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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’

By Anna Fifield<p>Anna Fifield<p>Beijing bureau chief.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>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 …

Sports Betting

They Made the Robot. You Decide What It Does

Meet Misty, a robot that recognizes faces, responds to voice commands, maps rooms—and could eventually do many more things its users dream up. The first offering from Misty Robotics, Misty I Developer Edition allows users to write applications and build hardware to expand its capabilities. The …

Trump triggers a market slump

By Bloomberg News<p>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 …

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 …

Mark Zuckerberg fires back at Apple CEO's 'extremely glib' comment

Tech & Media<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg fired back at Tim Cook, calling the Apple CEO's recent criticism of Facebook "extremely glib" and not "aligned with the truth."<p>Zuckerberg, who has been busy trying to salvage his company's reputation after a data harvesting scandal, spoke about his difficult …

Mark Zuckerberg

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

By Jenna Birch<p>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 …

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

By Kyle Swenson<p>Kyle Swenson<p>Reporter for Morning Mix<p>Email Bio Follow<p>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, …

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 …

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 …

A mathematical model of the "forgetting curve" proves 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 …

Venezuela

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

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 on separating “media content” from that of “friends” among an array of other interface changes.<p>Snapchat …

Tiffany Trump is the flower girl at a very unconventional Vegas wedding

By Emily Heil<p>As a 24-year-old law student, first daughter Tiffany Trump is a little old to play the role of flower girl in a traditional wedding ceremony.<p>But basically nothing about the nuptials that the younger daughter of President Trump participated in over the weekend could be considered …

Sin City

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

Space<p>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 …

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

Hawaii False Alarm: 'Really, really scary'

Balcony Collapses at Indonesia Stock Exchange, Injuring at Least 70

JAKARTA—A mezzanine walkway at the Indonesia Stock Exchange building collapsed under the feet of dozens of visiting university students Monday, and police said more than 70 people were injured.<p>The accident at one of Indonesia’s most prestige office buildings came as a shock. National police said …

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 …

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

By Callum Borchers<p>Callum Borchers<p>Reporter who covered the intersection of politics and media<p>Bio Follow<p>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 …

Social Media

France grapples with whether to ban cellphones in schools

World<p>Students could soon be banned from using cellphones in French schools, in a move the government says is necessary to protect public health amid fears over the devices' long-term effects on mental development.<p>Under current French law, students cannot use their phones in class but schools have …

London School of Economics

White House claims Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump as saying he has a good relationship with Kim Jong Un

By Anne Gearan<p>PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump claimed Sunday that the Wall Street Journal deliberately misquoted him as saying that he probably has a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>The White House is disputing the newspaper's report that Trump, in an interview last week …

Donald Trump

Saudi Arabia Takes Reins of Construction Giant Binladin Group

Kingdom appoints supervisory board to family company after arrest of chairman, deepening corporate upheaval<p>DUBAI—Saudi Arabia is assuming supervisory control of the Saudi Binladin Group and could take a stake in the construction giant, people familiar with the matter said, a sign of Crown Prince …

Saudi Arabia

Hate groups make unprecedented push to recruit on college campuses

By Joe Heim<p>White supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in America had a goal for 2017: Leave the virtual confines of online forums and social media platforms, and occupy physical space. It was an objective they shared often and freely in interviews and online postings. They wanted to serve notice that …

Rights & Freedoms

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

Innovation<p>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 …

Solar Thermal

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 …

A Playground for Folk Art

Wilson, N.C.<p>‘Folk art” is perhaps the art world’s most elastic term outside of “performance art” or “installation art.” It can apply variously to small wood carvings from self-taught artists in Appalachia; to gorgeous, sophisticated products of quilting bees; and to paintings and drawings made by …

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

Politicians want to know what internet firms are doing to fight extremism.<p>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 …

Internet

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 …

Telecoms