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7 things we’ve learned about Earth since the last Earth Day

Our understanding of Earth — and how we’re changing it — just keeps expanding.<p>Earth Day turned 48 on Sunday, April 22, and Google celebrated it with a Google Doodle of conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, who nudged us in a video to “do our part for this beautiful planet.”<p>When Sen. Gaylord Nelson …

National Parks

Of course Battlefield and Call of Duty are copying PUBG and Fortnite

Rumors are swirling the upcoming games in the eternally-warring <i>Call of Duty</i> and <i>Battlefield</i> franchises will both contain a battle royale mode — and I have no doubt they’ll both find some way to ruin it.<p><i>Polygon</i> yesterday broke the news that <i>Call of Duty: Black Ops 4</i> might not have a single-player …

Gaming Industry

Judge signs off on $25 million settlement in lawsuit against 'fraudulent' Trump University

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday signed off on a $25 million agreement to settle fraud claims arising from Trump University, the now-defunct education venture of U.S. President Donald Trump, after a former student agreed to drop further appeals.<p>U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in …

Donald Trump

'The Simpsons' addresses Apu stereotype criticism

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sunday night's episode of "The Simpsons" took on the controversy over a character, and not everyone thought the response was funny.<p>Comedian Hari Kondabolu's documentary "The Problem with Apu" debuted last November and looked at the show's character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon as a negative, …

Comedy

Japan’s Prisons Are a Haven for Elderly Women

Every aging society faces distinct challenges. But Japan, with the world’s oldest population (27.3 percent of its citizens are 65 or older, almost …

Time I

The Real Story of the Hawaiian Missile Crisis | GQ

On January 13th, 2018, the residents of Hawaii picked up their phones to find a warning: a missile would be hitting the islands imminently. Sean Flynn found out what people do when they think they only have moments left to live.<p>January 13, 8:07 a.m.<p><b>Vern Miyagi has two cell phones</b>, personal and …

World Trade Center

How Trump Is Shaking Up the Book Industry

America’s literary bubble is rethinking its identity.<p>Donald Trump’s election victory plunged America’s elite, liberal and coastal circles into an identity crisis, as journalists and pundits who had been so sure of a Trump loss grappled with charges of insularity and willful disregard. They penned …

Books

Here's exactly how much paychecks changed after tax reform for people at every income level from $20,000 to $269,000 a year

The new tax law, which changed the 2018 tax brackets, went into effect at the start of this year.<p>By February, many Americans began to notice a bump in their take-home pay because of the law.<p>The IRS released new guidelines in January, known as tax-withholding tables, that help employers calculate …

Personal Finance

Far Cry 5 Is The Series’ Fastest Selling Game Ever

Far Cry 5 has become the fastest-selling game in franchise history in its opening week, according to Ubisoft. The company claimed $310M USD in its first week, double the opening sales of previous franchise record-holder Far Cry 4. That also makes it the second-biggest launch ever for Ubisoft, …

Selling

Dealing with debt: How one couple paid off $162,000 they owed in 3 years

Back in March, Heron Abegaze, 29, and Elijah Bankole, 30, put a new spin on "couple goals" after Abegaze's Instagram post about paying off their debt went viral.<p>After three years of saving like it's an Olympic sport, the St. Paul, Minn., duo wiped out nearly $162,000 of credit card debt, car loans, …

Personal Finance

Trade war escalates as China says it will impose tariffs on 128 U.S. exports, including pork and fruit

The Chinese government plans to immediately impose tariffs on 128 U.S. products, including pork and certain fruits, a direct response to President Trump’s recent moves to pursue numerous trade restrictions against Beijing.<p>If U.S. goods become more expensive in China, Chinese buyers could opt to …

China

Want to Be Seen as a True Leader? Acquire These 5 Habits

Most people assume they are a leader because they have a title. The reality is, a title has nothing to do with it.<p>There are thousands of professionals all across the world who call themselves a leader in their respective business. The reality is, the vast majority of these people are a leader in …

Leadership

Few noticed, but Congress just banned restaurants from skimming tips

Restaurant servers dodged a bullet this week with a provision tucked into the $1.3 trillion federal spending bill.<p>Late last year, the Department of Labor proposed a rule that would have authorized restaurants to share tips between servers and cooks. That would allow employers to keep some tip money …

Employment

Toddler died of drug overdose after parents left her over 22 hours. Many unanswered questions remain

