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'The US is on track to lose this trade war,' economist Stephen Roach says

The U.S. and China are aged in the early innings of a trade war, and prominent economist Stephen Roach says it's the United States that's on track to …

US weekend forecast: Triple threat of heavy rains, wildfires and blizzard

<b>(CNN) —</b> Harsh weather systems are unleashing three sets of menacing conditions Saturday: thunderstorms and tornado risks in the South, more wildfire danger in Oklahoma and the southern Plains, and a blizzard in the upper Plains and Upper Midwest.<p>Severe storms already made their mark in western …

Weather

Analysis: Trump is right. Amazon is a master of tax avoidance

The president is meddling with one of the country's biggest companies, but he's right about a couple of important measures.<p>There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about President Trump's tirades against <b>Amazon</b> (NASDAQ: AMZN).<p>For starters, it's unseemly for a president to be attacking an American …

Trump's enemy is not your friend: why we shouldn't defend Amazon | Thomas Frank

Why must we choose between the worst president of our lifetimes and one of the most rapacious corporate enterprises in the country?<p>President Trump last week resumed his campaign of critical tweets about the online retailer Amazon, which he accuses of paying too little in taxes and of getting too …

Jeff Bezos

Earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near Nashmead

A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Wednesday morning three miles from Nashmead, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:42 a.m. PST at a depth of 3.7 miles.<p>According to the USGS, the epicenter was 46 miles from Ukiah, 65 miles from Fortuna and 70 …

Magnitude-4.4 earthquake strikes Delaware

A magnitude-4.1 earthquake has struck in Delaware about seven miles northeast of Dover Air Force Base, the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting.<p>The quake hit just before 5 p.m. The Delaware Emergency Management Agency said there are no reports of damage or serious injuries.<p>The USGS says it has more …

Sri Lanka appeals for aid after deadly floods

Sri Lanka has appealed for international help after more than 120 people were killed in its worst flooding and landslides in more than a decade.<p>Dozens more are missing after torrential rains. Some half a million Sri Lankans have been forced to flee their homes.<p>Officials said deaths were reported …

Earthquake hits central Alaska, rising weekend count to 4

PLEASANT VALLEY, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 3.8 earthquake hit the central part of the state.<p>The center …

Geology

Quick Tips For Making Flowers Last

5389884401001<p>Give your flowers a little drink of bleach. They'll thank you, we promise.<p>O1Atbqbt<p>We whipped up three dishes from historical cookbooks …

Millions under flood threat in Carolinas

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states are bracing for a round of strong thunderstorms and the threat of flash flooding.<p>A system of storms carrying heavy rain that left hundreds of roads flooded in eastern Tennessee over the weekend is slowing moving northeast.<p>Nearly 6 million people are …

Peru floods: deadly downpour leaves thousands homeless

Flooding and mudslides caused by intense rains in Peru has now left at least 72 people dead.<p>The scale of the destruction – the worst in recent memory – has seen more than half the country declare a state of emergency.<p>Over 100,000 homes have been either damaged or destroyed, while 100 bridges have …

Reporter says White House staffer recorded fiery exchange without her knowledge

April Ryan, a reporter with American Urban Radio Networks, got into an argument with Manigault near the Oval Office last week, according to the newspaper.<p>During the exchange, Ryan said, according to The Post, she felt "physically intimidated" by Manigault, and she accused Manigault of saying Ryan …

Donald Trump

Standing Rock: Pope appears to back Dakota pipeline opponents

<b>Pope Francis has appeared to back Native Americans fighting the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.</b><p>The Pope said indigenous cultures had a right to defend "their ancestral relationship to the earth".<p>He did not specifically name the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, who are opposing …

Environment

Key Senate committee chairman wants briefing on Flynn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday to send the committee documents and provide a briefing on the resignation of President Donald Trump’s national security …

Donald Trump

McCain to vote against Mulvaney's OMB nomination

Sen. John McCain announced this evening that he will vote against confirming Rep. Mick Mulvaney as director of the Office of Management and Budget, formalizing a position he has been leaning toward for weeks.<p>“It is with great reluctance that I come to the floor of the Senate to rise in opposition …

