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How do you dismantle a nuclear submarine?

When nuclear-powered submarines reach the end of their lives, dismantling them is a complicated and laborious process. Paul Marks investigates.<p>Nuclear submarines have long been a favourite in popular fiction. From movies such as The Hunt for Red October to long-running TV series like Voyage to the …

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German town tricks neo-Nazis into raising thousands of euros for anti-extremist charity

Neo-Nazis gathered in a small German town found themselves the target of an anti-fascist prank this week when they inadvertently raised €10,000 for an anti-extremist organisation.<p>For decades, far-right extremists have marched through Wunsiedel in Bavaria every year, to the despair of those who live …

Apple deleted songs from customers' iPods

Between 2007 and 2009, Apple routinely deleted music off of some customers' iPods without telling them.<p>That's according to an attorney representing plaintiffs in a class-action trial taking place this week. A class of 8 million iPod owners argue that Apple abused its monopoly power in the music …

Italian police catch mafia initiation rites on camera leading to arrests

Secret mafia initiation rites have been caught on camera for the first time by Italian police, who on Tuesday arrested 40 suspected gangsters in raids across the north of the country.<p>The arrests, on charges of criminal association, illegal arms sales and extortion, followed a two-year investigation …

Take It In: 'Vape' Is The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year

The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes has now sparked the notice of the estimable Oxford Dictionaries, which has chosen "vape" as the word of the year for 2014. The word can be a noun or a verb; it beat out contenders such as "bae" and "normcore."<p>Noting that e-cigarettes have come a long …

From NY to Texas, KKK recruits with candies and fliers

Carlos Enrique Londoño laughs at the Ku Klux Klan recruitment flier recently left on the driveway of his suburban New York home. It's unlikely the group would accept him.<p>"I'm Colombian and dark-skinned," said Londoño, a painter and construction worker who has lived in Hampton Bays on Long Island …

Jury Acquits Texas Father Of Killing Drunken Driver Who Crashed Into His Kids

A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons.<p>David Barajas cried after the verdict was read and he hugged his wife, Cindy, who was also crying. He could have been sentenced to …

Co-founder of “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” drowns at age 27

Corey Griffin died over the weekend off the coast of Massachusetts<p>Philanthropist Corey Griffin died on Aug. 16 at the age of 27. Griffin helped co-found the viral "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," which has swept across the world this summer. The young man began actively raising money to fight …

Colorado's Governor on Marijuana Legalization

John Hickenlooper opposed voter efforts to end prohibition. Now he is charged with implementing one of the first recreational weed markets in America.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, opposed voter efforts to make marijuana legal in his state. Now he is charged with implementing …

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

If you’re working in the kitchen of Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, best-selling author, and famed television personality, you don’t dare so much as boil hot water without attending to a ritual that’s essential for any self-respecting chef: <i>mise-en-place.</i><p>The “Meez,” as …

Outrageous Entries From The Beard & Moustache Championships

These days, beards are the international symbol of the hipster.<p>Growing in their kilometres, these wiry rugs of goodness hang off men (and some …

England Is Suffering a World Cup Cocaine Shortage

We spoke to some dealers who aren't happy at all.<p><i>Photo by Giorgi Nieberidze</i><p>If there's one thing English people love more than cocaine, it's football. However, fans up and down the country might have a tough time getting a buzz on during the World Cup, due to an unprecedented coke drought. …

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

Scientists reverse aging in mice by giving them young blood

Plots from <i>The Simpsons</i> are rarely prophetic, but it appears as if, just as it did for Mr. Burns, the blood of the young could help to stave off the signs of aging. Competing teams at Harvard, Cambridge and the University of California have found that pumping the blood of juvenile mice into elderly …

Tech firms to increase alerts about police requests for data -- report

With bad PR about the NSA still adrift, and an influential privacy scorecard set to be released, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft will expand their notifications, says a report.<p>Despite Justice Department objections, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft plan to expand their policies on notifying customers …

Unused dose of lethal Oklahoma drugs to be tested

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Samples of the same drugs used in a botched execution that was stopped after the inmate convulsed and tried to lift his head …

Colorado drivers say police profiling them in other states on heels of pot legalization

Colorado drivers claim they're being unjustly targeted by police officers in other states who are singling them out because of their state's recent legalization of marijuana.<p>Legal experts predict the complaints will soon lead to a string of "license plate profiling" lawsuits -- one of which already …

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Pentagon: American Flags Must Be 100% American

American flags purchased by the Department of Defense must now be 100% produced and sourced in the United States, according to rules that went into …

Alaska Takes Step to Becoming Next State to Legalize Marijuana

Advocates for legalizing marijuana say that Colorado and Washington were just the beginning, and it’s looking like Alaska may be next. On Wednesday, …

High Class Dining: Colorado Restaurant Introduces Weed-and-Food Pairing Menu

When you go to a gourmet restaurant, you might find yourself asking the sommelier to recommend a fine wine to complement your meal. But now, as more …

'Breaking Bad' contest winner accused of running drug ring

This just might be a case of life imitating art: On Thursday, Florida officials announced that they arrested a "Breaking Bad" contest winner on suspicion of helping run a nationwide drug ring out of his home.<p>However, instead of making meth, like the chemistry teacher in the popular show, Ryan Lee …

Tonight's Meteor Shower: Live, From Space, It's The Quadrantids

It's early January, and that means it's time for the Quadrantid meteor shower to peak. Despite winter weather that might cloud the skies in some areas, forecasters say this year's event is worth getting up for, citing lunar conditions that will darken the night sky.<p>If you haven't heard of the …