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APNewsBreak: Barely half of illegal border crossers caught

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Immigration authorities caught just over half of the people who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico last year, according to a report commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security that offers one of the most detailed assessments of border security ever compiled.<p>The report …

Immigration

U.S. megadroughts are likely to become more common, study concludes

Already dealing with parched conditions, the American Southwest faces the threat of megadroughts this century as temperatures rise, says a new study that found the risk is reduced if heat-trapping gases are curbed.<p>Oppressive dry spells lasting at least two decades have gripped the Southwest before, …

Climate Change

The sun poses a crippling yet little-known threat to Minnesota — here's what is at stake

Minnesota is a likely and high-risk target for a crippling threat from the sun, according to a recent USGS study.<p>That threat, called a coronal mass ejection, is a giant spray of charged particles that our sun frequently burps off its roiling, plasmatic surface.<p>Each high-speed cloud of particles can …

Particles

Southwestern U.S. Faces 'Mega-Drought' by End of Century

The U.S. Southwest could face destructive mega-droughts unless dramatic action is taken to curb emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause climate …

Climate Change

Report offers stark picture of how Africa has stagnated over the last 10 years

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) — the most comprehensive survey of its kind — celebrated its 10th anniversary on Monday with the release of a report that chronicles just how little improvement most African nations can claim in the past decade on a broad set of governance criteria.<p>The …

South Africa

Ten countries host half of world's refugees: report

Ten countries - which account for just 2.5 percent of the global economy - are hosting more than half the world's refugees, a rights group has said, accusing wealthy countries of leaving poorer nations to bear the brunt of a worsening crisis.<p>In a report published on Tuesday, Amnesty International …

North Africa

This animated map shows how religion spread across the world

Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are five of the biggest religions in the world. Over the last few thousand years, these religious groups have shaped the course of history and had a profound influence on the trajectory of the human race. Through countless conflicts, conquests, …

Religion

Pastors take to pulpit to protest IRS limits on political endorsements

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Pastors across the country are taking to their pulpits this Sunday to protest an Internal Revenue Service law that they say limits their religious freedom.<p>Pulpit Freedom Sunday is an initiative started in 2008 by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Arizona-based …

Taxes

Brazil politics: Evangelical church expands influence

<b>Sao Paulo -</b> Brazilians are gearing up for Sunday's local election, which has seen more and more people turning to evangelical leaders for political as well as spiritual guidance.<p>In the city of Sao Paulo, Celso Russomanno is vying for the mayor's post, running on his record as a defender of consumer …

Brazil

Generation X and millennials have lost life's lottery

The Institute of Fiscal Studies in the UK on Friday released a report on intergenerational wealth and income in Britain, concluding that an increasing wealth divide had been created by rising house prices and worsening pension offerings.<p>People born in the early 1980s who are in their 30s today have …

Demographics

IAN BREMMER: 'Politics as we knew it is over'

That's the conclusion of Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer's new paper, "After the G-Zero: Overcoming fragmentation," produced for the International Monetary Fund.<p>The paper explores Bremmer's idea of a "G-Zero" world, or what he sees as the power-vacuum in global governance. Various geopolitical …

Geopolitics

Most of the world breathes polluted air, WHO says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Almost everyone on Earth now breathes polluted air, according to an air quality map released Tuesday by the World Health Organization.<p>The interactive map, based on global air pollution data, confirms that 92% of the world's population lives in places where outdoor air quality fails to meet …

Pollution

Our Atmosphere Is Leaking Oxygen and Scientists Don't Know Why

It’s nothing to lose sleep over—really, I promise—but Earth’s atmosphere is leaking oxygen. Atmospheric oxygen levels have dropped by 0.7 percent …

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Science Says Do Any 1 of These 9 Things

Or do them all. They work. Science says so.<p>Everyone wants to be happy, but many people aren't (especially people who live in Burundi.)<p>So how can you be happier?<p>If you want to be happier, there's good news and bad. Unfortunately, approximately 50% of your happiness, your "happiness set-point," is …

