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Winner-Take-All Electoral Practice Faces Voter-Rights Challenge

Civil rights activists are challenging the legality of four states’ winner-take-all method of allocating U.S. presidential electoral college votes, …

Government

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir take back gold, Shibutanis continue U.S. dance tradition with bronze

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won ice dance gold on Monday, making them the most decorated Olympic figure skaters in history. They won two …

Olympics

‘A horrific, horrific day’: At least 17 killed in Florida school shooting

<i>Follow Thursday’s updates here: Florida school shooting suspect booked on 17 counts of ‘murder premeditated’</i><p>PARKLAND, Fla. — A heavily armed 19-year-old who had been expelled from a South Florida high school opened fire on campus shortly before classes let out Wednesday, killing 17 people while …

Crime

NBC Apologizes After Japan Comment Draws Anger in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — The American network NBC has apologized after one of its analysts drew anger for a comment during coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics that seemed to gloss over South Korea’s painful history with Japan, its former colonial master.<p>The analyst, Joshua Cooper Ramo, made the …

South Korea

A Lyrical Twist: Figure Skaters Perform to Music With Words

OBERSTDORF, Germany — Julian Yee is the first figure skater from Malaysia to qualify for the Olympics, but for his big debut he does not plan to perform to a familiar classicist like Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninoff. No Mahler or Bizet for him, either. He chose the work of an American composer, but it’s …

Adam Rippon

This little machine can clean your clothes with 10 liters of water and no power

Update: The Drumi is finally in production as of late September, but without an exact ship date. Yirego, the company behind the electricity-free …

Athletic Apparel

Why do we feel so guilty all the time?

Food, sex, money, work, family, friends, health, politics: there’s nothing we can’t feel guilty about, including our own feelings of guilt. By Devorah Baum<p>I feel guilty about everything. Already today I’ve felt guilty about having said the wrong thing to a friend. Then I felt guilty about avoiding …

Economic Justice

Flamingos In The Men's Room: How Zoos And Aquariums Handle Hurricanes

When you're building a zoo disaster plan, there's one thing to keep in mind: Murphy's law. Anything that could go wrong, will.<p>Just ask the flock of flamingos that weathered Hurricane Andrew in a public restroom at Zoo Miami in 1992.<p>Or, you could ask the zoo personnel across the coast who've been …

Extreme Weather

Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100,000 in Political Ads

Providing new evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Facebook disclosed on Wednesday that it had identified more than $100,000 worth of divisive ads on hot-button issues purchased by a shadowy Russian company linked to the Kremlin.<p>Most of the 3,000 ads did not refer to particular …

Social Media

Vladimir Putin warns world faces 'global catastrophe' over North Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the escalating crisis over North Korea's weapons program risks developing into a "global catastrophe" with mass casualties.<p>But Putin, speaking in China on Tuesday, cautioned against "military hysteria" and said that the only way to resolve the …

North Korea

What happens if Kim attacks? 5 things to know about North Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, raising fears that Pyongyang is getting close to constructing a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the US.<p>The weapon was the most powerful North Korea has tested to date, with separate estimates putting the explosive yield at 50 or 120 …

North Korea

How Your Brain Benefits From the Long Labor Day Weekend

An argument for the permanent three-day weekend.<p>Some Americans will head out of town or host epic end-of-summer barbecues this long Labor Day …

Labor Day

The Fake-News Fallacy

Old fights about radio have lessons for new fights about the Internet.<p>On the evening of October 30, 1938, a seventy-six-year-old millworker in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, named Bill Dock heard something terrifying on the radio. Aliens had landed just down the road, a newscaster announced, and were …

These Women Entrepreneurs Created A Fake Male Cofounder To Dodge Startup Sexism

Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer faced a lot of sexism and condescension when they launched their e-commerce marketplace for weird art–that is until they introduced an imaginary cofounder named Keith.<p>When Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer decided to start their own online marketplace for weird art, they …

Feminism

Social Media Saved Harvey Victims In Texas — But That's Not Really A Plan

Twitter and smartphones didn't exist when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Hurricane Harvey showed their potential — and how much remains to be done.<p>Tuesday afternoon, with floodwaters rising in Houston and residents still stranded in their homes, hundreds of people turned to the …

‘Cortana, Open Alexa,’ Amazon Says. And Microsoft Agrees.

