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Justin Gatlin vows to boycott BBC and British media over ‘biased’ 100m reports

• ‘Every characterisation is solely about doping,’ says Gatlin’s agent<br>• Gatlin finished second behind Usain Bolt in race built up as ‘good and evil’<p>Seconds out, round two. After Usain Bolt sent the hyperbole meter into overdrive by defeating Justin Gatlin, the USA athlete at the eye of the storm …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

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Rich People Are Less Sad—But They Aren't Any Happier Than The Rest Of Us

In fact, new research shows that richer and poorer people are generally as happy as each other. Where they differ is in their level of sadness: …

The Inside Story Of Jeff Bezos’s Fire Phone Debacle

Interviews with dozens of current and former employees reveal what went wrong and what it tells us about where Amazon is headed.<p>“What the hell happened?”<p>It is a cold day in early December in Midtown Manhattan, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has barely taken his seat on stage when his interviewer throws …

What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

Shortly before 9/11, officials foresaw a fundamental shift in the nature of power.<p>Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for …

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare

She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn’t take it …

What Obama said, what he meant

President Barack Obama took the stage after receiving another midterm election drubbing. And he stuck to the script.<p>He didn’t take the bait when reporters tried to get him to describe the results as a “shellacking,” as he did after Democrats lost the House in 2010. And he didn’t signal any …

Power Says Other Nations Will Join The U.S. In Airstrikes In Syria

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said Sunday that other nations would likely join the U.S. in airstrikes to target Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIL, in Syria.<p>ABC's "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos pointed out that not even the British government …

Boeing and NASA Sign $2.8 Billion Deal for SLS Rocket Core

Space<p>The Boeing Co. says it has finalized a $2.8 billion contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket, which is destined to send humans beyond the moon's orbit for the first time. The agreement, announced Wednesday, comes as NASA and Boeing complete a …

US govt get $946M from Puerto Rico's Popular bank

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department says the government has received a total of $946 million in repayment from the Puerto Rican …

Young Men Who Are Anything Short Of Wealthy In Urban China Face Brutal Girlfriend Reality

China has at least more than 30 million more men than women.<p>As a result, finding a girlfriend there is extremely difficult.<p>A recent post on reddit helped show just how bad it is. User BoTeeBoTines, an expat living in China, talked about what he has seen in response to a question from user …

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Obama: Putin 'misreading' U.S.

President Barack Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin still harbors hard feelings over the collapse of the Soviet Union, but he is “misreading” the situation in the world today.<p>“I think he’s been willing to show a deeply held grievance about what he considers to be the loss of the Soviet …

GOP is Blowing-up Last Chance With Hispanic Voters

Tick, tock, time has run out on the ongoing sabotage of immigration reform.<p>Time for John Boehner and his GOP cohort to present a credible immigration reform bill to the nation. And that doesn't mean just any set of oily and ambiguous "principles," but a coherent, comprehensive bill that will pass …

Photographer Captures New Yorkers Kissing for Past 30 Years

For thirty years, photographer Matt Weber has been capturing candid scenes of romantic passion on the streets of New York City. His <i>Urban Romance</i> collection reveals the numerous tender moments of love that take place between adoring couples throughout the bustling city. Their affection ranges from …

Social Security Warns Benefits Could Get Cut

The Social Security Administration has begun warning the public it cannot guarantee full benefit payments if the debt ceiling isn’t increased.

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Bribery scandal reveals why China is so attractive to Big Pharma

Foreign pharmaceutical firms are in China for the same reason bank robbers are in banks—that’s where the money is. But the widening crackdown on bribery, which has already ensnared executives from GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, is threatening to upend the business opportunities that have made …

Zombie phones are eating up billions in telecom costs

Destroy the zombies that are sucking dry your company’s electronic devices or mobile phone budgets.<p>At a company with hundreds or thousands or more mobile phones for staffers, some 5-10% of them may be zombies, the phones that are not being used but still being paid for. That estimate comes from …

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Air Travel Is Actually Really Cheap Now, Compared To The 1950s

A lot has changed since the Golden Age of Flying. Air travel in the 1950s came with roomy seats and a stylish flight crew, and without security …

Pope Francis says gays should not be judged, marginalized

During return to Vatican from Brazil, defends gays from discrimination, but reaffirms Church teaching.<p>Pope Francis 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)<p>X<p>Dear …

The billionaire prince who says Saudi Arabia is in far bigger trouble than the other royals admit

Saudi Arabia, home to the world’s largest reserves of cheap-to-drill oil, describes itself as a painstaking economic planner. It plots to keep current oil prices stable even while diversifying for harder economic days ahead. These practices have, among other things, resulted in the accumulation of …

Larry Summers thinks US banks should maybe be a little bit bigger

Reuters / Jonathan Ernst<p>Larry Summers now seems to be the front-runner to become the next head of the US Federal Reserve.<p>If he gets the job, he’ll be both the guardian of monetary policy and one of the most important financial regulators in the country. As such, we figured it was worth digging …

Android phones decline as iPhone reconnects

Google's share of the UK smartphone market has fallen for the first time, as Apple’s iPhone has rebounded.<p>Sales of smartphones running the Google-designed Android software, such as those made by Samsung, accounted for 56.2pc of the UK market in the second quarter of the year, according to research …

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How Google has been making Android a safer place since 2012

Last year in June, Google brought Android Jelly Bean 4.1 to the world. It was a wonderful day, too. It brought with it Project Butter, which spelled the end for lag for a lot of people. Android was running smoother and more complete than ever. Who’d have known that just a year later, we’d be …

Why the iPhone 6 is likely to come in three flavors instead of one

Rumors that Apple is looking to produce a larger smartphone gained more credence with a new report by the Wall Street Journal. It’s about time, since the iPhone’s four-inch screen is now dwarfed by other, popular options on the market.<p>But if Apple gives in to pressure to showcase a larger display, …