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India police hunt for suspect after restaurant blast

Police in India are hunting for a suspect who illegally stored explosives in a restaurant building in central Madhya Pradesh state that sparked a deadly blast, killing 88 people and injuring nearly 100.<p>The blast occurred in the town of Petlawad in Jhabua district on Saturday morning when many …

Dickie Moore, prolific child star in 'Our Gang' shorts, dies at 89

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dickie Moore, a child star who appeared in the "Our Gang" shorts and later gave Shirley Temple what was believed to be her first on-screen kiss, died just days before his 90th birthday.<p>"We were hoping he would make it to his birthday, but it didn't happen that way," said Helaine Feldman, …

Pop Culture

Library Will Vote On Giving Patrons Access To Anonymous Tor Browsers

Homeland Security picked a fight with the library in New Hampshire<p>Hiding from surveillance is a good way to get noticed by law enforcement in the US. Tor, is a free browser tool that sends traffic from a users’ computer through several different servers and machines, making it unclear where the …

Physicists discover ring of exotic ‘exceptional points’

Physicists have long known about the existence of unique points where two physical states coalesce into one. They call them “exceptional …

New species of human found

Scientists say they have found a total of 1,550 bones representing 15 individuals. They say it’s the largest fossil hominin find on the African …

Toxic Algae May Threaten West Coast Marine Economy for Years

A long band of toxic algae blooming off the West Coast of the United States shows no sign of receding months after scientists first observed it, leaving many worried that it will make trouble for local commercial fishing and tourism industries.<p>Some species of algae in the bloom—part of a group …

Russian Cosmonaut Returns From Record-Breaking Space Mission

Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka's safe return from months aboard the International Space Station has put him in the record books for spending more time in space than any other human — the equivalent of nearly two and a half years on five different flights.<p>Padalka, whose latest 168-day stay on the ISS …

'Survivor: Second Chance': Abi says 'I was a brute' last time she played

Last time Abi-Maria Gomes played <i>Survivor</i> (on the <i>Philippines</i> season) she made one of the fastest alliances in history. But the pact with RC broke …

TIFF 2015: EW Toronto Must List party kicks off awards season

Oscar season is just a few days old, and the Toronto International Film Festival is, for many of entertainment’s biggest stars, like the first autumn …

Elton John to Vladimir Putin: meet me to discuss 'ridiculous' anti-gay prejudice

Singer blasts Russian president after meeting Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko during conference on LGBT rights in Kiev<p>Elton John has said he wants to meet Vladimir Putin to tell him to end his “ridiculous” stance on gay rights in Russia.<p>The singer, who has been a persistent critic of …

360-degree camera makers are focusing on the consumer market

Jim Malcolm pulls up a video on his smartphone he recently shot at Disneyland.<p>At first, it looks like a typical family vacation video: We see a ride from Jim's point of view as a carriage whooshes into tunnels and back out again.<p>With a swipe of his finger, the camera spins around and we see Jim's …

Virtual Reality

California wildfires: Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency

<b>(CNN) —</b> California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa counties Sunday, as the Valley Fire continued to bring pain and loss.<p>His announcement, which will help expedite debris removal and waive fees to replace essential documents like birth certificates for those who've …

Jerry Brown

Northern California fire destroys 400 homes, businesses

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Two of California's fastest-burning wildfires in decades overtook several Northern California towns, killing at least one …

Northern California

The Verge Review of Animals: the rat

<i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>"Like the rat said: 'Keep the cheese; I just want out of the …

Google searches for a new identity

Google's new logo has been parodied, criticized as being too childish and subject to numerous thinkpieces explaining the psychological and design …