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25 iPhone tips and tricks for 2017

Having a dead phone can be a drag. Especially now that we rely on our phone for practically everything from texting, emailing, to social …

10 most controversial authors (in recent memory)

It takes courage to be a published author. On the one hand, your book might not succeed. On the other hand – it might. And for some writers, that's …

Looking for a Simon & Schuster title? Barnes & Noble might not be your best bet

Barnes &Noble has reportedly been ordering fewer Simon & Schuster titles than it normally does as the book retailer and the publisher wrangle over …

For Swiss disaster rescue dogs, the job - and training - never ends

Dogs from the REDOG rescue program, based outside Berne, have seen duty worldwide, from Japan to Turkey to Costa Rica, to sniff out victims buried in …

Why Google is spending billions on renewable energy

Google has already invested around $1 billion in alternative power projects with a combined capacity of more than two gigawatts. These investments …

Online dating on the go: Apps shake up traditional dating websites

Why users have fallen in love with online-dating apps.<p>For many people, dating was once about love at first sight. But now, with the creation of …

US cars in 2050 could be using 80 percent less gasoline

The US could cut oil consumption for light-duty vehicles and greenhouse-gas emissions, if it adopts policies and encourages key technologies, a new …

Zuckerberg Creating a Shadow Money Nonprofit to Take On Immigration Reform

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is stepping up his political influence — this time creating an advocacy group to tackle immigration reform with other …

North Korea targets Hawaii, Guam in latest threat

The secluded state has been ramping up its rhetoric in recent weeks in response to new UN sanctions and joint military drills by the US and South …

Is border security a 10, or just a 2? Why lawmakers want a rating system.

Immigration reform legislation may hinge on finding a way to assess how secure the border is. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday …

Google Glass already has some lawmakers on high alert

Lawmakers and privacy experts are wary of how Google Glass could be used, whether to snap photos covertly or to let drivers watch videos.<p>The ability …

Is Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Dipping His Toes Into Political World?

Is Mark Zuckerberg starting to dip his toes into the political ocean?<p>Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has been making headlines recently for “Lean …

'Fifty Shades of Grey' earns blockbuster sales numbers for publisher Random House

The sales figures for the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trilogy make the series one of the fastest-selling in history.<p>“Fifty Shades of Grey” publisher …

Drug dogs need a warrant to sniff at your door, Supreme Court rules

When police brought a trained drug dog to the outside of a Florida home to sniff for evidence, that violated the homeowner's Fourth Amendment rights, …

Bible comes to life as locusts swarm Israel

Israeli Jews celebrating Passover will easily relate to their ancestors this year – the country has been swarmed by millions of locusts, one of the …

Eating locusts: The crunchy, kosher snack taking Israel by swarm

<b>Israel is in the grip of a locust invasion. Farmers are seeing their crops gobbled up in minutes - and some people are taking a novel approach to pest control. Eating them.</b><p>Rabbi Ari Zivotofsky's children have been busy in the kitchen.<p>On the menu… breaded locust, and chocolate-covered …

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The financial mistake 25 percent of America makes

If you’re eyeing your retirement savings in order to keep your head above water, turn your eyes instead to the multitude of tools you already have in …

It's no magic: Invisibility cloak now available in a slim, form-fitting design

Previous success in hiding objects has relied on bulky cloaking materials. Now researchers have developed a thin, form-fitting cloak that makes …

Obamacare will increase insurance payouts 32 percent, study claims

Insurance companies will have to pay more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, says a new report …

Watch out, Harry Potter: New invisibility cloak (mostly) works

Jealous of Harry Potter's invisibility cloak? Yours could be coming soon. A new cloaking device doesn't work on visible light yet, but it makes …

Will nanowires provide a breakthrough for solar power efficiency?

Nanowire solar cells could absorb more of the sun's energy than theory, the so-called Shockley-Queisser limit, would allow, a new study says. Such a …

Judge Judy's son: Interfering in child rape case?

Judge Judy's son, Adam Levy, is interfering in the investigation of the rape of a 12-year-old girl, says a N.Y. sheriff. The alleged rapist was a …

Panera pay-what-you-want chili introduced in St. Louis stores

Panera 'pay-what-you-want' turkey chili has been introduced in the café chain's St. Louis locations. The turkey chili entree is an extension of …

Drones above New York 'scary' but inevitable, Mayor Bloomberg says

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says domestic drones are coming, suggesting they perform the same functions as street cameras. Critics say the aim …