Since mid-2022, both public and private institutions have been sounding the alarm over the threat drones can pose to people, venues and critical infrastructure. In a little-watched and lowly-reported-on hearing from November 2022, the FBI joined the chorus with the loudest alarm yet: Director Christopher Wray, in testimony to the Senate over domestic threats, revealed that the bureau is investigating several incidents of drones being used with homemade explosives or IEDs inside the U.S. Of course, we don't know when or where these incidents may have occurred, as FBI Director Wray didn't share details of these active investigations. However, we do know that drones have been used to threaten critical assets in the U.S. like power infrastructure as far back as at least 2020; a 2021 report revealed that a Pennsylvania substation had a malicious drone-based incident . Though the attempt failed, it is believed the goal was to disrupt operations or otherwise cause a power outage, … [Read more...] about Confronting Drone Threats: Why New Technology Requires Action
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Live Updates An arrest has been made in connection with the November murders of four University of Idaho students, nearly seven weeks after the brutal attack. Authorities took 28-year-old Bryan Christopher Kohberger into custody Friday in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Kohberger, a graduate student at Washington State University, is facing first-degree murder and burglary charges, a Latah County prosecutor said in a press conference. Kohberger is being held without bond and will appear in a Pennsylvania court on Jan. 3 before he is extradited to Idaho. Police received over 19,000 tips and conducted over 300 interviews in the weeks since Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20, were found stabbed to death in an off-campus home on Nov. 13. On Friday, police searched Kohberger's apartment in Pullman, WA, and began cleanup efforts at the rental home where the four students were killed. Officials said the home remains an active crime … [Read more...] about Idaho Murders Updates: Suspect arrested, motive under investigation
Meet SWOT, the satellite that will teach us more about Earth's water than we've ever known. SWOT is NASA 's Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite that will survey more than 90% of the planet's water, from small freshwater lakes to vast ocean depths. NASA says SWOT's high-definition instrumentation will provide researchers with an unprecedented view of how water resources are changing and how disaster-preparedness organizations can protect communities. "The satellite will address some of the most pressing climate change questions of our time," according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory . Some have said that humans must leave Earth to save it. Actually, we've been doing that for decades. Space exploration played a role in responding to the 1970s U.S. energy crisis , developed a method to produce biofuel from algae , and contributed to water filtration methods . Today, the United Nations ' 2030 Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals , all of which … [Read more...] about Supporting Sustainable Development Through Space Exploration
Some of those seeking to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system want to cut the prison population by more than a million inmates. An agreement in Washington this week, hailed as a landmark bipartisan moment, falls well short of that: about 7,000 people might get out early. The bill, endorsed by President Trump, makes shorter sentences for crack cocaine retroactive for a few thousand inmates. It increases the number of people eligible to sidestep mandatory minimum sentences, but only by a nudge. And it reduces the three-strikes penalty from life to a still-lengthy 25 years. The proposed legislation is very much a compromise, one that, at least in the short term, will do little to solve the country’s mass incarceration problem. Its name, the First Step Act, is apt as its sponsors consider it an initial attempt at reform. To many advocates, releasing 7,000 inmates — less than 4 percent of the federal inmate population — is unacceptably low given the huge number of people … [Read more...] about Just How Much of an Overhaul Is This Overhaul of the Nation’s Criminal Justice System?
