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France: Raids kill 3 suspects, including 2 wanted in Charlie Hebdo attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> A pair of dramatic raids Friday in France led to the killing of three terrorists -- one suspected in the fatal shooting of a policewoman and four hostages, the other two in the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine -- and to the freeing of more than a dozen people being held …

France

'They thought it was no big deal to post a selfie in their bra': Sixth-grade teacher's viral letter shows her students why it is NEVER a good idea to upload risque photos to the internet

• <b>Melissa Bour was alarmed after seeing students' selfies on Facebook</b>• <b><br>In many, 11- and 12-year-olds were in bras or holding up middle fingers</b>• <b><br>She decided</b> …

Social Media

Animal rights groups slam Sarah Palin

It seems that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin really stepped in it when she posted a picture of her son using a dog as his “stepping stone” — and animal rights groups are firing back.<p>On Thursday, Palin posted three pictures of her son, Trig, on her Facebook page to commemorate New Year’s Day. The …

Rights & Freedoms

United Airlines Customer Service Is So Bad, They Managed To Piss Off A Monk

United Airlines is getting on EVERYONE’S nerves these days, huh? First, they threw a lawsuit at a 22-year-old for showing travelers how to access cheaper fares. Now, apparently they’re in the business of making monks angry. Yes, contemplative, quiet, and harmless MONKS! Can’t you go to hell for …

86 Viral Images From 2014 That Were Totally Fake

We debunked a lot of fake viral photos this year. Eighty-six, to be exact. And that doesn't even include all those fake toilet photos from the Sochi …

Skimpy pics and terrible tweets: Biggest airline fails of 2014

Let’s face it: We air passengers weren’t at our best in 2014. We got into fights over reclining seats. In retrospect, we did kinda overreact to Ebola. And once again our hopes that this would be the year that people finally realized it’s not cool to take your shoes off on an airplane were …

Will Texas Stay Texan?

As the Lone Star state continues its economic rise, will it be able to maintain its distinctive identity, or will it become more like the communities …

Rockets-Wizards game delayed by crooked rim

No, Josh Smith didn't shoot one too many bricks.<p>Look closely, and you'll see that the rim at the Rockets-Wizards game is crooked. This is odd because the Rockets only had one possession and nobody tried to dunk during it. The game was stopped after just 48 seconds.<p>Referee Monty McCutchen had an …

Why is United Airlines suing a 22-year-old?

A young computer whiz from New York City has launched a site to help people buy cheap plane tickets. But an airline company and its travel partner want to shut him down.<p>United Airlines (UAL) and Orbitz (OWW) filed a civil lawsuit last month against 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, who founded the website …

French city installs anti-homeless cages around benches

French mayor accused of a shameful lack of Christmas spirit after placing metal cages over public benches to banish homeless from city centre<p>A mayor in south-western <b>France</b> has been accused of a shameful lack of Christmas spirit after banishing homeless people from the city centre by placing metal …

Watch an Analog Optical Illusion of a T. Rex Come Alive

YouTuber Brusspup handcrafts his own optical illusions.<p><b>A version of this post originally appeared on The Creators Project Netherlands.</b><p>It takes a while before you realize you're not really here to watch an animation—or stuck in a film strip. That's what it feels like to look into the optical …

Art

The ghost story's renaissance

In Robert Aickman’s centenary year, Tim Martin celebrates a revival of interest in supernatural fiction<p>Robert Aickman, probably the greatest writer of spooky stories in English since the Second World War, would have been 100 years old in 2014. Appropriately, his centenary year was also an excellent …

Books

Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

The icebound crew of the Akademik Shokalskiy made headlines but, a year on, the fruits of their expedition are revealed<p>Rescue from Antarctic - the full story<p>The voyage was meant to retrace the steps of Douglas Mawson, the great polar explorer and scientist who led the Australasian Antarctic …

55 Amazing Moments From 2014

It was a year for standing up for what you believe in, setting records, and making a meme of everything.<p>Before we "Let It Go," let's take a look at the year's highlights in entertainment, tech, business, science, and world news.

Olive Garden

The Dog Ballerina Optical Illusion

Merry Christmas Eve to all of you! Today is the last day before Christmas, and we know you all are running around trying to get everything done …

Bill O’Reilly ruined Christmas: Why his nonsense undermines the holiday I love

<b>Bill O'Reilly (AP/Kathy Willens/Elena Schweitzer via Shutterstock/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>With every predictable rant by the human outrage machines, the holiday loses a little magic for me. Here’s why<p>Edwin Lyngar<p>December 25, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>The “War on Christmas” is back, a tradition that has …

Meet the Amateur Street Photographer Taking China by Storm

Street View<br>Tao Liu<p>1 of 15<p>Early in October, in the third-tier Chinese city of Hefei in the province of Anhui, the young street photographer Tao Liu …

China

“The Nutcracker’s” disturbing origin story: Why this was once the world’s creepiest ballet

From pedophilic godfathers to gruesome seven-headed mice, the first versions of the classic ballet were — different<p>Having danced "The Nutcracker" daily from September to December for 11 years in various roles, I find it difficult to remember hearing the opening strains of Tchaikovsky's ballet for …

Miss Literati Is Closed | Miss Literati

After several years of writing our story, the final chapter of Miss Literati is upon us. The site accepted its last story and shut down on Tuesday, …

An Editing Checklist For Writers

Are you thinking about editing your own copy?<p>At Writers Write, we give our students a Rewriting Checklist as part of our Writers Write course. This …

NASA Is 3-D Printing Tools In Space Like Crazy

Wrenches, and sample containers, and extruders, oh my<p>Astronauts on the ISS began printing objects on a specially-designed 3-D printer last month. They started small; the first object printed was a component of the printer itself, emblazoned with the logos of NASA and Made in Space, the company that …

Christmas lights are bad for you and for the environment

Last week, NASA released a report whose tone was misleadingly gleeful. Called "NOAA/NASA Satellite Sees Holiday Lights Brighten Cities," it began, …

Sony will release 'The Interview' at limited number of theaters on Christmas

<b>Wednesday morning update:</b> our newest story about "The Interview" release is over here.<p><b>Original Tuesday story:</b>"The Interview" is not over, after all.<p>Despite threats from hackers, Sony (SNE) Pictures is making the controversial Seth Rogen comedy available at a limited number of theaters starting on …

The Navy Seal Who Says He Shot Bin Laden Is Reportedly Under Investigation

Robert O'Neill, 38, who unveiled himself as the member of the Seal Tea Six team who killed the terror leader in a 2011 raid, is accused of revealing classified details of the raid, prompting a probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)<p>Depending on the outcome of the investigation, he …

Military

No rules of cyber war

U.S. in uncharted waters with ‘proportionate response’ on hack attacks.<p>A day after a nine-hour Internet outage in North Korea, experts are still debating whether the U.S. government pulled the plug, or perhaps a rogue group of hackers.<p>But whether or not the U.S. was behind the downing, President …

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …