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Manuel Noriega sues over 'Call of Duty' video game

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has a message for the publishers of a popular video game that features a mission to capture him: You owe me money.<p>In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, the 80-year-old once known as one of Latin America's most powerful …

How Republicans can save themselves — as the party of legal weed

A modest proposal that might redeem the GOP (or at least make it a lot cooler): Seize the marijuana moment<p>Dear Republicans: Believe it or not (and you won’t), I am here to help. There is a path that can lead the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower out of the political wilderness, a …

Brazil Made Big Environmental Promises for Its Rio Olympics. Here’s Why It Won’t Keep Them.

Brazil is immersed in the World Cup, but its biggest test is yet to come. With the clock ticking down to August 2016, when Rio de Janeiro will host …

Ed Sheeran: X

On his second album, <i>X</i>, Ed Sheeran supersizes his romantic affliction: Each new day is a fresh chance for this guy to hit the bar, fall in love, get …

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Methodist pastor who performed gay son's wedding to appeal defrocking

Frank Schaefer this week will be appealing the outcome of last year's trial that stripped him of his lifelong vocation as minister of the United Methodist Church.<p>The former minister of Lebanon, Pa., was suspended on Nov. 18 for 30 days by a jury of pastors for officiating at the same-sex marriage …

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US military wants to make a portable, bullet-resistant wall that fits in a can

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has envisioned some peculiar and diverse projects over the years, from molten metal-filled missiles, all the way to submarines that can fly. Then there's this new project that aims to create a portable cylinder that can blow up into a nearly …

U.S. beats Ghana, but win is costly

NATAL, Brazil — It's all starting to come together.<p>The United States' route out of World Cup group play, which looked muddled and confused Monday morning, had become as clean as Michael Bradley's bald head by Monday evening after the American's physical 2-1 victory over Ghana and Germany's 4-0 …

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The True Origins of 'X-Men'

It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, he and star artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko had just birthed the …

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Bergdahl 'has trouble speaking English' after five-year Afghanistan captivity

The US prisoner of war released in Afghanistan at the weekend was flown to Germany on Sunday for medical checks and debriefing after nearly five years in Taliban hands – a captivity so long, his father said he now has trouble speaking English.<p>Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was said to be emotional but …

Conservatives Flocking To Ben Carson Fan Club

At a conservative conference in New Orleans, avid supporters of Dr. Ben Carson organize in hopes of prodding the acclaimed neurosurgeon into running …

Congress Has Entered the Fight Between Pandora and Old-School Artists

When Siri­us XM plays Buf­falo Spring­field’s “For What It’s Worth,” Steph­en Stills and his fel­low band mem­bers see not a single cent in …

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Republicans at conference have their eyes on 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Republicans are poised for successful midterm elections, but many of the party's most conservative activists are looking ahead to …

Comic book movie politics in Captain America and X-Men

New Marvel Comics blockbusters feature complex ideas about government power and discrimination against minority groups, maintaining the edgy tradition of their source material.<p>Special effects-driven superhero films take over the multiplex each summer, raking in massive box office returns but often …

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Scientist: We're not smart enough to be ready for aliens

A neuro-psychologist insists humans are so ignorant about the cosmos that any encounter with aliens would be a disaster.<p>Can we ever be ready for change?<p>What does it take to be fully prepared for a marriage, a baby, or a job? Or for a lover who's a foot taller than you?<p>Does intelligence really have …

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Whether it's bikes or bytes, teens are teens

If you're like most middle-class parents, you've probably gotten annoyed with your daughter for constantly checking her<p>Instagramfeed or with your son for his two-thumbed texting at the dinner table. But before you rage against technology and start unfavorably comparing your children's lives to your …

Why Science-Fiction Writers Are So Good at Predicting the Future

<i>“Trying to predict the future is a discouraging and hazardous occupation,”</i> Arthur C. Clarke declared in 1964, and yet he got it astoundingly right in his own predictions, including his 1968 vision for the iPad. He wasn’t alone — Isaac Asimov predicted online education, Douglas Adams predicted …

The Benjamin Franklin Effect: The Surprising Psychology of How to Handle Haters

<i>“We are what we pretend to be,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut famously wrote, <i>“so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”</i> But given how much our minds mislead us, what if we don’t realize when we’re pretending — who are we then? That’s precisely what <b>David McRaney</b> explores in <b>You Are Now Less Dumb: How to</b> …

If You Were Elected President, What Would Happen To America?

God help us all.

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The Best Movie Presidents of All Time

Getty<p>Playing a president in the movies has to be a lot like playing one of Shakespeare's kings. On the one hand, you get to strut around as the most powerful person in the story. On the other, you're also playing a human being with frailties sure to be magnified in painful closeup. Even harder if …

The Presidents on the Presidents: How They Judge One Another

The two men could hardly have been more different. One the fatherless son of a single mother, the other a scion of the most important American …

Is this the stomach-turning truth about what the Neanderthals ate?

It was the tell-tale tartar on the teeth that told the truth. Or at least, that is what it appeared to do. Researchers – after studying calcified plaque on Neanderthal fossil teeth found in El Sidrón cave in Spain – last year concluded that members of this extinct human species cooked vegetables …

When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines

A facility outside Seattle, surrounded by pine trees, is a refuge for addicts — of technology.<p>There are chickens, a garden and a big treehouse with a zip line. A few guys kick a soccer ball around between therapy appointments in the cottage's grassy backyard.<p>The reSTART center was set up in 2009. …

Scramble seen for Apple's latest iPad mini

Apple manufacturers have reportedly struggled to make a lot of the smaller Retina displays, so supplies of the new tablet may be limited. That could produce another scramble as Apple fans try to get one before they sell out.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Get ready to line up again if you want one of the new iPads …

How to Wrestle an Alligator | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Ty Karnitz.</i><p>Imagine this situation—you take a break from your exploration of cannibal-infested, uncharted …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including award-winning wildlife shots, bionic men and Saturn in amazing detail.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Robotic firefighters, solar car races and extreme weather<p>Supervolcanoes on Mars and Chinese military drones<p>Baby pandas and glowing …

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