Stephen Swain

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How Jennifer Lawrence went from obscurity to the highest-paid actress in the world in 5 years

At just 25, Lawrence raked in $52 million this year alone.<p>But the Oscar-winning "Hunger Games" actress has come a long way since her humble beginnings in Louisville, Kentucky.<p>Let's look back at her meteoric rise from farm girl to Hollywood's top earner.<p><i>Additional reporting by Melia Robinson.</i>

A Trump-Inspired Hate Crime in Boston

One of two men who allegedly beat a homeless Hispanic man cited the Republican presidential candidate’s criticism of immigrants as a motivation. Latino leaders aren’t surprised.<p>The impact of Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant broadsides appears to have veered dangerously far off the presidential …

'Nazi gold train found in Polish mountains' could be boobytrapped with mines, officials warn

"Crisis meeting" held in the Polish town of Walbrzych on how best to tackle alleged discovery of a Nazi ghost train carrying gold<p>Polish authorities have held a crisis meeting in which they warned treasure hunters against trying to unravel the mysteries of a gold-laden train said to have been …

The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p><b>Mount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic.</b><p>This mountain in western Tibet is a …

Fiery Jeb Bush gets testy over 'anchor babies' term

<b>Keene, New Hampshire (CNN) —</b> Jeb Bush on Thursday defended using the term "anchor babies" after Democrats hounded the former Florida governor and his presidential rival, Donald Trump, for using the term this week.<p>"No, I don't. I don't regret it," Bush said sharply, growing testy with a questioner …

Government

Google says Project Ara didn't fail drop test, better camera and battery coming

Google's got truly brilliant engineers in its ranks, but some could use some sharpening of their comedic skills. Today the company tweeted a clarification saying that its Project Ara modular smartphone didn't actually fail any drop test. The Ara team is still reworking how modules attach to one …

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

Judge says Hillary Clinton's private emails violated policy

A federal judge has added fresh fuel to the incendiary controversy over Hillary Clinton’s email, asserting during a hearing Thursday that she violated government policy by storing official messages on a private server when she worked as secretary of state.<p>“We wouldn’t be here today if this employee …

Ash Carter: Pentagon teams examining U.S. sites to house Guantanamo Bay detainees

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Defense Secretary Ash Carter says Pentagon teams are looking at U.S. sites to house detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base as President Barack Obama's administration pushes to close the facility.<p>The top two options, Carter said in a Thursday news conference, …

Army kicking out decorated Green Beret who stood up for Afghan rape victim

EXCLUSIVE: The U.S. Army is kicking out a decorated Green Beret after an 11-year Special Forces career, after he got in trouble for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating up his mother when she reported the incident.<p>The case of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland now has …

Black Lives Matter Activist: Hillary Clinton's Racial Justice Record Is 'Abysmal'

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Daunasia Yancey, the founder of Black Lives Matter in Boston, about the group's discussion with Clinton last week.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>The video of last week's exchange between Hillary Clinton and young leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement still …

The Lid: Well, This is Awkward…

<i>Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos... Donald Trump posed with an American eagle for the latest issue of TIME, marking the only point in the real estate mogul's life that he affiliated himself favorably with baldness.</i><p><i>Get The Lid straight to your inbox each afternoon -- click</i> …

Swarm is now giving people virtual coins they can’t spend

Gotta buy something eventually...<p>Foursquare's check-in app Swarm has brought back the leaderboard — but it's making a key change to it. Swarm now rewards its users with virtual coins for being active, and those coins are what rank you on the leader board against your friends. "For now, [coins] just …

Four Square

Crowds gather to protest St. Louis police shooting, but no outrage for murder of girl, 9

A crowd gathered Wednesday evening to protest the shooting of an armed suspect by Missouri cops, but no mention was made of the 9-year-old girl who had been shot dead by an unknown assailant just seven miles away the night before.<p>Jamyla Bolden was killed doing homework on her mom’s bed and her …