Former Clinton aides apoplectic over Trump campaign-Russia reports

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton's former campaign aides are apoplectic about revelations that top advisers close to now-President Donald Trump's campaign were in constant communication with Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 contest.<p>Now, they are weighing how to hold Trump's feet …

Donald Trump

Labor unions take victory lap after Puzder withdrawal

The ink wasn’t dry on Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal as secretary of labor nominee, but union leaders were celebrating. AFSCME President Lee Saunders said Puzder had “nothing but contempt for everything the Labor Department stands for.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said “the power of collective …

Thai floods cause 200-kilometer traffic tailback; death toll up to 25

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Flash floods in southern Thailand washed out a bridge on the country’s main north-south highway on Tuesday, backing up traffic for 200 km (125 miles) as the death toll from days of unseasonable rain rose to 25, media reported.<p>A bridge damaged by floods is pictured at Chai Buri …

Thailand

Torrential storms bring snow, mudslides, flooding, 173-mph winds in California

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Hurricane-force winds in the mountaintops and torrential rainfall in the valleys caused havoc in Northern California on Monday, flooding roadways and stranding drivers on major highways after mudslides.<p>The extreme weather pummeling the Sierra Nevada is the result of a …

Methane may not last long in the atmosphere — but it drives sea level rise for centuries

By Chelsea Harvey<p>It seems like just about every week, there’s more news on the rapid melting of glaciers in Greenland, Antarctica and elsewhere — and scientists’ growing concern about their potentially dramatic contributions to global sea level rise. But there’s another major element affecting …

California, Nevada pounded by floods, mudslides

<b>(CNN) —</b> California, Nevada and other parts of the West face more flooding, mudslides and heavy snow as winter storms continue to pound the region.<p>In California, a gigantic mudslide closed a section of Interstate 80 in the Sierras and high winds felled a famous giant sequoia tree with a hollowed-out …

Weather

U.S. posts second-warmest year on record, breadth of warmth ‘unparalleled’

By Jason Samenow<p>, Weather editor<p>Every single state and every single city in the Lower 48 states was warmer than normal in 2016. For the nation, the year ranked second-warmest in records that date back to 1895.<p>The nation’s average temperature was 54.9 degrees, nearly 3 degrees above the long-term …

Global Warming

Hundreds of Nevada homes evacuated in floods along mountains

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of homes were evacuated in northern Nevada, and stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded Northern …

Weather

The US had no aircraft carriers deployed for the first time since at least 2000 — but Russia and China do

The US had the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower deployed in the Persian Gulf carrying out an air campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria until late December, but that carrier returned home December 30.<p>On Thursday, the USS Carl Vinson left its port in San Diego to head for the Western Pacific, where …

Military

Giant iceberg poised to break off from Antarctic shelf

Predicted to be one of the largest break-offs ever recorded, separation of iceberg could trigger breakup of most northern major ice shelf, Larsen C<p>A giant iceberg, with an area equivalent to Trinidad and Tobago, is poised to break off from the Antarctic shelf.<p>Related: British Antarctic research …

Flash floods kill 18 in southern Thailand

Flash floods have killed at least 18 people in Thailand as heavy rains continued to ravage the country's south.<p>The flooding, which is roof-high in some areas, affected more than 700,000 people since it started a week ago, Thailand's interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday.<p>At least 18 …

Snow pounds parts of East Coast, spares several big cities

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Snow and sleet pounded a large swath of the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, coating roads with ice and causing hundreds of crashes. …

Weather

Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Burney, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Thursday evening 17 miles from Burney, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:20 p.m. at a depth of 3.1 miles.<p>According to the USGS, the epicenter was 47 miles from Shasta Lake, 52 miles from Redding and 71 miles …

Natural Disasters

Wet, winter storms pummel West; headed for Rockies

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Much of Northern California and the Sierra Nevada braced for potential flooding into the weekend as a winter storm that dumped more …