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US and UK government expand surveillance powers

The US government has gained expansive new surveillance abilities, just a day after the UK also quietly passed into law sweeping surveillance powers …

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People - MIT Technology Review

A growing mass of poorly secured devices on the Internet of things represents a serious risk to life and property, and the government must intervene …

Cybersecurity

Despite Its Promise, The Internet Of Things Remains Vulnerable

More and more of the things we use every day are being connected to the Internet.<p>The term for these Internet-enabled devices — like connected cars and home appliances — is the Internet of things. They promise to make life more convenient, but these devices are also vulnerable to hacking.<p>Security …

Internet of Things

Britain Launches First Driverless Car—And It’s Precious

Google's self-driving cars face some cute competition<p>Britain’s first driverless car doesn’t look like a car at all. The electric-powered LUTZ Pathfinder launched Wednesday, wandering the sidewalks of London’s Greenwich neighborhood, and it’s closer in appearance to a runaway cockpit of a small …

Driverless Cars

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

National Academy of Sciences

Little League Scandal Exposes Big Cracks in Pint-Sized Honor Code

The stripping of a Chicago Little League team of its national title on Wednesday exposed an unsavory aspect of the famed World Series for kids: the suspicion that teams sometimes bend, or break, the rules to get there.<p>The latest case, in which the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago's South Side …

New Jersey

3 students shot to death in apartment near UNC Chapel Hill

<b>(CNN) —</b> Was it a dispute over a parking space or something more sinister that prompted the shooting death of three students in an apartment near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus?<p>Police said "an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking" might have been a factor in the shootings …

Crime

Philippines moved homeless people to luxury resort for pope's visit

Government says 490 beggars and homeless people were taken off streets and put in holiday cabins for Pope Francis’s visit<p>The Philippines government came under fire on Friday after admitting that hundreds of homeless people were taken off Manila’s streets and put into luxury accommodation during …

Luxury Resort

Wife Stunned After Husband Bulldozes Their Home While She's Away

A woman in New York state says she came home to find her husband had allegedly torn down their suburban home while she was away.<p>Homeowner Diane …

New York City
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Lost 1927 Disney Christmas film found in Norway

The film, an almost complete version of Empty Socks, was discovered during an inventory at the library’s facility in Mo i Rana, near the Arctic circle<p>A copy of a 1927 Walt Disney cartoon which was thought to be lost has been found in northern Norway, the country’s National Library said Thursday.<p>The …

Latest Ebola fear: Safety of lab equipment

When physicians at the Nebraska Medical Center got their first Ebola case in September, they knew they'd rely heavily on sophisticated blood-test machines to monitor the man's condition. They didn't expect the virus might leave the machines incapacitated for longer than the patient.<p>Several leading …

Microsoft needs Minecraft to boost mobile ambitions | Reuters

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft’s impending purchase of Mojang, the Swedish developer with 100 million players of its open world Minecraft game, is more aimed at pulling users onto the software company’s obscure mobile platform than its better known PC system or Xbox game console.<p>The software …

Disney building 'Frozen' movie attraction at Florida's Epcot | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co is adding a new attraction based on the movie “Frozen” to its Epcot theme park in Orlando, Florida, the media company’s latest move to capitalize on the popularity of the blockbuster animated film.<p>The entrance gate to The Walt Disney Co is pictured in Burbank, …

Stadium Floodlights Powered By Footsteps? Possible, But Pricey

The floodlights of a new soccer field in Brazil are the world’s first to be powered by footsteps.<p>Located in a hilly slum near the center of Rio de Janiero, the soccer field features an energy technology called Pavegen, which generates electricity from the player’s movement.<p>A total of 200 Pavegen …

All Aboard! Miami to Orlando in 3 Hours on Planned Florida Train

All aboard! A private high-speed Florida railway service linking Miami with Orlando is set to begin operation by the end of 2016, using German rolling stock made in the U.S. All Aboard Florida plans an hourly schedule on 195 miles of existing tracks that have not been used for passenger trains in …

Trains

Yet another 'Frozen' spinoff: An Epcot theme park attraction

It's time for fans of Epcot's classic ride, Maelstrom, to let it go. "Frozen" is here.<p>Walt Disney Resorts announced Friday that construction has begun on a new attraction based on the animated hit "Frozen."<p>It will take the place of Maelstrom, a Norwegian boat ride at Walt Disney World's Epcot …

Move over Hogwarts, Harry Potter takes on Syracuse University's business school

The next chapter in the “Harry Potter” series is being written at an unexpected place: Syracuse University. Instead of magic, there’s technology. And …

Official: Surveillance flights begin in Syria

A CIA assessment puts the number of ISIS fighters at possibly more than three times the previous estimates.<p>The terror group that calls itself the Islamic State "can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria," a CIA spokesman told CNN on Thursday.<p>Analysts and U.S. officials …

ISIS fighter 'John' was reportedly known to British intelligence for over a year

The Islamic State militant who appeared in a video showing the execution of American journalist James Foley last month was known to British intelligence officials as a collector for London-based Arab charities before he traveled to Syria over a year ago, according to a new report.<p>The Daily Mirror …

3 Years to Destroy ISIS, U.S. Estimates

Rebels sold Steven Sotloff's location to ISIS for thousands, family rep says

The family of slain American hostage Steven Sotloff believes ISIS paid as much as $50,000 to rebels who alerted the militant group that the journalist had entered Syria, a spokesman told CNN.<p>The family had learned from "sources on the ground" that a member of a moderate rebel group reached out to …

UK sending arms to Iraqi government

<b>Heavy machine guns and ammunition are being donated to Iraq to help fight Islamic State militants, the Ministry of Defence says.</b><p>Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the equipment was worth about £1.6m, and there would be an estimated £475,000 in transport costs.<p>He said the UK was committed to …

Middle East

Attacks kill 30 people in Iraq's capital, Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks, mainly car bombings targeting security forces and markets, killed at least 30 people Wednesday in Iraq's capital, authorities said.<p>The deadliest attack took place when twin car bombs hit a police checkpoint near a pet market, killing at least 19 people, officials …

France ready to participate in Iraq airstrikes

PARIS (AP) — France offered Wednesday to take part in airstrikes against extremist fighters in Iraq if needed, but insisted on a more careful tack for Syria.<p>French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called for international mobilization against militants from the Islamic State group, which he called …