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The Story Behind That Famous Photo of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon

Though Elvis Presley's music has largely been responsible for sustaining fans' burning love for the 40 years that have passed since his Aug. 16, …

Elvis Presley

‘Enough is enough’: Read Jimmy Kimmel’s (mostly) serious plea to Trump voters

The late-night comedians all had some thoughts about President Trump’s combative news conference on Tuesday, but ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel took a different approach.<p>After the required monologue jokes, Kimmel got serious, addressing Trump voters in a rare, lengthy speech that started with Kimmel explaining …

Donald Trump

We’ve finally learned how to avoid getting struck by lightning

WASHINGTON — Lightning – once one of nature’s biggest killers – is claiming far fewer lives in the United States, mostly because we’ve learned to get …

Weather

The Dark Truth About Women and White Supremacy

When James Alex Fields Jr.’s mug shot was released after he drove his Dodge Challenger through a counter-protest in Charlottesville on Saturday, no …

Racism

Trump Quickly Undermines His Belated Condemnation of White Supremacists

In high-pressure moments President Trump seems to enjoy tweeting his way into an even worse position. For instance, days after firing FBI Director …

Donald Trump

Dear White People: What's Happening In Charlottesville Is Not Un-American – It's Classic Americana

If you cannot acknowledge America's past, you are helping perpetuate more of the same in its future.<p>Once again, the President of the United States …

Racism

The Eclipse as Dark Omen

America’s skies are set to dim at a strange hour of its history.<p>To experience transcendence during a solar eclipse is a privilege of modernity. I know a man who once sailed to a remote island in the South Pacific to see an eclipse, and having caught the bug on that trip, later flew to see another …

Astronomy

One dead as car strikes crowds amid protests of white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville; two police die in helicopter crash

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of activists here — killing one person and injuring 19 — long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before Saturday’s bloody crash.<p>The alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old who …

Racism

Disturbing photos of the modern-day Ku Klux Klan

The KKK today<p>Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images<p>Charlottesville, Virginia<p>Credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty …

Racism

Confederate flags, Nazi salutes, and Klansmen having their rights protected by a black police officer. This picture hurts. https://t.co/qr5nGkMUvH

why do men suffer depression in silence?

When Kevin Braddock hit rockbottom, he had every intention of killing himself. He recounts what happened next – and reveals why so few men ask for help<p>It was a Monday when Robin Williams killed himself three years ago – Monday 11 August 2014. His death was shocking even if in hindsight it shouldn’t …

Mental Health

The problem with sex and glitter

From phone cases to vaginal pills, we know glitter can be harmful – so why do we love it so much?<p>Last month a doctor was compelled to tell women not to put glitter pills inside their vaginas and once again I was reminded of Stephen Hawking’s prediction that humans are heading for extinction. 2017: …

Stephen Hawking

How Chinese And American Companies Are Turning Southeast Asia Into A 'Games Of Thrones'

Lately it seems like BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent) and FANGAM (Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google, Amazon, Microsoft) are in a regional <i>Game of Thrones</i> for tech dominance in Asia.<p>Tencent and Alibaba are fighting it out in Southeast Asia, putting their bets on different e-commerce firms ( Lazada) or …

What It Means to Stop Eating (and Enjoying) Food

<i>"The last time I ate real food, actually chewed and swallowed, was six years ago," opens novelist David Wong Louie's captivating essay in the August issue of</i> Harper’s Magazine<i>, in which he writes about his struggle with throat cancer. Below, a small portion of the piece has been excerpted</i> …

Restaurants

In This World

Impossible Burger’s ‘Secret Sauce’ Highlights Challenges of Food Tech

One of the chief selling points of the Impossible Burger, a much ballyhooed plant-based burger patty, is its resemblance to meat, right down to the taste and beeflike “blood.”<p>Those qualities, from an ingredient produced by a genetically engineered yeast, have made the burger a darling among …

Agriculture

Inflatable Trump chicken takes roost outside White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may be out of town, but one plucky protester is keeping an eye on the White House.<p>A giant inflatable chicken bearing the unmistakable hairstyle of the commander in chief transfixed tourists and television cameras in the nation's capital Wednesday …

The White House

Climate change has changed the way I think about science. Here’s why

I’ve wanted to be a scientist since I was five years old.<p>My idea of a scientist was someone in a lab, making hypotheses and testing theories. We …

Climate Change

First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across Europe

Demos in San Sebastián and crackdowns in Rome and Dubrovnik as locals vent frustration at city-breakers and cruise ships<p>With the continent sweltering under a heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, tempers have been boiling over, too, as a wave of anti-tourism protests take place in some of Europe’s most …

Tourism

Trump’s saber-rattling at North Korea sparks fears and puts China in a bind

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>We're in the midst of the most alarming escalation of rhetoric between the White House and Pyongyang since</b> …

North Korea

The Yakima Terror

The Friday, Nov. 11, 1927, edition of the Y <i>akima Morning Herald</i>.<i>Yakima Morning Herald</i> On Wednesday Donald Trump’s White House announced a proposal …

Racism

Experts: US-N.Korea nuclear war unlikely, but risk is rising

A nuclear war between North Korea and the United States is not imminent, analysts said, but the inflammatory rhetoric on both sides is increasing the risk. They called on all parties to de-escalate.<p>North Korea's army said in a statement distributed by state media Wednesday that it was examining a …

North Korea

Fifty Years On, Southeast Asia Emerges as Global Growth Leader

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has much to crow about as it marks its 50th anniversary: economic and social progress, a manufacturing …

Economics

Unlearning the myth of American innocence

When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul – and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does<p>My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. …

Jersey Shore

Times photographer remembers a 2011 shoot with Glen Campbell

<i>I hear you singin' in the wire,</i><p><i>I can hear you through the whine</i><p><i>And the Wichita lineman is still on the line.</i><p>“Wichita Lineman”- Glen Campbell<p>Another country legend is gone. Glen Campbell passed away today.<p>In 2011 I was assigned to photograph the country legend when he announced that he had …

Glen Campbell

Only governments can stem the tide of tourism sweeping the globe

Tourism, like all globalised trends, can be a force for good, but can also wreak immense localised damage<p>In Barcelona this summer, I was shown a protest sign written in English that said: “Why call it tourism season if we can’t kill them?” Anger over unhampered tourism is getting ugly, even in …

Tourism

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Teens

Should we stop keeping pets? Why more and more ethicists say yes

Ninety per cent of Britons think of their pet as part of the family – 16% even included them on the last census. But recent research into animals’ emotional lives has cast doubt on the ethics of petkeeping<p>It was a Tupperware tub of live baby rats that made Dr Jessica Pierce start to question the …

Activism