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In Alaska, budget cuts threaten the fight against climate change

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The 47th Earth Day on Saturday was marked by hundreds of rallies around the world to support the sciences and defend climate research that the White House is threatening to no longer fund.  Alaska may be ground zero for these cuts, despite environmental changes that have scientists deeply concerned. Jeremy Mathis, …

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WikiLeaks releases more CIA docs as U.S. weighs charges

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WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks released what it claims is the 31-page user guide for a CIA device code-named “Weeping Angel.” It can turn some Samsung TVs into surveillance tools with an implant for recording audio from a TV’s built-in microphone. Posted online Friday, the release is the latest dump of classified …

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Ala. congressman fields tough questions during town-hall marathon

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Congress goes back to work Monday after a two-week recess. Some Republicans who returned to their districts avoided tough questions from constituents, but not Congressman Bradley Byrne. The Alabama lawmaker held 11 town halls in four days. He drove himself and his staff across rural Alabama, where he fielded concerns …

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Berkeley reverses course on Ann Coulter speech

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BERKELEY — The University of California, Berkeley, reversed its decision Thursday to cancel a speech by conservative commentator Ann Coulter over security concerns. They are now offering a make-up date at a more secure venue. On the Berkeley campus, opposition to Ann Coulter’s appearance adds to a growing impression that …

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Terrifying ball of slithering snakes surprises jogger

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While out on a jog on a popular running trail Monday morning, Christine Proffitt spotted something moving in the shrubs beside her. When she stopped to take a closer look, the Charlotte, North Carolina, woman let out a shriek. Rolling around in the bushes was a large ball of snakes …

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Possible conflict of interest involves Ivanka Trump

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WASHINGTON — The Trump family has vowed to keep its vast financial interests separate from the government. But on Tuesday, CBS News learned of a possible conflict of interest involving the president’s daughter and top adviser, Ivanka.  China gave her business potentially lucrative trademark approvals on the day that she …

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Democrats nationwide eye Georgia special election

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ROSWELL, Ga. — A special election to be held on Tuesday in Georgia to fill a House seat should be a “gimme” since Republicans have held the seat since the 1980s. But Democrats are trying to make the race a referendum on President Trump.  “This is not your typical sleepy special …

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For Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the fight is personal

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Time now for a round of Questions-and-Answers with Elizabeth Warren, the senior senator of Massachusetts. Our Chip Reid found her at a favorite spot:   When Senator Elizabeth Warren is home in Cambridge, Mass., there’s a good chance you’ll find her at the Summer Shack. “We love this place,” she …

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