american news | news online | hot news

This heartbreaking fact about the #MissingDCGirls should concern all of us.

An alarming number of young black girls are missing in the nation’s capital. The whole country should be paying attention. <br> You’ve likely read many stories recently pouring out of Washington about health care, Russia, and Supreme Court justices. You probably haven’t, however, read as many about the staggering number of black girls reported missing […]

Read More...

How I responded when my Muslim students asked, 'Why does he hate us?'

Getting out of your comfort zone can be an eye-opening experience. <br> “Ms. Kayla, why does he hate us?” All photos courtesy of the author. That’s one of the many questions I was bombarded with by my Indonesian high school students the day after President Donald Trump was elected. I’d spent the morning talking and […]

Read More...

A powerful portrait series shows us the beauty of birthmarks.

<br> Linda Hansen got her start doing commercial photography in Denmark. But she knew she wanted to use her camera for more than just selling products. After experimenting with a few different projects (she once traveled the country photographing and interviewing other women named Linda Hansen!), it was a conversation with an old friend that […]

Read More...

Donations to victims pour in from Muslims after the attack in London.

<br> On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, a man sped over pedestrians in his car on London’s Westminster Bridge, then slammed his vehicle outside parliament. The terrorist — reportedly linked to ISIS — stabbed a police officer steps away from Big Ben after leaving his car, before being shot and killed by law enforcement. The officer […]

Read More...

London is right to keep calm and carry on after yesterday's attack.

<br> After a deadly attack in London yesterday that claimed three victims’ lives plus the attacker’s life and injured 40 others, Mayor Sadiq Khan urged London’s residents to come together and resist the temptation to give into fear. Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images. “I want to reassure all Londoners, and all our visitors, not to […]

Read More...

How 2 cousins saved their family's oyster company with underwater farming.

<br> When Ryan and Travis Croxton decided to bring back their grandfather’s oyster company, it coincided with Chesapeake Bay’s lowest oyster harvest ever. All images via Upworthy. Their town’s once-flourishing industry was collapsing. In fact, things got so bad, their native oyster was almost put on the endangered species list. It was a pretty big […]

Read More...

How one book store brilliantly used clickbait to get people reading fiction.

<br> Fewer people are reading fiction than ever before. According to a report from the National Endowment for the Arts, the percentage of U.S. adults who read literature fell to the lowest level recorded since the group started tracking the statistic in 1982. It’s anyone’s guess as to why we’re spending less time reading for […]

Read More...

This heartbreaking new video shows the real effects of whitewashing.

‘Movies aren’t real, but they affect real people.’ <br> On screen representation — or a lack thereof — has consequences. And when people of color can’t see themselves in the media because their stories have been given to white people to tell, it takes its toll in real ways. It works the same for any […]

Read More...

The Trump era of hate isn't defined by Trump alone. Meet Roger Stone.

There’s a big cost to normalizing hate. <br> Note: The following piece includes direct quotes from Roger Stone, some of which include bigoted slurs. The Trump era has brought with it a lot of things we wouldn’t usually consider “normal.” A reality TV star caught on camera bragging about sexual assault being elected president? Not […]

Read More...

Top 10 Most Eccentric Artists

When it comes to art, opinion is divided – some people don’t understand it at all and have no idea why anyone would pay so much for it, while others really see what the artist is trying to transmit. Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. However, when it comes to the […]

Read More...

A good laugh is contagious. These New Zealand parrots seem to agree.

<br> When researcher Raoul Schwing went up to the valley, a bird tried to take apart his car. Photo from iStock. That bird, a kea, was precisely the reason he was there. Keas are large parrots that live in the mountainous areas of New Zealand’s South Island. They’re wicked smart and armed with a beak […]

Read More...

These old photos reveal why we needed (and still need) the EPA.

<br> It’s hard for people who weren’t around in 1960s and ’70s to remember what the world was like before the EPA. There was a reason President Richard Nixon’s proposal to establish a federal agency to protect the environment enjoyed bipartisan support. A mountain of oil drums near an Exxon refinery in Louisiana. All photos […]

Read More...

The simple but life-changing ways Meals on Wheels helps seniors in need.

<br> The Trump administrations’s preliminary budget cuts at the heart of things that make America great. It eliminates funds for coastal research programs that prepare regions for storms and rising water levels. It reduces work-study aid for college students. It cuts poorly performing Job Corps centers. It limits funds for United Nations peacekeeping. It eliminates […]

Read More...

Top 10 Screen Versions of Sherlock Holmes

Some characters lend themselves well to constant reinvention – there have been several Supermen, a dozen Doctor Whos and a bunch of Bonds. But the most portrayed character, according to Guinness World Record is Sherlock Holmes – the English detective with his deerstalker and sharp mind. There have been 200 different films featuring Holmes and […]

Read More...

A guilt-free, doctor-approved guide to indulging when you need it.

Seriously. Doctor’s orders. <br> Self-care is a term for the things we do for ourselves to manage stress and to maintain or improve our health. But we’re diverse people from all walks of life, so self-care naturally means something different to each of us. In recent years, the self-care conversation has attracted everyone from fitness […]

Read More...

The president might not accept climate change, but the secretary of defense sure does.

<br> President Donald Trump might not accept climate change, but there’s at least one person in his administration who does: his secretary of defense, James Mattis. Image from Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images. Trump is proposing large budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others, and he has called climate […]

Read More...

'Absolutely devastating': How Trumpcare would affect the fight against HIV.

<br> Matthew Limpede takes a pill that gives him protection, peace of mind, and a reassuring sense of community. That pill is the drug Truvada, more commonly referred to as “PrEP” (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis). And it’s been a game-changer in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “I think for the whole [gay] community and for me personally, [PrEP […]

Read More...

