Here are some of the best signs from the March for Science in Washington and around the world

In Sydney, thousands of people marched, carrying signs with messages such as “Science, not silence” and “Basic science, NOT B.S.! We'll post some images and tweets here as people rally in Washington and around the world. A few signs seen so far: “Science cures alternative facts.” “Make America THINK again.” “If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.”(Jia Naqvi/The Washington Post)(Jia Naqvi/The Washington Post)(Jia Naqvi/The Washington Post)(Jia Naqvi/The Washington Post)So exciting to see these photos from around the world. #ScienceMarch — Wendy Zukerman (@wendyzuk) April 22, 2017Kayla Epstein / The Washington PostJia Naqvi / The Washington PostJia Naqvi / The Washington PostJia Naqvi / The Washington Post(Jia Naqvi/The Washington Post)(Jia Naqvi/The Washington Post)On the way to the #marchforscience Cbus with my HS chemistry teacher Mr Wiegman!! — Drew Kerkhoff (@KerkhoffLab) April 22, 2017(Jia Naqvi/The Washington Post)(Jia Naqvi/The Washington Post)(Jia Naqvi/The Washington Post)The London march is in full swing!

April 22, 2017 14:02 UTC

History tells us that Republicans are taking on too much this week — and that it isn’t likely to end well

In the week ahead, lawmakers already face an immediate Friday deadline of keeping federal agencies funded through the remainder of the year. Some Trump advisers have pushed for a vote this week on health-care legislation, even though there are no signs that ongoing talks between moderate and conservative Republicans have produced a breakthrough. In early 2013, Democrats pushed legislation almost simultaneously for strict background checks on gun purchases and an overhaul of immigration laws. Both proposals went through the Judiciary Committee, and both were politically sensitive for the half-dozen or so Democrats from conservative states. Partly at the urging of Vice President Pence, the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group have resumed talks about salvaging that effort.

April 22, 2017 14:02 UTC

Taliban’s Deadliest Attack in Afghanistan Since Ouster Takes Heavy Toll

KABUL—The death toll from a Taliban attack on the Afghan army’s northern headquarters rose to at least 130 people, Afghan and coalition officials said Saturday, a day after militants breached the base hidden in military vehicles in the group’s deadliest assault since it was ousted from power in 2001. The Afghan army had initially said just 11 people had been killed in Friday’s attack, but admitted the higher death toll after it was leaked to the media. Foreign and provincial officials accused the army of a coverup that...

April 22, 2017 14:01 UTC

Ask Ethan: What Should A Black Hole's Event Horizon Look Like?

From our point of view, its event horizon is the largest of all black holes. That's the question of Dan Barrett, who's seen some illustrations and is a bit puzzled:Shouldn't the event horizon completely surround the black hole like an egg shell? How is it that the event horizon does not completely surround the black hole? Since nothing can move that quickly, not even the forces or interactions between the particles inside the black hole, the inside of a black hole collapses to a singularity, and an event horizon is created around the black hole. In the innermost regions, particles occasionally fall in, adding to the mass of the black hole, while the material in front of the black hole will obscure part of the sphere/circle you'd otherwise see.

April 22, 2017 13:52 UTC

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Dismissed

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, a physician advocate for the Affordable Care Act appointed by former President Barack Obama, was abruptly removed from the post by the Trump administration Friday. Dr. Murthy was replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, who will serve as acting Surgeon General, according to the Surgeon General’s website and Twitter account. According to her official biography, Adm. Trent-Adams...

April 22, 2017 13:52 UTC

Kim Jong Un party paradise: North Korean dictator's resort revealed as his people starve

These aerial pictures show Kim Jong Un’s party island– dubbed ‘North Korea’s Ibiza’ – where the nuke-loving dictator entertains his cronies and plots world domination just like a James Bond villain. The sprawling resort comprises of luxury villas dotted around Kim’s giant private palace on a wooded estate on the east coast of the hermit nation. IRAN: GROUP CLAIMS REGIME IS 'IN FULL GEAR' ON COVERT WORK ON NUCLEAR WEAPONSRodman, who experts claim has had more contact with the tyrant than any other American, talked about the party resort comparing it to Spanish island Ibiza. “Everything you want, he has the best.”Guests of Kim are given rooms decorated with imported antique furniture, paintings and tapestries. His seaside party pad – close to the port of Wonson – has its own marina and secluded bays patrolled 24 hours a day by heavily armed troops.

April 22, 2017 13:52 UTC

Care to learn Spanish? Dodger broadcast legend Jaime Jarrin teaches almost nightly, and the course is free

But when I do, the other Dodger broadcast legend — Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin, in his 59th year with the team at the age of 81 — is my Spanish teacher. Times Columnist Steve Lopez, left, with his Spanish teacher, Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin. Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times Times Columnist Steve Lopez, left, with his Spanish teacher, Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin. Times Columnist Steve Lopez, left, with his Spanish teacher, Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin. Good advice, for sure, but if everyone followed it, we wouldn’t need Spanish radio or television, and something would be lost.

