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That song doesn't mean what you think

At this very moment, there's a couple out there realizing that "their" song, the 2005 hit ballad "You're Beautiful," has nothing to do with a loving, body-positive relationship and everything to do with a stalker who's stoned out of his mind. [Source]

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California couple may have used food to control starving children

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California couple accused of beating, shackling and abusing their 13 children may have used starvation as a weapon to control them, experts say, and the malnourishment would likely cause lifelong physical and mental issues for the siblings.

A midnight shutdown seems likely, unless there's a big change

The government will shut down at 12:00:01 a.m. ET, Saturday morning. Nobody on either side -- Senate or House; Republican or Democrat -- sees a different path at this point.


A Maine Racetrack Didn’t Lure Amazon. Multiply That Disappointment by 218.

With 218 places missing the cut for Amazon’s second headquarters, cities like Ottawa and Tucson were left to absorb the same result as “the longest of long shots.”

United States Politics and Government

On Washington: Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned

In an interview, Senator Richard J. Durbin says President Trump’s private immigration comments shed new light on his policy motivations.

Phelps: 'I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life'

Far from the familiar waters of an Olympic pool, swimmer Michael Phelps shared the story of his personal encounter with depression at a mental health conference in Chicago this week.

A desert escape where there are no rules

Qataris are proud of their gleaming, ultramodern capital Doha, but their hearts are still in the desert.

Ardern, Jacinda

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Says That She Is Pregnant

Jacinda Ardern, 37, who became New Zealand’s prime minister in October, said she expected to give birth in June and then take six weeks of parental leave.

Bicycles and Bicycling

Modern Love: The Bike That Saved My Life

Saddled with a run-down house, a faltering marriage and a vanishing bank account, a woman takes to her two-wheeler.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: The Breakdown in Trust That Could Shut Down the Government

We’ve entered new territory. This isn’t how negotiation works.

Public face of the agency that runs AmeriCorps is out of the job after racist comments

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.


Police Bust a Chinese Mafia in the Country That Invented the Term

The crime ring was said to control movement of Chinese products in Europe out of the Tuscan city of Prato.

Cupp: Tide pod insanity. It's better that we know

A small silver lining amid a life-threatening trend: Thanks to a generation's obsession with DIY stardom and oversharing, we can at least know immediately, in real time, about the dumb fadsand dangerous pranks sweeping the basements, mall food courts and parking lots across the country, writes SE Cupp, and do something to save lives.

Outsider Art Fair

Critic’s Notebook: The Outsider Fair Once More Confirms That Art Is Everywhere

This year’s fair captures the field on the cusp of change, part of an ever-widening mainstream with two major museum exhibitions ahead.

Pope Francis marries couple aboard plane

As far as Catholic weddings go, it's pretty hard to beat being married by the Pope. On an airplane.


Trilobites: Are Earthquakes More Likely During Full Moons? That’s a Myth, Study Finds

A seismologist scrutinized hundreds of strong earthquakes over four centuries and found no relationship to lunar cycles.


Wilander fears Rod Laver slot may inhibit Kyrgios vs. Tsonga

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios must not let playing on Rod Laver Arena douse his natural fire when he plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the standout match of the Australian Open third round on Friday, according to former champion Mats Wilander.

Couple charged with torture scheduled for court hearing

David and Louise Turpin, accused of keeping their 13 children captive and shackling some of them inside a squalid Southern California home, have their first court hearing Thursday.

Trump: Predecessors left N. Korea to a president 'that scored the highest on tests'

Fresh off a White House doctor declaring his health excellent, President Donald Trump swiped at his predecessors on North Korea, while saying he "scored the highest on tests."

This is a fight with China that Trump may want to avoid

VA apologizes after surgery that allegedly left scalpel inside veteran for years

The Veterans Affairs Department has apologized following an incident where a scalpel was allegedly left inside the body of a veteran for years following surgery.

History shows that a government shutdown would have severe consequences for the party in control

If House Republicans can't find a way to wrangle their always-fractious conference to support legislation that would avoid a government shutdown by Friday night, they are likely to bear the brunt of the blame for the closure and pay a serious political price as well.

Leon Panetta: World needs to know that Trump is not who we are

The President of the United States recently made a vulgar and disparaging remark about immigrants to our country from poor and impoverished areas of the world. The remark is unsurprising -- it came from a President who seeks to close our country off from the rest of the world.


Most states don’t require that kids be checked for health issues

(Reuters Health) - - Most U.S. states don’t require that children be screened for health conditions that can affect learning, according to new research supported by the Children’s Health Fund (CHF).


