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Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

WASHINGTON — The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.<p>Current and former American officials described the …

The New Study That Shows Trumpcare’s Damage

When Massachusetts expanded health insurance a decade ago, state officials unknowingly created an experiment. It’s turned out to be an experiment that offers real-world evidence of what would happen if the House Republicans’ health bill were to become law.<p>The findings from Massachusetts come from …

Texas Inmates Break Out of Cell to Save Guard Who Suffered Heart Attack

A group of inmates at a Texas jail broke out of a holding cell last month to save a guard who had suffered an apparent heart attack.<p>The guard had …

Among the Healers

TONALÁ, MEXICO — We arrive at noon and take our numbers. The more motivated, having traveled from all over Mexico, began showing up at 3 a.m. About half of the 80 people ahead of us sit in the long waiting room on benches that line the walls, while others stand clustered outside or kill the long …

Horse Racing

KQED

This week, you can watch as Earth passes a threshold not seen for at least a million years. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the air will rise …

File Report 2010-1083-B: Seismicity of the Earth 1900–2010 Aleutian Arc and Vicinity

This map shows details of the Aleutian arc not visible in an earlier publication. The Aleutian arc extends about 3,000 km from the Gulf of Alaska to …

Surprises emerge as scientists map the tectonic plate that could cause ‘The Big One’

For the first time ever, scientists have gotten a full picture of the plate that is pushing its way under the Pacific Northwestern coast and putting …

Opinion: John Bogle says you won’t make much money from stocks

John Bogle finally has it right about stocks.<p>Bogle, the legendary founder of mutual-fund giant Vanguard Group, and a staunch defender of index funds, …

This Graphic Helps You Identify Your Home's Biggest Energy Costs

Looking at your electric bill, it’s not totally clear where all of that money actually goes—or what in your home is costing you the most. This …

A financial planner shares her personal system for managing money

But we also ring up debt because we simply don't understand the flow of our income and expenses, so we can't accurately estimate how much money we have available to spend.<p>I've struggled with this myself. A few years ago, I put in place a "Money Flow" system to help my family track our spending.<p>You …

Personal Finance

The Secret To Danish Happiness

Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world. The reason why might lie with the idea of "hygge."<p><i>This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. In November, GGSC is hosting a summit on Mindfulness and</i> …

Intersex Activist Denied A Passport Sues The U.S. Government

The State Department denied Dana Zzyym's request to list their gender as "X" on their passport application. Now Zzyym is suing.<p>Dana Zzyym has spent most of their life struggling to conform to social and legal categories of gender. But now Zzyym is claiming the State Department violated their …

Opinion: Investors would be wise to move their money out of the U.S.

While many investors worry that the U.S. economy is so weak it’s teetering on recession — and a slowdown in China will make matters worse — the real …

These Portraits of Southern Blues Musicians Prove That Blues Is Not Dead

Freeman Vines, Luthier, Wilson, NC, 2015. Platinum print.<br>Wet Plate Collodion Photographs by Tim Duffy<p>1 of 10<p>Ironing Board Sam began playing the pump …

The world will come crashing down (again): Inside the global debt crisis that America is about to import

Trillions of dollars of investment in emerging markets has been fueled by cheap credit — and the bill’s coming due<p>Even as tens of millions of Americans continue to still struggle to recover from the Great Recession, there are signs that the roller coaster global economy is about to take us on …

Why Your Retirement Spending Estimates Are Probably Wrong

This week, I thought it would be interesting to conduct a roundtable interview with five financial planners who work with federal employees. I spoke …

How to achieve a £31,600 tax-free retirement income

Here's our precision plan for a couple nearing retirement who want some guaranteed income, as well as the flexibility to keep some of their savings invested<p>Retirees have been given the freedom to choose how they spend their pension savings, after years of having to buy an annuity.<p>But the income and …

Vanguard or Fidelity: Which Is the Better Retirement Provider?

Picking the right investment company is important to your wealth. Source: 401kCalculator.org<p>Vanguard and Fidelity are two of the biggest names in money management and investing. Between the two, they have more than $5<i>trillion</i>in assets under management, making them two of the largest money managers …

Investing

Opinion: 10 questions will tell your survival chances in 2016 bear market

Yes, the Wall Street stock market casino will lose $10 trillion when we get a new president ... yes, it’s “only a matter of time before the next …

Investing

The third recorded global coral bleaching event may be underway

Coral reefs around the world — from Hawaii to the iconic Great Barrier Reef, eastward all the way to the Bahamas and beyond — are in jeopardy of …

NASA's Highest-Res Photos Yet Show Pluto's Bizarre Geology

For Pluto nerds, Christmas is coming every week, as NASA doles out the images New Horizons has been slowly sending back since its flyby in July. …

Ensuring your retirement savings last as long as you do

<i>I'm retired and have about $800,000 invested in a conservative mix of stocks and bonds. Social Security and pension payments cover my basic expenses, but I'm skittish about the market volatility and would like to have a guaranteed source of income that's not subject to the market's ups and downs.</i> …

Retirement

Meet The Woman Who Helped Discover A New Species Of Human

Hannah Morris in South Africa's Rising Star Cave, where the bones and fossils of Homo naledi were discovered.<p>Imagine descending more than 39 feet …

How Sexual Energy Helps Arouse Our Creative Genius

Photographer: Craig White<p>Five years ago, I stumbled into a new way of life on the wave of a force so strong that it was impossible for me to ignore. I discovered a whole new pathway to my creative genius and energy -- while sexting.<p>My transformation started in January 2010. I was sitting at my desk …