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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Has Been Trolling Trump On Twitter For Months

Merriam-Webster has a message for the Trump administration: There is no such thing as an "alternative fact." There are facts, and then there are falsehoods.<p>That memo was at least implied this week when the dictionary publisher tweeted the definition of a fact just hours after Trump adviser …

Donald Trump

The 1st Trump White House Petition is in: Release tax returns

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first petition on the White House's page for citizens to petition has its first entry mere hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in. And it's a request for him "immediately" release his full tax returns.<p>"Immediately release Donald Trump's full tax returns, with all information …

Donald Trump

US executions fall to record lows in 2016

<b>(CNN) —</b> The American death penalty is falling out of favor, with sentences and executions hitting record lows, as the public expresses more opposition to it than at any point since the Civil Rights Movement.<p>The Death Penalty Information Center, which has released its annual report, found that …

Ballot Measures

The Many Faces and Phases of Addictive Behaviors

Humans have been using drugs, alcohol, tobacco, excess food and other substances for centuries. When taken to extreme levels, such behaviors can adversely affect physical health, emotional well-being, relationships, work, school, finances and future goals.<p>In recent years, excessive use of screens, …

Mexico: six severed heads found on Christmas Day

Drug war claims another 13 lives in western region riven by murders and violence<p>Western Mexico’s plague of violence has continued with the discovery of six decapitated heads in one state and the killing of seven people in another.<p>The Michoacan state prosecutor’s office said the six heads were found …

Mexico

Evacuation agreement reached in Aleppo, rebel group says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The on-again, off-again evacuation agreement in eastern Aleppo is back on track, rebel groups said Saturday.<p>"There has been an agreement reached with the Russians about the evacuation of Aleppo, no further information or comments in the current moment," Ahmad Qurah Ali, spokesman for the …

Middle East

In Islam, the gift of feeding others is a spiritual act

Muslim holiday gift-giving doesn’t translate as neatly as a perfectly wrapped boxes around a Christmas tree.<p>Gift-giving in Islam <i>is</i> encouraged. A common Muslim saying <i>tahaabu, tahaadu</i>, translates as “give gifts to spread love to one another.” There are several stories of the prophet Muhammad giving …

Islam

Lebanon takes first step to abolish marriage rape law

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lebanese lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step to overturn a law that allows rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victims. The move came a day after protesters wearing fake-blood-stained wedding gowns confronted lawmakers just steps away from Parliament in the capital Beirut.<p>…

Brides

Trump and China on collision course

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In speaking on the telephone with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and lashing out at China on Twitter over the weekend, President-elect Donald Trump did more than bewilder leaders in Beijing and the White House.<p>He made clear that he's serious about his vows to wring a new deal …

China

Meet the Teenagers Who Found Their Own Startups

It’s a familiar story: yet another San Francisco-based entrepreneur ends up creating a unicorn startup before the age of 35. What is not so familiar is that this entrepreneur’s main challenge was not being allowed to hire anyone, nor being permitted to ask for a loan. Why? Because he was a teenager.<p>…

How ISIS Returned to Syria

After nearly a decade of sponsoring jihad in next-door Iraq, Assad lost a third of his country to the same proxies.<p><i>This is the final chapter in a</i> …

Middle East

Assad Henchman: Here’s How We Built ISIS

The Syrian regime’s collusion with the terrorists of the so-called Islamic State goes back a decade.<p><i>In his first interview after winning the</i> …

Middle East

Electoral College voter: I'm getting death threats

<b>(CNN) —</b> A college student from Michigan said Wednesday that he has received death threats after being chosen to cast an Electoral College vote for his state in December.<p>Although the presidential election was won by Donald Trump on November 8, it's not official until December 19, when all 538 …

Government

The Problem with the U.S. Economy Isn’t Something Politicians Can Fix

In August 2016 the Pew Research Center asked more than 2,000 U.S. adults about the state of the nation. Nearly half agreed that “compared with 50 years ago, life for people like you in America today is worse.” Of those who said they supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, 81% thought life …

71 dead as plane carrying Chapecoense crashes in Colombia

The Brazilian club were en route to the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final but never made it to Medellin because of a tragic accident after an electrical fault<p><b>UPDATE:</b> Colombian officials have announced a revised death toll of 71 after learning that four passengers had not boarded the plane as …

Airplanes

Colombia plane crash: 6th survivor found under fuselage

<b>Near Medellin, Colombia (CNN) —</b> Brazil is mourning the deaths of dozens of its countrymen aboard a flight that crashed into the side of a mountain in Colombia.<p>Investigators are examining flight recorders retrieved from LAMIA Flight 2933 to determine what brought down the plane with 77 people late …

Airplanes

Trump starting to sound like Obama on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is starting to sound an awful lot like President Barack Obama on immigration.<p>In his first postelection …

Immigration

Clinton doubles Trump’s October fundraising and has dominant war chest in race’s final days

Donald Trump raised about half as much as Hillary Clinton for his presidential campaign committee in the first 19 days of October, putting him at a severe financial disadvantage in the crucial final days of the White House contest, campaign finance reports filed late Thursday show.<p>Trump raised just …

Government

Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities say they have found the remains of another 158 people in a mass grave outside the city of Tikrit, where the Islamic State group is believed to have massacred hundreds of captured soldiers when it rampaged across the country in the summer of 2014.<p>Iraq's forensic …

Obamacare woes to linger long after Obama is gone

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama leaves the White House in 12 weeks, but the law that bears his name will polarize politics long after he's gone.<p>Big price hikes to Affordable Care Act premiums announced this week mean that Obama's proudest legislative achievement will fail to resolve the decades-old …

Health Care

Air India breaks record for world's longest flight - by swapping direction of Delhi-San Francisco service

Air India has snuck up on its competitors to snatch the title of the world’s longest non-stop flight route.<p>Until earlier this month, the airline’s Delhi to San Francisco route sat second in the table of greatest distances flown by a passenger jet, but then the Indian flag carrier changed the …

Singapore Airlines

Former general pleads guilty in false statements probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff pleaded guilty Monday to making false statements during an investigation into a …

National Security

Something Went Wrong With the Juno Spacecraft's Engine

A critical moment in NASA’S Juno mission has been postponed while engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory attempt to sort out a mysterious engine …

Airbnb hosted a night in Dracula's Transylvanian castle onHalloween

Halloween nights don’t get much spookier than this.<p>Earlier this month, Airbnb announced that Bran Castle in Romania, also known as “Dracula’s Castle”, would be listed on its website for the night of October 31.<p>Halloween counter<p>Two brave souls had the chance to spend Halloween in the imposing …

Using Technology to Reverse Extinction

The extinction of various species has led to a segregation of human activity and natural activity, says Stewart Brand of The Long Now Foundation, which focuses on long-term strategies for the next 10,000 years. The organization develops biotechnology to allow humans to better co-exist with nature. …

Confident Clinton expanding her campaign into 'red' states

WHITE PLAINS, New York (AP) — Hillary Clinton is advancing into states the Democrats haven't won in decades, confidently expanding her offensive …

Government

The Ugly Truth About Being an Entrepreneur

I’m here to give it to you straight friends: the gritty truth about being an entrepreneur.<p>Many individuals would gladly sacrifice the 9–5 grind for a …

Clown sightings are being reported across the US — here's where they are showing up

As Halloween approaches it appears reports of menacing clowns terrorizing citizens in the US have reached epic proportions.<p>Reports of clown sightings across the country, now in the dozens, have continued unabated since clowns were first spotted in Greenville, South Carolina, in August. That's where …