What’s Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?

This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Thousands of migrating birds have inexplicably died in the southwestern US, in what ornithologists have described as a national tragedy that is likely related to the climate crisis. Flycatchers, swallows, and warblers are among the species “falling out of the […]

‘Thank you, RBG’: Leaders react with sadness, shock to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

“Sixty years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk. She’d studied at two of our finest law schools and had ringing recommendations. But because she was a woman, she was rejected. Ten years later, she sent her first brief to the Supreme Court — which led it to strike down a state […]

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at age 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the pioneering Supreme Court justice who became the second female on the nation’s highest court, the leader of its liberal wing and a pop culture icon known as Notorious R.B.G., died Friday night. She was 87. Ginsburg died surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of […]

Trump nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court will get Senate vote, McConnell says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 10, 2020. Joshua Roberts | Reuters Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that he will hold a vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on […]

Silicon Valley’s most prominent VC firm had a banner week: $9 billion in IPO shares while helping TikTok negotiations

Sequoia Capital Global Managing Partner Doug Leone speaks onstage during Day 2 of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 at Moscone Center on September 6, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Steve Jennings | Getty Images Even by Sequoia’s standards, this was a crazy week.  The 48-year-old venture capital firm, long the envy of its Silicon Valley peers […]

Trump says U.S. will manufacture enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every American by April

President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. will manufacture at least 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses before the end of the year and have enough to inoculate every American by April. “Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April, and again […]

Dow drops 240 points Friday as stocks fall for a third straight week

Stocks fell on Friday to end a volatile week as investors continued to dump shares of high-flying tech companies.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 244.56 points, or 0.9%, to 27,657.42. The S&P 500 dropped 1.1% to 3,319.47. The Nasdaq Composite also fell 1.1% and closed at 10,793.28. The S&P 500 hit its lowest level of […]

WHO says the coronavirus is killing about 50,000 people a week: ‘That is not where we want to be’

The World Health Organization warned Friday that the coronavirus is “not going away,” noting that it’s still killing about 50,000 people a week.  “That is not where we want to be,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said of Covid-19 deaths during a news conference at the agency’s Geneva headquarters. […]

TikTok deal still has a chance but WeChat ‘dead’ in the U.S., says senior administration official

Despite a Commerce Department announcement of a ban on transactions, a deal that would allow TikTok to remain operating in the U.S. could still happen, a senior Trump administration official told CNBC on Friday. However, the official said WeChat, the social messaging app owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent, is “dead in the United States.” Earlier […]

Trump to block downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday

The Commerce Department announced Friday morning that it will ban U.S. business transactions with Chinese-owned social apps WeChat and TikTok on Sunday. The announcement comes ahead of an expected statement Friday by President Donald Trump on whether or not the government will approve a deal for Oracle to take a minority stake in TikTok and […]