Kevin Walter Tchir

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Plant Expert Explains How Flesh-Burning Giant Hogweed Is Invading America

"It's started to spread more aggressively.'<p>About a century ago, New England garden enthusiasts adopted the British trend of cultivating a towering, …

New York State

Canada just legalized marijuana. That has big implications for US drug policy.

It’s the second country in the world to legalize pot, following Uruguay.<p>Canada has become the first wealthy nation in the world to fully legalize marijuana.<p>The Senate approved Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, on Tuesday. The measure was already approved by the House of Commons, so the …

Cannabis

Asian stocks take breather from trade tension; markets mixed

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday as traders sidelined tariffs that the U.S. and China have threatened to impose on one another, focusing on positive housing data instead.<p>KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose less than 0.1 percent to 22,287.42 and South Korea's …

Stock Markets

Beaten, tortured, sexually abused: An American ISIS widow looks for a way home

<b>Northern Syria (CNN) —</b> For Samantha Sally, a vacation was all it took to flip her quiet middle-American world of muscle cars, cotton candy and an Indiana packing company, into the horror of the ritual beatings, serial rape, torture and propaganda videos of ISIS's so-called Caliphate.<p>A holiday is …

Cotton Candy

Jimmy Kimmel: Trump’s First Stormy Daniels Tweet Is ‘Absolutely Nuts’

“Even the idea that Trump is scrolling — the president is scrolling through Twitter looking for things to retweet is nuts.”<p>There is little in this …

Woman sucked out of Southwest plane window 'was wearing seatbelt' and died from blunt impact trauma

The woman who was killed when she was partially blown out of a Southwest Airlines plane was wearing a seatbelt at the time, but died from blunt impact trauma, according to authorities.<p>Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday evening that banking …

Too early to talk charges in fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash, police say

Police in Saskatchewan say it's too early to say whether charges will be laid in the fatal crash involving a semi-truck and the Humboldt Broncos …

B.C. First Nation says passage of Trans Mountain project through reserve not a done deal

One of the B.C. First Nations identified by Kinder Morgan as having granted consent for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to cross through three …

Scientists believe diamonds in meteorite hail from lost planet in our solar system

A new study suggests that diamonds found within a meteorite that landed on Earth in 2008 were created by an early lost planet in our solar system.<p>On …

UBC prof: the sex robots are coming to save your marriage. No, really

With the rapid evolution of technology, it seems every day something new is stepping from the pages of science fiction into everyday life.<p>Sex robots …

Martyn Brown: There’s dumb, and there’s Alberta dumb—and Rachel Notley’s Bill 12 is both

Martyn BrownToday Alberta premier Rachel Notley introduced her long-threatened legislation to turn off the tap on oil and gas exports to British …

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

Sean Hannity Is Named as Client of Michael Cohen, Trump’s Lawyer

From his Fox News pulpit, Sean Hannity has been one of the most ardent supporters of President Trump, cheering his agenda and excoriating his enemies.<p>He has gone from giving advice on messaging and strategy to Mr. Trump and his advisers during the 2016 campaign to dining with him at the White House …

Donald Trump

New push in UN to end Syria's chemical weapons following strikes

<b>(CNN) —</b> The United States, the United Kingdom and France are pushing for an "irreversible" end to Syria's chemical weapons program, amid furious recriminations from Russia over the effectiveness and legality of a wave of US-led missile strikes on Syrian targets.<p>UN diplomats shared with CNN a new …

Middle East

How close are we to creating a real-life super soldier?

In 1941, comic book readers were introduced to a scrawny kid with a heart of gold named Steve Rogers, co-created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.<p>He …

Ancient Saudi Ruins to Open Up to Tourism: Pictures

Nuclear scientists at CERN discover color of antimatter, hope to learn much more

For the first time in history, researchers at CERN have been able to examine the spectral structure of an antimatter antihydrogen atom in full …

Physics

Ancient sea reptile was one of the largest animals ever

<b>Sea reptiles the size of whales swam off the English coast while dinosaurs walked the land, according to a new fossil discovery.</b><p>The jaw bone, found on a Somerset beach, is giving clues to the ''last of the giants'' that roamed the oceans 205 million years ago.<p>The one-metre-long bone came from the …

Paleontology

From pranks to nuclear sabotage, this is the history of malware

Since the dawn of modern computing, software has been as capable as the programmers who created it. Their intentions became its capabilities, and …

Cybersecurity

Russia ramps up diplomatic clash

<b>By Vladimir Isachenkov And Greg Katz, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS</b><p>MOSCOW — Russia ordered new cuts Friday to the number of British envoys in the country, …

From Apple to Playboy, tech giants and celebrities turn on Facebook

Winning back the trust of users could be difficult for Facebook in the wake of its data scandal as more influential business leaders and celebrities …

macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Download Now Available

This afternoon Apple has released macOS 10.13.4 in the Mac App Store, as the update comes after iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 and watchOS 4.3 was pushed out …

Stormy Daniels says she was threatened to keep quiet about Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In her first extended television news interview since the news of her alleged 2006 affair with Donald Trump emerged, adult film actress Stormy Daniels declined to discuss whether she had evidence of the affair and said that she was threatened to stay silent about it.<p>Risking hefty …

Donald Trump

Florida gunman had extra ammo at school, fired for 3 minutes

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation's deadliest school shootings and carried extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff's department report released …

Nikolas Cruz

For Donald Trump, a ‘Stormy’ forecast ahead

When the news broke last month that U.S. President Donald Trump allegedly had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and paid her hush money, it didn't cause all that much of a hullabaloo.<p>Mr. Trump had lowered the morality bar so much with the infamous Access Hollywood tape and other assorted …

Donald Trump

North Korea is not building nuclear weapons to destroy the US — the real reasons are much more surprising

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been called many things — crazy, mad, insane, and "rocket man" — because of his program to build nuclear bombs and missiles capable of launching the weapons to the US.<p>But experts say he is not crazy to want a nuclear arsenal. And Kim doesn't necessarily want …

Back where they belong

Plains bison with their calves in an enclosed pasture in Banff National Park, Alta. A five-year, $6.4-million project by Parks Canada hopes to …

National Parks

Saskatchewan First Nation in mourning after two teens die by suicide

A small northern Saskatchewan First Nation is once again in mourning after two teenagers killed themselves in recent weeks.<p>The suicides in Fond du Lac came as the community recovers from a Dec. 13 plane crash that led to the death of 19-year-old Arson Fern Jr.<p>Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation …

Cougar hunt in Alberta sparks debate among scientists, hunters and activists

Hunters have been killing cougars in Alberta for decades.<p>They often follow prints in the snow or use dogs to track the big cats before they are shot …

New metallic glass material created by starving it of nuclei

Metallic glass is an emerging type of material, so its secrets are still being discovered. While working with the stuff, a team of Yale researchers …

Chemistry