California StatePosted by

Firefighters battle California blaze generating its own weather

Thousands of US firefighters are battling a blaze in California that has grown so big it is generating its own weather system, with authorities warning on Monday conditions could worsen. Around 5,400 firefighters have been struggling to contain the inferno, which was just 22 percent contained late Monday, the California fire and forestries department reported.
Picture for Firefighters battle California blaze generating its own weather
Public SafetyPosted by

Haitian presidential security chief arrested over assassination

Haitian police said Monday they had arrested the head of Jovenel Moise's security as part of the ongoing investigation into the president's July 7 assassination.  "I can confirm that Jean Laguel Civil was arrested Monday by police as part of the investigation into the assassination of president Jovenel Moise," police spokeswoman Marie Michelle Verrier told AFP. Port-au-Prince Commissioner Me Bed-ford Claude had already ordered immigration authorities to prohibit four police officers, responsible for Moise's security, from leaving the country. 
Picture for Haitian presidential security chief arrested over assassination

Mapping the advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan

The resurgent Taliban have taken more territory in Afghanistan in the last two months than at any time since they were ousted from power in 2001. Over the last 20 years, the control map of Afghanistan has been an ever-changing canvas. Here, we look at the fluctuating picture of who controls which areas.

Pollution Turns an Argentinian Lake Bright Pink

Corfo Lagoon, a body of water in the Patagonia region of Argentina, turned a deep and vibrant pink in what activists say is a disturbing sign of pollution in the area. There are some instances of naturally occurring, brightly colored lakes: Australia is home to a number of bubblegum-pink lakes, which contain algae that feed off saltwater and turn the lakes their distinctive hue. But while Corfo Lagoon may look cool right now, the reason for its colorful appearance is anything but natural. Experts and activists say the bright pink color is due to an excess of sodium sulfite, a preservative that’s used on shrimp.
CelebritiesPosted by

Britney Spears files to replace her father as guardian

Britney Spears has launched a legal bid to remove her father from a controversial guardianship controlling her finances and replace him with an independent accountant, according to court documents filed Monday. At a brief hearing later Monday, Judge Brenda Penny said she will rule in late September on the bid to remove Jamie Spears from control of an estate estimated to be worth $60 million.
IndustryPosted by

American Airlines urges pilots to conserve jet fuel

American Airlines on Monday urged its pilots to do everything possible to save fuel, warning that a supply crunch in the United States is challenging company operations. The trade group said the fuel crunch primarily affects smaller airports in the western United States.
EnvironmentPosted by
Interesting Engineering

An Argentina Lake Has Actually Turned Pink With Pollution

They say green is the color of greed. Perhaps pollution is pink. A lagoon in Argentina's southern Patagonia area has actually turned bright pink with pollution in a stark and frightful development that local activists and experts have linked to a chemical used to preserve shrimp for exports, according to an initial report from Agence France-Presse.

North and South Korea restore communication hotline

North and South Korea have restored a communication hotline that was cut off by Pyongyang last June. According to the South's presidential office, the leaders of both countries have agreed to rebuild trust and improve ties. The two leaders have exchanged multiple personal letters since April, the Blue House added.
POTUSPosted by

Biden announces end of US combat operations in Iraq

President Joe Biden declared US relations with Iraq would enter a new phase with American troops exiting combat operations in the country by year-end as he held talks Monday with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi. "We're not going to be, at the end of the year, in a combat mission," he said.
BusinessPosted by

Amazon Eyes Cryptocurrency But Not Poised For Bitcoin

Amazon on Monday denied a report that the e-commerce giant planned to begin accepting Bitcoin payments by the end of this year, but acknowledged an interest in cryptocurrency. City AM cited as unnamed insider as saying Amazon would start taking cryptocurrency, citing a recent job posting by the company for someone with digital currency and blockchain skills.
SportsVoice of America

Weightlifter Diaz Wins First-ever Olympic Gold for Philippines

TOKYO - Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history on Monday when she became the first athlete from the Philippines to win an Olympic gold medal. The 30-year-old Rio 2016 silver medalist from the southern city of Zamboanga realized her dream in the women's 55kg class at the Tokyo International Forum, smashing her personal best to see off world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China who had to settle for silver.
BusinessPosted by

Tesla tops $1 billion in profit, delays Semi launch

Tesla Inc.'s profit topped $1 billion for the first time in the company's history and its sales nearly doubled, zooming past Wall Street expectations, but there was no stock rally late Monday as a “limited” battery supply and the ongoing chip shortage crimped the Silicon Valley electric-car maker's output and forced it to delay the launch of its commercial truck.