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John McCain, ‘maverick’ of the Senate and former POW, dies at 81

By Karen Tumulty<p>Karen Tumulty<p>Columnist covering national politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>U.S. Sen. John S. McCain, the son and grandson of four-star admirals, was bred for combat. He endured more than five years of imprisonment and torture by the North Vietnamese as a young naval officer and went on to …

Republicans

John McCain, War Hero, Senator, Presidential Contender, Dies at 81

John S. McCain, the proud naval aviator who climbed from depths of despair as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to pinnacles of power as a Republican congressman and senator from Arizona and a two-time contender for the presidency, died on Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81.<p>According to a …

Affordable Care Act

John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81

Programming note: For more on the late senator's legacy, tune in to "John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls" Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Whenever America was in a fight during his long lifetime, John McCain was in the thick of it.<p>McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a naval bomber pilot, …

Campaign Finance

This Is What Road Rage Does to Your Body

Pretty much everyone has been angry behind the wheel, but outbursts (on or off the road) may not be great for you. This is what road rage can do to your brain and body.<p><i>It’s been a really great day</i>, you think to yourself—when all of a sudden some asshole in a yellow SUV comes veering into your lane. …

Road Rage

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76.<p>The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said.<p>In her indelible late-1960s …

Aretha Franklin

Stephen Hawking: A Life in Pictures

Margot Kidder: A Life in Pictures

The Linguistics of 'YouTube Voice'

The attention-grabbing tricks that keep an audience watching, even when people are just talking at a camera<p>Hey guys! What’s up? It’s Julie. And today I want to talk about YouTube voice.<p>So the other day, I was watching this YouTube video from the PBS Idea Channel about whether Ron Weasley from <i>Harry</i> …

What is love? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Experts say the western ideal of romantic love is constantly disappointing us. Which is a shame because our culture loves romantic love. It’s an idea that pervades pop music, …

Narcissism

Will we stop speaking and just text?

The young often text more than make calls so is speech itself doomed? Texting may be closer to speech than formal written language, writes James Harbeck.<p>Say this out loud: <i>zomg wtfffffff im going 2 pwn you!!!!1111 lololol</i><p>Well, OK, you can’t. And yet, in its loosely structured live interactivity, …

Vocal Cords

A white woman called police on black people barbecuing. This is how the community responded

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hundreds danced to hip-hop and '80s soul music Sunday and listened to local African-American candidates make their pitches. But this cookout in Oakland, California, wasn't just any spring festival.<p>The event, dubbed "BBQing While Black," was one community's powerful response to what many …

Los Angeles

50 states: 50 doughnut destinations

America's craft doughnut shops and bakeries are always innovating with glaze, icing, fillings and toppings so fans never tire of the treat.<p>We found an independent doughnut shop or regional chain in each state (and D.C.) serving up inventive toppings, flavorful glazes and picture-perfect icing that …

Flavors

Do bouncers at clubs enforce dress codes equally across races?

When videotape surfaced of two men being arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for loitering, some criticized the store manager, questioning whether …

Codes

The best advice from 2018 commencement speeches

From Ronan Farrow to Abby Wambach, here are some words of wisdom that can motivate you, whether you’re a recent graduate or not.<p>When you’re starting something new, it can help to hear from someone who’s been there before. That’s the gist of commencement speeches. Speakers often share their personal …

Boston Marathon

45 Stories of Sex and Consent on Campus

We asked college students how they navigate the gray zone of sexual consent, where communication is rarely as simple as “yes” or “no.” Here are their stories.

College & University

1968: The year America unraveled

1968 was the year the center did not hold. It was the year many Americans saw their country spinning out of control. It was a shocking time, a moment of danger, destruction and division — yet also a time of passion and possibility.<p>The polarization that plagues the nation half a century later was …

Vietnam War

The 25 Greatest Spider-Man Stories Of All Time, Officially Ranked

Over half a century after his initial debut in Stan Lee’s <i>Amazing Fantasy #</i>15, Spider-Man remains one of the most iconic figures in all of pop …

Comics

Infinity War: 15 Gods (And God-Level) MCU Characters That Can Challenge Thanos

Fans are brimming with anticipation over <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i>; everyone and their brother are excited to see the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic …

Marvel Universe

10 Essential Batman Stories For New Readers

This year the Dark Knight celebrates his 75th birthday, and he’s never been more popular. The blockbuster Christopher Nolan movies are about to be …

From femme fatale to complex superhero: The evolution of the MCU’s Black Widow

The Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t just changed the way people consume movie franchises. It’s also changed the way audiences engage with cinematic …

The Best Animated Movies of All Time

Animation has a long and storied history, one filled with brilliant works of imagination. There are too many genius animated films for the medium to …

‘It was like a horror movie’: Killer bees terrorize Texas town

One million aggressive bees have swarmed a Texas neighborhood and residents are unsure of what to do.<p>The bees have set up shop in an east El Paso …

6 Times Celebrities Got Real About Masturbation

No shame in solo sex: These A-listers aren't afraid to talk about ménage à moi.

Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies at 76

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the …

Stephen Hawking Dies at 76; His Mind Roamed the Cosmos

Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, died early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. …

Obituaries

The Fad Toy Everyone Was Obsessed With the Year You Were Born

Remember Pogs?<p>You saw the commercial for that toy, and you needed it in your life immediately — or else. Your neighbor Ashley already had two, but your parents wouldn’t buy it for you outright, so you had to wait breathlessly until your birthday when you could rip open the present to reveal that …

What Ever Happened To Brendan Fraser?

GQ’s Zach Baron reports on the stupendous rise and surprising disappearance of the once ubiquitous movie star.<p><b>Brendan Fraser</b> wants me to meet his horse. “I got this horse because it's a big horse,” he says, standing in a barn in Bedford, New York. He removes a green bandanna from his pocket and …

Brendan Fraser

Was ‘Weird Al’ the real star all along?

Published on February 16, 2017<p><i>UPDATED: You can now hear Geoff Edgers’s interviews with “Weird Al” Yankovic in the “Edge of Fame” podcast. Look for the “play” button below or subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.</i><p>LOS ANGELES — One day last summer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, on break from “Hamilton,” stopped by …