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The real cost of climate change in the U.S. in 2017 is staggering

Calculating the real costs of extreme weather events is a daunting task because most of us don't realize the type of data that is included in making an accurate assessment of total costs. But no one can deny the U.S. has been through a rough time in 2017.

U.S. labor force dropping out and getting high

The Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen dropped a bomb shell on Thursday, saying the opioid crisis in the U.S. is weighing on labor force participation, especially among working-age men.

Over one million Fiat Chrysler trucks recalled for software error

Fiat Chrysler is currently scrambling to notify over one million customers that trucks they bought from the company are being recalled due to a dangerous software error.

Neonic pesticides have been found in U.S. drinking water

Since their introduction in the 1990s, neonicotinoids have become one of the world's most widely used pesticides. However, and it was bound to happen, neonicotinoids have now been detected in our drinking water.

EpiPen maker sued under law often used to battle organized crime

Christina Kollmeyer's son has an allergy that requires him to carry an EpiPen, the emergency auto-injecting devices available that can be used to treat severe allergic reactions.

U.S. 14th, Canada 7th, in ranking of world's happiest countries

The World Happiness Report, was released today the International Day of Happiness. The report is by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network funded by the Ernesto Illy Foundation.

Op-Ed: Jeff Sessions plays a thrilling game of ‘resign, recuse, repent’

It’s time for another lighthearted look at the hard political topics of the Trumpweek that was. There’s no other way to put of it — from perjury claims to AOL emails, it was a bit of a roller coaster.

Amazon to create 100,000 jobs in U.S. by 2018

Over the next 18 months, Amazon has plans to create 100,000 full-time jobs in the United States, which will include full benefits.

Op-Ed: North Korean ICBMs: Regional detonator or nuisance?

Sydney - The supposed development of a long range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability by North Korea has several ramifications. Whether or not the ICBM can hit the U.S. or not, it represents a potential catalyst for a serious regional war.

Op-Ed: Speaker Paul Ryan looks to punish live-streaming in Congress

House Speaker Paul Ryan is seeking a new set of rules that would prevent members of the House of Representatives from live-streaming from the floor. Members of Congress that violate the new agreement would be fined and possibly face an ethics review.

Op-Ed: Canada's growing opioid crisis — talking about it won't help

Calgary - For well over a decade, health professionals, law enforcement officials, the media and others concerned over the growing opioid epidemic in Canada and the U.S. have been calling for urgent action on what has become an epidemic in both nations.

Op-Ed: Is Trump going to be so bad for the U.S. economy? Maybe not.

Trump's recent election has been seen by many as a sign of an imminent apocalypse. Others simply do not take him seriously at all. But is he really going to be so bad for his country and the rest of the world as well?

NASA announces completion of largest space telescope

After two decades, U.S. space agency NASA announced the completion of the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope called the James Webb Space Telescope.

Obama endorses self-driving cars as U.S. issues safety checklist

Washington - In an opinion piece published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, United States President Barack Obama endorsed self-driving vehicles as long as they are safe, as the U.S. government outlined a new policy on autonomous cars.

U.S. death rate in childbirth rising

Washington - The rate of women dying from complications resulting from pregnancy or childbirth rose by 27 percent from 2000 to 2014. This increase is in contrast to other developed countries.

US to 'hand over' the system that controls the internet

The United States has announced it is ready to concede control of the internet's Domain Naming System (DNS), a vital component of the web that maps human-readable web addresses to numerical IP addresses. A non-profit organisation will now control DNS.

China asserts sovereignty over disputed South China Sea islands

Beijing - China pledged Sunday to defend its declared sovereignty over islands in crucial shipping lanes in the South China Sea despite competing claims from other nations.

South Korea bans some wheat from U.S. over safety issues

South Korea has stopped the importation of some genetically modified wheat from the United States, especially from Washington state, over safety issues.

Op-Ed: Trump's 'moment of truth' arrives in quest for U.S. presidency

Cleveland - It's hard to say what about Donald Trump's popularity is more unlikely — that he was able to rise from outside the political establishment to lead the Republican Party, or that he has done so without losing his brashly uninformed and impatient persona.

U.S. security agency warns against 'useless' antivirus programs

Washington - U.S. government computer experts are warning consumers that some popular antivirus software programs have become "useless" and could compromise the safety of home computers.

