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Stephen Colbert crashed the Republican National Convention, insulted Trump, and got escorted off stage

The Republican National Convention, which kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio today (July 18), may have already had its biggest celebrity appearance.<p>On Sunday, as organizers appeared to be setting up for the event, CBS <i>Late Show</i> host Stephen Colbert took the stage at the Quicken Loans Arena—unannounced—and …

Stephen Colbert

China says up to United States to resume cyber security talks

BEIJING (Reuters) - It is up to the United States to create conditions to resume regular talks on cyber security, China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday, as the two countries began three days of high-level meetings in Washington.<p>A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer …

China

Canadian dollar seen sinking to 84¢ (but at least it’s not Russia's ruble)

<i>These are stories Report on Business is following Friday, Nov. 7, 2014</i>.<p><b>Whither the loonie</b><br>A major Japanese financial group now expects the Canadian dollar to hit a low of about 84 cents U.S. next year.<p>But, on the bright side, at least the loonie's not the ruble.<p>In his latest forecast, Charles …

25 Dumplings for Chinese New Year and Beyond

Whether we’re talking gnocchi or dim sum, we’ve yet to meet a dumpling we haven’t liked. By design, they know how to deliver pure comfort in just a bite or three, and this collection of 25 parcels all bundled up in a thin wrap is no exception. You’ll find an assortment of traditional Chinese …

Iran's Supreme Leader pens open letter to the young people of the West

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iran's Supreme Leader has written a letter in English asking Western youths not to judge Islam based on the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks, in a message published on the cleric's website and Twitter account.<p>In the post, titled "To the Youth in Europe and North America," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei …

Middle East

Living Drones

Throughout human history, the honeybee has emerged as a machine of agriculture and of war.<p>Winter has descended upon the beehives. The drones have been killed. It's time for the workers and the queen to gather up, hunker down, and rely on body heat to weather the cold. The old will die, the young …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Dirty car artist leaves masterpieces in the dust

He is an Eagle Scout, a versatile bar-band drummer and a senior GUI designer for a company that creates mobile apps for the health care industry.<p>But Scott Wade is famous for drawing dirty pictures.<p>It’s not the content that raises eyebrows but the canvas on which Wade creates. Present him with a …

Bad luck, bad journalism and cancer rates | @BobOHara @GrrlScientist

Please, journalists, get a clue before you write about science<p>The big science/health news story this week is about cancer rates, with news outlets splashing headlines like “Two-thirds of adult cancers largely ‘down to bad luck’ rather than genes” (for example, here) or “Most cancer types ‘just bad …

Cancer

I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed

Chanukah has begun which means one thing: lots of latkes. Unless you’re a kosher Jew at a Latke Festival, that is. Since when was the traditional …

Bob Dylan announces details of Sinatra covers album, Shadows in the Night

Bob Dylan has announced details of Shadows in the Night, a studio album featuring interpretations of Frank Sinatra tracks. The collection of 10 songs and standards will be released on 2 February via Columbia Records, and marks the first new music from Dylan in three years.<p>Produced by Jack Frost, it …

Obama fills in for Stephen Colbert

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Barack Obama may be the President of the United States, but for a few minutes on Monday, he was also Stephen Colbert, outgoing host of "The Colbert Report."<p>Obama sat down for an interview with Colbert in Washington -- his third appearance on the show -- and surprised the host by …

Chris Rock: The Rolling Stone Interview

As Chris Rock would be the first to tell you, stand-up comedy brilliance doesn’t necessarily translate to movie stardom. Onstage, Rock is a virtuoso …

Comedy

Rare Southern Songbird Thrives in 'Biological Deserts': Pine Tree Farms

Swainson's warbler, a little bird with a big noise, has found a surprising new home.<p>With its natural habitat mostly gone, one of North America's rarest songbirds has found a surprising workaround: It's thriving in the industrial pine plantations of the southeastern United States.<p>Farmed loblolly …

