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The Delay

After an 11-year-old Navajo girl was kidnapped, her family and friends sprang into action to find her. Why did it take so long for law enforcement to join them?<p>The first day I was in Shiprock, New Mexico, a horse made the front page of the local newspaper<i>.</i> The dark bay with a white stripe down its …

‘I felt so alone’: What women at Microsoft face, and why many leave

Court filings, internal documents and interviews with employees illustrate why Microsoft has failed to hire or retain more women: Widespread …

The Workplace

25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools

Broken laptops, books held together with duct tape, an art teacher who makes watercolors by soaking old markers.<p>Teacher protests have spread rapidly from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona in recent months. We invited America’s public school educators to show us the conditions that a …

High School

There Is No One On Earth Like Beyoncé

Beyoncé's historic Coachella set was years in the making, included a Destiny's Child reunion, and proved once again, that she's the greatest of all time.<p>Where were you when Beyoncé played Coachella 2018? Maybe you had been camping out all day against the front rail, beginning to question your …

Middle School

The Syrian War Is Actually Many Wars

President Donald Trump is ordering U.S. strikes against government targets in Syria after a suspected chemical attack.<p>The Middle East is a “troubled place,” President Donald Trump said Friday night as he described his decision to use America’s “righteous power” in a retaliatory attack against …

Middle East

The Complex Code In A Potato Chip: Why We Love The Flavors We Do

If the recent Lady Doritos furor is anything to go by, then consumers have very strong opinions about how we're meant (or not meant) to eat our chips.<p>One could make a reasonable argument that comments made by Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, which owns the Doritos brand, were insulting. (She suggested …

Flavors

Climate Change Is Messing With Your Dinner

A fisherman cleans his catch offshore from Newlyn, U.K. Credit: Annie Sakkab/Bloomberg<p>By Agnieszka de SousaAgnieszka de Sousa and Hayley WarrenHayley …

Agriculture

This Is How Much Debt the Average American Has Now—at Every Age

See how you compare.<p>Americans have fallen back in love with debt.<p>Total household debt—a category that includes mortgages, student loans, and car …

Personal Finance

Students are being prepared for jobs that no longer exist. Here's how that could change.

As automation disrupts the labor market and good middle-class jobs disappear, schools are struggling to equip students with future-proof skills.<p><i>Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series entitled Map to the Middle Class, which is being jointly published by NBCNews.com and The Hechinger</i> …

Education

Martellus Bennett: 89% of NFL players use marijuana

Martellus Bennett: 'About 89%' of NFL players use marijuana<p>A.J. Perez | USA TODAY Sports<p>NFL mock draft: Huge trades could shake up first round<p>SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Nate Davis and Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz discuss which teams could be looking to trade up in the 2018 NFL draft.<p>USA TODAY …

Cannabis

Failed 'Utopias' Throughout History

An illustrated account of both evil and righteous attempts to create a "perfect" society. They were all fantastically unsuccessful.<p><b>This story appears in VICE magazine's Dystopia and Utopia Issue. Click HERE to subscribe.</b><p><i>(1625–1630)</i><p>The United States might be a very different place today if Thomas …

Red Sea

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Health

Kidnapped as Schoolgirls by Boko Haram: Here They Are Now

The New York Times met and photographed dozens of the students abducted by Boko Haram. Now at a university, they say they are the lucky ones. But their celebrity has a price.

Africa

Cardi B on Her Unstoppable Rise, Repping Gang Life, and the Peril of Butt Injections | GQ

The rapper responsible for last year’s most unexpected hit emerged from a singular New York City story of strip clubs, gangs, and below-board basement butt injections. Navigating new fame and a new record, Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B is fighting to stay true to her Bronx roots while the world …

Rap & Hip-Hop

No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change …

Sexual Harassment

This Is What It Was Like Learning To Report Before Fake News Was The Biggest Problem In The World

As a young reporter in Eastern Europe in 2001, I expected to witness the “end of history” and the flowering of democracy. That was just one of the mistakes I made.<p><b>The end of</b> <b>history — that is, the American 1990s —</b> came for a handful of reporters in Belarus, where the big story of Sept. 10, 2001, was …

