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Losing Faith: 21 Percent Say Religion 'Not That Important'

One in five Americans say religion does not play an important role in their lives, a new NBC/WSJ journal poll shows – the highest percentage since the poll began asking participants about their focus on faith in 1997.<p>Twenty one percent of respondents said that religion is “not that important” to …

Christianity

Pope marks one-year anniversary: Don't call him a rock star

One year ago today, white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel, signaling the election of Pope Francis.<p>"Habemus papam" — "We have a pope." And humble, amiable Jorge Mario Bergoglio made his bow as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. He has become a wildly popular pope, likened to a spiritual …

Massive fake health and beauty supplies ring busted

The counterfeits included everyday health and beauty items such as ChapStick, Johnson's Baby Oil, Vaseline and Always sanitary pads.<p>A pair of New York brothers will appear in court Tuesday on charges of running a multimillion-dollar ring that peddled fake products distributed up and down the East …

Border showdown: Families will demand U.S. entry to reunite with relatives

Juana Vidal yearns to reunite with her undocumented immigrant son and his family, but she fears the stakes involved.<p>Her son, Elesban Vidal, his wife and their two daughters will join as many as 125 families that will try to cross the California-Mexico border on Monday and demand that U.S. officials …

Amazon AppStore giving away six 'essential travel' apps, today only

Winter might not exactly be a prime time for traveling, but whether you’ll heading to the big game this weekend or simply planning a winter trip, the Amazon AppStore is offering six premium travel apps for free as part of its <i>Getaway Essentials Bundle</i>.<p>According to Amazon, the total worth of the …

Apps

How Nintendo Can Save Itself

Nintendo is hemorrhaging money on a flopped product and refuses to do the one thing that’ll keep it afloat. Here are some ideas for how it could improve its bottom line, without selling out.<p>The Nintendo Wii console was a massive hit. The sequel which debuted late last year, the Wii U, was a massive …

Apple Said To Be Focusing On Health With iOS 8 And iWatch, Following Exec Meeting With FDA

Apple’s plans for iOS 8 focus on redefining health tracking via mobile devices, according to a new report from 9to5Mac, which has a terrific track record when it comes to rumors it has sourced itself. The report details a new marquee application coming in iOS 8 called “Healthbook” that monitors all …

How iOS 7 Helped Me Kick My Jailbreaking Addiction

AT&T goes on the offensive with cheaper family plans

The new plans offer more savings with more people, with a family of four paying $160 month for 10 gigabytes of data.<p>AT&T is showing it can get aggressive with pricing too.<p>The Dallas-based telecommunications company unveiled a new series of family plans designed to entice new users and keep existing …

Deeper look into Hoboken mayor’s allegations

Alex Witt talks to Heather Haddon about the details surrounding Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s Sandy funding allegations against the Christie administration.

Why T-Mobile's New Global Roaming Plan Might Be An Industry Game-Changer

Getting stuck with big bills for global smartphone data roaming is about the dumbest thing one can do these days. The best advice I can give Americans traveling abroad, when it comes to smartphone data use, is to get a SIM card for a local operator when you hit the ground. Or consider a prepaid …

Why We Hold Tight To Our Family's Holiday Food Traditions

Around Thanksgiving, The Race Card Project brought us the story of a woman who grew up in a Filipino family but desperately wanted to be anything but Filipino. When Melanie Vanderlipe Ramil was a child, she shied away from her family's traditional meals, including the rice that's a staple in …

Bill Gates Funds A Smartphone Battery That Runs On Human Urine

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is on a mission to improve human sanitation, particularly in areas of the world that don't have a reliable water supply. Much of that effort is about reinventing the toilet but the foundation has also challenged scientists to find ways to turn human waste into …

Non-citizens caught voting in 2012 presidential election in key swing state

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday that his office found 17 non-citizens illegally cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election -- and has referred the case for possible prosecution.<p>The alleged crime would be a notable case of voter fraud in a key swing state. By law, only …

Target confirms up to 40 million credit and debit cards are at risk following Black Friday hack (update)

