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What Facebook could do to stop fake news about Canadian elections

By Jean-Hugues Roy, Professeur, École des médias, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). A lack of transparency by Facebook Canada officials about how the Facebook News Feed works means upcoming elections in Canada could be influenced by fake news. ((AP Photo/Thibault Camus) It was the Canadian version of Mark Zuckerberg’s recent appearance before the U.S. […]

A Short History of Threats Received by Donald Trump’s Opponents

When Stormy Daniels spoke to “60 Minutes” last month, the porn actress described a threat she received years ago after speaking to a journalist about her alleged affair with Donald Trump. A stranger approached her in a parking lot in Las Vegas. Daniels was there with her baby daughter. “Leave Trump alone,” Daniels recalled the […]

China to offer visa-free travel to its own ‘Hawaii’

China unveiled plans Wednesday to permit visa-free travel to its southern island of Hainan, as Beijing pushes international tourism to the tropical destination in another step to open up the region. The new policy will start in May and allow travellers from 59 countries to visit Hainan for 30 days visa free, said Qu Yunhai, […]

U.S. Nuclear Sub That Hit Syria ‘Not Welcome’ in Italy

The U.S. nuclear submarine that took part in a series of missile strikes conducted by U.S., French and U.K. warships and warplanes against suspected Syrian chemical weapons sites is not welcome near the waters of one of Italy’s largest seaports, according to the city’s mayor. Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris wrote last week to Rear […]

Yes, Facebook Watches People Who Don’t Have an Account

Facebook tracks internet users even if they are logged off or don’t have an account on the social network, the company confirmed on Monday (April 16) as it attempted to shake off the unprecedented controversy that arose following allegations that it facilitated a breach of user data linked to an estimated 87 million accounts. The […]

Bernie Sanders introduces bill to impose jail time for execs behind opioid crisis

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will introduce a bill Tuesday that would impose jail time for pharmaceutical executives whose companies engage in manipulative practices when marketing opioids. The legislation would impose a 10-year minimum prison sentence and fines equal to an executive’s compensation package if the individual’s company is found to have illegally contributed […]

The Trump administration’s new migratory bird policy undermines a century of conservation

By Amanda Rodewald, Professor and Director of Conservation Science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University. Tundra swans, which nest in the Arctic and migrate south in fall, alight at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina. Allie Stewart/USFWS, CC BY The Trump administration has announced a position on protecting migratory birds that is a drastic […]

Japan ‘rare earth’ haul sparks hopes of cutting China reliance

The discovery of potentially millions of tons of valuable “rare earth” elements in sea sludge off Japan has raised hopes that Asia’s number-two economy can reduce its dependence on Chinese supply. But experts warn that extracting the minerals — used in technology ranging from mobile phones to electric vehicles — is both costly and difficult, […]

How to create a will online for FREE in just 5 minutes

For years, money expert Clark Howard has tried to drive home his listeners and readers of the importance of having a last will and testament. He’s recommended LegalZoom.com and WillMaker software from Nolo.com. Both are cheaper online alternatives to the traditional process of sitting down with a paid lawyer to draw up your will — […]

Do you still have to pay your debts if they’re sold to a collections agency?

The number of Americans in debt, especially due to credit card use, continues to be dangerously high. A confluence of factors — including rising prices, stagnant wages, mounting medical bills and overspending — may all play a role in why so many people are in the red. The good news is that untold numbers of […]

Russia Prepares for Nuclear War With U.S.

Russian state-owned television is urging the country’s residents to stock their bunkers with water and basic foodstuffs because Moscow could go to war with Washington. Warning that the potential conflict between the two superpowers would be “catastrophic,” an anchor for Russia’s Vesti 24 showed off shelves of food, recommending that people buy salt, oatmeal and […]

As He Departs, Paul Ryan Will Leave A Residue Of Failure And Fraud

Evidently realizing that he might drown in the blue wave that is inundating Wisconsin, Paul Ryan announced his retirement today. He has suggested that he might quit before, but now the Speaker faces the real prospect of involuntary ejection from Congress. He is showing the white feather, running from a midterm fight that his party […]

Clark’s take: Retailers must pass this test to earn my business

One recent study says 95% of people want to be left alone while shopping unless they need a store associate’s help. According to a consumer survey by HRC Retail Advisory, a strategic retail advisory firm, shoppers are turning to in-store technology for customer service instead of humans! For example, about 85% of those surveyed want […]

Japan team maps ‘semi-infinite’ rare earth reserves

Japanese researchers have mapped vast reserves of rare earth elements in deep-sea mud, enough to feed global demand on a “semi-infinite basis,” according to a fresh study. The deposit, found within Japan’s exclusive economic waters, contains more than 16 million tons of the elements needed to build high-tech products from mobile phones to electric vehicles, […]

Trillion-dollar deficits come roaring back under Trump

President Trump has overseen a dramatic worsening of the government’s finances in his first 14 months in office, sending deficits soaring to more than $800 billion this year topping $1 trillion by 2020, and staying there every year for the foreseeable future, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. Last year’s tax cuts will sap the […]

Holocaust Survivor: Trump’s America Is Like 1929 Berlin

Stephen B. Jacobs has a warning from the past for America today: It’s happening again. At 79 years old he is among the youngest of the Holocaust survivors still alive. But Jacobs can remember life in the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald; what the Nazis did to him, his family, his friends. He worries about […]

Nugent: Democrats Should Be Shot Like Coyotes

Musician and NRA board member Ted Nugent likened Democrats, members of the media and others to “rabid coyotes” on Friday and suggested people should not wait to “get” their guns and “shoot” them on sight. Nugent, a major proponent of gun rights and the Second Amendment, applied the same comparison to Hollywood and RINOS – […]

Congressman Pulls Gun Out During Meeting

During a meeting with Moms Demand Action Against for Gun Sense in America, a South Carolina congressman reportedly pulled a gun out and told a group of women that they should feel safe in the presence of the weapon, according to several advocates in attendance. Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican who serves in the U.S. […]

Trump trade war could shrink world output by 1.0%: ECB

World economic output could fall as much as one percent in a year if US President Donald Trump sparks a trade war with America’s partners, a top European Central Bank official said Friday. “According to ECB staff simulations, world trade in goods could fall by up to 3.0 percent already in the first year after […]

Time-honored brands trying new ideas

Traditional firms using retail outlets to compete in more sophisticated market China’s time-honored brands, known as laozihao, are adopting fresh operation modes to catch the eyes of the country’s increasingly sophisticated consumers. Recently, traditional Chinese herbal tea producer Guangzhou Wanglaoji Pharmaceutical Co Ltd launched four outlets, called 1828 Wanglaoji, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, bringing handmade […]

Scientists find signs of new brain cells in adults as old as 79

Do we continue to add new neurons to our brain circuitry throughout our lives? Or does our neuron count remain fixed once we reach adulthood? The scientific debate rages on. In a report published Thursday in Cell Stem Cell, scientists from Columbia University present new evidence that our brains continue to make hundreds of new […]

1.5 bn sensitive documents on open internet: researchers

Some 1.5 billion sensitive online files, from pay stubs to medical scans to patent applications, are visible on the open internet, security researchers said Thursday. Researchers from the cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows said a scanning tool used in the first three months of 2018 found mountains of private data online from people and companies across […]

Budweiser teams with Jim Beam on new bourbon barrel-aged beer

ST. LOUIS — Budweiser and Jim Beam, the Kentucky bourbon whiskey maker, have partnered to create a new beer that will launch later this fall. Prior to the launch, the two brands will begin a marketing tour, appearing at bars and retail venues together to promote the new brew inspired by the “beer and a […]

New Zealand passes law to quash historic gay convictions

New Zealand’s parliament has passed legislation to erase historic convictions for engaging in gay sex, saying the bill would help right past injustices. Homosexuality was decriminalised in New Zealand in 1986, but people who were convicted before then still had the offence listed on their official records. Lawmakers unanimously passed a bill late Tuesday allowing […]

