MLB baseballs used for Opening Day this season. But the committee of 10 scientists MLB assembled to conduct a study into this power surge couldn’t answer one crucial question: What changed? MLB’s study concluded that the balls have become more aerodynamic, flying farther through the air with less resistance. That isn’t due to any meaningful difference in the size, weight or seam height of the balls. A visit to the plant in Costa Rica where baseballs are made was fruitless.

May 24, 2018 21:45 UTC

How that transfer was made isn’t clear, meaning that the relationship between WikiLeaks and Russian agents isn’t clear, either. When we learned last year that Donald Trump Jr. had communicated with WikiLeaks over Twitter, that was still one step removed from Trump Jr. communicating directly with Russia, even if the subject of conversation was Russia’s work product. On Thursday, we learned of another indirect communication between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign. The timing isn’t entirely clear, but this could have been before Cambridge Analytica was hired by Trump’s campaign, eventually contributing to its digital outreach efforts. The nature of the relationship between Russia and the Trump campaign has, even when posited at its most nefarious, been piecemeal.

May 24, 2018 21:45 UTC

Story highlights A woman said she developed pleural mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson Baby PowderThere are similar asbestos-related cases making their way through courts(CNN) A California jury hit Johnson & Johnson and other companies with a $25.75 million verdict, saying the company was negligent and did not warn consumers about possible health risks from its Baby Powder. The couple who brought the suit, Joanne and Gary Anderson, claim that she developed a kind of cancer after using the company's Baby Powder. The jury returned a $21.75 million compensatory damage amount on Tuesday and, after deliberating on punitive damages, came back with an additional $4 million. The two minerals are often mined near each other, although since the 1970s, talc used in all consumer products has been required to be asbestos-free. Johnson & Johnson says its talc does not contain asbestos.

May 24, 2018 21:45 UTC

President Trump's 'Spygate' is a dishonest and effective branding exercise, says columnist Eugene Robinson. (The Washington Post)President Trump's 'Spygate' is a dishonest and effective branding exercise, says columnist Eugene Robinson. (The Washington Post)President Trump has many limitations, to put it mildly, but he is brilliant at the dark art of branding. Witness how Trump is trying to use the word “spy” as a weapon against the FBI, the Justice Department and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the election. Trump’s success in making some people believe his campaign was “spied on” does not deter Mueller from his appointed rounds.

May 24, 2018 21:44 UTC

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a migrant woman Wednesday in the Texas town of Rio Bravo, setting off an investigation over whether the use of force was justified. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, was traveling with a group of unauthorized immigrants through the border town outside Laredo when a Border Patrol agent confronted them after receiving reports of “illegal activity,” according to Customs and Border Protection. After the shooting, the agent called for emergency medical services and administered first aid to the woman, according to CBP. Three other unauthorized immigrants on the scene were apprehended later. You killed her!” the woman who filmed the encounter says in Spanish as she approached Border Patrol agents at the scene in the video.

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“This phase of suppressed sunlight, notoriously difficult to reconstruct, is supported by the proliferation of saprotrophs thriving on decomposing organic matter,” the study authors wrote. The dinosaurs were entirely wiped out — except for their descendants, birds, which went on to recover and diversify. Scientists have long wondered whether some birds succeeded while others succumbed, and what gave those particular survivors an edge. The birds that survived after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs had several traits in common. Any birds that had to live exclusively in those trees, the authors say, would have gone extinct as well.

