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Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record

Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.<p>The four men were sentenced Oct. 6 after being arrested in a …

JPMorgan Reaches $5.1 Billion Mortgage Deal With FHFA

JPMorgan Chase, the country's biggest bank by assets, has reached a $5.1 billion settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency over alleged violations related to mortgage securities it sold in the lead up to the financial crash:<p>According to the FHFA's press release on the settlement, JPMorgan …

Work Until You Die? More Middle Class Americans Say They Can Never Retire

Forget pushing retirement off a few years. A growing number of Americans believe they’ll be working until death.<p>An alarming 37% of middle class Americans believe they’ll work until they’re too sick or until they die.<p>Another 34% believes retirement will come at the ripe age of 80. Just two years ago …

Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?

SAN FRANCISCO -- Something big and mysterious is rising from a floating barge at the end of Treasure Island, a former Navy base in the middle of San Francisco Bay. And Google's fingerprints are all over it.<p>It's unclear what's inside the structure, which stands about four stories high and was made …

NSA Denies Website Was Attacked, Blames "Internal Error"

The National Security Agency website, NSA.gov, was suddenly forced offline for several hours Friday. The agency blamed "an internal error that occurred during a scheduled update."<p>The National Security Agency website, NSA.gov, was suddenly forced offline for several hours Friday after an error …

The End of the Wii and What It Means for Nintendo

Nintendo will no longer manufacture the Wii, and the company may stop selling the system entirely. With the lack of commercial sizzle on the next …

An Airbus A330-300 and Patrouille Suisse Pulling Some G's. Always great to see an airliner see what it can really do! | Aviació | Pinterest | Planes, Aircraft …

Landscape photographer of the year 2013 – in pictures

The winners of the inaugural Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year awards have been announced

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Stage A Thunderstorm In Your Living Room With This Weird Lamp

Puff piece: The interactive Cloud Lamp, a bolt of genius, will storm the scene at home to thunderous effect. Someone stop me…<p><i>Happy Black Friday! We’re taking the day to republish some of our most popular Wanted posts of the year. For a complete roundup, go here.–Eds.</i><p>People see things in clouds. We …

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America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob"<p>Call it Jacob's ladder.<p>When it comes to the most popular names for baby boys in the United States, "Michael" long held sway. For most of the 1960s, and then on throughout the '70s and '80s (and almost all of the '90s!), the …

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Using Giant Mirrors to Light up Dark Valleys

The villages of Rjukan, Norway, and Viganella, Italy, are both situated in deep valleys where mountains block the sun's rays for up to six months every year. To illuminate those darker winter months, the two towns have built gigantic mirrors that track the sun and reflect daylight downwards. …

The Sounds Of New York City, Circa 1920

We can hear the music of the Roaring '20s anytime we want. But what if you could hear the day-to-day sounds of what it was like to live at that vibrant time?<p>That's the basis of Emily Thompson's project "The Roaring Twenties." She's a history professor at Princeton University who's been mapping the …

Former NSA spy chief gets a little of his own medicine thanks to random act of journalism

The National Security Agency has gotten a lot of well-deserved attention over the past few months for its massive surveillance program, including an …

U.S. Officials Warn of Snowden Documents