Celebrity birthdays for Feb. 16, 2019

Jazz singer Peggy King is 89. Actor Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in “The Empire Strikes Back”) is 74. Actor William Katt (“Greatest American Hero”) is 68. Actor LeVar Burton is 62. Rapper-actor Ice-T is 61. Actress Lisa Loring (“The Addams Family”) is 61. Guitarist Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) is 58. …

CDC: Flu shot much more effective this year – UPI.com

This year’s flu shot is already outperforming the vaccine issued during the tough 2017-2018 influenza season, federal health officials reported Thursday. The 2017-2018 flu shot offered just 25 percent effectiveness against the predominant strain of flu that season, H3N2. But this year’s shot offers 47 percent protection against all circulating …

Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids | WIRED

If you want to watch sunrise from the national park at the top of Mount Haleakala, the volcano that makes up around 75 percent of the island of Maui, you have to make a reservation. Being at 10,023 feet, the summit provides a spectacular—and very popular, ticket-controlled—view. Just about a mile down the …

Progressives are emulating Trump — and reality is leaking from American life – The Washington Post

In 1994, the Clinton administration decreed a bright shining future for education. Its Goals 2000 legislation proclaimed that, by that year, the United States’ high school graduation rate would be 90 percent and American students would lead the world in math and science achievements. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) was unimpressed: “That will not …

Monica Witt, former air force specialist, accused of conspiring to share classified information with Iran – The Washington Post

A former Air Force intelligence specialist who defected to Iran has been charged with espionage after authorities allege she gave that country’s government information about a highly classified military program and helped Iranian hackers target her former colleagues. The way prosecutors tell it, 39-year-old Monica Elfriede Witt — a counterintelligence specialist …