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Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

The Smartest Hardwood Floors We've Ever Seen

Is this tech feature the new trend?<p>Could your hardwood floor actually remove toxins and improve the air quality in your home? It sounds like a very tall order, but Lauzon Flooring's Pure Genius line has made the concept a reality.<p>Activated by light and air movement, this super smart floor is said …

The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Painting Furniture

Improve a less-than-stellar piece with paint, patience, and my tricks. I had the oops moments; now you can learn from them.<p>There's no shortage of tutorials about painting furniture online. And I've used a lot of them to paint dressers, console tables, chairs, mirrors, and more. But I have found …

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

Woman calls herself a 'servant of Allah,' faces sentencing for ISIS plan

<b>Golden, Colorado (CNN) —</b> A Colorado resident who pleaded guilty to wanting to join ISIS jihad has adopted a new Muslim first name and prepared a new hairstyle for her sentencing Friday.<p>Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, now prefers to go by Amatullah, she told CNN during a visit to her jailhouse the day …

Criminal Sentencing

Google allegedly close to launching its own wireless service using Sprint and T-Mobile

Google is working on its own wireless service for phones that would piggyback on the networks of T-Mobile and Sprint, <i>The Information</i> reports. <i>The Verge</i> has been able to independently verify that the project is indeed underway. By purchasing bandwidth from two of the big four national carriers …

T-Mobile

Photograph: PR<p>Robert Redford has a film playing at his own festival this year: an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods with Nick Nolte …

Film Festivals

Dough pours in for pizza delivery guy after 'belittling' at car business

<b>(CNN) —</b> Seven dollars multiplied by empathy on an online fundraising page equals more than $11,000 for a pizza delivery guy who received an apology for how he was treated at a Massachusetts business.<p>The sales manager of a Westport car dealership has apologized "for the actions" of employees caught …

Online Life

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

High-Definition

20 apps and games to download for the new year

APPS<p><b>HERE BETA</b><p><b>Android - FREE</b><p>Looking for an alternative to Google Maps on your Android device? Nokia has made its maps and satnav app available in beta form for free. It’s impressive, whether navigating on foot or by car, particularly offline when reception is low or non-existent.<p><b>PAUSE - CURATED</b> …

Apps

We get Huck Finn all wrong: Race, Mark Twain, children and myths of an American classic

Our sense of comedy and seriousness in “Huck Finn” says more about America now than America in Mark Twain’s time<p>For anyone who wants to try to unravel the tangled knot that ties modern Americans to their past, Mark Twain’s <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn</i> (1885) remains essential. According to the …

10 who might have an impact on 2016 campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the year that will pass before the 2016 campaign for president formally kicks off with the votes in the Iowa Caucus, any number …

How Does Caffeine Work?

Caffeine isn’t the kickstarting jitter-drug you think it is. If anything, it’s a sneaky imposter.<p>First, a little biology. As your neurons fire …

Ferguson witnesses: Some lied

<b>(CNN)</b> -- The grand jury in the case of Michael Brown's shooting didn't just face an onslaught of witnesses with conflicting memories of what happened the day white police officer Darren Wilson killed Brown, an unarmed black teenager. It also heard from witnesses who couldn't be believed at all.<p>Some …

Stephen Colbert schooled Fox News hard: Comedy, Bill O’Reilly and the exposure of right-wing patriotism lies

The comedian’s hyper-patriotic persona was the key to parodying blathering know-nothings like Fox’s Bill O’Reilly<p>As we enter the final days of "The Colbert Report" there is much speculation about what will come next for the comedian when he goes on to host "The Late Show." One of the most important …

“Princeton Mom” tells CNN: Acquaintance rape isn’t rape, it’s a “learning experience”!

Here’s a quintessential example of everything wrong with how we talk about rape<p>Controversial author Susan Patton, otherwise known as "Princeton Mom," went on CNN on Thursday and did what some might consider to be a public service: She illustrated pretty much everything wrong with the way we talk …

US agency infiltrated Cuban hip-hop scene to spark youth unrest

Hip-hop has emerged as the latest covert weapon in the US government’s hapless attempts to unseat Cuba’s communist government.<p>Like its previous efforts, including exploding cigars, Cuban Twitter and the botched Bay of Pigs invasion, the attempt to co-opt rappers ended in ignominious failure, new …

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The Dirt on Dirt: 5 Things You Should Know About Soil

It's World Soil Day: why our life depends on it.<p>We walk on it every day. Get it under our fingernails. Track it into the house. But do we really appreciate the vital role soil plays—not just in the environment, but in human health?<p>The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is giving soil …

Bill Cosby and drugging: My 34-year-old secret

EXCLUSIVE: I’d known about his dark side since that night in 1981. I had no idea what to say about it — until now<p>“Did I ever drug you?” Bill Cosby joked when I entered his dressing room at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California, in February 2005. He was performing at the venue, and it was …

What’s the secret to holding your breath?

Some can manage five minutes, others barely one. But the trick to holding your breath is actually rather surprising<p>How long can you hold your breath? I’m trying it right now. The first 30 seconds are easy. I’m ready to give up at 45 seconds but I push on through, and it seems to get easier for a …

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Hear a Lost Waylon Jennings Recording of ‘Sunday Morning Comin’ Down’

When Record Store Day opens for business at music shops around the country on Black Friday, it’ll do so with a triple shot of Waylon Jennings. Black …

Country Music

'Night Will Fall' an eye-opener about documenting Nazi camps

The documentary "Night Will Fall," receiving an Oscar-qualifying run in advance of its HBO premiere in January, is a masterfully constructed, eye-opening and, at times, eyes-averting look at an obscure chapter of Holocaust history. It's also one of the most harrowing cinematic journeys on the topic …

Why your cat really loves treats

A newly sequenced cat genome sheds new light on the habits of our favorite felines<p>A cat’s genome has finally been sequenced, and there’s a reason our domesticated furry pals like treats so much.<p>Cats are relative newcomers to the domesticated human world, sauntering onto the scene 9,000 years ago, …

What movie audiences get wrong about Jennifer Lawrence

The Oscar winner and Internet darling is the planet’s biggest action star. So why is she not thought of as one?<p><i>The Hunger Games</i> is on the verge of breaking a record: If this year's first installment of <i>Mockingjay</i> performs in line with previous entries in the franchise, <i>The Hunger Games</i> will be the …