*NASA: Earth Warming at a Pace ‘Unprecedented in 1,000 Years’:
Earth is warming at a pace that is unprecedented for the past 1,000 years, NASA scientists report. It is, experts say, “very unlikely” that the planet can stay within a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature-increase limit “agreed by nations just last year,” wrote The Guardian. 2016 has seen record temperatures the world over and the pace and nature of the warming over decades is perilously out of step with any other time period over the past millennium, officials say. “In the last 30 years, we’ve really moved into exceptional territory,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “It’s unprecedented in 1,000 years. There’s no period that has the trend seen in the 20th century in terms of the inclination [of temperatures].”
*Report: ISIS Buried Thousands in 72 Mass Graves:
The Islamic State terror group has murdered and then buried thousands of people in at least 72 mass graves, the Associated Press reports. At least 17 of the graves are located in Syria, and one of those includes the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe. When ISIS militants took over the area, they “exterminated” the entire community, the AP reports. Sixteen graves are in areas too dangerous to traverse in Iraq. The known numbers, which are incomplete, add up to more than 15,000 people killed and then stuffed into holes dug by bulldozers. For other graves, satellites can show some of the damage, including a massacre at the Badoush Prison in 2014, which left at least 600 men dead.
*Apple Owes Ireland $14.5 Billion:
A European Union ruling Tuesday determined that Apple owes Ireland $14.5 billion in taxes and must now pay up. The amount makes the ruling the largest the organization has ever issued on a single company. Apple executives said the company will appeal the decision and believe the ruling “upended the international tax system,” CNN reports. “Member states cannot give tax benefits to selected companies—this is illegal under EU state-aid rules,” said Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top antitrust official.
Chris Brown is reportedly in hot water again as a woman has alleged that he threatened her with a gun. According to TMZ, the unnamed female called 911 early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles to report that the R&B singer pulled a firearm during a tense argument with her at a home. Brown is reportedly under criminal assault investigation for the incident, TMZ reported, and is considered the sole suspect. This is Brown’s most recent run-in with criminal allegations: in June, his former handler accused him of repeatedly beating him; and a fan alleged that Brown deliberately stomped on his head during a concert in Cannes.
Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto fired the chief of the nation’s federal police, Enrique Galindo, less than two weeks after the country’s human-rights commission released a report alleging that officers had “executed arbitrarily” at least 22 suspected drug -artel members. “In light of the recent events and on instructions of the president, Police Commissioner Enrique Galindo has been removed from his position,” Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said. “That is with the objective of facilitating that the corresponding authorities carry out an agile and transparent investigation in full view of citizens.”
*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***Commercial varieties of granola are often loaded with enough added sugar to rival a slice of chocolate cake. Homemade granola recipes are often no better, calling for ample amounts of refined sugar, maple syrup, honey and other sweeteners. Granola bars and cereals are widely marketed as wholesome and natural, or made with whole grains, which helps to give the products a health halo. But experts say they are junk foods in disguise. Even the federal government’s dietary guidelines label granola as a “grain-based dessert,” placing it in the same category as cookies, doughnuts and cake. A survey by the New York Times Upshot this summer found that a majority of Americans described granola and granola bars as “healthy,” even though most dietitians know better.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Olympic basketball star Carmelo Anthony bringing his gold medal to Oreya at the Capri hotel in Southampton. ***Michael Jordan dining at Jue Lan Club Southampton, then puffing on a cigar outside and saying hello to hockey player Matt Martin and Martin’s girlfriend, Sydney Esiason. ***Tennis star Andy Murray and Knicks general manager Steve Mills having lunch at Zuma in NYC. ***Bruce Willis checking out comedian Nate Bargatze at Carolines on Broadway in NYC. ***Paul Giamatti walking on Court Street in Brooklyn Heights. ***Old friends sportscaster Jim Hill and media expert and author Michael Levine chatting at a lecture in Santa Monica last night of Levine’s former client Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: When I ask veteran college teachers and administrators to describe how collegestudents have changed over the years, I often get an answer like this: “Today’s students are more accomplished than past generations, but they are also more emotionally fragile.” That rings true to me. Today’s students are amazing, but they bathe one another in oceans of affirmation and praise, as if buttressing one another against some insecurity. Whatever one thinks of the campus protests, the desire for trigger warnings and safe spaces does seem to emanate from a place of emotional fragility. And if you hang around the middle aged, you hear a common story line to explain the rise of the orchid generation. Once upon a time, the story line goes, kids were raised in a tough environment. They had to do hard manual chores around the house and they got in fights on the playground. Then they went off to do grueling work in the factory or they learned toughness and grit in the military. But today, helicopter parents protect their children from setbacks and hardship. They supervise every playground conflict, so kids never learn to handle disputes or deal with pain.
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