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Puerto Rico, At 11.5%, Has America's Highest Sales Tax

<i>San Juan, Puerto Rico</i><p>People who advocate for large governments usually view them as a “progressive” tool that impels the rich to help the poor. But when said governments get too bloated and inefficient—as they inevitably seem to—they become something that everyone must support. This is now …

Hotels Can Track Those Towels That You Steal

There's something utterly delicious about hotel beds... and towels... and robes. They're so decadently fluffy and epically cozy, we'd totally steal them if we could.<p>And much of the time, we do. Towels are among the most-stolen items in hotels, The Telegraph reports. We could've guessed that.<p>But we</i> …

Gear & Gadgets

Comet scientists torn over hunt for lander as next stage of mission nears

The location of Philae is key to understanding vital data – but the Rosetta mothership now has conflicting duties<p>Europe’s lost comet probe, Philae, is posing major problems for space engineers who are striving to pinpoint the little craft after it disappeared from view during its troubled landing …

Philae

Brady's legacy secure regardless of Super Bowl outcome

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Tom Brady will be remembered as one of the National Football League’s greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game regardless of whether he captures a fourth Super Bowl title with the New England Patriots on Sunday.<p>Jan 29, 2015; Chandler, AZ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback …

Pirate Bay back up after December police raid

The Pirate Bay made a defiant return Saturday, seven weeks after a police raid shut down the infamous file-sharing website.<p>The site, which allows users to download television shows, movies, games and other files, had been down since December 9. Two weeks later, a temporary homepage went back up …

Energy may see further weakness as key names report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock prices in the U.S. energy sector have been under pressure in 2015, and there could be more bad news to come when several key players report their fourth-quarter results next week.<p>A street sign for Wall Street hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange May 8, 2013. …

Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees, children and other victims of war.<p>The failure to save Goto …