Democrats Complain About Green Party “Spoilers,” but Few in Congress Back a Solution: Ranked-Choice Voting

Democrats Complain About Green Party “Spoilers,” but Few in Congress Back a Solution: Ranked-Choice Voting

Ballots are still being counted in Ohio’s nail-biting special election in the 12th Congressional District, but it looks like Republican Troy Balderson will narrowly defeat Democrat Danny O’Connor. As of the time of publication, the vote tally is 101,772 for Balderson and 100,208 for O’Connor. But with Green Party candidate Joe Manchik garnering 1,129 votes votes, […]

Russian lawmakers back bill to simplify early release of seriously ill prisoners

Russian lawmakers back bill to simplify early release of seriously ill prisoners

The Russian Upper House Committee for Constitutional Law has approved a bill that aims to simplify the procedure for the early release of prisoners suffering from serious illnesses. Once the new bill is passed into law, the Russian government will specify the formal procedure under which convicts should apply for the cancellation of their punishment […]

Trump sets tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods; Beijing strikes back

Trump sets tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods; Beijing strikes back

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he was pushing ahead with hefty tariffs on $ 50 billion of Chinese imports on Friday, and the smoldering trade war between the world’s two largest economies showed signs of igniting as Beijing immediately vowed to respond in kind. Trump laid out a list of more than […]

Wells Fargo pulls back from U.S. Midwest, selling 52 branches to Flagstar

Wells Fargo pulls back from U.S. Midwest, selling 52 branches to Flagstar

(Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) is pulling back from retail banking in the U.S. Midwest, selling all of its branches in three states, as the bank embarks on a broader review of branch profitability across the country. FILE PHOTO: A Wells Fargo bank sign is pictured in downtown Los Angeles, California, U.S. August […]

Songster Dom Flemons Brings Back the Melodies of the Black Cowboy

Songster Dom Flemons Brings Back the Melodies of the Black Cowboy

Whitewashed from cowboy movies and lore, the African-American contribution to the shaping of the American West was more significant than previously considered, down to tunes they sang, which were as familiar as “Home on the Range.” In researching songs that would become his album Dom Flemons presents Black Cowboys for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the artist […]

Back to work, Prince Harry and Meghan to delay honeymoon

Back to work, Prince Harry and Meghan to delay honeymoon

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will delay heading off for their honeymoon, instead attending a birthday party for his father Prince Charles just days after marrying in a ground-breaking ceremony that blended the modern with the traditional. After a day that saw the couple exchange vows in a medieval chapel at Windsor […]

How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838

How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838

If you’re a fan of the TV series, “Westworld,” you’re probably aware that it’s based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name. What you may not know is that the concept has been kicking around for a very long time. While Crichton insists his dystopian vision had no “literary antecedents,” there’s at least […]

Cosby defense lawyers hitting back hard against accusers

Cosby defense lawyers hitting back hard against accusers

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Bill Cosby’s defense lawyers will continue grilling his accusers when his sexual assault trial resumes on Thursday following withering treatment of three so far that featured tears, confessions of drug use and charges of self-promotion. Actor and comedian, Bill Cosby, returns to the courtroom after lunch recess during the third day […]

The frogs bouncing back after almost being wiped out by disease

The frogs bouncing back after almost being wiped out by disease

A speckled glass frog, PanamaDouglas Woodhams By Michael Le Page There’s a glimmer of hope for frogs and other amphibians that are being wiped out by a lethal disease. Some now seem to be evolving resistance to the killer “chytrid” fungus. In Panama, 9 affected species have virtually recovered to previous levels. “It offers us […]

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