WASHINGTON — Weeks of turmoil in financial markets and an extraordinary outburst over trade from President Donald Trump have opened a fresh lane of attack for Democrats hoping to unseat a president who has put the strength of the economy at the center of his reelection pitch. Read More ⇒

Six to 8 million years ago, a snake related to swamp snakes or tiger snakes slithered into the sea. Over evolutionary time, descendants of that snake developed flattened paddle tails, an ability to breathe through the skin and a valve to stop water from entering the lungs. Today these creatu… Read More ⇒

I noticed my first gray hair during my medical residency. It sneaked up on me at the end of a long, frenzied shift — one of those nights when Murphy’s Law seems stronger than the law of gravity. Two of my patients did slip and fall, though, so Newton made a strong showing, too. Read More ⇒

Newborns whose mothers exercise during pregnancy may become physically coordinated a little earlier than other babies, according to a captivating new study of gestation, jogging and the varying ability of tiny infants to make a fist. The study’s findings add to growing evidence that physical… Read More ⇒

There are precious few places left in the United States where you can still view a “pristine” night sky, according to a new study in the Journal of Environmental Management. Situated far from the glare of city and small town lights, these places offer the same unimpeded view of the cosmos th… Read More ⇒

Walmart prides itself on rock-bottom prices for everyday goods, but as soda, snack and toothpaste makers boost what they charge retailers in response to rising costs and looming tariffs, something’s got to give. Read More ⇒

It’s a myth that black widow female spiders always kill and consume their mates. But courtship remains perilous for males, cannibalism or no. The terrain, navigated in the dark, is challenging. The female’s web releases come-hither pheromones, but only about 12% of prospective males manage t… Read More ⇒

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he was “strongly considering” commuting the 14-year prison sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who was convicted of trying to essentially sell President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for personal gain. Read More ⇒

Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI director who authorized an investigation into President Donald Trump for ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice, filed a lawsuit against the bureau and the Justice Department on Wednesday, alleging he was illegally demoted and fired as part of a plot… Read More ⇒

Former vice president Joe Biden is leading the pack in Iowa, according to a new Monmouth University poll, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is viewed most favorably among the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. Read More ⇒

Latoya Joyner, a New York state assemblywoman from the Bronx, said she was raised by a loving adoptive family after her biological parents lost custody of her. The same was true for Tracy L. VanVleck, the commissioner of human services in Seneca County. Read More ⇒

Temperatures have been above average across Alaska every day since April 25. None of the nearly 300 weather stations scattered about Alaska have recorded a temperature below freezing since June 28, Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist and research associate at the International Arctic Resea… Read More ⇒