Jon Huntsman Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate. Father: Jon Meade Huntsman Sr., billionaire chemical magnate Mother: Karen (Haight) Huntsman Marriage: Mary Kaye Cooper (1983-present) Children: Asha Bharati, adopted from India; Gracie Mei, adopted from China; William, Jon III, Elizabeth, Abigail and Mary Anne Education: Attended University of Utah, 1978-1980; University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in Political Science, 1987 Religion: Mormon Other Facts:Dropped out of high school in his senior year to play piano with local bands. The University of Utah, at the time, allowed completion of high school coursework after admission. Served a two-year Mormon mission in Taiwan. Speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Worked as legislative intern for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). …

A doctor donated sperm 30 years ago. Now he has at least 17 kids, lawsuit alleges

(CNN)When an Oregon medical student was asked to donate sperm in 1989, he was promised that only five offspring would be born — all on the other side of the country — according to a lawsuit alleging a clinic violated the agreement by allowing the birth of at least 17 babies, among other alleged violations. “OHSU treats any allegation of misconduct with the gravity it deserves,” Tamara Hargens-Bradley, a spokeswoman for OHSU, said in a statement, adding that the university can’t comment on the case because of patient confidentiality obligations. Cleary, who has three sons and an adopted daughter he is raising with his wife, found out about the other children when two of them contacted him in March 2018. …

A professor held her student’s baby while giving a 3-hour lecture so the mother could take notes

(CNN)Last Thursday, when a Georgia college student couldn’t find a babysitter, her professor volunteered to hold the student’s baby while teaching a three-hour anatomy class. But in class, the baby kept moving, and it was hard for the student to hold her son and write at the same time. “I said, ‘Hand me the baby,’” Cissé said. However, Cissé couldn’t hold the baby and write on the white board during her anatomy lecture. The baby became a learning aid So Cissé improvised. She found a white lab coat and tied the baby to her back. The baby quickly fell asleep and stayed quiet for the rest of class. Cissé was able to incorporate the baby into the lesson, elaborating on …

The first day of fall is coming. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know

(CNN)Yes, the season for chunky scarves, pumpkin-spiced everything and fantasy football is upon us. Fall, autumn, harvest season — whatever you call it — starts Monday, September 23, in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are some interesting things to know about the season: Now, don’t get too excited. While leaves have the potential to be yellow and orange (and sometimes purple or red) all year long, seeing the colors during other seasons is not likely. In spring and summer, the pigment chlorophyll gives leaves their green color. At the end of summer, the decreased daylight and cooler temperatures cause chlorophyll to break down and that exposes other pigments that cause the brilliant yellow, orange, red leaves of fall. 3. Oh, fall …

A visiting scientist resigned from MIT after comments he made about Jeffrey Epstein

(CNN)A visiting scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has resigned over comments he made about Jeffrey Epstein, according to an email posted online. He defended his statements in a Sept. 14 blog post. “I want to respond to the misleading media coverage of messages I posted about Marvin Minsky’s association with Jeffrey Epstein. The coverage totally mischaracterized my statements,” Stallman wrote. “Headlines say that I defended Epstein. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve called him a “serial rapist”, and said he deserved to be imprisoned. But many people now believe I defended him — and other inaccurate claims — and feel a real hurt because of what they believe I said. I’m sorry for …

The science behind the climate crisis

(CNN)Not sure how we found ourselves in this climate crisis? Carbon dioxide is called a “greenhouse gas” because of its ability to trap solar radiation in the Earth’s atmosphere like a blanket and heat up the planet — acting the same way a greenhouse keeps plants warm and growing. All of this carbon dioxide is warming the planet. CO2 naturally occurs in the atmosphere and without it, the planet would be too cold to support life. But human activity, like the burning of fossil fuels for energy, has increased the gas to dangerous levels, increasing the thickness of that blanket to the point that the Earth is heating up. Before the Industrial Revolution, the levels fluctuated naturally over many thousands …

Here’s why we call the open-mouth smooch a ‘French kiss’

(CNN)Every great love story culminates with a kiss. The term “French kiss” entered the English vernacular in 1923, Sheril Kirshenbaum writes in her book “The Science of Kissing.” No one really knows the exact reason why we use the term, but it was likely adopted by Americans who traveled to France and kissed French women, who were more comfortable with a bit of tongue action, says Kirshenbaum. Naturally, the term “French kiss” developed. Still, it took a while for the term — and even the practice — to catch on in the United States. It wasn’t until after World War II that Americans felt comfortable enough to French kiss each other, says Kirshenbaum. She credits American servicemen who served in …

Harris dropped a bomb on Biden that’s bigger than politics

(CNN)“Black people will forgive anything!” Countless big-name pastors caught with their hands in the collection plate or on a parishioner. We forgive. But when I watched Sen. Kamala Harris’ exquisite takedown of Joe Biden this week over his past opposition to busing, an odd thought occurred to me: Maybe we are getting tired of being such a “forgiving people,” and that might not be so bad. Most commentators portray Harris’ exchange with Biden during the second night of the Democratic debate as a potential game-changer for the Democratic presidential nomination. But Harris dropped a bomb on Biden that’s bigger than politics. She exposed a psychological shift in some parts of the black community that’s been building for years. The old …

Scientists say dinosaur fossils found in Colorado are those of a 68 million years old triceratops

Several weeks ago, construction workers digging near a Denver, Colorado, retirement home made a startling discovery: dinosaur bones. “Finds like this, while relatively rare, are a great reminder of how dynamic our planet is and how much more there is out there to discover.” Believe it or not, Denver is a fossil hotspot, especially when it comes to triceratops. In 2017, horned dinosaur fossils were uncovered at Thornton, a Denver construction site, and were revealed to belong to a triceratops relative, the torosaurus. Ever wonder why the Colorado Rockies sport a Barney lookalike as their mascot? Back when Coors’ Field was under construction, an unidentified fossil was discovered there, too. Scientists say the possibility of unearthing more fossils runs very …

Franklin Graham wants the nation to pray for Trump on Sunday. But other Christians call it propaganda

(CNN)While on a preaching tour in Vermont a few weeks ago, Franklin Graham got an idea: God had helped Donald Trump reach the White House, and now the President needed divine aid again. In some respects, the “Pray For Trump” day seems designed to drive positive media coverage of the President, shifting the narrative from a presidency in peril to one buoyed by Trump’s most loyal bloc: white evangelicals. Graham himself has no public events planned on June 2, outside of a prayer he’ll post on Facebook and a television appearance on Fox News. Sunday’s event is a near-perfect embodiment of political evangelicalism in the Age of Trump: It blends Christian nationalism, the idea that the United States has a …