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Chinese Jets Flew Dangerously Close During Intercept, U.S. Says

BEIJING — Two Chinese fighter jets flew too fast and too close to an American military aircraft patrolling the East China Sea, prompting a formal protest to the Chinese government, the United States Air Force said on Friday.<p>The episode on Wednesday involved an American WC-135 Constant Phoenix …

Lab notes: emerging from the week’s science like a naked mole rat from a burrow

This week’s biggest stories<p>In a week in which we discovered that a rather large river has disappeared (hat tip to anthropogenic climate change, you old rogue!) and that aliens so far seem to desire no encounters with us, let alone close ones, it might seem tempting to turn on, tune in and drop out. …

Topsy-turvy French election still has surprises in store

PARIS (AP) — A French presidential campaign that's been filled with unprecedented twists and turns still has surprises in store heading into Sunday's …

Trump picks conservative loyalists for top security, law enforcement jobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump picked three conservative loyalists to lead his national security and law enforcement teams on Friday, underscoring his campaign promise to take a hard line confronting Islamist militancy and curbing illegal immigration.<p>Trump picked U.S. …

Australian police find baby koala in woman's bag

<b>(CNN) —</b> A woman arrested by police in Brisbane, Australia, shocked officers by handing over a zipped bag containing a baby koala.<p>The 50-year-old woman was stopped during a patrol and arrested on "outstanding matters." When asked if she had anything to declare, she presented the green canvas bag and …

Koala

San Francisco's housing market is at a tipping point

A shortage of housing inventory, with demand that has not flatlined, has jacked up home prices at a faster pace than inflation and wage growth.<p>Among the biggest housing markets, San Francisco was the most expensive in the fourth quarter, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.<p>But sales, …

Analysis: Iran nuclear deal puts US in bind amid criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is in a bind. Between Iran and a hard place.<p>As it seeks to implement, preserve and strengthen the landmark …

Google axes free Fiber option in Kansas City

Google's fiber-optic broadband service, Google Fiber, has grabbed headlines for offering gigabit Internet for as low as $70 per month, but it also …

Telecoms

FIFA acknowledges World Cup hosting bribes, asks US for cash

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA acknowledged Wednesday that past World Cups were awarded based on bribes, and the organization wants U.S. prosecutors to give it …

Ring's Video Doorbell Pro is a sleeker, more powerful home portal

It's 1080p, more controllable and doesn't scream 'gadget' quite so loudly.<p>Ring's Video Doorbell is helpful if you want to know who's gracing your door, but it has its limitations: it streams in 720p, its motion detection isn't fine-grained, and its boxy design can stick out like a sore thumb. …

Home Depot

Skype for Web can now call landlines and play embedded YouTube videos

Skype for Web is getting more useful today as it adds a few features to bring it to parity with the desktop apps.<p>First up, you can now call cellphones and landlines right from the Web app. As expected, you’ll have to pay, but it’s a good and fairly affordable option (prices start at 2.3¢/min for …