Volcano Watch: Tiny changes at Mauna Loa’s summit hold big clues

Although Mauna Loa is Earth’s largest active volcano, it has lived in the shadow of Kilauea since it last erupted in 1984. The geologic record shows that Mauna Loa erupts every seven years on average; however, 37 years have passed since lava flows from the volcano’s Northeast Rift Zone came within 7 km (4 miles) of Hilo.

National Day of Prayer inspires pleas for unity and justice

U.S. soldiers were fighting in Korea when President Harry S. Truman signed a congressional resolution calling for an annual National Day of Prayer. The purpose was for people to gather in houses of worship to pray for world peace, according to an Associated Press report from April 17, 1952.

US tribe shares vaccine with relatives, neighbors in Canada

BABB, Mont. — On a cloudy spring day, hundreds lined up in their cars on the Canadian side of the border crossing that separates Alberta and Montana. They had driven for hours and camped out in their vehicles in hopes of receiving the season’s hottest commodity — a COVID-19 vaccine — from a Native American tribe that was giving out its excess doses.

Volcano Watch: The rise and fall of lava lakes

Monday (May 3) marks three years since the start of the devastating lower East Rift Zone eruption of Kilauea. In 2018, rising summit lava lake levels, caused by building magmatic pressure, culminated in a large eruption on the lower flank which then abruptly drained the summit lava lake and initiated crater collapse.

US Catholic bishops may press Biden to stop taking Communion

When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t receive Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights.

Kentucky Derby is family affair for Asmussens and O’Neills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Steve Asmussen grew up in a barn in dusty Laredo, Texas. He and older brother Cash were the help in their parents’ Ma-and-Pa stable. Nearly 4,000 miles away, Patrick O’Neill watched from Hawaii as his Uncle Doug made his way up the training ranks.