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Study Shows Kids are Born Creative Geniuses But the Education System Destroys Imagination

A landmark study shows how most people are born brilliant and lose their abilities to think like a genius over time in the educational system.

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2 dead as train carrying 147 people crashes into freight train in South Carolina

At least two people have died and 70 more have been taken to hospital after a train carrying 147 people collided with a freight train in South Carolina. The Amtrak train, which was operating between New York and Miami, had 139 passengers and eight crew members on board.

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YouTube will start labeling videos that receive government funding

In another bid to quell criticism that its platform is overrun with misinformation, YouTube said Friday that it would start labeling news broadcasters' videos that receive at least some government or public funding. The move comes a year after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailed how Russian state broadcaster RT racked up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube promoting Kremlin propaganda.

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Food packaging chemical BPA 'found in digestive system of 86% of teenagers'

A potentially hazardous chemical used in certain plastic food packaging has been found in the digestive system of 86% of teenagers who took part in a recent study.

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Wichita cop who pulled the trigger in the first fatal swatting is being sued by the victim's family

When a serial bomb-report hoaxer reported a fake hostage-taking on behalf of a gamer upset at a $1.50 wager, he set in motion a string of events that ended with a Wichita police officer murdering an innocent bystander on his own doorstep, without warning. The family of the victim is now suing the Wichita police, hoping to spur a reform of police procedures and prevent future events of this kind. Wichita has 11 times the national average of fatal police shootings, one per 120 officers.

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Hamas Leader Warns War With Israel Will Erupt "Within Days"

Next week a significant war drill will be conducted across Israel by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) together with the American military, as part of the biennial Juniper Cobra military exercise, which this year will imitate a simultaneous missile attack on Israel from both its northern and southern fronts. Meanwhile, as Israel prepares for armed conflict, Al Hayat, an Arabic-language London-based newspaper, writes that Hamas' chief Yahya Sinwar has ordered the Gaza-based Islamist militant group on high alert, indicating that war is a “95 percent probability” and it could erupt in hours or within days.

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Diplomatic immunity doesn't cover rent, judge rules

A woman that works at the US Embassy refused to pay rent and, in a letter from her lawyer, argued she had "diplomatic immunity". However, diplomatic immunity doesn't apply to rent bills, according to an Ontario Superior Court justice who on Friday sided with the landlord in an unusual legal spat over a luxury townhouse. 

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Trump lashes out at Deep State, “The FBI became tool of anti-Trump political actors”

US President Trump showed his anger towards the corrupt US Deep State in a series of tweets following the fallout from the FISA memo release.

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Fires, mayhem, insane trust falls in Philly after Super Bowl win

Philadelphia was on fire, in some cases literally, in the aftermath of the Eagles’ 41-33 Super Bowl LII victory on Sunday, the first in the franchise’s history.

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Proving they Read Nothing: Lawmakers Passed Bill Honoring Serial Killer for Population Control

US lawmakers are often criticized for not even reading the bills that they vote on, but instead, voting along party lines or influence from lobbyists. Some of the most notorious cases of this in recent history were the passing of the Patriot Act and the following National Defense Authorization Act.

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UK allows doctors to make babies with DNA from 3 people

Britain’s fertility authority says it has granted permission to doctors at clinic in northeastern England to create babies from the DNA of three people, to help prevent two women from passing on fatal, genetic diseases to their children.

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Three Major Credit Card Companies Ban Bitcoin Purchases

JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. said they’re halting purchases of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on their credit cards. JPMorgan, enacting the ban Saturday, doesn’t want the credit risk associated with the transactions, company spokeswoman Mary Jane Rogers said.

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Uma Thurman Says Her Assault By Weinstein Was Like "A Bat To The Head"

After months of telling inquiring reporters that she would share her "Weinstein story" when she felt ready Uma Thurman - one of the actresses most closely associated with the Weinstein brothers' Miramax film production studio - has finally opened up to the New York Times about her history of rape and abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein.

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The coming EU privacy regulation will end up remaking the world's web

Europe's General Data Protection Regulation kicks in this May, and it enforces a user-first, privacy-centric set of rules for the internet that is totally incompatible with the adtech industry and the ad-supported web in general (though much rides on a potentially humungous loophole).

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Teacher on Leave After Allegedly Assaulting Student Who Refused to Stand for Pledge of Allegiance

A teacher in Colorado this week was suspended after it was alleged that she assaulted a young child who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance—a troubling example of educators who refuse to acknowledge that students have the right to refuse participation in the daily ritual still found in many U.S. schools.

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Venezuela Skirts U.S. Sanctions With Chinese Oil-For-Cash Loans

Oil-for-loan deals between Beijing and Caracas are preventing American sanctions from having their full effect on Venezuela’s economy, according to David Malpass, U.S. treasury under-secretary for international affairs.

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Yes, Seriously: Nestlé Executive Confirmed to Seat on Maine Board of Environmental Protection

As if Mainers needed evidence their state government prefers corporate interests over the will of the people, Governor Paul LePage horrified residents already infuriated over the company’s Poland Spring bottling operations by nominating none other than Nestlé Natural Resource Manager Mark Dubois — deemed “Nestlé Waters’ public face in Maine” by local media — for a spot on Maine’s Environmental Protection Board, which the Republican-held legislature subsequently confirmed on January 25.

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The Federal Reserve cracks down on Wells Fargo over scandal involving sham accounts

The Federal Reserve levied an unprecedented penalty against Wells Fargo on Friday, blocking its ability to grow larger and pressuring the mega bank to replace four board members following widespread consumer abuses.

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Child Services Caught Taking Bribes to Look the Other Way As Mom Tortured 5yo Boy to Death

Cleveland Police received a call from Pakistan in December, in which a man claimed his brother helped bury a young boy’s dead body in the backyard of a residential neighborhood. When investigators located the yard, they began digging and recovered the body of a boy who they believe died in September, according to report from Cleveland.com.

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Russian missiles strike area of Su-25 downing, killing at least 30 terrorists – MoD

Russian military planes have targeted the Al-Nusra-controlled area of Syria’s Idlib province where a Su-25 jet was earlier downed by militants, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

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