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Charlie Hebdo’s history of challenging and angering fundamentalists

French magazine’s cartoons ‘breach Islamic taboo’ on visual representation of the prophet Muhammad<p>Satire and Islam do not sit well together, especially if the format is visual representation of the prophet Muhammad – and perhaps also the self-proclaimed caliph of Islamic State (Isis), now ruling …

Charlie Hebdo

AirAsia flight: first pictures released of plane wreckage under water

Hopes of finding AirAsia flight 8501’s black boxes were raised on Wednesday after divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle spotted the missing plane’s tail in the Java Sea, the first confirmed sighting of any major wreckage 11 days after it disappeared with 162 people on board.<p>Powerful currents …

NJ Gov. Chris Christie is the first fan of Dallas

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Chris Christie loves the Dallas Cowboys. Not only is he not ashamed of it, he wants you to know it.<p>Tossing any risks of political …

New Jersey

As families grieve, China manages public emotions

SHANGHAI (AP) — Some wailed and some staggered with grief as relatives of the 36 people killed in Shanghai's New Year's Eve stampede visited the …

The price of life in Singapore, city of rules: 'It’s a Faustian deal'

Imagine you could remove all the daily irritations from the city in which you live. No one pushing or talking loudly on the efficiently run public transport system; no rubbish or sticky gum to be trodden underfoot on the well-kept, clean streets. And virtually no crime.<p>Such a city would, probably, …

Two US ski team prospects killed in Austrian avalanche

Two prospects from the US ski team were killed in an avalanche on Monday while skiing near their European training base in the Austrian Alps.<p>The US ski team said Ronnie Berlack, 20, and Bryce Astle, 19, died in the incident close to the Rettenbach glacier near Soelden, the venue for the annual …

Meet Ted Cruz's Twitter whisperer

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Josh Perry is a lanky, 26-year-old from Nederland, Texas with a good job on Capitol Hill and a healthy adoration for Taylor Swift. And every day, he pretends to be Ted Cruz on the Internet.<p>As Cruz's in-house digital strategist, it is Perry's job to channel the freshman senator …

Midwest, eastern US bracing for Arctic blast, subzero temps

CHICAGO (AP) — The Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S. on Sunday braced for Arctic temperatures that were expected to arrive during the next few …

The Panthers' playoff makeover

The ugly duckling of the NFL playoffs used a stifling defense and hard-charging running game to get a Wild Card weekend win. Just how far deep into the postseason can the Panthers go?<p>CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton took extra time to arrive at his postgame news conference Saturday night at Bank of …

The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans

Are the Brogpas of Kashmir in India really the last bastion of purebred Aryans? Their claims have led to both academic controversy and localized …

America’s 2014 Murder Capital

Last year, America’s big cities continued the slow but steady decline in murders—even as the number of shootings were on the rise.<p>Last year, …

Ohio State ends its SEC title curse and starts a new story

The Buckeyes knocked off No. 1 Alabama in New Orleans to advance to the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship, and now we all have to find something else to talk about.<p>NEW ORLEANS - When Cardale Jones threw that inexplicable pass 50 yards for an incompletion, Big Ten …

Driver's license applications now open to immigrants here illegally

After three decades of debate and controversy, immigrants in the country illegally began the process of receiving California driver's licenses.<p>Friday was the first day the licenses were available. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation last year allowing such immigrants to get them.<p>By late in the …

Nine Crucial Ways New York's Landscape Will Change in 2015

The ball has dropped. So, having assessed the way 2014 played out in the realms of real estate, architecture, preservation battles, neighborhood beefs and more, it's time to olook ahead. From the planned opening of the long-awaited <b>World Trade Center Transportation Hub</b> to the launch of sales at the …

Here are the popular routes that will be cheaper to fly this year

There’s good news for those who resolved to travel more in 2015. Overall, ticket prices will be cheaper globally, thanks to lower fuel prices, and a forecast economic pickup in some regions that could help drive flyer demand and airline capacity. That’s according to a data-heavy report (pdf) by …

Pakistani crew blow up fishing boat after chase by Indian navy

Four-man crew believed to have set boat alight and died in explosion in Arabian Sea, near maritime border between two countries<p>The crew of a Pakistani fishing boat blew up and sank their vessel after trying to evade capture at the hands of the Indian navy in a high-speed chase at sea, officials …

For AirAsia families tragedy, but more resolution than for MH370

Images of the bodies floating in Indonesian waters gave relatives of those lost aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 anguish and grief, but they also provided the answers that other families have sought in vain for nearly 10 months.<p>Those with loved ones aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 can only imagine …

The world is about to see a lot more of Dunkin' Donuts

“America runs on Dunkin'” is one of the least-true marketing slogans in history. Some 64 years after its founding in Massachusetts, the Dunkin’ Donuts chain—which gets about 20% of its revenue from outside its home country, mind you—hasn’t even set foot in several US states stretching from the …

Dunkin' Donuts

Starbucks is finally going to show US coffee drinkers what a “flat white” is. Prepare for controversy

Starbucks is introducing the “flat white” to its coffee menus across the US on Jan. 6, reports Eater. It’s a little surprising it took this long; the drink has been available for years in the UK and Australia, which both consume far less coffee per capita than the US. (It’s also a popular drink …

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Police arrest alleged member of group behind Xbox Live and PSN attacks

An alleged member of the group claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks that took Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network down for hours on Christmas Day was arrested this week in the United Kingdom. 22-year-old Vinnie Omari, who is believed to be a member of self-styled hacker collective "Lizard …

Jay Speaks Part 2: ‘Hae was dead before she got to my house. Anything that makes Adnan innocent doesn’t involve me.’

The hugely popular 12-part podcast “Serial” investigated the 1999 murder of teenager Hae Min Lee and the murder conviction the following year of her …

Heathrow is no longer the world’s biggest international travel hub

For a city that revels in superlatives, Dubai now has another one it can brag about. After months of anticipation, Dubai is officially home to the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic, according to data from Airports Council International.<p>68.9 million passengers passed …

Airports

United and Orbitz are suing a 22-year-old who exposed cheap airfare hack

United Airlines and Orbitz are suing a 22-year-old website founder who has made it easier for travelers to find "hidden city" tickets, which can …

We have our first 'LeBron James might leave Cleveland' rumor

A league source told Ohio.com that James reportedly hasn't ruled out leaving Cleveland after this season. But that seems like a huge long shot.<p>We didn't even reach the new year before a rumor that LeBron James could leave Cleveland was published. Despite pledging his love for Cleveland when signing …