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Saturday Headlines: Fake meat is murdery.

The White House defends the Border Patrol in the exhaustion and dehydration death of a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl, placing blame on the child's father.

Related: “US Border Patrol systematically destroyed water supplies left for migrants in desert.”

At the current pace, the amount of US government debt accrued in 2018 will be the biggest annual debt increase since 2012, when federal stimulus eased the financial crisis.

Explained: Elizabeth Warren's Accountable Capitalism Act, intended to shift huge amounts of wealth to the middle class.

Outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs into law three lame-duck bills that will severely limit the incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers’s powers.

See also: Scott Walker either does not understand how Venn diagrams work, or hopes Wisconsin voters don't.

A US appeals court rules the Trump administration can't let employers opt out of providing birth control coverage.

A look at inauguration emails and receipts provides some clues as to whether the unprecedented amounts of money funneled into Trump’s inauguration were fair and legal.

Sensing a theme here: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, currently under investigation for using his office for personal gain—will step down at the end of the year.

To bring Trump believers back to reality, look to cult deprogramming techniques.

Today's Republican Party is the product of a series of anti-establishment insurgencies, and it began with Goldwater in 1964.

A spokesperson for the Mesquite Police, said, “The suspect did use some racial slurs in each one of them, but it was insufficient to be able to prove that the offenses were motivated by racial bias.” The number of hate crimes in the US is artificially low, and one reason may be that police don’t correctly classify attacks.

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A strong US job market has resulted in people leaving their jobs without even notifying their employers.

The first lab-grown steak reaches the prototype stage; however, because it’s based on bovine fetal blood cells, it isn't vegan.

A nurse lost her life insurance over a naloxone prescription, which she keeps if needed to save someone from an opioid overdose.

After years of refusal, Catholic dioceses across the US are releasing names of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.

The 1985 discovery of the Titanic wreckage was a cover story to hide a secret mission to recover two sunken nuclear submarines.

A new form of anti-anxiety training that involves tuning into your own heartbeat is now being tested for people with autism.

I would write an article locally using LibreOffice Writer, send the document in Slack to my editors, who would upload it to Google Drive on their own computers, edit it, re-download it as an ODT file, then send it back to me on Slack for rewrites. A writer reflects on a month abstaining from the big five tech companies.

This is fascinating: "Drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our built environment."

An awesome interactive map of the universe. (Which we're at the center of, naturally.)

“I mean, before I thought the 900 was actually a real trick, but then I figured out it’s just as fake as someone landing on the moon.” Thrasher's hilarious spoof exposé blows the lid off how skate videos are really made.

A simulation of 255,168 tic-tac-toe games shows the first player often wins if they go for the center square first.