5 People Were Killed in 3 Separate Shootings Across America on Monday

5 People Were Killed in 3 Separate Shootings Across America on MondayShootings rocked Chicago, Denver and a city outside St. Louis



Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria

Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after MariaEL YUNQUE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources.



The Lame Duck Session Is a Dangerous Time for Congress. Here's What House Democrats Can Learn From History

The Lame Duck Session Is a Dangerous Time for Congress. Here's What House Democrats Can Learn From HistoryHistorian Eric Rauchway gleans a lesson from 1932



Under-fire UN environment chief resigns

Under-fire UN environment chief resignsUN environment chief Erik Solheim resigned on Tuesday after an audit questioning his huge travel expenses triggered an outcry, UN officials said. The former environment minister of Norway had been at the helm of the Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme (UNEP) since June 2016. A UN audit found that Solheim had spent nearly $500,000 on travel and that he claimed unjustified expenses at a time when the world body is struggling with shrinking budgets.



The moment 'Mary Poppins Returns' star Emily Blunt learned she got the part

The moment 'Mary Poppins Returns' star Emily Blunt learned she got the partBlunt told ABC News it felt like director Rob Marshall "was sort of proposing to me" when she learned she had landed the title character role.



Harrowing video shows helicopter rescue of several people and their dogs from California wildfire

Harrowing video shows helicopter rescue of several people and their dogs from California wildfireWhile the Woolsey Fire in southern California, is largely contained (96% as of Monday night) some of the terrifying images from the last several weeks are continuing to trickle out, including the above video of an absolutely incredible rescue.  The footage is harrowing, taken from a helmet cam, as rescuers navigate a helicopter among the wind, smoke, and fire to land safely and rescue three people — and two dogs — on Castro Peak near Malibu.  SEE ALSO: Terrifying footage shows Southern California fires nipping at a highway It also offers up a rare perspective of what it takes to make these rescues, how complicated and dangerous they are and the risks taken by first responders in dire situations — in this case LAFD Air Operations pilots David Nordquist and Joel Smith.  Even more impressive is the way the pair kept calm and pulled off the rescue without a hitch. One even drily commented, "That was enough excitement for me today."  True heroism.



Dying star in our galaxy ‘could be time bomb which will unleash blast of deadly rays’

Dying star in our galaxy ‘could be time bomb which will unleash blast of deadly rays’It's the first such system to be found in our own galaxy



The worst year to be a human on Earth surprisingly isn’t 2018

The worst year to be a human on Earth surprisingly isn’t 2018

If you take a look at recent events you might imagine that scientists searching for the worst year of human existence would have a hard time topping 2018. I mean, there are mass shootings every other day (and sometimes every day), wildfires destroying huge areas, hurricanes wiping communities off the map, and a planet that is slowly dying because we can't stop messing stuff up.

And that's just the United States. Elsewhere there's drought, famine, disease, and never-ending conflicts.

Humans are just a mess right now, but a new study by researchers at the University of Maine and University of Nottingham have determined that the worst year to be a human isn't 2018. It was the year 536.

A pair of studies published in the journal Antiquity, paint a dire picture of life for humans starting in AD 536. It was then that a combination of events began to shape some of mankind's darkest days, starting with what is known as the "dust veil event" which blanketed much of the Northern Hemisphere in volcanic ash from a massive eruption. Temperatures plummeted, crops rapidly died off, and human progress hit a brick wall.

As if this weren't enough, Europe was then hit with an outbreak of bubonic plague which dragged on for several decades. During this extended pandemic it is estimated that up to one-quarter of the entire human population of Earth was wiped out. The 'Black Death' continued to flare up for centuries, taking out huge chunks of the population.

These dire events, combined with readings of ice samples that show the smelting of precious metals took a century-long dip during this time period, led the researchers to conclude that mankind was essentially in a standstill while it tried to recover.

This generations-long downturn meant that if you were alive in AD 536 you would likely die in a world that was significantly more harsh than you had ever seen. If you were born in the years immediately following these events, you were forced to roll the dice and there was a good chance you wouldn't make it.

Humans as a whole did, of course, make it. We survived incredible hardships and that's why we're still here today. The Earth, on the other hand, may have preferred that we didn't.



Airbnb Is Removing Rentals in Israeli-Occupied West Bank Settlements Following Criticism

Airbnb Is Removing Rentals in Israeli-Occupied West Bank Settlements Following CriticismThe company had previously listed some 200 properties in West Bank settlements



Ex-Judge Arrested in Connection With Wife's Death 4 Years After Severely Beating Her

Ex-Judge Arrested in Connection With Wife's Death 4 Years After Severely Beating Her“Additional criminal charges will be brought against Lance Mason relating to the death of Aisha Fraser.” Shaker Heights Police Said.



Eel trafficking in the EU, the world's 'biggest wildlife crime'

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16 Democrats Sign Letter Against Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. But the Effort Could be Losing Momentum

16 Democrats Sign Letter Against Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. But the Effort Could be Losing Momentum16 Democrats signed letter released on Monday calling for new leadership in the Democratic caucus.



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