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Homo erectus may have been a sailor – and able to speak

They had bodies similar to modern humans, could make tools, and were possibly the first to cook. Now one expert is arguing that <i>Homo erectus</i> might have been a mariner – complete with sailing lingo.<p><i>Homo erectus</i> first appeared in Africa more than 1.8m years ago and is thought to be the first archaic …

Rob Porter’s Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger

WASHINGTON — People who crossed paths with Rob Porter in Harvard classrooms or the hallways of Capitol Hill describe him in glowing terms: He was articulate enough to be secretary of state. Intelligent enough to be a Supreme Court justice. Driven enough to be president.<p>Until Mr. Porter resigned as …

Candidates in Pennsylvania House race oppose weapons ban

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the year's first congressional race, Republican and Democratic candidates in suburban Pittsburgh said Monday they oppose banning …

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Trump spent the weekend tweeting about Russia. He lied, a lot.

Here are the three biggest whoppers from a very long list.<p>Even by his standards, President Trump has been on a Twitter rampage since special counsel Robert Mueller started indicting Russians for election interference last Friday. Trump has sent 16 tweets on the topic in the three days following the …

Outside White House, teens demonstrate for gun control after school shooting

Seventeen high school students lay down for three minutes in front of the White House on Monday to represent the lives lost during the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the amount of time it takes to buy a gun.<p>They were joined by several hundred protesters who demanded …

Will more young people support gun control after Parkland? Recent history suggests no.

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Florida last week, some of the student survivors are calling on Congress to pass legislation that would address gun violence in schools.<p>Their public calls raise an interesting question: Will there be a significant shift among the younger …

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Pence defends faith as normal after TV host calls it crazy to think Jesus talks to him

WASHINGTON — Vice President Pence has defended his Christian faith after one of the co-hosts of the ABC daytime talk show <i>The View</i> cracked that Pence is mentally ill if he thinks Jesus talks to him.<p>"It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talk to you," Joy Behar, an actress …

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What John Adams really thought about Thomas Jefferson: “I shudder at the calamities”

<b>Thomas Jefferson; John Adams (Getty/Photo Montage by Salon)</b><p>The friendship between the ex-presidents was tested when Adams’ private trash-talking letters were published<p>Daniel L. Mallock<p>February 19, 2018 11:00am (UTC)<p><i>Excerpted with permission from "Agony and Eloquence" by Daniel L. Mallock. Copyright</i> …

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Fox News’s appalling past 72 hours, analyzed

A data analysis shows how Fox News spun the Mueller indictment and Florida shooting into a defense of the president.<p>On Friday, FBI special counsel Robert Mueller filed the first charges against Russians in his investigation. The indictment details how a small group of Russian internet trolls tried …

Does WWE’s PPV Reduction Signal the End of the Brand Extension?

WWE is cutting the number of monthly pay-per-views but does the move mean the brand extension is coming to an end?<p>WWE’s recent pay-per-view schedule …

CHART: How Have Your Members Of Congress Voted On Gun Bills?

After the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas last year, lawmakers discussed imposing restrictions on "bump stocks." The Las Vegas shooter used that type of gun modification, which makes a semiautomatic weapon fire like an automatic weapon, and killed 58 people.<p>After a …

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Parkland survivors rip politicians' 'pathetic' responses

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting slammed politicians' responses to the massacre, calling them "disgusting" and "pathetic" in a Monday morning appearance on CNN's "New Day."<p>Emma Gonzalez, whose speech in favor of gun control went viral four days after 17 people were …

No, Donald Trump Is Not Trying To Steal Servers' Tips

Late last year, President Trump’s Labor Department published a proposed rule that would permit back-of-the-house restaurant staff (e.g. dishwashers or cooks) to participate in a workplace tip pool under certain conditions. Labor groups cried fouled, claiming it would allow restaurants to “legally …

The return of measles in Europe is “a tragedy we simply cannot accept”

The number of measles cases has rebounded in Europe in 2017, after setting a record low in 2016. The continent recorded some 21,000 cases last year, according to the World Health Organization, which is nearly four times as many cases as in the year before that.<p>The surge in cases comes as a result …

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Most KFCs in UK remain closed because of chicken shortage

