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The Army Says It’s Just Teaching Kids Karate. Others Call It Indoctrination.

Hundreds of children join the caravans fleeing Honduras to the US each year. At home, the army is accused of indoctrinating them.<p>TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Dozens of young recruits stood in line, timing their punches and kicks as their trainer called out commands. A few feet away, two of them dropped …

Human Rights

New York parents win legal battle to evict son, 30

<b>A New York couple have won their legal battle to evict their 30-year-old son from home after he refused to leave.</b><p>During a hearing at the state's highest court in Syracuse, a judge praised Michael Rotondo's legal research, but ordered him to leave the house anyway.<p>Justice Donald Greenwood told the …

Google Maps

A man posed for months as an ICE agent. A traffic stop led his girlfriend to unravel the truth.

Those who knew 26-year-old Matthew Johnston never questioned whether he was actually an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.<p>Johnston, after all, wore a uniform. His tactical vest bore “ICE” and “Federal Agent” patches, and he carried an ICE Counter Terrorist Unit and Gang Task Force …

Homeland Security

Judge Orders Boy Who Started Oregon Wildfire To Pay $36 Million In Restitution

The teenager who threw fireworks into a canyon last year, starting a fire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge that burned nearly 47,000 acres, has been ordered to pay $36.6 million in restitution — although the judge acknowledges that the boy won't be able to pay it in full.<p>The teen, whose name has …

Forests

My Empathy, Their Wickedness

Pundits reflexively divide people in the news into angels and demons, but it’s not so simple.<p>Lately many of the people who make their living writing …

Social Justice

Lawmaker Introduces Crowdfunding Bill To Pay For Trump's Border Wall

So Mexico's not paying for it?<p>President Donald Trump needs at least $22 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall he wants to build, so a Tennessee lawmaker has introduced a bill that would let him crowdfund the money.<p>The Border Wall Trust Fund Act, introduced Friday by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), …

United States

Trump the Outsider

The president criticizes the bureaucracy as though he’s not running it. In many ways, he’s not.<p>Yesterday morning, President Donald Trump offered a …

Donald Trump

Four-day weeks bring smiles in rural schools. But will they work in big cities?

McLOUD, Okla. — In many ways Oliver Prince is your typical, happy fifth-grader. He enjoys recess, gym class and time at school on the computer.<p>But in one key way, he, along with the other 92 students at White Rock School in this tiny, bucolic town 50 miles east of Oklahoma City, are very different: …

School Districts

The Tribe’s Useful Idiots

Useful idiots take an event and remove all the facts that don’t fit their desired final product.<p>Dear Reader (Including the subhuman animals who hear …

Santa Fe

The Problem With Your Daughter's Girl Power T-Shirt

I have a 10-year-old daughter, which means I’ve spent the last decade navigating the segregated gender ghettos of children’s fashion. When she was young, in the waning days of George W. Bush, the pink-blue binary largely defined our retail options.<p>During the Barack Obama years, Disney-bankrolled …

Feminism

Meet the tick that’s forcing Americans to give up their meat

When Peter Coughlin was in his sophomore year at James Madison University in northern Virginia, he was besieged by a strange and unsettling illness. …

Disease

We read every one of the 3,517 Facebook ads bought by Russians. Here's what we found

The Russian company charged with orchestrating a wide-ranging effort to meddle in the 2016 presidential election overwhelmingly focused its barrage of social media advertising on what is arguably America’s rawest political division: race.<p>The roughly 3,500 Facebook ads were created by the …

Social Media

Disney Workers Forced to Train Their Foreign Replacements End Legal Battle

American Disney workers who were laid off and forced to train their foreign replacements have ended their legal battle after years of attempting to …

Immigration

Science: Getting Real Science to Girls

Science Before Sparkles: How Two Moms Are Getting Real Science to Girls<p>September 26, 2017<p>Science is for boys.<p>That’s the message that many girls are …

Science

104-year-old scientist David Goodall ends life listening to 'Ode to Joy'

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 104-year-old Australian scientist who had campaigned for the legalization of assisted dying in his home country has ended his life at a Swiss clinic, a representative from the pro-euthanasia group Exit International said.<p>David Goodall, a respected botanist and ecologist, died Thursday at …

Western Australia

She saved thousands to open a medical clinic in Nigeria. U.S. Customs took all of it at the airport.

