Less than two weeks after a pilot whale died off Thailand with 80 plastic bags in its stomach, three major companies - SeaWorld, Ikea and Royal Caribbean - have vowed to remove plastic straws and bags from their properties.
Flu killed 172 children between October and May, making this season one of the deadliest since federal health authorities began tracking pediatric deaths 14 years ago, according to a new government report. The figure reported Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeds the 171 child deaths reported for 2012-2013, the previous record for a regular season. Only the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which killed 358 children, was worse; that flu was a new strain of the respiratory virus for which people had no previous exposure.
Anthony Bourdain, the American-born celebrity chef and roguish culinary adventurer, was found dead Friday in a hotel in France at age 61. He was in Strasbourg filming a segment for the globetrotting CNN food and cultural-exploration program "Parts Unknown," and the network said it was an apparent suicide.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. In an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy that leaves many questions unanswered, the court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had not adequately taken into account the religious beliefs of baker Jack Phillips. In fact, Kennedy said, the commission had been hostile to the baker's faith, denying him the neutral consideration he deserved. While the justices split in their reasoning, only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday, June 4, asserted an "absolute right" to pardon himself of any federal crimes but said he has no reason to do so because he has not engaged in any wrongdoing. "As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Facebook is disputing a New York Times report about how it shares data with device makers from Apple and Amazon to Samsung. They're privy to Facebook users' information but it's nothing like the access that led to the Cambridge Analytica controversy, the social network said.
Teachers seeking higher pay and more school funding walked out of classrooms in half a dozen states this year. Now, three national polls report that most Americans agree that educators don't earn enough. And two of the surveys found that at least half of Americans said they would pay higher taxes to raise educator salaries. The national polls were conducted by the New York Times, the Associated Press and NPR, and each found that Americans overwhelmingly believe public school teachers are underpaid.
Here's a fact you should know about the world in which you live: It's home to more kinds of scaly reptiles than all the mammal families combined. The reptile order Squamata, which includes snakes, lizards and legless worm-looking creatures known as amphisbaenians, is the largest order of living land vertebrates on the planet.
SANTA FE, Texas - This time, it happened during first period. The day after a student went on a shooting rampage at a Texas high school, a Houston-area community grappled with a horrific reality that has unfolded in so many other places across the nation. On Friday morning, a 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and a pistol stormed Santa Fe High School, about 30 miles southeast of Houston, and opened fire in an art class, officials said.
The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday that aims to undo a sweeping act of deregulation undertaken last year by the Federal Communications Commission, issuing a rebuke to the Trump administration, which supported the FCC's move. The resolution targets the FCC's vote in December to repeal its net neutrality rules for internet providers. If successful, the legislative gambit could restore the agency's regulations and hand a victory to tech companies, activists and consumer advocacy groups.