carriers to South China Sea during Chinese drills - WSJ

(Reuters) - The United States is sending two aircraft carriers into the South China Sea at the same time as China is conducting military exercises in the contested waterway, the Wall Street Journal reported. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is seen during its visit to Hong Kong, China November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Yuyang Wang. The USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz would be in the South China Sea from Saturday, the U.S. news ... Full story

Unable to afford coronavirus testing, some colleges are canceling football season

Support our journalism. Subscribe today. The tests would cost millions the school doesn’t have, Thomas said, and bubbling college students is practically impossible. And while football is an important part of the campus experience at Morehouse, the Maroon Tigers play in Division II, without the lucrative television contracts and massive stadiums that make Division I teams such as Alabama, Clemson and Florida the financial lifeblood of ... Full story

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Mozart

In the past, we’ve asked some of our favorite artists to choose the five or so minutes they would play to make their friends fall in love with classical music , the piano , opera and the cello . Now we want to convince those same curious friends to love Mozart, whose mastery spanned genres and whose influence was profound. We hope you find lots here to discover and enjoy; leave your choices in the comments. ◆ ◆ ◆. DAVID ALLEN, TIMES CRITIC. So ... Full story

8-year-old killed, 3 others hospitalized in shooting at Alabama mall

An 8-year-old boy was shot and killed and three others were injured in a shooting at a mall in Hoover, Alabama, on Friday. Police said they responded to a scene at the Riverchase Galleria, near the food court, after multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired. Among the three others injured in the shooting was another juvenile, a girl, Hoover police said. An adult man and adult woman were also injured. Hoover Police Department officials said they ... Full story