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Big win for coffee lovers — science says it has this very major health benefit

Coffee is one substance that has <i>a lot</i> of nicknames. There’s java, mud, joe, cup o’ joe, caffeine, cuppa, and you most likely have your own special, …

How much groundwater is there?

Scientists have calculated the total volume of water in the Earth's crust for the first time.<p>About six quintillion gallons. That's the amount Earth's …

Is software development art or science? GeekWire podcast with Software Engineering Daily

Jeff Meyerson, the host of the podcast Software Engineering Daily, sparked a big debate on GeekWire last week with his piece on coding bootcamps vs. …

UK’s first rooftop geodesic science lab pops up on a girls’ school

1/8<p>Solardome science lab for the Watford Grammar School for Girls<p>A new wave of great female scientists may spring from a UK girls’ school’s amazing …

Instead of planning every moment when visiting Seattle, I let the locals guide me

<i>Dispatch is a new series of first-person stories from the road. Readers can share their experiences, from the sublime to the strange.</i><p>Vacations can present a strange form of tyranny. You're going away to rest and recharge. But more often than not, you find yourself caught in an endless cycle of …

Hill Republicans move to 'pause' Syrian refugee effort, with states having limited say

Most U.S. governors have made clear they don’t want Syrian refugees in their states after the deadly Paris terror attacks, but only Congress appears to have the authority to stop President Obama’s plan.<p>And Capitol Hill lawmakers are moving swiftly.<p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and …

Two Paris-Bound Air France Flights Diverted After Threats

The passenger planes, one from Los Angeles and the other from Washington, D.C., were bound for Paris Tuesday when threats were made. No explosives were found.<p>Air France Flight 65 from Los Angeles to Paris was diverted because of a "security issue," Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen …

Two Air France planes diverted after threats were received; nothing found

Air France said two flights bound from the United States to Paris were diverted Tuesday night after threats were received. One of the flights had taken off from Dulles International Airport in Virginia, and the other had taken off from Los Angeles.<p>Both airplanes landed safely, the airline said: the …

Shootings kill man, injure 5, including 3 teens on South Side

A man was killed and five other people were injured, including a 13-year-old girl and two 17-year-old boys, in separate shootings Tuesday, Chicago police said.<p>Most recently, a 39-year-old man was shot and killed around 11:55 p.m. in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, according to police …

Google+ to get a complete overhaul

Google+ hasn't lived up to its full potential as a social network developed and promoted by Google, one of the world's largest and most innovative organisations. However, the US-based tech giant isn't giving up on the platform.<p>On Tuesday, it began the rollout of a completely redesigned Google+, one …

Charlie Sheen gives the public an HIV drama, but we may be too numb to his troubles

Charlie Sheen has long been a reckless character of surreal weirdness, but his public announcement Tuesday that he is HIV positive played like a strange soliloquy inside a titillating drama that revealed as much about him and his troubles as it did our frenetic, confessional, media-saturated …

At Least 32 Dead After Blast in Nigerian Market

An explosion at a produce market in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday night killed at least 32 people and injured scores more, emergency authorities in …

Paris attacks: the Muslim victims of terrorist bullets

Houda Saadi, a 35-year-old waitress of Tunisian descent, was celebrating her birthday with her sister Halima and 10 other friends at La Belle Equipe in the 11th arrondissement when two terrorists sprayed the terrace with gunfire. Houda and Halima, who leaves behind a husband and two children aged …

8 Reasons Your Kid Isn't Sleeping Well, And How To Address Them

Does this parent’s dilemma sound familiar?<p>She’s so hard to awaken in the mornings, and so grumpy and out of sorts that I’m sure she’s not getting enough sleep. And yet, I can’t seem to get her to go to sleep at a reasonable hour in the evenings. What can I do to help her?<p>It didn’t used to be like …

11 Beautiful Italian Words And Phrases That Just Don't Translate

Image: IakovKalinin<p>Italy is indisputably a land of beautiful things: beautiful landscapes, cities, cuisine, fashion and people. It’s also home to a beautiful language -- a language after our own heart that celebrates adventure, the art of treating yourself and, of course, mind-blowingly delicious …

2 Air France flights to Paris diverted because of bomb threats

Two Paris-bound flights – including one that departed from Los Angeles – were diverted and grounded Tuesday evening because of bomb threats, prompting investigations by local and federal authorities.<p>The two Air France flights received anonymous bomb threats via telephone after takeoff, and the …

YouTube Kids app launches in UK and Ireland for child-friendly videos

Android and iOS app will feature local channels including Stampy, Morph and Little Baby Bum, funded by ‘family friendly’ advertisements<p>YouTube is launching its YouTube Kids app in the UK and Ireland, nine months after its child-friendly service went live in the US.<p>More than 10 million American …

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Two Air France flights from U.S. diverted by bomb threats

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the United States were diverted for several hours on Tuesday following anonymous bomb threats, and more than 700 passengers and crew were safely taken off the planes, officials said.<p>Emergency personnel are shown on the tarmac at …

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French officials yet to identify two suspects killed in Paris assault

Terrorist cell ‘ready to act’ prosecutor says as it is revealed suspected mastermind behind attacks in capital not among eight arrested during St-Denis raid<p>French police fired nearly 5,000 rounds during a ferocious firefight north of Paris with a fourth terrorist cell that was “ready to strike” – …

I Asked New York Cabbies Who They Were Talking to on the Phone

For many cab drivers, chatting with someone through a Bluetooth isn't just a form of entertainment, it's a way to stay sane.<p>When I moved to New York, I told myself I wouldn't spend any money on cabs. I was an intern at a TV network, and thus didn't have what one could describe as a steady income: …

BREMMER: The Paris attacks put Russia and Iran ‘in a stronger position'

"We must combine our forces to achieve a result that is already too late in coming," French President Francois Hollande said in a rousing speech at the Palace of Versailles on Monday, days after France suffered the deadliest attack on its soil since World War II, at the hands of assailants linked …