Latest from Bryan Pietsch

Salmon for Norway, Chernobyl for Ukraine: Korean broadcaster apologizes for ‘inexcusable’ Olympics gaffe

During its coverage of the opening ceremony, Munwha Broadcasting Corp. aired photos and descriptions in what it said was an attempt to help viewers quickly identify each country. Critics say those depictions relied on stereotypes.
  • Jul 26, 2021

Going to space for fun? You should be taxed, lawmaker says.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants passengers and businesses to be taxed for commercial flights to space that aren't for scientific purposes.
  • Jul 23, 2021

New York becomes sixth state in U.S. to ban child marriages

The state previously allowed 17-year-olds to be married with parental and judicial consent, which advocates criticized as a loophole allowing parents to force minors into marriage.
  • Jul 23, 2021

After a slew of disastrous wildfires, PG&E will bury 10,000 miles of California power lines

The multibillion-dollar project is an attempt to prevent the company's equipment from sparking more wildfires.
  • Jul 22, 2021

U.S. judge blocks Arkansas ban on nearly all abortions

The Republican-controlled state legislature in Arkansas positioned the bill as a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.
  • Jul 21, 2021

Twitter suspends Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for spreading covid-19 misinformation

Greene (R-Ga.) had violated the Twitter's misinformation policy multiple times, the company said, including in a tweet in which she falsely claimed that the novel coronavirus was “not dangerous” for some people.
  • Jul 20, 2021

Cardboard beds in Olympic Village draw jokes from athletes and the internet

Fans and athletes alike are speculating about the reasons behind this particular furnishing choice.
  • Jul 19, 2021

A far-right British commentator boasted about breaking quarantine rules, and Australia deported her

Hopkins said she had been trying to surprise quarantine officials by sprinting to the door when she heard a knock, opening it “naked with no face mask.”
  • Jul 19, 2021

Illinois is first state in U.S. to ban police from lying to minors during interrogations

Using deceptive tactics during interrogations is generally permitted in the United States, although experts say children are particularly vulnerable to giving false confessions.
  • Jul 16, 2021