?I am a child of refugees?: New Yorkers stage tent protest of Trump travel ban
Trump?s initial travel ban was met with a swift backlash and stymied by the courts. ?We?re spending just one night here and we can always go inside if we get cold, if we get wet, but refugees don?t have that option available to them,? said Amaha Kassa, executive director of African Communities Together, as rain began to beat down on the makeshift tent city. ?Trump?s executive orders are going to cut the heart out of these programs,? said Kassa, who came to the U.S. from Ethiopia at age 4 as an asylum seeker.
Why the Senate Russia Probe Is Trouble for Trump
Unlike the House Intelligence committee?s Russia investigation that was thrown into chaos by its chairman, the Senate investigation is being taken very seriously by the Republican Chairman and Democratic Vice-Chairman.
Schiff pressing hard to reschedule Yates testimony ?soon?
?It?s time to put that hearing back on track,? Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric on Tuesday. ?If we take the White House at its word, it wants Sally Yates to testify now. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the embattled chairman of the House intelligence committee, canceled the public hearing on Friday.
Ex-Christie aides to be sentenced in New Jersey bridge case
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ? Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie will be sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, the closing chapter of a traffic jam that sank the Republican's presidential aspirations.
China says 'no such thing' as man-made islands in South China Sea
There was "no such thing" as man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, and reiterated that any building work was mainly for civilian purposes. China, which claims most of the resource-rich region, has carried out land reclamation and construction on several islands in the Spratly archipelago, parts of which are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. "Most of the building is for civilian purposes, including necessary defensive facilities." The South China Sea is generally stable at present, but some countries outside the region are anxious about this and want to hype things up and create tensions, Wu said, using terminology that normally refers to the United States.
Eyewitnesses describe deadly airstrike in Iraqi neighborhood
MOSUL ? In the West Emergency Hospital in Irbil, 30-year-old Lina described the sound and the smell after an airstrike hit a house in the west Mosul neighborhood of Jadida. Lina?s voice shook as she described the events to Yahoo News.
Completely insane architects are planning to hang a skyscraper from an asteroid
Words like "insane," "crazy," and "nuts" get thrown around a lot ? I use them more than my fair share, if I'm being honest ? but a New York design group just revealed plans for a new type of skyscraper that really can't be described any other way. Their plan is to construct a huge structure on the surface of an asteroid and, believe it or not, that's probably the most rational part of the proposal. Clouds Architecture Office is the firm that wants to build the massive skyscraper, which it calls Analemma Tower. The structure, which at this point is completely conceptual and likely completely impossible, would require that an asteroid be captured and brought into near-Earth orbit. With anchor points on the asteroid, the building is designed to ? this is the part where things go completely off the rails ? hang completely upside down, using the asteroid like a gravitational balloon to hold the structure in place above the Earth's surface. The tower would be in eccentric geosynchronous orbit, and would "travel" between hemispheres on a regular daily schedule, and in a figure eight pattern. The architects say the tower would spend much of its time over New York City thanks to its planned trajectory. The building could remain completely disconnected from the surface indefinitely by drawing power from solar panels situated above cloud level. Water would be filtered within the structure in a semi-closed loop, but the tower could also capture its own water while in-flight. As far as traveling to and from the tower, the concept suggests that people could just parachute down to Earth whenever they needed to leave. As for getting back home, the company doesn't seem to have nailed down exactly how that will work, but by the time the tower is actually built we'll probably have teleportation pads, too.
U.S. senator launches probe into five top opioid drugmakers
(Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill sought on Tuesday details from the nation's top opioid drugmakers on their sales and marketing practices, as lawmakers step up efforts to tackle the country's deadly opioid crisis. The Missouri senator's investigation comes amid an epidemic of opioid addiction, with 91 Americans dying everyday as a result of overdose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This epidemic is the direct result of a calculated sales and marketing strategy major opioid manufacturers have allegedly pursued over the past 20 years to expand their market share," McCaskill, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote in a letter to the drugmakers.
16 Million at Risk As Massive Storms Tear Through the South
John McCain is not sorry for calling Kim Jong Un ?fat?
?What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?? Sen. John McCain quipped via Twitter on Wednesday in response to a report by the Korean Central News Agency that the dignity of North Korea?s supreme leadership was hurt by McCain?s recent description of Kim Jong Un as the ?crazy fat kid that?s running North Korea.? What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid? https://t.co/Ym3juRfBev