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He had no idea Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be presiding over his naturalization ceremony

The invitation to Dante Amaury Perez-Valdez’s naturalization ceremony indicated that it would be a “special” one. But he and his American-born wife, Natalie, assumed the government said that about all of the ceremonies.<p>For Perez-Valdez, the day was already special enough: Eight years after marrying …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Barbara Bush, matriarch of American political dynasty, dies at 92

Barbara Bush, who was the wife of one president and the mother of another and whose embrace of her image as America’s warmhearted grandmother belied her influence and mettle, died April 17. She was 92.<p>The office of her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, issued a statement Tuesday evening …

Government

Kendrick Lamar Shakes Up the Pulitzer Game: Let’s Discuss

The Pulitzer Prizes startled a lot of people this year with an award that’s usually greeted as an afterthought: the music prize, which went to Kendrick Lamar’s album “DAMN.” It was not only the first time a music Pulitzer was given to a hip-hop album, but also to any work outside the more rarefied …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Pixar's next short is about food becoming sentient and somehow it's not a horror story

When it comes to taking inherently horrifying premises and turning them into cuddly tearjerkers, Pixar is second to none.<p><i>Toy Story</i>? Creepy af. Means …

Animation

This whale was killed by 64 pounds of trash

About 64 pounds of plastic trash killed a young sperm whale that washed up in southeast Spain, according to scientists.<p>The whale, whose body landed …

Whales

Pixar powers on a new trailer for 'Incredibles 2'

If you're a superhero movie fan, you'll find no shortage of them this summer.<p>There's <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> in just a couple weeks, <i>Deadpool 2</i> a few …

Trailers

Why is Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs' set in Japan? We're not sure either.

Wes Anderson's <i>Isle of Dogs</i> has something to say about the ugly allure of xenophobia, the sin of standing by while atrocities are committed, and the …

Isle of Dogs

'Simpsons' show runner responds to controversy on Twitter and...ugh.

<i>The Simpsons</i>' show runner Al Jean responded to backlash to Sunday's episode, in which characters implied that criticism of Apu (Hank Azaria) as a …

APU

These Girls Escaped Boko Haram. Now They're Sharing Their Stories.

Two Nigerian kidnapping victims are working to keep other girls from suffering the horrors they faced.<p>Standing on a corner just off Manhattan’s Times Square, Ya Kaka and Hauwa giggle over a street artist’s caricature. Colorful fabric peeks out from the bottoms of their oversized winter coats but …

Africa

Your Body is a Teeming Battleground

It’s time to rethink the quest to control aging, death, and disease—and the fear of mortality that fuels it.<p>I went to medical school, at least in part, to get to know death and perhaps to make my peace with it. So did many of my doctor friends, as I would find out. One day—usually when you’re …

Immune System

California claims bias after Florida's exempted from Trump's offshore drilling plan

“It just flies in the face of fairness,” said Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general.<p>OFF THE COAST OF SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Gazing at the calm waters from a tour boat, Australian tourist Anita Alexander contemplated the kind of squall that only seems to happen on American shores: A clash …

Oil & Gas Industry

Rivers swell as wet storm moves through Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain fell over two days as a drenching "Pineapple Express" storm swelled rivers and flooded roads in Northern California, forecasters said Saturday.<p>The heaviest rain was in the northern Sierra and in coastal counties from San Francisco north …

Weather

US gene-editing ruling delights plant scientists

Ruling paves way for creation of new genetically altered crops<p>Researchers in the US have been given the go-ahead to use gene-editing techniques to alter crops and plants. The decision opens the door for scientists to create a new generation of genetically altered crops without serious restriction …

Genetics

The Milky Way’s Center Is a Cornucopia of Black Holes

Astronomers have detected evidence of a handful of the likely thousands of light-gobbling objects in the middle of the galaxy.<p>For the last few years, Chuck Hailey has had the center of the Milky Way hanging in his office at Columbia University. The picture, pinned above his desk, shows a bright …

