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The legacy of slavery is not gone with the wind

I was shuffling along a path beside the James River in the hot Southern sun, tied loosely by a rope to 17 other people while an actor dressed as an 18th century slave overseer paced beside us screaming demeaning, racist epithets. The thought crossed my mind that this was the height of white …

Black Republicans Deserve This Torture.

Like<p><b>Like</b> <b>Love</b> <b>Haha</b> <b>Wow</b> <b>Sad</b> <b>Angry</b><p><b>1</b><p>(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) You looked the other way for decades as the GOP executed the Southern Strategy. You watched as they …

Male widow spiders mate with young females for better chance of post-coital survival, scientists find

"Widow" spider males, best known for their tendency to end up as a post-coital snack, have developed a rather gruesome method of saving their own skins, scientists revealed on Wednesday.<p>To avoid becoming the lunch of adult females, male widows have taken to inseminating female juveniles, which …

How to stop WhatsApp sharing your phone number with Facebook

WhatsApp changed its privacy policy for the first time in four years yesterday, announcing that users’ phone numbers will be shared with its parent …

Teenager designs world's fastest consumer drone

There's a new consumer drone in town and it's got a real need for speed.<p>With an average top speed of around 70 miles per hour (the drone can …

Drones

Magic Leap's hotly anticipated 'mixed reality' device could be here sooner than you think

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz announced Thursday at the Business Wired Conference that the secretive company will begin production of its "mixed reality headset" this summer.<p>"I won't tell you when we are shipping, but I will tell you we are turning on the first production line in our factory …

Glibc: Mega bug may hit thousands of devices

<b>A major computer security vulnerability has been discovered - with experts cautiously warning it could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of devices, apps and services.</b><p>However, due to the nature of the bug, it is extremely difficult to know how serious the problem is.<p>"Many people are running …

The energy crash is going to be huge business for Wall Street

The commodity slump has put a number of companies under pressure. Oil and gas companies are edging toward default, and big banks are pulling back from lending to the industry.<p>Restructuring lawyers, activist investors, and distressed-debt specialists are all gearing up for a flood of new …

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 …

Apple Responds After Dr. Dre's Apology to Women He's 'Hurt'

Celebrity<p>Apple said it supports Dr. Dre after the rapper apologized "to the women I’ve hurt" via a statement to The New York Times.<p>Dre's statement came after criticism erupted that the hit biopic "Straight Outta Compton" — about his former rap group N.W.A. — featured no references to past …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Original Female Gangsters

A new tome "Snapshots of Dangerous Women" shows original photographs of the women who broke the boundaries.<p>Women have been breaking boundaries and stereotypes for decades (and continue to do so), but it's not often you get to relive all that girl power. Rizzoli's new book, "Snapshots of Dangerous …

Mars lost ocean of water to space

About 4 billion years ago, a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, say researchers, but Mars has lost 87 percent of it …

Apple lands prime spot in the Dow, as AT&T departs

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is about to become a lot more Apple friendly.<p>Starting March 19, Apple will replace AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, an index that tracks 30 US blue-chip companies and is a leading bellwether of the nation's economic performance.<p>The selection of Apple for …

Stock Markets

Amazon Opens a Store on Chinese Rival Alibaba's Marketplace

Amazon has just opened a store on Tmall, an online marketplace for shoppers in China, owned by the company’s Asian rival Alibaba. It’s selling imported food, shoes, toys and kitchenware in a bid to grow the company’s business overseas.<p>Outside the US, Amazon’s business comes mainly from the UK, …

U.S. running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.<p>For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is …

Hackers stole from 100 banks and rigged ATMs to spew cash

Hackers have stolen approximately $1 billion in what could be one of the largest bank heists ever, according to a new report from the Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab.<p>Kaspersky said Sunday it has uncovered how hackers surreptitiously installed spying software on bank computers, eventually …

ATMs

Williston fights to keep boomtown spirit alive after slump in oil prices

The plunge in oil prices over the last six months from more than $110 a barrel to less than $50 today has sent an economic chill through Williston almost as icy as the Chinook winds<p>It became one of the most-photographed signs in America, proclaiming a brash welcome to the North Dakota crossroads …

Family Gathering to Say Goodbye to Bobbi Kristina Brown

It wasn’t the news that Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family wanted to hear.<p>On Wednesday, four days after the 21-year-old was found unresponsive in her …

RadioShack defaults on financial lifeline

The end got even closer for RadioShack Monday when the New York Stock Exchange suspended trading of its shares, and a key lender accused it of being in default of a loan.<p>The lender, Salus Capital Partners, said it is considering legal action against RadioShack.<p>The NYSE said RadioShack does not have …

Amazon reportedly looking to buy hundreds of US retail stores

Bloomberg reports Seattle-based company in talks for a deal that would be its biggest ever push into traditional retailing<p>Amazon is reportedly in discussions to buy hundreds of retail stores across the US to showcase its products, such as the Kindle tablet and Fire smartphone, and act as delivery …

George Zimmerman Arrested For Aggravated Assault With Weapon

U.S. news<p>George Zimmerman was arrested late Friday for aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon after allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend, Florida police and his lawyer said.<p>The 31-year-old was detained at 10 p.m in Lake Mary, near Orlando, his booking record shows. At …

Crime

Seagate and LaCie debut fashionable/wireless hard drives for iOS and Mac ahead of 2015 CES

Seagate and its LaCie subsidiary have announced five new hard drives just ahead of this week’s 2015 CES, including two new iOS-compatible wireless models and three new Mac-only disks. All except one will be available in January from the company’s web sites.<p>Seagate Wireless<p>Seagate Seven<p>Seagate …

Seagate Technology

The 7 Fruits You Should Eat More of This Month

<i>Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: In the dead of winter, when your market bags are laden with dark leafy greens and root vegetables, don't forget about fruit. Just tell yourself you're preventing scurvy and load</i> …

Citrus Fruit

Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Aereo, the streaming TV service that let users watch near-live TV on any internet-connected device, has today announced that the company is filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company has appointed Lawton Bloom, from Argus, to …

Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps

Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly. Firebase currently has almost 110,000 registered developers on its platform and the Firebase team says that the …

Your Mashed Potatoes Are Good. These Are Better.

Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center.<p>Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center. Follow these <i>BA</i>-approved tips and we guarantee your potatoes will be a Thanksgiving table hit.<p>Pick Your Spud<p>We use …

mashed potatoes

The 15 Best New Wedding Bands for the Consciously Coupled

This year has seen some surprise weddings—<b>Brad Pitt</b> and <b>Angelina Jolie, George Clooney</b> and**Amal Alamuddin, Kimye**—but even in their most distinctive moments, the one thing these couples have in common is the tradition of exchanging a wedding band. Only moments after finally taking the walk down …

Understanding quantum tunnelling | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

Quantum tunnelling sounds like science fiction, and does indeed feature quite often in the genre. But it is real, and plays a role in nuclear fusion, chemical reactions and the fate of the universe. Here’s how it works<p>The recent claim from Stark Industries Lockeed Martin that a compact fusion …