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APNewsBreak: Trump Jr., donor have longtime undisclosed ties

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. has a previously undisclosed business relationship with a longtime hunting buddy who helped raise millions of dollars for his father's 2016 presidential campaign and has had special access to top government officials since the election, records obtained by The …

Donald Trump

The one crime that impacts every American

<b>(CNN) —</b> Of all the crimes on the books in the United States, there is one kind that impacts every single American citizen.<p>It's not terrorism, although terrorist acts have tragically claimed lives, and, at times, instilled fear into our society. It's not cybercrime, although the ubiquitous nature of …


Veteran CIA agent on Trump: “Corruption like we’ve never seen before”

Longtime CIA analyst Melvin Goodman: Russian hacking isn’t as dangerous as the “dumbing down of this country”<p>The cauldron that is the Russia scandal and its related tendrils -- including possible money laundering and likely obstruction of justice -- has boiled over. In recent weeks it has been …

Donald Trump

When You Give a Tree an Email Address

The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.<p>“My dearest Ulmus,” the message began.<p>“As I was leaving St. Mary’s College today I was struck, not by a branch, but by your radiant beauty. …

European Union

The Weird World Inside a Pitcher Plant

On the soggy floor of one of the only remaining intact forests on the island nation of Singapore, the egg-sized heads of carnivorous creatures emerge from decaying leaves. They appear to be belching, or singing, or screaming out the catch phrase of their cousin in Hollywood — “Feed me Seymour.”<p>This …

South-east Asia

Watch the High-Flying Physics of a Plant’s Exploding Fruits

When it’s time for the hairyflower wild petunia to pass its genes to the next generation, it does it with a bang.<p>To reproduce, the plant flings tiny seeds from a small torpedo-shape fruit more than 20 feet through the air. That’s not an easy task.<p>The seeds are discs about a tenth of an inch in …

Duke University

Hope Hicks’s resignation caused a stir. But what she did first is more important.

THE CAPITAL last week was seized by the news that White House communications director Hope Hicks was leaving President Trump’s side, the latest senior aide to depart a tumultuous West Wing. But as a symbol of what is wrong in Mr. Trump’s Washington, Ms. Hicks’s activities just before her …

Donald Trump
New Hampshire

It’s official: Termites are just cockroaches with a fancy social life

On their latest master list of arthropods, U.S. entomologists have finally declared termites to be a kind of cockroach.


Florida gun law can punish local officials personally

<b>(CNN) —</b> If local Florida officials want to pass firearm restrictions in response to the latest mass killing with an assault weapon, they risk being suspended from office, fined and sued personally for damages.<p>Authorities say Nikolas Cruz, 19, used an AR-15 style rifle he purchased legally to carry …

Mitch McConnell

Darkest material on Earth creates a 'schism in space' for Winter Olympics

<b>(CNN) —</b> A building described as the "darkest on Earth" has been unveiled at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, in South Korea.<p>It's the work of British architect Asif Khan, who achieved the super-black effect by coating the building in a revolutionary material that absorbs 99% of light.<p>The Hyundai …


CNN Exclusive: California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

<b>(CNN) —</b> California's insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.<p>California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones expressed …

Health Care

Roses are cheap on Valentine’s Day – because of where they come from

The majority of roses Americans give one another on Valentine’s Day, roughly 200 million in all, grow here, the savanna outside Bogota, summoned from the soil by 12 hours of natural sunlight, the 8,400-foot altitude and an abundance of cheap labor.<p>Thousands of acres of white-tarped greenhouses, …

Miami International Airport

Trump concocted a story about a border agent’s death. The truth won’t catch up.

This is the autopsy of a lie.<p>On the night of Nov. 18, Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dying on the side of an interstate in West Texas. There were immediate signs it had been an accident. Martinez’s partner, Stephen Garland (who suffered a head injury and doesn’t recall the …

Donald Trump

Republicans Stopped Sabotaging the Economy Because They Have the White House Now

During the Obama era, Democrats frequently believed, but only rarely uttered aloud in official forums, that the Republican Party was engaged in …

Puerto Rico

Starfish See Pretty Well in the Deep Ocean. By the Way, Starfish Have Eyes.

Look at a starfish in a tidal pool and you may think: ah, there’s one of those pretty, multi-armed sea worms that crawl around and don’t do much. But look deeper and your views might change.<p>Hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, some starfish make their own light. And they can look right back …


Toads Eat Beetles. Sometimes, Beetles Make Them Regret Their Meal Choice.

For most prey, the game is over once they’ve been swallowed. But one species of beetle can escape from a toad’s stomach nearly two hours after being eaten, according to a new study.<p>Found in wooded areas on nearly every continent, bombardier beetles — a group that consists of more than 500 species — …


Republicans want to turn the entire country into Oklahoma

We have in this country an essentially unchanging disagreement about what model of governance will produce the best economic and social results. Democrats advocate what we might call weak social democracy: relatively high taxes (though lower than those of our peer countries), combined with a …

Affordable Care Act
Donald Trump

Six days a week, for a year, she wrote to President Trump. Here's what it taught her

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first time Alanna Kane wrote to a US president, she was 10 years old. It was Ronald Reagan.<p>She was too young to really understand the dynamics of government. And she didn't get a response.<p>Kane is in her 40s now. And when Donald Trump assumed office, she wrote again to the President. …

Donald Trump

Nursing homes sedate residents with dementia by misusing antipsychotic drugs, report finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Children complained about parents who were robbed of their personalities and turned into zombies. Residents remembered slurring their words and being unable to think or stay awake. Former administrators admitted doling out drugs without having appropriate diagnoses, securing informed …

Orrin Hatch
Mitch McConnell

Maya civilization was much vaster than known, thousands of newly discovered structures reveal

Archaeologists have spent more than a century traipsing through the Guatemalan jungle, Indiana Jones-style, searching through dense vegetation to learn what they could about the Maya civilization that was one of the dominant societies in Mesoamerica for centuries.<p>But the latest discovery — one …


I Watched a Ghoulish Masquerade in Washington

President* Trump's first State of the Union laid bare a government in delusion.<p><i>All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks.</i> <i>But in each event—in the living act, the undoubted deed—there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the</i> …

Judge strikes down Florida’s system for restoring felons’ voting rights

TALLAHASSEE — The state of Florida routinely violates the constitutional rights of its citizens by its system of restoring or denying voting rights …


<b>Washington, D.C.</b> ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on partisan …