Asteroid’s Sudden Flyby Shows Blind Spot in Planetary Threat Detection

Asteroid's Sudden Flyby Shows Blind Spot in Planetary Threat Detection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The discovery of an asteroid the size of a small shipping truck mere days before it passed Earth on Thursday, albeit one that posed no threat to humans, highlights a blind spot in our ability to predict those that could actually cause damage, astronomers say. NASA for years has prioritized detecting asteroids … Read more

Twitter Says Users Will Be Able to Appeal Account Suspension

Twitter Says Users Will Be Able to Appeal Account Suspension

(Reuters) – Twitter users will be able to appeal account suspensions and be evaluated under the social media platform’s new criteria for reinstatement, starting Feb. 1, the company said on Friday. Under the new criteria, which follow billionaire Elon Musk’s purchase of the company in October, Twitter accounts will only be suspended for severe or … Read more

NFL-Young Guns Ready to Fire on Championship Sunday

NFL-Young Guns Ready to Fire on Championship Sunday

(Reuters) – A clash of young quarterbacks is set for Sunday’s NFL conference championships, as last year’s runners-up Cincinnati Bengals take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game, while the San Francisco 49ers play the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC crown. The National Football League’s next generation of talent will be on … Read more

Omicron Sub-Variant XBB.1.5 Accounts for 61.3% of U.S. COVID Cases – CDC

Omicron Sub-Variant XBB.1.5 Accounts for 61.3% of U.S. COVID Cases - CDC

(Reuters) – The Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 has likely become the dominant variant in the United States, accounting for 61.3% of COVID cases in the week ended Jan. 28, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed on Friday. The subvariant accounted for 49.5% of cases in the week ended Jan. 21, estimates … Read more

Explainer-When Is the State of the Union 2023? Date of Biden’s Address and What to Expect

Explainer-When Is the State of the Union 2023? Date of Biden's Address and What to Expect

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address after Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in a speech that may mark the unofficial start of the 2024 presidential campaign season. WHEN IS THE STATE OF THE UNION? Biden will deliver his 2nd State of the … Read more

Gentle Soul, Accordion Player, Mushroom Lover: Half Moon Bay Victim Mourned

Gentle Soul, Accordion Player, Mushroom Lover: Half Moon Bay Victim Mourned

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (Reuters) – When friends of farm supervisor Marciano Martinez heard of the shooting at the Half Moon Bay mushroom plantations on Monday, they had a sinking feeling. They knew he had to have been there: Martinez, a migrant from Mexico, worked every day except Saturdays. He rarely took time off for … Read more

U.S. Finds Louisiana Deliberately Kept Inmates Past Release Date

U.S. Finds Louisiana Deliberately Kept Inmates Past Release Date

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department found Louisiana violated the U.S. Constitution by confining people in its custody past the dates when they were legally entitled to be released, adding state authorities were “deliberately indifferent to the systemic overdetention.” “There is reasonable cause to believe that the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (LDOC) … Read more

Fed’s Brainard Frontrunner for White House Top Economist Post – Washington Post

Fed's Brainard Frontrunner for White House Top Economist Post - Washington Post

(Reuters) – U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael Brainard is a leading contender for the top economic advisory position at the White House, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing three people familiar with the deliberations. Brainard is currently in the number two slot at the U.S. central bank, where she commands an influential role … Read more

Ticketmaster-Parent Exec to Blame ‘Industrial-Scale Ticket Scalping’ in Testimony

Ticketmaster-Parent Exec to Blame 'Industrial-Scale Ticket Scalping' in Testimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The president of Ticketmaster parent Live Nation, Joe Berchtold, is expected to testify on Tuesday before Congress that “industrial-scale ticket scalping” was to blame for the company’s problems late last year in managing the sale of Taylor Swift concert tickets. Ticketmaster, which has been unpopular with fans for years, has drawn fresh … Read more

Atlanta Protest Against Shooting Death of Activist Briefly Turns Violent

Atlanta Protest Against Shooting Death of Activist Briefly Turns Violent

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A protest in Atlanta briefly turned violent on Saturday as demonstrators set a police car on fire and smashed windows of buildings. Marchers had gathered to protest the killing of an activist by law enforcement on Wednesday during a raid to clear the construction site of a public safety training facility that … Read more