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Somalia's Shebab warn Kenyan public of 'long, gruesome war'

Mogadishu (AFP) - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab Islamists threatened Kenyan citizens with "another bloodbath" on Saturday, two days after their gunmen slaughtered 148 people at a university.<p>"Not only are you condoning your government's oppressive policies by failing to speak out against them, …

ISIS Destroys Shiite Mosques And Shrines In Iraq, Dangerously Fracturing Country (PHOTOS)

The ISIS militant group is further advancing its extreme religious agenda by destroying Shiite mosques and Islamic shrines around the ancient Iraqi city of Mosul, which they captured last month. Al-Arabiya reported that the damage extends to at least four shrines to Sunni or Sufi figures, and six …

'PEACE IS POSSIBLE' — Obama Writes Israeli Newspaper Op-Ed After Brutal Teen Slayings

"As I said last year in Jerusalem, peace is necessary, just, and possible. I believed it then. I believe it now. Peace is necessary because it's the only way to ensure a secure and democratic future for the Jewish state of Israel," Obama wrote. "Reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians …

$8,800 for potato salad? Kickstarter campaign goes off the rails

The pitch was simple: give Zack Brown $10 and he will make potato salad. Thanks to internet donations, Brown now has more than $8,800 to achieve that dream.<p>Although Brown hasn’t chosen a recipe for the potato salad, more than 1,300 people have backed his online fundraising campaign since it …

Polish Father Captures Touching Portraits of His Family Around Their Rural Home

Polish husband and father-of-two Sebastian Łuczywo is a business advisor for his day job. But when he’s not at work, he’s capturing incredibly …

Meet the New Oldest American

Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas celebrated her 116th birthday on July 4 and is the new oldest-living American, according to the Gerontology Research …

Bible

Google's Latest Real Estate Purchases Are Scaring Silicon Valley

With 24 Mountain View office buildings bought in the past three years, all it would take is an update to the city's zoning regulations for Google to effectively employ as many as 10,000 workers, the Contra Costa Times reports.<p>The city is expected to make a decision on new regulations before 2015. …

Six Flags roller coaster car derails, 4 injured

Americans love roller coasters -- until something goes wrong.<p>Attention turned to amusement park safety after a tree branch that fell on the tracks derailed a roller coaster car at a Six Flags amusement park Monday evening, leaving it dangling precariously and its occupants stranded for hours.<p>Four …

Twin girls 'fly to Syria to join jihadi fight'

Teenage runaways take flight to Istanbul and reportedly tell parents they are on way to join brother fighting with Islamic State<p>Police believe twin sisters from Manchester left their rooms in the middle of the night to fly to Syria to join the Islamic State jihadists.<p>The girls, 16, were reported to …

Remote-controlled chip could be the future of contraceptives

If you could have safe, effective, long-term birth control that you didn't have to think about, would you jump at the chance? That's what's being proposed by a company called MicroCHIPS of Lexington Massachusetts -- in the form of a chip to be implanted under the skin.<p>The chip, just 20 x 20 x 7 …

Family Planning

Japan wants a $90 billion floating train for commuters who may not exist

A Japanese rail giant wants to build a train that floats inches above the tracks using magnetic levitation, and whisks passengers from Tokyo to Osaka in less than half the current journey time. The proposal for the maglev train by Central Japan Railway, better known as JR Central, is expected to be …

Japan

Ohio conjoined brothers marking a milestone

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Ohio brothers hoping to be recognized later this year as the world's oldest conjoined twins plan to celebrate Saturday as …

Amazon Fire Phone: Caveat Emptor

You can now pre-order Amazon's new Fire Phone at the online retailer's website.<p>Except I wouldn't. Not yet, anyway.<p>Why? Fire Phone is missing one of the most important modern smartphone capabilities: Bluetooth 4.0.<p>What's Bluetooth 4.0? Its other names -- Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) and Bluetooth Smart …

This robot valet will park your car

In Germany, high tech has come to airport parking.<p>Last week, Düsseldorf airport (DUS) introduced robot valets to take the hassle out of parking for travelers.<p>SEE ALSO: 13 Robots Who Don't Know How to Robot<p>Travelers can leave their cars at the arrival level of the ParkingPLUS structure. As they …

