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Sextortion is scarily common, new study finds

Children and women are being manipulated online in a common, scary phenomenon called 'sextortion.'<p>It's the practice of using personal information -- often photos obtained by illicit means -- to extort victims into providing more sexually explicit photos and videos.<p>Take Luis Mijangos, a sextortion …

Research

ISIS claims suicide attack on Iraqi stadium that kills 25

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man wearing a suicide belt walked into an Iraqi soccer stadium Friday and blew himself up -- killing at least 25 people and wounding 90 more, security officials said.<p>A crowd had gathered for a ceremony to mark a championship for a popular local soccer team when the bomb exploded, the head …

Extremism

ER doctors avoid these everyday items

Emergency room physicians see all kinds of grisly stuff, which made us wonder: What products do they consider so hazardous they ban them from their homes and yards? Here are the everyday items that scare these accident front-liners the most.<p>Trampolines<p>"We see a lot of serious trampoline …

Pharma

Key justice Kennedy wavers as Supreme Court confronts abortion | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A closely divided Supreme Court struggled with its biggest abortion case in years on Wednesday, with pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy voicing concerns about a restrictive Texas law yet stopping short of signaling he would strike it down.<p>Protesters demonstrate in front of the …

Regulation

Clinton wins again, crushing Sanders ahead of Super Tuesday

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton doused Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders's smouldering left-wing insurgency with an overwhelming win in South Carolina late on Saturday.<p>Barring a stunning turn of events – such as an unexpected but possible indictment related to her use of a private e-mail server to …

America's Quiet Crackdown On Indian Immigrants

The U.S. government has moved quietly and aggressively to prevent undocumented Indians from entering the United States, many of whom are Sikhs fleeing political repression or economic collapse at home.<p><b>Buta Singh hadn’t</b> eaten in days, and his body felt like it was vibrating with hunger as he sat up …

Immigration

Freedom going into reverse

<b>(CNN) —</b> The arc of history is bending backward, away from freedom and justice. It's not what was supposed to happen, but it's the troubling reality revealed in a new report from Freedom House. The level and quality of freedom in the world has been eroding steadily over the past decade, the report …

North Africa

Black Republican group endorses Donald Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A group of black Republicans endorsed Donald Trump on Friday, saying the Republican front-runner is the best candidate to "free black communities" from Democrats.<p>"Black Americans across America are beginning to wake up and see clearly the reality of what is happening in black …

Donald Trump

ISIS may have saved the A-10

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS seems determined to destroy much of what's in its path as it tries to conquer more territory in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, but it may have inadvertently saved a fleet of U.S. Air Force jets.<p>Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force's vice chief of staff, tells Defense News the rise of the …

Military

38 Dumbbell Exercises That You’ve Probably Never Seen

These movements will ignite your metabolism<p>Have you seen one of these exercises? Okay, yes.<p>Two? Sure.<p>And 10? Maybe.<p>But what about 20? Or 25? For most people—that may not be you, oh experienced one!—we think it’s doubtful.<p><b>Related:</b> The Anarchy Workout—an Intense Fitness DVD from <i>Men’s Health</i> That …

France Clinical Trial Goes Awry, Leaving One Volunteer Brain Dead and 5 Others Hospitalized

One clinical-trial volunteer is brain dead and five others have been hospitalized, French officials said Friday.<p>The country's Ministry of Health said an investigation has been launched into the incident at the privately-licensed laboratory in Rennes specializing in conducting clinical trials.<p>The …

Medicine

Three hours of mayhem, panic and bloodshed as terror comes to Jakarta

The branch of Starbucks in downtown Jakarta is a popular meeting point. Its customers include locals and foreigners. Nearby is a UN office, a street popular with backpackers, and a five-star business hotel, the Sari Pan Pacific. Cars whizz past, or more frequently crawl, in both directions. A …

Extremism

Fact checking the 2016 State of the Union address

A State of the Union address is often difficult to fact-check, no matter who is president. The speech is a product of many hands and is carefully vetted, so major errors of fact are relatively rare. But State of the Union addresses often are very political speeches, an argument for the president’s …

