TIME weather

Tumultuous Storms Batter Millions Across U.S.

Lightning strikes over downtown in Knoxville, Tenn., on July 27, 2014.
Lightning strikes over downtown in Knoxville, Tenn., on July 27, 2014. Saul Young—The Knoxville News Sentinel/AP

Severe weather was set to continue in the South and Northeast on Monday

An extensive system of storms that flattened homes, flooded neighborhoods and triggered tornadoes split, reignited and threatened yet more damage early Monday.

The severe weather battered a vast area from New Hampshire to North Carolina and from Michigan to northern Louisiana on Sunday. Six tornadoes reportedly touched down, more than 200,000 customers were left without power and thousands of flights were canceled or delayed.

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TIME Crime

10-Month-Old Foster Child Left in Hot Car Dies in Wichita

Foster Child Car Wichita
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Foster parents booked on a charge of child endangerment

A 10-month-old foster child died in Wichita, Kansas, after being left inside a hot car for two hours on a 90-degree day, police said Friday.

The foster parents, two men ages 26 and 29, were questioned and the older one, Seth Michael Jackson, was booked on a charge of child endangerment while the investigation in the Thursday evening tragedy continues.

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TIME Ukraine

MH17 Jet Wreckage Hacked Into With Saws, Experts Say

298 Crew And Passengers Perish On Flight MH17 After Suspected Missile Attack In Ukraine
Ukrainian rescue servicemen look through the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 20, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine. Rob Stothard—Getty Images

Large pieces of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet have been “hacked into” with diesel-powered saws, international monitors at the crash site said Tuesday. The limited access granted to experts and alleged tampering by pro-Russia rebels controlling the region has outraged the leaders of countries including the Netherlands and Australia, who are eager to repatriate the victims’ remains. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which has officials at the scene, reported damage that did not appear to be linked to the missile strike…

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TIME Crime

Donations Top $300,000 for Texas Teen Who Witnessed Family’s Murder

Both local and distant supporters have contributed to a GoFundMe site for Cassidy Stay

A fundraising campaign to benefit the lone survivor of a family gunned down in a Houston suburb has raised more than $300,000 in four days.

Local and distant supporters are rallying behind Cassidy Stay, the 15-year-old survivor of the Texas family shooting, through a GoFundMe site in her name.

The fund has brought in more than $307,000 from nearly 5,800 donors.

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TIME animals

Not Just Penguins: Many Animals Partner With Same Sex

A homosexual penguin couple from New York’s Central Park Zoo are back in the news now that a book about their relationship has been banned in Singapore. Keith Wagstaff looks at the core question about homosexual behavior in animals.

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TIME Germany

Beach Bods: Germans Are World’s Biggest Nude Sunbathers

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An aerial view shows people crowding the beach of the lake Wannsee in Berlin, eastern Germany, on June 8, 2014. Ralf Hirschberger—AFP/Getty Images

A full 28 percent admit to having spent a day at the beach nude

Not content to simply dominate on the soccer field, Germans are also dominating in another category that celebrates the possibilities of the human form: nude sunbathing. According to travel site Expedia’s annual “Flip Flop Report,” a study of beachgoer behavior and preferences all over the world, Germans are the most likely to sunbathe in the buff among adults surveyed. A full 28 percent admit to having spent a day at the beach nude.

 

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TIME Israel

Israelis Admit to Killing Palestinian Teen, Cops Say

Palestinians carry the body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem on Friday, July 4, 2014.
Palestinians carry the body of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem on Friday, July 4, 2014. Mahmoud Illean—AP

Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted and murdered out of apparent revenge for the killing of three Israeli teenagers

Israel has charged three Jews with the kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager whose death set off days of violent protests in Arab areas of Jerusalem and northern Israel.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the three appeared before a court Monday. He said the suspects admitted to abducting 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir and setting him on fire.

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TIME Environment

Reality Bites: Why Sharks Aren’t Always to Blame for Attacks

Great White Shark
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Scientists see it as good news that shark populations are growing in the Atlantic

Shark season has begun, thanks to real-life dramas like this month’s run-in with a great white shark off the California coast, the buildup to TV extravaganzas like “Sharknado 2″ and Shark Week, even the 40th anniversary of “Jaws.”

Reports show that shark populations are on the rise, so you can expect to hear a lot about big, bad sharks—but are they really all that bad?

“Having healthy shark populations is critical to having a healthy ocean,” Dean Grubbs, a shark researcher at Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory, told NBC News. “We know they play important roles in the ecosystem…”

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TIME Immigration

Most Kids Who Cross the Border Get to Stay in the U.S.

Little threat of deportation

NEW YORK, NY — They’re here, finally, but will they get to stay? That’s the life-changing question hanging over the heads of tens of thousands of young migrants who have crossed the border into the U.S.

Based on a day spent observing an immigration court in New York City, most of them can breathe a little easier: No one appears to be ordered out of the country any time soon…

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TIME Drugs

Puff, Puff, Pink Slip: Legal Pot Use Still Carries Job Risk

Rethinking Pot Washington
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, left, Jeremy Cooper and Deb Greene walk out after being among the very first customers to legally purchase recreational pot in Seattle, Wa. at Cannabis City, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Elaine Thompson—AP

Workers still can be booted

You’re not being paranoid: Even in Washington and Colorado, smoking a legal joint after work could still get an employee fired.

The whirlwind firing-turned-rehiring of a tie-dye-bedecked marijuana buyer in Spokane last week—followed by an admission Friday by Seattle’s City Attorney that he took pot to work—only clouded chronic confusion among many workers in the two pot-friendly states who ask if their legal-weed rights trump an employer’s cannabis policies.

The answer, for now, remains utterly non-hazy: No.
Workers still can be booted—or never hired in the first place—for puffing cannabis if anti-pot rules exist in their employers’ HR handbooks…

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