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Forget Kansas. This chart shows why Republicans need to worry about 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> Political Washington is in the midst of a heated debate over what -- if anything -- the somewhat-closer-than-expected special election in Kansas on Tuesday means for next November's midterm elections.<p>No matter where you come down on that question -- I think there were clear warning signs …

Ebola nurse suspended for concealing Pauline Cafferkey's temperature

The nurse who was found to have concealed her colleague Pauline Cafferkey’s raised temperature before she tested positive for Ebola in 2014 has been suspended from practising for two months.<p>An independent Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel had found that Donna Wood was a low risk to future …

Disease

Ecuador Earthquake: Death Toll Hits Over 500 as Victims Rescued From Rubble

Earthquake-stricken Ecuador faced the grim reality of recovering more bodies than survivors as rescue efforts moved into a third day on Tuesday and the death toll climbed to over 500.<p>Officials also began evaluating the monumental task of rebuilding from Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake — one of the …

No prison time for ex-NYPD Officer Peter Liang in fatal shooting of Akai Gurley

Former New York Police Officer Peter Liang will not serve time behind bars for killing an innocent, unarmed black man in 2014 in a case that drew passionate allegations of racial injustice from both African American and Asian American protesters.<p>A Brooklyn judge on Tuesday ordered Liang to serve …

Smart mattress will out your lying, cheating spouse

If you suspect that your significant other is bringing others into your bedroom, you could have an adult conversation about it or seek couple's counseling. Alternatively, you can buy a $1,700 smart mattress called the Smarttress that will tell you when your partner is having sex with someone that …

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton win big in New York

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton notched resounding victories in New York Tuesday night, answering questions about their command of the race as the front-runners moved significantly closer to their party's nominations.<p>Their decisive wins usher in a new phase in the 2016 campaign. …

Lyft nixed its surge cap and didn't tell riders

Surge pricing is an expensive fact of life for Uber and Lyft riders, but Lyft's policy was to cap their "Prime Time" surge prices at 3x normal. In February Lyft informed drivers it was removing the surge cap — but nobody told the riders. So much for disclosure.<p>In the car service deadlock between …

Transportation

How to control which apps and System Services have access to your personal information on your iPad

One of the most important things we can do to keep us safer in this day and age is to actively take a responsible role in controlling the information we share on our electronic devices. Apple has made this somewhat easier for us by adjusting many of the iPad’s default settings to safer modes out of …

Just 7% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef escapes bleaching

<b>An extensive aerial and underwater survey has revealed that 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been affected by coral bleaching.</b><p>This follows earlier warnings that the reef was experiencing its worst coral bleaching event on record.<p>Prof Terry Hughes from the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce …

Ten-Fold Leap For HTC Smartphones And People Still Prefer Apple

We’re supposed to think HTC’s new high-end smartphone is 10 times better than its predecessor. Put your math texts away for now.<p>The developer has been selling the One series since 2012. This month it released the 10. That line of 5.2-inch devices, which began selling in HTC’s home market Taiwan on …

Mobile

Insurance Concerns For Uber and Lyft Drivers

Being an Uber, Lyft or any other ridesharing service driver has increased in popularity due to its potential to provide decent main and secondary income. What many of these drivers may not realize, however, is their car insurance may need an update. Rideshare companies have grown fast, and laws and …

China has another pollution crisis on its hands

In its "China Urban Water Blueprint" released on Monday, The Nature Conservancy examined the water quality of 135 watersheds in the cities, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Wuhan.<p>Overall, 73 per cent of the catchments had medium to high levels of pollution.<p>Land development in …

This Magical Lightbox Could Help You Feel Energized All Day Long

It's also a traveler's dream. 😍<p><i>Today we're posting live from a special #SleepRevolution</i><p>JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas, along with special guests including experts in sleep and wellness. <i>As part of this special event, passengers on the flight received numerous gadgets geared toward travel</i> …

America's most vulnerable residents have made the biggest gains under Obamacare

Nearly one-third of the newly insured adults were Hispanic, and coverage rates soared for low-wage workers such as cooks, hairdressers, and cashiers.<p>Immigrants — including more than one million non-citizen residents — saw the largest surge in coverage rates, the Times reported.<p>The health care law's …

