Lucifer Heat Wave Keeps Parts of Europe in Red Alert

Lucifer Heat Wave Keeps Parts of Europe in Red Alert
Belgrade, Serbia (AP) -- No wonder it's been dubbed "Lucifer." A relentless heat wave that gripped parts of Europe this week has sent temperatures soaring to record highs for several days, causing at least two deaths and prompting authorities to issue severe weather warnings. "It is just too much," real estate agent Sasa Jovanovic, 52, said during an early morning walk in Serbia's capital, Belgrade, where the temperature was forecast to hit 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 degrees Fahrenheit) Saturday.

For Sale: Two Half-Finished Nuclear Reactors (Never Used)

For Sale: Two Half-Finished Nuclear Reactors (Never Used)
Looking to buy two half-finished nuclear reactors? It may be your lucky day. U.S. utility owner Scana Corp. dropped a plan to build two reactors at the V.C. Summer power plant in South Carolina on Monday after the projected total costs exceeded $20 billion. The cancelation of the project is another blow to the much-hyped (and thus far non-existent) nuclear renaissance in the U.S. As cheap natural gas squeezes the margins of nuclear generators, there’s only one company currently building reactors in the

Failing Nuclear Power Is Good For Coal, Bad For Earth

Failing Nuclear Power Is Good For Coal, Bad For Earth
Scana Corp. announced Monday it will stop construction on a nuclear power plant in South Carolina—one of two in development in the U.S. Project costs ballooned in recent years, and the decision should eventually save electricity customers $7 billion. But the stoppage and others like it may cost everyone more in the long run. The move has implications that last hundreds of years—the residence time of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere—as electricity generated from fossil fuels begin to replace aging or

Virgin America Computer Systems Hacked

Virgin America Computer Systems Hacked
Seattle (AP) -- Alaska Airlines says it is taking precautions including requiring employees to change their passwords after Virgin America's computer systems were hacked. An Alaska Airlines spokeswoman said Monday that the company noticed unusual activity in Virgin's systems in March and notified law enforcement and hired cybersecurity experts. She said customer information wasn't affected but employees and contractors will be required to change passwords every 90 days. About 3,100 employees may have had their login information stolen, the

Brexit Hopes Fade for Some Who Want It So Badly

Brexit Hopes Fade for Some Who Want It So Badly
The faded Welsh industrial port of Milford Haven and the picturesque English harbor town of Brixham are economic worlds apart, but they're both desperate to leave the European Union.Locals say Brexit can boost their fishing industry, hit by competition from foreign fleets and quotas on catches during 44 years of EU membership. The worry is that the country will repeat the mistakes on the way out they say were made on the way in by ceding to too many European demands. What they don't want is to end up with access

FDA Targets Cigarettes in Broadening of Fight Against Addiction

FDA Targets Cigarettes in Broadening of Fight Against Addiction
Eight years after it was given the power to meaningfully change smoking in America, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved to do so. On Friday, the FDA announced it would take advantage of powers in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act -- a law enacted under a Democratic Congress and then-President Obama -- to cut the level of nicotine in cigarettes to nonaddictive levels. “A lot of people have been thinking about this for a long time,

That huge iceberg should freak you out. Here’s why

That huge iceberg should freak you out. Here’s why
(CNN)This week, a trillion-tonne hunk of ice broke off Antarctica. "To me, it's an unequivocal signature of the impact of climate change on Larsen C," said Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine. "This is not a natural cycle. This is the response of the system to a warmer climate from the top and from the bottom. Nothing else can cause this."Rignot said colleagues who say otherwise are burying their heads

Sixth mass extinction: The era of ‘biological annihilation’

Sixth mass extinction: The era of ‘biological annihilation’
(CNN)Many scientists say it's abundantly clear that Earth is entering its sixth mass-extinction event, meaning three-quarters of all species could disappear in the coming centuries. That's terrifying, especially since humans are contributing to this shift. But that's not even the full picture of the "biological annihilation" people are inflicting on the natural world, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Gerardo Ceballos, an ecology professor at the Universidad Nacional Autnoma de

Nigeria Delta Communities Demand Stake in Ex-Shell Oil Block

Nigeria Delta Communities Demand Stake in Ex-Shell Oil Block
A group of communities in Nigeria’s Niger River delta demanded a stake in an oil block it said it was promised when Royal Dutch Shell Plc sold its share to a local company six years ago.The communities in the Gbaramatu district, near the southern oil town of Warri, want 5 percent of a lease owned by Lagos-based Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., according to a statement emailed by the group on Friday.Neconde “refused to fulfill the 5 percent equity share to

Here’s What Abe Can Learn From His Flying Visit to the Nordics

Here’s What Abe Can Learn From His Flying Visit to the Nordics
Shinzo Abe may draw inspiration from his Nordic hosts to tackle three of his country’s biggest problems: chronically slow growth, an aging population and a stubbornly high gender gap (Spoiler alert: The solutions are closely related).The Japanese prime minister will be paying a visit to Sweden, Finland and Denmark after attending the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg. It’s unclear if any major business will be conducted (he’s just reached a major free trade agreement with the European Union),

Trump faces stiff challenge in Merkel, Putin showdowns

Trump faces stiff challenge in Merkel, Putin showdowns
Washington (CNN)When President Donald Trump visited Europe six weeks ago, he and his counterparts parted ways atop a Sicilian cliff feeling agitated and bruised following a long set of disagreements.Returning to the continent Wednesday, Trump and those same European leaders will give it another go, with expectations of fostering a newly warm relationship far lower. Instead, both sides expect further clashes between the US President and leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is convening this year's Group of

Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollens The Destroyers

Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollens The Destroyers
Ive never known the specifics of Charlies familys wealth. Like pools or country houses or fathers with healthy, poorly hidden porn collections, money was just a condition that some kids had and others didnt. Thats not to say I didnt realize early on that the Konstantinou fortune trumped my ownthat I was a votive candle set beside a bonfire. Their residence was a labyrinthine, low-ceilinged duplex on the forty-eighth floor of Fifth Avenue and West Fifty-ninth Street, its brown-tinted

Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollen’s “The Destroyers”

Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollen’s “The Destroyers”
Ive never known the specifics of Charlies familys wealth. Like pools or country houses or fathers with healthy, poorly hidden porn collections, money was just a condition that some kids had and others didnt. Thats not to say I didnt realize early on that the Konstantinou fortune trumped my ownthat I was a votive candle set beside a bonfire. Their residence was a labyrinthine, low-ceilinged duplex on the forty-eighth floor of Fifth Avenue and West Fifty-ninth Street, its brown-tinted

For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory
Red: ExcerptHed: For Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an AccessoryDek: Washington was a lifelong fan of swords and their cross-cultural blending of sport and warfare, and he knew how to use oneno mean feat, as his biographer discovered firsthand.SEO: For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an AccessoryByline: Philip G. SmuckerVertical: arts/cultureTags: George Washington, swordsmanship, swordplay, sports, warfareAuthors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur