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Chinese tech giant Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla

Chinese technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. has bought a 5% stake in electric car and solar firm Tesla Inc., according to a regulatory filing submitted Tuesday. The $1.8-billion investment gives one of China’s most valuable companies another foothold in a growing industry and provides Elon Musk’s...

Intellectually disabled Texan gets court reprieve over his death sentence

The U.S. Supreme Court did the right thing Tuesday when it rejected Texas’ absurd approach to determining whether a convicted murderer is too intellectually disabled to be executed. Too bad the court still supports the underlying absurdity, the death penalty itself. The case, Moore vs. Texas, centers...

The original 'Ghost in the Shell' was a watershed film in animation history

Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 Japanese sci-fi epic “Ghost in the Shell” ranks as a watershed film in animation history. A moody, provocative adventure set in a dystopic future, “Ghost” defined cyberpunk, spawned a string of sequels and TV series, and influenced films on both sides of the Pacific. Last year,...

Windward's Charisma Osborne is the Los Angeles Times girls' basketball player of the year

Fearless. That’s the best word to describe sophomore Charisma Osborne of Los Angeles Windward. She fears no situation and no opponent. No challenge is too big. “She’s a limitless player,” Windward Coach Vanessa Nygaard said. There was a 35-point performance in the Southern California Division I...

Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn is enjoying the brotherhood of NFL coaches, even if that means skipping breakfast

Anthony Lynn, the Chargers’ new head coach, has been surrounded by well-wishers all over the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore. From the coaches he’s worked for to the reporters who covered him to the owners with who he’d interviewed, everyone — to use Lynn’s word — has been “cool.” But breakfast...

Trump's poll numbers are low. But the people who put him in office say it's not time to judge him — yet

It’s been five months since the euphoria of a Donald Trump rally at the local arena brought optimism to this former Democratic stronghold. The snow from a long winter has begun melting into the rocky soil, and the digital sign in a torn-up parking lot blinks hopefully: “Warm days are coming.” President...

Lawmakers in Scotland back referendum on independence from Britain

The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday backed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for a new referendum on independence, a day before the British government plans to trigger the start of its exit from the European Union. Scottish lawmakers in Edinburgh voted 69 to 59 in favor of Sturgeon’s motion...

Crimea: In the International Blind Spot

  By Viachaslau “Slava” Bortnik Amnesty International recently released a public statement raising the worsening human rights situation in Crimea marking three years under Russian rule since the Peninsula’s unlawful annexation in March 2014. Despite Amnesty’s call for human rights … Please continue reading.

Job's Story in 360: Join Us on the Road to Making Polio History

Meet Job, one of the last children in Kenya to contract polio, in our 360 / VR film narrated by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor.

Early reports of damage in wake of Australia's Cyclone Debbie

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian army headed into areas hardest hit by Cyclone Debbie and tens of thousands of homes remained without power as dawn broke on Wednesday amid reports of substantial damage in some areas.

Trump signs order dismantling Obama-era climate policies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry and calling into question U.S. support for an international deal to fight global warming.

Thousands of water lines to be replaced in Flint settlement

(Reuters) - The state of Michigan will replace water lines serving at least 18,000 homes in Flint over the next three years under a settlement approved by a U.S. judge to address a 2015 crisis that exposed residents to lead in their drinking water.

Marina Benjamin on What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Women and Aging

British writer Marina Benjamin never thought much about aging—until a hysterectomy in her late 40s brought on early menopause and the host of physical and mental changes that came with it. She was suddenly middle-aged. Though getting...Show More Summary

Perry pushes Nevada nuclear waste site in first official visit

(Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry pushed for opening Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in a meeting with the state's governor on Monday, but the local leader said he remains staunchly opposed to the project.

Why the Face of Resistance to Texas’ Bathroom Bill Is a Little Blond Girl and Her Mom

The new faces of the transgender movement in Texas are a sunny five-year-old named Kai Shappley and her best advocate: her mom, Kimberly, a former evangelical, “ultraconservative” Tea Partier.

Japan court rules in favor of restart of Kansai Elec's Takahama reactors

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese high court on Tuesday overturned a lower court's order to shut two reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power, a company spokesman said, potentially ending a drawn-out legal battle and helping the utility to cut fuel costs.

A 94-Year-Old Woman Who’s Worked at McDonald’s for 44 Years Is Making the Rest of Us Look Bad

Last week, friends and co-workers in Evansville, Indiana, threw a party for Loraine Maurer, in celebration of her 44 years of service at area McDonald’s locations. Maurer is 94 now and didn’t plan to stay when she started the job in 1973—her husband had retired on disability—but here she is, four decades later, still happily working two days per week.

Australia scientists uncover dinosaur footprint that may be world's largest

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Scientists have found what could be the world's largest dinosaur footprint - measuring nearly 1.7 metres (5.6 ft) - on a remote part of Australia's northwestern coastline.

Threatened U.S. pullout might help, not hobble, global climate pact

OSLO (Reuters) - A 2015 global pact for fighting climate change will benefit in some ways at least if U.S. President Donald Trump carries out a threat to pull out, backers say, in a shift from gloom about the fate of a deal that took two decades to negotiate.

What is left when Peru's flood waters recede

CARAPONGO, Peru (Reuters) - On the outskirts of Lima, hundreds of householders salvage scant belongings in what is left of their homes after the Rimac River burst its banks in recent weeks amid Peru's worst flooding disaster in deca...

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