Killer whales attack sailing boats near Spain and Portugal

Killer whales attack sailing boats near Spain and Portugal

Killer whales have been ramming into and damaging sailing boats off the Spanish and Portuguese coasts, leaving marine experts perplexed about the suddenly aggressive encounters. Orcas are highly-intelligent and known to follow boats closely, but it’s unusual for them to repeatedly attack the vessels, the Guardian reported. Over the last two months, the orca encounters … Read more

Syria’s schools open amid anti-coronavirus measures

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, students attend a lesson on their first day back at school, in Qamishli, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. More than 3 million students went to school in government-held areas around Syria Sunday marking the first school day amid strict measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (SANA via AP)

BEIRUT (AP) — More than 3 million Syrian students started school in government-held areas Sunday, marking the first school day amid strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, state media reported. Syria, which had a population of 23 million before its conflict began in March 2011, has registered 3,506 confirmed coronavirus cases as … Read more

Bronx gun fight ends in execution-style killing

Bronx gun fight ends in execution-style killing

Shocking surveillance footage shows a gunman fire at point blank range at a crawling 17-year-old teen, fatally blasting him in the head during a running gun battle in the Bronx. Footage released by the NYPD shows civilians standing unaware Thursday afternoon outside 1705 Hoe Avenue in Crotona as two men in black hoodies engage with … Read more

Angry EU rounds on Johnson’s claim of Brexit blockade

The Irish border is once again the crux of a Brexit showdown

The European Union on Sunday rejected an incendiary claim by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the bloc is plotting to destabilise the UK as another week of Brexit high drama beckoned, headlined by a stormy parliamentary debate in London. The war of words escalated over a new British government bill that London admits is in … Read more

Virus America, six months in: Disarray, dismay, disconnect

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, students wear protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

For years, Erin Whitehead has been a committed fan of the crisis-fueled medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” She has watched its doctors handle all manner of upheaval inside their put-upon hospital — terrifying diseases, destructive weather, bombs, mass shootings, mental illness, uncertainty, grief. Today, she turns to the emotionally draining show as a salve, something to … Read more

Two men busted for looting empty homes during deadly wildfires

Two men busted for looting empty homes during deadly wildfires

Two men were busted in Oregon for looting homes in an area evacuated during raging wildfires, authorities said. Anthony Travis Bodda, 21, and Alexander Justin Jones, 36, were arrested Thursday following a high-speed chase through the fire-ravaged Beachie Creek region of Santiam Canyon, Oregon Live reported. Authorities received a report of a suspicious vehicle around … Read more

Teacher departures leave schools scrambling for substitutes

Teacher departures leave schools scrambling for substitutes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With many teachers opting out of returning to the classroom because of the coronavirus, schools around the U.S. are scrambling to find replacements and in some places lowering certification requirements to help get substitutes in the door. Several states have seen surges in educators filing for retirement or taking leaves of absence. … Read more

Mike Bloomberg to spend $100M in Florida to help Biden

Mike Bloomberg to spend $100M in Florida to help Biden

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg pledged to spend as much as $100 million to boost Joe Biden in the crucial swing state of Florida, where polls show President Trump and the Democratic presidential nominee in a neck-and-neck race less than two months from Election Day. The former New York City mayor and short-lived presidential candidate made the … Read more

Black scientists highlight racism in the lab and the field

This 2020 photo provided by Tanisha Williams shows her in Lewisburg, Pa. Williams, a botanist at Bucknell University, knows exactly which plants she's looking for. But after being questioned by strangers in public parks, Williams, who is Black, has started carrying her field guides with her. “I've been quizzed by random strangers,” she said. “Now I bring my wildflower books and botanical field guides, trying to look like a scientist. It’s for other people. I wouldn’t otherwise lug these books.” (Tanisha Williams via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — University of Washington ecologist Christopher Schell is studying how coronavirus shutdowns have affected wildlife in Seattle and other cities. But when planning fieldwork, he also thinks about how he’s perceived in neighborhoods where he installs wildlife cameras. “I wear the nerdiest glasses I have and often a jacket that has my college … Read more