UPDATE 4-After Carillion, Interserve shares hit by report that Britain is "worried" about firm

* Interserve says govt updated on progress with lenders (Adds detail, PM May, closing price)


Tracking Europe's waste: 'There's gold in them landfills'

OSLO (Reuters) - Some of Europe's richest deposits of valuable materials are in the trash, ranging from gold in smartphones to cobalt in electric car batteries, according to a survey of urban mining published on Wednesday.

Are there enough House Republicans to keep the government open?

Republican leaders are full speed ahead on a short-term funding bill -- now they just need the votes for it.


Vandal-proof statue of Thatcher outside UK parliament could be rejected again

LONDON (Reuters) - A second attempt to erect a statue of Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher outside parliament, just six months after a first proposal was thrown out over vandalism fears, looks set to fail after officials recommended it be rejected.


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UPDATE 3-After Carillion, Interserve shares hit by report that Britain is "worried" about firm

* Interserve says govt updated on progress with lenders (Adds analyst reaction, details on shares)


UPDATE 2-After Carillion, Interserve shares hit by report that UK is monitoring firm

* Ministers "very worried" about Interserve - FT cites official

Books and Literature

Fiction: A Novel of 1918 New Orleans, With Murder and All That Jazz

In Nathaniel Rich’s “King Zeno,” a great American city and a new kind of music take shape as the Spanish flu and a serial killer both run rampant.


Tennis: Tsonga edges Shapovalov to strike blow for old guard

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - There was a time when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was one of the new kids bounding on to the block, swinging from the hip and shaking up the established hierarchy in men's tennis.


UPDATE 1-Interserve shares fall 14 percent after FT reports that UK is monitoring firm

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Shares in British construction and services firm Interserve dropped 14 percent after the Financial Times reported that ministers are "very worried" and have set up a team of officials to monitor the company.

Toronto Islands (Toronto, Ontario)

Toronto Journal: Shivering? That’s for City Folk. For Islanders, Ice Time Is Play Time.

A small and hardy group of Torontonians lives on island parkland in the middle of North America’s fourth-largest city, with coyotes and ice boats.


Tennis: Tsonga tames Shapovalov in five-set classic

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga required all his years of experience to tame Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Offshore Drilling and Exploration

Op-Ed Contributor: Florida Isn’t the Only State That Will Be Hurt by Offshore Drilling

No state faces more potential harm than California. But as a blue state, it apparently isn’t eligible for the free pass Florida got from drilling.

Simone Biles is champion -- that's what matters

As the #MeToo movement continues to grow, American gymnast Simone Biles is the latest woman to come forward with a horrific story alleging sexual exploitation. Biles joins a long list (more than 140 to date) of other athletes who have accused former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Biles and other gymnasts also say that USA Gymnasts pressured them into silence and allowed the abuse to continue -- allegations that USA Gymnastics denies.

Analysis: Someone is lying about that 'shithole' meeting

Five days ago, President Donald Trump and a handful of congressional leaders got together to hash out the particulars of a bipartisan immigration deal. The meeting blew up. The deal was nixed. And Trump said something very, very intolerant/tough -- depending on who you believe -- about immigrants from African and Central American countries.


Round Hill, investor in Beatles and Bruno Mars songs, raises new fund

(Reuters) - Round Hill Music Royalty Partners, a private equity firm which invests in the copyright of songs from artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bruno Mars, said on Tuesday it...

Police: Couple held their 13 kids captive

David and Louise Turpin projected an image of a picture perfect family on social media.

Capital Punishment

To Try to Save Client’s Life, a Lawyer Ignored His Wishes. Can He Do That?

The Supreme Court will decide whether Larry English violated his client’s constitutional rights by telling the jury the man killed three people.


BRIEF-HIVE Blockchain Commences Ethereum Mining Operations In Sweden


Analysis: What Trump's boast that he's the least racist person says about him

Imagine a friend of yours came to town for the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. He stayed with you at your apartment and over the course of watching football, going out to eat and just loafing around, he said the following things:

We're 5 days away from a shutdown, and there are more questions than answers

President Donald Trump -- with the quiet, but strong support of congressional Republican leaders -- has rejected the lone bipartisan proposal on the table to address the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


China to block cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralized trading: Bloomberg

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities plan to block domestic access to Chinese and offshore cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralized trading, Bloomberg reported Monday citing sources.

Defense and Military Forces

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: When America and Pakistan Fight, It’s Afghanistan That Suffers

How a monstrous pact between two countries keeps destroying another one.

Conventional measures fail to encapsulate the utterly abnormal presidency that is unfolding

It will be impossible to adequately explain in decades to come just what it was like to be alive in the exhausting first year of Donald Trump's presidency.

