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Clinton's call for easing harsh sentencing laws is echoed by Republican rivals

Hillary Rodham Clinton might have preferred to use her first big policy announcement to discuss confronting stagnant middle-class wages, or runaway higher-education costs, or even big money in politics. Instead, she found herself Wednesday talking about body cameras on cops and lengthy prison terms.<p>…

Choose your temptation: androgynous sex appeal or feminine beauty

What’s more provoking to the senses: a beautiful woman with flowing hair and deep red lips, her body obscured only partially by blossoms of soft …

Buffalo braces for 'toxic brew' of flooding as 7 feet of snow start to melt

What's worse than 7 feet of snow piled up in front of your house? How about the flooding that comes once those 7 feet of snow melt?<p>That's exactly what some Buffalonians will grapple with when temperatures Monday warm up to around 60 degrees.<p>Swift-water rescue teams and helicopters are already on …

South Korean Government Threatening Selfie Stick Retailers with $27K Fines and Jail Time

The South Korean government is threatening selfie stick retailers with fines of up to $27K and jail time over some of the group selfie products …

This Chair Folds Down To The Size Of A Beer Can

Too tired to stand on the crowded subway? Now you’ve got a chair.<p>While standing around for hours at a music festival, a couple of Danish entrepreneurs started thinking about chairs. The standard folding chair is awkward to carry, awkward to unfold, and awkward to use in a standing crowd. At large …

Cleveland police shoot dead 12-year-old boy carrying fake gun

Cuyahoga County medical examiner names boy as Tamir Rice Officer responding to 911 call about ‘probably fake’ gun fired twice<p>A 12-year-old boy who was shot twice by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds on Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call …

Remarkably Pristine Ancient Greek Mosaics Uncovered in Turkish City of Zeugma

A team of archeologists led by Professor Kutalmis Grkay of Ankara University recently unearthed three ancient Greek mosaics in the Turkish city of Zeugma near the border of Syria. The excavation project, which began in 2007, was spurred on by flooding in the area due to the construction of a dam. …

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

Google Shopping adds to long list of depressing Black Friday statistics

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and you know what that means.<p>It’s time for the annual ritual in which thousands and thousands of people drag their lawn chairs to the local Wal-Mart and camp out for hours and hours until the stores open. Then they trample each other in a rush to save a few …

Rare ‘black seadevil’ anglerfish caught on film in Monterey Bay

The deepest reaches of the ocean contain some of earth’s most incredible creatures. They’re also some of the most bizarre.<p>On Nov. 17, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Senior Scientist Bruce Robison and his team filmed an elusive “black seadevil” anglerfish 1,900 feet deep in the Monterey …