World leaders and intelligence agencies are still unpicking reports of leaks along the two Nord Stream pipelines, which supply natural gas from Russia to Europe. Some believe the actions could be an act of sabotage, potentially by Russia or by the U.S. Drops in pressure were first detected Monday by the operators of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines, funded and constructed by the Russian government, which have been at the center of the geopolitical storm fueled by Russia's war in Ukraine. While neither pipeline was in operation at the time of the incidents, they contained gas under pressure within them, and they come at a time of heightened tensions after Russia held illegitimate "referendums" on its annexation of regions in eastern Ukraine. So what will the impacts be on the global energy supply and on the conflict in Ukraine, and to what extent do we know the facts about how the pipelines were damaged? Newsweek Fact Check looked at the evidence. What We Do Know … [Read more...] about Russian Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipeline explosions—what we do know, what we don’t
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Existing home prices in the United States soared 45 percent from December 2019 to June 2022, when Covid emerged and then gripped the nation. That rate of increase over such a short interval had never happened in the history of the U.S. national home price index , dating back to 1987, which the economist Karl Case and I first developed. Now that growth in the index has started falling on a month-to-month basis, with the annual growth rate down from 18.1 percent in the year ending in June 2022 to 15.8 percent in the year ending July. This may seem a small drop, but it is important to note because it’s the largest deceleration in the history of the index and comes in the face of strong momentum in home prices. It leads one to consider whether the forces behind that 45 percent increase are going to continue. It is not enough to say that the Federal Reserve caused the boom when it lowered interest rates dramatically in 2020 in response to the pandemic.But home prices have … [Read more...] about FOMO Helped Drive Up Housing Prices in the Pandemic. What Can We Expect Next?
Uber was hacked this month. The company said that the attacker — a teenager possibly linked to the incident was just arrested i n London — most likely obtained the corporate password of an Uber contractor. Using that person’s access, the hacker gained access to some of Uber’s internal systems: internal Slack messages, a finance tool for invoices and the dashboard where the company’s security researchers report bugs and vulnerabilities. It’s a big deal, and an embarrassment to the company. Uber has said that it believes that the attacker is affiliated with a hacking group called Lapsus$, whose members are mostly teenagers and which has recently targeted several technology companies. Uber also said it had not seen any evidence that user data was compromised during the incident. In the lawsuits that will invariably result, we will learn more about what happened. But any litigation against the company, whether it be by government agencies like the Federal Trade Commission, or … [Read more...] about The Uber Hack Exposes More Than Failed Data Security
Households have been urged to submit electricity meter readings to power providers before the energy cap rise on Saturday. Submitting up-to-date readings before then will prevent companies from estimating electricity use and charging the higher rate for energy used before the price is increased, energy experts have said. Ofgem, the energy regulator, said it would raise the energy cap to £3,549 from 1 October, but the government intervened with the energy price guarantee, which capped a typical household's bill at £2,500. Energy UK urged consumers to act as soon as possible to avoid energy websites crashing should millions try to upload readings at once, as was the case before the energy cap was last increased on 1 April. The industry body said high call volumes and website traffic were expected, and recommended customers check beforehand for the best way to submit readings. Suppliers had offered numerous channels including text, email, apps and online account … [Read more...] about Energy cap: Submit electricity meter readings now to save money, urge energy experts
You're reading the Jessica Grose On Parenting newsletter, for Times subscribers only. A journalist and novelist explores what it means to be a parent today, analyzing the health, economics and culture of the American family. Get it with a Times subscription My daughters love to swim, and we’d exhausted the lessons at our local Y, so I thought I’d try to find them a swim team. They’re only 6 and 9, so what I was looking for was a local rec situation that offered a bit of low-stakes camaraderie and regular exercise. They’re strong swimmers but probably not future Olympians, and besides, I want a life: I have zero interest in shuttling them up and down the Eastern Seaboard every weekend to compete, as the parents whose children are on travel teams seem to do. The kind of chill athletic experience I wanted for my kids barely seems to exist anymore. There wasn’t anything like the delightfully bumbling soccer league of my youth. All I could find were intense teams that had … [Read more...] about Why Have We Allowed Money to Ruin Youth Sports?
close Video Dr. Oz's crime 'diagnosis' places blame on 'radical' John Fetterman: 'We have got to take our cities back' GOP Pennsylvania Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz says his "diagnosis" to the rising crime plaguing his state places blame squarely on his "radical" Democratic opponent, John Fetterman, for creating the conditions for criminal activity to prosper. NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! Republican Pennsylvania Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz says his "diagnosis" to the rising crime plaguing his state places blame squarely on his "radical" Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, for creating the conditions for criminal activity to prosper. In an interview this week with Fox News Digital, Oz asserted that instances of violent crime, as well as events like the ransacking of a Wawa gas station by a mob of people over the weekend, were now "normalized," and described such occurrences as a "cancer" to society. "We've … [Read more...] about Dr. Oz’s crime ‘diagnosis’ places blame on ‘radical’ John Fetterman: ‘We have got to take our cities back’
By CURT ANDERSON ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida near Cayo Costa on Wednesday as a catastrophic Category 4 storm. About 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate southwest Florida before the storm hit the coast with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (241 kph). It was heading inland, where it was expected to weaken, at about 9 mph (14 kph), but residents in central Florida could still experience hurricane-force winds. Before making its way through the Gulf of Mexico to Florida, Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba as a major hurricane Tuesday, killing two people and bringing down the country’s electrical grid. The center of the massive Category 4 storm lingered offshore for hours, which was likely to mean more rain and damage from a hurricane that was trudging on a track that would have it making landfall north of the heavily populated Fort Myers area. Catastrophic storm surges could push 12 to 18 feet (3.6 to 5.5 meters) of … [Read more...] about Ian makes landfall in southwest Florida as Category 4 storm
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 2 Nobody quite knew what compelled Zachary Didier, a floppy-haired, straight-A high school student from Placer County, to buy what he thought were opioid painkillers from a dealer over Snapchat. But what was likely an impulsive decision, made during a pandemic lockdown, changed everything for the Didier family. Seventeen-year-old Zachary died two days after Christmas in 2020 from intoxication by fentanyl, the cheap and supremely powerful drug often laced into illicit pills that traffickers peddle online. The Rocklin teenager’s father found him sitting at a computer in his bedroom, one arm cradling his head while the other rested on a mouse. Friends Zachary had kept since third grade served as pallbearers at his funeral. An acceptance letter from UCLA arrived three months later. Amid the mourning, Zachary’s death became part of a critical and controversial shift in the response to a … [Read more...] about A 17-year-old died from a fentanyl-laced pill. Was it an accident or a homicide?