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How Republicans’ new health plan would affect American incomes

PITY the poor Republicans. For the past four nationwide American elections, their rallying cry has been the outright repeal of the Affordable Care …

The most (and least) powerful passports in the world revealed: Germany retains top spot for 2017 with the UK slipping to fourth and the US claiming third in annual ranking

• <b>Study ranks nations based on the number of countries their citizens can travel to visa-free</b>• <b><br>With visa-free access to 176 countries, Germany still has</b> …

Africa

Can Democrats Be as Stubborn as Mitch McConnell?

By <b>Alec MacGillis / ProPublica</b><p>In laying the groundwork recently for President Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Mitch McConnell, the Senate …

Mitch McConnell

She felt a ‘crawling sensation.’ Doctors found a live cockroach in her skull.

The 42-year-old Indian woman was in deep slumber last Tuesday night until she awoke around midnight to a “tingling, crawling sensation” in her right nostril.<p>At first, the woman, a domestic worker named Selvi, brushed the feeling off, assuming she might be catching a cold, the Times of India …

Physiology

Japan's vending machines tell you a lot about the country's culture

After spending two weeks in Tokyo, one aspect of the city continued to strike me after I returned: the overwhelming abundance of vending machines.<p>The proliferation of vending machines is impossible to ignore. They are on nearly every block in Tokyo — down alleyways, in front of convenience stores, …

Being a black man in white America: a burden even Obama couldn't escape

In his 2014 grand jury testimony over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson described Brown less like a human being than a possessed animal. “He looked up at me and had the most intense aggressive face. The only way I can describe it, it looks …

Barack Obama

United Airlines will begin charging to use overhead bins in 2017

<b>By Samantha Schmidt,</b> <i>The Washington Post</i>Gone are the days of the free sandwiches, the complimentary pillows, the headphones that didn’t cost $5. The …

Flying

No Evidence of Aloe Vera Found in the Aloe Vera at Wal-Mart, CVS

The aloe vera gel many Americans buy to soothe damaged skin contains no evidence of aloe vera at all.<p>Samples of store-brand aloe gel purchased at …

Aloe

Religious right hides behind abortion to back Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton does not want to kill all the little babies. She doesn't sanction the murder of the defenseless. Yet to hear conservative Christians who continue supporting Donald Trump tell it, they have no choice because Clinton is supposedly a threat to the unborn and doesn't value …

Government

The time Miley Cyrus knocked on dorm room doors to campaign for Clinton

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> For Miley Cyrus, Saturday's "Party in the USA" took place on the campus of George Mason University.<p>The singer and actress went door-to-door at the northern Virginia university urging star-struck students to support the Democratic presidential ticket.<p>"Do you have any idea why I'm …

Miley Cyrus

Shared workspaces hit the Indian startup scene

Every weekend, the partiers flood into a New Delhi restaurant and dance club called Social, a three-story destination on the edge of Hauz Khas Village, one of the city's most popular nightlife neighborhoods.<p>After nightfall, the bar is busy and the dance floor is full. The lines regularly stretch …

Startups (India)

Matt Drudge's Hurricane Theory Takes Conspiracies To A Dangerous Level

"The deplorables are starting to wonder if govt [sic] has been lying to them..."<p>Conservative commentator Matt Drudge joined the likes of Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday by floating a conspiracy theory that the government is lying about the intensity of hurricanes to convince people climate change is …

Rainfall

What Makes People Vote Republican?

<i>Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Author, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed</i><p>Jonathan Haidt' s …

Computer Science

Obama Cancels Meeting With Philippine President Who Called Him A 'Son Of A Bitch'

"I don’t give a s**t about anybody observing my behavior,” President Rodrigo Duterte said.<p>President Barack Obama has canceled a scheduled meeting with new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after the obscenity-prone leader threatened Monday to make a scene at a regional summit in Laos if Obama …

Asia

New York's 1900s Chinatown was a whirlpool of violence and tactical politics

For reasons unknown, he ended up at 9 Pell Street, which <i>The New York Times</i> described as "a gloomy, grayish building of five stories, filled with countless holes called rooms and reeking with sickly odors.<p>At about six o'clock that evening, a commotion erupted in a narrow hallway in the building.<p>How …

The 9 most expensive cities to live in the world

The first of the reports, titled "Worldwide Cost of Living," looks at factors including food costs, fuel costs, and salaries.<p>And because of the strength of the US dollar and currency devaluations elsewhere, there have been a few major shifts in this year's rankings.<p>One of the editors of the survey, …

The one big Senate race that Asian-Americans could decide

Catherine Cortez Masto and Joe Heck are going all out to court a constituency that's especially potent in Nevada.<p>LAS VEGAS — Days before Democratic Senate hopeful Catherine Cortez Masto appeared at a reception honoring Asian-American labor activists, Donald Trump proposed expanding his …

Voting

17 Selfish Things Other Passengers Do to Make Their Travel Better (and Yours Worse), Ranked in Order of Pure Deviousness

It's not just the airlines that are screwing us over. It's what we're doing to each other.<p><b>Note: After this article ran, readers submitted many more examples of bad travel behavior (including their own). The second article in this series, which arguably has even worse examples, is here.</b><p>Once upon a …

RuPaul just gave the most politically pragmatic endorsement of Hillary Clinton

RuPaul, the host of the now-Emmy-nominated <i>RuPaul’s Drag Race</i>, apparently has a few thoughts about the presidential election. And they amount to one of the strongest — certainly one of the most colorful — endorsements of Hillary Clinton so far this year.<p>Asked about his feelings on Democrats and …

Thai voters overwhelmingly approve junta-backed co

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed - rather than elected - officials.<p>Although near-final results showed that more than 60 percent of …

Voting

The Path to Prosperity Is Blue

HOW can America’s leaders foster broad prosperity? For most Republicans — including Donald J. Trump — the main answer is to “cut and extract”: Cut taxes and business regulations, including pesky restrictions on the extraction of natural resources, and the economy will boom.<p>Mr. Trump and House …

Economics

18 patio lighting strings for your prfect backyard - Interior Design Inspirations

<b>The string patio lights</b> are no longer bought only for holidays but they are also used to highlight the landscaped yards and gardens during the entire …

The Kochs Will Not Back Trump Or Run Anti-Clinton Ads

Their network may run Senate campaign ads that are also anti-Clinton, but they're still sitting out the presidential race.<p>COLORADO SPRNGS, Colo. — Frustrated Americans are looking “in the wrong places; they’re looking to politicians,” Charles Koch said Saturday evening in a veiled shot at …

Government

Why Can’t Hillary Stop Fudging the Truth?

Email-gate is only the latest instance in a 25-year habit of dissembling.<p>What is it with Hillary Clinton? What is it about this brilliant and accomplished woman—described by Barack Obama as possibly “more qualified” to be president than anyone in history—that makes so many people certain she is an …

Government

Erdogan says his government is in control after bloody coup attempt in Turkey

According to officials, Turkey’s military attempted to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>The nation’s military tried to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>ISTANBUL — Turkey’s government said it was restoring order Saturday after renegade army …

South Asia