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Ashton Kutcher on Twitter: 'the media kind of fucked it up'

Ashton Kutcher was one of the first celebrities to really embrace Twitter, becoming the first user to exceed 1 million followers back in 2009. However, there's no doubt his relationship with the service has diminished in recent years, and he admitted as such in a talk today at CTIA. "Twitter's …

Road warriors: critics say big change to US traffic safety 'bible' could put drivers at risk

A massive plan is underway to upgrade aging road signs in the US. The goal is to make them more reflective at night, and easier for drivers to see. But the main government instruction manual for doing so, the longtime bible of roadside signage and safety, could soon be chopped in half. Advocates …

Black Unemployment Is Still Shamefully High

A reminder to Congress: the jobs crisis is still ravaging plenty of communities.<p>(Reuters)<p>This year, Washington's political class hasn't merely given up on trying to fix U.S. unemployment; it's given up on even discussing the subject. This is shameful, and not simply because the jobless rate is …

Should US companies be allowed to hack China in revenge? New report says yes

Cyber security experts disagree, calling the idea 'remarkably bad'<p>It's no secret that major US companies have been victims of a growing number of hacks from overseas in recent years, allegedly by attackers looking to steal corporate information and intellectual property, such as patented software. …

Chicago Just Carried Out The Biggest Round Of School Closings In American History

Now, MSNBC reports, after a heavily protested meeting where multiple people had to be thrown out, the Chicago Board Of Education voted 4-2 to close 49 schools and one high school program in the largest round of school closures that a single American city has ever attempted.<p>At one point, a man …

Education

Post-tornado peril: Victims could face deadly fungal infections

Doctors treating victims hurt badly in Monday’s devastating Moore, Okla., tornado should be alert for a rare but deadly complication of wind-whipped debris: fungal infections like those that killed five people after the Joplin, Mo., twister in 2011.<p>That’s the word from government experts in fungal …

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Amphibians dying off at alarming rate

Amphibians have roamed the Earth for 350 million years, but many species face extinction, a trend seen in a new federal survey of wildlife habitats nationwide.<p>Federal wildlife scientists report Wednesday that frogs, salamanders and toads are dying off at alarming rates nationwide, with the declines …

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Food Stamp Cuts Backed By Farm Subsidy Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON -- House Agriculture Committee Republicans who vocally supported billions in cuts to federal food assistance are big-time recipients of government help in the form of farm subsidies.<p>Reps. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) both cited the Bible last week to argue that …

Father of Muhammad al-Dura rebukes Israeli report on son's death

In a scrubby cemetery in central Gaza, where crumbling tombstones nestle in the sand amid wind-blown rubbish, Jamal al-Dura crouched at the grave of …

Nearly a Quarter of People in Greece and the U.S. Can't Afford Food

Hunger has grown dramatically in Europe since 2007<p>No matter where you're from, not having enough to eat is the ultimate signifier of economic distress. Food is the base of Maslow's hierarchy. It's the first concern in disaster zones. It's usually the last thing to go -- after the car and the nice …

This 9-Year-Old Girl Told McDonald's CEO: Stop Tricking Kids

It's not every day that a 9-year-old girl chastises the CEO of one of the world's biggest fast-food chains.<p>Yet that's exactly what young Hannah Robertson did Thursday morning at McDonald's annual shareholders meeting in Chicago. When the meeting opened up to questions, Hannah was first up at the …

Teen birth rate drops, especially among Hispanics

Across the nation fewer and fewer teens are giving birth, especially Hispanic girls, according to a new government report.<p>Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that from 2007 to 2011, the overall rate of teen births plummeted a full 30 percent. The biggest decline …

Banksy Mural May Be Coming To U.S. After All

You might remember the story of the uproar earlier this year over a piece of art by the mysterious graffiti artist Banksy that disappeared from its home on a wall in north London and ended up on the auction block in Miami.<p>That auction was canceled, and residents of Haringey Borough, the area from …

WHO says new coronavirus may be passed person to person

<b>The World Health Organization says it appears likely that the novel coronavirus (NCoV) can be passed between people in close contact.</b><p>This comes after the French health ministry confirmed a second man had contracted the virus in a possible case of human-to-human transmission.<p>Two more people in Saudi …

Disease

New Jersey standoff ends with three dead and three children rescued

The bodies of a woman and her 13-year-old son were found after a days-long standoff in which her boyfriend was killed as officers stormed a New …

4 dead bodies found shot in southern Indiana home

Four bodies with gunshot wounds were found in a southern Indiana home late Saturday night, authorities said.<p>Officials are investigating their deaths as a quadruple homicide, Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett said.<p>No suspect is in custody.<p>"We've been working around the clock and will continue …

Houses In California Are Mysteriously Sinking Into The Ground

In this photo taken Monday, May 6, 2013 Robin and Scott Spivey walk past the wreckage of their Tudor-style dream home they had to abandon when the ground gave way causing it to drop 10 feet below the street in Lakeport, Calif. Officials believe that water that has bubbled to the surface is playing …

Hot Springs