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America imported no oil from Venezuela last week. Here’s why that’s a big deal

America imported no oil from Venezuela last week. Here’s why that’s a big deal

America’s once-robust imports of crude oil from Venezuela have ground to a halt because of Trump administration sanctions and chaos gripping the OPEC nation. The United States imported exactly zero barrels of crude from Venezuela last week, according to government statistics. That’s never happened since the US Energy Information Administration began tracking this weekly metric…MORE

Unsolved Atlanta child murders are back under the microscope

Unsolved Atlanta child murders are back under the microscope

Authorities will take another look at the decades-old Atlanta child murders, re-examining evidence in the hopes that technological breakthroughs might point to a definite killer in the cases, most of which were never solved, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Thursday. The point is not to vindicate convicted murderer Wayne Williams, who was implicated as the…MORE

Pete Buttigieg is the hottest candidate in the 2020 race right now

Pete Buttigieg is the hottest candidate in the 2020 race right now

Don’t look now, but a(nother) skinny kid with a funny name is turning heads in the presidential race. In 2008, it was Barack Obama. In 2020, it’s Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg, the 37-year-old, married gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is, at the moment, the hottest candidate in the Democratic presidential field — drawing rave reviews…MORE

Historic, widespread flooding will continue through May, NOAA says

Historic, widespread flooding will continue through May, NOAA says

The spring flood outlook is not good news for those already devastated by flooding in the Midwest and down the Mississippi River, according to an outlook released Thursday by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at…MORE

Another promising Alzheimer’s drug trial ends in failure: ‘This one hurts’

Another promising Alzheimer’s drug trial ends in failure: ‘This one hurts’

It’s another devastating blow in the search for a treatment for patients living with Alzheimer’s disease. Pharmaceutical giant Biogen and its Japanese partner Eisai announced Thursday they were halting two phase three clinical trials of a drug that targets the buildup in the brain of beta-amyloid, one of two proteins that researchers believe contribute to…MORE

Anthony Scaramucci says Trump’s McCain attacks are ‘stupid’

Anthony Scaramucci says Trump’s McCain attacks are ‘stupid’

President Donald Trump’s attacks on the late Sen. John McCain are “stupid” and “socially unnatural,” Anthony Scaramucci said Thursday. “He’s hitting something that is socially unnatural. And so what is that? You’re attacking somebody that died seven months ago,” Scaramucci told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” “Now, I understand the point and I understand…MORE

Deer Park residents must stay inside after Texas chemical fire was put out

Deer Park residents must stay inside after Texas chemical fire was put out

A massive chemical fire that filled the sky with smoke and flames for days in southeast Texas has finally been snuffed out. But its effects could still be dangerous. The city of Deer Park announced a shelter-in-place order Thursday morning due to concerns about “levels of benzene or other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within city…MORE

Ichiro Suzuki retires, capping illustrious MLB career with emotional farewell

Ichiro Suzuki retires, capping illustrious MLB career with emotional farewell

Ichiro Suzuki has played his final MLB game — and his goodbye came in the country where the Japanese icon’s professional baseball career began. As Thursday’s game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics headed to the bottom of the eighth inning tied at 4, Ichiro departed in an emotional farewell in a packed Tokyo…MORE

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