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Trump's one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

Trump's one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

Health
In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others. At a time when Trump finds himself embattled on many fronts, the two directives — issued almost simultaneously on Friday — demonstrated the president's eagerness to retain the loyalty of social conservatives who make up a key part of his base. Leaders of that constituency were exultant. "President Trump is demonstrating his commitment to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Cou
North Korea's Kim responds to Trump's U.N. speech with insults, threats

North Korea's Kim responds to Trump's U.N. speech with insults, threats

World
Sept. 21 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responded to President Donald Trump's United Nations speech in a lengthy statement Thursday that included several insults.Kim mostly responded to Trump's threats to "totally destroy" North Korea if the reclusive nation attacks a U.S. ally. Trump also dubbed Kim, "Rocket Man," a reference to the North Korean leader's proclivity for launching test missiles."I'd like to remind Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world," Kim said. "The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the U.N. arena the unethical will to 'totally destroy' a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes...
Mixed results for Trump's first oil and gas auction for Gulf

Mixed results for Trump's first oil and gas auction for Gulf

Business
Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The largest lease sale in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and the first under President Trump's administration, generated mixed results for high bids and coverage.The first lease covering the entire southern coastal region, save for protected areas, generated $ 121 million in high bids for 90 tracts covering nearly 510,000 acres. The U.S. Interior Department said the results of lease underscored the government's efforts to stimulate domestic development with fewer restrictions."The sale offered the largest amount of acreage in the history of the federal offshore program in the Gulf, including parcels offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida," the department stated.The area up for bids covered 75.9 million acres for oil and gas exploration and development and i...
US scientists contradict Trump's climate claims

US scientists contradict Trump's climate claims

Technology
As President Donald Trump touts new oil pipelines and pledges to revive the nation's struggling coal mines, federal scientists are warning that burning fossil fuels is already driving a steep increase in the United States of heat waves, droughts and floods. It is the latest example of collisions between Trump's environmental policies and the facts presented by his government's experts. Contradicting Trump's claims that climate change is a "hoax," the draft report representing the consensus of 13 federal agencies concludes that the evidence global warming is being driven by human activities is "unambiguous." That directly undercuts statements by Trump and his Cabinet casting doubt on whether the warming observed around the globe is being primarily driven by man-made carbon pollution. "Ther...
Hawking says Trump's climate stance could damage Earth

Hawking says Trump's climate stance could damage Earth

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceStephen Hawking says that US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could lead to irreversible climate change.Prof Hawking said the action could put Earth onto a path that turns it into a hothouse planet like Venus. He also feared aggression was "inbuilt" in humans and that our best hope of survival was to live on other planets.The Cambridge professor spoke exclusively to BBC News to coincide with his 75th birthday celebrations.Arguably the world's most famous scientist, Prof Hawking has had motor neurone disease for most of his adult life. It has impaired his movement and ability to speak. Yet through it all, he emerged as one of the greatest minds of our time. His theories on black holes and the origin of t...