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The Story of the Legendary Winchester Rifle

The gun that won the West, and a lot more.<p>Seen in the hands of countless cowboys and Indians in countless Westerns, the Winchester rifle is often hailed as one of the guns that "won the West." There's a lot more to the story than that. The rifle that became the Winchester had a long, tortuous …

War

Why Prosecutors Believe the Mafia Contributed to the Death Toll of Italy’s Earthquake

It may be a natural disaster, but the complex relationship between organized crime and the aftermath of earthquakes goes back decades.<p>Following last month's tragic earthquake in Amatrice, in which 290 people died and thousands were displaced, the head of Italy's National Anti-Mafia Directorate …

China’s Disappearing People Problem: The Story of Wang Quanzhang

On July 9, 2015, Wang Quanzhang (王全璋) joined the ranks of China's disappeared people, and has been held incommunicado to this day. While many of these individuals are activists or journalists, Wang is a Beijing lawyer who has taken on sensitive cases involving human rights and the Falun …

Inside Houston's sex slave trade

<i>Got a tip about this case? Contact the FBI with any information here</i>.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Esperanza was waiting for her cousins outside her high school in Mexico one day, when a strange man drove up in a car, forced her inside with him and sped away. At that moment, Esperanza had in effect become a sex …

How Did Hezbollah's Drone Evade a Patriot Missile?

And does that mean we should be suddenly very worried?<p>Israel's air defenses, equipped with U.S. Patriot PAC-2 surface-to-air missiles, are among the best in the world. Yet earlier this month they failed to shoot down a drone intruder. What happened? And what does it mean for the future?<p>On July 17, …

Military

Anti-Drone Jamming Gun Spotted at U.S. Base in Iraq

Instead of bullets, the gun downs drones with radio signals.<p>A photograph has emerged of an anti-drone weapon at a US military fire base in Iraq. The backpack-sized anti-drone system is likely there to kill any drones the Islamic State might use to reconnoiter the fire base's defenses.<p>The weapon …

Military

Why Do Humpback Whales Protect Other Species from Killer Whales?

It sounds like something out of a children’s animated film: the whale and the seal, at first put off by their differences, team up and become best …

Animals

Why the CIA Has to Read This Comic Before You Can

<i>The Sheriff of Babylon</i>, a murder mystery written by a former CIA officer set in the Iraqi Green Zone, is quite possibly the best comic of the year.<p>Over a decade ago, Tom King fought terrorists. In the days following September 11, 2001, King joined the CIA, hoping to help take down the people that …

Bot Lawyer That Successfully Appealed 160,000 Parking Tickets Is a Damn Hero

Parking tickets are the worst. Sadly, the burden of challenging a ticket is far greater than just paying the damn thing. But what if an artificially …

Chatbots

AI fighter pilot wins in combat simulation

<b>An artificially intelligent fighter pilot system has defeated two attacking jets in a combat simulation.</b><p>The AI, known as Alpha, used four virtual jets to successfully defend a coastline against two attacking aircraft - and did not suffer any losses.<p>Alpha, which was developed by a US team, also …

Becky Cloonan Is the Most Metal Artist in the Marvel Universe

When she’s not writing high-profile comics like 'The Punisher' or drawing Batman, the Texas-based artist is creating art for bands, music festivals—and even Black Sabbath.<p>Becky Cloonan stays busy. When she’s not writing high-profile comics like <i>The Punishe</i>r and <i>Gotham Academy,</i> or drawing books like</i> …

Prosecutors drop rape charges against former Indiana University student in plea deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> A former Indiana University student accused of raping two students pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a deal with prosecutors that could spare him jail time.<p>John Enochs was sentenced to one year of jail but only if he violates probation, Monroe County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney …

Research finds women were illegally arrested and raped to justify war on drugs and only a handful of perpetrators in law enforcement have been prosecuted<p>Tailyn Wang was two months pregnant when federal police officers broke into her house in Mexico City, ripped off her nightgown and threw her to …

