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6 dead in 'calculated' shooting at backyard party in Pa.

The ambush-style killing of five people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, at a backyard party in a Pittsburgh suburb was a "calculated, brutal" operation, the Allegheny district attorney said Thursday, according to local media reports.<p>The medical examiner ruled the death of the …

Crime

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U.S., China agree to draft resolution on North Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The United States and China have reached an agreement on a new United Nations Security Council draft resolution aimed at punishing North Korea in the wake of its recent nuclear test and for violating previous resolutions, a Security Council diplomat told CNN on Wednesday.<p>The resolution is …

North Korea

4 simple, smart furniture arrangement tips for decorating your first home

(BPT) - Buying your first home? Congratulations! Now you get the pleasure of decorating and deciding where everything should go in your new …

BJ the Chicago Kid: In My Mind Album Review

Bryan James Sledge, who goes by the moniker BJ the Chicago Kid, has a soft, gentle voice, which is perfect for delivering multiple love letters. On <i>In My Mind</i>, his first major-label release, he doesn’t sing as much as he coos, adoringly, at the object of his affection, whose identity is renewed in …

A super-simple way to find your lost smartphone is hidden in Google

Sure, it's not exactly consequential in the grand scheme of things.<p>But it sure is frustrating when you need to make a call or check something and it's nowhere to be found.<p>Luckily, Google has built a way to quickly and easily locate misplaced phones — read on to check it out.

ISIS propaganda video threatens Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey over account deletions

Facebook and Twitter, it seems, are indeed having an impact in the fight against ISIS, at least online.<p>Last week we reported on a George Washington University study that concluded the Islamic State was having a difficult time spreading propaganda, or recruiting, on Twitter. This coincides with …

Jack Dorsey

14 DIY Branch Projects You'll Definitely Want to Stick in Your Home

The 9 Paint Color Mistakes You Should Never Make

Case in point: This bedroom makes four of them.<p>If you ever spent more time agonizing over the difference between "Sunshine Yellow" and "Daylight Yellow" than you have with your family in a given week, we feel your pain. Choosing a color isn't a decision to take lightly, as it sets a room's mood and …

14 Paint Colors That Make Your Small Space Feel Bigger

These expert-approved hues may be the secret to opening up a minuscule or cramped-feeling room.<p>The right paint color can accomplish a lot — it can flatter everyone in the room, help bring good energy to a space, and even keep you from getting sick. And luckily for small space dwellers, a …

16 Ways to Bring Rose Quartz to Dinner This Spring

Blush pink has been slowly making a comeback in our home decorating over the past year. But by naming Rose Quartz the color of the year, Pantone has …

DIY Cubicle Organization

More often than not, cubicle life seems anything but elegant. Yet you just might be surprised to discover that as the organization factor goes up, so …

Home Decorating

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is making this iPhone fan jealous

It’s been a while since I paid any serious attention to Samsung devices, but at MWC the company caught my eye. The S7, which was announced on Sunday at the company’s Unpacked event doesn’t look all that different from last year, but it’s making me jealous.<p>Samsung’s embrace of building an ecosystem …

Samsung

The Scientist Who Believes Your Personality Predicts Your Taste in Music

There’s no accounting for taste, unless, that is, you are a scientist whose job it is to account for such intangible things. David Greenberg, a …

Psychology

Girls Bedroom Design and Decorating Turning Attic into Bright and Elegant Living Space

Attic bedroom design and decorating is a challenging and fun project. Creating functional zones, using comfortable furniture and light neutral colors …

Interior Design

13 Spots You Never Thought to Paint (But Definitely Should)

Here's proof that a little bit of color can make a huge difference.<p>Here's proof that a little bit of color can make a huge difference.

We Asked a Lawyer About Ciara's Defamation Lawsuit Against Future

Will Future survive? Why $15 million? What does defamation even mean?<p><i>Photo via a now-deleted Instagram post</i><p>Future and Ciara’s coupling was supposed to be perfect, just like a fairy tale or a socialist society. It began in early 2013, as two Atlanta artists came together to create a beautiful song …

Music Review: Kanye West evolves again on 'TLOP'

Kanye West, "The Life of Pablo" (GOOD Music/Def Jam)<p>Some two decades ago, Prince re-named himself with an unpronounceable symbol and scrawled "SLAVE" on his cheek in a feud with Warner Bros Records. He spent lavishly on unreleased creative projects and he put out a video game. Then he sang about …

Hospital paid hackers $17,000 to unlock data held for ransom

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) revealed in a statement (PDF) today that it paid hackers $17,000 in Bitcoin to unlock its files after the attackers used malware to encrypt and hold them for ransom.<p>The hospital noticed issues on its network on February 5 and managed to restore its …

Skype's Android and iOS apps let you video chat with 24 other people

Group video calling on our smartphones isn't a new idea, but Skype -- arguably the most well-known name in video calls -- hasn't supported it, until now. Today, Microsoft announced that group video calling will start rolling out in the Skype iOS and Android apps. For starters, the capability is …

9 Surprising Secrets About Chicago and Its History

<i>City Secrets is a new mental_floss feature sharing fascinating facts and stories from the histories of famous cities.</i><p>The City of Big Shoulders, The …

Chicago River

Chicagoland was Disney's land (and will be again)

Most casual Disney fans know that Walt Disney was a real person and not just a brand name for a major company. Those with a bit more savvy know that Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland is based on an idealized version of the turn-of-the-century town of Marceline, Mo., the place where Walt Disney lived …

Walt Disney Company

The best player in college hoops isn't afraid to smack-talk Drake

Australian freshman Ben Simmons is the best thing in college hoops this year, if you haven't been paying attention.<p>He has NBA-ready game — and, …

Morning Spin: Two African-American congressmen stand by Emanuel despite police shootings

<i>Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>It's Wednesday, Jan. 6, the day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel opposed a federal probe of his Law Department despite a federal judge finding one of …

New charges for suspects in Boston terror case

<b>(CNN) —</b> Federal prosecutors announced new charges Friday against two men accused in the Boston terror attack plot foiled last week when officers killed suspect Usaamah Rahim.<p>David Wright and Nicholas Rovinski are accused of conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, the Department of Justice …

Terrorism