Stem Cell Transplant Cures Woman Of Sickle Cell Disease

A 26-year-old woman from Canada, who was suffering from sickle cell anemia for the last seven years, was cured after undergoing a stem cell transplant. Health officials believe Revée Agyepong is the first adult in Canada to be cured of the disease through this method. Agyepong, who lives in the city of Edmonton, received the […]

Jim Carrey Goes After Sean Hannity With New Artwork

Comedian Jim Carrey posted a cartoon painting of Fox News host Sean Hannity and InfoWars Alex Jones to Twitter on Tuesday morning. The strange caricature-like artwork features a WWE wrestle between the two figures with his name signed at the bottom of the illustration. “If u believe wrestling is real u may even believe Fox […]

New standards for journalists to fight fake news

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and leading broadcasters launched a drive against fake news Tuesday with a new set of trust and transparency standards for journalists. The Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), which hopes to be able to certify outlets and news sources with high standards of ethical norms and independence, is being backed by Agence-France Presse, […]

This change will affect every Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cardholder

The next time you go to use your Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover credit card, you may notice a change in your familiar checkout routine. Beginning this month, the major credit card networks are dropping the signature requirement at merchants nationwide. RELATED: 15 credit cards that will pay to replace your stolen or damaged […]

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Has a Long History of Trolling

This article originally appeared on Dorf on Law. Fox News’ Laura Ingraham is in the headlines for just the kind of thing she has always loved: being a troll. Back in 1984, when we were both enrolled at Dartmouth College, she secretly recorded a confidential support group for gay students, and published a transcript in […]

People Use Emotion To Persuade, Despite Risk Of Backfire

The psychology of persuasion, often associated with fields such as politics and the advertising industry, has been a long-time topic of interest for researchers. Now, a new study has explored how far people displayed linguistic choices that seemed to associate emotion and persuasion. The paper titled ‘Persuasion, Emotion, and Language: The Intent to Persuade Transforms […]

Roseanne Barr Tweets QAnon Conspiracy

Comedian Roseanne Barr has faced criticism for promoting a right-wing conspiracy theory in a series of tweets late Friday. “President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere. notice that. I disagree on some things, […]

Trump declares April ‘Sexual Assault Awareness’ month

US President Donald Trump — who has himself been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct — on Friday designated April 2018 “National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month” amid a national debate over the issue. “Sexual assault crimes remain tragically common in our society, and offenders too often evade accountability,” said a proclamation from Trump released […]

Indian billionaire proposes funding Facebook rival

An Indian billionaire who promised to help fund a rival to Facebook said Wednesday he had been “overwhelmed” with the response as the world grapples with concerns about data privacy. Anand Mahindra, whose Mahindra Group business empire spans everything from cars to real estate, sparked a flurry of brainstorming as Facebook reels from a scandal […]

David Hogg Calls For Boycott Of Fox News Advertisers

Gun control activist David Hogg, who survived the Florida school shooting last month, is calling for people to target Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s advertisers after she attacked him on social media over his college rejections. Ingraham shared a Daily Wire story on Wednesday, writing that Hogg had been rejected by four colleges he applied […]

Medical marijuana in N.J. is now available for chronic pain, anxiety, migraines

Effectively immediately, doctors in New Jersey can recommend their patients use medical marijuana to treat anxiety, various forms of chronic pain, migraines and Tourette’s syndrome. The conditions have been added under the first stage of a wide-ranging expansion of the medicinal marijuana program announced Tuesday by Gov. Phil Murphy . Patients will also pay less […]

China eyes new oil benchmark with futures launch

China launched yuan-denominated oil futures contracts on Monday, marking the first time foreign investors will have access to Chinese commodity futures as the world’s top crude importer seeks greater influence over global prices. But analysts said the long-delayed Shanghai-traded futures are unlikely to challenge the primacy of New York and London-based futures any time soon […]

Bitcoin Could Be Valued At $30,000 By End of Year

Bitcoin could be set for a dramatic rise in value by the end of 2018, founder and chairman of investment firm LDJ Capital, David Drake has predicted. Speaking on the future of the cryptocurrency after the First G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of 2018, he told Bloomberg that it had been […]

Shale tops Gulf for oil developers, huge lease sale suggests

The Trump administration last week held the largest oil and gas lease sale in the country’s history, offering up a whopping 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico – but only 815,000 of those acres received bids. Analysts say the Gulf simply isn’t as profitable for oil companies as onshore shale deposits or as […]

US unafraid of trade war, will proceed with China tariffs: Mnuchin

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Sunday insisted President Trump intends to implement $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports, saying the measures will benefit the economy long-term. Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Mnuchin said unless a deal is reached with China, Trump will implement the tariffs targeting sectors in which Washington says Beijing has […]

PetroChina net profit surges on oil rally

China National Petroleum Corp, or PetroChina, the country’s largest oil producer, said its production and operations remained stable in 2017 with profits almost triple the previous year as earnings from exploration and production overcame asset write-downs. Boosted by rises in the prices of crude oil, natural gas and refined products, the company’s net profit for […]

March For Our Lives: Best Signs from the Rally

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting in February are leading hundreds of thousands in the March For Our Lives demonstration Saturday in Washington, D.C. Sibling marches are additionally scheduled to occur in various cities across the United States. The protest is being held in an effort to spread awareness to […]

First direct Australia-Europe passenger service takes off

The “Kangaroo Route” from Australia to Britain became a shorter hop Saturday when the first direct passenger service left Perth for London, with the 17-hour flight set to break aviation records. Qantas’ 14,498 kilometre (9,009-mile) journey from the southwestern city to London is the world’s third-longest passenger flight, the Australian carrier said, and the first […]

China’s new stealth fighter uses powerful materials with geometry not found in nature

Metamaterials can make the J-20 an extra stealthy electromagnetic force. Can you see me? The J-20 is being deployed to elite PLAAF units. It likely uses metamaterials to increase stealth and electromagnetic performance. Henri Kenhmann China’s new fighter, the J-20, uses a combination of stealth and datalinks to compete with the best fighters on the […]

Meredith to sell Time and Sports Illustrated magazines

US media and marketing group Meredith said Wednesday it was seeking a buyer for four magazines, including Time and Sports Illustrated, which it acquired less than four months ago. The company also announced a savings plan that would allow it to reduce its annual spending by $400 million to $500 million over the first two […]

Saudi crown prince boasted Jared Kushner was ‘in his pocket’

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman boasted US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner was “in his pocket”, according to a report in The Intercept. Citing three sources close to the Saudi and Emirati royal families, the news outlet said Kushner provided the heir to the Saudi throne details about Saudi […]

#DeleteFacebook movement gains prominent backer

As Facebook reels from the scandal over hijacked personal data, a movement to quit the social network has gathered momentum, getting a boost from a high-profile co-founder of the WhatsApp messaging service acquired by the huge social network in 2014. “It is time. #deletefacebook,” Brian Acton said in a tweet, using the hashtag protesting the […]

China to become top patent filer within three years: UN

China is on its way to becoming the world leader in international patent filings, and should overtake the top spot from the United States within three years, the UN said Wednesday. A record 243,500 international patent applications were filed last year, a hike of 4.5 percent from a year earlier, the World Intellectual Property Organisation […]

Last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya: keepers

The last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya at the age of 45, his keepers announced Tuesday, leaving only two females of his subspecies alive. The rhino, named Sudan, “was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds,” according to a statement […]

SpaceX may have big manufacturing plans for the Port of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — SpaceX has entered into preliminary negotiations with the Port of Los Angeles for a lease that would expand the Hawthorne space company’s port facilities to manufacture “large commercial transportation vehicles.” Port and company officials would not comment on what exactly would be built on the 18-acre site on Terminal Island, but public […]

Trump slaps sanctions on Venezuela’s ‘bitcoin’

US President Donald Trump on Monday barred US firms and citizens from dealing in Venezuela’s new cryptocurrency. Trump issued an executive order proscribing “all transactions related to” the new currency, which is designed to make up for a massive government cash crisis. The Latin American country — which has the world’s largest proven oil reserves […]

Trump to seek death penalty for drug dealers: WH official

US President Donald Trump will present on Monday his plan to combat an opioid abuse epidemic which will include seeking the death penalty for drug traffickers. The Department of Justice “will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers, where appropriate under current law,” a White House official indicated Sunday whilst outlining the plan’s main points. […]

US crude exports becoming bigger presence in global oil

Boosted by surging output, the United States is becoming a significant exporter of crude oil, a shift that is remaking American infrastructure and altering the global petroleum market. Now pumping more than 10 million barrels per day, the US has become the second biggest oil producer in the world behind Russia and ahead of Saudi […]

How pot-smoking became illegal in Canada

By Catherine Carstairs, Professor and Chair, University of Guelph. Canada is on track to legalize marijuana on July 1. But why was it criminalized in the first place? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld In 1923, when it became illegal to possess cannabis in Canada, very few Canadians would have heard of the drug, let alone tried […]

North America 2026 World Cup bid names 23 candidate cities

The joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday unveiled 23 cities that have been chosen as potential venues for the tournament as officials prepared to submit their bid book to FIFA. A statement from the United States-Canada-Mexico bid, which is seen as the front-runner for the expanded 48-team tournament, said FIFA […]

Spotify to go public on April 3

Spotify will go public on April 3 as the world’s largest streaming company lists on the New York Stock Exchange. Paul Vogel, the Swedish company’s head of investor relations, made the announcement at the start of a day of briefings to potential funders in New York. Spotify had announced the long-awaited public listing on February […]

Cambridge pays tribute to Hawking

Students were inspired by physicist’s tenacity, spirit The death of Stephen Hawking reverberated around the world but it was particularly resonant at a small college in Cambridge that the physicist described as a “constant thread running through my life”. The flag at Gonville and Caius College was lowered to half-staff in honor of the man […]

Russia Says 500 Years of Western Rule Coming to an End

Russia has refused to answer any ultimatums from the U.S. or any of its allies, saying the West-led world order was no more and Moscow would pursue its own foreign policy path, despite new challenges across the globe and beyond. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a forum promoting investment in his country that many […]

Disney’s latest fee: Paying to park overnight at resorts

The House of Mouse still wants more of your money. Obviously, last month’s price hike at its theme parks wasn’t enough for Mickey Mouse & Co. Now Disney wants to charge guests to park at its Orlando hotels! RELATED: Not so magical: Disney raises the cost of park admission again Disney’s new parking fees Beginning […]

Luke Bryan’s new video offers a much-needed shot of hope

Luke Bryan If you spend much time on social media or invest too much in network news, you really can lose faith in humanity. Between random acts of violence, social injustice and political dissent, it seems there is more bad news than good. And some keyboard warriors and trolls do their dead level best to […]

Broadcom withdraws Qualcomm offer after Trump blocks bid

Singapore-based Broadcom said Wednesday it was abandoning efforts to take over US smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm, two days after its bid was blocked by President Donald Trump over national security concerns. “Although we are disappointed with this outcome, Broadcom will comply” with the order blocking its effort to buy Qualcomm, it said in a statement. Broadcom […]

How Stephen Hawking supported the Palestinian cause

Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned scientist who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76, was known not only for his groundbreaking work, but for his support for Palestine. Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, made headlines in May 2013 when he decided to boycott a high-profile conference in Israel where he was scheduled to […]

2018 Best Cars for the Money

Buying a new car can be a daunting process. When every car manufacturer’s line-up looks almost identical, how do you know which model will give you the most for your money? U.S. News & World Report has just published their 2018 Best Car for the Money awards, an attempt to find the car that offers […]

2018 Best Cars for the Money

Buying a new car can be a daunting process. When every car manufacturer’s line-up looks almost identical, how do you know which model will give you the most for your money? U.S. News & World Report has just published their 2018 Best Car for the Money awards, an attempt to find the car that offers […]

Tillerson’s Firing Worries Some Africa Experts

The State Department had billed Secretary Rex Tillerson’s first diplomatic trip to Africa as a mission to reaffirm U.S. collaboration with the continent on counterterrorism, development and good governance. Tillerson’s abrupt dismissal Tuesday, just hours after returning from his weeklong tour of five countries, raises questions about the strength of any commitments he made there, […]

Eminem redirects rage from Donald Trump to NRA: ‘They love their guns more than our children’

Aging rapper Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers, has a new target of disdain: the National Rifle Association. The entertainer who served two years probation for carrying a concealed weapon – and who settled a civil lawsuit out of court after he was accused of pistol-whipping a man in June 2000 – says the NRA is responsible […]

Apple Maps Updated With More Bike-Sharing Data

Apple’s web mapping service app called Apple Maps now displays information on bike-sharing services across the United States and many other countries. The update comes after the Cupertino giant struck a deal with Ito World, a transport information company. TechCrunch reported Monday that Apple’s partnership with Ito World has enabled the tech giant to equip […]

Trump notches worst deficit since Great Recession

The federal fiscal picture took a giant step backward in February, notching a one-month deficit of more than $200 billion – the sort of numbers posted during the worst days of the Obama administration. Treasury Department numbers released Monday showed the government spent $370.9 billion last month, but collected just $155.6 billion in revenue, leaving […]

Canada Is Headed Toward An Epic Glut Of Marijuana

This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool. In recent years, no industry has grown more impressively than that of legal cannabis. Depending on your preferred source, the legal weed industry is probably growing by 25% to 35% on an annualized basis over the intermediate term, with sales estimates varying from almost $25 billion in […]

Our stupid brains love spreading lies all over the internet

A new study from MIT suggests “fake news” often trumps the truth. Think before you RT, my dude. DepositPhotos Social media allows us to catch news in real time, but it also makes it incredibly easy for false information to spread. A new study published this week in Science suggests that hoaxes, whether they be […]

Fuxing trains eyeing global markets

The nation will take steps to globalize its high-speed railway technology standards this year to further boost the market potential of its Fuxing bullet trains in the international market, said a top company official of the country’s railway network operator. “The next step is to accomplish the railway technology standards and further their internationalization. In […]

500 Canadian Doctors Protest Pay Raises

Hundreds of Canadian doctors, medical specialists and residents, as well as medical students, have signed a petition protesting their own pay raises, instead asking that the money be reallocated to help nurses and patients in need. “We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical […]

WeChat accounts cross one billion mark: CEO

WeChat’s worldwide accounts have crossed the one billion mark, according to the chief executive of its parent company Tencent. The all-in-one app is a daily necessity for most Chinese, bringing together messaging, social media, mobile payment, games, news and other services. “WeChat’s worldwide monthly active users have surpassed the critical one billion mark,” CEO Pony […]

Economists warn Trump’s policies will start a 1930s-era trade war

Many economists are sounding alarm bells over President Donald Trump’s apparent push toward protectionism and an all-out retaliatory trade war. They say history is clear: It’s a bad idea. The Great Depression pushed millions of Americans into catastrophic poverty — which lasted for years. Savings were wiped out. Unemployment reached 25 percent, and in an […]

Coca-Cola to launch its first alcoholic drink in Japan

Coca-Cola plans to launch its first ever alcoholic drink in Japan, in a suprising departure for a US company identified with cola and other non-alcoholic beverages. While Coca-Cola dabbled in the wine business in the 1970s, the Japanese experiment is “unique” in the company’s 125-year history, said Coca-Cola Japan president Jorge Garduno. The new offering […]

Your Smile Changes Stress Levels Of Those Who See it

There are many ways to read a smile, and they’re not always positive. A new study suggests that our brains may be able to read the subtle differences between different types of smiles, which apparently affect our stress levels. The newly published study on male college students revealed how friendly-looking smiles can be a buffer […]

