Peter Barnett

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Sears' reclusive CEO explains why he rarely visits the office — and instead lives at his sprawling $38 million estate that's 1,400 miles away

Sears CEO Eddie Lampert has opened up in a rare interview about his decision to manage the embattled retailer from afar.<p>Critics — including some former Sears executives— have blasted Lampert for rarely visiting Sears' headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.<p>Instead, Lampert prefers to stay at his …

Real Estate

Life in the Most Polluted Capital in the World

It’s 11 below (-24C) outside but the stove is burning and baby Almasbek Toltalkhan is warm in his family’s yurt. His mother, Nursaule, scoops him …

Pollution

15 Years Ago, I Helped Start a War That Hasn’t Ended

When I deployed to Iraq in 2003, there was no war. We had to start it.<p>As a lieutenant in charge of six tanks (four active-duty crews, two reserve), I gave a preinvasion talk to my platoon before rolling out. It was 15 years ago, and I was 24 — older than all but two of the 23 crewmen. It was a …

Military

How the Warriors became the wokest team in pro sports

It’s a combination of all that winning, Oakland’s place in the black power movement and these unusual times<p>There’s a moment during his conversation …

Basketball

He walked 4.5 kilometres through the mountains to get to school. His frozen hair is shedding light on China's rural poverty | The Star

Many left-behind children like Fuman live with their grandparents. They face a variety of obstacles, including malnutrition, dilapidated homes and …

This is what the hours after being deported look like

Less than 48 hours ago, Luz María was removed from the US after 25 years. She’s now in Tijuana, the bustling border city that has become the land of the deported<p>Luz María Hernández gazes blankly across the shaded courtyard, clutching a cellphone in one hand and a sodden handkerchief in the other. …

Immigration

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving's "village" — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye.<p>The afternoon light was gray but bright, flooding …

Pregnancy

Rape and no periods in North Korea's army

<b>A former soldier says life as a woman in the world's fourth-largest army was so tough that most soon stopped menstruating. And rape, she says, was a fact of life for many of those she served with.</b><p>For almost 10 years Lee So Yeon slept on the bottom bunk bed, in a room she shared with more than two …

North Korea

Meet the Tesla Semitruck, Elon Musk's Most Electrifying Gamble Yet

Elon Musk has always dreamed big, and tonight he showed off his biggest reverie yet: the fully electric Tesla Semi. Powered by a massive battery and …

Grace under fire: A first lady's ambition cut short

<b>(CNN) —</b> Grace Mugabe had the world at her feet, a national airline at her disposal for shopping jaunts around the world, where she stayed at luxury hotels without a care for the staggering cost. Her husband Robert Mugabe was president, and she was inching ever closer to assuming the reins of power …

South Africa

Adoption Stories: Women Share What It's Like To Adopt A Child | Women's Health

“My husband, Aaron, and I were living in a suburb outside of Nashville, TN when we began noticing several families from our church adopting from China. We were new parents with a 7-month old, and for the first time ever began wondering if this was how we should expand our family. We began to see …

The Lost Children of Tuam

Ireland wanted to forget. But the dead don’t always stay buried.

Ireland

How an inmate hacker hid computers in the ceiling and turned his prison upside down

In the summer of 2015, Stan Transkiy was 16 years into a life sentence, and he had finally found a way to occupy his time. Inside the Marion Correctional Institution, which sits on green farmland off a series of quiet roads in rural Ohio, he had carved out a job running a recycling program, a gig …

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

In rural Mecosta County, Mich., sits a near-windowless facility with a footprint about the size of Buckingham Palace. It’s just one of<p>Nestlé’s …

This "Ghost Gun" Machine Now Makes Untraceable Metal Handguns

For the past five years, Cody Wilson has applied every possible advance in digital manufacturing technology to the mission of undermining government …

The College Try

“Hey,” the text began. It was from the friend she’d been crashing with for the past few nights.<p>“Would you move back into your godmoms until you find …

