Earth Day 2017: You can help the planet by doing this one little thing

“It’s difficult to do,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, which started the annual Earth Day movement 47 years ago. Caption Preparing for spring gardening Getting your pots ready for spring planting. Getting your pots ready for spring planting. Caption Preparing for spring gardening Getting your pots ready for spring planting. Getting your pots ready for spring planting.

April 22, 2017 16:52 UTC

Freshman posed as med student to treat patients at Denver hospital

Story highlights Freshman at the University of Colorado Denver posed as medical student, officials sayDenver Health Medical Center says it's pursuing legal action against the student(CNN) An undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Denver was caught posing as a medical student to treat patients at a city hospital, officials said. Denver Health Medical Center said Friday that it learned the female student had unauthorized access at the hospital. "We have taken swift and aggressive action to address the issue," Denver Health said in a statement. Hospital spokeswoman Kelli Christensen said it was unclear how long the woman had been posing as medical student at the Level 1 trauma center . University of Colorado Denver spokeswoman Emily Williams confirmed the young woman is a freshman studying biology at the Denver campus.

April 22, 2017 16:52 UTC

100 days of failure for Trump?

"No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!," he tweeted. The first 100 days is a construct , an artificial period of time that doesn't have any intrinsic meaning but is routinely used to grade presidents. If Trump and the Republican Congress are able to move legislation in the coming months, the failure won't be that important in defining his legacy. This scandal could still get much worse, but at least at the close of the first 100 days Trump is still standing and the national conversation has shifted to other issues. In the list of presidential 100 days, his will be low on the list.

April 22, 2017 16:41 UTC

Can't Get To Greenland? See Huge Numbers Of Icebergs Float Near Labrador & Newfoundland Coasts

Icebergs from snow-white to deep aquamarine, in every shape and size, float from the Arctic every spring to Iceberg Alley -- Labrador and the island of Newfoundland along the northern and eastern coasts. One of these bergs sank the Titanic in the North Atlantic, 400 miles from this coast. But this April, over 600 icebergs have already loomed large along the northern North American coast -- a number usually not reached until late May or early June. The icebergs we see along the Labrador and Newfoundland coast are the end of their existence, which began maybe 10- 15,000 years before, in a Greenland snowfall during the last ice age. Crashing into one another as they go, the icebergs arrive shrinking and developing cracks, and pouring out floods of meltwater.

April 22, 2017 16:41 UTC

Updated Nutrition Labels Can Make Us Healthier Consumers

As health-minded consumers of food, I think we all deserve to know what is in the packaged food we buy. Let’s just focus on one example, the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed revision of the iconic Nutrition Facts label. That’s why the updated label will have a line for “added sugars,” as well as telling consumers how much of the added sugars will contribute to the maximum amount they should eat in a day. (“Added sugars” excludes the sugars that occur naturally in milk, fruits, and vegetables.) Americans eat an average of 20 teaspoons of added sugars a day.

April 22, 2017 16:41 UTC

Adorable Portraits Explore The Lives Of Big-City Shop Cats

Tamar Arslanian knows that shop cats aren’t just cute, they can play a vital role in a city like New York that can feel a bit cold and brutal at times. It all started when she started posting photos of two shop cats in her neighborhood — Jack, who lives at a wine shop and Kitty, who resides at a pilates studio — on social media, and was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and interest of her fellow New Yorkers. Many of them had favorite local shop cats of their own. That realization inspired Arslanian to write “Shop Cats of New York,” a book that explores the lesser-known lives of the city’s most adored felines. She teamed up with photographer Andrew Marttila, who shot gorgeous portraits of the book’s furry stars.

April 22, 2017 16:30 UTC

Alex Jones: Talk show host or performance artist?

Story highlights Pro-Trump talk show host Alex Jones has stirred controversy with his rants and his conspiracy theoriesCNN's Michael Smerconish says while Jones may deem his show "performance art," his audience consider what he says "real"(CNN) Conservative talk show host Alex Jones's ongoing custody battle exemplifies "what has driven American political discourse into a ditch," CNN's Michael Smerconish argued Saturday on his show. Jones, who broadcasts his radio show on 150 stations, as well as on his website Infowars, has stirred controversy and gained notoriety for his furious, ranting style and belief in conspiracy theories. But recently, it's Jones's personal life that has hit the headlines, due to an ongoing custody battle with his ex-wife. However, the CNN host says, if Americans want "to understand what has driven our political discourse into a ditch," they should "pay attention" to it. The videos were a cynical attempt by Jones, Smerconish said, "to preserve his audience."

April 22, 2017 16:30 UTC

Bernie Sanders Condemns Threats Against Ann Coulter Speech At Berkeley

OMAHA ― Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized the security threats to a speaking event by conservative pundit Ann Coulter at the University of California, Berkeley that prompted the school to postpone the talk. I don’t like it,” Sanders told The Huffington Post after speaking at a rally for Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello on Thursday night. Although on Thursday the university offered to host the speech in the afternoon on May 2, Coulter and the College Republicans have rejected the proposal, arguing that students are less likely to be able to attend an afternoon speech. Coulter has said that she still plans to speak on April 27 in the evening. She and the College Republicans are threatening litigation against the university.

