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A Humans of New York post moved actor Edward Norton to tears. Here's what he did after

What started as a post to the popular Humans of New York blog documenting the strife of a Syrian refugee who lost his wife and daughter in a deadly attack turned into a great deal more.

December 16, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Why the Ethiopian government downplays the ongoing famine

The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in 30 years due to an El Niño weather pattern, according to the United Nations. More than 8 million people are in immediate need of food aid, and that number could rise to 15 million by early next year.

December 16, 2015 | Daniel Lombardi Deseret News | State, National


Move over, Mariah: Here's the most-played Christmas track for 2015

Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" will still be unavoidable if you find yourself in any public setting during December — but it's no longer the most-played holiday track.

December 16, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Why jobs are better than handouts

Albuquerque, New Mexico, officials have been receiving calls from their counterparts around the country who want to curtail panhandling in their communities, according to The New York Times.

December 16, 2015 | Daniel Lombardi Deseret News | State, National


What the 1 in 5 U.S. debtors who say they'll never be debt free can do

With U.S. consumers crossing off purchases on Christmas wish lists for loved ones, a larger portion than ever indicated they have debt "they will never be rid of," according to a creditcards.com survey.

December 16, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Think handsome men thrive in most aspects of life? Here's why that might be wrong

In issues relating to courtship, handsome men have an upper hand — but a new study indicates desirable features might hurt guys' careers.

December 15, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Watch: How to start a conversation with a person with disabilities

Some people might overthink striking up conversation when meeting a person with a disability.

December 15, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Will the new respect for China's currency change the balance of trade?

Little more than a week after the International Monetary Fund named the Chinese yuan to its list of reserve currencies, there is skepticism on whether the communist nation's money will receive the same respect in the IMF's lending practices as it's getting on paper.

December 15, 2015 | Daniel Bendtsen Deseret News | State, National


Watch: Stephen Colbert explains why 'thoughts and prayers' matter

When "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from a week-long break Monday, he had a lot of catching up to do.

December 14, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


New bill would require social media sites to report terrorist activity

Around the time Tashfeen Malik and her husband went on a shooting rampage that killed 14 in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2, she posted a message of support for the Islamic State group online, according to USA Today.

December 14, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Sex in movies concerns U.S. parents more than violence. Here's why

A majority of parents asked in a survey commissioned by the Classification and Rating Administration said their kids seeing both sex scenes and graphic violence in movies concerns them — but that the former spurs the most worry.

December 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


Steph Curry's wife is facing backlash for her comments in support of modesty

Current NBA MVP Steph Curry is living the dream right now as his Golden State Warriors have had a record 22-0 start to the season. On Sunday Curry scored 28 points — 16 alone in the third quarter — after two straight games in which he scored 40 points.

December 10, 2015 | Herb Scribner FamilyShare | State, National


One Twitter account wants to combat cyberbullying by saying something nice — to all 300 million user

The statistics on cyberbullying show most social media users deal with it in one way or another: 43 percent of kids say they've been bullied online, with 70 percent indicating they see it happen frequently, according to DoSomething.org.

December 10, 2015 | Payton Davis FamilyShare | State, National


Watch: Mark Hamill from 'Star Wars' pranks fans for a good cause

The last time "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill wore Stormtrooper attire, Luke Skywalker busted Princess Leia out of a cell block in the 1977 film, according to the Daily Mail.

December 10, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


What Jimmy Carter announced in Sunday School brought joy to his congregation

In the same Plains, Georgia, church where he taught a gospel lesson in August just days after announcing cancer had spread to his brain, former President Jimmy Carter gave brighter news to the congregation on Sunday.

December 09, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National


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