Extreme downpours -- like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia earlier this year -- will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times more frequently in parts of the Mississippi Delta, according to a new study. Scientists have long pointed out that warmer air holds more moisture, so man-made climate change will increase the frequency of extreme downpours. That increase has already started , they say, but new work with much stronger computer simulations shows just how bad it will get, and where.
An ancient lost city was discovery underneath a forest believed to have been a refuge for native Americans. In order to make the discovery, NASA used its remote-sensing equipment called the LIDAR technology. Scientists used the instrument to analyze the site by zooming in on Oklahoma.
A careful analysis of the images led to the discovery of what is believed to be a 10,500-year-old community settlement. The area remained hidden until the NASA LIDAR technology was used to inspect the area.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday said Tehran would "firmly respond" if President Obama didn't stop an extension of sanctions passed by Congress, Reuters reported.
"America's president is obliged to exercise his authority by preventing its approval and particularly its implementation ... and if this gross violation is carried out we will firmly respond," Rouhani said in a speech to parliament.
During the speech, the Iranian president criticized legislation that extends the Iran Sanctions Act for 10 years. Rouhani said the legislation was a violation of Tehran's nuclear deal with six major powers.
Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Obama to pardon him before leaving office.
White House and Justice Department officials on Saturday said Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. read more
Previously, health care facilities could dispose of fetuses in sanitary landfills, as is the common practice for disposal of medical waste across the country.
"Since abortion clinics have been open and operating in the United States, there have been protocols in place for how to deal with the products of conception, or the fetus," Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues manager with the Guttmacher Institute, a policy and research organization that focuses on reproductive rights, told HuffPost earlier this month. "Typically, what has been required is that the products of conception be treated as any other tissue from the body. So, as medical waste."