Risch: Rely more on humans, less on tech to stop hacks

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee members Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, confer on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 17. J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch says it’s time for a retro approach to protect the nation’s power grid, relying more on humans and less on sophisticated technology as a way to thwart hackers.

Study: Global warming is shrinking Colorado River

In this April 16, 2013 file photo, a "bathtub ring" marks the high water mark as a recreational boat approaches Hoover Dam along Black Canyon on Lake Mead, the largest Colorado River reservoir, near Boulder City, Nev. Scientists say global warming may already be shrinking the Colorado River and could reduce its flow by more than a third by the end of the century. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

DENVER — Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say.

Boehner predicts ‘Obamacare’ won’t be repealed

In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, then-House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner predicted on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, that a full repeal and replacement of “Obamacare” is “not going to happen.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of “Obamacare” is “not going to happen.”

U.S., Mexico top officials meet

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is welcome by U.S. ambassador Roberta Jacobson, left,as he arrives at Benito Juarez international Airport in Mexico City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Pool photo via AP)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors.

Push renewed to drill in Alaska wildlife refuge

undated aerial photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a herd of caribou on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. Petroleum drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was not a consideration under President Barack Obama but it's getting renewed attention under the new administration. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America’s largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point.

Adding bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs

This digitally colorized microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in yellow. New research found protective bacteria in healthy skin produce natural antibiotics that can guard against disease-causing Staph aureus. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bacteria live on everyone’s skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection.

McCain travels to Syria to meet with U.S. troops

In this Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017, photo released by Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, right, meets with John McCain, Senator of the United States of America and Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee at Al Shati Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Rashed Al Mansoori/Crown Prince Court via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain, one of President Donald Trump’s harshest critics, made a secret trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. forces stationed there and discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State extremists, his office said Wednesday.

Iraqi forces push up to Mosul’s key military base

Smoke rises from the western side of Mosul following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike, in Abu Saif, outside the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi special forces on Thursday joined the government offensive to rout Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul, pushing up to a sprawling, IS-held military base on the city’s southern edge as police forces advanced toward the adjacent international airport, officials said.

DHS chief: U.S. won’t have mass deportations

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, left, and Guatemala's Foreign Minister Carlos Morales give a joint press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Kelly is in Guatemala for a two day official visit. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said Wednesday on a visit to Guatemala that there won’t be mass deportations by the Unites States, but he strongly discouraged any Guatemalans from considering the journey north.

Thai editor has lese majeste jail sentence reduced

Magazine editor Somyot Pruksakasemsuk leaves the court after a sentencing ruling in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. The longest-serving prisoner jailed for violating controversial laws designed to protect the Thai monarchy had his sentence shortened from 11 years to seven years by Thailand's Supreme Court on Thursday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Supreme Court has upheld but reduced the jail sentence of a magazine editor who is currently the longest-serving prisoner convicted of lese majeste — insulting the monarchy.


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