As an ethnic Torajan in northern Indonesia, Berta Kondorura's transition to the hereafter was supposed to be an elaborate mixture of mourning and tradition-steeped celebration. Most of the nearly 500,000 Torajans in the Parinding Valley are Christian, according to National Geographic, but their funeral rites trace a direct route to the island of Sulawesi's traditional religion, Aluk To Dolo, or Way of the Ancestors.
To understand why it's so hard to pry yourself free from your phone, Facebook account and Twitter, you need to know about B.F. Skinner's pigeons. In the 1950s, Skinner began putting the birds in a box and training them to peck on a piece of plastic whenever they wanted food. Then the Harvard psychology researcher rigged the system so that not every peck would yield a tasty treat. It became random - a reward every 3 pecks, then 5 pecks, then 2 pecks. The pigeons went crazy and began pecking compulsively for hours on end.
A man was arrested Monday, June 18, afternoon after climbing over a security barrier and dropping a backpack on the south side of the White House, according to District of Columbia police and the U.S. Secret Service. The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. between the Ellipse and E Street Northwest, authorities said. The Secret Service said the man was being charged with unlawful entry and taken to a D.C. police station for booking. Authorities said the backpack was deemed safe; they would not describe its contents.
The Washington Capitals announced Monday that Barry Trotz will step down from his role as head coach and not return following the team's Stanley Cup-winning season.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Monday, June 18, that he would direct the Defense Department and the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" - an independent sixth branch of the armed forces. Trump has floated this idea before - in March, he said he initially conceived it as a joke - but has offered few details about how the Space Force would operate.
The Trump administration's tariffs on aluminum imports are presenting several options, none of them palatable, to the largest American-owned beer company. Depending on how much the tariffs push up U.S. premiums on the metal, MillerCoors estimates a hit of more than $40 million to its bottom line. The maker of Miller Lite and Coors Light may have to cut back on investments, new hires, or other costs and expenses -- or even raise prices.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a decision on when partisan gerrymandering goes too far, ruling against the challengers of a Republican-drawn map in Wisconsin and a Democratic redistricting in Maryland. The decisions in the separate cases once again puts off a decision on when courts can find that partisan efforts to keep parties in power goes so far as to be unconstitutional.
WASHINGTON - The White House continued to insist Monday that Democrats are to blame for the administration's forced separation of migrant children from their families at the southern U.S. border, as outrage at the policy continued to build, including among some Republicans. "This is all the Democrats' doing," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends." He claimed that a change in law is needed to end the separations that have been heavily documented on television in recent days.
U.S. millennials are quick to whip out their wallets for pricey avocado toast and craft beer. But when it comes to rewarding the waiters and bartenders who serve them, those wallets often stay closed. Ten percent of millennials don't tip at all when dining out compared with only three percent among the older generations, according to a study released Monday by CreditCards.com, an online credit card marketplace.
People who know Sef Scott know he doesn't normally speak. The 17-year-old from Plano, Texas, has autism, and other than quoting lines from favorite movies, he is mostly nonverbal. So the members of the Plano Senior High School Class of 2018 - along with Sef's relatives and even his father - were stunned June 9 when he took the mic and addressed his fellow graduates.