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Photo Friday: The Power of Photojournalism

If photography has any kind of power, photojournalism—photos that “show” the news—has the power to shape the world’s perceptions, tell stories and make history. For the last hundred years, photographers have been going out into the field and risking their own lives to chronicle humanity’s greatest …

AP: Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — Every morning at 2 a.m., they heard a kick on the door and a threat: Get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours, No. 31 and his wife stood in the factory that owned them with their aching hands in ice water. They ripped the guts, heads, tails and shells off shrimp …

Sweden Convicts 2 of 'Terrorist Crimes' in Syria After Video Find

World<p>STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Two Swedish men were sentenced to life in prison on Monday for assisting in executions in Syria in 2013.<p>Police found a USB stick containing films showing the killings during a search of one of their homes, a Swedish district court was told.<p>In a video shown in court by the …

Screw the Gym! Do This Lower-Body Workout Anytime, Anywhere

This iso squat challenge will hammer your glutes and quads for as long as you can take it<p>This iso squat ladder challenge pits you against gravity.<p>By adding an extended pause during the toughest part of the squat—the bottom—you intensify the exercise without adding weights. The isometric hold …

White House reveals new counter-terrorism efforts

PARIS — Reflecting how much ISIL and the attacks here two weeks ago are looming over President Barack Obama’s trip to the climate change conference, the White House on Monday announced from abroad several new steps it was taking to address terror concerns and outlined a complementary agenda for …

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial: Jury Set to Begin Hearing Case

U.S. news<p>Federal prosecutors say the devastating bomb blasts that struck the 2013 Boston Marathon were the result of a deliberately cruel plan by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan.<p>Defense lawyers counter that the younger Tsarnaev was raised in a dysfunctional family and was …

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Alabama gay marriage fight echoes states' rights battles

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's judicial building office overlooks Montgomery's Dexter Avenue, a history-soaked …

Ron Paul: 'I'm not pro-Russian. I'm pro-facts'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Ron Paul defended his controversial stance Friday that the United States should stay out of the crisis between Ukraine and Russia, and joked that he's "considering" supporting his son, Rand Paul, if the senator from Kentucky runs for President.<p>The former Texas congressman, who's …

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

Death has always been considered one of life's only real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption<p>Humanity has long been in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth, from Alexander the Great to knights of the Crusades.<p>But now Silicon Valley scientists …

The Energy Collective

Since 1995, Energy Central has been a hub for news and content for electric power industry professionals. With more than 200,000 registered members, …

Will People Go to Canada to Die?

Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously found a “right to die” in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Canadian Bill of Rights). Under …

Stephen Hawking

Obama administration pressures Congress to extend Homeland Security budget before deadline | Fox News

President Barack Obama's chief of staff is pressuring the Republican-run Congress to extend funding for the Homeland Security Department after Feb. 27 — when its budget will shut off.<p>Denis McDonough tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that Congress would keep getting paid, but vital employees at the …

ISIS Hurls Gay Men Off Buildings, Stones Them: Analysts

World<p>ISIS has released images that appear to show gay men being hurled off buildings and then stoned to death, part of the militants' self-professed mission to crack down on "sexual deviance."<p>The horrific execution tactic is the latest in a string of brutal punishment methods applied by ISIS under …

Ed Miliband is no Obama, warns Labour's US election guru

Labour's election guru David Axelrod says he won't inflict 'burden' of comparison to US President on Ed Miliband<p>Ed Miliband’s American election guru has refused to put the Labour leader in the same “category” as Barack Obama, saying the US president was “a once-in-a-lifetime candidate”.<p>David …

Tribal leader: Iraqi troops in Anbar could 'collapse within hours'

<b>(CNN) —</b> An Iraqi tribal leader said Saturday that ISIS militants are gaining ground in Anbar province, predicting a "collapse within hours" of Iraqi army forces there if tribal forces withdraw.<p>Sheikh Naim al-Gaoud, a Sunni Muslim leader of the Albu Nimr tribe, called for more U.S. intervention -- …

Boehner says House has spoken on DHS funding, Obama's plan for ISIS isn't 'smart'

House Speaker John Boehner is giving little ground to President Obama and his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill on key issues, blaming Senate Democrats if the Homeland Security Department runs out of money and criticizing the president’s proposal to fight The Islamic State.<p>Boehner said on “Fox News …

McCain on ISIS Fight: We Should Not Restrain the President

News<p>Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday that Congress should not restrict the president’s broad authority in authorizing the use of military force against the terrorist group known as ISIS.<p>“If we don't like what the commander-in-chief is doing, we can cut off his funds …

Rights group report: Sudanese soldiers raped more than 200 women, girls

<b>(CNN) —</b> Darfur has a long, dark history filled with horrors.<p>But these nightmares aren't all in the far past, according to Human Rights Watch.<p>Citing 130 interviews with locals, the advocacy group said this week that in October, Sudanese soldiers raped more than 200 women and girls over a 36-hour …

Meet Kate Brown

Oregon’s next governor is a longtime officeholder and the first bisexual to lead a state.<p>When Kate Brown is sworn in as Oregon’s new governor next week, she’ll be making considerable history, becoming the first openly bisexual governor in the U.S. and only the second woman to lead the state<p>It’s a …

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'A Fragile Majority' : How Americans Feel About Obama's Fight Against ISIS

First Read<p>A majority of Americans support President Barack Obama’s proposed authorization to use force against ISIS, the Islamic State group, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll conducted after Obama sent his authorization to Congress. When told that the authorization would last for three …

Democrats working both sides of Nigeria's presidential election

LAGOS, Nigeria — Africa’s most populous country is headed toward its first close presidential election in decades, pitting a struggling incumbent president against an ex-military strongman, both of them using U.S. Democratic political strategists to help their campaigns.<p>In on-again off-again roles, …

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The Obamization of Uber

How David Plouffe is tackling the biggest campaign of his life.<p>Uber had a PR problem last summer: The only thing expanding more quickly than its ride-on-demand business was its reputation as a price-gouging bully too casual about vetting its drivers. Streets around the world—from Paris to D.C.—were …

Iran's supreme leader wrote letter to Obama, report says

Iran’s supreme leader reportedly sent a secret letter to President Obama responding to his calls to improve relations between the two countries.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports Iran’s top political figure Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wrote to Obama in recent weeks responding to the president raising the …

Iran negotiator told to control temper in talks with Kerry

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister has been told by the country's supreme leader to control his temper during nuclear talks with Western …

Risk of American 'megadroughts' for decades, NASA warns

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is no precedent in contemporary weather records for the kinds of droughts the country's West will face, if greenhouse gas emissions stay on course, a NASA study said.<p>No precedent even in the past 1,000 years.<p>The feared droughts would cover most of the western half of the United States …

George W. Bush Is Intervening in Iraq—Again

When Iraqi tribal leaders came to D.C. looking for help against ISIL, the White House refused. Then the former president made a call.<p>The meetings with Biden and Slotkin reinforced what many in the delegation suspected: Despite the administration’s vow to defeat ISIL, the United States places a …

Sources: U.S. copters support Iraqi troops battling ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> U.S. helicopter gunships supported Iraqi ground forces battling ISIS militants in al-Baghdadi, military sources said, an action that brings U.S. troops closer to combat.<p>On Saturday, the U.S. military said al-Baghdadi was "contested," as Iraqi forces fought back.<p>The U.S. military Friday …

Scientists warn of 'mega-drought' in western US if climate change ignored

Rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall mean that future drought could be more extreme than any seen in at least the past 1,000 years<p>A broad swathe of the western United States is likely to be hit by a “megadrought’ lasting decades in the second half of this century, according to a new …