‘An Absurd Discussion.’ Denmark’s Prime Minister Dismisses President Trump’s Interest in Purchasing Greenland

Ciara Nugent Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has dismissed President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. could buy Greenland from Denmark, calling it “an absurd discussion” in an interview with a local newspaper Sunday. Trump confirmed Sunday that he would be “interested” in purchasing the island for the U.S., after the Wall Street Journal reported that he has repeatedly brought up the idea with advisers. “We are good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world, and the concept came up,” the President told reporters in New Jersey. “Strategically it’s interesting, and we would … Continue reading ‘An Absurd Discussion.’ Denmark’s Prime Minister Dismisses President Trump’s Interest in Purchasing Greenland

8,000 People Forced to Evacuate Over Wildfire in Spain’s Canary Islands

Barry Hatton / AP (LISBON, Portugal) — An out-of-control wildfire in Spain’s Canary Islands was throwing flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air on Monday, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 8,000 people, authorities said. The blaze has charred around 6,000 hectares (14.800 acres) in just 48 hours, according to the government of Gran Canaria, a mountainous volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean archipelago off northwest Africa. The fire is racing across parched woodlands into Tamadaba Natural Park, regarded as one of the island’s jewels. Some two dozen roads have been closed. Canary Islands President Ángel Víctor Torres … Continue reading 8,000 People Forced to Evacuate Over Wildfire in Spain’s Canary Islands

Airstrikes Halt Turkish Convoy on Road in Northern Syria, Opposition Activists Say

Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue / AP (DAMASCUS, Syria) — Airstrikes halted a Turkish military convoy carrying ammunition after it crossed into northern Syria on Monday, bound for a rebel-held stronghold, opposition activists said. The strikes hit near the highway where the convoy was moving, the activists added. It was not immediately clear whether it was Syrian government or Russian warplanes that struck near the convoy but the development marked a sharp escalation in tensions in the northwestern province of Idlib where Syrian troops have been on the offensive for weeks. Syria’s Foreign Ministry slammed Turkey, saying the convoy consisted … Continue reading Airstrikes Halt Turkish Convoy on Road in Northern Syria, Opposition Activists Say

Nearly 4 Tons of Marijuana Found Hidden in Jalapeño Peppers Seized in San Diego

Julia Webster Border Patrol agents on Thursday discovered nearly four tons of marijuana hidden in a shipment of jalapeño peppers traveling from Mexico to the US, officials said. The discovery was made at the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego, Calif., when the 37-year-old Mexican driver was flagged for a secondary inspection, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. A canine team alerted to the shipment of peppers, where officials discovered 314 large wrapped packages, weighing 7,560 pounds, and containing a leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. Officials said the drugs were worth $2.3 … Continue reading Nearly 4 Tons of Marijuana Found Hidden in Jalapeño Peppers Seized in San Diego

Florida Man Charged With Threatening a Mass Shooting After Allegedly Texting Ex-Girlfriend About ‘a Good 100 Kills’

Ciara Nugent A Florida man has been charged with threatening a mass shooting after his ex-girlfriend alerted authorities to text messages he had sent her. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that 25 year-old Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach had sent several messages about a possible shooting, writing in one that “a good 100 kills would be nice” and claiming he already had a location planned. In another message, police said, Wix wrote: “A school is a weak target.. id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles … Continue reading Florida Man Charged With Threatening a Mass Shooting After Allegedly Texting Ex-Girlfriend About ‘a Good 100 Kills’

34% of Economists in New Survey Expect a U.S. Recession in 2021

Associated Press (WASHINGTON) — A number of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Thirty-four percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics, in a report being released Monday, said they believe a slowing economy will tip into recession in 2021. That’s up from 25% in a survey taken in February. Only 2% of those polled expect a recession to begin this year, while 38% predict that it will occur in 2020. Trump, however, … Continue reading 34% of Economists in New Survey Expect a U.S. Recession in 2021

John Oliver, Larry David and Wanda Sykes Give Medical Bias the Last Week Tonight Treatment

Melissa Locker John Oliver, Wanda Sykes, and Larry David teamed up to help fight reported bias in medical care on Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight. According to Oliver, several studies have shown that bias among doctors leads to a “woman-shaped blind spot in medicine.” For example, researchers found that women are seven times more likely to be misdiagnosed when they are having a heart attack. He also cited a study that claimed that medical bias against people of color resulted in 83,000 needless deaths within the black community. The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed … Continue reading John Oliver, Larry David and Wanda Sykes Give Medical Bias the Last Week Tonight Treatment