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Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo: We intend to sue Fox News

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN Tuesday she intends to sue Fox News in the wake of the channel's coverage of supposed "no-go zones" for non-Muslims.<p>Hidalgo said the channel had "insulted" her city.<p>"When we're insulted, and when we've had an image, then I think we'll have to sue, I think we'll …

CNN

This motion-controlled VR lightsaber is just as much fun as it looks

I finally know what it's like to use a lightsaber, kind of. Not a replica, with the plastic light-up blade and little speaker. I know what it feels like to grab a hilt and see it extend, then parry volley after volley of blasts from a training remote, sending them shooting across the room. Or to …

Slow down the virtual reality hype. We’re still waiting for the good stuff

Earlier this week, I asked Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe about a statement the company has been making since 2013: that a consumer version of its head-mounted display is “months, not years” away. “So we’re running out of months?” he joked. Then he reiterated what we already knew: Oculus isn’t sure when …

What Is It Like To Work As A Programmer For Riot?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What is it like to work as a programmer for a company like Blizzard or Riot?</i><p><i>Answer by Michael Shao, software engineer, gamer, nerd, on Quora</i><p>I was a “Software Engineering Intern” for Riot Games this past summer (May to August 2014), so hopefully my post …

Agile Development

2014: a year of brave, inspiring, young feminists

From a seven-year-old who took on a supermarket to the girls who stood up to authority against violence, racism and inequality, these girls make the future look bright<p>In a year of incredible achievements for the movement and general feminist kick-assery, a wave of young women has demonstrated …

A tale of two Tsarnaevs on eve of trial in Boston Marathon bombing

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two portraits have emerged of Boston Marathon terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose trial begins Monday.<p>There's Tsarnaev the bloodied fugitive, captured by police with rifle lasers tagging his head as he surrendered from a tarp-covered boat in a homeowner's backyard. That ended a massive …

Justice

Delay in Boston bombing trial denied; jury selection to start Monday

The trial of the Russian immigrant accused in the Boston Marathon bombings two years ago opens Monday morning in a federal courthouse just a short walk from the race finish line, the scene of the worst terrorist attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.<p>But before opening arguments and …

Justice

Sunday morning reminder from Our Lady Tina. http://t.co/aDdM7IT6uK

Setting the Agenda: How 43 Women Are Changing the World for Women in 2015

Saudi Women Drivers Sent to Terrorism Court

"The trial of peaceful reformers in a terrorism court underlines the political nature of this court."<p>Two Saudi women, who have been detained for nearly a month after defying a ban on female drivers, were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, according to the …

Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

The Mariana Trench cuts a 1,500-mile incision in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean near the island of Guam. That's where an international team of scientists has just spent over a month sending probes down to the deepest place on Earth.<p>The scientists were stunned by the amount of life they found …

Russian leaders seek to revisit history as tension with U.S. grows

A leading Russian elected official on Thursday called for an investigation of the United States' atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II as a "crime against humanity."<p>The effort to reconsider history by Sergei Naryshkin, the parliament's lower house speaker, comes on the heels …

Russia

Pope Francis, in Christmas Address, Focuses on Children’s Plight

Foreign jihadis change face of Syrian civil war

Fighters from overseas are an increasingly dominant – and sometimes resented – force in the fight against Bashar al-Assad<p>Muhammad no longer recognises his country. The 35-year-old former teacher from Idlib province says Syria has been so overrun by foreign fighters that they are the ones calling …

Wisconsin Man has Same 'Supernatural' Christmas Tree for 40 Years

A Wisconsin man has had the same Christmas tree for four decades.<p>Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree for the last time in 1974, when his six sons went …

Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack controversy

Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable."<p>Washington failed to offer any proof to back its claims of Pyongyang's involvement in the hacking, Russian …

Michael Murphy's 5 Must-See Holiday Movies

<i>Editor's Note: Michael Murphy is a full-time writer and part-time urban chicken rancher. He lives in Arizona with his wife of more than forty years</i> …

Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) review – a delirious, hallucinatory showbiz comedy

Michael Keaton is tremendous as the superhero movie star trying to reinvent himself as a serious actor in this freaky-deaky flight of fancy from Alejandro González Iñárritu<p>• Interview: Michael Keaton<p>You’ll believe a man can fly. Or you’ll believe that believing you can fly and flying are sort of …

How movies embraced Hinduism (without you even noticing)

From Interstellar to Batman and Star Wars the venerable religion has been the driving philosophy behind many hit movies. Why?<p>Interstellar’s box office total is $622,932,412 and counting. It is the eighth highest-grossing film of the year and has spawned an endless raft of thinkpieces testing the …

Psychology: Why boredom is bad... and good for you

Being bored could hinder our lives in ways we don’t realise – but it may also have helped shape one of our most productive characteristics, says David Robson.<p>I’ve met lots of people with a talent to bore in my time, but Sandi Mann is one of the few to have honed it as a craft. Eager volunteers …

Creativity

PSN down for PS4 — Lizard Squad claims responsibility

<i>Updated on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Pacific with Sony’s comments on the alleged attack.</i><p>You may have trouble playing online and accessing some features on PlayStation Network today.<p>PSN is down for many people on one of the biggest days for gaming of the year. A group of cyberattackers on Twitter called …

The True Story Behind Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

Louisa Gouliamaki—AFP/Getty Images<p>Soe Zeya Tun—Reuters<p>Andrew McConnell—UNHCR/Reuters<p>Anthony Devlin—AP<p>Pete Muller—EPA<p>R. Arnold—UNHCR/Reuters<p>Lefteris …

20 essential games for your new iPad

<i>Be sure to also check out our picks for essential iPhone games as well as our recommendations for Android phones and tablets.</i><p>Congratulations: Your new iPad helped change the term “mobile gamers” into just “gamers.”<p>You won’t have to compromise in quality or quantity of games on your new tablet. This …