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A 'Billionaire Bonanza' Is Driving Global Inequality

Four out of every five dollars of wealth generated in 2017 went to the richest one percent, while the poorest half of humanity got nothing, according to a report published by Oxfam. The report highlights a global system that rewards the super-rich and neglects the poor


At Least 18 Dead in Kabul Hotel Siege

A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital killed at least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, and pinned security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker was killed

SNL Asks 'What Even Matters Anymore'?

Saturday Night Live took an unusual turn this weekend when actors broke the fourth wall during a gameshow sketch featuring host Jessica Chastain that posed the question: "What even matters anymore?"

Women's March

Women Nationwide March to Protest Trump

Democratic women are turning their heartbreak over Hillary's loss into political action. 'What you're seeing is an emphasis on the fact that women can make a change in the midterms,' says one marcher

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Trump's First Year Has Been a Can't-Miss Drama

In his first year in office, Donald Trump proved to be a singular figure, casting aside norms and traditions, fighting with Republicans and Democrats alike and changing how the nation and the presidency are viewed

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Natalie Portman Addresses 'Sexual Terrorism'

Speaking at the Women's March in Los Angeles, Natalie Portman detailed the "environment of sexual terrorism" she endured in her youth that impacted the trajectory of her career. She experienced sexual harassment at the age of 13

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Kinks and Zombies Bassist Jim Rodford Dies

Former Kinks bassist Jim Rodford has died after a fall. He was 76. The Zombies, the group Rodford had played with since 1999, confirmed the death of the British musician on their Facebook page

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Tourists in Jamaica Warned Not to Leave Resorts

Tourists in Jamaica have been warned to stay on their resorts after a recent spell of violence in Montego Bay. St. James Parish, which includes the popular vacation destination, has seen an uptick in violent crime lately

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Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse

Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense