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American and Southwest Airlines announce $1,000 tax cut bonuses

American and Southwest Airlines are giving their workers $1,000 bonuses because of the corporate tax cut that just became law.<p>American (AAL), the world's largest airline, is making the payments to each of 130,000 employees, a total cost of about $130 million.<p>The law, passed by Republicans in …

Southwest Airlines

I Was A Racist Cop

How I came to recognize my own racism, bias, and privilege as a white male.<p>[trigger warning: racial slurs and offensive language]<p>I was a racist cop.<p>Years ago, I was helping a supervisor at a single-car crash. A black man collided head-on into a concrete divider, and died at the scene. I was …

When The Focus Is On The Student, Not The Class

Not that long ago, the high school in Pittsfield, N.H., had some of the lowest standardized tests scores in the state and was known as a dropout factory.<p>But over the past six years, the school district has overhauled its approach to education. Now in most classes, grades aren't used to measure …

Teaching

Intelligence Isn't Something You're Born With. It's Acquired When You Learn How To Do These 5 Things

Intelligence is earned.<p>Outliers have a tendency to give the masses the wrong ideas.<p>When we hear stories about a seven year old who can speak 14 different languages, or see a video of someone with a photographic memory repeating back every single person's name in a fifty person auditorium, we sit …

Self-improvement

You Shouldn't Have Sex With Him Until He Does This

I'm a professional Matchmaker based in Los Angeles, what I affectionately refer to as “the Baghdad of dating.”<p>The dating scene is rough in LA (and in …

23 Classic Dating Questions You Should Ask Before Getting In A Relationship

Let me tell you a little secret. Once upon a time, people actually met in real life to date. I know, what an odd and foreign concept...<p>Dating apps …

Relationships

A Muslim Preacher's Texting Scandal Is Making Some Women Speak Out About Sexism

“The reality is, speaking out as a woman can cost you your reputation, your job opportunities,” said one woman who criticized Nouman Ali Khan — and says it speaks to a bigger problem in the community.<p><b>Once you get past the shirtless selfies</b> and the “sugar daddy” boast, the scandal surrounding Muslim …

Enjoy Dancehall Sounds, But Don't Let Enjoyment Be Erasure

You’ve heard the sound.<p>The drum beat, the unapologetic riddim pushing air hardly through speakers as the deejay speaks Patois rhythmically.<p>A beat so enticing that bodies move in agreement sensuously in celebration of the gorgeous melding of Caribbean sounds with ruff accompaniment.<p>Or slow it …

Teen births have plummeted 51 percent over the past decade

The data shows a massive, little-noticed public health victory.<p>America’s teen birth rate has fallen by half over the past decade, a stunning public health victory largely attributed to better use of contraceptives.<p>New federal data shows that the teen birth rate in the United States has declined …

Tupac killer revealed by cops in explosive documentary

Tupac’s killer has been revealed by two police officers who spent years investigating his death.<p>Cops Tim Bennan and Robert Ladd say Crips gang member …

Yes, humans are still evolving. Here's how you can tell.

Even more evidence that we’re continuing to change.<p>The nice thing about bacteria is that they multiply really fast. This is inconvenient if they happen to infect, but useful if you want to see how evolution works. Put antibiotics on a Petri dish with enough bacteria, and a few days later you’ll …

Krishna Janmashtami 2017: Quotes, poems, wishes, messages and pictures

Today is Lord Krishna’s birthday – a time of great celebration in the Hindu calendar.<p>That means plenty of parades, games, music, songs and a feast at …

Killings of black men by white people are the most likely to be considered 'justifiable homicides'

When a white person kills a black man, the killer is eight times more likely to face no legal consequences (compared to homicides involving other combinations of races). Courts consider these cases justifiable homicides.<p>A new report from criminal justice nonprofit The Marshall Project found that …

Law Enforcement

US woman with one arm celebrates her disability in Tinder bio

<b>Just how witty is your Tinder bio? This 20-year-old is using hers to help remove the stigma surrounding disability.</b><p>Lauren is a 20-year-old from San Diego and she lost her arm in a moped accident a year ago.<p>In an interview with BuzzFeed, she spoke about how her sense of humour has helped her to come …

