Democrats continue to line up behind Bernie Sanders’ health care bill
A growing number of Democratic senators -– including several party power-players -- will stand with independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Wednesday as co-sponsors to his latest bill for a government run, single-payer health care system. The rising support among Democrats for Sanders’ sweeping proposal, which would entail a massive overhaul of a major part of the U.S. economy, marks a clear sea change to the left in party.
“The growing momentum for Medicare-for-all is a remarkable turnaround for an idea that was deemed too radical to even debate eight years ago. However, it’s really a testament to the political clarity of the policy and the steadfast work Senator Sanders has put into organizing support for it inside and outside the halls of power,” progressive activist and Executive Director of Democracy for America Charles Chamberlain wrote in a statement Tuesday.
As of Tuesday evening, thirteen Democratic senators had signed on to the bill, including several more moderate members of caucus and a number considered to be possible 2020 presidential contenders. A similar bill introduced in the House by Representative John Conyers, D-Mich., has 117 cosponsors.
Sanders spokesperson Josh Miller-Lewis told ABC News, “Clearly Democrats are seeing that the vast majority of their constituents and increasingly the majority of the American people support single-payer.”
The sun’s strongest flare in 11 years might help explain a solar paradox
A series of rapid-fire solar flares is providing the first chance to test a new theory of why the sun releases its biggest outbursts when its activity is ramping down. Migrating bands of magnetism that meet at the sun’s equator may cause the biggest flares, even as the sun is going to sleep.
A single complex sunspot called Active Region 2673 emitted seven bright flares — powerful bursts of radiation triggered by magnetic activity — from September 4 to September 10. Four were X-class solar flares, the most intense kind. The strongest, released at 8:02 a.m. EDT on September 6, was an X9.3. The most powerful flare since 2006 (and the eighth largest since monitoring started in June 1996), it disrupted shortwave radio communication over Africa for up to an hour. It also flung a blob of energetic plasma, called a coronal mass ejection, speeding toward Earth, which sparked auroras the night of September 7 that were visible as far south as Arkansas. 
All that activity is counterintuitive, as the sun is near the end of an unusually weak solar cycle  , which began in 2008 (SN: 11/2/13, p. 22). The sun’s magnetic activity waxes and wanes roughly every 11 years, generating more dark sunspots at the peak of the cycle and fewer at the trough.
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Sir Peter Hall, Tony-Winning Director & Royal Shakespeare Company Founder, Has Died
Sir Peter Hall, the multi-talented director whose contributions spanned four decades on Broadway along with the founding of Royal Shakespeare Company and leadership roles with London's National Theatre, died on September 11 at the age of 86. Hall was diagnosed with dementia in 2011.
Hall's career spanned more than half a century: in his mid-20s he staged the English-language premiere of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. In 1960, at age 29, he founded the Royal Shakespeare Company, which he led until 1968. In 1973 he began a term as director of the National Theatre, where he served until 1988.
Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre from 2003 through 2015, said,"Peter Hall was one of the great figures in British theatrical history, up there in a line of impresarios that stretches back to Burbage. Without him there would have been no Royal Shakespeare Company. When I became director of the National Theatre in 2003, he was unstinting in his support and always generous with his advice. He was the great theatrical buccaneer of the twentieth century and has left a permanent mark on our culture."
Dimon calls bitcoin ‘a fraud’ and may have delivered the biggest blow to the digital currency
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. boss Jamie Dimon just leveled one of the harshest criticisms about bitcoin and the broader digital-currency sector to date.
Speaking at a banking industry conference organized by Barclays BCS, +3.16% Dimon compared the rapid ascent of bitcoin BTCUSD, -3.92% with the 17th century mania over tulip bulbs — viewed as a classic, textbook bubble — and predicted that things may end just as badly for investors in the decentralized currency, which has been surging over the past year.
“Bitcoin will eventually blow up. It’s a fraud. It’s worse than tulip bulbs and won’t end well,” Dimon said.
Dimon also said he would fire any trader trading bitcoin for being “stupid.”
Speaking at CNBC’s Delivering Alpha conference late Tuesday afternoon, Dimon reiterated that “bitcoin is not a real thing and it’s solely speculative and that there’s no need for it in the US.”
Turkey signs deal to get Russian S-400 air defence missiles
Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a deposit had already been paid. The deal is thought to be worth $2.5bn (£1.9bn).
Turkey has the second-largest army in Nato. The alliance reacted sceptically to the decision, saying the system was not compatible with its equipment.
Turkey has been establishing closer links with Russia after its recent souring of ties with the US and Europe.
Mr Erdogan's government objects to US military support for the YPG Syrian Kurdish rebels, who are linked to rebel Kurds in Turkey.
Russia says the S-400 system has a range of 400km (248 miles) and can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one.
Russia deployed the S-400 at its air force base near Latakia in Syria in December 2015, after Turkish jets had shot down a Russian Su-24 warplane on the Syria-Turkey border.
That incident caused a diplomatic rift between Russia and Turkey, but President Erdogan later patched up his quarrel with President Vladimir Putin.
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Boy and his parents die falling into the Solfatara Volcano Crater at Pozzuoli, near Naples in Italy
THREE members of the same family have died after falling into a 1000C volcanic crater near Naples, Italy.
The Sun reports that one of the children — a boy aged 11 — is believed to have crossed a safety barrier and tumbled into the Solfatara Crater at Pozzuoli.
The three who died were named as Massimiliano Carrer, 45, his wife Tiziana Zaramella, 42, and Lorenzo, 11.
A second boy — who was seven years of age — managed to scramble to safety as shocked tourists and emergency crews rushed to the scene.
Officials said the parents, who are from Turin, died after they tried to rescue one of their children who had fallen in the steaming crater.
When they tried to pull him to safety, the crater’s base collapsed and they both fell 1.5 metres. It is not known if they died from the gas fumes or died of burns.
The bodies were retrieved a short while later and placed in body bags before being taken away by ambulance.