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3 Ways to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

Inc.com columnist Geoffrey James describes how to get your business pitch right.

Elevator Pitches

The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

Social Media

Paul Ryan’s War on Poverty

It’s been a revelatory year of quiet visits to the country’s poorest areas for the Wisconsin congressman. And he told a group of black journalists …

Pentagon-sponsored study opens door for super lasers, weather control

Pentagon-sponsored researchers have made the reach of an intensive laser beam longer by an order of magnitude. Researchers say their discovery can be …

Artists install massive poster of child's face in Pakistan field to shame drone operators

An artists collective has unfurled a massive poster showing a child’s face in a heavily bombed area of Pakistan in the hopes that it will give pause …

American public will finally get account of illegal CIA torture under Bush

Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee is sending the White House its six-year investigation of CIA interrogation practices, and the results look like bad news for the nation's intelligence agency. According to a McClatchy report, the committee has concluded that the agency illegally detained 26 …

Kenya says 650 arrested in security sweep

Kenyan authorities say more than 650 people have been arrested since the Kenyan government ordered all refugees living in urban areas to return to their camps a week ago in a bid to end attacks.<p>The announcement on Tuesday came a day after six people were killed in bomb attacks in the capital …

DARPA Launches New Biotech Research Division

DARPA, the Defense Department's research and development arm, announced on Tuesday it is collecting all its biotech projects, old and new, under a new banner: the "Biological Technologies Office."<p>The BTO will be DARPA's one-stop shop for research of a biological nature — everything from advanced …

DARPA

March Was The First Month Without A U.S. Combat Death In More Than A Decade

WASHINGTON -- There were no U.S. combat casualties in Afghanistan in the month of March -- only the third month in over 12 years of war in which there were no combat-related U.S. deaths in the country. It was also the first time since July 2002 that there were no U.S. combat fatalities …

The Arctic: Where the U.S. and Russia Could Square Off Next

A closer look at Moscow's claims in the northern seas<p>In mid-March, around the same time that Russia annexed Crimea, Russian officials announced another territorial coup: 52,000 square kilometers in the Sea of Okhotsk, a splotch of Pacific Ocean known as the "Peanut Hole" and believed to be rich in …

Elaborate 6th-Century Mosaics Unearthed in Israel

The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery with intact mosaics covering the floor have been unearthed in southern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Tuesday.<p>The Byzantine complex — which was discovered near Hura, a Bedouin village in the northern Negev Desert — measures 65 feet by …

Archaeology

Associated Press News

Burma census is not counting Rohingya Muslims, says UN agency

UN Population Fund says Burmese government has gone back on promises by excluding persecuted group from count<p>The UN agency helping Burma conduct its first census in decades has said it is deeply concerned that members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population are not being counted, accusing …

Job Growth Picked Up Some Speed In March, Survey Signals

The first slice of data about job growth in March offers some hope that the U.S. labor market gained some strength:<p>There were 191,000 more jobs on private companies' payrolls last month than in February, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. That's pretty close to what Reuters …

Uganda throws a party to celebrate passing of anti-gay law

Rally shows how homosexuality is being used to represent all the evils besetting the nation, says Daily Maverick<p>At a stadium in Kampala, 30,000 Ugandans gathered to give thanks to the president, Yoweri Museveni, for passing the anti-homosexuality act. Monday's event combined the fanfare of a mass …

Former deputy CIA director defends editing Benghazi talking points

• Mike Morell dismisses allegation that CIA 'cooked the books' • Republicans accused agency of bowing to political pressure<p>The former deputy director of the CIA insisted on Wednesday that he didn't edit the widely debunked talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack due to political pressure to …

EU-Africa leaders discuss CAR crisis at summit

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1072000/1072866_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524710415_4c66e45f87bd9745755d1b17051dd428<p><b>African and EU leaders held crisis talks on the spiralling sectarian unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR), at a two-day summit in Brussels.</b><p>The …

Africa

Colorado Town Votes No on Drone-Hunting

Americans agree: legal weed is coming

How Americans think about weed is changing. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 75 percent of Americans believe selling and using marijuana will eventually be legalized. Of the people surveyed, both the majority of people for and against legalized weed agree that it is coming.<p>The …

Putin and Wife Officially Divorce

We will join Argentina in its battle with Britain, say Chagos islanders

A diplomatic alliance linking the Falklands and Chagos islands disputes threatens to heap pressure on Britain<p>The leader of thousands of displaced Chagos islanders fighting Britain for a return to their Indian Ocean archipelago has said they will wage a joint diplomatic battle alongside Argentina as …

Revisiting the Rwandan Genocide: How Churches Became Death Traps

On a summer afternoon in 1994, David Guttenfelder took a taxi from the Rwandan capital Kigali to the nearby region of Bugesera. He walked inside the Ntarama Church and began taking photographs of people who had been murdered by their neighbors. They had come to the small, red-brick church from all …

Four Dead at Fort Hood, Three Victims Plus Gunman Killed

Four people were dead, including the gunman, and at least 16 others were wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, military officials told NBC News.<p>The gunman, identified as Ivan Lopez, 34 — an enlisted soldier — took his own life with a .45-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol, …

Barack Obama

In Missing Airliner's Wake, China Aims for 50 More Spy Satellites

The question is, is Beijing using MH370 as leverage for a global satellite network?<p>Image: Creative Commons<p>Shortly after Malaysia Flight 370 went down, China demanded that Malaysia turn over satellite data that could help pinpoint the possible crash radius. Today, the South China Morning Post …

China

One-Third of Texas Was Running on Wind Power This Week

The deep red Lone Star state just broke a staggering new wind power record.<p>Image: Wikimedia<p>On Wednesday, March 27th, the largest state in the contiguous United States got almost one-third of its electricity by harnessing the wind. According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which …

Renewable Energy