Google Makes Every Person Search In Europe Look Censored

Here’s a fun game: Go search your name in a European version of Google’s search engine. Say the UK’s or Ireland’s or France’s or Netherlands‘ or Italy’s. If you scroll down to the bottom of the search results, you’re likely to see a message saying that the results may have been censored, implying …

Tablets built for Netflix and chill (among other things)

The importance of a tablet's screen quality can't be understated. I mean, the majority of your interactions with a tablet take place on its display.<p>When it comes to qualifying the best, there's more to the screen quality of a tablet than meets the eye -- proverbially speaking. In addition to high …

Gear & Gadgets

North Korea preparing to prosecute 2 American tourists

North Korea says it plans to prosecute two American tourists that it detained earlier this year, accusing them of "perpetrating hostile acts."<p>The North Korean government had previously said it was holding the two U.S. citizens, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller, but hadn't said what it planned to do …

Pixar Cofounder Ed Catmull on Failure and Why Fostering a Fearless Culture Is the Key to Groundbreaking Creative Work

<i>“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before,”</i> Neil Gaiman urged in his commencement-address-turned-manifesto-for-the-creative life. <i>“The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them — especially not from yourself,”</i> philosopher Daniel …

Make your Android Device Smarter with these Handy Apps

The leap from feature phones to smartphones didn’t happen overnight. Slowly but steadily, our phones grew smarter and smarter until they’d become capable enough that we could fulfil most of our computing needs on these pocket-sized devices. The onset of powerful third-party apps spurred that …

This job has the world's worst tax return

Think filing your tax return is a pain? You've got nothing on American pilots who live abroad.<p>As they crisscross the globe, IRS rules require expat American pilots to record exactly how long they're flying over the U.S., foreign countries and international waters. Once they land, the pilots have to …

19 billionaires who grew up poor

<b>• Billionaires don't always come from moneyed backgrounds.</b><p><b>• In fact, many famous billionaires actually grew up poor.</b><p><b>• From George Soros to Larry Ellison to Oprah Winfrey, here's a look at how some of the wealthiest people on the planet came up from nothing.</b><p>Billionaires aren't all born with silver …

This giant robot is designed to let you juggle cars (for real)

Ex-NASA engineer has a dream to let anyone control a robot that throws VW Beetles into the air<p>Science fiction is filled with giant robots that people can control like extensions of their own bodies. Dan Granett wants to build one for real, as <i>Gizmodo</i> originally reported. Granett, a former technician …

Iraq crisis: Fighting in Tikrit after 'caliphate' declared

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1089000/1089227_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1531706524_e0ccd462e969651d90422f21eb40b0aa<p><b>Fresh clashes have been reported between jihadist-led Sunni rebels and government forces around the Iraqi city of Tikrit.</b><p>Witnesses said there had been …

Middle East

World's Worst Nanny Finally Agrees to Leave Family's Home

When a California family fired their live-in nanny three weeks ago for spending all day locked in her room (instead of, for example, watching the …

San Bernardino County

The Most American Brands In America, According To Americans

Brand Keys, a brand loyalty and customer engagement consultancy, has released results of a survey pitting major brands against one another in a patriotism contest. Because nothing’s more American than competition!<p>More than 4,600 consumers, ages 16 to 65, were asked to evaluate which of 225 brands …

Millions of tons of ocean plastic have gone missing

New study suggests animals are eating our garbage<p>For a decade or more, scientists have assumed our seas carry millions of tons of plastic, much of which should be floating in open water, forming vast midocean "gyres" — islands of man-made mess such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But according …

Google Is About To Take Over Your Whole Life, And You Won’t Even Notice

Google’s new design ethos, living on and beyond every screen, could make Google an amorphous problem solver of unimaginable scale.<p>“I have a weird question for you,” I stammered, sitting in a hotel room across from Matias Duarte and Jon Wiley, the Google design leads for Android and Search, …