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He grew a 910-pound pumpkin and then used it as a boat

He grew a 910-pound pumpkin and then used it as a boat

Instead of making a giant jack o’lantern or a massive pie that could feed the whole town, a farmer in Tennessee took his 910-pound pumpkin out for a spin in his pond. It’s been Justin Ownby’s dream to grow a giant pumpkin. And for the past four years, he has been trying to reach his…MORE

A wave of civil disobedience is bursting out all over the globe — Meanwhile in America

A wave of civil disobedience is bursting out all over the globe — Meanwhile in America

Fires burn on shut-down boulevards, protestors throw rocks and bottles, armor-clad security forces advance. A wave of civil disobedience is bursting out all over the globe. Fury over economic inequality, price hikes and corruption keeps blowing its lid in Ecuador, France, Chile and Lebanon. In Hong Kong and Catalonia, demonstrators demand political freedoms. In the…MORE

As the Chicago teachers’ strike drags on, student athletes are affected

As the Chicago teachers’ strike drags on, student athletes are affected

The nearly weeklong Chicago teachers’ strike has prevented hundreds of student athletes from competing in playoff state competitions. More student athletes could be affected as the strike drags on. Since the strike started last Thursday, more than 300,000 students have missed classes for a fourth day on Tuesday. Under Illinois High School Association policy, many…MORE

This is what strongman diplomacy looks like — Meanwhile in America

This is what strongman diplomacy looks like — Meanwhile in America

This is what strongman diplomacy looks like. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump got exactly what they wanted in northeastern Syria. Turkey’s President got the buffer zone he always demanded, pushing Kurds back from his border and biting a chunk off of Syria for himself. Russia’s leader showcased his new role as mayor…MORE

Asian markets drift lower after Wall Street slumps

Asian markets drift lower after Wall Street slumps

Asian markets moved lower Wednesday. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index opened down 0.1% and quickly extended its losses to 0.8%. South Korea’s Kospi and China’s Shanghai Composite Index each lost 0.3%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 briefly rose in early trading before erasing gains and dipping 0.1%. Japanese markets were closed Tuesday for a holiday. The subdued…MORE

5 explosive lines from Bill Taylor’s statement

5 explosive lines from Bill Taylor’s statement

The top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified behind closed doors Tuesday as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats. In his opening statement, Taylor gave an account of his concern, beginning in August of this year, that the US relationship with Ukraine “was being fundamentally undermined by an irregular, informal…MORE

The cost of climate change: Trial to decide whether ExxonMobil was honest with investors

The cost of climate change: Trial to decide whether ExxonMobil was honest with investors

A trial in which energy giant ExxonMobil stands accused of misleading investors about the potential impact of climate change regulations on its operations started Tuesday. The New York attorney general brought the suit alleging the company used figures internally that were different from what they disclosed publicly when calculating the impact of laws, taxes and…MORE

Amber Guyger’s lawyer files paperwork for possible appeal of murder conviction

Amber Guyger’s lawyer files paperwork for possible appeal of murder conviction

Amber Guyger’s appellate attorney has filed paperwork preserving her ability to appeal her murder conviction and sentence. Michael Mowla, filed the notice of appeal last week, according to court documents CNN obtained Tuesday. Her lead trial lawyer said this was a formality in following Texas law. “You have 30 days by statute to file a…MORE

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