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The Resistible Rise of Xi Jinping
The Resistible Rise of Xi Jinping

China's president radically changed his country, and the Communist Party, through skill, determination - and a series of lucky breaks.

Here Are the Disturbing Numbers on Puerto Rico One Month After Hurricane Maria
Here Are the Disturbing Numbers on Puerto Rico One Month After Hurricane Maria

A million people in Puerto Rico lack water and three million are still without power

Delhi braces for pollution
Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms

As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of firecrackers used in Diwali celebrations turns Delhi's skies a putrid yellow. This time they are taking few chances, as India's environmental watchdog shut down a coal-fired power plant on Wednesday and banned the use of diesel generators in Delhi.

Scientists identify perfect place for moon base
Scientists identify perfect place for moon base

Scientists have identified a crater on the lunar surface that could shield humans from radiation and other natural threats.

The Latest: Suspect discarded gun, ran when he saw police
The Latest: Suspect discarded gun, ran when he saw police

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) - The Latest on a shooting at an office park in northeastern Maryland (all times local):

U.S. Mass Killings Occurring at 'Uniform' Rate, Say Scientists
U.S. Mass Killings Occurring at 'Uniform' Rate, Say Scientists

'Things may not be getting better, but they're not getting worse."

Fallen Soldier
Fallen Soldier's Father Says President Trump Promised Him $25,000, But Never Sent the Check

A White House spokesperson says the check has been sent

6 Wacky Ways Cities Are Trying to Win Amazon's New Headquarters
6 Wacky Ways Cities Are Trying to Win Amazon's New Headquarters

The open request for proposals has caused a frenzy at city halls around the country

How Volcanoes May Have Contributed to the Fall of Ancient Egypt
How Volcanoes May Have Contributed to the Fall of Ancient Egypt

Even ones as far away as Alaska.

Now we know how the EPA's Scott Pruitt will replace science advisors with industry
Now we know how the EPA's Scott Pruitt will replace science advisors with industry

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt is about to take a major step toward reshaping the agency's scientific advisory committees. This action, to come in the form of a directive next week, will effectively replace scientists on scientific advisory committees with representatives of the industries the EPA regulates.  Apparently conflict of interest means different things to different people. Typically staffed by top experts, the EPA's scientific advisory committees are tasked with ensuring that the scientific information the agency uses in its rule-making is the best-available data on the topic.  SEE ALSO: EPA chief denies carbon dioxide is main cause...

Tillerson Knocks China, Courts India Ahead of South Asia Trip
Tillerson Knocks China, Courts India Ahead of South Asia Trip

Tough words for "One Belt, One Road" and praise for a deepening defense partnership.

Winning Amazon's New Headquarters Could Come With Hidden Costs
Winning Amazon's New Headquarters Could Come With Hidden Costs

Cities are competing for the chance to host Amazon's second headquarters

'You Should Recognize the Sovereignty of God.' Roy Moore on How the Constitution Is Based on God
'You Should Recognize the Sovereignty of God.' Roy Moore on How the Constitution Is Based on God

Typically, special elections for Congress aren't all that interesting. But there is nothing typical about Judge Roy Moore.

'This Is a Person With No Conscience.' Manhunt Underway for Maryland Shooter
'This Is a Person With No Conscience.' Manhunt Underway for Maryland Shooter

Radee Labeeb Prince is believed to be involved in a shooting in Wilmington

FEMA Chief Blamed for Katrina Response Says the Same Problems Are Happening in Puerto Rico
FEMA Chief Blamed for Katrina Response Says the Same Problems Are Happening in Puerto Rico

Former FEMA leader Michael Brown says some in Puerto Rico "haven't learned" the lessons of Katrina

Mom Who Feared Being Deported Drowned Her Children in a Bathtub, Police Say
Mom Who Feared Being Deported Drowned Her Children in a Bathtub, Police Say

It's not clear why she was worried

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says He Urged Firing of Former FBI Director James Comey
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says He Urged Firing of Former FBI Director James Comey

Sessions said he urged Comey's firing for the handling of the Clinton email probe

Trump Says He Called 'Every Family' of Soldiers Who Died. But Some Never Heard From Him
Trump Says He Called 'Every Family' of Soldiers Who Died. But Some Never Heard From Him

Trump alone has picked a political fight on an issue all presidents have faced

Invasion of the hurricane snatchers
Invasion of the hurricane snatchers

It came from outer space. Deep beneath the surface of the ocean lies a alien base, dormant. Its mission is unclear, but it seems to continue to protect the inhabitants of the nearby Mexican city.

