How do tree-hugging lizards hang on during storms? With big toes

Tropical lizards have a stick-to-itiveness in high wind that puts TV weather reporters to shame. Now we know why, thanks in part to a high-powered leaf blower.  Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year put a group of little tree-hugging lizards to the test, and scientists were perfectly positioned to see which reptiles survived and why. Then researchers cranked up […]

Greece investigates possible arson as death toll reaches 81

Rescuers intensified a grim house-to-house search Wednesday for more casualties from a deadly forest fire outside Athens, as the country’s military said it was using footage from U.S. combat drones and surveillance aircraft to try to determine whether arsonists were behind the blaze and stop future attacks.   Joint patrols of the Fire Service, army […]

What’s in the Trump-Cohen audio — and what’s not

The audio recording of President Donald Trump and his then-lawyer, Michael Cohen, captures the two men discussing hush money payments to a former Playboy model alleging an affair. Here’s a look at the recording, including what it reveals and what it doesn’t: It’s quick and casual — and related to the campaign Trump’s lawyers say […]

Swedish activist stops deporting of Afghan asylum-seeker aboard plane

A Swedish student activist has prevented the deporting of an Afghan asylum-seeker by purchasing a ticket for the flight removing him and then refusing to sit down, preventing the plane from taking off. Elin Ersson live streamed her protest to Facebook from inside the plane that was due to fly from Sweden’s second city, Goteborg, […]

More than 200 dead in southwest Syria amid government offensive

Attacks in the Syrian province of Sweida killed 215 people on Wednesday, the director of health in the southwestern province told the pro-government Sham FM radio station. ISIS said it had carried out the seemingly coordinated attacks, which included suicide bombings, in several villages and the provincial capital, also called Sweida.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it […]

Facebook stock gets slammed as user growth slows

Facebook Inc. on Wednesday warned of slowing revenue growth in the second half and said that expenses would grow faster than revenue next year, sending shares down 19 per cent over concerns about the impact of privacy issues on the social media company’s business. The company had cautioned investors to expect a big jump in […]

Pompeo defends U.S. summits with North Korea, Russia at Senate hearing

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participated in three hours of sometimes adversarial questioning on Wednesday during testimony to the Senate’s foreign relations committee. The majority of the questions focused on President Donald Trump’s recent summits with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.    During his opening statement, Pompeo said the […]

Trump pushes Putin meeting in Washington until 2019

The Trump administration sought to fend off accusations the president is too soft on Russia on Wednesday, putting off a proposed second summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and declaring the U.S. will never recognize Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee peppered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with […]

Hot, hot, hot: Summer of extremes setting heat records around the world

Welcome to The National Today newsletter, which takes a closer look at some of the day’s most notable stories. Sign up here and we’ll deliver it directly to your inbox Monday to Friday. TODAY: As much of the world suffers through an especially hot summer, a new study suggests that climate change is accelerating changes in weather.  Chinese leaders […]

11 Republicans move to impeach deputy attorney general

A group of 11 U.S. House Republicans has introduced articles of impeachment against deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The Republicans who introduced the resolution have criticized Rosenstein for not being responsive enough as they have requested documents related […]