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Can We Please Stop Pretending That 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Is A Box Office Bomb?

<i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> crossed $500 million domestic on its 16th day of release, one day ahead of <i>Jurassic World</i> and just six days behind <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. It has now earned $517.1m in North America in its first 17 days, ending the year as the year’s biggest domestic grosser, safely …

Movies

Is Luke Skywalker Flirting With the Dark Side in The Last Jedi?

Mark Hamill weighs in.<p>In the months leading up to the release of <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, trailers and promotion for the return of Luke Skywalker has been, well, concerning. Interviews with star Mark Hamill do not bode well for the beloved character, and the brief glimpses of the hero in trailers …

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

AIM 🔴 AFK 4EVA

For the better part of two decades, starting in the mid '90s, AIM (previously AOL Instant Messenger) was <i>the</i> way to communicate online. For a certain generation, which most of the Engadget staff happens to be a part of, it defined their youth. Those of us who experience high school and college in a …

Attacked by Rotten Tomatoes

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood had a horrible summer.<p>Between the first weekend in May and Labor Day, a sequel-stuffed period that typically accounts for 40 percent of annual ticket sales, box office revenue in North America totaled $3.8 billion, a 15 percent decline from the same span last year. To find a …

Rotten Tomatoes

Oxford University scientists gave babies trial TB vaccine 'that did not work on monkeys'

Oxford University is embroiled in an ethics row after scientists were accused of questionable conduct over a controversial trial of a new vaccine on African babies.<p>Professor Peter Beverley, a former senior academic at the university, complained that scientists planned to test a new tuberculosis …

The world’s ‘most friendless people’ are under assault yet again

<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>In recent days, thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Burma have made their way to neighboring Bangladesh, …

Asia Pacific

In Memories of Diana, Princess of Wales, a Vast Generational Divide

LONDON — Eating strawberries beside a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales, two teenagers debated when it was that the princess had died. Was it in 2000? Or more recently?<p>The revelation that Diana died in 1997 – 20 years ago this week – took them by surprise. “That was before we were born!” said …

United Kingdom

With a Drop of Saliva, Family Histories Are Rewritten

Bob Hutchinson’s mother told him and his siblings almost nothing about her family, no matter how often they asked. “She was good at brushing people off,” said Mr. Hutchinson, 60.<p>Growing up, there were no photos of his mother as a child in the home, or of her own parents and siblings. She said that …

Genealogy

Trevor Noah Talks to Neil deGrasse Tyson About His Eclipse Comments

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, an author, a passionate lover of the universe, and, as fans will begrudgingly acknowledge, an …

The Walking Dead

Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change

A new study finds that a lecture from evangelical climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe successfully educates evangelical college students, validating the “trusted sources” approach<p>Approximately one-quarter of Americans identify as evangelical Christians, and that group also tends to be more resistant …

Climate Change

Jehovah's Witnesses are banned in Russia. That doesn't stop them from worshipping.

In Putin’s Russia, Jehovah’s Witnesses are labeled “extremists” and accused of being American spies. Still, they keep their faith alive.<p>MOSCOW — “Stay in the car,” Yuri says. He looks out the window, up at the grey Soviet-era tower block we’re idling outside. An old woman is staring out the window. …

The lost architecture of the San Fernando Valley

From the glamorous home of G. Henry Stetson to an amusement park that gave out free beer, these places have all disappeared<p>The 20th century was a whirlwind for the San Fernando Valley. Within the span of a few decades, the once agricultural area became part of the city of Los Angeles, gained access …

Hear Kevin Conroy Read The Iconic THE DARK KNIGHT Speech

If anyone has the right to claim “I’M BATMAN,” it’s Kevin Conroy. Forget Affleck, Bale, or Keaton, Conroy is the definitive Bruce Wayne, having …

The Seven-Second Rule: How to Avoid Being an Easy Target

A criminal decides in just seven seconds if you will be their next victim.<p><i>It takes a criminal just seven seconds to select their next victim.</i><p><i>So how do you avoid being a target? Enter: Steve Kardian, a self-defense expert with 30 years experience in law enforcement as a police officer, detective,</i> …

Self Defense

Chief Rabbi Said Pride Is Bad For Jerusalem. 22,000 People Disagreed.

Thousands attended pride in the holy city this week.<p>Ahead of Jerusalem’s 16th annual pride parade on Thursday, Jerusalem’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi Aryeh Stern made it clear that he didn’t think such an event belonged in the ancient, holy city.<p>Although Stern opposed any kind of violence at the parade, …

LGBTQI

'Dark Tower' Is a Mess, but It's Not a Failure

By keeping Stephen King close to its heart, the adaptation has not forgotten the face of its father.<p>The road to <i>The Dark Tower</i> has been long, and not …

5 Period Side Effects That Aren’t Cramps

Turns out there are tons of weird things your menstrual cycle can contribute to, from oral discomfort to toilet troubles and more.<p><i>This article</i> …

What to Do About Fungal Infections

Fungal infections may call to mind itchy rashes, such as athlete’s foot. But the fungi normally found in soil and on plants, trees, skin, and more …

Young bride-to-be died after screaming in agony on hospital floor when doctors refused her vital scan

A young bride-to-be died after screaming in pain on a hospital floor when doctors refused her a vital scan, an inquest heard.<p>Care worker Tessa Harker …

'Cancer is a fungus'?! We need to get serious about evidence-based treatment 

Over the last few years I have come across myriad myths about cures for breast cancer – indeed all cancers. Of course, everyone is looking for a treatment which does not involve chemotherapy, a diagnostic test which does not use radiation, or a treatment without side effects.<p>But I have lost count …

Cancer

The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids has begun

Countries like Italy and Australia are tired of measles outbreaks — so they're moving to fine anti-vaccine parents.<p>There’s a school of thought that refusing vaccines on behalf of your children amounts to child abuse, and that parents should be punished for their decision. We know vaccines are …

Christians Are More Likely To Say It's Poor People's Own Fault That They're Poor

White evangelicals in particular were more likely than non-Christians to believe poverty is caused by laziness.<p>The Jesus of the Bible had plenty to say about the poor ― their dignity, righteousness, and faith. He went so far as to suggest that those who serve the poor will inherit the kingdom of …

Christianity

A Prophetic Warning to Christian Educators

Opinion<p>Posted: Aug 03, 2017 10:30 AM<p><i>The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.</i><p>Time and again …

Faith

Interview: The 'Prophets' and 'Apostles' Leading the Quiet Revolution in American Religion

A Christian movement characterized by multi-level marketing, Pentecostal signs and wonders, and post-millennial optimism. A quiet revolution is …

Multi-Level Marketing

Doctors treating women unprofessionally? It happens all the time

<b>To the editor:</b> Thirteen years ago, I began to experience symptoms that led me to believe I had lymphoma. I visited several male doctors and they all dismissed my concerns. I was referred to a top ENT and dragged my husband along for support.<p>(Re "Female patients: It's not 'all in your head' Opinion, …

Santa Monica

It's too expensive to be Jewish

This spring, my son, Nathaniel, turned 12. It was time to get serious about preparation for his bar mitzvah, which usually happens when a Jewish boy turns 13. We needed to hire a tutor because at the twice-a-month hippie Silver Lake Sunday school my kids attend, Hebrew isn't part of the curriculum. …

Israel