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There Is an Absolutely Gigantic Rogue Planet Wandering Our Galactic Neighbourhood

It can teach us so much.<p>There is a very strange object floating around our stellar neighbourhood and it has astronomers intrigued.<p>It's very large, …

Universe

Apple Is Worth $1,000,000,000,000. Two Decades Ago, It Was Almost Bankrupt.

SAN FRANCISCO — In 1997, Apple was on the ropes. The Silicon Valley pioneer was being decimated by Microsoft and its many partners in the personal-computer market. It had just cut a third of its work force, and it was about 90 days from going broke, Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, later …

Bankruptcy

The blood moon lunar eclipse offers thrilling views

<b>(CNN) —</b> The longest total lunar eclipse of the century concluded Friday night, showcasing a blood moon for most of the Eastern Hemisphere. Coincidentally, Mars was also at its brightest, putting two bright red objects in the sky.<p>It began in Australia and Indonesia, and it moved across the globe. …

Lunar Eclipse

'Boy or girl?' Parents raising 'theybies' let kids decide

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Three-year-old twins Zyler and Kadyn Sharpe scurried around the boys and girls clothing racks of a narrow consignment store filled with toys. Zyler, wearing rainbow leggings, scrutinized a pair of hot-pink-and-purple sneakers. Kadyn, in a T-Rex shirt, fixated on a musical cube …

Parenting

Israel, U.S. criticized for Palestinian deaths in Gaza clashes as death toll rises

By Carol Morello<p>, Reporter<p>Loveday Morris<p>, Bureau chief<p>Karen DeYoung<p>, Associate editor/reporter<p>Israel and the United States came under harsh, global criticism Tuesday as both countries defended Israel’s use of live ammunition against Palestinians protesting at the Gaza border. The Palestinian death …

Israel

Regional tensions soar in Syria as Trump threatens to strike and Iranians die in an attack

By Liz Sly<p>, Bureau chief<p>Erin Cunningham<p>, Middle East reporter<p>BEIRUT — The prospect of a U.S. strike on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack, coupled with a missile raid apparently carried out by Israel that killed Iranian military personnel, has underscored the risk that the conflict …

Middle East

Are aliens real? Grim discovery raises doubts about existence of extraterrestrial life

The universe could be a more lonely place than we ever imagined.<p>A new study has cast doubt on the existence of alien life after discovering that a …

Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, warns Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said on Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.<p>The military released previously classified cockpit footage, …

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads.<p>Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — …

Autonomous Vehicle

Bottled water from major brands like Aquafina, Nestle, and Dasani has been found to contain tiny plastic particles that you're drinking

When you drink from a plastic bottle of fresh H20, you're sipping more than just water.<p>A new report from Orb Media reveals how major bottled water brands, including Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle and Evian all have tens, hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of microplastic particles floating in their …

Pollution

Justice Dept. to target opioid manufacturers, distributors in new push to curb deadly epidemic

By Sari Horwitz<p>, Reporter<p>Katie Zezima<p>, Reporter<p>Lenny Bernstein<p>, Health reporter<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that a new task force would target drug manufacturers and distributors for their roles in the opioid epidemic, raising the possibility of filing criminal charges against …

Medicine

The FCC just voted to repeal its net neutrality rules, in a sweeping act of deregulation

By Brian Fung<p>, Reporter<p>Federal regulators voted Thursday to allow Internet providers to speed up service for websites they favor — and block or slow down others — in a decision repealing landmark Obama-era regulations overseeing broadband companies such as AT&T and Verizon.<p>The move by the Federal …

Net Neutrality

Spending habits of self-made millionaires from a guy who studied rich people for 5 years

After studying hundreds of people both rich and poor, author Tom Corley explains the spending habits of self-made millionaires and how it helped them grow their wealth.<p><b>Tom Corley:</b> So some of the most important habits of self-made millionaires that I uncovered in my research. Well, the first will be …

This Brilliant Strategy Used by Warren Buffett Will Help You Prioritize Your Time

The billionaire has a simple method for deciding what to spend his valuable time on.<p>With more than $70 billion to his name and majority ownership of 70+ companies through his holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett has proved he knows a thing or two about prioritizing important work.<p>But …

Case of Missing Lebanese Prime Minister Stirs Middle East Tensions

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When the Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri made a sudden trip abroad last week, it was taken at first to be a routine visit with his political patron, Saudi Arabia. But the next day, he unexpectedly announced his resignation by video from Riyadh, the Saudi capital.<p>He has yet to …

How Do Americans Feel About The NFL Protests? It Depends On How You Ask.