Real-Life 'Unicorn' Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity

A roe deer shot in Slovenia has a single antler that makes it look exactly like a unicorn.<p>It looks like it just walked out of a fairy tale, but this deer with a single, unicorn-like antler is the real thing.<p>Shot by a hunter in Celje, Slovenia (map), in August, the roe deer has an extremely rare …

Why I Froze the Fat Off My Thighs

Every woman has that thing, that one thing about her body that she wishes were just a little bit smaller, or tighter, or just, different.<p>Photo: ELLE<p>It's 8:30 A.M. on a hot July morning and I'm nearly naked in the elegant Manhattan office of Dr. Arielle Kauvar. I'm holding my cloth examination gown …

New "Bat Frog" Found in Amazon, Named for Ozzy Osbourne

Dendropsophus ozzyi males make high-pitched, batlike calls.<p>Holy Batfrog! Scientists have discovered a new tree frog species with a shrill, batlike call in the Brazilian Amazon.<p>"As soon as I heard its call, I knew it was a new species. I had never heard anything like it," said Pedro Peloso, one of …

Opioids prescribed by doctors led to 92,000 overdoses in ERs in one year

Prescription drug overdoses, a dangerous side effect of the nation's embrace of narcotic painkillers, are a "substantial" burden on hospitals and the economy, according to a new study of emergency room visits.<p>Overdoses involving prescription painkillers have become a leading cause of injury deaths …

Hear Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes: The Bootleg Series Vol 11

Bob Dylan’s 1967 sessions with the Band have, for over four decades, been talked about in hushed tones.<p>Following his motorcycle accident in July 1966 and holed up in the basement of the “Big Pink” house in upstate New York, away from the glare of the public eye for the first time in his career, …

Bob Dylan and the Band: The Basement Tapes Complete review – rickety, strange and utterly timeless

There’s something winningly quaint about the security measures surrounding The Complete Basement Tapes. In order to combat piracy, there are no promotional CDs: those who wish to cast a critical ear over the 138 tracks are required to listen to them via a stream, or visit the record company’s …

Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song

Technology can be pretty wonderful sometimes. Case in point: Warblr, an app that uses sound recognition tech and your phone's GPS signal to identify birdsongs. The application first pinpoints where you are (it'll debut in the United Kingdom), and narrows the results by what types of fowl are common …

Pope: Creation, evolution beliefs can co-exist

Pope Francis said this week that the Big Bang theory and the evolution of man do not contradict the role that Catholics believe God played in the …

Christianity

UN: Attacks on Iraq's Yazidis may constitute attempted genocide | DW | 22.10.2014

The campaign against the Yazidis by the "Islamic State" (IS) could constitute attempted genocide, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights …

Human Rights

ISIS Beats a Retreat From Besieged Syrian City

The Syrian city of Kobani, just across the border from Turkey, breathed easier Thursday as U.S. coalition airstrikes helped dislodge jihadist …

Middle East

Pentagon withheld information about decades-old chemical weapons during Iraq War, report claims

American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report.<p>The New …

Rare Illness in California Afflicts Children With Polio-Like Symptoms

A California toddler learns to cope with the effects of a mysterious disease that paralyzes.<p>MOORPARK, California—Lucian Olivera doesn't use canes because they slow him down. "They're wobbly," he says. Instead he prefers his walker or his leg braces—neither of which seem to slow down the …

Blood moon returns early Wednesday, and this time it's bigger

We want to see your shots of the blood moon! Share your best photos with iReport, and you could be featured on CNN.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Blood moon, Act II, opens soon in the heavens near you. And it will be bigger than Act I.<p>If you live in the western half of the United States, you'll have a front-row seat on a …

A 100-year-old Sherlock Holmes Film Has Been Discovered

The world's greatest detective has a new film, sort of.<p>An almost 100-year-old Sherlock Holmes film has been discovered by French film archive, …