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As a history teacher, I'm horrified by the whitewashing of my curriculum – I'm being told to teach that colonialism was good

Like many history teachers, I entered the profession due to a vested interest in dismantling the inequalities generated by the abuse of power. I …

Royal Family

President Trump Doesn’t Know He’s the President of the U.S. Virgin Islands

<i>UPDATED--</i>Is President Donald Trump aware residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands are, in fact, Americans? It's unclear.<p>In a speech Friday, Trump said …

'Weird winter': Climate change behind Australia's record hot and dry weather

Australia had its hottest winter on record, with temperatures up by 2 degrees on average and it is related to worsening climate change, a leading …

Democrats’ Better Deal, explained

The Democratic Party’s new pitch to voters takes aim at sky-high economic and political inequality — arguing it should be eradicated by ramping up government oversight of big businesses, breaking up corporate trusts, and implementing major new federal spending programs to boost infrastructure and …

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton Campaign Systematically Overcharging Poorest Donors

Wells Fargo fraud department inundated with calls from low-income Clinton supporters reporting repeated unauthorized charges<p>Hillary Clinton’s …

Kentucky's Governor Wants to Stop Crime with the Power of Prayer

"We don't need a sermon or him quoting scripture," one minister said. "We know the Bible and we're already praying."<p>In Louisville, Kentucky, violent crime is on the rise, and the number of homicides this year is on pace to outstrip last year's record high. As community members and grieving families …

North Carolina woman admits leading 30 parishioners in beating of gay church member to expel his 'demons'

A North Carolina woman admitted in court in Friday that she led approximately 30 parishioners from her church to attack and beat a gay member of the …

Tree rings provide snapshots of Earth's past climate

If you look out the window, you can tell if it’s rainy or sunny <i>right now</i>, but that doesn’t say very much about your region’s climate—the area’s …

Father and son accused of rape want ‘only law book that truly matters’ at their trial: The Bible

A father and son accused of raping a teenage girl over a three-year period and keeping her shackled in a basement have made it clear that they don’t have faith in the law or in the people who practice it.<p>When they face an Ohio jury as they defend themselves against criminal charges that carry long …

Crime

NASA GISS: NASA News & Feature Releases: NASA, NOAA Data Show 2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally

NASA News & Feature Releases<p>NASA, NOAA Data Show 2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally<p>Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern …

Financial security may be out of reach for millennials: research

Millennials are on shaky ground, struggling to gain the same financial security afforded to their parents, new data analysis suggests. When baby …

The Station Scientist’s Responsibility to Report on Climate Change

For decades, broadcast meteorologists and weather presenters have been asked to provide on-air support and analysis on everything from earthquakes …

Catholic priest accused of organising orgies in rectory and pimping out 15 women

An Italian priest is being investigated for allegedly organising orgies in his rectory and pimping out up to 15 lovers.<p>Catholic Father Andrea Contin, …

Morality

Tony Heller’s Snow Job

How would we expect global warming to affect the world’s amount of snow cover? The naive way — the simpleton’s way — would be to say that higher …

As World Warms, How Do We Decide When a Plant is Native?

The fate of a tree planted at poet Emily Dickinson's home raises questions about whether gardeners can — or should — play a role in helping plant …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Met With Trump to “Engage” on Gigantic Corporate Tax Cut

Why did executives from 11 of America’s biggest technology companies obediently show up when they were summoned by the president-elect to meet at …

Electoral College sees record-breaking defections

The seven so-called “faithless” votes cast by members of the Electoral College on Monday may go down as a noisy footnote to an otherwise chaotic 2016 election. But they also represent a historic breach between electors and the candidates they were expected to vote for.<p>The number of faithless votes …

Berlin terror attack: Tunisian suspect was investigated over earlier terror plot

• <b>12 dead and 48 injured, some severely, at Berlin market</b>• <b><br>German police hunt Tunisian man after finding identity document</b>• <b><br>Suspect was investigated over earlier plot, had links to extremist preacher</b>• <b><br>Berlin terror attack leaves Angela Merkel isolated</b>• <b><br>Everything we know about suspect Anis Amri</b>• <b><br>How the German</b> …

Global sea ice in November: Black swans flock to both poles

A black swan event is a situation so rare that few people would have imagined it was possible. In November 2016, researchers were caught off guard by …

Is Russia Going To War With Turkey? Moscow's Ambassador Shot In Ankara Before Syria Peace Talks

<b>UPDATED: 2:28 p.m. EST -</b> Turkish authorities detained Monday the mother and sister of Mert Altintas, the Turkish police officer who assassinated the …

After Campaigning Against Free Trade Deals, Donald Trump May Make A Corporate Free Trade Lobbyists His Trade Negotiator

In 2010, as the Obama administration worked to put the finishing touches on a free trade agreement with South Korea, Donald Trump called into Fox …

North Carolina Just Gave Donald Trump a Strategy for Undermining Democracy

Republicans in North Carolina have revealed their true colors, and they are not red, white and blue. In a brazen act of legislative overreach, they …

Rex Tillerson’s State of Denial

Is there such a thing as a non-denial denialist?<p>This question came to mind this week, when Donald Trump nominated the chairman of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, to be the next Secretary of State. Several news outlets gave Tillerson credit for at least acknowledging that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse …

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Attend Your Local Electoral College Meeting On December 19

Despite the recent round of frenzy, the Electoral College will probably not subvert the will of their states’ voters and block Trump. Still, who …

College Sports

Climate change worsened deadly heat waves last year

From Europe to India to Australia, climate change worsened several deadly heat waves around the world in 2015, according to a report released Thursday.<p>"We’re seeing mounting evidence that climate change is making heat waves more extreme in many regions around the world,” said report lead editor …

Donald Trump's Israel ambassador is hardline pro-settler lawyer

Donald Trump has named as his ambassador to Israel a pro-settler lawyer who has described some US Jews as worse than concentration camp prisoner-guards.<p>David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who represented the president-elect over his failing hotels in Atlantic City, served Trump’s advisory team on …

Israel

Banned by 119 Countries, U.S. Cluster Bombs Continue to Orphan Yemeni Children

On the morning of October 5, Ali Mohammed “Jubahi” Medarij set out early from his family home in al-Hayma, a coastal fishing village on the Red Sea …

Middle East

Trump’s pick for labor secretary wrote a deregulatory manifesto

Since President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder as labor secretary, there’s been lots of speculation that the …

Why Wasn’t Dylann Roof Charged With Terrorism?

The Department of Justice charged Dylann Roof, the white 21-year-old man who allegedly gunned down nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South …