'Totally Fabricated.' Trump Denies Telling Widow of Slain Soldier That He 'Knew What He Signed Up for'
'Totally Fabricated.' Trump Denies Telling Widow of Slain Soldier That He 'Knew What He Signed Up for'

Trump has been under fire this week for his handling of the death of four American soldiers in Niger

What Causes Dyslexia? Scientists Think They May Know, and There Could Be a Cure
What Causes Dyslexia? Scientists Think They May Know, and There Could Be a Cure

Two scientists believe they have found a possible cause of dyslexia, the disability that affects reading skills-and it could be treatable. Albert Le Floch and Guy Ropars wrote that, in dyslexic people, the light receptor cells in the eyes were arranged the same on both sides. When the patterns of cells are symmetrical, it can produce "mirror" images of the world and confuse the brain, the press statement explained.

Trump Freaks Out After FBI Confirms Comey Wrote Clinton Exoneration Letter
Trump Freaks Out After FBI Confirms Comey Wrote Clinton Exoneration Letter

President Donald Trump still can't seem to move past last year's FBI investigation into 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

A New Health Care Deal Is Already in Doubt After Trump Changed His Mind
A New Health Care Deal Is Already in Doubt After Trump Changed His Mind

Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced their accord Tuesday after weeks of negotiations and five days after Trump said he was halting federal subsidies to insurers. Under the lawmakers' agreement, the payments would continue for two years while states were given more leeway to let insurers sidestep some coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama's health care law.

Ancient Greek Monument Discovered in Inexplicably Abandoned Settlement Baffles Archaeologists With 2,200-year-old Mystery
Ancient Greek Monument Discovered in Inexplicably Abandoned Settlement Baffles Archaeologists With 2,200-year-old Mystery

Archaeologists working on the Greek island of Thirassia have uncovered what they believe to be an ancient monument of unknown origin, which may shed light on the earliest cultures to inhabit the area. Experts from the the Ionian University, the University of Crete and the Cycladic Antiquities Bureau made the discovery as they continued their excavations on the prehistoric settlement in Thirassia, one of the Santorini islands. In the area, they uncovered a series of different stone structures built on the mountainous island in terraces.

Richard Branson: Elon Musk is
Richard Branson: Elon Musk is 'absolutely fixated' on goi...

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, talks about space exploration and the future of space travel.

Sean Spicer Has Been Interviewed by Robert Mueller's Team in the Russia Probe, Report Says
Sean Spicer Has Been Interviewed by Robert Mueller's Team in the Russia Probe, Report Says

Investigators are also expected to meet with communications director Hope Hicks and White House lawyer Don McGahn

'My god, 3.5 hours': Xi gives marathon speech, China listens

As Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered his three-plus-hour speech at the Communist Party congress, delegates ranging from men in suits to military officers and former presidents dutifully turned every page as they read and listened to his words. On the internet, government bureaus peppered social media with their favourite phrases from Xi's speech, while photos circulated of children watching Wednesday's congress in classrooms. The carefully orchestrated address was in keeping with the cult of personality that state media have crafted around the Chinese leader, who is expected to consolidate his already formidable power at the week-long conclave.

Trump Tells Widow of Fallen Soldier He 'Knew What He Signed Up For,' Congresswoman Says
Trump Tells Widow of Fallen Soldier He 'Knew What He Signed Up For,' Congresswoman Says

A Florida congresswoman blasted the president for making allegedly "insensitive" remarks about a U.S. soldier killed in Niger earlier this month

French Women Have Their Own Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign: 'Expose Your Pig'
French Women Have Their Own Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign: 'Expose Your Pig'

In their own version of the viral #MeToo campaign, French women are sharing their accounts of sexual harassment online

Massacre fears spark race to save rare Australia parrot
Massacre fears spark race to save rare Australia parrot

Critically endangered Swift Parrots are under threat from squirrel-like sugar gliders in a battle for space in Australia's ancient forests, scientists said Wednesday as they race to save the rare birds. Swift Parrots are migratory and only breed in the southern island state of Tasmania. The marsupials, which launch themselves from tree to tree and rarely descend to the ground, eat the nesting birds as well as their eggs and chicks, the Australian National University scientists said.

The Defense Department Is Looking Into Why Four U.S. Soldiers Died in Niger
The Defense Department Is Looking Into Why Four U.S. Soldiers Died in Niger

The soldiers, killed in an ambush by 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters, were the first U.S. combat casualties in Niger

China's Future Is Bright But Its Economic Challenges Are Severe, Says Xi Jinping
China's Future Is Bright But Its Economic Challenges Are Severe, Says Xi Jinping

The rare acknowledgement of economic difficulties opened the party's twice-a-decade national congress

Hillary Clinton Says Threats of War With North Korea Are 'Dangerous and Short-Sighted'
Hillary Clinton Says Threats of War With North Korea Are 'Dangerous and Short-Sighted'

She was speaking at a forum in the South Korean capital Seoul

The Recently Released Taliban Hostage Caitlan Boyle Has Been Rushed to Hospital
The Recently Released Taliban Hostage Caitlan Boyle Has Been Rushed to Hospital

Her husband Joshua did not give a reason for her admittance

6-Year-Old Boy Found in Dumpster Was Drowned in Bathtub by a Relative, Police Say
6-Year-Old Boy Found in Dumpster Was Drowned in Bathtub by a Relative, Police Say

Police have taken the relative into custody

Colorado teen killed young siblings to be alone, police say
Colorado teen killed young siblings to be alone, police say

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A 19-year-old accused of stabbing his two young siblings to death and wounding his father in Colorado told investigators he carried out the attack so he could be alone in the house, documents say.

Here's Why There Probably Won't Be a New Deal on NAFTA This Year
Here's Why There Probably Won't Be a New Deal on NAFTA This Year

Thanks to harsh demands from the U.S.

The "Super-Fuze": The Big Upgrade to America's Nuclear Arsenal That Russia Fears
The "Super-Fuze": The Big Upgrade to America's Nuclear Arsenal That Russia Fears

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA)-which develops and builds America's nuclear arsenal-has completed production of the U.S. Navy's Arming Fuzing Subsystem for the W76-1/Mk4A Life Extension Program (LEP) warhead.

Joe Biden: Donald Trump
Joe Biden: Donald Trump 'Doesn't Understand How the Government Functions'

Former Vice President Joe Biden believes that President Donald Trump does not understand how the U.S. government works.

Dow Jones Hits All-Time High as Stocks Close With Big Gains
Dow Jones Hits All-Time High as Stocks Close With Big Gains

Health care companies saw the biggest increases in value

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple ancient Egypt: study
Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple ancient Egypt: study

Sun-choking debris cast off by volcanoes more than 2,000 years ago starved headwaters feeding the Nile river and hastened the downfall of ancient Egypt's last kingdom, researchers said Tuesday. Eruptions in the 3rd- and 1st-century BC -- including one of the biggest blasts in the last 2,500 years -- coincided with crop failures, large-scale revolts, and the withdrawal of Egyptian armies from the battlefield, they reported in the journal Nature Communications. "Volcanic eruptions may have had a central role in the eventual collapse of the Ptolemaic dynasty," the journal noted in a summary.

Senators Say They've Reached a Bipartisan Deal to Save Obamacare Health Subsidies
Senators Say They've Reached a Bipartisan Deal to Save Obamacare Health Subsidies

After President Donald Trump blocked them

Why President Trump Held That Press Conference
Why President Trump Held That Press Conference

Morning Must Reads: October 17

The White House Is Using John Kelly's Dead Son to Criticize Obama
The White House Is Using John Kelly's Dead Son to Criticize Obama

"You could ask General Kelly did he get a call from Obama"

Man Killed Girlfriend's 8-Year-Old Son Because He Might Have Been Gay: Prosecutor
Man Killed Girlfriend's 8-Year-Old Son Because He Might Have Been Gay: Prosecutor

Isauro Aguirre allegedly tortured and killed Gabriel Fernandez.

The Moon Wants You To Spend This Week Under A Blanket
The Moon Wants You To Spend This Week Under A Blanket

During this period, the moon is appropriately referred to as the "dark moon." As we mentioned last week, the moon has been waning ever since reaching fullness on October 6. At first, the dark moon has a similarly purifying energy.

'Everybody F--king Knew.' Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg Unleashes on Harvey Weinstein

He apologized for being complicit and staying silent

Starbucks Zombie Frappuccinos Could Make Your Halloween Nightmares a Delicious Reality
Starbucks Zombie Frappuccinos Could Make Your Halloween Nightmares a Delicious Reality

A spooky way to get braiiiiiiinnnn freeze

The Dow Jones Tops 23,000 for the First Time
The Dow Jones Tops 23,000 for the First Time

The stock market is continuing an epic tear

Fall of Ancient Egypt: Massive Volcanic Eruptions Linked to Civilization's Demise
Fall of Ancient Egypt: Massive Volcanic Eruptions Linked to Civilization's Demise

The fall of ancient Egypt over 2,000 years ago may have been triggered by volcanic eruptions, scientists have discovered. In a multi-disciplinary study looking at historical texts and geological records, an international team of scientists has found a link between massive eruptions and social revolt in the Ptolemaic Kingdom (305-30 BC), the powerful dynasty that ruled following the campaigns of Alexander the Great. The research, published in Nature Communications, looks specifically at how volcanic eruptions would have impacted the Nile.

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