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First fire-related death confirmed in Southern California

<b>(CNN) —</b> A woman whose body was found at a crash site along an evacuation route in Southern California became the first confirmed fire-related casualty in a series of raging wildfires that could gain strength this weekend.<p>Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula, was found dead in a car that authorities …

California

Nice Brains Finish Last

We all like to think that being kind, responsible, and fair will lead to a happy life. But what if we’re wrong? What if nice guys really do finish …

The Brain

Amazon's Last Mile

<i>Who delivers Amazon orders? Increasingly, it’s plainclothes contractors with few labor protections, driving their own cars, competing for shifts on</i> …

San Francisco

Millennials are narcissistic? The evidence is not so simple

Rising social media use has sparked a passionate debate among psychologists: are today’s young people more “Generation Me”, or “Generation We”?<p>At the next table in the cafe where I was working this morning, a young woman spent a whole hour talking excitedly to her older companion about herself, her …

Psychology

“Spiritual but not religious”: inside America's rapidly growing faith group

A new poll finds almost one in five Americans is spiritual but not religious.<p>Ava Lee Scott, an actress and theater-maker in New York, doesn’t practice an organized religion. Raised in both Catholic and Jewish traditions, Scott’s own spiritual life is far more eclectic. She studies ancient …

Religion

This Time, Facebook Is Sharing Its Employees’ Data

Some of the biggest companies turn over their workers’ most personal information to the troubled credit reporting agency Equifax.<p>Users of Facebook are accustomed to trading personal data for convenience. Until 2031, Facebook Inc. is on privacy probation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, …

Identity Theft

The Unforgiving Math That Stops Epidemics

If you didn't get a flu shot, you are endangering more than just your own health. Calculations of herd immunity against common diseases don't make …

Public Health

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.<p>Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an …

Middle-class

Daylight Saving Time Is Even Weirder Than You Think

As the clocks fall back in the U.S., ponder the odd history of this biannual time warp.<p>People in the United States will feel a bit more rested on November 5, as daylight saving time 2017 comes to an end. The clocks fall back at 1 a.m. local time that Sunday, ensuring another precious hour of sleep …

Facebook’s 2016 Election Team Gave Advertisers A Blueprint To A Divided US

The company offered advertisers a breakdown of the US electorate's interests, religions, races, and dislikes during a fraught election season compromised by bad actors.<p>During the 2016 election season, Facebook provided political advertisers with a targetable breakdown of a fractured United States, …

AdTech

Hurricane Irma: A Practically Impossible Storm

Hurricane Harvey, which killed 60 people and may end up costing $150 billion, parked over Houston and dumped four feet of rain. The water overwhelmed …

America’s Shifting Religious Makeup Could Spell Trouble For Both Parties

Both Republicans and Democrats are facing dramatic long-term realignments in the religious composition of their base, and it will be a challenge for …

Key Trump Aide’s Departure Rattles President’s Allies

President Donald Trump’s allies are worried that the most damaging of the many recent departures from his White House may be that of Keith Schiller, …

Donald Trump

Hurricane Harvey’s Impact — And How It Compares To Other Storms

Hurricane Harvey, which dumped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana, looks to be one of the most damaging natural …

Extreme Weather

Trump is now officially the most unpopular US president ever

This might shock you to hear, but people don’t seem to like Donald Trump very much.<p>While this may appear subjective, Trump fans will be dismayed to …

Is Mindfulness Meditation BS? | WIRED

Going Up<p>Is mindfulness meditation a capitalist tool or a path to enlightenment? Yes<p>by Robert Wright | illustrations by Valero Doval<p>08.12.17<p>It’s hard …

Every lie Trump has told as president, a very long list by the New York Times

Trump told public lies or falsehoods every single day of his first 40 days in office, and he hasn't stopped yet.<p>Out today, an ambitious attempt by …

Donald Trump

Merkley: Trump Jr. Russia meeting 'absolutely' the smoking gun

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> For one Democratic senator, Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer is "absolutely" the smoking gun when it comes to the investigation into possible collusion with Russian election meddling -- and has "violation of law written all over it."<p>Sen. Jeff Merkley, the junior …

