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How to Build a City That Doesn’t Flood? Turn it Into a Sponge

Urban floods make the news with alarming regularity. Just in the past few months, Hurricane Harvey submerged Houston, and the seasonal monsoon …

pilgrim database

Now full members of AmericanAncestors.org can search the world's largest online database of authenticated <i>Mayflower</i> passenger genealogies to discover …

Myanmar defense lawyers say documents from Reuters reporters' phones 'not secret'

YANGON (Reuters) - Documents Myanmar police say they found on the mobile phones of two Reuters reporters accused of possessing state secrets were not confidential, defense lawyers said on Tuesday, because the information was publicly available before they were arrested.<p>Judge Ye Lwin accepted as …

Asia

In our nation's opioid epidemic, Pa. could find a fix using medical marijuana

Pennsylvania saw the second-highest drop nationally in the number of opioid prescriptions in 2017, according to the American Medical Association. It …

Cannabis

The economy is humming. So why do experts foresee a recession in 2020?

The skies of the U.S. economy are clear and sunny, but many analysts see storm clouds on the horizon.<p>By many measures, the economy is in its best shape since the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. Unemployment hit an 18-year low of 3.8% in May. Average wage growth is widely expected to reach 3% by …

Economy

U.S. Air Force fugitive missing for 35 years found living in California

A U.S. Air Force officer who went missing in 1983 was found last week, living in California.<p>Capt. William Howard Hughes, Jr., who was going by the name Barry O'Beirne, admitted his true identity after becoming the subject of a passport fraud investigation during an interview with the U.S. …

Crime

Supreme Court says states can remove voters who skip elections, ignore warnings

WASHINGTON – Failing to vote can lead to getting knocked off voter registration rolls, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that probably will help Republicans and hurt Democrats.<p>The court's conservative majority ruled 5-4 that Ohio did not violate federal laws by purging …

Government

Crocodile jumps from Ethiopian lake and kills pastor during mass baptism

Tragedy struck a mass baptism in an African lake when a crocodile leaped from the water and killed the presiding pastor.<p>The Rev. Docho Eshete was conducting the ceremony for about 80 people on Sunday morning at Lake Abaya in southern Ethiopia, the BBC reported. Eshete died after being bitten on his …

Jesus

Why the #MeToo Movement Should Be Ready for a Backlash

As a much-needed reckoning happens in the workplace, look to college campuses for a note of caution.<p>In the final five years of his presidency, Barack Obama’s administration undertook a worthy and bold challenge: the elimination of sexual assault on campuses. In fact, Obama’s team had a much more …

Title IX

Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers

Liberal arts and the humanities aren't just for the elite.<p>Once, when I told a guy on a plane that I taught philosophy at a community college, he responded, “So you teach Plato to plumbers?” Yes, indeed. But I also teach Plato to nurses’ aides, soldiers, ex-cons, preschool music teachers, janitors, …

The 2020's could be the worst decade in US history

I recently wrote about a looming credit crisis that's stemming from high-yield junk bonds. The crisis itself will have massive consequences for investors. But that's not the worst part.<p>The crisis will create a domino effect and trigger global financial contagion, which I usually refer to as "The …

Economics

Starbucks shuts itself down over racism; Roseanne unintentionally does the same

The racist tweet that killed TV's No. 1 show<p>Roseanne Barr sent a racist tweet Tuesday about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj." ABC called the comment "repugnant" and swiftly canceled the show <i>Roseanne</i>, a move praised by many — but not …

Rights & Freedoms

President Trump signs 'right to try' law to get experiment drugs for terminal patients

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed legislation Wednesday to give terminally ill patients the ability to access experimental drugs that have not won approval from the Food and Drug Administration.<p>The "right to try" measure will let patients who have exhausted other options access drugs in early …

Donald Trump

Near a Nebraska town, cops seize enough opioids to kill over 26 million

Results this week from a crime lab analysis found that the whopping 118 pounds of narcotics seized by Nebraska State Patrol back in April is all fentanyl, making the bust the state's largest ever and one of the biggest in United States history.<p>Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid over 30 times more …

