LONDON - World temperatures are likely to rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius this century, surpassing a "tipping point" that a global climate deal aims to avert, scientists said on Monday. A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows a 90 percent chance that temperatures will increase this century by 2 to 4.9 degrees Celsius.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump swore in his new chief of staff, John Kelly, on Monday and sought to portray his White House as firing on all cylinders by pointing to the buoyant stock market and low unemployment rate. Trump brought in Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, after a chaotic week in which his first legislative effort - healthcare reform - failed in Congress, heightening concerns in his Republican Party that West Wing dysfunction would derail other priorities like tax reform.
NEW YORK - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie confronted a baseball fan who heckled him during a Sunday night game in Milwaukee, according to a video posted by local media, making the unpopular governor the target of another round of online jokes. The second-term Republican can be seen clutching a bowl of nachos and leaning over a man identified as Brad Joseph, telling him "you're a big shot," before walking away down a flight of stairs, according to a video of the incident posted online by Milwaukee's WISN television.
U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte will perform community services at a Montana nonprofit that builds wheelchairs for children after pleading guilty to assaulting a reporter during his election campaign, local media reported on Sunday. Gianforte was ordered to do 40 hours of volunteer work as part of his sentence for attacking Ben Jacobs, a correspondent for Britain's Guardian newspaper, on May 24, the day before a special election to fill Montana's sole congressional seat. He has a Nov. 28 deadline to complete the community service.
OAKVILLE, Ontario — Jhonattan Vegas emphatically ended a poor run of form by successfully defending his Canadian Open title with a playoff victory over Charley Hoffman at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville on Sunday. Venezuelan Vegas, who missed the cut in his last five PGA Tour starts, tapped in for birdie at the first playoff hole—the par-5 18th—moments before overnight leader Hoffman failed to hole out from a greenside bunker. "To repeat in Canada, it doesn't get any better," said Vegas, whose 7-under-par 65 gave him a 21-under total of 267.
WASHINGTON — North Korea said on Saturday, July 29, it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that proved its ability to strike America's mainland, drawing a sharp warning from U.S. President Donald Trump and a rebuke from China. However, later on Saturday Trump wrote on Twitter that he was "very disappointed" in China and that Beijing had done "nothing" for the United States in regards to North Korea, something he would not allow to continue.
NEW YORK — A majority of Americans are ready to move on from health care reform at this point after the U.S. Senate's effort to dismantle Obamacare failed on Friday, July 29, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Saturday, July 30. Nearly two-thirds of the country wants to either keep or modify the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and a majority of Americans want Congress to turn its attention to other priorities, the survey found.
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign legislation that imposes sanctions on Russia, the White House said on Friday, after Moscow ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff in retaliation for the measures and said it was seizing two U.S. diplomatic properties. Moscow's decision, which had echoes of the Cold War, was announced by the Foreign Ministry on Friday, a day after the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved new sanctions on Russia.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative John Delaney became the first Democrat to formally enter the 2020 presidential campaign to challenge Republican President Donald Trump - more than 1,100 days before the election. “The current administration is making us less prosperous and less secure, the healthcare debacle being the most recent example of their brand of destructive partisanship,” Delaney said in a statement announcing his candidacy. Delaney represents a Maryland district that includes some Washington suburbs.
LONDON - Charlie Gard, a British baby who became the subject of a bitter dispute between his parents and doctors over whether he should be taken to the United States for experimental treatment, has died, local media said on Friday. The 11-month-old baby suffered from an extremely rare genetic condition causing progressive brain damage and muscle weakness, and his parents' long struggle to save him drew an international outpouring of sympathy, including from U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis.