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Thursday Headlines: Riddikulus.

Roger Stone is currently being sentenced. Despite Trump's complaints, the initial recommendation of seven to nine years "has not been withdrawn."

Related: Trump's interference in the Stone case may be unwise, but the Constitution assigns the president the power to do exactly this.

What all 11 criminals who were pardoned by Trump this week had in common: They either had an inside connection or were promoted on Fox News.

Trump has announced Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany, will become acting director of national intelligence. While Grenell has no intelligence experience, he is "a loyal and outspoken Trump supporter."

The popularity of witchcraft is on the rise. One big reason is Trump, and witches are casting spells to defeat him.

In the 19th century, Madame Yale pioneered the wellness space—until her "magical" products were revealed to be bogus.

In his debut on the Democratic debate stage last night, Bloomberg was thoroughly eviscerated by the other candidates.

Nine people were killed in shootings yesterday at hookah bars outside Frankfurt, Germany. Authorities are investigating the crimes as far-right terrorist attacks.

How does America's economic growth under Trump compare? Slightly better than Obama. Far short of Clinton and Reagan.

A readability analysis of State of the Union addresses shows the declining complexity of presidents' speeches.

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The IRS is suing Facebook for $9 billion, arguing the company understated the value of intellectual property sold to a subsidiary.

The college debt crisis was created by luring students—many of whom never attained a degree—with the promise of future security.

Watch: A video short in which artist Julianna Villarosa uses actual Coca-Cola to destroy the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" commercial.

Not since the Victorians has it been acceptable to share photos of deceased loved ones; social media and phones changed all that.

Ander Monson on the joy and pain of memories, starting with his 1987 Nissan Maxima.

Ontario's new license plates are "totally unreadable from a distance at night."

Related: Studying drivers across the country for signs of license-plate prejudice—or, why everyone loves Vermont drivers and hates Texans.

From the "planet of swoopy arrows map" to the "air mass potato map," a collection of forgotten map types.

"I dug a big hole in the ground. Which felt about right." A writer diagnosed with MS tends his garden while he can.

Angela Mckay sketches her travels, then photographs her illustrations alongside their real-world settings.