Trump: I don't know if there will be a shutdown

President Donald Trump defended himself Sunday night after several days of controversy over his remarks about African countries, telling reporters, "I am not a racist."

GOP senator who was in meeting: Trump 'did not use that word'

Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue said Sunday that President Donald Trump did not use the phrase "shithole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform last week.


HNA's Tianjin Tianhai says reports that firm plans to sell Ingram Micro are false

SHANGHAI, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co Ltd, a unit of Chinese aviation and shipping conglomerate HNA Group, said on Sunday that media reports that the firm planned to sell Ingram Micro were false.

Bill Clinton: Accusation that foundation paid for daughter's wedding is an insult

Former President Bill Clinton on Saturday denied accusations that his charity used donations for Haiti to pay for his daughter Chelsea's wedding to investment banker Mark Mezvinsky in 2010.

Liberalism (US Politics)

Op-Ed Columnist: Is There Life After Liberalism?

Neither the populists nor the philosophers are ready with alternatives.


Buying a Piece of Bob Marley’s Song Catalog, and His Enduring Legacy

Primary Wave, a boutique New York company that aggressively markets “icons and legends”, bought the rights to Marley’s songs in a $50 million deal.


Trilobites: The Squid That Sink to the Ocean’s Floor When They Die

Some squid sink to the ocean floor when they die, researchers found, and they may take a lot of carbon down there with them.

Teacher reprimand after telling black teen that other students might lynch him

The mother of an African-American teenager who was told by his teacher that other students would lynch him if he didn't do better in class said a reprimand of the Ohio educator is not sufficient.

United States Economy

Global Elite? At Davos? That’s News to Mnuchin

President Trump’s trip to the World Economic Forum is raising eyebrows in Washington given the event’s reputation as a retreat for the “globalists” he disdains.


BRIEF-Omnova Solutions Says Informed Jay Austin That Position Of Senior VP, Global Operations & Supply Chain Eliminated​


The embassy that Trump thinks is a 'bad deal'

With a price tag of $1 billion, the new US embassy in London is one of the most expensive buildings of its kind in the world. After US President Donald Trump said he was canceling his visit to London in part because of his proclaimed outrage over the cost, it is now one of the most notorious.


Fiat Chrysler recalls 162,000 minivans over glitch that may cause stall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Friday it was recalling more than 162,000 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans because a software glitch may cause the vehicles to stall.


Review: Who Am I? ‘Panorama’ Says There Is No Easy Answer

In this multimedia, multidimensional performance piece, the boundaries of race, gender and ethnicity blur into a shifting pageant of identity.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Eyed Peas Get Serious About Injustice, and 12 More New Songs

Listen to the week's most notable news songs from Lil Peep, Karen O, Carrie Underwood and more.

On sale now: Stylish sunglasses that fold to fit in your pocket

America is changing and bigoted slurs can't change that

From the moment the United States was born, it has been an exercise in transformation, a nation that every day welcomes new citizens -- by birth and by oath -- to take part in this grand experiment.

Facebook Inc

Facebook Is Changing. What Does That Mean for Your News Feed?

The social network has implemented major changes to the types of posts, videos and photos that appear in your News Feed. Here is what you should expect.

Homosexuality and Bisexuality

Arab and Coming Out In Art That Speaks Up

A museum show highlights the apprehensions and discrimination L.G.B.T. artists of Arab descent face.

Prisons and Prisoners

Atlanta Faces Call to Overhaul a Bail System That Jails the Poor

The Georgia city is being urged to embrace a national wave of bail reform that has already taken hold in places like Chicago and Houston.

Couple flees mudslide in car

Firefighters posted a video of a car fleeing from the California mudslides.

Feds freeze program that provides info for help on mental health and substance abuse

Federal health officials recently froze a program aimed to educate the public and provide information about evidence-based mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.

Global Warming

That Recent Brutally Cold Weather? It’s Getting Rarer.

With climate change warming the Arctic air, researchers say, cold snaps are getting warmer. The recent spell of cold was an outlier.

Flake says there's a deal on DACA...

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told reporters Thursday that his bipartisan group of negotiators have reached a deal on a proposal that would shield hundreds of thousands of recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program from deportation in exchange for enhanced border security measures.

FBI director on FISA: 'I cannot stress how vital that is'


Turkey's top court rules that two jailed journalists be released: CNN Turk

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that jailed journalists Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay be released, saying their rights have been violated, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

Babies were pulled from the mud that swept away homes and killed 17

Ben Hyatt rushed to wake everyone up when rivers of mud started banging the doors and walls of his Montecito, California home.

Lawmakers tout different DACA proposals as the one that meets the President's wishes

If the "four pillars" that emerged out of the White House immigration meeting spurred anything Wednesday on Capitol Hill, it was a fresh PR strategy.


