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Federal judge halts release of massive Brazilian emerald

The more than six-year legal battle over the Bahia Emerald seemed to have reached a conclusion last month, when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge finally determined the owners of the prized gem.<p>The 180,000-carat, 751.77-pound behemoth of a gem, which has been held at a Los Angeles County Sheriff's …

U.S. Department of Justice

Microsoft CEO sees 'magical things' and 'tough choices' ahead

'Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.'<p>Microsoft is becoming a company of laser focus under Satya Nadella, and today the CEO emailed staff with a new mission statement and outlook for the 2016 fiscal year. Nadella's message, obtained by …

Mopar unveils Dodge Challenger Drag Pak [w/video]

Dodge is going drag racing, and it's doing it with an all-new version of the Challenger for NHRA's Sportsman class. FCA's Mopar parts and performance arm announced the new Challenger Drag Pak Friday, showing off a version with a 354-cubic-inch (that's a 5.8-liter, by the way), supercharged V8 and a …

Sports Cars

Supreme Court Rules On Same-Sex Marriage

Disney bans selfie sticks at theme parks

'Selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast,' a Disney spokeswoman says<p>Walt Disney has banned selfie sticks at all its theme parks, joining a growing list of attractions that restrict the camera accessories for safety reasons.<p>The company will not allow selfie …

10 influential pulp novels that are criminally good

American pulp fiction first appeared on cheap, wood pulp paper. In the early 20th century, it lived in fiction magazines that cost no more than a …

Literature

Fears of terrorism mount in France

LYON, France – Following Friday’s attempted assault on a chemical plant that officials described as a terrorist attack, France was hunkering down Saturday for what politicians and analysts warned could be a prolonged period of uncertainty and fear.<p>Yassin Salhi, the 35-year-old delivery man who …

Tougher encryption guidelines close a back door for NSA spies

The US' National Institute of Standards and Technology is more than a little worried that its encryption guideilnes have been creating back doors for spies, and it's changing its tune in order to plug those security holes. The agency is no longer recommending an NSA-backed number randomization …

Surveillance

Women's World Cup: Success measured by competition and ticket sales

A Women's World Cup that started with a record 24 teams three weeks ago is now down to four. And once again, they have rounded up the usual suspects with Germany and the U.S., the only two-time winners, and defending champion Japan among the survivors.<p>The only interloper is England, which made it …

Selling

The Week in Review: Supreme Court Rules on Marriage Equality

Today, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in an historic 5-4 ruling. The decision was quickly celebrated by gay rights advocates across the country, as well as President Obama, who extended his congratulations and support in a phone call on live television.<p>Along with heads …