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U.S. moves against two Salvadoran military men in landmark cases

U.S. authorities on Wednesday acted against two former Salvadoran military men who had lived freely and openly in the United States for years despite allegations they were involved in some of the most egregious atrocities committed in their homeland.<p>Carlos Vides Casanova, a former defense minister …

Supreme Court refuses to hear Alan Gross appeal alleging U.S. government negligence | Fox News

A former U.S. subcontractor who was freed from a Cuban jail last year after five years of detention was denied Monday a Supreme Court hearing for an appeal on his lawsuit alleging the U.S. government sent him on semi-covert trips to Cuba without sufficient training or preparation for working in the …

Secret Apple TV remote controls: Fifteen button combos to power up your viewing!

The 3rd-generation Apple TV is no longer available from Apple, but you can still find it at third-party sellers, and it's still a solid set-top for …

Book Review: God of the Big Bang: How Modern Science Affirms the Creator

Introduction<p><i>God of the Big Bang: How Modern Science Affirms the Creator</i> is Dr. Leslie Wickman's first book on the intersection of faith and science. …

Book Review: 'Can We Still Believe the Bible?' by Craig L. Blomberg

Given the many recent challenges to the reliability and trustworthiness of Scripture, most notably by Bart Ehrman, volumes such as this one are …

Theology

Book Review | The Conscious Parent, By Shefali Tsabary, PhD

Letting children know that they are accepted for who they are, apart from the things that they do. She lists several ways to do this, including this …

Parenting

Kentucky Joins Sports Pantheon of All-Time Near-Misses as Perfect Bid Ends

Link to Media<p>Kentucky’s basketball team arrived in Indianapolis hoping to become the eighth team to win the Final Four with an undefeated record, and the first to do so since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams.<p>Instead, UK winds up on a very different list: Those who very nearly made sports …

New York Giants

Ellen Pao says she had 'no choice' but to sue Kleiner Perkins

SAN FRANCISCO — Ellen Pao opened up about the long and difficult struggle that her $16 million lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has …

Liquidity crisis could spark the next financial crash

Traders warn of a global credit 'meltdown' if corporate bond markets don't improve<p>For Norval Loftus, chief investment officer at Allegra Asset Management, trading corporate bonds is not as easy as it used to be.<p>“It’s like night and day compared with six or seven years ago,” the bond market veteran …

Stock Markets

Bernie Sanders Explains What He Thinks Obama Did Wrong As President

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Monday that President Barack Obama's major failure in office has been an inability to recognize quickly enough that congressional Republicans were never good-faith partners in governance.<p>"If you were to ask me what his major mistake has been, it's that …

First Win Lottery, Then Defend Suits By Ticket Sellers, Co-Workers, Relatives

Winning the lottery is a dream for many. Winning big is even better, but winning big can mean liabilities too. Everyone knows that the taxes on winning tickets are a downside. Still, how bad can it be? Most people assume they will still end up with a lot.<p>But if in addition to paying the taxman, …

Finance

5 essential books that broke racial barriers

Seventy-five years later, <i>Native Son</i> is still iconic.<p>Richard Wright's novel, which was published on March 1, 1940, was a groundbreaking work about …

Attorney General Says Report on Ferguson Police Is 'Searing'

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that even though the Justice Department will not charge a Ferguson, Mo., police officer with civil rights …

Chemical in BPA-Free Products Linked to Irregular Heartbeats

New ingredient in plastic bottles, receipts has same effect on lab animals as the old chemical does.<p>Many consumers avoid products that contain bisphenol-A (BPA) because the estrogen-imitating chemical has been linked to an array of health effects in people and animals. But new research published …

Environmental Health

How WWI made wristwatches happen

In any case, the ladies’ wristwatch, often called a “bracelet watch”, a “montre bracelet”, or a “wristlet”, existed for at least a century, if not …

Watches

Spotted: A planet 10 times the size of Jupiter with four suns

Astronomers have discovered a massive planet with four suns only 125 light-years from Earth.<p>The planet is at least 10 times as big as Jupiter, and scientists say it probably has no actual surface to stand on. But if you could fly a spacecraft into its atmosphere and look up, you would see one …

Universe

Cramer Remix: How to rule over your retirement

Every once in a while, Jim Cramer likes to take a step back and takes a look at the big picture of how we create sustainable wealth. However, …

Investing

How We’re Driving Responsible Growth

Our responsible growth strategy is delivering strong, consistent, high-quality results.<p>00:01:53.01 00:01:54.07<br>How will we do it?"<p>00:01:54.20 …

Private Equity

2009 transcripts reveal Fed confronting a chaotic banking system

Transcripts of<p>Federal Reservemeetings in 2009 showed central bank officials struggling to contain the worst financial crisis in seven decades and searching for the right policies to halt a deepening economic downturn.<p>The transcripts released Wednesday revealed that officials were worried about the …

Economy

Online Mortgage Startup Lenda Expands, Aims To Shake Up Industry

Technology may finally start to make the mortgage refinancing process easier.<p>Startup Lenda, which launched in October 2013 and has been operating in California and Washington, is expanding to make its 30- to 45-minute online mortgage refinancing product available to Oregon today.<p>The company, which …

Real Estate

Why the right hates American history

Thomas Jefferson knew that education is vital to a functioning Democratic Republic. Conservatives have other ideas<p>Sure, the war on education helps Republican lawmakers destroy unions and slash government spending, but it's our history of progressive change that makes Conservatives hate accurate …

Comic Book Review – Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit #2

<i>Villordsutch reviews Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit #2…</i><p><i>A pack of griffins is on the loose and tearing up the city—and that’s the least of the</i> …

Verizon’s humiliation is complete and I am drinking its tears

Verizon predictably lashed out against the FCC’s big net neutrality vote on Thursday, which isn’t too surprising since a lot of telecom and cable …

In New Hampshire, Rubio leaves a footprint

Rubio makes a strong first impression in his first foray into the early primary state.<p>MANCHESTER, N.H. — On Tuesday, with temperatures below zero, 25 College Republicans from Saint Anselm College met privately with Marco Rubio at 7:30 a.m. The Florida senator’s small-group visit immediately won the …

Government

Photographer Creates Hilarious Photo Series Using Marvel Characters in Unique Situations

Indonesian born photographer Edy Harjo has created a series unlike any other; complex in setup yet seemingly so simple in its comedic genius. Using …

Comics

Why some iMessage texts are blue and some are green

Admit it: You've always wanted to know.<p>If you own an iPhone, you may have noticed something odd in the Messages app: Some messages are blue and some are green. What's the deal with that?<p>Short answer: Blue ones have been sent or received using Apple's iMessage technology, while green ones are …

iMessage

George Orwell’s Animal Farm Illustrated by Ralph Steadman

In 1995, more than twenty years after his irreverent illustrations for <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, the beloved British cartoonist <b>Ralph Steadman</b> put his singular twist on a very different kind of literary beast, one of the most controversial books ever published. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the …

“The Giving Tree” at Fifty: Sadder Than I Remembered

A few weeks ago, rummaging around the Strand, I came across a fiftieth-anniversary edition of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree.” It had the fern-green cover familiar from childhood, the same oversized dimensions, the same appealing sketch on its front—a squiggly drawing of a tall tree, its top …