Empty streets, makeshift barricades, burning tires, signs scrawled with "No to dictatorship": Protests continue on the streets of Venezuela as a 24-hour general strike takes hold, the latest development in an ongoing political and economic crisis.

Some citizens are trying to go to work despite the shutdown of public transportation; others are taking to blockaded streets in protest. There is widespread fear of more bloodshed after months of conflict and dozens of deaths.

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The Justice Department announced Thursday that together with the FBI and international law enforcement agencies, officials had shut down "the largest darknet marketplace in history." AlphaBay, a Web bazaar where users' identities were cloaked and illicit goods and drugs were sold, has officially been seized and shut down.

A plan to build an ultrafast Hyperloop One tube train has been given "verbal [government] approval" to connect large cities on the East Coast, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk says. He adds that the system would whisk passengers from New York to Washington, D.C., in 29 minutes.

Washington, D.C., police say that six teenagers from Burundi who competed in an international robotics competition have been reported missing.

Two of the teens — 16-year-old Don Ingabire and 17-year-old Audrey Mwamikazi — were last seen leaving the U.S. into Canada, the Metropolitan Police Department tells The Two-Way, adding that there is "no indication of foul play."

Doctors use words like "aggressive" and "highly malignant" to describe the type of brain cancer discovered in Arizona Sen. John McCain.

The cancer is a glioblastoma, the Mayo Clinic said in a statement Wednesday. It was diagnosed after doctors surgically removed a blood clot from above McCain's left eye.

Doctors who were not involved in his care say the procedure likely removed much of the tumor as well.

India announced the election of its new president Thursday — but before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP party nominated him last month to be head of state, few saw Ram Nath Kovind coming.

Kovind secured 65 percent of the votes from an electoral college drawn from more than 4,000 members of 31 legislative assemblies across the country and 776 members of Parliament. He will take office as India's14th president next week.

A small, humble-looking bag is getting its moment in the spotlight today. It traveled to the moon and back, then sat forgotten in a museum basement. It was seized by officials who didn't know its value, sold unceremoniously to a keen-eyed space enthusiast, then battled over in court.

Now the lunar collection bag from the Apollo 11 mission — and the tiny bits of moon dust embedded within it — are hitting the Sotheby's auction block.

Nancy Carlson purchased the bag for less than $1,000. Sotheby's expects it to sell at auction on Thursday for $2 million to $4 million.

Updated 12:15 p.m. ET

The United States has ended the ban on large electronics in the cabins of airlines that it announced in March.

It has been just a month since the death of Otto Warmbier — an American tourist jailed by North Korean authorities, sentenced to 15 years' hard labor for pulling down a propaganda poster, and eventually released to the U.S. in a coma under mysterious circumstances.

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Music Without Borders with Joel Cohen 07/17/2017

Jul 17, 2017

10:06AM-10:10AM (4:31) Ralph Towner “Pilgrim” composed by Ralph Towner from My Foolish Heart (2017) on ecm New

10:12AM-10:15AM (3:00) Judith Farmer & Nic Gerpe “Flurry” composed by Gernot Wolfgang from Gernot Wolfgang: Passing Through on Albany Records

My guest on this program is Lisa Tessman, professor of philosophy at Binghampton University. She teaches and does research in ethics, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and related areas. Her work focuses on understanding how real human beings construct morality and experience moral demands, especially under difficult conditions.

Friday July 14th at 9 a.m. Pacific daylight time on Politics: A Love Story, Bob Bushansky interviews Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and current president of the American Action Forum policy institute, a conservative think tank. They discuss a study that Holtz-Eakin oversaw during his CBO tenure from 2003 to 2005 that concluded that tax cuts to stimulate the economy usually do not pay for themselves and actually lose the economy 50-70 cents for each dollar cut.

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What the heck’s happened to the KZYX weekend broadcasts?

As many listeners noticed, we had a few spots of what sometimes is referred to as “dead air” Saturday and Sunday. Technically speaking, this wasn’t true “dead air” as the transmitter was transmitting just fine. The problem was in Philo, where we experienced two unrelated problems almost simultaneously.

You rely on KZYX to bring you the programs you love, and the news you need.

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It's Thursday afternoon, and Mariah Gilardin was in the Philo studio to host a Pledge Drive edition of TUC Radio featuring a talk by acclaimed progressive activist and author Naomi Klein. KZYX is offering Naomi Klein's new book, "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning The World We Need" as a Pledge Drive thank you gift for a pledge of $150 or more.  

You rely on KZYX to bring you the programs you love, and the news you need.

KZYX relies on you for survival, and now more than ever, listeners make it all happen.

Due to the recent fires, the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District has activated an air quality advisory for Mendocino Counties.

According to a press release from the MCAQMD, smoke from the Grade Fire is expected to bring some communities into the unhealthy range. The threat mostly lies with Potter Valley and portions of Lake County as the winds are blowing towards the south east.

Courtesy of Cal Fire

Another fire broke out in Mendocino County on Monday, taking resources away from Sunday's Grade Fire.

According to Cal Fire, the Range Fire started around 12:50 p.m. near the gun range on the west side of Cow Mountain. As of  2:15 p.m., the fire was at 20 acres with a moderate rate of spread.

The new fire has caused fire crews to divert resources from Sunday's Grade Fire, which grew to 900 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Further details on the Range Fire's containment weren't available. No injuries or structural damage was reported.

Update at 11:45 PM says:

** Evacuation Order for Baker Subdivision is still in effect. The advisory for the area west of West Road, from Tomki to State Street HAS BEEN LIFTED.**

Update 9:15 p.m. -- According to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Patricia Austin, the fire is estimated at 900 acres and is 10 percent contained. The original estimate was 1,000 but it was lowered after "more detailed mapping."

A briefing from the agency is expected around  10 p.m.

Update 9:05 p.m. --

The herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's weed-killer called Round Up, is going on the state of California's list of potentially cancerous chemicals, the list is required by state law under proposition 65. Officials from the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced on Monday the glyphosate listing will become effective on July 7, 2017.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service will be holding a public meeting in Fort Bragg Thursday about the future of its  northern spotted owl assistance program.

According to a release from the Department of Interior, the service plans to stop providing the program for timber operations. However, there will still be training and guidance to California Fish and Wildlife and Cal Fire operations.

The meeting, which will also include representatives from the CDFW and Calfire, will be held at 4 p.m. at the Redwood Coast Senior Center.

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What the heck’s happened to the KZYX weekend broadcasts?

As many listeners noticed, we had a few spots of what sometimes is referred to as “dead air” Saturday and Sunday. Technically speaking, this wasn’t true “dead air” as the transmitter was transmitting just fine. The problem was in Philo, where we experienced two unrelated problems almost simultaneously.

You rely on KZYX to bring you the programs you love, and the news you need.

KZYX relies on you for survival, and now more than ever, listeners make it all happen.

It's Thursday afternoon, and Mariah Gilardin was in the Philo studio to host a Pledge Drive edition of TUC Radio featuring a talk by acclaimed progressive activist and author Naomi Klein. KZYX is offering Naomi Klein's new book, "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning The World We Need" as a Pledge Drive thank you gift for a pledge of $150 or more.  

Music Without Borders with Joel Cohen 07/17/2017

Jul 17, 2017

10:06AM-10:10AM (4:31) Ralph Towner “Pilgrim” composed by Ralph Towner from My Foolish Heart (2017) on ecm New

10:12AM-10:15AM (3:00) Judith Farmer & Nic Gerpe “Flurry” composed by Gernot Wolfgang from Gernot Wolfgang: Passing Through on Albany Records