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Congress passed a two-week spending measure to keep the government open. The next shutdown deadline is the Friday before Christmas, when lawmakers will be leave for home, placing additional pressure on solving the partisan budget impasse.

In a rare outcome, a white police officer who killed a black citizen has been convicted. A court ruled Walter Scott's 2015 shooting death was murder, and sentenced his killer to 20 years in prison.

Video: Archaeologist Lyle Balenquah offers a brief tour of the ancient Hopi rock wall drawings on the eastern side of the Comb Ridge at Bears Ears.

“By July 2019, the Bitcoin network will require more electricity than the entire United States currently uses. By February 2020, it will use as much electricity as the entire world does today.” To survive, Bitcoin needs a new energy source. There isn’t enough electricity to sustain its growth rate.

If Russia's aim is to get Americans to distrust information, the media uproar over fake news achieved just that.

Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of the mysterious Cuba attacks, previously reported as "sonic."

A person injured in the August eclipse presents a rare opportunity for science to better understand retina damage.

Whenever your doctor accepts gifts from a pharma company, it’s recorded in a database that you can search.

Marks & Spencer is selling cocktail avocados, which don't have pits, to help stem Britain's hand injury epidemic.

Michigan VW official at the heart of the diesel scandal has been sentenced to seven years in prison, fined $400,000.

A report from inside the cult led by a tech bro whose followers can't decide whether or not their leader is human.

Of the 10,000 books banned by Texas prisons, A Charlie Brown Christmas is included—Mein Kampf is not.

A man explains, with photos, how he turned his garden shed into the top-rated restaurant in London (sort of).

“Death is seen as a final stage of growth. Our daily practices of mindfulness and compassion cultivate the wholesome mental, emotional, and physical qualities that prepare us to meet the inevitable.” How a Buddhist teacher is assisting patients during end-of-life care.

The shrimp ring at your holiday party epitomizes the exploitation, disease, and fraud rampant in fishing today.

To confront a phobia triggered by studying Pearl Harbor, a writer borrows a rowboat to face New York’s dreadnoughts.

“The Midwest is, in fact, fairly frequently written about, but almost always in a way that weirdly disclaims the possibility that it has ever been written or thought about before.” On the “normality” of being Midwestern in America.

Mark Mothersbaugh says he may have unearthed a recording of Devo jamming with Eno, Bowie, and Can's Holger Czukay.

Video: Fragile sugar casts of human skin crack and break apart.