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Mud from Brazil dam burst is toxic, UN says

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Mud from a dam that burst at an iron ore mine in Brazil earlier this month, killing 12 people and polluting an important river, is toxic, the United Nations' human rights agency said on Wednesday.

Franklin Resources loses bid to skip vote on climate change

BOSTON (Reuters) - In a setback for Franklin Resources Inc that could have implications for other asset managers, a U.S. regulator declined to let the California company skip a shareholder vote over its record on climate change, according to materials provided by activists on Wednesday.

USC basketball team plays No. 20 Wichita State on Thursday

USC (4-0) is off to its best start since the 2000-01 season, but it hasn't had a win over a ranked team since Feb. 27, 2013. The Wichita State Shockers (2-1), who have appeared in four consecutive NCAA tournaments and made a regional semifinal last season, are ranked No. 20 in both major polls....

LAX sightings

"I've loved aviation my whole life," says Robert Gluckman. Now an aerial camera operator for a news helicopter, he spends a lot of his time "in the air looking down." Last year, Gluckman shot this photo of an Air China 777-300 jetliner in a familiar spot-- one he says he sees every time he flies...

Donald Trump often says things that are untrue, but they fire up the faithful

Donald Trump’s campaign trail commentary flows seamlessly but is often vague on specifics and even facts. He says he saw “thousands of people” cheering in New Jersey as the World Trade Center towers collapsed in the Sept. 11 attacks. Not true, say local law enforcement and elected officials. He...

UCLA's young but poised Josh Rosen looms as a peril to USC

Josh Rosen, UCLA's freshman quarterback, will play his first Bruins-USC game Saturday. The matchup doesn't appear to line up well for the Trojans, who saw Oregon's Vernon Adams pass for 407 yards and six touchdowns against their beleaguered secondary. That the Bruins can still reach the Pac-12...

Thanksgiving relief: Amaro or other digestivos to enjoy after dinner

The idea of a digestivo is more an Italian concept than something we Americans practice. But maybe we should. The sipping of an amaro (bitter) or vermouth, which are basically fortified wines infused with myriad botanicals and herbs, really does soothe the stomach after a rich meal.  In Italy,...

Democrats Complain GOP Gets $300,000 to Investigate Planned Parenthood, Which Gets $500 Million

Pro-abortion Democrats continued their attack today of a Congressional panel that will begin investigating whether abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood are illegally selling aborted babies’ body parts and changing abortion procedures to harvest them. Show More Summary

“I’m Going to be a Grandfather?” The Priceless Moment When Dad Finds Out His Daughter’s Pregnant

A popular new YouTube video of a hilarious family guessing game ends in a heartwarming celebration of a new life. A YouTube video shows Sharla and Robert Anderson wearing headphones for a lip reading game called “Whisper Challenge,” a popular feature on The Tonight Show, according to the Daily Mail. Across the table, the Anderson’s […]

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Skid Row: "I Remember You"This week is featuring all of Deeky's favorite hair metal bands, in honor of his birthday.

Abortion Activists Fear Supreme Court Upholding Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, all fourteen judges of Kansas’ state Court of Appeals will begin analyzing all legal briefs, pro and con, for an expedited hearing on the grisly topic of dismemberment abortions. That includes a “friend of the court” brief submitting by Kansans for Life in support of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Schmidt […]

British Columbia, Alaska sign pact on protecting shared waterways

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding with Alaska on Wednesday to protect transboundary rivers, watersheds and fisheries and be more involved in major mining developments in each other's territory.

ESPN's decision to reduce Brent Musburger's national airtime has a cost

Spoke to Brent Musburger the other day, after realizing I hadn't heard his voice all season. ESPN, in one of its oddest decisions, has relegated him to Southeastern Conference games, which is why we seldom see him anymore. "You'll just have to subscribe to the SEC Network," he says. That's Musburger,...

Quote of the Day

President Obama and Abe, the turkey he pardoned today as part of a US Thanksgiving tradition. "As you may have heard, for months there has been a fierce competition between a bunch of turkeys trying to win their way into the White House."—President...Show More Summary

Perfect Black Friday Fare: An Oversized Book About Overconsumption

Giant books about Earth's endangered places and overconsumption seem to send a mixed message.

Less than half pass summer California bar exam this year

For the second year in a row, the percentage of people who successfully took the summer California bar exam fell to a historic low, with less than 47% passing, according to state statistics. Last year, only 48.6% of those who took the exam made the grade, the first time the passage rate dipped...

John Bock at Regen Projects: Mind-bending art for a movie town

John Bock uses movies like most directors use sets: as essential ingredients of larger undertakings. That’s something we don’t often see in Los Angeles, where movies rule and other art forms play second fiddle to the silver screen. At Regen Projects, Bock’s fourth solo show in Los Angeles turns...

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