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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, …

Notorious B.I.G.

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 …

How First-Generation College Students Do Thanksgiving Break

LINCOLN, Neb. — In 1999, I had been a freshman in college in upstate New York for maybe two weeks — it was still September, no one had gotten winter jackets out yet — when my classmates started booking their flights home for Thanksgiving. They couldn’t wait. They regaled me with stories of family …

Education

“HIGH” TECHNOLOGY

There’s gold in them thar weeds!<p>Some years ago, a relative of mine decided to move to Northern California to become a legal <b>marijuana</b> grower. Easy money, he thought.<p>He had been, for much of his life, a long-haul trucker and the back-breaking work was taking a toll on his body. So he and a pal, who …

Dear Paris Hilton, here's a brief history of the selfie

By Imran Rahman-Jones <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>"11 years ago today, Me & Britney invented the selfie!" wrote Paris Hilton on Twitter on Sunday, posting two pictures of the pair from 2006.</b><p>Unfortunately, as some of her Twitter followers have pointed out, neither Paris nor Britney were anywhere near the …

Paris Hilton

The Rise of the Millennial Mortician

Caitlin Doughty thinks we should get closer to our dead loved ones.<p>For most of us, a trip to a remote village in Indonesia to witness locals disinter their dead relatives’ mummified bodies and then hang out with them as though they were alive would be an alarming—if not completely …

Dia de los Muertos

An Algorithm Is Coming for Your Food

The San Francisco–based accelerator IndieBio’s Demo Day is delightfully awkward. Scores of investors and journalists shuffle past nervous teams of …

Agriculture

Feeding the need: Expanding school lunch programs

<i>Thanksgiving is just one day out of every year. FEEDING THE NEED millions of hungry kids feel every school day is the goal of some big-hearted adults</i> …

Education

Afghanistan’s Hipsters Have Found Themselves A Pocket Of Calm

Obscured by car bombs and a resurgent Taliban, a surprisingly resilient hipster scene has emerged in Kabul.<p>KABUL — You summon a ride using the Kaweyan Cabs taxi-hailing app, listening to upbeat Pashtun pop as your driver takes you through streets clogged with traffic. You get to the workshare space …

Afghanistan

In China, an Education in Dating

JINAN, China — Zhang Zhenxiao is 27 years old. He has never been in a relationship. He has never kissed a woman.<p>Now, Mr. Zhang is ready for love — but like many men in China, he doesn’t know where to begin.<p>So Mr. Zhang turned to a dating coach. The “Fall in Love Emotional Education” school, which …

Dating

The Confederacy still haunts the campus of Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. — When a drunk driver accidentally plowed into the Confederate statue on the University of Mississippi’s campus in September, the school had a choice: get rid of the statue and join the national movement erasing Confederate heritage, or pay to repair it.<p>The school administration chose …

Racism

How a Handful of Billionaires Kept Their Friend Harvey Weinstein in Power

The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault saga is a scandal for the ages. But the grave accusations of harassment and, in some cases, rape from over 100 …

Bob Weinstein

Her mother said they descended from ‘a president and a slave.’ What would their DNA say?

<i>[This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.]</i><p>ORANGE, Va. — In her mind’s eye, Bettye Kearse could see her ancestor walking the worn path that led from the big house to …

Genealogy

Rembering Charles Manson's victims: Rich, famous, fringe and random

In the dearly five decades since the notorious murders stunned Los Angeles, there has been endless fascination and revulsion surrounding Charles Manson and his cult “family.”<p>And Manson did not fade quietly during his decades behind bars, but continued to make headlines with interviews, bad conduct …

Crime

American Music Awards 2017: 10 Best, Worst and Most WTF Moments

Diana Ross' family affair, Pink and Kelly Clarkson's gravity-defying voices, BTS' American television debut and more big moments from the 2017 …

American Music Awards

What is a fartlek? Plus 6 other super-common terms every runner should know

Even though running is an activity anyone can do with minimal gear, it’s got a whole set of its own terminology—which can feel intimidating or …

Interval Training

70+ AMAs Pictures That Pretty Much Put You Front Row at the Show

The 2017 American Music Awards took over LA on Sunday night, bringing a bevy of amazing looks, hot performances, heartfelt speeches, and cute, candid moments between some of the music industry's brightest stars. Host Tracee Ellis Ross nailed her big gig, while her famous mom, the iconic Diana Ross, …

Awards