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Sources: U.S. copters support Iraqi troops battling ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> U.S. helicopter gunships supported Iraqi ground forces battling ISIS militants in al-Baghdadi, military sources said, an action that brings U.S. troops closer to combat.<p>On Saturday, the U.S. military said al-Baghdadi was "contested," as Iraqi forces fought back.<p>The U.S. military Friday …

Islamic State (ISIS)

How Smart Is Your Artificial Intelligence?

Book smart ≠ Street smart<p>In 1950, Alan Turing, a pioneer of artificial intelligence (AI), proposed what’s now known as the Turing Test—an evaluation of a machine’s ability to behave like a human. Though there’s still plenty of room to improve, many AI systems are nearing Turing’s benchmark. And as …

Artificial Intelligence

HSBC’s private Swiss bank served everyone from alleged arms dealers to pop stars

An investigation into 100,000 individuals who held accounts with HSBC’s Private Bank turned up a roster of royals, arms dealers, sanctioned Russian businessmen, and on-the-lam politicians—along with music icons Tina Turner, Phil Collins, and David Bowie. The leaks of the bank’s sometimes-unsavory …

Corruption

Kanye West on Beck's Grammy: 'He Should've Given His Award to Beyonce'

When Kanye West rushed the Grammys stage Sunday night after Beck's "Morning Phase" was named Album of the Year, a brief moment of shock swept through the audience. Was it a stunt referencing the 2009 ceremony, during which Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift and said her statue should have gone to …

Music

Bob Dylan: 'Critics have been giving me a hard time since day one'

Bob Dylan has taken aim at his critics, claiming that his “divisive” music has always been singled out for attack.<p>“Critics have been giving me a hard time since day one,” he said. “Critics say I can’t sing. I croak. Sound like a frog. Why don’t critics say that same thing about Tom Waits? Critics …

Charlie Brown

US authorities are investigating JPMorgan for hiring a China minister's son despite his being a terrible job candidate

Gao Jue, son of minister Gao Hucheng, was hired by JPMorgan and kept on during major job cuts despite an extremely poor performance, and after he inadvertently sent a sexually explicit email to human resources, the paper said.<p>The elder Gao said he was willing to "go extra miles" for the bank if his …

Baftas under fire for forgetting Bob Hoskins's death

Bafta organisers have come under fire for failing to include the late Bob Hoskins, who died in April, in the awards ceremony’s annual In Memoriam segment.<p>Hoskins, who won the best actor Bafta in 1986 for Neil Jordan neo-noir Mona Lisa, was omitted in favour of Hollywood stars such as Lauren Bacall, …

Robin Williams

Kim Kardashian Wore Her Grammys Robe Dress to the Airport

Red carpet, TSA line, what's the difference?<p>We love a great outfit change (or several), but we can also respect when a celeb tries to get as much use out of a fancy 'fit as possible. Case in point: Kim Kardashian, who clearly saw the robe-y silhouette of her Jean Paul Gaultier Grammys gown and …

Plane missing for half century found in Andes

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean mountaineers say they have found the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Andes 54 years ago, killing 24 people, including eight members of a professional soccer team.<p>The group said they came across the wreckage at an altitude of about 10,500 feet about 215 miles …

South America

Don’t look now, but Microsoft has more than 100 iOS and Android apps

As Microsoft works on revamping its underperforming Windows Phone platform, part of its strategy is to make more apps for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, which together power 96% of the smartphones sold last year. “We’re going to be everywhere,” a Microsoft exec told me last year.<p>Microsoft is …

Apps

Jordan says it has carried out 56 air strikes against Isis

Air force chief claims destruction of 19 targets, as US says Iraqi troops are set to start major ground offensive against jihadists<p>Jordan has announced it has carried out 56 air strikes on Isis in recent days, as a top US envoy said Iraqi troops would begin a major ground offensive against the …

Middle East

Second shark attack in as many days kills surfer off Australia beach

A Japanese national was killed Monday after a shark tore off his legs while he was surfing off Australia's east coast, not far from the area where another surfer was mauled by a shark a day earlier, officials said.<p>The 41-year-old man was sitting on his board waiting for a wave when the shark came …

What Beyonce Wore to the Grammys 2015: All the Pictures and Outfits

If you turn the Grammys off after the red carpet's over, no judgement here, 'k? Even though most of the big fashion moments are stacked in the pre-show hours, the main gig is pretty fantastic and there are times when stars surprise you with some seriously stylish moments. Enter: Beyoncé.<p>The filmy …

9 Super-Chic, Walk-In Closets

Modern closets with punchy hues, plush seating, and beaded chandeliers.<p>Take a cue from these glamorous, modern closet designs and paint your walls with a punchy hue, add a plush chair, or a hang a beaded chandelier.

