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Kansas City firefighter fired for spitting on 3-year-old black boy and calling him the N-word gets his job back

The Kansas City firefighter who was fired after he spit on a 3-year-old black boy and called him the N-word has gotten his job back, the <i>Kansas City</i> …

Miguel Diaz-Canel selected as next president of Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed President Raul Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring that the country's single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created …

The Origin Story of Mars' Moons Has Taken Unexpected Turn

Mars has two large, terrible adult sons named Phobos and Deimos. They are very dopey and utterly pointless moons that look like a toddler’s rendition …

Astronomy

Why now doesn’t exist, and other strange facts about time

Time is relatively well-described in current physical theories – it’s just that those descriptions are perplexingly at odds both with each other and …

The Entire Island of Puerto Rico Just Lost Power [Update: Power's Coming Back]

Darkness has fallen on the island of Puerto Rico. All 1.5 million customers of the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority are currently without …

New 'Mutant Enzymes' Could Solve Earth's Plastics Problem

Scientists accidentally created an enzyme that can break down plastic. But is it any better than recycling?<p>You might call it a happy accident: As environmentalists urge the world to address the plastic pollution crisis, a team of researchers has unwittingly engineered an enzyme that may, one day, …

A history of Africa-Israel relations

As Israel turns 70, DW takes a look at the ups and downs of its relationship to African countries over the past decades. More recently, the Israeli …

Kansas farmers panic after latest trade escalation with China

Trump's trade rhetoric continues to hurt rural communities.<p>Kansas farmers and lawmakers reacted with anger and concern following another round of …

The Surgeon Who Experimented on Slaves

Fellow doctors have been some of the most prominent defenders of J. Marion Sims, the controversial “father of gynecology.”<p>Their names—at least the ones we know—were Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey. There were other women, but their identities have been forgotten.<p>The man whose name appears in medical …

Washington University in St. Louis

The Senate just voted to kill a policy warning auto lenders about discrimination against minority borrowers

The Senate on Wednesday voted to kill a five-year-old Obama administration policy warning auto lenders not to discriminate against minority borrowers.<p>The legislation, which passed 51 to 47 largely along party lines, is the latest Republican rebuke of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s …

Interest Rates

WATCH: Black man blocked from entering NJ gym where he’s a paid member — and even the cops are confused

A series of videos posted on Facebook this week shows that employees at an LA Fitness gym in Secaucus, New Jersey called the cops on a black member …

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

NEW YORK (AP) — So you want to have a baby.<p>Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of …

Trump University settlement finalized

Trump University<br>(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org)) Permission Details DMCA<p>A federal judge finalized the $25 million settlement between …

Diamonds from another ‘lost planet’ fell in meteorite on Earth, study shows

Fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth about a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system, …

East Bay fault is 'tectonic time bomb,' more dangerous than San Andreas, new study finds

The San Andreas long has been the fault many Californians feared most, having unleashed the great 1906 earthquake that led to San Francisco’s destruction 112 years ago Wednesday.<p>But new research shows that a much less well-known fault, running under the heart of the East Bay, poses a greater danger.<p>…

A Mysterious Flesh-Eating Germ Is Causing An Epidemic In Australia

A Buruli ulcer often starts as a painless bump — but within months, it can destroy muscles, tendons, and even bone.<p>The bump may initially look like a bug bite or pimple, but it is usually painless and it doesn't itch. The main characteristic is that it progresses very slowly and doesn't heal, Eiras …

Police release 911 call in arrest of black Starbucks customers

<b>(CNN) —</b> The 911 call that brought police to a Starbucks in Philadelphia, resulting in the arrest of two African-American customers, lasted only seconds.<p>"Hi, I have two gentlemen at my café that are refusing to make a purchase or leave. I'm at the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce," a Starbucks employee …

Justice

Scientists stumbled upon a plastic-eating bacterium—then accidentally made it stronger

Hungry, hungry enzymes.<p>The natural world is rapidly becoming a giant pile of plastic waste. There are literally six—<i>six!</i>—ungodly large garbage patches swelling in the ocean. Even areas as far removed from us as the Arctic are not safe. We’re slowly suffocating a lot of natural ecologies with our …

Hundreds of Huge Sharks Are Gathering in Mysterious Swarms, And Nobody Knows Why

They are supposed to be solitary animals.<p>Hundreds of basking sharks (<i>Cetorhinus maximus</i>) have been spotted swarming in massive groups, and it's all a …

Mysterious Insect Fossil Gap Explained

A lack of diverse, winged hexapods—not low oxygen levels—could explain the gap in the fossil record

Donald J. Trump; A Fool With The Power To Destroy The World.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) Just when one begins to think that Donald Trump has reached the lowest depths of immaturity, classlessness, and the lack of …

Kansas men aimed to kill as many Somalis as possible in terror plot, prosecutor says

Three men charged with plotting to bomb an apartment complex in western Kansas, where Muslim immigrants from Somalia lived and had a mosque, wanted to kill as many as possible and send a message they were not welcome in the United States, a federal prosecutor said at their trial on Tuesday.

United States

Video shows police punching black Harvard student during arrest

The arrest of a black Harvard student by an officer seen repeatedly punching him in the stomach during an arrest has prompted an investigation and raised questions over the use of police force.<p>Selorm Ohene, 21, was arrested Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after police were called about a …

Starbucks CEO apologizes to the 2 black men arrested in a Philadelphia store, says he wants to meet with them 'face-to-face'

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson issued a lengthy apology statement Saturday night as online backlash against the coffee giant grew over the arrests of two black men in a Philadelphia store.<p>Several videos that went viral showed police officers handcuffing two men and leading them out of the store, over …

Scholars Have Found a Rare Copy of Heretical Writings on Jesus And His 'Brother'

This didn't make it into the Bible.<p>Near what is today the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi, some 1,400 years or so ago, somebody buried a whole bunch of …

207 million eggs in nine states recalled over salmonella fears

<b>(CNN) —</b> A farm in Indiana is recalling more than 200 million eggs sold in nine states over salmonella fears.<p>Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs due to potential contamination with Salmonella Braenderup, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.<p>At least 22 illnesses …

Environmental Health

These amazing images from the bottom of the sea reveal a mysterious world scientists are just starting to explore

Before the ocean observatory was built, scientists could only study the seafloor using robotic vehicles like this one. But these expeditions were …

Charlize Theron Considers Leaving America If Things Don’t Improve for Her Black Children, Trump Supporters Drag Her

Charlize Theron has two adopted Black children.(Gage Skidmore/Flickr)As the mother of two adopted Black children, actress Charlize Theron has been …

Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.<p>Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National …

Babysitter killed baby with toxic enema: cops

A Maryland babysitter is accused of giving a 6-month-old a toxic enema that killed the baby, according to reports.<p>Lataya Hutchins, 32, was arrested …