CNN: Humanity has had to cash in on its insurance policy earlier than expected.Deep in the side of a mountain in the Arctic archipelago is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.Known as the "Doomsday Vault," this seed bank -- operated by the Norwegian government and containing a seed of just about every known crop in the world -- is meant to be humanity's backup in the event of a catastrophe that devastates crops.Read the full story on CNN.
CNN: A Chicago father who bought a gun to protect his family from former street gang associates is facing charges after one of his boys accidentally killed the other with the weapon.Such incidents are rare -- children are about 19 times as likely to die in traffic accidents and nine times as likely to drown as they are to be accidentally shot, according to federal statistics.Read the full story on CNN.
BBC News: Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crashed as a result of a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board says.The missile hit the front left of the plane causing other parts break off, it said in a final report into the July 2014 disaster, which killed 298 people.The West and Ukraine say Russian-backed rebels brought down the Boeing 777, but Russia blames Ukrainian forces.Read the full story on BBC News.
BBC News: Three Israelis have been killed and more than 20 injured in shooting and stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and central Israel, Israeli police say.Two were killed when two assailants, who were identified as Arabs, shot and stabbed passengers on a bus in Jerusalem before being shot by police.Another Israeli died after being run down and stabbed elsewhere in the city.Read the full story on BBC News.
CNN: The shadow boxing that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have played at for months -- they've barely mentioned each other on the campaign trail -- will give way to more direct jabs Tuesday night.That's when the two rivals line up on stage at the first Democratic debate of the 2016 campaign, sponsored by CNN and Facebook. The encounter will provide a crucial opportunity for Clinton and Sanders -- the leading Democratic contenders -- to contrast their personalities, experience and approach to the key issues in the campaign.Read the full story on CNN.
NPR: Even though President Obama has not yet released details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership announced Monday, supporters and opponents are making their voices heard — at full volume.Business leaders and interest groups hope their impassioned pleas will sway Congress, which must vote on the proposed deal next year.Read the full story on NPR.
BBC News: Removing humans from what is now the exclusion zone around the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor has allowed wildlife to return, researchers say.They say a long-term census of mammals in the area has shown that wildlife numbers are likely to be "much higher than they were before the accident".Professor Jim Smith of the University of Portsmouth led the study, published in the journal Current Biology.Read the full story on the BBC News.
CNN: The Community College of Philadelphia was on lockdown Tuesday morning after police received reports about a man with a gun, officials said.Police received a report of that a man with a gun had threatened another student, Officer Leeloni Palmiero said.Read the full story on CNN.
CNN: Vice President Joe Biden will be invited to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate if he declares his intention to seek his party's nomination as late as the day of the debate, eligibility criteria released Monday by CNN shows.So far, Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Jim Webb have been invited to the first Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debate on Oct. 13 at the Wynn Las Vegas.Read the full story on CNN.
ABC News: NASA revealed today liquid water has been found on the surface of Mars -- upending the perception of Mars as a completely arid, desert-like planet.The finding also fuels speculation that life may have at one time thrived on Mars or could possibly even exist today.A study published in the journal Nature Geoscience identified waterlogged molecules taken from readings from orbit.Read the full story on ABC News.
BBC News: President Barack Obama has said the US is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict in Syria.He told the UN General Assembly in New York compromise would be essential for ending the long civil war.But he said realism required a "managed transition" away from Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to an inclusive leader.Read the full story on BBC News.
NPR: Saudi Arabia is defending itself against criticism after a stampede in Mecca killed at least 717 hajj pilgrims and injured more than 850 others — the worst such incident in a quarter century.The BBC reports that Iran's Supreme National Security Council accused Riyadh of "incompetence" for the government's handling of security and called on the Saudis to take responsibility for the deaths. Saudi King Salman has ordered a safety review of the annual pilgrimage.Read the full story on NPR.
CNN: At least four international college students were killed when a tour bus and a duck boat tourist vehicle collided Thursday morning in Seattle, officials said.The students attended North Seattle College, which said several students are in critical condition, while other students and a North employee had serious injuries.Read the full story on CNN.
New York Times: Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, announced on Friday that he would resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, as Congress moved to avert a government shutdown.Mr. Boehner, who was first elected to Congress in 1990, made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.Read the full story on the NYT website.
BBC News: Pope Francis has called for further action on climate change saying that it was "a critical moment of history", on the first day of his visit to the US.Speaking to a crowd of more than 11,000 people on the White House South Lawn, the pontiff said the problem could "no longer be left to a future generation".President Barack Obama said the Pope reminded people "that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet."Read the full story on BBC News.
Washington Post: Ever since an HIV/AIDS patient advocacy group began raising questions last week about why Turing Pharmaceuticals jacked up the price for a medication from $13.50 per pill to $750 overnight, anger against the company has been boiling over.The medicine, Daraprim, which has been on the market for 62 years, is the standard of care for a food-borne illness called toxoplasmosis caused by a parasite that can severely affect those with compromised immune systems. Turing purchased the rights to the drug last month and almost immediately raised prices.Read the full story on Washington Post.
USA Today: More than seven months after his suspension from NBC for fabricating stories about his reporting exploits, Brian Williams returned to the air Tuesday afternoon to anchor MSNBC's coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the US.The former anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News was all business as he took the baton from Thomas Roberts to host coverage of the pope's arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C.Read the full story on USA Today.
BBC News: Game of Thrones picked up a record-breaking 12 awards, including best drama series at this year's Emmys in Los Angeles.Viola Davis also made history by becoming the first black woman to win the best lead actress prize for her role in How To Get Away With Murder.Jon Hamm finally won a best actor award for Mad Men in the show's last year. He had been nominated seven times before.Read the full story on BBC News.