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Suspected architect of Paris attacks is dead, 2 senior European officials say

PARIS — The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks was killed Wednesday in a massive pre-dawn raid by French police commandos, two senior European officials said, after investigators followed leads that the fugitive Islamic State militant was holed up north of the French capital and could be …

Terrorism

Microsoft wants 'Red Dead Redemption' on Xbox One, too

You aren't alone in your desire to play Rockstar Games' old West epic <i>Read Dead Redemption</i> on your Xbox One -- Microsoft's director of program management Mike Ybarra wants to play it again, too. "I would love to see <i>Red Dead</i>," he said of making the Xbox 360 game backwards-compatible. In a recent …

U.S. now 'reasonably certain' drone strike killed 'Jihadi John'

The U.S. military is "reasonably certain" its drone strike in Syria killed the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John," who appeared in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages.<p>But families of the hostages brutally killed last year said his presumed death is little …

How ISIS’s ‘Attack America’ Plan Is Working

The terrorist group’s sophisticated social-media campaign is reaching its audience in the United States. What it does next has law enforcement …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Geoscience

How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.<p>While the White House has said the breach only …

U.S. Dept. of State

Top NASA Scientist: We’ll Find Signs of Alien Life ‘Within a Decade’

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Astronomy

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

Humanity

Valve Restricts 14-Day EU Refund Law

Valve has acknowledged in its end-user licence agreement that customers residing in European Union countries are legally entitled to a 14-day period where they can return purchased goods for refund.<p>However, the corporation asks its customers to waive that right at point of purchase. It means that, …

Customers

How video game giant Ubisoft will dive into movies with an Assassin’s Creed film (interview)

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of Siggraph paid part of my expenses to Anaheim, Calif. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>The realism of video game art and movies have just about converged, and that’s one reason why French game publisher Ubisoft is jumping into film. Last fall, the company announced that …

Bruce Plays Kingdom Hearts (PS2) For the First Time!

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag's modern setting is about exploring

The modern day setting in Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed title, <i>Black Flag</i>, will feature no combat and is "all about exploring, eavesdropping and hacking," lead writer Darby McDevitt said during a recent Q&A session.<p>McDevitt answered questions "to help shed some light on the present day story" …

Around the Internet - Pokemon, Magic 2014, and more

Every week we gather up articles from our friends at other gaming sites and bring their articles, features, and videos all in one place. This week, …