Anthonia Nwaorie spent years saving up thousands of dollars to open a medical clinic in Nigeria, where she was born. Finally, last October, she walked down a jet bridge at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport to board the plane to get there.<p>The 59-year-old registered nurse had more than …

U.S. Federal Courts

Novartis official: Michael Cohen was 'promising access' after Trump election

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, contacted the drug giant Novartis after the 2016 election "promising access" to the new administration, and special counsel Robert Mueller later requested information from the company about the offer, a senior official inside Novartis told …

Donald Trump

Dust storms wreak havoc across India

NEW DELHI — Thunder, lightning and dust storms are creating havoc across India.<p>The storms, which tore through cities last week and are continuing now, have caused at least 124 deaths, according to local reports. In many places, schools have been forced to close and power supplies has been cut …

Weather

How Social Media Is Hurting Your Memory

Each day, hundreds of millions of people document and share their experiences on social media, from packed parties to the most intimate family …

Social Media

An off-duty police officer thought a man stole Mentos. So he drew his gun.

For a moment, after the off-duty officer produced his pistol, Jose Arreola considered how he might die over a $1.19 pack of Mentos.<p>Arreola had already paid for the mints in an Orange County gas station March 16 and slid them into his pocket. The officer behind him, clad in black shorts and a …

Orange County

NEW YORK — The world is wretched with weak men. Slouchers, slackers, chumps, low-status dudes who have amassed a crumpled pile of inferior habits and made the world a messier place.<p>Or so Jordan Peterson will tell you. But fear not, the doctor is here to help, preaching his thoroughly footnoted …

Jordan Peterson

How Many Facebook Posts Does It Take To Topple A Bigot?

Jeff Sieting is a proud white conservative and the elected president of his Michigan village, but he's finally gone too far for some people.<p><b>Jeff Sieting doesn’t</b> pretend to be a statesman.<p>He’s a swaggering, unvarnished good ol’ boy who drives a 1977 Chevy truck tricked out with 40-inch tires, two …

Black Lives Matter

5 Houseplants You Can’t Kill

Bring the outdoors indoors to reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve productivity.<p><i>"My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them." —Mitch Hedberg</i><p>Let’s face it: keeping houseplants alive (real or, in Mitch Hedberg's case, fake) isn’t always easy. After your second or third plant …

Plants

The New York Times’ Hatchet Job On Devin Nunes Is Riddled With Errors

Jason Zengerle publicly announced his profile of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., in today’s <i>New York Times Sunday Magazine</i> with the snarky tweet, “My …

Donald Trump

Why exuberance and escapism are what fashion — and America — needs now

One evening in September, under a gray Paris sky, the American designer Rick Owens considered the possibility of a springtime utopia. An audience of editors, retailers and friends-of-the-design-house gathered around the fountains at the Place du Trocadero. Owens, a die-hard fashion poet, sent …

Ralph Lauren

Want to work for Ikea? Your next job interview could be conducted by a Russian robot.

A Russian startup has created a new way to help companies connect with job-seekers and interview them.<p>Her name is Vera, and she’s able to interview as many as 1,500 job candidates in a single work day, sorting through potential hires at a rate that would take most recruiters months to match.<p>She …

Employment

‘You can never have too many mimosas’: How brunch became the day-wrecking meal that America loves to hate

“How,” a woman next to me muttered, “can you have mimosas and no orange juice?”<p>We were at the bottomless mimosa refill station at BrunchCon, a sprawling brunch festival that will stop in four cities this spring and summer, and for a brief moment, the orange juice had run dry. The brunchers were …

Breakfast

How merchants use Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviews

SAN FRANCISCO — On Amazon, customer comments can help a product surge in popularity. The online retail giant says that more than 99 percent of its reviews are legitimate because they are written by real shoppers who aren’t paid for them.<p>But a Washington Post examination found that for some popular …

eCommerce

Man Who Survived Bear Attack Gets Bitten By A Shark

"I don't blame the shark, I don't blame the bear, and I don't blame the rattlesnake," the victim said.<p>For some reason, the animal kingdom must hate Dylan McWilliams.<p>On Thursday, the 20-year-old resident of Grand Junction, Colorado, was bitten by a shark while boogie-boarding off the island of …

Fish

Earth’s mammals have shrunk dramatically, and humans are to blame

Life on Earth used to look a lot more impressive. Just a little more than 100,000 years ago, there were sloths as long as a giraffe is tall, monstrous bears whose shoulders were six feet off the ground, and Bunyanesque beavers that weighed as much as an NFL linebacker. But over time, all of these …

Extinction