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Reaction to policy disquiets Republicans facing re-electionFamilies divided: 'The most horrific policy I've ever seen'. Donald Trump heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon facing an extraordinary backlash from his own party - and the American public - over his policy of separating children from their parents at the southern US border. Related: Image of sobbing toddler at US border: 'It was hard for me to photograph' Continue reading.
Report warns that swift progress in our ability to manufacture viruses is making us vulnerable to biological attacks The rapid rise of synthetic biology, a futuristic field of science that seeks to master the machinery of life, has raised the risk of a new generation of bioweapons, according a major US report into the state of the art. Advances in the area mean that scientists now have the capability to recreate dangerous viruses from scratch; make harmful bacteria more deadly; and modify common microbes so that they churn out lethal toxins once they enter the body. Continue reading.
West Point graduate Spenser Rapone's views raised red flags after he posted the message 'communism will win' on Twitter A West Point cadet who wore a Che Guevara T-shirt to his graduation and posted a message online saying communism will win has been discharged from the US army. The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his May 2016 West Point graduation were meant to shock: in one, he opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a red image of the socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips over his cap to reveal the hand-scrawled message: Communism will win.
The tasteless coating's formulation can be modified for strawberries, mangoes, apples, bananas, kumquats and asparagus Avocados that stay ripe for twice as long as usual thanks to an edible barrier made from plant materials will be sold in the US for the first time this week. The tasteless coating, developed by Santa Barbara company Apeel Sciences, controls the two main factors that cause fresh produce to go bad: the rate at which water escapes the surface of fruit and vegetables and the rate at which oxygen enters. This allows treated produce to stay fresh for longer.
In the wake of the Toronto van murders, Jack Peterson was the most prominent defender of the anti-feminist 'incels' - until the community turned on him When news broke in April that a rental van had plowed through throngs of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 people, Jack Peterson never imagined that it would have anything to do with him. The 19-year-old Chicago native was single, a college dropout and a self-identified incel. Short for involuntary celibate, the term was originally coined for a website support forum for singles.
James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take action Thirty years after a former Nasa scientist sounded the alarm for the general public about climate change and human activity, the expert issued a fresh warning that the world is failing miserably to deal with the worsening dangers. While Donald Trump and many conservatives like to argue that climate change is a hoax, James Hansen, the 77-year-old former Nasa climate scientist, said in an interview at his home in New York that the relevant hoax today is perpetrated by those leaders claiming to be addressing the problem. Continue reading.
Maryland and Wisconsin cases sent back to lower courtsDemocrats and Republicans each alleged partisan districting. The supreme court dodged a decision on whether it is constitutional for political parties to redraw electoral maps to gain a partisan advantage. In two cases, one in Maryland and one in Wisconsin, the court on Monday found procedural reasons not to issue a ruling on gerrymandering.
Forward held scarf reading 'My other team is Mexico' in advertDonovan received criticism from other US internationals. On of USA's greatest ever players, Landon Donovan, has defended his decision to show support for his team's arch-rivals, Mexico, in an advert during the World Cup. In the ad for Wells Fargo, Donovan appears with a scarf that reads My other team is Mexico.
Sunday's 63 equalled US Open record and sealed second place 'I think I can compete in any company. I'd like to do it more'. There seems no question of Tommy Fleetwood fretting over what might have been.
New England quarterback will turn 41 in AugustLeague MVP led team to Super Bowl appearance last season. Tom Brady, who turns 41 before the start of the new NFL season, says he is in the final stages of his career. The New England Patriots quarterback, who led his team to the Super Bowl last season where they were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles, has said in the past that he intends to play into his mid-40s.
I know from experience that the Trump-sanctioned brutality at the US border with Mexico will scar its child victims for life The events occurring now on our border with Mexico, where children are being removed from the arms of their mothers and fathers and sent to foster families or shelters, make me weep and gnash my teeth with sadness and rage. I know what they are going through. When we were children, my two siblings and I were also taken from our parents.
Climate change study predicts 'staggering impact' of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 years Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next 30 years. The swelling oceans are forecast repeatedly to soak coastal residences collectively worth $120bn by 2045 if greenhouse gas emissions are not severely curtailed, experts warn. This will potentially inflict a huge financial and emotional toll on the half a million Americans who live in the properties at risk of having their basements, backyards, garages or living rooms inundated every other week.
Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen before If there was a dictator's playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the Instrumentalise Religion chapter. Last week, in what sounded like the launch of a US caliphate, the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, reached for a biblical verse to defend his department's policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the Mexican border, suggesting that God supports the government. I would cite you to the apostle Paul, and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes, Sessions said.
Whose utopia is this, when people have to sever emotional links and leave where they grew up to find dependable work? The office-space empire WeWork was founded eight years ago in New York. It currently leases 240,000 sq metres of real estate in London alone, which reportedly makes it the city's largest user of offices after the British government. The basic deal is simple enough: you can either pay to put your laptop wherever there is space, or stump up a little more for a more dependable desk or entire office - and, in either case, take advantage of the fact that, with operations in 20 countries, WeWork offers the chance to traverse the planet and temporarily set up shop in no end of locations.
Floridian becomes third man since the war to win back to back Fleetwood shoots a record-equalling 63 and loses by a shot The only problem with Tommy Fleetwood's making of history was Brooks Koepka's eagerness to do likewise. On a Long Island Sunday when Fleetwood joined the elite group who have shot 63 in the US Open, the Englishman's bid for a maiden major title came up agonisingly short. Koepka is just the third man since the second world war and the seventh in history to defend the US Open title successfully.
Juan Carlos Osorio has been pilloried in the Mexican media for his constant tinkering but he masterminded a huge shock over world champions Germany The Mexico coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, is known for carrying a spiral notebook, in which he jots down observations and scribbles his thoughts during games. It has become a symbol of the Colombian's meticulous planning for his team, one of the strongest line-ups Mexico has ever brought to the World Cup.All the prep work paid off on Sunday, when Mexico opened their tournament with a stunning 1-0 defeat of Germany, the reigning world champions.
Live updates from the final day at Shinnecock HillsOfficial US Open leaderboardYou can email Scott here with your thoughts 9.01pm BST Bounce-back birdie for Dustin Johnson at 8! He's within one of the lead, because Brooks Koepka spurns a chance for a birdie of his own, lipping out from eight feet. His putter's suddenly gone cold at the most inopportune time.
Two new surveys suggest the public still value traditional news publishers When you try to imagine a media diet consisting only of retweets, random blogs or the Facebook posts of family and friends, you grasp the value of journalism created by professional media organisations. Traditional news organisations aren't perfect, but they are not fake. Nor are they as readily manipulated as we know social media can be.
One suspect killed and one in custody, prosecutor saysShooting at overnight event in Trenton a 'neighborhood beef'. An all-night arts and music festival turned deadly early on Sunday morning when gunfire erupted in a crowd, sending people stampeding and leaving one suspect dead and 22 people injured, authorities said. Seventeen people were treated for gunshot wounds, said Mercer county prosecutor Angelo Onofri.
Family detention became a cornerstone of Obama's second term - and it set the stage for Trump's family separation Separating families, as a Trump administration policy now requires when migrants enter the United States unlawfully, is certainly cruel. Lost in the morally superior ruckus dominating immigration debates over the last weeks is the Obama administration's embrace of an equally troubling alternative. For much of his presidency, Obama oversaw a family detention network in which children were locked up alongside their mothers.