How many trees are there on Earth? It’s the ultimate estimation game, but a group of Yale researchers believe they have arrived at the most precise answer yet.
There are 3.04 trillion trees on Earth — nearly eight times as many as was previously thought, according to the study, which was released in the journal Nature. Scientists who worked on the study relied on satellite imagery, forest inventories and supercomputers to help map the number of trees on Earth down to the square-kilometer level.
Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to more fully address questions about her use of a private email server as secretary of state starting this month, part of an acknowledgment by her campaign that her presidential bid has been hurt by the heavy focus on the controversy over the summer.
“We’ve had some headwinds particularly around the email question,” said Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. “There’s been a lot of noise that’s made it more difficult to break through.”
On Friday, Clinton will sit down for an interview with MSNBC — the third national television interview of her four-month presidential campaign.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday afternoon that no public official, including the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed earlier in the day for refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is above the law.
Kim Davis, a clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky, was found in contempt of court and taken into federal custody Thursday.
Earnest told reporters during his daily media briefing that he had not yet talked with President Obama about Davis being taken into custody.
“On principle, the success of our democracy depends on the rule of law. And there is no public official that is above the rule of law,” Earnest said. “Certainly not the President of the United States, but neither is the Rowan County clerk. That’s a principle that is enshrined in our Constitution and in our democracy and it’s one that obviously the courts are seeking to uphold.”
A Maryland man is custody after police say he threatened to kill residents in the town of La Plata in a social media post.
Police say 20-year-old Carlos Anthony Hollins posted the threat on Twitter. According to the La Plata Police Department, the tweet read, “IM NOT GONNA STAND FOR THIS NO. MORE. TONIGHT WE PURGE! KILL ALL THE WHITE PPL IN THE TOWN OF LA PLATA.” The tweet also included the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.
“Purge” is a reference to the “The Purge” series. Both the original film and its 2014 sequel depict a night in which crime is legal for 12 hours without any consequences.
Vice President Joe Biden told a roundtable in Davie, Florida on Thursday that it was a “totally legitimate argument” that sanctions relief will enable Iran to “do more of the bad things they’re doing now” like fund terrorism and destabilize the Middle East.
The relief as part of the nuclear agreement reached in July totals roughly $100 billion. Iran funds Hezbollah and Hamas, among other terrorist groups, and is the world’s leading sponsor of terror.
ASHLAND, Ky. — A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she repeatedly denied them marriage licenses, cited her religious beliefs and “God’s authority.”
The judge said his only alternative was to jail her because he did not believe she would comply with his order even if she were fined. She was escorted out of his courtroom by a deputy, although not in handcuffs, to be turned over to the custody of federal marshals.
Hundreds of people outside the courthouse chanted and screamed, “Love won! Love won!”
Kim Davis testified about 20 minutes and was very emotional. She described how she became a Christian and said she is unable to believe anything else.
A man stabbed a fully marked Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse vehicle on Wednesday in Fountain Hills, authorities said.
Deputies reported Zachary Jacobson, 20, said he attacked the vehicle because he “hates the police” and “wanted to send a message to everyone,” according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office statement.
The statement said Jacobson jumped on the hood of the vehicle while holding a butcher knife with an 8-inch blade.
Posse members ordered Jacobson to drop the knife at gunpoint, at which point he stabbed the hood of the patrol vehicle, piercing the metal, the statement said.
“This is a scary time for all law enforcement,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. “We are dealing with a war on cops. People are randomly shooting our law-enforcement officials, then this guy targets a fully marked sheriff’s vehicle to send a message.”
Hillary Clinton’s email problems are already causing headaches for her presidential campaign. But within American counterintelligence circles, there’s a mounting sense that the former secretary of state may not be the only Obama administration official in trouble. This is a scandal that has the potential to spread to the White House, as well.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation can be expected to be tight-lipped, especially because this highly sensitive case is being handled by counterintelligence experts from Bureau headquarters a few blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, not by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. That will ensure this investigation gets the needed “big picture” view, since even senior FBI agents at any given field office may only have a partial look at complex counterintelligence cases.
And this most certainly is a counterintelligence matter. There’s a widely held belief among American counterspies that foreign intelligence agencies had to be reading the emails on Hillary’s private server, particularly since it was wholly unencrypted for months. “I’d fire my staff if they weren’t getting all this,” explained one veteran Department of Defense counterintelligence official, adding: “I’d hate to be the guy in Moscow or Beijing right now who had to explain why they didn’t have all of Hillary’s email.” Given the widespread hacking that has plagued the State Department, the Pentagon, and even the White House during Obama’s presidency, senior counterintelligence officials are assuming the worst about what the Russians and Chinese know.
Islamist militants al Shabaab issued a warning against Somalis who frequent hotels, beaches and nightclubs in the capital Mogadishu, saying it will target men and women who engage in “immoral culture.”