The debate over NFL player protests was reignited on Sunday when Vice President Mike Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game early after a number of …

Mediterranean style diet may prevent dementia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Meals from the sunny Mediterranean have been linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart and longer life, along with a reduced risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.<p>Now you can add lowering your risk for dementia to the ever growing list of reasons to follow the Mediterranean diet or …

Holistic Medicine

Smart speaker calls 911 during domestic dispute, police rescue woman and daughter

It can be a nuisance when a smart home device such as Google Home or Amazon Echo is inadvertently invoked. But it can also be a lifesaver.<p><i>ABC News</i> …

Amazon’s Alexa has gained 14,000 skills in the last year

Amazon's Alexa is gaining knowledge at a rapid clip.<p>The voice assistant now has more than 15,000 "skills" (Amazon's term for voice-based apps), nearly all of them created in the little more than two years since Amazon opened Alexa to outside developers. That is boatloads more than the number of …

Google Assistant

iPhone at 10: how it changed everything

<b>Alex Hern</b> bought the first iPhone a decade ago. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, he looks back on how it changed the world – and his life<p>Ten years ago today, the first iPhone hit stores in the US. On paper, the device was nothing special: it lacked the 3G connectivity which was becoming …

nirvana autogyro's gyrodrive becomes world’s first street legal flying car

<b>flying cars have proved this year that they are far from just a science fiction concept, but the winner of the race to become street legal is</b> …

Flying Car

How our universe will end: 'The black holes will eat up everything'

Robbert Dijkgraaf is a theoretical physicist and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is also the co-author of "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge." In this video, he explains how our universe will meet its death. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>The black</i> …

Universe

America's First Drive-Thru Marijuana Shop Will Open on 4/20

The doors — or rather, windows — will soon open on the Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru, the nation’s first legal drive-thru marijuana …

Prince documents unsealed: No meds in home were prescribed to him

<b>(CNN) —</b> None of the medications found in Prince's home following his death last year were prescribed to him, according to court documents unsealed Monday.<p>Bottles of opioid painkillers -- some prescribed to Prince's former drummer and longtime friend Kirk Johnson -- were found in several places in …

Billboard Awards

Putin meets with Tillerson in Russia as Syria rift deepens

<b>(CNN) —</b> US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that relations with Moscow are at a low point after meetings in Russia that seemed to do little to bridge a deepening diplomatic divide over a chemical attack in Syria.<p>Relations are "at a low point, there is a low level of trust between our …

Middle East

Celtics grab NBA Eastern Conference No1 seed as Cavs slump continues

• Boston will seal No1 seed if they win final game against Bucks<br>• Cleveland lose third game in succession after overtime defeat to Miami<p>The Celtics now control their own fate in their quest to secure the Eastern Conference’s top playoff seed. Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to help Boston beat back a …

Why That Maui Wowie Doesn’t Hit You The Same Way Every Time

Humans and chimpanzees are often described as cousins, but that analogy doesn’t quite capture the true distance in the relationship. Cousins, after …

Bill Gates warns tens of millions could be killed by bio-terrorism

Microsoft founder and philanthropist tells Munich security conference genetic engineering could be terrorist weapon<p>A chilling warning that tens of millions of people could be killed by bio-terrorism was delivered at the Munich security conference by the world’s richest man, Bill Gates<p>Gates, who has …

Bill Gates

Trump signs directive to start border wall with Mexico, ramp up immigration enforcement

By David Nakamura<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump on Wednesday began putting in place his plan to ratchet up immigration enforcement, following through on major campaign pledges by signing executive actions to build a border wall with Mexico and cut off funds to cities that do not report undocumented …

Immigration

Trump to sign executive orders enabling construction of proposed border wall and targeting sanctuary cities

By Jerry Markon<p>, Reporter<p>Robert Costa<p>, Reporter<p>Abigail Hauslohner<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump plans to sign executive orders Wednesday enabling construction of his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and targeting cities where local leaders refuse to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation, …

Immigration