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7 Tips for the Best Mashed Potatoes of Your Life

By Alex Delany<p>Everything you need to reach mashed potato nirvana.<p>Mashed potatoes are a simple food. But you might need tips for making the best mashed potatoes. Because if you’ve ever made a simple food before, you know that simple is anything but, especially when that food creates such strong …

Cooking

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

Government

Helmut Newton: Evi in Beverly Hills

Evi, Beverly Hills, 1996<p>“I like the idea of trespassing. I got to write that down too. It’s quite true that what I am aiming at, even when I take …

Rocky Fire Burns in California: Pictures

Northern California

How To Make Extra

Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.<p>Fried chicken is one of those …

Study: The kinds of friendships you have in your 20s and 30s predicts your well-being later in life

A new study shows that when it comes to friendship, it’s quantity over quality that matters in your 20s—and vice versa in your 30s.<p>That pattern turns out to be a predictor of psychological well-being later in life, and it happens to be one that comes relatively naturally to many of us.<p>“Earlier on …

Psychology

Top Homeland Security Official Accused of Helping Dems in Visa Scandal

A disturbing new report claims that the deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security improperly fast-tracked visas for foreign investors in a Las Vegas casino project.<p>The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General's report alleges that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) pressured …

4 Ways to Keep Your Brown Sugar Soft

<i>BY Sheela Prakash, EPICURIOUS</i><p>How to keep your brown sugar soft and usable--and how to revive it when it's turned into a hard brick.<p>What's the fastest way to wipe all the fun out of baking? Opening your pantry to find brown sugar that's gone hard. But there are a few simple tricks to getting it soft …

Dessert

Chocolate Chip S'mores Cookies: Ellen in the Kitchen Recipe

Blogger Ellen Attard of Ellen in the Kitchen says it best: "So this isn't really a recipe. It's more like an idea to make s'mores cookies better." That's the kind of forward thinking we need more of in this world. Don't rest on your laurels! A delicious cookie isn't enough. Make it better!<p>So, …

Dessert

Recipe from Cooking Light: Seared Scallops with Roasted Tomatoes

Bananas<p><b>Why they’re good for you:</b> While this tropical fruit is an American favorite, bananas are actually classified as an herb, and the correct name …

Food

Recipes That Use Science to Make Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Baking is the most delicious home chemistry course around. Unlike cooking, which is more forgiving with its “pinch of this” and “handful of that,” …

Dessert

Our first look at LG's new webOS and Android Wear smartwatches

LG has kicked off Mobile World Congress this Sunday morning in Barcelona by showing off its two Watch Urbane smartwatches for the first time. The pair were announced in the lead-up to MWC, but this has been our first opportunity to see them in person and get some lingering questions answered.<p>The …

Wearable Tech

13 ways to stop drinking soda for good

You know soda's not exactly good for you—but at the same time, it can be hard to resist. Its sweet taste, pleasant fizz, and energizing jolt often seems like just what you need to wash down your dinner, get you through an afternoon slump, or quench your thirst at the movies.<p>But the more soda you …

Rahm Emanuel’s “huge embarrassment”: What it means for liberals — and America

The mayor of Chicago is finding out the hard way that the Democratic base is fed up with neoliberalism<p>The liberal wing of the Democratic Party can be susceptible to the “moral victory” fallacy, which in its most degraded form considers a righteous loser preferable to a compromised winner. All the …

Middle-class

The Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)

GalleryThe Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)<p>A grilled cheese is a grilled cheese, right? I mean, it's the first meal that most of us learn how to cook at home by ourselves. It's the perfect midnight snack or soup-dipper. It's great for kids, but is never …

Make Your Own Beef Jerky! How to Make Beef Jerky in the Oven

10 Insane Grilled Cheese Recipes Worth Dying For

<i>By Perry Santanachote</i><p>A recipe for grilled cheese may seem unnecessary, but so are ball pits, and that doesn't make them any less awesome. And unlike ball pits, there are some simple steps and affordable ingredients that can transform a standard grilled cheese into legendary status.<p>But before you …

Breakfast

Islamic State 'planning to use Libya as gateway to Europe'

Exclusive: Jihadists hoping to use Libya as a "gateway" to wage war across the whole of southern Europe, plans by Isil supporters reveal<p>Islamic State militants are planning a takeover of Libya as a "gateway" to wage war across the whole of southern Europe, letters written by the group's supporters …

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

China stocks fall as central bank easing fails to impress; more stimulus expected | Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese stocks erased earlier gains and closed 1 percent lower on Thursday, after an injection of more money into the system by the central bank failed to impress investors who are worried about an ongoing crackdown on high-leverage trading.<p>The yuan and money rates dipped after …

Stock Markets

Coming soon: A “Made in USA” Republic Day parade in India

On Monday morning, the president of the world’s oldest democracy will sit through a Soviet-style celebration at the world’s largest.<p>Barack Obama, the first US president to attend India’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi, will watch a two-hour-long procession of India’s democratic—and …

India

Japan PM vows to save ISIS hostages threatened with beheading in new video

Japan's Prime Minister vowed Tuesday to save the lives of two Japanese hostages, one a freelance journalist and the other a soldier for hire, threatened with beheading in an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State terror group.<p>In the video, identified as being made by the Islamic …

Eighty rich people now have as much wealth as 50% of the rest of humanity combined

<i>This post was updated at 1:00pm ET</i><p>Billionaires are getting richer, according to a new study from Oxfam. Gather together the wealth of the world’s richest people, and you now only need 80 of them before there’s enough in the pot to equal everything owned by the poorest 50% of the rest of the world …

Income Inequality

10 best email apps for Android

Email is one of the oldest and most important forms of online communication. It’s a service many of us use every single day. There are tons of email services and email apps that accompany them. Some may only have a single account on something like Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo. Their individual apps …

Apps

'Lousy' Visibility: Bad Weather Stalls AirAsia Search

Stormy weather grounded helicopters Wednesday, but almost 50 divers were able to begin searching for the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 after debris was found in the Java Sea three days after the plane vanished over the Java Sea.<p>Bambang Soelistyo, director of the National Search and Rescue Agency, …

Aviation

2014's Most Memorable Mug Shots

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but a mug shot can be a doorway to someplace darker.<p>A mug shot captures a person at perhaps their most vulnerable: When they are being booked and charged with a crime.<p>At that point, suspects may first realize the gravity of the charges against them.<p>Or not.<p>All …

Most Expressive Pumpkin Faces Ever!

Just when we thought our pumpkin carvings were creative, we ran across these! We've seen Ray Villafane's expert hand at sand sculpting, but his original expertise lies in pumpkin carving. With Halloween creeping up on us, the New York native's pumpkin sculptures are in season. Each wrinkly, orange …

Sculpture