... Now, an X-ray signal dubbed XT2 from a galaxy 6.6 billion light-years away has revealed another neutron star merger, which left behind a single, heavier neutron star with an incredibly powerful magnetic field: a magnetar.
“We’ve found a completely new way to spot a neutron star merger,” said Yongquan Xue of the University of Science and Technology of China in a press release. Xue is lead author of a paper on the finding, published April 11 in Nature. Furthermore, he says, “The behavior of this X-ray source matches what one of our team members predicted for these events.”
The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman testified Thursday that he didn't fire his own weapon because he hadn't fully analyzed the possible threat, agreeing with a prosecutor's characterization that it would have been "premature" to use deadly force. Officer Matthew Harrity is a key witness in the trial of Mohamed Noor, who fired a single shot at Justine Ruszczyk Damond as she approached the officers' squad car on July 15, 2017.
Damond had placed two 911 calls that night to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Struck in the abdomen, the 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia bled to death in an incident that sparked anger and disbelief in both countries.
The so-called Gang of Eight — the top overall leaders for each party, as well as the top Democrat and Republican on the House and Senate intelligence committees, will be permitted to see the more complete report. So will the top members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd said they’ll have to come over to a special secure room at the Justice Department to look, and they cannot take the materials out. They can take notes, but those notes will have to be tightly controlled as well.
The 8-year-old child and her father were part of a group of 39 subjects who illegally crossed the Colorado River together at County 9th Street near Yuma.
The group surrendered to Border Patrol agents who determined them to be illegal aliens from Guatemala and Honduras. They were transported to the Yuma Station for processing and medical screenings where the 8-year-old was the only one determined to have measles.
Conduct involving former FBI Director Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn
Trump’s reaction to continuing Russia investigation
The president's termination of Comey as FBI chief
The appointment of a special counsel and efforts to remove him
Attempts to curtail the special counsel’s investigation
Efforts to prevent disclosure of evidence related to events like the Trump Tower meeting
Further efforts to have the attorney general take control of the investigation
Efforts to have former White House counsel Don McGahn deny the president had ordered him to have the special counsel removed
Conduct toward Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an unnamed individual
The president’s conduct involving his former personal attorney Michael Cohen
Colorado schools that were shuttered just ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting have reopened, a day after authorities found the body of a young Florida woman who was obsessed with the shooting. Many schools imposed increased security measures when they reopened on Thursday.
The FBI said the body of Sol Pais was discovered Wednesday in mountains outside Denver with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed"...
At secondary inspection, agents investigated further and discovered 33 packages concealed in an aftermarket floorboard located in the front passenger and rear passenger area. The packages were examined and tested positive for the characteristics of fentanyl and methamphetamine.
There were eight packages wrapped in cellophane containing fentanyl, weighing 18.33 pounds with an estimated street value of $997,680. The remaining 25 packages were wrapped in black tape and contained methamphetamine, totaling 30.27 pounds with an estimated street value of $69,261.
The man who allegedly brought gas cans and lighter fluid into St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City has taught philosophy at different colleges in New York and New Jersey, school officials said.
Marc Lamparello, 37, was arrested on Wednesday night and was charged with attempted arson and reckless endangerment. He was taken into custody after a security guard at the cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan spotted him.
A wave of satellites set to orbit the Earth will be able to pinpoint producers of greenhouse gases, right down to an individual leak at an oil rig.
More than a dozen governments and companies have or are planning to launch satellites that measure concentrations of heat-trapping gases such as methane, which is blamed for about one quarter of man-made global warming. They are looking to track nations, industries, companies and even individual facilities to identify some of the biggest contributors to climate change.
Employees at Henderson Behavioral Health treated Nikolas Cruz for nearly a decade before he shot and killed 17 people at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. His lawyers want a judge to allow them to interview clinic employees “informally” — without prosecutors present.
The defense team made the case Thursday at a hearing for Cruz, 20, who is facing the death penalty for the slaughter at the Parkland school in February 2018. As with all death-penalty cases, defense lawyers are hoping to uncover “mitigation” that might sway jurors to spare their client execution.
Scandals. Backstabbing. Resignations. Record profits. Time Bombs. In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook. Here's how that turned out... This is the story of that annus horribilis, based on interviews with 65 current and former employees. It’s ultimately a story about the biggest shifts ever to take place inside the world’s biggest social network. But it’s also about a company trapped by its own pathologies and, perversely, by the inexorable logic of its own recipe for success...
“Arizonans bear the brunt of Washington’s failure to address our broken immigration system. We must secure the border with a comprehensive, smart, bipartisan approach – we’re calling on [the Department of Homeland Security] to send additional resources and staff to AZ ports,” the first-term senator tweeted Wednesday.
Sinema’s calls for better border security was a far cry from what many of her colleagues in the Senate are demanding. Nineteen Senate Democrats, including every Democratic presidential candidate in the upper chamber of Congress, sent a letter to appropriation leaders demanding a reduction in funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda.
The National Enquirer is being sold for $100 million to James Cohen, CEO of Hudson News
By Washington Post Staff April 18 at 1:16 PM
The supermarket tabloid, along with two sister publications, will be purchased by the head of the travel retailer known for its airport newsstands, according to people familiar with the agreement.
The decision to sell came after the hedge fund manager whose firm controls the tabloid’s parent company, American Media, became disillusioned with the reporting tactics it practiced. American Media has been under intense pressure because of the Enquirer’s efforts to tilt the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, who is a longtime friend of American Media’s CEO, David Pecker.....
It is clear Congress and the American people must hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in person to better understand his findings. We are now requesting Mueller to appear before @HouseJudiciary as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/Mmo6PA4KPt
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