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Opinion: I saw the terrifying attack on Salman Rushdie, a man who lives with danger and chooses to thrive

Opinion: I saw the terrifying attack on Salman Rushdie, a man who lives with danger and chooses to thrive

Minutes later, Rushdie and Henry Reese walk onstage, set to discuss the US as an asylum for writers and other artists in exile as part of the Chautauqua Lecture Series. The audience rises, clapping. I realize Rushdie will be seated with his back to me, so I move to get a better view, starting down […]

Grayscale lithograph of K Street in the city of Sacramento, California — during the Great Flood of 1862. The flood affected the Western United States, from Oregon through California, and Idaho through New Mexico.

The Great Flood of 1862 could repeat itself

New research suggests climate change increases the likelihood of a massive California “megaflood,” akin to the Great Flood of 1862. That disaster, brought on by more than 40 days of constant rain, led to the death of 4,000. Flood waters in that disaster created an “inland sea” 300 miles long and 60 miles wide in […]

Underscored editors' favorite products that bring them joy

Underscored editors’ favorite products that bring them joy

Editors’ Picks Sometimes, everyday products our editors use don’t make it into our in-depth, long-form comparative pieces in which we vigorously test similar products head-to-head. That’s where our Editors’ Picks come in — where we highlight everyday products we personally stand by and use on a daily basis, and think you should too. Sure, we’re […]

Two women use fans to fight the scorching heat during a heatwave in Seville on June 13, 2022. The city recently got the world's first named heat wave.

A heat wave gets a name (Zoe) – in Spain

This summer, Seville, a city in southwestern Spain, has experienced temperatures higher than 106 degrees Fahrenheit for about two weeks. During this period, scientists identified a heatwave and named it Zoe. Zoe is the first-ever heat wave to be named like hurricanes. After temperatures reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit in Spain, scientists for the first time […]

5 things to know this weekend

5 things to know this weekend

Famed author Salman Rushdie continues recovery after brutal attack Bestselling author Salman Rushdie was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit education center in western New York, suffering stab wounds to the neck and abdomen. Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer was on a ventilator […]

This Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows The Russian River flooding Guerneville, Calif.

‘Megafloods’ could devastate California, new study says

“Megadrought” may be the main weather concern across the West right now amid the constant threat of wildfires and earthquakes. But a new study warns another crisis is looming in California: “Megafloods.” Climate change is increasing the risk of future floods that could submerge multiple cities and displace millions of people across California, according to a new study released Friday. It says […]

The area near Center and Smith roads was closed for hours during a standoff Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Clinton County, Ohio, after an armed man tried to breach the FBI's Cincinnati office and fled north on te highway.

Armed man died after standoff

CINCINNATI, Ohio – An armed man was fatally shot by law enforcement after he attempted to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati office and then fled the scene Thursday morning, authorities said. As troopers pursued his fleeing car on an interstate, the suspect fired shots before pulling off, abandoning his car on a rural road and engaging in an hourslong […]

Trump team considering challenging DOJ's motion to unseal search warrant, source says

Trump team considering challenging DOJ’s motion to unseal search warrant, source says

US Attorney General Merrick Garland arrives to speak about the FBI’s search warrant served at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Department of Justice filed a motion to unseal a search warrant and property receipt relating to the search of former President Donald […]

FBI and Federal Evidence Response Team agents are outside of the FBI building in Kenwood collecting evidence after a possible threat this morning.

Armed gunman tries to breach FBI Cincinnati office building

An armed man in body armor was injured in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement after he attempted to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati office Thursday, authorities said. An hourslong standoff followed, where the gunman was at one point “contained,” according to the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency. The agency later said the standoff had ended but provided […]

In this March 28, 2019 photo, traffic makes its way into Manhattan from Brooklyn over the Williamsburg Bridge in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Tolls up to $23 entering Manhattan

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – ⁠⁠⁠⁠A new tolling program in New York City’s midtown Manhattan, the first of its kind in the U.S., could ease traffic congestion in the world’s largest central business district — at costs of up to $23 for some drivers. The Central Business District Tolling Program is aimed at reducing traffic, improving mass transit, speeding up travel times and improving air quality in […]

34 best travel backpacks of 2022

34 best travel backpacks of 2022

If you’re one of the many Americans who feel comfortable enough to travel again, it’s time to take stock of your travel gear. While luggage and packing cubes are certainly important, we’re laser-focused on the travel backpack right now — the elusive bag that’s big enough to fit everything you might need while flying but also diminutive enough to […]

Who really attacked a prison of POWs?

Who really attacked a prison of POWs?

On the morning of July 29, just hours after more than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed at a detention center in the Donetsk region, a Russian reporter at the scene displayed remnants of a US-made HIMARS rocket. It was the beginning of a full-court Russian media offensive, with a message as cynical as […]

This photo released Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, by the Albuquerque Police Department shows Muhammad Syed. Syed, 51, was taken into custody Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in connection with the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, over the last nine months. He faces charges in two of the deaths and may be charged in the others. (Albuquerque Police Department via AP)

Suspect denied involvement, documents say

After he was pulled over by New Mexico police, the suspect in the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque denied any connection to the crimes that shook the city and its small Muslim community – and told authorities he was so unnerved by the violence that he was driving to Houston to look for a […]

Best running apps in 2022, tested by our editors

Best running apps in 2022, tested by our editors

If you want to run, you need good running shoes and a running watch or fitness tracker to track your time. Free running apps can also help, offering statistics that help you chart your progress. Premium (that is, paid) versions of running apps can include more robust items like training logs and challenges. Beginners, intermediate […]

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