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Bernie Sanders pushes to legalise marijuana in the United States

The Democratic presidential challenger to Hillary Clinton has filed a bill in the Senate that would remove federal constraints on the recreational use of the drug<p>Bernie Sanders has pushed legalise marijuana in the United States, filing a bill in the Senate that would remove federal constraints on …

More leaks at Vatican? Authorities arrest two in latest probe

A Spanish priest and an Italian laywoman hired as economic advisors by Pope Francis have been arrested by the Vatican on suspicion of leaking secret documents, days ahead of the publication of two books that promise to lift the lid on financial scandals at the Holy See.<p>Father Lucio Angel Vallejo …

The Pentagon Spent Nearly $43 Million On A Gas Station In Afghanistan

"It’s hard to imagine a more outrageous waste of money."<p>WASHINGTON -- The Department of Defense spent almost $43 million to build a compressed natural gas station in Afghanistan that would have cost up to $500,000 anywhere else and which may no longer even be operational, a congressional watchdog …

Anonymous drops names of KKK members online, including US politicians

Anonymous has released four separate drops that allegedly include the names and information of members of the Ku Klux Klan — a Christian white supremacy organization identified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The list, so far, has apparently …

'X-Ray Vision' Device Uses Wi-Fi Reflections To See Through Walls

It can even track your hand movements<p>Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) are presenting a new method for seeing through walls. They call it RF-Capture, and it builds on research CSAIL has been working on since 2013. The paper was accepted to the SIGGRAPH …

How the Naledi Team Solved a 1,550-Piece Puzzle

Changing Planet<p>The announcement of <i>Homo naledi</i> last week was just the latest phase of a scientific adventure that’s been going on for two years in and around a tiny cave in South Africa.<p>It started in November, 2013, with the three-week long expedition to recover what National Geographic …

The one big problem with Windows 10

You're going to love it.<p>But Windows 10 isn't just designed to run on laptops and desktops. Soon, it will power all kinds of devices, including augmented reality headsets, tablets, and phones.<p>It's the last one that's going to be the biggest challenge for Microsoft. As good as Windows 10 is, …

Russia vetoes U.N. tribunal to investigate MH17 crash in Ukraine

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russia has blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.<p>Russia was alone in the 15-member council in voting Wednesday in New York against the …

Where can humanity turn for uplift? To Pluto

However wretched we are, the human race does, on occasion, manage to soar<p>We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe's most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification -- amid plague and pestilence …

Criticism of Pakistani Government Intensifies as Heat-Wave Death Toll Tops 1,000

Akhtar Soomro—Reuters<p>Qaisar Khan—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images<p>Sabir Mazhar—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images<p>Akhtar Soomro—Reuters<p>Shakil Adil—AP<p>Shakil …

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What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

99 problems: Why Jay Z's Tidal streaming service became a train wreck

Tidal, the music streaming service bought for $56 million and relaunched by Jay Z earlier this year, seemed like it had everything going for it in …

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Thousands evacuated as Chile volcano erupts

State of emergency declared in southern region after Calbuco volcano, dormant for decades, spews ash and smoke.<p>Southern Chile's Calbuco volcano has erupted for the second time in a day, after being dormant for about half a century.<p>The first eruption on Wednesday sent a thick plume of ash and smoke …

Atacama Desert

U.S. warns of new Russian buildup in Ukraine

Russia has sent arms and drone aircraft into eastern Ukraine and is concentrating troops along the tense border, a buildup that is raising concern about a new escalation in the conflict, the State Department said Wednesday.<p>Russia, which is supporting separatists battling the central Ukraine …

Car bombing targets U.S. consulate in Irbil, Iraq

Islamic State militants took responsibility Friday for a car bomb that exploded outside the U.S. consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.<p>The State Department said no U.S. personnel were killed in the Friday afternoon blast in the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.<p>Local media …

Marijuana extract tames debilitating brain seizures without the buzz

In a group of children and young adults with the most intractable forms of epilepsy, a liquid form of marijuana called cannabidiol reduced seizures by more than 50% without causing the drug's usual "high," researchers said.<p>In an open-label study that enrolled 213 people with a dozen types of severe …

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U.S., Israel concerned after Russia lifts ban on sale of missiles to Iran

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russia has lifted a ban on the sale of a sophisticated air-defense system to Iran, drawing criticism from the United States and Israel.<p>"The big concern in the West ... and especially in Israel is that these Russian missiles will be able to help shield Iran's nuclear facilities from any …

UN Security Council

First on CNN: Iranian aircraft buzzed Navy helicopter in Persian Gulf

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned.<p>The incident, which has not been publicly …

Ren Hang on nature, nudity and censorship

Photographer Ren Hang has certainly made a name for himself. In art circles around the world as photography's new blood, shooting his friends in the nude and avoiding the arm of the law back in his homeland of China – where his name is known for a different reason. Notably, to the authorities who …

The fastest plane in the world | CNN Travel

Mini army drones developed

A Polish firm who develop new technologies for the military has devised a system of miniature drones capable of operating from vehicles for surveillance and even directly supporting infantry units.<p>WB electronics, which already manufactures surveillance and target acquisition systems for the Polish …

Ikea's new furniture can charge your phone, no wires necessary

Are you interested in tying down your furniture to a technology "standard" that's far from standard? Then you might be interested in some new products that will be on sale at Ikea in North America and Europe this spring. The Swedish furniture company has partnered with the Wireless Power …

Iraq launches offensive to retake Tikrit from ISIL

Thousands of troops, Shia fighters and armed Sunni tribesmen launch large-scale offensive on Saddam Hussein's hometown.<p>Iraqi government forces backed by allied Shia and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State of Iraq …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Terrawatch: The wells will run dry

Oil is cheap. The price of crude has slumped nearly 50% since last summer and filling your car no longer breaks the bank: in the UK petrol prices are averaging £1.07 per litre. Falling prices are due in part to US shale oil flooding the market, combined with a slowdown in Chinese and EU economies, …

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ISIS Threatens Twitter Founder And Employees Over Blocked Accounts

ISIS supporters on Sunday called on jihadis around the world to kill Twitter employees because of the company's frequent blocking of their social media accounts.<p>"Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you," reads an online post addressed to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and shared by ISIS …

Social Media

North Korea fires missiles as US-S Korea drills begin

<b>North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea as annual US-South Korea military exercises got under way, officials in Seoul say.</b><p>The two missiles, with a range of 490km (305 miles), were fired from the western city of Nampo into the sea east of the Korean peninsula, the South Korean …