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California judge dismisses class action suit against Apple over retail worker bag searches

Nearly a year ago, a federal judge dismissed a class action lawsuit Apple employees filed against the company for wages they lost while standing in bag-check lines for 10 to 15 minutes before and after their shifts. The case, however, lived on in California. Until today, that is. According to a …

San Francisco

How to improve willpower? Feed it.

Bridging the gap between who we are and who we want to be is often exhausting. To become fitter, we need to keep from blowing off the gym. And to do that, we need willpower.<p>Children who have the self-control to resist a marshmallow now in order to receive two later generally have better SAT scores …

Self-improvement

The Week in Review: Most Livable Cities Report Reflects Global Issues

Melbourne, Australia, topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) list of most livable cities for the fifth year running earlier this week. Rounding out the top five were, in order: Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, and Adelaide, Australia, and Calgary, Canada, tied for fifth.<p>A noteworthy finding was …

Middle East

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Man killed by St. Louis police was shot in the back, autopsy shows

<b>(CNN) —</b> A black man killed in a shooting by St. Louis police Wednesday died from a gunshot wound in the back, the city's police department said Friday, citing an autopsy.<p>Police have said that Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, pointed a gun at them before officers opened fire -- an account disputed by his …

Stolen iPhone selfies go viral as thieves are hunted online

A post containing selfies taken by a group of iPhone thieves has gone viral on Facebook, being shared more than 100,000 times since being posted by the handset’s rightful owner yesterday.<p>Kelly Jones of Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, had her two iPhones, camera, wallet and other valuables stolen while …

Cedar Point

North Korea's Kim Jong Un places nation's border in 'semi-state of war'

North Korean leader<p>Kim Jong Unhas ordered troops on the country’s heavily armed border with South Korea to be ready for war, one day after the two countries exchanged artillery fire in a spat over propaganda-spewing loudspeakers.<p>Speaking at an emergency meeting of his Central Military Commission, …

North Korea

8 Frozen Cocktail Recipes Around the World, Because You've Had A Hot Day

Drink your way around the globe.<p>All you really need to cope with the incessant heat of late summer is a good booze collection, ice and a blender. It's the blessed trinity of refreshment.<p>Here are our favorite selections from around the world -- from Peru's delicious pisco sour to France's sidecar …

Ice Cream

Malala achieves top GCSE grades

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, is celebrating achieving a set of top grades at GCSE following results day on Thursday<p>Malala Yousafzai, the girls' education campaigner, is celebrating achieving top grades at GCSE on Thursday, with her highest scores in science and maths.<p>The 18-year-old …

10 Ways You've Never Thought To Use Your Microwave

You already use your microwave for these excellent recipes. But did you know it can be the key to a cheap, at-home latte? Here, ten new ways to use your kitchen's most versatile appliance.<p><b>To Cook Corn</b><p>This is kind of life-changing. <b>How to do it</b>.<p><b>To Toast Coconut</b><p>Use the same method to toast raw nuts.</b> …

Kitchens

11 Reasons Avocado Lovers Are Winning At Life

There's more to this fruit than guacamole, though that's enough.<p>Avocado lovers are a special kind of person. They might start their day with this green fruit in a smoothie or on toast; they might add some sliced on top of their lunchtime salad; they might even work one into their dessert. Any way …

Avocado

Families Not Surprised U.S. Men Stopped Train Attacker

The two American servicemen and their friend who thwarted a gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris were acting completely in line with their characters when they jumped into action to defend themselves and those around them, family members said.<p>Airman First Class Spencer Stone and Oregon …

Panda Cubs Make Debut Appearance in Ya’an China

Asia

Let's throw the dice: what video games can learn from board games

Two years ago, when I left video games criticism to work full-time in table top games, a lot of people, my mum chief among them, were startled.<p>These days, it’s easy to explain. Board game cafes are springing up all over the world, and investors are pouring millions into the industry.<p>But I didn’t …

Board Games

Russia's Space Program in Crisis After Decades of Brain Drain, Neglect

MOSCOW — It might be the only country that can rocket humans into space, but Russia’s once-great space program is being dragged back to Earth by decades of brain drain and financial hardship.<p>“The Russian space industry is in an obvious state of crisis,” said Asif Siddiqi, a professor at Fordham …

