The oil prospectors of Oklahoma, it appeared, finally had a solution to their earthquake problem. Ordered by regulators to curb the wastewater they were dumping deep into the ground, they watched with satisfaction as tremors plunged to fewer than two a day from more than five. This seemed to be important confirmation of what had long been suspected in the petroleum-dependent state: The act of drilling for crude wasn't the big problem, it was just the way the main byproduct was being discarded.
Reuters just published an explosive investigative report detailing a massacre last September of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, following the arrest and imprisonment of two of the news agency's journalists who investigated the story.
State governments are becoming a pivotal player in the battle over net neutrality. In recent weeks, legislatures stretching from California to Massachusetts have introduced bills aimed at restoring the Federal Communications Commission's broadband rules, which banned internet providers from arbitrarily speeding up or slowing down websites.
The following editorial is from Bloomberg View. In late 2016, the Air Force realized it was facing a shortage of about 700 fighter pilots. The service, to its credit, pushed ahead with several initiatives to avert the looming crisis. The result: The Air Force is now short about 1,200 fighter pilots.
WASHINGTON - Congress moved to end a five-hour government shutdown early Friday morning after the House voted to support a massive bipartisan budget deal that stands to add hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending on the military, domestic programs and disaster relief. The 240-to-186 House vote gaveled to a close just after 5:30 a.m., nearly four hours after the Senate cleared the legislation on a vote of 71 to 28, with wide bipartisan support.
She claimed to be looking forward to "staying away from the media," but that didn't stop Omarosa from dropping as many headline-making statements as she could during Thursday night's episode of "Celebrity Big Brother." After a viral clip of the former Trump staffer bashing the West Wing was released earlier Thursday, the news stories piled up so high that the White House was forced to officially comment on the reality competition happening outside its walls.
More than 90 countries sent roughly 2,900 athletes to compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics, which officially marks Friday, Feb. 9, as the opening. There are 102 events - most in Olympic history - including four making their debuts: big air snowboarding, mass start speedskating, mixed doubles curling and a mixed team event in Alpine skiing. Two-hundred forty-three athletes will represent the United States. There are 135 men and 108 women, the closest the team has come to parity at the Winter Games.
Jill Messick, a Hollywood producer and executive who once worked for Miramax under Harvey Weinstein's leadership and served as Rose McGowan's manager, took her own life on Wednesday after a long battle with depression, her family said. She was 50. Following her death, Messick's family released a blistering statement condemning Weinstein, McGowan, and the media for their portrayals of Messick, who "became collateral damage in an already horrific story."
A live stream of the opening ceremonies can be found here (NBC). PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - The Winter Olympics opened in Pyeongchang on Friday night, amid bone-chilling weather but warming relations between North and South Korea. Almost 2,500 athletes from 93 countries will compete in 102 medal events across 15 sports in the 23rd edition of the Winter Games, which will continue through Feb. 25.
Objectively, the sketch is bad. The thick lines look like an inverted triangle with hair, or a strawberry wearing a tiny cap. The two dot eyes are inexplicably paired with horizontal lines and no eyebrows. There is only one ear. And yet, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, police say they have identified a suspect who they say pretended to be a farmers market worker before fleeing with cash Jan. 30, thanks to a witness who drew a picture from memory.