The fallout from the death of Jeffrey Epstein continues make headines, as officials vow that the investigation into his alleged crimes will continue. We've also got the latest on new "red flag" gun laws and why the U.S. may be in a new arms race with Russia.
Legislation making its way through the Senate will not only help reduce the number of mass shootings but could also help prevent suicides, which represent about 60 percent of all gun-related deaths in the U.S, according to its backers.
Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., are working on a bill to encourage states to implement "red flag" laws that would allow law enforcement to temporarily seize guns from people found to be a danger to themselves or to others.
"My goal is to have a system that can identify truly a person about to blow, and do something about it before it's too late," Graham said.
Russia is testing dangerous military technology in an attempt to beat U.S. missile defense systems, according to experts reacting to a explosion thought to be a Russian nuclear-powered missile test last week.
"We're kind of stumbling or drifting into this arms race with the Russians," said Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear expert at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
The FDA has warned that drinking a bleach solution marketed online as a miracle cure for autism and HIV/AIDS is unsafe.
Dog owners in southern states are being warned to keep their pets away from ponds and lakes due to potentially lethal blue-green algae.
Tumblr, the social network used by Taylor Swift and legions of pop culture fans, has been sold by its owner Verizon to the blogging platform WordPress.
A Lyft driver in the San Francisco Bay Area was arrested for allegedly raping an unconscious passenger at his home.
THINK about it
Jeffrey Epstein's death will slow the process of determining the truth of his alleged crimes, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't happen, argues Andrea Powell, founder and executive director, Karana Rising.
"Many questions still remain about what happened in this case. But what is perfectly clear is that this should not — this cannot — be the end, " she writes.
Science + Tech = MACH
Evolution gave human ancestors big brains and the ability to walk on two legs — but it took away their tails.
A team at Keio University in Tokyo has created a "robot tail" worn at the waist that they say could help steady people with balance problems, and provide an extra margin of safety for construction workers and other physical laborers working in precarious or physically challenging environments.
— Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., in a letter to Attorney General William Barr
One cute thing
There are two new, proud dads at Berlin Zoo. A pair of male king penguins have adopted an egg that had been abandoned by its mother.
Skipper and Ping, both 10, had previously shown their nurturing sides by trying to hatch stones and fish, a spokesperson for the zoo said.
"We just had to put it in front of one of the males. He immediately knew what to do. This is the first time we have tried to have a same-sex penguin couple incubate an egg," keeper Norbert Zahmel said.
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