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Backpage.com founders, others indicted on prostitution-related charges

(Editors' note: Story contains details that some readers may find upsetting)<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seven people employed by the sex ad website Backpage.com, including its founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin, were charged in a 93-count indictment unsealed on Monday that included among the …

Corruption

Trump says he didn’t know his attorney paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — President Trump said Thursday that he did not know that his personal attorney paid adult-film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 days before the presidential election to prevent her from publicly accusing Trump of having an affair.<p>In his first public response to questions about the …

Donald Trump

Trump’s reaction to the NFL protests shows how he fights the culture war

As black athletes took a knee, Trump seized an opportunity to weaponize patriotism.<p>After the last play is run and the lights go off in Minneapolis’s US Bank Stadium, the end of the 52nd Super Bowl on Sunday night will mark the conclusion of a football season dominated by coverage of kneeling …

Donald Trump

10 Things to Read to Understand America

The nation is riven by racial division, political polarization, foreign competition, rising inequality and slow growth.<p>The U.S. in the 21st century can be a bewildering place, even for its own residents. The political turmoil, the kaleidoscope of radical online social movements, the presence of …

Economics

The Right Can’t Ignore The Rise Of White Supremacy On Campus

The Anti-Defamation League has released and updated a troubling study about the rise of white supremacist messaging on America’s college campuses. …

Rights & Freedoms

‘Black Panther’ fully embraces its blackness — and that’s what makes it unforgettable

“Black Panther” is a stunning visual and cultural achievement that takes superhero cinema where it’s never gone before by not being afraid to embrace its blackness.<p>That may seem like stating the obvious for a movie that features an all-black cast and tells the tale of an African king ruling over a …

Black Panther

Historic immigration debate to grip Senate

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Senate is set to begin debating immigration Monday evening, and in a rare occurrence for the upper chamber of Congress, no one is quite sure how that will go.<p>The historic debate on the status of 11 million undocumented immigrants and future of legal immigration comes as …

Immigration

Sweeping budget deal would add more than $500 billion in federal spending, end months of partisan wrangling

The Republican-led Congress is set to vote Thursday on a two-year budget deal that would include massive increases in military and domestic spending programs, reflecting an ideological shift for a party whose leaders long preached fiscal conservatism but have now embraced big spending.<p>If the plan …

Health Care

Kelly doubts Trump will extend Dreamers deadline

The White House chief of staff said the president was unlikely to give Congress more time to come up with a fix for young undocumented immigrants.<p>White House chief of staff John Kelly on Tuesday cast major doubt on the prospect that President Donald Trump would extend a March 5 deadline for …

Immigration

US missile defense test failed in Hawaii, officials say

The unsuccessful test was carried out amid heightened concerns about North Korea’s developing missile and nuclear program<p>The US military carried out an unsuccessful test to shoot down an incoming dummy missile from Hawaii on Wednesday, a US official said, amid heightened concerns about North …

North Korea

Conspiracy theorists are already making wild claims about the Amtrak train full of Republican lawmakers that collided with a truck in Virginia

Following a Wednesday-morning train crash that killed one person and severely injured another in the Washington, DC, area, conspiracy theorists attempted to commandeer the story on social media.<p>The Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers and their family members from Washington to an annual …

Donald Trump

China Is Attempting To Muzzle #MeToo

When Xiao Meili entered her freshman year at the Communication University of China in 2008, she was inundated with sexist messages that made her feel bad about herself.<p>"In high school, we were never allowed to wear makeup, then when we started university, all of a sudden, becoming a 'pretty woman' …

China

The surprisingly frugal habits of nine billionaires

Frugality is a subjective term. To the average Joe it could mean eating meals at home or scouring the internet for cheap flights.<p>But to a billionaire …

Ethereum, Not Bitcoin, Deserves to Be the World's Most Valuable Cryptocurrency -- Here's Why

Smart contracts and the Ethereum Virtual Machine make all the difference.<p>Despite its recent correction, the cryptocurrency market has done things …

U.S. Tariffs, Aimed at China and South Korea, to Hit Targets Worldwide

DAVOS, Switzerland — When the Trump administration unveiled tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines — industries dominated by Chinese and South Korean businesses — they deliberately applied them to products from around the world.<p>The move on Monday, in the eyes of United States trade …

Globalization
Markets
Markets

3-Ingredient Happy Hour: A Toasty Russian

Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to <i>3-Ingredient Happy Hour</i>, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This …

BANK OF AMERICA: There's one clear way companies should use their mountain of tax reform cash

At this point, everyone knows that the GOP tax plan is going to give corporations a huge windfall of cash to use. The real question now is how they'll use that money.<p>The equity strategy team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch boosted its 2018 profit growth forecast by 10% in anticipation of this …

Markets

Dr. Dan Siegel: What Hearing “Yes” Does to Your Child’s Brain

<i>Yes</i> is more than a word. It’s a state of being, of relating, and a gateway to curiosity, growth, and resilience, according to internationally …

Mindfulness

5 Ways Keeping a Journal Can Help You Be More Mindful

Mindfulness is more than just a trendy buzzword. It’s a practice that has been shown to improve everything from physical ailments like heart disease to mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, providing benefits like self-awareness and stress reduction. Not surprisingly, mindfulness …

Mindfulness

The Sanskrit Effect: How Verbal Recitation Boosts Cognitive Function

Now, you can add chanting to your brain training regimen.<br>Read More

The Brain

Science Says This Technique Can Help You Raise Calmer, More Resilient Kids | Inc.com

My eighth grader is back to the books after a week of pneumonia-induced absence. With each missed school day came another layer of overwhelm at the thought of making up all that work.<p>He'd finish a coughing jag and immediately ask me if any teachers had emailed assignments, even though he didn't …

Mindfulness

This Theologian Helped MLK See the Value of Nonviolence

After this last tumultuous year of political rancor and racial animus, many people could well be asking what can sustain them over the next coming …

Mindfulness

From fight or flight to rest and digest: How to reset your nervous system with the breath

If we observe an animal being chased by a predator, after the long pursuit, if the animal runs free, we may notice their body physically quiver to …

Yoga

Keep quiet: can a silent retreat in Bali really soothe the soul?

Beautiful views, meditative walks and delicious food may create the perfect mood for a mindful break – but our writer discovers that being in the moment is hard work<p>In Tabanan, central Bali, there’s a silent meditation retreat set in emerald rice paddies with a view of Mount Batukaru. For a …

Meditation

The Surprising Key to a Better Sex Life

Source: Viacheslav Boiko/Shutterstock<p>We live in a world filled with sex advice: <i>Try this new acrobatic position to have a stronger orgasm! Do these</i> …

Mindfulness

8 Ways To Take Your Stress and Turn it into Passion | Inc.com

Stress is not a fun feeling -- as most people can attest. The anxiety feels like a constant burden, and it makes going through life more troublesome. There is a constant weight in your mind and a nagging voice telling you to worry.<p>Some of the most successful people are characterized by their …

Success

7 Quotes That Bring Instant Calm

When a major life event occurs, we can feel as if we are in an unending storm. A calm centre can be hard to find. Equally, many people struggle to …

Unending