‘No winner’ in US-driven trade war

China does not intend to become embroiled in a trade war with United States, and the two sides have agreed to continue communicating on trade issues in the near future, which in turn will create conditions for further cooperation, senior Chinese officials said on Sunday. The comments were made as the recently announced intention of […]

Oscars’ TV audience dropped � maybe to an all-time low, early ratings show

LOS ANGELES — The early ratings for ABC’s telecast of the 90th Oscars are down from last year and may be an all-time audience low. The broadcast, which lasted nearly four hours, averaged a 18.9 rating in the 56 overnight markets measured by Nielsen. That was down 16 percent from last year’s comparable figure, a […]

Canadian pharmacare is closer to becoming a reality

By Katherine Boothe, Associate Professor, Political Science, McMaster University. The fact that Ontario’s health minister, Eric Hoskins, is resigning from his post to head up a newly announced advisory council on a Canadian pharmacare system bodes well, meaning Ottawa’s new initiative may go beyond being “just another study.” Hoskins is a longtime advocate for pharmacare. […]

#MeToo on the 1930s silver screen

By Marsha Gordon, Professor of Film Studies, North Carolina State University. In ‘Three Wise Girls’ (1932), Cassie (Jean Harlow) has to fend off her handsy boss. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Author provided Time’s 2017 Person of the Year was “The Silence Breakers,” a growing contingent of women who have been speaking out about sexual harassment by […]

Stephen Hawking thinks he knows what happened before the beginning of time

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks him to weigh in. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show Star Talk is ending its fourth season with a bang—a big one. The big one, to be precise. The show, filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, features famous astrophysicist Tyson interviewing famous-for-things-other-than-physics folks through the lens of […]

Geely reaches for the skies

For Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, even the sky is no limit to its ambition, literally. The Chinese carmaker, which made headlines last week by becoming the largest shareholder in Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, is to produce flying cars in China. A Geely representative confirmed on Wednesday to China Daily that it is hiring engineers, who must […]

5G: First U.S. Cities to Access New Network Revealed

The next generation of wireless communication, known as 5G, is on the horizon, with telecom providers Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile revealing fresh plans to roll out the much-anticipated technology in various U.S. cities within the next 12 months. Following the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Spain this week, T-Mobile and Sprint revealed which […]

Free news gets scarcer as paywalls tighten

For those looking for free news online, the search is becoming harder. Tougher restrictions on online content have boosted digital paid subscriptions at many news organizations, amid a growing trend keeping content behind a “paywall.” Free news has by no means disappeared, but recent moves by media groups and Facebook and Google supporting paid subscriptions […]

Stolen Degas painting found on a bus near Paris

A Degas painting stolen from a museum in Marseille nine years ago has been found on a bus near Paris, the French culture minister said Friday. Francoise Nyssen said customs officials found the pastel — thought to be worth around 800,000 euros ($893,000) — hidden in the luggage compartment of a bus stopped in a […]

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu buys biggest single stake in Daimler

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu has bought a near 10-percent stake in Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler, making him the German group’s largest single shareholder, a stock market filing showed Friday. Li, who chairs auto giant Geely Automobile Holdings, bought a 9.69-percent stake in the carmaker, worth around 7.2 billion euros ($8.9 billion), according to the filing. The […]

Snapchat parent’s stock plummets after Kylie Jenner tweet

Snapchat’s parent company lost some $1.3 billion in market value on Thursday after reality star Kylie Jenner’s tweeted that she was no longer using the messaging service. “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad,” Jenner tweeted. She later followed up with “still love you […]

Indian police arrest six as inquiry widens into bank fraud

India’s federal police have arrested six people, including employees of a billionaire jeweller, as an inquiry into one of the country’s biggest bank scams widens, investigators said Wednesday. The Central Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that Nirav Modi, a jeweller to Hollywood stars including Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts, was involved in scamming […]