Journalism

The life and death of Homaro Cantu, the genius chef who wanted to change the world

Between 2004 and 2016, the most inventive food on the planet, possibly in history, came out of a small restaurant in downtown Chicago. At Moto, your first course was your menu itself, which was typically printed in edible ink on a giant tortilla chip. When you finished your menu, you would be …

Quantum Mechanics

Japan’s Prisons Are a Haven for Elderly Women

Every aging society faces distinct challenges. But Japan, with the world’s oldest population (27.3 percent of its citizens are 65 or older, almost …

Time I

What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For

Starting at noon on Feb. 23, the town of Arlee, Mont., evacuated. Most of its 600-odd residents drove 70 miles south through Missoula and then into the Bitterroot Valley, a river corridor full of subdivisions, trailers, exclusive private communities and ammunition stores. The crowd filtered into …

Hung Up

12 Healing Bowl Recipes That Are Like a Warm Hug

Usually, the term “comfort food” is basically just a synonym for junk food. But while there’s definitely a time and a place for burgers and a gooey …

Healthy Eating

Beyond 'Blurred Lines': How Forensic Musicology Is Altering Pop's Future

Artists and experts discuss the science behind the recently upheld landmark copyright verdict, and why the business of pop may never be the same<p>When …

Fred'S

Teenage Vandals Were Sentenced to Read Books. Here’s What One Learned.

A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power.”<p>Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book.<p>But not just …

Books

In disputed Kashmir, a young generation in search of a future

<i>Photography by researcher and documentarian Nathaniel Brunt</i><p>There is a tradition in Islam that when a baby is born, a male relative tenderly whispers the <i>azan</i>, the call to prayer, into the ear of the infant.<p>When Masrat Jan was born during the peak of the militancy, a curfew meant no one — except her …

Pakistan

Mexico and Hungary tried junk food taxes — and they seem to be working

The case for a junk food tax in America.<p>Walk into any food-selling establishment in the US, and it becomes clear very quickly why America is one of the most obese nations on the planet.<p>From morning muffins that pack as much sugar as an icing-topped cupcake, to chocolate bars that contain more than …

Junk Food

Amazon Discoveries

The new species found where few scientists have gone before<p>By Elaine Jung<br>6 April 2018<p><b>Almost perpetually shrouded in clouds, Brazil’s highest mountain Pico da Neblina meaning</b> '<b>peak of mist', towers 2,995m above the Amazon rainforest.</b><p>Stretching into dense jungle, the National Park has been closed to …

South America

Why Whales Got So Big

It’s often said that the ocean releases them from the constraints of life on land. It’s actually the opposite.<p>The first time I came face to face with a sea lion, I nearly screamed. I was snorkeling, and after a long time spent staring down at colorful corals, I looked up to see a gigantic bull, a …

Marine Mammals

The Business Of Being Cardi B

<i>The Cardi B effect:</i><p><i>A branding power rooted in specific authenticity, created and permeated by rapper Cardi B. Behaviors associated with the Cardi B Effect include blunt honesty, rapping, laughing, mild to moderate twerking, tongue-curling, teeth-kissing, chart-topping and regular degular Bronx girl</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

These 7 Common Speaking Habits Undercut Your Credibility

These simple behaviors are easy to fall into when you’re nervous, but they can make listeners think twice about taking you seriously.<p>Every speaker needs to be credible. If your audience spends the duration of your talk mulling over whether or not to take you seriously, you can kiss goodbye to any …

Public Speaking

When I Met Dr. King

My one and only encounter with Martin Luther King, Jr., was during a chance meeting on what was then called “Sweet Auburn Avenue,” the prosperous hub of black-owned businesses in Atlanta. It was the summer of 1961, when King had earned the love and respect of the city’s young civil-rights …

Black History

Here Are the Best April Fools' Day Pranks of 2018

<i>Sunday, April 1 is officially April Fools’ Day 2018. This year the “holiday” for tricksters falls on a particularly sacred day, as Christians</i> …

April Fools' Day