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A doctor was asked to test an iPhone gadget and ended up diagnosing his own cancer

Earlier this year a vascular surgeon diagnosed his own cancer while testing out a new ultrasound gadget for his smartphone.<p>Dr. John Martin, who is not an oncologist, was tapped to test out the Butterfly iQ, a tiny ultrasound device designed to replace several bulkier, more expensive machines. When …

The EPA is taking unprecedented steps to oust scientists who receive its grants

Scott Pruitt is pushing out the EPA's independent science advisers and bringing in industry researchers.<p>The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Tuesday that will force out science advisers who have received grants from the agency and pave the way to replace them with researchers …

EPA

‘Allah’ Is Found on Viking Funeral Clothes

ENKOPING, Sweden — The discovery of Arabic characters that spell “Allah” and “Ali” on Viking funeral costumes in boat graves in Sweden has raised questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia.<p>The grave where the costumes were found belonged to a woman dressed in silk burial clothes and was …

Archaeology

California wildfire death toll rises to 40 amid cluster of blazes 100 miles wide

• 100,000 evacuated and 5,700 homes and businesses destroyed<br>• wildfires race toward wineries and historic town of Sonoma<p>Three more deaths have been confirmed in the wildfires burning in northern California wine country, which were already the deadliest series of such fires in state history. By Saturday …

Sonoma County

California Bans Pet Shop Sales Of Non-Rescue Cats, Dogs And Rabbits

It's the first U.S. state to do so.<p>California has banned pet stores from selling cats, dogs and rabbits unless they work with shelters or rescue groups to supply the animals.<p>Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 485 into law Friday, The Orange County Register reported. It takes effect in January …

Elephant Tramples Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh, Killing Four

Four Rohingya refugees were trampled to death by an elephant in a makeshift camp in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh on Saturday morning.<p>A woman and three young children, who had fled violence in their home country of Myanmar, were killed when the animal stormed their temporary shelter in the …

Northam joins protest outside NRA headquarters as group’s attack ads start airing

Two weeks after the mass shooting in Las Vegas left 58 dead and three weeks before he hopes to be elected governor of Virginia, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) joined a Saturday morning protest against the National Rifle Association outside the gun lobby's Fairfax headquarters.<p>"I'm a doctor," Northam, a …

Guns

Syria demands Turkey immediately withdraw troops

Turkey has said it sent troops into Idlib province to help establish a de-escalation zone in line with the Astana agreement. Syria has rejected that …

Porn publisher Larry Flynt offers $10 million for dirt to impeach Donald Trump

Larry Flynt, the pornography publisher, is offering "up to $10 million" to anyone who produces information that leads to President Donald Trump's impeachment and removal from office.<p>Laying out the offer in a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post, the advert says: “Buried in …

Hurricane Ophelia smashes an Atlantic intensity record, heads for Ireland Monday

<b>UPDATE: Oct. 15, 2017, 5:19 p.m. EDT</b> Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland on Monday, bringing destructive wind gusts of …

Kurds 'reject' Baghdad's demand to nullify referendum results

Leaders of Iraq's Kurdistan region have renewed their negotiation offer to Baghdad but said they would not cancel the outcome of an independence …

Middle East

New York Firefighters Clear the Way for Rebuilding in Puerto Rico

On the day the department honored its fallen members, their spirit was with the 28 firefighters who cleared the way with their hands, and then …

Shooting on Dan Ryan injures 2 on South Side

Two people were shot Saturday night while driving north on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 76th Street in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, according to Illinois State Police.<p>State police closed a portion of the expressway following the 10:30 p.m. shooting, and it had reopened by 4 a.m.<p>The …

Chatham

Trump takes a field trip to Secret Service training site

BELTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Touring the suburban facility where Secret Service agents sharpen their skills, President Donald Trump applauded Friday as his …

US airstrikes are killing more civilians under the Trump administration

At campaign rallies he pledged to "bomb the hell" out of the Islamic State. He openly mused about killing the families of terrorists, a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions, which prohibits violence against noncombatants.<p>Ten months into his presidency, a clearer picture is emerging. The data …

Leading Democrat calls for Puerto Rico water investigation

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A leading House Democrat has asked the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the water situation in Puerto Rico after a published report that people were drinking water taken from a federally designated hazardous-waste site.<p>The request comes a day after a story from …

Puerto Rico

Tropical forests caused the biggest atmospheric CO2 increase in 2,000 years

By now, it’s clear that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions have created and continue to exacerbate a seismic shift in the global climate. Historically, the carbon dioxide balance on Earth has been regulated in part by the planet’s tropical forests, which absorb the gas in large …

Climate Change

Open-Ocean Wind Farms Could Meet Current Global Energy Demand

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have made a critical discovery.<p>Ocean-based wind farms in the North Atlantic could generate enough power …

Renewable Energy

Kabul uneasily celebrates Shiite holiday of Ashura

KABUL — For Shiite Muslims, Ashura is an annual holy day marked by strong emotional expression — grief and anger, ritualized penitence and colorful celebration — all in memory of Imam Hussain, one of their faith's most revered figures, who was killed in a battle in 680 A.D.<p>But on Sunday, the Ashura …

Transgender teen brutally murdered in Missouri

Police have arrested four suspects for their roles in the gruesome murder, and its cover-up, of 17-year-old Ally Lee Steinfeld.

Crime

Another week, another autocratic leader visiting Trump’s Washington

On Monday, Oct. 2, Thailand’s prime minister, general Prayuth Chan-ocha, will tour Washington for an Oval Office meeting with president Donald Trump and several other meetings, including with Congressional leadership. Trump has already hosted authoritarian leaders from Egypt, Turkey, Vietnam, and …

Human Rights

UN Security Council split on Rohingya crisis

The United States and others call for a strong stance against Myanmar's military for their part in the Rohingya crisis. But China and Russia urge the …

Asia

Sunken 8th continent reveals its buried secrets

A journey to plumb the remote ocean depths has revealed that Earth does indeed have an eighth continent.<p>A nine-week voyage took scientists from around the world to drill and explore the seafloor off New Zealand and Australia. They found evidence of land-based fossils, revealing that the ancient …

A Texas Woman Has Died From 'Flesh-Eating Bacteria' in Harvey's Floodwaters

Just awful.<p>Don't go in the water.<p>That's been the warning from public health experts for weeks in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which left …

Floods

Oldest evidence of life found in 3.95-billion-year-old rocks

The oldest evidence of life on Earth ever discovered may lie within rocks that are 3.95 billion years old, a new study finds.<p>The new finding represents the earliest sign of life yet on Earth by 200 million years or more, the researchers said.<p>Evidence of life early in Earth's history remains sparse …

Hawaii approves construction of telescope on sacred volcano

HONOLULU — A long-running effort to build one of the world’s largest telescopes on a mountain sacred to Native Hawaiians is moving forward after a …

This is the sound of Antarctica melting

If a huge iceberg breaks off from Antarctica and no one’s around to hear it, did it even make a sound?<p>That’s the question Chicago-based performance …

NASA astronaut to bike across Amazon in climate change film

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy is keeping his exploration impulses down-to-earth, biking 600 miles across the Amazon to raise …

Giant Rodent: 18-Inch Rat Species Discovered

A rare new species of rat — up to four times the size of the rodents that populate American cities — has been identified in the Solomon Islands.<p>The …

Sony's movie censorship initiative is a middle finger to art

Sony is giving away clean versions of its movies, as a free extra, in a blatant cash-grab. The free part makes it sound like the company is doing us a favor; you don’t have to watch it but it’s there if you want it.<p>That sounds great when you think of it in terms of watching Spider-Man 2 with my …