How 2018 became Angela Merkel’s swan song, and who will succeed her?

(CNN)It has been a trying year for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Voters flee to the fringes This was the year that finally wore the indomitable Merkel down. First, there were the public spats with members of her own cabinet. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer clashed with Merkel repeatedly on immigration, harking…

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Read the mud-slinging pitches Facebooks PR firm sent us

Facebook’s latest PR crisis has cast a lurid spotlight on a GOP-led publicity firm called Definers Public Affairs, after a New York Times investigation revealed last week the firm had sought to discredit Facebook critics by, in one instance, linking them to the liberal financier George Soros — a long-time target…

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How three men created a $1 billion salad chain

When Jonathan Neman, Nathaniel Ru and Nicolas Jammet met as freshman at Georgetown University 15 years ago, they bonded over food. Rethinking fast food The young entrepreneurs had a very specific vision for their restaurant: while they liked the “fast” and “cheap” attributes of fast food, they didn’t want to…

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Your questions about the tear gas and tensions at the border, answered

(CNN)Migrants rushed toward the border. US authorities fired tear gas. And a volatile situation that had been simmering for weeks boiled over. What started as a peaceful march spiraled out of control. Migrants set out toward the border Sunday morning from a sports complex in Tijuana, Mexico, where most of…

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Customers rush each morning to buy out doughnut shop’s inventory so owner can spend time with sick wife.

(CNN)For almost 30 years, John Chhan and his wife, Stella, ran the Donut City shop in Seal Beach, California, a constant, reassuring part of countless customers’ lives. But now the hard-working couple is facing a medical crisis, and their patrons are returning the sweetness. But when customers learned about the…

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Social media in the midterms, e-waste culture, Amazon’s new headquarters: A tech news breakdown Technically Speaking

California's Woolsey Fire is visible in the distances as residents of Topanga stand and watch.Image: September Dawn Bottoms/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock More than 100,000 acres of land have been consumed by wildfires in California since Thursday night. Donald Trump would have you believe it’s all the state’s fault. We are being ravaged…

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Fans are pitching incredible themes for ‘American Horror Story’ Season 9

Image: fx networks Spoilers for American Horror Story: Apocalypse lie ahead. So, we’ve got chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, and something something about “Yuletide carols”? Ugh, disgusting. With the killer finale of American Horror Story: Apocalypse finally aired, it’s safe to say 2018’s…

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