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Best- and worst-case scenarios for Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un

The most hotly anticipated geopolitical summit in years will put President Donald Trump across the negotiating table from dictator Kim Jong Un.<p>It will be the first time a sitting U.S. president has met with the leader of North Korea, which is perhaps the world's most reclusive and repressive …

The rust belt is being sold a lie – China has funded US spending

First it was Europe, Canada and Mexico. Now Donald Trump’s focus has switched to the real target for his trade war: China. Wilbur Ross, the US commerce secretary, is in Beijing for talks aimed at reducing America’s $30bn-a month-deficit. Exports of Chinese high-tech manufactured goods are top of …

Economics

Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts, killing 25 and injuring hundreds

Fuego spewed a five-mile stream of lava, burying dozens of communities and raining smoke and ash on other regions<p>At least 62 people, including three children, have been killed and nearly 300 injured in the most violent eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano in more than four decades, officials …

Natural Disasters

Trump: 'I have the absolute right to PARDON myself'

President Donald Trump said Monday he has "the absolute right" to pardon himself — but added that he has "done nothing wrong."<p>Trump tweet<p>The tweet …

Donald Trump

What 1,147 Men Really Think About #MeToo

Get a group of women together—over dinner, drinks, or direct message—and #MeToo eventually comes up. But broach the movement with the men in your life? We’re betting you’ll hear crickets. It’s understandable—we're in a brave new era without a rule book. It’s hard for men to know exactly what to …

Special report: How the robot revolution is changing our lives

We're entering a new, robot-fueled tech boom that is already disrupting the world's balance of power, and is changing how we fight wars, stay alive, …

Dollar Rises As U.S. Jobs Outperform Despite Trade Fears

The US dollar is higher against major pairs on Friday after a strong US jobs report was published. The U.S. non-farm payrolls (NFP) report showed the …

Gulf Stream current at its weakest in 1,600 years, studies show

The warm Atlantic current linked to severe and abrupt changes in the climate in the past is now at its weakest in at least 1,600 years, new research shows. The findings, based on multiple lines of scientific evidence, throw into question previous predictions that a catastrophic collapse of the Gulf …

Global Warming

Something weird is happening to the Gulf Stream current

And that could mean trouble.<p>The ocean currents that help warm the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America have significantly slowed since the 1800s and are at their weakest in 1,600 years, according to new research my colleagues and I have conducted. As we’ve set out in a new study in <i>Nature</i>, …

What Happens After Death? New Theory Suggests Consciousness Moves To Another Universe

A book titled “<i>Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe</i>“ has stirred up the internet, because …

Consciousness

So, Uh, What's Going On With the Sahara Desert?

Stretching 3.5 million square miles across northern Africa, the vast sand dunes and rocky plateaus of the Sahara cover more ground than the …

Climate Change

Former Trump aide unloads on Mueller subpoena, refuses to cooperate

Former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg is refusing to comply with a subpoena order issued by special counsel Robert Mueller, as part of the grand …

This Chef Lost 50 Pounds And Reversed Prediabetes With A Digital Program

People who are diagnosed with prediabetes can delay or prevent the disease if they change their lifestyle and lose a significant amount of weight. But here's the challenge: How can people be motivated to eat healthier and move more? Increasingly, the answer might include digital medicine.<p>"Just …

Diabetes

A Bright Red Flag for Democracy

Survivors of the Parkland massacre are getting a crash course in civics, and learning that corporations are more responsive to customer concerns than lawmakers are to their constituents.<p>A week after the fatal shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, some of the high …

McMaster caught in the middle as Mattis and Tillerson maneuver to constrain Trump on national security issues

As President Trump appears to lurch from crisis to crisis on the world stage, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have quietly maneuvered to constrain an impulsive commander in chief, the latest sign of a national security team that is increasingly challenging the …

'Just shut the f*ck up': Fox News viewers have a white hot meltdown after host questions need for AR-15s

In an opinion segment on Fox News on Saturday, host Julie Banderas called for sensible gun legislation and questioned why anyone would need an AR-15 …

Guns

‘Pure madness’: Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages

Inside the White House, aides over the past week have described an air of anxiety and volatility — with an uncontrollable commander in chief at its center.<p>These are the darkest days in at least half a year, they say, and they worry just how much further President Trump and his administration may …

Donald Trump

The Trump administration has just made the H-1B visa-approval process even harder

US president Donald Trump’s administration has just made life harder for Indian techies and IT companies.<p>A new policy announced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Feb. 22 is likely to intensify the scrutiny involved in the process of issuing the much sought-after …

Immigration

Reality sets in for the coal industry: Trump is powerless to save it

Coal plants now shutting down faster under Trump than Obama.<p>President Trump campaigned on a pledge to end the supposed “war on coal” that he claimed …

More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

Several major companies - Enterprise Holdings, First National Bank of Omaha, Symantec, Hertz and Avis - have ended co-branding partnerships with the National Rifle Association as a #BoycottNRA social media movement picks up steam.<p>Enterprise - the parent company of car-rental brands Enterprise, …

NRA Corporate Partners Hit With Boycott Calls

Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. became the latest companies to cut ties with the National Rifle Association after a call to …

Two top White House advisers may leave over tensions with Trump: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said.<p>Both H.R. McMaster and John Kelly are …

Donald Trump

The American Gun Glut Is a Problem for the Entire World

The National Rifle Association likes to call the Colt AR-15 “America’s rifle”: They and the many imitations manufactured since Colt’s patents expired …

America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care

Trump’s gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack—and he’s done nothing to fulfill it.<p>As the rest of America mourns the victims of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, President Trump took to Twitter.<p>Not for him the rituals of grief. He is too consumed by rage and …

Donald Trump

Former Trump aide Richard Gates to plead guilty; agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say

A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days — and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul Manafort, the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign.<p>The change of heart by Trump's former deputy campaign …

The White House had to protect Rob Porter to save Donald Trump

Supporting an alleged domestic abuser is about supporting Trump.<p>White House counsel Don McGahn knew a year ago that Rob Porter’s two former wives were preparing to testify to the FBI that he had abused them. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly knew about the domestic abuse allegations as early as …

Donald Trump

Seal Study Reveals Why Polar Bears Are All so Emaciated Now

It's not just the beloved bears that are in trouble.<p>In December 2017, video footage of an extremely emaciated polar bear went viral. Louder voices …

Global Warming

The Only Thing the Nunes Memo Proves Is That It Was Massively Overhyped

Trump miscalculated, badly, by advocating to #ReleaseTheMemo. Will it backfire?<p>The much-anticipated Nunes memo, released Friday after weeks of feverish build-up on the far-right, appears to be a dud. The declassified report accuses a group of current and former Justice Department and F.B.I. …

Health insurer Aetna quarterly profit soars 75.5 percent

(Reuters) - Aetna Inc (AET.N), which has agreed to be bought by CVS Health Inc (CVS.N), reported a 75.5 percent rise in quarterly profit on Tuesday, due to lower restructuring and transaction and integration-related costs.<p>A logo of Aetna is displayed on a monitor above the floor of the New York …

CVS Health

Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan Link Up to Form New Health-Care Company

It’s no secret Jeff Bezos has been looking to crack health care. But no one expected him to pull in Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon, too.<p>News Tuesday …