Roma’s Yalitza Aparicio had never acted before. Now she’s in one of the year’s buzziest films.

Roma’s Yalitza Aparicio had never acted before. Now she’s in one of the year’s buzziest films.

The newcomer ended up as the star of Alfonso Cuarón’s most personal film. Yalitza Aparicio was studying to become a preschool teacher when her sister encouraged her to attend a film audition. A native of Mexico’s Oaxaca region, she had never acted before. When she arrived, Aparicio had no idea what the film was about; even after she landed the role, she didn’t know all the details. But once she looked them up, she realized…

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Trump administration criticizes Chinese company’s attempted takeover of Faraday Future

Trump administration criticizes Chinese company’s attempted takeover of Faraday Future

California-based electric car startup Faraday Future might have a strange new ally in its roiling fight with main investor Evergrande: the Trump administration. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued an update on Wednesday to its “Section 301” investigation into China’s alleged practices of intellectual property theft and technology transfer, and Faraday Future was listed among the many examples cited in the refreshed report. The USTR says in the report that Evergrande’s…

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A WeChat-powered hotel in China lets you check in, enter your room, and get breakfast through your phone

A WeChat-powered hotel in China lets you check in, enter your room, and get breakfast through your phone

China’s biggest app, WeChat, partnered with InterContinental to open a smart hotel in Shanghai that lets users book rooms, remotely check in, and use their phones as key cards — all without requiring human assistance. Once they’ve completed their reservation, travelers verify their identity at the hotel through facial recognition and collect their digital key card. Although the hotel is 88 feet underground, it’s connected enough to provide quick internet services, according to a press…

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The many unpredictable outcomes of Brexit, explained

The many unpredictable outcomes of Brexit, explained

Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU are expected to finalize a Brexit deal the UK is divided over. The British government plunged into chaos last week after Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her draft Brexit deal. Two top cabinet ministers resigned and a group of pro-Brexit members of May’s party moved to challenge her leadership. This loomed over the prime minister as she heads to Brussels this week, where European leaders plant to finalize…

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A brief guide to the legal challenges against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker

A brief guide to the legal challenges against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker

Lawyers are arguing that Whitaker’s appointment violates federal statutes and the Constitution. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has been in office for less than three weeks, but legal challenges to his appointment are already piling up. President Donald Trump selected Whitaker as the temporary replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who resigned at the president’s request earlier this month. It was a strange choice for a few reasons. Whitaker served as Session’s chief of staff,…

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Canned cranberry sauce, explained

Canned cranberry sauce, explained

Let us give thanks for a controversial American tradition. On Thanksgiving dinner tables across America, chances are there’ll be platters of perfect, glistening, garnet rounds, the ridges from the can still visible along their perfect, glistening, garnet sides. This is jellied cranberry sauce. It is an American tradition. Like so many American traditions, including Thanksgiving itself, its existence is controversial. It is a feat of engineering. It is a culinary wonder. It is an abomination,…

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How Trump helped inspire a wave of strict new abortion laws

How Trump helped inspire a wave of strict new abortion laws

A 15-week abortion ban struck down in Mississippi is just one of several recent efforts to challenge Roe v. Wade. Donald Trump promised during his presidential campaign that he would appoint anti-abortion judges to the Supreme Court and that Roe v. Wade would be overturned “automatically.” It won’t be “automatic,” but with Justice Brett Kavanaugh now serving on the Court, a reversal of that landmark abortion decision looks increasingly likely. And regardless of what happens…

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At Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, domestic violence became multiple homicide. It’s part of a disturbing pattern.

At Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, domestic violence became multiple homicide. It’s part of a disturbing pattern.

The majority of mass shootings are related to domestic or family violence. But simple policy changes could save lives. Tamara O’Neal, a 38-year-old emergency physician, was fatally shot on Monday at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, where she worked. The killer was Juan Lopez, reportedly her ex-fiancé. Before Lopez shot himself, he also killed Dayna Less, a pharmacy resident, and Samuel Jimenez, a police officer. Though many details about the crime remain unknown, O’Neal’s…

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Scientists fly through plumes of wildfire smoke to unravel its mysteries

Scientists fly through plumes of wildfire smoke to unravel its mysteries

Wildfire smoke hung in a hazy heavy cloud over parts of California this month, but it won’t stay for much longer. Rain is in the forecast, which could bring some relief from the poor air quality that’s blanketed parts of the state. But what happens to smoke after it is lofted into the air and starts interacting with air currents and weather is far more complicated than it might appear. The smoke that billows out…

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