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A Japanese woman tried to save a man’s life in the sumo ring, but was ordered away for being ‘unclean’

TOKYO — The Japan Sumo Association apologized Thursday after a sumo judge ordered women, including a physician, out of the ring while trying to administer first aid to a mayor after he collapsed — because women are considered “ritually unclean” in the sport.<p>Video of the Wednesday incident, in which …


Trump triggers a market slump

President Trump’s got the stock market on a string, but investors are less sure of the game he’s playing.<p>The Republican president’s talk on trade dominated U.S. equity markets this past week, with a tweet-induced swoon on Friday leaving the S&P 500 1.4 percent lower than where it started Monday. …

Stock Markets

How to Fall in Love Over Text

To write her YA novel Emergency Contact, Mary H.K. Choi had to figure out how to render texts between teens without sounding corny.<p>It’s a coincidence that Penny, the heroine of Mary H.K. Choi’s young-adult novel <i>Emergency Contact,</i> happens to be passing by as Sam, her local barista, is having his …

Silicon Valley

Is it right to date someone new when you’re not over your ex?

There’s an old saying that in order to get over someone, you have to get under someone new. I’d never thought about the saying much — until I found myself dating someone who was, in fact, trying to move on from his previous relationship.<p>Our seven-hour first date was less than two months after his …


A 5-year-old looking for candy found a gun instead, then fatally shot his brother

Seven-year-old Jermon Perry was playing video games in an upstairs bedroom at his family’s duplex in south St. Louis on Saturday when a single gunshot hit him in the head. The boy was still alive when his mother, Michelle Lawson, rushed upstairs. He later died at a hospital.<p>The fatal shot was fired …

Concealed Carry

Trump visited his border wall prototypes for the first time — and the photos are great

President Donald Trump made a long-expected visit to the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego, California, on Tuesday to visit eight prototypes of the wall he has promised to build along the US-Mexico border.<p>Trump hasn't yet secured funding from Congress for the wall, but the prototypes were …

Donald Trump

The Secret Spas of Paris

WHO KNOWS how many bottles of wine were consumed? On a rainy Paris night, I hunkered down with a group of friends for a dinner party of roast chickens with potatoes drenched in the drippings; we ate like people younger than we are. Corks continued popping. Dancing ensued.<p>Wisely, the women in the …


You probably won’t remember this, but the “forgetting curve” theory explains why learning is hard

Learning has an evolutionary purpose: Among species, individuals that adapt to their environments will succeed. That’s why your brain more easily retains important or surprising information: It takes very little effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog likes to bite. Remembering the dog’s name is …

The Brain

Can Venezuela Be Saved?

There’s a page in a book in a stack on the floor at the house of Leopoldo López that I think about sometimes. It’s a page that López revisits often; one to which he has returned so many times these past few years, scribbling new ideas in the margin and underlining words and phrases in three …


Snapchat update: more than 800,000 angry users sign petition to change redesign

In backlash against latest update, users of the social app call on Snap Inc to change back to original design<p>More than 800,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Snapchat to revert its update back to the original design.<p>The app’s latest redesign, which was released last week, focused …

Social Media
Frank Sinatra

NASA's Deep Space Gateway seen as key to bold plan for Mars and beyond

Space agency eyes moon-orbiting space station as stepping stone to the red planet.<p>Begun in 1998 and completed in 2011, the International Space Station is celebrated as a remarkable feat of engineering as well as a far-flung home away from home for the astronauts who have lived and worked aboard the …

Space Science

Computers are getting better than humans at reading

The robots are coming, and they can read.<p>Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba (BABA) and Microsoft (MSFT) have beaten humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.<p>"This is the first time that a machine has outperformed humans on such a test," Alibaba said in a statement …

Artificial Intelligence
Stock Markets

What It Took to Save a North Korean Defector's Life

A soldier fled across the border and was shot by his comrades. The South Korean trauma surgeon who helped stabilize him describes his recovery.<p>SEOUL, South Korea—In late November, a 24-year-old North Korean soldier dashed across the demilitarized zone separating North from South Korea. He barely …

North Korea

Facebook invites you to live in a bubble where you are always right

Facebook wants the latest version of its News Feed to be “more fulfilling” and “good for your well-being.” To accomplish this goal, the technology giant is giving top billing to posts shared, liked and discussed by the people in users' social networks while de-emphasizing material posted by …

Social Media
Donald Trump
Osama Bin Laden
Rights & Freedoms

'Battery' that bottles sunshine could bring a new solar revolution

A plastic-like material may do for solar power what high-performance electrical batteries have done for iPhones and Tesla cars.<p>Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn’t work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a …

Clean Energy

The countries that get by without a government

<b>At the heart of any modern democracy is the idea that leaders are elected to govern. But with 2018 starting without two European governments in place, the question might be do we actually need politicians?</b><p>Twelve months ago, Northern Ireland found itself without a government of its own, after deputy …

United Kingdom
North Carolina

Apple: Chinese firm to operate China iCloud accounts

<b>Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month, the tech giant has confirmed.</b><p>It has contacted customers based in China, advising them to examine new terms and conditions.<p>They include a clause that both Apple and the Chinese firm will have access to …


Facebook and Google will testify to Senate over terrorist content

It's not just European countries who aren't satisfied with internet giants' ability to curb online terrorist content. The US Senate has summoned Facebook, Google (or rather, Alphabet) and Twitter to testify at a January 17th Commerce Committee hearing that will "examine the steps" social networks …


Sprint customers are about to get a very unpleasant bill hike

Existing Sprint customers who signed up under two long-running deals are about to get a very unpleasant new years’ price increase. The “Unlimited …