Ex-Flint emergency manager subpoenaed by Congress.
Obama urged to send military forces to Libya to fight ISIS.
Honda expands air bag recall.
Martin Shkreli takes the fifth before Congress.
That should do the trick: George W. Bush to appear in ads for Jeb.
Voters in Iowa get the last earfuls from the candidates.
Bomb kills 60 near shrine in Syria.
At least 65 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria.
Cartoonist arrested in Egypt as government cracks down on critics.
Check your bagged salad; listeria outbreak reported in Dole brands.
Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.
According to this piece in ThinkProgress, a byproduct of cheese production can be used to generate electricity.
Technically, the power station — located in Albertville in the southeastern part of France — uses whey, a byproduct leftover from the production of the town’s famous Beaufort cheese. Whey is the liquid that is released from the curds during the cheese-making process, and it’s the same liquid that often rises to the top of yogurt products. It is mostly water, but is also contains things like proteins and milk sugars. It’s incidental to most cheese-making processes — the curds are what eventually becomes the finished cheese product — and is often considered a waste product by cheese makers. Unfortunately for cheese producers, the process of making cheese results in a lot of residual whey — for every pound of cheese, a producer is normally left with about a gallon of whey.
When bacteria is added to whey, however, they begin to digest the sugars. That, in turn, produces methane, a biogas that can be captured and used as fuel. In Albertville, that methane is then fed through a machine that heats water to 194 degrees Fahrenheit, which in turn generates electricity. According to the Independent, the Albertville plant is able to produce an estimated 3,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. That electricity, according to the Telegraph, is eventually sold to French energy giant EDF.
Knowing the French, they probably have a great wine to go with it.
North Korea says it successfully tested an H-bomb.
Relations between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims tense after Saudi executions.
Police in Cologne, Germany, investigate hundreds of complaints of sexual assault on New Year’s Eve.
Opposition congress takes office in Venezuela for the first time in 17 years.
At least twenty-five people have died in flooding in Illinois and Missouri.
Keyless auto ignitions have a fatal flaw.
Iran faces more sanctions after Saudi embassy attack.
Volkswagen faces civil suit brought by U.S.
Federal forces tread lightly with Oregon VanillaISIS.
Today is the day President Obama will announce executive action to control gun violence.
GM is investing a lot of money in Lyft, the ride-sharing service.
As inevitable as the Christmas promotions starting before Halloween, the War On Christmas has begun again.
Some people are angry about Starbucks’ new holiday cups. Really angry.
What is the issue, exactly?
In previous years, Starbucks’ iconic holiday cups, which the chain uses in lieu of white cups in November and December, featured wintry or Christmas-themed designs like snowflakes, ornaments and nature scenes. This year, the cups are more minimalist — a red ombre design that Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks’ vice president of design, said was meant to embrace “the simplicity and the quietness” of the holiday season.
This is a huge problem for some people, who feel that the plain red cups are oppressing Christians by insulting Christmas.
“This is a denial of historical reality and the great Christian heritage behind the American Dream that has so benefitted Starbucks,” Andrea Williams of the U.K.-based organization Christian Concern told Breitbart. “This also denies the hope of Jesus Christ and His story so powerfully at this time of year.”
Fa la la la la, la la la barf.
If your faith requires that you pay $5 for stinked-up coffee with more ingredients in it than a figgy pudding and poured into a cup that will end up in the trash but only if it has depictions of a fairy tale on it, then your problem isn’t with the people who are selling you that stuff in the first place.
Here’s a news flash: There is a war on Christmas. It won.
Burma/Myanmar has an historic election.
Russian jet crash investigators push back on bomb theory.
Iran’s president knocks the hard-line media.
Volkswagen says a whistle-blower forced it to reveal more cheating.
E.P.A. expands more on-road testing for emissions.
Leaders of Taiwan and China to meet for the first time since 1949.
Matt Bevin wins Kentucky governors race.
Hillary Clinton in dead heat with Ben Carson in national poll.
Fuel line problem cited in Florida airliner fire.
