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

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  1. Why do people even hold hands, anyway?

    Human Interest

    Nothing lit up the internet this week quite like hand holding, or the lack of it.

    US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Airport on May 23, 2017. AFP PHOTO / Filippo Monteforte.
  2. PolitiFact: Iowa's individual market is teetering, but it's not necessarily a sign Obamacare is collapsing

    Perspective

    Whatever your view of the health care debate, the news out of Iowa isn't good. In April, two large insurers, Wellmark and Aetna, said they would not offer health insurance policies on Iowa's federal health insurance marketplace in 2018. Medica, the only remaining insurer, recently said it too might pull the plug next …

    A protester outside a Cedar Rapids town hall meeting with Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa. (Getty Images)
  3. Column: My patient was 25, and I knew she was dying. How could I tell her?

    Perspective

    What do you do when you know someone is going to die? I'm not talking about death when it comes at the end of a long protracted illness or a terminal diagnosis. Or the final act at the end of a long life, when the body and mind have ultimately given way. I'm talking about when you realize the 25-year-old woman in front …

  4. Column: If liberals hate him, then Trump must be doing something right

    Perspective

    If there was one principle that used to unite conservatives, it was respect for the rule of law. Not long ago, conservatives would have been horrified at wholesale violations of the norms and traditions of our political system, and would have been appalled by a president who showed overt contempt for the separation of …

    Protesters wave signs and chant during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, Monday, May 15, 2017, outside a federal courthouse in Seattle. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday in Seattle over Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the travel ban, which would suspend the nation's refugee program and temporarily bar new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) WATW101
  5. From podcasts to singing, finding small joys in commuting Tampa Bay

    Human Interest

    There are some things to get out of the way. Before you finish the wine, you have to do dealbreakers. I killed a man in Cincy. I collect clown socks. I have a lower back Gwar tattoo.

  6. Tony Schwartz: I wrote 'The Art of the Deal' with Trump. His self-sabotage is rooted in his past.

    Perspective

    Why does President Donald Trump behave in the dangerous and seemingly self-destructive ways he does?

    Early on, this ghostwriter recognized that Trump’s sense of self-worth is forever at risk.
  7. PolitiFact: Obstruction of justice, presidential immunity, impeachment, what you need to know

    Perspective

    Americans are hearing a lot of comparisons these days between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, particularly after news reports revealed the existence of contemporaneous notes taken by soon-to-be-fired FBI director James Comey during his conversations with Trump.

    In this March 15, 1973 file photo, President Nixon tells a White House news conference that he will not allow his legal counsel, John Dean to testify on Capitol Hill in the Watergate investigation and challenged the Senate to test him in the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)
  8. Perspective: The remains of the dead along the U.S.-Mexico border

    Perspective

    SAN MARCOS, Texas

    Case 0435 died more than a mile from the nearest road, with an unscuffed MacGregor baseball in his backpack. Case 0469 was found with a bracelet, a simple green ribbon tied in a knot. Case 0519 carried Psalms and Revelation, torn from a Spanish Bible. Case 0377 kept a single grain of rice inside …

    A wrestling mask found with the remains of an immigrant who died after illegally entering Texas, preserved at the Texas State University in San Marcos, March 13, 2017. TSU’s Forensic Anthropology Center has collected the remains of 212 of the thousands of illegal immigrants who died during the crossing, most from dehydration, heatstroke or hypothermia. (George Etheredge/The New York Times)
  9. Column: Researchers have answered a big question about the decline of the middle class

    Perspective

    America is getting richer every year. The American worker is not.

  10. Weighing the ethics of artificial wombs

    Perspective

    With 3-D printing, lab-grown organs and lifelike prosthetic limbs, science creeps ever nearer to replicating the parts and functions of the human body. Recently, scientists announced that they had created an artificial womb in which lambs born prematurely grew for a month.

    In this two-photo combo, a premature lamb is inside an artificial womb at 107 days of gestation, top, and 28 days later, at the bottom.
  11. PolitiFact: The Pants on fire claim that no one dies from lack of health care access

    Perspective

    What Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, told a restive town hall audience in Lewiston, Idaho, was destined to go viral. And it did.

    Rep. Raul Labrador responds to questions during a town hall meeting on May 5 in Lewiston, Idaho. (Associated Press)
  12. Column: The collapse of American identity

    Perspective

    After the British writer G.K. Chesterton visited the United States for the first time, he remarked that America was "a nation with the soul of a church."

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  13. Adam Putnam looks like Florida's next governor, but lifelong politician tag will dog him

    State Roundup

    Adam Putnam, the fellow who seems most likely to become Florida's next governor, will stand on the steps of the old Polk County Courthouse in Bartow on Wednesday to kick off his campaign and lay out his vision.

    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam talks with Gov. Rick Scott on the floor of the Florida Senate on first day of the 2017 session. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
  14. Column: Prioritizing these three things will improve your life, and maybe even save it

    Perspective

    VANCOUVER — Want to live longer, enjoy life more and actually find that elusive happiness?

    Attractive females doing some meditation in their lunch hour
  15. American middle class shrank in 20 years

    Perspective

    Mike McCabe's neighbors in rural Gillespie, Ill., consider him lucky. After being out of work for a year, he landed a job in January making cardboard boxes at a nearby Georgia-Pacific plant for $19.60 an hour.

  16. This machine will smell whether you're sick

    Perspective

    Blindfolded, would you know the smell of your mom, a lover or a co-worker? Not the smells of their colognes or perfumes, not of the laundry detergents they use — the smells of them? Each of us has a unique "odorprint" made up of thousands of organic compounds. These molecules offer a whiff of who we are, revealing …

    Modern medical research confirms that the smell of someone’s skin, breath and bodily fluids can be suggestive of illness. For example, the skin of typhoid patients may smell like baking bread. 
  17. PolitiFact: What's up with Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson?

    Perspective

    If it were possible to have a bromance across the centuries, Presidents Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump would almost certainly qualify.

    President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone in the Oval Office of the White House. In the background is a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson which Trump had installed in the first few days of his administration. [Associated Press]
  18. Column: A trip down the Apalachicola shows a natural river fighting for its life in a war over water

    Perspective

    APALACHICOLA

    Behind us, the East Bay is jagged with whitecaps and a sharp spring wind troubles the bulrushes. But when Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire cuts the engine farther into the delta, the place is as quiet as a prayer. To the north, the Apalachicola snakes up to Georgia, the source of its essential waters as well …

    The Apalachicola is one of the last ecosystems in North America to retain such an abundance of flora and fauna. But it needs the right flow to keep its outlet in Apalachicola Bay from becoming too salty — or too sweet.
  19. A little perspective: Why high-tech workers quit, and when ants started farming

    Perspective

    The average Silicon Valley engineer is compensated roughly $200,000 a year and gets to work in offices with perks such as daily catered lunch, on-site yoga, and life coaching. Still, for many people, particularly if you are a woman or an underrepresented minority, these aren't fun places to work. A new study of turnover …

    A mural celebrating diversity decorates a hallway in Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Maine, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Fifteen years ago, the school district had an enrollment of 4,500 students and falling _ a sign of a city on its knees, says Lewiston School Superintendent Bill Webster. Today, there are 5,400 students, more than one-quarter of them immigrants, and the number is going up. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  20. PolitiFact: Where Trump fell short in 100 days

    Perspective

    If there's one arena where President Donald Trump's agenda has had a rough encounter with reality, it's Capitol Hill.

    President Donald Trump signs the Education Federalism Executive Order, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on April 26. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)