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Beautiful Color Rich Photos of California Sunsets

Photographer Rich Cruse from South California has an amazing collection of spectacular sunset images. His fantastic silhouettes taken as the sun goes …

The 14 Most Innovative Gadgets Of All Time

Wireless high-speed Internet everywhere? We're getting close thanks to LTE.<p>Cars that drive themselves? Google is working on it. Appliances that sync with your smartphone? Thanks, Nest.<p>We put together what we think are the best examples of gadgets that brought us into the future or are now showing …

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America in the 1970s: The Pacific Northwest

Day 5 of Documerica Week on In Focus, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. In our final photo essay, we visit the northwestern states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, during a heightened energy crisis that left gas pumps empty …

Zhangjiajie, China, More Than Astounding

Those of us who love traditional Chinese scroll paintings have an emotional relationship to "mystical mountains;" those shaggy pillars and abrupt granite projections, partially hidden by cloud and mist; transcendental and otherworldly. In traditional folklore, these mountains were the homes of …

China Air Pollution: Government Announces Plan To Combat Smog And Haze

BEIJING, July 25 (Reuters) - China plans to invest 1.7 trillion yuan ($277 billion) to combat air pollution over the next five years, state media said on Thursday, underscoring the new government's concerns about addressing a key source of social discontent.<p>The money is to be spent primarily in …

Kidnapped and Sold: Inside the Dark World of Child Trafficking in China

Some Americans have unknowingly adopted Chinese babies taken from their parents and sold to orphanages. But can the Congress do anything about it?<p>Almost exactly a year earlier, Liu Liqin had the worst day of his life. He was out on a temporary construction job, looking forward to lunch and his next …

Death toll in China earthquake rises to 89

Rescuers with shovels and sniffer dogs combed through collapsed hillsides Tuesday as the death toll rose to 89 from a strong earthquake in a farming region of northwest China.<p>Another five people were listed as missing and 628 injured in Monday morning's quake near the city of Dingxi in Gansu …

China: Where Building New Government Buildings Are Banned, And Officials Reportedly Engage in Breast Milk Orgies

First of all, China has announced a 5-year ban on the construction of any new government buildings.<p>From Keith Bradsher at The New York Times:<p>China issued a directive on Tuesday banning the construction of government buildings for the next five years, the latest in a series of initiatives by …

China Just Announced A Few Key Measures To Bolster Growth: Here Are All The Details

But Chinese premier Li Keqiang helped calm markets this week by saying that 7.5% is the growth floor for 2013.<p><b>Cutting VAT and business tax for micro and small enterprises (MSEs)</b> with monthly sales under 20,000 yuan. 6 million MSEs are expected to benefit from this measure that is expected to total …

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When China Sneezes, Everyone Gets Sick

Not too long ago, the story was that when Chinese buy an ounce more of rice and eat more chicken, commodities prices would rise. And indeed they did. But now the story is, if China sneezes, we all get the flu.<p>The Chinese economy is sick. Not deadly sick, but in a funk.<p>It’s not that the funk will …

Wealthy women in China are learning high-class etiquettes in a $16,000 course -

From being crushed under the Communist regime to learning how to peel an orange, the Chinese sure have come a long way. China is now undergoing a sea …

China earthquakes leave thousands homeless

More than 90 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured by two powerful earthquakes in China.<p>Several major aftershocks and landslides are hampering the rescue operation. More than thirty thousand people have been forced to leave their homes.<p>Al Jazeera's Craig Leeson reports from Hong …

Why Investors in China Love Detroit's Bankruptcy

The country's real-estate speculators are buying 30 cheap properties at a time, sight unseen.<p>Downtown Detroit has long been one of the nation's worst housing markets. Home values have plummeted. Vacancies abound. And foreclosure numbers are through the roof. Not that that's surprising; who'd want …