Donald Trump

Why market fears of Amazon's annihilation of rivals may be overdone

Stock investors have signaled over and over that they're worried Amazon will steamroll any industry it touches. That's a fair worry for the most part. However, corporate leaders around the world should not be without hope. In some cases, Amazon will take time to get its act together, and that can …

Stock Markets

Advocacy groups slam Cosby's 'outrageous' tour on sexual assault laws

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bill Cosby's spokespeople said he will deliver educational talks teaching young people how to behave to avoid sexual assault allegations, leading to harsh criticism from a number of victims' advocacy groups.<p>"This is outrageous," said Kristen Houser, spokesperson for the National Sexual …

Justice

Psychology studies reveal that secrets are bad for your health—even after you tell them

Whether in a meeting, catching up with a friend, or chatting with a partner, we are constantly communicating and connecting with those around us. Yet hidden from these daily interactions are the things we do not say. We might hold back personal information from coworkers, hide our true feelings …

Once hoped for as a reset, Trump's foreign trip now bogged in White House crises

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A White House reeling from parallel crises won't find respite anytime soon: President Donald Trump, joined by first lady Melania Trump, will embark Friday on his first foreign trip, a five-country grind where the very issues of credibility and competence exposed by the past …

Donald Trump

Justin Trudeau is not the leader of the free world

My prime minister, Justin Trudeau, enjoys a public image as the anti-Donald Trump. A young, sensitive, feminist, environmentalist with a progressive stance on marijuana; a welcoming attitude toward foreigners; and a glorious head of natural hair, he seems in every way the opposite of the U.S. …

Canada

Feud Between Apple and Qualcomm Continues as Apple Stops Paying iPhone Royalties Completely [Updated]

About two weeks ago, Qualcomm reported that Apple suppliers were underpaying royalties in the second fiscal quarter of 2017, as a way for Apple to regain the unpaid royalties owed to the company by Qualcomm. At the time, Qualcomm wasn't sure whether or not Apple would continue to pay royalties at …

Apple’s self-driving test Lexus SUV photographed on Silicon Valley roads

Apple’s using a Lexus RX450h SUV for its autonomous vehicle testing program, as revealed by documents filed with the California DMV in accordance with licensing requirements for self-driving tests in the state. Now, Bloomberg has images of the vehicle in action, captured by a chance observer who …

Autonomous Cars

Trump's Syria Strike Was Unconstitutional and Unwise

The military intervention solved nothing, while bypassing Congress, betraying the president’s non-interventionist supporters, and highlighting his hypocrisy.<p>Early the morning of August 21, 2013, six densely populated neighborhoods in Syria “were jolted awake by a series of explosions, followed by …

"They tried to supplant mainstream media": Jane Mayer on the billionaire behind Bannon and Trump

Mayer’s reporting on Trump’s reclusive mega-donor is revealing.<p>“In my view, Trump wouldn’t be president if not for Bob. It doesn’t get much more effective than that.”<p>That’s a quote from Nick Patterson, a computational biologist who New Yorker writer Jane Mayer interviewed for her recent sweeping …

Donald Trump

U.S. warns companies not to overlook qualified Americans

The Trump administration has issued a stern warning to U.S. companies as they begin applying for coveted skilled-worker visas, cautioning that it would investigate and prosecute those who overlook qualified American workers for jobs.<p>The message came on the opening day of applications for American …

Immigration

Bombshell: Donald Trump’s trust allows him to collect money from his organization whenever he wants

The president can pull money from his businesses — without ever telling us<p>When President Donald Trump placed his businesses in a trust upon entering the White House, he put his sons in charge and claimed to distance himself from his sprawling empire. “I hope at the end of eight years I’ll come back …

Donald Trump

Trump to examine 16 trade partners, including Canada

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the U.S. has a trade surplus with Canada, not the other way around<p>OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister …

Donald Trump