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Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly

WASHINGTON -- Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, Mississippi, are unemployed and on food stamps.<p>"I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps …

Income Inequality

How to disable Gmail's automatic contact creation

Wondering who all those random contacts in your Gmail are? Learn how to stop them from being added.<p>Gmail is set up to create a new contact for each email you send. However, there are times when this can be more of a hassle than a handy tool. For instance, if you are replying to a lot of Craigslist …


The Aurisonics Rockets in-ear headphones are out of this world

The Aurisonics Rockets in-ear headphones are made in Nashville, Tenn., come with a five-year warranty and sound downright terrific, says the Audiophiliac.<p>Chances are, you've never heard of Aurisonics, so here's a little backstory<b>:</b> it's a company based in Nashville, Tenn., founded in 2011 by audio …


Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook censorship despite Charlie Hebdo support

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has defended his decision to condemn the recent terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine on free speech grounds, despite his company’s willingness to censor some content.<p>Zuckerberg’s status update on 9 January promising “a service where you can speak …


Anonymous target terrorist Twitter accounts after Charlie Hebdo attack

The hacker collective is targeting terrorist Twitter accounts, but #OpCharlieHebdo has been hijacked by infamous marketing hoaxer Rantic<p>Anonymous, the leaderless collection of hackers, has begun an effort to eliminate terrorist Twitter accounts, in retaliation to the attacks which took place in …


Today's computers face more attacks than ever

More malicious software has been created in the past 2 years than in the previous 10 years combined.<p>Nestled into a storefront at the top of San Francisco's tree-lined Valencia Street is one of the city's top defenses in the war against malicious-software infections: a computer repair shop owned by …

San Francisco

'Hacktivist' group Anonymous says it will avenge Charlie Hebdo attacks by shutting down jihadist websites

Hacker group Anonymous have released a video condemning the Paris attacks, saying "freedom of expression has suffered an inhuman assault"<p>Hacker group Anonymous have released a video and a statement via Twitter condemning the <b>attacks on Charlie Hebdo</b>, in which 12 people, including eight journalists, …

Charlie Hebdo

Why oil could rebound to $80. Yes, $80.

Oil bulls are a lonely bunch these days.<p>The price of crude tumbled below $50 a barrel earlier this week. And even though prices have started to stabilize a bit, many experts still don't think the sticky black stuff has bottomed just yet.<p>But there's one brave soul who believes that there are better …


Obama pitches community college tuition plan

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — President Obama on Friday vowed to make college affordable for all Americans by investing $60 billion over the next 10 years to provide free community college tuition to as many as 9 million students a year across the country.<p>Tennessee already has a similar program, and Obama …

College & University

Boko Haram Just Pulled Off One Of The Deadliest Terrorist Attacks In History

Boko Haram, extremists opposed to Western-style education and secular governance in Nigeria, carried out a multiday attack in the northeast of Nigeria, focusing on the town of Baga. According to Musa Alhaji Bukar, a senior government official who spoke to the BBC, Baga, which once had a population …


CES 2015: 25 new products and technologies worth talking about

From battery-swapping scooters and people-sensing drones to action cams, virtual reality headsets and smart beds for kids<p>In many ways, this year’s CES technology show in Las Vegas is business as usual. Devices are getting thinner, a new acronym is spawned every minute, and every company is …


Euro sinks to nine-year low against dollar

Eurozone beset by fears of deflation and a Greek exit is in sharp contrast with soaring US economy<p>The euro sank to a nine-year low against the dollar on Monday as the beleagured eurozone, dogged by fears of deflation and a Greek exit from the currency bloc, was throw into sharp contrast with a …

Obama Administration