CHART OF THE DAY: China Is Literally Going Nuclear

The EIA released its world energy outlook through 2040.<p>There were lots of fascinating charts, but this one jumped out at us: China's projected use of nuclear power.<p>From about 15 gigawatts to 160 gigawatts by 2040, that's about a 967% increase.<p>To put that in perspective, U.S. capacity is currently …

Apple iPhone Losing Popularity Contest In China

Apple’s iPhone isn’t as hot as it once was in China as smart phone buyers turn to lower priced rivals like Samsung.<p>The company said on Tuesday that its revenue from China fell 14% year-on-year to $4.6 billion in the quarter ending June 29. The entire China-Hong Kong-Taiwan sales region was …

Starbucks Skyrockets Higher On U.S. And China Strength, Sells One Billion K-Cups

In what founder and CEO Howard Schultz called the company’s best third quarter results ever, Starbucks delivered a solid earnings beat on both revenue and profit, and above expectations guidance, sending the stock dramatically higher in the after-hours session.<p>Starbucks saw operating income surge …

Crime And Punishment, Mainland China Style

<b>Drug War</b><p>Director: Johnnie To<br>• Genre: Drama<br>• Running Time: 107 minutes<p><i>Unrated; violence, drug use</i><p><i>With: Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Yi Huang</i><p><b>(Recommended)</b><p>Hong Kong action-crime maestro Johnnie To makes films about good and evil, but he's not in the habit of neatly distinguishing the two. So he might seem at a …

China Is Skeptical About Plans To Build The World's Tallest Building In Just 9 Months

The firm, a wholly owned subsidiary of Broad Group, initially set a goal of 90 days for the 208-floor, 838-meter (2,749-foot) Sky City tower. As nearly everyone predicted, however, that never panned out.<p>Saturday's long overdue stone laying ceremony reignited suspicions about the project, with many …

5 Charts That Perfectly Capture The Incredible Rise Of China

The latest economic reports confirm that the Chinese economy is slowing.<p>But it's worth taking a step back to see how far China has come in the past 30 years.<p>Here's an interesting set of charts from Deutsche Bank's House View presentation:

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Apple urges China to only use official chargers after recent fatality

Following the recent death of a Chinese woman that was reportedly "electrocuted by her iPhone," Apple has posted guidance on its website urging citizens to only use its official chargers. An information page detailing the company's power adapters (first spotted by <i>The Next Web</i>) is now linked …

What Bankrupted Detroit: China? Or Robots?

The Motor City's population collapsed as manufacturing jobs disappeared.<p>We know that, unlike most defeats, Detroit's bankruptcy has a thousand fathers -- everything from mismanaged pension funds to interest rate swaps gone the wrong way to years of racial animus that hollowed out the core of an …

Asian universities are leaping up the league tables, but China is getting left behind

A rapidly developing economy can transform a nation in a generation or two, but establishing a world-class university system can take quite a bit longer. By the end of this decade, three out of every 10 college graduates will come from China. But the country hasn’t been able to build enough …

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China air rage incidents caught on camera

Air rage attacks are a growing problem in China as the country struggles to make its planes fly on schedule, leading to increasing number of violent attacks on airline staff.<p>China has spent billions on building some of the largest and most modern airports in the world. But much to everyone's …

5 Things That'll Offset All Of The Bad Economic News Out Of China

Some economists have warned of a possible "hard landing," a scenario where Chinese growth slows enough to cause unemployment to spike.<p>The upshot of that, economists estimate, would spell financial instability for China and drain global demand, particularly in Asia.<p>"At this juncture, the principal …

Apple in China recommends use of official power adapters for iPhone

Apple is advising its customers in China to use the company’s official USB power adapters when recharging their devices, as police continued on …

China silences American-style TV talent shows

BEIJING – Television singing contests have been curtailed by Chinese censors who claim the country has too many of the American Idol-style shows.<p>The country’s state broadcasting regulator issued a new policy Friday banning satellite channels from producing any more singing contests.<p>It echoes the …