Space Exploration

Make Healthy Pancakes for Breakfast; Win at Everything for the Rest of the Day

Pancakes don't have to be weekend-only fare. They also don't have to be indulgent. Here's how to make healthy, weekday-friendly flapjacks.<p><i>Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow really loves breakfast. Sure, she’s a morning person by nature, but what she really digs about breakfast is that it’s an</i> …

15 Gorgeously Designed Henna Tattoos with Unbelievably Intricate Patterns

For thousands of years, the art of henna (called <i>mehndi</i> in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced in India, Pakistan, Africa, and the Middle East. The henna plant is crushed and mixed with other ingredients into a paste, which can then be applied to the skin in dazzlingly intricate patterns. Once the …

Body Art

The Skelligs: a trip to the edge of the abyss

The search for solitude has led pilgrims to the edges of the known world – and beyond – throughout history. But few final destinations rival the remoteness of Skellig Michael, a lonely, storm-lashed rock off the west coast of Ireland that doubles as a Jedi sanctuary in the latest <i>Star Wars</i> films.<p>The …

Ireland

The secrets of extraordinary survivors

When faced with trauma, some people manage to emerge stronger than ever. How do they manage it? Michael Bond investigates.<p>Eugenie is telling me the story of the end of her life. At least, it is the end of the life she used to know.<p>Three years ago, government soldiers came to her home in Kinshasa in …

Visiting Japan's ghost island of Hashima

The small island of Hashima was once bustling with a community of 5000 people, who lived alongside the mines they worked. Abandoned in the 1970s, the island and its buildings had been left to the<p>elements.<p>But calls for its preservation, a cameo role in a Bond movie, and Unesco recognition have all …

Loneliness

Tracking the Origin of Food: The Intriguing Case of San Marzano Tomatoes

photo: Pbenjay's Blog<p>Let's suppose, just for a moment, that you feel like trying a somewhat exotic delicacy beyond the flavorful bounty that your local CSA offers, or that you are experimenting with a recipe that calls for a specific product that does not originate in you area... Immediately, you'd …

The Genius Way To Eat A Kiwi

Put down the knife and pick up a spoon.<p>Of all the fruits available at the produce aisle, the kiwi has one of the worst reputations. We think the prickly skin protecting the sweet, green fruit underneath might be to blame. It could also be the crunchy black seeds that dot the center of the fruit. …

Cupcakes

Rush for dual-nationality passports as EU migrants fear Brexit

From work permits to healthcare, pensions to tax, EU citizens in UK and Britons in Europe worry they could be in a precarious position after 2016’s referendum<p>Thousands of people – continental Europeans in Britain as well as UK citizens abroad – are so alarmed at the potential impact of a British …

Black box recovered from 'totally destroyed' Indonesian plane, official says

An Indonesian passenger plane that went missing two days ago was destroyed when it slammed into a mountain, killing all 54 people on board, the country's top rescue official said.<p>Rescuers only reached the crash site Tuesday after being hindered by rugged, forested terrain and bad weather.<p>"The plane …

Airplanes

Rightwing Russian activists attack Moscow art exhibition

Conservative Christian group takes offence over sculpture show depicting naked Christ and heads of John the Baptist. The Moscow Times reports<p>Russia has been accused of encouraging religious intolerance after rightwing activists attacked a major art exhibit in Moscow, claiming it offended their …

The most dangerous voting machines in America are retired

After more than a decade of use and dozens of reported security problems, the Virginia Board of Elections voted to decommission the last of the 3,000 WINVote touchscreen voting machines being used in the state. The machines have experienced issues including crashes and shutdowns, votes being …

This Man Ran the Entire Appalachian Trail in 46 Days. Here's What He Ate Along the Way

What foods fuel a man who completed the entire Appalachian Trail in 46 days? We spoke to ultrarunner and vegan Scott Jurek to find out.<p>In a sport that already dances on the fringe of society, ultrarunner Scott Jurek is a true rarity. As one of the athletes who helped make ultramarathons—any race …

11 YA novels not just for kids

<i>Throughout the summer, EW has been rolling out lists of some of our favorite books of all time. So far, we’ve suggested celebrity memoirs,</i> …