Anker introduces an insane 120,600mAh battery pack

Do you <i>need</i> a 120,600mAh battery pack that weighs nine pounds and can charge a smartphone 40 times before it needs a charge itself?<p>No, you don’t — but you <i>really</i> <i>want</i> one.<p>Anker has just released the PowerHouse, which is as much battery pack as a generator, which is how Anker refers to it on its site …

Batteries

Lawmakers advance gun control measures in response to San Bernardino massacre

Four months after the San Bernardino mass shooting, state lawmakers on Tuesday gave initial approval to five gun control bills, including measures that would outlaw assault rifles with detachable magazines, ban possession of clips holding more than 10 rounds and require homemade guns to be …

Apple settles long-running Siri lawsuit for $24.9 million

Apple has elected to pay $24.9 million to Dallas-based company Dynamic Advances to settle a four-year-old lawsuit relating to Siri. The company raised the suit in 2012, arguing that Apple's Siri assistant violated a patent owned by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and licensed to …

Flint Water Crisis: Up to Three to Face Criminal Charges — Sources

As many as three Michigan officials will face criminal charges Wednesday in connection with lead contamination in Flint's municipal water system, multiple government sources said Tuesday.<p>The sources told NBC News and NBC station WDIV of Detroit that state Attorney General Bill Schuette will …

Snorkeling

'Shock Clock' is the wearable that's sure to get your lazy ass out of bed

At this point in life, you’ve probably figured out that you’re in one of two camps where mornings are concerned:<p>Don’t try to convince us there’s a third option, there isn’t.<p>If you happen to be the latter type, ‘Shock Clock‘ might just cure what ails you — through a healthy dose of electrical …

First on CNN: Democrats to spend millions across five states in fight for Senate majority

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has quietly reserved nearly $40 million in air time during the fall campaign in a furious effort to retake the majority and compete with a presidential campaign consuming much of the public's attention.<p>The new details provide a window …

Pinterest just totally revamped its iOS app

Pinterest just launched a major redesign to its iOS app. While it doesn’t <i>look</i> totally different, the company says its been rebuilt from the ground-up, particularly for speed optimizations.<p>The company says it’s modernized the look to “let you focus more on pins,” has sped it up to load your feed …

Apps

Virtual reality gamers are literally colliding with the physical world

According to VR pioneers in a Reddit Ask Me Anything discussion on Monday, players wrapped up in the void may experience a jarring reminder that they are still physically existing in the meatspace. You know, like when you try to sit on a virtual couch in a furniture-free room, then fall and hurt …

Samsung announces 'pink gold' version of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung's excellent Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones are now available in a fifth color: "pink gold."<p>In case you're wondering what this color <i>means</i>, I'll hand it over to Samsung:<p>"Pink Gold was chosen as it, like the other colors available for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, is a natural color that provides a …

Samsung Galaxy S7

Virtual Art Sessions VR Chrome Experiment - experience artists creating virtual art

How do you showcase VR experience? We have always told you it’s not something we can really show you. We have tried to tell you what it’s like multiple times… but the only real way to understand virtual reality is to experience it first-hand. Your second best bet is to check out Google’s brand new …

Despite Marriage Victory, Fear of Backlash Looms Large for LGBTQ Americans

When the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in June 2015, LGBTQ people across the country celebrated a monumental achievement, gained through the persistence, dedication and hard work of countless individuals over many years.<p>This victory was a long time coming -- but it was by no means the …

Hermès Apple Watch bands are pricey even à la carte

No need to let those new MacBooks hog all of the attention today — now, you can buy one of those super-luxe Hermès Apple Watch bands separately from the device.<p>This is, of course, assuming you already have an Apple Watch and enough scratch to bring home one of these things, which are as fabulous as …

Decline in violence comes to an end, survey suggests

<b>A long-term decline in violence in England and Wales seems to have levelled off, a study of data from 91 accident and emergency units suggests.</b><p>The Cardiff University study found levels last year were broadly the same as in 2014. Previously, numbers had dropped each year since 2008.<p>But the study …

Samsung Pay will launch in Singapore “as early as Q2 2016”

Samsung has already said it will launch Samsung Pay in Singapore this year, but today it set a more definite timeline–sort of. The company announced that the service will be available in retail stores “as early as Q2 2016,” the day after rival Apple Pay rolled out in Singapore for the first time.<p>To …