How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down

On a Tuesday morning in June 2016, Nathan Brown, a reporter for The Times-News, the local paper in Twin Falls, Idaho, strolled into the office and cleared off a spot for his coffee cup amid the documents and notebooks piled on his desk. Brown, 32, started his career at a paper in upstate New York, …

Journalism

After 70 years, we’ve finally figured out how to build a better microwave

You’ve probably never heard of Percy Spencer, but you’ve certainly used one of his most famous inventions—probably to make popcorn.<p>The microwave was invented in 1947 and soon became an American household staple. The devices sped up the heating and reheating process in the kitchen, and flew off …

Microwaves

Taxi Medallions, Once a Safe Investment, Now Drag Owners Into Debt

Owning a yellow cab has left Issa Isac in deep debt and facing a precarious future.<p>It was not supposed to turn out this way when Mr. Isac slid behind the wheel in 2005. Soon he was earning $200 a night driving. Three years later, he borrowed $335,000 to buy a New York City taxi medallion, which …

Transportation

I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy.

After watching nonstop coverage of the hurricane and the incredible rescues that were taking place, I got in bed at 10:30 on Tuesday night. I had …

The Unprecedented Explosion of Smartphones in Myanmar

Outside the offices of an internet startup called nexlabs, a snarl of honking cars and rickshaws grinds to a standstill on a trash-strewn street …

Asia

How A Russian Con Artist Is Running A Multibillion-Dollar Scam

One of Russia's most famous conmen ran a pyramid scheme that earned him billions of dollars before he was jailed for fraud. Now he lives in hiding, but that hasn't stopped him targeting Nigeria.<p>ABUJA, Nigeria — The realization that she’d made a catastrophic gamble came in the form of a letter …

Africa

Curry the greatest MVP candidate ever? NBA's first unanimous MVP?

The 2015-16 NBA season marks the 60th anniversary of the first time the league handed out its MVP trophy. In those six decades, no player has won the …

80 Empowered Women Go Bare-Breasted in New York

While portrait photographer Jordan Matter may best be known for his uplifting series <i>Dancers Among Us</i>, a collection of photographs of dancers leaping on city streets, it's his portraits of over 80 bare-breasted women that will have you talking today. Over the course of six years, Matter asked women …

Self-Acceptance

High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging defined (Start Here!)

High dynamic range imaging<br>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia<br>Category: <b>Alternative photography</b><p><b>High dynamic Range Imaging</b><br>(HDRI or just HDR) is a set …

For the ultrawealthy, price is no object when cleaning their luxury cars

The Pagani Zonda Roadster Cinque was impressive enough. The supercar was one of five built by the Italian maker of (barely) street-legal racing machines. Worth about $3-million (U.S.), it came with a 7.3-litre, V12 engine capable of hurtling the snarling beast to near aircraft speeds of 355 …

Forget HDR Software! Start Creating Natural, Clean HDRs With Digital Blending

A few years ago I ran an HDR photography magazine. I regularly tone mapped my images for years, using just about every HDR program out there. Yet, …

Big Read: An exclusive audience with the 1,035bhp Ferrari FXXK

LaFerrari not man enough for you? Ferrari thought the same and created the FXXK...<p>We’ve discussed carbon fibre; now we’re talking concrete. This …

Enzo Ferrari

A Stanford professor asked 24 volunteers to spend 2 weeks in prison and the results were catastrophic

During the summer of 1971, 24 volunteers living near Stanford University were interviewed, selected, and arrested.<p>They'd all responded to a simple newspaper ad calling for male college students whom, it said, would get $15 a day to participate in a "psychological study of prison life" that …

2015 McLaren P1 vs. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Comparison

Monolithic Meetup: What Happens When the Two Fastest, Most Powerful Production Cars Throw Down?<p>Cars like these appear once every decade or so. When they do, they spark fervor and spectacle with their radical designs and advanced technology. They both benchmark the car industry and show its future. …