Happiness

The Earth is soaking up less carbon than we thought — which could make it warm up even faster

It might sound strange, but scientists believe the ground we walk on can be a huge weapon in the fight against climate change. That’s because the earth’s soil is serves as a giant carbon reservoir, containing trillions of tons that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere.<p>Currently, soil is …

Climate Change

Netanyahu: U.N. Will Not Dictate Terms to Israel

Israel

Dramatic Visualizations Show Just How Quickly the Arctic Is Melting

On September 10th, the Arctic hit its annual summertime ice minimum. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, it was the second lowest …

Human Rights

Greenland may be losing ice even faster than we thought

Rapidly melting Greenland may be shedding its ice even faster than anyone suspected, new research suggests. A study just out in the journal Science Advances finds that previous studies may have underestimated the current rate of mass loss on the Greenland ice sheet by about 20 billion tons per year.<p>…

Global Warming

Chicago Is Responsible for Almost Half of the Increase in U.S. Homicides

The murder rate in the U.S. is projected to rise by about 13% this year, but almost half of that increase is due to violence in just one city—Chicago.<p>…

San Francisco

Astonishing time-lapse satellite imagery shows rapid growth of refugee camps

On Monday, member countries will convene at the United Nations headquarters in New York City for a summit on the global refugee crisis. They will try to agree on a more humane, coordinated response.<p>The crisis has reached unprecedented proportions. There are upward of 65.3 million forcibly displaced …

North Africa

Scientists followed 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here's what they learned about success

Follow thousands of super-bright kids for four and a half decades and you learn a thing or two about how to raise a high-achiever.<p>One of the biggest …

Self-improvement

Climate disruption is fueling stronger storms

Familiar weather patterns are a thing of the past, and the U.S. may face more extremes in the coming decades, says a noted meteorologist.<p>“I don't recognize the climate anymore,” says Jeff Masters, the director of meteorology for Weather Underground. “I look at the weather maps in the morning, …

Climate Change

How We Think Differently in a Foreign Language

Ever wonder why your vacation self does things your real-life self probably wouldn't dream of? If it feels like just being in a different place changes your personality, that could be accurate, especially if you're someplace where they speak another language.<p><i>Scientific American</i> recently reported on …

Language Learning

UN: One million refugees have fled South Sudan

The number of refugees from South Sudan has passed one million after renewed violence in July forced thousands to flee to neighbouring countries, creating one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters, according to the United Nations.<p>South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, has now joined …

Africa

9 Ways You Unwittingly Make Your Relationships Stronger (According to Science)

When it comes to trust, it's human nature to point to all the ways it gets broken. But what about the things you're already doing right to build trust in your relationships?<p>Your trustworthiness is the most worthwhile skill you can develop. According to Harvard Business Review's 10-year leadership …

Leadership

What the ‘sixth extinction’ will look like in the oceans: The largest species die off first

We mostly can’t see it around us, and too few of us seem to care — but nonetheless, scientists are increasingly convinced that the world is barreling towards what has been called a “sixth mass extinction” event. Simply put, species are going extinct at a rate that far exceeds what you would expect …

Biodiversity

Summer 2016 has seen some of the scariest observable effects of climate change yet

In 1848, two ships — the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus — sank while trying to navigate through the Northwest Passage. It was brutal: a 900-mile-long …

Global Warming

Human Activity in the Oceans is Driving Many Large Species Toward Extinction

Human activity in the oceans is driving many large species toward extinction, posing a threat to the wider ocean ecosystem, according to new research.<p>…

Biodiversity

What Politicians Don’t Get About the Islamic State

How Rukmini Callimachi got under the hood of the Islamic State—and what she learned about the world’s most dangerous terrorist group.<p><b>The Islamic State and its supporters shocked</b> North America and Europe over the past year with a series of attacks, sowing public fear and becoming the top security …

Al-Qaeda