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The National Spelling Bee’s new normal: $200-an-hour teen spelling coaches

In the world of competitive spellers, Sylvie Lamontagne is known as a juggernaut. She placed fourth in last year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, and ninth in 2015. Last summer, she traveled to California and won the Spelling Bee of China’s North America Spelling Champion Challenge, a contest for …

Spelling Bees

Scientists have identified the 50-foot creature that washed up on an Indonesian beach

A giant sea creature, possibly with tusks and possibly straight out of your nightmares, washed up on a beach in Indonesia last week, freaking out people on the island of Seram and launching a global guessing game to determine what, exactly, it used to be.<p>As images of the floating carcass rocketed …

Flipping A Switch In The Brain Turns Lab Rodents Into Killer Mice

Mice that kill at the flip of a switch may reveal how hunting behavior evolved hundreds of millions of years ago.<p>The mice became aggressive predators when two sets of neurons in the amygdala were activated with laser light, a team reported Thursday in the journal <i>Cell</i>.<p>"The animals become very …

In Iraq, thousands of terrorism's victims go unnamed

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was a typical July night in Baghdad and even at midnight, the air radiated the day's heat. Some people in the upscale Karrada neighborhoood were sitting at outdoor cafes, watching a nail-biter finish to a Germany-Italy soccer match.<p>Thousands more were shopping. The holy month of Ramadan …

Inside the world's biggest falcon hospital in Abu Dhabi | CNN Travel

Twitter to stream PBS live coverage of Inauguration Day

Just like it did with the conventions, Presidential debates and election night, Twitter will livestream President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20th. The social network is teaming up with PBS for six hours worth of coverage hosted by NewsHour managing editor Judy Woodruff. PBS will …

Donald Trump

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo completes second glide flight

Two years ago, Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo tragically crashed during a test flight, killing one pilot and severely injuring the other. The company unveiled its successor back in February, the VSS Unity, which has additional safety features to prevent another crash. It completed its first …

Space Travel

The weirdest fast food of 2016

McDonald's launched its Nutella burger in Italy in November and named the product "Sweety con Nutella." It consists of a bun with Nutella spread, but no beef patty.<p>The €2 treat is available in every McDonald's (MCD) location across the country.<p>Unfortunately for chocoholics, the company said it …

McDonald's

Airbnb sells out hosts in NYC lawsuit settlement

After rallying hosts to fight a New York state law that fines them for posting technically illegal listings on Airbnb, the company has abandoned the …

New York State

5 tech gifts you should definitely avoid this holiday season

Tech gifts may top holiday wish lists, but after a year of exploding phones, drone malfunctions, and stomach aches, you might want to think twice before buying the latest gadget for yourfriends and family.<p>Before stuffing your shopping cart, do some research. You won't find recalled products on …

Review: Kanex GoPower Watch is an ideal travel charger that can refuel Apple Watch over a weekend

Kanex GoPower Watch is a handy portable battery pack that can charge your Apple Watch on-the-go without extra cables or adapters. That’s because it features an MFi (Apple certified) Apple Watch magnetic charger on the battery pack, which makes it an all-in-one solution. It’s rather pricey for a …

Technology May Rescue Male Baby Chicks From The Grinder

Matt O'Hayer thought he was in the idyllic part of the egg business. He's CEO of Vital Farms, based in Austin, Texas, which markets eggs from hens that run around outdoors, on grassy pastures, at about a hundred different farms.<p>"I thought that there's nothing more beautiful than eggs, where you …

Comey notified Congress of email probe despite DOJ concerns

<b>(CNN) —</b> Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates disagreed with FBI Director James Comey's decision to notify Congress about his bureau's review of emails potentially related to Hillary Clinton's personal server, law enforcement officials familiar with the discussion …

Trump Threatens to Sue Accusers, Lays Out Plan for First 100 Days in Policy Speech

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Near the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg, Donald Trump laid out his strategy Saturday for the battle ahead. But what was billed as a "roadmap" to a Trump administration was a further escalation of the GOP nominee's scathing rhetoric against his foes in a presidential election that …

STD Infections Rise To New Highs After States Close Health Clinics

The number of people infected with three major sexually transmitted diseases is at an all-time high, according to a CDC report released Wednesday. And the increase in reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is hitting teenagers and young adults hardest.<p>Over half of gonorrhea and …

On visit to China the leader repeats his denunciation of Barack Obama as a ‘son of a whore’<p>President Rodrigo Duterte met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping Thursday, state media said, as the Philippines’ leader seeks closer ties with the Asian giant while blasting his US allies.<p>Duterte is in …

China

Moments after his child sexual assault conviction, an ex-teacher slit his own throat in court

The first indication that something was amiss came when Jeffrey Scott Jones slumped suddenly in the Southern California courtroom.<p>His head struck the table in front of him, and shocked attorneys saw blood streaming from his neck.<p>Jones, 56, had been on trial in Orange County Superior Court on …

U.S. has few good options for response to Philippines' Duterte

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration has few good options and limited leverage as it struggles to craft a response to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s increasingly hostile rhetoric towards the United States and his warm embrace of China.<p>For months, Washington has played down …

Bird ‘taken into custody’ after it was found carrying a warning to the prime minister near the heavily militarised border with Pakistan<p>Indian police have taken a pigeon into custody after it was found carrying a warning note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi near the nation’s heavily militarised …

Pakistan

Turkey's president tells Iraqi leader to 'know his place'

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey can't be excluded from a possible operation to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul, Turkey's president said Tuesday, …

Ex-detainees say CIA used makeshift electric chair in secret Afghan prison: rights group | Reuters

(Reuters) - Two Tunisian men who spent 12 years in U.S. custody in Afghanistan said CIA interrogators tortured them using previously unreported techniques that included threatening them with a makeshift electric chair and beating them with batons so brutally that they suffered broken bones, Human …

Report offers stark picture of how Africa has stagnated over the last 10 years

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) — the most comprehensive survey of its kind — celebrated its 10th anniversary on Monday with the release of a report that chronicles just how little improvement most African nations can claim in the past decade on a broad set of governance criteria.<p>The …

Apple negotiating with Sharp to supply OLED displays for next-generation ‘iPhone 8’ in 2017

Apple currently uses LCD display technology for all of its iPhones but this appears to be changing next year with the rumored radically-new iPhone in 2017, following the iPhone 7’s smaller, iterative, design changes. Many reports have said that the next-generation iPhones, dubbed ‘iPhone 8’, will …

The mystery of why left-handers are so much rarer

Relatively few people are lefties, and it’s a puzzle why. Still, the science of handedness is revealing fascinating insights about you – from how it could change the way you think, to the fact that you might be ‘left-eared’.<p>From the time we pick up a chunky crayon and start scribbling as children, …

World's Deepest Underwater Cave Discovered In Czech Republic

It's so deep, you could stack four Statues of Liberty and still not reach the surface.<p>The flooded limestone fissure is so deep, four Statues of Liberty could be stacked on top of each other and still not reach the surface.<p>And the Hranicka Propast, or Hranice Abyss, could still set more records …

Republicans fear Trump is playing into Clinton’s hands by lashing out on infidelity

The airwaves and newspaper headlines were filled with talk of infidelity and impeachment. When the votes were counted, the result was a shock: For only the second time since the Civil War, the president’s party had gained seats in the House of Representatives.<p>Republicans learned a lesson. “It was a …

Court says Obama's internet transition can go forward

A federal judge gave a green light to the Obama administration’s hotly contested plan to cede oversight of the Internet to the international community.<p>In a ruling issued Friday, Judge George Hanks Jr. denied a request from four Republican state attorneys general to temporarily halt the transition …

Earthquake 'swarm' raises odds of stronger California quake to come

About 200 small earthquakes erupted deep inside the Salton Sea in California for over 24 hours earlier this week and there could be more quakes to …

Natural Disasters

China's most powerful leader since Mao is facing the most crucial test of his political career

After taking less than four years to consolidate his image as China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong and emerging as a world leader as host of the recent G20 summit in Hangzhou, President Xi Jinping might be more confident about pursuing his ambitious national rejuvenation programme as he …

1,000 Tons of Tainted Meat Seized in South China Including Some ‘Soaked in Bleach’

Police in China’s southern province of Guangdong have seized $12.3 million of potentially hazardous frozen meat including some reportedly soaked in …