EPA Purges Pages That Highlight Climate Change From Its Website

The Environmental Protection Agency removed portions of its website related to climate change on Friday evening ― hours before thousands were set to protest President Donald Trump’s environmental policy. Sections dealing with climate change were only part of what is being reviewed, the agency said in a Friday press release. The EPA was making the changes “reflect the approach of new leadership,” it said. “We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law.”The Hill noted that pages dealing with climate change and its impacts, climate science, and what readers can do to combat climate change now say they are being updated. The EPA did leave in place a snapshot of the website under the Obama administration, which visitors can see only if they scroll to the bottom of epa.gov.

April 29, 2017 17:05 UTC

As L.A. riots raged, she was shot before she was even born. Now 25, she embodies survival and resolve

Elvira Evers recalls the mayhem on the street and the rising fear that she and her daughter — who clung to her — were in danger. Elvira Evers, center, and her daughters Jessica Evers-Jones, right, and Lionela Evers. Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times Elvira Evers, center, and her daughters Jessica Evers-Jones, right, and Lionela Evers. If Elvira Evers has taken something from her brush with death and passed it along, it’s a spirit of resolve. Los Angeles remains in many ways a city divided, with epic inequality in terms of income, education, resources and opportunity.

April 29, 2017 17:01 UTC

If Trump wants a new NAFTA, here's what he has to do

President Trump has agreed to renegotiate NAFTA, the free trade deal between the US, Mexico and Canada. Before he gets a new deal, Trump has a long list of things to do and to worry about. Here is Trump's NAFTA to-do list:1. So far, Trump has said little on exactly what he wants in a new trade deal to bring back manufacturing jobs. Related: Trump's NAFTA is already running out of time8.

April 29, 2017 16:52 UTC

'I am desperate to find my son:' Father pleads for boy missing for a week

On the same day homicide detectives searched his home, the father of a 5-year-old boy reported missing a week ago in South Pasadena released a statement saying he is desperate to find his son. Aramazd Andressian Sr. released the statement through his lawyer Friday. “I am desperate to find my son, Aramazd Jr. and need the public’s help,” the statement said. “I hope and pray for the safe return of my only child, my namesake.”Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant at Andressian’s house in South Pasadena and took a scent-detection dog to look for forensic evidence. “We are looking for a missing boy, and he lived there,” sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said.

April 29, 2017 16:52 UTC

EU Seeks Meeting With Turkey’s Erdogan

BRUSSELS—European Union top officials will seek to hold a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the margins of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit next month, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. EU’s relations with its neighbor are at a low point after Mr. Erdogan’s move to expand his presidential powers and...

April 29, 2017 16:52 UTC

Hacker claims to have released new season of Netflix series 'Orange Is the New Black'

A hacker claims to have followed through on a threat to release several episodes from the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black." Caption 'Ghost In The Shell' movie review by Justin Chang Justin Chang reviews "Ghost In The Shell," directed by Rupert Sanders, starring Scarlett Johansson, Juliette Binoche, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbaek and Chin Han. Video by Jason H. Neubert. Justin Chang reviews "Ghost In The Shell," directed by Rupert Sanders, starring Scarlett Johansson, Juliette Binoche, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbaek and Chin Han. Video by Jason H. Neubert.

April 29, 2017 16:51 UTC

Dozens arrested at unauthorized protests in Russia urging Vladimir Putin not to seek fourth term

Under the slogan "I'm fed up," demonstrators urging Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term as president rallied in cities across Russia on Saturday. The demonstrations were called for by Open Russia, an organization started by Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He was pardoned in 2013, left the country and revived Open Russia as a British-based organization. On Wednesday, Russia's prosecutor-general banned Open Russia as an undesirable foreign organization. 2 job at Justice Department — and the Russia investigationRussian hacker went from poverty to making millions in stolen credit cards.

April 29, 2017 16:47 UTC

Democrats' Senate math problem

Story highlights Democrats are defending a whopping 25 seats as compared to just eight for RepublicansOf their 25 seats, 10 of them are in states that Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential electionWashington (CNN) Chuck Schumer is not only the leader of Democrats in the Senate. "If the President continues this way, there is a chance we could take back the Senate," Schumer said. And if he was, then man oh man was he being optimistic. Start here: Republicans control 52 seats to 48 for Democrats and Democratic-caucusing independents Angus King (Maine) and Bernie Sanders (Vermont). That's until you look at a map of the Senate seats up in 2018.

