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Citigroup Settlement Offers Former Homeowners 'Cold Comfort'

Should you be watching your mailbox for a check from Citigroup?<p>The banking giant says it will pay out $2.5 billion to provide "consumer relief" to help settle charges brought against it by the U.S. Justice Department. The government said Monday that "defects" in Citi's mortgage securities had …

Woman was diagnosed with dementia on 55th birthday

A woman with dementia has spoken about how she was diagnosed with the condition on her 55th birthday.<p>Joy Watson, from Salford, was wished a happy birthday by the nurse before being told she had Alzheimer's.<p>Mrs Watson told BBC Radio 5 live's Shelagh Fogarty that because of her age, she chooses to …

Dementia

You can shop for your next yacht on the Craigslist for rich people

The Bloomberg terminal's fast-paced delivery of news and financial data makes it an invaluable tool to many in the finance fields. But there's a curious thing about the terminals' general user: because of their business, they often enough have a lot of disposable income to spare. As <i>BuzzFeed</i> …

Truck Bomb Explodes in Afghan Market, Killing At Least 89

KABUL, Afghanistan - A huge truck bomb killed at least 89 people and injured 42 more in a market in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for the country's defense ministry. The death toll could rise as rescuers sift through the rubble and some of the survivors succumb to their …

Afghanistan

Energy Bar Ends Contador's Tour

Two-time Tour de France champion says he hit a pothole while trying to eat during Stage 10<p><b>BESANÇON, July 15, 2014 (AFP)</b> - Alberto Contador has revealed that he crashed in Stage 10 of the Tour de France because he was trying to eat an energy bar. The two-time winner crashed on a fast descent on …

Road Bikes

Growing protests over where to shelter immigrant children hits Arizona

A trumpeter played a Mariachi-style "Star-Spangled Banner" as protesters sparred around him in an Arizona city that's become the latest flashpoint in the national immigration debate.<p>Oracle will soon house several dozen detained unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America. In the city …

Burritos, BB guns and bite marks: A Taco Bell worker’s violent clash with customer

A Taco Bell employee is facing charges after allegedly shooting a hungry customer with a BB gun in Massachusetts.<p>The Springfield Police Department said a 26-year-old man became irate after waiting for service at the drive-through window "for a very long time" early Sunday morning.<p>"The victim became …

Taco Bell

Nest and Samsung launch Thread, a wireless mesh standard for the smart home

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Samsung, ARM, Nest and four other companies have gotten together to build a new radio standard for the smart home. Dubbed …

Apple starts encrypting all iCloud emails

Apple has stepped up efforts to protect its iCloud customers, as the technology giant promised it would last month.<p>Apple now encrypts all inbound and outbound iCloud email, not just email sent between its iCloud users. That means Apple will encrypt all emails sent between @me.com and @mac.com email …

Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds

When a customer service call is described as "Kafkaesque" and "hellish," you pretty much know how it's going to go down before even taking a listen. But in case you haven't heard the condescending, tedious call that's lit up the Internet, here it is:<p>The recording starts after the call has already …

Reynolds American to buy cigarette rival Lorillard for $27.4 billion

Cigarette giant<p>Reynolds American Inc.agreed to purchase rival Lorillard Inc. for $27.4 billion, gobbling up additional market share as Americans smoke less.<p>The deal, announced Tuesday, combines the second- and third-largest American tobacco companies, creating a cigarette behemoth with a projected …

Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot

Backers of a plan to cut California into six states say they now have enough signatures from supporters to get their proposal on a general-election ballot in the state. The plan would create new states with names like Jefferson, Silicon Valley and South California.<p>The initiative's main backer is …

Strangers Photoshopped His Baby's Picture, And Touched His Heart

This father posted a request on Reddit: Could someone edit his baby daughter's photo to remove the medical tubes and wires? The response amazed him.<p>Read more here.

