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As MERS Fears Spread, History Offers Sobering Lesson

‘Patient zero’ was traveling to a wedding in Hong Kong.<p>He didn’t feel well, but was sure he could shake the cold, even as he checked into a hotel in the crowded Kowloon district.<p>This one man, infected with a coronavirus new to science, caused an outbreak that helped it spread around the world. It …

16 of the craziest vacation homes you can rent this summer

Vacation rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway offer a plethora of interesting homes to choose from.<p>Some — like this colorful gypsy caravan in the English countryside — are a little more interesting than others.<p>We've rounded up some of the wackiest vacation homes we could find on Airbnb and …

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p>Use this first June weekend to explore unexpected textures and flavor pairings. Put charred and creamy side by side, fry an ingredient you usually …

Best of the Hotline: Your Favorite Steak Seasonings

<i>Some questions on the Hotline have staying power, and for good reason—they cover the questions we ask ourselves time and time again. Join us as we revisit some of the most popular.</i><p><i>Today: Get the low down on the best rub down for your steak.</i><p>Steak: It's the titan of the meat world. Flank, …

How a Restaurant Tripled Its Profits by Eliminating Tips

Things are working out quite well for Bar Marco, the Pittsburgh restaurant that eliminated tips and put their staff members on salary. In January, co-owner Bobby Fry told Eater that he planned to give his full-time employees a base salary of $35,000 a year, plus healthcare, paid vacation, and 500 …

Kim Kardashian Has 99 Problems But #DonutDay Ain't One

#NationalDonutDay is not so much a holiday as it is an annoyingly long hashtag. Kim Kardashian, a well known hashtag enthusiast, thought she would enjoy it. Sadly, the hashtag was not to be.<p>#SorryGPIsNotSorry

Kensington Palace Is So Twee, Shares Princess Charlotte's First Photos

Princess Charlotte is arguably more popular on Twitter than a Beyonce meme. Fittingtly the forward thinking digital strategists at Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal today released new photos of Prince George and his baby sister, Charlotte via social media. The predictably adorable photos were shot …

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Edward Herrmann honored at Gilmore Girls reunion

Gilmore family patriarch and acclaimed character actor Edward Herrmann was honored during Saturday night’s <i>Gilmore Girls</i> reunion at the ATX Festival …

Entertainment

Who will win at the Tony Awards? AP predicts

NEW YORK (AP) — One tip-off that this season on Broadway has been unique is that two of the top musicals had coffins prominently onstage. The season …

We May Find Out Amy Sherman-Palladino's Final Four Words For "Gilmore Girls"

"If it ever happened, I promise you we'd do it correctly," creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said.<p>AUSTIN, Texas — <i>Gilmore Girls</i> creator Amy Sherman-Palladino broke some hearts when asked about a continuation of her beloved series at the ATX Television Festival on Saturday.<p>"I'm sorry, there's nothing in …

Drought hastens decline of the Joshua tree, California's desert symbol

Under canopies of dead angular branches and drooping fronds, UC Riverside ecologist Cameron Barrows made his way across a forest of skeletal Joshua trees that have not reproduced in decades.<p>As Barrows explained, it's a tough time to be a Joshua tree. Climate change is taking an enormous toll, and …

For Autonomous Robots, The School of Hard Knocks Is In Session

The Future of Self-Sufficient Robots Starts at the DARPA Robotics Challenge<p>It's impossible to watch the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals without getting frustrated. What the robots are expected to do in the open-air course at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, which is meant to loosely …

Cancer, dementia, heart disease and new – or new strains of – infectious diseases are what modern westerners are dying of now<p><b>Where are we</b><br>The fight against cancer has proved to be one of the greatest intellectual and practical challenges of modern times. A hundred years ago, surgical interventions …

