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Italian court rules cellphone use linked to tumor

In a landmark decision, a telecommunications worker has been awarded damages for a brain tumor he developed after excessive phone usage required for …

Mafia Investigation Sparks Dozens of Arrests Near Naples, Italy

ROME — Politicians, public servants, professors and businessmen were among dozens of people arrested near the Italian city of Naples Wednesday accused of being part of a corruption and bid-rigging ring linked to the powerful Camorra local Mafia.<p>A former mayor of Pompeii was among those targeted in …

California is about to explode with a spectacular wildflower display

California's parched, drought-stricken landscape was soaked this winter by ceaseless storms, creating the perfect conditions for a spectacular floral display.<p>In coming weeks, wildflowers will bloom in colorful profusion, carpeting the state's undulating hills and grassy valleys, especially in …

Spicer doesn't reject concept of 'Deep State'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Asked whether a "deep state" of entrenched government employees exists, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that some federal employees were working to advance the previous administration's agenda.<p>"I think that there's no question when you have eight years of one …

WikiLeaks reveals CIA files describing hacking tools

WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks published thousands of documents Tuesday described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the government employs to …

Security

WikiLeaks Releases Alleged CIA Hacking Secrets

The anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks posted thousands of documents Tuesday purporting to reveal CIA hacking secrets, including suggestions that the spy agency is able to turn smart televisions into listening devices and defeat encrypted communications apps such as Signal or WhatsApp.<p>NBC News has …

Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World's Deepest Waters

The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world's oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human activity.<p>But the Mariana Trench is polluted.<p>At its deepest — about 7 miles down — the water in the trench is near freezing. The pressure would crush …

Newcastle University

Kyoto: One Perfect Walk

<i>Photo courtesy Shu Nakada.</i><p><i>See the best of old Kyoto in one picture-perfect stroll.</i><p>This hillside walk lets you taste, touch, and see the historical Kyoto of stone-paved streets, traditional architecture, and tiled roofs you traveled so far to find. Three narrow streets by famous Kiyomizu Temple …

Uber Hires Veteran NASA Engineer to Develop Flying Cars

In 2010, an advanced aircraft engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center named Mark Moore published a white paper outlining the feasibility of …

Marine Le Pen promises revolution for France as she tells rally in Lyon 'The wind of history has turned' with Brexit and Donald Trump

Far-Right leader Marine Le Penpromised a revolution for France as she officially launched her presidential campaign on Sunday, declaring that the same nationalist forces that propelled Donald Trump to power in the US will take her to victory.<p>"The wind of history has turned, it will carry us to the …

Trump puts Iran 'on notice' after ballistic missile test

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration has put Iran "on notice," echoing comments from his top national security …

South Asia

Pope Warns That Rising Populism Could Produce a New Hitler

ROME — Pope Francis has warned against growing populism in Europe, saying such movements could result in the election leaders of like Germany’s Adolf Hitler.<p>“In times of crisis, we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me,” the pontiff said in an in-depth interview with Spanish …

Smart bullets will help warships fend off drone swarms

Navies already have a lot to worry about between rival warships and aircraft, but it's only going to get worse when drone swarms of all kinds threaten to overwhelm their defenses. The US Navy might not have that problem, though: DARPA just tapped Raytheon for the second phase of a smart bullet …

Airbus plans on making a flying, self-driving car by 2018

We'll be seeing more and more driverless cars on the road in the coming years, if automakers get their way. But if Airbu<i>s</i> has its way, self-driving cars will be old news sooner rather than later.<p>The company hopes to have a working prototype of a self-driving flyingcar by the year's end, CEO Tom …

Autonomous Cars

Pope has done almost nothing to halt sex abuse, author claims

Pope Francis doing ‘close to nothing’ to stop clerical sexual abuse, alleges writer Emiliano Fittipaldi<p>The last time Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi wrote an exposé about corruption at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, it landed him in a Vatican court facing a possible jail sentence on …

Protein-Packed Vegetarian Recipes

Anyone who eats a vegetarian diet knows that one of the most common questions asked is “Where do you get your protein?” But this gallery of recipes …

Healthy Eating

Davos elites suffering acute anxiety over the dawning of the Trump era

The global economy is in better shape than it's been in years. Stock markets are booming, oil prices are on the rise again and the risks of a rapid economic slowdown in China, a major source of concern a year ago, have eased.<p>And yet, as political leaders, CEOs and top bankers make their annual trek …

Economics

'Atmospheric rivers' weather phenomenon soaks California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They're called "atmospheric rivers" and they can dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on California, carrying it through …

Weather

Amid hacking row, pressure builds on Trump to soften pro-Russia rhetoric

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump is finding himself caught between his desire to improve relations with Russia and fellow Republicans who are pushing for a harsher response to what American spy agencies say was the Kremlin’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election.<p>U.S. …

Donald Trump

Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to join White House as senior adviser; no formal role for Ivanka Trump

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President-elect Donald Trump and one of his closest confidants, will join the White House as a senior adviser to the president, Trump announced Monday, while a lawyer assisting the family said that Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, will not immediately take on a formal …

Donald Trump

Trump acknowledges Russia role in U.S. election hacking: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take action in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday.<p>U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (C) exits …

Trump derides intel briefing on 'so-called' Russian hacking

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday evening to deride the US intelligence agencies due to brief him on alleged Russian hacking of American political groups.<p>It was his latest attack on a key body he will rely on as commander in chief and again put him at odds with …

Quake swarm near the California-Mexico border gets scientists' attention

A swarm of more than 250 small earthquakes have struck since New Year's Eve near the California-Mexico border, causing unease among residents and attention from scientists.<p>The strongest earthquake in the sequence was magnitude 3.9, striking directly underneath the town of Brawley, about 170 miles …

Geology

Modi defends bank note move as Indians line up for cash

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday defended his decision to withdraw high denomination bank notes from circulation, as a deadline to end severe cash shortages passed with Indians still queuing at banks to deposit savings and withdraw money.<p>India's Prime Minister Narendra …

India

BHIM app will replace all cash transactions in India: PM Modi

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a new app to encourage more Indians to pay online in the aftermath of invalidation of most …

Philippines' Duterte calls U.S. envoys 'spies' over alleged ouster plot

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte derided U.S. ambassadors as “spies” on Thursday, responding to a media report of an alleged American plot to destabilize his government, a job he said some envoys were appointed solely to do.<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks upon his …

Asia

Israel's Netanyahu Lashes Out at Obama Over U.N. Vote

JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister lashed out at President Barack Obama on Saturday, accusing him of a "shameful ambush" at the United Nations over West Bank settlements and saying he is looking forward to working with his "friend" President-elect Donald Trump.<p>Benjamin Netanyahu's comments came a …

Google to fight Apple Watch head-on with its own smartwatches

It was a pretty terrible year for smartwatches not called Apple Watch. With the delay of Android Wear 2.0 until next year, most smartwatch makers …

Rep. King: Canceled intel briefing on alleged Russian interference in US election is 'disgraceful'

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., slammed the intelligence community Wednesday for forcing the cancellation of a planned House Intelligence Committee briefing on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election.<p>"All we’ve heard from the intelligence community over the last several months is that they could …