Photo Manipulation

In 'Underwater Dreams,' Robotics Team Puts Lens On Immigration Debate

The new documentary, produced by Jeb Bush Jr., explores the topic of immigration reform through the lives of undocumented students who win an underwater robotics competition.<p>Transcript<p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST:<p>I'm Jacki Lyden and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. We've been …

Brothers reunite in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside after 13 years

They had been separated for 13 years and by 1,200 kilometres.<p>But the chasm between Bill Olsen, 60, and his estranged brother, Bruce Sauer, melted away with a boyish bit of teasing on a bench in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside on the weekend.<p>"Idiot," chided Sauer as he playfully cuffed his sibling on …

Vancouver

Germany 'may revert to typewriters' to counter hi-tech espionage

NSA inquiry head Patrick Sensburg claims communications technology mistrusted in wake of US spying allegations<p>German politicians are considering a return to using manual typewriters for sensitive documents in the wake of the US surveillance scandal.<p>The head of the Bundestag's parliamentary inquiry …

Millennials' Political Views Don't Make Any Sense

That's not a harsh assessment. It's just a fair description.<p>Millennial politics is simple, really. Young people support big government, unless it costs any more money. They're for smaller government, unless budget cuts scratch a program they've heard of. They'd like Washington to fix everything, …

Hamas Rocket Strikes Persist After Israel OKs Ceasefire Proposal

<b>This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. ET.</b><p>A day that dawned with hopes for a fragile peace is closing with hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians appearing to intensify.<p>Early Tuesday, Israel had accepted the terms of a cease-fire proposed by Egypt, but Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, …

Northwestern Memorial among top 10 hospitals: U.S. News

Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranked No. 10 in an annual list of the best hospitals in the nation, as compiled by U.S. News and World Report.<p>The rankings cover nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide. Scoring takes death rates and patient safety in account. The top spot in the list went to Mayo …

Google Glass creator has new role at Amazon

The guy behind Google Glass, Babak Parviz, is heading to Amazon for a new gig.<p>Parviz spearheaded projects out of Google's (GOOGL) secretive Mountain View-based innovation lab, Google X, including Google Glass and smart contact lenses that measure blood sugar levels for diabetics. A mysterious …

Think medical school is for you? You’re probably wrong

<i>Katherine Sinclair is an MSc. candidate in the department of history at the University of Oxford</i><p>Dear Aspiring Medical Student,<p>Congratulations on your near-perfect GPA and your MCAT scores. Kudos, also, on your impressive (if slightly boring) list of extra-curriculars, and your volunteer work.<p>If I …

Medicine

Samsung and Nest collaborate on 'internet of things' standards

Samsung, Google and more have launched Thread, a new standard protocol for the internet of things.<p>Google, or rather its new subsidiary Nest Labs, …

iPhone 5s remains world’s best-selling phone, iPhone 5c takes number 5 slot

Sales channel data from 35 countries compiled by Counterpoint shows that the iPhone 5s remained the world’s best-selling phone as of May, some eight months after its launch. This backs up a report from ABI Research that the phone had retained the number one slot through Q1.<p>Apple’s iPhone 5s …

Oscar Pistorius blames businessman for weekend altercation at club

Olympic athleteOscar Pistorius was involved in an altercation at an upscale nightclub Saturday and later insisted that a businessman accosted him aggressively, according to South African media.<p>But the businessman, Jared Mortimer, who runs a clothing company, told the Star newspaper that Pistorius …

Google's diabetes 'smart' lens licensed to Novartis

<b>Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has agreed a deal with Google to develop its "smart" contact lens to help diabetics monitor their glucose levels.</b><p>Google's prototype lens was first revealed in January.<p>It is designed to measure the level of glucose in the wearer's tears and communicate the information …

Diabetes

Cleveland Comes Crawling Back to LeBron: The Masochism of Rust Belt Chic

Of course we have to dramatize our feeling of being LeBron’s on-again-off-again jilted ex to stratospheric levels. The reason everyone dogs on …

Home Run Derby 2014: Most Disappointing Results from Monday Night's Event

Well, that could've gone better. Major League Baseball swung for the fences with the new structure it implemented for the 2014 Home Run Derby, and those changes backfired in a big way.<p>Yoenis Cespedes beat Todd Frazier in the final, but most fans were left burnt out after Monday's event went on and …

Los Angeles Dodgers

Police Search for Pamplona Bull Run Man Who Dreamed of a Selfie

The running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, ended Monday. Over the course of eight days, hoards of humans placed themselves in front of animals with sharp horns; CNN reports that 42 of said humans were taken to the hospital, and eight were gored. One of the eight, an American who recently wrote …

William Zabka: 30 years later, the “Karate Kid” cast is like a frat

The actor who played Johnny Lawrence on “The Karate Kid,” his recent TV cameos, the nickname Mr. Miyagi gave him<p>“The Karate Kid” just turned 30 years old; for three decades, we’ve been rooting for Daniel LaRusso and against Daniel’s nemesis Johnny Lawrence, the SoCal Golden Bully played so …

Kids In Syria Are Swimming In Pools Made By Bomb Craters Because They Have No Escape

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Middle East