Canada telling Salvadorans facing U.S. exit that haven isn't guaranteed

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada is sending a Spanish-speaking lawmaker to California to dissuade potential migrants from illegally crossing the border following Washington’s decision to end the temporary protected status of some 200,000 Salvadorans.

Many on Medicaid work jobs that don't offer employees health insurance

Medicine and Health

You’re Sick. Whose Fault Is That?

It seems sensible to encourage “personal responsibility,” and yet policies that invoke the phrase can make health problems worse.

3 TVs that could change how you watch movies


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: That’s What Ze Said

I use whatever pronoun my students choose for themselves, simply out of respect for them.

10 House seats that could flip due to Republican retirements

Democrats searching for the 24 seats they need to flip to win control of the House in the 2018 midterms are increasingly seeing openings in districts where tough-to-beat Republicans are retiring.

Australian same-sex couples say 'I do'

As the clocks struck midnight on Tuesday, dozens of same-sex couples tied the knot in Australia, marking the first legal ceremonies of their kind in the country.


'Is that it?' No new start for UK's May with reshuffle

LONDON (Reuters) - It was meant to be a fresh start to put a year of gaffes, scandals and an ill-judged election behind Britain's Theresa May, but so far it only seems to have made matters worse.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The War That Never Goes Away

Max Boot’s “The Road Not Taken” looks at one American’s role in Vietnam.

Surprising factors that may keep you thin

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to stay trim effortlessly, while the majority of Americans struggle with their weight?


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Atlanta hasn't forgotten that Trump called it 'crime infested' and in 'horrible shape'

When President Trump visits Atlanta Monday night to attend college football's national championship game, he may not remember just a year ago he described the city as "in horrible shape," "falling apart" and "crime infested."

Immigration and Emigration

Trump Administration Rules That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave, Officials Say

The administration decided that Salvadorans no longer qualified for temporary protection for deportation that had been granted after two devastating earthquakes in 2001.


BRIEF-Immunogen Says On Jan 8, Co Disclosed It Expects To Report That As Of Dec 31, 2017 It Had Cash And Cash Equivalents Of About $267.1 Mln


Politics and Government

Theresa May Starts to Reshuffle U.K. Cabinet

The British prime minister is hoping to increase her authority as Britain continues to negotiate the terms of its exit from the European Union.


Britain's May clear she wants Brexit deal that works for UK: spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has been clear she wants to negotiate a Brexit deal that works for the whole of the United Kingdom and does not believe it is time for a second referendum on independence for Scotland, her spokesman said on Monday.


Recognize That Tune? It’s the Northern Accent of Georgia Football

Georgia’s unofficial fight song borrowed its melody from “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which was a rallying cry for the North during the Civil War.

The female-focused stories that swept the Globes

A lady bird, a marvelous Mrs., a heroic handmaid, a Missouri mom, and a group of women caught up in some big little lies all took home awards at a Golden Globes ceremony that highlighted and was ruled by strong female characters.

Crime and Criminals

We Have Fewer Crimes. Does That Mean We Need Fewer Police?

With crime rates at lows not seen in decades, but drug addiction and untreated mental illness looming as persistent problems, some say it may be time to rethink the size of police forces.


Germany, Turkey pledge to thaw ties that coup crackdown and arrests froze

GOSLAR, Germany (Reuters) - Germany and Turkey's foreign ministers on Saturday agreed to pull out all the stops to improve ties that have soured due to disputes over Ankara's post-coup crackdown and the arrests of German citizens in Turkey, but they stressed differences remain.


Germany, Turkey pledge to thaw ties that coup and arrests froze

GOSLAR, Germany (Reuters) - Germany and Turkey's foreign ministers on Saturday agreed to pull out all the stops to improve ties that have soured due to disputes over Ankara's post-coup crackdown and the arrests of German citizens in Turkey.

Names, Organizational

Wealth Matters: There’s More to Naming a Company After Yourself Than Ego

For some entrepreneurs, their name is the only logical choice for a company. But problems arise with the success and failure of a namesake business.


U.S. company plans funds that double bitcoin price moves

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund managers are ramping up efforts to tap into the fever surrounding digital assets, and the latest planned bitcoin products could deliver some head-turning and stomach-churning price movements if they come to market.


U.S. official denies that funds for Palestinian refugees frozen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has frozen $125 million in funding for a U.N. agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees, Axios news site reported on Friday, but a State Department official said no decision had been made on the payment.

Snow and Snowstorms

Opinion: The ‘Bomb Cyclone’ That Broke Me

The cold always bothered me, anyway.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Justin Timberlake Stays Funky (for Now), and 9 More New Songs

Hear the new songs that caught our critics' attention this week, from Bruno Mars and Cardi B, They Might Be Giants and more.

