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Meat-eating continues despite Ebola scare

A look inside Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship

A Greenpeace ship impounded by Russia has returned to the Netherlands almost a year after it was stormed by Russian security forces.<p>The "Arctic 30" campaigners made headlines after protesting against oil exploration in the Arctic Circle.<p>Russia said their actions violated security after they tried …

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Arctic Sunrise Greenpeace boat welcomed back to Netherlands

A Greenpeace ship, impounded in Russia for months after a protest over oil drilling, has returned to her home port in the Netherlands.<p>The Arctic Sunrise was boarded by Russian security forces in September, and 30 Greenpeace activists were temporarily jailed on charges of piracy and hooliganism.<p>The …

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Tibet bus plunge kills Chinese tourists

<b>A bus carrying Chinese tourists has plunged off a 10m (30ft) cliff in Tibet killing 44 people, state media say.</b><p>The bus crashed into two other vehicles before falling off the road, the Xinhua news agency quoted local officials as saying.<p>Images from the scene showed rescue workers recovering bodies …

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Pro-pot lawyer will defend for free

WILMINGTON, Del. — It's bad enough that someone charged with simple possession of marijuana in Delaware faces more than $1,100 in fines and court costs; the possibility of probation; and the stain of a criminal conviction on their record, attorney Thomas D. Donovan says.<p>They shouldn't have to pay …

As probe begins, Stewart steps away from the track

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it …

The CDC's Ebola Catch-Up Game

As an extraordinarily secure isolation ward in Atlanta received its second Ebola victim Tuesday, New Yorkers awoke to tabloid headlines screaming about a possible third case of Ebola in America. A patient had presented to Mount Sinai with fever and abdominal pain after recent travel in western …

Kenya tourism tanks amid increasing violence | Africa

<b>Mombasa, Kenya</b> - In July, a Russian visitor was shot dead near Fort Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Mombasa's Old Town. Police ruled the killing a robbery. Three weeks later, assailants shot a German tourist at point-blank range, while she and her Ugandan travel companion were visiting Old …

Film-maker defies China's censors to reveal horrors of the Great Famine

For modern Chinese students it is not the Great Famine but the Three Years of Difficulties. The catastrophe remains so sensitive that their history books do not document how many starved to death, or why. Yet more than 50 years ago, at the height of the disaster, a handful of their predecessors …

In dry California, water goes to those who drill the deepest

DUCOR, Calif. – The only sign of life sprouting out of a vast expanse of land in this unincorporated corner of Tulare County is a large drilling rig and two trucks laden with 1,000-foot-long drill pipes.<p>Men in hard hats work round the clock in sweltering 100-plus degree temperatures and in the …

Libya insecurity forces aid workers to leave

Libya’s deteriorating security situation has led to an exodus of aid workers and the suspension of development programmes, leaving tens of thousands of displaced and vulnerable people relying on skeleton networks run in part by volunteers.<p>In recent weeks, thousands of families have fled their homes …

Liberian president apologises for high Ebola virus death toll

Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has pledged over thirteen point four million euros to health workers who have been fighting the Ebola oubreak in the country.<p>The funds are to be used to help with insurance and death benefits, to buy more ambulances and increase the number of treatment …

Palestinians to quit Gaza talks if Israel no-show

Israel and the Hamas militant group accepted an Egyptian proposal Sunday for a new 72-hour cease-fire that allows the two sides to resume negotiations toward a longer-term truce.<p>The truce began at midnight Cairo time (5 p.m. ET Sunday). A similar three-day truce ended Friday, followed by renewed …

Tricking Facebook's Algorithm

It may be possible to game Facebook's news feed, but the social publishing will still win in the end.<p>We often talk about algorithms like they're people. Algorithms take action. They think. They make decisions. Sometimes they even offend us and we tell them so: "Um, no thanks, Facebook." "Whoa, …

John McAfee: Google drives humans to 'least common denominator'

Speaking at Defcon, the notorious security expert lambastes what he sees as Google's destruction of privacy.<p>In recent times, privacy has been sacrificed on the altars of narcissism, laziness, and the joy of something-for-nothing. Some may wonder whether all our public exposure has a darker …

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Twitch backtracks on highlight time limits, lets users appeal copyrighted music claims

Video livestreaming platform Twitch recently announced changes to its plans to mute copyrighted music in user videos and limit users to two hours of saved highlight videos.<p>Earlier this week, Twitch said it was partnering with software company Audible Magic to "scan past and future …

FCC Questioning All Carriers On Unlimited Throttling Policies

According to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the United States Federal Communications Commission is now questioning all wireless carriers on their network management policies, asking how carriers choose when to throttle customers, including those with unlimited data plans.<p>In a report from <i>Reuters</i>, Wheeler …

Facebook Messenger Is Getting Slammed By Tons Of Negative Reviews Right Now

In just a few days since the big split, Facebook Messenger has soared to the No. 1 spot in the iOS App Store — but it also has an overwhelming number of one-star ratings. Nearly 94% of those who rated the app gave it just one star. The Google Play store works a bit differently, as Mashable's …

An App That Plugs Your Leaks To Save Cities Cash And Water

As you can see from this map, California’s drought is now considered “exceptional” across most of the state. It’s perhaps the driest it’s been in 500 years, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.<p>There’s plenty of room for innovation in the water preservation space. Recently, we’ve …

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Responsive Website v. Native Mobile App

Depending on your designer and the size of your website, a responsive Web design often takes far less time to create then does a mobile app since there’s no app store approval or extensive guidelines to follow as compared to what Google Play, the Apple app store and the Windows Phone app store …

How A Site That Streams People Playing Video Games Became A Billion Dollar Business

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear wasn't born a leader, he became one almost by accident. And he now runs one of the most valuable video properties on the web, just purchased by Amazon.<p><b>The genesis of Twitch</b>, one of the most popular gaming-related Websites and applications in the world, can be traced to a few …

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Google, Microsoft, others backing Facebook in fight over user privacy in New York

Tech companies and civil liberties unions are trying to fend off warrants<p>Facebook's getting some company in its fight with the New York district attorney's office over the protection of user data from government investigations, something that has quickly become a battle over constitutional rights. …

Report: Apple to unveil wearable device next month

<b>UPDATE:</b> After seeing his note go viral Gruber has tweeted a clarification to his earlier statement, saying that he has "no idea" whether Apple is planning to release the wearable device in September or October and that he was "just making a joke." The wait for the Apple wearable continues.<p>NEW YORK …

Meet the Bots That Knew Ebola Was Coming

A computer program run by epidemiologists in Boston had already alerted key agencies of the U.S. government about West Africa’s Ebola outbreak four …

FCC Chairman Dismisses Verizon’s Defense Of Throttling High-Bandwidth Customers

Verizon announced in late July that it would start throttling the 4G data speeds of customers on unlimited data plans who are among the top 5 percent of their users when it comes to consumption of mobile data, and were “connected to cell sites experiencing heavy demand.”<p>The FCC wasn’t too pleased. …