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Technical problems pose roadblock to those looking to beat ObamaCare deadline

New technical problems with HealthCare.gov posed a roadblock Monday to people trying to beat the sign-up deadline.<p>On Monday afternoon, a technical glitch was preventing people from filing new applications. A tech team, though, was brought in to resolve the issue.<p>Earlier Monday, a series of error …

12-year-old boy admits to hacking government sites for Anonymous

A 12-year-old boy in Montreal has pleaded guilty to breaking into multiple government and police websites in the name of the hacker collective Anonymous, reports the <i>Toronto Sun</i>. The attacks were not politically motivated, however; the boy testified that he traded information to members of Anonymous …

Cousin charged in stabbing death of NY woman and 4 children

NEW YORK — Authorities have arrested and charged a man with five counts of murder after a mother and her four young children were found stabbed to death in a bloody rampage in Brooklyn late Saturday night.<p>Ming Don Chen, 25, a cousin of the slain children’s father, implicated himself in the horrific …

Iraq violence: Police killed in Anbar attacks

<b>At least 19 police officers and three civilians have been killed in a series of attacks overnight in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, officials say.</b><p>The first saw a suicide bomber ram an explosives-filled car into a checkpoint in Rutba, 110km (70 miles) from the Syrian border, killing five …

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FBI gets tips about mystery girl in Gypsy camp

Kansas City girl who would now be 2 vanished from crib almost two years ago.<p>KANSAS CITY (AP) — The FBI is looking into whether a child found at a Gypsy camp in Greece is a missing U.S. girl, although the children's ages don't appear to match.<p>FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said Tuesday that the …

Understanding Obamacare

What the Fight's Really About<p>The story of two Georgia Republicans captures the essence of the fight over the law. One wants to wipe Obamacare off the books. The other says he needs it to stay alive.<p>The Big Change: Covering Pre-Existing Conditions<p>The major new benefit for consumers, as the law …

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, founded in 1964, is an annual international showcase of the very best in nature photography. Owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, the contest includes 18 individual categories, ranging from birds and mammals to "Creative Visions" …

Senate Gets A Dose Of Scolding With Its Morning Prayer

It's easy to tune out when the Senate goes through its morning rituals. The president pro tem calls the chamber to order; there's the Pledge of Allegiance. One morning could sound like any other.<p>Except for the past two weeks. Barry C. Black, the Senate chaplain, has been using his morning prayers …

“Captain Phillips,” the shutdown and American nationalism in decline

Is Tom Hanks’ “Captain Phillips” a paean to red-state nationalism — or just a casualty of our crazy politics?<p>I feel pretty sure that Tom Hanks, director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray had no conscious intention of wading into America’s culture wars when they made “Captain Phillips,” …

The moral life of babies

Research with very young babies suggests that the roots of compassion, empathy and moral reasoning might be in place from birth.<p>If you have any experience of babies you’d be forgiven for thinking of them as entirely selfish, self-oriented little beasts with scant regard for others. It has long been …

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

Helloooooo China!<p>The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines.<p>But beyond this micro-level editing, there are …

TOMS Shoes rethinks its 'buy one, give one' model of helping the needy

The "buy one, give one" business model of TOMS Shoes - buy a pair and the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need - has spawned many copy-cats.<p>These days, you can buy an array of products - from solar panels, to baby goods, to soccer balls - and the manufacturer will give a …

11 Hidden Messages in Company Logos

When Wendy's redesigned its logo in 2013, the company insisted the word "MOM" in the collar was unintentional. But plenty of other logos contain …

North Korea warns of 'all-out war' as it refuses to sign pact with US

North Korea has issued a fresh warning of an "all-out war", urging the United States to stop military drills and what it described as "nuclear blackmail".<p>The country also refused to sign a non-aggression pact that John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, offered last week on condition of …

Chief Mark Kessler's gun-rights message reaches beyond Pennsylvania

The tiny coal town of Gilberton has become a spectacle for the nation's gun debate, marshaling dozens of armed gun-rights activists who come to defend the borough's suspended police chief, whose profanity-laced YouTube videos sparked the controversy.<p>At four meetings in as many months, the backers …

Iran's Dangerous Nuclear Bluff

President Obama’s historic phone conversation with Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani sure made the meetings of the U.N. General Assembly exciting (Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek). It’s finally calling a very serious bluff – that Iran has a nuclear weapon, or can build one quickly.<p>This is a very …

Indian stampede kills Hindu worshippers

Scores killed or injured as people crossing bridge to temple in central India clashed with baton-wielding police<p>The death toll from a stampede near a temple in central India has risen to 109 after many of the injured succumbed to injuries, officials say.<p>Thousands of Hindu pilgrims were crossing a …

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At least 17 killed, thousands of homes destroyed as cyclone hits India

Mass evacuations spared India the widespread deaths many had feared from a powerful weekend cyclone, officials said, as people picked up belongings and started repairing flooded towns, tangled power lines and tens of thousands of destroyed thatch homes.<p>Cyclone Phailin, the strongest tropical storm …

Senate leaders negotiate in federal budget standoff

Democrat Harry Reid and Republican Mitch McConnell discuss ways to reopen the government and avert a default on the nation's debt, but progress is unclear.<p>October 12, 2013|By Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett<p>Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, with Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)… (Andrew …

Obama to GOP: What'll it take?

President Barack Obama and House Republicans clashed in a meeting Thursday afternoon over how soon the government can be reopened, even as the GOP offered to lift the debt limit for six weeks, according to sources familiar with the session.<p>House Republicans told Obama at the White House that they …

This Collection Of War Photography Holds Some Of The Most Haunting Images You'll Ever See

"Photographs are our collective memory of war. Luckily, most of us don't ever experience it first-hand," Tucker told ShutterLove, a photography website.<p>The survey has now been collected in a museum exhibition called, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," showing currently …

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8 Essential Fall Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make

Turn fall's bounty into ridiculously good dinners and treats with these apple—and pumpkin-centric recipes.<p>A New Way to Think of Butternut Squash<p>A …

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