Crime

EWG's 2018 Guide to Safer Sunscreens

Extreme Sports

‘There’s a Perception That Canada Is Being Invaded’

Justin Trudeau’s government has started rejecting more refugee claims from migrants who cross the U.S.-Canada border on foot.<p>It may seem paradoxical. Last year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to issue an open invitation to refugees with a tweet declaring, “to those fleeing …

Canada

A ‘Quiet Revolution’ Comes to Ireland

Thirty-five years after implementing the country’s constitutional ban on abortion, an overwhelming majority of Irish people voted to repeal it.<p><i>Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET</i><p>DUBLIN—It was clear a big change was coming to Ireland even as the final votes were still being tallied: Exit polls Friday night …

Same-sex Marriage

Venezuelans buy bus tickets out after Maduro wins re-election

CARACAS (Reuters) - Betsabeth Casique saved for eight months for bus tickets out of Venezuela for herself and her three children. At 1.4 million bolivars each, they are worth what she earns in a month working as a nurse.<p>It is less than two dollars at the black market exchange rate.<p>When socialist …

Venezuela

Teen gets 'wet lung' after vaping for three weeks, prompting doctors to issue warning

An 18-year-old in Pennsylvania arrived at an emergency room with stabbing pains in her chest less than three weeks after picking up vaping. The diagnosis: a respiratory disease known as "wet lung."<p>That's according to doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, whose report on the teen's …

Public Health

Suspected serial killer wants an apology from police in Michigan

WARREN, Mich. — Arthur Nelson Ream acknowledges that he raped a teenage hitchhiker in the 1970s, had sex with underage girls and buried 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki in an unmarked grave.<p>But he denies killing Zarzycki or anyone else and says he deserves an apology from Warren police who have called …

Crime

New NRA president Oliver North decries 'culture of violence' but worked on 'Call of Duty'

Incoming National Rifle Association president Oliver North has already grabbed national attention for his take on the root causes of America's mass shooting problem after a Texas high school student killed 10 people in a bloody rampage.<p>The retired Marine lieutenant colonel blamed a "culture of …

Oliver North

The Founder of Mother's Day Later Fought to Have It Abolished

Years after she founded Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis was dining at the Tea Room at Wanamaker’s department store in Philadelphia. She saw they were …

Pakistani parliament passes bill for transgender rights

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‘What Happened to Alan Dershowitz?’

How a liberal Harvard professor became Trump’s most distinguished defender on TV, freaked out his friends and got the legal world up in arms.<p>NEW YORK — If you wanted to feel the full force of the intellectual whirlpool that is American politics in 2018, the place to go on April 2 was the Village …

Law

Why Do Americans Work So Much?

The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted a society so prosperous that people would hardly have to work. But that isn’t exactly how things have played out.<p>How will we all keep busy when we only have to work 15 hours a week? That was the question that worried the economist John Maynard Keynes when …

Economics

Joe Hawley retired from NFL. Then he moved into van and hit road in search of new path

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — For eight years, Joe Hawley's life followed an inescapable rhythm — the monotony of practice, film study and offseason workouts, all of it on a seemingly endless loop. The NFL dictated where he had to be and what he had to do. It wrecked his body. It consumed his life.<p>"It’s …

RVs

John McCain won't be buried with his father, grandfather at Arlington National Cemetery

PHOENIX — As he continues to battle a deadly form of brain cancer, Sen. John McCain also is pondering his final resting place, where family, friends and strangers will one day pay their respects to the six-term senator from Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee.<p>A prisoner-of-war and the …

Mccain

New York Times Co. is dipping a toe into television production

Emboldened by the success of "The Daily" podcast, the New York Times is entering the television business. While there may be a little money to be m

Authentic voice: the indispensable quality of good writing

Of all the effects created by writers, none is more important or elusive than that quality called “voice.” Good writers, it is said, wan

Iowa governor signs nation's strictest abortion regulation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday signed a law banning most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or at around six weeks of pregnancy, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation — but setting the state up for a lengthy court fight.<p>The Republican …

Government