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Unmasking Chile's hooded protest movement

<b>They turn up to almost every demonstration in the Chilean capital Santiago and hurl stones, petrol bombs and even acid at the police.</b><p>They spray the walls of the city with graffiti and attack journalists who try to film or photograph them.<p>They are the "encapuchados" or "hooded ones", and they have …

Heat hold on to take 2-1 series lead on Bulls

CHICAGO -- So much for South Beach style. The Miami Heat showed again they can get down and dirty.<p>LeBron James came on strong down the stretch to …

Stephen Curry hurts ankle as Spurs go up 2-1 on Warriors

OAKLAND — This wasn't quite vintage San Antonio Spurs, but it was good enough for them to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals.<p>The four-time champions who entered Oracle Arena with an identity crisis of sorts exited with a 102-92 win over the Golden State Warriors because their old …

Colombian authorities row over Farc jail terms

<b>Colombia's attorney-general has said members of the rebel group Farc could escape jail terms should a peace deal be struck.</b><p>Eduardo Montealegre was reacting to earlier suggestions that Colombia could become a "rogue state" if an agreement allowed rebels to walk free.<p>Mr Montealegre said no Farc …

Rescued Florida panther released into wild

Big cat, his sister were raised by humans after their mother was hit by a vehicle in fall 2010.<p>ROTENBERGER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, Fla. — When Florida Panther 223 last roamed the wilds he was just a kitten, but the 2-year-old male was released in Palm Beach County, marking the sixth successful …

Amazon’s Acquisition of Goodreads: Execs and Users Weigh In

When news broke yesterday that online retail juggernaut Amazon.com is acquiring Goodreads, fans of the popular book-centric social-networking site …

9 Takeaways from Wednesday Night's Heated Action

This NBA season is just warming up.<p>Or at least that's the heat coming off Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.<p>The NBA moves closer to its postseason as the 82-game exercise of final seeding winds down. Teams are beginning to find their places as the playoffs near, and Wednesday night's action …

US offers reward for Uganda warlord Kony

The United States has offered bounties of up to $5m each for fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and some of his top aides in the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group.<p>The announcement on Wednesday came just as Uganda and Washington said they had been forced to suspend their two-year hunt for …

Israel offers muted response to Gaza rockets

Rockets from the Gaza Strip were again fired at southern Israel this week, but Israelis responded in a remarkably restrained manner.<p>After three rockets were launched Tuesday in the general direction of the town of Sderot, Israeli forces replied with two missiles in early hours Wednesday morning …

Google Introduces “Gmail Blue” — It’s Completely Blue, Because Brown Was a “Disaster”

The Google April Fool’s train continues with the announcement of “Gmail Blue.” Yes, it’s a version of Google’s email service where everything is the color blue. The YouTube one from earlier was OK, and the Nose one was just so-so, but I’d actually use this product if it existed, especially since it …

The best films for spring 2013

<b>Spring Breakers</b><p>(dir. Harmony Korine)<p>Harmony Korine beguiles some and infuriates others. The film-maker who made his name in the 1990s as the writer …

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Mama bear? National Zoo artificially inseminates giant panda

The National Zoo announced Saturday that a team of scientists and veterinarians had artificially inseminated the Zoo's female giant panda after natural breeding failed to occur.<p>The statement said that Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated with a combination of fresh and frozen semen taken from the …

Security beefed up after 2nd Texas prosecutor slain

In January, an assistant prosecutor was gunned down outside the Kaufman County courthouse. Police won't say if events are related.<p>Elected officials near Dallas were given extra security Sunday after a local district attorney and his wife were found shot to death inside their home.<p>The bodies of …

Egyptian TV satirist Bassem Youssef bailed after police questioning

The Middle East's most popular TV satirist was issued with an arrest warrant and questioned by Egypt's top prosecutor for allegedly insulting Islam …

That Apple Flexible Display For a Future iPhone, Cool And Cute

A couple of days back the US Patent and Trademarks Office published Apple’s application for a wrap-around form factor for electronic devices. It looks like a curvy, future iPhone.<p>I’ve read a number of interpretations of the application, some of them suggesting this is an Apple invention. Clearly it …

Pat Riley to Danny Ainge: Shut up

NEW ORLEANS -- Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Friday forcefully responded to criticism leveled against LeBron James by Boston Celtics president of …

China’s internet is better than yours

A new paper shines some light on the “next generation internet” China is building—and it’s far ahead of anything any other country has at the moment. The improvements aren’t just superficial faster broadband fluff either. They are deeply important changes to the very backbone of the system.<p>The …

The Best Player at Every Age in the NBA

Age is only a number, but it's an important one for each of the best players at every age in the NBA.<p>From the teenagers to the guys who might start getting AARP cards in the mail relatively soon, we're not going to leave any age group out of this article.<p>I'd like to issue an apology to any older …