Over 500T hoverboards recalled in U.S. over battery fire risks

The United States government has recalled more than half a million hoverboards following incidents in which they erupted in flames, burning riders and damaging property.

Twitter takes stake in music service it passed on last year

San Francisco - San Francisco-based micro-blogging giant Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it had taken a major stake in music streaming service SoundCloud Ltd.

U.S. airlines expected to begin regular flights to Cuba this year

Havana - Six U.S. airlines have been authorized to begin commercial service to Havana starting later this year for the first time since the 1960s, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Gordie Howe, the sport's beloved 'Mr. Hockey,' dies at 88

Detroit - Detroit's Gordie Howe, a young Saskatchewan farmer who left rural Canada to become one of the best ice hockey players of all time, died Friday at the home of one of his sons in the United States. He was 88.

Explosions rock U.S. military base near South Korea's capital

Waegwan - No casualties have been reported so far after a series of oxygen tank explosions blew apart buildings at a U.S. military base in South Korea.

U.S. dispute with Beijing over South China Sea islands heats up

Beijing - Tensions between the United States and China worsened last week after the U.S. Navy sent a warship past disputed islands in the South China Sea.

U.S. actress pays $1,000 fine for carving names into Arizona rock

Sedona - Like the song says, love hurts. What the song does not say — but what actress Vanessa Hudgens found out last month — is that love can hurt in more ways than one.

Aeropostale files for bankruptcy protection, closes Canada stores

New York - After three consecutive years of losses, teen clothing retailer Aeropostale Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday and pledged to reorganize.

Japan's baby crisis may be raising U.S. house prices

The ways in which money flows around the world can be strange and fascinating. For instance, the lack of new infants being born in Japan, its "baby crisis," may be driving up real-estate prices in the US.

Competition to buy Internet giant Yahoo starting to heat up

London - Talks are underway in London between potential bidders for venerable Internet giant Yahoo, led by England's Daily Mail newspaper and websites.
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FBI Hostage Rescue Team operators during a tactical briefing. Some say that HRT is at the very edge of a growing and controversial trend that a number of concerned criminal justice experts have referred to as the "militarization of civilian law enforcement." Notably, HRT's current uniform bears an uncanny resemblance to that of a military soldier's garb. However, HRT stresses that it's members are not soldiers or military commandos but civilian law enforcement officers.
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Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The Conservatory of Flowers is registered as a national landmark by the federal government.
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The NBA and its teams salute the troops for Veterans Day.
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Drug smugglers jack up a fence along the boarder between Mexico and the United States, smuggling backpacks full of drugs into the country.
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In this image pallets of 155 mm artillery shells containing mustard gas (military designation HD or H) sit at Pueblo chemical weapons storage facility in Pueblo County, Colorado, USA
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United States Army Special Operations troops during training.
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OFFICIAL: Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands last summer after agreeing on an international nuclear deal at the Austria Center in Vienna.
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The ruins of the Murrah Building are demolished more than a month after the Oklahoma City bombing. The bombing had occurred with a Ryder truck similar to the one in the lower left of the picture. The Oklahoma City Bombing National Memorial would later be built on the site.
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An Federal Bureau of Investigation Enhanced Special Weapons And Tactics team moves in to surround a C-130 during an exercise Keesler Air Force Base. The FBI's Enhanced SWAT teams are not as highly trained or equipped to take on the missions that are often assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team but they have more advanced training and equipement than the regular FBI SWAT teams.
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The United States Supreme Court.
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The Survivor Tree. After surviving the bombing, The Survivor Tree elm became an emblem of the Memorial.
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Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Special Operations Group (SOG) conduct counter-terrorism training while using an armored car known as "The Peacekeeper."
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File photo: President Barack Obama disembarks Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, following his trip to Fort Campbell, Ky.
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A U.S. Navy SEAL team member provides cover for his teammates while advancing on a suspected location of al Qaida and Taliban forces.
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An FBI HRT operator and his K-9 partner conduct tactical training at the FBI's Hogan's Alley simulation center in Quantico, Virginia. The training is part of a week-long program which taught U.S. Army Officers about crisis response and the roles of HRT and the FBI's Crisis Negotiations Unit. Both HRT and the Crisis Negotiations Unit are under the command of the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG).
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United States Army soldiers in training.
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San Francisco from the Marin Headlands, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the foreground.
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