Fossil Fuels

Obama regrets not unifying America and 4 other State of the Union takeaways

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama issued a final passionate plea to voters on Tuesday to bridge the divide in American politics after he leaves office.<p>In his last State of the Union address delivered to a Congress that has often hobbled his ambitions, Obama expressed regret over his own role in …

Mitch McConnell

First aid shipment in months reaches besieged Madaya; starving Syrians weep

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first shipment of foreign aid since October reached the besieged Syrian city of Madaya on Monday, bringing starving residents to tears at the sight, a United Nations source told CNN.<p>According to SANA, Syria's state news agency, 65 trucks loaded with aid supplies entered Madaya and two …

Middle East

A tale of two Carsons

<b>Detroit (CNN) —</b> Ben Carson, the soft-spoken, Yale-educated brain surgeon who has surged in the GOP presidential race, has written and spoken powerfully of divine intervention at several pivotal moments in his life.<p>At the core of his narrative of spiritual redemption are his acts of violence as an …

Ben Carson

Sanders outlines plan to overhaul immigration laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vowed Tuesday to create a "humane" immigration system and said if elected he would …

Immigration

These Portraits Celebrate The Joy Of Having Freckles

Photographer Brock Elbank has sought out “incredible-looking humans” for his photo project #Freckles.<p>British photographer Brock Elbank is halfway through his two-year photo project to create vivid portraits of people with freckles. Having photographed 90 subjects already, Elbank is aiming to …

Time I

Kim visits military as Koreas slide into Cold War standoff

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's leader has taken a victory tour of military headquarters to celebrate the country's widely disputed claim of a hydrogen bomb test.<p>Kim Jong Un called the nuclear test "a self-defensive step for reliably defending the peace on the Korean Peninsula and the …

Police: Suspect in officer's shooting claims allegiance to ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 30-year-old man who allegedly ambushed and shot a Philadelphia police officer sitting in his patrol car confessed he did it in the name of the Islamic State, presumably referring to the terrorist group ISIS, officials said Friday.<p>Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was hit three times in the left …

Drug lord 'El Chapo' recaptured, Mexican president says

The world's most-wanted drug lord was recaptured in a daring raid by Mexican marines Friday, six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in a made-for-Hollywood escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States.<p>Mexican President …

Global powers condemn North Korea’s nuclear weapons test

The United States and other global powers sharply condemned North Korea on Wednesday, vowing to punish it for conducting a fourth nuclear weapons test. But it was not clear what more the world could do, short of war, to a country that for years has been impervious to international isolation and …

North Korea

A tearful Obama takes executive actions on guns

During an emotional speech at the White House, President Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence, an issue he's …

Guns

What could happen to Bill Cosby

<b>(CNN) —</b><p>On Wednesday, Bill Cosby was charged for the first time with crimes of sexual violence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The magisterial district justice set bail at $1 million and ordered him to surrender his passport. Cosby has denied the allegations against him, and his defense team is …

Justice

12 Ways to Have a Happier and Healthier Year

There’s a reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions in January: Starting the year strong sets you up for success down the road. “After an …

Boy Leaves Hospital With New Hands

The first child to ever get a double hand transplant went home from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Wednesday, his hands still bandaged but working well enough to let him play with action figures.<p>Zion Harvey, 8, lost his arms and legs to a life-threatening infection when he was just 2. He …

Medicine

7 key questions about our newly discovered human ancestor, answered

In groundbreaking new research published on Thursday, a new species of human relative has been discovered in South Africa. The findings, published in …

Obama speech aims to reassure a nervous nation

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama will try to reassure a nervous nation on Sunday that he has a plan to defeat the fast-evolving threat of terrorism, as fears multiply of ISIS attacks on the homeland and public trust in his handling of the threat has dipped to record lows.<p>Obama's rare 8 …

Barack Obama

A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate

A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.<p>The mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 with less than …

Biomedicine

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …