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Philadelphia becomes first major U.S. city with soda tax

Philadelphia has become the first major U.S. city with a soda tax despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.<p>The City Council gave final approval Thursday to a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet beverages.<p>Berkeley is the only other U.S. city with such a tax. …

Riiiight: France star Karim Benzema blames racism for Euro 2016 snub

Star Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema says he knows why France manager Didier Deschamps left him off the host nation's roster for the Euro 2016 …

Softbank says not involved at all in Yahoo Inc asset sale | Reuters

(Reuters) - Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) is not planning to use any of the funds raised from a recent sale of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) shares to buy assets put up for sale by Yahoo Inc YHOO.O, SoftBank President Nikesh Arora said on Wednesday.<p>A man walks past the logo of the …

IT

Targeted Myanmar tycoon may profit from U.S. sanctions changes

YANGON (Reuters) - Standing among the party seeing off Myanmar’s new president as he left for Russia on Wednesday was leading businessman Htun Myint Naing, better known as Steven Law.<p>Myanmar businessman and owner of Asia World port terminal Steven Law speaks during terminal anniversary in Yangon, …

Asia

IBM Researcher: Fears Over Artificial Intelligence Are ‘Overblown’

The debate over artificial intelligence has divided some of Silicon Valley’s brightest minds.<p>Companies like Google (goog), Microsoft (msft), and …

Shake Shack smashes earnings expectations, shares surge 8%

The fast-food chain's performance was boosted by the launch of its Chick'n Shack burger, said CEO Randy Garutti in the earnings statement.<p>The company reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.08. Its revenues rose 43% from the same quarter a year ago to $54.2 million.<p>Analysts had estimated …

Fracking: environmental groups sue EPA in call for strict rules on waste

Fracking has led to hundreds of billions of gallons of waste full of toxic chemicals – yet the process is hardly subject to any standards, coalition says<p>Frack waste has triggered earthquakes from Ohio to Oklahoma, and fouled rivers in Pennsylvania to North Dakota – and now the Obama administration …

Fracking

Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison in Hush-Money Case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison in his hush-money case by a judge who called him a "serial child molester" and ordered him to enroll in a sex-offender treatment program.<p>Hastert, 74, was accused of abusing four boys between the ages of 14 and 17 …

Crime

U.S.-Mexico drug tunnel spanned 800 yards, held 2 tons of cocaine

<b>(CNN) —</b> A drug-trafficking tunnel nearly half a mile long underneath the California-Mexico border was discovered by federal agents, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.<p>Two tons of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana, worth nearly $22 million, were seized by federal agents who believe this to …

Mexico

Top Wedding Dress Trends From Spring 2017 Bridal Fashion Week (Watch!)

photo by MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO; From left: Alvina Valenta, Monique Lhuillier, Wtoo<p>photo by Kurt Wilberding; From Left: Mira Zwillinger, Ines Di …

Everything you need to know to assemble and care for a succulent garden

These common varieties would make a great addition to your home or garden.<p>These common varieties would make a great addition to your home or garden.<p>It’s hard to say at what point the growing of succulents went from being a nerdy backwater of gardening to a viral sensation. It might have been the …

An Ode to the 1961 Land Rover Series IIA

As a kid, Sean Gorman lusted after the 1961 Land Rover parked next to his grandparent’s house in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. In fact, when he was 16, he told the owner he’d buy the truck if it ever went on sale. Four years later, it was his. “I took that thing all over Colorado,” he …

10 Reasons Why Holiday Houses Are The Best Option When Travelling

With the eminent rise of airbnb, holiday houses are now a very popular option for travellers, both at home and abroad. When me and my husband spent a year living in New Zealand back in 2012/2013 we used local holiday house websites (with airbnb not being popular in New Zealand at that time) such as …

Johannsson to seek approval to become Iceland's next PM

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's fisheries and agriculture minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson said Wednesday he will seek the president's approval …

Former Coal Mine Executive Sentenced to One Year in Prison After Explosion Killed 29

Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, was sentenced Wednesday to one year in federal prison for safety lapses connected to a deadly West Virginia coal mine explosion.<p>A jury in federal court convicted Blankenship in December of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards, connected …

This Is How You Get Others to Help You Succeed

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

4 Style Trends From Your Childhood That Are Making a Comeback

In California backcountry, skiers find satisfying snow

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — We were gliding downhill along a river buried in snow, our skis skimming a thin layer of fresh powder toward the …

Brussels attacks: Blood-covered toddler cries over fallen mom

<b>(CNN) —</b> There in the flood of ceiling tiles that covered the departure terminal floor sat the toddler.<p>The girl was covered in blood, crying and perched on another victim. Her mother, probably. The woman appeared to be dead.<p>"Those images stayed with me in my mind, and I keep seeing the girl crying, …

Obama says fighting Islamic State is his 'No. 1 priority'

A day after terrorists' bombs ripped through Brussels, President Barack Obama declared that fighting the Islamic State was his "No. 1 priority" and pledged that the United States would pursue the jihadist group until it is destroyed.<p>"I've got a lot of things on my plate, but my top priority is to …

Chris Pratt Gives a Hilarious Tour of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Set

<i>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</i> is currently filming and Disney has once again teamed up with Omaze to raise money for a worthy cause while giving one …

Why These Adorable 2- and 3-Year-Old Sisters Have More Instagram Followers Than You

Work, work, fashion babies.<p>They might not be old enough to write hashtags themselves yet, but sisters Isabella and Scarlett Drenk are already Instagram famous. No, really. They have more than 16,000 followers and counting on their account @DrenkGirls, which is brimming with shots of the mini models …

Pro-gun activist accidentally shot by son to face charge

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jamie Gilt, the Florida pro-gun activist who was accidentally shot and wounded by her 4-year-old son, is expected to face a misdemeanor charge of allowing a minor access to a firearm, authorities said Tuesday.<p>Gilt, 31, was hospitalized earlier this month after the toddler accidentally shot …

Guns

5 things everyone should do in Iceland

Including breathtaking hikes, picturesque vistas, New Nordic cuisine, and a one-of-a-kind museum that won't soon be forgotten, here are 10 things you can't skip in Iceland.

A growing corner of China’s $2 trillion mortgage market looks a lot like the US subprime bubble

The US subprime boom that eventually would trigger the 2008 global financial crisis started when lenders pushed outsized home loans on people without the wherewithal to pay them back. These homeowners were often so cash-strapped that they made tiny down payments on their properties. When home …

Real Estate

Thanks To Valve, The HTC Vive Has Its Perfect Launch Game

To effectively sell any new gaming technology, you need free companion software that convinces gamers it’s worth using. That software needs to be instructional but disguised by an addictive, fun, simple, and intuitive package. The most successful example of this has to be Nintendo's <i>Wii Sports,</i> …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft is mashing Windows and the Xbox together to win over its most critical market

Microsoft promised that with its new Windows Universal Platform (UWP), developers could write their apps once and they would run on any device running Windows 10 — including PCs, tablets, smartphones, and, eventually, the Xbox One and HoloLens holographic goggles.<p>From Microsoft's perspective, it's …

The FAA is Way Overstating the Risk Drones Pose to Airliners

In December, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a strict set of guidelines for small drones operating in U.S. airspace including a …

Foam Paul Huf Award 2016: Daisuke Yokota - Presenting the winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award | LensCulture

<b>“Unmistakable visual language”</b><p>Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota (b. 1983 Saitama) was chosen as the winner of the tenth Foam Paul Huf Award 2016 today. This annual prize, given to a photography talent under 35 years, consists of € 20,000 and an exhibition in Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam.<p>The …

L.A. coroner says he plans to resign after just over 2 years on the job

The medical examiner-coroner for Los Angeles County, Mark Fajardo, said late Thursday that he plans to resign from his post atop one of the nation's busiest and most high-profile coroner's offices.<p>Fajardo said in an interview with The Times that several factors influenced his intention to leave the …