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Apple Exploring iPhone Waterproofing Methods

Apple has a patent application in with the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that describes a few different methods for waterproofing electronic devices like the iPhone. The patent describes coating certain internal components like the main circuit board with a hydrophobic coating, presumably not unlike the …

Engineering

Russia’s Lackluster Economy Means Putin Simply Can’t Afford a New Cold War

One of the axioms of global geopolitics is that a country can project power only as far as its economic might allows. There is good reason why the …

Russia

5 immigration myths debunked

President Obama is taking executive action to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.<p>His plan has been a tough sell to the American people, especially with the new Republican-controlled Congress. But many experts agree that some of the arguments against immigration are based …

Obama unveils action on immigration, citing Scripture and precedent

President Obama invited as many as 5 million immigrants and international visitors Thursday to openly live and work in the U.S., a controversial, unilateral demonstration of his power that signaled a new phase of activism for the remainder of his presidency.<p>Without a vote from Congress, Obama set …

Dallas nurse Nina Pham reunited with dog after Ebola - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- Amidst loving squeezes and oohs and aahs (from her), and slobbery kisses and a wagging tail (from him), Nina Pham was reunited Saturday with her beloved King Charles spaniel and "best friend," Bentley.<p>"It feels like Christmas literally," Pham said Saturday. "I just can't imagine just …

When Hillary Clinton attacks

Hillary Clinton’s immersion into campaign politics this fall has come with a surprising twist: She’s talking carefully but wielding a big stick.<p>In more than a dozen appearances for Democrats in races around the country, Clinton has not just been talking up her candidate with anodyne stump speeches. …

British banker charged with murder in bloody killings at Hong Kong highrise

A British banker is facing murder charges in Hong Kong over the killing of two women in an upscale apartment in the city's central district of Wan Chai -- where one of the victims was discovered stuffed inside a suitcase on the apartment balcony.<p>The suspect, a 29-year-old man identified as Rurik …

Hong Kong's leader to protesters: China won't back down - CNN.com

<i>Are you there? Share images, but stay safe.</i><p><b>Hong Kong (CNN)</b> -- Thousands of demonstrators bracing for the possibility of a police crackdown stood their ground in the heart of Hong Kong on Tuesday.<p>Protesters had masks, protective goggles and plastic raincoats on hand as they camped out on the main …

Obama announces 'My Brother's Keeper' expansion in light of Ferguson unrest

In February, President Barack Obama launched an initiative to provide educational and community support for African-American boys and young men, an issue he said "goes to the very heart of why I ran for president."<p>But when Obama first unveiled the "My Brother's Keeper" program six months ago, he …

Obama Admits U.S. Intelligence Didn't See ISIS Coming

The U.S. underestimated the threat the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) posed in Syria and Iraq, President Obama conceded in an …

Al-Qaeda

15 people, many teenagers, wounded in Miami nightclub shooting

Fifteen people, many of them teenagers and some as young as 11, were shot early Sunday morning at a Miami nightclub, Miami-Dade police reported.<p>Police spokeswoman Frederica Burden said the victims ranged in age from 11 to 25 and were taken to area hospitals.<p>Several victims were released from …

Hong Kong says riot police have pulled back as protesters jam city streets

The Hong Kong government said Monday that riot police have pulled back from pro-democracy demonstrations around the city that have caused widespread disruption in one of Asia's financial hubs.<p>Defiant demonstrators remained on the streets of Hong Kong's financial center, blocking traffic on key …

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Obama weighs in on Scottish independence vote - CNN.com

<b>Washington (CNN)</b> -- President Obama weighed in on the Scottish independence referendum Wednesday night when he tweeted in favor of a united UK.<p>But for the most part, faced with the prospective divorce of its closest friend, the United States is following the advice column carefully: don't take …

Syria crisis: At least 200 killed in one day, group says

The staggering death toll from the Syrian conflict has grown even further as at least 200 people were killed Tuesday, an opposition group said.<p>About 60 of them were killed in regime air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.<p>Well over 190,000 people have died in Syria in the …

Ebola patients buying survivors' blood from black market, WHO warns

As hospitals in nations hardest hit by Ebola struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from survivors of the virus, the World Health Organization warned.<p>The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed at least 2,400 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra …

Police search for missing UVA student Hannah Graham - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- Several surveillance videos show her walking and running alone. But police say new footage of a missing University of Virginia student appears to show someone following her the night she disappeared.<p>Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, have been searching for 18-year-old Hannah Graham …

ISIS video is counterpoint to Obama's 'dismantle' and 'destroy' speech

The production is slick. The imagery: ominous.<p>The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is out with a new video from its Al Hayat Media Center. ISIS also produced the videos of the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker.<p>It took nearly a week, but this appears to be the terror …