One of America's biggest retailers may have fallen to hackers<p>Retailers are an appealing target for hackers during the holidays, and Target may be learning that lesson the hard way. According to <i>Krebs on Security</i>, the US retail giant is investigating a major breach that could potentially involve …

Tech and Science

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'Duck Dynasty' patriarch suspended from show for anti-gay comments - TODAY.com

"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has been taken off the A&E hit series "indefinitely," following anti-gay comments he made in a GQ interview published online Wednesday that appears in the Dec. 24 issue.<p>Closed Captioning<p>ON<p>OFF<p>apply | reset x<p>font<p>size<p>color<p>‘Duck Dynasty’ star suspended after anti-gay …

Al Jazeera’s AJ+ publishes first videos on YouTube

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Al Jazeera’s new online video venture AJ+ is not set to launch till next year, but the team behind it just published a few …

Minecraft creeps to PlayStation 3 on December 17th

The extensive console exclusivity period Microsoft enjoyed with <i>Minecaft</i> on Xbox 360 is coming to a close, as the first-person world-building game digs in on PlayStation 3 tomorrow. Like its 360 brethren, <i>Minecraft</i> on PS3 is limited by the console's minuscule RAM -- the procedurally-generated worlds …

Notion Ink launches oddball tablet with edge-mounted ticker display

For every successful gadget, there are countless devices that will slip away from your memory mere months after they've launched. Most will wind up rotting on the shelves next to Justin Guarini's albums, but that doesn't mean a comeback is out of the question. That's Notion Ink's plan, as it …

Target Experiments With A Pinterest-Powered Online Storefront, Dubbed The “Awesome Shop”

Target is testing an e-commerce storefront powered entirely by Pinterest recommendations, with the beta launch of a site called “Target Awesome Shop.” The site, refreshed daily, is a mashup of data from Target’s own online store and the social network. Today, it features Target products that have …

Decorating Ideas, Home Improvement, Cleaning & Organization Tips

April 27th was all about cookbooks at the TODAY Show!<p>Treating a bed bug infestation at home is difficult. Here are the steps you should take to …

Selling

Publishers Nervously Await The Facebook "Correction"

Traffic is up, and things are going great. And now some people are starting to worry. "We got the sense they didn't even really know how this massive beast they have actually works ... that they can make or break entire companies."<p>Recent changes to Facebook's News Feed algorithms have lavished …

Business Development

Netflix's master plan to replace event television

Is Netflix killing event television? In the <i>New Republic</i>, Columbia law professor Tim Wu rethinks Netflix's latest move into content as a fundamental challenge to the traditional regime of premieres, finales, and finite seasons, offering viewers "the freedom to only watch television you really …

Team Hired to Photograph Florida's Beaches for Google Street View Traumatized by Nudists

GoldieBlox, World's Coolest Toys For Girls, Could Win A Super Bowl TV Spot

Engineer and founder of GoldieBlox construction toys, Debra Sterling, is breaking down gender barriers one block at a time.<p>First, she created GoldieBlox. Then, she raised over a quarter of a million dollars to launch the product via Kickstarter and made a kickass video to accompany a campaign that …

In smartphone world, it’s a two-horse race as BlackBerry falls further behind

For all its meteoric growth, evidence is mounting that the smartphone industry has only been kind to two manufacturers – and especially cruel to one.<p>A new report from Canaccord Genuity, released Thursday, shows that Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the two most successful …

Xbox 360 tops NPD console charts one last time before next-gen begins

How do you close out a console generation? By reclaiming your crown. According to NPD's October figures, Microsoft is back on top: The Xbox 360 is once again the best-selling home console. It's hardly surprising -- Microsoft has dominated home console sales for years, losing out to the PlayStation …

Judge rules in Google’s favor in 8-year library book scanning case

Google’s “Google Books” program does not violate copyright laws, according to a U.S. district court judge’s ruling issued today.<p>In today’s ruling, New York U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin said Google’s scanning and cataloging of printed books fell within fair use because it was “highly …