A climate report based on work conducted by scientists in 13 federal agencies is under active review at the White House, and its conclusions about the far-reaching damage already occurring from global warming are at odds with the Trump administration's views. The report, known as the Climate Science Special Report, finds it is "extremely likely" that more than half of the rise in temperatures over the past four decades has been caused by human activity - in contrast to Trump cabinet members' views, who consider the magnitude of that contribution to be uncertain.
After a controversial memo by a Google engineer about diversity programs at the company and gender differences went viral over the weekend, sparking an explosive reaction on social media, the search giant did not dispute media reports late Monday that the employee had been fired.
A hacker or hackers going by the name "Mr. Smith" dumped a trove of stolen HBO files online Monday, hinting at the extent of the network's security breach last week. The files include five "Game of Thrones" scripts and a month's worth of emails from Leslie Cohen, the network's vice president for film programming. This is the second data dump from the recent hack, according to the Associated Press. The hackers also demanded a ransom from HBO, threatening to release more of remaining files they claim to have obtained.
Can you buy a city street? Is that even possible? Residents on Presidio Terrace, the oval-shaped privately owned street commonly known as one of the most exclusive communities in San Francisco, learned the answer the hard way. Tina Lam and Michael Cheng of San Jose said that in 2015 they were looking at parcels being auctioned online by San Francisco's tax office when they saw a description of "this odd property in a great location."
State Rep. Craig Hall of Utah has four redheaded children, lives in the state with the highest rate of melanoma in the country and buys sunscreen "in the Costco size." He is an unabashed proponent of sun protection. But when Hall, a Republican, introduced legislation this year to allow kids to bring sunscreen to school - which starts Aug. 21 in his district - he said his fellow lawmakers were less enthusiastic. "My colleagues' first reaction to this bill was mostly 'Seriously? We need a bill for this?' "
When 16-year-old Sam Kanizay waded into the water off Brighton Beach late Saturday, it wasn't anything unusual for the Australian teen. He had grown up in that area of Melbourne, part of an active family that participated in triathlons and frequently swam in the ocean. His legs were sore from football practice earlier that day, so for about half an hour, he stood waist-deep in the dark and let the cold waters soothe his feet as he listened to music on his iPhone. It wasn't until he emerged from the water that he realized his feet were bleeding.
An American Airlines flight lurched violently over the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, sending drinks and people flying - and putting 10 in the hospital after landing in Philadelphia. Alex Ehmke and his family had spent nearly 10 hours in the air - flying home from a vacation in Europe, he told The Washington Post. Flight attendants were handing out a last round of drinks before landing, and the U.S. shore had just come into view. "It had been completely uneventful," Ehmke said. "It looked like a nice day." He and his wife got their coffees. Five minutes or so passed.
A video taken during a traffic stop in California is drawing debate over the officer's decision to keep his gun pointed at the passenger for more than nine minutes. The stop took place last Wednesday morning along U.S. Route 101, south of San Jose, after an officer noticed a car pass him going 85 mph, according to the Campbell Police Department. After stopping the car for speeding, the officer requested the driver's license and additional paperwork.
In a screed that rocketed around Silicon Valley this weekend, a software engineer at Google blasted the company's efforts to increase the number of minorities and women in its ranks and leadership positions. The essay, reported by Motherboard and posted by Gizmodo, was posted on an internal Google forum by a male software engineer and titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber."
There is a woman who rides around John Ackert's Tallahassee subdivision in a golf cart, noting all the ways her neighbors' homes don't measure up to the standards set by the Southwood Residential Community Association. Ackert is trying very hard to not detest her. The 82-year-old retired Navy commander said he once received an official-sounding letter saying he had to take military and Special Olympics stickers off his front door, or face exile from the community's tennis courts and swimming pool. He removed the stickers with minimum grumbling.