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Amazon Echo will soon speak up without voice commands, report says

Alexa is ready to speak freely.<p>Amazon's digital assistant will soon be able to talk to you even if you haven't issued a voice command, according to a …

Spain’s new security law sparks protests across country

Thousands of people have been protesting in Spanish cities against a new law that sets hefty fines for offences such as burning the national flag and demonstrating outside parliament buildings or strategic installations.<p>The public security law, which was approved last week by parliament, has been …

McDonald's violated worker rights: NLRB

A government labor watchdog has accused McDonald's and some franchise owners of violating workers rights by retaliating against them for taking part in fast food protests.<p>The National Labor Relations Board said in several complaints filed Friday that McDonald's (MCD) and franchise owners subjected …

Seeking Fortune, on Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / December 11, 2013<p>Brilliant leaders zig when others zag. In 1930, a scant four months after the collapse of Wall Street signalled …

Russia eyeing post-Assad future, allies say; moderate rebels losing ground

European allies of the United States say Russia has belatedly begun preparing for a post-Assad future in Syria, with Moscow looking for new ways to establish the transitional government in Damascus that Western countries agree is needed to bring an end to the nearly three-year civil war there.<p>“The …

Report: Syrian Hospitals Flooded With Thousands Suffering From Chemical Attack Symptoms

Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières, has been collaborating with medical providers inside Syria since 2012, and provided drugs, medical equipment, and other support. According to a press release, three hospitals in Damascus reported receiving approximately 3,600 patients, 355 of …

Middle East

Iran nuclear: 'Uranium shoe' man arrested in US

<b>A man from Sierra Leone has been arrested at New York's John F Kennedy airport with uranium samples allegedly concealed in his shoes.</b><p>Patrick Campbell was charged with attempting to broker a sale of 1,000 tonnes of yellowcake uranium to Iran.<p>He allegedly made the offer to US undercover agents, …

Israeli settlements approval raises tensions before Middle East peace talks

Formal peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will begin next week amid rising tensions over Israel's continued settlement building and the European Union's tough stance on funding for Israeli institutions with links to occupied territory.<p>The US state department announced that the first …

US drone strikes kill seven alleged al-Qaida members in Yemen

New US drone strikes reportedly killed seven alleged al-Qaida members in southern Yemen on Wednesday after the government in Sana'a claimed to have foiled a large-scale terrorist attack and the US and Britain evacuated their embassy staff.<p>Security officials told the Associated Press the latest …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

World's first lab-grown burger to be cooked and eaten

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/999000/999685_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534407150_7228a48c8fd06a002740ca3cbf8c0076<p><b>The world's first lab-grown burger is to be unveiled and eaten at a news conference in London on Monday.</b><p>Scientists took cells from a cow …

Agriculture

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

Why Mega-Projects Always End Up Costing More Than Expected

JP Morgan Accused Of Manipulating US Energy Markets Using 8 Different Trading Strategies

The bank's physical energy business is housed within JP Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation. Back in May, the New York Times reported that regulators warned the bank that it was being investigated for allegedly manipulating markets in Michigan and California.<p>According to the report, it was …

State health exchange rates vary, but lower than expected

Health insurance rates for Americans who will buy insurance on state exchanges starting Jan. 1 are lower than expected, a variety of government and insurance industry studies show.<p><i>This story was originally published July 29, 2013.</i><p>WASHINGTON — As state health exchanges continue to announce …

Mass defaults bring Obama housing rescue under scrutiny

Nearly half of the mortgages modified in 2009 under the Obama administration's signature homeowner rescue effort are in default again, according to a report on Wednesday that raised concerns about the program's effectiveness.<p>The report from the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset …

Obama attacks Washington gridlock and vows to cut inequality gap

Barack Obama has called for an end to the "gridlock, inaction and wilful indifference" he said was plaguing Washington, hampering the economic …

Despite Repeated Tries, Afghan Peace Efforts Still Sputter

The U.S. has been pushing the Taliban and the Afghan government to find a political solution for the past year and a half. But every time it seems the parties are close to starting peace talks, a new demand or controversy arises and nothing happens.<p>In the latest attempt, the Taliban finally opened …

Associated Press News

Former top Obama aides join pro-Hillary effort

Former senior aides to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign have signed onto a prominent super PAC dedicated to helping promote Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.<p>Ready for Hillary announced Wednesday that it had partnered with 270 Strategies, an upstart Democratic grassroots consulting …