Twenty-two-and-a-half hours.<p>That's how long state police said a Greencastle, Pa., couple waited before checking on a 3-year-old daughter. Police said Brittany Higgins' daughter was put to bed at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 5. The mother's boyfriend "peeked" in about 12 hours later, and later told police he …

Crime

8 paid iPhone apps that are free downloads today

We’ve reached the start of another new week, which means the first of five new installments in our ongoing series on app sales. We’ve got eight paid …

Facebook and the endless string of worst-case scenarios

Facebook has naively put its faith in humanity and repeatedly been abused, exploited, and proven either negligent or complicit. The company routinely ignores or downplays the worst-case scenarios, idealistically building products without the necessary safeguards, and then drags its feet to admit …

Internet

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads.<p>Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — …

Autonomous Cars

It's official: Russia is targeting critical American infrastructure with 'malicious cyberattacks'

Russian cyber operatives are attacking critical American infrastructure such as energy grids, nuclear facilities, aviation systems, and water processing plants, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report details numerous attempts, …

Eight things your phone's camera can do—other than snapping selfies

With apps, it can translate text, identify stars, and more.<p>Smartphone cameras let you take advantage of every available photo opportunity. But they can do more than snap pictures of partying friends and sweeping landscapes. With the right apps, your camera can perform feats from translating texts …

Stephen Hawking, who unlocked the secrets of space and time, dies at 76

LONDON (Reuters) - Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain the origins of the universe, the mysteries of black holes and the nature of time itself, died on Wednesday aged 76.<p>Hawking's formidable mind probed the very limits of human understanding both in the vastness of space and in the bizarre …

University of Cambridge

Trump Blocks Broadcom’s Bid for Qualcomm

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday blocked Broadcom’s $117 billion bid for the chip maker Qualcomm, citing national security concerns and sending a clear signal that he was willing to take extraordinary measures to promote his administration’s increasingly protectionist stance.<p>In a presidential …

Private Sector

Qualcomm’s pivotal shareholder meeting is bumped up following Broadcom hostile takeover block

After getting delayed by at least a month or so following a regulatory investigation just days before the meeting was scheduled to take place, Qualcomm’s timetable to hold the meeting is now bumped up to ten days from now — and possibly before Broadcom may complete its move to the U.S.<p>The new …

Trump Administration

Review Roundup: Critics wrinkle their noses at A Wrinkle In Time

Director Ava DuVernay took on a huge task after making her Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic <i>Selma</i>: an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘60s …

7 CEOs share the books that transformed their lives

Leadership

Why Cats "Knead Dough," According to Science

There's actually a reason, we promise.<p>Most cat behavior is heartwarming and deeply confusing. Perhaps the most obvious example is something there’s …

Pets

The Breathing Technique a Navy SEAL Uses to Stay Calm and Focused

Breathing is a unique process in the human body. Unlike, for example, digestion, breathing has both an involuntary control mechanism as well as …

Meditation

Toys ‘R’ Us, Seeking Stability, May Close 200 More Stores

Toys “R” Us, the beleaguered chain under pressure from Amazon and bigger toy sellers, may close dozens more stores as it struggles to find a path out of bankruptcy and return to financial viability.<p>The toy retailer has not recovered from a dismal holiday selling season, making the company’s …

Customer Service

'Early Man' Is A Mammoth Delight

Look closely at a frame from <i>Early Man</i> — or any of the other features and shorts by Nick Park, the stop-motion animator behind <i>Creature Comforts</i>, the Wallace and Gromit series, and <i>Chicken Run</i> — and you can spot the truest and most literal of all auteur stamps: The curvatures of a fingerprint. As …

Stone Age

Chris Rock’s Netflix Special Is The Standup Comeback You’ve Been Waiting For

After some disappointing recent comebacks (cough, Dave Chappelle, cough), Rock’s brand-new “Tamborine” delivers on the comic’s promise.<p>Netflix’s approach to cornering the standup comedy market has been, shall we say, <i>aggressive</i>. The monolithic streaming platform has commissioned hours from just …

Comedy

How the Quietly Radical ‘Black Panther’ Took Over Hollywood

Marvel’s most prominent black superhero hasn’t always been one of its superstars. But the Afrofuturist, anti-imperialist worldview the series espouses makes it perfect for the moment.<p>If you’ve been to a movie theater at any point in the past 20 years, there is a steep statistical probability that …

Comics