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The Annual Light Show at London’s Kew Gardens: Pictures

Bridges

Thanksgiving Football: Everything You Need to Know About the Three NFL Matchups

<b>Minnesota at Detroit</b><p><b>Lions Offense vs. Vikings Defense</b><p>The Lions will try to establish the run again on Thursday, given that the fatigue from playing …

Kenny Golladay

Rape and no periods in North Korea's army

BBC Stories<p><b>A former soldier says life as a woman in the world's fourth-largest army was so tough that most soon stopped menstruating. And rape, she says, was a fact of life for many of those she served with.</b><p>For almost 10 years Lee So Yeon slept on the bottom bunk bed, in a room she shared with more …

Korean Peninsula

Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

Along with explicit sexual educationclasses, some schools are beginning to offer more G-rated lessons on love. Experts say the so-called "iGen" is woefully unprepared to have healthy, caring romantic relationships and young people need more guidance. So schools are adding classes that are less …

Education

After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing

In the dying days of the battle of Mosul, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad followed Iraqi soldiers during the last push against Isis. But following their victory, a new wave of savagery was unleashed<p>One hot and sticky evening in July, in the dying days of the battle for Mosul, a group of Iraqi army officers sat …

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The Serial-Killer Detector

A former journalist, equipped with an algorithm and the largest collection of murder records in the country, finds patterns in crime.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Thomas Hargrove is a homicide archivist. For the past seven years, he …

Crime

The Uber CEO Who Arrived in the US with Nothing

<b>There’s truth in the stereotype</b> that immigrants often get handed jobs others would avoid like the plague. For most of his career, Dara Khosrowshahi, …

Dara Khosrowshahi

Turkeys Are Twice as Big as They Were in 1960

For decades, poultry breeders have transformed the genomes of turkeys, creating ever-larger birds.<p>A turkey today is not the turkey of yesteryear.<p>For decades, animal breeders have been transforming the genomes of turkeys to make them grow larger. Since 1960, the weight of turkeys has gone up about a …

Agriculture

A Silicon Valley startup is quietly taking over U.S. classrooms

Silicon Valley is determined to improve education by infusing it with technology. Its latest example is Kiddom, whose personalized learning software …

Education

The Voices in Blue America’s Head

It was early November, the day before Virginia’s elections, and the Democratic cavalry — in the form of four podcast hosts crammed into a Lyft — was coming to the aid of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. “Do you want to kick things off with something light and funny?” Jon Favreau asked Jon Lovett as their …

Barack Obama

Thanksgiving’s hidden past: Plymouth in 1621 wasn’t close to being the first celebration

You probably know by now that a lot of the American history we were taught in elementary school was bunk. Christopher Columbus didn’t actually discover America. George Washington didn’t actually cut down a cherry tree. The Civil War actually <i>was</i> about slavery.<p>But if you still imagine the first …

Abraham Lincoln

How to donate food for Thanksgiving 2017: Organizations, online giving ideas and more

Thanksgiving is a time of gluttony for many, but with 12.3% of American householdsexperiencing food insecurity in 2016 — that's 15.6 million U.S. …

Thanksgiving

Design Experts Share Their Top Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Most people love the idea of entertaining—in theory, at least. We all want our table to be beautiful and Insta-worthy and our meal to rival our …

Recipes

The Traditional Turkey Pardon at the White House: Pictures

Donald Trump

The Culture Caught Up With Spike Lee — Now What?

Before he had even made his first movie, Spike Lee used to fantasize about three things: season tickets at the Garden, a brownstone in Fort Greene like the one that he was raised in and a house in the historically black Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard. In 1986, after writing, producing, …

Confessions of a rock’n’roll biographer

For almost 40 years, Philip Norman has wrestled with icons, egos and artists (not to mention their widows) to reveal the untold tales of Britain's …

Buddy Holly

The U.S. Flooded One of Houston’s Richest Neighborhoods to Save Everyone Else

“Next contestant, come on down.” On Oct. 6, in a bright courtroom in downtown Houston, Susan Braden, chief justice of the U.S. Court of Federal …

Houston

New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World

The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could help—or it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.<p>The first thing that hit me about Zealandia was the noise.<p>I was a 15-minute drive from the center of Wellington, New Zealand’s …

New Zealand

How Hiroshima rose from the ashes

A remarkable series of events is ensuring that Hiroshima will go down in history for far more inspirational reasons than the A-bomb.<p>On a torrid August day in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, lotus flowers were blooming in the pond surrounding the Peace Bell. A party of elementary school children in …

Japan

The world is drowning in ever-growing mounds of garbage

LAGOS, Nigeria — As this port city grew, its slums expanding across the muddy coastline, its skyline rising in glass and metal, residents ran into a problem plaguing all of the world’s great metropolises: What should they do with the trash?<p>Years ago, there was a seemingly easy fix. Trucks drove the …

Recycling

Harvey Weinstein’s Secret Settlements

The mogul used money from his brother and elaborate legal agreements to hide allegations of predation for decades.<p>On April 20, 2015, the Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez sat in an office in midtown Manhattan with an eighteen-page legal agreement in front of her. She had been advised …

Corruption

'Fixer Upper' effect: Waco's economy benefits from Chip and Joanna Gaines lifestyle empire

WACO, Texas — On a recent Thursday afternoon at Magnolia Market at the Silos, tourists line up for $3.50 "shiplap cupcakes" where mill workers once weighed wagons of cottonseed.<p>The <i>Waco Tribune-Herald</i> reports in the shadow of the rusted silos, children toss bean bags on a village green of artificial …

Joanna Gaines

The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

At an early age, you’re taught not to talk to strangers. Originally meant to protect us from childhood harm, this rule follows most of us into adulthood.<p>We keep to ourselves in public places. We avert our eyes on public transport. We stand frozen in the corners of cocktail parties and extended …

Psychology

What the Ibtihaj Muhammad doll means for African-American Muslim women

‘A black Muslim woman can be both authentically American and authentically Muslim’<p>Barbie has long been a name synonymous with the ideal standard of …

Barbie

What Children — and Parents — Can Learn from Baking Together

There’s a picture that I keep in the left-hand corner of my computer screen, of me and my son, Joshua, who is now grown, baking together years ago. It shows me bent over the kitchen counter gingerly disengaging a bell-shaped cookie from a large piece of dough. It looks as if it might have been …

Dessert

11 Thanksgiving Games to Keep the Whole Family Entertained (and Squabble-Free)

Food and football are great and all (um, especially the food), but what are you supposed to do the rest of the day? Here, 11 fun Thanksgiving games …