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Where were China's weather wizards? President gets soggy on rare rainy National Day

<b>News analysis</b><p>BEIJING -- There may have been red faces at Beijing's famed Weather Modification Office on Tuesday afternoon.<p>Thunder and flashes of lightning before dawn suggested they were in action to clear the air for China's National Day.<p>China leads the world in weather modification. The Beijing …

Booker goes negative vs. Lonegan

Democrat Cory Booker is launching his first negative spot today against Republican rival Steve Lonegan in the New Jersey special election for U.S. Senate, calling his rival “too extreme” for the state.<p>The spot comes two weeks out from the Oct. 16 special election. Polls show Booker, currently the …

Qatar promises crackdown over deaths of World Cup construction workers

Qatar has promised to crack down on private building companies who exploit migrant workers, following a Guardian investigation that revealed alarming numbers of labourers are dying in the building boom prior to the 2022 World Cup.<p>Qatari labour minister Saleh al-Khulaifi said the Gulf state would …

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MAP: Here Are The States With The Highest Percentage Of Native-Born Residents

Are the people who live in your state predominantly people who were born in that state, or did they come from somewhere else?<p>Seth Kadish at the brilliant Vizual Statistix Tumblr has come up with this great visualization which answers just this question, using Census data.<p>The redder an area is, the …

How Did Rand Paul Become a Liberal Hero?

He’s from the far corner of the right, but he’s to the left of most of the Democratic Party on key progressive issues like war, drug policy, and …

Jobs First Plan Would Create a U.S. Economic Ceasefire for Stability

Instead of brinksmanship all the way to a shutdown, why not call a truce? Mark McKinnon on Jobs First.<p>As Washington seems determined to veer back …

House Vote Brings Government To The Verge Of A Shutdown

Shortly after midnight Sunday morning, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would keep the government's lights on. It would also delay the Affordable Care Act for a year, making the legislation a non-starter for Senate Democrats and the president.<p>The ball is back in the Senate's court …

Fringe Factor: Halt Teen Pregnancy Without Birth Control

A prediction for the date of the president's ouster and other terrific ideas from America's fringe. By Caitlin Dickson.<p><b>President Obama Will Be</b> …

Whitner on penalized hit: ‘I think I’m just supposed to let them catch a TD now’

Another week, another penalized hit … another incorrect call by an unofficial?<p>That’s Donte Whitner’s stance after the 49ers safety was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty for his end-zone hit on Rams wide receiver Chris Givens on Thursday night.<p>Givens soared high to grab a would-be 12-yard …

Wisconsin vs. Ohio State final score: Miller returns, leads Buckeyes to big win

On the strength of four Braxton Miller touchdowns, Ohio State passed its first test of the year.<p>Braxton Miller returned with a vengeance, leading the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes to a 31-24 win over the visiting No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers in Columbus.<p>The Buckeyes took an early lead, as Miller found Evan …

Murray, Georgia too much for LSU

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images<p>Aaron Murray and Georgia had a lot to celebrate about in the Bulldogs' 44-41 win over LSU Saturday.If the South Carolina win …

Andy Pettitte throws complete game in final career start

Pettitte tossed his first complete game since 2006 in the final start of his MLB career.<p>New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte went out in impressive fashion, earning a complete-game victory against the Houston Astros in his final career start.<p>The southpaw held Houston to one run on five …

Apple's iPhone 5S in-store pickup said to resume next week

Shortly after the iPhone 5S launched, customers had the option to reserve one through Apple's Web store or its store app, and pick it up later at one of the company's retail stores. But after just a day, Apple yanked away the option.<p>That option is set to return next week though, says 9to5Mac. The …

iMotion kickstarts motion controllers inspired by 'Minority Report' and Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift has ignited a new round of excitement in virtual reality — but a major issue with the device is that its reliance on keyboards, mice, and traditional gaming controllers holds back just how immersive the headset can be. However, a small Singapore-based company says it has an answer …

Top 50 Startups in New York City you need to know about

<i>Courtney Boyd Myers and Erica Berger are the founders of 3460 Miles, a bi-weekly newsletter that connects the New York and London tech, design, and social good communities. Sign up for their newsletter and find them on Twitter and Facebook.</i><p>New York City is chock full of startups shaking up …

Solar Power Is Finally Getting Closer To Battery Storage Technology

HONOLULU - Major advances in battery storage technology, not to mention sharp cost reductions, could help light the way for Hawaii’s troubled solar industry. The path forward could, it seems increasingly plausible, involve do-it-yourself solar users disconnecting themselves from the power grid …

See 1.2 Billion Facebook Users' Photo on One Page

The fact that Facebook has more than 1 billion users is pretty insane, but things just got a whole lot crazier thanks to The Faces of Facebook, a project that visualizes over 1.2 billion Facebook users on one page.<p>The initial image that greets you is a fuzzy matrix of TV static-like dots. You click …

15 more must-see iPhone 5S slow-motion videos

The iPhone 5S has been out for more than a week, and the collection of slow motion videos has ballooned in size.<p>Earlier this week we posted 15 of our early favorites people had shot in their initial weekend with the device. Now we've put together another 15 that show off what people are doing when …

Now That The iPhones Are Here, What's Next For Apple?

The dazzling debut of the new iPhones last weekend, with 9 million sold, proves the Apple faithful still come out in force for pretty much anything new from Cupertino. That serves the company well when there is something new but has a downside. Consider 2012, when Apple rolled out a bevy of …

Apple and AT&T settle class action for unlimited data claim of original iPad

Another day, another lawsuit finally drawing to a close. This time, a judge has approved a settlement for a class-action lawsuit filed against Apple and AT&T, based on the unlimited data claims of the original iPad that were later withdrawn by AT&T. So, if you bought a 3G iPad before June 7th, …