Scientists want to make it a war crime to damage the environment in a conflict

Nations at war are often too busy thinking about the human costs of the conflict to spare much thought for the cost to the natural world. | Getty Images They’re calling for a new Geneva Convention. When we think of war crimes, we typically think of actions like taking hostages, torturing prisoners, or enlisting child soldiers. Now a group of scientists wants to add another item to that list: harming the environment. An open letter…

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The T-Mobile + Sprint deal is good for you if you like paying more for your wireless plan

Photo Illustration by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Wireless carriers have been fighting each other for years, which is why wireless prices have been dropping for years. Trump’s Department of Justice says it’s okay for two competitors to team up, which means … The Department of Justice blessed a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile on Friday, which would reduce the number of big wireless carriers in the US from four to three. The DOJ…

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Some Amazon warehouse workers in Chicago say the company cheated them of overtime hours

Amazon workers at the site’s DCH1 delivery facility in Chicago are accusing the company of not paying workers overtime pay in full. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images The workers recently filed a complaint with the Illinois State Department of Labor.  Twenty-three night-shift workers at an Amazon delivery facility in Chicago are accusing the company of not paying them for overtime during Prime Week earlier this month. The workers, part of a recently formed a labor rights…

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A 1994 law Joe Biden wrote put these 4 men on death row

Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden participates in a Presidential Candidates Forum at the NAACP 110th National Convention on July 24, 2019, in Detroit. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images Biden sponsored a bill that expanded death penalty-eligible crimes. He’s now trying to undo his “tough on crime” legacy. A few hours after the Trump administration announced it was bringing back federal executions, former vice president and 2020 candidate Joe Biden had a…

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A “city-killing” asteroid just zipped by Earth. Why didn’t we see it coming?

An asteroid that zipped by Earth yesterday could have done substantial damage if it’d entered the atmosphere. | Getty Images/Science Photo Library-Andrzej Wojcicki NASA tracks big asteroids. Small ones — which can still do damage — are harder to spot. On Thursday, an asteroid called 2019 OK, traveling at almost 15 miles a second, came unusually close to impacting Earth. The asteroid passed by about 43,500 miles away — closer to Earth than our moon…

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What it means when the women of Big Little Lies go running

HBO There’s an aspirational appeal to women running on screen. Among Big Little Lies’ many motifs — waves crashing along the Monterey coast, Leon Bridges crooning, Laura Dern (in her role as maniacal rich lady Renata Klein) shrieking — is sending its female characters for a run. HBO’s melodrama, which concluded its second season on July 21, loves to depict its female stars in motion — a signifier of their refusal to yield to the…

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