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Want to fight crime? Plant some flowers with your neighbor

The group started holding frequent neighborhood cleanup days to fix up vacant lots and abandoned buildings, symbolically "owning" them by adding …

Instagram is tweaking the algorithm everyone hated and letting users view posts the way they used to once again

Instagram is moving to address a major user complaint about its timeline.<p>Before June 2016, Facebook-owned Instagram displayed posts based on when they were posted — in reverse-chronological order, newest first. The change to Instagram's algorithm meant you'd sometimes see days-old posts at the top …

Social Media

Don't Mow Your Lawn and Help Save the Bees

Research finds that only mowing your lawn every two weeks, instead of every week, increases bee populations by 30 percent.<p>To a human, a freshly manicured grass lawn is a pleasant place to have a picnic, or a nice feature in front of a home. The American Dream prominently features green grass …

Newly Named "Coral Reef Twilight Zone" Is Full of Fish Nobody Has Ever Seen

Welcome to the rariphotic.<p>To date, humans have explored less than five percent of the ocean. That’s less surprising when you consider that 95 percent …

Health of world's last male northern white rhino in decline

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The health of the world's last male northern white rhino has deteriorated, bringing the rhino subspecies a step closer to …

Endangered Species

LEGO ditches oil-based plastics for some of its toys, will use plants instead

LEGO's plastic superheroes, astronauts, knights, and ninjas are, like most such materials, primarily made from oil. Legos have been made this way for …

As a year on the mainland ends, Puerto Rican college students consider return

Following the damages of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, several mainland universities offered free or reduced tuition for a year to the island's …

The NRA Really Wants You To Stop Making Fun Of Trump Now, OK?

Bonkers new spot features an angry dude smashing his TV.<p>The NRA really doesn’t like it when people don’t show enough respect to President Donald Trump.<p>A new spot from the gun lobbyists features an angry guy stewing as a TV shows clips of the media criticizing Trump and the National Rifle …

Donald Trump

Outdoorsy, the ‘Airbnb of RVs,’ rolls up $25 million in fresh funding

According to serial entrepreneur Jeff Cavins, more than 35 million people each year look to rent an RV — 38 percent of them so-called millennials. Yet they often walk away from the experience empty-handed. The reason, he says: There are fewer than 100,000 commercially owned vehicles available from …

Real Estate

O.J. Simpson's reported role in Sacha Baron Cohen movie sparks outrage

Sacha Baron Cohen has sparked outrage after a new report claimed he paid O.J. Simpson more than $20,000 for an appearance in his upcoming movie.<p>The prankster is known for his outrageous stunts, however, his hiring of Simpson was deemed inappropriate by some in the social media universe and by the …

Bearded Obama sends social media into a frenzy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – President Barack Obama was trending on social media the last few days but it wasn’t particularly about politics.<p>A viral …

New owners of American Horror Story house suing sellers for not revealing its history

The owners of the house from the first season of American Horror Story are suing their estate agents for $3 million because they did not disclose that the mansion had been in the programme. They also say it is haunted by two ghosts.<p>The first season of the anthology show, American Horror Story: …

There’s a big problem with how the census measures race

By Richard Alba<p>Will the 2020 Census be accurate? A number of observers have been worrying about that question for several reasons. For instance, the Justice Department has been trying to insert a citizenship question on the census form; such a question could discourage many immigrants from …

Patchy Bitcoin Oversight Poses Hazards for Investors, Regulators Say

U.S. regulators on Tuesday said Congress should consider expanding federal oversight of bitcoin and other cryptocurrency trading, as market cops amplify alarms about an asset class that is largely exempt from investor-protection laws.<p>The chairmen of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the …

New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to …

Cities are turning to beet juice and beer to address the dangers of road salt

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Experts who fear road salt is starting to take a toll on the nation's waterways are turning to beet juice, molasses, and even beer or cheese waste to make them safer.<p>Tossed onto sidewalks and dumped onto highways, salt for decades has provided the cheapest and most effective …

How to file your income taxes on bitcoin in 2018

It’s been a turbulent year for bitcoin, and now it’s time to talk about taxes. Most people who held on to bitcoin over the past year made money off of it, and as Americans prepare for income tax season, the IRS wants its cut of the profits. Amid unprecedented gains — and unprecedented enforcement …

Airport code word aims to save marriage proposals from nosy X-ray machines

X-ray machines and other security procedures at airports are a necessary nuisance for passengers who have to simply accept it as part of the …

Game Boy is back (sort of): Meet Hyperkin's Ultra Game Boy

Game Boy, am I glad to see you<p>Nintendo has discovered that remaking its old consoles is a licence to print money but has presumably left the Game Boy …

The Controversial Question DOJ Wants to Add to the U.S. Census

The Department of Justice requested that the bureau inquire about citizenship in the upcoming questionnaire, a move that experts argue could have a crippling effect on participation.<p>A recent request by the Department of Justice to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census could threaten …

Civil Rights

Sprint customers are about to get a very unpleasant bill hike

Existing Sprint customers who signed up under two long-running deals are about to get a very unpleasant new years’ price increase. The “Unlimited …

Feds Raid California 'Maternity Hotels' for Birth Tourists

Southern California apartment complexes that doubled as "maternity hotels" for Chinese women who want made-in-America babies were raided early Tuesday, capping an unprecedented federal sting operation, officials said.<p>NBC News was on the scene as Homeland Security agents swept into The Carlyle, a …

Wahlberg got $1.5M for 'All the Money' reshoot, Williams paid less than $1,000

Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes in <i>All the Money in the World</i>, three people familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it tell USA TODAY, while Michelle Williams was paid an $80 per diem totaling less than $1,000.<p>That works out to Williams …

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