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Car bomb kills 13 Turkish soldiers on bus; 7 suspects held

ISTANBUL (AP) — A suicide car bomber set off an explosion Saturday that demolished a public bus transporting off-duty soldiers in Turkey's central …

How faithless electors could flip the vote

“FIFTEEN years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On December 19th, I will do it …

Political Science

Russia and the Threat to Liberal Democracy

How Vladimir Putin is making the world safe for autocracy<p>Since the end of World War II, the most crucial underpinning of freedom in the world has been the vigor of the advanced liberal democracies and the alliances that bound them together. Through the Cold War, the key multilateral anchors were …

Claudia Hammond: The benefits of understanding our minds

Psychology research is helping us understand how our brains work and could help us improve our lives - we just have to start paying more attention to what scientists are finding...<p>The human mind is an extraordinary thing. It has allowed our species, in just a few thousand years, to reshape the …

The Brain

Trump Picks Multi-Millionaire Fast-Food Executive for Labor Secretary

The president-elect has chosen Andrew Puzder, a vocal critic of minimum-wage hikes and new overtime rules.<p><i>Updated on December 9, 2016</i><p>President-Elect Donald Trump announced Thursday evening that he picked Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns fast-food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, …

Purged Turkish officers want more NATO support

NATO's top commander has suggested Turkish military officers working for the alliance targeted in Ankara's post-coup attempt crackdown are innocent. …

Turkish Military

Putin and Assad Are About to Achieve Their Biggest Victory in Syria

What comes next?<p><b>“</b>All the world has failed us,” a resident of the Syrian city of Aleppo told the BBC this week, via a WhatsApp audio message. “The city is dying. Rapidly by bombardment, and slowly by hunger and fear of the advance of the Assad regime.”<p>In recent weeks, the Syrian military, backed by …

There's a Clear Way to Fix the H-1B Visa Program

Closing a 1998 loophole would prevent companies from replacing American IT workers with foreign guest workers. Why hasn’t that been done yet?<p>Last year, Walt Disney World caused a scandal when it let go of more than 200 IT workers and hired an outsourcing firm to replace them with foreign workers on …

The Historic Victory at Standing Rock

What it means, what the law says, and what comes next<p><i>Updated on December 5 at 12:50 p.m. ET</i><p>Surely some of the protesters believed they would prevail, but among the experts—the law professors, financial analysts, and industry journalists who pride themselves on knowing the ins and outs of federal …

Microsoft Highlights Real People Making A Difference To Capture The Holiday Spirit

Microsoft’s new holiday spot, Art of Harmony highlights those individuals who are changing the world, and positively influencing all of us by driving their vision of “hope, peace and beauty.” The seven local heroes featured in the campaign gained their fame this year by standing up for their …

How the Rich Get Rich (and the Best Way for You to Get Rich Too)

There's definitely a proven path. But don't just take my word for it -- the IRS backs me up.<p>Epictetus once said, "Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants." And he's right... but that doesn't keep people from wanting to be rich. Even though we all define and success …

monetary

Doomed Spacecraft Begins Final Dives Near Saturn’s Rings

Before NASA’s Cassini probe runs out of fuel, the bus-size spacecraft will perform a set of unprecedented orbits around the icy rings.<p>The curtain has opened on the Cassini mission’s final act. In the early hours of December 4, NASA’s long-lived Saturn explorer swung low over the planet’s F ring—the …

Fake U.S. embassy in Ghana shut down after decade issuing visas | Reuters

ACCRA (Reuters) - Authorities in Ghana have busted a fake U.S. embassy in the capital Accra run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the U.S. State Department said.<p>Until it was shut down this summer, the sham embassy was housed in a run-down, pink …

Fumito Ueda’s Slow Route to Perfection

In 1994, long before the celebrated video-game designer Fumito Ueda went to work for Sony, he took part in a competition that the company sponsored for young artists. Having made it through the opening rounds, Ueda, then a recent graduate of the Osaka University of Arts, used the thousand-dollar …

Game Design

The CEO of Ford just perfectly summarized the biggest problem for electric cars

Tesla was about to roll out its first original design for an EV, the Model S, which would go on to be named Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 2013.<p>There's were numerous electric-car startups aiming to join Tesla, and the major automakers were producing their first EVs since GM had killed it EV-1 in …

The Surprisingly Humanlike Ways Animals Feel Pain

A hurt rabbit pins back its ears and narrows its eyes—part of a "grimace scale" that tells us how animals feel discomfort.<p>Don't tell someone who just stapled a string of Christmas lights to their hand, but pain can be a good thing.<p>Pain is a messenger: It tells us that there's a problem and that we …

Why Your LinkedIn Picture Plays The Biggest Role In Determining Whether You Land A Job

Many people invest hours into creating the perfect LinkedIn profile. They tediously list every award they’ve won and scour the thesaurus looking to find the right verb to describe their work experience.<p>Yet, many of those same people spend little time thinking about their profile picture. Maybe it’s …

Meet the 'Mad Dog' Donald Trump wants to lead the Pentagon

<b>(CNN) —</b> The next possible US secretary of defense went by the military call sign "Chaos."<p>Revered by his troops as a "warrior monk" with a knack for hard-edged quips, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis led troops in Afghanistan in 2001, won laurels for leadership in one of the bloodiest battles of the …

Eerie portraits of cars in 1970s New York – in pictures

Langdon Clay spent two years in the 1970s roaming the streets of New York at night, photographing parked and abandoned cars, a period when America was producing some of the most distinctive cars ever made. Forty years later the collection has been published in his new book, Cars – New York City …

New York City

UN expert: Torture and abuse 'widespread' in Turkey following July coup bid

The UN's Nils Melzer has said that torture and other forms of ill-treatment seem to have been widespread following the failed coup attempt. The …

Human Rights

“Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?”: Kathleen Collins’s Revelatory Short Stories

There’s a special category of superb filmmakers who started as writers, such as the novelists Éric Rohmer, Ousmane Sembène, and Marguerite Duras, as well as the playwrights Sacha Guitry and Kenneth Lonergan. These filmmakers are distinguished not only by their attention to the language that’s …

The Surgeon Extracting Government From Medicine

Trump’s new secretary of health and human services intends to make life better for physicians.<p>Watching Tom Price warm up the crowd at Donald Trump’s health-themed campaign rally in rural Pennsylvania last month, I didn’t imagine that the representative from Georgia would soon take the helm of …

Five Years in a Cuban Prison

Alan Gross reflects on Fidel Castro’s legacy.<p>Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working as a subcontractor for the U.S. government, having set up a handful of wi-fi hot spots in a country with some of the world’s most severe internet restrictions. Some reports said he was charged with …

‘We stand strong’: Standing Rock water protectors defy Army Corps’ threat of camp eviction (VIDEO)

Standing Rock activists said they would continue to stand their ground in the fight against the crude oil Dakota Access Pipeline, in defiance of a US …