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Why 4 a.m. Is the Most Productive Hour

Tackle personal tasks before sunrise; find focus before distractions begin<p>By<p>Hilary Potkewitz<p>Most people who wake up at 4 a.m. do it because they have to—farmers, flight attendants, currency traders and postal workers. Others rise before dawn because they want to.<p>Russ Perry, the 33-year-old …

Time Management

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Cave divers uncover new humanlike species in South Africa

Paleontologists have discovered an ancient human relative in South Africa thanks to a tricky cave diving excavation that recovered close to 1,550 …

Archaeology

5 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life | Inc.com

<i>"What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?" originally appeared on Quora--the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Alyssa Satara, co-founder at Refugee Code Academy, on Quora:</b><p><b>1. Perception is …

Happiness
Cleaning

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

SAN FRANCISCO — The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.<p>One woman had turned on her air-conditioner, but said it then switched off without her touching it. Another said the code numbers of the digital lock at her front …

Domestic Violence

What a Trade War With China Looks Like on the Front Lines

For Malaysian factories that make light-emitting diodes, it is an opportunity. For American makers of outboard boat motors, it is a threat. For the biggest sellers of flat-screen televisions, it is a nuisance.<p>The emerging trade war between the United States and China has prompted predictions of …

Globalization

Is the Border in Crisis? ‘We’re Doing Fine, Quite Frankly,’ a Border City Mayor Says

BROWNSVILLE, Tex. — The mayor of this Texas border city has been dealing with a crisis.<p>This week, he declared a state of emergency. Drones filled the skies and emergency vehicles raced down the streets. But none of it had anything to do with illegal immigration.<p>It had to do with the weather.<p>A …

Immigration

A Renewed View of Some of the World’s Oldest Trees

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — John Muir, the naturalist who was most at home sleeping outdoors on a bed of pine needles in the Sierra Nevada, called giant sequoias the “noblest of God’s trees.”<p>For three years, some of the most striking examples of these towering marvels were off limits to …

National Parks

Three Signs It's Time To Fire Someone (Even If You Like The Person)

One painful aspect of leading is firing people you like. It’s hard for many reasons. The employee may love working with you and for your company. It might be someone you are friends with outside of work. And they might just be a good person who is doing their best. Firing anyone isn’t easy but …

Leadership

Jillian Michaels Says These 6 Easy Tips Will Help You Lose Weight Like You're On 'The Biggest Loser'

Follow the basics.<p>Alyssa Zolna<p>For her, the basics are: Don't overeat. Don't eat "crap" that isn't food. And make sure you get enough sleep. "The rest is B.S.," Jillian says.<p>Yup, hitting the hay at a decent hour is surprisingly important when it comes to weight loss. Columbia University researchers …

Fitness

Seth Rogen reveals he refused a photo with Paul Ryan: 'No way, man'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Seth Rogen revealed Friday he refused to take a picture with Paul Ryan and instead rebuked the House speaker.<p>The actor and comedian said the incident took place at a Park City, Utah, summit hosted by Mitt Romney earlier this month where Rogen had been invited to speak. Rogen said he was …

Comedy

Author who studies millionaires: 240 minutes a day separates the rich from everyone else

There are 1,440 minutes in each day. That is the one common denominator we all share. With respect to time, we are all on equal footing. And most …

Self-improvement

BCG vaccine can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, eight-year study shows

The BCG vaccine against tuberculosis can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, an eight-year study has shown.<p>US researchers found that just one jab, followed by a booster four weeks later, brought down average blood sugar levels to near normal within three years, and the effect …

Diabetes

A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

It has long been a controversial theory about Alzheimer’s disease, often dismissed by experts as a sketchy cul-de-sac off the beaten path from mainstream research.<p>But a new study by a team that includes prominent Alzheimer’s scientists who were previously skeptics of this theory may well change …

Neuroscience

Government details how separated families will be reunited -- eventually

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration is releasing its plan for putting back together the thousands of families it separated at the border -- but the reunions won't happen quickly.<p>In a release Saturday night, the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services said 2,053 …

Immigration

DNA on napkin used to crack 32-year-old cold case, police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> DNA evidence from a discarded restaurant napkin was used to identify a suspect in the slaying of a 12-year-old girl in 1986, police in Tacoma, Washington, said Friday.<p>Gary Hartman, 66, was arrested Wednesday and has been charged with murder in the first degree and rape in the first degree, …

Crime

Jimmy Valdez

Must-watch videos of the week

<b>(CNN) —</b> A dad runs into flames to save his son, a hospital mixes up newborns and a 5-year-old's mishap costs his parents <i>a lot</i> of money. These are the videos you don't want to miss this week.<p>Medical mix-up<p>A West Virginia couple says they were showing off their newborn to relatives when they noticed …

Turner Broadcasting

Sarah Sanders says she was kicked out of restaurant because she works for Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant by its owner because she works for President Donald Trump.<p>"Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left," Sanders …

Donald Trump

Border patrol agents are stopping people on highways in New England to check their citizenship

<b>(CNN) —</b> Far from ground zero in the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration along the southern border, US Customs and Border Protection checkpoints on highways in Maine and New Hampshire are catching the eye of civil liberties groups.<p>On Interstate 95 near the remote northern Maine …

Immigration

The chaotic effort to reunite immigrant parents with their separated kids

BROWNSVILLE, Tex. — Each of the mothers had a different memory of the moment she was separated from her child.<p>For some, it was outside a Border Patrol station just north of the Rio Grande, shortly after being apprehended. For others, it was after an interrogation by federal authorities in a …

Immigration

OPEC and allies agree to share oil production increase

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC nations and oil-producing countries not in the cartel said Saturday they have agreed to share increased oil production a day after OPEC announced it would pump more crude oil — a move that should help contain the recent rise in global energy prices.<p>Russia and other oil-producing …

Oil

'Swimming into the unknown:' Mexico's unmapped underwater caves - in pictures

Exploring in these conditions requires mental resilience.<p>I am about to climb down a 10-metre rope ladder into a manhole-sized gap in the floor of the Mexican jungle on the Yucatán peninsula, to dive an underwater cave system, exploring paths where no one has ever been in modern history.<p>You may be …

Scuba Diving