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Out of work for six months or more? Here's why you can't find a job.

The labor market ended 2016 on a positive note. The unemployment rate is low at 4.7%. Employers are increasing wages to snag fewer available workers.<p>That all sounds good, at least until you ask about 25% of Americans out of work.<p>The tightening job market that the Labor Department portrayed last …

Employment

Was Obama a good jobs president?

Of the myriad ways to judge a U.S. presidency, one measure emerges as the bottom line for many Americans: jobs.<p>Much like a baseball player’s runs batted in or a company’s earnings, the number of jobs created during a president’s tenure is the vital statistic etched in memory decades later. Bill …

Employment

Trump begins with call to kill climate action plan

WASHINGTON —- As President Trump delivered his inaugural address Friday, his new White House team posted a proposal to eliminate President Obama's environmental regulations.<p>"For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to …

Government

In his own words: President Trump's Inaugural Address

<i>The text of President Trump's address:</i><p>Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world: Thank you.<p>We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its …

Mike Pence

Inauguration Day arrives: Trump set to take oath as 45th president

CLOSE<p>Roads are closed and security blockades are up around Washington in preparation for Friday's inauguration of Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Trump supporters descended upon the nation's capital, saying they're excited about the big day. (Jan. 19) AP<p>President-elect Donald Trump woke up Friday in Blair …

Barack Obama

Five ways Trump wiped Obama off the White House website

(Photo: Rob Carr, AFP/Getty Images)<p>Elections matter.<p>Exhibit A: Moments after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the White House website was overhauled to wipe away all vestiges of former president Barack Obama's priorities.<p>Here are the big changes that caught …

Barack Obama

Analysis: Trump’s short, dark and defiant inaugural address

CLOSE<p>In his inauguration speech, President Donald Trump is repeating the dark vision and the list of the country's woes that he hit on during the campaign. (Jan. 20) AP<p>Perhaps it should be no surprise that a presidential candidate whose campaign was unprecedented in so many ways would deliver an …

Barack Obama

An American Tragedy

The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, …

The Real Risk Behind Trump’s Taiwan Call

If you work in foreign affairs, you learn that a highly unexpected event is often the result of intent or incompetence. (You also learn that what looks, at first, like intent often turns out to be incompetence.) In the Donald Trump era, we may need a third category—exploitation—which has elements …

The Age of Donald Trump and Pizzagate

When trying to understand what has befallen Comet Ping Pong, a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., over the past few weeks, should one start with the gun or with the lies? Both are durable; both are dangerous. The gun is an AR-15-style assault rifle that a man, reportedly a twenty-eight-year-old …

Understand the Energy Department Before Closing It

When you hear the name “Rick Perry,” you might recall that time during the 2012 Republican presidential primary race where he forgot the name of a government agency he wanted to eliminate. After saying he wanted to ax the Department of Commerce and the Department of Education, he blanked on the …

Energy

An Interactive Map Of The Brain

Time to play "name that cortex."<p>Can you point out the small squiggle of gray matter that makes up the brain's motor cortex? Or how about the eye fields, which control visual attention and eye movements? No? Take a look at this handy interactive infographic created by Open Colleges, an Australian …

Maps

Illness without doctors: medieval systems of healthcare in Scotland

<b>Illness without doctors: medieval systems of healthcare in Scotland</b><p>By W.J. MacLennan<p><i>Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh</i>, Vol.32:1 …

The Medieval Walking Dead

<i>On January 1, 1091, an army of the dead came to Normandy. For one priest, it would be a night that he would never forget.</i><p>The medieval world believed …

Europe’s Early Settlers Uncovered

Europe’s Stone Age settlers migrated in waves that replaced older hunter-gatherer cultures, suggests a study that looks at European DNA, both ancient and modern. The results reported in the journal, <i>Science</i>, answer questions about the peopling of modern-day Europe.<p>Some of our ancestors hunted wild …

The Genographic Project Returns to Ireland to Reveal DNA Results

By Colby Bishop, The Genographic Project<p>Hundreds of County Mayo, Ireland residents gathered earlier this week to learn first hand what their DNA could show them about their ancient past. From Viking ancestry to descending from Niall of the Nine Hostages, the genetics of County Mayo proved …

Google Street View Offers Virtual Hikes Through National Parks

Google Street View now includes sweeping, 360-degree vistas of more than 44 national parks in the U.S. and Canada.<p>You can get a sense of the grandiose space and dazzling water of Moraine Lake in Banff, Canada, or the dizzying height of the tress in California's Sequoia National Park. Street View …

Why every human has a blind spot - and how to find yours

There are grizzled heroes and sleek assassins in movies who don't have metaphorical blind spots. They do have literal ones, though. Because of the …

Cool Stuff

The Most Unfortunate Design Flaws in the Human Body

Sometimes evolution is stupid, and the human body is proof. Here are the most problematic physical and behavioral "scars of evolution" we humans have …

The Habits of Successful People: They Do The Painful Things First

Before I became an entrepreneur, I went to business school. While studying for my MBA, there was one lesson that I learned which has proved to be …

Medieval Pet Names

People in the Middle Ages did keep pets – dogs, cats, birds, monkeys and many other kinds of animals. Although they often had particular duties – …

Was the White Ship disaster mass murder?

It was perhaps the worst maritime disaster of the Middle Ages, not just because it cost 300 lives, but because one of them was the heir to the …

Renovating a Historic Home in Mississippi

This is one jaw-dropping renovation!<p>Previously buried under decades of neglect, Tere and Mac Thomas's circa-1825 Mississippi home has new stories to …

Country Lifestyle

Don't Pay Too Much For a Funeral | Know Your Rights and Comparison Shop

If you need to plan a funeral while you’re grieving over the loss of a loved one, an unscrupulous funeral home might try to take advantage of you. …

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think

Economist Keith Chen starts today’s talk with an observation: to say, “This is my uncle,” in Chinese, you have no choice but to encode more …

Language

These Horrifying Photos Show A Destroyed American Landscape That Agriculture Giants Don't Want You To See

These aerial images of industrial beef farming operations look less like shots of land and more like a post-apocalyptic nightmare.<p>At first glance, British artist Mishka Henner’s aerial photographs of large feedlots—features of industrial beef farming—don’t look like shots of land at all. The …

Agriculture

Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence

Crows are among the planet's most intelligent animals, teaching their young to use tools for foraging and banding together to fight off intruders. …

They cut off his beard and left him bleeding: The cruelest Amish hate crime ever committed

Violence, brainwashing, sexual abuse, fracking: How one scary sect revealed the flaws in hate crime legislation<p>For the dimwitted habitués of comments threads, it was the news item that launched a thousand lame puns. But the case of the Bergholz Barbers is funny only as long as it remains a sound …

Rats Remember Who's Nice to Them—and Return the Favor

It's the first time scientists have found direct reciprocation in the animal kingdom.<p>Rats can remember acts of kindness by other rats—and treat them accordingly, a new study says.<p>In experiments, Norwegian rats were most helpful to individuals that had previously helped them—perhaps to try and …

31 Rolls of Undeveloped Film from a Soldier in WWII Discovered and Processed

Photographer Levi Bettweiser is the man behind the Rescued Film Project, an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film from the far …

Military History