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The Best Summer Food Festivals In the Country

Forget pricey music fests. These tasty events are just as fun—and much cheaper

Heartbreaking pictures show mother kangaroo reaching for joey one last time before dying in male companion's arms

A mother kangaroo has been captured reaching out to cuddle her joey one last time before she died.<p>The photographer, Evan Switzer, captured the moment on a bushland property in River Heads, Queensland, Australia.<p>He noticed what was going on while he was on a walk on the property on Monday …

Kangaroo

Istanbul suicide bomber had registered as a refugee in Turkey

The suicide attacker who detonated a bomb that killed 10 German tourists in the heart of Istanbul's historic district had registered as a refugee just a week earlier, Turkish officials said Wednesday, raising questions over whether extremists are posing as asylum-seekers to inflame anti-immigrant …

Extremism

Federal agent says Iraqi refugee wanted to bomb Texas malls

HOUSTON (AP) — An Iraqi refugee who is facing charges he tried to help the Islamic State group wanted to set off bombs at two Houston malls and was …

Obama Administration

As Mortgage Rates Rise, Homebuyers Face New Dilemma

A recent spike in mortgage rates has created a new predicament for potential homebuyers: Forge ahead and try to lock in now? Or hold off?<p>Dhruv Gupta was quoted a 3.5 percent rate in May while searching for a place to buy in the San Francisco area. Less than two months later, he's looking at 5.2 …

The IRS Is Getting Serious About Cracking Down On Another Cherished Hedge Fund Tax Loophole

Simons, a Cold War code breaker turned billionaire and founder of quant firm Renaissance Technologies, has been using the strategy on his $10 billion flagship Medallion fund, according to people with knowledge of the situation.<p>One former Renaissance employee said the IRS contacted him to let him …

Apple applies to register iWatch trademark

Apple CEO Tim Cook told a recent gathering of tech and media executives a month ago that wearable products were ripe for exploration.<p>TOKYO — Apple has applied for a trademark for "iWatch" in Japan, a patent official said on Monday, signaling the iPhone maker may be moving ahead with plans for a …

Wearable Tech

Guidelines Aim To Clear Confusion Over Ear Tubes For Kids

Doctors have been putting in a lot of ear tubes. It's the most common outpatient surgery in children.<p>Despite how common the tubes are, it's been hard for parents to know if and when a child should get them. "Pediatricians are confused about it too," says Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, chairman of …

Russia Officially Makes It Illegal To Talk To Kids About Gays

Putin's okay was the last step in making the provision a law. On June 11, The Russian parliament's lower house unanimously passed the legislation, and the upper house approved it last week.<p>The law imposes hefty fines for disseminating any information about the LGBT community to minors, and holding …

US military blocks entire Guardian website for troops stationed abroad

The US military has blocked access to the Guardian’s website for troops in the Middle East and south Asia, after disclosures about widespread US …

Yoga Religion? California Schools Case Won't Stop Controversy

Is yoga religious?<p>In a closely watched lawsuit in the San Diego-area where a family had sued the Encinitas, Calif. school district for what it saw as government sponsorship of religion for its yoga classes, a judge ruled Monday that yoga has religious roots but is not religious the way it's taught …

Meteor shower and dancing planets to grace July night sky

Venus is now an "evening star" setting just after the sun.<p>Summer planets, constellations and a late-month meteor shower should combine to make July a skywatching treat, weather permitting.<p>The Delta Aquarid meteor shower graces the night sky at the end of July, and during the month, the …

Astronomy

Snowden applies for political asylum in Russia, rants against Obama administration

Professed NSA leaker Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, but President Vladimir Putin says he can stay only if he stops "damaging our American partners." Only hours later, Snowden released a statement railing against the U.S. government.<p>Russia was one of about 20 countries …