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Wearables: Fad or the Future?

Predictions for the exploding wearables market are through the roof. But there’s lots of reasons these new gadgets don’t have the revolutionary power of smartphones.

She Hid Her Gun Where?

The ex-wife of Pulitzer Prize-winner Cormac McCarthy was arrested on assault charges that prove, among other things, that sometimes truth is stranger than even prize-winning fiction.

A Campy, Star-Studded Romp

Brace yourselves for IFC’s ‘The Spoils of Babylon’—a hilarious spoof miniseries featuring Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and more.

Mass Grave or Public Park?

Over 1,500 unclaimed or out-of-luck New Yorkers are buried each year in the isolation of a giant graveyard on Hart Island. But these unmarked graves may soon be getting more visitors.

Bitcoin for Baby Boomers

In 2012 it was $5.48. In 2014 it’s reached $1,040. Could Bitcoin fund your retirement years?

Privacy Before Poverty

The president is fond of saying income inequality is the country’s overarching problem today, when in fact it’s his extra-legal powers.

The Nasty Cheney Schadenfreude

Cheney-haters are pretending to be concerned that Liz’s Senate campaign destroyed her family. But under different circumstances, they’d call her a hero for breaking with the clan.

They’ve Always Been Watching You

How ‘The Burglary,’ a new history of the FBI and government snooping, undermines President Obama’s legitimacy in the war on terror.

Venezuela’s Murdered Beauty Queen

A cherished soap opera star and her British ex-husband were slain in a carjacking that spared their 5-year-old daughter.

Syria’s Al Qaeda Gang Wars

The power-hungry leader of a jihadists rebel group in Syria has riled up his fellow extremists—and they're turning their guns on each other.

The Bikini Bridge to Nowhere

The latest trend in thinspiration turned out to be nothing but an Internet-made hoax. So why do we let ourselves get sucked in by the hype?

‘Girls’ Just Wanna Have Fun

We obsess over what Lena Dunham’s vision for ‘Girls’ means. The new season leaves little to obsess over. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch.

Obama to unveil first 5 'Promise Zones'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is announcing ways the federal government can help economically challenged communities through five new "Promise Zones."

Pentagon chief in rare visit to nuke missile base

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is making a rare visit to an Air Force nuclear missile base, hoping to boost morale among the men and women who operate, maintain and safeguard the nation's Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles.

Republicans promote ways of helping the poor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with an empathy gap before the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are trying to forge a new image as a party that helps the poor and lifts struggling workers into the middle class.

Obama expected to curb NSA access to phone records

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to restrict National Security Agency access to Americans' phone records and rein in spying on foreign leaders, according to people familiar with a White House review of the government's surveillance programs.

U.S. needs modern nuclear deterrent despite high price tag -Hagel

By David Alexander ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday the United States had always supported a strong nuclear deterrent and would continue to do so, even as it braces for a nuclear forces overhaul that analysts say could cost $1 trillion over 30 years. "To modernize your nuclear weapons stockpile and assure that they continue to stay secure and safe, it takes money, it takes resources," Hagel said after touring Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base, two facilities involved in maintaining the weapons. Hagel travels on Thursday to F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he will see intercontinental ballistic missile silos and talk to troops in a nuclear mission that has been troubled by morale problems. Major General Michael Carey was fired as head of the 450-weapon U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile force in October for getting drunk and carousing with Russian women while leading a government delegation to Moscow for talks on nuclear security.

Farewell: McDonnell apologizes after gift scandal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Outgoing Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized in a major speech Wednesday to lawmakers for a gift scandal that eroded his political standing, but claimed strong economic leadership and new transportation funding as lasting achievements.

Boeing machinists allege unfair labor practices, seek revote

By Alwyn Scott and Bill Rigby NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Angry Boeing machinists have filed eight unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging their union's top leaders manipulated a recent contract vote, and demanding that ballots be recast. The NLRB has launched an investigation into the charges, filed by individual members against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said Anne Pomerantz, an attorney with the NLRB regional office in Seattle. The charges stem from a January 3 vote that approved Boeing's contract offer by just 600 votes, ensuring its latest jetliner, the 777X, will be built in the Seattle area.