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North Korea says it will suspend nuclear and missile tests, shut down test site

By Anna Fifield<p>, Bureau chief<p>TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared that he will suspend nuclear and missile tests starting Saturday and that he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted.<p>The surprising announcement comes just six days before Kim is …

North Korea

Key moments from Mark Zuckerberg's Senate testimony

Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook, appeared before lawmakers for the first time on Tuesday to answer questions about how his social networking juggernaut handles its 2.2 billion users’ private data, as well as the role the company played in Russia’s meddling in the 2016 …

Social Media

The Latest: State Dept. says Putin re-election 'no surprise'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local):<p>3:20 p.m.<p>The U.S. State Department says …

The Latest: Ryan urges Trump to back away from tariff plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and trade (all times local):<p>9:40 p.m.<p>House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of …

Donald Trump

For the Silkiest Ice Cream, Add One Ingredient

Whether it’s vanilla or chocolate, pistachio or <b>preserved lemon</b>, most ice cream recipes fall into one of two categories: Philadelphia-style, which calls for dairy (usually cream and milk) and sugar, but no eggs. And custard- or French-style, which includes dairy, sugar, and eggs. Both have their …

Years later, Blagojevich still creates trouble for Democrats

CHICAGO (AP) — The investigation that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison is still causing political problems for Democrats, a decade …

Arizona man says he sold ammunition to Las Vegas shooter

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Arizona man named in court documents as a "person of interest" during the investigation of the deadliest mass shooting in modern …

Las Vegas Shooting

15 convictions linked to corrupt Chicago cop are thrown out

CHICAGO (AP) — One by one, the men told the same story: A Chicago police officer would demand money from them. And if they didn't pay, they would …

Failed Promises: A ‘Bachelorette’ Reading List

<i>The Bachelorette</i> came to an end on Monday when Rachel Lindsay, the first black Bachelorette, broke up with Peter and chose Bryan. Seven million …

Reality TV

4 Ways Going to the Doctor Is Radically Changing

The future of health care in the U.S. is far from settled, but how people receive it now is also undergoing a revolution. Health records are …

What One Company Learned from Forcing Employees to Use Their Vacation Time

Have you ever felt burned out at work <i>after</i> a vacation? I’m not talking about being exhausted from fighting with your family at Walt Disney World all week. I’m talking about how <i>you knew</i>, the whole time walking around Epcot, that a world of work was waiting for you upon your return.<p>Our vacation …

Baseball’s ‘Hot Hand’ Is Real

After analyzing MLB’s fastballs, we found that every pitcher has both an ace and a bum lurking inside them.<p>We’ve all seen a pitcher when he’s zeroed …

Can marijuana rescue coal country?

<b>Johnsie Gooslin spent Jan. 16, 2015</b>, tending his babies — that’s what he called his marijuana plants. More than 70 of them were growing in a hydroponic system of his own design. Sometimes, he’d stay in his barn for 16 hours straight, perfecting his technique.<p>That night, he left around 8 o’clock to …

Cannabis

Squeezed out by Silicon Valley, the far right is creating its own corporate world

Over and over again, those on America's far right have learned that the 1st Amendment doesn't protect them from Silicon Valley tech companies.<p>For weeks, neo-Nazis, white nationalists and other far-right figures have been organizing for a "Unite the Right" demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., on …

Rights & Freedoms

Braving Cancer Amid the Chaos of Syria

On a hazy morning this spring, at the entrance of the Al-Bayrouni cancer center in northeast Damascus, a wall of tires teetered atop a long mound of dirt. Where there were no tires, jagged sheets of metal or rusting barrels had been propped up to create a makeshift shield. The edges of the flat …

The Madman and the Bomb

The nuclear launch process once haunted Nixon’s aides. 43 years later, is it finally time to reform the system?<p>The scene from the White House south lawn on August 9, 1974, is vivid in the nation’s memory. That morning, President Richard Nixon famously boarded Marine One for the final time, put on a …

The Everywhere Store: Amazon's AI-powered master plan to be the world's biggest company

Jeff Bezos might be the world's biggest <i>Star Trek</i> fan. At one point, the Amazon founder and CEO wanted to call his e-commerce platform makeitso.com, …

Smart Homes

Living in a void: life in Damascus after the exodus

During six years of civil war in Syria, novelist Khaled Khalifa has watched wave after wave of friends and family flee his home city. But despite everything, he has decided to stay<p>My sister, whom I haven’t seen for more than two years, told me she was going to cross the sea in a rubber dinghy. She …

Hung Up

Off the Eaten Path: The 24 Best Restaurants in the Most Unexpected Places

There’s a new way to dine out in America, and it has nothing to do with fancy restaurants. It almost has nothing to do with restaurants. It's all about great food in odd, incongruous, or just plain cool settings. The problem is, these places can be a little hard to find. Great news! We found them …

James Beard

This Big Beef Exposes The Ugly Underbelly of Vegan Vlogging

<b>When Anna Scanlon logged onto the video streaming site</b> YouNow last Halloween, her stomach sank. Vegan Cheetah, a popular vlogger within the online …

The rise and humiliating fall of Chris Cantwell, Charlottesville’s starring ‘fascist’

By Avi Selk<p>Reporter<p>The white supremacists, nationalists and far-right trolls who starred in last weekend’s violent Charlottesville rallies have suffered no lack of humiliation in the days since.<p>Take “Millennial Matt,” whose catchphrase — “Hitler did nothing wrong!” — earned him tens of thousands of …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump’s threat to North Korea contrasts with calm reassurances of other administration officials

By Philip Rucker<p>, Reporter<p>Karen DeYoung<p>, Associate editor/reporter<p>BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — As President Trump amplified his bellicose warning to North Korea on Wednesday, senior administration officials rushed to reassure a suddenly jittery world that they stood behind his sentiments, if not necessarily …

North Korea

8 Terrifying Things That Will Put Your Life Into Perspective

Hold on tight, we're in for a bumpy ride.

There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have

Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline?<p>Get moving.<p>A wealth of recent research, including a new study published this month in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, suggests that any type of exercise that raises your …

The Brain

Elon Musk publishes 15-page manifesto outlining how to get humanity to Mars

The 15-page paper, published in the journal <i>New Space,</i> and available for free until early July, doesn't offer a great deal of new information that …

How Does Earth Move Through Space? Now We Know, On Every Scale

Ask a scientist for our cosmic address, and you’ll get quite a mouthful. Here we are, on planet Earth, which spins on its axis and revolves around the Sun, which orbits in an ellipse around the center of the Milky Way, which is being pulled towards Andromeda within our local group, which is being …

Officer Who Shot Philando Castile Acquitted of Manslaughter Charges

A jury has acquitted a Minnesota police officer in the shooting death of a black man outside St. Paul last year, putting to end a tragic saga that began with a routine traffic stop.<p>St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged in the July 2016 shooting of school cafeteria worker Philando …

Meet the Next President Kennedy

Joe Kennedy sat in his office, nursing a cough. Leaning back in a blue leather chair, he was quick to flash a grin familiar to anyone who has flipped …

U.S. Troops Reassure Allies in Poland Ahead of Trump's G-20 Visit

ORZYSZ, Poland — In a clearing in the forests some 40 miles from the Russian border, the rattle of American machine-gun fire and distant thud of grenades was intended to send clear messages.<p>To European allies, it was a reassurance that America will protect them; to Russia, a warning that any attack …

Read President Trump's Remarks on 'Defending Civilization' in Poland

President Trump praised Poland as an example for others who wish to “defend our civilization.”<p>Speaking in Warsaw Thursday, Trump said that Poland’s …