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China cruise ship disaster: 434 bodies recovered; 8 still missing

<b>(CNN) —</b> Their hopes have long faded, their prayers gone unanswered. Still, they wait by the banks of the Yangtze River, lighting candles and calling out the names of their loved ones.<p>A week ago Monday, the Eastern Star -- a passenger ship on a pleasure cruise along a stretch of the Yangtze that …

Rowing

FBI says plane hacker a threat to public safety

The FBI has asked a federal court in New York for a warrant to search the electronic devices it took from well-known computer security researcher Chris Roberts on April 17.<p>The bureau says Roberts "had the ability and willingness to use the equipment... to access the In Flight Entertainment …

Cybersecurity

Southland saying goodbye to lawns

When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25% cut in urban water use, he declared war on the California lawn.<p>Among the early casualties is the expanse of green that Tom Beck and his wife planted around their Arcadia home 26 years ago.<p>"I have mixed emotions," Beck said as he watched a gardening crew scrape up …

Powerful Amy Winehouse documentary premieres at Cannes

Celebrity-worshipping Cannes got a sobering reminder of fame's dark side Saturday with "Amy," a powerful documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse.<p>"I don't think I'm going to be at all famous," a teenage Winehouse says at one point in the film by British director Asif Kapadia. "I don't think …

Amy Winehouse

FBI says researcher may have adjusted airplane controls from in-flight entertainment system

The researcher disagrees with much of the affidavit<p>A security researcher told the FBI in February he was able to commandeer a plane's control system mid-flight, according to a warrant application filed last month. The researcher, Chris Roberts, was banned from all United Airlines flights in April …

United Airlines

HBO's 'Bessie' offers a lesson in show biz and the blues

Early on in "Bessie," a new HBO biopic premiering Saturday and starring Queen Latifah as the singer Bessie Smith, Smith's about-to-be mentor, Ma Rainey (played by Mo'Nique), offers a musicological lesson in show business.<p>"You got 'The St. Louis Blues,' 'The Chicago Blues,' 'The Gin House Blues,' …

Janet Jackson announces new album, new tour, 'new movement'

Janet Jackson celebrated her birthday by giving fans a present. The singer, who turned 49 on Saturday, has announced she’ll release a new album in …

Humans have shorter attention span than goldfish, thanks to smartphones

The average human's attention span is... oh look, a bird!<p>According to scientists, the age of smartphones has left humans with such a short attention span even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer.<p>Researchers surveyed 2,000 participants in Canada and studied the brain activity of 112 others …

Court keeps cellphone network ‘kill switch’ a secret

It only took one sentence for the United States Court of Appeals to keep the federal government’s emergency plan to disable cellular service a secret. It was a very long sentence, but it got the job done.<p>This ruling reinforces the Department of Homeland Security’s attempts to block Freedom of …

The Drugging of the American Boy

By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many …

Mental Health