Jeremiah Pigford

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Florida Braces for Potentially Catastrophic Hurricane Irma

Weather<p>Hurricane Irma hit Cuba's north coast "hard" early Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said, as Florida's governor warned of an "unbelievable" storm surge as high as 12 feet.<p>The deadly storm weakened slightly to a Category 4 hurricane overnight, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, …

Rainfall

Many of my images from North Korea were confiscated by soldiers. Here are my backups

I visited the ‘Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’ over the 2016 Christmas period. Many photos were deleted by a North Korean soldier when leaving …

North Korea

Islamic State group claims Berlin Christmas market attack

BERLIN (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a truck attack on a crowded Berlin Christmas market that German authorities …

Trump hires a third general, raising concerns about heavy military influence

By Philip Rucker and<p>Philip Rucker<p>White House Bureau Chief<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Mike DeBonis<p>Mike DeBonis<p>Congressional reporter covering the House of Representatives<p>Email Bio Follow<p>President-elect Donald Trump has selected retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly as secretary of homeland security, officials …

Donald Trump

Russian Campaign in Syria Exposes Moscow’s Defense Gaps

Deployment of warships to assist Assad regime lays bare weaknesses in Russian military’s naval aviation and carrier operations<p>A flotilla of Russian warships in the Mediterranean is providing a high-profile show of force in support of the Syrian regime. But the deployment has also thrown into sharp …

Military

Donald Trump outlines policy plan for first 100 days

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump unveiled plans Monday for his first 100 days in office, including proposals related to immigration, trade deals and defense policy, using a video published online to briefly outline his proposals.<p>Trump promised to withdraw from negotiations on the …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trump’s greatest service to America may be ending Paul Ryan’s career

Despite the mythology that surrounds him, Paul Ryan is bad at politics.<p>Paul Ryan, Scourge of the Elderly, Uniter of the Republican Clans, Wielder of …

Congress Overrides Obama Veto On 9/11 Bill

U.S. news<p>Congress has voted to override the president’s veto for the first time in his administration over a controversial piece of legislation that would allow the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot.<p>The overwhelming 97-1 vote in the Senate and …

Barack Obama

Poland's mixed feelings over memorial to rescuers of Jews

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn't even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so …

Harbaugh using 'hand of the Lord' to pick, develop Michigan's starting QB

There is no Grbac or Brady in Michigan's locker room, but Jim Harbaugh is working to get the most out of either Shane Morris or Jake Rudock.<p>ANN …

Hobby drone flies within 50ft of LAPD helicopter, derails a suspect search

Nabbed the amateur pilot in a Rite Aid parking lot; man faces further examination.<p>In the latest chapter of the Los Angeles Police Department's …

Why two Googlers left the company's top-secret lab to create an app that aims to change how people talk to each other

One day, while he and his wife were both at work, he got a text message containing an audio file from his 20-month-old daughter's nanny.<p>When he finally downloaded the file as an MP3 and fired up his media player, he heard June, his 20-month-old daughter, say some of her first words: "I miss you, …

A closer look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The speedy 5.7-inch phone is built for productivity, and it offers a ton of real estate on its 2560-by-1440 AMOLED display while boasting up to two days of battery life. It can let you multitask with its split-screen capabilities, and the camera is a winner whether you're shooting photos or video. …

Ohio State Football: 3 Buckeyes Primed for Breakout Seasons

With Braxton Miller at quarterback, Ohio State has a chance to make a serious run at major college football's first-ever playoff.<p>For Urban Meyer to get his team to the big show, however, other players will need to have breakout seasons for the Buckeyes.<p>That's especially true when you factor in who …

HTC One drives struggling phone maker to first profit in a year

It's been a long and trying year since HTC last reported a quarterly profit, but in Q2 of 2014 the Taiwanese phone maker has finally returned to making rather than losing money. The unaudited financials for the past three months show a modest profit of NT$2.26 billion ($75 million) off the back of …

Can HTC thrive in a Samsung world?

