September 11, 2019

Asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was as powerful as 10 billion atomic bombs, new research finds

Don Davis/NASA(NEW YORK) -- Scientists have found hard evidence in massive chunks of rocks that the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs was powerful enough to trigger wildfires, tsunamis and blast so much dust into the atmosphere that it blocked out the sun -- and they estimate the impact was as powerful as 10 billion atomic bombs of the same size used in World War II. The impact created an inferno, enough to scorch plants thousands of miles away, followed by cooling due to all the dust being thr..
September 11, 2019

New Zealand firefighters perform haka in powerful tribute to 9/11 first responders

jimfeng/iStock(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) -- Firefighters in New Zealand paid tribute to the first responders who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. In remembrance of those first responders as well as those who have died in the line of duty in New Zealand, firefighters performed a traditional haka dance under the Sky Tower in Auckland Wednesday. The ceremonial custom is an ancient war dance of the Maori people. “More than any aspect of Maori culture, this complex dance is an expressi..
September 11, 2019

Brexit crisis: Scottish court says Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament is unlawful

Vladislav Zolotov/iStock(EDINBURGH, Scotland) -- Scotland's highest court dealt British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a new setback Wednesday when it ruled his five-week suspension of Parliament, known as prorogation, unlawful. Agreeing with observers and critics that prorogation was an effort to avoid scrutiny of his plan for a no-deal Brexit, the court unanimously decided Johnson’s suspension “had the purpose of stymying Parliament.” The new ruling accuses Johnson of misleading the queen t..
September 11, 2019

32-year-old man in India pretends to be 81 to get into the US

Kameleon007/iStock(NEW DELHI) -- A 32-year-old man has been arrested at an Indian airport for pretending to be 81 in order to get into the USA. Jayesh Patel was stopped as he was trying to board a flight to New York at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi by the Central Industrial Security Force. Disguised in glasses, make-up, a turban and a dyed beard, he made it through initial security checks and past immigration officials, a spokesperson for the Central Industrial Security Fo..