Breast Cancer

13 Pictures Capture Wonder and Bounty of Our Oceans

We depend on the ocean for food, recreation, as a weather regulator—and more. It in turn depends on us to keep it pristine.<p>Monday is World Oceans Day. The blue kingdom, which covers three fourths of planet Earth, provides half the world’s oxygen, absorbs vast amounts of carbon dioxide emissions …

Nature

Many children hear voices or have visions. Usually there is no cause for concern...<p>Childhood has long been championed as a time for make-believe, but recent research has found that another form of unreality – hallucinations – is more common in children than we previously imagined. For years, kids’ …

Mental Health

NASA is investing in eco-friendly supersonic airplane travel

Unless you have access to a F-22 fighter jet, you probably haven’t been able to fly faster than the speed of sound since the last Concorde flight in 2003. NASA wants to change this. The agency said that it is spending over $6 million to fund research into cheaper and greener supersonic travel.<p>This …

Drones hunt illegal logging in Amazon rain forests

Drones have seen a lot of bad press and idiotic hype that has slowed their acceptance by regulators and the public. But let's not forget that they perform valuable services like search and rescue and inspection that can't be done any other way. A great example of that is work being done by the …

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Big U.S. data breaches offer treasure trove for hackers | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A massive breach of U.S. federal computer networks disclosed this week is the latest in a flood of attacks by suspected Chinese hackers aimed at grabbing personal data, industrial secrets and weapons plans from government and private computers.<p>A lock icon, signifying an …

Apple is expected to soon unveil the biggest overhaul of iTunes since its launch

In the biggest overhaul of iTunes since it was launched in early 2003, the service was anticipated to include an option of subscribing to streaming music for $10 monthly.<p>Analysts and industry insiders believe rebranded "Apple Music" will be introduced on Monday during a keynote presentation kicking …

Greece's Tsipras 'failed' to deliver promised plan - Juncker

<b>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras failed to deliver alternative economic reforms that he had "promised", says European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.</b><p>Mr Juncker urged Mr Tsipras to come up with some alternative proposals "swiftly" so that negotiations could continue this week.<p>On …

Retail sales to influence Wall Street this week

With high-profile corporate earnings in the rearview mirror and the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy meeting still more than a week away, the action …

• H-E-B seeks to stop restaurants buying up dwindling supplies<br>• Whataburger chain reduces egg availability at breakfast

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THE LATEST: Obama repeats support for Britain staying in EU

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — 8:45 p.m. (1845 GMT; 2:45 p.m. EDT)<p>President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his support for Britain staying in the European Union, …

Russia will start importing Iranian oil this week as part of a barter deal

The Kremlin announced in April it had begun to implement the deal, in which Iran would export up to 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil to Russia in exchange for goods of an equivalent value, but traders said they saw no signs of it.<p>"Russia will begin oil imports from Iran this week," the …

Pay attention to the chaos in the bond market

That hissing sound you just heard is more air coming out of the bubble in the global bond market.<p>From Germany to the U.S., fixed income prices tanked last week, sending yields way up.<p>The turmoil is a clear signal that investors are bracing for higher interest rates -- whether the Federal Reserve is …

EU Parliament president warns Athens of dramatic consequences if talks fail | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - European Parliament President Martin Schulz urged Greece in a newspaper interview to accept a proposal by its international lenders for a cash-for-reforms deal, warning Athens that failing to reach an agreement would have “dramatic” consequences.<p>A European Union flag flatters …

Mourning ceremonies for China ship dead as toll rises

<b>Ceremonies have been held to remember the hundreds of people who died in last week's Chinese cruise ship disaster.</b><p>On Sunday the death toll rose to 431, with only 11 still missing as rescuers continue to sweep the Yangtze river.<p>Earlier, state television showed officials and rescuers bowing their …

US hunts for killers after 'Shawshank style' jail break

US police have announced a manhunt after two convicted murderers escaped from a maximum security prison using heavy duty power tools.<p>More than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement officials set up roadblocks, took to the air and went door-to-door on Sunday in their search for Richard Matt, …