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Experts suspect poor waterproofing in Berkeley balcony collapse

As officials investigate the sudden collapse of a Berkeley balcony last week that killed six and injured seven, outside experts say it's obvious what happened: Water got into the balcony and didn't get out, rotting the wood that kept it in place.<p>The big question is why.<p>Berkeley city officials gave …

Best Oyster Bars in America (PHOTOS)

At Portland's Eventide Oyster Co., stakes in the ice declare whether the half shells are "from Maine" or "away." It's a sign of local pride -- and the importance of place when tasting oysters.<p>Like a fine wine exhibits its terroir, an oyster's <i>merroir</i> imparts a distinct flavor, from the briny Blue …

Here’s How UK Spy Agencies Justify Snooping On Brits’ Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Use

Some new details about UK government thinking regarding mass surveillance of domestic Internet users have emerged today, in a witness statement made by Charles Blandford Farr, Director General of the UK Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism.<p>The statement was made in response to a legal …