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When insurance wouldn't pay, parents funded cancer patient's $95,000 lifesaving treatment

<b>Boston (CNN) —</b> Kate Weissman sits at the edge of the patient table. Her oncologist goes over her medical records and says her most recent scans show no recurrence of cervical cancer.<p>"I am remarkably happy," says Dr. Whitfield Growdon, a surgical oncologist who specializes in personalized care at …

Cancer

The Writer Who Makes Perfect Sense of Classical Music

Alfred Brendel’s essays about Beethoven, Schubert, and many others are deeply relevant to performers and amateur listeners alike.<p>Alfred Brendel, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, is also a great writer. You can often detect a good-natured smirk behind his words, but right there with …

Flute

Google still tracks you even with 'location history' turned off — here's how to disable that completely on iPhone and Android

A recent Associated Press exclusive demonstrated that Google will track and store some of your location data, even if you have the 'location history' setting turned off.<p>Luckily, it's relatively easy to completely disable location tracking on Google, whether you're using an iOS or Android …

Android News

BMX Star Nigel Sylvester Is Gonna Keep Going Bigger

The jump looks spontaneous, improvisational, like a wild existential leap, but in fact the trick was meticulously plotted and choreographed. Nigel Sylvester had scouted and schemed for weeks during the spring of 2013, riding the subway through Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, finally settling on …

BMX

Meet the Indiana dad who hunts Russian trolls

<b>Bloomington, Indiana (CNN) —</b> When it comes to hobbies, Josh Russell concedes he gets a little obsessive. No matter his interest, be it videogames or miniature figurine board games, he always wants to be the best. Perhaps that explains the dedication he's shown to his latest pastime: Hunting Russian …

Internet

Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”: The Full Story | Vanity Fair

Sinatra: The Chairman, volume two of James Kaplan’s definitive biography, charts the singer’s career resurgence and the creation of his most enduring hit songs.<p>“He’s a dead man,” the talent agent Irving “Swifty” Lazar declared of Frank Sinatra in 1952. “Even Jesus couldn’t get resurrected in this …

The Iraqi Spy Who Infiltrated ISIS

BAGHDAD — The driver was sweating as his white Kia pickup truck sped along a rain-slicked Baghdad highway toward a neighborhood bustling with open-air markets.<p>With every jolt and turn, his pulse quickened. Hidden in the truck’s chassis was 1,100 pounds of military-grade explosives that the Islamic …

Middle East

Syria

Bashar al-Assad

Running man: In less than a year, MS patient goes from barely crawling to running a marathon

Blake Hurdis keeps a running stroller in his shed to remind himself how far he has come.A year ago, the Smiths Falls-area man would fill it with …

Multiple Sclerosis

How Your Genes Could Be Used to Cure Cancer

Judy Perkins, a 52-year-old breast cancer patient, had been in remission for a decade when her cancer returned with a vengeance. She stopped …

Cancer

Captive Audience: How Companies Make Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email

Last July, as she has for the past 10 years, Dianne Jones spent 45 minutes on a city bus heading to the local WalMart. There, under fluorescent …

JPay

Hackers can seize practically all your online accounts, and it's your voicemail's fault

Who would have thought that, in the end, it would be the humble voicemail that would do us all in?<p>Your Google, Microsoft, Apple, WhatsApp, and even …

Voice Mail

Screens are killing your eyeballs, and now we know how

The "blue screen of death" is taking on a whole new meaning.<p>Blue light’s rap sheet is growing ever longer. Researchers have connected the high-energy visible light, which emanates from both the sun and your cell phone (and just about every other digital device in our hands and on our bedside …

Blade Runner

The $250 Biohack That’s Revolutionizing Life With Diabetes

DIYers used a security flaw to bypass the $8.3 billion insulin delivery business with a cobbled-together artificial pancreas.<p>When her daughter, …

Diabetes

Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position

<i>An historian by training, Yuval Noah Harari rose to prominence with two best-selling books.</i> Sapiens <i>looked at humanity’s past and</i> Homo Deus <i>at its</i> …

Penguin Random House

War Without End

<b>S</b>econd Platoon did not hide its dark mood as its soldiers waded across the Korengal River in the bright light of afternoon. It was early in April 2009 and early in the Pentagon’s resumption in earnest of the Afghan war. The platoon’s mission was to ascend a mountain slope and try to ambush the …

