August 8, 2019

US and Canadian military aircraft intercept 2 Russian bombers north of Alaska coast

U.S. Defense Department(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. and Canadian fighter aircraft intercepted two Russian Tu-95 Bear H bombers over the Beaufort Sea north of the Alaskan and Canadian coast on Thursday, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The bombers had entered the Alaskan and Canadian Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ), which extends 200 miles off the coast, but they did not cross into U.S. or Canadian sovereign airspace. It's believed to be the fifth Russian interc..
August 8, 2019

New Zealand’s new abortion legislation passes first read in Parliament

hidesy/iStock(LONDON) — New legislation that would decriminalize abortion in New Zealand passed its first reading in the Parliament with 94 votes to 23 Thursday. The legislation, which was announced on Monday by the Justice Minister Andrew Little, is the first update to New Zealand's abortion law in over 40 years. "The biggest change is taking [abortion regulations] out of the criminal code, which is very positive," Jackie Edmond, the chief executive of Family Planning, a New Zealand non-pr..
August 8, 2019

Texas couple drowns in Turks and Caicos, teen daughter survives

mikolajn/iStock(HOUSTON) -- A Texas couple drowned in Turks and Caicos while on vacation with their teen daughter, family and friends said. Loved ones identified Irma Barrera, 33, and Roy Perez, 38, as two of the three people who died Monday in the waters of Bambarra Beach. “Yes...they were victims,” Victor Mendieta, a former classmate of Perez's, told ABC News on Thursday. Family members confirmed to ABC Houston station KTRK that Barrera and Perez died in the drowning incident. Their 15-ye..
August 8, 2019

UN: 25% of Earth’s ice-free land subject to ‘human-induced degradation’

krungchingpixs/iStock(NEW YORK) -- About one-quarter of all non-ice land on the planet has been subjected to "human-induced degradation," with soil eroding up to 100 times faster than it forms and many natural resources being exploited at rates never before seen, according to the United Nations. "Climate change exacerbates land degradation, particularly in low-lying coastal areas, river deltas, drylands and in permafrost areas," according to a summary of a report released Thursday by the Intern..