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A slow-motion disaster is underway in South Carolina right now

The rain may have stopped falling, but South Carolina is still facing a precarious situation as floodwaters course through a complex network of …

Federal Authorities Reportedly Thwarted Security Threat Against Pope Francis

WASHINGTON -- As Pope Francis prepares to visit the United States later this month, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that federal authorities are highly concerned about possible security threats against the pope and have already “disrupted one particular case.”<p>“The …

United States

Russia warns US of ‘unintended incidents’ over Syria

The growing rift between the United States and Russia over concerns that Moscow is employing its military to protect Syria's embattled president appeared to widen Friday when a Russian official called for military cooperation with Washington in order to avoid "unintended incidents."<p>The comments …

Middle East

Passenger Urinated on Others Aboard JetBlue Flight to Portland: Police

An airline passenger faces charges after authorities say he urinated on other travelers on a flight from Anchorage to Portland, Oregon.<p>Jeff Rubin, 27, was arrested early Friday after JetBlue Flight 47 arrived at Portland International Airport, KOIN-TV reported.<p>A police report says passengers and …

Airports

Big banks agree $1.87 billion deal to settle swaps collusion lawsuit

Wall Street’s biggest banks have agreed to a tentative settlement over allegations that they conspired to rig the market for credit …

Wall Street

California Approves Physician-Assisted Suicide; Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

A controversial bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide in California is headed to the governor for consideration, after almost nine months of intense — often personal — debate in the legislature.<p>If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, California would become the fifth state to allow doctors to …

Health Care

Read This Inspiring Post By Robin Williams' Daughter On Depression

A little over a year after the actor's tragic suicide, Zelda Williams shared a touching message about coping with loss and sadness.<p>"I live my sadness every day, but I don't resent it anymore," Williams said. "Instead, I do it now so that the wonderful moments of joy I do find are not in order to …

Google's stylish new Wi-Fi router is amazing — but not worth $199

And the market responded: The Google OnHub sold out of preorders almost as soon as it went up on Google's Play Store and on Amazon.<p>On Monday, the Google OnHub goes on sale to the general public.<p>After a few days testing an OnHub that Google loaned me, I can confirm that it is a technical marvel that …

Wi-Fi

Content blocking in iOS 9 is going to screw up way more than just ads

Earlier this week I wrote about the coming hellfire for those who make their money off advertising: content blocking in iOS 9.<p>Issues with ad blocking and publishers being starved of oxygen aside, there’s another big problem on the horizon: mass content blocking will also break important marketing …

Pittsburgh Cocktail Waitress Receives $1M in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A Pittsburgh cocktail waitress has been award more than $1 million dollars in a lawsuit against the Rivers Casino. According to the Associated Press, Allyson Pelesky was working at the casino in April 2014 when a high-roller tipped her by placing a $1 chip in her bra, touching her breast. The …

Sexual Harassment

'Looming unrest in the oil sector' is rattling Central Asia's biggest country

Kazakhstan, like many others, is feeling the pain as black gold dips lower and lower.<p>But that's not the Central Asian country's only problem: The government is also concerned about "looming unrest in the oil sector" that has followed lower oil, according to a new report by Stratfor.<p>Right now, the …

Central Asia