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This Oil Spill Has Been Leaking Into The Gulf For 14 Years

14 year old oil spill

Ten miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, off the tip of Louisiana, the fumes become overwhelming. "See how it's all rainbow sheen there? So that's oil," says Ian MacDonald, who's guiding us in a tiny fishing boat that's being tossed around by 6-foot waves.

MacDonald is a scientist at Florida State University where he studies oil spills. This one is not a black, sticky slick, but it stretches on for miles. And here, where the murky Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf, it's been leaking for more than 14 years.


'We've now seen the unseeable' First-ever photo of a black hole revealed

black hole photo

It's our first glimpse of one of the weirdest spectacles in the universe. Astronomers on Wednesday released humanity's first-ever image of a black hole.

The picture reveals the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the "nearby" Virgo galaxy cluster. It looked like a flaming orange, yellow and black ring.

“We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole," said Sheperd Doeleman, Event Project Horizon project director from Harvard University. “This is an extraordinary scientific feat accomplished by a team of more than 200 researchers.”


Barr's FBI 'spying' claim amps up fight over Mueller probe

Bill Baarr supports Trump's spying claimThe nation's top law enforcement official on Wednesday appeared to back up President Donald Trump's assertion that the Justice Department "spied" on his presidential campaign — an explosive comment that heightened partisan tensions ahead of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

During his second day of Capitol Hill testimony this week, Attorney General William Barr also suggested that the Justice Department was gearing up to investigate the genesis of the counterintelligence probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election — a key rallying cry for Trump and his congressional allies that comes amid the president’s consistent claims that the Mueller report exonerates him.

TVNL Comment: Barr will go down in history as Trump's puppet.  How sad for a man whose legacy, before this appointment, was that of a man of integrity.


Claire Grady resigning as deputy secretary of Homeland Security

Claire GradyActing Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady became the latest DHS official to resign on Tuesday night.

Outgoing DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that Grady had offered President Donald Trump her resignation effective on Wednesday, just days after she turned in her own resignation.

"For the last two years, Claire has served [DHS] with excellence and distinction," Nielsen wrote. "She has been an invaluable asset to DHS -- a steady force and a knowledgeable voice."


Late winter storm: 4 million in U.S. under blizzard warnings

late winter blizzardsMillions of Americans are in the path of severe winter storms that will dump heavy snow on parts of the Midwest Wednesday.

Blizzard conditions and hurricane-strength winds are part of the storm system, forecasters said, and numerous watches and warnings have been issued across several states. Experts said about 4 million Americans are under blizzard warnings.

Meteorologists said the storm will produce strong winds for portions of Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho and California Wednesday -- and blizzard conditions are forecast for Colorado, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas.


'Serious global health threat': At least 587 cases of deadly fungus reported, CDC says

CDCAt least 587 cases have been confirmed over the last few years of an emerging fungus infection, identified by U.S. health authorities as "a serious global health threat."

Centered primarily in the New York City area, the Chicago area and New Jersey, Candida auris infections had spread to a dozen states by the end of February, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The fungus – also referred to as C. auris – is resistant to some or all antifungal medicines, which makes it harder to treat, the CDC says.


Wall Street Journal: Investigators in New York 'gathered more evidence than previously known' in Trump hush money probe

More evidence of hush money payoff by TrumpFederal investigators in New York have "gathered more evidence than previously known" from individuals in the President's "inner circle," related to the hush-money payments made to two women who claim they had affairs with President Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

According to the paper, prosecutors in the Manhattan US Attorney's office interviewed Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director and longtime confidante of Trump, last spring and Keith Schiller, the President's longtime bodyguard.

Senate panel chair rejects Trump request for State Department budget cut

lindsay GrahamRepublican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham flatly rejected on Tuesday President Donald Trump’s request to slash the budget for the U.S. State Department by more than 23 percent.

That proposal “ain’t happening,” Graham, chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the State Department, declared at the opening of the hearing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Senator Patrick Leahy, the top subcommittee Democrat, said the administration has proposed “damaging funding cuts, with little to no logical explanation.”


Elevated cancer risk linked to excessive calcium intake, study says

Elevated cancer risk from calcium supplementsConsuming too many nutrients, particularly when they come from supplements, may increase the risk of death, new research shows.

Taking in at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day from supplements is associated with a higher risk of cancer death, according to a study published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. People with no vitamin D deficiency also faced an increased death risk when they consumed the nutrient in a supplement.


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