15 weirdest moments at the 57th annual Grammy awards

The Grammys are a night of spectacular performances, gorgeous outfits and musicians being incredibly weird.<p>From ELO to Katy Perry, the night was …

Sling TV opens the floodgates, accepts sign-ups without invites

Image copyright Janko Roettgers / Gigaom.Sling TV, the online TV streaming service from Dish Networks, is now available to everyone: The service …

Smart TV

Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

When Barbara Marder was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago, she had part of her right lung removed, went through a round of chemotherapy and tried to move on with her life.<p>"I had hoped that everything was fine — that I would not create difficulty for my children, that I would get to see my …

Cancer

Ex-TSMC employee sued for spilling chip secrets to Samsung

Knowing how much is at stake, things can get pretty vicious when you’re a manufacturer with a shot at providing Apple with vital components for its next generation iPhone.<p>We’ve known for some time that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung have been battling it out over who gets picked …

Fabrication

North Korea flaunts its 'cutting-edge' missiles

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea tested what it described as a new type of "cutting-edge" anti-ship missile with its leader Kim Jong Un pictured beaming at the launch, as shown in state media on Saturday.<p>But some analysts are saying North Korea's touted missiles appear to be Russian designs.<p>The announcement of …

North Korea

11 Terrible Resume Mistakes That Are Keeping You From Getting Hired

The resume is virtually a prerequisite to gainful employment. But for such an important document, it's astounding how much can go wrong.<p>Bad grammar, flowery language and too many words are just some of the mistakes that can make potential employers toss your resume in the trash.<p>The U.S. job market …

Did the New Game of Thrones Special Spoil a Major Character Death?

Last night HBO aired a 30 minute documentary called <i>A Day in the Life</i> which took place over the course of one day (allegedly) and in several different countries. You can watch the entire special here.<p>Or, if you like, you can just scroll through the highlights I’ve curated below. There are no <i>real</i> …

Hong Kong bitcoin exchange disappears with at least $8.1 million

Early reports had suggested as much as £254 million ($386 million) could be lost, based on MyCoin's own figures on customers. There may be more victims that have yet to come forward and report their losses, however.<p>MyCoin offered clients to invest in a contract that would provide a HK$1 million …

Hong Kong

Mars One mission: a one-way trip to the red planet in 2024

From more than 200,000 people who hoped to leave Earth and die on Mars, only 660 remain in the running. They now face a more stringent astronaut selection process. Those who make the final cut earn a seat on the Mars One mission, a one-way trip to the red planet.<p><b>How will the astronauts be …

Space Exploration

I Hate Selfie Sticks. Was the Human Arm Such a Problem?

I just want to grab each one I see and break it over my knee.<p>If CES showed us anything, it’s that the selfie stick is here to stay.<p>For those few who have not yet been annoyed by them, these devices are telescoping wands that allow users to extend their phone cameras to get a better shot when …

Mobile Photography

Should You Actually Post That Online? Your Ultimate Guide

In this “pics or it didn’t happen” era where everything—and I mean everything—gets posted online, it’s not unusual to cringe a few times while …

Men twice as likely to post a selfie

When it comes to selfies, it looks like men are the vanity champs. A survey in Britain by smartphone maker HTC found that young guys are twice as likely to post a selfie—figure three times a week, on average, versus 1.6 for women, reports the <i>Irish Examiner</i>.<p>And the vast majority of those shots (76%) …

Narendra Modi Has Given 70,000 People In Delhi What They Needed Most: Selfies With Him

Modi has built thousands of "selfie booths" around New Delhi. He knows what us youths really want. He gets us. #ThankYouModiJi<p>As the BJP have done in the past, they tried to encourage the younger, more technology driven youth to vote in the upcoming Delhi elections with the #SelfieWithModi campaign …

India

Hot Celebrities Arrive for the Grammys