Social Media

My Past Abusive Relationship Makes It Hard For Me To Say "No" To Men

I have a below-average sized dick inside me in an above-average sized loft in SoHo. Like the sound of hands rustling around in popcorn during a …

How the food industry is conspiring to make you fat

Approximately 40,000 products are available in an average North American supermarket.<p>Despite your best intentions, you succumb to the deals and offers that you don't really need. Hey, why not get two bags of chips for the price of one?<p>Before you know it, your shopping cart is full and that …

Nutrition

Meet the world's 10 richest black billionaires

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Jeff Bezos may be the richest men in the world, but they aren't the only billionaires.<p>There are 2,043 people across …

Why Street Harassers Speak The Same Language Across The U.S.

Over the past two years, I've lived in six cities in two states — Arizona, New York — and the District of Columbia. And one of the first things I always notice about each new place is the street harassment.<p>Manhattan and Brooklyn were rough. During my first week of work in Manhattan, a tall man in a …

Nonprofits

Map of The Crusades, 1096-1204 [[MORE]]The Crusades were a series of religious wars sanctioned by the Latin Church in the medieval period. The most commonly known are the campaigns in the Eastern...

Map of The Crusades, 1096-1204<p><b>The Crusades were a series of religious wars sanctioned by the Latin Church in the medieval period. The most commonly</b> …

Clues lead to mystery Trini conman in Guyana

commercial invoice<p>Mark Bassant Senior Multimedia Investigative Journalist<p>It has been five-and-half-years since a conman and his associates defrauded …

Corruption
Aviation

There's No Such Thing As A Slut

'13 Reason Why' makes the dangerous assumption that a woman's worth is dependent on her abstinence.<p>Bryce Walker is a high school jock who believes every girl in school wants to sleep with him—including Hannah Baker, a bullied classmate whom he sexually assaulted before she took her own life. Bryce …

Astronomers Might Have Just Captured The First Ever Photo of a Black Hole's Event Horizon

Now we wait to see it.<p>Scientists around the world have spent five sleepless nights staring into the abyss, and are hoping they've been rewarded with …

Protests spread across Paris estates as anger grows over alleged police rape

Violence continues for fourth successive night on housing estates after police officer charged with raping young man with baton<p>French police arrested a dozen people on a fourth straight night of clashes with youths on housing estates north of Paris, amid fury over a violent arrest in which a police …

Trump’s uninhabitable world: The EPA starts to remove Obama-era information from its site

Federal climate plans, tribal assistance programs and references to international cooperation have been stricken<p>The Environmental Protection Agency’s website has begun to transform under the Trump administration.<p>A group of researchers have found what are likely the first steps in a major overhaul …

America Just Sent Back A Syrian Woman Trying To Visit Her Sick Mother

This is what President Donald Trump's awful immigration ban looks like.<p>Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring immigration and refugee admission from seven Muslim-majority countries, border officials in Chicago turned away a Syrian woman who’d flown to the …

Macy's closing 68 stores; job cuts total 10,100

After seeing sales drop during the holidays, Macy's said Wednesday it has either closed or will shutter 68 stores and cut an additional 6,200 positions at a time when shoppers are going online to buy everything from scarves to lipstick.<p>Of the 68 stores out of 730 in total, nine closings had been …

Does a vegan diet affect your ability to heal?

On September 19, 2008, just before midnight, two pilots attempted to abort their takeoff from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina. The pilots, who thought that they had blown a tire, were unable to stop the plane on the remaining runway they had left.<p>Four people died in the …

Nutrition

Minimum Wages Will Rise in Nearly Two Dozen States in 2017

Millions of Americans are set to receive higher pay in the new year, despite the potential confirmation of a millionaire labor secretary who once opposed the Obama administration’s efforts to raise the federal minimum wage.<p>Twenty-two states, plus the District of Columbia, will see their minimum …

South Dakota

Cheetahs losing race away from extinction as African habitat shrinks

Britain-based zoologists have warned of a global fall in the number of cheetahs, the world's fastest land animal. They've urged conservationists to …