Threat of Widespread Severe Thunderstorms, Including Tornadoes, Ramps Up in the Plains, Midwest Next Week

Severe thunderstorms will flare up in the nation’s heartland as soon as Sunday. This severe threat will exist for multiple days in the Plains and Midwest next week. Hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible. This severe threat may then spread to the East by late next week.

A.I. could lead to a nuclear war by 2040, think tank warns

Galerie Bilderwelt | Getty Images Artificial intelligence (AI) could potentially result in a nuclear war by 2040, according to a research paper by a U.S. think tank. The paper, by the nonprofit Rand Corporation, warns that AI could erode geopolitical stability and remove the status of nuclear weapons as a means of deterrence.

No tornadoes yet in 2018: Oklahoma on track for record late start of tornado season

So far in 2018, Oklahoma has recorded no tornadoes, according to the NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center. However, 2017 ended up with 85 Oklahoma tornadoes reported, with 57 recorded in May alone. In National Weather Service records that date back to 1950, Oklahoma averages 56.2 tornadoes per year, with May being the most active month (23.2 on average).

Toronto van attack suspect was student, ex-military recruit

A look at the Alek Minassian, who has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder for driving a van into a crowded sidewalk in Toronto on Monday: A YOUNG MAN FROM SUBURBAN TORONTO, AND A STUNNED FAMILY: Minassian, 25, lives with his family in the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, on a street of sizeable, well-tended brick homes.

U.S., Russia Trade Threats Over Syria Strikes

A series of exchanges between President Donald Trump and Moscow raised the prospect of a clash between U.S. and Russian military forces in Syria, a confrontation that would pit advanced American missile technology against Russia’s integrated air defense. After a Russian diplomat said his country’s forces would shoot down U.S.

Increasing Global Threats Call for Capabilities to Deter, Defend, Offi

In today’s increasingly complex and threatening environment, the Defense Department must sustain the capabilities needed to deter and defend against attacks on the U.S. homeland, its forces abroad and its allies and partners, John C. Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy , said on Capitol Hill yesterday.

New Threat to the U.S.: the Axis of Autocracy

It sounded like an echo of Sino-Soviet alliance of the 1950s and 1960s when China’s new defense minister, Wei Fenghe, said at a meeting in Moscow this month, “The Chinese side has come to show Americans the close ties between the armed forces of China and Russia.”

UPDATE: City crews, AEP making progress on cleanup

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m. : According to a press release from the City of Lynchburg, city crews and AEP crews are continuing to work to clear streets and debris from Sunday’s storms, and the city is asking motorists to use caution in the work zones.

US missile attack on Syria captured in stunning Pentagon video

The nearly two dozen Tomahawk missiles fired from the decks of the USS Higgins toward targets in Syria are seen lighting up the night sky in footage released Monday by the Department of Defense. The Pentagon said Saturday the U.S.-led allied missile strikes in Syria successfully hit all three targets and have “significantly crippled” Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ability to make more chemical weapons.

Pentagon: US, allies launched 105 missiles in Syria, ‘successfully’ hit all three targets

The Pentagon said Saturday that the U.S.-led allied missile strikes in Syria successfully hit all three targets and have “significantly crippled” Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ability to make more chemical weapons. “I think we dealt them a severe blow,” Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the Pentagon after the overnight bombing.