Indian PM Modi’s party loses 3 key state elections in its Hindu stronghold

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party has suffered an embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its Hindu stronghold, months before national elections, AP reports. The Election Commission said on Wednesday that the opposition Congress party was the clear winner in Chhattisgarh state, and fell one seat short of a majority in both […]

What Does a Gun Control Advocate Do in a Pro-Gun State?

As a Stanford mechanical engineering grad in 1990, Bryan von Lossberg joined NASA’s Pathfinder project, building what engineers nicknamed the “Martian Beer Cooler.” The white-cased container protected delicate electronic equipment from extreme temperatures and breakneck speeds. The project succeeded, somewhat miraculously, placing Pathfinder on Mars in 1997, despite a razor-thin budget in space terms — […]

Ohio will soon be the first state to accept Bitcoin for taxes

Thomson Reuters Ohio is becoming the first US state to accept the Bitcoin cryptocurrency for business tax payments. Ohio politicians have been open about their desire to be on the forefront of blockchain technology adoption. It’s good news for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency among a stream of recent negative news. The state of Ohio will accept […]

Beto O’Rourke receives state invites as buzz surrounding his 2020 presidential campaign grows

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The New Hampshire Young Democrats have invited Rep. Beto O’Rourke to the home of the nation’s first presidential primary. The invitation comes amid heightened buzz that Beto could run for the White House. Some Democratic donors are clamoring for the three-term lawmaker from El Paso to run for president in 2020. AUSTIN, […]

Here’s how we figured out how ‘average’ each state is

Dr Project/Shutterstock We recently ranked all 50 US states and Washington, DC based on how average each state was. The ranking was based on 38 social, economic, and demographic measures, mostly from the Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey. We measured how far each state was from the average among the states and DC for […]

Man who suffered heart attack during Hawaii’s false missile alert sues the state

A man who suffered a heart attack following the false ballistic missile alert sent by a government agency to the cell phones of every Hawaii resident, is now suing the state for undisclosed damages. James Sean Shields suffered a heart attack on January 13th 2018, the same day the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HEMA) triggered […]

Ukrainian sailors captured during clashes with Russia made bizarre video confessions broadcast on Russian state TV

Screenshot/Russia24 Ukrainian servicemen captured during clashes between Russia and Ukraine on Sunday gave bizarre testimony broadcast on Russian state TV.  The men said they deliberately ignored warnings and were aware that the presence of their ships in the tense Sea of Azov was provocative.  Ukraine’s Navy commander fired back and said the men were forced to give […]

College basketball fans are roasting the NCAA and its new RPI killer which has Ohio State at No. 1 and Kentucky on the tournament bubble

AP/Eric Gay This season, the NCAA decided to switch its system for sorting and evaluating teams heading into the NCAA tournament from RPI to the NET rankings. According to the NCAA, the new system uses game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses […]

A stroll through the capital of Europe’s secret state

Joey Tyson November 26, 2018 Share this article Emerging from its Communist past, the Albanian capital of Tirana is one of Europe’s least known. Joey Tyson takes a stroll with a guide who’s looking forward to his country’s future. “I was late for school and I remember worrying about the trouble I’d be in,” recounts […]

Trump is reportedly getting ready to put Venezuela on the state sponsors of terror list

REUTERS/Marco Bello The Trump administration is reportedly considering naming Venezuela a state sponsor of terror. The designation would put Venezuela alongside countries like Iran and North Korea. But applying the label may hinder efforts to help Venezuelans, millions of whom have fled their country. The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to escalate its campaign to […]