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Absurd Creature of the Week: Elusive Goblin Shark Has World’s Most Terrifying Jaws

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.18.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>In the movie <i>Labyrinth</i>, David Bowie stars as …

Fish

Russians deny US spying allegations in Washington

Russian embassy says spy claims are 'echoes of cold war' as FBI reportedly investigates cultural exchange boss Yury Zaitsev<p>A Washington-based Russian cultural exchange official suspected of spying has denied the allegations, a news agency has reported.<p>A source in Washington told AP that the FBI was …

Gay Marriage Debate Flares Up In Four States

<i>This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.</i><p>The recent victory by same-sex marriage advocates in New Jersey and court fights elsewhere have …

A third of Americans now live in a state with marriage equality

Fourteen states and Washington, D.C., currently recognize equal marriage, and three more may be on the verge<p>This time last year, only six states had marriage equality laws on the books. Flash forward 12 months and that number has risen to 14 (plus Washington, D.C.), meaning that 33 percent of …

First Read Minute: For Democrats, GOP dueling political problems - First Read

The two biggest political stories of the past few weeks are the problems with the federal health care website and the Republican Party's infighting. NBC's Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro note that while Democrats are throwing every resource possible to fix the website issues, no one in the GOP …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

Immigration reform gets push from tech industry

Mark Zuckerberg has spent much of the past year getting involved in political issues, from education in New Jersey to infrastructure development in Africa. His most prominent action is likely to come on immigration reform, which Facebook's founder is pushing through the FWD.us group he formed last …

Syrian capital blacked out after blasts

The Syrian capital Damascus was hit by a power cut late on Wednesday, shortly after an explosion near the international airport, residents said.<p>"The whole city just went dark," said a resident who lives in the centre of the city and asked to remain anonymous.<p>An AFP journalist in Damascus said he …

IOS 7's controversial new feature: Frequent Locations tracking map

Want to know what place you visit most, how often you visit and for how long? There's an iOS 7 feature for that.<p>Apple this week rolled out a new version of iOS 7 beta, and inside there is a feature called Frequent Locations that shows users a map of the places they visit most.<p>Using little blue …

iOS

515-Pound Halibut Caught By Marco Leibenow Near Norway May Be World Record (PHOTO)

One German fisherman may have just reeled in a world record.<p>According to fishing tour company Angelreisen Hamburg, Marco Liebenow was fishing off the coast of Norway when he managed to catch a 515-pound halibut in July.<p>Speaking on behalf of Liebenow, Angelreisen Hamburg's David Bottcher said that …

Stargazing in Sedona

After a 13-hour drive from Sequoia to Sedona — during which I nearly ran out of gas on a beautiful but desolate stretch of highway 40 (if it hadn’t been for Max‘s hybrid endurance, I absolutely would have!) — I squeaked into Red Rock Country well past dark and barely in time for my star-gazing …

Astronomy

National Geographic Travel

China's rainbow mountains - in pictures

The Danxia scenic area in Gansu province, north-west China, is a landform of reddish sandstone that has been eroded to create unusual rock formations

Business News, Personal Finance and Money News

Asian shares were mostly lower Friday as investors evaluated the latest earnings reports and worries about rising U.S. bond yields weighed on...<p>It …

Personal Finance

Gun suicides up, murders down in US cities, CDC finds

The rate of suicide using guns has gone up in most of the 50 most populous U.S. metropolitan areas, but the murder rate has fallen, according to new statistics released Thursday.<p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is reasserting its right to study and report on gun deaths, …

Guns

Ariel Castro sentenced to life without parole

Ariel Castro, the former Cleveland school bus driver who pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and abuse of three young women that went undetected for more than a decade, was sentenced Thursday to life imprisonment, plus 1,000 years, with no chance of parole.<p>Castro's sentence — which was expected under …

Crime

Edward Snowden asylum: US 'disappointed' by Russian decision

White House says Moscow should hand back whistleblower and hints Barack Obama might boycott Vladimir Putin meeting<p>The White House expressed anger and dismay on Thursday after Russia granted temporary asylum to the American whistleblower Edward Snowden and allowed him to leave the Moscow airport …

Global Muslim report reveals opposition to suicide bombing in US

Muslims in the US are generally more opposed to suicide bombings than their co-religionists round the world, according to a new report by the Pew …

George Zimmerman Won't Seek Immunity Hearing

Joining the rest of America, Apple goes billions of dollars into debt

It seems somewhat counterintuitive, but the public company with the largest stockpile of cash in the world—Apple, sitting on $145 billion—is borrowing billions of dollars in the financial markets today.<p>Why? While the company owns a lot of cash, a significant chunk of it is kept overseas, making it …

Sweden

Dutch crowning: King Willem-Alexander becomes Europe's youngest monarch

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has begun his reign by paying tribute to his mother Princess Beatrix who abdicated in his favour after 33 years as Queen.<p><b>Tens of thousands of Dutch gather in Amsterdam <br>King Willem-Alexander: hard-partying prince who won over country <br>10 things you never knew</b> …

Europe

Obama: Guantanamo 'needs to be closed' - NBC Politics

By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News<p>President Barack Obama – again – vowed Tuesday to follow through with a 2008 campaign pledge to close the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.<p>President Barack Obama explains why he thinks America's detention facility at Guantanamo Bay …

London Marathon security stepped up after Boston attacks

The number of police officers on duty for the London Marathon has been increased by 40% to provide reassurance after the atrocities in Boston, …

One Boston Marathon suspect killed; second suspect, his brother, on loose after firefight - U.S. News

The two marathon bombing suspects. The man in the white hat is still believed to be at large.<p>By Pete Williams, Richard Esposito, Michael Isikoff and Erin McClam, NBC News<p>With a bomb strapped to his chest, one of the Boston Marathon suspects was killed early Friday after he and his accomplice …