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The draft of the latest National Climate Assessment, a quadrennial report, is currently under review by the White House. The New York Times has obtained a copy of the report, which forecasts average US temperatures will increase by 5.0 to 7.5 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century.

The report contradicts the Trump administration's view of human-caused global warming, by attributing most of the temperature increase—though not all extreme weather events—to human activity.

The US Dept. of Agriculture has been instructed to avoid using the term "climate change" in its work. They're also supposed to replace "reduce greenhouse gases" with "build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency."

"We invite the president to come and see—to come and see what happened." Muslims in Minneapolis are still waiting for Trump to acknowledge this weekend's terror attack at a mosque.

Military exercises are using spy planes over US cities, and your homes and phones are now part of war gaming.

Chicago sues Trump over new policies that threaten funding for "sanctuary cities."

Terror groups sometimes pay "brideprice"—or even provide brides—to recruit new members.

A closer look at 4chan's "Dreamer Day" Starbucks hoax—if minor design flaws had been fixed, it might have worked.

Subtle beauty found in Google Street View by an agoraphobic Londoner who spends endless hours searching.

Driverless buses debut in Estonia. No major incidents reported yet, though one bus blew a red light.

Following the journey of a banana, from Ecuador to your corner bodega.

“Avoid emotions and concentrate on the economics. Invest for the long term and don’t trade. The ups and downs of the markets are unpredictable and foolish in the short term.” The latest Freakonomics podcast episode, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Money (But Were Afraid to Ask)," is a pretty excellent example of service journalism for financial advice.

From Puritans to People, Americans are fascinated by first names as a reflection of something more.

In the 1950s, "The Mad Bomber" planted 33 bombs around New York City, 22 of which exploded.

"Now it's a Seinfeld convention with a baseball game in the background." Seinfeld Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

A fashion model for the Chinese e-commerce retailer Taobao demonstrates how to “hit” 15 poses in 30 seconds.

“There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.” An expert in generational differences says post-millennials face a smartphone-induced mental health crisis. "The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression."

Pop quiz (not really): Which countries are surrounded only by bad relations?

An analysis of YouTube data shows which ZIP codes are listening to whose music the most.

For your reference files: a four-season index of every song used for the closing credits of Silicon Valley.

Apparently in the hell that is retirement, The Wire's Police Commissioner Ervin Burrell wanders small town America greeting friends and playing pool, whatever it takes to promote The War on Drugs.

Analysis of 1,000 fortune cookies finds that their "lucky numbers" are legitimately good at winning Powerball.

Capes in Game of Thrones are actually IKEA rugs.

An oldie but a goodie: Portraits of people who guard art.