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The 20 best Amazon Alexa skills and tips

Many of us have welcomed our first smart assistant into the home, with Amazon's Echo smart home hub bringing the Alexa voice assistant into households across the country.<p>Alexa is the Amazon voice assistant. Launched in 2014, it provides a way to ask questions, play music, get news bulletins or …

Dealership gives new truck to veteran who helped Las Vegas shooting victims

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iraq war veteran Taylor Winston became a hero on the night of the mass shooting in Las Vegas after he used a stranger's truck to rush critically wounded victims to the hospital.<p>Now Winston has a new truck of his own.<p>An Arizona car dealership rewarded him Monday with a free, customized Ford …

Las Vegas

Small earthquakes strike near Santa Rosa, San Jose

The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck near Alum Rock, California on Monday.<p>The quake hit at 4:53 PM local time at a depth of 7 kilometers.<p>Residents as far away as San Francisco reported feeling the quake.<p>Between the seismic activity and a litany …

Natural Disasters

Mexico City begins demolishing earthquake-damaged buildings

Mexico City began demolishing on Monday the first of an estimated 150 to 200 buildings that were badly damaged by a Sept. 19 earthquake, the head of the city's construction safety institute said.<p>The 7.1 magnitude quake killed 369 people and completely collapsed at least 38 structures, mostly …

Chemist says Kim had 1.4 times lethal dosage of VX on face

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — The estranged half brother of North Korea's leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face …

North Korea

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes northern Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck northern Chile.<p>The quake, which was moderately deep at …

Spacewalking astronauts grease robot arm's new hand

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts hustled through a lube job and camera swaps outside the International Space Station on Tuesday, …

CIA official tells jury about day 'all hell broke loose' in Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A CIA operative told a jury on Tuesday about the terror he experienced in 2012 when militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and described how he recovered the body of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.<p>The operative, who testified in what …

How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets

It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around the world for the code names of American intelligence programs.<p>What gave the Russian hacking, detected more than two years ago, such …

Cybersecurity

Six-legged 'land lobster,' long thought extinct, discovered on volcanic crag

Nearly 100 years ago, a British supply ship ran aground at Lord Howe, a tiny island roughly four hundred miles east of Australia. Black rats trickled off the ship, scouring the island and feasted on its native bug: a large spindly stick insect known as Dryococelus australis, or the "land lobster," …

Dinosaurs

S. Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean lawmaker says North Korean hackers stole highly classified military documents that include U.S.-South Korean …

Interior Secretary Zinke’s claim that the U.S. has struggled to produce ‘low-cost, abundant and reliable energy’

By Nicole Lewis<p>Reporter<p><i>“Our country has inherited an energy-dependent country from previous generations, and in recent years, we’ve struggled to be self-sufficient in producing low-cost, abundant and reliable energy.”</i><p><b>— Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, in remarks during a speech at the Heritage</b> …

Natural Gas

Clinton: 'I certainly didn't' know about Weinstein's alleged assaults

Former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she “certainly didn’t” have any knowledge of Democratic donor and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual assault, telling CNN that she plans to give money he donated to her to charity.<p>"I was appalled. It was …

Hamas and Fatah Sign Unity Deal, Allowing Joint Control of Gaza

CAIRO — After a decade of hostility and recrimination, the two main Palestinian factions came together in Cairo on Thursday to sign a reconciliation deal that holds out the tantalizing prospect of a united Palestinian front.<p>Hopes for the agreement, signed under the watchful eye of Egyptian …

The sound in Havana: What Americans heard in Cuba attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they're colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect.<p>The Associated Press has obtained a …

Cuba

If you limit my 2nd Amendment rights, I'll limit your 1st Amendment, Indiana lawmaker says

INDIANAPOLIS — A lawmaker in the vice president's home state has drafted a bill that would require state police to license professional journalists.<p>Rep. Jim Lucas, a Republican from Seymour, Ind., had the measure drawn up earlier this year and said he may file it to drive home a point about his …

Rights & Freedoms