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Liryca Neville-Branch, Restaurant Customer Who Got Racist Receipt: 'I'm Not OK'

A customer at a New Orleans restaurant who was given a receipt with a racial slur on it said Friday that she "had a breakdown" after the incident and may take legal action.

"I've never been through anything like this," Liryca Neville-Branch told reporters Friday, alongside her attorney. "I like to …


Ecocapsules are pint-sized solar and wind-powered micro homes

Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harness into a high-power battery. The structure's …

Renewable Energy

‘Richie died, then Diesel, then Dog’: An eyewitness to the Waco biker brawl

WACO, Tex. — Richie was the first to die, then Diesel, then Dog.

Whatever else they were in life, the men with the biker nicknames were Cossacks, loud and proud and riders in a Texas motorcycle gang. And that’s what got them killed, shot to death in a brawl with a rival gang in the parking lot of a …

Twin Peaks

Map: The Islamic State’s disturbingly successful week

Well, the Islamic State had quite a week.

After more than a year of clashes with Iraqi forces and with opposition groups in Syria, the militant group claimed two major cities, showing both the Iraqi army's weaknesses and the militant group's growing power.

The United States reacted to this by …

Middle East

'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco

Authorities in Waco, Texas, continue to investigate the deaths of nine motorcycle gang members in one of the worst biker brawls in recent times. More than 170 people were arrested and charged with organized crime; each is being held under a $1 million bond.

Now there's a backlash from biker groups, …


PM: Greece will not accept 'humiliating' bailout terms

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is ready to accept a "viable and long-lasting" deal with lenders but not on "humiliating terms," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his ruling Syriza party on Saturday.

Syriza's first four months in power have been dominated by negotiations with the heavily indebted …


Report: Bill Belichick never believed Tom Brady's Deflategate story

It has been well over two weeks since independent investigator Ted Wells released his 243-page Deflategate report and in that time, one Deflategate-related figure has remained noticeably silent: Bill Belichick.

In the 17 days since the report was released on May 6, Belichick hasn't said anything …

Bill Belichick

Veterans Hospital Dubbed 'Biggest Construction Failure' Gets $100 Million Bailout

A project dubbed the "biggest construction failure" in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs -- already $1 billion over budget and more …


Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot.

Part of this …


Skully debuts AR helmet app while navigating delays

Skully CEO Marcus Weller stood in front of an crowd of customers that shelled out $1,500 to be one of the first recipients of the company's helmet with a heads up display and rear-facing camera to answer their questions. A few weeks ago Weller sent those backers a video message explaining that …

San Francisco

7 ways Bernie Sanders could transform America

He may not capture the Democratic nomination, but the Vermont senator still has a chance to reshape the party

Say what you will about the presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), but if nothing else, it has certainly introduced some interesting ideas into America’s political debate. …

Bernie Sanders

Venezuelans look to unload bolivars as currency continues to tumble

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelans are dumping their rapidly-depreciating currency at a quicker pace, leading to a staggering plunge in its free-market value, as the crisis-plagued economy edges closer to an outbreak of hyperinflation.

DolarToday, a widely followed website that tracks exchanges …


Two years before his death, Osama bin Laden believed his war against America was 'only halfway finished'

A newly released trove of documents recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad reveals the Al Qaeda leader's thoughts on everything from the terror group's future to climate change and the Arab Spring.

In one document, he emphasizes that the group's war against America was "only halfway …

Political History

Freed Alabama death row inmate: 'I'm at peace with myself. Are they at peace?'

In his first day free, after nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row, Ray Hinton said he kept asking a question to his childhood friend.

“You just got to tell me we can stay out tonight that we don’t have to go in after an hour,” Hinton said, referring to the hour limit that inmates got on yard …

Death Row

Cleveland officer not guilty in killing unarmed pair

Story highlights

Emotions run high in protest outside courthouse
• Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo was charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter
• Prosecutors say he stood on a car hood and fired the shots that killed a man and a woman

(CNN)Yes, Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo stood …


Feds Find Criminal Wrongdoing in GM Ignition Switch Defect

Federal investigators have found evidence of wrongdoing in General Motors' failure to disclose a defect tied to at least 84 deaths, and are seeking a substantial penalty from the company, NBC News has confirmed.

