Charles R. Shedlak

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Will connected cars cause more accidents?

With a deluge of apps coming to the car, it's time to start taking distracted driving as seriously as drunk driving<p>Morgan Webb, the gaming and tech personality, stood on a purple-lit stage between a Chevy Impala and a Corvette and raised her arms triumphantly. The candy-apple-red cars looked …

Genocide survivors speak of horrors of the Holocaust, Cambodia and Rwanda

On Holocaust Memorial Day Freddie Knoller, Sokphal Din and Sophie Masereka describe how they lived through mass killings<p>After the genocide that took from her a father, two brothers and a niece, which saw her survive malaria, a snakebite and a miraculously misfiring gun; after the genocide that …

State students fear 'burning in hell' after religious instruction, author says

Queensland now has least secular education system in Australia, researcher says<p>State school students have come home from religious instruction classes believing they would “burn in hell” or be “eaten by the devil”, according to a new book on secular education in Australia.<p>The author, Cathy Byrne, a …

Japan public broadcasting head regrets defending use of wartime sex slaves

NHK chairman Katsuto Momii says his comments were 'extremely inappropriate' after prompting anger in South Korea<p>The new chairman of Japan's national broadcaster NHK has expressed regret for defending the country's use of wartime sex slaves during remarks in which he also suggested he would toe the …

Francois Hollande and baffling French morals

The marital practices of the French may perplex us but being a ladies' man doesn't make you a bad ruler<p>Along with cricket, <i>Coronation Street</i> and carping about the weather, we British enjoy rubbishing the French. Their marital practices form a rich source of entertainment, particularly their …

Tunisia signs new constitution

Longer drafting process by elected assembly helped create one of Arab world's most progressive constitutions, say observers<p>After decades of dictatorship and two years of arguments and compromises, Tunisia's new constitution has come into force.<p>In a ceremony on Monday in the national assembly, the …

Angry Birds and 'leaky' phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data

• US and UK spy agencies piggyback on commercial data • Details can include age, location and sexual orientation • Documents also reveal targeted tools against individual phones<p>The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" …

Dark lands: the grim truth behind the 'Scandinavian miracle'

Television in Denmark is rubbish, Finnish men like a drink – and Sweden is not exactly a model of democracy. Why, asks one expert, does everybody think the Nordic region is a utopia?<p>Nordic nations respond to the original article<p>For the past few years the world has been in thrall to all things …

Rahul Gandhi insists he is ready to win Indian election in first TV interview

Scion of India's first political family says he is against concept of dynasty and that personal tragedies have hardened him to loss<p>Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's first political family, has said he is not driven by the desire for power and that the multiple tragedies suffered by his dynasty …

Egypt's El-Sissi Promoted, Military Says He Should Run For President

<b>Update at 1:53 p.m. ET. El-Sissi Should Run For President:</b><p>NPR's Leila Fadel sends us this update from Cairo:<p>The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces says that Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi should heed the calls of the people to run for president and that el-Sissi is free act as his conscience guides him. …

Ukraine threatens state of emergency after protesters occupy justice ministry

Anti-government demonstrators now occupy four buildings in the centre of Kiev, including the city hall<p>Ukraine's justice minister has threatened to call for a state of emergency unless protesters leave the ministry building they occupied during the night.<p>The seizure of the building early on Monday …

Notre Dame Football: Irish Finally Find Their QB Coach in Matt LaFleur

It appears Brian Kelly's coaching staff is finally back to full strength. After losing offensive coordinator Chuck Martin over a month-and-a-half ago, Mike Jones of <i>The Washington Post</i> reports that Notre Dame has filled the position with former Washington Redskins quarterback coach Matt …