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Thousands of US veterans are sick and dying because of burning garbage

This soon became a serious issue — every soldier was said to be producing an average of 10 pounds of trash per day — and the DOD decided to construct open-air burn pits on military bases to incinerate the trash.<p>The Pentagon contracted the firm Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR) to get the job done, and …

Military

U.S. Stocks Give Up Gains

Yellen reiterates Fed’s intent for gradual interest-rate increases<p>U.S. stocks gave up gains heading into the close, dragging major indexes to a fourth consecutive session of losses.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 99.64 points, or 0.6%, to 15914.74. The blue-chip index earlier rose as much as …

Stock Markets

Man who attacked Uber driver while drunk files $5-million lawsuit

A former Taco Bell corporate manager who was captured on video drunkenly attacking his Uber driver is now suing that driver for $5 million, claiming that the recording was made without his consent, according to court documents.<p>Benjamin Golden, 32, of Newport Beach, said the now-viral video, which …

J.K. Rowling reveals the secret that shaped Alan Rickman's role in the Harry Potter films

Expecto patronum!<p>The role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films became one of the most memorable and celebrated parts in the long career of Alan Rickman, who died of cancer last week at 69. Rickman said many times that J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels, once gave him a secret …

A Case About Scratched Xbox 360 Discs Heads to the Supreme Court

A case about video game consoles could mean much for class-action lawsuits in general.<p>Cases related to video games rarely reach the U.S. Supreme Court, but the justices made an exception yesterday when they decided they'd hear a 2008 case centered on allegedly faulty units of Microsoft's Xbox 360 …

The rebirth of a 1,000-year tradition

A dying Filipino tattoo tradition is being revived – and forever changed – by the international travellers seeking to get inked by its last tribal artist, 97-year old Apo Whang-Od.<p>An old woman, with tribal tattoos covering her arms and chest, tapped an ink-soaked thorn into my arm. We were sitting …

Tattoos

The 'darker side' of travel gets overlooked, study says

A university study out of Britain has confirmed what many business travelers already know: Regular travel can be a big bummer.<p>The study, titled "A Darker Side of Hypermobility," says that society glamorizes travel but ignores the physical and psychological drawbacks. The negative aspects include …