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Chicago’s 'cloud tax' makes Netflix and other streaming services more expensive

The past five years have seen a huge shift in the way we consume media, as brick-and-mortar stores shift to digital subscriptions. It's been a valuable tradeoff for some, building billion-dollar companies and unlocking huge libraries of music and video for relatively paltry subscription fees, but …

12 ways Germany does it better than the US

Photo: Halleser

Have you ever spent, say, an hour and a half in line at some theme park staring at all the names carved into the wooden railings? …

Germany

Thousands of dogs and cats slaughtered at China festival despite government promises to crack down

Sellers kept the dogs dozens to a cage before electrocuting and skinned them alive, before serving them with lychee

Thousands of cats and dogs have been slaughtered at the Yulin Festival despite government promises to end the practice which has been condemned internationally on grounds of animal …

Model X Due Date, Sonata Eco, Mercedes Plug-In Hybrid: The Week In Reverse

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Which zero-emission vehicle is so powerful it actually broke the dyno it was being tested on?

And, what's the electric range of the latest

Hybrid Vehicles

Six Nations 2015: Ireland 19-9 England

1 March 2015

Ireland march on towards a possible Grand Slam after inflicting a thumping defeat on a misfiring England.

Four penalties from Jonathan Sexton and a second-half try from centre Robbie Henshaw opened up an unbridgeable gap which accurately reflected the one-sided nature of what was …

Ireland

Sick of Winter, Man Turns Joke Into Snow-for-Sale Business

A Massachusetts man tired of the onslaught of snow piling up on his doorstep thought up a funny way to get rid of it — selling and shipping it out. But what started out as a joke has turned into a business for Kyle Waring, who is snowed under with requests for snow on his website ShipSnowYo.com.

"I …

New England

New York's exploding manhole covers pose unexpected winter hazard | Reuters

Salvatore Grillo was walking his Labrador retriever near Brooklyn's Prospect Park on a cold morning in February when he heard what sounded like a muffled explosion.

Minutes later, emergency responders were hovering over the 71-year-old as he lay unconscious on the ground. Police said an underground …

New York City

Late-winter storms spread across areas of Southwest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parts of California were getting a welcome dose of rain and snow from a storm system moving through the state, while late-winter weather dumped snow elsewhere in the Southwest.

The snow was well received by California and Nevada ski resorts.

It began snowing in the Sierra Nevada …

Detentions, arrest in connection with Islamist threat in Bremen

Federal authorities had been receiving tip-offs since Friday evening about the activities of potential Islamists, the police said, without clarifying …

Bremen

Shocked Moscow residents rally after Nemtsov murder | News | DW.DE | 01.03.2015

Russians shocked by Friday's assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov have gathered to mourn in Moscow. In a last interview, Nemtsov accused …

Marijuana Doesn’t Pose Significant Risk in Car Crashes, NHTSA Says

Weed smokers like to say that getting high doesn’t affect how they drive. Now, it appears the federal government is agreeing with them.

According to a new study commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people who smoke marijuana have a minimally higher risk of crashing …

Germany struggles to adapt to immigrant influx

"Everyone's moving to Germany."

So says Govan, a thin, bearded French jazz musician from Lyon whom I meet in a German language class for people recently arrived in Berlin.

"In one month," he says, "I met lot of people from everywhere."

The faces around the table are young, the accents mainly European. …

German Economy

Opinion: US deserves praise for once!

No, the Americans can't please everyone - especially not the Europeans, who, from time to time, quite happily lay into their "big brother" across the …

African Studies

Viewpoint: How the consumer dream went wrong

Consumer culture began as an ideological dream that people could change the world, says Jon Alexander. But has it gone too far?

"On January 24th, Apple will release the Macintosh, and you'll see why 1984 won't be like '1984'".

These words make up the voiceover of the most important advertisement ever …

England

Locals concerned as 'Sharia police' patrol streets of German city | News | DW.COM | 05.09.2014

A group of radical young Islamists has recently caused concern on the streets of a German city. The "Sharia police" have been observed trying to …

Germany

Cage Diving for Great Whites

I thought cage diving for Great White sharks would be underwhelming. Despite seeing them look fierce in a million nature documentaries and YouTube videos, we know that the likelihood of getting your limbs torn off in a cage is small. I wasn't expecting much of an adrenaline rush.

But, when the first …

Great White Shark

50 States of Speeding: Know the Law in Every State

What you need to know about speeding laws across America.

Everyone, with the exception of the Buick driver parked in the left lane, exceeds the speed limit once in a while. You generally know how much law-breaking you can get away with where you live—a few over on the highway is flow-of-traffic …

Report: Walgreens won't tap lucrative tax loophole

CHICAGO — President Obama called it an "unpatriotic tax loophole." Now, Walgreens, the nation's largest drug store chain and a company with strong Main Street roots, has reportedly decided against using it.

Shares in Walgreens were down about 4% in after-hours trading Tuesday after British and U.S. …

Opinion: Good Germans, bad French?

The difference in the message conveyed couldn't possibly be greater: France is going ahead with its warship sale to Russia, while Germany is putting …

News (Europe)

There is only one major news site that both pro-Israelis and pro-Palestinians read

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One reason the views on the latest Israel-Hamas conflict are so polarized is that people on each side of the opinion divide get their news from different places. Few things illustrate this as well as the map above, compiled by Gilad Lotan, the chief data scientist at …

Middle East

Germany stops Russian arms deal

Even before the tension in Ukraine, arms exports were a core issue for German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. The Social Democrat had pledged, on …

Germany

First Glimpse of Higgs Bosons at Work Revealed

An extremely rare collision of massive subatomic particles could reveal the nuts and bolts of how the subatomic particles called Higgs bosons impart …

Physics

Porsche Remains On Top In 2014 J.D. Power APEAL Study

J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study

Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout—APEAL—is how influential …

Car Tech

Porsche at 50 in Pictures

Drug-resistant bacteria increase fivefold in Southeastern US

There's worrisome news here in the southeastern US, buried in a journal that is favourite reading only for superbug geeks like me. The rate at which hospitals are recognising cases of CRE -- the form of antibiotic resistance that is so serious the Centre for Disease Control dubbed it a "nightmare" …

Essential Road Trip Wisdom

A good road trip involves a certain amount of improvisation. But the best ones require the right strategy and a few essentials. These eight pieces of advice will start you on the right path.

1. Arm your phone

The best app for a long haul is Roadtrippers, which will plan your route, estimate fuel …

Road Trips

The world's earliest selfies – in pictures

Buzz Aldrin

Hawaii's spectacular ocean waves – in pictures

Oceans

Scope Vintage Photos of '60s and '70s-Era Celebs From a New Art Book

Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston

Jack and Anjelica in their skivvies. Babs in her iconic Scaasi suit. Iggy Pop sweaty and in a speedo. All these images and more appear in photographer Julian Wasser's recently-released art book, The Way We Were: The Photography of Julian Wasser, documenting the fun …

Art

Hiking in the Alps

One of the highlights of our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour was our group hike. As this was pretty demanding--and there was a concern about snow on the trails this early in the season--only the fittest of our group participated. For me, it was a joy not to be saddled with research chores but to …

Outdoors