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Crime

Why You Shouldn’t Want To Always Be Happy

In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the …

Happiness

How Rich Candidates Try To Appeal To Working Voters

Donald Trump has described himself as "really rich" — but by just about any standard, that label fits both the Republican presidential nominee and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. In an election year characterized by populist energy over economic concerns like jobs and trade, the gap is …

Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey Just Had His Conviction Overturned

He could be walking free within 90 days.<p>Brendan Dassey, the nephew of Steven Avery who was convicted of intentional homicide in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, had his conviction overturned by a Milwaukee judge this afternoon.<p>Dassey gave a videotaped confession to the murder—which he said he …

Crime

Rio Olympics: Michael Phelps beaten by Singaporean he met as a 13-year-old

Joseph Schooling beat his idol for Singapore's first ever Olympic gold medal<p>When Joseph Schooling first met Michael Phelps, he was just 13 years old …

Gymnastics

Kyrgyzstan president: 'Women in mini skirts don't become suicide bombers'

<b>Women can become radicalised to become terrorists if they put on Islamic dress, the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, has claimed in his most recent intervention in a national debate on cultural identity.</b><p>Speaking at a press conference last week, President Atambayev also attacked those in …

Extremism

Mothers of Slain Black Teenagers Assail Bernie Sanders for ‘Ghetto’ Comments

Hillary Clinton, seeking to cement her lead among black voters, released statements from the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis on Tuesday criticizing Bernie Sanders for saying white people “don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto.”<p>The Vermont senator, who has struggled to …

Donald Trump

Obama has vastly changed the face of the federal bureaucracy

Friday afternoon announcements in Washington are usually aimed at attracting as little attention as possible, but last Friday was different. President Obama’s decision to nominate Eric Fanning — an openly gay man — to head a branch of the military which only four years ago did not allow gays and …

LGBTQI

University of Kansas Case Exposes Koch Campus Strategy

Documents released last month in the settlement of a lawsuit at the University of Kansas offer a revealing window into an underreported Koch brothers' strategy: targeted, politicized funding on college campuses.<p>Consider the details of the case:<p>When, in March, 2014, economist Art Hall testified …

Documents reportedly reveal details behind AT&T-NSA partnership

AT&T in 2003 reportedly led the way on a new collection capability that the National Security Agency said amounted to a “’live’ presence on the global net” and would forward 400 billion Internet metadata records in one of its first months of operation.<p>The New York Times reported the Fairview …

Surveillance

The Pentagon now says at least 192 laboratories accidentally received anthrax

A US Army lab accidentally shipped live anthrax to at least 192 laboratories, according to a Department of Defense statement. That’s more than double the number reported by the Pentagon in June.<p>On the DOD's Laboratory Review site, the agency on Monday updated the list of all the laboratories that …

The hot new luxury car isn’t a car at all

The blue-collar, middle-class, mid-priced pickup truck still exists. But it’s becoming more the exception than the rule.<p>In June, the average price …

German privacy watchdog orders Facebook to stay out of usernames

Facebook's authentic name policy was meant to make the social media platform a safe place where "pretending to be anything or anyone isn't allowed." But, ironically the policy bred harassment instead of curtailing it. Most recently, Facebook blocked a German user's account (as it often does) for …

Corporate America’s equal-rights farce: The truth behind its Indiana opposition

The same companies decrying RFRA have sent millions in donations to politicians who support LGBT discrimination<p>Last week, corporate America appeared to take a rare stand on principle. After Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a law permitting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, …

America’s insidious drone dependence: Why there’s no going back

From Vietnam to Afghanistan, a look at how extra-judicial killing became a linchpin of U.S. foreign policy<p>Initially, the English word “drone” meant both an insect and a sound. It was not until the outbreak of World War II that it began to take on another meaning. At that time, American artillery …

Crime

Florida official struggles not to say “climate change” in painfully awkward video

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has unofficially banned official use of the phrase<p>A slew of unconfirmed reports indicate that Florida Governor Rick Scott has banned state officials from using the term 'climate change' because it's a proven scientific concept in which Scott has chosen not to believe. …

Stephen A. Smith keeps urging black community to turn out for GOP

The ESPN host told CNN unless African-Americans vote Republican, the party has “a license to summarily dismiss us”<p>Stephen A. Smith, the ESPN host notorious for saying very smart things about domestic violence and about Roger Goodell, raised eyebrows last week after suggesting that all …

7 worst right-wing moments of the week — Fox pundit with an Ayn Rand fetish thinks it’s racist to discuss race

This guy literally runs a hedge fund called “Capitalist Pig”<p><b>1. Disgraced former cop Mark Fuhrman is okay with women being threatened on-line because it's a mad mad month.</b><p>Most famous for being a racist, lying LAPD detective, Mark Fuhrman wants you to know that he can be a complete asswipe on other …

Black Hole Challenge To Einstein's Theory

Structural changes to the Milky Way’s super-massive black hole have been detected as it emitted a blaze of electromagnetic energy, an observation that could lead to a profound rethinking of physics.<p>The images of the singularity at the core of our galaxy (called Sagittarius A*, abbreviated SgrA* and …

Who Shot Bin Laden? A Tale of Two SEALs

Two different alumni of SEAL Team Six, the secretive group of highly trained warriors that killed Osama bin Laden three years ago, have been profiting off their role in the terror leader’s death since leaving the military.<p>Former Team Six member Matt Bissonnette, who wrote a bestseller under a …

National Security

The dangerous truth about Wall Street’s favorite new company

Alibaba’s glorious emergence in America is the product of a system designed to benefit the very few<p>In the fable "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," a poor Syrian woodcutter unlocks the secret of an outlaw treasure cave, and uses it as a portal to immeasurable riches.<p>Both metaphorically and from a …

How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola

A new way of tracking the deadly virus that's spreading through West Africa<p>Police drove through Kroo Bay this morning, past the open sewers and snuffling pigs, yelling at people to go inside—largely to no avail. All the 14,000 residents of the shanty town in Freeport, Sierra Leone, had been ordered …

Christian Rapper Lecrae Earns First Number One Album

Jhene Aiko, Ryan Adams and Interpol also crack the Top 10<p>U2 surprised the world with <i>Songs of Innocence</i> last week, but its presence in 500 million …

New Music

AP Chemistry Page

We use Chemistry, Fifth Edition by Steven S. Zumdahl, ISBN 0-395-98581-1 , which you can purchase from Amazon or from H.R.H.S. (Used books through …

Number of Millionaires in US Hits New High

The rich are certainly getting richer.<p>More Americans are reaching millionaire status, according to a new study, with the number of wealthy households nationwide returning to pre-recession levels thanks in part to the stock market’s strong performance last year.<p>The number of wealthy households in …

Colorado rakes in $2 million in taxes from recreational pot sales - The Margin - MarketWatch

Pot is profitable, perhaps to barely anyone’s surprise, but the state of Colorado has hotly anticipated figures stemming from the state’s newly …

How Ashish Thakkar Built an African Business Empire

Africa hasn't always been a safe place for entrepreneurs. But that's changing. Ashish Thakkar shares his top tips for building a business empire in Africa.<p>Ashish Thakkar is one of Africa’s most prominent and successful young entrepreneurs.<p>At 32, he’s the founder and CEO of Mara Group, a holding …

Economic Development