April 29, 2017 16:38 UTC

Shark mauls trained shark-spotter bodyboarding off French island

A bodyboarder was mauled to death by a shark just two months after one of his best friends was killed in almost identical circumstances. The trained shark-spotter was dragged to shore and given CPR in front of his horrified family members, but rescuers could not save him. Dubosc was a member of Shark Watch Patrol which is dedicated to cutting down spiralling shark deaths on the island. Police said the experienced bodyboarder was in the water with two friends when he was attacked. A police spokesman said: “The young man was in the water with two friends,when a shark attacked him, biting his right thigh, and his groin area.

April 29, 2017 16:18 UTC

'He brought his blessing to Egypt.' Pope Francis embraces Muslim leaders in two-day visit

Pope Francis left Egypt charmed after a high-stakes, two-day visit during which he embraced Muslim leaders, challenged religious extremists and waved to fans from a blue Fiat instead of his armored popemobile. Jonathan Rashad / For The Times Communion during the celebration mass held by Pope Francis at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo. Communion during the celebration mass held by Pope Francis at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo. Pope Francis waved to the crowds as he circled the stadium grounds in a golf cart. During his visit, Francis managed the delicate balance of embracing Islam while condemning Islamic extremists in the Muslim majority country.

April 29, 2017 16:08 UTC

Energy regulator vacancies put $10 billion in pipeline projects in limbo

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member resigned Friday, adding to agency vacancies that already have put roughly $10 billion in natural gas pipeline projects in limbo and further highlighting President Trump’s challenges to fill appointments and get his administration fully staffed. That situation has prevented the agency from ruling on the $10 billion worth of projects, a total spread over roughly a half-dozen separate projects. The agency also regulates the interstate transportation of oil by pipeline and reviews related proposals including those for natural gas pipelines. Much of the attention on Trump’s appointments early in his presidency has focused on the Cabinet and Supreme Court level. It has created the inefficiencies that President Trump is trying to change.”Lawmakers from both parties have expressed alarm at the prolonged FERC vacancies.

April 29, 2017 15:56 UTC

The First 100 Gays

ADVERTISEMENTWASHINGTON ― Saturday marks President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Nobody wants another think piece on the first 100 days. But the first 100 gays? Here are the first 100 gay people in America, with some major caveats. It was the first explicitly lesbian autobiography in which two women ended up happy together.

April 29, 2017 15:10 UTC

Thousands March In Washington, D.C. Heat To Demand Trump Act On Climate Change

ADVERTISEMENTWASHINGTON — As more than 100,000 protesters took to the National Mall Saturday to demand the Trump administration quit cozying up to fossil fuel companies and take action against climate change, D.C. experienced sweltering heat that tied a record for April 29. The #ClimateMarch in Washington DC is moving through the streets, and it is HUGE. As thousands of demonstrators swarmed towards the White House, Trump sent out a tweet. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2017While passing Trump International Hotel, a chorus of “Dump Trump!” filled the streets. Breaking with precedent, he will not attend Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association dinner in Washington.

April 29, 2017 15:00 UTC

The 'Happiest Moment' Of Quentin Tarantino's Life Came During 'Reservoir Dogs'

His first project, “Reservoir Dogs,” made him an instant up-and-comer amid the 1990s’ independent-film boom. There, he spoke of his signature memory from the film, which doubles as the “happiest moment” of his life. Thanks to the “Reservoir Dogs” cast’s harmony, Tarantino’s career was born. This thing that I had thought about for so long — not just ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ just making movies in general -- this might just work out.”Of course, things did work out, despite projector problems and a power outage during the first “Reservoir Dogs” screening at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival. “The guy who did ‘Last House on the Left’ walked out of my movie,” Tarantino roared.

April 29, 2017 14:48 UTC

EU Says United Ireland Would Be Automatic Full Member

BRUSSELS, April 29 (Reuters) - European Union leaders promised on Saturday to embrace the British province of Northern Ireland into the EU if a referendum in the future were to unite it with the Republic of Ireland. The 1998 Good Friday Agreement to end violence in Northern Ireland foresees the holding of referendums on both sides of the border on uniting the island if London and Dublin see public support for that. “The six counties (of Northern Ireland) remain part of the United Kingdom unless and until the people decide make a different choice by a democratic means in other words by a referendum,” Kenny said. Kenny said Britain, whose prime minister Theresa May was absent from the summit, has itself taken the same view on EU membership for Northern Ireland. Brexit minister David Davis acknowledged last month that, if it united with the Republic, it would be entitled to be absorbed into the EU.

April 29, 2017 14:44 UTC

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