Hallmark Channel faces backlash after it pulled ads featuring same-sex couples

The Hallmark Channel is facing calls for viewers and advertisers to boycott its television channel and other areas of business after it pulled advertisements featuring same-sex couples from the air. Earlier this week, Hallmark parent company Crown Media Family Networks removed ads from online wedding planning company Zola showing same-sex couples celebrating marriages. Zola said…MORE

Tiger Woods feels the love as US team wins Presidents Cup

If Captain America is one of Marvel Comics most famous and beloved superheroes, then Tiger Woods was feeling a similar level of affection from his Presidents Cup teammates after the US team narrowly beat Ernie Els’ Internationals 16-14 at Royal Melbourne Sunday. Woods is only the second playing-captain to lift the Presidents Cup — the…MORE

COP25 was meant to tackle the climate crisis. It fell short

The message from climate activists was passionate, the warning from the scientific community and countries already experiencing the effects of climate change, urgent. The action from world powers has been excruciatingly slow and inadequate. What had been scheduled as a 12-day summit aimed at hammering out the rules of the 2015 Paris Climate accord, instead…MORE

Chinese state media pulls TV coverage of Arsenal game after Mesut Ozil shows Uyghur support

Chinese state media on Sunday pulled coverage of Arsenal’s English Premier League game against Manchester City after its midfielder Mesut Ozil posted social media messages in support of China’s Muslim Uyghur minority. “(In China) Qurans are burned, mosques were closed down, Islamic theological schools, madrasas were banned, religious scholars were killed one by one. Despite…MORE

A ‘black swan’ market indicator flashes a warning

Happy Sunday. A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can sign up right here. A “phase one” US-China trade deal. A resounding election victory for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that removes ambiguity on Brexit. In recent days, some of the political fog that’s…MORE

‘SNL’ shows how people are talking about impeachment at holiday dinner

“Saturday Night Live” took audiences inside people’s homes to see how many are talking about impeachment across the country during the holidays. Aidy Bryant dressed as a magical snowman opened NBC’s variety show on Saturday saying that it’s almost Christmas and “folks in America seem more divided than ever.” “But if we listen in to…MORE

The Washington Post’s Afghanistan Papers probe started with a single tip

The Washington Post’s years-long fight to obtain the Afghanistan Papers began with a “good old-fashioned tip” about Michael Flynn. The tip eventually led to transcripts of frank assessments about the Afghan war from hundreds of officials, bringing “into sharp relief the core failings of the war that persist to this day,” in the words of…MORE