Thursday show 01-14-16
Carter says ‘navigation error’ – not mechanical problem – put US boats in Iranian waters
The Pentagon has backed off claims that a mechanical failure contributed to U.S. sailors drifting into Iranian waters and touching off a diplomatic incident earlier this week, with Defense Secretary Ash Carter now saying a “navigation error” was to blame.
Scientists say humans have basically canceled the next ice age
At a time of intense planetary warming, it’s odd to even contemplate a counterfactual world in which we might instead be in or heading into a glacial period, sometimes more popularly called an “ice age.”
OREGON FOLK SINGER TO SERENADE ISIS WITH 'PEACE CONCERT'
Oregon folk singer and self-styled “Peace Troubadour” James Twyman wants you to know he’s no hero, but “hero” is probably not the word that came to most people’s minds when he announced his planned concert for peace in ISIS-controlled Syria.
Flying turkey ruffles feathers about 'emotional support' animals on planes
If you think that air travel has gone to the birds, it has -literally. We're talkin' turkey, as in that big Thanksgiving bird, one of which recently was spotted aboard a Delta flight acting as a "support animal," and that's causing a flap over how passengers are using, and abusing, comfort animal rules.
Farmer cut off his right hand in failed ploy for insurance money
A Spanish court sent a farmer to prison after he cut off his hand and faked a car wreck for insurance money, local media reported Wednesday. Investigators said the farmer had run short on cash in 2007 when he concocted the plan. He started by hacking off his right hand and quickly applying a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, according to The Local.
10 Yemeni detainees sent from Gitmo to Oman, in 'troubling' transfer
The Obama administration on Thursday quietly transferred 10 Yemeni detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay to neighboring Oman – so quietly, in fact, that the news was first reported by state-run Middle East news agencies. And once the news got to Capitol Hill, it set off alarm bells given the host country’s proximity to Al Qaeda’s most active branch.
Herb from plant may aid in cold, flu prevention
The Ache: Cold and flu season is here, and with it, a healthy dose of misery.
The Claim: Echinacea, a herbal remedy made from a flowering plant, can prevent respiratory infections—or even help treat them once they begin.
Things to know about the flu shot: Lots of options this year
Give flu vaccine another chance: This year's version got a recipe change that should make it more effective after last winter's misery from a nasty surprise strain of virus.