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Five Things to Watch in This Year's World Series

Cubs. Cubs. Cubs. We get it. A team going for its first World Series title since William Taft got elected President and the Model T debuted is …

Samsung begins rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Galaxy devices ahead of Galaxy S7 launch

Samsung has announced that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is finally coming to its flagship Galaxy devices, kicking off with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge today.<p>Google first unveiled Android Marshmallow at its I/O 2015 conference last May, with the final release announced in September. Today’s news has been a …

Mobile

W.Va. House OKs Bill Letting People Carry Concealed Guns Without A Permit

By more than a 2-1 ratio, lawmakers in West Virginia's House of Delegates have approved a bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed handguns without a permit. The only concealed-carry permits would be for people who are 18-21 years old.<p>Urging her colleagues to approve the bill, its …

Guns

It's not just you: Safari won't open on all iPhones worldwide

If you can’t open Safari on your Mac or iPhone today, you’re not alone. A bug that appears to be related to Apple’s search suggestions within both Safari on iOS and OS X is causing the browser to crash or lock up.<p>It appears to affect all versions of iOS and OS X, and means that you aren’t able to …

Islamic State confirms identity of dead British terrorist Jihadi John

Isil confirms identity and death of Mohammed Emwazi in statement taunting MI5 for allowing jihadi to travel from Britain to Syria<p>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists have acknowledged the death of Jihadi John for the first time, claiming that he "pretended to be unintelligent to trick …

From a breakup to alleged murder and suicide: 3 young athletes die in N.Y.

Kelsey Annese spent the last Saturday night of her life on the basketball court. The 21-year-old senior guard helped the State University of New York at Geneseo’s basketball team win a game against Buffalo State, completing a three-point play that allowed the team to maintain a double-digit lead.<p>On …

Crime

North Korea claims to invent 'alcohol which doesn't give you hangover'

The drink, which is made from burnt rice, "is suave and causes no hangovers," according to state media<p>They already claim to have cured cancer, Aids and Ebola with a miracle drug produced from ginseng root.<p>Now North Korean scientists seem to have scaled new heights of greatness with their latest …

North Korea

Irish Legislators to Discuss Petition to Put Conor McGregor's Face on €1 Coin

Conor McGregor's rise to global superstardom and Irish hero status could see his face featured on the €1 coin.<p>A petition to include McGregor's face on the currency reached The Oireachtas Public Petitions Committee on Dec. 15, with legislators set to discuss the proposal on Wednesday.<p>The UFC …

Playboy Mansion Now Is America's Most Expensive House for Sale

The Playboy Mansion has been put on the market. According to Reuters, the Gothic Tudor-style property is selling for $200 million, making it the most …

S. Korea Fires Warning Shots Amid Tensions Over North’s Nuclear Test

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea fired warning shots at a North Korean drone after it crossed over their heavily militarized border Wednesday, according to officials in Seoul.<p>It was the latest in a series of tense exchanges between the rival neighbors since the North claimed to have tested a …

North Korea

U.S. wildlife officials reject protections for an Alaska wolf in decline

For more than two decades, conservation groups have argued that a wolf and the rainforest in southeast Alaska where it lives are at risk.<p>While the groups have won strong restrictions on logging of the Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest, they have been denied in their efforts to win …

Wildlife

Pre-order this vaporware hoverboard now for only $19,900

We don't like that those small, self-balancing and oft-exploding scooter things have come to be called "hoverboards" any more than you do. After all, they don't even hover. Today, though, ARCA Space Corporation claims to be the latest company to have developed something worthy of the name, though …

Chris Froome hopes release of test results can rebuild trust in cycling

• Tests on Tour winner’s physiological data showed upper limit for humans • Froome admits: ‘I recognise these results will not convince everyone’<p>Chris Froome hopes releasing his physiological data can help to rebuild trust in cycling, a sport bedevilled by doping scandals.<p>The 30-year-old Team Sky …

No one knows why an ancient Japanese Buddha statue lost half its hair curls

Japanese academics scratch their heads over the conundrum of an ancient Buddha statue that appears to have lost its hair<p>An ancient Buddha statue in Japan is causing consternation among academics after apparently suffering from extensive hair loss, according to new research.<p>The Great Buddha of Nara, …

Corruption is on the rise, most South Africans and Nigerians believe

Despite democracy spreading on the continent, and improvements on healthcare, education, and the economy, there is one area where Africans believe the region is getting worse—corruption. In fact, over half the Africans contacted for a new poll by Transparency International and the research firm …

