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Arctic snap will ice Northern states, whipped down by 'bomb cyclone'

The ice man cometh. And does so early this year, after a former Pacific typhoon flew up toward the Arctic and rammed the jet stream.<p>The stream has whipped south, dragging down frigid air from Canada over the northern Plains and Mountain States and the Upper Midwest, according to the National …

Crazy clouds over paris: http://t.co/0eeKge1uV2

Fireball lit up Texas sky, NASA says - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: A photo previously accompanying this story was not of Saturday's meteor event and has been removed.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- What burns five times brighter than a full moon and flies through the air with its tail sticking out behind it?<p>Many Texas residents reported seeing a meteor streaming across …

Huge raid to shut down 400-plus dark net sites

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1122000/1122100_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1527076109_73fddd4fa598b9c777eaed25da0cba9f<p><b>Silk Road 2.0 and 400 other sites believed to be selling illegal items including drugs and weapons have been shut down.</b><p>The sites operated on the Tor …

Darknet

Violence spreads across Israel after shooting in Galilee

Months of simmering violence between Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem spread to Israeli Arab towns this weekend after police shot and killed a 22-year-old man in the Galilee town of Kufr Kana, apparently as he was running away.<p>In their original statements about the death on Friday night …

US air strike on Islamic State convoy killed leader’s key aide

A key aide to the leader of Islamic State (Isis) has been killed in a US strike on a convoy near the Iraqi city of Mosul that destroyed 10 vehicles carrying a number of the group’s top militants.<p>Abdul Rahman al-Athaee, also known as Abu Saja, died in the attack on Friday. A key aide to the Isis …

Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller back in US after release from North Korea

The two men arrive at a Washington state military base after flying back with US intelligence director James Clapper, who secured their release<p>Two Americans released from captivity in North Korea have landed at a Washington state military base after their departure was secured through a secret …

Ukraine crisis: Tanks 'cross border' from Russia

<b>A column of 32 tanks and 30 trucks has crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia, the Ukrainian government says.</b><p>The trucks were carrying ammunition and fighters, said a military spokesman, but the BBC cannot confirm his report.<p>A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 5 September, although …

Russia

Obama Deploys Up to 1,500 More Troops to Iraq

President Barack Obama on Friday authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq in an expansion of the American fight against ISIS militants, the Pentagon said.<p>If all 1,500 are deployed, it would almost double the American presence in Iraq. The troops will serve in a non-combat role, …

National Security

​Half of the stars in our universe live in the space between galaxies

Hubble's deep field imagery is breathtaking, but what lies between those thousands of spiral-arm galaxies? More stars, of course. Data collected by CIBER rockets (Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment)show that as many as half of the stars in the universe are orphans -- suns that spun out of their …

Associated Press News

Former UNC athlete sues school over academic scandal

A former University of North Carolina football player has become the first to sue the university over an 18-year academic scandal that kept athletes eligible to play sports by taking classes that never met.<p>Mike McAdoo was a football player who lost his eligibility in 2011 when he was accused of …

Bankrupt Sapphire Glass Supplier Reveals New Details Of Its Disturbing Relationship With Apple

In a supplemental declaration by GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller unsealed on Friday outlining GT Advanced's relationship with Apple, it's clear — at least as Squiller tells it — that Apple and GT's relationship was doomed from the start.<p>We first saw the document after it was posted by the folks at …

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with attempting to have 2 men killed

Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary hard rock band AC/DC, has been charged with attempting to have two men killed.<p>The 60-year-old appeared in a New Zealand court Thursday afternoon facing a count of attempting to procure the murder of two men, said Bay of Plenty Police District representative Kim …

Ukraine’s rebel ‘people’s republics’ begin work of building new states

The coming winter and the threat of renewed fighting hang over Donetsk and Luhansk after rushed elections<p>New metallic letters have already been hung above the entrance of what was once the Ukraine tax service headquarters in Donetsk, spelling out: “Taxes and Revenues Ministry of the Donetsk …

Astronauts in Space Put a GoPro Camera Inside a Floating Ball of Water…Just Because It’s Cool

Who can forget when Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield demonstrated how fascinating the simple act of wringing out a wet wash cloth could be in space? Though Hadfield is now back on Earth, that doesn’t mean the fun on the International Space Station has stopped.<p>European Space Agency astronaut …

Antarctic Islands Now on Google Street View

Digital adventurers around the globe can now view remote islands made famous by British explorer Earnest Shackleton’s legendary survival epic in the Antarctic, 100 years after the voyage began.<p>In early 1915, a year after the launch of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, his ship, the</i> …

Antarctica

On abortion, election delivered mixed messages

The 2014 midterm election was a mixed bag for abortion rights supporters: Two out of three state ballot measures that would have regulated the procedure went down to defeat, but control of the<p>U.S. Senateswung to theRepublican Party, with its antiabortion candidates claiming victory.<p>"It is a happy …

Rights & Freedoms

Britain steps up military aid for Kurds waging war on jihadists

Michael Fallon announces more arms to Kurdish troops in Iraq on visit to north of the country - but Kurd leaders say binoculars not enough to combat jihadis<p>Britain is to send more troops, arms and ammunition to Iraq to bolster the fight against Islamist terrorists, Michael Fallon, the Defence …

Why Cops In Britain And New Zealand Don't Carry Guns

You might assume this would lead to more officer fatalities, but that's not the case.<p>In Britain, this tradition stretches back to the 19th century. When the Metropolitan Police force was formed, people feared the military and wanted to avoid a police force that was oppressive, according to the …

Terrawatch: Tibetan plateau shifting and stretching over time

Covering an area 10 times the size of the UK and with an average altitude greater than Mont Blanc, the Tibetan plateau is a serious geological oddity. Today it plays a huge part in controlling the Asian monsoons.<p>For decades geologists have debated how and when the plateau reached its lofty heights, …

Russia snubs nuclear meeting

No delegation from Moscow at planning session for 2016 summit on preventing terrorists gaining weapons-grade material<p>Russia failed to show up at meeting planning a 2016 nuclear security summit, US and European officials said on Monday, leaving unclear Moscow’s intentions for future participation in …

Working irregular shifts can age the brain by extra 6.5 years, study finds

Research suggests working outside normal hours for decade or more may ‘chronically’ reduce cognition and damage health<p>Working shifts significantly damages people’s ability to think and remember, and doing so for at least a decade “ages” the brain by an extra six and a half years, new research has …

Russia statue dismantled after Apple CEO comes out

MOSCOW (AP) — A two-meter (six-foot) statue of an iPhone on a university campus in St. Petersburg has been taken down in response to last week's …