I've been lucky enough to report on a wide variety of subjects, including sustainability, arts and culture, viral trends and more. This category covers the stories I've written that don't quite fit in anywhere else.

Flake threatens judicial nominations to force vote on special counsel

WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday he will oppose all judicial confirmations until the Senate is allowed to vote on a bill to keep the White House from interfering in an investigation of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The Arizona Republican was joined by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, on the floor of the Senate to demand a vote on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, which won Judiciary Committee approval in April but has been blocked by Senate leaders si

Court gives tribe, environmentalists new chance to fight uranium mine

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court said Thursday that the Havasupai tribe and environmental advocates can challenge an existing uranium mine on land near the Grand Canyon where mining was recently banned. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a partial reversal of its own December decision that said the Canyon Mine, approved in 1988, was grandfathered in and could not now be challenged. “This decision is a victory for public lands everywhere,” said A

Trump plan to boost Western water worries advocates | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – The White House on Friday released a plan that it said would improve water reliability and availability in the West by streamlining regulatory processes and conducting expedited reviews on water projects. Details on the plan were scarce Friday, but environmental groups were immediately skeptical, with one advocate saying she is “sure it’s a bad idea,” despite the president’s claims that the plan will not harm the environment. “Whatever he’s proposing to roll back protections is th

Museum honors McCain with portrait that captures his 'timeless values'

WASHINGTON – Images of Sen. John McCain have been hard to avoid for the past week – McCain the POW, the presidential candidate, the maverick politician. But until Monday, few had seen the photo of McCain now displayed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The never-before-published image is deceptively simple at first – McCain appears small compared to the grandeur of the Senate columns surrounding him. But that might actually be one of its strengths, say officials at the museum, which

'I thought I was going to burn in a building': LA apartment fire raises concerns over ASU student safety

One ASU student was present during the fire When Hannah Foote woke up in Los Angeles to the sound of sirens on Wednesday morning, she didn’t think much of it — she knew they were coming from emergency personnel rushing to the scene of a fire at a nearby Wells Fargo bank. “When I kept hearing it throughout the day, I would get up for a second and then just go back to bed, kind of annoyed that it was still going on,” Foote said. But what Foote wasn’t prepared for, she said, was that another fire would soon start in her own building, and she wouldn’t know about it until it was nearly too late.

Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter, Saoirse Hill, dies at 22

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, died at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts Thursday. She was 22. The Kennedy family confirmed her death in a statement to the Associated Press, saying, "Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse." "She lit up our lives with her love, her peals of laughter and her generous spirit," the statement said, noting that Hill was passionate about human rights, women's empowerment and volunteer work in indig

Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's son, dead

Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza, heir to al-Qaida leadership, is dead, US officials say Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza, heir apparent to leadership of the militant group al-Qaida, is dead, according to multiple U.S. officials. He was killed sometime in the past two years, during the Trump administration, but officials took some time to confirm his death, The New York Times reported. In February, the State Department said Hamza was emerging as the new leader of the group and offered a $1 million re

Area 51 raid? Facebook event has 379K people set to 'see them aliens'

Are we alone? Nearly 400K people have signed up for Facebook event to 'storm' Area 51 and 'see them aliens' If you've ever wondered whether we're alone in the galaxy, you're no space oddity. More than 379,000 people have signed on to a Facebook event pledging to raid Area 51 in southern Nevada in an effort to "see them aliens." An additional 396,000 respondents marked themselves as "interested" on the event page as of Thursday night. "If we [N]aruto run, we can move faster than their bullets,

Gray wolf faces new challenge: National Academies of Sciences review | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – The long-running fight over the Mexican gray wolf moved from southeast Arizona to a paneled Washington conference room this week, where scientists will try to answer the question that could determine the animal’s fate. Is a Mexican gray wolf just another wolf, or is it a distinct – and endangered – breed of its own? That’s the question before a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee that is considering the taxonomy of the wolf – in other words, whether

Zero Degrees wins Battle of the Bands, will open for Quinn XCII

The band competed against seven other groups to solidify their spot as the Devilpalooza opener This year's battle to the stage on the Sun Devil Fitness Complex Fields is one that has been fought with harmonies, microphones and guitar picks. On a cold and breezy Wednesday night, Zero Degrees was announced as the winner of ASU's Battle of the Bands and will open for Quinn XCII at Devilpalooza on Feb. 15.