5 important things men can learn from Jack of 'This Is Us.'

<br> It’s the story of “the big three,” a set of triplets (a biological brother and sister, and their adopted brother), and the two parents, Jack and Rebecca, who shaped their adult lives. “This Is Us” is the shamefully, unapologetically tear-jerking NBC hit that has millions tuning in every week to ugly-cry together, and it […]

Read More...

Kal Penn tweeted some of the racist casting calls he got early in his career.

<br> Before “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,” Kal Penn was just another 20-something guy in Hollywood looking for a break. Aspiring actors are subjected to no shortage of humiliating audition opportunities. But as a young actor of Indian descent, Penn was forced to subject himself to an extraordinary level of typecasting and stereotyping […]

Read More...

This free Q&A platform is the game-changer that global food access needs.

<br> It feels like any question is answerable online. But for small-scale farmers around the world, it’s not that simple. Take the story of Kenyan chicken farmer, Kepha. “There was a disease that was ripping through his flock,” says Kenny Ewan, CEO of agricultural startup WeFarm. “He had something like 52 chickens that he kept […]

Read More...

How one woman's selfless kidney donation made her a hero, 7 times over.

<br> They took out Stacey Donovan’s kidney and put it into something that looked like a beer cooler. An organ transplant cooler in Germany. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images. The container appeared better suited for a picnic than an operating room. But in a short time, that cooler — and Donovan’s kidney — would be flying […]

Read More...

17 stunning photos show just how huge International Women's Day really is.

There’s no stopping these women from making their voices heard. <br> International Women’s Day is always an occasion worth celebrating. This year, it’s especially important. Less than two months removed from the massive worldwide Women’s March demonstration, women’s rights advocates and allies remain fired up and ready to go in the fight for gender equity. […]

Read More...

Postpartum depression affects many new moms. Chrissy Teigen is one of them.

‘My eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain.’ <br> From scanning her hilarious, candid, glamorous Instagram profile, Chrissy Teigen’s life looks picture-perfect. But looks can be deceiving. “I had everything I needed to be happy,” the entrepreneur, model, and cookbook author wrote in a powerful new essay for Glamour. “And […]

Read More...

Top 10 Most Powerful Web Companies

In the last two decades, the world of business has changed beyond recognition. The high-street retailers that used to dominate the “Richest Companies” list are struggling to keep sales up in face of competition from the internet, and the new super-powers are tech companies, that make all their money online. They can spring from one […]

Read More...

Top 10 Most Dangerous Hackers

Think you have a pretty good grasp of internet security? Think again. There are skilled and secretive hackers out there who could get past pretty much anything you choose to put in their way. Not only are these hackers fiendishly clever, they are also inventive and constantly invent new ways of getting past security protocols. […]

Read More...

Why 'Moonlight's' stunning, underdog victory was downright spectacular.

<br> Even for an industry built on drama, nobody saw that coming. At the 89th Academy Awards, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway made a mistake. It wasn’t entirely their fault. But still — it was one helluva mistake. Warren Beatty addresses the audience after a jaw-dropping mix-up announcing Best Picture. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images. They […]

Read More...

How 'Moonlight's' shocking win ricocheted across Twitter.

<br> The end of the 89th Academy Awards was one for the ages — and that’s an understatement. “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins accepts the Academy Award for Best Picture. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images. “Moonlight’s” stunning upset victory over early frontrunner “La La Land” was made even more shocking by the fact that presenters Warren […]

Read More...

Top 10 Deepest Places on Earth

It’s well-known that there are miles of layers between the ground we walk on and the solid core of the Earth, some 4000 miles away. But how close can you get to that core? There are places on Earth which naturally go down to unbelievable depths, and then there are man-made structures that try to […]

Read More...

Top 10 Most Violent Video Games

Every so often, an atrocity happens, somewhere in the world, and instead of trying to figure out what might motivate someone to do such a thing, the media roll out the same old culprit – violent video games. They’ve been blamed for everything, probably unfairly, but it does make you wonder – just how violent […]

Read More...

Top 10 Worst Behaved Teachers

Read the newspapers about schools today and you’ll feel like we’re being overrun with bad teachers. Grades are slipping, standards are falling and it’s all the teachers’ fault. Apparently. But that’s just media hype – teaching as a whole is neither better nor worse than it’s ever been before, they’re just struggling to keep up […]

Read More...

Top 10 Most Overcrowded Countries

Newspapers in the UK broke open a fresh wave of hysteria about immigration as a “flood” of Romanians and Bulgarians are expected to come to the country, which is already apparently bursting at the seams. But UK journalists should count themselves lucky – according to statistics, Britain is only around the 50th most crowded country […]

Read More...

A Texas rule forces students to choose between sports and being themselves.

Mack Beggs is just a 17-year-old boy who loves wrestling. <br> Sometimes, rules have unintended consequences. 17-year-old Texas wrestler Mack Beggs is dealing with one of them. In February 2016, Texas school superintendents voted on a University Interscholastic League rule to require that student athletes compete as the gender listed on their birth certificates. The […]

Read More...

Top 10 Most Famous Heists

There are many ways of getting enough money to live on – working hard all your life, gambling or being born into royalty are all possibilities…or you could just steal it. That’s the route taken by the people on this list, who have managed to pull off the most audacious and impressive heists in the history of heist-ing. […]

Read More...

Top 10 Longest Novels

Read any good books lately? Fancy something a bit more challenging for your next read? Try one of the world’s Top 10 Longest Novels. It’s hard to define exactly what constitutes a  long novel, as some come in more than one volume, which is counted, but others are more of a series (like the “Harry […]

Read More...