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Erdoğan rejoins Turkey's ruling party in wake of referendum on new powers

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has rejoined the ruling party that he co-founded, the first step in cementing his authority in the aftermath of a tight referendum victory that granted him sweeping new powers.<p>Erdoğan signed his membership form at a ceremony in the Justice and Development …

South Asia

Mexican authorities identify body of missing New York man | Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican authorities said they had identified human remains found in two black plastic bags as a New York man who had disappeared in January while riding his motorcycle to Brazil for the World Cup, an official said on Thursday.<p>The badly decomposed remains that were discovered …

Aereo: It's Over Now

After months of debate and speculation, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against Internet TV service Aereo in a 6-3 decision. The decision was a win for broadcasters that argued Aereo violated their copyright. Even though lesser courts had sided with Aereo, the Supreme Court saw it …

'Reading Rainbow' revival is the most popular Kickstarter project ever

The hit children's reading show gained big support from Seth MacFarlane, Veronica Mars, Pebble, and OUYA<p>It's one for the record books. <i>Reading Rainbow</i>, the popular and critically acclaimed children's educational series from the 1980s, has become the most popular Kickstarter project yet in terms of …

Foxtel's Presto app now Chromecast ready

Presto, Foxtel's video-on-demand service for movies, is now compatible with the Google Chromecast device and select Android tablets.<p>When the Chromecast launched in Australia at the end of May, Presto announced that it would have Chromecast compatibility coming for its service by July. That's up and …

Video on Demand

Boston Is Setting Up 'Smart Benches' In Parks Across The City

Solar-powered benches, called Soofas, will pop up in Boston parks over the next week, the Boston Globe reports. In addition to offering you a place to sit, the benches will feature plugs to charge your smartphone, and will also wirelessly connect to the internet to provide location-based …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Canada

Rakuten Acquires 18% Stake in AirAsia Japan

Japanese e-commerce juggernaut Rakuten has huge plans to beef up its travel business which currently offers hotel bookings only, but instead of just inking deals with third-party companies to provide flight services, it is now plunging straight into the airline business.<p>Rakuten announced today that …

Dropbox and the failures behind it

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1090000/1090347_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524630783_bd0ed9b21ddaab32a0102d53a44451fc<p><b>In Silicon Valley it is said failure is a badge of honour - and practically a prerequisite for success.</b><p>And so it has proved for Drew Houston, the …

Yosemite celebrates 150th anniversary | CNN Travel

Study: Plastic debris widespread on ocean surface

NEW YORK (AP) — Plastic junk is floating widely on the world's oceans, but there's less of it than expected, a study says.<p>Such ocean pollution has …

Second Wisconsin suitcase body is identified as Oregon woman | Reuters

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - An Oregon mother has been identified as the second victim whose body was found in a suitcase dumped in a grassy ditch along a rural road in southeastern Wisconsin, authorities said Monday.<p>The badly decomposed body of Jenny Gamez, 21, who disappeared in 2012 from Cottage Grove, …

Millions of tons of ocean plastic have gone missing

New study suggests animals are eating our garbage<p>For a decade or more, scientists have assumed our seas carry millions of tons of plastic, much of which should be floating in open water, forming vast midocean "gyres" — islands of man-made mess such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But according …

In Hong Kong, Tens of Thousands March for Democracy

When typhoons begin to lash along Asia’s coastlines each midsummer, Hong Kong usually manages to escape serious damage, since storms in the South …

Erykah Badu Tries to Steal a Kiss From Local News Reporter on Live TV

Erykah Badu attempted to kiss her way into a local TV news broadcast on Friday, only to be rebuffed by the reporter. The singer snuck into the shot …

Music

You can always get what you want... on the new streaming services

The desire to own music is giving way to the need for total access, says Jeremy Silver<p>The size of your record collection used to be an indicator of how big a music fan you were. No longer so. The desire to own is giving way to the need for total access. While fans’ tastes are notoriously hard to …

Janis Joplin Stamp Artwork Unveiled

Earlier this year, <i>Rolling Stone</i> reported on a series of musical stamps coming out this year that took years of planning to come to fruition. Now that …

Music

Vigilante Trucker Pulls Over, Berates Speeding, Texting Cop: Video

Part Chuck Norris, part Jesse Ventura, and 100 percent Barney Fife, this is the best act of vigilante trucker justice (truckstice?) in recent …

Leasing Cars And Trucks Is Back Through The Roof

Americans are enthusiastically leasing cars and trucks again.<p>In fact, leasing is at or near record levels, according to Experian Automotive and the Power Information Network, at more than 25 percent of retail volume.<p>The upside for consumers is that leasing is affordable. The downside is, you always …