For more than 12,000 years, the remains of a teenager have been hidden in an underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Scientists believe that the girl was 14 or 15 when she fell into the chamber, and as the Ice Age ended and glaciers began to melt, her final resting place filled with water.
The divers who found the remains in 2007 named her Naia, the Los Angeles Times reports, and through DNA research scientists have discovered that while she does not resemble modern Native Americans (her forehead was very high and her cheeks narrow), her mitochondrial DNA (which is only passed on by the mother) shows she is related to 11 percent of living American Indians.
As experts conduct more DNA research, they are finding results suggesting that thousands of years ago, people came to North and South America from a land scientists call Beringia, situated between Siberia and Alaska. The people fled as glaciers melted and sea levels began to rise. In their new land, these Paleoamericans gradually began to evolve features now associated with Native Americans.
"For years archeologists have been debating the trans-Atlantic thing and really it's been an enormous distraction," paleoarchaeologist John Hoffecker, who did not participate in the study, told the Times. "This helps us focus on Beringia, which is what we should have been doing all along." The study was published Thursday in the journal Science. Catherine Garcia
Stocks screeched downward on Friday after the FBI announced it would be investigating new emails linked to Hillary Clinton's use of a private server while serving as Secretary of State. "Stocks turned negative after the report of the new probe. Many analysts have said that markets were pricing in a Clinton victory in November," NBC News reported.
— BI Markets (@themoneygame) October 28, 2016
The Dow has dropped more than 100 points since the Clinton-FBI news broke 20 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/P4GWz78ny5
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) October 28, 2016
Trump jitters. https://t.co/6FP5k9lGYv
— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) October 28, 2016
The FBI is reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server that she used while serving as secretary of state, NBC News has learned. FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to Congress that "in connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation … I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation."
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 28, 2016
Analysts at NBC pointed out that there would have to be "pretty dramatic information in these emails to change the previous conclusion."
"Could be a big deal. Or nothing," Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief David Corn observed.
In July, the FBI recommended no criminal charges for Clinton, but Comey did call her handling of classified information in emails "extremely careless" during his congressional testimony. Jeva Lange
Dogs may be man's best friend, but let's be honest — a dog's best friend is her chew toy. One couple decided to surprise their pooch Jolene with a real-life version of her favorite squishy, Gumby. The result is completely aww inducing.
@JSpiegel2 Ahahahahaha, the stunned look on the dog's face! Priceless!
— Crooked Angela (@angledge) October 28, 2016
Watch the completely adorable surprise unfold below. Jeva Lange
Clinton's help desk told John Podesta that the phishing attempt that resulted in WikiLeaks was a 'legitimate email'
The hack and leak of campaign chairman John Podesta's emails has resulted in a major headache for the team behind Hillary Clinton. But as it turns out in newly released WikiLeaks emails, Clinton's own IT help desk might be accidentally responsible for the emails getting out.
Last week, Motherboard reported that the hack resulted from Podesta falling for a phishing attempt that was disguised as Google alerting him that his account had been compromised. "The phishing email that Podesta received on March 19 contained a URL, created with the popular Bitly shortening service, pointing to a longer URL that, to an untrained eye, looked like a Google link," Motherboard wrote. "Inside that long URL, there's a 30-character string that looks like gibberish but is actually the encoded Gmail address of John Podesta. ... That's the link that opened Podesta's account to the hackers."
But when Clinton's IT team was alerted to the fake email, they actually confirmed it was "legitimate."
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 28, 2016
"This is a legitimate email," Charles Delavan, part of Clinton's IT team, seemingly confirmed, as can be seen on the WikiLeaks page here. "John needs to change his password immediately, and ensure that two-factor authentication is turned on his account."
I’m beginning to worry about the security of HRC’s private server, too. https://t.co/Fgial7Z1TP
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 28, 2016
Of course, this is not the first time concerns about Clinton's email security have come up. Many of the candidate's critics have expressed concern over possible vulnerabilities in the private email server she used while serving as secretary of state. Jeva Lange
Marco Rubio really wants to hold onto his Senate seat, he swears — but it seems like Florida voters may not be so sure.
After his failed presidential bid, the Florida Republican swore up and down he'd be a "private citizen" come January 2017, right up until he reversed course and announced he'd run for re-election to the Senate. Rubio's flip-flop was largely interpreted in part as an effort to help Republicans hold onto their Senate majority, with Rubio being a strong candidate against Democratic opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy. But a new Public Policy Polling survey shows Rubio locked in a dead heat with Murphy:
— Luke Brinker (@LukeBrinker) October 28, 2016
Public Policy Polling surveyed 742 likely Florida voters for this poll from Oct. 25-26, and the results have a 3.6-point margin of error. But while the poll shows the two men in a dead heat, its results also hint at how either candidate can get a leg up in the race: PPP noted that undecided voters are "looking at gun violence prevention as a major factor in their upcoming vote," with 72 percent of these undecided respondents supporting background checks for all gun sales.
Rubio has said he was moved to jump back into the Senate race in part by the deadly June attack on an Orlando nightclub, where a lone gunman killed 49 people — though last December he voted against a measure that would have expanded background checks.
Rubio has also been attempting to distance himself from Donald Trump, who trails Hillary Clinton in the same PPP poll by 4 points in the Sunshine State. But Rubio has affirmed that he'll be voting for Trump, so whether Rubio's delicate dance around the Republican nominee will help or hurt him remains to be seen. The RealClearPolitics average of polls of the Rubio-Murphy race shows the incumbent hanging on to a 3.6-point lead — but it also shows Murphy has been steadily gaining support in recent weeks. The two held their second and final debate Wednesday at Broward College near Fort Lauderdale, which you can read more about at the Miami Herald. Kimberly Alters
The star-like rise of the tech industry has come with one big downside, The Wall Street Journal reports: Money is pouring in, but jobs are disappearing.
The five largest U.S.-based tech companies by stock-market value — Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Facebook, and Oracle — are worth a combined $1.8 trillion. That's 80 percent more than the five most valuable tech companies in 2000: Cisco, Intel, IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft. But today's tech giants employ 22 percent fewer workers than their predecessors. The big five had a combined 434,500 employees last year, compared with 556,520 at the top five firms in 2000.
Some of it has to do with companies outsourcing production to foreign countries with cheaper labor, as well as the increased use of machines to replace routine, low-skill work. "As much as $2 trillion worth of human economic activity could be automated away using existing technologies," The Journal reports.
Last year, 64 former Congress members sat on corporate boards — 31 Democrats and 33 Republicans — earning an average $357,182 each, roughly twice what they earned as lawmakers. Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made a whopping $2 million last year serving on the board of investment bank Moelis & Co., Bloomberg reports.
Since 1992, 44 percent of former senators and 11 percent of former representatives have become corporate directors. Some watchdog groups cry foul, saying "a lawmaker might hold his or her fire on an issue to increase the odds of getting a director job" after his tenure in Washington. But others point out it's unfair to demonize former politicians for seeking another career later in life.