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Please, Let's Not Have a 'Hunger Games' Theme Park

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Lionsgate is apparently mulling a theme park based on the hit novels-turned-blockbuster films <i>The</i></i> …

Tech chief in Obamacare spotlight

President Barack Obama’s chief technology officer didn’t build HealthCare.gov, but he’s busy trying to fix it.<p>Todd Park, one of the most accomplished health IT entrepreneurs in the country, is just the kind of techie Obama needs to save the botched website — so much so that many wonder why Park …

Investors see legal marijuana as growth industry

Business News<p>It looks like any other business conference — lots of suits, name badges, a long line to the buffet — except that the 700 people who each paid $599 to be in this conference hall south of Seattle are in an industry unlike any other: marijuana.<p>The people at this meeting aren’t Cheech and …

'What I'm trying to do is do my job': Ted Cruz makes late-night debut

Sen. Ted Cruz made his first late-night TV appearance on Friday, discussing his growing national profile and reiterating his disapproval of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act.<p>No sooner had Cruz, 42, sat down on the couch on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" than the host confronted …

Singaporeans applaud their government for cracking down on philandering

Singapore is notorious for rigidly managing its citizens’ conduct. But in some cases, they don’t necessarily mind—or even welcome it. Earlier today, the government blocked access to the Singaporean site of Ashley Madison, a Canadian-owned online dating site for married people who want to cheat. …

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Are ‘kid cages’ protecting N.M. children, or a case of ranchers crying wolf?

A child waiting for a school bus in Reserve, a tiny community in rural New Mexico, may feel a little caged in, perhaps claustrophobic — but that’s precisely the point.<p>About a half-dozen wooden and mesh "kid cages" are located at bus stops in the rural, western New Mexico town, where there have been …

Google Could Be Sending Its Data Out to Sea

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Rumors have begun swirling around four large, floating barges that have appeared on both the east …

Obama's 'Keep Your Health Care Plan' Pledge Fails Fact Checks

As lawmakers grill Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the botched startup of HealthCare.gov and other issues related to the Affordable Care Act, nonpartisan fact checkers are giving failing grades to President Obama's oft-repeated pledge to Americans that "if you like your …

North Dakota Woman Refusing to Give Obese Children Candy Is Clearly Going as “The Worst” for Halloween

Halloween is tomorrow so there’s not much time left to imagine and execute a labor-intensive costume idea. That is why we are not surprised that one North Dakota woman has “gone conceptual” and is dressing up as The Worst.<p>What does being The Worst for Halloween entail? This, exactly this, and …

Mean Girl Behavior Is the Norm, Science Says

Mean Girl behavior is an evolutionary trait, a researcher says. Photo credit: Getty Images.<p>A new scientific review of nearly 100 evolutionary …

Germany To Allow Newborns To Be Registered With No Gender

The ruling is meant to help parents from having to make a snap judgment on their child's sex in cases of ambiguous anatomy.<p>German parents will be able to register their children as genderless starting Nov. 1, the first regulation of its kind for infants that lack gender-determining anatomy.<p>The law …

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Nearing Sriracha court decision could endanger hot sauce supply

A judge will decide Thursday whether to grant the city of Irwindale's request to halt production at Sriracha sauce maker Huy Fong Food's factory while the company tries to limit odors wafting into the neighborhood.<p>The decision could have serious ramifications for next years' supplies of Huy Fong's …

Sriracha chilli sauce company under fire for spicing up air around factory

The maker of Sriracha hot sauce is under fire for allegedly fouling the air around its southern California factory.<p>The city of Irwindale filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a judge to stop production at the Huy Fong Foods factory, claiming the chilli odor emanating from the plant is a public …

Social Media Is Redefining 'Depression'

Online communities like those on Tumblr are perpetuating ideas of "beautiful suffering," confusing what it means to be clinically depressed.<p>A few months ago, Laura U., a typical 16-year-old at an international school in Paris, sat at her computer wishing she looked just like the emaciated women on …

In Fracking, West Virginia Sees a Second Chance

West Vir­gin­ia’s coal built Amer­ica. It fired its steel mills, lit its homes, and provided the cheap en­ergy to cre­ate the wealth­i­est na­tion in …

Obamacare's tech no easy fix

Silicon Valley always knew it couldn’t fix Washington and its bureaucratic messes. Now it has even more proof.<p>The HealthCare.gov debacle has reinforced the divide between the global capital of innovation and an establishment culture known for clunky methods, stilted processes and government …

Thanks to the “mancession,” metrosexuals have become “manfluencers™”

They called it the “Great Mancession.” As the post-2008 economic decline put more men out of work than women in the US, marketers began to notice a trend: Men in opposite-sex couples were taking over what had traditionally been women’s roles. In focus group after focus group, Julie Murphy, an …

A kidney for $10,000? Paying donors actually pays off, new study finds

Health news<p>Paying living kidney donors $10,000 to give up their organs would save money over the current system based solely on altruism — even if it only boosts donations by a conservative 5 percent.<p>That’s according to a new analysis by Canadian researchers that rekindles the ongoing debate about …

Court artist got my nose wrong, says man accused of masterminding 9/11 terror attacks

Court sketch artist describes 'awkward moment' when alleged al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed censored picture of him because he didn't like the way his nose had been drawn<p>Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is on trial for his life for masterminding the September 11 terrorist attacks, but a courtroom …

Deadly blast hits Mexico sweets factory

One dead and dozens injured after explosion causes walls to collapse in US-owned sweets factory near the Texas border.<p>A powerful blast has rocked a US-owned sweets factory in northern Mexico, killing at least one person and injuring dozens more, officials said.<p>About 300 people were working at the …

The FAA could loosen its in-flight electronics rules by next year

The US Federal Aviation Administration is set to loosen its rules on in-flight electronics, <i>The New York Times</i> reports. Members of a review panel, who would speak only on condition of anonymity, said they will recommend that the FAA allow "reading ebooks or other publications, listening to podcasts, …

Undercover crackdown on phony online reviews

A total of 19 firms collectively agreed to pay more than $350,000 in fines and stop posting bogus online reviews touting clients.<p>The potential customers who contacted Internet search engine optimization companies in New York said they owned a yogurt shop in Brooklyn and were looking for help …

iMessage for Android looks like a great way to compromise your security

A new messaging app on the Android Play Store has been stirring conversations this month, and its name should be enough to tell you why: it's called iMessage Chat. Promising to allow Android users to communicate via Apple's iMessage, this app goes to great lengths to emulate the look and feel of …

ZBoard launches crowdfunding campaign for its San Francisco Special, pre-orders start at $1,199

Remember that snazzy special edition electric skateboard we saw roll out at Expand? It's almost ready for launch: ZBoard has launched a Dragon Innovation crowdfunding campaign for its San Francisco Special. Although the limited edition ZBoard's specs haven't changed since earlier this year (20-mile …

New York unveils 'text stops' to curb crashes by distracted drivers

You're probably familiar with highway rest stops, but drivers might soon be seeing something a little less ordinary along the road: text stops. New York plans to establish 91 "Texting Zones" along state highways, encouraging drivers to wait until they can safely pull off the road to respond to a …