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Here are the best books of 2018 so far, according to Amazon

Good thing summer vacation is here because your reading list is about to get a whole lot longer.<p>On Tuesday, Amazon Books announced its selections for …

Books

The FAQs: What You Should Know About Family Separation at the Border

<b>What just happened?</b><p>Over the past six weeks, immigration officials have separated hundreds of migrant families who have either crossed into the United …

Immigration

Southern Baptists Call Off the Culture War

America’s largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and reengage with mainstream culture.<p>It was immediately clear that change was afoot in Dallas. I’ve attended the annual gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention dozens of times, but walking around the convention …

Faith

Trump is a bully who thought Canada was weak. He was wrong about us

Trump may be a polarizing figure in the US, but he is turning out to be a great unifier of Canadians<p>It was, by all accounts, a tense conversation over trade and the economy. The US president called the Canadian prime minister an “asshole”. When the prime minister learned of it, he responded: “I’ve …

Donald Trump

Government, ACLU dispute release of American to Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told a federal court that it plans to release an American citizen accused of fighting with Islamic State militants and return him to Syria, but his lawyers say that's a "death warrant" and they will ask the court to intervene.<p>The Trump administration …

Middle East

The cameras have gone – but the suffering endures. Daniel Trilling deconstructs the beliefs that still shape policy and public opinion<p>The refugee crisis that dominated the news in 2015 and 2016 consisted primarily of a sharp rise in the number of people coming to Europe to claim asylum. Arrivals …

Refugees

A Pilot Whale Has Died in Southern Thailand After Swallowing 17 Pounds of Plastic Waste

A pilot whale died last week in southern Thailand after eating more than 80 plastic bags and other debris, Agence France-Presse reports.<p>The …

Thailand

What the Southern Baptist Convention Needs Right Now

For far too long, we’ve been wrong. We were wrong about slavery. We were wrong about Civil Rights. Now many of us are wrong about the #MeToo …

Civil Rights

What Religion Gives Us (That Science Can’t)

It’s a tough time to defend religion. Respect for it has diminished in almost every corner of modern life — not just among atheists and intellectuals, but among the wider public, too. And the next generation of young people looks likely to be the most religiously unaffiliated demographic in recent …

Religion

How to Trick Your Mind Into Enjoying Long Flights, According to a Travel Psychologist

Long-haul flights may only seem tolerable for travelers flying in luxurious lie-flat seats. But even in economy, I’ve discovered a number of ways to …

Duke University

Apple Loop: New Expensive iPhone Leaks, Latest MacBook Delays, Apple Ignores iPhone X Problems

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes four new iPhone models for 2018, new iPhone X problems, why the next sales cycle will be super, what’s happening at WWDC, new MacBook delays, and how difficult has Apple made listening to music?<p>Apple Loop is …

Apple

This teacher's reaction to a sleeping student has gone viral for all the right reasons.

A teacher's message has gone viral after he let his student sleep in class — for the kindest reason.<p>Teachers spend time preparing lesson plans and …

Teaching

Connecting with the Past: 10 Moving Historical Novels for Tweens

When my not-quite-12-year-old hears the phrase “historical fiction,” her nose immediately crinkles as if she just smelled bad milk. You can almost …

Creative Writing

This Woman Made A Secret Code To Review Every Book She Read, And It's Genius

Some people use Goodreads, she used her own foolproof system.

Books

Roman Tomb Unearthed; to Everyone’s Surprise, It’s Intact

ROME — Sometimes the most extraordinary finds occur by sheer luck.<p>At least that was the case of a fourth century B.C. chamber tomb that came to light five weeks ago during the construction of an aqueduct in a Rome suburb, when an earthmover accidentally opened a hole in the side of the chamber.<p>“Had …

Archaeology

Owning Print Books Feels Different From Owning E-Books

Researchers from the University of Arizona and Towson University have found that the psychological experience of owning an e-book is significantly different from that of owning a print book.<p>The results of their study into ”consumer interpretations of digital ownership in the book market,” published …

Books

Flattery of President Trump Turns Fatal in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Flattery of the American president may work in North Korea and Washington, but in Afghanistan it is proving dangerous and even fatal.<p>An Afghan man who admired the president so much that he legally named his son Donald Trump has now said he no longer feels safe and has fled …

Afghanistan

Gun-loving Iceland hasn't had a shooting murder in more than a decade

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Like many of his countrymen, Olaf Garðar Garðarsson is eager to get his hands on a rifle.But he can't just walk into a store and buy one. Instead, he is sitting through a mandatory four-hour lecture on the history and physics of the firearm.This is Iceland — the gun-loving …

Guns

FBI: Reboot, reset your router immediately to prevent cyberattacks

Following reports that a type of malware has infected more than 700,000 routers used in homes and small businesses in more than 50 countries, the FBI …

Routers

Who betrayed Anne Frank? Book claims to shed new light on mystery

Son of Dutch resistance member says Nazis were alerted to family’s secret chamber by Jewish collaborator<p>A new book has provided what it claims is fresh evidence that Anne Frank and her family were betrayed by a Jewish woman who was executed after the second world war for collaborating with the …

Self-Preservation

A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million?

This year marks a century since some women got the vote; a century since the end of the first world war; 50 years since the 1968 revolts; 70 since the founding of Israel and the NHS. All have been well marked. So it is striking that the centenary of one of the most devastating events in human …

Disease

How To Love Your Wife As Christ Loved the Church

As a Christian husband, you are not left wondering or speculating about what it means to carry out your role in a way that pleases God and blesses …

Evangelical Christianity

Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners

Save time, help your students, and get more done!<p>From creating and scoring meaningful formative assessments to organizing school events, Google Forms …

Education Technology

Christian leaders call out the heresy of Trumpism

Maybe it takes a royal wedding to offer lessons in what a good sermon sounds like.<p>Maybe it takes one of the world’s most elitist institutions — a monarchy, for goodness’ sake — to provide a view of Christianity rooted not in conservative cultural warfare (or unrelenting support for President Trump) …

Faith

The Inside Story of Wawa, the Beloved $10 Billion Convenience Store Chain Taking Over the East Coast

54 years old. $10 billion in revenue. This family-owned business is rapidly expanding--and ditching gas and cigarettes for kale salads and nerdy coffee.<p>In February, a few days after the Philadelphia Eagles had won their first Super Bowl, a suburban convenience store celebrated. Hard.<p>The …

Customer Service

Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think

A new experiment hints at surprising hidden mechanics of quantum superpositions

Quantum Physics

The Virtually Unknown Saga of Gisela Getty and Jutta Winkelmann, It Girls on a Bumpy Ride

As the tale of John Paul Getty III’s kidnapping resurfaces, it’s worth taking a look at the lives of Gisela Getty and Jutta Winkelmann, twins who frolicked and tripped with him through a wild decade.<p>In early 1973, a pair of young German twins—dark-haired, pale-skinned beauties who looked like …

Robert DeNiro

How Baby Boomers Broke America

<b>ONE</b><p>Lately, most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, have been asking themselves some version of the same question: How did we get …

Income Inequality

How to Delete Yourself From the Internet

You may think your internet usage is completely private, but any time you access a website, sign up for an account, purchase a product, post a message, or browse search engine results, you’re sharing something about yourself. If you find this troubling, you may want to learn more about how you can …