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“Mirrors With Memories”: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?

“Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades.” That very early photographers’ slogan—introduced not long after Louis Daguerre announced his …

Cool Stuff

Watch Alabama Shakes Travel Back In Time With Cover Of 'Killer Diller'

There's old-school, and then there's <i>old-school</i>. As a TV special to conclude the PBS documentary series <i>American Epic</i> — which tells the story of the music immortalized by a 1920s-era recording studio — <i>The</i> <i>American Epic Sessions</i> compels contemporary musicians to use a re-creation of that studio in an …

Jack White

How your airplane stays in the air

Everything you've ever wanted to know about how your airplane works.<p>If you’ve ever wondered how massive airplanes — one of which weighs more than 661 …

Aerospace

Officials: Man tried to get into cockpit on flight to Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Two U.S. fighter jets were summoned Friday to escort a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii after an unruly man was subdued by passengers and flight attendants, who had to use a drink cart to block him from the front of the plane.<p>The man, later identified as Anil Uskanil, 25, of …

Aviation

In rumors around a DNC staffer’s death, a whiff of a Clinton-era conspiracy theory

Depressed and losing sleep after a few months in the White House, Vince Foster became convinced that the turmoil surrounding his work for President Clinton would never stop. He’d already been the subject of a scathing newspaper editorial that had raised questions about his long association with …

Hillary Clinton

Trump urges Arab nations to do more to fight extremism

Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington:<p>President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip.<br>• Historically black colleges view Trump administration warily, but also with some optimism<br>• White House does not dispute that FBI probe now includes at least one …

Elections

Study: Nearly half of all Hawaii marriages involve interracial couples

Four out of every ten newlyweds in Honolulu are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity, by far the highest percentage of any …

Hawaii

Hawaii school official pleads guilty to stealing $3 million

The chief financial officer of an international school in Hawaii has admitted to stealing more than $3 million from the school.

Hawaii

Chinese jets intercept US aircraft over East China Sea, US says

<b>Two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 jets have conducted an "unprofessional" intercept of a US aircraft, the US military said.</b><p>One of the Chinese jets came as close as 150ft (45m) to the US WC-135 plane and flew upside down above it, according to US officials cited by CNN.<p>The US says the plane was on a mission …

China

Betsy DeVos Wants to Kill a Major Student Loan Forgiveness Program

No, this isn't a joke.Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images A lot of people who went to grad school, or who are at least thinking about it, are going to …

Betsy DeVos

Aloha from Senator Schatz's Office

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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz To Leave Office At The End Of June

<b>Updated at 7:20 p.m. ET</b><p>Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he will resign his congressional seat effective June 30. He first made the announcement in a statement on his website, ending weeks of speculation about his plans.<p>Chaffetz talked to reporters about his decision from his home in Alpine, Utah, …

U.S. Congress

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Photography

No one lives on this remote Pacific island — but it’s covered in 38 million pieces of our trash

Henderson Island, an uninhabited atoll in the South Pacific, is so isolated that it’s one of the few places in the world “whose ecology has been practically untouched by a human presence.”<p>That is, at least, according to its description by a United Nations group, which named Henderson Island a …

Oceans

“I almost feel like a god”: From dating to business, white men are winning in India

On the same day I interviewed a white Dutch man living in Gurugram, just south of New Delhi, I spoke with a black Congolese migrant. Their contradictory experiences speak eloquently about the impact of skin colour on shaping migrants’ everyday experiences.<p>The Dutch gentleman, who is in his 30s, …

White Privilege

King Tut Was Buried with a Cosmic Dagger

King Tut took some out-of-this-world weaponry with him into the afterlife. That's the conclusion drawn by Italian researchers who say that an iron …

Archaeology

North Korea’s Kim celebrates test of ‘perfect weapon system’

TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un celebrated a test of the “perfect weapon system” ­after his engineers launched what they said was a new kind of ­intermediate-range ballistic missile system capable of carrying “a large-size heavy nuclear warhead.”<p>The missile, launched Sunday morning, …

North Korea

NBA playoffs 2017: Warriors mount comeback with Kawhi Leonard out, take Game 1 in stunning fashion

The Spurs shot out of a cannon to start Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, but the Warriors stormed back in the second half to capture a 1-0 …

Basketball

Ohio police chief killed in shooting was father of 6 with baby on the way

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A police chief who had been on the job for just a few weeks and two nursing home employees are dead after a shooting …

Policing

10 Volcanoes That Could Destroy The World

Is America dying or is it being born again?

Behind the vulgarity and racism of Trump's America, a different vision of what it means to be an 'American' is rising.<p>In a characteristically timely and insightful essay for The New York Times, Pankaj Mishra has recently mapped out the tortuous passage of the United States from exceptionalism to …

Racism

Some People Suffer from Face Blindness for Other Races

We tend to be worse at telling apart faces of other races than those of our own race, studies have found. Now research shows some people are …

Psychology

Russia’s Oval Office Victory Dance

The cozy meeting between President Trump and Russia’s foreign minister came at Vladimir Putin’s insistence.<p>When President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office on Wednesday just hours after firing the FBI director who was overseeing an investigation into …

Russia

Donald Trump and the slippery slope to becoming a prolific liar

How do politicians get so comfortable with lying? One theory: practice.<p>How does a person get so comfortable with telling lies?<p>It’s a question we have reason to ask this week.<p>There are big, serious, scary questions over whether President Donald Trump is lying about the rationale behind firing FBI …

Psychology

What a new report reveals about white economic hardship and Trump’s big win

Roughly a third of white working-class Americans said that they have cut back on food or meals in the past year to save money. A similar share it would be difficult — if not impossible — for them to cover an emergency expense of $400. And among those who live in the same town where they grew up, …

Equality

Church Militant: A Right-Wing Media Empire in the Making

Just outside Detroit, a group of radical Catholics run a rapidly growing news organization. Since being established nine years ago, ChurchMilitant.com (then St. Michaels Media) has grown from a tiny media outfit on the fringes of the Catholic world to a 35-person powerhouse reaching an estimated …

Sociology

White House: Trump thought about firing Comey since Election Day

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump had been thinking about firing FBI Director James Comey since Election Day, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.<p>"The President has lost confidence in Director Comey and, frankly, he'd been considering letting Director …

Government

Woman's skin 'melts off' after medication error

SNELLVILLE, Ga. — Three years ago, a Georgia woman went to the doctor because she was depressed. The medication worked at first, but then blisters broke out all over her body.<p>For the first two weeks, "everything was OK," said Khaliah Shaw, 26.<p>But then, "I was in excruciating pain. It felt like I …

Medicine

Will Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson actually run for president? ‘It’s a real possibility.’

It started off as a joke, then it became more serious. Now Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson says running for president in 2020 is “a real possibility.”<p>The pro wrestler and Hollywood mogul made his latest quips to GQ magazine, which published a highly entertaining cover story on the star Wednesday.<p>Johnson …

Dwayne Johnson