Al Shabaab frequently stages bomb and gun attacks in the capital – and especially around popular hotels – in its bid to topple Somalia’s Western-backed government and impose a harsh version of Islamic law.
Somalia, which descended into chaos after dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted in 1991, is trying to rebuild after two decades of conflict and chaos.
Improvements to the security situation in Mogadishu has led some Somalis to return from the diaspora, and they have brought with them habits of playing music into the night and swimming in Mogadushu’s white sand Indian Ocean beaches.
“Let Muslims avoid going to the hotels where men and women misbehave,” Sheikh Ali Jabal, Al Shabaab’s leader for the capital region, said in a statement. “Anybody engaged in this immoral culture is seen as part of the enemies that invaded Somalia.”
Somali authorities had no immediate response to the threat.
Kermit the Frog has announced that, despite yesterday’s rumors, a pig puppet named Denise is actually not his new girlfriend.
Unfortunately, his announcement didn’t come soon enough — people had already started freaking out about how sick and anti-feminist it was that Denise was thinner and younger than his ex Miss Piggy.
“Well, apparently Kermit can’t get enough of women like his ex – as long as they’re younger and thinner than her and less successful than him (but still work at ABC, so he can rub her in Miss Piggy’s face),” Megan Carpentier, the U.S. opinion editor for The Guardian, wrote in a piece titled “Kermit the Frog’s New Girlfriend Is Younger, Thinner — and Blander.”
FERGUSON • Two people face felony assault charges after a fight that broke out last October in a Ferguson parking lot over the sale of commemorative Michael Brown shirts.
Latonya R. Ewings, 35, of the 3500 block of Illinois Avenue in St. Louis, and Calvin Carter, 36, of the 2400 block of Petrova Avenue in Jennings, were each charged Tuesday with one count of second-degree assault.
Court documents say Tony Petty was helping Pearlie Gordon sell “Justice for Mike Brown” merchandise under a tent at Red’s BBQ, a restaurant at 9300 West Florissant Avenue, on Oct. 18. Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014, prompting civil unrest here and nationwide.
Gordon is the mother of Michael Brown Sr.’s wife, Calvina. Gordon said at the time that she was selling the shirts with Petty and another man that afternoon when a group of about 20 to 30 people rushed them.
One of them was Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, who told Gordon she couldn’t sell the shirts. Gordon replied that McSpadden didn’t have a patent on the name and that she was going to keep selling the items.
Protests on the day of the first court hearing in the death of Freddie Gray were small and mostly peaceful, but they briefly turned heated when police arrested an activist at the Inner Harbor.
“Tell the truth and stop the lies, Freddie Gray didn’t have to die!” chanted a few dozen demonstrators who gathered outside the Baltimore courthouse Wednesday morning.
The lone arrest came around 9:15 a.m., after protesters marched to the Inner Harbor, where groups of uniformed officers were posted on street corners. Police said they arrested Darius Rosebrough, 21, after he attempted to stop the free flow of traffic and claimed falsely to be struck by a motorist. The charges include second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Rosebrough is a community activist and hip-hop artist better known by the name Kwame Rose.
Police said an officer suffered minor injuries while assisting with the arrest.
City and police leaders said they were pleased with how the demonstrations went.
“Today’s actions were peaceful, respectful, and an example of democracy in action,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said outside police headquarters late Wednesday afternoon. “And it shows people what Baltimore is really about.”
A close associate tells POLITICO that Donald Trump plans to sign a loyalty pledge Thursday that would bind him to endorse the Republican nominee, and would preclude a third-party run. Trump made the stunning decision, which he has long resisted, to avoid complications in getting listed on primary ballots, and to take away an attack line in the next debate, the associate said.
Trump, who has led the GOP field in poll after poll, has long viewed the threat of a third-party candidacy as priceless leverage – and even used that word when he refused to take such a pledge in the first debate, on Aug. 6.
Just as email-gate looked to be winding down, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned a person claiming to be a computer specialist has come forward with the stunning news that 32,000 emails from Hillary Clinton‘s private email account are up for sale. The price tag — a whopping $500,000!
Promising to give the trove of the former Secretary of State’s emails to the highest bidder, the specialist is showing subject lines as proof of what appear to be legitimate messages.
“Hillary or someone from her camp erased the outbox containing her emails, but forgot to erase the emails that were in her sent box,” an insider reveals to Radar of the Presidential contender’s latest nightmare.
Foreign secretary, in Tehran for reopening of British embassy, says countries have shared interest in tackling Isis and questions Iran’s true position on Israel
Britain will “tread carefully” as it rebuilds relations with Iran, but the countries need to work together to tackle problems like Islamic State, Philip Hammond has said.
The British foreign secretary – speaking from Tehran on Monday, following the reopening of Britain’s embassy in the city and ahead of a meeting with the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani – said that, although relations had been improving, the countries had a “difficult history”.
But it was better for them to engage with each other, and in time Iran could play “a more measured and more responsible” role in the Middle East, he said.