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'Voice' singer Christina Grimmie fatally shot after Florida show

(Reuters) - A man thought to be a deranged fan fatally shot Christina Grimmie, a rising singing star who gained fame on YouTube and as a contestant on television’s “The Voice,” while she was signing autographs after a concert in Orlando, Florida, police said on Saturday.<p>The suspect, identified as …

Germany Waves ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Costly Wall Street Tax Scheme

The German Parliament voted Thursday to end a trading strategy that helps foreign investors, many of them Americans,avoid an estimated $1 billion or …

The mystery of the 'legal name fraud' billboards

<b>Scores of posters have appeared around the UK warning of "legal name fraud". What does this mean and who is paying for the adverts?</b><p>The message is spelled out in bold capital letters. "LEGAL NAME FRAUD," it says. Then below: "THE TRUTH." And finally: "IT'S ILLEGAL TO USE A LEGAL NAME."<p>The first time …

Former Soviet Union Stepping Up Social-Media-Post Arrests

<i>Image: Prison. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com</i><p>A surge in the use of social media to energize activists unhappy with government policy has alarmed authorities in the former Soviet Union the past few years.<p>Now authorities have turned this opposition tool on its head by arresting those who make provocative …

Toronto police board wants Supreme Court to stop G20 class-action lawsuits

Police authorities are turning to the Supreme Court of Canada in hopes of squelching two class-action lawsuits arising out of the G20 summit six years ago before any trial on their merits.<p>The application for leave to appeal has angered the two lead plaintiffs in the case, who argue they were among …

Portland schools' courageous stand against climate-change denialism

<b>To the editor:</b> The Portland, Ore., school district is right to rid its textbooks of the manufactured doubt regarding the science of climate change. ("Portland schools tried to change how they teach climate change — and ignited a firestorm," May 24)<p>Groups like the Heartland Institute have been …

How Long Would It Take to Fall Through The Earth?

You might not want to check this out for yourself, but do you know how long it would take for a person to fall through the Earth? Around 42 …

Untangling the Web: the NSA's supremely weird, florid guide to the Internet

Michael from Muckrock found a reference to "Untangling the Web," an internal NSA guide to the Internet, on Google Books, so he requisitioned a copy …

NASA is trying to inflate an expandable habitat in space

NASA is trying to inflate an experimental habitat attached to the International Space Station, which could offer explorers more living space for less launch mass.<p>On Saturday (May 28), astronaut Jeff Williams began gradually pumping air into an inflatable habitat called the Bigelow Expandable …

This Astrophysicist Posed an Alien Challenge and the Internet Is Racing to Solve It

If aliens sent you an encrypted binary message, could you answer? René Heller, an astrophysicist at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System …

Astronomers discover dark matter galaxy, by accident

Sometimes, a flaw in your magnifying glass can be a good thing; in the case of some new research, it can even reveal invisible dark matter …

GoPro hitched a ride on a rocket and the video is incredible

Today, GoPro released some pretty incredible footage of a suborbital rocket launch that climbed to 396,405 feet at speeds as high as Mach 5.5. Check out the <i>very real</i> footage below.<p>The launch in the video took place from Spaceport America in New Mexico on November 6, 2015, with a 20-foot tall …

This Woman Read 500 Self-Help Books So You Don't Have To

All the lessons of a bookshelf's worth of reading boiled down to five simple lessons.<p>These days, no one suffers from a shortage of reading material. From great online content to endless book recommendations and must-read lists, most of us struggle to fit in all the reading we want to do rather than …

Emails Shed New Light on Bill Clinton's New Bedford Stop

Emails Shed New Light on Bill Clinton’s Super Tuesday Stop in New Bedford<p>A whale of a situation for the Whaling City.<p>By ·<p>Former President Bill …

New York’s New Indie Movie Theater is Teaming Up With the Criterion Collection

New York's New Indie Movie Theater is Teaming Up With the Criterion Collection<p>READ MORE: New York’s New Indie Movie Theater Unveils Stellar First …

This Simple Plugin Will Stop Websites from Tracking You

Everywhere you go on the web, publishers and marketing agencies are trying to keep tabs on what your activity—primarily to fire targeted advertising …

Privacy

Bernie Sanders Releases All Zero Speeches He’s Given To Wall Street

Hillary Clinton challenged him to release the transcripts. It was not a heavy lift.<p>Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) presidential campaign released on Friday the text of speeches Sanders gave to Wall Street firms -- all zero of them -- in a bid to get Hillary Clinton to do the same for her famously …

Sharp rise in right-wing crime in Germany just 'the tip of the iceberg'

Preliminary figures have shown that right-wing violence in Germany almost doubled in 2015, compared to 2014. Politicians and activists say the …

WATCH: An entire year of weather on Earth as seen from space

It was a year of brutal cold in Canada and hurricanes and typhoons across the globe. And it was all captured by the eyes in the sky.<p>Three satellites …

Weather

Ted Cruz Has Given Us a Glimpse Into His Dream Supreme Court Justice, and She’s a Nightmare

February 3, 2016 by Rachel Ford<p>Republican <b>Ted Cruz</b> has clearly stated in the past that he thinks ignoring Supreme Court decisions conservatives don’t …

Google rolling out free gigabit internet in public housing

Select Kansas City homes will get Google Fiber as part of a White House initiative.<p>Google started its gigabit Fiber program in Kansas City and now some of the area's low-income residents will be first to get the service for free. The company is now hooking up homes in Fiber neighborhoods as part of …

Pussy Riot releases new video mocking Russian prosecutors

MOSCOW (AP) — The Pussy Riot punk provocateur band is punching back at the Russian government.<p>The collective has released a music video that …

Should having sex with a robot count as cheating? - BBC Three

Humans having sex with robots – it is going to happen, and startlingly soon. The very concept of humping an android may strike you as icky and faintly depressing, but at this point it's as inevitable as self-driving cars and hoverboards. The sex-bots are coming for ya – whether you want them to or …

Media stereotypes fuel support for anti-Muslim action, new research shows

AMES, Iowa - Craig Anderson is no political scientist. But the Distinguished Professor of psychology at Iowa State University could have predicted …

Black hole's twin jets shine bright, somehow

<b>Astronomers have published new images of a bright jet of material, long enough to cross the Milky Way three times, fired into space by the black hole at the heart of a distant galaxy.</b><p>The observations confirm the existence of a second jet, blasting in the opposite direction.<p>The study uses this …

Landmark Deal Protects Over 9 Million Acres Of Canadian Rain Forest

A landmark deal 10 years in the making will protect 9.1 millions acres of Canadian rain forest on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia.<p>The protected area in the Great Bear Rainforest is about half the size of Ireland.<p>The new land-use order — reached between aboriginal groups known as First …

Obama wants $1.1 billion to fight heroin and prescription opioid abuse

President Obama is requesting an addition $1.1 billion in funding to fight the growing heroin epidemic and the abuse of prescription opioids in the US. If approved, the funding would arrive over two years in addition to the $400 million already set aside for 2016.<p>Most funding would go toward …

California Is Suing a Gas Company Over the State's Worst Leak Ever

California’s Attorney General has lodged a lawsuit against the Southern California Gas Company (SoCal), claiming that a massive ongoing leak of …

Etsy Won't Sacrifice Its Principles For Wall Street Investors

It's committed to creating social good.<p>Etsy showed Tuesday that a public company, beholden to shareholders craving short-term financial gains, can still hold to its principles.<p>The online retailer of handmade goods became the first U.S. company to be recertified as a B corp by the nonprofit B Lab …