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The feel-good Hallmark Channel is booming in the age of Trump

There's a very good chance that you or someone in your close circle of friends watches the Hallmark Channel.<p>Ratings are booming. Hallmark was the only non-news channel in the top 15 to see substantial viewership growth last year. In November and December, when Hallmark aired Christmas movies almost …

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How to Take Down Kim Jong Un

Stop saying there are no good options on North Korea. Here’s how we can end the threat once and for all—without firing a shot.<p>At my Senate confirmation hearing a few years ago, I made a promise to the panel deciding my fate: never to use the phrase “there are no good options.” After all, if there …

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Inside the North Korean military: A look at the rogue nation's armed services

Tensions between North Korea and the U.S. continued to rise as the North on Sept. 3 claimed its most powerful nuclear test so far — another step in …

Trump declares U.S. 'locked and loaded' in new North Korea threat

In his latest broadside at North Korea, President Trump bluntly warned dictator Kim Jong Un on Friday that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” …

Beijing warns Pyongyang: You’re on your own if you go after the United States

BEIJING — China won’t come to North Korea’s aid if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned Friday — but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.<p>The Global Times newspaper is not an official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, but in …

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Trump warns North Korea: US military 'locked and loaded'

<b>Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump further escalated his rhetorical standoff with North Korea Friday morning, suggesting the US was ready to respond with military force should the rogue nation "act unwisely."<p>In an early morning tweet, Trump appeared to warn the Pyonyang regime …

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A key government report on climate change is out. Here's what you need to know

The New York Times published a draft of the report on Monday night.<p>[<i>Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details about the origins of the draft report.</i>]<p><i>The New York Times</i> published a draft of a long-awaited government report on climate change on Monday night, and the picture it …

The Subtle Moment When Jon Snow Finally Knew Something On 'Game Of Thrones'

1 / 11<p>After six seasons of “Game of Thrones,” and four episodes of Season 7, Jon Snow finally knows something.<p>After six seasons of “Game of Thrones,” …

Watch the New Trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5

"Bad things are coming."<p>The latest episode of <i>Game of Thrones</i> was killer, but the one to follow looks just as exciting. After giving a major blow to the Lannister army, it seems Daenerys might be getting herself into trouble. And don't let all the fire from that last scene distract you; the White …

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'Game of Thrones': Yes, That Was Bronn With the Clutch Save

It’s a bit tough to tell, but you’re right in thinking that was Bronn who showed up at a key moment in “Game of Thrones” Season 7 Episode 4, “Spoils …

Two Game of Thrones Theories Point Toward an Important Meeting for Jon Snow

<b>Warning:</b> This post contains spoilers for season seven of <i>Game of Thrones</i>.<p>Although Jon Snow has been spending plenty of time getting to know their …

Daenerys Repeated a Jon Snow Quote Word For Word and Didn't Even Know It

As much as we want to know who will end up taking the Iron Throne on <b>Game of Thrones</b>, the recent sexual tension between Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has shifted our priorities a little. Will these two live happily ever after and rule Westeros in peace? Can these …

How important is it that Mueller has formed a grand jury? I asked 20 legal experts.

Everything you wanted to know about grand juries.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington, DC, as part of his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.<p>Almost immediately after the news broke, the tweets and “BREAKING NEWS” headlines started to …

The most offensive curse word in English has powerful feminist origins

Cursing is a good way to be bad. It’s mostly harmless and signals authenticity to listeners. For the linguistically bold, vulgarity is just one element of a rich vocabulary, a spice for speech. Yet even those of us who curse like sailors shirk the word “cunt.”<p>Breathe deep, because we’re about to …

Flynn files new financial form reporting ties to data firm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, disclosed a brief advisory role with a firm related to a controversial data analysis company that aided the Trump campaign, according to a filing Flynn submitted to the White House.<p>The disclosure of Flynn's …

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As investigation intensifies, Trump crows to crowd

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> "Are there any Russians here?"<p>With that mocking cry, delivered from the bosom of an adoring West Virginia crowd, President Donald Trump offered the most explicit glimpse yet of how he plans to cope with the spreading net of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.<p>"Most …

'Game of Thrones' fan predicts a huge prophecy is about to be fulfilled in the show

<b>Warning: Contains many</b> <i>Game of Thrones</i> <b>spoilers.</b><p>In the world of ice and fire, nothing beats a good prophecy or two.<p>They literally can't get enough of …

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This Woman Was Kicked Out of a Public Pool So Her One-Piece Swimsuit Wouldn't 'Excite' Boys

Is it too much to ask that women are no longer shamed for their bodies, clothes, and appearances in general? For now, apparently it is.<p>A normal one-piece swimsuit is the cause of the latest instance of totally uncalled-for body-shaming to go viral. The incident occurred on Tuesday in Knoxville, …

Sorority sisters celebrate beauty with 'Melanin Illustrated' photo

A group of Florida sorority sisters posed in the azure waters of Costa Rica for what they called a "Melanin Illustrated" photo shoot that went viral Wednesday.<p>“We wanted to convey the message that beauty is being confident; that you are good enough and that is beauty in itself, no matter your size …

The attack mainly killed employees of the Afghan ministry of mines and petroleum, according to Kabul police<p>The Taliban have killed at least 38 people and wounded dozens more in a suicide bomb attack against a bus carrying government employees in the Afghan capital, Kabul, according to officials.<p>The …

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Trump expected to support Russia sanctions package

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has indicated that President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure that requires him to get …

Four Arab countries say they are ready for Qatar dialogue with conditions | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - The four Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar said on Sunday they were ready for talks to tackle the dispute if Doha showed willingness to deal with their demands.<p>Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir speaks to media after the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, …

Trump insults and threatens GOP senators in long rant after health bill failure

After a years-long effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act collapsed on Capitol Hill, President Trump castigated Republican senators on social media Saturday.<p>“They look like fools,” the president wrote on Twitter — and unless they tried yet again to repeal and replace Obamacare, they would be …

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Koreas begin preparatory talks to set up Kim-Moon summit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The rival Koreas on Thursday began preparatory talks to set up a summit later this month between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in amid a global diplomatic push to resolve tensions over the North's nuclear program.<p>The meeting of …

Russia sanctions: EU vows to retaliate over US measures

<b>The European Union has expressed concern about US plans to impose fresh sanctions on Russia, amid concern they could hurt energy companies.</b><p>The EU Commission sounded the alarm after the US House of Representatives voted in favour of the measures, despite opposition from Donald Trump.<p>The bill is …

GOP momentum grows for more modest plan to overhaul Obamacare

The Senate rejected a proposal Wednesday that would have repealed major parts of the Affordable Care Act, but Republican leaders were growing more confident about their chances of passing a more modest overhaul of the health-care law later this week.<p>Republicans appeared to be ­coalescing around a …

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Trump's order: Bar all transgender troops from US military

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban Wednesday on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military, catching the …

Marines remaining in Afghanistan face hardship - CNN Video

Only 300 US Marines remain in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Based on a recent tour, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports that the Marines seem oddly vulnerable.

China is using AI to predict who will commit crime next

This sounds a little like <i>Minority Report</i> to us. China is looking into predictive analytics to help authorities stop suspects <i>before</i> a crime is …

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Israel removes metal detectors from holy site entrance

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel began removing metal detectors from entrances to a major Jerusalem shrine early Tuesday morning to defuse a crisis over the …