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Boeing's new 777x planes have wings so wide they need to fold just to fit at the gate

Aviation can be such a drag.<p>When airborne, the forthcoming Boeing 777x aircraft will have a majestic wingspan of 235 feet. Unfortunately, that’s too big to fit at the type of airport gate intended for 777s. So rather than clipping the plane’s wings—or asking airports to make bigger gates—Boeing …

Aviation

Democrats end sit-in on House floor while promising to continue to press for gun votes

Democratic lawmakers on Thursday afternoon ended the dramatic protest they had staged on the House floor for more than 25 hours, while pledging to continue to find ways to pressure Republicans to hold votes on gun-control measures.<p>Tired of what they viewed as a publicity stunt by Democrats, …

Gun Control

Captured ISIS chemical weapons manufacturer transferred to Iraqi custody

Sulayman Dawud al-Bakkar, an Islamic State fighter apparently responsible for manufacturing chemical weapons, was transferred to Iraqi custody Thursday after being held by U.S. forces for roughly a month.<p>Al-Bakkar, also known as Abu Dawud, was captured in a U.S. special operations raid in February. …

Middle East

Eyewitness account: ISIL steps up chemical weapons attacks on Kurds in Iraq

MAKHMOUR, Iraq — Ahmad Rasool, 21, was drinking tea with 20 other Kurdish soldiers when Islamic State mortars began to hit. The Kurds were used to such attacks after battling the militants for more than a year, but this one was different: On impact, clouds of what turned out to be mustard gas …

Middle East

Scientists Fear Sex Robots Could Be Bad For Society

The Campaign Against Sex Robots warns that human-like sex machines could promote unhealthy relationships.<p>We’ve joked about robots being the future of sex, but for these two researchers, it's no laughing matter.<p>Kathleen Richardson and Erik Billing on Tuesday launched the Campaign Against Sex Robots, …

Robotics

Prince picks his 10 favorite artists right now

With the release of his excellent new album <i>HITNRUN</i>, released via Jay-Z’s Tidal service this month, Prince sat down with EW for one of his most …

Oklahoma delays Richard Glossip execution amid evidence concerns

<b>(CNN) —</b> An Oklahoma appellate court granted a two-week stay of execution for Richard Glossip just hours before he was scheduled to die Wednesday, meaning that a man whose lawyers say is innocent has at least a temporary reprieve.<p>The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued the order about three …

Justice