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A high school project reunites twin brothers 74 years after they died on a ship in Normandy

It’s an overcast summer day at the Normandy American Cemetery. Taps plays as a flag-draped casket is carried to a freshly dug grave. A small group gathers to bury a fallen soldier.<p>For decades, the remains of this sailor were labeled only as Unknown X-9352. Today, he has his name again: Julius …

Entertainment

More people are dying from gun violence in Canada. Is America to blame?

On a Sunday night, Jerry Pinksen and his girlfriend Danielle Kane took a friend out for a birthday dinner. They went to the Danforth, a hip area in Toronto with lots of bars and restaurants.<p>“And we were out on the patio, and all of a sudden we heard what we thought were gunshots,” Pinksen says. …

Guns

What happens when you let everyone in the world audition for a Hollywood studio film

Like many aspiring actors, Shuhei Kinoshita works as a server at a restaurant.<p>One night, he took a quick break and saw an email from Warner Brothers asking if he’d be available to play a small part in the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” They had gotten his contact information from an audition video he …

Performing Arts

Erdoğan says he expects attacks on Turkish economy to continue

President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday he expected attacks on Turkey's economy to continue but predicted the lira would return to "rational levels" soon.<p>Erdoğan, who has described the lira's fall as the consequence of a plot rather than economic fundamentals, also said that spreading false news …

Central Banks

Here's how many times you actually need to reuse your shopping bags

The plastic bag ban by the major supermarkets (and Coles’ pivot away from its ban after backlash, then pivot <i>back</i> to the ban after a backlash to the backlash) has left plenty of people scratching their heads.<p>What are the best replacements for single-use plastic bags? Given that reusable bags are …

Sustainability

Why did the US try to block a UN resolution encouraging breastfeeding?

At the World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva this past spring, the United States delegation shocked the assembly by opposing breastfeeding regulations that would encourage nations to limit the use of infant formulas and milk substitutes.<p>When it comes to feeding newborn babies, the science is …

Breast Feeding

Denuclearization is not going to happen, says this North Korea expert

On the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War, the American president had some warm words for North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un.<p>“I want to thank Chairman Kim for keeping his word,” President Donald Trump said Friday, praising Kim for relinquishing the …

North Korea

A former refugee leads families back to an Indonesian island so they can find graves

Carina Hoang is getting ready for a trip. It’s to a place most people have never heard of: Kuku Island, located in the remote Anambas region, in Indonesia. She’s going to look for graves.<p>“Ordinarily you don’t find people who just decide to go back to jungles and looks for graves of people [they] …

Asia

There’s a fight going on in schools over when history begins

AP world history covered about 10,000 years when 16-year-old Paige Becker took it last year in Lady Lake, Florida.<p>“For me, it wasn’t too much because I love the course,” she says, “but I know not everybody’s a history lover.”<p>She had to read about 30 pages every night, analyze documents, write …

Black History

After the Egyptian military took away a political satirist's show, he podcasts about his new life in LA

Not so long ago, the life of Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef was like a fairy tale.<p>He appeared on the “Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, his comedic idol. Time magazine in 2013 named Youssef one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. And in his home country of Egypt, Youssef was …

Podcasting

US health care companies begin exploring blockchain technologies

The sprawling US health care industry has trouble managing patient information: Every doctor, medical office, hospital, pharmacy, therapist and insurance company needs different pieces of data to properly care for patients. These records are scattered all over on each business’s computers — and …

Blockchain

A tech startup called OMG wants to revolutionize cash for hundreds of millions of 'unbanked' people in Asia

In their plucky startup days, Facebook and Google oozed adolescent optimism. Facebook offered to stitch the Earth’s scattered societies into one giant community. Google, vowing to “do no evil,” offered a portal to the sum of all knowledge. Supposedly for free.<p>Now that they are among the most …

Blockchain

Beyoncé and the Bible

When Beyoncé and Jay-Z recently released their unannounced album, “Everything is Love,” it seemed so spontaneous — and was so great — that it kind of hijacked American pop culture for a while.<p>It was a surprise and yet it was the kind of compelling and exceptional thing everyone has come to expect …

Wendy Williams

Day Job: Mastering Quality Control Technician

Casey Trela gets paid to watch movies.<p>He’s a musician in Los Angeles, where he plays in a band called TUFT. But to pay the bills, he’s employed as a Mastering Quality Control Technician: someone who watches movies and TV shows very closely, over and over again, to make sure that no mistakes were …

Employment

US risks fallout from UAE's prisoner abuse scandal in Yemen

A new report confirming prisoner abuses in southern Yemen is amping up concern in Washington, DC. The report by Amnesty International, which details possible war crimes by a US ally in the region, is fueling debate over the US role in the Yemen war.<p>"We wanted to see what has happened one year after …

United Arab Emirates

Cleveland’s move to the front lines of contemporary art

There is a reason why New York is the city for art. It has more galleries — over a thousand — than any other city around the world. It has more art museums and institutions and more art fairs. Among the top-ranked international art cities, Miami and Los Angeles aren’t very far behind.<p>But these …

Art

This Indian composer's first hit was a song about Boroline. Now she's an internet sensation.

