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2014 NFL playoff picture: Eagles clinch NFC East, No. 3 seed with win over Cowboys

A late Kyle Orton interception sent Chip Kelly's Eagles to the postseason for the first time since 2010.<p>The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Tony Romo-less Cowboys on Sunday night, 24-22, to win the NFC East.<p>With the win, the Eagles secured the No. 3 seed in the NFC. They will face the No. 6-seeded …

Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Are About To Expire — This Map Shows Where People Will Get Hit The Hardest

On Sunday, almost 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits when the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expires.<p>Normally, jobless benefits last up to 26 weeks, but Congress passed the EUC program after the great recession to allow states to extend them for up to 73 …

Income Inequality

Fox News’ 5 worst moments of 2013

It was another banner year for Rupert Murdoch’s propaganda shop. Here are the most cringeworthy moments<p>Along with death and taxes, Fox News is one of the few things we can depend on in this world. Just as the sun rises and sets, it's a given that, over the course of 12 months, many ridiculous, …

Jobless Claims Fell Sharply Last Week

Just as last week's figures may been distorted by temporary factors related to the holiday season that made things look worse than they really are, the word Thursday that there's been a sharp drop in claims for unemployment insurance needs to be accompanied by the same sort of caveat.<p>The Employment …

Bangui calm again after Chad peacekeepers killed by Christian militia in Central African Republic

French peacekeepers have helped restore calm to parts of the Central African Republic’s capital on Thursday after a day of chaos.<p>Heavy fighting on Wednesday claimed the lives of six soldiers from Chad who were part of the African Union mission.<p>They had been attacked by largely Christian …

Obama signs budget agreement - NBC Politics

While on vacation in Hawaii, President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget bill amounting to $63 billion in savings. Obama also signed a comprehensive defense bill. NBC News' Natalie Morales reports.<p>By Amanda Grace Johnson, Political Editor, NBC News<p>President Barack Obama signed a long-awaited …

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US sends missiles and drones to Iraq to fight al-Qaeda

<b>The US has delivered dozens of missiles to Iraq to help combat al-Qaeda, US and Iraqi officials have said.</b><p>They said that about 75 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles had been sent last week.<p>A shipment of unmanned ScanEagles surveillance drones is also expected next year.<p>Iraqi troops have recently …

Middle East

Even in the cloud, Japan and China find themselves at odds

Shinzo Abe isn’t the only one stirring up Japanese-Chinese tensions.<p>Japan’s National Information Security Center has asked government ministries to wean themselves off foreign-made typing apps that make it easy to use English-language keyboard to input Japanese characters. These apps are made by …

Shinzo Abe

The future of mobile is motion

When the Samsung Galaxy S4 debuted, there was a lot of hoopla over its Air Gesture and Eye Scroll features. With Air Gesture, users can simply wave a hand over the phone and it will respond accordingly, by answering a call or skipping to the next track. Eye Scroll uses eye movement to move up or …

Google's Chromebooks Were The Best Selling Laptops At Amazon, Beating Windows And Mac Computers

Chromebooks are super cheap laptops that are based entirely on the Chrome browser. You need an Internet connection for the laptops to do anything. But, for the most part, people are Internet-connected when they're using a laptop, so it's not a huge limitation.<p>In a press release, Amazon listed …

Consumer Tech

Silicon Valley Interns Share Some Of The Awesome Perks They Get From Their Jobs

If you can land an internship at one of Silicon Valley's major tech companies, you're likely going to have an awesome experience doing innovative work while making a great salary.<p>The perks aren't too bad either.<p>We recently found a Quora thread detailing firsthand some of the coolest intern perks in …

Silicon Valley

China Unicom launches a cloud of its own

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Chiyacat<p>Watch out Amazon: China Unicom just launched what Web Hot Review is calling a “full-service” …

LG is reportedly diving into wearables with a smartwatch and fitness band

LG Electronics is reportedly working on some new wearable offerings, with a rumored G-Arch smartwatch and G-Health fitness wristband in the works. The new gadgets would sync with the upcoming LG G3 smartphone and could be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress conference in February 2014.<p>Industry …

Christmas gifts didn’t make it on time? Amazon wants to make amends

If the bottom of your tree looked like a barren, giftless wasteland on Christmas morning, it’s likely due to a mix of bad winter weather and an influx of last-minute shoppers that needed presents shipped, according to both UPS and FedEx.<p>The situation seems entirely plausible as more and more …

Knicks Reportedly Plan to Pursue Rajon Rondo, Have Him Force Trade to New York

Something about the New York Knicks' business model makes you sick to your stomach.<p>All right, not something—everything.<p>From the way they report news (covert surgeries, anyone?) to their misplaced liquidation of first-round draft picks (every trade the Knicks have ever made, anyone?), they're simply …