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'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016

Extreme weather to continue after record 2016In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth.

That's according to a detailed global analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

It says that 2016 was not only the warmest year on record, but it saw atmospheric CO2 rise to a new high, while Arctic sea ice recorded a new winter low.


Supreme Court limits president’s power to fill temporary posts

SCOTUSThe Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the president’s power to temporarily fill vacant government posts while nominations are tied up in partisan political fights.

The 6-2 ruling said a former top lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board had served in violation of a federal law governing temporary appointments.

Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said that Lafe Solomon was not allowed to serve as acting general counsel of the agency that enforces labor laws while he was at the same time nominated to fill that role permanently.


FBI wiretapped Russian gambling ring headquarted at Trump Tower for two years

FBI wiretapped Russian gambling group at Trump TowerTurns out there was a wiretap at Trump Tower after all — just not the way President Trump has said.

The FBI had a court-sanctioned warrant for two years to monitor a Russian crime organization working out of a unit three floors below President Trump’s penthouse, according to an ABC News report.

Listening in on the Russians’ happenings resulted in north of 30 people being indicted in April 2013, with federal agents raiding the Trump Tower apartment. But the mastermind, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, got away and has since fled the United States justice system.


FBI investigating if right-wing news sites, including Breitbart and Infowars, had role in campaign cyber attacks

FBI probing sites like InfowarsThe FBI is investigating if several right-wing news websites — including Breitbart and InfoWars — played any part in the Russian cyber attacks of the 2016 presidential election, according to a report.

Investigators are looking into bots from hackers that spammed social media links with pro-Trump and anti-Clinton stories — some of them totally phony — at times when Donald Trump’s campaign seemed to be in trouble, McClatchy Washington Bureau reported.


Fired U.S. attorney Preet Bharara lands at NYU Law

Ptreet BhararaFormer U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has a new job.

Bharara was named Tuesday as a distinguished scholar in residence at the New York University School of Law after he was fired by the Trump administration earlier this month as the federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York.

Bharara's next move has been heavily speculated because he is considered a potential political candidate after he attacked public corruption in New York.


Study: Amazon River is at least 9 million years old

Amazon River is 9m years oldAccording to new research, the Amazon River is between 9 and 9.4 million years old. Estimates that the river is considerably younger are wrong, scientists say.

Researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Brasilia analyzed sediments from an offshore borehole drilled for oil and gas exploration. Their findings revealed a shift in sediment composition and plant debris during the late Miocene, between 9 and 9.4 million years ago, suggesting a change in the source of the river from the tropical lowlands to the peaks of the Andes.

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Tillerson to skip NATO summit, will visit Moscow

Rex TillersonU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not attend a NATO summit meeting at the beginning of April but will travel to Moscow a week later, State Department officials said.

Tillerson will not attend the NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on April 5 and 6, although State Department officials did not confirm his absence is connected to the planned visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping that week. Xi and Trump will meet in Florida.

Tillerson and the Chinese president met last week in Beijing to discuss North Korea and the threat of its nuclear ambitions.


Trump warns GOP of political costs of rejecting health bill

Trump warns legislators about health billPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday warned House Republicans they could lose their seats in next year's midterm elections if they failed to back the GOP health care overhaul and fulfill a long-promised goal to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

In a rare trip to the Capitol, the president met behind closed doors with rank-and-file Republicans, some wavering on the legislation two days before a climactic vote. Top House Republicans unveiled revisions to their bill Monday night in hopes of nailing down support.


4 Unanswered Questions About The FBI's Russia Investigation

Unanswered questions at Intel hearingsFBI Director James Comey lit the fuse Monday on a political time bomb and no one — including him — knows how long it will take to burn or what kind of damage it may cause when it goes off.

Comey confirmed to members of Congress that his investigators are looking into possible collusion between the campaign that elected President Trump and the Russian government. In fact, he said, the FBI has been doing so since last July.


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