Composer Sawan Dutta had scored the music for two Bollywood movies. After meetings with movie executives, long nights in the studio, these two projects would be her most high-profile work yet. And then, disaster. One film lost distribution. The other lost its mega-star talent.<p>The scores? Left …

Internet

As China gets tough on recycling, will America get cleaner?

In recent years, the model for US recycling has been to send it overseas to China. China gets a raw material worth money; the US gets rid of its rubbish.<p>But since the start of this year, China has been refusing to take contaminated recycling, forcing communities across the US, like Lynn, …

Sustainability

Google hit with record $5 billion EU antitrust fine

In a penalty nearly double a previous record, EU regulators hit Google with a record $5 billion antitrust fine on Wednesday for using its Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals.<p>Last year the EU fined Google 2.4 billion euros, or $2.8 billion, which the US tech company was ordered to …

San Francisco

Did Trump commit treason in Helsinki?

The reaction came fast and fierce. And it wasn’t just from Democratic Party activists or liberal news outlets.<p>Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, called President Trump’s news conference with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin a “disgrace.”<p>Mike Rogers, a former member of Congress from …

Helsinki

Book tells story 'most famous man most of us have never heard of'

David Hosack’s name probably is not on most lists of famous New Yorkers. But Victoria Johnson argues that he should be.<p>“David Hosack was the most famous man most of us have never heard of,” Johnson says.<p>She first came across Hosack’s story while reading a book about the founding of the New York …

Botany

New carbon offset program may have the bipartisan support it needs on Capitol Hill

Partisan unity is a rare sight in Washington, DC, these days.<p>Yet a bipartisan coalition of congressional members has begun to pledge its solidarity to a political effort that could address one of the more hot-button topics on the Hill: climate change.<p>The group calls themselves Americans for Carbon …

Fossil Fuels

Precision engineering creates modern perfection

From the USB port of your Apple MacBook to the Keurig that makes your morning cup of joe, precision permeates our lives. Even the Pilot pen you use to jot down notes at your desk (and, probably, the desk itself) have been fastidiously engineered with exactness in mind. Since the Industrial …

Engineering

Bigger can be better when it comes to business

In November 2012, a prominent American politician criticized corporate influence in politics. He told POLITICO: “We’ve got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything.”<p>If you didn’t know better, you might have …

Scientists detected a spike in ozone-depleting chemicals. They'll use the Montreal Protocol to stop the pollution.

Something was not making sense.<p>The Montreal Protocol had been in effect for more than 30 years to rid the planet of products that emit chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons — or CFCs, as most people know them.<p>Used mostly for refrigeration and foam manufacturing, CFCs have the ability to tear holes …

United Nations

Trump sees no reason to believe Russia behind election meddling

US President Donald Trump emerged from a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday saying he saw no reason to believe Russia had hacked the 2016 US presidential election, and the Russian leader "was extremely strong and powerful" in denying it.<p>Trump held his meeting just days after a special prosecutor …

Russia

After four years of conflict in eastern Ukraine 'women do better' than men when it comes to rebuilding their lives

Giulnara Asanova and her husband remember when they decided to leave Crimea.<p>"We sat down at the table and decided what to do," she says, speaking Russian through a translator. "We decided to save our children, save our grandchildren. We saw the tanks, we saw weapons and military.”<p>That was in …

Ukraine

President Trump goes to Europe — and satirists have a field day

5a174653-dfd3-48bf-a952-fe528717cf7c.jpg<p>We've heard so much about the baby Trump blimp at the anti-Trump protests in London today. Satirizing the balloon is almost too easy.<p>But satirists in Europe and around the world have had more than just balloons to work with. There were the explosive comments …

New report forecasts a troubling picture of rising tides, frequent flooding on coasts

When it comes to the sea level rise caused by global warming, there appears to be a misnomer floating around the collective conscience of most Americans, says Gregory Dusek.<p>“I think a lot of people think of sea level rise as something that's not going to be impacting us for some time,” says Dusek, …

Sea Level

In Paraguay, fighting for women’s rights means fighting the past

When a 14-year-old Paraguayan girl died in childbirth in March, people flooded the streets.<p>The 14-year-old had been raped and denied an abortion. Three years ago, a similar story made headlines in Paraguay: a 10-year-old girl had been raped by her stepfather and, despite pressure from the United …