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Pablo Escobar’s Favorite Hitman Is on Facebook and Spilling Dirt

Popeye Vásquez admitted to killing about 300 people as a righthand man to Pablo Escobar. Now he’s out of prison, on Facebook and Univisión, and …

Apple's signature software is uncharacteristically bad for the world's most valuable company

It is also, in the inimitable judgement of the indie iOS developer Marco Arment, "a toxic hellstew."<p>I agree: It's why I wrote about how poorly iTunes performs for classical music listeners and, really, for anyone with a large music library.<p>But it's worth spending time on iTunes's specific design …

Apple Music

NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force.<p>A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off …

Ford's Strong 2Q Profit Is A Sign Of Things To Come, Company Says

Ford Motor Co. posted $2.9 billion in pre-tax profit for the quarter ended June 30, up 10 percent, driven by its best-ever results in North America and strong performances in virtually every other market around the world, beating analysts’ estimates by 7 cents per share.<p>“We delivered an outstanding …

The Motorcycle Gang Behind Philly’s Biggest Pill Mill

How a Philadelphia doctor and a notoriously violent motorcycle gang joined forces to sell mass quantities of prescription pills.<p>Before building a …

Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

Two teen programmers talk about why they love Linux, love Google, and don't hate Windows 10

So it is with teen techies and developers. Apple has become a huge focus for teens of late, so much so that Apple came up with a whole teen program for them at its annual World Wide Developer conference.<p>But the open source operating system Linux, with its kumbaya open-source development cycle - …

Linux

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Captain America actually says “shit.” You heard me. “Language,” scolds Iron Man, who can’t hide his glee at seeing the Cap, a flag-wearing Greatest …

1 in 4 US renters must use half their pay for housing costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.<p>That's the …

Housing

To-Do App Any.do 3.0 Adds Collaboration, Zoom And List Sorting Among 150 New Features

While the world is getting its first taste of what life will be like when you have a small wearable like a watch to direct you to what you should do next, one of the leaders in personal organization apps for smartphones is releasing a big update. Any.do is today taking the wraps off version 3.0 of …

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

The Brain