Fast food chain blames contract with delivery firm DHL, with more than 550 outlets still shut<p>The fast food chain KFC has been forced to temporarily close most of its UK outlets after problems with a new delivery contract led to a chicken shortage.<p>A total of 562 KFC outlets remained shut following a …

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U.S. Officials Tell World Leaders To Ignore Trump's Tweets

Americans tried to calm rattled leaders at an international conference in Munich.<p>President Donald Trump’s tweets not only trigger worries at home. They rattle leaders around the world.<p>But U.S. officials reportedly tried to reassure global policy representatives at an international conference in …

The one part of new motherhood that’s most likely to trigger postnatal depression

One in ten women experience depression within a year of giving birth.<p>Becoming a mother is probably the biggest life change a woman can experience. With your life no longer being about you but rather keeping a small human alive, the sleepless nights, dramatic changes to your body and fluctuating …

Kremlin dismisses Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians

<b>St. Petersburg, Russia (CNN) —</b> The Russian government denied Monday that it had interfered in the 2016 US election campaign in the Kremlin's first remarks since 13 Russian nationals were indicted Friday on charges of conspiring to defraud the US.<p>Answering a question from CNN on a weekly telephone …

Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now

Our democracy is in serious danger.<p>President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy.<p>That is, either Trump’s real …

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May insists she does not worry about being 'stabbed in the back'

PM tells This Morning she is not concerned about being deposed and says she enjoys her job<p>Theresa May has insisted she feels secure in her job and does not worry about being deposed as she prepared for another relaunch of her embattled prime ministership with a speech introducing a review of …

Florida Student Emma Gonzalez Delivered This Powerful Speech Demanding Gun Control Reform

America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care

Trump’s gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack—and he’s done nothing to fulfill it.<p>As the rest of America mourns the victims of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, President Trump took to Twitter.<p>Not for him the rituals of grief. He is too consumed by rage and …

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Veterans groups urge Trump to keep VA Secretary David Shulkin despite travel errors

WASHINGTON – Three veterans organizations urged President Trump to keep Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin in place despite a report that said he misused taxpayer dollars during a European trip last year.<p>The American Legion ticked off a list of his accomplishments at the department, including …

Prominent GOP donor pledges to withhold donations until candidates support weapons legislation

<b>(CNN) —</b> A top Republican donor vowed on Saturday to stop cutting checks for candidates and political groups that do not support a ban on assault weapons.<p>Real estate developer Al Hoffman Jr. told CNN's Ana Cabrera on Sunday that he would not give money to lawmakers if they did not spring into …

Trump mocks Oprah Winfrey

President Donald Trump on Sunday mocked Oprah Winfrey for her performance on CBS' "60 MInutes."<p>"Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes," he tweeted Sunday night.<p>"The questions were biased and slanted, the facts …

Madaleno’s running mate: Luwanda Jenkins, business executive and former O’Malley appointee

Maryland gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno (D-Montgomery) has tapped as his running mate Luwanda W. Jenkins, a Baltimore native who served in the administrations of the last three Democratic governors.<p>Jenkins directed the Office of Minority Affairs for three years during …

The Russian journalist who helped uncover election interference is confounded by the Mueller indictments

A 37-page indictment issued by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team on Friday brings fresh American attention to one of the strangest elements of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election: The Internet Research Agency (IRA), a state-sponsored “troll factory” in St. Petersburg.<p>But …

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Former Trump Aide Rick Gates Will Plead Guilty To Mueller Probe Charges: Report

He's willing to testify against Paul Manafort, his onetime associate, according to The Los Angeles Times.<p>Rick Gates, a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, will plead guilty to charges related to fraud and is willing to testify against his longtime business partner, Paul Manafort, The …

Paul Manafort Accused Of Bank Fraud In New Mueller Court Documents

He submitted "doctored profit statements" for mortgage to secure bail, say prosecutors.<p>Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been accused of bank fraud that wasn’t part of the original indictment against him, according to court documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller.<p>The …

Trump tweet angers survivors of Parkland shooting

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Students who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting laid into President Donald Trump after he linked the FBI's failure to follow up on a report about the school shooter and the resources expended on the Russia investigation.<p>On Saturday, Trump tweeted, "Very sad that the FBI …

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