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Arts-Focused Field Trips May Boost Standardized Test Scores, New Research Finds

Children learn from computers at the ArtWorks center in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama. Photo by Carol M. …






John Oliver Exposes The Shady World Of Anti-Abortion Activists

John Oliver took on the issue of abortion on Sunday night, exposing the tactics of pseudo-health care organizations known as crisis pregnancy centers.<p>These centers can often seem like a resource for women considering or in need of abortions, but many are just fronts for anti-abortion activists who …

Pro-life Movement

In 83 Million Eviction Records, a Sweeping and Intimate New Look at Housing in America

A Princeton sociologist chronicled the human toll of eviction in one city in a 2016 book. A new project may reveal just how widespread the problem is.

Real Estate


Here's What Will Happen After a Huge Earthquake Inevitably Hits California

Nobody knows when "The Big One" is going to hit California, but here's how experts think it will play out when it does.<p>California is the land of beaches, mountains, and all the legal marijuana you can stomach. It’s also, inconveniently, a dangerous minefield riddled with nasty fault lines that …

Natural Gas

Mexico and Hungary tried junk food taxes — and they seem to be working

The case for a junk food tax in America.<p>Walk into any food-selling establishment in the US, and it becomes clear very quickly why America is one of the most obese nations on the planet.<p>From morning muffins that pack as much sugar as an icing-topped cupcake, to chocolate bars that contain more than …

Junk Food

Patagonia vs. Donald Trump

We all knew the legendary outerwear company Patagonia lived and breathed the adventurous life. We knew they cared about the environment. But it wasn’t till Trump came along that we realized they were ready to fight.<p><b>Patagonia was built</b> in the image of its founder, Yvon Chouinard. In late January, …

Black Lives Matter

Why Whales Got So Big

It’s often said that the ocean releases them from the constraints of life on land. It’s actually the opposite.<p>The first time I came face to face with a sea lion, I nearly screamed. I was snorkeling, and after a long time spent staring down at colorful corals, I looked up to see a gigantic bull, a …

Marine Mammals

An American dad in Sweden now has plenty of family time

"Here, it's not about work," said Tyler Reid, who moved his young family from New York. "It's about enjoying life."<p>STYRSÖ, Sweden — When Tyler Reid and his young family moved from New York to Sweden, the flight took around eight hours.<p>But in his journey as a father, Reid might as well have been …

Ronald Reagan

John Oliver takes 18-minutes to explain what's wrong with US immigration courts

The immigration courts in the US have some problems. A lot of problems, from the sounds of it.<p>In the video above for <i>Last Week Tonight</i>, John Oliver …


How babies learn – and why robots can’t compete

If we could understand how the infant mind develops, it might help every child reach their full potential. But seeing them as learning machines is not the answer. By Alex Beard<p>Deb Roy and Rupal Patel pulled into their driveway on a fine July day in 2005 with the beaming smiles and sleep-deprived …


Trump said Sinclair ‘is far superior to CNN.’ What we know about the conservative media giant.

Sinclair Broadcast Group is not as well-known a name in television as Fox News’s News Corp. or CNN’s Turner Broadcasting System, but its reach may rival that of a cable juggernaut.<p>The company is the largest owner of local television stations in the country, with 173 stations in 81 broadcast markets …

“Trump Is Like, ‘How Can I F--k with Him?’”: Trump’s War with Amazon (and The Washington Post) Is Personal

With the West Wing finally calm, Trump is contemplating a multi-front campaign against Jeff Bezos.<p>For the first time in <b>Donald Trump’s</b> presidency, the West Wing soap opera appears to be in hiatus, with many of its starring characters (<b>Gary Cohn, Hope Hicks</b>) either permanently offstage or with much …

Donald Trump

The Top 10 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles or More

Based on a study of more than 13.5 million cars, these are the ones that most frequently exceed 200,000 miles on the odometer.<p>When you buy a new car, you want it to last. iSeeCars analyzed more than 13.5 million vehicles to find out which models are most likely to last 200,000 miles or more. On …

Top 10

Jennifer Williams Is Transgender, Republican, and Not Giving Up

Jennifer Williams, the first openly transgender delegate to attend a Republican National Convention, relishes changing party hearts and minds on …


How Veterans Are Powering the Democrats’ 2018 Hopes

From Staten Island to San Diego suburbs, millennials with military résumés are making GOP districts competitive.<p>NEW YORK—“Ma’am,” said the soldier in suit slacks and a collar-popped pea coat, “my name is Max Rose, and I’m running for Congress as a Democrat.”<p>The woman behind the glass front door in …

Staten Island

See How These Suburban Families' Lives Have Changed Over the Last 20 Years

We all have an image in our minds of what the American dream looks like, but rarely do we see it photographed. For the past 20 years, Beth Yarnelle …

San Francisco

I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends.

PARKLAND, Fla. — My first interaction with Nikolas Cruz happened when I was in seventh grade. I was eating lunch with my friends, most likely discussing One Direction or Ed Sheeran, when I felt a sudden pain in my lower back. The force of the blow knocked the wind out of my 90-pound body; tears …

Nikolas Cruz

GOP scrambles to avert another election dumpster fire

Sound familiar? The national party is spending money in a special election in an Arizona district that Donald Trump won by 21 points.<p>National Republicans are moving to head off another special election fiasco — this time in a deep-red Arizona congressional district teeming with retirees that would …


California sues over Census citizenship question

<b>(CNN) —</b> Progressives, states and civil rights advocates are preparing a flurry of legal challenges to the Trump administration's decision to add a question about citizenship to the next census, saying the move will penalize immigrants and threaten civil rights.<p>The late Monday move from the Commerce …

Trump Administration

I Helped Organize the “March For Our Lives” Because There Is Strength In Numbers

<i>Jaclyn Corin is a survivor of the school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. On the day of the</i> …


The Fight Over Teacher Salaries: A Look At The Numbers

The teachers strike in West Virginia may have ended last week when Gov. Jim Justice signed a law giving educators a 5 percent pay increase, but the fight in other states is just warming up.<p>"You can make anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 more by driving 15 minutes across the state line," said Dale …


What's changed one month after the Parkland shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> A month ago, a former student roamed the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, opening fire on terrified students and teachers at the Parkland, Florida, school.<p>The massacre of 17 students and faculty members added to a grim statistic: Three of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US …