The first victim of Met Police rapist David Carrick to reveal her identity today calls for the beast to be locked up for the rest of his active life. Darciane Nunes Da Silva, 43, speaks out in the Sunday People after bravely waiving her legal anonymity – because she is convinced there are more victims of the sex monster who will be encouraged to come forward. Carrick, 48, is now one of Britain’s worst known sex offenders after pleading guilty to 48 rapes against 12 women – including Darciane – over two decades. His campaign of terror against the mum and carer included: ■ Strangling and violently slapping her. ■ Controlling every part of her life including what she ate, when she slept and when she could use her phone. ■ Spying on her with hidden cameras. ■ Punishing her when she didn’t obey him, including by releasing his snakes from their enclosure in a twisted bid to terrify her. A photo of Darciane and Carrick during a sightseeing trip around London in June … [Read more...] about Victim of police rapist David Carrick says he set SNAKES on her in twisted punishment
The FBI is reportedly widening its investigation into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton after new details in claims by former staffers that he helped a real estate developer in return for renovations to his million-dollar home and a job for his alleged mistress. Last fall, a number of senior staffers accused Texas's highest-ranking attorney of committing crimes to assist Nate Paul, later alleging that the developer or companies owned by him had a hand in work done on Paxton's home. All of those making accusations quit or were fired; four later sued the attorney general under the state's whistleblower law. The latest details have emerged in an updated court complaint filed Thursday. The lawsuit accuses Paxton of abusing his position to help Paul and claims the former deputies have information to suggest Paul "was involved in" the remodelling of a house in an affluent area of Austin, owned by Paxton. It also claims Paul employed the attorney general's alleged mistress as a … [Read more...] about Texas AG Paxton Faces Deeper FBI Scrutiny After Details From Ex-Aides
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 Two weeks into the double murder trial of South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, prosecutors haven't presented any direct evidence that he killed his wife and son at their home in June 2021. There is no confession, no surveillance camera footage, no recording of the victims' final moments. If found guilty of murdering his wife, Maggie, 52, and their son, Paul, 22, Murdaugh faces 30 years to life in prison without parole. The disgraced lawyer, who also faces about 100 other charges ranging from stealing money from clients to insurance fraud, has adamantly denied fatally shooting his wife and son. Murdaugh's lawyers said he was visiting his ailing mother on the night of the murders and police wrongly focused on him from the start, ignoring the possibility that anyone else killed them. HOW ARE PROSECUTORS MAKING THEIR CASE? Prosecutors are trying to … [Read more...] about How the cases in Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial are shaping up
Doctors have long diagnosed many of our sickest patients with “ demoralization syndrome ,” a condition commonly associated with terminal illness that’s characterized by a sense of helplessness and loss of purpose. American physicians are now increasingly suffering from a similar condition, except our demoralization is not a reaction to a medical condition, but rather to the diseased systems for which we work. The United States is the only large high-income nation that doesn’t provide universal health care to its citizens. Instead, it maintains a lucrative system of for-profit medicine. For decades, at least tens of thousands of preventable deaths have occurred each year because health care here is so expensive. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the consequences of this policy choice have intensified. One study estimates at least 338,000 Covid deaths in the United States could have been prevented by universal health care. In the wake of this generational catastrophe, many … [Read more...] about Doctors Aren’t Burned Out From Overwork. We’re Demoralized by Our Health System.
The suspect in the slayings of four University of Idaho college students is drawing comparisons to serial killer Ted Bundy after mugshots began making their way across the internet Friday. The suspect arrested in Pennsylvania on Friday— Bryan Kohberger —was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, nearly 300 miles from Bundy's alma mater. Bundy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, majoring in psychology, before moving on to law school at the University of Utah. Bundy stalked and killed college students. Kohberger, 28, is accused of doing the same. Both also had chilling similarities in their interests that hinted at crimes: A Reddit post seemingly belonging to Kohberger unearthed shortly after his arrest appeared to show him asking questions about how crimes are committed, how victims were targeted, and how someone would leave a crime scene. Bundy, who was roughly the same age as … [Read more...] about Bryan Kohberger photo sparks Ted Bundy comparisons in appearance, age, more
Donald Trump, as expected, announced on Tuesday night that he’ll run for president again in 2024, despite being twice impeached, castigated for fomenting the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, investigated for potential fraud at his family’s business and blamed for Republicans’ weak showing in last week’s midterm elections. But while the former president is counting on faithful Republicans to once again flock to him, he appears to be losing supporters — including deep-pocketed conservative donors who are instead looking for alternatives. Just this morning, Stephen A. Schwarzman of Blackstone , a longtime ally of Trump’s, told Axios that he would back someone from a “new generation” of Republicans. And the attendee list for Tuesday night’s announcement was telling: Loyalists like Roger Stone and Mike Lindell, the C.E.O. of MyPillow, were there, but few members of Congress made the trip. Mr. Trump outlined what a second term would look like. In his meandering 63-minute speech, he focused … [Read more...] about Big-Name Donors Are Moving On From Trump