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Condemned Ohio killer spared after extent of childhood abuse revealed

<b>COLUMBUS, Ohio</b> -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday spared a condemned killer whose sentence was challenged after a juror came forward and said …

The power of self-awareness: How to build successful teams

Self-awareness has become a management buzzword — let’s hope for the right reasons.<p>Self-awareness is not something new. Throughout history, the most …

U.S. Reopens Emmett Till Investigation, Almost 63 Years After His Murder

The federal government has quietly revived its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose abduction and killing remains, almost 63 years later, among the starkest and most searing examples of racial violence in the South.<p>The Justice Department said that …

U.S. Department of Justice

‘This Is a Place That Just Sucks Your Soul’

Tea Partier Raúl Labrador swept into Congress ready to dismantle Washington. Now he’s going home, more disillusioned than ever.<p><b>It was the opening week of the 112th Congress, in</b> January 2011, when Raúl Labrador, then a rookie congressman representing Idaho’s 1st District, joined 86 other Republican …

Republicans

Bill Faloon has pursued immortality for decades. Now he's got lots of company. What does science have to say?

The Voorhes<p>Science<p>Is there any truth to anti-aging schemes?<p>On a Thursday evening in late January, the faithful gather. They trickle into the Church of Perpetual Life, about an hour’s drive north of Miami, until a throng of around 100 people cram around tables lining the first-floor hall of this …

Moving sculptures on the beaches of The Netherlands

These sculptures might change your definition of art<p>Sculptures that can move? These mobile "animals" are the artistic vision of Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen. Since 1990 Jansen has been creating a new form of art in motion that lives on beaches. Jansen's animals are wind powered and …

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Siblings

The murder that shook Iceland

In a country with one of the lowest murder rates in the world, the killing of a 20-year-old woman upended the nation’s sense of itself. By Xan Rice<p>The main shopping street in Reykjavík is called Laugavegur, “the way of hot pools”, because it was originally used by women hauling laundry from the …

Record Numbers of College Students Are Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety — But Schools Can't Keep Up

Not long after Nelly Spigner arrived at the University of Richmond in 2014 as a Division I soccer player and aspiring surgeon, college began to feel …

The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read

Because nonfiction is often sometimes more terrifying and unsettling.<p>For every suspense novel that shocks and awes readers, there are real life stories that make fiction seem tame and predictable. True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalize violence and human suffering, but …

Suicides, Drug Addiction and High School Football

MADISON, Ind. — An hour’s drive from Louisville, perched along the Ohio River, sits the prettiest little town.<p>Madison, population 12,000, has won awards for its beauty. Best Main Street. One of the top 20 romantic towns in Indiana. One of 12 distinctive destinations in the United States, according …

Hillary Clinton, a favorite GOP foil, plans discreet 2018 strategy

By Robert Costa<p>Robert Costa<p>National political reporter covering the White House, Congress and campaigns<p>Email Bio Follow<p>There was a long line for selfies with Hillary Clinton last week at a Georgetown soiree for Lanny Davis, a Clinton loyalist whose latest book blames former FBI director James B. …

Government

Are Smartphones Really Destroying the Lives of Teenagers?

Is any age group more maligned than teenagers? As they roam in packs, they're feared, avoided or told to calm down. They're gawky, narcissistic, …

At Age 13, Creating the Pentagon Papers. Photocopies, at Least.

There they were at lunch at an outdoor restaurant in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, that afternoon in the fall of 1969, a divorced father and his 13-year-old son. The father said he had some papers that he wanted to copy. Would the son help?<p>“I said, ‘Yes, sure,” the son recalled. Off …

What might explain the unhappiness epidemic?

We’d all like to be a little happier.<p>The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically …

Screen time: Mental health menace or scapegoat?

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Have smartphones destroyed a generation?" Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, asked in an adapted excerpt of her controversial book, "iGen."<p>In the book, she argues that those born after 1995 are on the "brink of a mental-health crisis" -- and she believes …

A sociologist explains why wealthy women are doomed to be miserable

The US is riveted by images of the rich and famous. But it also tends to be scornful of wealthy women. Bravo’s <i>Real Housewives</i> franchise is predicated upon the idea that women of leisure are catty, vain, and frivolous, jetting off on expensive girls’ weekends only to descend into vicious—yet …

New app helps parents figure out if their kids are sexting

There’s a fine line between keeping an eye on your teen and invading their privacy — especially when it comes to their phones.<p>Gallery Guardian is an …

How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down

On a Tuesday morning in June 2016, Nathan Brown, a reporter for The Times-News, the local paper in Twin Falls, Idaho, strolled into the office and cleared off a spot for his coffee cup amid the documents and notebooks piled on his desk. Brown, 32, started his career at a paper in upstate New York, …

Journalism

How Concrete Cemented Its Place in History

The Undercover Economist explains why this ancient building material came to dominate the world today—and why that could be a problem in the future.<p>Editor's Note: This article has been adapted from “Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.”<p>About 15 years ago, poor families in the Coahuila …

Do you suffer from smiling depression?

A surprising number of women admit to suffering in silence about issues in their lives.<p>If you spend the majority of your day smiling at others while …

HBO’s Silicon Valley is now a show about the destructive hubris of the tech industry

Richard Hendriks is going the way of Walter White<p><i>Silicon Valley is Mike Judge and Alec Berg’s biting comedy about the American tech industry, now in its fourth season. Every week, we’ll be taking one idea, scene, or joke and explain how it ties to the real Silicon Valley and speaks to an issue at</i> …

Can a Smart Headband Cure Depression?

Ybrain CEO Lee Ki-won (via Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)<p>As of 2015, South Korea had the fourth-highest suicide rate globally, according to the …

Starvation Mode: How to Make the Fasted State Work for You

Being a regular at a local CrossFit gym allows me to interact with all kinds of people. Love CrossFit or hate it, one nice thing about the culture is …

52 Good Morning Meditations that Will Calm the Chaos in Your Life

<i>It’s not what you say to everyone else that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the greatest power.</i>The happiness of your …

How to Become a More Positive Person in 21 Days

We hear it over and over: It’s the little things that count. Turns out the cliché is dead-on. Research shows that one of the most important secrets …

Megyn Kelly, Matt Lauer, and the Battle for the Future of NBC

In his high-profile, high-priced hire of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, NBC News chief Andy Lack placed a major bet on star power. But Lack’s biggest, priciest talent, Today’s Matt Lauer, provides something of a cautionary tale. With morning news being one of the last mass television markets, its …