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U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuates personnel

The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of heavy militia violence raging in the capital, Tripoli, the State Department said.<p>About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S. Marines, were evacuated early Saturday and were driven across the border into Tunisia, U.S. officials …

Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back

One year ago, the Supreme Court threw out a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law gave the federal government a kind of veto power over voting arrangements in states with a history of discrimination. Now, without those protections, civil rights activists say many states are moving …

Priceline CEO Says Facebook and Twitter Ads Fail to Drive Transactions

Priceline Group Inc. spends feverishly on Google Inc. advertisements to grab users searching for a hotel in New York or Paris — and because ads on …

Obama Says That Putin Is 'Entirely Misreading the West'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>President Obama implied on Friday that Russia's recent annexation of Crimea may be due to Russian …

Zuckerberg, tech execs meet Obama

Google’s Eric Schmidt, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and other top tech executives huddled Friday with President Barack Obama to discuss surveillance, just days after Zuckerberg slammed the White House for working too slowly on NSA reform.<p>The executives — including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and the …

Officials Say Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane 'Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean'

New satellite data reveals that missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 "ended" its journey in a "remote location" of the southern Indian Ocean, …

Facebook's 'Hack' is here to shake up programming

Facebook engineers Bryan O'Sullivan, Julien Verlaguet, and Alok Menghrajani spent the last few years building a programming language unlike any other.<p>…

Pope Francis tells Italian mafia to repent

Pontiff warns mafioso they risk going to hell unless they renounce their 'blood-stained' money and power.<p>Pope Francis has told Italy's mafia they risk going to hell unless they repent and renounce their "blood-stained money and blood-stained power".<p>He gave the warning on Friday, during a prayer …

Steve Jobs reportedly had no interest in building an Apple TV set

The idea of an Apple-made television set has become perhaps the most notorious rumor that has ever surrounded the company. The notion swirled for years, picked up steam due to its inclusion in Walter Isaacson's Jobs biography, and has refused to die ever since. However, a new book that focuses …

What Could Have Happened To Flight MH370?

The first concrete, verified lead as to the possible reason behind the disappearance has fuelled speculation over how and why MH370 might have been commandeered — and its likely fate.<p>Here are some of the possible scenarios being weighed up by experts.<p><b>WHY:</b> As the theory that the plane was …

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and Its Changing Timeline

Nearly a week after Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared, officials are still at a loss for what happened to the jetliner carrying 239 people. …

Crimea votes to become part of Russia again

A referendum in favour of a re-union of Crimea with Russia is denounced by the West, despite being passed by 96.6 per cent<p>Crimea said it would become part of Russia again on Sunday after a referendum on the region’s future saw an overwhelming majority vote to break away from Ukraine.<p>In a poll …

Sprint launches more prepaid options, including smartphones with no data plans

Prepaid has been very good for Sprint(s s), so good that it runs multiple no-contract services from the Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile brands as well …

Half of Silicon Valley startups are 'silly', says Bill Gates

The ideas behind half of Silicon Valley start-ups are “silly” and the $19 billion price paid by Facebook for WhatsApp was “higher than I would have expected”, says Bill Gates<p>Half of Silicon Valley start-ups are “silly” and the price paid by Facebook for WhatsApp was “higher than I would have …

iOS 8: Apple considers Notification Center + Messages tweaks, removing Game Center app

Besides adding new Maps, Healthbook, and iTunes Radio applications, Apple plans to enhance and refine the functionality of some of its current pre-bundled applications and features for iOS 8. Here is a list, provided by sources, of some of the refinements Apple is <i>considering</i> for select applications …

No Breakthrough In Talks About Ukraine

This post has been updated.<p><b>Update at 12:45 ET:</b> Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry came away from talks Friday in London saying they had not come any closer to an agreement about how to end the crisis in Ukraine.<p>Lavrov told reporters after the two men met …

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Pope marks one-year anniversary: Don't call him a rock star

One year ago today, white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel, signaling the election of Pope Francis.<p>"Habemus papam" — "We have a pope." And humble, amiable Jorge Mario Bergoglio made his bow as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. He has become a wildly popular pope, likened to a spiritual …

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