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White House releases snapshot of plan to rate U.S. colleges | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday released a draft of its plan to rate U.S. colleges and tie federal aid to performance as a way to coax institutions to pull up their socks.<p>A woman lies in the grass reading a book and listening to music at Columbia University in New York, April 14, …

U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from stormwater runoff.<p>The Administrator of the Environmental …

Judge: Arizona dreamers can apply for licenses Monday

PHOENIX — Young immigrants known as dreamers will be able to begin applying for driver's licenses Monday, according to a court ruling handed down Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell.<p>Campbell issued a preliminary injunction ordering Arizona to stop denying driver's licenses to …

Police stop pursuing nearly 79,000 fugitives

Escaping across state lines<p>Police won't chase 330,000 accused felons<p>YUCAIPA, Calif. – For a time, the intruder charged with pressing a revolver to Armando Botello's forehead truly was a wanted man. When he disappeared, the police promised to pursue him anywhere in the United States.<p>No longer. Last …

Oil surges 5 percent as bears take profits, seeing $60 floor | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil closed up as much as 5 percent on Friday, its biggest gain in over two years, as some traders took profits on short positions after prices this week hit their lowest since 2009.<p>An employee of state-owned Pertamina refuels a motorcycle at its petrol station in Jakarta, …

Russian crisis kills big German gas deal

Fallout from the Russian crisis continues to spread with the cancellation of a big gas deal with Germany.<p>BASF (BASFY) said it had dropped plans to hand full control of its gas storage and trading business to Russia's Gazprom (GZPFY) in exchange for stakes in two Siberian gas fields.<p>State-controlled …

5 burning questions for Obama

President Barack Obama is set to close a week jam-packed with news of a breakthrough with Cuba and new tensions with North Korea on Friday with a 1:30 p.m. EST news conference.<p>Just weeks removed from huge Democratic losses in the midterm elections, Obama's allies say he appears liberated -- taking …

Evidence in Sony hack attack suggests possible involvement by Iran, China or Russia, intel source says

The U.S. investigation into the recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment has turned up evidence that does not point to North Korea as the "sole entity" in the case, but rather, raises the possibility that Iran, China or Russia may have been involved, an intelligence source told Fox News …

Five more Ukrainian soldiers killed despite truce: Kiev military

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian separatist leader said a new round of peace talks aimed at easing the conflict between the Kiev government and rebels will not take place on Sunday as had been hoped, news agency Interfax reported on Friday.<p>Talks in the Belarussian capital of Minsk between Russia, …

Forget the politics, Sony executives say North Korea comedy 'desperately unfunny' | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea’s leader is “desperately unfunny” and would have flopped overseas if it had not been canceled, according to leaked e-mails of international executives of Sony Pictures.<p>Sony Corp scrapped its Christmas Day release of “The …

U.S. stocks wrap wild, Fed-fueled week higher; ruble, oil stabilize

NEW YORK (MarketWatch)—The U.S. stock market ended a turbulent week punctuated with collapse of the ruble, gyrations in the oil prices and the …

US appeals court deems gun law unconstitutional

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati deemed a law unconstitutional that kept a Michigan man who was committed to a mental institution from owning a gun.<p>The three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal ban on gun ownership for those who have been …

Eight Children Found Dead at Home in Cairns, Australia

Eight children were found dead after a stabbing at their Australian home Friday, in what their country’s prime minister described as an “unspeakable crime.”<p>The 34-year-old mother of seven of the children, who ranged in age from 18 months to 14 years old, was being treated in hospital.<p>Queensland …

With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one.<p>U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) listens to U.S. President Barack Obama speak during a meeting with members of his cabinet at the White House in Washington …

10 Essential Dessert Destinations in New York City

Among other things, New York City is known throughout the world as a food mecca, boasting exceptional restaurants like Gramercy Tavern, Le Bernardin, and Eleven Madison Park, among many other bucket-list spots. With good food comes great desserts, so there's no better place to leave your diet at …

The Best American Winter Road Trips

On the spectrometer of thrills, winter driving lies somewhere between utilitarian necessity and white-knuckle extreme sport. But now that gas is affordable and holiday lights are twinkling from the East Coast to L.A., it’s time to hit the open road and give the ultimate test to your car’s …

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RANKED: The 25 Best Caribbean Islands

Even though all the Caribbean islands are beautiful, some are better than others. So we decided to rank them.<p>We figured that the best islands would have a low cost, be easy to get to, and have beautiful beaches and lots of activities. In most instances, we defined a Caribbean island as a single …

Airbus Shares Plunge After Even More A350 Delays

Airbus shares have plunged on the Paris stock exchange after Qatar Airways said it would postpone delivery of the first A350 jet “until further …

Making the Perfect Panettone, the Everest of Holiday Baking

Pastry chefs view panettone as the Everest of confections. Making it happen is terribly hard.<p>For every pastry chef developing a recipe, there comes a moment when the thing standing between perfection and total disaster finally steps into the light.<p>For pastry chef <b>Matt Tinder</b>, that moment came four …

The Bay Area's Best Late-Night Pasta Party

I’m having a serious case of party envy. Specifically a late-night-chefs-only blow out, thrown by my great friend, the Bay Area-based dining out …

Pinterest reveals 5 food trends to watch for in 2015

As we look ahead to 2015, we say goodbye to the food trends of 2014 and say hello to the new trends that will take their place. The just-released Pinterest 100 list predicts lifestyle trends for the new year, based on popular pins. We checked out the list and identified five of the hottest food and …

8 White Wines You Should Buy Instead of Pinot Grigio

“Where can I find a nice Pinot Grigio?” is a common refrain in every wine shop—and with good reason. The dry, nicely acidic, citrus-forward Italian …

Is There a Grain Better Than Wheat?

<b>For more food drink and travel videos visit www.potluckvideo.com</b><p>Throwing out the everyday wheat in our diet has become a popular topic. Books about giving up wheat are on the bestseller lists and the gluten-free market for products is booming.<p>But is there a way for us to literally have our cake and …

Laser burns perfect 'defects' into graphene - Futurity

By burning a cheap polymer with a laser, scientists have created sheets of flexible graphene that may be suitable for electronics or energy storage.

Yeast cells can undo the clumping seen in Alzheimer's - Futurity

When exposed to heat, yeast cells can reverse protein clumping, a condition seen in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

The Most Detailed Images of Nerves You've Ever Seen

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory use a SNAP-tagging technique to create brilliant pictures of the nervous system up close.<p>Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory use a SNAP-tagging technique to create brilliant pictures of the nervous system up close.

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