Archive for January 16th, 2020

Puerto Rico Relief: Trump Declares Major Disaster After Series Of Earthquakes

US & World | | January 16 2020, 7:40 PM

Island officials were quick to thank the president for the designation, which makes residents eligible for more financial assistance from FEMA. They were just told aid for 2017 hurricanes is coming.

U.S. Virgin Islands Officials: Epstein Trafficked Girls On Private Island Until 2018

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 16 2020, 5:40 PM

The Virgin Islands Attorney General's Office says Epstein recruited and abused young women and girls over two decades on his two private islands. Some victims allegedly were as young as 11 years old.

New York Mets 'Part Ways' With Manager Carlos Beltrán Over Sign-Stealing Scandal

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 16 2020, 4:00 PM

The fallout continues from a sign-stealing scandal involving the Houston Astros during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Beltrán was part of the team in 2017, and a league investigation said he was involved.

Electric Burn: Those Who Bet Against Elon Musk And Tesla Are Paying A Big Price

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 16 2020, 4:00 PM

For years, Elon Musk skeptics have shorted Tesla stock, confident the electric carmaker was on the brink of disaster. Instead, share value has skyrocketed, costing short sellers billions.

FBI Vows To Warn More Election Officials If Discovering A Cyberattack

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 16 2020, 4:00 PM

The bureau was faulted after the Russian attack on the 2016 election for keeping too much information from state and local authorities. It says it'll use a new policy going forward.

'PigeonBot' Brings Robots Closer To Bird-Like Flight

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 16 2020, 2:00 PM

Birds change the shape of their wings far more than planes. The complexities of bird flight have posed a major design challenge for scientists trying to translate the way birds fly into robots.

Microsoft Pledges To Remove From The Atmosphere All The Carbon It Has Ever Emitted

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 16 2020, 1:40 PM

The tech giant, which says it has been "carbon neutral" for years, is vowing to go "carbon negative" — by cutting emissions, planting trees and investing in new carbon removal technology.

FBI Arrests 3 Alleged Members Of White Supremacist Group Ahead Of Richmond Rally

US & World | | January 16 2020, 1:40 PM

The three suspected members of The Base had discussed going to Monday's pro-gun rally in Virginia, a law enforcement official tells NPR. The FBI says they also made an assault rifle.

Sepsis Kills Millions More Worldwide Than Previously Estimated

Health | | January 16 2020, 11:20 AM

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, arises when the body overreacts to an infection. An analysis finds that it may be involved in 20% of deaths worldwide, twice the proportion previously estimated.

Fetching With Wolves: What It Means That A Wolf Puppy Will Retrieve A Ball

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 16 2020, 10:20 AM

Some wolf puppies will unexpectedly play "fetch," researchers say, showing that an urge to retrieve a ball might be an ancient wolf trait, and not a result of dog domestication.

Trump Broke The Law In Freezing Ukraine Funds, Watchdog Report Concludes

Politics | | January 16 2020, 9:40 AM

The Government Accountability Office opined on Thursday that the Trump administration's actions in the Ukraine affair went beyond the bounds of a law called the Impoundment Control Act.

To Help Keep Older Veterans In Their Homes, The VA Is Pairing Them With Volunteer Companions

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 16 2020, 6:01 AM

The VA pilot program places federally-backed volunteers in the homes of veterans to help with cooking, cleaning and other low-skill tasks.

Trump To Reinforce Protections For Prayer In Schools

Politics | | January 16 2020, 5:40 AM

The president is expected to remind public schools that students have constitutional rights to prayer — and that they could risk losing federal funds unless those rights are protected.

Senators To Be Sworn In For Trump Impeachment Trial

Politics | | January 16 2020, 4:40 AM

Like many congressional activities, the Senate trial begins with pomp and circumstance and procedure and process. Little of substance will be achieved until the case is presented next week.

Tattoo Removal Programs Help Former Inmates Wipe The Slate Clean

US & World | | January 16 2020, 4:20 AM

For people who have been incarcerated, head and neck tattoos are often a barrier to reentering society and getting jobs. Some former inmates are removing their tattoos to help leave the past behind.

Violent Crime In LA is Down Again. The Police Chief Says It's 'One of the Safest Times In Los Angeles.'

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 16 2020, 7:27 AM

Bad news on street safety: hit-and-run deaths are up, especially in South L.A. Citywide, 62 people were killed by drivers who fled the scene, compared with 56 in 2018.

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Adam Schiff On The Impeachment Senate Trial: What's Next?

| January 16 2020, 10:33 AM

The Senate has officially received the articles of impeachment from the House, launching a trial in the Senate that’s scheduled to start on Tuesday.

Impeachment Latest: GAO Report, Parnas Interview And More

| January 16 2020, 9:36 AM

The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, an action at the center of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, a federal watchdog agency said Thursday.

How Did Girl Scout Cookies Become A Thing? Plus, Your Stories Of Cookie Peddling

| January 16 2020, 8:45 AM

The holidays may be over, but the season for cookies is just beginning. We’re talking, of course, about Girl Scout Cookies.

Gov. Newsom Wants To Reduce Traffic Citation Costs For Lower-Income Drivers

| January 16 2020, 8:39 AM

Gov. Gavin Newsom thinks traffic citation costs are getting out of hand, so he’s proposing a change.

How Is The Trump Administration Proposing To Help L.A. Address Homelessness?

| January 16 2020, 8:34 AM

The Trump Administration is offering to step in and provide Los Angeles with resources to help its homelessness crisis. But the proposal is essentially a deal with conditions the administration says the city must meet.

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