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Lenovo installs adware on its computers that could let hackers steal private data

A vulnerability has been discovered in a piece of software that ships pre-loaded onto Lenovo computers that could grant hackers access to a user's secure browser data, allowing third parties to potentially collect passwords, bank details, and other sensitive information.<p>Superfish, an adware program …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

This state is the nation's happiest for the first time

Alaska edged out Hawaii and is now at the top of the rankings of the nation's happiest states for the first time.<p>The nation's largest and most northern state scored highest in the 2014 Gallup-Healthways' annual survey of well-being, with a score of 64.7 out of 100. Alaska has previously ranked …

Feds: Speed doesn't appear to be factor in oil train crash

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in an oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a federal transportation …

America's Happiest and Saddest States Are Mirror Images

The polling outfit Gallup and a company called Healthways have released state-by-state results of a survey into what they call "well-being," which, …

2015 NFL Free Agents: Hottest Rumors Surrounding Frank Gore, CJ Spiller and More

The 2015 NFL free-agent market promises to be one of the most chaotic in recent memory, so it comes as no surprise that there are already rumors galore concerning some of the top names available.<p>Teams across the league will have a golden opportunity to get better due to the amount of elite talent …

Football (U.S.)

In Frozen Maine, Portland's Snow Dump Is Reaching FAA Height Limits

The city's primary snow dump is so tall it could run afoul of Federal Aviation Administration safety guidelines.<p>What's another 8 to 10 inches of snowfall for a city that's already removed 1 million cubic yards of snow?<p>Portland, Maine, has bested all its recent records for snow this winter. The city …

NHL Trade Rumors: Breaking Down League Buzz Ahead of Trade Deadline

The sense of urgency around the NHL will soon begin to rise as 2015's March 2 trade deadline comes into focus. It's a chance for general managers to make the one or two moves that could put contending teams over the top.<p>Even though the rumor mill hasn't been overly active yet, things should begin …

NHL

New Lenovo PCs shipped with factory-installed adware

Buy a new Lenovo computer recently? Well, it looks like it could be infected with some factory-installed adware. Users on the official Lenovo forums started noticing that search results were being injected with sponsored links (like what happens when a machine is infected with typical adware or …

Cybersecurity

Around the Solar System

Robotic probes launched by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and others are gathering information all across the solar system. We currently have spacecraft in orbit around the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, a comet, and Saturn, and two operational rovers on Mars. Several others are on their …