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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Everything we know so far (Updated: August 18)

<i>In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. We’re talking Note 8 release date, specs, features and more. Come back often.</i><p>The Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a disaster for Samsung. The phone had major issues with …

Phones

10 hottest products for Millennials – Now TV Smart Box

The one box you need for better TV - including Sky Sports<p>What is it?<p>The Now TV Smart Box is a small, well-designed device you connect to your TV. …

Game of Thrones

White House to unveil border wall finalists this summer

The Trump administration is planning to announce the design finalists for the southern border wall at some point this summer, a U.S. Customs and …

Authorities left violent German alone with kids; he killed 2

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany say they saw no reason to take a woman's three children into care after her husband beat her so badly she needed …

In Vegas, pot may now be legal. But don't even think about lighting up on the Strip

Just in time for the long Independence Day weekend, recreational marijuana has become legal July 1 in Las Vegas and all of Nevada.<p>For around $7 to $10, you can now walk into one of the dozens of dispensaries and buy a joint. Just don't plan on smoking it along the Strip or on downtown's Fremont …

Cannabis

This is what happens to your body when you get on a plane

And not even flying business class will prevent it<p>Squashed into small seats, being unable to sleep comfortably and eating a tasteless meal are a few …

Wellness

What If (Almost) Every Gene Affects (Almost) Everything?

Three Stanford scientists have proposed a provocative new way of thinking about genetic variants, and how they affect people’s bodies and health.<p>In 1999, a group of scientists scoured the genomes of around 150 pairs of siblings in an attempt to find genes that are involved in autism. They came up …

Samsung’s Frame TV will start at $2,000

Samsung showed off The Frame, a TV made to resemble a piece of artwork on your wall, back at CES this year, and now it’s finally making it available to purchase. The Frame will start at $1,999 for the 55-inch version, while the 65-inch model will retail for $2,799.<p>Each Frame can be customized, as …

Gear & Gadgets

QVC Execs On Mobile, the New Shopping Mall and Fidget Spinners

QVC was a pioneer in the 1980s for bringing shopping to living rooms across the U.S. Since then, it’s gone global by adding channels in Japan, …

U.S. small businesses to lobby Congress to oppose border tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 60 small business owners and a representative from retailer Big Lots will hold meetings with members of Congress this week in an effort to oppose a proposed 'border adjustment tax', organizers said.<p>Retailers led by large stores including Target, Best Buy and Autozone …

Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the …

Health Care

Google phishing attack was foretold by researchers—and it may have used their code

A potential threat from spoofing Google applications was cited in 2011.<p>The "Google Docs" phishing attack that wormed its way through thousands of …

Trump's First 100 Days: An 'Entry-Level' Presidency

With any new president, there's a learning curve. But for President Trump, it's been steeper than others.<p>"Mount Everest" is how Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, described it ahead of Trump's 100th day in office, which is coming up …

Russia warns of serious consequences from U.S. strike in Syria

UNITED NATIONS/MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia warned on Friday that U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base could have "extremely serious" consequences, as President Donald Trump's first major foray into a foreign conflict opened up a rift between Moscow and Washington.<p>The warships USS …

A Kansas lawmaker just compared Planned Parenthood to a Nazi death camp

When Planned Parenthood supporters in Kansas get fed up with conservative lawmakers who despise the women's health organization, they have a special way of trolling the opposition: making a donation to Planned Parenthood Great Plains in a lawmaker's name.<p>A letter is then sent to the lawmaker …

9 incredible places you had no idea existed in Ireland

IRELAND IS EVERYTHING YOU EXPECT — patchwork landscapes and wild Atlantic coastlines, cozy pubs and warm welcomes — but it’s a lot of things you …

The evolution of turtle neck retraction

Although the muscles of Platychelys are not preserved, the researchers were able to infer this based on the broad shape of the neck, or cervical, …

Congressman tours possible embassy sites in Jerusalem, confident Trump will move embassy

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> Rep. Ron DeSantis told reporters Sunday he is confident President Donald Trump will move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.<p>The latest six-month Presidential waiver on a congressional order to switch the embassy location, signed by President Barack Obama at the …

Progressive groups target Trump nominee for SEC chairman, decrying Wall Street ties

A coalition of progressive groups plans to announce Monday a campaign to derail President Trump’s nomination of Jay Clayton to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, targeting Clayton’s close connections to Wall Street.<p>The campaign, which organizers say will include a six-figure digital …

North Korea fires 4 banned ballistic missiles into sea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) on average, with …

Amazon took down parts of the internet because an employee fat-fingered the wrong command

Lots of websites on Tuesday loaded slowly, or not at all, including Business Insider.<p>The reason was that Amazon Web Services, a server product from Amazon that powers a surprising number of sites and apps, experienced a major disruption in its S3 product that lasted several hours.<p>Amazon gave a …

Why Democratic Women Wore White to Trump's Address

A group of Democratic women intended to make an impression when they filed into the House chamber Tuesday night for President Donald Trump's address to Congress.<p>The look they went for: all white.<p>The move is a nod to the women's suffrage movement, which encouraged followers to dress in white as a …

INSTANT POLL: Trump gets some of his highest marks yet for his first big speech to Congress

The survey, conducted by phone with people who had planned to watch Trump's remarks and agreed to be surveyed afterward, found that 57% of viewers had a "very positive" reaction. Nearly seven out of 10 viewers said Trump's proposals would move the US in the right direction, CNN reported.<p>The …

President Trump Addresses Congress: Pictures

Paul Ryan

Trump tells governors: Our health care plan will be 'very special'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump gave a toast to the nation's governors at the White House on Sunday evening, offering a preview of policy discussions slated for Monday.<p>"Perhaps health care will come up. Perhaps," Trump said at the annual Governors' Dinner.<p>The dinner was first lady Melania …

Jackie Chan brings two stuffed pandas as his Oscar dates

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jackie Chan boldly brought two dates to the Oscars this year.<p>Chan arrived at the 89th Annual Academy Awards with two stuffed animal pandas, complete with glittery Ugg-esque boots and UNICEF pins. He said he did it as a gesture of support for the animals.<p>"I'm the ambassador of [the] panda," …

“We should not — and cannot — trust this man." A CIA vet on Trump's feud with US spies.

“We’re facing the gravest threat to our institutions and our government since 1861."<p>White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked during his afternoon press briefing yesterday if he could still confirm that “nobody on the Trump campaign, not even Gen. Flynn, had any contact with the Russians …

Donald Trump

Flynn’s Downfall Sprang From ‘Eroding Level of Trust’

WASHINGTON — Just days into his new position as President Trump’s national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn found himself in a meeting that any White House official would dread. Face to face with F.B.I. agents, he was grilled about a phone call he had had with Russia’s ambassador.<p>What exactly Mr. …

Sweetest of all: Patriots reign in mighty Super Bowl rally

HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots have long been reluctant to rank their victories. They've refused …

NFL