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Bruce Springsteen covers "Royals" by Lorde in New Zealand -- watch. (VIDEO)

Did you ever wonder what Lorde’s “Royals” would sound like had it been recorded by a <i>Nebraska</i>-era Bruce Springsteen? No? Well, now you know anyway, …

Ukrainian and Russian troops in standoff at Crimean military base - As it happened

Summary<p>• <b>Russian troops have surrounded at least two military bases in Crimea and approached others seeking to gain access or get hold or their weapons.</b> There were reported to be about 150 Russian troops and more than 20 military vehicles outside the Perevalnoe base, where there was a tense …

Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's 'declaration of war' | Reuters

KIEV/BALACLAVA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.<p>“This is not a threat: …

Syrian government accused of 'starve or surrender' policy against civilians

The United States accused Syria of enacting a “starve or surrender” policy toward civilians in rebel-held areas on Friday, after peace negotiations between the regime and opposition groups failed to achieve any discernible progress.<p>There had been hope that the first round of talks, which ended on …

California threatens to shut down coding bootcamps

Coding bootcamps are scrambling to figure out how they can save their programs, after a California regulator slapped them with cease and desist letters ordering them to shut down, pay a $50,000 fine, and offer refunds to past students. The problem, according to the California Bureau for Private …

Man Buys an iPad But It Turns Out To Be a Floor Tile

There’s no shortage of scammers out there in the world. Recently, the police in Central Valley are warning electronics consumers to beware of scam …

Wealthy venture capitalist Tom Perkins says the 1% in America are treated like Jews in Nazi Germany

In a letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal, Perkins warns of a “progressive Kristallnacht”<p>Thomas Perkins is a hyper-wealthy venture capitalist. Beyond his enormous success in business, he may be best known as the man who was profiled by "60 Minutes" for owning The Maltese Falcon, one of …

Christie’s staff should have used Snapchat

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Thursday he knew nothing about the emails and texts members of his inner circle sent related to causing …

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Terry McAuliffe sworn in as Va.'s 72nd governor

Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and rainmaker for Bill and Hillary Clinton, was sworn in as Virginia's 72nd governor on a mild and rainy Saturday.<p>In an inaugural address on the south portico of the state Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson, McAuliffe emphasized …

Gay Russia’s choice: Back to the closet or pack it in

Down an alley across from the building where Moscow's city council meets, an understated purple sign points the way to Indigo, the only gay-themed store in all of Russia.<p>To find Indigo and its colourful shelves stuffed with literature and clothing, as well as sexual aids, you need to know where to …

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The Widening Wealth Gap: Bringing Income Inequality Into Focus

The widening gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. has become a central touch point for economists, pundits and politicians across the U.S. New York City's newly sworn-in mayor, Bill deBlasio, was elected after campaigning against a city divided between the haves and have-nots. President Obama …

Campaigners attack proposals to allow destruction of ancient woodlands

Green campaigners have urged the government not to "gamble" with England's natural heritage after the environment secretary defended plans to allow developers to destroy ancient woodland.<p>Owen Paterson sparked anger after defending the "biodiversity offsetting" scheme that he plans to introduce …

Rich Catholics vs. the pope

Billionaires like Kenneth Langone threaten to withhold donations if Francis continues his war on capitalism’s ills<p>If anyone wonders whether Pope Francis has irritated wealthy conservatives with his courage and idealism, the latest outburst from Kenneth Langone left little doubt. Sounding both …

'Small typo' mars teacher evaluations

A single missing suffix among thousands of lines of programming code led a public school teacher in Washington, D.C., to be erroneously fired for incompetence, three teachers to miss out on $15,000 bonuses and 40 others to receive inaccurate job evaluations.<p>The miscalculation has raised alarms …

Syria's Assad 'has secret Iraq oil lifeline'

The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad has received substantial imports of Iraqi crude oil from an Egyptian port in the last nine months, shipping and payments documents show, part of an under-the-radar trade that has kept his military running despite Western sanctions.<p>Assad's …

Yes, It’s Real: Tim Draper Gives Details On Ballot Initiative To Make Silicon Valley A State

Silicon Valley is no stranger to unusual ideas, and today the world got to witness another: noted investor Tim Draper is proposing a ballot proposition to split California into six separate states. There were obviously a lot of questions raised by Draper’s “Six Californias” proposal after we first …

Pentagon sees progress on cost of F-35, long way to go | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon’s recent focus on pricing has led to “remarkable progress” in cutting the cost of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program, but the plane still costs more than it should to build and operate, Director of Defense Pricing Shay Assad said.<p>Workers can be seen on …

The big swindle: In lotteries, the poor are the biggest losers

With at least two winners sharing a prize of more than a half-billion dollars, Tuesday's Mega Millions lottery may have drawn more players than any previous drawing.<p>But they may be the lucky ones, in more ways than you think.<p>Related: Woman is Georgia winner of $648 million Mega Millions jackpot<p>Most …

Dennis Rodman Just Wants to 'Have Some Fun' (In North Korea)

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Dennis Rodman is headed to North Korea once again to "to do a basketball game and have some fun" …

How Not to Buy The Most Costly Weapon System in the History of the World

The <i>good</i> news is that someone finally did a study to see if <i>one-size-fits-all-services</i> warplanes actually save the taxpayers money.<p>The <i>bad</i> news is that …

60 Minutes attains new journalistic low with NSA puff-piece

This week's special on the NSA from CBS's "60 Minutes" was a complete disaster. Conducted by a former US bureaucrat who'd overseen NSA activities and …

Rush Limbaugh: School shootings are caused by liberalism

“Liberalism, guaran-damn-teed, is what’s causing this”<p>Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed on the air on Monday that liberalism was to blame for the recent school shooting in Colorado — and, indeed, school shootings "practically" everywhere.<p>“The media doesn’t want you to know this," Limbaugh …