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50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Literature

Being a wedding guest is expensive. Bridesmaids and groomsmen, save up

With wedding season approaching, it's time to start saving your pennies. Attending nuptials for friends or family this year could put you out hundreds or even thousands of dollars.<p>A nationally representative survey of more than 2,000 people by website Bankrate.com found that members of the wedding …

Weddings

Vietnam gives harsh jail terms to 6 for advocating democracy

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Six human rights activists were sentenced to harsh prison terms in Vietnam after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the government by advocating a multiparty democracy.<p>Prominent human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai received the most severe penalty of 15 years in prison …

Human Rights

Neanderthals Cared for Each Other and Survived into Old Age

When we think of Neanderthals, we often imagine these distant ancestors of ours to be rather brutish, dying at a young age and ultimately becoming …

Anthropology
Enterprise Tech

One of the smallest oil producers in the Middle East just announced its biggest discovery in decades

Bahrain announced on Wednesday that it discovered at least 80 billion barrels of crude oil in a shale reserve.<p>The island kingdom to the east of Saudi Arabia is the smallest and oldest energy producer in the Persian Gulf, according to Bloomberg.<p>Depending on how much is extractable, the discovery …

Oil

Major breakthrough in cancer care as gene map paves way for new treatments

Scientists have heralded a “breakthrough” in cancer treatment after deciphering the genetic code of thousands of tumours providing a road map for …

Cancer

J&J loses trial over claims linking cancer to asbestos in talc

(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) suffered its first trial loss in a lawsuit claiming its talc-based products including Johnson's Baby Powder contain cancer-causing asbestos, with a New Jersey jury on Thursday ordering J&J and another company to pay $37 million in damages.<p>The verdict of …

New Jersey

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits off Southern California coast, shakes Los Angeles

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck off the coast of Southern California on Thursday, officials at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say. …

Los Angeles

Ex-Romney staffer faces domestic abuse charge; reportedly had fiancée sign sex slave contract

A Las Vegas political adviser who has worked on national campaigns for Republican candidates, including Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, physically abused his ex-fiancée and had her sign a contract to be a "slave in training," according to a report published Wednesday in the <i>Las Vegas</i> …

Domestic Abuse

Drink wine and 12 more tips for a sharper brain

Age-related brain plaques, which may play a role in Alzheimer's disease, can start forming in your 40s. Keep your brain buff with these tips.<p>With a blood pressure cuff, a scale and a blood draw, your doctor can tell a lot about your heart health. It’s not that easy to do a brain check: There are no …

Alzheimer's Disease

Here's What Will Happen After a Huge Earthquake Inevitably Hits California

Nobody knows when "The Big One" is going to hit California, but here's how experts think it will play out when it does.<p>California is the land of beaches, mountains, and all the legal marijuana you can stomach. It’s also, inconveniently, a dangerous minefield riddled with nasty fault lines that …

Natural Gas

How The NRA Worked To Stifle Gun Violence Research

The growing momentum for tighter gun control after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., is highlighting the National Rifle Association's history of aggressively confronting challenges to what it regards as Second Amendment rights.<p>Federal limits on both research into gun violence and the …

Guns

Facebook quietly explored getting patient data from hospitals

Facebook explored a data-sharing project with hospitals, now on hold, to profile patients anonymously in order to provide better care, according to …

Cambridge Analytica

Ex-Treasury secretary compares Trump to Mussolini

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers believes President Trump's recent attacks on Amazon are un-American.<p>"Going on jihads with the power of the federal government against companies whose CEOs' private activity he doesn't find congenial — that's not the stuff of democracy," Summers said in an …

Donald Trump

Ex-postmaster general defies Trump by 'unequivocally' stating that Amazon's contract is profitable for the US Postal Service

The former head of the US Postal Service is taking on President Donald Trump's campaign against the USPS' Amazon deal.<p>"Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon," Trump tweeted Monday. "THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed."<p>Trump doubled …

