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A robust February jobs report points to resilient US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a brisk pace — signs that a resilient economy has given many companies the confidence to hire in anticipation of solid growth ahead.<p>With the unemployment rate dipping to a low 4.7 percent from 4.8 percent, …

Economy

Scalia's Death May Have Saved the Planet

The United States’ commitment to combatting climate change will affect the entire world. Last week, the Supreme Court froze Obama’s plan to uphold …

How to Take Amazing Night Photos

Impress your Instagram followers with stunning starry night photos.<p>Want to fill these long, winter nights with an activity that isn't binge-watching …

Landscape Photography

The Latest: Sanders says Iowa gives campaign a kick-start

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest on developments in Monday's Iowa caucuses, the opening contest in the 2016 race for the White House (all local times):<p>___<p>4:20 a.m.<p>Bernie Sanders says his razor-thin contest against Hillary Clinton in Iowa is giving his campaign a "kick-start." The Democratic …

Government

Debate feud injects fresh chaos into GOP primary

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An explosive feud between Donald Trump and Fox News Channel is overshadowing the final sprint to Iowa's presidential caucuses, injecting a new sense of chaos into the 2016 Republican contest.<p>On the eve of the final debate before Iowa voters weigh in, Trump refused to back …

Government

Pacifica in state of emergency over El Niño storm damage

Fears that crushing waves and powerful rains from El Niño would erode the coastal bluffs in Pacifica — where several vacant apartment buildings and homes have been left teetering for years — were realized this weekend.<p>The city declared a state of emergency Friday in part because of accelerated …

Is this how World War III begins? Religion, end times, terror and the frightening new Middle East tinderbox

Apocalyptic worldviews and non-state actors make the wars in Syria and on terror all the more dangerous<p>Has World War III begun? Some world leaders and journalists seem to think so. For example, Jordan’s King Abdullah recently said at a news conference that “we are facing a Third World War against …

Middle East

Russia sends warning to West with show of strength in Syria

From submarine-launched cruise missiles to advanced warplanes, Vladimir Putin is using his intervention in Syria to showcase Russia's military might<p>Until last Tuesday, America and Britain were the only countries with a proven ability to fire cruise missiles at land targets from submarines.<p>Then a …

Walmart

4 Reasons Trump's Supporters Aren't Going Anywhere — And Why The GOP's Worried

<i>Editor's Note: Some readers might find some of the language below offensive.</i><p><b>This post was updated at 11:30 a.m. ET</b><p>Donald Trump has made his most outrageous statement yet in a string of beyond-the-pale utterances.<p>His plan to temporarily stop all Muslims from coming to the U.S. was condemned across …

Republicans

Scientists say this simple psychological shift can help you achieve your goals

Fortunately, you'll have plenty of opportunities to redeem yourself, even before January 1, 2017.<p>The key? Be on the lookout for days that seem like transition points.<p>In doing so, you'll be harnessing the power of what researchers call the "fresh-start effect." Whenever we feel like there's a chance …

Self-improvement

China is trying to build a global navy that would rival the US

On Nov. 26, Beijing announced its plans to establish its first overseas naval installation in the small nation of Djibouti, a strategic location on the Horn of Africa about 7,700 kilometers (4,800 miles) from China.<p>China is growing into its role as a great power and is setting the stage for more …

China

Is Stephen Hawking Right About Hostile Aliens?

E.T. was the perfect extraterrestrial: Cute, smart and — best of all — a perfect pacifist.<p>Unfortunately, scientists aren't so sure that an actual …

12 Mind Tricks That Make People Like You And Help You Get Ahead

When you’re working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won’t make you a Jedi, but using the brain’s natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you …

Body Language
Donald Trump

One politician's powerful speech on Syria moved British lawmakers to tears and applause

The vote came directly after a speech from Hilary Benn, the UK Labour Party's shadow foreign secretary, which Conservative Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond called "one of the greatest speeches" in British House of Commons history.<p>In the speech, Benn broke with his party's leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and …

United Kingdom

A Turkish Court Is Trying to Figure Out if It's an Insult to Compare the President to Gollum

A court in Turkey has solicited experts to conduct a character assessment of Gollum, from <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, because the judge is unsure if a …

North Africa

Chinese demand for IPA up 1,600% after Xi Jinping visit

Greene King’s export team putting extra effort into building contacts with importers of British beer to China<p>Greene King is shipping 50,000 cases of India pale ale to China following a surge in demand after President Xi Jinping drank a pint of the beer with David Cameron on his state visit to the …

China

Erdogan has a trump card against Putin that would transform the Syrian war

Prior to the incident, Moscow ignored calls by Ankara to put an "immediate end" to its airstrikes on Turkmen rebel brigades operating along the border.<p>The tension culminated in Turkey's decision to down the Su-24 fighter jet, which had been bombing units of Liwa Jabal al-Turkman — an ethnic Turkish …

Middle East

Italy Drives Muslims Underground

Rome’s plan to close hundreds of unofficial Muslim prayer centers could backfire badly.<p>ROME — Every day around noon four or five men roll out a faded …

Self-help

First Direct Evidence That ADHD is a Genetic Disorder Found

Neuroscience researchers from Cardiff University have found the first direct evidence that ADHD is a genetic disorder. The research found that of the …

The Impact Site Of Apollo 16's Third Stage Booster Has Been Found On The Moon

Shortly after Apollo 16 blasted off from Florida in 1972, the Saturn V Booster was used as an experiment in and of itself, to measure seismic …

U.S. senators call for 20,000 troops in Syria and Iraq | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two senior U.S. senators called on Sunday for Washington to nearly triple military force levels in Iraq to 10,000 and send an equal number of troops to Syria as part of a multinational ground force to counter Islamic State in both countries.<p>U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (C) …

Middle East

'Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, but now I’ve lost my faith'

Jon Stewart spent 14 years attending AA meetings. They got him sober, but at a cost. He asks why so few alcoholics are offered alternative treatments<p>My first day of sobriety was the first day I prayed. I’d always been a staunch atheist; I grew up in Yorkshire during the miners’ strike, and was …

Drug Addiction

Mark Hamill Drops More Hints About Luke Skywalker’s Status In ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

The secrecy surrounding Mark Hamill’s role as Luke Skywalker in <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is no secret. His being in the film is an established fact, but getting him to speak about the experience in a clear, coherent manner is another matter entirely. Now that the film opens in less than a month, …

Luke Skywalker

8-Year-Old Boy on Family Hike Makes 3,000-Year-Old Discovery Dating to Biblical First Temple Period

An 8-year-old Israeli boy on a hike with his family at Tel Beit Shemesh — an ancient city mentioned repeatedly in the Bible — found a small, round ceramic object that he later learned held important archaeological significance.<p>It turns out the figurine Itai Halperin picked up last weekend was a …

Archaeology

New Chinese Laser Weapon Stars On TV

An extreme solution to paparazzi drones<p>Laser weapons are not just the stuff of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, but also now a real technology of growing importance to war. On November 7, 2015, a CCTV newscast showed that China is making great progress in this new weapons area, showing images of a …

Military

LHC Re-creates First Moments Of The Universe And Sets New Energy Record

Big Bang Theory IRL<p>What was the universe like in the first few moments of its existence? We may not have a time machine to go back and witness that exact moment, but scientists are now able to recreate that brief and momentous time in the lab.<p>Today, the operators of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) …

Physics