Vincent R. Gordon

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Iraq conflict: Baghdad building wall against IS

<b>Iraqi security forces have begun building a wall around the capital Baghdad in an effort to prevent attacks by the so-called Islamic State (IS).</b><p>The reported 300km (186 miles) barrier will surround the city from all sides, an official said.<p>IS controls large swathes of northern and western Iraq and …

Back to the Future: DeLorean Going Back Into Production After 34-Year Break

It's back to the future — and back into production — for the DeLorean.<p>The sleek sports car, immortalized in the "Back to the Future" movies, is going to start rolling off the assembly line next year after a 34-year break, the DeLorean Motor Company announced Wednesday.<p>And unlike its previous …

Robots

Jay-Z Hit With $20 Million Lawsuit Over Fragrance Line

Cue the jokes about hip hop mogul Jay Z adding yet another lawsuit to his list of “99 Problems.”<p>Parlux Fragrances is suing Jay Z, whose real name is …

Pricing War Brings Gas Down to 47 Cents in Michigan

As three Michigan gas stations aggressively battled for customers last week in an all-out price war, sending gas prices down to 47 cents per …

Russian bombs damage British-funded bakery designed to help 18,000 Syrians

The air strike on the Syrian village of Hazano came hours before the DFID-funded facility was due to open<p>Russian warplanes severely damaged a British-funded bakery in northern Syria a few hours before the facility was due to start providing food for 18,000 people.<p>Hundreds of civilians have been …

Greece hits back after EU's Schengen threat

Athens furious at being ‘scapegoated’ over refugee crisis and fears effect of being expelled from passport-free zone<p>Greece has hit back angrily after being given three months to avoid being suspended from Europe’s free-travel Schengen area because of its alleged failures to get a grip on the …

Paranormal

How I Built A Side Business While Studying Dentistry (And Scoring GPA 3.92)

Studying, working and having no time to enjoy your life...<p>Maintaining a high GPA nowadays is painful.<p>Building a business to support yourself, and your family is even harder. You've got competitors and other people who have already thought of your big idea, and they have a budget that's a thousand …

Productivity

Georgia virtual education official fired over racist Facebook posts

Anyone with a Facebook account and an aunt or uncle knows that the social media platform is home to plenty of racially charged stories, comments and …

My Pit Bull Turned Me Into A Criminal

It is time for me to make a confession to the people of my hometown in Lakewood, Ohio. In the summer of 2014, I brought illegal contraband into the confines of the city. Like a bootlegger during prohibition, I drove into the little suburb of Cleveland during the cover of night with my booty hidden …

Literally zero men showed up to work at the US Senate floor after the blizzard

Following last week’s epic blizzard across the US east coast, only a few people showed up to work on the floor of the nation’s Senate–and all of them were women.<p>“As we convene this morning, you look around the chamber, the presiding officer is female. All of our parliamentarians are female. Our …

Lisa Murkowski

Why Bernie Sanders doesn’t participate in organized religion

The senator from Vermont is Hillary Clinton’s rival in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.<p>The senator from Vermont is Hillary Clinton’s rival in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.<p>Growing up, Bernie Sanders followed the path of many young American Jews. He …

Middle-class

Watch a Terrifying Video of a Rogue Wave

A man casually filming a day at the Oregon coast documented a terrifying moment from Mother Nature–a massive “sneaker wave” that crashed down on the …

Japan begins work on 'world's largest' floating solar farm

Electronics firm builds floating solar farm on a reservoir due to a scarcity of land for utility-scale solar in Japan<p>The Japanese electronics multinational Kyocera has begun work on what it says will be the world’s biggest floating solar farm.<p>The power plant is being built on a reservoir in Japan’s …

Woman slashed on subway in another random attack

Yet another person was slashed on a city train — the third such random attack in the last two days, authorities said.<p>A 29-year-old woman was cut on the hand by the man pictured above after bumping into her as they were riding a southbound 3 train around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, cops said.<p>The woman told …

Psychology

The Time the Federal Government Used a Predator Drone to Arrest Armed Ranchers

In 2011, anti-government ranchers chased law enforcement off their property using high powered rifles. The feds returned with a Predator drone.<p>After three weeks, the standoff between the federal government and a band of armed, anti-government men in Oregon hunkered down in a wildlife refuge appears …

Forests

Israel releases letter written by Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann 2 days before his execution

A letter written by Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in which he requests clemency two days before his execution has been released in Israel.<p>Eichmann, who was executed in 1962 for his role in the Holocaust, wrote the letter to then-Israeli President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi following his war crimes …

Israel

North Korea 'preparing long-range missile launch next week'

Pyongyang preparing to launch a long-range missile as early as next week, Japan's Kyodo news agency reports<p>North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range missile as soon as in a week, Japan's Kyodo news agency has reported, citing an unnamed Japanese government official.<p>The official cited …

Canadian Town Issues Apology to Female Firefighter Who Was Sexually Harassed and Ostracized

Twenty male firefighters had quit after their lone female colleague complained about the harassment.<p>The lone female firefighter in Spaniard's Bay, Newfoundland, has received an apology on behalf of the entire town for the sexual harassment she endured while on the job.<p>Brenda Seymour, a volunteer …

Paroled murderer wins fight to remain anonymous

Double killer released from psychiatric hospital wins supreme court battle to keep identity secret<p>A convicted murderer recently released from a psychiatric hospital has won his supreme court battle to keep his identity secret.<p>The double killer, in his 40s, who can only be referred to as C, …

Man killed in Oregon standoff had preached what he called a 'cowboy's stand for freedom'

Where some activists at an occupied federal wildlife refuge preached rowdyism and brimstone, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was wistful, almost sad.<p>Bedecked in his trademark earmuffs and cowboy hat, the Arizona rancher would wonder aloud with a shake of his head why reporters couldn't simply see the …

Forests

How To Win Monopoly Every Single Time (And Lose All Your Friends In The Process)

No one actually likes playing Monopoly.<p>It’s a shrug of a board game, an infuriating distraction when you’re 15 years old and there’s nothing else to do while you’re stuck in your parents’ cabin at the lake during a storm. Oh yeah, and there’s no electricity. It reminds me of something Robert …

Board Games

29 Things Non-Germans Find Bewildering About Germany

"Why do German people crave perfection?"

Google’s AI just cracked the game that supposedly no computer could beat

Computers have slowly started to encroach on activities we previously believed only the brilliantly sophisticated human brain could handle. IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat Grand Master Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, and in 2011 IBM’s Watson beat former human winners at the quiz game <i>Jeopardy.</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Israel Hit by 'Severe' Cyberattack

The country's Electric Authority discovered the virus on Monday and are still taking steps to neutralize it.<p>Israel's Electric Authority is currently combating what Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz called a "severe cyberattack." Steinitz announced the attack on Tuesday at the Cybertech Conference in …

Cybersecurity

Never Share These 3 Things on Social Media

Because ID thieves love it when you do.<p>The digitalization of information and the popularity of social media may put consumer privacy at risk more now …

Media pulls out of occupied wildlife refuge after ominous FBI warning

<i>UPDATED (4:50 p.m. PT) with Ammon Bundy statement</i><p>Members of the media are fleeing the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday after …

'Monster spider' discovered in Oregon called Cryptomaster Behemoth

<b>The Cryptomaster behemoth may sound like a villain from a superhero film.</b><p>But it's actually a newly-discovered species of spider - or more correctly arachnid - living in the forests of Oregon in the US.<p>Californian scientists found it when they went on an expedition to find out more about its close …

Demons