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Pablo Escobar's top hit man: Gabriel Garcia Marquez worked with El Patron

John "Popeye" Vasquez.Youtube/Boom inlive<p>John Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, working as one of Pablo Escobar’s top hit men, killed at least 300 people and was implicated in the deaths of 3,000 more.<p>Velásquez, aka Popeye, was a key functionary in Escobar’s Medellin cartel. And, as he claimed in an …

Latin America

Changes to make in your 30s

Many people spend their 20s getting some unhealthy behaviors out of their system — like sleeping until 2 p.m. on Saturdays and spending all their disposable cash on new kicks.<p>But your 30s are an ideal time to cement the habits that will help you achieve personal and professional fulfillment for the …

Self-help

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

DIY

South Korea and the U.S. Reacted Much Differently to a Credit Card Theft Scandal

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Residents in both the U.S. and South Korea were recently hit with a major security breach that let …

Environment: News & features

How to Take a Self Portrait

Although you might think that a photographer would love taking a self portrait, it’s actually one of the most difficult pictures to take. With self …

Shutter Speed

Be Shallow - A Guide to Wide Aperture Photography

One of the many things that often differentiates a photographer from a snap shooter is the use of depth of field. Shallow depth of field is one of …

Landscape Photography

6 Ways to Reduce Blown Out Highlights in Your Outdoor Photography

Shooting outdoors means dealing with challenging and changing lighting conditions which can sometimes lead to blown out highlights in your images. …

Valuable Tips for Autumn Photography

Autumn is a season that provides a golden opportunity to take beautiful shots in varied colors. And what else could be the perfect subjects for your …

Landscape Photography

Science, Religion, and the Big Bang

How to Make Sure You are Using Image Stabilization Correctly

A good photo isn’t automatic. It doesn’t matter how new or expensive your camera is; good shots don’t just happen because you press the shutter. …

Single Composite Made from Photo Sequences Shot over 2-4 Hours Show Slices of Time

Singapore-based photographer Fong Qi Wei believes that time is a dimension, and he explores that hypothesis by shooting cityscapes and landscapes …

Photography

Night Photography & Light Painting Tips

Night photography is not really as difficult as a lot of people think. However, there are important tools needed to finish the job correctly. Here is …

How Do You Start a Photography Business?

The business of photography is something you really need to approach based on an honest assessment of your abilities, strengths, and interests. From …

Small Business

Portrait Tips and Techniques by Wayne Radford

Facial Recognition<p>In this ebook, you will find information on how to fine-tune and simplify the essential skills necessary for quality portraiture. …

Fox outraged that Obama missed a golf putt

Greta Van Susteren thinks the White House “staged” a photo of Obama embarrassingly whiffing on the green<p>Feigning outrage about President Obama's vacationing and golf game is an evergreen for conservatives. Aug. 21, 2009: "Conservative group targets Obama's vacation." Aug. 23, 2010: "Criticism …

Obamacare isn't destroying jobs

Friday’s employment report showed that the U.S. job market continues to add jobs at a moderate pace. Employers are creating enough jobs to slowly reduce the unemployment rate, which fell to 7.4 percent — the lowest it has been since December 2008.<p>But many of the jobs added in recent months have …

Paul Krugman: “Madness of the GOP is the central issue of our time”

The New York Times columnist writes that the Republican Party “has basically gone off the deep end”<p>New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote a blog post summing up the current state of the Republican Party, noting that he doesn't write about the "looming chaos" in the government as much as is …

FBI can remotely activate Android and laptop microphones, reports WSJ

Last month, we discussed whether the new Microsoft Kinect could be used as an NSA spying tool. When it comes to the microphones in Android cell phones and laptop computers, though, surveillance might not be a theoretical question. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the FBI can already remotely …

Congress' poor decisions might be the greatest threat to US national security

The greatest challenge for the US military these days isn't a bunch of al-Qaida types hiding in caves along the Af-Pak border or even rogue nerds on …

Forbes top schools list highlights debt, costs

Forbes' magazine's list of America's Top Colleges for 2013 is notable for what's not in the top slot: an Ivy League school.<p>The distinction of being number one this year goes to Stanford University (alma mater of Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer). The number-two school is Pomona College, a small liberal …

College & University

Associated Press News

Ku Klux Klan: Our neighborhood watch program is “not racist”

The racist organization has been recruiting Missouri residents by leaving fliers in their yards<p>Aside from a jury duty notice, a bag of burning feces or maybe an Amway salesman, the last thing anyone wants to find on their doorstep is an invitation from the Ku Klux Klan. So imagine the horror of …

Escaping Arrest at the Raleigh Rallies

Amid weekly protests against Republican extremism in North Carolina, Patricia Murphy escapes arrest.<p>I've never been threatened with arrest, nor come …