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Pope Benedict resigned early to avoid clash with World Cup

Pope emeritus Benedict's brought his resignation forward a year so as not to clash with the 2014 World Cup, his private<p>The football World Cup taking place in Brazil this year indirectly prompted Benedict XVI to bring forward his resignation as pope by a year, his private secretary has …

Clinton defends Obamacare

Hillary Clinton offered a defense of Obamacare — but struck a note of concern for small-business owners who’ve complained about mandates required by the law — in a twin set of speeches in Florida on Wednesday.<p>“I think we are on the right track in many respects but I would be the first to say if …

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Joe Biden Doesn't Know What to Do Next

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Vice President Joe Biden is almost certainly as close to the presidency as he's going to get, bless …

Hundreds of foods in US contain 'ADA' plastics chemical, report finds

Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as "healthy," contain a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group.<p>Azodicarbonamide, also known as ADA, was found …

Raise the Minimum Wage? Some Foes Say They'll Stop Tipping

There's a surprise side order of sourpuss getting served up in the national argument over raising the minimum wage: discontented workers say they'll stop tipping when they go out to eat.<p>The surprise battleground is Seattle, where a movement to raise the minimum wage -- at $9.32, already one of the …

Christie faces uproar in Newark

Just as he’s fighting to regain his political footing, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing a new uproar on the homefront, as public protests mount against state control of the public schools in Newark, the state’s largest city.<p>Parents and teachers are demanding the ouster of Christie’s …

U.S. Lets 141 Trillion Calories Of Food Go To Waste Each Year

The sheer volume of food wasted in the U.S. each year should cause us some shame, given how many people are hungry both in our own backyard and abroad.<p>Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided us with a way to understand our flagrant annual waste in terms of calories, too. It's pretty …

Potent New Painkiller May Prove Lethal for Addicts, Critics Warn

The new painkiller Zohydro was approved just a few months ago and isn't even on pharmacy shelves yet, but the potent pill has already sparked a firestorm of protest from doctors and activists who fear that it will lead to abuse, addiction and deaths.<p>The Food and Drug Administration, which approved …

John Boehner Finally Clears Up the Confusion About How to Pronounce His Name

House Speaker John Boehner knows what you all say about him behind his back. He knows that you deliberately mispronounce his name to make it sound …

Most Americans Would Choose Internet Over TV or Cellphones

If you had to choose, would you rather give Internet access or TV? Email or social media?<p>According to a new study from Pew Research, 46% of American …

New Super Powerful Pain Medication Meets Severe Criticism Despite Federal Approval

Zohydro contains 10 times more hydrocodone than Vicodin and was approved by the Federal Drug Administration despite being condemned by its own advisory committee. Over 40 organizations are protesting the FDA's approval of the drug.

Briton charged with hacking US banking system

Briton Lauri Love, 28, has been charged with computer hacking and aggravated identity theft, which carry a potential penalty of up to 12 years in prison, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said.<p>A British man has been charged with hacking into US Federal Reserve computer servers and stealing …

Obama Plan Would Pull All Troops From Afghanistan by the End of 2014

Pres­id­ent Obama is ready­ing a con­tin­gency plan that would have the U.S. with­draw all troops from Afgh­anistan by year’s end.<p>The …

Apple releases iOS 7.0.6, iOS 6.1.6, & Apple TV 6.0.2 with fixes

After releasing iOS 7.0.5 at the end of last month to fix network errors for Chinese users, Apple has just released iOS 7.0.6 (Build 11B651) alongside iOS 6.1.6 (build 10b500) for the iPhone 3GS and 4th-gen iPod touch and Apple TV version 6.0.2 with a security fix related to SSL connection …

To Ensure Guest Safety, Airbnb Is Giving Away Safety Cards, First Aid Kits, And Smoke & CO Detectors

Over the years, peer-to-peer lodging marketplace Airbnb has been working to increase trust and safety for guests that stay in listings on its platform. That includes verifying the identities of its users, and providing insurance for hosts who make their properties available. Today, it’s taking that …

Netflix's internet provider claims Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner are causing streaming bottlenecks (update)

In the ongoing he said/she said saga surrounding Netflix streaming potentially being throttled, we've got a new, potentially volatile piece of information: The CEO of the company that provides Netflix's bandwidth (Cogent) straight up says that Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner are causing the …

Intel's Processor Roadmap Leaves Uncertainty for Apple's 2014 Mac Updates

With Apple's Mac lineup beginning to show signs of aging, consumers are no doubt starting to wonder when they can expect updated models to hit the market. Apple's product update cycles are in large part driven by availability of new processors, so it pays to take a look at Intel's roadmap to see …

Testing out Loop’s programmable credit card

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Boston payments startup Loop on Wednesday has released its interesting take on the digital wallet to consumers, selling a …

How the area code rose to power

Despite the rise of the internet, the 10-digit telephone number remains an ubiquitous and all-encompassing method of communication. But it hasn't been that long since human operators were responsible for completing telephone calls, and<i>The Atlantic</i> has put together a look at how the 10-digit number …

Bitcoin Prices On MtGox Are Going Bananas

Bitcoin prices on MtGox are up about 200% this weekend to more than $300, reaching as high as $349.<p>The reason appears to be reports that the exchange has begun testing restarting Bitcoin withdrawals. They've been suspended for more than two weeks because of a software glitch in Gox's customer …

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Should 'New York's Finest' March on Saint Patrick's Day, If Gays Can't?

New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade dates back to 1766, when Irish soldiers serving in the British army organized “a parade of sorts … including fife and drums at dawn.” Today the parade maintains an air of militarism, its ranks swelled by uniformed police officers, as well as firefighters. …

States of Dysfunction: Governors Now Face Same Woes as Washington

America’s governors used to hold their heads up high when they came to the nation’s capital. But this year? It’s complicated.<p>For last several years, governors have been able to distance themselves from their counterparts in Congress and the White House: While Washington bickers, stalls and …

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FAA risks losing drone war

The Washington Nationals used a drone to photograph spring training. Real estate agents use them to show off sprawling properties. Martin Scorsese hired one to film a scene in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”<p>So where does this leave the Federal Aviation Administration, which insists that commercial drone …

More youths crossing U.S.-Mexico border alone

Unaccompanied teens and even children, many from Central America, often cross into Texas illegally in search of safety.<p>February 21, 2014|By Molly Hennessy-Fiske<p>U.S. Border Patrol officers meet near a border fence and security tower… (John Moore / Getty Images )<p>HARLINGEN, Texas — They come from …

Sochi: was it worth it?

While Vladimir Putin may have hoped for better results after spending more than £30bn on the Winter Olympics, Britain should have no regrets<p>Today should have been one of the best days of Vladimir Putin’s life. Russia was meant to win gold in the ice hockey, by far the most important sport in the …