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Jury backs man who claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco jury on Friday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company's popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease.<p>Dewayne Johnson's lawsuit was the first of thousands of cases …

San Francisco

3 Lush Parks Drastically Remake the East River Waterfront

One hot, hazy morning, I found a little shade under some pines in the garden near the end of the newly opened Pier 3, at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Slow ferries sliced whitecaps through the East River. In a maze of sassafras and juniper hedges, a woman played with her 6-year-old daughter.<p>And at the …

South Park

Remembering Anthony Bourdain as Only His Fixers Could

The local experts who guided Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam, Peru, Japan, and beyond had a view of the larger-than-life figure that few were privy to.<p><b>Michiko Zentoh</b> was Anthony Bourdain’s first fixer. A freelance television producer in Japan, she worked with Bourdain on the initial two episodes of his …

Vietnam

Americans Are Terrible at Small Talk

In the four years I’ve lived in the United States, I have grown used to excruciatingly sincere exchanges with people. Within minutes of meeting you, they’ll come up with the heavy goods, and expect to see yours in return. Recent specimens I’ve collected? <i>I guess what I’m afraid of is that my husband</i> …

Mentoring

Some Amazon Reviews Are Too Good To Be Believed. They're Paid For

Travis is a teenager living in a small town in the Northeast. He enjoys hunting and shooting, and keeps a rifle at home. But with several younger siblings around the house, he wanted to make sure his gun was safe. So he ordered a trigger lock on Amazon, to prevent the gun from firing.<p>"The reviews …

Siblings

Detailed Story Of Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game Is Blowing Everyone’s Mind

It was a scheme that sounds like a subplot from a season of ‘The Sopranos.’<p>Outright corruption apparently can be going on behind operations that are …

McDonald's

Motherhood in the Age of Fear

CHICAGO — I was on my way home from dropping my kids off at preschool when a police officer called to ask if I was aware there was an outstanding warrant for my arrest.<p>“No, no,” I told him. “I didn’t know that.”<p>I needed to call my husband, but my fingers were shaking. I don’t remember if I was …

University of California

Tortured by meetings

MOST workers view the prospect of a two-hour meeting with the same enthusiasm as Prometheus awaited the daily arrival of the eagle, sent by the gods …

University of Pennsylvania

Beauty, Bad Temper and Scandal in a Riveting Look at Princess Margaret

The past, Julian Barnes once wrote, has a way of behaving like a piglet, greased up and let loose in a room. It makes a lot of noise. People make fools of themselves trying to capture it. Invariably, it slips away.<p>This is the very business of biography — “the most sheepish and constrained of the …

Queen Elizabeth II

Donald Trump is actually a very unpopular president

Yes, his base likes him, but his overall numbers are terrible.<p>Recent polling on President Donald Trumphas increasingly been covered in a way that emphasizes Trump’s high numbers with self-identified Republicans rather than his low numbers with the American public.<p>For example, a new poll released on …

Republicans

Raising Brilliant Kids — With Research To Back You Up

<i>An earlier version of this piece ran in 2016.</i><p>"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to …

Pedagogy

Arthur Brooks recommends 3 books that challenged him to be better

The president of the American Enterprise Institute appeared on The Ezra Klein Show to talk about how to disagree well.<p>Arthur Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank on public policy. As one might imagine, he and Ezra Klein disagree often; however, …

University of Toronto

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Successful Investing

It really is a shame that Taylor Larimore chooses to use the word “Boglehead” in the title of his compelling new book: “The Bogleheads’ Guide to the Three-Fund Portfolio” (Wiley, $24.95.)<p>There is nothing really wrong with the word. It refers to people who follow the investment principles of John C. …

Xiu Xiu - Against The Clock

<b>Jamie Stewart makes a track in 10 minutes.</b><p>LA-born Jamie Stewart has been the driving force behind US experimental band Xiu Xiu since 2002. In that …

Someone Should Tell Donald Trump About America’s High Tariffs

To hear President Trump tell it, every other country in the world is taking advantage of the United States by selling milk, cars, steel and other products to America while refusing to buy made-in-the-U.S.A. merchandise. His ceaseless complaint about trade — with neighbors like Canada and Mexico, …

Economics

What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?

On June 14, 2016, the Washington <i>Post</i> reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s files and gained access to its …

I Just Discovered Melting Potatoes and I’m Officially Serving Them With Everything

Now this is a Pinterest trend I can get behind.<p>We weren’t actively seeking a new way to cook potatoes. In fact, we think there’s a pretty solid …

Recipes

I never said that! High-tech deception of 'deepfake' videos

Hey, did that congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped?<p>New technology on the internet …

Literally 536 Solutions To All The Cleaning Questions You've Ever Had

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The Tech You Need to Travel Better

With airline seats getting smaller and highways more crowded, it’s a good thing there are plenty of high-tech, budget-friendly solutions to our travel woes. While there is no gadget that will make your seat wider or lessen traffic, there are some that will help you sleep better and stay relaxed on …

Headphones

As Israelis, we call on the world to intervene on behalf of Palestinians | Ilana Hammerman and David Harel

The state of Israel is facing a catastrophic situation, which could, alarmingly soon, lead to extensive bloodshed. It is time for the international community to act decisively. Substantive external pressure – political, economic and cultural – offers the only chance of emerging from this impossible …

Israel

If not carbon pricing in Ontario – which works well – then what, Mr. Ford?

<i>Dale Beugin is executive director of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Don Drummond is adjunct professor and Stauffer-Dunning fellow at Queen’s University, and a member of the Ecofiscal Commission.</i> <i>Glen Hodgson is senior fellow at the Conference Board of Canada, and a member of the Ecofiscal</i> …

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Cookie cravings are demanding. They have a way of urgently commanding your immediate attention. These cookies are good for those emergency moments, …

Canadians Brace for Cultural Changes as Marijuana Becomes Legal

MONTREAL — For one of Canada’s largest legal cannabis companies, the vote in Parliament this week to legalize recreational marijuana use represents a broad opportunity to develop new products, including marijuana infused drinks.<p>The hope, said Adam Greenblatt, a manager with the company, Canopy …

Many of my childhood friends are dead. Is masculinity to blame?

Nobody asked our fathers about their feelings because they were too busy working<p>I grew up in Kamloops, a small blue-collar city in British Columbia about 350km north-east of Vancouver. Kamloops wasn’t the middle of nowhere, but at the time it felt pretty close. I moved there with my family when I …

Mental Health

How Did the Nazis Gain Power in Germany?

<b>THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY</b> <b><br>Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic</b><br>By Benjamin Carter Hett<br>Illustrated. 280 pp. Henry Holt & Company. $30.<p>We ask about the rise of the Nazis from what we think is a great distance. We take for granted that the Germans of the 1930s were quite different …

World History

The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud.

The most famous psychological studies are often wrong, fraudulent, or outdated. Textbooks need to catch up.<p>The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature.<p>The study took paid …

Why Justin Trudeau Is Able to Stand Up to Donald Trump

Right now is a nice time to be Canadian. Brought up in Canada, as I was, and married to a woman so Canadian that she is both Winnipeg Icelandic and Winnipeg Jewish (you would have to be a Canadian to grasp the full glory of that combination), I have the immediate urge to praise Canada, set in …

The hazards of updating classic texts

THE Theatre Royal Haymarket’s production looked so promising on paper. “Tartuffe”, Molière’s masterly lampoon of courtly vanity and hypocrisy, seemed …

Why China has Canada spooked about the world’s plastic waste crisis

Canada is trying to point the way out of a global plastic waste crunch partially of its own making.<p>Story continues below<p>Whales are choking to death …