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13 smart & easy DIY ideas that will transform your home

Home decoration could be a really enjoyable thing to do if you know your spaces well and have that curious streak which motivates you on to go for …

Why The CDC Thinks 1.4 Million People Might Contract Ebola By February

A crash course in modeling the outbreak of a deadly disease<p>Last June, the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone built a temporary ward in anticipation of an influx of Ebola patients. The makeshift building was covered with thin, tin metal sheets, haphazardly held to the walls by wire …

U.S., allied airstrikes target ISIS in northern Syria

U.S. and allied warplanes hit sites near the northern Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab, the scene of fighting between ISIS and Kurdish forces in recent days, U.S. Central Command confirmed Saturday.<p>A video released by the U.S. military shows a missile hitting a building. U.S. Central Command said it was …

Scientists grapple with ethics in rush to release Ebola vaccines | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait.<p>Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute, and Chief …

Rape, domestic violence and football: The last battle for American masculinity

Beneath the freakout over frats, football and feminism lies a yearning for the lost world of 20th-century manhood<p>Is traditional masculinity -- assuming for a moment that we have any idea what that term means -- under attack? Some of its defenders certainly feel that way. Over the past year or two, …

led coalition strikes Syria

BEIRUT — U.S. coalition-led warplanes struck jihadis attacking a town near the Turkish border for the first time Saturday, as well as positions including wheat silos in the country's east, activists and a Kurdish official said.<p>The coalition, which began its aerial campaign against Islamic State …

Is Obama's War-Powers Shift Hypocrisy, Or Inevitable For A President?

Despite his liberal bona fides and campaign objections, President Obama's foreign policy decisions look very much like those of his predecessors.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. This week, a Nobel Peace Prize winner went before the United Nations …

Do Libertarians Need to Embrace a Socially Conservative Agenda to Achieve Their Goals?

Could libertarians and social conservatives – often viewed as clashing forces on the right – actually be natural allies?<p>“Values voters and libertarians share the view that a more intrusive, invasive, expensive and expansive federal government threatens self-governance and self-reliance and …

Come November, what's a fringe voter to do in this top-two system?

Four years ago California voters approved Proposition 14, which scrapped the existing primary election system for most elected offices and replaced it with the top-two system we used in June. It was billed as a way to force Democratic and Republican politicians to cater to the center of the broad …

Government

Prospect of tighter White House security touches nerve in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The prospect of more of the U.S. capital being closed off after an intruder got into the White House has struck a nerve in Washington over public space being eroded by barricades and bollards.<p>The White House seen from outside the north lawn fence in Washington in this …

Obama looking for partners on many fronts

On Tuesday, it was climate change. Wednesday, terrorists. And on Thursday, President Barack Obama confronted yet another emergency that threatens wide destruction overseas: the Ebola outbreak spreading in West Africa.<p>Crisis management has become a hallmark of Obama's second term, perhaps seen …

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Write-in candidate smokes pot in political ad

A medical marijuana advocate turned write-in candidate for Rhode Island governor has garnered instant social media attention by smoking what she says is pot in a campaign video.<p>But her media stunt comes with a more serious political message about pot legalization.<p>"I'm Anne Armstrong, and I'm going …

Doctor treats Ebola with HIV drug in Liberia

A doctor in rural Liberia inundated with Ebola patients says he's had good results with a treatment he tried out of sheer desperation: an HIV drug.<p>Dr. Gorbee Logan has given the drug, lamivudine, to 15 Ebola patients, and all but two survived. That's about a 13% mortality rate.<p>Across West Africa, …

Sierra Nevada Challenges NASA's Space Taxi Deal With SpaceX, Boeing

Sierra Nevada Corp. says it's challenging NASA's $6.8 billion award to Boeing and SpaceX for the development of space taxis that would transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Sierra Nevada had received more than $300 million from NASA for development of its Dream Chaser …

Space Exploration

Mystery of Runaway Biotech Wheat Called Unsolvable as New Incident is Reported

<i>Correction: This story was updated to reflect that the Southern Agricultural Research Center is affiliated with Montana State University, not the University of Montana.</i><p>The discovery of rogue genetically modified wheat plants growing in an Oregon field last year was officially deemed an unsolved …

US says IS damaged by coalition air strikes in Syria

<b>The US armed forces chief says Islamic State (IS) militants are being damaged by air strikes in Syria but air power alone is not enough to defeat them.</b><p>Gen Martin Dempsey said a political solution and a ground campaign would both be needed in Iraq and Syria.<p>Gen Dempsey said that up to 15,000 …

Say Ello to the anti-Facebook

Ello seems to have come out of nowhere.<p>The creators are designers and artists. Its CEO, Paul Budnitz, makes toys. There's no big marketing push and no obvious ties to Silicon Valley. These are not the typical building blocks of a hot new social network.<p>Yet, people are joining it in droves. In the …

Iran's President: ISIS airstrikes 'theater'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Airstrikes against ISIS militants are a "psychological operation," not a military one, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Friday.<p>"It is a common threat for all of us," he said. "And this requires a unison effort from all of us."<p>"We …

Montana teacher -- initially given 31 days in rape of student -- now gets 10 years

Fighting back tears, Auliea Hanlon sat on the witness stand in a Montana courtroom, just feet away from the man who pleaded guilty to raping her 14-year-old daughter -- and initially received a sentence that required him to serve just 31 days in prison.<p>"Here we are -- six, seven years later, still …

Saudi correctional centre claims success with former jihadists

With its spa, Olympic swimming pool, fitness room and family suites, the Mohammed bin Nayef Centre could be just one more luxury mansion somewhere in the Gulf states. But the complex in the suburbs of Riyadh, which opened last year and is named after the current interior minister, accommodates …

Malaysia urged to stop transgender arrests

Malaysia's transgender population faces systematic repression, harassment and mistreatment, and the government must immediately repeal laws that criminalise their lifestyles, Human Rights Watch has said.<p>On Thursday, the US-based group released a report it says details worsening abuses that …

Number of mass shootings in US has risen sharply, FBI report says

The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI report released Wednesday.<p>The study focused on 160 “active shooter …

Syrian army overruns town near Damascus

Syrian government forces have overrun rebels in a town northeast of Damascus, strengthening President Bashar al-Assad's grip on territory around the capital.<p>The town - Adra al-Omalia - is about 30km from central Damascus but far from parts of Syria where the United States has launched air strikes …

Sierra Leone quarantines 1 million people due to Ebola outbreak

Your latest dispatch from hell<p>Thursday morning, Sierra Leone began a quarantine of more than 1 million people as the lethal Ebola outbreak continues to rage in West Africa. Two of the country's eastern districts, Kenema and Kailahun, were already under strict quarantine, while the new quarantine …

Kidnapped Nigerian student becomes first in months to escape Boko Haram

One of the school students snatched by Boko Haram when they raided a Nigerian dormitory has been found wandering through a small north-eastern village, the first confirmed escape since the atrocity that shocked the world in April this year.<p>Of the almost 300 girls and young women rounded up and …

FAA approves drone use by Hollywood, sets precedent

The squabble between those who want to use drones for purposes considered commercial and the FAA, which is working diligently to stamp out all such …

Digital Telepathy Is The Future Of The Human Species

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling.</i><p>The story of life on Earth thus far has had an unmistakable direction, and it has moved toward greater complexity. <b></b>Sure, …