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10 things the Samsung Galaxy S8 can do that the iPhone can't

It's also full of stuff you won't find on the iPhone. Let's take a look at what sets the Galaxy S8 apart from the iPhone.

U.S. added 156,000 jobs in December; wage growth picked up

The nation is well on its way in one of the largest economic recoveries in modern history, new government data shows, but some workers are still lagging behind as President Obama prepares to hand the office to Donald Trump.<p>The U.S. economy added 156,000 new jobs in December, the Labor Department …

Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far. The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid.<p>A code associated with the Russian …

Cybersecurity

Lawyer: 'Appalled' by FBI warrant that shook Clinton

WASHINGTON — The FBI warrant that shook Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign in its final two weeks has been unsealed, and the lawyer who requested it says it offers "nothing at all" to merit the agency's actions leading up to the Nov. 8 election.<p>The warrant was released in response to a …

David Fahrenthold tells the behind-the-scenes story of his year covering Trump

“Arnold and Tim, if you’d come up, we’re going to give you a nice, beautiful check,” Donald Trump said. He held up an oversize check, the kind they give to people who win golf tournaments. It was for $100,000. In the top-left corner the check said: “The Donald J. Trump Foundation.”<p>Along the bottom, …

Donald Trump

Transition adviser’s tweets add intrigue to Trump aide Jason Miller’s sudden resignation

Twitter messages apparently posted by one of President-elect Donald Trump’s aides have added some intrigue to the sudden resignation of Jason Miller, Trump’s choice for communications director.<p>A tweet from the account of A.J. Delgado, an adviser to Trump’s campaign and a member of the transition …

Donald Trump

Trump's outrageous lies come straight from big businesses' playbook

Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes recently told WAMU’s Diane Rehm that “there’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore, as facts.”<p>She’s right. And that’s the problem.<p>We now disagree not just on our political philosophies but on whether proven facts are true. In this world, Hughes’s …

Trump is stoking his base on his pre-inaugural tour. But is he building bridges?

The president-elect has gone to Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio and saluted workers at an Indiana plant where he says he saved more than 1,000 jobs.<p>The president-elect has visited Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, North …

Donald Trump

FBI in agreement with CIA that Russia aimed to help Trump win White House

FBI Director James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. are in agreement with a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the White House, officials disclosed Friday, as President Obama issued a public warning to …

Donald Trump

Trump’s national security adviser shared secrets without permission, files show

A secret U.S. military investigation in 2010 determined that Michael T. Flynn, the retired Army general tapped to serve as national security adviser in the Trump White House, “inappropriately shared” classified information with foreign military officers in Afghanistan, newly released documents show.<p>…

National Security

Amazon Makes First Commercial Drone Delivery

Amazon.com Inc.’s drone delivery program has liftoff—from a rural corner of England.<p>Amazon last week made its first customer delivery by drone, carrying a package containing popcorn and a Fire TV video-streaming device several miles to a two-story farmhouse near Cambridge, U.K., in 13 minutes. A …

Endgame in Aleppo, the most decisive battle yet in Syria’s war

Images from inside the besieged Syrian city.<p>Images from inside the Syrian city.<p>BEIRUT — When Syrian rebels surged into Aleppo in the summer of 2012, it was the high point of their still young, still idealistic revolution against President Bashar al-Assad.<p>Four and a half years and hundreds of …

Middle East

Tillerson’s relations with autocrats forged during decades in industry

When ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson showed up in June at the annual St. Petersburg international economic forum that is dubbed Russia’s Davos, he was asked about the impact international sanctions on Russia were having on his company, which had abandoned ambitious drilling plans …

Rex Tillerson

Trump set for deposition just weeks before inauguration

President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to testify under oath at Trump Tower in January, just weeks before the inauguration, in lawsuits tied to his Washington D.C. hotel. His lawyers are battling over special conditions Trump is seeking because of his new position.<p>The deposition is tied to …

How NASA is rehearsing for a mission to Mars

The Martian landscape is otherworldly. The ground is twisted into ropelike coils, rippling waves and jagged spikes; sulfurous gases billow from vents in the ground, bits of volcanic glass glitter in faint sunlight that filters through the undulating fog.<p>Two astronauts clamber across the tortured …

New push to replace Obamacare reignites old GOP tensions

Republicans on Capitol Hill are already laying the groundwork for a rapid repeal of President Obama’s signature health-care law beginning on the first day of the new Congress, before President-elect Donald Trump is even sworn in.<p>But the urgent efforts to make good on a Republican campaign promise …

Health Care

Key GOP senators join call for bipartisan Russia election probe, even as their leaders remain mum

Two Senate Republicans joined demands for a bipartisan probe into Russia’s suspected election interference allegedly designed to bolster Donald Trump as questions continue to mount about the president-elect’s expected decision to nominate a secretary of state candidate with close ties to …

Donald Trump

The dubious claims about SoftBank’s investments in the U.S.

