100 new wildfires in California in four days

Jul 21, 2017

Firefighters and determined residents of Mariposa County continued their battle against the massive Detwiler Fire on Thursday as wildland blazes continued to burn around the state, generating smoke for hundreds of miles. More than 350 square miles of land has burned so far this year, and the Detwiler Fire west of Mariposa continued to pose…

1,284 earthquake events at Yellowstone

Jul 21, 2017

An earthquake swarm that began in Yellowstone on June 12th is still rumbling on. The University of Utah Seismograph Stations is monitoring the swarm, which is currently active on the western edge of Yellowstone National Park. The swarm so far has consisted of 1,284 events with the largest magnitude of a 4.4. There have been…

LGBT activists protest Texas transgender bill

Jul 21, 2017

Transgender activists and business leaders urged a Texas Senate panel on Friday to scrap legislation that would limit bathroom access for transgender people, saying it was a discriminatory measure that would hurt the state’s economy. More than 250 civil rights activists, executives and others registered to speak to the Republican-dominated Senate as it began consideration…

Texas transgender wrestler upset over transgender bill

Jul 21, 2017

Mack Beggs said in February that he doesn’t wrestle to carry the transgender torch. But the 18-year-old transgender student who won a Texas state championship wrestling against girls in February because of the UIL’s ruling that the gender on his birth certificate should govern who he competes against spoke up Tuesday in an advocacy video…

LGBT activists mock Ark Encounter’s decision to reclaim rainbow

Jul 20, 2017

The man behind the world-famous Ark Encounter has decided to reclaim “God’s rainbow” – announcing the massive ark exhibit will be permanently bathed in rainbow lights. “We now have new permanent rainbow lights at the Ark Encounter so all can see that it is God’s rainbow and He determines its meaning in Genesis 6,” Answers…

Thousands at LGBT rally protest Israel’s anti-gay adoption stance

Jul 20, 2017

Thousands of protestors took to the street in Tel Aviv near the military headquarters to express their dismay at the government’s answer to the High Court of Justice announcing its opposition to adoption by same-sex couples. The government has changed its position on the issue several times, and the protest tonight appears to have spurred…

Minnesota’s Proposed ‘Transgender Tool Kit’ For Students Causes A Stir

Jul 20, 2017

The debate over how schools should handle transgender students got heated Wednesday afternoon. The Minnesota Department of Education created guidelines for the state’s K-12 public schools. On Wednesday, supporters and opponents of a proposed “transgender tool kit” showed up at a meeting to share their opinions, and each side has strong views. The issue of…

Minnesota City Eliminates Praying Soldier Following Controversy Over Satanic Monument

Jul 19, 2017

Council members in a Minnesota city have voted to eliminate a free speech zone that it had just created in February as a way to try to save a veterans memorial that upset atheists because of its perceived religious symbolism. “The original intent of providing the public space was to recognize those who have bravely…

Wildfires burn across U.S. West

Jul 19, 2017

A 25,000-acre wildfire in central California, one of three dozen major blazes burning across the U.S. West, threatened hundreds of homes and businesses on Wednesday after forcing the evacuation of about 5,000 residents. There were 46 active large fires spread across 12 states, with 11 new blazes reported on Tuesday alone, according to National Interagency…

China’s Cashless Revolution

Jul 19, 2017

On a recent trip to Shenzhen, in southern China, I came across a subway busker with two tip jars. The first was a cardboard box filled with coins and bills; the second was a small QR code taped to the box that allowed passersby to leave a tip by smartphone. On one level, this was…