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Microsoft loses top engineer to Google

Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft, is joining Google. Agüera y Arcas originally joined Microsoft in 2006 after the software giant acquired his Seadragon startup. He was a key software architect who helped develop and build Microsoft’s Bing Maps service and its …

Health Resolutions You Shouldn't Make

Health

Making Your Heart a "Zone of Peace"

Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield says that when people take the time to quiet their thoughts and truly experience their feelings, both positive and …

Meditation

Three Reasons Why You Should Order Your Starbucks Drink 'Extra Hot'

Alecia Li Morgan worked at Starbucks for five years, first as a barista and later as a store manager.<p>Throughout her time there, she had many customers who ordered their drinks "extra hot," she wrote in a thread on Quora.<p>"Back when I first started working at Starbucks, the acceptable range for …

Coffee

12 Baking Hacks That Will Seriously Improve Your Cookies

Due to sheer amount of office holiday parties, family meals, and last-minute homemade gifts for friends, chances are you've spent at least one chilly night indoors whipping up batch after batch of cookies.<p>But just because two people make chocolate chip cookies doesn't mean both will taste equally …

Dessert

Antibacterial Soaps May Pose Health Risks, FDA Says; Should They Be Banned?

There appears to be little or no evidence that antibacterial soaps and household products help prevent us from being exposed to germs, and they may even pose significant health risks, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a proposed rule change today.<p>The chemicals used in the …

Case Closed: Multivitamins Should Not Be Used

The editorialists are fed up: “Enough is enough.” Writing about three new papers in the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i> that find no benefits for the use of multivitamins — only the latest in a long line of negative findings — Eliseo Guallar and colleagues write:<p>…we believe that the case is closed— …

SARAH PALIN SPARKS CHER FAMILY WAR

<b>C</b>HER made a vulgar slap at SARAH PALIN that’s sparked World War III with the outspoken diva’s two kids!<p>In an explosive message on Twitter, Cher …

EXCLUSIVE! MICHAEL STRAHAN’s $2 MILLION WEDDING BLOWOUT!

<b>M</b>ICHAEL STRAHAN is secretly planning an over-the-top $2 million-plus wedding to fiancee Nicole Murphy that will feature everything from gold limos to …

The Year In Bad Sex

Good sex is great, but it's never as hilarious as bad sex. Luckily, 2013 provided no shortage of bad sex to entertain, confuse and horrify us.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>The Year In Bad Sex

Joseph Ramos Allegedly Swallowed Two Necklaces

LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A man faces burglary and tampering charges after an X-ray machine revealed a dark mass near his stomach while he was being booked into jail.<p>Pinellas County Sheriff's officials say the mass turned out to be two necklaces stolen during a Dec. 10 burglary in Safety …

Firefighters Accidentally Spray Fire With Jet Fuel Instead Of Water

Good thing it was only for practice!<p>A late-October training exercise in North Bend, Wash., went seriously awry after firefighters there mistakenly sprayed jet fuel on a fire instead of water.<p>Video of the mishap, recently obtained by area news outlet KING5, shows firefighters attempting to …

Brandon Touchet Drives Drunk Whilst Wearing An Elf Costume: Cops

Maybe he had trouble reciting the elfabet.<p>Brandon Touchet, 34, was wearing what appears to be a "Buddy the Elf" costume when he was pulled over at 3 a.m. Sunday by deputies with Louisiana's Lafayette Parish.<p>According to an arrest report obtained by The Smoking Gun, Touchet -- who was driving 60 mph …

Ericka Marie Danna Snuck Pot Pipe Into Jail In Her Vagina: Cops

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: An Oklahoma woman arrested for causing a disturbance faces higher charges after officers allegedly discovered a marijuana pipe inside her vagina.<p>Ericka Marie Danna, 25, was charged with causing a disturbance outside of a home in Oklahoma City on Saturday …

NSA phone surveillance program likely unconstitutional, federal judge rules

A federal judge in Washington ruled on Monday that the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records by the National Security Agency is likely to violate the US constitution, in the most significant legal setback for the agency since the publication of the first surveillance disclosures by the …