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The best cat videos are over a century old

Japan’s love of cats started long before Hello Kitty, Doraemon, and cat cafés. Cats first came to Japanese shores aboard ships transporting sacred Buddhist scriptures from China, as a sixth-century rodent deterrent, and they have since made their way into Japanese domestic life and folklore.

An …


The must-see gadgets from Mobile World Congress 2015

As the world's biggest wireless and mobile tech show comes to an end in Spain, here are a few of the most intriguing devices that made their debut.

Mobile World Congress

Rolls-Royce ultimate luxury interior: Silk, cherrywood and mother-of-pearl

Rolls-Royce has created Serenity, a one-of-a-kind Phantom with a bespoke interior, hand-crafted to be the "ultimate luxury."

We've seen some pretty …

Rolls Royce

2017 Audi R8 sharpens its look, amps up performance

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GENEVA - The Audi R8, the automaker''s halo car, gets a major overhaul at the 2015 Geneva auto show. New from the …

Audi R8

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge offers premium design and high-end specs with a twist


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Take a tour of the phones at Mobile World Congress 2015

The international mobile show is brimming with new smart and not-so-smart phones. Check out all of the models we saw in Barcelona.


PUNCH | The Bright Side: Five Winter Citrus Cocktails

Beets. Rutabaga. Turnips. Potatoes. Winter produce can be downright depressing. But come January, the vibrant rinds of clementines, blood oranges, …


Especiado Cocktail Recipe - Bon Appétit

Bring hibiscus, brown sugar, rosemary, cloves, allspice berries, 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise pods, and 12 cups water to a boil in a large pot. Cook until reduced by half, 50−60 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl; discard solids. Chill hibiscus mixture until cold, at …


Botanical Nomenclature

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If you enjoy Romance languages, with their shared Latin roots, you are likely to find the botanical names of plants quite swoony. …


China stocks lead Asia lower after annual growth target cut

HONG KONG (AP) — A tumble in Chinese stocks dragged most other Asian benchmarks lower Thursday after China cut its economic growth target.

KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 1.1 percent to 24,189.66 and the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China lost 1.5 percent to 3,230.38. The S&P/ASX …


Storm could be winter's last big one but some want more

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England threatened to bring icy rains, sleet, and snow overnight Wednesday but also hopes it would be the last significant snowfall for the East Coast this winter.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New …


A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state's highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. But advocates said they're not giving up either — and that the …


Fossil jaw sheds light on turning point in human evolution

NEW YORK (AP) — A fragment of jawbone found in Ethiopia is the oldest known fossil from an evolutionary tree branch that eventually led to modern humans, scientist reported Wednesday.

The fossil comes from very close to the time that our branch split away from more ape-like ancestors best known for …


UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet

LONDON (AP) — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone's sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day — an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of …


Broadcast of India Gang Rape Documentary Is Banned by Court

NEW DELHI — Irate over the release of a British-made documentary film on a 2012 gang rape in Delhi, India’s home minister, Rajnath Singh, told Parliament on Wednesday that the Indian government would “not allow any organization to leverage such an incident and use it for commercial purpose.”

The …


Larry Wilmore Has No Beef With Bill O’Reilly

The “Nightly Show” host talks about white privilege, his “In Living Color” days and the pressure of replacing Stephen Colbert.

As the former senior black correspondent for “The Daily Show,” you’ve lamented that your new Comedy Central program, “The Nightly Show,” made its debut after all the big

Larry Wilmore

New York City Adds 2 Muslim Holy Days to Public School Calendar

New York will become the nation’s first major metropolis to close its public schools in observance of the two most sacred Muslim holy days, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday, a watershed moment for a group that has endured suspicion and hostility since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Several …

New York

Christie’s Office Drove Exxon Settlement, Ex-Official Says

For more than a decade, the New Jersey attorney general’s office conducted a hard-fought legal battle to hold Exxon Mobil Corporation responsible for decades of environmental contamination in northern New Jersey.

But when the news came that the state had reached a deal to settle its $8.9 billion …


Peanuts May Be Good for Your Heart

Eating peanuts may lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and death, a large study suggests.

Consumption of peanuts and tree nuts has been linked to lower mortality, but mainly in studies conducted among people of European descent and high socioeconomic status. This new report, published in JAMA …


If You Want to Be Healthy, Should You Eat at Chipotle?

This article was initially published as a letter to subscribers of The Upshot’s weekly newsletter. You can sign up for the email here to get this and all of the best of The Upshot.

Sixteen years ago, I boarded a plane to Denver to meet the founder of a small new chain of restaurants called Chipotle. …


If Patients Only Knew How Often Treatments Could Harm Them

If we knew more, would we opt for different kinds and amounts of health care? Despite the existence of metrics to help patients appreciate benefits and harms, a new systematic review suggests that our expectations are not consistent with the facts. Most patients overestimate the benefits of medical …


Why Warren Buffett Is Worth $72 Billion and You’re Not

Consider these two truthful sentences:

Academics who study corporate finance overwhelmingly believe that conglomerates — giant companies that operate in a wide range of industries, often built through acquisitions — are an awfully inefficient way to organize businesses.

And one of the most successful …

Warren Buffett

Our 20 Best Irish-Inspired Recipes


Dublin Iced Coffee

Aggie added to My Saved Faves from Bon AppetitIngredients:• 2 oz. strong cold-brew coffee
• 2 oz. stout (such as AleSmith Speedway or Guinness)
• 1½ oz. …


3-D ultrasounds cause concern for OBGYN doctors and FDA

There is no doubt that ultrasounds provide doctors with vital information about the condition of an unborn child.

As the images get clearer -- and …


Leonard Nimoy's top "Star Trek" moments

Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, was best known for playing Mr. Spock on "Star Trek." From "The Man Trap" to "The Trouble with Tribbles," here's a …

Star Trek

Testosterone-boosting drugs are overprescribed for men, FDA warns

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against over-prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular …


Looks of the day

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First signs of spring

Hot stuff: top 10 chillies in order of heat

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