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John Oliver Goes Off on Sinclair, Calls News Anchors ‘Members of a Brainwashed Cult’

The ‘Last Week Tonight’ host had strong words for the right-wing telecommunications company for forcing its army of local news anchors to read a …

Elon Musk Shares Stunning Images of Finished Tesla Solar Roof Installation

It looks amazing.<p>The Tesla solar roof is building up. CEO Elon Musk shared images on his Twitter page Wednesday of the renewable energy system …

Discover the joy of watching a guitarist hear Stevie Ray Vaughan for the first time

It's easy to undervalue how much joy music can bring into a life.<p>Rafael is a guitarist from Guantanamo, Cuba. He doesn't have reliable access to the …

Paris is a city that a lot of tourists do wrong—here’s how to get it right

There is perhaps no city more idealized, and more written about, than Paris. And yet, for tourists and travelers embarking on their first visit, there is also no city that’s easier to get wrong.<p>The Louvre, Ladurée, Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower—newcomers are often torn between all the sights to …

WaterAid: Access to clean water lacking worldwide

World facing water crisis, with one in nine people already lacking access to clean water close to home, says report.<p>The world is facing a water crisis, highlighting a big gap in access to clean water and sanitation between the wealthy and economically disadvantaged, according to a WaterAid …

Oil Companies Admit Climate Change Is Real, Say Don’t Blame Us

In a California lawsuit, fossil fuel companies admit the truth—but deny responsibility.<p>Big Oil now says that climate change is real, but it’s not …

Why You Must Stop Using This Cheap Everyday Object Immediately

You probably barely think about it. But it can make a big difference to endangered sea life.<p>A lot of things in our lives seem cheap and harmless, but they really aren't. BPA-containing plastic water bottles, for instance. Styrofoam cups. And now, plastic straws. Not that plastic straws will …

JFK files detail CIA plans to kill Castro using the mob, poisoned swimsuits, exploding seashells

Cuban assassination plots involving exploding seashells and poisoned swimsuits. Bounties on the heads of high-profile communists. A secretive investigation that tracked John F. Kennedy's assassin into Mexico.<p>As scholars, journalists and the merely curious on Friday pored through a tranche of nearly …

Roger Stone vows legal action over Twitter suspension

President Donald Trump's longtime associate Roger Stone said "the battle against free speech has just begun" as the political provocateur tangles with Twitter over his account's suspension.<p>"This is a strange way to do business and part and parcel of the systematic effort by the tech left to censor …

Mom sends radicalized son money, faces prison

A mother in France was sentenced to two years in prison because she had sent money to her radicalized son. CNN's Melissa Bell reports.

What makes Catalonia so different from Spain? A lot.

Catalonia formally declared its independence from Spain on Friday (Oct. 27) and the central government in Madrid hit back within hours, stripping the region of all its autonomy. Prime minister Mariano Rajoy triggered the never-before-used Article 155 of Spain’s constitution and, early Saturday …

Catalonia

Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance | Carole Cadwalladr

The WikiLeaks founder’s astonishing admission should prompt MPs finally to start asking questions<p>Last Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, in the first year of normalisation, a sudden unblurring of lines took place. A shift. A door of perception swung open.<p>Because that was the …

Donald Trump

White nationalists met by counterprotesters cancel second rally in Tennessee

<b>(CNN) —</b> White nationalists groups that rallied Saturday in Shelbyville, Tennessee, were met by a large police presence and dozens of shouting counterprotesters. Hours later, a second rally planned in nearby Murfreesboro was canceled.<p>The demonstrations, which organizers called the "White Lives …

Rights & Freedoms

In Detroit, Women's March Offshoot Builds On Resistance To Trump Agenda

The Women's Convention in Detroit this weekend bills itself as the follow-up to the Women's March that brought massive crowds to city streets across the world the day after the president took office.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>The day after President Trump's inauguration, millions of people …

AP sources: DeVos may only partly forgive some student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department is considering only partially forgiving federal loans for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, …

Obama Administration

Will Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Finally Reform Men?

