Trump Slams Interest Rate Hikes, Ignoring Hands-Off Tradition Toward Fed

Updated at 3:19 p.m. ET The Federal Reserve got a rare piece of advice from the president Thursday. The central bank is an independent agency and usually the commander in chief doesn't comment directly on Fed policy. But President Trump broke with that tradition, saying in a CNBC interview , "I'm not thrilled" about the Fed's interest-rate hikes. "Because we go up and every time you go up they want to raise rates again. I don't really — I am not happy about it. But at the same time I'm...

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Migrating Arctic Geese Are Confused, Exhausted By Rising Temperatures

Each spring, barnacle geese migrate more than 1,800 miles from the Netherlands and northern Germany to their breeding grounds in parts of Russia above the Arctic Circle. The journey north usually takes about a month, and the geese make multiple stops along the way to eat and fatten up before they lay their eggs, says Bart Nolet of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology and the University of Amsterdam. But that pattern of migration is changing, as rapidly rising temperatures have led to earlier...

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Counting cats, much like herding them, is a complicated proposition.

But a coalition of groups in Washington, D.C., is giving it a shot.

PetSmart Charities, the Humane Society, the Humane Rescue Alliance and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are collaborating on a project called the D.C. Cat Count, which aims to create a more accurate estimate of the city's entire cat population — including both feral cats and pet cats.

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The White House withdrew the nomination Ryan Bounds to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Thursday afternoon amid allegations of racist writings.

The Senate, on a party-line vote Wednesday, ended debate on the controversial nomination, with a confirmation vote expected Thursday. But instead, the nomination was pulled.

A small explosion and fire in the paint area of a production facility at a Pennsylvania Army depot injured four workers — three seriously — on Wednesday morning, according to the depot commander.

"We do not suspect any type of terrorist activity," Col. Stephen Ledbetter said at a news conference, adding that the investigation into the cause of the explosion is ongoing.

One in five working coal miners in central Appalachia who have worked at least 25 years now suffer from the coal miners' disease black lung. That's the finding from the latest study tracking an epidemic of the incurable and fatal sickness.

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 19, 2018.

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Former North Adams Mayor John Barrett now serves as the Democratic State Representative for the 1st Berkshire District of Massachusetts. He’s been in office since November 2017, after winning a special election following the death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi. After 26 years at the head the smallest city in the commonwealth, the 71-year-old is now tackling statewide politics. He spoke with WAMC about the impact of the new state budget on northern Berkshire County.

California will be staying in one piece, at least for now, after the state's supreme court ruled that a proposal to divide California into three cannot be placed on the ballot in November.

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