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Man in Washington homicide held on $2 million bail

SEATTLE (AP) — An alleged handwritten confession prompted prosecutors to increase the charges against the man they say killed his girlfriend and …

Former UNC athlete sues school over academic scandal

A former University of North Carolina football player has become the first to sue the university over an 18-year academic scandal that kept athletes eligible to play sports by taking classes that never met.<p>Mike McAdoo was a football player who lost his eligibility in 2011 when he was accused of …

'Cold and callous' murders of McStay family solved, authorities say

Almost a year to the day after an off-road motorcyclist found the remains of a California family who had vanished from their home in 2010, authorities announced Friday they had arrested the man they believe is responsible for the deaths.<p>Charles "Chase" Merritt is charged with four counts of murder …

60 seconds with the wearable that might save your back

This Insert Coin contender could well cure what we call "Engadget back": the slightly unappealing hunch that some editors (read: this editor) descend into after typing away at one too many articles or trade shows. The Upright sticks (through a hypoallergenic adhesive strip) to the small of your …

Codecademy: From Zero Experience To A Tech Job In Three Months

Codecademy, a venture-backed company, offers free online training for tech workers. Since it opened in 2011, more than 25 million people have taken those courses, according to CEO Zach Sims.<p>Courses include how to build websites and e-commerce apps, which, said Sims, “use modern languages like Ruby …

Philadelphia kidnapping suspect was wanted in Virginia teen's rape

Delvin Barnes, the man accused of kidnapping 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither in Philadelphia, was already on the run from Virginia authorities when police say he grabbed the woman, who struggled and kicked out a car window on a widely seen surveillance video.<p>Days earlier, authorities in …

Crime

A group that wants to ban all sex work in Ireland is making fake Tinder profiles

Using the popular dating app in a duplicitous way<p>Tinder is no longer just a way to quickly swipe through a bunch of photos of prospective mates: it's now also a place for opponents of sex work to promote their cause, at least in Ireland. Irish advertising agency EightyTwenty just launched a …

Support for legal pot down off its high

Even as the national experiment legalizing recreational pot spread this week to Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., a new poll suggests the enthusiasm among voters has hit a plateau.<p>A majority, 51%, favors legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup Poll. That's about where support has been since …

Obama Administration

Apple blurs lines between online and retail stores with revamped product support service

With new Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts in charge of operations, Apple is further blurring the lines between its online and physical retail store services. We reported earlier this year on Ahrendts’s plans to more seamlessly integrate both paths of Apple retail, and now the …

Ready or not: Early season cold snap to plunge temperatures

Shivering in the biting-cold wind, never leaving home without the gear of an Antarctic explorer, spending more time with the snow shovel than with your family. Didn’t we just get done with all of that?<p>Ready or not, winter is on its way back. Thanksgiving is weeks away, but below-freezing …

The Supreme Court puts the screws to 36 state governments

No piker when it comes to cliffhanging drama, the<p>Supreme Courtlate Friday placed the governors and legislatures of 36 states in a corner, by taking up a challenge to theAffordable Care Actthat directly threatens their citizens.<p>The states are those that failed to create their own ACA insurance …

Health Care

Dad confronts kidnapper, saves 5-year-old daughter

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A set of Utah parents were awakened Friday to an unsettling noise for 4:30 in the morning: the sound of their front door …