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Wednesday Headlines: He wanted to say “poor execution.”

Two days after a suspected explosive device was found near George Soros's home, other potential devices that appear related have been sent to the homes of the Clintons and Obamas and CNN's New York offices. This story is developing.

A seventh child has died in an adenovirus outbreak at a healthcare center in New Jersey.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announces she has "the beginning stages of dementia" and will be stepping down from public life.

Yesterday, while criticizing Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi's murder, Trump started by appearing to shoot down someone's pitch for a new Netflix series: "They had a very bad original concept. It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups."

A McKinsey & Co. report on public perception of Saudi Arabia may have been misused by the kingdom to crack down on dissidents.

Microplastics are found in 90% of table salt brands, with the highest concentrations in brands from Indonesia.

My name is Kelsey Juliana and I’m suing the United States government for causing and accelerating the climate change crisis.

One way to help mitigate the climate crisis: an international nonproliferation treaty on fossil fuels.

On that rectangular iceberg: Despite what many think, approximate right angles are everywhere in nature (e.g., crystals).

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, says a team has confirmed five of its 16 Dead Sea Scrolls are fakes.

The sometimes-real, sometimes-imagined war between America and atheism is as old as America itself. See more in The Editors’ Longreads Picks.

From the archives: We asked a group of non-believers to tell us how they’re spending their secular holiday seasons.

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are already projected to cost four times as much as was planned in the 2013 bid.

Asked to guess the global coverage of vaccines—the answer is 86%—Americans and Japanese are "much too pessimistic."

Blueberries are good for you—but calling them "superfoods" is overselling their benefits. In other words, it's marketing.

Dispatch from a rage room, the anti-wellness wellness product where customers pay to smash stuff to their soul's content.

A measure of how vocal the support for net neutrality is, by US congressional district.

Newly elected state representative Arthur Mamãe Falei personally made $12,000 off his solo channel in October. As Mamãe Falei simply puts it, “I guarantee YouTubers in Brazil are more influential than politicians.” In a surprise that should surprise no one, YouTubers won seats in Brazil’s elections.

A self-driving school bus test in Florida has been shut down for overstepping its scope, and transporting real schoolchildren.

She had been begging her supervisor to let her work with lighter boxes. She fainted on her way out of the bathroom that day. The baby growing inside of her, the one she had secretly hoped was a girl, was gone. Women working strenuous jobs miscarry at higher rates; science says lifting heavy loads increases their risk.

Calculating living memory: "15% of all experience has been experienced by people who are alive right now."

Though Friends trafficked in standard-issue '90s homophobia, Carol and Susan offered the show's only real form of diversity.

Visualizing the dramatic rise in the frequency of colons in academic paper titles since 1950.