Children and Childhood

Gray Matter: Is Your Child Lying to You? That’s Good

Kids who know how to deceive are smarter and better adjusted.


BRIEF-LGC Clarifies That It Has No Commitments To Any Cannabis Investments in U.S.


It's so cold that...

Iguanas froze. Mariah was freezing. And a 'Jeopardy' contestant gets frozen out. Here's this week's politics-free side of the news.


A Word With: Thomas Haden Church Is Keeping That Mustache

He talks about HBO’s “Divorce,” why he left Hollywood for a Texas ranch and about a few admirers of that tumbleweed above his upper lip.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The Presidential Election That America Lost

Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Playing With Fire” retells the story of the 1968 presidential election and sees parallels with today.

10 things that happen before your plane can take off


Theresa May Apologizes for Delays in Britain’s Health System

A day after denying there was a problem, the prime minister acknowledged the frustrations of waiting for up to 12 hours to see a doctor or nurse.

Spicer: There was a scrutiny never seen before

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks with HLN's S.E. Cupp about his time working in the Trump administration.

Here's the rule that would chip away at Obamacare

Wolff, Michael (1953- )

Trump Demands That Publisher Halt Release of Critical Book

A lawyer for the president threatens possible legal action to block publication of “Fire and Fury,” by Michael Wolff.


Trump Administration Taking Step That Could Threaten Marijuana Legalization Movement

Federal prosecutors will be given discretion to more aggressively enforce marijuana laws, threatening to undermine the legalization movement at the state level.


Review: A Wondrous ‘Pinocchio’ With That ‘Lion King’ Magic

In a creative master stroke, this National Theater adaptation of the Disney film uses oversized puppets to play adults, who tower over the title figure.

No one claimed the jackpot, but there were other winners

Nikki Haley hosts reception for countries that backed US on Jerusalem resolution

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hosted a "Friends of the US" reception Wednesday night, inviting those who had voted against or abstained from voting on a resolution condemning the United States for officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Republicans in South Carolina want to honor black Confederate soldiers. There's just one problem...

At a time when people are battling over whether to take down Confederate War statues and memorials, a pair of state lawmakers in South Carolina want to put one up.


Show Us Your Wall: See the Art That Tavi Gevinson Collects

The blogger-turned-actress lives in Brooklyn and is drawn to artwork about young women.


Phys Ed: Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?

Lean people were especially responsive to exercise’s effects on the bacterial makeup of our guts.


The ‘Nuclear Button’ Explained: For Starters, There’s No Button

The image of a leader being able to launch missiles with the push of one finger has, for decades, instilled fear.

Spotify sued for $1.6B over Tom Petty, Doors songs

The President warns Kim Jong Un that he has a mightier nuclear arsenal at his disposal in a tweet

President Donald Trump on Tuesday taunted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warning Kim about the US' nuclear capabilities as tensions worsen between the two nations.


It’s So Cold That ...

A deeply frigid cold spell has North America in its grip, setting record temperatures, creating striking scenes and, in some cases, threatening the lives of humans and animals alike.

Opinion: The question that could sabotage the census

President Donald Trump's Justice Department is proposing a new question for the US Census that could throw a chill over the nation's decennial headcount.

Dean: Nixon might have survived Watergate if there had been Fox News

Although he does not foresee a quick end to the special counsel probe into Russian election meddling and aides to President Donald Trump, former White House counsel John Dean noted that the modern media landscape may prevent it from lasting as long as the Watergate investigation, which he said stretched on for 928 days.


Iran's leader blames enemies for deadly unrest, U.S. calls that 'nonsense'

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader accused the country's enemies on Tuesday of being behind days of street unrest, as the death toll from anti-government demonstrations rose to 21.


Passenger rights group takes legal action that could block Niki sale to IAG

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A group representing airline passengers has taken legal action to shift insolvency proceedings for budget airline Niki to Austria from Germany, in a move that could endanger the sale of the Air Berlin unit to Britain's IAG .


Maryland man indicted in 2017 workplace shooting that killed three

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Maryland man accused in a 2017 workplace shooting that left three co-workers dead at a kitchen countertop company was indicted on first-degree murder charges on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Overworked and underpaid: Stressful jobs that pay badly

Israel accelerates plans that imperil two-state solution

Energized by American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the country's right-wing government has accelerated plans that imperil a two-state solution, solidifying Israel's power and control over Jerusalem.


BRIEF-Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Received Notification From FDA That It Has Extended PDUFA Goal Date By 3 Months



A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison

The Isle of Youth — which has been both a Communist Utopian getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a time — is a world apart, even by Cuban standards.

