When he first noticed a fuzziness in his left eye, in June, high school student Josh Bangert thought he'd simply become dehydrated from playing too hard on the basketball court. As weeks went by and the 15-year-old's vision worsened, his mom took him to an eye doctor, thinking he needed glasses. Instead, she and Josh were stunned last month to hear an alarming diagnosis: He has a rare genetic disorder called Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, also known as Leber's disease. The doctor somberly told Josh that he would be blind in three to five months.
Like millions of people last month, Nashville singer Brittany Hölljes watched the Senate testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. She saw the committee question Ford, as Kavanaugh vehemently denied the accusation and was ultimately confirmed to the court. "The feeling of dread and desperation around making sure Christine Blasey Ford was believed and given some form of justice, and the complete and utter failure of that to happen, was so disappointing," Hölljes said. "I felt so despondent."
Research published last week by the American Geophysical Union documents a chaotic, low-frequency hum across the Ross Ice Shelf - a platform the size of France that floats off the coast of West Antarctica. The pitches are caused by wind striking snow dunes, and it's an eerie sort of song. But, the researchers argue, it's also an early warning sign for one of the nightmare scenarios in climate change science: the disintegration of Antarctica's largest ice shelf, and consequent slide of glaciers into the ocean.
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has started to wear an extra undershirt to protect himself. Even with Braden Holtby's Washington Capitals teammates toning down the power of their shots in practices, he's started to feel the sting of pucks in ways he hasn't before. The first month of new streamlined goaltender equipment, particularly around the arms, has been a painful adjustment. "You get stingers and bruises and stuff like that," Fleury said.
The tug of war over Pocahontas - the Indian chief's daughter who was born on the James River and died on the Thames River - has been going on for more than 400 years. Since the first years of the Virginia colony, the girl with a short life and a long history has been a pawn, moved this way and that to serve the interests of colonists, nations and tribes, tobacco sellers, moviemakers and activists.
Europeans and Americans have grown used to buying clothes made in Asian countries. But apparel-industry sourcing executives are sure that's changing: By the middle of the next decade, much more of our clothes will be made closer to home.
CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico - As the caravan of Central American migrants left the Mexico-Guatemala border, walking north in the heat, it became clear that the group had swelled in number. "We believe there are at least 5,600 now, and we expect more to join us" in the nearby city of Tapachula, said Rodrigo Aveja, one of the group's organizers. The group appears to be at least double the size of the caravan that wound through Central America and Mexico this spring, prompting outrage from President Donald Trump ahead of the administration's policy of family separation.
President Donald Trump says he plans to pull out of a major arms control treaty with Russia, claiming the Kremlin breached the accord on intermediate-range nuclear weapons. "We're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement," Trump said Saturday after a campaign rally in Elko, Nevada. "We're going to terminate the agreement."
ELKO, Nev. - President Donald Trump said Saturday that Republicans are planning to implement a "very major tax cut" for middle-income earners before next month, even though Congress is out of session until after November's midterm elections. After his campaign rally in this northeastern Nevada town, Trump talked up the new round of tax cuts, but did not go into specifics. He said the cuts would be done "sometime just prior, I would say, to November."
ISTANBUL - A spokesman for Turkey's ruling party vowed Saturday, Oct. 20, that the government would "uncover what has happened" to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as skepticism mounted over Saudi Arabia's account that the U.S.-based columnist was killed Oct. 2 during a fistfight inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.