U.S. to fine Tanaka $70 million in air bag recall case.
No certainty yet on what brought down the Russian airliner over Egypt.
President Obama signed the budget bill.
Porsche and Audi caught cheating on emissions software according to U.S. regulators.
Deadly weather hits Texas.
Star Trek will boldly go yet again, this time on CBS All Access, in 2017.
The Navy sent a ship within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificial reefs in the South China Sea.
The Justice Department is investigating the body-slamming incident in South Carolina.
Ben Carson passes Donald Trump in a new national poll.
Walgreen’s bids to buy Rite-Aid.
American Airlines will go “no-frills” on certain routes.
GM to recall 1.4 million cars to repair intake manifold oil leaks (like the one my Pontiac had).
Iran convicted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, but they didn’t say of what.
Suicide bombers were behind the bombing in Turkey last week.
Russian warplanes are carrying out more airstrikes in Syria.
Confederate flag-wavers indicted for disrupting a black birthday party.
Dell Computers buys EMC for $65 billion.
The Nobel Prize for Economics went to Angus Deaton of Princeton.
Russian missiles bound for Syria landed in Iran. Oops.
The CEO of VW of America got grilled by Congress.
Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature; a first for non-fiction.
Researchers believe they found the gay gene.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter suspended for 90 days.
R.I.P. Paul Prudhomme, 75, celebrity chef who popularized Cajun cooking.
VW admits to diesel emissions fraud.
E.U. ministers approve migrant plan.
Democrats defeat GOP abortion bill in the Senate.
The sage grouse doesn’t get protected status.
U.S. stops screening passengers from Liberia.
Tropical Update: TS Ida is still stuck in neutral.
R.I.P. Yogi Berra, 90, ballplayer and force of wit.
The Tigers beat the White Sox 2-1 in extra innings.
Fed holds off raising interest rates.
At least 11 people were killed in the 8.3 earthquake off the coast of Chile.
President Obama greeted the three men who thwarted the train attack in Europe.
Verizon now works in Cuba.
Doritos unveiled rainbow-colored chips.
Tropical Update: TD Nine heads west.
The Tigers had the night off.
Los Angeles raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Airbag manufacturer doubles recall to 34 million.
Pentagon faults “failure of leadership” in fall of Ramadi.
Cuba establishes banking relationship in U.S.
The Tigers lost to Milwaukee 8-1.
The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia was traveling at twice the speed limit.
Fast track trade authority could be back on track.
Traces of banned chemical weapons found in Syria.
House votes to end N.S.A. bulk phone data gathering.
Vatican to recognize the state of Palestine.
The Tigers lost to the Twins 6-2.
Amtrak train derails en route from Philadelphia to New York City; at least 5 dead.
U.S. Marine Corps helicopter missing on rescue mission in Nepal.
Keeping an eye on Iranian ships off the coast of Yemen.
Senate Democrats slow down “fast track” trade bill.
Verizon buys AOL.
No charges filled in police shooting of unarmed black teen in Madison.
The Tigers beat the Twins 2-1 in 10.
Officials send reinforcements to Baltimore.
The death toll in Nepal passed 5,000.
Iranian forces seized a ship flagged to the Marshall Islands and boarded it off the coast of Iran.
Tyson Foods will end using antibiotics on their chicken.
The NFL will give up its tax-exempt status.
The Tigers lost to the Twins 3-2.
President Obama apologizes for drone strike in Pakistan that killed two hostages.
France: Police say they’ve foiled five terror attacks since Charlie Hebdo.
Finally: Loretta Lynch confirmed as Attorney General.
The Deal’s Off: Comcast walks away from Time Warner merger.
The Tigers lost to the Yankees again 2-1.
American warships plan to intercept Iranian vessels carrying war material to Yemen.
ISIS released another horrific video.
Supreme Court tosses North Carolina redistricting plan.
Wisconsin declares bird flu emergency.
Blue Bell ice cream withdrawn after listeria scare.
The Tigers beat the Yankees 2-1.