FROM Scott Gediman
Three Killed by Waterfall at Yosemite The top of Vernal Falls is the most popular hiking destination in Yosemite Valley. A thousand people reach it a day without incident. But yesterday, three people were swept to their deaths by the rushing waters and are presumed to be dead. Scott Gediman is a park ranger and spokesman at Yosemite National Park .
Fire Burns Out of Control Near Yosemite Yosemite Valley is open to visitors, but air quality is poor. That's the latest after what's called the Telegraph Fire near Mariposa knocked out power lines, forcing Valley concessions to run on auxiliary generators.
The Joys and the Risks of Yosemite National Park The climb up the granite slab called Half Dome is the quintessential hike in Yosemite Valley . After walking more than eight miles, climbers ascend the last four-hundred feet on a kind of ladder made of cables and wooden steps. It’s hardly a challenge for experienced mountaineers, but the dangers are illustrated by what happened last Saturday. A 37 year-old Japanese visitor named Hirofumi Nohara stepped into a crack in the rock, twisted his ankle and plunged to his death.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.