Korean War

Korean War, a ‘Forgotten’ Conflict That Shaped the Modern World

The three-year conflict set the stage for decades of tension on the Korean Peninsula, but today many Americans know little about it.

Playoff Games

On Pro Football: For the N.F.L. Playoffs, Much Has Changed. Then There Are the Patriots.

The regular season mocked the status quo, yielding several playoff teams that had been left out for a long time. But can anyone prevent another New England coronation?


A visual that shows just how many Rohingya villages have been burned

(Reuters) - In the four months since the Myanmar military began a crackdown after Rohingya militants attacked an army base and police posts on Aug. 25, around 655,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority have fled the western state of Rakhine and crossed into neighboring Bangladesh.

Kim says he won't use nukes if there's no aggression toward North Korea

[Breaking news update at 8:17 p.m.]

There's something different about these Iran protests

In a matter of days, protests in Iran have quickly spread across the country, taking the government by surprise and leaving analysts and pundits alike confused. Part of the reason many have been caught off guard is because these protests appear quite different from their 2009 predecessor -- in terms of size, leadership and objective.


The Acrobatic Artwork That Pretty Much Sums Up 2017

“Mechanics of History” features a circular staircase, a trampoline and entitled men, persistent and ever ascending.


Hundreds of Indonesian couples ring in the new year at mass wedding

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Indonesian couples celebrated New Year's Eve on Sunday night by tying the knot in a mass wedding in the capital Jakarta.

The President tweeted support for protesters in Iran, saying 'the entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change'

President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted his support for protests taking place in Iran this weekend, writing, "The world is watching!"

Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY)

Opinion: There’s No Place Like This Rent-Stabilized Home

The magic of living on the park comes to an end.


California suspect held in hoax that led to police killing Kansas man

(Reuters) - A 25-year-old man was in a Los Angeles jail on Saturday in connection with a prank call that resulted in the shooting death of an unarmed man by a Kansas police officer at a home where the caller said hostages were being held, authorities and media reports said.

How cold is it? It's so cold that sharks are dying

You can dream of ringing in the New Year, blissfully walking in a winter wonderland. But you'll probably end up just trying to find shelter from the big Arctic freeze.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Lil Wayne Recaptures His Old Magic and 8 More New Songs

Hear the tracks that caught our critics' attention this week, from Major Lazer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cassie and more.


Epilepsy drugs work for most patients, but there’s room for improvement

(Reuters Health) - Most people with a new diagnosis of epilepsy will remain seizure free with their first or second antiepileptic drug, but there’s still a need for better treatments, according to a new report.

Waste Materials and Disposal

First Person: Taking Out the Trash? That’s Still a Man’s Job, Even for the Liberal Coastal Elite

Trash duty might be the last bastion of accepted 1950s behavior among big-city liberals. “Women deal with the rest of the garbage,” one theorized.

Bronx (NYC)

Child Playing With Stove Caused Bronx Fire That Killed 12

The city’s deadliest blaze since 1990 was a “horrible, tragic accident,” the mayor said.

Space and Astronomy

Out There: U.F.O.s: Is This All There Is?

Astronomers have their noses pressed against the windows of the unknown, wanting to believe in life elsewhere just like many outer space enthusiasts.

The stone that built the White House

About an hour's drive from Washington, a quiet, suburban neighborhood gives way to an unassuming gravel parking lot. Neighbors meander on a newly constructed boardwalk with their dogs and strollers, passing over a creek until the deck gives way to Government Island. Today, it's a peaceful Stafford County park with a mile and a half of wooded trail, rocks, plants and wildlife. But in the 1790s, it was a hub of activity: This island provided the stone for the White House.

As his own agencies warn of global warming, Trump tweets that cities facing record cold could use it


BRIEF-PNM Resources Says Unit Requested That Commission Reconsider Order In General Rate Review


Online Advertising

That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV

The start-up Alphonso collects viewing data for advertisers through mobile gaming apps that can track users on the devices’ microphones, even when the apps aren’t in use.


GM wins ruling that could narrow ignition switch litigation

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Motors Co on Thursday won a court ruling that could reduce the private litigation it faces over flawed vehicle ignition switches, which have been linked to 124 deaths and triggered a big recall.


Namibian deputy prime minister survives crash that killed three

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia's deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister survived a car crash on Thursday in which three people were killed, local media reported, citing police sources.


Philippines' drug enforcement agents face heat now that they are running Duterte's war on drugs

MANILA (Reuters) - Carrying firearms and search warrants, and prepared for fierce resistance, about 30 Philippine anti-drugs agents pour out of three vans in a dramatic raid in one of the capital's illicit drugs hotbeds.


