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Sri Lankan military rescuers and villagers stand on the debris of a house that was destroyed in a landslide in the village of Bellana, in the Kalutara district of Sri Lanka, on Friday. Mudslides and floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed scores of people in the island nation.

Monsoon-Triggered Mudslides, Floods In Sri Lanka Kill More Than 90 People

Heavy rains in Sri Lanka have prompted devastating mudslides and flooding, killing at least 91 people and leaving more than 100 missing, according to authorities.

Search and rescue operations are currently underway, the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Center says.

Five rivers in the south and west of the island have flooded, affecting more than 61,000 people, the agency says.

Robert Mercer speaks on the phone during the 12th International Conference on Climate Change on March 23, 2017.

Robert Mercer Is A Force To Be Reckoned With In Finance And Conservative Politics

When Robert Mercer accepted a lifetime achievement award from a technology group in 2014, the Renaissance Technologies co-CEO summed up his career modestly.

"What I am is simply a computer programmer," he told the crowd.

In fact, both professionally and politically, Mercer is much more than that.

At 70, Mercer is an American success story, having helped turn Renaissance into one of the most profitable hedge funds in the world, and by all accounts becoming very rich in the process.

The GMC Duramax Diesel 6.6L V-8 Turbo engine, seen here during the 2011 New York International Auto Show, is at the center of a new lawsuit over emissions.

Lawsuit Claims GM Used Defeat Devices On Duramax Diesel Trucks And SUVs

Two owners of diesel-powered General Motors vehicles are accusing the car maker of producing an engine that exceeds U.S. standards for pollutant emissions under normal driving conditions, in a lawsuit that targets more than 700,000 Silverado trucks and Sierra SUVs.

Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically boosts self-control.

As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

Impulsive children become thoughtful adults only after years of improvements to the brain's information highways, a team reports in Current Biology.

A study of nearly 900 young people ages 8 to 22 found that the ability to control impulses, stay on task and make good decisions increased steadily over that span as the brain remodeled its information pathways to become more efficient.

Sean Hannity tours the White House briefing room in January. Though he has lost a handful of advertisers after promoting a groundless story, Fox News has stood by its star pundit.

Amid Conspiracy Controversy, Hannity Takes A Vacation — And Vows To Return

Sean Hannity is not going away.

Well, scratch that. He is going away — but only on an already-planned vacation, and only briefly. Then, after that, you can be sure: He is not going away.

This 3-Year-Old's Murder Is Part Of South Africa's Alarming 'Epidemic'

It may not be possible to imagine a more terrible crime.

Courtney Pieters, a 3-year-old girl from a suburb of Cape Town, went missing on May 4. Her body was found nine days later, buried in a shallow grave about two-thirds of a mile from her home. She had been raped twice.

"This is one of the saddest incidents I've come across," South African President Jacob Zuma said May 18.

Texas Teachers Give Student 'Most Likely To Become A Terrorist' Award

A school district near Houston has apologized after a 13-year-old student received an award declaring her "Most Likely to Become a Terrorist."

The award was one of several "insensitive and offensive fake mock awards," the Channelview Independent School District said in a statement, and the teachers in question have been disciplined, KHOU in Houston reports.

Denis Johnson, who won the 2007 National Book Award for <em>Tree of Smoke</em>, died Thursday.

Denis Johnson, Author Who Wrote Of The 'Painfully Beautiful,' Dies At 67

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Denis Johnson, the author behind the seminal collection Jesus' Son, has died at the age of 67. Jeff Seroy, a spokesperson for Johnson's publisher, Farrar Straus and Giroux, confirmed that the National Book Award-winning novelist died Thursday but offered no further details.

"Denis was one of the great writers of his generation," FSG's president and publisher, Jonathan Galassi, said in a statement Friday. "He wrote prose with the imaginative concentration and empathy of the poet he was."

In Commencement Speech, Hillary Clinton Jabs Trump Administration

On Friday, Hillary Clinton addressed the graduating class of her alma mater, Wellesley College.

She used the opportunity to wade into current politics and direct a few jokes at President Trump.

"When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society," she said. "That is not hyperbole, it is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done. ... They attempt to control reality."

Young Indian children sit with bowls of porridge (<em>nombu kanji</em>) as they prepare to break the fast with the Iftar meal during the Islamic month of Ramadan at The Wallajah Big Mosque in Chennai last July.

In Southern India, The Spirit Of Ramadan Is Served In A Bowl Of Porridge

As I hurry home battling the rush hour traffic in the evening, I see a queue in front of the gates of the local mosque. Men in white skull caps, women clad in saris and burkas, young children with school bags on their backs — all are waiting with containers in their hands for a share of the nombu kanji. Mosques in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala distribute the kanji, a lightly spiced rice and lentil porridge, before the sunset prayers during the fasting month of Ramadan, which starts Friday evening.

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