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15 WTF Sights That Are Perfectly Normal On Subways

I'm not sure what it is, but subways bring out the crazy in people.<p>1. That hand is haunting.<p>2. It's considered weird if your subway ride <i>doesn't</i> have …

Trains

Google Maps now lets you retrace all of your past steps

You know Google is tracking your every move, right?<p>If you own a mobile device, and have opted into location tracking in one or more of Google's many …

Apps

American Sniper feeds America's hero complex, and it isn't the truth about war

Like most people, I could only imagine what war was like before I got there myself. At one point, I was outside of the less than 1% of Americans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, where a minuscule fraction of that population would see ground or aerial combat. The average person has likely never …

Islamic State shoots down 'coalition war plane' in Syria

Islamic State fighters shoot down Jordanian plane that is part of US-led coalition over Syria<p>Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) captured a Jordanian pilot on Wednesday after his warplane from the US-led coalition was reportedly shot down while on a mission against the jihadists over …

Middle East

Obama commutes eight drug offenders' sentences, why not others?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Obama administration has consistently supported measures aimed at reforming mandatory minimum prison sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders. But President Barack Obama's recent decision to commute the prison sentences of only eight federal inmates -- incarcerated for drug crimes -- …

The CIA and Homeland Security want to delete almost all their emails

Usually, deleting emails is a no-fanfare, one-click affair -- but not when you're the Central Intelligence Agency or the Department of Homeland Security. Both agencies have recently submitted proposals to the National Archives and Records Administration that outline their plans to delete years' …

Neither rain nor snow nor heat sways views on climate science

Think that people in upstate New York will more strongly believe climate change is upon us after an early November blizzard dumped 7 feet of snow, which then was turned to slush by spring-like temperatures? Think again.<p>Freaky seasons and drastic weather anomalies do little to convince most people …

Leak War: How the White House unloaded on Chuck Hagel while firing him

From the moment word leaked that Chuck Hagel had been fired, the spinning began in earnest.<p>Those ubiquitous senior administration officials wanted it clear that the president had chosen to oust his Defense secretary, thus giving him credit for a post-midterm shakeup and a new aggressiveness in the …

Sony set to end sponsorship contract with Fifa, becoming second major sponsor to cut ties

Japanese electronics giant unlikely to renew deal when current one runs out as Fifa investigates whether there was corruption in bidding process for next two World Cup<p>Sony does not plan to renew its sponsorship contract with Fifa, which deals another blow to world football's governing body.<p>Their …

A Century Later, Relics Emerge From a War Frozen in Time

Retreating ice in the Alps sheds new light on high-altitude battle in World War I.<p><i>Greetings from Cercen Pass. It is storming and snow covers the highest peaks. We wait for peace, but the bad weather, the high altitudes ... Peace can only come with our death.</i><p>—from the May 28, 1916, diary of C.D., a …

This new “Apple SIM” could legitimately disrupt the wireless industry

Perhaps the most interesting news about Apple’s new iPad Air 2 tablet is buried at the bottom of one of its marketing pages: It will come pre-installed with a new “Apple SIM” card instead of one from a specific mobile operator. (Credit to Julien Theys for noticing this.)<p>Apple explains:<p>The Apple SIM …

IPad Air

Coroner: Dad collapses on infant daughter, she survives 3 days

<b>(CNN) —</b> It easily could have been a double tragedy, the coroner said.<p>Jason Fields, 43, of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, placed his 11-month-old daughter, Betty Jean Kelly, at the head of his bed while he sat on the edge of the bed with a laptop, Sabine Parish Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers said.<p>Fields had a …

August is a fancy lock that could make you ditch your keys

Advertisement<p>31 Comments<p>Credit: August<p><i>Updated: This story was updated at 4:50 to correct the story. The August lock doesn’t use Wi-Fi.</i><p>For most people …

Why the U.S. and Europe Have Little to Fear From the Rise of Chinese Science

Beijing is the world's top science city, but Chinese policies will prevent China from becoming the world's top science country.<p>Much is made of China’s rise as the world’s next great power. China is forecasted to surge past the United States as the world’s largest economy by 2024<b>,</b> according to …

114-Year-Old Woman Has To Lie About Age To Join Facebook

We can think of plenty of reasons people would lie about their age -- pride, vanity, or to get into the coolest club. But Anna Stoehr's reason was much, much simpler: she just wanted to join Facebook.<p>The centenarian who just celebrated her 114th birthday felt her age when she tried to create a …

Windows 10 Attracts 1M Testers In Two Weeks

Microsoft announced this morning that it crossed the 1 million tester mark for the technical preview of its Windows 10 operating system. I had expected a higher number would opt for the new code, given how extensively the media (guilty) covered the rollout of the nascent operating system.<p>According …