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In a Nigerian mechanic’s yard, life lessons and hope for a new generation

Mechanic apprentice Amir Yusuf works on a car in northern Nigerian town of Kano. Amir Yusuf likes school, but he loves his afternoon job as a mechanic's apprentice.

November 22, 2016

ANO, Nigeria — In a mechanic’s yard in northern Nigeria, a skinny boy named Amir Yusuf flits about like a nervous bird. As four guys work on the front wheel of a black Mercedes, he’s in the thick of it, looking on. When two others hunch over an engine, he’s in there too. His boss, Musa Ibra...

Powerful earthquake in New Zealand triggers tsunami

Powerful earthquake in New Zealand triggers tsunami

November 15, 2016

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island, generating a tsunami, forcing evacuations from many low-lying areas on the eastern shore. Early reports said two people were killed. More than 100 aftershocks hit the country since the earthquake struck around midnight Sunday. The US Geological...

China-owned AMC seals deal to buy Carmike Cinemas, becomes largest theater chain in US

November 15, 2016

Carmike Cinemas shareholders on Tuesday approved a plan to sell the company to AMC Entertainment for $1.2 billion, including debt, making the Chinese-owned theater chain the largest in the country. Leawood, Kan.-based AMC will pay $33.06 a share for Carmike of Columbus, Ga., meaning the combined company...

Lecturing points, cranked up to 11: The English teacher-led L.A. hard-core band Dangers forces you to pay attention

November 11, 2016

Inside a warehouse in industrial Vernon, Calif., Alfred Brown IV got repeatedly punched in the face. Spittle dripped from his mouth, and his jaw crunched under the hail of fists. Someone in Doc Martens boots kicked his head to the ground and stepped on his skull, grinding Brown’s face into the floor....

Washington State University sororities, frats ban all social events due to alcohol-fueled issues

November 11, 2016

PULLMAN, Wash. — Sororities and fraternities at Washington State University have been banned from hosting campus events, in a move by the groups’ governing bodies to improve their negative reputation plagued by sexual assaults and other problems. In a letter issued Monday, the Interfraternity (IFC)...

Does the soda industry manipulate research on sugary drinks’ health effects?

Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola vending machines side by side in New York in 2010. (Richard B. Levine/Sipa USA/TNS)

November 1, 2016

One hundred percent. That is the probability that a published study that finds no link between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and poorer metabolic health was underwritten by the makers of sugar-sweetened beverages, or authored by researchers with financial ties to that industry. Compare that...

Astronomers find hints of Planet Nine

Photo by Fauxtoez

October 29, 2016

The case for Planet Nine is growing. Two new findings presented at a planetary science meeting in Pasadena, Calif., have uncovered hints for the existence of this distant, mysterious world in the motions of known solar system objects. The results could help astronomers home in on their target, which...

What’s the best college? It depends

October 29, 2016

If you’re a high school student deciding where to apply for college, or the parent of a student, you’ve probably done a fair amount of research. Even so, there are some schools that may have escaped your notice, such as MCPHS University, LIU Brooklyn, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Babson...

Cosmic radiation may leave astronauts with long-term cases of ‘space brain,’ study says

Cosmic radiation may leave astronauts with long-term cases of ‘space brain,’ study says

October 11, 2016

This is your brain in space — and it does not look pretty. Scientists studying the effects of radiation in rodents say that astronauts’ exposure to galactic cosmic rays could face a host of cognitive problems, including chronic dementia. The study, led by the University of California, Irvine and ...

How to really discuss radical Islam

October 3, 2016

Let’s suppose you’re teaching a current-events class about terrorism, and a student says that Muslims should be banned from the United States. What should you do? Here’s what you shouldn’t do: Shut down the conversation. Like it nor not, millions of American adults agree with the student’s...

Why pay off debt if you can sue?

September 14, 2016

In the wake of the collapse of the Corinthian Colleges and questions about other for-profit career colleges, the Department of Education has drafted broad new rules for when people can get out of repaying federal loans. These proposed changes to what’s called the “borrower defense rule” would let...

Most humpback whale populations removed from US endangered species list

a Humpback whale breaches on the way back from a day trip on Anacapa Island, off the coast near Ventura, Calif., in May 2008. The U.S. government on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, removed most of the world's humpback populations from the federal list of endangered species.(Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

September 8, 2016

In a triumph for the global movement to save whales from oblivion, the U.S. government on Tuesday removed most of the world’s humpback populations from the federal list of endangered species, with some glaring exceptions on the West Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced ...

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