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Tasty or addictive? Chinese restaurant serves noodles laced with opium poppy

The noodles were not just tasty. They were addictive.<p>A Chinese noodle vendor in northern Shaanxi province has been detained for 10 days after admitting he added powdered poppy plant — from which opium is made --- to his dishes to keep customers coming back, Chinese media has reported.<p>The owner said …

“Just do what I tell you”: Why cops’ tasing people is nothing to laugh at

<b>University of Florida student Andrew Meyer struggles with University Police as they try to remove him from a question and answer session with John Kerry, Sept. 17, 2007, in Gainesville, Fla. Meyer was Tasered and arrested. (AP/Andrew Stanfill)</b><p>People think videos of cops tasing people are funny. …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

<b>1. An Iraqi Shi'ite coalition is close to nominating a prime minister, Iraq's deputy speaker Haider al-Abadi said in a tweet on Monday, meaning that prime minister Nuri al-Maliki may have to give up his bid for a third term.</b> This comes after Maliki gave a surprise television speech Sunday night …

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Report: Ebola outbreak probably started with 2-year-old in Guinea

The worst outbreak of Ebola, which has killed 961 people and triggered an international public health emergency, may have started with a 2-year-old patient in a village in Guinea.<p>About eight months ago, the toddler, whom researchers believe may have been Patient Zero, suffered fever, black stool …

As probe begins, Stewart steps away from the track

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.'s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it …

Iraq crisis: Troops swell in Baghdad amid ISIS threat, humanitarian nightmare

A crisis so dire that families are fleeing to Syria. A militant threat so strong that U.S. forces are striking from the sky. And political strife so tense that it could derail hopes for government stability.<p>As Iraq's political and humanitarian crises escalate at the same time, foreign countries are …

NASCAR's Tony Stewart Hits And Kills Driver During Race

US NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car driver who was walking on a dirt track during a race in upstate New York on Saturday …

Priest Says Devil Won't Stop Texting Him

Damnit Satan, don't you know about roaming charges?<p>A Catholic priest in Poland apparently claims that the devil won't stop with his unlimited hexes, according to the Austrian Times.<p>Father Marian Rajchel, from Jaroslaw, Poland, said he attempted to perform an exorcism on a teenage girl. Things went …

Study: Hookah use up among teens, especially white males with money

Nearly 1 in 5 American high school seniors has used a hookah at least once in the preceding year, and the risk was greater for students from higher-income families, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.<p>Hookahs, a type of water pipe, have become increasingly popular in …

Ways Unattractive Men Can Look More Attractive

Let’s face it. No man ever wakes up looking like a Chris Hemsworth or Michael B. Jordan. Unless you’re one of those lucky bastards who’ve been …

Mars 'UFO' Controversy Ignited By Curiosity Rover Images

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much are two pictures worth, especially if they show an odd-looking, allegedly descending light heading to the surface of Mars?<p>These are real pictures, taken by the Curiosity rover -- some reports say it took place on June 23, but according to information on …

Chilling Video Appears To Show Israeli Police Brutally Beating Palestinian-American Teenager

Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old U.S. citizen from Florida, is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian 16-year-old whose abduction and murder has triggered days of protests and riots.<p>The State Department confirmed Saturday night that Khdeir was being held by Israeli authorities. Spokeswoman Jen …

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A 74-Year-Old Man Created These Beautiful Works Of Art Using Excel Spreadsheets

We don't blame you — Excel is typically associated with bland spreadsheets, crunching numbers, and boring charts.<p>But Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 74-year-old man from an area in Japan called Nagano Prefecture, has discovered how to make stunning works of art using Excel spreadsheets.<p>Horiuchi's art has been …

Marriott and MIT want to turn your hotel into a social network

If you travel often, you know that it's hard to socialize at hotels; short of a chance encounter, you'll probably end up drinking at the bar by yourself. MIT and Marriott may have a better solution in store with their Six Degrees app. The mobile software uses LinkedIn to find connections between …

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California May Legalize Marijuana In 2014

An initiative that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana in California was cleared for signature gathering by the state attorney general on Friday. Should organizers gather the required 504,000 signatures, the initiative will appear on the ballot in November.<p>California Attorney General …

Obama ordering 275 military personnel to Iraq; may send special ops

In a sign of the growing danger in Iraq, President Obama notified Congress on Monday that he was sending up to 275 U.S. military personnel "to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad."<p>Obama also is considering sending 100 or fewer special operations troops to …

This Wall Projects People’s Passions As They Walk By

If you see something interesting, strike up a conversation!<p>You can’t tell much about someone just by looking at them. Maybe you see that they like Italian leather shoes, or that they need more sleep, but you don’t know much else. What causes do they care about? What projects are they working on? …

Cat delivers bag of weed to his owner

A cat in New Zealand has behaved in a very un-feline manner, bringing his owner a bag of marijuana and leaving it at the door. Police are now …

Turning off your iPhone won't stop NSA bugs, but this will

Just because you turned off your phone doesn't mean the NSA isn't using it to spy on you.<p>Edward Snowden's latest revelation about the NSA's snooping …

The U.S. Has Been Speaking To Hamas Through Back Channels For More Than Six Months

U.S. officials and members of Hamas have been meeting in Jordan, Egypt, and Qatar, sources say.<p>JERUSALEM — United States officials have been holding secret back-channel talks with Hamas over the last six months to discuss their role in the newly formed unity government, according to two senior …

Obama vows to stand with Ukraine as he meets President-elect in Poland

U.S. President Barack Obama voiced his support for Ukraine's newly elected president and called for the international community to "stand solidly behind" him Wednesday, on a visit to Europe dominated by the crisis in Ukraine.<p>Obama's meeting in Warsaw, Poland, with Ukrainian President-elect Petro …

Big Tobacco Planned Big Marijuana Sales in the 1970s

<b>This story was updated on June 5, 2014</b><p>Tobacco executives anticipated the legalization of marijuana as early as the 1970’s — and they wanted a piece …