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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

The Art of Persuasion Hasn’t Changed in 2,000 Years

More than 2,000 years ago Aristotle outlined a formula on how to become a master of persuasion in his work Rhetoric . To successfully sell your next idea, try using these five rhetorical devices that he identified in your next speech or presentation: The first is egos or “character.” In order for your audience to trust you, start your talk by establishing your credibility. Then, make a logical appeal to reason, or “logos.” Use data, evidence, ... 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

Baseball won’t be a diversion. It will be a reminder of how serious this pandemic truly is. Post

It’s hard to consider all that’s going to go into this — players being asked not only to be tested but not to spit or high-five — and wonder, “Can this 60-game season be pulled off safely?”. “That’s a good question,” Manager Dave Martinez said after he removed a mask that read “Stay in the fight.” “Honestly, I don’t know.”. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said. The Nationals, social distancing and in masks, are finally ... 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

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

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

At Mount Rushmore, Trump got his crowd and his fireworks and peddled his fiction

The setting for President Trump’s early Fourth of July celebration was magnificent, as the Black Hills of South Dakota tend to be. The scene was also full of painful history, willful ignorance and deliberate fearmongering. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Friday night, in an amphitheater in the shadow of Mount Rushmore, a military band played smooth jazz on snare drums and trumpets as the country sank under the rising number of covid-19 ... 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