Knock, knock? Who's there? It's Amazon. In your house.
Ever fret about an upcoming Amazon package, or worry a rogue rainstorm will leave you with a soggy box at your front door? Amazon has a possible solution with Amazon Key, which would allow drivers to leave the package inside your house. No, they're not using the key under your doormat, but a smart lock system with camera so users can watch the delivery happen. It will be available in 37 cities next month. Not sure whether we should be excited or creeped out.
Puerto Rico's power problem? Couple guys are working on it
Five weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, most of the U.S. territory’s residents are still without power. Enter Whitefish Energy Holdings: a 2-year-old company based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown of Whitefish, Mont. The company, which had a staff of two people when Maria hit on Sept. 20., was awarded a huge contract to repair the island’s battered electrical infrastructure. How did a small, relatively untested firm land such an important job? That’s the $300 million question, some on Capitol Hill are asking.
We're feeding babies arsenic, a new study says
As if parents don’t have enough to worry about, a new study says baby formula and food likely have unsafe levels of arsenic and lead. The study, which was not published in a peer-reviewed journal, was released Wednesday by the Clean Label Project, a non-profit advocating for transparent labeling. The group tested about 530 baby food products and found 65% tested positive for arsenic, 36% for lead, 58% for cadmium and 10% for acrylamide. That’s terrifying. These contaminants are linked to everything from developmental problems to lower IQs. Concerned parents can check how their products scored on the Clean Label Project’s website. Why find Bergdahl? 'He's an American'
Why search for Bergdahl? 'He's an American'
American military men became emotional Wednesday during a harrowing retelling of efforts to find Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after he abandoned his Afghanistan outpost in 2009. A former Navy SEAL described how rescuing Bergdahl from the Taliban became a top priority, so much so that SEALs took enemy fire and witnessed a service dog being killed. At Bergdahl's sentencing hearing in Fort Bragg, N.C., an army captain said his platoon spent weeks searching for him, often with little food or water. Bergdahl, 31, who spent five years in captivity, pleaded guilty last week to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He faces a potential life sentence.
Surge pricing at National Parks?
It’s a possibility. The keepers of America’s natural beauty, the National Park Service, is pondering weekly entrance fees two to three times current rates from May to September, when parks are the busiest. We’re talking $70 per car to get into places like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. The rates would occur at 17 of the most popular parks, but the park service would make beaucoup bucks — about $70 million annually.
She said George H. W. Bush assaulted her. He issued an apology.
An actress accused George H.W. Bush of touching her “from behind” when they met four years ago, prompting an apology from the 93-year-old former president. Heather Lind, star of AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” said Bush told her a dirty joke and touched her improperly twice during a promotional event while his wife, Barbara Bush, looked on and “rolled her eyes.” The former president said via a spokesman that he would never “intentionally cause anyone distress" and apologized “if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind."
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