Senate confirms Ratcliffe as next director of national intelligence | Fox News

The installment comes as the intelligence community once again finds itself in the middle of a political firestorm, over whether Trump associates were improperly “unmasked” in intelligence reports during the latter days of the Obama administration.

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After 17 Years Underground, Cicadas Will Return To Swarm Parts Of The U.S. This Year – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/CBS News) — They’re back!

People in parts of West Virginia, North Carolina, and Virginia may open their widows this summer to hear a strange buzzing sound.

It’s the mating call of millions of cicadas, which will be awakening in the region after spending 17 years underground.

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Cicadas emerge in different parts of the country at different times – either annually, or periodically every 13 or 17 years.

This particular invasion will be from Brood IX, which has not swarmed the region since 2003-2004, Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Science said in a press release.

Some parts of the region experienced the natural phenomenon in 2013 when Brood II emerged. But with as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre expected to emerge this year, the region will have to get used to the strong buzzing sound.

Last year, Brood XIII infiltrated Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Oklahoma, according to the site.

Source: After 17 Years Underground, Cicadas Will Return To Swarm Parts Of The U.S. This Year – CBS Pittsburgh

US expected to withdraw from another major arms treaty – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump confirmed the US will be exiting the Open Skies Treaty, a pact designed to reduce the risk of military miscalculations that could lead to war, and said Russia’s actions had prompted him to take the decision.

“Russia didn’t adhere to the treaty, so until they adhere, we will pull out,” Trump told reporters outside the White House Thursday.
The President predicted that the US withdrawal would force Moscow back to the table. “There’s a chance we may make a new agreement or do something to put that agreement back together,” Trump said. “I think what’s going to happen is we’re going to pull out and they’re going to come back and want to make a deal.”
Trump also denied that the withdrawal would increase tensions with Russia. “No, I think that we’re going to have (a) very good relationship with Russia,” the President said.
The 1992 treaty allows member countries to conduct short-notice, unarmed, reconnaissance flights over the other countries to collect data on their military forces and activities. It is the latest major arms control treaty that the US will abandon under the Trump administration.

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What to know about a second round of coronavirus stimulus checks

With almost 37 million Americans out of work due to coronavirus shutdowns, Democratic lawmakers are proposing a second round of stimulus checks to provide some financial relief, potentially worth more than the first round.

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