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Listed as missing, California woman found on 'The Bachelor'

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you watch "The Bachelor," you know Rebekah Martinez. She's the free spirit with the pixie cut who established great chemistry with the former race car driver looking for true love.<p>Martinez did something else notable.<p>She has so far managed to appear on five of this season's episodes of …

CNN

Will Russia get involved in the 2018 elections?

At this point, it's obvious that Russia attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections. But on the brink of another season of primaries and elections, the question becomes: What happens now? Is Russia going to get involved in the 2018 elections? And what, if anything, can …

Russia

The Quapaw tribe hopes a cattle slaughterhouse will provide jobs in rural Oklahoma

Jason Reeves knows what a good cut of steak looks like before it hits your dinner plate. Standing in the middle of a 50-foot-wide cooler, he points out different parts of a freshly slaughtered cow hanging from the hooks while a fan roars in the background.<p>"That's the kidney heart. Fat on the …

Agriculture

19 Border Collies Who Seriously Failed But They're Cute So It's OK

We love them even though they steal our biscuits and get stuck in trees.

Iceland's most trusted politician is a feminist environmentalist who is the 'antiTrump'

Iceland's new prime minister is a feminist and environmentalist who is among the youngest leaders in the world. She has a degree in literature with a special interest in Icelandic crime novels. She appeared in a music video 20 years ago with an Icelandic band, Bang Gang. And she's considered …

How Eaten Fish survived four years in refugee detention with his cartoons, social media and a network of activist friends

After more than four years in immigration detention in the middle of the South Pacific, the Iranian cartoonist known as "Eaten Fish" has a new view: the fjords of Norway.<p>Eaten Fish — the pen name of cartoonist Ali Dorani — arrived in Stavanger, Norway, on Dec. 17 after the city agreed to host him …

What I learned by getting my very first Christmas tree

I've never had a Christmas tree.<p>Never bought one. Never decorated one.<p>I grew up in a Muslim family in Iran and moved to the US about a decade ago. Every Christmas, I watch as my non-Christian friends get in their cars, drive to a Christmas tree lot and pick out their favorite tree. And I wonder why.<p>…

No 'shame' in Polish punk band's prophetic songs from the past

Twenty-eight years isn't very long for a democracy to take root. And you could say, Poland is having growing pains.<p>The country shed communism in favor of democracy in 1989, but today, critics say that democracy is in trouble. The European Union is among the critics. Poland is a member of the EU, …

Flying abroad? You may have to go through a facial scan at the airport.

If you happen to be traveling out of the country through certain US airports during this holiday season, you may have to go through yet another security check at the airport: a facial scan.<p>In fact, you may already have already been scanned and didn't even know it. That's what happened to Tanvi …

Take five minutes out of your day to smile at these cats enjoying the sunlight

If you’re having a bad day, stop what you’re doing and lend us a few minutes of your time – because we’ve found some photos that will be sure to …

The art made by Guantánamo Bay detainees

I first saw the ship a year ago, in an abandoned prison cell.<p>“Giant” is an intricately detailed model galleon, something that, at a casual glance, you might expect to see in a museum. It's also a dramatic contrast to its surroundings — a decrepit, high-security isolation cell in Guantánamo’s Camp …

These maps show the three major fires tearing across Southern California

Fire crews have made progress on the blazes in the Ventura, Santa Clarita, and Sylmar areas<p><i>Editor's note:</i> <i>This story was originally published December 6. It has been updated throughout to reflect the latest information.</i><p>While two of the three fires that ravaged Southern California last week have been …

How a sweatshop raid in an LA suburb changed the American garment industry

When Rotchana Sussman arrived in Los Angeles in 1994, she thought she was about to start a new, well-paying job as a garment worker.<p>She had worked in a factory in her native country, Thailand. She’d heard that work in Los Angeles paid three times as much. But when Sussman, then 24, arrived at Los …

How we can create fashion that is inclusive and adaptive

Many young girls take fashion cues from their Barbie dolls, and I suppose I was no different. OK, I was pretty different. I have spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, and when I was about 10, someone gave me a Share-a-Smile Becky.<p>Though I am mobile without the aid of a wheelchair (unlike Becky), my …

How do consumers make good choices about clothes? Spider silk and brand transparency.

It took him 32 years, but scientist Sam Hudson and a team of other researchers have found a way to produce silk without silkworms.<p>Unlike fabrics such as polyester or nylon, there’s no petroleum-based plastic. Unlike rayon, there’s no toxic chemicals or deforestation involved.<p>It’s a yeast that when …

Are factories better in Bangladesh after Rana Plaza? That depends on who you ask.

What if she hadn’t lost her shoe that day? Arati Baladas wonders about this sometimes.<p>Baladas is 20, and she sometimes replays in her mind that moment on April 24, 2013, when she scrambled to find her missing sandal, as the walls and the ceiling around her crumbled.<p>She was working at her sewing …

There’s a powerful message behind the cropped elbow in the Time cover photo

In stark contrast with last year’s pick, a self-confessed sexual harasser, Time Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year is the “silence breakers,” a powerful title for the women who fueled the #MeToo movement. And the cover photo makes a bold statement on behalf of those who cannot speak out.<p>Honoring …

Ashley Judd

Will be in a group show with the Surface Art Association. The reception is December 10, 4-7pm.

300-year-old note found inside butt of Jesus statue

Restorers of an 18th-century statue of Jesus Christ in Spain have found a handwritten note hidden up his bum.<p>The message, written carefully in …

A Map Showing How Much Time It Takes to Learn Foreign Languages: From Easiest to Hardest

Do you want to speak more languages? Sure, as Sally Struthers used to say so often, we all do. But the requirements of attaining proficiency in any …

A lack of clean and safe toilets leaves women vulnerable to rape and attacks

We take toilets for granted in the United States. We usually have access to safe facilities when we need it.<p>So, imagine being afraid every time you need to use the toilet. Afraid of being attacked or exposed to a disease.<p>For more than 1 billion women and girls around the world, those fears are …

Trump retweets bigoted, anti-Muslim videos from far-right UK group

US President Donald Trump was "wrong" to retweet three anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy head of British far-right group Britain First, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Wednesday.<p>"Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies …

At 185, a turtle believed to be the oldest living land animal is finally ready for visitors

He is a tourist attraction worth travelling a long way to see — Jonathan the giant tortoise is perhaps the world's oldest land animal, living in pampered luxury on the remote British island of St. Helena.<p>Aged at least 185 — though no one knows for certain — Jonathan should prepare himself for an …

A successful coral transplant gives scientists hope for the Great Barrier Reef

Coral bred in one part of the Great Barrier Reef was successfully transplanted into another area, Australian scientists said Sunday, in a project they hope could restore damaged ecosystems around the world.<p>In a trial at the reef's Heron Island off Australia's east coast, the researchers collected …

Indonesia braces for a volcanic eruption on the vacation island of Bali

A rumbling volcano on Bali could erupt at any moment, authorities warned Monday as they raised alert levels to maximum, accelerated a mass evacuation and closed the main airport, leaving thousands of tourists stranded on the Indonesian resort island.<p>Massive columns of thick grey smoke that have …

The pope may not use the term ‘Rohingya’ during his trip to Myanmar. Here's why.

Pope Francis on Monday arrived in Yangon, Myanmar — the first stop of his six-day trip to Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh.<p>The pontiff’s visit comes as Myanmar is being accused of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims. The United Nations and US Secretary of …