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The remains of the dead along the U.S.-Mexico border

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  1. If you enjoy sleeping at night instead of the day, thank the dinosaurs for going extinct

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    Mammals were largely creatures of the night until the dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid some 66 million years ago, a study finds. The findings, described in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, illuminate a pivotal transition in the history of Earth's living things.

    The Dinosaur Hall of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City shows why early mammals were nocturnal. Better to be a creature of the night and avoid this altogether.
  2. Oh, Florida! We should all be thankful for the lady accused of shoplifting while dressed as a turkey

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    The other day, I had a lovely chat with a lady who was arrested on charges of shoplifting ... while she was dressed as a turkey.

    Irene Leonhard, who lives in The Villages, put on a turkey costume to pass out candy at a Belk's store. She was arrested after police said surveillance cameras caught her swiping purses, an electric snow globe, jewelry and a waffle maker. [Photo courtesy of Irene Leonhard]
  3. Perspective: A link between alcohol and cancer? It's not nearly as scary as it seems

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    The headline had some of my friends in a panic.

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently warned that even light drinking could increase the risk of cancer, but absolute risks of light and moderate drinking are small. It’s important to understand the numbers.
  4. The bridge wobbles. So do you. That's when the trouble starts.

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    Only one county

    Out of all America's 3,141 counties, only one — Howard County, Iowa (population 9,332) — voted by more than 20 percentage points for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016, according to FiveThirtyEight.com.

  5. Perspective: How the 'Shalane Flanagan Effect' works

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    When Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon this month, her victory was about more than just an athletic achievement. Of course, it's a remarkable one: She's the first American woman to win in 40 years, and she did so in a blistering 2 hours 26 minutes.

    Marathoner Shalane Flanagan elevates women — and they then win races.
  6. Male mammoths died in 'silly ways' more often than females, study finds

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    Nearly ½

    of Americans told the Pew Research Center that they trust only "some" or "none" of their neighbors.

    More than ¼

  7. PolitiFact: Explaining the Virginia election results

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    As late as a few hours before the polls closed on Tuesday night, pundits were thinking Republican Ed Gillespie could pull off an upset in Virginia's open-seat gubernatorial race.

    Ralph Northam takes the stage at his victory rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Tuesday. Many are looking at the Virginia race as a harbinger of the 2018 midterm elections. (Washington Post photo by Michael Robinson Chavez)
  8. PolitiFact: John Kelly, the Civil War and the slavery compromise that almost was

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    The uproar that followed White House chief of staff John Kelly's comment about the roots of the Civil War stands as Exhibit A of the potential problems that come when an official uses shorthand to talk about the country's history of slavery.

    Photo by McPherson & Oliver, War Department, National Archives and Records Administration
This famous photograph, usually titled “The Scourged Back,” shows a slave named Gordon, who escaped in Mississippi by rubbing himself with onions to throw off the bloodhounds. He took refuge with the Union Army at Baton Rouge, La., and in 1863 engraved portraits of him were printed in Harper’s Weekly, showing him “as he underwent the surgical examination previous to being mustered into the service — his back furrowed and scarred with the traces of a whipping administered on Christmas Day last.”
  9. Meet the overcompensators, plants that get tougher when attacked

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    President Donald Trump is an avid viewer of Fox News and its morning program Fox & Friends, which is seen as offering more favorable coverage of the administration than other news outlets. His early morning tweets often reference coverage on the program.

  10. Perspective: A modest proposal to pay teachers and law officers fairly and to give Floridians the power to rule themselves

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    For a generation, the Legislature and a succession of governors have starved both education and law enforcement of support and resources, failing them so often that we Floridians must now take matters into our capable hands and amend the state Constitution to fix these problems.

  11. Perspective: National Book Award winner says it's self-interest that leads to racist policies, and then racism

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    Ibram X. Kendi was not surprised to see Donald Trump elected president.

    National Book Award winner Ibram Kendi is a scholar of U.S. racism.
  12. Was George Papadopoulos just a 'volunteer'? PolitiFact reviews the evidence

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    President Donald Trump and prominent allies have repeatedly referred to former campaign aide George Papadopoulos as a mere "volunteer" after news broke that he had pled guilty to lying to the FBI in its Russia investigation.

    George Papadopoulos at Hill West Architects in New York, Oct. 31.  (Jeenah Moon/The New York Times)
  13. Adam Smith: Is there anything to be done about Washington gridlock? Some say yes

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    Let's try to talk about Washington dysfunction without focusing on Donald Trump.

    Former U.S. Reps. Democrat Patrick Murphy, left, and Republican David Jolly lament the corrosiveness of gridlock in Washington, D.C., during a forum this month at USF.
  14. Perspective: Once seen as calming force, Kelly amplifies boss' message

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    WASHINGTON — This past summer, the Trump administration debated lowering the annual cap on refugees admitted to the United States. Should it stay at 110,000, be cut to 50,000 or fall somewhere in between? John F. Kelly offered his opinion. If it were up to him, he said, the number would be between zero and one.

    White House chief of staff John F. Kelly shares more of President Donald Trump’s views than previously thought.
  15. A Little Perspective: Where the jobs will be and why fish get depressed

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    A decade from now, the U.S. economy could look much the way it does today — only more so. More dominated by the service sector amid the continued erosion of manufacturing jobs. More polarized in both earnings and geography. More tilted toward jobs that require at least a bachelor's degree.

    Goldfish isolated on a white background
  16. Ghosts of bad decisions haunt Florida highway

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    Let me tell you a ghost story.

    No, I'm not talking about some ectoplasmic special effect from Disney's Haunted Mansion. I'm talking about a real ghost story. A Florida ghost story.

    Tampa Bay Times staff writer Craig Pittman.
  17. PolitiFact: What you need to know about Hillary Clinton, Russia and uranium

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    A 2016 campaign attack involving former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her role in a uranium sale that involved Russia is back in the news.

    A new story’s implication is Clinton either knew or should have known about problems with the Russian bid for Uranium One.
  18. The celebrities who have said #MeToo about sexual assault and harassment

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    #YouToo have seen #MeToo.

    Stories of sexual harassment and assault have dominated the cultural conversation for the past week. Hundreds of thousands of women have taken to social media to share that they have been harassed or assaulted by men. Celebrities have used their platforms to hold men accountable for …

    CHUCK GONZALES   |   Special to the Times
  19. Perspective: People love to live in places that are at risk for disasters, 'and this is what happens'

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    California was burning and emergency management officials in Sacramento, Calif., were listing the latest statistics about the fires, the firefighters, the acres burned, the fatalities, the missing people, the number of tanker planes and helicopters deployed, and so on. To one side, in a suit and tie, stood the governor, …

    Waves crash over a seawall in Miami during Hurricane Irma. At one point, the entire peninsula was under a hurricane warning.
  20. Perspective: How did marriage become a mark of privilege?

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    Marriage, which used to be the default way to form a family in the United States, regardless of income or education, has become yet another part of American life reserved for those who are most privileged.

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