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The exotic new weapons the Pentagon wants to deter Russia and China

Pentagon officials have started talking openly about using the latest tools of artificial intelligence and machine learning to create robot weapons, "human-machine teams" and enhanced, super-powered soldiers.<p>It may sound like science fiction, but Pentagon officials say they have concluded that such …

Military

Petition calls for Obama to be tried for 'war crimes' in The Hague

A petition accusing Barack Obama of war crimes and demanding he be prosecuted has been published on the White House website. It has already gained …

What to expect from today’s Apple TV and iPhone event

Apple is holding one of its trademark product keynote events today (Sept. 9) in San Francisco.<p>A year ago at this time, celebrities were flying in to see the company unveil the Apple Watch for the first time. Today’s event seems less hyped, but could still be interesting.<p>Here’s what to expect.<p>iPhone …

John Gruber

How Life and Luck Changed Earth's Minerals

Is evolution predictable, or was it heavily shaped by random events? Biologists have argued over this question for decades. Some have suggested that …

Red Sox manager John Farrell is optimistic after lymphoma diagnosis

His usually commanding voice cracking with emotion, Red Sox manager John Farrell revealed Friday that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma and …

Baseball

Apple car clues emerge from letter to test facility

Dave Lee<p><b>The persistent rumours about Apple building some kind of car have felt at times like they were powered purely by Apple fans desperate for something new and exciting,</b><p>So far we've only had theories and mock designs, rather than any actual evidence something was happening.<p>But now we have …

U.S. News | Latest National News, Videos & Photos

A Florida couple is fighting to keep their home painted like "Starry Night."<p>A Florida couple is fighting to keep their home painted like Vincent Van …

Crime

Family history hounds Jeb Bush on campaign trail

DES MOINES — When Jeb Bush stepped up onto the fabled soapbox at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, fairgoers pelted him with questions about the legacy of his brother, a former president. And his father, another former president. And one of his foreign policy advisers, Paul D. Wolfowitz, the architect …

Government

Leader of Islamic State used American hostage as sexual slave

The leader of the Islamic State personally kept a 26-year-old American woman as a hostage and raped her repeatedly, according to U.S. officials and her family.<p>The family of Kayla Mueller said in an interview Friday that the FBI had informed them that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the emir of the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

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Top Army General Ray Odierno: Jeb Bush Is Wrong About Iraq War

“I remind everybody that us leaving at the end of 2011 was negotiated in 2008 by the Bush administration."<p>U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said on Wednesday that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was wrong to blame the Obama administration for the current instability in …

By 2100, Earth Will Have an Entirely Different Ocean

A complete guide to the hotter, higher, trashier, fish-free oceans of the near future.<p>The ocean is in the midst of a radical, manmade change. It can seem kind of crazy that one of the most immense properties on Earth—the ocean washes over 71 percent of the planet—could be completely transformed by …

Climate Change

Pennsylvania prosecutor seeks to draw attention from charges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's attorney general commented publicly for the first time about the criminal charges that could end her career, but spent more time blaming her legal troubles on a "grand plan" to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails circulated among judges and …

Corruption

Texas Executes Inmate For Killing Officer During Chase

Texas inmate Daniel Lee Lopez got his wish Wednesday when he was executed for striking and killing a police lieutenant with an SUV during a chase more than six years ago.<p>The lethal injection was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from his attorneys who disregarded both his …

U.S. Supreme Court

1968 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

This 1968 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is described as an 87k-mile rust-free example that has been partially restored by the current owner. The car was …

Kraft Heinz slashing 2,500 jobs in US, Canada after merger

Here's What We Actually Know About The Dangers Of Pot

As told by real scientists who evaluated real scientific research and oh my god is anyone else hungry?

Robot mother builds 'cube babies' then watches them take first steps

Cambridge University has built evolution by natural selection into a robot for the first time<p>A ‘mother’ robot which can build its own ‘children’, test which ones do best, then modify their design, has been developed by scientists at Cambridge University.<p>In an astonishing video released by the …

Robotics

Google launches Android Experiments to showcase your most creative apps

A space for weird ideas<p>Having recently become a newly minted subsidiary of Alphabet, Google seems to be renewing its focus on its core businesses — Android, Search, and YouTube. In keeping with that, today Google announced Android Experiments, a site dedicated to encouraging and showcasing projects …

NBCUniversal invests $200M in Vox Media and Buzzfeed

Apparently new media continues to fold in on itself in strange and new ways this summer. Re/code today wrote a follow-up to a report that NBCUniversal will invest $200 million into both Vox Media and Buzzfeed.<p>According to sources, the $200 million investment in Vox Media puts it at a pre-money …

Media Industry

U.S. begins air strikes against Islamic State from Turkish base

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States launched its first manned air strikes against Islamic State targets from the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.<p>The U.S.-led coalition had launched flying, unmanned missions against the militants earlier this month, the Combined …

Middle East

Croatian ISIS captive reportedly beheaded

<b>Zagreb, Croatia (CNN) —</b> Croatia is now feeling the pain of apparently losing one of its own -- in one of the most brutal and public ways possible -- to ISIS.<p>Images posted online seem to show a beheaded Tomislav Salopek, a Croatian national, officials from various countries and the SITE Intelligence …

Islam

Massive explosions hit Chinese city of Tianjin – in pictures

Shipment of explosives detonates in port city, shaking homes and sending flaming debris arching over nearby high-rise buildings