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Friday headlines: Good with witches

Cohen’s guilty plea yesterday makes him number 33—and arguably the most significant person Mueller has charged.

Worth noting? Mueller’s “witch hunt” is starting to cross a red line Trump once warned could prompt his firing: by probing his business empire.

The number of witches and wiccans in the US has increased dramatically since the 1990s, and now outnumbers mainline Presbyterians.

About 70 percent of people believe climate change will harm future generations. Much fewer realize they're being harmed right now.

Thanks to climate change, El Paso is on track to become the first big city in the US to turn sewage waste into tap water.

A conversation about emerging technologies that take CO2 out of the atmosphere and America’s great climate hypocrisy.

Microsoft ditched its Windows-centric view of the world, and now it's close to becoming the world’s most valuable company.

A “smart dress” shows how often and intensely a woman is groped at a Brazilian club: 157 times in less than 4 hours.

From 2014 to 2017, tiny El Salvador had 20,000 murders. In the US, the equivalent would be one million.

Frightening footage from Tijuana’s Zona Norte, where hundreds of migrants from Central America are sheltering with hopes of entering the United States.

A former US Army base near the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea is now a gallery for local artists.

Iranians divided between the US and Canada meet at a library straddling Vermont and Quebec.

Greater national unity, more stable and less prone to conflict: Africa remains underrated.

Terrific: If the Universe were shrunk to something akin to the size of Earth, what would be the scale for stars, planets, etc.?

A new study finds that white liberals turn “folksy” and patronizing when they speak to black people; white conservatives don’t bother, because they’re “less motivated to affiliate with racial minorities.”

“Cuddle parties” are going strong in San Francisco, despite or because of “a quiet air of loneliness.”

Ultra-wealthy homebuyers increasingly only want "off-market" properties in order to conceal their purchases.

Portraits of a 19th-century railroad tycoon's muses, including Painting, Agriculture and Science, and Electricity.

An exploration of Mali’s emergence from war through a return of its musical life.

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” hits the Billboard Hot 100 earlier each season. (It's already hit number 29 this year.)

“Rarely has a tournament involved so little winning.” Magnus Carlsen is once again the chess world champion.