Has America at last reached a turning point on sexual harassment? Watching the events of the past three weeks, one can hope.<p>In the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s sudden and overdue expulsion from Hollywood for his serial predation, hundreds of long-silent women are calling out powerful, influential men …

Sexual Harassment

Derrick Johnson, the newly elected president of NAACP, talks Trump, voting rights and NFL protests

Derrick Johnson isn’t a household name. He’s never held elected office, rarely appears on television and speaks with an unassuming air verging on shyness.<p>And so — at first glance — he seems a surprising pick for his new gig as the public face of one of the country’s most prominent civil rights …

Hail to the chief: cyclist gives Trump the middle finger

Woman makes her feelings clear as she is overtaken by the US president’s motorcade on its way out of one of his golf clubs<p>The president of the United States is used to being saluted, but a cyclist in Virginia put her own particular slant on the tradition on Saturday when she was overtaken by Donald …

Donald Trump

When Politicians Block Critics On Social Media

Free speech advocates are taking more elected officials to task for blocking followers on their social media accounts. Find out what happens when a local politician meets someone they've blocked.<p>Transcript<p>LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:<p>For politicians, interacting with their constituents comes with the …

'He was a good driver’: 10-year-old leads police on an hour-long, 100-mph car chase

By Kyle Swenson<p>, Staff Writer<p>The sedan ripped down the Ohio turnpike like a cannonball, the speedometer pushing 100 mph as a dozen police and state cruisers tagged behind in pursuit.<p>Under a cloud-streaked blue sky, the vehicle dipped in and out of lanes of morning traffic, eventually running off …

Highway Patrol

Exclusive: Death certificate offers clues on Russian casualties in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - An official document seen by Reuters shows that at least 131 Russian citizens died in Syria in the first nine months of this year, a number that relatives, friends and local officials say included private military contractors.<p>A death certificate of Russian private military …

Middle East

Catalans declare independence from Spain

<b>The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, while the Spanish parliament has approved direct rule over the region.</b><p>Catalan MPs easily approved the move amid an opposition boycott.<p>Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had told senators direct rule was needed to return …

Europe

Leaked Whitefish Puerto Rico contract includes some astounding stipulations

As lawmakers continue to ask questions regarding a Puerto Rico recovery effort energy contract handed out to a small firm with ties to a member of …

'Glowing ball' UFO sparks fears of apocalypse and alien invasion after illuminating night sky with spectacular light show

A giant UFO resembling an enormous glowing ball lit up the night sky, sparking fears of an alien invasion or the end of days.<p>The huge mass of light …

McDonald's staff reveal the dish you should never order and why

McDonald’s workers have revealed the menu item you should never order from the fast food restaurant and why.<p>Nope, not the nuggets (thank goodness) or …

Nasdaq Says Someone Illicitly Took Over the Biggest Cybersecurity ETF

By<p>Asjylyn Loder<p>Nasdaq is alleging that someone unlawfully took control of the world’s biggest cybersecurity exchange-traded fund.<p>In a complaint filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Nasdaq alleged that ETF Managers Group LLC, a New Jersey firm that helps …

Stock Markets

Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana in Record-High Numbers: Poll

A new Gallup poll released earlier this month shows that a record-high percentage of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, with 64 percent of …

Jimmy Kimmel Absolutely Tears Apart Fox News’ ‘Hard-Hitting’ Trump Interviews

“We can’t show you the rest of that interview because ABC won’t let us show an old man taking off his pants,” the host joked.<p>One night after he …

Stephen Hawking's expanding universes thesis breaks the internet

Stephen Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis has broken the internet after becoming available to the general public for the first time.<p>Demand for the thesis, entitled Properties of Expanding Universes, was so great on Monday that it caused Cambridge University’s repository site to go down. The site was …

Stephen Hawking

How to Watch the 2017 Orionid Meteor Shower

If you're outside late in the coming days, look up to catch a sky show created by Halley's comet.<p>Night owls, rejoice: From midnight to dawn in the coming days, stargazers with clear skies will be able to see the peak of the 2017 Orionid meteor shower. And thanks to a mostly moonless sky, the …