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Thousands of Facebook ads bought by Russians to fool U.S. voters released by Congress

SAN FRANCISCO — Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released thousands of Russian Facebook ads on Thursday, offering the public its first in-depth look at the troubling messages used to heighten tensions among Americans during and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.<p>The release of …

Facebook Ads

Syrian women tortured and humiliated in Assad regime prisons

Thousands of Syrian women are believed to be incarcerated in the Assad regime's prisons. Little is known about their fate, but those who manage to …

Scientists just discovered a strange new DNA shape lurking in human cells

But what does it do?<p>The discovery of DNA as a double helix is a hallowed story of scientific triumph—the work of four researchers merging together to solve one of science’s biggest mysteries, giving birth to what we know as the field of modern genetics. But decades later, we’re still learning that …

Genetics

U.S. and allies warn Syria of more missile strikes if chemical attacks used again

By Anne Gearan<p>, Reporter<p>Missy Ryan<p>, Reporter<p>Western allies warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further attacks if chemical weapons are used again, even as Syria’s powerful backer Russia denounced the missile strikes but gave no signs of possible retaliation.<p>The flurry of statements …

Middle East

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Washington University in St. Louis

Trump Loyalist: Scott Pruitt Is an Even Bigger Monster Than You Thought

Fresh accusations from Pruitt’s former deputy chief of staff paint him in a very, very bad light.<p>Earlier this month, in the wake of revelations about his pricey travel habits and sweetheart deal on rent courtesy of a high-powered lobbyist, <b>Scott Pruitt</b> sat down with a series of reporters to clear …

Donald Trump

Rally seeks justice for black man shot by police in backyard

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The family of Stephon Clark joined hundreds at a rally Saturday, urging California's capital city not to let his memory or calls for police reform fade nearly two weeks after the 22-year-old unarmed black man was killed by Sacramento officers.<p>Clark's fiancee, Salena Manni, …

Law Enforcement

US and British troops killed in Syria blast

<b>(CNN) —</b> A US service member and a member of the UK armed forces were killed in an improvised explosive device attack in the Manbij area of Syria on Thursday.<p>A US official with knowledge of the initial reports from the battlefield told CNN the American had been killed.<p>The UK Ministry of Defence …

Middle East

Russia says it test-fired a new Sarmat ICBM amid tension over spy poisoning

LONDON — Russia's Defense Ministry on Friday published a video purporting to show the test-firing of a new intercontinental ballistic missile of the type trumpeted earlier this month by President Vladimir Putin.<p>The Sarmat missile, which replaces a Soviet-era version, was launched at the Plesetsk …

Federal workers spill on life in Trump’s Washington

From marital strife to high anxiety, civil servants reveal how the Trump administration has changed agency life.<p>One Health and Human Services employee swore off online dating after potential suitors repeatedly got upset that he worked for the Trump administration. An Education Department fellow …

Trump Administration

Russia warns of retaliation after at least 100 diplomats expelled worldwide

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Russian government is threatening retaliation over one of the largest mass expulsions of its diplomats in history after more than 20 countries, including the United States, backed action by the UK over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in southern England.<p>According to state media …

Russia

Northern white rhino: Last male Sudan dies in Kenya

<b>The world's last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of poor health, his carers say.</b><p>Sudan, who was 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly.<p>His death leaves only two females - his …

Extinction

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads.<p>Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — …

Autonomous Vehicle

Researchers Haven't Found A Single Endangered Right Whale Calf Yet This Season

On winter days when the weather is good, a research plane takes off from St. Simons, a barrier island in Georgia. Pilots from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fly straight lines out and back along Georgia's Atlantic coast, covering hundreds of miles of open ocean. Riding in the …

AI Just Learned How to Boost the Brain's Memory

When it comes to black boxes, there is none more black than the human brain. Our gray matter is so complex, scientists lament, that it can’t quite …

Scary Amounts of Mercury Have Been Found Lurking in The Permafrost

If it melts, we could be in trouble.<p>The northern hemisphere's permafrost regions have been concealing a really unpleasant surprise: mercury. A lot of …

Trump’s State of the Union: 18 WTF Moments

Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night. In a divisive speech dressed up with language of unity, the president …

'Unsolvable' exam question leaves Chinese students flummoxed

<b>An apparently unsolvable exam question on a Chinese maths paper has left both students and social media stumped.</b><p>Primary school students at a school in the Chinese district of Shunqing were faced with this question on a paper: "If a ship had 26 sheep and 10 goats onboard, how old is the ship's …

Education

Amateur Astronomer Finds NASA Satellite Long Given Up For Dead

NASA's IMAGE spacecraft spent five years studying the Earth's magnetosphere, but when its signal blinked off in 2005, the space agency called it a mission and moved on.<p>Twelve years later, enter amateur astronomer Scott Tilley.<p>Tilley was scanning the S-band frequency range looking for something …

Earth's Magnetic Poles Are Overdue For a Switch And We're Not Prepared

The magnetic field is already shifting.<p>Earth's magnetic field is pretty adept at flipping polarity. The poles have swapped, reversing north and …

Trump's view that ice caps 'setting records' baffles scientists

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists puzzled on Monday over U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that ice caps are "setting records" when much of the world's ice from the Alps to the Andes is melting amid global warming.<p>Trump cast doubt on mainstream scientific findings about climate change in an …

Global Warming

Bomber in ambulance detonates at Afghan checkpoint; 95 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber drove an ambulance into a commercial area by pretending to be carrying a patient to a hospital and then detonated his explosives at a checkpoint near the European Union consulate, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 more in an attack claimed by the …

Afghanistan

American democracy is failing. The courts are finally starting to notice.

Democracy’s lost decade.<p>There is something profoundly wrong with the United States of America’s system of government.<p>For proof, briefly take stock of …

China mom pays dearly for husband's probe of Ivanka Trump

XIANGYANG, China (AP) — With two young children, Deng Guilian hadn't planned on going back to work. That changed after her husband was arrested while …

Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold.<p>"Are you ready …

Global Warming

This Breakthrough in Tractor Beam Tech Could Pave The Way to Levitating Humans

We're excited.<p>In a sci-fi feeling first, engineers at the University of Bristol used the world's most powerful acoustic tractor beam to demonstrate …

North and South Korea agree to hold talks on easing military tensions

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> North Korea has agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea and to hold talks with Seoul to ease military tensions, in the most significant thaw in relations between the neighboring states in years.<p>Officials from the two nations met face to …

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

In Alaska, scientists have uncovered something they say is remarkable: the remains of two infants dating back more than 11,000 years.<p>Their discovery is evidence of the earliest wave of migration into the Americas.<p>"It's incredibly rare," says Ben Potter, an archaeologist at the University of Alaska …

Anthropology

The nuclear war tweet heard 'round the world

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The world's most powerful man ignited a stunning new showdown with North Korea late Tuesday, as Donald Trump boasted to volatile leader Kim Jong Un that he had a "much bigger & more powerful" nuclear weapon.<p>Trump's flippant comments about his nuclear prowess -- akin to "mine is …

North Korea

Russia slams US plan to sell anti-missile system to Japan

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russia has accused the United States of violating an arms control treaty by agreeing to supply anti-missile systems to Japan.<p>Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the deal with Japan was part of a bigger plan by the US for a "global anti-missile system."<p>Japan's cabinet …