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Fermi catches gamma-ray flashes from tropical storms

About a thousand times a day, thunderstorms fire off fleeting bursts of some of the highest-energy light naturally found on Earth. These events, called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs), last less than a millisecond and produce gamma rays with tens of millions of times the energy of visible light. Show More Summary

West Virginia groundwater not affected by fracking, but surface water is

Fracking has not contaminated groundwater in northwestern West Virginia, but accidental spills of fracking wastewater may pose a threat to surface water in the region, according to a new study led by scientists at Duke University.

Was that climate change? Linking extreme weather to global warming

After an unusually intense heatwave, downpour or drought, Noah Diffenbaugh and his research group inevitably receive phone calls and emails asking whether human-caused climate change played a role.

Angels mailbag: Where to go from here?

Hello, Angels fans. As of today, your favorite baseball team is 8-12, on a 65-win pace, and its best starting pitcher is not going to pitch at least until June. The outlook is not great. So let’s answer some questions about the state of the team. As always, please submit mailbag questions through...

Britain just went a whole day without burning any coal for electricity.

That's a first since the Industrial Revolution -- and an indication of big changes for the better.

TrueCar proposes public offering to raise money

TrueCar Inc. is looking to raise funds with a proposed public offering of common stock. The Santa Monica-based vehicle pricing and information website said Monday it expects to offer 1 million shares of common stock, and that certain existing shareholders will likely offer 7.5 million shares in...

U.S. announces 'sweeping' sanctions on Syrian scientists for chemical attack

Following up on a limited U.S. military strike against Syria, the Trump administration on Monday announced new "sweeping" sanctions on the Syrian government agency it blames for producing chemicals used in a deadly attack on Syrian civilians earlier this month. The announcement names 271 members...

Top Afghan defense officials resign following Taliban attack that killed more than 100 soldiers

Afghanistan’s defense minister and army chief stepped down Monday amid growing outrage over the deaths of more than 100 soldiers in one of the deadliest Taliban attacks of the 16-year war. President Ashraf Ghani accepted the resignations of Defense Minister Abdullah Habibi and Qadam Shah Shaheem,...

This one unbelievably expensive Iowa patient makes the case for single-payer healthcare

Back in mid-2016, Iowa customers of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the dominant company in the state’s individual insurance market, got a shock: Premium increases of 38% to 43% were in store for many of them for this year. Three weeks ago they got a bigger shock: Wellmark was pulling out of Iowa’s...

China, under pressure at WTO, suggests revamp of dumping rules

GENEVA (Reuters) - China has proposed tightening the rules on when countries can impose anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs, saying their use was rising and that such charges were often misused and distorted international trade.

French prosecutors open formal probe into PSA Group diesel emissions

PARIS (Reuters) - French prosecutors have opened a formal investigation into suspected diesel emissions test-cheating by PSA Group, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, a judicial source said on Monday.

Snowy weather worries pile onto backed-up Canada farmers

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - A snowy spring on the Canadian Prairies is raising jitters from the farm to the futures market about double delays in harvesting and planting in the major wheat- and canola-exporting country.

Are doctors handing out too many disabled parking placards?

To the editor: I am shocked, shocked to learn that the California Department of Motor Vehicles has few controls on issuing disabled parking placards. My disabled wife uses a power wheelchair, and we find it almost impossible to find a parking spot with a dedicated space on the side allowing me...

Shocker: An influx of immigrant construction workers pushed down wages

To the editor: It is astounding that your left-leaning newspaper featured a front-page piece on how the immigrant labor force is undermining L.A. construction workers’ pay. It’s also surprising to see how honest the article was about construction companies (understandably) taking advantage of the...

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