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BB-8: The Most Awesome Star Wars Toy Ever?

NOT SUCH A LONG time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Star Wars toys were lifeless hunks of plastic. That changed this week with the launch of a new toy droid named BB-8, a real-life robot that can roll around your house, like the mechanical sidekick every Star Wars fan has dreamed of owning.

If …

Star Wars

SmartThings’ new hub uses Samsung cameras to monitor your home

SmartThings, the open-platform smart home company that sold itself to Samsung a year ago, is rolling out its first new product line since it was acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

The new SmartThings "smart hub," a router-like device that supports various wireless protocols and powers a …


Boko Haram crosses border, kills about 30 in northern Cameroon

(CNN)Boko Haram militants killed about 30 people and wounded 145 others in attacks early Thursday on a market and infirmary in northern Cameroon, a military official said.

The bloodshed once again demonstrates the Islamist extremist group's wrath and reach in Africa.

The terrorist group's members …


More Than 1,000 Pimps and Johns Arrested in Nationwide Prostitution Sting

More than 70 pimps and traffickers also arrested in summer-long sex sting

A coalition of dozens of law enforcement agencies arrested more than 1,000 pimps and sex buyers in a summer-long series of prostitution stings.

The months-long annual sting, now known as the National Johns Suppression …


Alcoa makes a big bet on 3D printing

The aluminum giant is spending $60 million on a manufacturing center specializing in advanced 3D printing techniques and materials.

Aluminum giant Alcoa sees a big future in shaping metal with 3D printers.

The company said Thursday that it’s investing $60 million to create a manufacturing center …


These are the 7 emerging cartels Mexico just recognized

Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) has identified seven new criminal organizations that it has identified as cartels for their range of criminal exploits.

The new organizations are smaller, less entrenched, and are less powerful than the older generation of Mexican cartels which were massive …


Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Waters

Chinese navy ships off Alaska in recent days weren’t just operating in the area for the first time: They also came within 12 nautical miles of the coast, making a rare foray into U.S. territorial waters, according to the Pentagon.

Pentagon officials said late Thursday that the five Chinese navy …


Virginia Officer Stephen Rankin indicted in teen's death at Walmart parking lot

(CNN) — A grand jury has indicted Portsmouth, Virginia, police Officer Stephen Rankin on a first-degree murder charge related to the shooting of an unarmed teen in a Walmart parking lot, according to public Virginia court records.

William Chapman, 18, was fatally shot on April 22.

Police responded to …


No food, no sleep, waves of migrants pile into Munich

(CNN) — Another batch of refugees arrives in Munich with almost every train that pulls into the station.

Tired, hungry, weak from the heat, they speak of a harrowing journey -- and the joy of finally making it to Germany.

But in Budapest, the scene is more desperate.

On Wednesday, refugees in the …

Train Travel

Hacker Claims to Have Trove of Hillary Clinton’s Unreleased Private Emails That Would Kill Her Presidential Bid If They ‘Got Out’

A self-proclaimed hacker is looking to sell an unreleased trove of Hillary Clinton’s private emails for $500,000, according to RadarOnline.

The anonymous “computer specialist” claims to be in possession of 32,000 emails from Clinton’s private server that were retrieved because, according to the …

Hillary Clinton

The Mothers of All Disasters

Massive hurricanes striking Miami or Houston. Earthquakes leveling Los Angeles or Seattle. Deadly epidemics. Meet the “maximums of maximums” that keep emergency planners up at night.

For years before Hurricane Katrina, storm experts warned that a big hurricane would inundate the Big Easy. Reporters …


Technology Leads Wall Street in a Late-Session Rally

U.S. equity markets rallied into the close of trade on Wednesday as calmness came over global markets after two-straight sessions of steep declines.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 293 points, or 1.83% to 16352. The S&P 500 gained 35 points, or 1.83% to 1948, while the Nasdaq Composite added …

Wall Street

Ex-Huskers, NFL RB Lawrence Phillips charged with murder of cellmate

Infamous former Nebraska, NFL and CFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate in a California prison, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

In April, 37-year-old Damian Soward was found unresponsive in the Kern Valley State Prison cell he shared …

San Francisco 49ers

Millions strike in India over government labour reforms

Trade unions say prime minister's proposed changes will put jobs at risk and make it easier to lay-off workers.

