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Mysterious craters blowing out of Russia could mean trouble for the whole planet

In northern Siberia, rising temperatures are causing mysterious giant craters — and even more dire consequences could be in store, say climate …

North Korea says can test-launch ICBM at any time: official news agency

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea declared on Sunday it could test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at any time from any location set by leader Kim Jong Un, saying a hostile U.S. policy was to blame for its arms development.<p>Kim said on Jan. 1 that his nuclear-capable country was …

Chicago torture video: 4 charged with hate crimes, kidnapping

<b>(CNN) —</b> Four suspects have been charged in connection with the attack on a special-needs teen that was streamed on Facebook Live.<p>Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper; 18; Brittany Covington, 18; and Tanishia Covington, 24, have each been charged with a hate crime, felony aggravated kidnapping, …

U.S. intercepts capture senior Russian officials celebrating Trump win

By Adam Entous<p>, Reporter<p>Greg Miller<p>, Reporter<p>Senior officials in the Russian government celebrated Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow, according to U.S. officials who said that American intelligence agencies intercepted communications in the aftermath of …

Russia

New York sees surge of swastika vandalism since the election

Lisa Wolford picked up her 8-year-old twins at school Friday afternoon and had some time to kill before rehearsals for their Christmas pageant, so she brought them to the little playground near her apartment. They were in for a nasty surprise.<p>To her horror and the confusion of her children, …

Rights & Freedoms

Jesus wept: How can you call yourself a Christian if you voted for Donald Trump?

<b>(AP/Evan Vucci/Getty/allanswart)</b><p>Christian faith means many things to many people. But I’m confused about how “love thy neighbor” led us here<p>Lily Burana<p>November 19, 2016 12:00am (UTC)<p>One of the hallmarks of Christian faith is charity, which is unfortunate for me, because, as a cradle Christian (and, …

Faith

The biggest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history was just approved. VW buybacks start soon

Volkswagen took a big step toward trying to fix its tattered reputation Tuesday as a federal judge formally approved a $14.7-billion settlement of the automaker's emissions cheating case.<p>The deal is the largest auto scandal settlement in U.S. history and paves the way for the company to make amends …

Automotive Industry

Two corrupt cops joined forces with drug dealers. Now, dozens of criminal cases could be in jeopardy

Four years ago on a sweltering afternoon, Bakersfield Police Det. Damacio Diaz was sitting in his car alongside informant Guillermo "Memo" Magallanes.<p>About $15,000 stuck out of Magallanes' shorts. When the informant left, the narcotics detective found just under $1,000 in the passenger-side door …

NAACP says white students threw a noose around a black student's neck

<b>(CNN) —</b> Allegations that white students threw a noose around a black student's neck and "pulled the noose tight" have rocked a southern Mississippi high school.<p>Members of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP claim that some members of the Stone High School football team in Wiggins put the noose on …

Battle for Mosul: How ISIS is fighting to keep its Iraqi stronghold

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just over a week into the battle for Mosul, and the vast coalition seeking to oust ISIS from Iraq's second city is making swifter than expected progress.<p>But for all its gains -- 78 villages liberated, and nearly 800 ISIS fighters killed as of Monday morning -- the Iraqi coalition is …

AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit

New documents reveal the telecom giant is doing NSA-style work for law enforcement—without a warrant—and earning millions a year from taxpayers.<p>On …

From now on, every government agency will have to consider climate change

By Chris Mooney<p>, Reporter<p><i>This story has been updated.</i><p>In the past several weeks alone, the Obama administration has made multiple new moves to fight climate change. The administration announced new steps to help fill U.S. roadways with electric vehicles. It ruled that greenhouse gas emissions from …

A common pesticide may be a menace to pollinators. Know how to protect them.

