Chad Degrand

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ISIS seizes key Iraqi city of Ramadi: What happens next?

<b>(CNN) —</b> ISIS forces pushed east Monday from their fresh victory in Ramadi as the Iraqi government rushed reinforcements to shore up defensive lines meant to stop the terror group's advance.<p>Iraqi and U.S. officials promised eventual defeat for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but the loss of the …

Islam

How the Bandidos became one of the world's most feared biker gangs

The Bandidos motorcycle gang has a saying: "Cut one, we all bleed."<p>It's not clear who started the cutting, but there was plenty of bloodshed on Sunday when the Bandidos brutally clashed with members of several other bike gangs at a restaurant in Waco, Texas. A wild shootout in broad daylight left …

Crime

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

Ford accelerates tech efforts with new Silicon Valley lab

Ford wants you to know that it's more than just trucks and cars. It wants to be seen as a technology innovator too. Of course, the Detroit automaker has long had a friendly relationship with technology, what with its Sync infotainment platform, its support for third-party apps and, obviously, its …

Silicon Valley

Okayama's Naked Festival

Every year in Okayama, Japan, nearly 10,000 men take part in the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple. The men, dressed in Japanese loincloths, battle to grab a pair of lucky talismans thrown into the crowd by priests. Participants in the boisterous event are asked to prepare papers …

Warpaint – in pictures

Edgy, bolshy and notoriously prickly to interview, Warpaint like to live up to their name. Check out the Observer’s exclusive shoot<p>Photographer: Chris Floyd<p>Fashion editor: Jo Jones Fashion assistant: Hannah Davidson Make-up: Lica Fensome using Mac, assisted by Elena Diaz Hair: Gow Tanaka using …

Helmut Lang

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

'Better Call Saul,' The Prequel To 'Breaking Bad,' Stands On Its Own

I'm guessing that the first thing fans of Vince Gilligan's <i>Breaking Bad</i> want to know is whether its AMC prequel series, <i>Better Call Saul</i>, premiering Sunday and Monday,is anywhere near as good as the original — which was TV at its very best. And I'm also guessing that people who haven't yet worked …

TV

Pictures: Animals of Canada

Canada's wildlife is as varied as its landscapes. Take a look at its furry and feathered inhabitants.

Wildlife

Russian Photographer Creates Stunning Visual Narratives Inspired by Fairytales

Russian photographer Margarita Kareva brings fairytales and other magical stories to life in her gorgeous fine-art portraiture. With the goal of weaving fictional narratives that fall outside the realm of photorealism, Kareva immerses her beautiful subjects in fantastical scenes that look straight …

Pictures of the Week 1.1.15

Watch Taylor Swift Give Her Fans Christmas Gifts for 'Swiftmas'

Taylor Swift has made absolutely certain that she won’t be visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present or future anytime soon – she has spread …

Jamie Lynn Spears reportedly breaks up fight with knife

You don’t want to mess with Jamie Lynn Spears.<p>That’s what patrons at a sandwich shop in Hammond, La., found out last weekend when the actress and country singer stepped in to break up a fight, and reportedly ended up waving a knife around.<p>According to TMZ, the altercation happened at the Pita Pit …

The bond between patient and physician is in jeopardy

Remember your personal physician? He or she may not be yours much longer. And even if you keep your doctor, the odds are he or she is not really working for you.<p>Soon, most doctors will have abandoned their private practices and become employees of hospitals, multihospital affiliations or the …

Health Care

'Detoxing' has been debunked. Maybe it's time to debunk that

A few years ago, probably the most irritating thing about New Year’s Day was running into people who couldn’t resist telling you about their January detox plans: how they’d decided to spurn alcohol for a month, eat only raw foods, undergo a juice cleanse, subsist entirely on superfoods or expel …

Wellness

Clean-Eating Recipes That Will Get You Through January

The word <i>detox</i> tends to bring to mind scary-intense juice cleanses or a gluten-dairy-meat-grain-sugar-caffeine-free diet that will make you run away …

Healthy Eating

The Alterna-‘Godfather’: ‘A Most Violent Year’

J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year is not only deeply indebted to the Corleone clan, but its canny revisions make it an alternate-reality version of …

Winston downplays sideline spat

PASADENA, Calif. -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston gave no hints about his future plans after the No. 3 Seminoles lost 59-20 to No. 2 …

Armour: Oregon, Ohio State prove to be Playoff worthy

NEW ORLEANS — Back in the good ol' days, Alabama and Florida State would be getting ready for the BCS title game. Anyone want to see that matchup after the wildly entertaining shows Oregon and Ohio State put on?<p>Yeah, I didn't think so.<p>The College Football Playoff proved its worth on its very first …

College Football

Japan Apple Stores Kick Off 'Lucky Bag' Sales with MacBook Air, iPads, iPod Touch Featured

Apple's retail locations in Japan have begun sales of the "Fukubukuro", also known as a "lucky bag", which offer an assortment of products at a steep discount. Japanese blog <i>Mac Otakara</i> (Google Translate) was present at the Apple Store in Nagoya to discover the exact content of the various bags …

OnePlus Joins The Forked Android Club With Its Own Version Of Google’s Mobile OS

Smartphone maker OnePlus pledged to develop its own software after partner Cyanogen did the dirty on it with an exclusive distribution deal with Micromax in India, and it marked the new year by releasing its forked version of Android.<p>Android Police first spotted the new ROM for OnePlus’s One phone, …

European Industries Just Had A Disastrous Quarter

The eurozone's manufacturers hinted at extremely weak growth in December, with a score of 50.6 in Markit's purchasing manager's index. Anything above 50 for the business survey signals growth, but Europe's second- and third-largest economies are in negative territory.<p>The score was slightly above …

Europe

Most cancer types 'just bad luck'

<b>Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study has suggested.</b><p>A US team were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others.<p>The results, in the journal Science, showed two thirds of the cancer types …

Cancer