Millions of workers across India have begun a 24-hour strike in protest against planned labour law reforms, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since Prime Minister Narendra Modi …


Fingerprints on Bombmaking Material Match Suspect’s in Bangkok Attack

The bombing killed 20 people and wounded more than 120

Thai police say the fingerprints of a foreign man arrested at Thailand’s border with Cambodia match those they found on a bottle containing bomb-making material.

The bottle was among many items seized during a raid Saturday of an apartment on the …


Obama secures Iran nuclear deal with Barbara Mikulski vote

Washington (CNN) — In a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced support for the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, providing the White House the votes it needs to prevent Republicans from scuttling the agreement.

The announcement means that at least …

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Never Burn Your Pan-Fried Potatoes Again

Yes, everybody makes basic cooking mistakes. Like, say, something as simple as overcooking mushrooms or toasting grains and spices. Below, reader Sloane Michelle Sanders confesses to (always) burning pan-fried potatoes to associate food editor Rick Martinez. Here’s Martinez’s advice for making sure


The Untold Story of JFK's Sister, Rosemary Kennedy, and the Disastrous Lobotomy Ordered by Her Father

"Darling Daddy," 22-year-old Rosemary Kennedy wrote in a 1940 letter to her father Joseph P. Kennedy, then serving as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain. "I am so fond of you. And I love you so very much."

Just over a year later, that same young woman – affectionate, dutiful and always eager to please …

Make Your Weekday Mornings Easier: Make Muffin-Tin Eggs

Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow really loves breakfast. Sure, she’s a morning person by nature, but what she really digs about breakfast is that it’s an opportunity to start the day on the right foot. It’s a chance to eat something healthy, fast, and homemade. Here, she’s sharing her favorite


Hungary Struggles With Migrants

BUDAPEST—Hungarian authorities struggled Wednesday to keep control of the tide of migrants hoping to head to Germany, as a standoff ground on at Budapest’s central train station and the overwhelmed city said it would open a new site to receive the hundreds who have converged there.

Hungary—on the …


Iran deal only one vote away from getting through

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama is on the verge of a major foreign policy victory.

Supporters of the Iran nuclear agreement are now just one vote shy of locking in enough support to preserve the deal after two Senate Democrats said Tuesday they would back it. Just about an hour apart, …


Shock Audio: Self-Proclaimed Black Lives Matter Activist Declares ‘It’s Open Season on Killing Whites and…Police Officers’ (UPDATED)

UPDATE: New video has emerged seemingly showing “King Noble” making the shocking comments. The video was posted on the man’s apparent YouTube channel.

The Right Scoop also alerted TheBlaze to an additional video in which King Noble proclaims white people are responsible for the future killings of …


Texas police study second video to see if shooting victim held knife

(CNN) — A second video shows a Texas man with "something in his hand" before he was fatally shot by deputies, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said Wednesday.

"We believe it was a knife," the sheriff told reporters.

But authorities aren't releasing the second video and also declined to comment on …


Suspect Allegedly Unloaded His Entire Pistol in Slain Deputy

A gunman unloaded his entire pistol into slain Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth when he stopped at a gas station near Houston Friday, …


Satellite Images Show ISIS Destruction of Ancient Temple

Satellite images provided by the United Nations have confirmed the worst fears for the ancient site of Palmyra, showing the apparent destruction of …

Ancient Civilization

Manhunt for Three Suspects After Police Officer Killed

A police officer has been fatally shot and a manhunt for three suspects is underway outside Chicago, authorities said today.

The deadly shooting is …


Kentucky Clerk Still Won't Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Kentucky's Rowan County Court Clerk, Kimberly Davis, is still refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple today, including same-sex couples, …


Darryl Dawkins, NBA Legend, Dies at Age 58

Longtime NBA center Darryl Dawkins, perhaps best known for his emphatic slam dunks, died Thursday at the age of 58.

After WFMZ-TV initially reported the former Philadelphia 76ers star's death, a Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest spokesperson confirmed the report to John Finger of …

Darryl Dawkins

Latest: Police say slain officer was three-decade veteran

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting of a police officer in northern Illinois (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Authorities have identified the suburban Chicago police officer who was shot to death after chasing three men on foot.

Mayor Donny Schmit says that Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz …


Main Suspect in Bangkok Bombing Arrested

BANGKOK—Thai authorities arrested a second foreign suspect in the bombing of a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago that killed 20 people, bringing investigators closer to determining who orchestrated the attack and why.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters Tuesday that a foreign man, …