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White House Sharpens Its Case For Obamacare, As Republicans Sharpen Knives

The Affordable Care Act is on the chopping block, likely to be one of the first casualties when President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month.<p>"We will repeal the disaster known as 'Obamacare' and create new health care — all sorts of reforms that work for you and your family," Trump promised …

Turkey arrests 1,656 social media users since summer

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities have formally arrested 1,656 people in the past six months for allegedly supporting terrorist organizations or …

Nigeria's Buhari says army has captured key Boko Haram camp

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria’s army has captured a key Boko Haram camp, the Islamist militant group’s last enclave in the vast Sambisa forest that was its stronghold, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday.<p>Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari presents the 2017 National Budget to the National …

Africa

Trump's Secretary of State Pick May Help Direct Shift in U.S. Foreign Policy

Donald Trump laid out a wholesale rethinking of American foreign policy during his campaign.<p>If confirmed by the Senate, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who the president-elect tapped as secretary of state on Tuesday, would have to implement that vision.<p>That work will likely include efforts to ease …

FINANCE PROFESSOR: 'There is good reason few economists have endorsed Trump's economic plan'

Trump claims his "America First" plan will grow the U.S. economy over the next decade by a whopping 3.5 to 4%, generating 25 million new jobs.<p>For perspective, the 1980s much lionized Reagan-era only generated 16 million. If Trump can deliver, who wouldn't want this economic utopia? Unfortunately, …

U.S. officials: Russia looking at Syria airfield near Turkey

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russia could be making moves to establish an air base in northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey, a development that could further complicate the overall situation in the region, two U.S. officials have told CNN.<p>The United States has seen a "limited" number of Russian …

Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Iowa Poll

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is now beating Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in Iowa, according to a new poll, just over a week away from …

Government

This Discovery Shows Humans Have Been Killing Each Other for 10,000 Years

The remains of at least 27 individuals in Kenya show evidence of violent murders that took place around 10,000 years ago, and may be the earliest …

Hunter Gatherers

US defense chief says Isis strongholds will be targeted by coalition in 2016

Ashton Carter says he has ‘big arrows’ pointing at Raqqa and Mosul but adds the campaign will also include ‘elimination operations’ against Isis commanders<p>The US defense chief has said that 2016 will be the year the American-led coalition assaults the Islamic State in its strongholds of Raqqa and …

16 of the coolest apps for Cardboard, Google's DIY virtual reality headset

Google Cardboard is one of the search giant's coolest projects in a long time.<p>Sure, it's not as immediately useful as Google Maps, and you won't find yourself checking it as often as Search — but it's virtual reality! Using your smartphone!<p>With just a piece of cardboard and a compatible smartphone, …

Saudi Arabia executes 47 people in one day including Shia cleric

Scores of ‘terrorists’ put to death amid warning from Iran that executing prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr would ‘cost Saudi Arabia dearly’<p>Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people for terrorism, including the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.<p>Most of those executed on Saturday were …

Could lightsabers exist and dinosaurs return?

As Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally arrives in cinemas, Prof Will Stewart answers the science fiction questions on everybody's lips<p>The wait is over. The new Star Wars film <i>The Force Awakens</i> has opened in cinemas with many predicting it will smash box office records worldwide.<p>The franchise's …

Libyan politicians sign UN peace deal to unify rival governments

Members of two competing parliaments met in Morocco to agree plan although some groups have denounced it as illegitimate<p>A group of Libyan politicians have signed a UN-sponsored peace deal that nominally unifies the country’s two rival governments, despite being denounced as illegitimate by some of …

Germany: Korean woman dies in apparent exorcism; 5 arrested

BERLIN (AP) — German police have arrested five South Koreans on suspicion of murder following the death of a relative in an exorcism ritual in the …

Beijing's Epic Smog Alert Shows Why Environmental Policies Matter

Oh, right -- that's why we're doing this climate conference thing!<p>A breath of fresh air can be hard to come by, especially in certain parts of the world.<p>Today in China's capital, Beijing, air pollution soared to 35 times accepted safety levels, leaving the government to order schools to close and …

Pollution

Chile beach becomes grave for 337 beached whales

One of the biggest whale strandings ever recorded discovered by observation flight over fjords in Chile's southern Patagonia region<p>The coast of southern Chile has become a grave for 337 sei whales that were found beached in what scientists say is one of the biggest whale strandings ever …

This tiny drone costs $14 and is perfect for beginners

Christmas morning 2015 is going to be terrifying. Up to a million people—many of them children—are going to find drones under the tree, gifted to them by well-intentioned relatives who have no clue how dangerous these flying lawnmowers can be.<p>The thing about drones is that they can be very tricky …

Drones

Kuwait arrest raises specter of Ukraine black market as source of arms for ISIS

The arrest in Kuwait of a Lebanese man with ties to the Islamic State has raised the specter that Ukraine's notorious illicit arms market may be a …

Mars 2020 Rover May Have A Little Flying Helper Drone

Eyes in the Martian sky<p>In April 2009, the Spirit rover got stuck in a sand trap on Mars. Try as it might, its wheels couldn't gain enough traction in the loose sand to free itself, leading to a sad, slow death for the rover. NASA doesn't want that to happen again.<p>Although the Curiosity rover is …

Parts of Midwest see 1st snowstorm of the season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The first significant wintry storm of the season began making its way across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest on Friday, …

After 133 years of construction, the Sagrada Familia is finally almost done

After 133 years of construction, the finish line is in sight for the Sagrada Família in Barcelona.<p>The massive cathedral, one of Barcelona's top tourist attractions, has finally entered the final stage of construction. It's slated for completion in 2026 — 100 years after its architect, Antoni Gaudí, …

Some Christians Are Extremely Unhappy About Starbucks' New Holiday Cups

The absence of snowflakes on the cups "denies the hope of Jesus," one woman claims.<p>Some people are angry about Starbucks’ new holiday cups. <i>Really</i> angry.<p>What is the issue, exactly?<p>In previous years, Starbucks’ iconic holiday cups, which the chain uses in lieu of white cups in November and December, …

Samsung Forms Dedicated Team of 200 to Work Exclusively on Apple Products

- Apr 15, 2015<p>A report on Wednesday sheds light on the curious position Samsung finds itself in every day, as both a competitor and a supplier to …

Iran vows to end Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen rebels

Iran has said it will use all its influence to broker a peace deal for Yemen in order to end Saudi-led air strikes against the Houthi rebels.<p>"We are a major force in the region and we have relations with all groups in various countries, and we are going to use that in order to bring everybody to …

Boko Haram fighters continue assault in Niger, killing at least one

The assault on the west African nation intensifies as Boko Haram attack the town of Diffa before dawn two days after their first major offensive in Niger<p>Boko Haram fighters waged a new attack on Sunday in a southeastern border town in <b>Niger</b>, where a blast killed at least one person and injured at …