Crime

The First World War: a complete timeline

THE OPENING SHOTS: AUG - SEP 1914<p><b>August 4-25, 1914: German invasion of Belgium</b><p>German troops captured most of Belgium, including the fortress of Liège, with the Belgians losing 30,000 men and the Germans just 2,000.<p><b>August 7-25, 1914: Battle of the Frontiers</b><p>The French Plan XVII called for an …

Justin Trudeau joins Canadian superheroes as Marvel Comics cover star

Make way, Liberal cabinet: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have another all-Canadian crew in his corner as he suits up for his latest feature role — comic book character.<p>Trudeau will grace the variant cover of issue No. 5 of Marvel's "Civil War II: Choosing Sides," due out Aug. 31.<p>Trudeau is …

These 38 Colleges Are Getting Rid of Textbooks to Save Students Money

The future is open access.<p>Education is expensive enough, without students having to fork out hundreds of dollars each semester for the latest …

The NSA Wants To Spy On Thermostats, Refrigerators, and Pacemakers

Security cameras, thermostats, and even pacemaker data may be used by the security agency.<p>The National Security Agency is researching ways to collect intelligence, of course, and the latest target is the "Internet of Things," up to and including biomedical devices like pacemakers, according to NSA …

Surveillance

Arrest of Frenchman with three rocket launchers and 100 kilos of TNT raises fresh Euro 2016 security fears

Security fears over the Euro 2016 football championship that kicks off next Friday have been heightened after a Frenchman was arrested in Ukraine with a massive arsenal of weapons he was reportedly planning to use in attacks in France.<p>The man, named by media as Grégoire M, had three …

Probiotics Are Useless, GMOs Are Fine, and Gluten Is Necessary

A roster of nutrition-myth-busting studies were published this week.<p>The biggest nutrition fads of the last few years have all taken huge blows in the last week. But will anyone listen?<p>Over the last seven days, a roster of myth-busting nutrition studies were published showing probiotics are …

Scientists have created transparent wood

And not only is it transparent, it is both stronger and more insulating than glass, reports the <i>New York Times</i>. The transparent wood was created by a team of researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park. <b>The researchers were able to remove a molecule called lignin, which gives wood its</b> …

There's a huge wild card that could cripple Obama's plans to defeat ISIS in Iraq

Further north, meanwhile, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army are trying to figure out how they can recapture Mosul — Iraq's second-largest city — from ISIS, without getting in each other's way.<p>For many, the tension is symbolic of the extent to which Iraq has been irrevocably fractured …

Middle East

American Mennonites keep traveling to Iraq to fix windows

But they aren't soldiers, or private military contractors, or even civilians who have come to war-ravaged northern Iraq to take part in the fight against Islamic State, as dozens of others have done.<p>They are devout Christians from a Protestant sect known more for shying away from the world than for …

Battered West Virginia Candidate Unbowed by Beating

The whistleblowing West Virginia state Senate candidate who survived a brutal beating said Monday that it will take “more than getting clobbered to silence me.”<p>“I’ve dealt with the Taliban and al Qaeda,” Richard Ojeda, a 24-year Army veteran, told NBC News from his hospital bed. “I’m not scared of …

American Science and Surplus

A science teacher's dream.<p>As a rule, surplus stores are mildly disreputable. They take the leftovers or discontinued items, which they purchase at a …

Royal Navy fires warning shots as Spanish vessel harasses US sub in Gibraltar

The Royal Navy fired flares to warn off a Spanish patrol boat approaching an American nuclear submarine off Gibraltar.<p>The fast patrol boat HMS Sabre fired warning shots across the bow of a Guardia Civil vessel as it twice tried to cut across the path of USS Florida during an incursion into …

Royal Navy

Hillary Clinton apologizes for coal comments in West Virginia

<b>Williamson, West Virginia (CNN) —</b> As Hillary Clinton's motorcade rolled down the rainy, windy roads that head into this small West Virginia town Monday, the former secretary of state's campaign knew she was driving into hostile territory.<p>And she was right.<p>Clinton's two-day swing through Appalachia …

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …