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Nintendo's Plan to Quietly Kill the Wii U

The Wii U is performing dismally at retail. It's the depressing reality in which we live, and one that has caused us to think up ways to improve the console's fate. What if Nintendo no longer bundled it with the expensive GamePad? Or partnered with outside studios willing to create exclusive games …

Ukraine crisis: 'World stands on brink of conflict,' warns Polish prime minister

Poland has warned the world "stands on the brink of conflict" as the Russian and Ukrainian stand off continues<p>Donald Tusk, the <b>Polish</b> prime minister, has warned the “world stands on the brink of conflict” over Ukraine, and that “Europe must send a clear signal it will not tolerate any acts of …

Biden: 2016 is 'lifetimes away'

Vice President Joe Biden told Democrats on Thursday not to forget about November’s midterm elections in their rush to focus on the next presidential election.<p>Biden said he has agreed to campaign in “more than 120 races” this year and told a group of state Democratic chairmen that Americans agree …

Janet Yellen: Federal Reserve has no authority to regulate Bitcoin

The Federal Reserve has no authority to supervise or regulate Bitcoin, chair Janet Yellen told Congress on Thursday.<p>Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee in the week that the controversial digital currency’s largest exchange collapsed, Yellen was asked about Bitcoin’s potential impact by …

It’s Still Legal to Fire Gays in Arizona

Jan Brewer’s veto of SB 1062 doesn’t change a thing: discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is quite alright by the law.<p>Being …

House GOP Tax Reform Plan Goes After Violent Video Game Makers

The proposal would, in essence, force makers of "violent video games" to pay more in taxes without the research and experimentation tax credit, which is generally awarded to manufacturers incurring expenses in those areas.<p>The summary of Camp's discussion draft advocated an "improved, permanent R&D …

Michelle Obama unveils food label proposals: 'This will be the new norm'

Michelle Obama has some bad news for weight-conscious shoppers and food manufacturers: we’ve all been cheating.<p>In a rare foray into a frontline political battlefield, the first lady on Thursday announced a series of proposed changes to US food labelling rules that seek to tackle the fact that the …

Lenovo invests in cyber security start-up to end passwords | Financial Times

Nok Nok? Who’s there? Usually someone with a terribly easy to guess password, a cyber criminal’s dream. But perhaps not for long.<p>Lenovo, the Chinese …

YunTab S5 Android phone uses 3D infrared for secure face unlock

BARCELONA, Spain -- Everyone knows how easily you can beat Android's Face Unlock feature with a simple photograph, but it will take a lot more to crack Chinese smartphone maker YunTab's solution.<p>Found on the company's $135 S5 Android-powered smartphone (not to be confused with Samsung's Galaxy S5), …

Hundreds of foods in US contain 'ADA' plastics chemical, report finds

Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as "healthy," contain a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group.<p>Azodicarbonamide, also known as ADA, was found …

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Sony announces PlayStation Now, its cloud gaming service for TVs, consoles, and phones

The PlayStation 4 may not be the most important part of Sony's gaming strategy anymore. At CES 2014, Sony has just announced PlayStation Now, a service that will bring streaming PlayStation games not only to PS4, but also PS3, PlayStation Vita, and even televisions, tablets, and smartphones.<p>It's …

Marijuana Refugees: Looking for a New Homes in Pot-Legal States

They are known as "marijuana refugees" -- people who have relocated or are planning to move because pot is now legal in some states.<p>Moriah Barnhart is one of them, though with two young children in tow, it wasn't something she had planned for.<p>But within weeks of her 2-year-old daughter, Dahlia, …

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White House Creates 'Climate Hubs' To Help Rural Towns, Farmers

The White House on Wednesday rolled out a high-profile plan to help farmers and ranchers adjust to climate changes that have already begun to upend growing seasons and threaten livestock.<p>The "climate hub" initiative was praised by environmentalists, though they were quick to warn President Obama …

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An Artificial Arm Gives One Man The Chance To Feel Again

Ten years ago Dennis Sorensen was setting off fireworks to celebrate New Year's Eve with his family in Denmark when something terrible happened.<p>"Unfortunately one of the rockets we had this evening was not good and when we light it then it just blew up and, yeah, my hand was, was not that good …

UK weather: Britain battered by 90mph storms - and there’s worse to come

David Cameron chairs emergency Cobra meeting, announcing an extra £100 million to help with the flooding clear-up operation<p>• <b>Weather latest: five-day forecast</b><p>Heavy rain and gale force winds continued to batter large swathes of the south of Britain on Thursday morning, leaving many areas at risk of …

Spanish firm Sacyr denies halting work on Panama Canal

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1050000/1050374_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534408135_4c8bb285ac712bd517432cb4e9cb63ea<p><b>The Spanish building company leading the expansion project on the Panama Canal has denied that work at the waterway has been halted.</b><p>The president of …

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Catholic Church 'systematically' protected abusive priests, U.N. says

ROME -- The Roman Catholic Church has "systematically" protected predator priests, allowing "tens of thousands" of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow over Pope Francis' honeymoon period as pontiff.<p>The panel called on the …

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever seen, hit the Philippines with record force

Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines at 4am local time today with winds near 195 mph, making it the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded world history, according to satellite estimates. That astounding claim will need to be verified by actual measurements at ground level, …

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Federal judge rules key provisions of controversial Texas abortion law unconstitutional

In a stunning move, a federal judge Monday ruled that abortion restrictions authorized by Texas lawmakers in July are unconstitutional, and will not be implemented as scheduled on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.<p>U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel decided Monday that the …

The Coming Food Stamp Riots

Most Americans have no idea what almost just happened. According to Reuters, the state of North Carolina had already cut off some welfare benefits …

After 6 years, Anki launches slot car game with artificial intelligence

Anki was born six years ago from frustration with the failures of robotics. The company’s founders were robot experts at Carnegie Mellon University, and they saw that most artificial intelligence applications came from the government and industrial sectors. But few robot applications succeed in …

Europe’s experiment with open online education accelerates in Berlin

Europe’s interest in massive online open courses (MOOCs) is taking off as homegrown platforms set up shop to rival incumbents Coursera, Udacity and EdX in the US.<p>The latest to do so is Berlin-based Iversity. The two-year-old company, founded by Hannes Klöpper and Jonas Liepmann and led by new CEO …

Amazon's Instant Video apps for iOS improve AirPlay support, let users multitask

Amazon added AirPlay support to its Instant Video (US) and Lovefilm (Europe, iPad only) apps for iOS devices in September, and now it's pushed simultaneous updates to make it better. Both apps now support multitasking (the Instant Video app notes iOS 6+ is required, with AirPlay Mirroring …

Samsung says Galaxy S4 battery woes 'limited', offers free batteries

Is your Galaxy S4 losing charge like a decelerating rhino? Fear not, smart phone fans, as Samsung has offered to swap your dodgy battery for a shiny …