The Pacific Northwest

For the first time in 100 years, Seattle (a city for people) is growing faster than its suburbs (the cities for cars). It is possible that we are finally leaving the urban desert of the 20th century. (Seattle Times)

Yesterday, many humans in downtown Anchorage watched and participated in the annual Fur Rendezvous Hide and Horn Auction, an event where Alaskans have the opportunity to buy the hides and horns of animals that where killed illegally, or killed in self-defense, or killed because they were trying to cross a road, or killed because they were not getting along with a community of humans. This year's auction enjoyed a surplus of moose antlers. (Anchorage Daily News)

What you (a normal human being) will see here is the video of an abnormal man in Surrey (a part of Metro Vancouver) throwing acid on a woman's face. The police in Surrey have not identified the suspect. (Vancouver Sun)

The United States

The state where 98 percent of the nation's pistachios come from is suffering a serious drought. The dry state is also the main provider of many other fruits, vegetables, and nuts that Americans love to eat.

An oil spill has shutdown the Mississippi and caused a traffic jam of ships...

The World

The police in Surrey (a county in the South East of England) arrested an 82-year-old dog breeder in connection with the murder of two women (a mother and daughter) and four dogs (three German shepherds and a Labrador). The arrested octogenarian is locally known as John Lowe. (BBC)

The Universe

Today, NASA reports that on Jan. 28, 2014, Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) "witnessed its strongest solar flare since it launched in the summer of 2013." What is a solar flare? It is an explosion of star-stuff into space.