Southern California shaken by 6.4 magnitude earthquake
Southern California has been struck by its strongest earthquake in two decades, causing damage and fires.
The epicentre of the tremor, which had a 6.4 magnitude, was near the city of Ridgecrest, about 150 miles (240 km) northeast of Los Angeles.
Firefighters said they were providing medical assistance and dealing with fires in and around the city.
People from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific coast reported feeling the quake, which hit on Independence Day.
There was significant damage in the town of Ridgecrest, south west of the epicentre, Professor John Rundle, a local geophysicist, told the BBC.
震中西南的里奇克雷斯特遭受了严重的破坏，当地地球物理学家 John Rundle 教授告诉 BBC。
He added that it was fortunate the had quake happened far away from major population centres.
The Australian Student Detained in North Korea Has Been Released
(CANBERRA, Australia) — An Australian student released after a week in detention in North Korea described his condition to reporters in Beijing on Thursday as “very good,” without saying what happened.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced to Parliament that Alek Sigley, 29, had been released hours earlier following intervention from Swedish diplomats on Wednesday, and had been taken to the Australian Embassy in Beijing.
澳大利亚总理斯科特·莫里森(Scott Morrison)向议会宣布，29岁的阿列克·西格利(Alek Sigley)在瑞典外交官周三的干预下，于数小时前获释，并已被带往澳大利亚驻北京大使馆。
Sigley looked relaxed and gave a peace sign when he arrived at Beijing airport. He did not respond to reporters’ questions about what had happened in Pyongyang.
FDA names 16 dog-food brands with potential link to canine heart disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified 16 brands of dog foods — the majority of them labelled "grain free" — that it says are most frequently associated with a potentially deadly canine heart condition.
Canine dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, is a disease that causes the muscle wall of a dog's heart to thin, weakening the organ and making it harder to pump blood. Congestive heart failure, a buildup of fluid in the chest and abdomen, can result. Affected dogs may seem tired, lose weight and suddenly collapse.
The FDA's ongoing investigation into a "potential connection between certain diets and cases of canine heart disease" focused on 515 reports of DCM in dogs received between Jan. 1, 2014 and April 30.
Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions
British Royal Marines seized an oil tanker in Gibraltar accused of bringing oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dramatic step that could escalate confrontation between the West and Iran.
The Grace 1 tanker was impounded in the British territory at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea after sailing around Africa from Middle East. Grace
The authorities in Gibraltar made no reference to the source of the oil when they seized it under the authority of European sanctions against Syria that have been in place for years.
Germany’s prestigious Max Planck Society conducts huge bullying survey
Most of the scientists who work for one of the world’s richest and most prestigious basic research organizations, the Max Planck Society (MPS) in Germany, have pride and trust in their institutes — but cases of sexual discrimination and bullying occur regularly, and nearly half of foreign scientists working for the MPS don’t feel they fit in.
These are some of the findings of a huge survey of the society’s staff and its working culture, which received responses from more than 9,000 people, or 38% of MPS staff, at the society’s 86 research institutes. The society commissioned the survey after two high-profile bullying scandals last year involving research directors. The study’s draft conclusions were presented at the society’s annual meeting on 27 June in Hamburg.