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Trump's action on Salvadorans shows the folly of making so many conflicting promises

To the editor: During the campaign and since then, President Trump suggested he wanted to deport only criminals and never planned to break up families. I know he has also promised to deport every undocumented immigrant regardless of non-criminal status, and now he appears to be going a step further...

Not just Florida: Tourism big in other states opposing coastal drilling

(Reuters) - The Trump administration's decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state's argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry.

Endangered Bornean orangutan found stabbed in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A Bornean orangutan, a critically endangered species, has been found stabbed to death in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province, a conservation official said on Tuesday.

Without rain, South Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations.

The long fight of the Mapuche people at times has turned violent. Pope Francis is about to get involved

Pope Francis will step into the middle of one of South America’s longest-running conflicts Wednesday when he visits the largely indigenous Araucania region of Chile. In the century and a half since they were conquered by Chile’s military, the Mapuche people have continued to resist, demanding greater...

Los Angeles needs open space for wildlife and for our sanity

For years, residential developments in the hillsides and canyons of Los Angeles have encroached on wildlife as our neighborhoods have spread into, well, theirs. It’s not surprising that we keep expanding; the city has more people than it used to, and we need housing desperately. But we also need...

What if L.A.'s homeless population were a city?

Fifty-seven thousand eight hundred. That’s approximately how many people are homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night. If they all came together, they would constitute a city the size of Arcadia. What would such a city look like? What can we say about its residents, its health, its future?...

Half a billion plastic straws are used and discarded every day. What an unacceptable waste

Every day Americans use — and almost immediately discard — up to half a billion plastic beverage straws. At least, that’s the figure widely used by environmental activists to explain why people should embrace going straw-less. It’s not clear where that number came from, but it seems credible considering...

Trump's every tweet shouldn't dominate the news cycle, but his blather demands confrontation

As year two of the Trump administration begins, a workaround has emerged to deal with the president's mercurial rantings: Ignore them, deny them or try to wish them away. At first, Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue merely “did not recall” the president using a much-reported vulgarity in a White...

Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice

In the winter of 2015/16, something happened that had never before been seen on this scale: at the end of December, temperatures rose above zero degrees Celsius for several days in parts of the Arctic. Temperatures of up to eight degrees were registered north of Svalbard. Show More Summary

Philippine province declares 'calamity' as volcano lava spreads

MANILA (Reuters) - A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.

BP Deepwater Horizon costs balloon to $65 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - BP said on Tuesday it would take a new charge over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill after again raising estimates for outstanding claims, lifting total costs to around $65 billion.

Scientists home in on a potential Anthropocene 'golden spike'

The international working group, which includes geologists Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams and Colin Waters, from the University of Leicester's School of Geography, Geology and the Environment and archaeologist Matt Edgeworth has, since...Show More Summary

Vietnam’s corruption crackdown is targeting the powerful. Has it gone too far?

The world learned of Vietnam’s anti-corruption drive on a warm summer day in Berlin, when park goers reportedly watched as agents crammed a Vietnamese oil executive into a car. Germany accused the Vietnamese Embassy of helping kidnap Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chairman of a construction company tied...

'Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire' brings the Force to VR

Just after donning our virtual reality headsets — and before pulling down the visors to completely surrender to a digital galaxy — four of us would-be rebels were given one major rule: no running. No running? No problem. There were many concerns I had before entering Downtown Disney’s the Void,...

'Dreamers' get new hope as Trump administration forced to allow DACA renewals

While political debate over the long weekend centered on whether the president is a racist, several major storylines played out and Hawaiians were startled by a false alarm warning of an incoming missile. The biggest news was the Trump administration saying it would allow the hundreds of thousands...

At the busiest airport in South America, a cat-and-mouse game to catch cocaine smugglers

The airport in Sao Paulo, the largest in Latin America, has become a prime location for smuggling cocaine.

How Dianne Feinstein has taken on Trump since she got a major Democratic challenger

Here's how California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has taken on Trump since state Senate leader Kevin de León decided to run against her in October.

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