SEATTLE — The crowded pack of voice-controlled digital assistants — Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana — are good at numerous things. They can help people play music, set up calendar appointments and check the weather.<p>They can even get two rival tech executives, …

Automation

NKorea leader urges more missile launches targeting Pacific

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more weapons launches targeting the Pacific Ocean to advance his country's ability to contain Guam, state media said Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload …

North Korea

Carriers offer free service in Hurricane Harvey area as they battle to keep networks up

Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are all offering free service in areas hit by Hurricane Harvey as they describe the efforts they are making to keep networks up and running, while AT&T issues credits.<p>The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says that across the entire region, 96% of cell sites are …

Searching for Civility

A Google Memo and the Summer of Hate<p>While much of the world gripped armchairs in white-knuckled horror as nuclear tensions escalated between the U.S. and North Korea, last week <b>Silicon Valley</b> was melting down over an incendiary Google Memo.<p>After an engineer named <b>James Damore</b> argued that biology …

Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids.

When my youngest child was born in 2002, the flip phone was still the coolest piece of tech you could get. Now I’m told that all three of my children are part of what demographers are calling iGen.<p>I spent my career at Microsoft trying to imagine what technology could do, and still I wasn’t prepared …

Parenting

Super NES Classic Preorder Guide

<i>Follow all of IGN's Gamescom coverage all week long at IGN.com/Gamescom. Note that if you click on one of these links to buy the product, IGN may get</i> …

Message showing apparent hack appears on Neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer

Twitter account linked to the Anonymous network of hackers says apparent hack might be a stunt initiated by neo-Nazi site<p>A message purportedly posted by hackers has appeared on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, saying the site has been taken over in response to an article criticising a woman …

Rights & Freedoms

Humans and robots are on the cusp of a sexual intimacy we may never reverse

If you could construct a sexual partner that was faithful, beautiful, and responsive to your every wish, would you? It’s a question Aimee van …

Robots

How to Defuse an Argument With a Few Words

I really dislike confrontation and will do pretty much anything in my power to avoid most arguments. Still, like anyone, I end up in a few every now …

Anger Management

After The Flame

The 2016 Summer Games were supposed to bring Rio and Brazil to new financial and athletic heights. What's left behind? A city and country shrouded by …

Brazil

How to better manage your relationship with your phone - Health - ABC News

Throw your mobile phone hard against a brick wall. Just imagine it.<p>How does it feel for you? What emotions come up in your mind and body?<p>What about …

Why It’s Hard to Live in the Present Moment

Why is it so difficult to properly enjoy what’s right in front of us? And why are so many events easier to enjoy or savor <i>after</i> they’ve happened? In …

Mindfulness

30 PlayStation 4 games every owner should have in their collection

There are many contributing factors to the PS4's dominance, but the biggest and most important reason is the games.<p>The PlayStation 4 can play most games available on other consoles, but it also has an incredible lineup of exclusive games that are literally not playable elsewhere.<p><b>Here are the 30 PS4</b> …

Gaming Industry

The Nintendo Switch: How Apple Had a Gaming Giant on the Mat and Let Them Get Back Up- Part One

I finally managed to track down a Nintendo Switch in stock right before Prime Day, which is NOT as easy as you might think. You can find bundled “deals” at ThinkGeek/GameStop and other retailers, but finding a stock Switch alone for the regular price of $299 takes either luck or signing up for …

Retrogaming

Video Game Purchases: Why is something so simple becoming so frustrating?

I’ve been an avid gamer for almost three decades, but I’ve never actually been a huge fan of buying them. I love the experience of taking the …

eCommerce