Yellowstone River closes indefinitely over deadly parasite

Yellowstone River closes indefinitely over deadly parasite

Image copyright AP Image caption Officials blame the influx of dead fish on a contagious parasite Montana officials have indefinitely closed the Yellowstone River over concerns of a deadly parasite that has killed thousands of fish. A 183-mile-stretch (294km) of the river is closed to prevent infected fish from spreading to other waterways. Wildlife workers […]

US new home sales rise at fastest pace since 2007

US new home sales rise at fastest pace since 2007

Image copyright Getty Images US new homes sales jumped in July to their fastest rate in nearly nine years, according to Commerce Department figures. Low interest rates on mortgages and an improving jobs market have helped boost the US real estate market. New home sales increased by 12.4% in July month-on-month to a seasonally adjusted […]

Will America Finally Stop Privatizing Everything? – New Republic

It’s not hard to figure out why this happens. Private companies win contracts to manage federal prisons by undercutting the Bureau of Prisons’ operational costs. Unlike the government, private prison companies must also take their profit margins out of their budgets. The only way to make that work is to massively drop labor costs, corresponding […]

The Slippery Appeal of the Biggest New Band in America – The New Yorker

Last summer, pop radio began playing a fiendish earworm about two young men who feared the ordinary demands of adulthood. A year later, those men have become the biggest new band in America. You may not be familiar with Twenty One Pilots—they’re a slippery phenomenon, selling out arenas while remaining nearly invisible to those outside their […]