Inside a submerged cave in Mexico, scientists find the first evidence of a link between Native Americans and the Siberians they are thought to have descended from in the form of a complete, preserved skeleton. (Photos: Paul Nicklen / National Geographic and Roberto Chavez Arce / Science Magazine via the AP / New York Times)
Evening News Wrap Wednesday 4 December 2013.
- ANGUISH AND FEAR: Recordings of 911 calls to the Newtown, Connecticut police department during the Sandy Hook school massacre are released after AP and other news outlets file freedom of information requests. NRA probably listens to recordings and shrugs. (NY Times)
- ASSASSINATION: Hezbollah commander Hassan al-Laqis is gunned down outside his Beirut home; Israel denies involvement. (USA Today)
- "STRUCTURES AND PASTURELAND": An Arizona state agency is blamed for putting those interests over the safety of firefighters, 19 of whom perished battling a massive wildfire earlier this year; the fine is all of $559,000. (NY Times / LA Times)
- FIVE BILLION: That’s the number of cell phone records the National Security Administration collects overseas each motherfucking day. (WashPo)
- A truck carrying radioactive cobalt-60 was found soon after it was stolen in Mexico, its cargo container opened but with the material intact; unfortunately for the idiot(s) who opened it, they could die soon. (CNN / AP)
- BANKS A LOT: The feds will announce new mortgage fraud cases against banks in early 2014. (Reuters)
- Weeks after House Republicans move to cut billions of dollars in SNAP benefits, an analysis shows that the GOP is more likely to represent districts with high levels of participation in the food stamp program than do House Democrats. Republicans shrug. (Time)
- Meanwhile, President Obama calls on Americans to confront income inequality, the “defining challenge of our time.” Republicans shrug again. (Al Jazeera)
- Three former Ukrainian presidents back protesters angry at their government’s decision not to align with the European Union. (BBC)
- A year after going online-only, Newsweek is back in print. (Guardian)
- Pittsburgh Steelers coach acts like a dickhead on the field during a game, gets fined $100,000 and could cost his team a first round draft pick. (NY Daily News)
- KICKER: Scientists announce the oldest human DNA ever recovered — 400,000 years old — and show an “unexpected link” between Neanderthals in what is now Spain and another ancient predecessor of modern humans, the Denisovans from faraway Siberia. Apparently also discovered: the first-ever long-distance relationship. (NBC News)
(Scientific rendering of the Sima de los Huesos people, who lived 400,000 years ago in what is now Spain, by Javier Trueba / Madrid Scientific Films via NBC News)
Morning News Read Monday 7 October 2013.
(Photo of Senate chaplain Barry C. Black in his office on Capitol Hill by Drew Angerer / The New York Times)
Scenes from storm-ravaged Mexico, where at least 80 people are dead and thousands have been displaced by floodwaters. (Photo of residents in Coyuca de Benitez [top] and Acapulco by Reuters / Bernardino Hernandez / AP via NBC News)
Excerpted and translated from the photo caption on the front page of Milenio, a Mexican newspaper, about the 1-0 U.S. victory over a soccer nemesis: “The goal scorer was the Mexican-American Michael Orozco.”
And that’s one reason why I very much love America.
(via The Newseum)
Oh my God, the U.S. threaded like seventeen different needles on that play.
FIRST! Defender Michael Orozco Fiscal celebrates after scoring a goal in the 80th minute of a friendly between the United States and Mexico, which the U.S. won 1-0 before a stunned crowd at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium. The victory is the first-ever American win on Mexican soil and the first in 24 matches; earlier this year, the U.S. also defeated Italy for the first time. (Photo: Edgard Garrido / Reuters via The New York Times)
TIERRA DEL FUEGO A forest fire burns in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the early hours of April 24. The fire, which began on April 21, has affected 3500 acres of forest is now threatening Guadalajara’s urban area. (Photo: Ulises Ruiz Basurto / EPA via MSNBC)
Okay, I hate to be one of those pareidolia people but I see a face in that smoke plume — and you do too.
(Photo of smoke and ash rising from Mount Popocatepetl in central Puebla state, Mexico April 18, which prompted authorities to heighten alerts and prepare local shelters for evacuees, by Jose Casta-Ares / AFP-Getty via MSNBC)
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