Scientists will use DNA to try to track down…the Loch Ness Monster (Reuters)
It worked for the Golden State Killer, so why not Nessie? Scientists plan on searching for environmental DNA (known as eDNA) left behind in the Scottish loch from the mythical sea creature’s blood, scales, or urine. The same method is used to track whale and shark populations.
“It was super painful,” Darryl Clinton said, describing the lava bomb that was hurled 200 yards from a volcanic fissure and shattered his leg on Mother’s Day. “Super painful” sounds like the understatement of the year.
President Donald Trump announced new sanctions that he said would prevent the Venezuelan government from selling off its assets in “fire sales.” “[This] money belongs to the Venezuelan people,” he said. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro won 68 percent of the vote on Sunday in an election in which he faced no serious opposition and had no chance of being defeated.
On Wednesday morning, President Trump promised in a Tweet, “There will be big news coming soon for our great American Autoworkers. After many decades of losing your jobs to other countries, you have waited long enough!” So far there have not been any details about just what this “big news” could be, though.
Texas Democrats nominated their first Hispanic lesbian gubernatorial candidate (Dallas Morning News)
Lupe Valdez won the runoff election in Texas on Tuesday, making her both the first Hispanic female and the first openly gay candidate for governor from either party. Valdez will run against Republican incumbent Governor Greg Abbott in November.
Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “a bad deal is not an option. The American people are counting on us to get this right. If the right deal is not on the table, we will respectfully walk away.” Yesterday, President Trump cast doubt about the certainty of a reaching an agreement with Kim Jong Un, saying “you never know about deals.”
The U.S. State Department is looking into the possibility that a sonic attack took place, after a U.S. government working in China reported “abnormal sensations of sound and pressure.” The government employee reported experiencing symptoms from late 2017 through April.