May 24, 2018 21:33 UTC

Musk is humiliating himself:• He is using his vast power and influence to undermine journalists simply because he's miffed by negative coverage. The Big Picture: The media is far from perfect, but you don't get to be a modern-day P.T. The Big Picture: "It has become a necessary public relations move for the company, which is still struggling to regain user trust. The Big Picture, via La Monica: "Netflix is now worth more than every traditional media company. Sign up for PACIFIC: The new CNNMoney newsletter about the center of change and innovation

May 24, 2018 21:33 UTC

The legislation also authorizes -- in two paragraphs of the more than 1,000-page bill -- President Donald Trump's request to hold a military parade in the nation's capital to honor veterans. The Pentagon would also have discretion in determining "the participation of military units" that can perform in the parade. Language in the bill would prohibit the use of motorized vehicles, aviation platforms, or operational military units if the secretary finds that using such resources would affect their readiness. Still, language over the parade in the bill sparked some debate during the House Armed Services Committee's markup of the legislation. The Senate is also working on a defense authorization bill, and the two chambers are expected to go to conference to hash on the differences.

May 24, 2018 21:33 UTC

United Continental Holdings Inc. has named its first female chairman. Jane C. Garvey, a United board member since 2009, was selected as the new nonexecutive chairman, the U.S. airline said Thursday. “Jane steps into this critical role bringing with her decades of experience as both a leader and pioneer in our industry,” Oscar Munoz, United’s...

May 24, 2018 21:31 UTC

The President's legal team discussed the logistics of holding the multi-hour interview session at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, the sources said. But there's disagreement among people involved over how close the two sides were to an agreement before the President's team rejected the plan. On January 24, Trump told reporters who asked about the possible interview, "I'm looking forward to it, actually." More recently, despite ongoing negotiations, the President's legal team has come to believe an interview is unlikely. That could change, members of the legal team say, and the two sides continue to trade proposals.

May 24, 2018 21:24 UTC

The creators of North Korea’s nuclear and missile forces are the country’s true elite, celebrated as the heroes who keep America at bay. When Mr. Trump sent one of his deputy national security advisers to Singapore a week ago for a prearranged meeting to work out meeting logistics, the North Koreans stood him up. To the North Koreans, Mr. Bolton knew, the Libya example was shorthand for making a bad decision to unilaterally disarm. None of this means the initiatives with North Korea are entirely dead. Mr. Trump carefully left open the door for Mr. Kim to “call me or write” if he decides to cease the threats of nuclear exchanges and wants to reschedule the summit meeting.

May 24, 2018 21:22 UTC

An airplane was forced to turn around a few minutes into its flight after an engine issue caused numerous metal parts to fall from the airplane onto the neighborhood below. Police in Kumamoto said at least ten metal parts about two-inches long fell into the community below. The falling debris punctured an exterior window of the clinic and damaged a parked car. According to Newsweek, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism found that the turbine blades were damaged upon inspection once the plane landed. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWSPolice say none of the 217 passengers onboard, or people on the ground reported injuries.

May 24, 2018 21:22 UTC

Rather than a politician trying to muddy the waters, Trump seems more like a strongman probing the limits of democracy. And Trump’s charge of political motivation is absurd on its face, since the FBI investigation of Trump advisers was not made public before the 2016 election. Opinion writers David Ignatius and Eugene Robinson discuss what they perceive to be President Trump's overreach of authority. If Trump were a typical politician, other Republicans could keep their heads down and wait for the storm to pass. Trump’s enablers in politics and the media are reducing the political cost of undemocratic rhetoric and behavior.

May 24, 2018 21:15 UTC

"Additionally, being as though Woods had previously stabbed an individual, Woods posed a credible threat to the public," the district attorney's office said in a statement announcing its decision. "Given the serious nature of the crime the officers had probable cause to believe Woods had committed, the officers would have been derelict in their duty to protect the public had they let Woods escape."

May 24, 2018 21:11 UTC

When we think about humans and robots comingling, it’s usually from a more heightened romantic or dystopian view. Rarely do we consider our possible cybernetic future as it relates to the humdrum of everyday life. Nicolas Bigot, a digital photographer from Brittany, France, wants to show us what that might look like. In one of his latest, more visually striking photo series, he focuses on how robotics and humans may one day merge. He then physically builds the mechanical element of the photo using washing machine parts, pipes, electrical wires — whatever he can find.

May 24, 2018 21:11 UTC