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How computers got amazing: Moore's Law at 50

SAN FRANCISCO — In 1965, a California scientist noted that the number of transistors that could be crammed onto an integrated circuit was doubling about every year.

Fifty years later, Moore's Law explains why digital cameras are equal to film, smart phones are so amazing and self-driving cars are …

Gordon Moore

Reports: Hundreds of migrants feared dead after boat capsizes in Mediterranean

Hundreds of migrants are feared dead after a boat carrying up to 700 people capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Italian Coastguard told the BBC that the vessel was carrying between 500 and 700 people when the incident happened at about midnight local time Sunday.

Only 28 people have been rescued …


Iran official: Inspectors would be barred under nuke agreement

A senior military commander in Iran said Sunday that foreign inspectors would be barred from military sites in the country under any nuclear agreement with world powers, the Associated Press reported.

Speaking on state TV, Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, said …

Middle East

Three shot at Delaware university cookout

Three people were shot at a Delaware State University student cookout Saturday, resulting in a police search across the campus and nearby areas.

The shooting was reported at about 8 p.m. at a school-sanctioned sorority and fraternity cookout event, university President Harry L. Williams said in a …


Watch the epic first episode of Showtime's Mayweather-Pacquiao documentary

With just few weeks left until the richest fight in boxing history, Showtime is releasing a four-part Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao documentary, and the first episode went live Friday.

Meanwhile, HBO has been uploading a number of Pacquiao’s recent fights (in their entirety) to YouTube. You …


300 strangers attend girl's party after mom's plea

SHAKOPEE, Minn. – When you're a kid, every year you look forward to celebrating a birthday. On Tuesday, Mackenzie Moretter turned 10. But days before the planned birthday party, all of the invited guests turned down her invitation.

"I was sad that no one was coming," Mackenzie said. So her mom, …

Minnesota Vikings

Rock Hall inducts 2015 class, led by Ringo

CLEVELAND — When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies return here every few years to their spiritual and literal home, music history often ignites. Such was the case Saturday night at the 30th annual gathering, which saw the inductions of Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Joan Jett and the …

Rock Music

Watch Ohio State's Cardale Jones throw a football 74 yards down the field

You may remember Cardale Jones from the College Football Playoff, but did you know he could throw a 74-yard pass?

Neither did we. In fact, the Ohio State quarterback made it look easy at the Buckeyes’ spring game Saturday.

Oh, just Cardale Jones slinging a ball 74 yards:— …


Google shakes up ranking system for mobile

LOS ANGELES — If you have a website and want to be found online, it's time to get busy.

Tuesday, search giant Google is changing its ranking system to favor those with mobile friendly websites, i.e., ones that can be easily read on smartphones, without tons of graphics and flash to slow things …


For this Earth Day, try kicking the plastic habit

A sandwich made from individually wrapped slices of cheese. Coffee made from a convenient K-Cup. A quick and easy microwaved meal. These are just a few of the everyday things people who attempt to live a plastic- and package-free existence choose to go without.

Difficult for sure, but some people …


Ryan Lochte, healthy again, begins buildup for worlds, then Olympics

MESA, Ariz. — What drives Ryan Lochte is elusive, something he knows he may very well never attain.


"I just want to have a swim meet one time where I'm like, 'That's a perfect swim meet,' " Lochte told USA TODAY Sports. "I don't know if that will ever happen.

It's never happened. … But …

Ryan Lochte

Umpire leaves game after being hit in the face by 96 mile-per-hour pitch

Home plate umpire Brian Knight left Saturday’s Phillies-Nationals game in the top of the ninth inning after a catcher José Lobatón failed to catch a 96 mile-per-hour pitch that hit Knight’s mask.

Knight immediately stood up and eventually left the game after talking to the other umpires on the …


Towing company wants ESPN's Britt McHenry to keep her job

ESPN has suspended Britt McHenry for one week after video surfaced showing McHenry berating a tow company employee, and though many aren’t satisfied with McHenry’s punishment, the victim of McHenry’s tirade does not want the reporter to lose her job.

McHenry tweeted an apology after the incident, …

Bublé's butt pic on Instagram ignites furor

Canadian crooner Michael Bublé went on the defensive Friday night after an earlier Instagram post featuring a woman's rear spawned widespread criticism.

On Monday, he posted a shot taken by wife Luisana Lupilato featuring him in front of a counter. In the background stands a woman in short shorts, …


Rand Paul in NH: Tax cuts should help the poor

NASHUA, N.H. — You know it’s a GOP primary when a candidate spends only half his speech walloping Hillary Clinton, so he can use the other half to criticize Republicans.