Donald Trump

Porn from the 1920s Was More Wild and Hardcore Than You Could Imagine

And the NSFW art form is disappearing.<p>Without even having seen it, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn the plot of the sexually explicit film “The Casting Couch.” In it, a young woman walks into a producer’s studio for an audition and is soon coerced into sex as quid pro quo for a part in …

Weird

Here's exactly how much paychecks changed after tax reform for people at every income level from $20,000 to $269,000 a year

The new tax law, which changed the 2018 tax brackets, went into effect at the start of this year.<p>By February, many Americans began to notice a bump in their take-home pay because of the law.<p>The IRS released new guidelines in January, known as tax-withholding tables, that help employers calculate …

Personal Finance

China Shines Bright as Solar Leads Record Renewables Investment

Solar investments eclipsed all other forms of electricity generation in 2017 as China’s green boom accelerated.<p>Investors worldwide plowed a record …

Renewable Energy

Breakthrough drug tipped to be twice as successful as chemotherapy

A breakthrough drug has been tipped to save more than twice as many patients with advanced leukaemia than chemotherapy. NewsCorp reports a group of …

Cancer

U.S. jobless claims rise; continuing claims lowest since 1973

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased more than expected last week, but the number of Americans on jobless rolls fell to its lowest level since 1973, pointing to tightening labor market conditions.<p>Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 24,000 …

Economy

Black kids are way more likely to be punished in school than white kids, study finds

A government watchdog looked at the data — and it’s not good.<p>Whether and how a child is punished for acting up in school could depend on his race, a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found.<p>The report found that black students in K-12 schools are far more likely to be …

Black Students

Trump credits Mexico for reportedly breaking up migrant caravan

President Donald Trump on Thursday celebrated the move by Mexican authorities this week to break up a large group of migrants making their way north toward the U.S., claiming credit for a reduction in illegal border crossings while insisting that such crossings remain too frequent.<p>“The Caravan is …

Donald Trump

Saudi cinema screens reopen on 18 April 'with Black Panther'

<b>Saudi Arabia's first cinema in more than 35 years will open on 18 April, showing the action movie Black Panther.</b><p>It is part of a deal done with the world's biggest cinema chain, AMC, to open up to 40 cinemas in some 15 Saudi cities over the next five years.<p>The past year has seen the start of a huge …

Black Panther

Want to be a Better Writer? Here is Stephen King's Essential Advice

Dumbo, Dairy Queen and Dandelions: 9 brilliant suggestions from King's nearly 20-year-old book<p>Okay, I'll admit that I'm really late to this party. Despite the fact that I'm always seeking advice on how to improve communication in general--and writing in particular--I'd never read Stephen King's …

Creative Writing

Exclusive: Yellen gets post-Fed payday in private meetings with Wall St. elite

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Janet Yellen cashed in with her first paid visit to Wall Street since stepping down as Federal Reserve chair, discussing rate hikes and U.S. President Donald Trump at events on Monday that included a dinner for 40 at a CEO's Manhattan penthouse.<p>Two people familiar …

Federal Reserve

Bibles pulled from online stores as China increases control of religion

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion.<p>China has always controlled sales of the Bible, only allowing it to be distributed and printed by state-sanctioned churches, but in recent years it had been …

China

Fewer Americans are dying from infectious diseases but it all depends on where you live

The overall chances of dying from an infectious disease are decreasing in the U.S., but the probability can vary greatly from county to county, …

Public Health

Asian shares recover from two-month lows as trade war fears ease

Tokyo — Asian shares bounced from two-month lows on Thursday as world equities recovered from a sell-off triggered by escalating China-US trade …

Economy

Indian companies have scrapped projects worth $117 billion in just one year

The Indian government’s clarion call for more job-creating private investments seems to be falling on deaf ears. Instead, India Inc is mothballing projects at a record pace.<p>In the 12 months ending March 2018, India saw an unprecedented number of projects being shelved by companies, according to a …

Economy