Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit
Oct09

Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday. A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed long-term effects of climate change will devastate the country’s northernmost state and interfere with their constitutional rights to life, liberty and public trust resources that sustain them. The...

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Warm weather amplifies tarantula mating season, but don’t fear these ‘gentle giants’
Oct09

Warm weather amplifies tarantula mating season, but don’t fear these ‘gentle giants’

Tarantulas are coming out in droves in Northern California just in time for Halloween. But the gargantuan spiders aren’t nearly as spooky as they look. Mating season is in full force outside the Bay Area Warm weather in the region is encouraging male tarantulas to come out and mate, said Cameron Morrison, supervising state park peace officer for Mount Diablo State Park, where a large population of the spiders resides. The mating...

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Scientists are asking the public to help name Saturn’s 20 newly discovered moons
Oct09

Scientists are asking the public to help name Saturn’s 20 newly discovered moons

Scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science have discovered 20 additional moons orbiting Saturn — and they are asking the public to help name them. “We want to get the world involved,” Scott Sheppard, who led the Carnegie moon discovery team, told ABC News. British officials ultimately overrode the public and named the boat after a British naturalist. Following the tradition of similar groupings of moons,...

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The Latest: Power outages begin in California
Oct09

The Latest: Power outages begin in California

The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 6:30 a.m. Pacific Gas and Electric has shut off power to more than half a million customers in Northern California in the biggest planned shut off in the state’s history. The utility said Wednesday it will gradually turn off electricity to nearly 800,000 customers to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather. It says a second group of...

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China criticizes Apple for app that tracks Hong Kong police
Oct09

China criticizes Apple for app that tracks Hong Kong police

Apple became the latest company targeted for Chinese pressure over protests in Hong Kong when the ruling Communist Party’s main newspaper criticized the tech giant Wednesday for a smartphone app that allows activists to report police movements. HKmap.live, designed by an outside supplier and available on Apple Inc.’s online store, “facilitates illegal behavior,” People’s Daily said in a commentary....

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