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 ⇒

LOS ANGELES — In the year since President Donald Trump officially ended family separations at the southern border, immigration authorities have removed more than 900 migrant children from their families, sometimes for reasons as minor as a parent not changing a baby’s diaper or having a traf… Read More ⇒

WASHINGTON — Two of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aides who were instrumental in forging her unexpected path to victory last year are leaving Capitol Hill, less than a month after one of them ignited a firestorm by challenging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and comparing moderate House Democrats… Read More ⇒

WASHINGTON — On Monday, it was a soft-spoken senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. On Tuesday, the careful chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot L. Engel of New York, threw in his support. So did Jennifer Wexton, a freshman Democrat who… Read More ⇒

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump escalated his trade war with China on Thursday, saying that the United States would impose a 10% tariff on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese imports after China failed to keep its promise to buy more American agricultural products. Read More ⇒