‘America’s Pastor’: Evangelist Billy Graham dead at 99

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Billy Graham, the dynamic Charlotte-born evangelist whose pioneering talent for combining old-time religion and modern media brought him a worldwide flock and greater fame than any other religious figure in American history, died Wednesday. Growing up on a dairy farm near what is now Park Road Shopping Center, Graham’s first idea of […]

Mythical guitar-maker Gibson fighting for survival

World-famous guitar maker Gibson, whose instruments have been played by the likes of John Lennon and Elvis Presley, is facing serious financial problems that threaten its very existence. The mythical company — in Nashville, Tennessee since 1894 — on Monday brought in a new financial director, Benson Woo, to try to rescue the ailing group. […]

How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

It’s predictable after every new mass-shooting horror: The political right’s reflexive call for “thoughts and prayers,” which is then mocked by people who favor more gun restrictions for lacking any accompanying ideas for preventing future killings. But there’s an equally predictable refrain on the center-left and in the media, too: “Once again, nothing will be […]

Florida teacher’s sincere response to the murders of 17 shared 600,000 times — and counting

An educator at Eustis聽Middle School in Florida who was just named “Teacher of the Year” last month posted her reaction on social media to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. RELATED: Trump flashes smiles, thumbs up as he visits Florida shooting victims Kelly Guthrie Raley’s response has been […]

Florida teacher’s sincere response to the murders of 17 shared 600,000 times — and counting

An educator at Eustis聽Middle School in Florida who was just named “Teacher of the Year” last month posted her reaction on social media to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. RELATED: Trump flashes smiles, thumbs up as he visits Florida shooting victims Kelly Guthrie Raley’s response has been […]

Canada to seek to join South America trade pact

Canada will open trade talks next month with the four-nation Mercosur trading bloc in South America as part of an ongoing push to diversify its trade partnerships, a senior official said Friday. It comes as its main trading relationship with the United States — the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — falters, and after […]

Students to Boycott Schools Until Congress Acts on Guns

In response to Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida, high school students and teachers across the country are planning walkouts this spring to push Congress to act on guns. On Twitter, students used the hashtags #NationalSchoolWalkout, #April20 and #April20Walkout to plan mass boycotts on the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, […]

Bank will pay billions for dealings with crooked former racecar driver who ripped off poor

U.S. Bancorp — the parent company of U.S. Bank — will pay a whopping $528 billion fine imposed by the U.S. attorney’s office for failing to report the suspicious business dealings of former racecar driver turned felon Scott Tucker. The bank was also hit with two felony violations of the Bank Secrecy Act for willfully […]

Jared Kushner Company Investors Subpoenaed, Report Says

U.S. tax authorities have reportedly subpoenaed investors and lenders in real estate projects managed by the family of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. Related: Jared Kushner’s Debt Soared By Millions Since Entering White House, Ivanka Trump Financial Disclosure Reveals The Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice issued the subpoenas in the last year […]

Dog food recall: Euthanasia drug found in cans of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits and more

It’s the latest in what has become a disturbingly common occurrence — another pet food maker has recalled a variety of canned dog food after a dangerous chemical was found in its food during a TV station’s investigation. RELATED: When is a service animal not a service animal? Delta introduces new rules March 1 Low […]

Germany eyes free transport to banish air pollution

“Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen’s devastating “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, […]

Che Guevara Artist Turns Brush to Ahed Tamimi

Fifty years ago, Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick first shared his now-famous black-and-red poster print of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara with the world. The image quickly became a universal symbol of resistance and anti-oppression following Guevara’s death in 1967 and is recognized across the globe. Now, Fitzpatrick is poised to do it again. This time, the […]

Che Guevara Artist Turns Brush to Ahed Tamimi

Fifty years ago, Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick first shared his now-famous black-and-red poster print of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara with the world. The image quickly became a universal symbol of resistance and anti-oppression following Guevara’s death in 1967 and is recognized across the globe. Now, Fitzpatrick is poised to do it again. This time, the […]