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Michelle Obama to Host Designers at the White House

Photo: Getty Images<p>In her second term as First Lady, Michelle Obama's reign as American fashion royalty stays strong as she continues to support designers—this time by hosting a luncheon on Friday for the winners of the Hewitt National Design Awards. The event, which was conceived by the …

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Ralph Ellison’s race classic “Invisible Man” banned in North Carolina

The novel has been banned after having been assigned as summer reading in a district under fire for school prayer<p>Students in Randolph County, North Carolina won't have access to "Invisible Man."<p>That county's board of education voted 5-2 this week to remove all copies of the Ralph Ellison novel from …

House OKs $39 Billion in Food-Stamp Cuts

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Massacre of 52 Iranians at exile camp in Iraq draws international attention

Initially, it was a massacre that much of the world greeted with silence.<p>While controversy raged about chemical weapons in Syria, in neighboring Iraq 52 Iranians living in an exile camp were killed. Relatives of the victims say Iraqi-backed forces committed the Sep.1 slaughter. Iraq denies the …

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

Exclusive: Journalist uses Freedom of Information Act to disclose 1961 accident in which one switch averted catastrophe<p>A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over …

Syria crisis: Obama leans to diplomacy on chemical weapons impasse

In a televised address, president cites Russian-backed disarmament plan as reason for postponing military action<p>Barack Obama has used a televised address to lay the path for a possible diplomatic resolution to the impasse over Syria, pledging to work directly with Russia to force the Assad regime …

George Zimmerman Loses Lawyer as Cops Seek Fight Video

George Zimmerman's lawyer said today he will no longer represent the man acquitted of murder in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, even as police …

LG will launch its first flat 55-inch OLED HDTV this week in Germany

While we're happy just to see a brand new display technology hit the streets, it was shocking to see LG and Samsung kick off the OLED era with curved displays. That's going to change however, as LG is bringing the 55EA8800 display to IFA 2013 this week with the notable characteristic of having a …

This is Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch: A blocky health tracker with a camera

<i>Editor’s Note Sept. 4: Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch as expected. We’ve got all the details on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch right here on VentureBeat.</i><p>Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Berlin. But this weekend, we got a first look at the …

Acer unveils 24-inch all-in-one running Android with a Tegra 3 CPU

Acer introduced its first Android-powered all-in-one earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, and it's following up with a second model here at IFA. The just-announced DA241HL is a 24-inch touch machine running Android Jelly Bean 4.2 with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor under the hood. Yes, you …

Smartwatches: what are Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft up to?

"The wrist is interesting," said Apple chief executive Tim Cook at the All Things Digital D11 conference in May 2013, when being quizzed about his company's potential plans for wearable technology in the years to come.<p>"For something to work here you have to convince people it's so incredible, that …

15 Amazing Photos From the March on Washington

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, The Daily Beast takes a look back at pictures from the historic day.<p>AP

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Articles about 5 cool kitchen islands on Dwell.com - Dwell

Palm Springs Modernism Week, the Walker Art Center's new painting group exhibition (its first in a decade), a Van Alen Institute...<p>Shift Interiors believes that interior design is more than just looking good, it's feeling good too.<p>Henrybuilt and Viola Park rank high on our list of great, modern …

Kitchens

Watch: The 10 Best Slow-Motion Scenes Ever

<b>When used properly,</b> few special effects are as exhilarating and awe-inspiring as slow-motion. While the problem is often that it's used to excess, slow-motion provides not just a heightened view of the action at hand, but also increases suspense, enhances the impact of a given emotion, and adds …

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Kevin Weir’s Fantastically Bizarre Historical GIFs

Bringing life to the old, black and white photograph, Kevin Weir'd historical GIFs are a must-see.<p>As cinemagraph GIFs take over the internet, graphic …

GIF Animations

World's Greatest Drag Race 3!

The Art of Honest Fried Chicken (A Lifestyle Choice)

<i>Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: The slow art of fried chicken -- with 12 tips and a master recipe.</i><p>Frying chicken, at its best, is a state of mind formed …

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Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital

Nelson Mandela has been sent home from hospital but will continue to receive intensive care at his Johannesburg residence, the South African presidency has said.<p><b>Mr Mandela’s</b> discharge this morning from Pretoria’s Mediclinic Heart Hospital comes a day after <b>confusion in the Mandela family</b> over …