Military

Thread by @sommervilletv: "An honour to travel back to Syria with photographer Ricardo Vilanova, he spent 8 months in an IS jail, held for a time by “The Beatles”. On […]" #bbcnewsten

An honour to travel back to Syria with photographer Ricardo Vilanova, he spent 8 months in an IS jail, held for a time by “The Beatles”. On …

Middle East

Children are being euthanized in Belgium - The Washington Post

Deliberately taking a small child’s life is unlawful everywhere in the world, even when the child is terminally ill and asks a doctor to end his or her suffering once and for all.<p>There is an exception to this rule: Belgium. In 2014, that country amended its law on euthanasia, already one of the …

Euthanasia

How ablation destroys cancer to prolong lives

Seven years ago, when Heather Hall was informed by her oncologist that her kidney cancer had spread to the liver, she initially assumed she had just months to live. “I’d been on chemotherapy for a while, but they’d done a CT scan and found three new tumours,” she says. “But they then said that, …

Cancer

Even Tommy Caldwell Questioned the Nose Speed Record

Tommy Caldwell had a lot on his mind on June 4th. He and Alex Honnold were in Yosemite National Park, where they’d been gunning for the speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan, which, to me and to many, seems a dangerous endeavor. The line rises 3,000 vertical feet from the valley floor in an …

Scientists Have Uncovered a Disturbing Climate Change Precedent

During the rise of mammals, Earth's temperatures spiked in a scary way that the planet may experience again soon.<p>They were strange days at the beginning of the age of mammals. The planet was still hungover from the astonishing disappearance of its marquee superstars, the dinosaurs. Earth’s newest …

Climate Change

The Day Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia

August 5, 1974, was the day the Nixon Presidency ended. On that day, Nixon heeded a Supreme Court ruling and released the so-called smoking-gun tape, a recording of a meeting, held two years earlier, with his chief of staff, H. R. Haldeman. Many of Nixon’s most damaging statements came in the form …

Donald Trump

In Transylvania, A Fierce Battle Over Gold And Roman History

Environment<p>In a nearly unprecedented move, Romania changed course on a bid to protect a site containing rare archeological artifacts.<p>The mountains of Transylvania may not be haunted by vampires, but they are full of gold that attracts what some view as predatory attention, in a battle that refuses …

Capitalism needs a welfare state to survive

IN THE mythologies of both left and right, the welfare state is a work of socialism. Yet the intellectual tradition it owes most to is liberalism. …

Income Inequality

Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and the war over change - Vox

How demographic change is fracturing our politics.<p>In 2008, Barack Obama held up change as a beacon, attaching to it another word, a word that channeled everything his young and diverse coalition saw in his rise and their newfound political power: <i>hope</i>. An America that would elect a black man …

Political Science

Real-Life Schrödinger’s Cats Probe the Boundary of the Quantum World

Recent experiments have put relatively large objects into quantum states, illuminating the processes by which the ordinary world emerges out of the …

Quantum Physics

What is Qanon? A guide to the conspiracy theory taking hold among Trump supporters

Signs and T-shirts emblazoned with some variation of the letter Q dotted a rally for Donald Trump in Tampa on Tuesday. Paper printouts declaring “We are Q” occupied small sections of the crowd.<p>One rally-goer named Tyler held out a large coin with Q on it and explained the letter’s sudden prevalence …

Internet

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions

Jerome Jacobson and his network of mobsters, psychics, strip-club owners, and drug traffickers won almost every prize for 12 years, until the FBI …

Crime

Fifty Years Later, Andrei Sakharov’s Seminal Essay Is a Powerful Model of Writing for Social Change

<i>The following is adapted from a keynote address delivered on July 22, 2018, at the beginning of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center’s week devoted to “writers and artists as activists.” In cases, the author has revised the Times translation of the Russian original and reinstated original</i> …

Human Rights

As Private ICE Lockups Grow, Towns Could See Economic Boon

When Jorge Lara's father opened a bakery in the tiny South Texas town of Raymondville in 1963, the city boasted three theaters, dozens of restaurants and a bustling main street. The cotton fields that cover the county raked in profit. Jobs were plentiful.<p>More than 50 years later, Lara's Bakery is …

Immigration