<i>“Masa, a great guy of Japan, he’s pledged that he’s going to put $50 billion into the United States because of our victory. He wasn’t investing in our country — $50 billion. Fifty thousand jobs — 50,000 jobs he’s going to be investing in. He is a great guy.”</i> <b><br>–President-elect Donald Trump, speech in</b> …

The electoral college is a medieval relic. Only the U.S. still has one.

The U.S. electoral college is a medieval relic. For several centuries, many political communities in Europe and the Americas used electors chosen from different territorial and political units to select a main magistrate. The United States is the only country in the world to still use the system to …

Political Science

Trump, CIA on collision course over Russia’s role in U.S. election

The simmering distrust between Donald Trump and U.S. intelligence agencies escalated into open antagonism Saturday after the president-elect mocked a CIA report that Russian operatives had intervened in the U.S. presidential election to help him win.<p>The growing tensions set up a potential showdown …

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Route 66: Decay and resilience along iconic US highway

A journey along the legendary Route 66 highway and the landmarks and controversies that made it iconic of the Southwest.<p><b>Tucumcari, New Mexico -</b> Muhammad Malik stands behind a cluttered desk, his words punctuated by a soft ding as his forearm glances the dusty reception bell at his near-empty motel …

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.<p>Intelligence agencies have identified individuals …

Russia

John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95

Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and, in 1998 at 77, became the oldest man in space.<p>Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and, in 1998 at 77, became the oldest man in space.<p>John Glenn, who captured the nation’s attention in 1962 as the first American to …

Space Exploration

Hospitals warn Trump, Congress of massive losses with Affordable Care Act repeal

The nation’s hospital industry warned President-elect Donald Trump and congressional leaders on Tuesday that repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost hospitals $165 billion by the middle of the next decade and trigger “an unprecedented public health crisis.”<p>The two main trade groups for U.S. …

Health Care

How repealing Obamacare would punish the working class

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>The number of people without health insurance could more than double under Republican plans to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act, reaching nearly 59 million — or more than one in four Americans, according to a new analysis published Wednesday.<p>The figures …

Trump’s unpredictable style unnerves corporate America

He has been holding interviews and meetings as he prepares to enter the White House.<p>He has been holding interviews and meetings as he prepares to enter the White House.<p>The turbulence began Tuesday morning with one of President-elect Donald Trump’s signature tweets of wrath: a public jab at Boeing …

Donald Trump

Instagram will soon let you like comments — or even turn them off completely

In the next few weeks, Instagram is going to look even more like its parent company, Facebook. The social network announced Tuesday that it will let users like individual comments on Instagram posts<b>,</b> much as they can on Facebook. Users can show their appreciation for a comment with a little red …

Social Media

The post-truth world of the Trump administration is scarier than you think

You may think you are prepared for a post-truth world, in which political appeals to emotion count for more than statements of verifiable fact.<p>But now it’s time to cross another bridge — into a world <i>without</i> facts. Or, more precisely, where facts do not matter a whit.<p>On live radio Wednesday morning, …

Donald Trump

After Pearl Harbor, this mail plane had a new mission: Find the attackers

The tattered Pearl Harbor survivor looks every bit of 78, with weathered skin, rusty bones and the faded “U.S. Navy” emblem the old bird got before the war.<p>Gray from age and years in the service, the veteran of Dec. 7 sits with other World War II antiques, weary and in need of attention.<p>But with …

‘Pizzagate’ rumors falsely link death of sex-worker advocate to nonexistent Clinton probe

<i>“Monica Peterson went to the country of Haiti to investigate links between the Clinton Foundation and human trafficking. She is now dead. The website for human trafficking is down for maintenance. Pizzagate is real.”</i> <b><br>–comment on Facebook, repeated in some variation thousands of times</b><p>The false …