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The Difference Between Living in New York and San Francisco

<i>This originally appeared on</i> <i>TheCooperReview.com</i><i>.</i><p>After living in New York for 5 years, I recently moved to San Francisco. Neither city is clearly …

8 Cheaper Alternatives to Popular European Destinations

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/alcuin lai</i><p>Rome, Munich, the French Riviera -- all European bucket list spots renowned for their history, their culture, and their affinity for chain smoking and tiny cars. But you know else they're known for? Overpriced everything. And hoards of visitors …

European Travel

10 weird gadgets that are really popular

Goofy gadget concepts, along with their pun-driven brands and bizarre commercials, have moved from "As Seen on TV" to crowdfunding sites.<p>Here are 10 of the weirdest gadgets on Indiegogo and Kickstarter that made our foreheads crinkle with wonder.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Wired In.</b> Telling someone to go away is hard. If …

Crowd Funding

Mom of accused cop killer in Hattiesburg: 'The drugs had him '

The man accused of killing two Hattiesburg, Miss., police officers during a weekend traffic stop was addicted to drugs and possibly heard voices in his head, his mother told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.<p>Mary Smith said she tried again and again to get her son Marvin Banks, 29, who lived with …

Starbucks not liable for spilled coffee that burned officer, jury says

Police Sgt. Matthew Kohr got a cup of coffee from his usual barista, Ali, one day in January 2012 at Starbucks Store No. 8373 in the North Carolina capital.<p>The venti-size coffee blend — Kohr says Ali called it "something special" — was hot. It spilled into the officer's lap. His inner thigh was …

The telescope looking for the beginning of time

The Giant Magellan Telescope will be the world's biggest telescope -- and it will look deeper into the past than we've ever seen before.<p>The universe is a big place.<p>Let's rephrase that. The universe is a gargantuan place. At this moment in time, astronomers believe that it measures some 93 billion …

Universe

Houston man makes last-ditch plea to supreme court to halt his execution

Derrick Dewayne Charles murdered girlfriend, 15, her mother and grandfather Lawyers say Charles is mentally incompetent for execution in Texas<p>A Houston man facing execution for killing his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather 13 years ago is looking to the US supreme court to stop …

Death Row

The Cyber Caliphate Released Its First Threat Video But Nobody's Buying It

The so-called "Cyber Caliphate" released a video Monday claiming that they are about to launch a series of attacks. But the internet was kind of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.<p>Hackers claiming to be affiliated with ISIS threatened a series of cyberattacks against the U.S., Europe, and Australia Monday, in the first …

Russia Marks 70th Anniversary of End of WW2 in Europe

German History

37 Tragically Mispronounced Pop Culture Things

Prabal, jicama, HAIM.<p>Okay, so maybe John Travolta didn't so much "mispronounce" Idina Menzel's name as he said an entirely <i>different</i> name, but we can't really judge him that much when there are so many words (fashion designers, indie bands, GOOP-y foods) we here at ELLE.com mumble through because …

Peter Thiel

Utah teenager found guilty in 50-mile chase that left officer dead

Prosecutors say deeply in love Meagan Grunwald drove a getaway car after her boyfriend shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy – now she could face life in prison<p>A jury found a Utah teenager guilty Saturday in a 50-mile crime spree that left one sheriff’s deputy dead and another wounded.<p>Prosecutors say …

Crime