Africa

Cockroaches bite with 50 times more force than their body weight

New study says the cockroach has a bite five times the relative strength of a human being's<p>The shudder you feel when you spy a cockroach will only be intensified by the results of a new study.<p>A cockroach can bite with 50 times more force than its body weight, and with five times the relative force …

Samsung's 'premium' smartphone chip puts everything in one place

Samsung's next chip is a single square of silicon with a load of things your mobile computer needs. To start, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890 (memorable) is based on 14nm FinFET tech, whose 3D design means better power performance. The company has custom-designed the CPU around a 64-bit ARM design, and will …

North Korea official's disappearance raises fresh purge suspicions

Speculation about a possible new high-level purge in North Korea grew on Thursday after a close aide to leader Kim Jong Un appeared to miss a gathering of the Pyongyang leadership.<p>Choe Ryong Hae, who has been an emissary for Mr. Kim to China, Russia and South Korea in recent years, wasn’t among the …

North Korea

Apple will launch a new 4-inch iPhone early next year, says analyst

But he doesn't predict a plastic iPhone 6c<p>Apple could release a new 4-inch iPhone next year that "resembles an upgraded iPhone 5S," according to a report by respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The device is targeted to be released in the first half of 2016, says Kuo, and will be powered …

Apple Watch

Polaroid sues GoPro for copying a design patent

C&A Marketing Inc., the company that produces the Polaroid Cube, has filed a lawsuit against GoPro for releasing the Hero4 Session camera. On what grounds? Well, the two cameras look almost identical. Both are shaped like a cube with rounded edges, and even though the Session is able to shoot …

Anonymous intends to unveil names of up to 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members

The so-called “hacktivist” group Anonymous announced on Wednesday its intentions to name up to 1,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan.<p>In a press release, Anonymous says it is right for the group to unveil the hoods behind the Ku Klux Klan. Anonymous said it has been watching the group for so long and …

Ku Klux Klan

The reviews for Microsoft's first laptop are in — critics love it, but aren't wild about its detachable screen

But that all changed earlier this month when Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book— a high-end Windows laptop created by Microsoft that launches on Oct. 26. It starts at $1,499.<p>The laptop functions as both a tablet and laptop, but not in the same way Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet does. Although …

Amazing

Rome's Spanish Steps Are Closing--Here's What You Need To Know

<i>by Lilit Marcus, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Photo: Getty<p><b>Jewelry brand Bulgari is chipping in on the renovations, which will continue into spring 2016.</b><p>If you're headed to Rome soon, there's one major attraction you might not be able to visit--the Spanish Steps. The iconic stairs, where Audrey Hepburn and …

Deal of the Day: Virgin America's One-Way U.S. Flights From $38

Now's your chance to fly America's top-voted—by Condé Nast Traveler readers—domestic airline.<p>How's this for full circle? To celebrate being voted the number-one domestic airline in our Readers' Choice Awards, Virgin America is offering a flash sale on flights. One-way tickets between New York …

Strong earnings from Boeing, GM, others send stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening higher as several big U.S. companies deliver better earnings than the market was expecting.<p>General Motors jumped 4 percent after reporting earnings and revenue that easily beat analysts' forecasts.<p>Boeing rose 2 percent after its own results also came in ahead of …

Stock Markets

Why 'Star Wars' Trailer May Be J.J. Abrams' Real Masterpiece

'Force Awakens' director drops an Internet-breaking clip — and proves he's this generation's P.T. Barnum<p>Nobody knows how the new <i>Star Wars</i> movie is …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' destroys Fandango first-day sales record

"Star Wars" fans may have crashed Fandango's website, but they also set a record for the online movie ticket seller.<p>The first day of presales for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which arrives in theaters Dec. 18, was by far the biggest ever for Fandango.<p>It generated eight times the volume that the …

Ava DuVernay

HTC's unlocked One A9 will get 'every' Android update soon after Nexus

​<p>HTC has a lot riding on the success of ​its new One A9, so it's no surprise it's busy trying to sweeten the deal. To that end, HTC US president chimed in at the end of the phone's live unveiling to mention that the unlocked version of the A9 will get the "every" Android update "within 15 days" of …

Nintendo's new hardware could be portable/console combination

Nintendo is so confident in the design of its upcoming hardware, codenamed "NX", that it is already letting developers get their hands on early …

'Steve Jobs' is a new kind of biopic — and not entirely true

Early in the new movie "<p>Steve Jobs," the title character absorbs a verbal sting from fellowAppleco-founder Steve Wozniak, who accuses Jobs of being a glorified marketer.<p>"I read 'Steve Jobs is a genius.' What do you do?" Wozniak says to him angrily. The sight of one of the world's most famous men …

Don Cheadle