The governor of Iowa has issued a proclamation officially recognizing as genocide the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkey from 1915 to 1923. While 46 other US states have done so, the genocide remains unrecognized by the federal government. Read more.
On the heels of new research showing that the world's oceans are rapidly warming, scientists revealed Wednesday that a huge patch of hot water in the northeast Pacific Ocean dubbed "the blob" was to blame for killing about one million seabirds. Read more.