April 22, 2017 13:52 UTC

Cyclist Scarponi dies in van collision

Story highlights He had finished fourth in Tour of Alps on FridayMourned as 'one of the nicest guys'(CNN) Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi, who won the Giro d'Italia in 2011, died in a road collision while training Saturday morning, his Astana Pro Team said in a statement. Scarponi, 37, was struck by a van near his home in Filottrano in Italy's Le Marche region. He was coming off a fourth-place finish in the Tour of Alps Friday afternoon in Trento, the team said, before returning home to his family. On Saturday morning, Scarponi went out for a training ride when he was hit at a crossroad. He was a landmark for everyone in the Astana Pro Team."

April 22, 2017 13:52 UTC

Clamp down on visas for doctors could hurt these parts of the U.S.

Limiting the number of foreign doctors who can get visas to practice in the United States could have a significant impact on certain hospitals and states that rely on them, according to a new study. Related: Hospitals, doctors in limbo after fast-track processing of H-1Bs is haltedEmployers in New York, Michigan and Illinois accounted for the most H-1B visa applications for foreign physicians, nearly a third of the total. Related: Visa crackdown puts these rural doctors at riskThe H-1B visa program allows employers to hire highly skilled professionals from abroad to fill employment gaps in the U.S., typically in high-tech, science, engineering and math jobs. But hospitals use the program as well, often to recruit doctors to serve in rural or underserved urban areas. Among other things, it requires federal agencies to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program to ensure the visas are awarded appropriately.

April 22, 2017 13:52 UTC

Jail to job: NYC to give jobs to released inmates

New York City is betting on a plan to offer jobs to released jail inmates as a way to break the cycle of incarceration. Mayor Bill de Blasio's $10 million-a-year "jails to jobs" initiative will guarantee all Rikers Island inmates serving sentences of a year or less a chance at short-term employment once they do their time. The jobs will last up to eight weeks, with hourly wages covered by taxpayer money rather than the pockets of the employers. Supporters say transitional jobs are a good investment because research shows that inmates who get them are less likely to break the law again and go back to the notorious jail, where costs of housing each prisoner can top $200,000 a year. Critics say it wastes money by rewarding criminals.

April 22, 2017 13:52 UTC

After ISIS, Smoking Openly to Feel Free

A pack used to cost 750 dinars, or 63 cents. One time at a checkpoint, he said, an Islamic State guard stuck his head through the window of their car and sniffed them. The day the Islamic State was forced out of the area, he said, he chain-smoked four packs. In the next house we visited, a young man walked in with a carton of the same brand of cigarettes. The young man with the carton told me that he smoked because he was addicted, but that it was also his own form of resistance.

April 22, 2017 13:52 UTC

Volleyball Over, North Koreans Go Back to Work at Nuclear Site, Analysts Say

PhotoSEOUL, South Korea — North Korea appears to have resumed work at its nuclear test site after a perplexing series of volleyball matches were held there, according to analysts who studied satellite images of the site, renewing concerns that a major weapons test could be imminent. North Korea carried out a missile test on Sunday, but it was considered an embarrassing failure, with the projectile exploding immediately after liftoff. But North Korea is preparing to celebrate another major holiday this coming week: Tuesday will be the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army, and the North often uses such occasions to show off its military advances. In their previous study of satellite photos, taken last Sunday, the analysts noted several teams at the test site playing volleyball, a popular sport in the North. “Regardless, satellite imagery continues to indicate that the Punggye-ri nuclear test site appears able to conduct a sixth nuclear test at any time once the order is received from Pyongyang,” they concluded.

April 22, 2017 13:46 UTC

Why Leaders Think They're Evolving When They're Not

But this leader and the countless leaders I have met like him – both non-diverse and diverse – are not causes of the problem with inclusive leadership at most companies. Simply put, leaders who think they are evolving are the ones who don't know how to evaluate their own performance. They often think they are evolving and influencing when they are actually stagnant, if not weakening. Answering that question requires leaders to have an authentic awareness and understanding of what their leadership solves for – to be truly accountable for and take ownership of their leadership identity. That’s not the path to evolving inclusive leadership as a growth strategy and ensuring the marketplace does not pass those leaders and the company by.

April 22, 2017 13:41 UTC

Kim Kardashian sparks backlash over release of new Virgin Mary kimoji

Sparks are flying over Kim Kardashian West's new Kimoji candle. WATCH: Kim Kardashian Rocks a Super Sheer Minidress at Dinner With Sisters Kourtney & Khloe -- See the Pic! WATCH: Kim Kardashian Gets Candid About Rob and Blac Chyna: 'They're Just Not Meant to Be'"Disgusting! If you knew who the Virgin MARY was and represented you would actually be embarrassed. Heavensvoice Hayes (@Heavenzvoice) April 20, 2017@KimKardashian I'm Catholic we use candles with images of saints, the Virgin Mary etc.

April 22, 2017 13:41 UTC

Lebanon army kills wanted IS militant in raid

Lebanon's army says it has killed a Syrian Islamic militant fighter during a raid in the country's east. The army says in a statement Saturday the militant was killed during a raid to arrest infiltrators from neighboring Syria. The army says the killed militant, Hassan al-Malees, was wanted for his role in attacking Lebanese army posts in cross border operations, including the kidnapping of Lebanese soldiers in 2014 in the town of Arsal. Lebanon's army is battling Islamic State and al-Qaida-linked militants along its border areas with Syria, where the militants have thrived during the six year conflict. The army says the raid, which turned deadly when the militants opened fire, also led to the arrest of 10 other militants.

April 22, 2017 13:41 UTC

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