It is not yet known how the penalty would compare with the $1.2 billion paid last year …


Trial delayed in 'Grim Sleeper' serial killings case

A Los Angeles County judge on Friday pushed back the start date of a trial for a man accused of being the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer.

The capital murder trial of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is charged with murdering 10 women and trying to kill another during a string of violence that spanned …

Los Angeles

Two Sides Claim Victory as Syrian Troops Flee Hospital

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Scores of Syrian government soldiers and civilians besieged by insurgents for nearly a month in a hospital in northern Syria fled on Friday in a dramatic exit that both the army and its opponents promptly claimed as a victory.

Videos posted by each side showed lines of uniformed …


Violent flooding sweeps cars through city streets in Turkey

A half hour of incredible rainfall led to violent flooding in the city streets of Izmir, Turkey on Wednesday.

Heavy rain and hail fell on the high elevations of eastern Turkey starting in the mid-afternoon. “Meanwhile, social media users circulated striking photographs on the Internet showing the …


Farmers Agree to Water Cuts in California

LOS ANGELES — Ever since the Gold Rush, California farmers have staked their claim to water and ferociously protected their rights to use it to irrigate the crops that have made the state the greengrocer for the nation.

But on Friday, in a sign of how the record-setting drought is shaking up …


Eggs Aren’t The Only Thing That Just Got More Expensive

French fries and Egg McMuffins, we're looking at you.

More than half of American consumers say they are concerned about the bird flu outbreak, according to an NPD Group survey. And yes, there’s ample reason to fret: The virus has killed nearly 40 million birds, including 32 million hens, or about …


Man halts suspect; LAPD cuffs him, too

Halt! A pedestrian stopped a motorist evading California police Friday evening by calmly stepping in front of his car. The chase ended, when police cuffed the man behind the wheel -- and the man who stopped him.

They took them both of them in, aerial video from CNN affiliate KABC showed.

The driver …


43 dead in hours-long firefight on Mexican ranch

ECUANDUREO, Mexico – At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory.

All the dead were suspected criminals except for …


50 million gallons of water lost after California dam vandalized: newspaper

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some 50 million gallons of water were lost after an act of vandalism damaged an inflatable dam near San Francisco, the local Oakland Tribune newspaper reported on Friday.

The loss comes as the state is in its fourth year of a devastating drought that has prompted Governor …


The Degradative Soup of Injury and Arthritis

New studies have shown that when a meniscus tissue is torn in the knee, enzymes and factors are released, creating a degradative soup that affects healing and eventually leads to arthritis.

Injury to joint tissues used to be thought of in primarily mechanical terms. Torn ligaments led to …


Russia Issues Travel Warning Over U.S. 'Hunt' For Russians

MOSCOW, May 22 (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry has warned its citizens traveling abroad of the risks posed by U.S. law enforcement bodies and special services, which it said were hunting for Russians around the world.

In a statement on Friday it also accused Washington of kidnapping Russians, …


ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack In Saudi Arabia

A branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that has killed at least 19 people, a move that could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

NPR's Leila Fadel …


Why did the Taliban go to Tehran?

Reports of an official Taliban delegation’s clandestine visit to Iran this week raised eyebrows in both Kabul and Tehran: why would Iran, a Shia powerhouse involved in proxy wars with several Sunni states and sectarian groups in the Middle East, host a radical Sunni militant group on its soil?

The …


Suspect in Washington Killings Had Help as He Fled, Officials Say

The weeklong hunt for a man wanted in the killings of four people in a Washington mansion tracked through Maryland, New York and Maryland again, before ending Thursday night near where it began, when the suspect and a group of his friends were caught on a Washington street.

Investigators have said …


Brain implant controls robotic arm - with the power of thought

Erik Sorto, a 34-year old American, has been unable to move his arms or legs for more than a decade, since a gunshot wound left him paralysed from the neck down. Even now, he misses the little things.

“I want to be able to drink my own beer - to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to …

The Brain