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Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State

DUHOK, Iraq (Reuters) - Saint Michael, the archangel of battle, is tattooed across the back of a U.S. army veteran who recently returned to Iraq and joined a Christian militia fighting Islamic State in what he sees as a biblical war between good and evil.<p>Brett, 28, carries the same thumb-worn …

Islamic State (ISIS)

ISIS Hurls Gay Men Off Buildings, Stones Them: Analysts

ISIS has released images that appear to show gay men being hurled off buildings and then stoned to death, part of the militants' self-professed mission to crack down on "sexual deviance."<p>The horrific execution tactic is the latest in a string of brutal punishment methods applied by ISIS under its …

Islam

How to fix your cracked iPhone or Samsung phone without leaving the house

You can always take it into the store, but if you don't have a warranty or you're feeling lazy, a nifty startup called iCracked will come to you and repair your broken phone on the spot.<p>You can use iCracked if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Samsung smartphone. You can also choose to sell your phone …

Mobile Technology

The Stanford Undergraduate and the Mentor

Shoot or don't shoot: Police scenarios prove eye-opening for civil rights leaders

It was a split-second decision.<p>A distressed man with a baby in tow was pacing back and forth in a manic state and shouting incoherently. The responding police officer calmly addressed the man in an attempt to calm him down and defuse the situation, but the man suddenly pulled an object from his …

Justice

British Fighters 'Escort' Russian Bombers Near U.K. Airspace

The British government has summoned Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom, asking him to explain why a pair of nuclear-capable Russian long-range "Bear" bombers flew alarmingly close to U.K. airspace.<p>In a situation reminiscent of the Cold War, British Typhoon fighters were scrambled to …

Military

Iggy Azalea Goes On Rant After Alleged Steve Madden Photos Surface, Calls It 'Most Disgusting Photo Shoot Ever'

<b>UPDATE Jan. 30:</b> Iggy took to Instagram to "clear up" the misunderstanding and posted the photos of herself in the campaign:<p>In reference to her quote, "I just don't support neoprene Jesus sandals WITH socks," it seems as though she was referring to the below look that appeared on the Tumblr page. …

Steve Madden

Xiaomi May Have A Major Patent Problem

China played an huge part in Apple’s record $18 billion in profit this last quarter. The region accounted for 21% of Apple’s revenue, up from 16% last year. After looking for a while like it was under assault from local, cheaper players in China, Apple has turned the tables.<p>Its presence in the …

Cellular Networks

Microsoft Is About To Deal A Harsh Blow To Android

According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will be a minority investor in a $70 million round that values Cyanogen in the hundreds of millions.<p>Cyanogen's Android powers the OnePlus One, a smartphone that got lots of great reviews last year and was so popular that it experienced shortages.<p>The …

Software

The Best Spots in the World to Be Naked

<i>By Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Because showing up naked to Wednesday-night volleyball is almost never received as well as you'd hope (even if the hot setter is wearing a "Co-ed Naked Volleyball" tee), here's a guide to the best -- and most welcoming -- places in the world to let it all …

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain

The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft

Outlook. Yes, Outlook.<p>Gmail is the world's most popular email service, and the iPhone, as if this week didn't make it abundantly clear, is the world's most popular smartphone. The two have been around for years and years, however the experience of using them together has never been particularly …

Apps