Black Holes

Lula begins prison sentence in Brazil after giving himself up to police

The former president vows to prove his innocence of corruption after ending a two-day standoff with the authorities<p>Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has handed himself in to police after spending two nights at the metalworkers’ union headquarters in São Paulo in defiance of an …

Brazil

Stephon Clark and the Golden State’s Shameful Secret

Stephon Clark, 22, was unarmed when the Sacramento police came upon him in his grandmother’s backyard, shot him eight times — mostly in the back — and killed him. The two officers were responding to a report of car break-ins. The tragedy became California’s latest addition to the long list of …

San Francisco

Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro will be shaped by workflows

A year ago, I visited the Apple campus in Cupertino to figure out where the hell the new Mac Pro was. I joined a round-table discussion with Apple SVPs and a handful of reporters to get the skinny on what was taking so long.<p>The answer, it turns out, was that Apple had decided to start completely …

Product Management

Making The Grade: Where the iPad still excels over Chromebooks regardless of price

<i>Making The Grade is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products</i> …

Apps

This week’s top stories: iOS 11.4 beta, new Mac Pro in 2019, a stunning iOS 12 concept, and more

<b>In this week’s top stories:</b> Apple releases the first developer and public betas of iOS 11.4, an iOS 12 concept imagines what the future could bring, our full 9.7-inch 2018 iPad review, and much more. Read on for all of this week’s news…<p>Following last week’s release of iOS 11.3, Apple this week …

Apple Watch

Danni Washington celebrates Black History Month

Black History

Linder Timelapse - USA Science & Engineering Festival

Time-lapse Photography

Your WhatsApp buddies might be spying on you with this invasive new app (Update)

If you rely on WhatsApp to message friends and family, it’s important to know that the service lets your contacts know about when you’re available to chat, and whether you’ve read their texts.<p>That’s not all: Lifehacker has spotted Chatwatch, a new iOS app that uses WhatsApp’s public online/offline …

Apps

How to Get $29 Million for Classroom Projects? Just Ask

There was the class of Iowa teenagers seeking supplies for the homeless, and a Texas teacher who wanted $150 in headphones for her elementary school students.<p>In Illinois, one educator wanted a set of laptops to better prepare her students for middle school, while a teacher in Massachusetts sought …

Middle School

Donald Trump Doesn't Understand Community Colleges

In a speech on Thursday, he revealed he doesn't appreciate the vital role they play in the country's education system and economy.<p>During a speech on Thursday, President Trump revealed a striking ignorance of one of the pillars of his country’s educational system. In the course of promoting his …

Education
Justice

Zuckerberg Hits Users with the Hard Truth: You Agreed to This

After another privacy bombshell, Facebook tells horrified users, “it’s explained right there in the app.”<p>After embarking on exactly the kind of cringe-inducing apology tour one would expect following the revelation that Cambridge Analytica plundered the data of millions of Facebook users, <b>Mark</b> …

Internet

Anti-Semitic slaying of 85-year-old prompts outcry in France

PARIS (AP) — Like many who survived Nazi horrors, Mireille Knoll embraced life, eating out and going to the theater despite limited means. Even as age and Parkinson's disease took their toll, she delighted in receiving guests — until one of them allegedly stabbed the 85-year-old to death because …

Hung Up

The 5 Biggest Indie Auteurs at the Box Office: Wes Anderson, PTA, and More

"Isle of Dogs" will open in 27 theaters, but platform releasing — movies that start small in hopes of going big — is an art unto itself.<p>Where studio …

Box Office

Why 150 Whales May Have Beached In Australia

Wildlife officials are still studying why the event happened, but theories range from sickness to fleeing ship sonar.<p>By Friday morning, more than 150 short-finned pilot whales had been found lying on a beach in western Australia.<p>Australian news outlets report that some were pulled back out to sea …

Whales

Engineer of Florida Bridge Reported Cracks Days Before Collapse

MIAMI — An engineer reported cracks on a newly installed pedestrian bridge two days before it collapsed on a busy roadway here, killing at least six people, state officials said on Friday.<p>The report, by the lead engineer with the company in charge of the bridge’s design, was made in a voice mail …

Engineering