BlackRock may keep fees despite executive's U.S. campaign donation: SEC

BlackRock may keep fees despite executive's U.S. campaign donation: SEC

NEW YORK (Reuters) – BlackRock Inc can keep fees from the state of Ohio despite a donation one of its top executives made to Governor John Kasich’s U.S. presidential campaign, according to a preliminary ruling late on Friday by a securities regulator. FILE PHOTO: The BlackRock logo is seen outside of its offices in New […]

Despite opposition, US President Donald Trump named NASA chief

Despite opposition, US President Donald Trump named NASA chief

Washington: The US Senate has narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to head the space agency NASA, over objections from Democrats who warned he lacked a technical background. Jim Bridenstine, a congressman from Oklahoma, US Navy veteran and former pilot, was confirmed on a 50-49 vote, and will become the 13th administrator of the National […]

Antarctica still losing ice despite big rise in snowfall

Antarctica still losing ice despite big rise in snowfall

A fluffy Adelie Penguin chick covered in snow during a snow storm in Antarctica.Jason Edwards/Getty By Andy Coghlan Snowfall in Antarctica has increased by 10 per cent since 1800, an analysis of ice cores from Antarctica has revealed. An increase in snowfall has long been predicted as a result of global warming. “A warming atmosphere […]

75 For and 80,945 Against: Nestle allowed to pump more water in Michigan despite public outcry

75 For and 80,945 Against: Nestle allowed to pump more water in Michigan despite public outcry

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has given Nestle permission to extract 400 gallons (1,500 liters) of water per minute for its Stanwood bottling plant, in the face of a sustained protest campaign. “We cannot base our decisions on public opinion because our department is required to follow the rule of law when making determinations,” […]

Despite Its Recent Postmortem, the New York Times Obituaries Desk Is Still Overlooking Women and People of Color

Despite Its Recent Postmortem, the New York Times Obituaries Desk Is Still Overlooking Women and People of Color

Fading black and white images help illustrate “Overlooked,” a recent series of freshly penned obituaries for long-dead women who the New York Times forgot or failed to memorialize in their day. Through a gauzy lens of history and seeming regret, America’s paper of record finally acknowledged the likes of poet Sylvia Plath, photographer Diane Arbus, and […]

Syria war: Shelling and strikes despite Eastern Ghouta 'pause'

Syria war: Shelling and strikes despite Eastern Ghouta 'pause'

Fighting continued in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area in Syria during the first daily five-hour “pause” ordered by the government’s ally Russia. Activists said there were government air and artillery strikes, while Russia said rebels shelled a “humanitarian corridor” meant to let civilians leave. As a result, there were no UN aid deliveries or medical […]

Despite Setbacks, Liberty Will Prevail in 2018

Despite Setbacks, Liberty Will Prevail in 2018

By Ron Paul ​Happy New Year! We always approach a new year with anticipation, hope, and also some worries. Last year was one of the strangest political years I have seen in some time. A new Republican president spent his first year pursuing more or less the same foreign policy as his Democratic predecessor and […]

Keystone XL oil pipeline will go ahead despite last week’s spill

Keystone XL oil pipeline will go ahead despite last week’s spill

The site of the recent oil spillDroneBase/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Aylin Woodward Nebraska has given the okay for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to run through the state – even though the existing Keystone pipeline spilled thousands of barrels of oil just last week. On Thursday morning, the Keystone pipeline sprang a leak near Amherst, South Dakota. […]

Latest climate talks actually made progress despite US obstinacy

Latest climate talks actually made progress despite US obstinacy

Anthony Kwan/Getty Images By Michael Le Page The latest meeting to discuss international action on climate change has made modest progress. It did so despite the US stating earlier this year that it plans to withdraw from the Paris agreement. “It showed that the rest of the world is steadfast in its support for the […]