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An Incredibly Ambitious Time Capsule Was Sealed 75 Years Ago Today — Here’s What’s Inside

Called "Dawn of a New Day," the 1939 Fair adopted a future-focused theme, which would become standard in subsequent World's Fairs.<p>Electric giant Westinghouse took the theme to heart. The company created one of the most ambitious time capsules ever: a 7 1/2-foot tube, filled with items from the …

Time Capsules

Phoenix VA officials deny there's a secret wait list; doctor says they're lying

The top officials at the Phoenix VA denied any existence of a secret waiting list in an in-depth interview with CNN on Tuesday, and they denied that delays in care caused the deaths of U.S. veterans at the facility.<p>But only hours after making these denials, the top VA physician who first appeared …

South Sudan: UN makes grim discoveries in Bentiu

The United Nations says the ongoing conflict in South Sudan has a disturbing echo of events in Rwanda 20 years ago.<p>Toby Lanzer, the UN's top humanitarian official, said piles and piles of bodies were left in the town of Bentiu following an attack last week by fighters loyal to the former Vice …

Africa

GOP legislation would cut off Holder's salary

A Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cut off pay to Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials who have been held in contempt of Congress.<p>Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, introduced the "Contempt Act" on Tuesday, less than a week after alluding to the measure …

Glow-in-the-dark 'smart' highway opens in the Netherlands

One of the proposed features of the highway: weather-sensitive markings.<i><br>(Credit: Studio Roosegaarde)</i><p><b>A strip of "smart" highway with glow-in-the-dark</b> …

Road Safety

Japan Plans to Build Up Plutonium Stockpile

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Japan is planning on moving ahead with a program for increasing its stockpiles of plutonium, …

What happened in Rwanda is happening again in Central African Republic

Drive north from the capital, and you soon discover why relief workers call the Central African Republic a post-apocalyptic country. After a year of mass murder, the villages are abandoned and the roads eerily empty and desolate.<p>The checkpoints are controlled by cold-eyed men from largely Christian …

Americans agree: legal weed is coming

How Americans think about weed is changing. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 75 percent of Americans believe selling and using marijuana will eventually be legalized. Of the people surveyed, both the majority of people for and against legalized weed agree that it is coming.<p>The …

Guinea miners in lockdown after Ebola deaths

Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 83.<p>Five new suspected infections were reported in the last 24 hours, the UN's World Health Organisation (WHO) said, bringing …

Italian forces arrest Veneto separatists over alleged plot to attack Venice

Italian special operations units have arrested 24 secessionists who were allegedly planning a violent campaign aimed at gaining independence for the wealthy north-eastern Veneto region.<p>Police said in a statement on Wednesday that the group had built an armoured vehicle that they intended to deploy …

Genocide in Rwanda was a fork in the road not just for Africa but the world

The horrific events of April 1994 continue to shape the thinking of today's policymakers and peacemakers<p>'Rwanda is our nightmare, South Africa is our dream," wrote the Nigerian author Wole Soyinka, reflecting on the events of April 1994 – the most momentous month in Africa's post-independence …

Patriot Act Author: Only My Anti-NSA Bill Will Close ‘Loophole’ Spying on Americans

Dustin Volz @dnvolz<p>April 2, 2014, 1:34 p.m.<p>The one-time cham­pi­on of grant­ing the in­tel­li­gence com­munity more sur­veil­lance au­thor­ity is …

Revisiting the Rwandan Genocide: How Churches Became Death Traps

On a summer afternoon in 1994, David Guttenfelder took a taxi from the Rwandan capital Kigali to the nearby region of Bugesera. He walked inside the Ntarama Church and began taking photographs of people who had been murdered by their neighbors. They had come to the small, red-brick church from all …

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Philippines sues China over sea claims | Brunei

Two years ago, a standoff broke out between the Philippines and China, when Filipino authorities tried to arrest Chinese fishermen suspected of illegally fishing in the Scarborough Shoal.<p>China blocked the arrest, sending paramilitary vessels to surround the Philippine patrol ships. The face-off …

Japan allows people to return to Fukushima disaster 'hot zone' | Reuters

TAMURA, Japan (Reuters) - For the first time since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km (12 miles) from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home.<p>Kitaro Saito who was evacuated from the Miyakoji area of Tamura, walks inside …

No, legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t lead to crime, according to actual crime stats

Opponents of medical marijuana envision all kinds of insidious ways that legalizing the drug might lead to crime. Make marijuana more accessible, and more people will use it. If more people use it, more will tumble through the weed "gateway" to cocaine, or worse. <i>Those</i> people will then engage in …

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Legal weed’s race problem: White men get rich, black men stay in prison

Even with legalization, the devastating legacy of the drug war lingers, says Professor Michelle Alexander<p>Ever since Colorado and Washington made the unprecedented move to legalize recreational pot last year, excitement and stories of unfettered success have billowed into the air. Colorado's …

The NSA Is Using Facebook to Hack Into Your Computer

This just in from the Ed­ward Snowden vault of gov­ern­ment secrets: The Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency is break­ing in­to “po­ten­tially mil­lions of …

Social Media

Today's Malaysia Airlines 370 News: What It Means That the Plane Apparently Kept Flying

An explosion now is much less likely; deliberate destruction, by crew or attackers, more so.<p>Overnight the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported (paywall) that the Boeing 777 flying as Malaysia Airlines 370 was transmitting data about its location for five hours after its transponders stopped functioning and …

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and Its Changing Timeline

Nearly a week after Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared, officials are still at a loss for what happened to the jetliner carrying 239 people. …

Investigators Visit Home of Missing Jet's Co-Pilot

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian police visited the home of the missing Malaysia Airline jet's co-pilot shortly after leaving the pilot's house on Saturday.<p>The investigators spent about an hour-and-a-half in the home of Fariq Abdul Hamid, and two men left the property with them.<p>Earlier Saturday, …

Kuala Lumpur

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane 'sabotaged on board'

The hunt for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has taken a dramatic turn after the country's prime minister confirmed that communications on board had been deliberately disabled and that the jet had flown off course for more than six hours after it lost contact with air traffic control.<p>The revelation …

Crimea votes to become part of Russia again

A referendum in favour of a re-union of Crimea with Russia is denounced by the West, despite being passed by 96.6 per cent<p>Crimea said it would become part of Russia again on Sunday after a referendum on the region’s future saw an overwhelming majority vote to break away from Ukraine.<p>In a poll …

Russia