Republicans are gathering again today at a summit convened by the state GOP to give political activists a look at more than a …

Hillary Clinton

European countries launch economic reforms

WASHINGTON--European finance ministers say their countries are finally beginning to help companies shrink bloated work forces and allow entrepreneurs to start businesses more easily.

"The change is really dramatic," Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said in an interview at this week's …


St. Louis police kill armed man, release bodycam video

St. Louis County police released body camera video after officers shot and killed a 23-year-old man who authorities say charged toward officers holding a knife and a bible.

Thaddeus McCarroll was shot multiple times late Friday night by two officers in Jennings, Mo., according to police. Several …


Cardinal George fought winds of Catholic change: Column

Former Archbishop of Chicago battled for his faith in a time of secularism.

Cardinal Francis George died Friday. The former archbishop of Chicago succumbed to cancer after an ecclesiastical career largely spent dealing with the many sicknesses afflicting the modern Roman Catholic Church.

In recent …



First look: Inside Royal Caribbean's latest mega-ship

SOUTHAMPTON, England — Eager for a glimpse of the latest megaship from cruise giant Royal Caribbean? USA TODAY is among a handful of U.S. media outlets today getting early access to the soon-to-debut Anthem of the Seas, and we're posting photos of the vessel in the carousel above and at our Twitter …


How and when to watch the NBA playoffs Saturday

The NBA playoffs are finally here. There are four games scheduled for Saturday, meaning you could potentially spend the entire day watching the postseason. Here is the TV information for every game on the first day of the NBA playoffs.

12:30 p.m. ET: Wizards vs. Raptors, ESPN

3:30 p.m. ET: Pelicans …


5 arrested for Australia plot amid fear of homegrown ISIL terrorists

SYDNEY — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting a Veterans' Day terrorist attack that included targeting police.

According to officials, the suspects include two 18-year-olds who were allegedly planning an attack at the ANZAC Day ceremony in Melbourne. Another …


Dad Rock podcast: 8 Rock Hall snubs

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its 2015 class on Saturday, and let's just say the selections aren't exactly the hall's "greatest hits."

Lou Reed and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are worthy inductees, but the other six — Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ringo Starr, the "5" Royales, Bill …

Rock & Roll

5 most incredible discoveries of the week

Why our knuckles crack and bad news for pot smokers' GPAs make the list:

Archaeologists May Have Found World's First Tools: Stone tools found at a site in Kenya may date back 3.3 million years, shattering the previous record by about 700,000 years. The new date is significant because the first …

Julius Caesar

Obama to push climate change for Earth Day

President Obama plans to spotlight his climate change plans next week, saying Saturday that "there's no greater threat to our planet" than ever-rising temperatures.

The week will be built around a presidential trip to the Florida Everglades on Wednesday, which is Earth Day.

"The Everglades is one of …

Climate Change

Iconic Oklahoma City photo caused twists and turns

It was an iconic photo that captured the essence of one of America's most dramatic tragedies of that decade - a firefighter clutching a bloodied young child, fatally wounded in the April 19, 1995 Okahoma City bombing. The photo's startling image touched a chord throughout the nation.

And in the …

Oklahoma City

Kings forward Jarret Stoll arrested on drug charges

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was arrested on Friday night in Las Vegas on suspicion of possession of drugs.

Stoll was arrested at the MGM Wet Republic pool on suspicion of possession of cocaine and Ecstacy, police confirmed to CBS Las Vegas. Police also told CBS that NHL security had been …

Los Angeles Kings

Neiman Marcus accused of selling fake fur that was real

DETROIT — The Humane Society of the United States has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, accusing Neiman Marcus of selling products made with fake fur that actually is real fur.

At issue is three types of boots, which have what could be described as fake faux fur.

Neiman Marcus has …

Vegan Recipes

Five years after spill, Gulf Coast waits for fine money

WASHINGTON – Five years after the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gulf Coast communities are still waiting for the billions promised to help them recover from the nation's worst environmental disaster.

Local officials and environmentalists from the five affected states — Alabama, Florida, …

Gulf Coast

At the theater, 91-year-old's wish comes true

INDIANAPOLIS — Her hands lie crumpled by her side. They wobble when she grasps at the tubes running antibiotics into her arm, when she reaches for the knob that drives her wheelchair.

Grace Gresham used to be able to hold them still, her fingers dangling over ivory keys as she prepared to fill the …