By Adrian Higgins<p>, Columnist<p>Many homeowners want to throw a lifeline to beleaguered bees and butterflies by planting pollinator gardens that will provide sustenance and habitat, but the unwitting use of insecticides may lure these beloved insects to their doom.<p>The worry is that a common type of …

Pesticides

Water is the biggest risk to the global economy

China's slowdown, ever increasing emerging-market debt, political instability in the Middle East, and the breakup of the European Union all pose serious risks.<p>But none of those worries compare to the real danger, according to Joe Quinlan, strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch's US Trust.<p>He …

Markets

Social Network Algorithms Are Distorting Reality By Boosting Conspiracy Theories

Talk of Facebook’s anticonservative stance is in the news, but the issue of what news social networks choose to show us is much broader than that. Just ask the anti-vaxxers.<p>After an anonymous source alleged that Facebook’s Trending News algorithm (and human staff) was intentionally hiding …

LSD Makes Your Brain More ‘Flexible,’ Less Anxious

Breakthrough research shows how psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin expand the brain.<p>Psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms seem to …

Biofuels, plastics and drugs: is this the future of our farms?

Climate change and poor returns on wheat and dairy drive rural revolution in ‘future-proof’ agriculture<p>Farmer Rob Pickering last week planted nine hectares of flood-prone land in Lincolnshire with an African plant called miscanthus, or elephant grass. By selling the fast-growing crop as biofuel for …

Orphaned Children In Bangladesh Form Families With Stray Dogs: Provide Warmth, Protection And Love To Each Other

Orphaned children in Bangladesh were discovered by photographer and animal rights activist Sam Edmonds forming strong bonds with stray dogs in the …

Activism

‘65,000% radioactivity spike’: New York Gov. orders probe into water leak at Indian Point

In an “unacceptable” groundwater leak at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, three monitoring wells were discovered to contain “alarming levels of …

Japan kicks out star of Oscar-winning documentary about dolphin slaughter

Japan has deported a dolphin conservation activist, who was the star of the Oscar-winning documentary ‘The Cove’, which described the traditional …

A Jumping Lemur On The Brink: The Coquerel's Sifaka Hops For Survival

Five Years After the Fukushima Disaster, Residents Adapt to New Normal

Changing Planet<p><i>Photos by Ari Beser</i> Koriyama City and the Ou Mountain range viewed from atop “Big I”, the city’s tallest building.<p><b>Koriyama, Fukushima –</b> On March 11, 2011 the world all but ended for the people who live on the Tohoku coast. The North Eastern Japanese region was rocked by a 9.0 …

Stephen Hawking Says New Technologies Could Threaten Human Survival

Physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that new technologies will likely bring about "new ways things can go wrong" for human survival.<p>When asked how the world will end — "naturally" or whether man would destroy it first — Hawking said that increasingly, most of the threats humanity faces come from …

Stephen Hawking

This is why some people think Michigan’s governor must resign after a public health disaster in one of his cities

Those people include the likes of Michigan residents filing recall petitions as well as former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her main competitor, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I).<p>"I think every single American should be outraged," Clinton said …

Water

Dying Whales, Horrific Omen

Earth's ailing oceans are witnessing a shocking trend - dying whales.<p><i>Beached sperms whales along Dutch island of Texel in second week of Jan. 2016. Photo credit: washingtonpost.com</i><p>My colleagues at Baylor University, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institute perfected a …

Santa Barbara

We’ve been conned by the rich predators of Davos | Aditya Chakrabortty

They write their own tax laws; they buy their own politicians. No wonder the wealth of the very richest people on the planet is ballooning<p>As metaphors go, this one takes some beating. This week, some of the richest people on Earth will gather high up a snowy mountain in the world’s biggest tax …

Woodland, N.C. Saves Earth From Dreaded Sun Sucking Solar Cells

On December 8, <i>The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald</i> reported that the Woodland, N.C. Town Council overwhelming rejected a proposal for a solar farm. The council later voted for a moratorium on all future solar farms.<p>In the course of reaching its decision, the council carefully considered expert testimony …

Here's Yet Another Alarming Effect Of Melting Arctic Sea Ice

Scientists reveal why the influence melting sea ice has on precipitation could be bad.<p>Scientists have long known that the melting sea ice in the Arctic leads to more heat being absorbed by our planet, which can disturb the ecosystem.<p>However, according to a new study, published Tuesday in the …

Global Warming