US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet civilization
The Biden administration says it will significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have been torching areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around “hot spots” where nature and neighborhoods collide.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasts teachers union for ‘abandoning’ families, says she remains hopeful a deal can be done for Monday
“We’re working like the dickens to make sure we get a deal done today so I’m hopeful,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Sunday during a nationally-televised interview.chicagotribune.com
Chicago police investigating arson after fire in East Chatham apartments forced roughly 2 dozen residents to evacuate building
“We do the science and they do the suspects,” said Larry Langford, spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, of the distinct roles both the police and fire departments play while investigating arson.chicagotribune.com
Plant City woman captured in Pasco after 110 mph chase on I-75, troopers say
SAN ANTONIO — A 24-year-old Plant City woman was arrested Saturday after leading troopers on a high-speed chase in a stolen Cadillac, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Rachael Stefancich was “nearly fully unclothed,” troopers say, and may have been driving for more than two hours when she was captured after a highway patrol cruiser pushed the stolen vehicle off State Road 52. It was ...news.yahoo.com
Vehicle mileage tax could be on the table in infrastructure talks, Buttigieg says
A vehicle mileage tax could be on the table in talks about how to finance the White House's expected multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal, according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "When you think about infrastructure, it's a classic example of the kind of investment that has a return on that investment," he said. This is a jobs vision as much as it is an infrastructure vision, a climate vision and more." "A so-called vehicle-miles-traveled tax or mileage tax, whatever you want to call it, could be a way to do it," he said. Democrats have slowly pivoted away from a gasoline tax in favor of a mileage tax amid a simultaneous, climate friendly effort to encourage consumers to drive electric cars.cnbc.com
Senate confirms Pete Buttigieg as Transportation secretary
Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation nomination hearings to examine his expected nomination to be Secretary of Transportation in Washington. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Transportation secretary, handing the former presidential candidate a wide array of challenges — from President Joe Biden's environmental priorities to the Covid-19 pandemic. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, last week easily won approval from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, following a largely friendly hearing. In its first two weeks, the Biden administration has already taken a hard line on transportation measures that aim to curb the spread of Covid-19. On Tuesday, the U.S. government started requiring passengers to wear masks on airplanes, trains, buses, ferries and other forms of transportation.cnbc.com
Twitter's Jack Dorsey admits internet companies have too much power and praises bitcoin as a model to change that
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Wednesday that banning President Donald Trump was the "right decision for Twitter," but admitted that the internet shouldn't be controlled by a handful of private companies. He wrote that if a company like Twitter makes a decision that people don't like, they can go elsewhere, creating an inherent check on its power. "This concept was challenged last week when a number of foundational internet tool providers also decided not to host what they found dangerous," Dorsey wrote. Dorsey said the inconsistent policies and lack of transparency undermine the efforts to create an open internet. "The reason I have so much passion for #Bitcoin is largely because of the model it demonstrates: a foundational internet technology that is not controlled or influenced by any single individual or entity," Dorsey wrote.cnbc.com
Chinese Long March 11 rocket launches satellites to hunt gravitational waves
China has successfully launched a pair of satellites into space to learn more about gravitational waves , or echoes in space-time from huge mergers or cosmic events. China has successfully launched a pair of satellites into space to learn more about gravitational waves, or echoes in space-time from huge mergers or cosmic events. (Image credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)From their orbits, the satellites will monitor the entire sky for events that generate gravitational waves , which could include cosmic confluences such as neutron stars merging or black holes coming together, Science said. The new mission launched on a Long March 11 rocket developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., and the launch was the 355th mission of the Long March series, Chinese state sources said. The moon mission was performed by the China National Space Administration, while the new gravitational waves mission is under the science-focused National Space Science Center.space.com
Should driverless cars make ethical decisions?
A new study published in Science magazine asks how self-driving cars should act. More than 75 percent of participants in one survey favor cars that would sacrifice one passenger rather than kill 10 pedestrians. But overall, the study found people prefer to ride in a driverless car that protects passengers at all costs. CBS News contributor Nicholas Thompson, editor of NewYorker.com, joins "CBS This Morning" to explain the study's findings and why it is challenging to program ethics into machines.cbsnews.com
How accurate is the science behind "The Martian"?
In this weekend's box office hit, Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars after his crew is hit by a sandstorm. But is the drama realistic about science? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss what the movie got right and wrong.cbsnews.com