Islamic State claims blasts at Afghan Shi'ite center, news agency that kill dozens

KABUL (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a Shi'ite cultural center and news agency on Thursday in the Afghan capital that killed dozens of people attending a conference.


South Korea 'humbly accepts' there is no proof border park cash funded North's weapons

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Thursday it "humbly accepts" there is no evidence North Korea diverted wages paid to its workers by South Korean firms in a now-closed border industrial park to bankroll its weapons programs as the previous government asserted.


There's a good boy: Thai nurses dress babies up as dogs to ring in New Year

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Nurses at a hospital in the Thai capital showed some festive puppy love on Thursday, dressing up newborn babies up in fetching canine outfits ahead of the Year of the Dog.


No proof Kaesong cash funded North Korea arms programs: South Korea expert panel

SEOUL (Reuters) - There was no evidence that North Korea had diverted wages paid to its workers by South Korean companies operating in a now-closed industrial park on their border to bankroll its weapons programs, an expert panel appointed by Seoul's Ministry of Unification said on Thursday.

Opinion: The royal couple should snub Trump

The impending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have just hit their first snag: Whether to invite Donald Trump.

10 questions that could keep you up at night in 2018

2017 was the year that resolved next to nothing. It was a year of transitions and of unresolved conflicts on the global stage and across continents. Above all, 2017 was a year that posed momentous questions and left them open for the future -- mostly for the near future.

Two Thousand Seventeen

10 Cultural Battles That Ruled 2017

Trump versus Hollywood. Echoes of the Confederacy. Taylor Swift and the alt-right. Here’s a not-so-nostalgic look back at some of the year’s fiercest fights.


BRIEF-Kellogg Says On Dec 21, Unit Notified Coöperatieve Rabobank That Would Wind-Down Disclosed Accounts Receivable Securitization Program


Cooper, Anderson

When They Met: That Time Andy Cohen Asked Anderson Cooper Out (and About His Mom)

The hosts of New Year’s Eve on CNN banter about Panda Express, gay nightclubs, Mr. Cooper’s angry silences and Mr. Cohen’s advice about Hurricane Katrina.


Obama warns that society being splintered by online biases

LONDON (Reuters) - Former U.S. president Barack Obama said the way people communicate via social media risked splintering society and leaders had to ensure the Internet did not cocoon users within their biases.


Tied Virginia Race That Was Headed for Name-Drawing Gets Another Twist

The Virginia State Board of Elections announced it would delay a drawing of lots after receiving a letter from lawyers for the Democratic candidate.

Couple save lives in 2 locations

On their way to meet each other, a husband and wife helped people in two separate incidents on Christmas Eve.

Virginia Democrat asks court to reconsider decision that made delegate race a tie

A dramatic race for a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates took another turn Tuesday as lawyers representing Democratic candidate Shelly Simonds filed a motion asking a trio of circuit court judges to reconsider their decision to allow a controversial ballot to be counted as a vote cast for her Republican opponent David Yancey.

There's a good chance your holiday returns will end up here


Building owner, manager arrested in South Korean fire that killed 29

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police have arrested the owner and the manager of a building where 29 people died in a fire last week, accusing the pair of multiple safety lapses, including blocked exits and malfunctioning sprinkler systems.

Hockey, Ice

Realizing He ‘Used to Be Good,’ Don Cherry Recalibrates His Rancor

Cherry, a Canadian TV staple for decades, was at risk of becoming a dinosaur, droning on about fighting as the N.H.L. turned toward more skill and speed.

She's a 63-year-old first-year student at the school that enslaved her ancestors

Mélisande Short-Colomb sits cross-legged on the purple comforter draped over her twin bed. She lives in the dorms here at Georgetown University, where she just wrapped up her first semester as a freshman.

Illegal Immigration

A Grieving Farmer, a Torn Couple, a Prom King: Meet the People Who Stuck With Us in 2017

We followed up with subjects whose stories stuck with us this year.

Tests and Examinations

On Campus: The Reddit Connection That Got Me Into College

After dropping out of rabbinical seminary, I was directionless. I spent a lot of time on the internet.

Christians and Christianity

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: How Can I Possibly Believe That Faith Is Better Than Doubt?

The wall we have built between religion and reason is more porous than it seems.

Couple killed after warning daughter of boyfriend's suspected neo-Nazi views

A 17-year-old in northern Virginia is facing two counts of murder for allegedly killing his girlfriend's parents after the couple tried to get their daughter to stop dating him because of his suspected neo-Nazi views, according to police and family members who spoke to the media.

