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Nine of the 12 members of the National Park System Advisory Board resigned this week out of frustration that the new heads of the Interior Department hadn't met with them, NBC News reported.
Tony Knowles, the board's chairman since 2010 and a former Democratic governor of Alaska, said in an interview with Alaska Public Radio that he and eight other members of the panel quit on Monday over their frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hadn't met with them even once. He confirmed a report in the Washington Post.
Another contributing factor was department leaders' apparent lack of interest "in learning about or continuing to use the forward-thinking agenda of science," Knowles told Alaska Public Radio. The board advises the interior secretary and the National Park Service on matters such as designation of natural and historic landmarks.
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Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy.
The pledge announced Wednesday is an offshoot from the sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code championed by President Donald Trump and approved by Congress last month.
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Google says humans will now review video from its most popular YouTube creators after recent complaints.
The videos being targeted are ones Google packages to advertisers as "preferred" content. While Google has had human reviewers before, it relies heavily on software to flag potential problems. YouTube was criticized for moving too slowly after one of its stars, Logan Paul, posted video of what appears to be a suicide victim.
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A viral video shows students and teachers at a Puerto Rico school jumping for joy and celebrating when the power comes back on after 112 days in the dark.
The Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo in San Juan posted the video on their Facebook page last week and it has already been viewed more than 275,000 times and has nearly 6,000 shares.
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A small-town medical examiner has given Democrats across the country another shot of hope heading into the fall election by upsetting a Republican legislator in a conservative Wisconsin state Senate district.
Patty Schachtner's victory Tuesday over state Rep. Adam Jarchow marks the 34th legislative seat that has flipped from Republican to Democrat nationwide since President Donald Trump took office last year, according to the national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, signaling backlash against Trump could fuel a Democratic wave in November.
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Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a blueprint by a prestigious scientific panel for eliminating the "entirely preventable" 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.
The U.S. government-commissioned report by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine made multiple recommendations, including significantly lowering drunken driving thresholds. It calls for lowering the blood-alcohol concentration threshold from 0.08 to 0.05. All states have 0.08 thresholds. A Utah law passed last year that lowers the state's threshold to 0.05 doesn't go into effect until Dec. 30.
A major New York-based camera maker is recalling nearly 300,000 power adapter wall plugs sold with digital cameras nationwide over concerns about a potential shock hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.
Fujifilm, headquartered in Valhalla, issued the voluntary recall for 270,000 plugs sold in the U.S., along with 24,000 were sold in Canada, because the plugs can crack, break or detach and get stuck in the wall, the company said in a statement. They can also expose live electrical contacts, posing a shock hazard.
No injuries were reported in connection with the recalled products, which were sold with digital cameras in-store at retailers across the country and online at Amazon.com and other websites. The products were made in China.
Can you recognize a lion? How about remembering a list of five words, right away and five minutes later?
President Donald Trump can. He got all the usual tests as part of his annual physical exam as president, NBC News reported. But he also added an extra exam — a cognitive screening test for memory loss or early dementia.
It’s not part of the usual battery of tests given a president and may reflect an outpouring of coverage and commentary questioning whether Trump is mentally fit for office.
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Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.
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The U.N. agency that serves Palestinian refugees and their descendants says it is launching a global fund-raising appeal in hopes of making up for funding cuts announced by the United States.
The Trump administration on Tuesday suspended $65 million for UNRWA, demanding it undertake a "fundamental re-examination."
Britain has created a “minister for loneliness” to tackle public health problems associated with social isolation, NBC News reported. The minister, Tracey Crouch, was appointed after research showed that one in 10 people felt lonely "always or often" and hundreds of thousands of the elderly hadn't spoken to a friend or relative in the past month. The minister for sport and civil society, as the title is officially called, will come up with a national strategy to tackle isolation across all ages and find ways of measuring alienation in official statistics.
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Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole knew the art of the deal before President Donald Trump published the 1987 book of the same name.
The two shared a stage under the Capitol dome Wednesday as Dole, 94, accepted Congress' highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for his World War II service and decades of work in the House and Senate. Trump, meanwhile, was mired in a pitched budget battle that threatened to end in a government shutdown at week's end.
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The descriptions are haunting.
Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins.
A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe.
A pilot who once smuggled tons of drugs for Colombian cartels during Miami's "cocaine cowboys" era in the 1980s was convicted Wednesday of playing a key role in an auto fraud ring that stole at least 150 cars using a fake paper trail.
A federal jury found Mickey Munday, 72, guilty of mail fraud and conspiracy charges, each of which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Several others in the fraud ring previously pleaded guilty and testified against Munday, saying his role was transporting the cars and hiding them until they could be sold.
Munday showed no emotion when the verdict was read and was taken immediately into custody. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola set March 29 for sentencing. His defense team said he wasn't aware of the auto fraud.
Journalist Ann Curry said she was not surprised by allegations of sexual misconduct against her former "Today" show co-anchor Matt Lauer. A "climate of verbal harassment” existed when she was at the helm of NBC's morning news show, she said.
Curry, appearing on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday in her first televised interview since the seven-time Emmy winner signed off "Today" five years ago, said the national reckoning on sexual misconduct by powerful men that has resulted in the firings of Lauer and CBS' Charlie Rose has been "long overdue."
She said that she doesn't know a "single woman" who has not endured some form of sexual harassment.