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John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticise US-Russia deal on Syria

The Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have criticised the deal struck by the US and Russia regarding the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile. In a statement released on Saturday, McCain and Graham said the deal would give the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, time …

Syria crisis: No clear winner in Russia-US G20 duel

<b>Both sides have claimed victory in this G20 gladiatorial contest over Syria, but identifying who is on which team is not straightforward.</b><p>So who backed Russia and who backed the United States?<p>According to President Vladimir Putin, the outcome was not a 50/50 split, but a balance of opinion in …

Research Experiment Produces First Human Brain-To-Brain Interface

In more brain news, researchers from the University of Washington (UW) say they’ve created the first successful, non invasive brain-to-brain-interface.<p>Don’t run screaming from your computer just yet. This is a research project in a controlled lab. The researcher, Rajesh Rao, says he was able to …

Winston Churchill's shocking use of chemical weapons

Secrecy was paramount. Britain's imperial general staff knew there would be outrage if it became known that the government was intending to use its secret stockpile of chemical weapons. But Winston Churchill, then secretary of state for war, brushed aside their concerns. As a long-term advocate of …

N.Y. County Outsources The Job Of Monitoring Sex Offenders

A suburban county on Long Island, N.Y., is taking a novel approach to monitoring sex offenders: It's giving the job to a victims' advocacy group.<p>The measure was approved unanimously earlier this year; lawmakers call it a cost-effective way to keep citizens safe. But a local lawyer calls it a …

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2 injured, 3 dead in Florida shooting spree, police say

A gunman went on a shooting spree across Union County, Fla., Saturday, killing three people, including himself, police said.<p>Hubert Allen, Jr., 72, a longtime employee of Pritchett Trucking, Inc., shot four former co-workers, according to a statement from the Union County Sheriff's Office.<p>Allen …

Syria: Cameron and Obama move west closer to intervention

David Cameron and Barack Obama moved the west closer to military intervention in Syria on Saturday as they agreed that last week's alleged chemical weapon attacks by the Assad regime had taken the crisis into a new phase that merited a "serious response".<p>In a phone call that lasted 40 minutes, the …

Here are 10 big car-makers Tesla now outsells in California

If you’ve visited California lately and there seem to be a lot of Tesla Model S’s on the road, it’s not your imagination. Californians are snapping up the luxury electric sports sedan like organic dry-farmed tomatoes, according to sales figures. In June Tesla outsold Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, …

Spreadsheets: The New App That Tracks Your Sex Life’s Ups and Downs

How’s your love life? Spreadsheets tracks users’ data to help boost performance in bed. By Filippa Iannou.<p>The Quantified Self movement—the trend …

Mysteries: Top 5 Wildest Conspiracy Theories

Mysterious, intriguing, and even a little frightening, conspiracy theories of various kinds have captivated Americans for decades.<p>1. The Philadelphia …

Preloaded Chip and PIN card returns, now can carry several currencies

Travelex again is offering a preloaded Chip and PIN card for the traveler abroad, but this one allows you to carry five kinds of currency concurrently.<p>Say hello to the Multi-Currency Cash Passport Prepaid MasterCard, which allows you to carry British pounds, euros, Canadian dollars, Japanese yen …

How to Eat Well on a Budget

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: Ideas for cooking good meals without breaking the bank.</i><p>Cooking on the cheap …

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Medtronic Is Changing Its Business. Will The System Let It?

Earlier this month, <i>Forbes</i> contributor David Shaywitz asked a necessary question: “Are Medical Product Companies Finally Serious About Business Model Evolution?” This was in response to medical-device giant Medtronic‘s (NYSE:MDT) friendly acquisition of Cardiocom, a patient-monitoring firm. CEO Omar …

Why I married late: a feminist's guide

There are two registrars at a register office wedding: one who writes the script and has panache, and a legalistic, square one who is in charge of the licence. The one with panache had offered to send me her script in advance, but I could tell by her voice that she wouldn't say anything I wouldn't …

Decades of failures: Why the CIA keeps blowing it

Every failure has been rewarded with more money — and weakened America’s standing around the world<p>President Clinton gilded the lily when he said that Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, D-N.Y., was a product of that desperate New York district Hell’s Kitchen. The senator had grown up at least partly in the …

Child poverty in Britain is causing 'social apartheid'

Britain risks "sleepwalking into a world where inequality becomes so entrenched that our children grow up in a state of social apartheid", according to a leading charity.<p>In a damning report to be published next week, the National Children's Bureau finds that, in many respects, child poverty is now …

Britain 2013: children of poor families are still left behind

It was 1969, the year of the moon landing, Concorde's first flight and the start of civil strife in Northern Ireland. The Beatles staged an impromptu concert on the rooftop of Apple Records in London. The average British house cost just over £4,500 and two million children in Britain were classed …

Can Dilma Rousseff Recover?

Mac Margolis on the Brazilian president’s struggle to win back the vote.<p>For Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, these ought to be days of glory. Long …

Iran nuclear: 'Uranium shoe' man arrested in US

<b>A man from Sierra Leone has been arrested at New York's John F Kennedy airport with uranium samples allegedly concealed in his shoes.</b><p>Patrick Campbell was charged with attempting to broker a sale of 1,000 tonnes of yellowcake uranium to Iran.<p>He allegedly made the offer to US undercover agents, …

An Intimate Look at the March on Washington

Fifty years ago, photographer Leonard Freed captured the spirit of the protest through the faces in the crowd.<p>The anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is most often memorialized as the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, his famous words …

Not Science Fiction: A Brain In A Box To Let People Live On After Death

Scientists believe it may be possible in the future for human brains to survive death in robotic bodies. but would we want to?<p>I recently had the unusual experience of seeing three renowned scientists discuss whether it’s possible to remove a human brain from a body, put it in a tank, and give it a …

Fort Hood Shooter Gets the Death Penalty He Allegedly Sought

Matt Berman @Mr_Berman<p>Aug. 23, 2013, 10:22 a.m.<p>Maj. Nid­al Has­an was con­victed last Fri­day of pre­med­it­ated murder in the 2009 shoot­ing at the …