Hariri, Saad

Why Saad Hariri Had That Strange Sojourn in Saudi Arabia

Mr. Hariri, Lebanon’s prime minister, expected the royal treatment when he was summoned to Riyadh. Instead, he was told to resign. Here is the back story.

Massena (NY)

Town Fights to Turn Retail Tide at a Little Mall That Might

A faded industrial town in the North Country region of New York State is relying on local residents’ crafts and wits to make its shopping center a destination again.

The commentary that set your water cooler abuzz

In a year marked by tumultuous change, many of us turned to political and social commentary for insight and answers. Some op-eds and newspaper editorials inspired action, others led to emotions ranging from sympathy to outrage. We've already shared 30 of CNN Opinion's top takes from 2017, and here are excerpts from some that appeared in other places but which also drove the conversation.

White House denies report that Trump slammed immigrants

The White House strongly pushed back on a report that President Donald Trump spoke about immigrants in a dismissive and demeaning fashion during a June meeting with top administration officials.


London Zoo reopens after fire that killed aardvark, meerkats

LONDON (Reuters) - London Zoo reopened on Sunday, a day after a fire that killed an aardvark and likely four meerkats and which left staff suffering from smoke inhalation and shock.


Elderly couple's plan to give weed for Christmas thwarted by Nebraska cops

(Reuters) - An elderly California couple discovered by Nebraska sheriff's deputies with 60 pounds of marijuana in their truck during a cross-country trip said they had planned to give the weed to family as Christmas presents, police said.

Hockey, Ice

Sporting: Coaches Dream of Glory. I Root for That Dream.

A sportswriter admires the risk-taking and passion of N.H.L. coaches.

Secession and Independence Movements

Catalonia’s Election Yields a Crisis That Is Here to Stay

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain has tried to remain aloof from Catalonia’s secessionist leadership, but the election results may now make it harder to ignore.

White House media moments that shocked us in 2017


BRIEF-FDA Updates Label Of Tasigna To Reflect That Certain Patients With Type Of Leukemia May Be Eligible To Stop Treatment After Sustained Response


Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Cardi B Isn’t Going Anywhere and 9 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable new music, from the return of Sugarland to Laura Marling covering a Bob Dylan classic.


U.S. drops charges that U.N. economist underpaid Bangladeshi worker

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have dropped charges accusing a United Nations economist in New York of committing visa fraud by bringing into the country a domestic worker from Bangladesh and then failing to pay her a lawful wage, his lawyers announced on Friday.


Iran denies that British-Iranian aid worker can be released in a swap deal: Tasnim

LONDON (Reuters) - The head of the justice department in Tehran denied on Friday reports in Western media that British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been sentenced to five years in jail in Iran, might be released in a swap deal.


Modern Love: Shooing Carolers Away for a Love That Stays

As Christmas nears, a young woman hospitalized with pediatric leukemia basks in a new romance even as her health fails.


UPDATE 1-Japan approves record defence spending that favours U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defence kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.


Japan approves record defense spending that favors U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defense kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.


Japan approves record defence spending that favours U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defence kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.


Canada pays tribute to billionaire couple after mysterious deaths

TORONTO (Reuters) - Tearful family members paid tribute to Canadian pharmaceutical billionaires and philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman before thousands of people on Thursday, less than a week after news of the couple’s mysterious deaths shocked the nation.


UPDATE 1-INSIGHT-Three months that shook Ryanair: How cancellations sparked a pilot revolt

* But coordinated strikes forced O'Leary's hand (Adds RIC, detail on IAA rule change))


U.N. war crimes court that prosecuted Milosevic closes doors

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The U.N. war crimes court that prosecuted atrocities committed during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and put former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic on trial, closed its doors on Thursday after two decades.

Holidays, rituals and routines that define a family

Our family, like yours, has all kinds of rituals we perform with our children. Some are handed down. Most we started. A few may live on for our future (and hypothetical) grandkids. These are the activities "our family does."


RPT-INSIGHT-Three months that shook Ryanair: How cancellations sparked a pilot revolt

DUBLIN, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Within hours of the news on Sept. 15 that thousands of Ryanair flights had been cancelled in Europe, pilots' WhatsApp groups exploded with pent-up frustration.

5 Cheap(ish) Things That Make Great Last-Minute Gifts

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Midterm Elections (2018)

Democrats Are Pulling Away in the Generic Ballot. What Does That Mean?

The party’s advantage has ballooned over the last few months, improving its outlook for retaking the House.


Facebook ads that let employers target younger workers focus of U.S. lawsuit

Dec 20 (Reuters) - Several U.S. employers engaged in age discrimination by placing recruitment ads on Facebook targeting younger workers, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by a communications industry labor union.

Virginia is proof that every vote counts