“If it wasn’t for the One, HTC probably wouldn’t be here today,” says Scott Croyle, vice president of design at HTC. Croyle is giving me a tour of the company’s San Francisco studio, which was acquired when HTC bought the One & Co. design firm in 2008. “It’s the reason we’re still in the …

Google's balloons versus Facebook's drones: the dogfight to send internet from the sky

The race is on to own the stratosphere<p>Earlier this week, news broke that Facebook was working on a possible acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a company that produces solar-powered drones. These aircraft can travel in around the globe, relying on the sun for power to stay aloft for years at a time. …

Samsung Galaxy S5: Everything you need to know (FAQ)

Unless you were dead-set on a metal chassis and futuristic features, then Samsung's Galaxy S5 is an excellent successor to the Galaxy S4 in the evolving Galaxy S line.<p>We've taken a close look at phone's new fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor, tested out the new 16-megapixel camera, and …

Samsung's new Gear smartwatches are updated takes on a familiar idea

Samsung's latest takes on wearables, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, were among the flurry of announcements from the electronics company at Mobile World Congress this year. Representing a refinement on last year's Galaxy Gear, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are thinner, lighter, more comfortable and longer …

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro review

It’s 2014. Time for an office makeover.<p>There’s no room for a BlackBerry in the boardroom anymore. And that old, thick, has-to-be-plugged-in-or-it'll-die-in-three-minutes PC and external mouse on the desk in front of you? That has to go too. What you, self-respecting businessman that you are, need …

Top officials reveal Kyle Field renovation progress

Notable quotes from Kyle Field press briefing<p><b>John Sharp, Texas A&M system chancellor...</b><p>"We are on time and on budget for the opening of the 2014 …

The Tech Gets

LG G3 release date, specs leak: 2K display, 16 MP camera<p>2013 was not a banner year for LG’s smartphone business. After gaining some ground in the …

NASA's Valkyrie robot is a 6-foot 'superhero' designed to save you from disasters

NASA has created a robot for DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge Trials. The Valkyrie is a 6-foot-2-inch humanoid machine with detachable arms, sonar sensors, mounted cameras, and a glowing Tony Stark-esque circle in the middle of its chest. The space agency says it's mobile and dexterous enough to …

Drones of the Future Will Make Own Decisions

Drones will eventually be equipped with stronger chemical weapons and able to make their own decisions, according to a new report from the U.S. …

Japanese robot crushes competition in robot olympics

If you are ever trapped in a collapsed building, SCHAFT is the robot you’ll want by your side. The a bipedal robot, built by a Japanese team, just …

CES 2014: Parrot Unveils 'MiniDrone' and 'Jumping Sumo' iOS Controlled Vehicles

Parrot, the company behind the iPhone-controlled AR.Drone Wi-Fi quadricopter, revealed two new products at CES 2014 including the MiniDrone, a smaller version of the AR.Drone, and the Jumping Sumo, a robotic car with individually controlled wheels.<p>Like Parrot's other products, the MiniDrone is …

Why Commercial Drones Won’t Deliver Tacos Anytime Soon

Amazon scored one of the greatest tech PR coups in recent history when it got CBS to put its quadcopter-powered delivery service on air the day before Cyber Monday. Sadly, CBS pretty much ignored that this was a pretty unrealistic proposal for the time being, not in the least because commercial …

CES robots take on cleaning, fun and personal assistance

After a visit from home entertainment robot Keecker last week, it was obvious that CES 2014 would host some exciting robots. Here are a few that …

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Stream live games, check the latest scores or watch the best highlights with the best brand in sports: ESPN. Pick your favorite teams and leagues to …

The Verge Awards: the best of CES 2014

Another year. Another CES. Another chance to find out what it feels like to truly be alive. Alive and in Las Vegas. In Las Vegas and at the Consumer Electronics Show — a phantasmagoria of light, sound, and electricity. Actual electricity, and the kind of spiritual, psychic kind that only happens …