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Most effects of sequester yet to be felt

One month after the automatic budget cuts went into effect, uncertainty remains.<p>WASHINGTON -- A month after the so-called "sequester" triggered $85 billion in automatic cuts to the federal budget, you'd be hard-pressed to find much evidence that anything has changed.<p>Flights haven't been grounded, …

China’s internet is better than yours

A new paper shines some light on the “next generation internet” China is building—and it’s far ahead of anything any other country has at the moment. The improvements aren’t just superficial faster broadband fluff either. They are deeply important changes to the very backbone of the system.<p>The …

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North Korea could inflict significant damage in attack

WASHINGTON – North Korea's massive but poorly trained and equipped military could cause significant damage in the early stages of an attack on its southern neighbor.<p>But any attack would ultimately be repulsed by superior U.S. and South Korean forces, military analysts say.<p>It's unclear how serious …

Naples and the Gems of Florida's Paradise Coast

When he was growing up, Randy Sarton remembers walking through the Wisconsin swamps with a frog in each hand searching for more critters. Pure bliss was poling along the shoreline to explore. "Early on, I had a real sense of wonder about the beauty of nature," he explains. "I was the kid catching …

Faith and Marriage

"Like a horse and carriage" -- that's what the age-old song says about love and marriage. It is a traditional view that still is the core of marriage vows today, but the institution of marriage itself has changed throughout the years. As the Supreme Court considers the two cases it heard this week …

Apple designs iPhone with wraparound 3D display

Apple has patented a new iPhone design featuring a wraparound display and no buttons.<p>The display would cover the entire surface of the devices and could include two AMOLED screens one on top of the other, according to a patent filing published this week, allowing it to give "an illusion of depth …

7 Questions for Christians About the Gay Marriage Debate

There are many and varied opinions on gay marriage, but just about everyone across the spectrum can agree on one thing: It’s been a landmark week for …

Marriage debate revives questions about high court role as social change-maker

Underneath all the arcane legal fencing in this week’s Supreme Court oral arguments on marriage lies a basic question: Why should the justices take on the job of redefining marriage laws for the nation?<p>Is it the best venue for making decisions that could fundamentally change social institutions …

Full vaccine schedule safe for kids, no link to autism

A new study is the latest research failing to find a connection between autism and vaccines.<p>At least 10% of parents of young children skip or delay routine vaccinations, often out of concern that kids are getting "too many shots, too soon."<p>A new study finds that children who receive the full …

Tight border discourages migrants from going home

Deportees have families here, many of them legal U.S. citizens, so they don't cross the U.S.-Mexico border unless they're caught.<p>NOGALES, Sonora — Tougher border security such as building bigger fences, imposing tough penalties and deporting immigrants far from where they came across have wound up …

N Korea 'readies' rockets to strike US bases

North Korea's leader has responded to America's use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military<br>drills with more angry rhetoric, saying his rocket forces are ready to attack US positions.<p>The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) news agency said on Friday that Kim …

DOMA Undone! Seeing Beyond the Inequality of the "Times that Blind"

As predicted here, and elaborated in blog posts for the <i>California Lawyer</i> as well, DOMA is dead, most likely 5-4, though I retain the belief that the Chief Justice will join for reasons explained at length earlier in this space.<p>DOMA constitutes discrimination against a class of citizens. Treating …