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Thursday Headlines: Baby, that’s the Arctic outside.

Michael Cohen is sentenced to three years in prison for his role in committing crimes at Trump's direction and on Trump's behalf.

Law experts say a tabloid publisher's admission yesterday that it paid off Playboy model Karen McDougal in order to influence the election is “looking a lot like an illegal and unreported in-kind corporate contribution,” which could expose Trump to "possible criminal liability."

Though Theresa May survived yesterday's no-confidence vote over her handling of the Brexit deal, a third of her party's parliamentarians didn't back her.

The Trump administration has resumed its plan to break an agreement with Vietnam's government and deport protected Vietnamese immigrants, many of whom arrived in the US during the war.

Nancy Pelosi secures the remaining Democratic votes needed to become speaker of the House by agreeing to step down from the position in four years.

A new report explains all the ways the Trump-era Dept. of the Interior has become a shill for fossil-fuel interests.

In 2018, “warming air and ocean temperatures continued to drive broad long-term change across the polar region, pushing the Arctic into uncharted territory.” The Arctic is undergoing its “most unprecedented transition in human history,” and we’re still not doing anything about it.

Japanese regulations to avoid pufferfish poisoning are tested with the introduction of a climate-induced hybrid species.

Kenneth Starr—yes, that Kenneth Starr—is the highest-paid university executive in the US, at almost $5 million annually.

Dollar stores feed more Americans than Whole Foods.

After eight years of budget cuts, the IRS is conducting fewer audits for everyone except the Republican-targeted working poor.

To comfort children who are homeless, and to reduce stigma, Sesame Street reintroduces Lily, whose family has lost its home.

The dirty secret of self-care few want to address: Without access to mental health support, many are left caring for themselves.

Among the findings of an analysis on domestic slayings in America: Nearly a third of the perpetrators were publicly known threats.

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Hearing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" in 1950 sealed Sayyid Qutb's beliefs about Western morals; his writings later inspired al Qaeda.

The drama unfolds quietly, the rites and objects of tea ceremonies fraught with tension at a tea cottage... The book paints a portrait of a Japanese society, like that of many other Asian countries, lurching towards modernity while caught in the inertial pull of the past. Pitchaya Sudbanthad on books that can transport you to other lands.

Analysts predict automation's rise will mean less coffee (because of fewer workers) and more CBD (because of tech over-stimulus).

"I think accountants are designing these buildings." Ugly or not, boxy buildings add much-needed housing to growing cities.

A new book will celebrate James Niehues, whose work you know if you've used a North American ski map in the past 30 years.

Book designers name their 75 favorite book covers of the year.

How Myst changed gaming into a first-person, nonlinear experience that doesn't depend on violence or time limits.

Video: A wonderful short about David Worobec, a classically trained vocalist who sings every role for a miniature theater he built.