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What is a sinkhole, anyway?

As we’ve learned in the past, the White House, like any house, is subject to maintenance problems (mice, ants, roaches, the works). News spread this week that a sinkhole was discovered on the North Lawn. Is this an omen of some sort, or a normal occurrence? And exactly what is a sinkhole,...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 2:34pm

Stacey Abrams: Everything to know about the would-be first black female governor

Paulette Jordan (D-Idaho) is on her way to becoming the first Native American governor in history. Today, May 22, Georgia residents hit the polls for their primary election and chose Stacey Abrams to be the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. This brought her one step closer to becoming the nation...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 11:35pm

Pope Francis quotes: What he's said about homosexuality, atheists and more

A latest addition to the vault of Pope Francis quotes has people talking — and for good reason. The leader of the Catholic faith told a victim of clerical sexual abuse that being gay "does not matter" and that "God made him" like that. "You know Juan Carlos, that...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 11:26am

Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the Santa Fe Texas school shooter?

Law enforcement identified and arrested the suspect in a deadly Texas shooting Friday that killed at least 10 people and wounded 10 others. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, allegedly carried out the school shooting and deposited several explosive devices in and around the Santa Fe, Texas school...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 4:06pm

MAP: Timeline of mass shootings in the US since 2000

UPDATED May 18, 2018 Horrific mass shootings like the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting put a renewed spotlight on gun violence, but dozens of American lives have been claimed in mass shootings since 2000, many of which involved the use of high-powered handguns and semiautomatic rifles....

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

At least eight dead, explosives found in Texas school shooting: sheriff

SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - A male student who entered a Texas high school on Friday and shot dead ten people, including fellow pupils, had planned to end the attack with his suicide but instead surrendered to police, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said. Students said a gunman opened fire in a...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 3:52pm

More than 40 percent of Americans can't afford basic necessities: study

By traditional indicators — unemployment, inflation — the U.S. economy is blazing. But for many American families, it's their house that's on fire: Almost half can't afford basic necessities like rent and food, a new study says. Nearly 51 million U.S. households — or...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 3:08pm

Black voters intentionally suppressed by Bannon using Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-aligned data firm which was found to have improperly harvested personal data from 87 million Facebook users, and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon worked to suppress the black vote in the 2016 election, a former employee told Congress on Wednesday. Christopher Wylie...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:58pm

Hidden pages from Anne Frank's diary discuss sexuality

"I’ll use this spoiled page to write down 'dirty' jokes," reads a newly discovered entry in Anne Frank's diary. It’s dated September 28, 1942, and in it, the German-Jewish teenager, then 13, discusses her understanding of menstruation, sex, puberty and prostitution...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 2:09pm

Senate votes to save net neutrality: Here's what happens next

The Senate voted to overturn the FCC's repeal of net neutrality on Wednesday afternoon, but experts say the measure faces a tough road ahead. By 52 to 47, the Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) to undo the FCC's vote to deregulate broadband internet. The bill now heads to the...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 5:27pm

Paulette Jordan: Everything to know about the would-be first Native American governor

Last night, Paulette Jordan won the Democratic primary of Idaho’s race for governor. "AJ is a good man and a formidable opponent," Jordan tweeted early this morning of adversary A.J. Balukoff. "He and I debated issues that haven’t been discussed in Idaho for decades...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:49pm

Is Syria in a civil war?

The Syria conflict is a complicated one, with numerous groups engaged in combat. Their number and composition has changed since the conflict began seven years ago. But the source of the conflict is as old as time: A sectarian struggle for dominance. Is Syria in a civil war? It is accurate to say...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 6:36pm

Does Israel have nukes?

Monday's move of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was followed by unrest, with dozens dying in violent demonstrations in Gaza. It again spotlights the tenuous relationship Israel has to its neighbors, and along with Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, it has...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 5:27pm

Vermont passes law for public gender-neutral bathrooms

Effective July 1, all single-user public restrooms will become gender-neutral bathrooms in the state of Vermont. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed this bill, dubbed H.333, on Friday.   The bill states that "a single-user toilet may be identified by a sign, provided that the sign marks...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 11:13am

Is an electric bike for you? We took a test ride and fell in love

Biking in New York City is, to put it mildly, daunting. There are the distracted drivers on their phones, pedestrians who don’t respect bike lanes, the noise and rush of traffic right next to you. For the people who commute by bike, though, it’s all worth it. “Biking is the only...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:52pm

Will Prince Harry's wedding be televised?

Whether you’re overflowing with happiness for the couple or secretly wishing it were you up there marrying royalty, we know the main thing you’re wondering as the clock counts down to their vows: will Prince Harry’s wedding be televised? We don’t have to remind you that the...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:39pm

Does Kim Jong Un speak English?

As of yesterday, President Trump is scheduled to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, to discuss the future of the North Korean nuclear program. Further details about the meeting have begun to emerge — increasingly visible North Korean first lady Ri Sol-Ju is...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:23pm

Yes, Kim Jong Un is married, and here's what you need to know about his wife

Not much is known about the personal life of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — understandable, given that he's the head of a totalitarian government and the global media has been focusing on his constant nuclear brinksmanship. It's only natural if you're asking questions like, is...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 3:49pm

All the ways to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding

It’s the social event of the year. You already heard how hard it was to get an invite — but that’s doesn’t mean you can’t be there for the action. Sort of. No, we’re not talking about Preakness. We’re talking, of course, about how to watch the royal wedding...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:29am

This Massachusetts company wants to store your healthy cells for future use

Trevor Perry knows that he’ll probably develop Alzheimer’s as he gets older. It’s one of the reasons he co-founded a new biotech company, called GoodCell, that keeps your healthy cells safe for the future.  Two of his grandparents — one on each side — have the...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:06am