April 22, 2017 16:25 UTC

March for Science rallies take aim at climate change skepticism, proposed budget cuts

March for Science rallies are being help across the country Saturday in response to what organizers and attendees see as increasing attacks on science. … The current (political) situation took us from kind of ignoring science to blatantly attacking it. Marchers in Geneva carried signs that read, "Science -- A Candle in the Dark" and "Science is the Answer." Signs and banners readied for the Washington rally reflected anger, humor and obscure scientific references, such as "No Taxation without Taxonomy." Scientists involved in the march said they were anxious about political and public rejection of established science such as climate change and the safety of vaccine immunizations.

April 22, 2017 16:18 UTC

Tennessee Amber Alert: Kidnapped teen back with family, lawyers say

Attorneys for Elizabeth Thomas, who allegedly was kidnapped in Tennessee last month, say she is "comfortable and resting" in a safe location with family and friends. The family says they are grateful for the thoughts and prayers of the nation and ask for continued prayers as Thomas "becomes able to process the last 39 days." She is a little girl in every sense of the word. The Cummins family issued a statement of their own on Friday, sharing their hope for Thomas' recovery. The family also stated they had no "comment nor opinion" on what should or should not happen" to Cummins.

April 22, 2017 16:18 UTC

As the French Go to the Polls, Uncertainty Is the Only Sure Bet

Photo“I will be in the runoff,” Mr. Fillon told supporters on Thursday, though the current polls suggest that would be a reach. Le Pen on the right and Mr. Mélenchon on the left. Le Pen, whose voters are passionately convinced she is the right choice. Le Pen was speaking in the campaign’s last week. “I decided I’d vote for Fillon after the attack last night,” he said, choosing the more conservative of the two.

April 22, 2017 16:17 UTC

Trump Reaches Beyond West Wing for Counsel

(Mr. Trump said the fallen Fox star Bill O’Reilly should not have settled sexual harassment complaints.) Mr. Trump speaks with Mr. Roth frequently, and is leaning on him to help develop a trillion-dollar infrastructure package expected this year. Mr. Ruffin has a knack for showing up when Mr. Trump needs him most and remains a die-hard defender. Stone Jr.Few alliances in politics are as complicated as the 40-year relationship between the Nixon-tattooed Mr. Stone and Mr. Trump. Robert KraftThe owner of the New England Patriots is a Democrat, but his loyalty to Mr. Trump, Mr. Kraft once said, dates partly to the president’s thoughtfulness when Mr. Kraft’s father died.

April 22, 2017 16:12 UTC

Cyclist Michele Scarponi dies during training run after he’s hit by a van driver

Michele Scarponi was one of the more well-liked cyclists in Europe. (Laurent Cipriani/AP file)Cyclist Michele Scarponi, who was declared the winner of the 2011 Giro d’Italia after Alberto Contador was stripped of his title because of doping, was killed Saturday when he was hit by a van driver at a crossroad while training near his home in Italy. Astana Pro Team, for whom Scarponi competed, called him “a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation” in a statement. According to CNN, Scarponi returned to his home in Filottrano, Italy, after Friday’s fourth-place finish in the Tour of Alps. Cycling News says he was killed during the training run when the van driver didn’t see him at the crossroads.

April 22, 2017 16:07 UTC

Militants in army uniforms kill more than 100 Afghan soldiers at northern base, officials say

More than 100 Afghan soldiers, many having just finished prayers, were killed when militants disguised in army uniforms infiltrated a base in northern Afghanistan and opened fire, Afghan defense officials said Saturday. An Afghan provincial military official said the death toll could be as high as 140. The militants sprayed the base with gunfire before being shot and killed by Afghan commandos from the elite Crisis Response Unit. Afghan soldiers and police “will extend these operations until the terrorists are finished,” the ministry said in a statement. The attack on Afghan soldiers followed a raid last month on the country’s main military hospital in Kabul, the capital, that left 50 people dead.

April 22, 2017 16:05 UTC

American Airlines flight attendant tells angry passenger: 'Hit me. Bring it on'

American Airlines says it has grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger after the flight attendant took a baby stroller away from another passenger. Spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the airline is looking into whether the male flight attendant violently took away the stroller from the female passenger just before she boarded a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas. A video taken by a passenger and posted on Facebook shows the sobbing woman holding a small child and saying, “You can’t use violence with baby.”Later, an unidentified male passenger confronts the flight attendant, telling him, “You do that to me and I’ll knock you flat.” The flight attendant responds with, “Hit me. Bring it on.”The incident comes less than two weeks after video of a man being violently dragged off a United Express flight sparked widespread outrage. ALSOUnited changes policy, crew can't displace seated passengersUnited Airlines vows not to call police on passengers as CEO apologizes for fiascoIn China, the United Airlines incident unleashes frustration about treatment of Asians in America

April 22, 2017 16:05 UTC

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