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TOP 100 TEAMS

The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college basketball since January 1949. Over 68 years and more than 1,100 polls, a total of 200 schools have been ranked and 59 of them have been ranked No. 1 (Saint Louis was the first No. 1).<p>To determine the all-time Top 100, the AP formula …

Scientists discover a cell in spinach that uses sunlight to produce electricity and hydrogen

Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a …

These Oatmeal Cookie Cups Are An Apple Crisp Lover's Dream Come True

OATMEAL COOKIE CRUST, people!!!<p>While everyone is talking about pumpkin spice everything (including pizza ... what?!), we're over here focused on …

Cute

Which fast-food chains served the meat and held the antibiotics?

Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill passed with flying colors, but KFC and Olive Garden were among the laggards in commitments to eliminate medically important antibiotics from their meat and poultry supply chains, according to a new report.<p>Strong progress nonetheless was made across the top 25 …

Netflix gets an unofficial 'Random' button

I’ve wasted several hours debating with my girlfriend what we should watch next on Netflix. Scanning through categories only compounds the problem, so we frequently end up watching reruns of <i>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</i>.<p>That’s actually not so bad – but if you’re looking for an easier way to find something new …

Apps

Kaley Cuoco Takes Big Bang Contract Negotiations To Jimmy Kimmel

Doesn't it warm your heart when ridiculously rich celebs talk about demanding more money? Somehow, it's not off-putting when Kaley Cuoco does it. On …

The verdict is in: iPhone 7 reviewers say ditching the headphone jack was a good move

When Apple unveiled its latest line of iPhones last week, executives boasted about major enhancements to the camera, the longest battery life ever on an iPhone, and significant water resistance. But everyone was fixated on one thing: the headphone jack was gone.<p>The New York Times likened the latest …

Mobile Technology

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Sells Out Globally, Too late For Investors?

Late last night, Apple said that the iPhone 7 Plus has sold out globally in all the available colors already. In addition, the smaller iPhone 7 in the new shade, jet black, has also been sold out all over the world.<p>“We sincerely appreciate our customers’ patience as we work hard to get the new …

IPhone 7

Toronto: Netflix Buys Young Barack Obama Movie ‘Barry’

Netflix has bought worldwide rights to “Barry,” a week after the young Barack Obama movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.<p>The …

An Incognito Stephen Colbert Surprised Cubs Fans and Players

🌭🌭🌭<p>This weekend, Bill Murray was bartending in Brooklyn. Never one to be outdone, Stephen Colbert also went undercover as a normal person—a hot dog vendor at Wrigley Field.<p>Colbert was slinging dogs and threw out the first pitch in character as Donny Franks, a long-haired, goateed vendor with a …

The Weeknd gives $250,000 to Black Lives Matter

Abel Tesfaye joins list of stars – including Beyoncé, Jay Z and Drake – who are making their support for the movement a matter of record<p>R&B star the Weeknd has donated $250,000 (£193,000) to the Black Lives Matter network. The Fader reported the donation, which was later confirmed by his …

‘Daily Show’s’ Trevor Noah: Trump Spox Katrina Pierson Has the ‘Hardest Job in the World’

It’s hard out there for a Donald Trump campaign surrogate.<p>The challenge of speaking for Trump, as <i>The Daily Show’</i>s Trevor Noah examined Monday night, …

Donald Trump

Andy Murray's Response to a Reporter's Sexist Question at the Olympics Deserves All the Medals

Credit where credit is due.<p>Casual sexism has been rampant at the Rio Olympics — and the U.K.'s Andy Murray isn't having any of it.<p>After winning his second consecutive gold medal in men's singles tennis Sunday, the superstar player was asked by a reporter what it felt like to be the "first person" …

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Diversity a Selling Point

Movies<p>"Star Wars" fans are salivating over the new full-length trailer for "Rogue One"—the latest installment in the blockbuster sci-fi saga. Besides the return of Darth Vader and some tantalizing clues to long unanswered questions in the series, the clip offers something else striking: …

Mid-Century Modern Style for Any Home

Mid-century modern style is modern all over again. The pieces we now call retro were revolutionary in the 1940s-’60s: egg-shaped chairs designed by …

Are chain restaurants successfully moving toward authentic innovation or still uncool relics of the ’90s?

What if I told you some of the best robata – Japanese barbecue – I’ve ever had was at a chain restaurant? What if I also told you that chain …

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

Research suggests we may be predisposed to speak more than one language and that doing so brings health benefits, such as delaying the onset of dementia<p>In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more …

Language Learning

This State Might Ban People From Eating and Drinking While Driving

The proposed law comes as U.S. highway fatalities increased for the first time in a decade.<p>Drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway …

U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin defies age with gold at 35. Could Michael Phelps be next?

By Roman Stubbs<p>Roman Stubbs<p>Reporter covering University of Maryland athletics and national college sports<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Anthony Ervin became the oldest swimmer in Olympic history to win a gold medal by touching first in the 50-meter freestyle Friday night, an event in which he tied for gold during …

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps wins 19th Olympic gold as Katie Ledecky smashes world record

By early Monday morning it was hard to know which was the more indelible image for the US on a Sunday that had brought so much disappointment in its first 23 hours. Was it Michael Phelps on the medal platform with his 19th career gold draped around his neck, holding the head of a weeping teammate …

Why the USC/L.A. Times tracking poll differs from other surveys

Since July 28, when Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination, she has gained five points in the USC Dornsife/LA Times Daybreak tracking poll of the election. That's similar to Clinton's gain in other measures of the race, including the 538.com polling forecast (4.5-point gain) and the …

This infographic shows how consumers only have 'the illusion of choice'

<i>Explore the full-size version of the above graphic in all its glory.</i><p>If today's infographic looks familiar, that's because it originates from a well-circulated report that Oxfam International puts together to show consolidation in the mass consumer goods industry.<p>We are sharing it because we believe …

Michael Jordan Speaks Up About Police Violence

The basketball icon breaks with his 30-year reluctance to address racial violence and police killings.<p>Michael Jordan, NBA hall-of-famer and reluctant role model, has ended his decades-long reluctance to speak about anything political by weighing in on racial relations and police brutality. In a …

Dallas Cowboys bus collides with van in Arizona, four killed in fatal crash

The bus was headed to from Texas to Las Vegas, and then to Cowboys training camp in California<p>The Dallas Cowboys bus was involved in a fatal crash …

15 Ways to Cut Hundreds Of (Empty) Calories a Day

Because when you’re trying to get lean, every calorie counts<p>Five hundred calories from Little Debbie Swiss Rolls affect your body much differently than the same number in the form of roasted chicken with a side of kale.<p>In fact, when people added 500 calories of peanuts a day to their diet for 8 …

The perfect breakfast for people with depression

Antidepressants and therapy, while both effective, are not the only means available to combat depression. Exercise has been described as a “wonder drug” for reducing symptoms, walking in nature reduces negative thoughts, and meditation can have a powerful positive effect.<p>But there’s another, often …

Check Out These New Water-Focused Murals from a Paddleboarding Street Artist

Abandoned docks and indoor icebergs host Hula's latest site-specific artworks.<p>Known for painting vivid wall portraits from the safety of his paddle board, surf riding street artist, Sean ‘Hula’ Yoro, is back this month with the release of two new installation paintings. The mural splayed across an …