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The bizarre syntax of 'sexiest man alive'


In the wake of People magazine's announcement last week of its choice for this year's "Sexiest Man Alive," our thoughts, naturally, turned to the unusual syntax of this phrase.

How a deaf couple had their baby officially registered with a sign name


Parents tend to give their children names in their own languages. What could be more natural? When Tomato Lichy and Paula Garfield, a British couple who are both Deaf (the capital "D" indicates that Deaf is a cultural identity), were about to have their second child, they began to look into whether it was possible to give their baby, legally, a sign name.

Independence Day 2 is happening -- without Will Smith

Nearly 20 years after the original Independence Day became an $800 million hit, a sequel is finally happening — but its most recognizable star won't be a part of it.

How to adopt the perfect rescue dog


So you're a dog person — or you'd like to be one. And it's time to add a new canine companion to your life.

This is what the Obama family is eating for Thanksgiving dinner

President Obama may have pardoned a turkey yesterday, but that doesn't mean every bird is safe from his dinner table.

Your ultimate guide to apple cider


Cider might have been the drink this nation was built on, but post-Prohibition it became something of a no-man's drink, occupying space somewhere between fizzy beer and supermarket wine and becoming synonymous with drunk sorority girls.

Disgraced police officers sometimes end up in other law enforcement jobs

Politicians aren't the only ones who get to go through the revolving door; in certain situations, police officers do too.

Crime novelist P.D. James dies at 94

P.D. James, the British crime novelist behind works like Innocent Blood, The Children of Men, and Death Comes to Pemberly, has died of undisclosed causes.

Beyond the Segway: The bright future of personal transportation


With a stigma even greater than a pocket protector or a Bluetooth headset, the Segway remains one of the most memorable failed attempts at revolutionizing personal transportation.

Walmart employees in 6 states plan Black Friday wage protests

Walmart employees plan to protest for higher wages at stores in at least six states and Washington, D.C., on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Ferguson is likely to spark at least one concrete change in policing

Following the Ferguson grand jury decision, the parents of slain teenager Michael Brown released a brief statement asking for support in their campaign to make police wear body cameras filming all interactions with citizens.

Cricket star Phillip Hughes dies after being struck by ball

Australian cricket star Phillip Hughes died Thursday in a Sydney hospital two days after being struck in the head by a ball.

Snow and rain delay thousands of flights home for Thanksgiving travelers

Harsh winter weather on the East Coast forced the cancelation of more than 700 flights on the day before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Happy Thanksgiving! 7 holiday-themed editorial cartoons


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How to stop Black Thursday -- and still score that big screen


The "black" in Black Friday has a history extending back 70 years, but today it refers to two things: the black ink in ledger books as many retailers finally become profitable for the year, and the mourning by retail sales employees who lose a once-cherished day off from work.

These vintage Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons offer a delightful glimpse into pop culture past


Today, more than 3.5 million people will cram along New York City's streets to get a glimpse of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The lessons of Japan's latest recession


Japan is back in one of its all-too-familiar slumps, said John Cassidy at The New Yorker. The world's third-largest economy slipped into a recession last week, its fourth since the financial crisis, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to dissolve the Diet and call a snap election.

Why the poor can't catch a break on Thanksgiving


"Black Friday" is known for its big markdowns and big crowds — will it be known for big protests too?

Your state bird could be extinct by 2080


By 2080, the skies over North America could be much emptier. A recent report from the National Audubon Society, compiled from data collected over 30 years of bird counts and surveys, shows that more than half of North America's most iconic birds are in serious danger.

Coming soon to Alaska: A Grand Canyon–size gold mine?

The EPA has been working to block a massive project that would create the largest open pit mine ever dug, but the agency's efforts have been halted while a judge decides whether the EPA broke the law in trying to stop the mine.


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