Hunter Swearengin

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U.S. forces can now pursue ISIS in Afghanistan

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Pentagon has now been granted new legal authority allowing the military go on the offensive against ISIS in Afghanistan.<p>When the State Department announced the designation of ISIS in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a Foreign Terrorist Organization last week, it led to a change in …

Joe Biden changes story on Osama bin Laden raid

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Vice President Joe Biden offered an account Tuesday of the decision to launch the raid that killed Osama bin Laden that differed from some of his previous retellings -- and from Hillary Clinton's.<p>His remarks come as he considers facing off against the former secretary of state in …

Here’s the one VR concept that the smartest people at Oculus admit they’re nowhere near figuring out

We finally have a workable virtual-reality platform, but plenty of obstacles are between us and a <i>Star Trek</i>-style holodeck.<p>If you reach out to touch a table, you’ll feel the molecules of that piece of furniture push against your hand. Do the same thing in virtual reality, and you’ll feel nothing. …

Virtual Reality

North Dakota is the first state in the US to legalize police use of drones with tasers and pepper spray

North Dakota, known for its vast frackable oil reserves and being in a Coen brothers film once, is the first state in the US that will allow its police to fly drones equipped with tasers and other “non-lethal weapons,” The Daily Beast reported.<p>According to The Daily Beast, the bill, originally …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Washington Navy Yard: Police say 'all clear' after lockdown

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Federal law enforcement has given the "all clear" at the Washington Navy Yard on Thursday morning, after a lockdown forced workers to hold-in-place and filled the Southeast D.C. neighborhood with police and ambulance vehicles.<p>The U.S. Navy tweeted that the facility was under …

After Cuba: The Only 3 Countries That Have No Relations With the U.S.

Why is one of them Bhutan?<p>On Wednesday, the United States and Cuba announced that they would reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, thus restoring diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961. The agreement doesn’t mean that Washington-Havana ties will go back to where they were before …

North Korea

Clocks to read 11:59:60 tonight as time lords add leap second

Software could crash and markets suffer as a leap second is added to world time at midnight tonight<p>Airlines, trading floors and technology companies are braced for chaos today as world timekeepers prepare to add a leap second to global clocks.<p>Immediately before midnight dials will read 11:59:60 as …

The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Islamic State's Projection of Territory Under Its Control by 2020<p>June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year. After conquering an area covering over 80,000 square miles and including a population of approximately 10 million people, IS has …

War

How ISIS’s ‘Attack America’ Plan Is Working

Fear and concern over ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks on U.S. soil has been turned up a notch in the last few months, thanks to ISIS’s thriving …

Terrorism

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Siblings

Pentagon's YouTube war with Russia

After Russian jet buzzes U.S. warship, Defense Department posts video to sway public opinion.<p>The West’s simmering standoff with Russia has prompted the Pentagon to reach for a new weapon: YouTube.<p>Defense officials have concluded it’s no longer enough to lodge formal complaints when Russian bombers …

Jurassic World

It’s not the cynical, cash-in cheesefest you feared. OK, <i>Jurassic World</i> is a little of that. But this state-of-the-art dino epic is also more than a …

How Isis crippled al-Qaida | Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman, Mustafa Khalili

Photograph: Mustafa Khalili<p>Abu ­Muhammad al-Maqdisi, the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/10/1433954982833/1b7d66ce-79f0-4547-b570-f68f1f82bd4e-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Mustafa Khalili<p>Abu ­Muhammad al-Maqdisi, the …

Al-Qaeda

Facebook Now a Place for Prisoners, Too

One day at work, Larissa admitted to logging onto Facebook “to see my kids’ Easter pictures.”<p>She had been put on work furlough because the Alabama …

Social Media

China might be building vast database of federal worker info, experts say

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The massive hack that may have stolen the personal information of four million federal employees appears designed to build a vast database in what could be preparation for future attacks by China against the U.S., cybersecurity experts advising the government told CNN Friday …

Personal Information

Why Is It So Hard to Track Police Killings?

Two newspapers succeed where the federal government has failed, and new legislation seems unlikely to solve the problem.<p>The recent spate of highly publicized killings of black men by police officers has driven many people to wonder how common such police violence is. Incredibly, no one knows—not …

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

Exclusive: North Korea would use nukes if 'forced,' official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> When officials informed us that we'd be granted a sit-down interview with a high-ranking member of North Korea's inner circle with no preconditions, it was a real surprise.<p>Senior figures in Pyongyang don't do interviews, especially not with the international press.<p>"I …

North Korea

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

U.S. Drone Rules Expected to Buck Industry Hopes

The Federal Aviation Administration is set to restrict use of drones to within 400 feet of the ground and forbid flights beyond the eyesight of the …