Amber Balbuena

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Cracked Arctic sea ice stirs up mercury concern

Large cracks in Arctic sea ice are helping pull atmospheric mercury down to the Arctic surface, according to new NASA research.<p>A report in the …

Global Warming

West, Iran activate landmark nuclear deal

VIENNA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Iran has halted its most sensitive nuclear operations under a preliminary deal with world powers, winning some relief from economic sanctions on Monday in a ground-breaking exchange that could ease a threat of war.<p>The United States and European Union both suspended some …

2013’s Most Mind-Blowing Selfies

Beyoncé’s Pixie Cut<p>Beyoncé was insanely prolific on Tumblr this year (and she worked hard in the recording studio, too), posting thousands of photos …

Prince William Calls Kate 'Babykins' Hacked Voicemails Reveal

Britain’s phone-hacking scandal has entered a strange phase.<p>During the trial of journalists accused of illegally listening into private conversations …

Asian Fried and Glazed Baby Back Ribs

One of Roy Choi’s favorite Honolulu spots is Side Street Inn. “The first time I went there, I was blown away by the dive bar scene—TVs everywhere, …

Beef with Sha Cha Sauce

If you love to cook sha cha chicken instead of Sha Cha beef, please kindly refer to my Sha Cha Chicken Recipe.<p>I try to stir-fry beef slices with sha …

Food & Dining

Christmas Party Cocktails

A friend of mine hosts a Christmas cocktail party for his staff and their families at his home each year, with his son as the bartender. He is in the …

Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls

These gorgeous, homemade Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls deserve a spot at every dinner table on holidays and special occasions.<p>You’re more likely …

Gingersnap cookies

Who wouldn't smile at the smell and sight of freshly baked Christmas cookies? Bake some cookies, make new friends. Be positive and share the …

The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>"Stop making cookies."<p><i>I'm sorry, what was that dear?</i><p>"I said, <b>stop making cookies</b>."<p><i>That's odd</i>, I thought to myself. <i>Why would she be saying that? Wouldn't any wife be pleased to be married to a husband who fills the house with the aroma</i> …

EPA reels as climate-change expert awaits sentencing for $1m CIA fraud

It is a story that flummoxed investigators – how a highly paid climate-change expert at the Environmental Protection Agency managed to defraud the government of nearly $1m, by pretending for a decade to be an undercover CIA agent.<p>John Beale, 65, is to undergo sentencing in a DC federal court on …

I challenged the NSA in court because it's a totalitarian attack on human rights

Shortly after it was disclosed by then Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that the NSA was running roughshod over the constitutional rights of the American people, I filed two class action lawsuits, on behalf of myself and a client, Charles Strange, who lost …

In America, we care more about the government taking our guns than our data

Justice Richard Leon's feisty decision striking down the National Security Agency's mass collection of metadata from American citizens has given privacy advocates a much-needed boost in morale. Will that translate to a political tipping point?<br>The sad answer is no, don't count on it. Sure, the …

Obama review panel: strip NSA of power to collect phone data records

The National Security Agency should be banned from attempting to undermine the security of the internet and stripped of its power to collect telephone records in bulk, a White House review panel recommended on Wednesday.<p>In a 300-page report prepared for President Obama, the panel made 46 …