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  • Should the U.S. government hire military veterans in droves to patrol our borders? Should all Americans qualify to collect Social Security, regardless of age? Should we all be required to own a gun?

    Sound a bit out there? Maybe. Or maybe they’re big solutions for the big problems facing our nation. These outside-the-box ideas were submitted to Yahoo News this week when we asked for solutions we could adopt to solve our country's problems.

    We’re looking for your input, too.

    When President Barack Obama takes his second oath of office on Jan. 20, he'll continue to lead the nation on a bevy of big issues, including health care, immigration and federal spending.

    What creative and pie-in-the-sky ideas do you have? We’re collecting clever (and potentially controversial) solutions to issues we’ll certainly see over the next four years and beyond. Think big! We’re seeking inventive ideas that may not have been tried before.

    Read More »from What’s the big idea? Suggest a creative solution for the country
  • CES: Smart screens, lifestyle upgrades and vibrating forks

    Join Yahoo News columnist Virginia Heffernan, reporter Eric Pfeiffer, and ABC News Tech Editor Joanna Stern at 12:30 pm ET today to discuss the happenings in Las Vegas.

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    Donald Trump has placed himself in the middle of another controversy involving a birth certificate—this time his own.

    In a letter obtained by Yahoo News, the real estate mogul and de facto leader of last year's "birther" movement against President Barack Obama sent a copy of his New York City birth certificate to comedian Bill Maher, who earlier this week made a Trump-like demand to see it.

    On Monday's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Maher said he would donate $5 million to the charity of Trump’s choice (Maher suggested Hair Club for Men, among others) if the "Celebrity Apprentice" host could prove he is not the "spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan." Maher was mocking Trump's much-publicized announcement in October that he would donate $5 million to charity if Obama would release his college records.

    On Tuesday, a lawyer for Trump sent the letter to Maher with the birth certificate attached, asking the "Real Time" host to make good on his late-night offer:

    Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump's birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan. Please remit the $5 million to Mr. Trump immediately and he will ensure that the money be donated to the following five charities in equal amounts: Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    In October, Trump announced he had "something very, very big concerning the president of the United States"—something he said could "possibly" change the election—leading to speculation that the 66-year-old might have unearthed scandalous information about Obama.

    Read More »from Yahoo News exclusive: Trump releases birth certificate to Bill Maher, demands $5M


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  • The iPhone 6 Plus might have a serious software problem you should know about
    The iPhone 6 Plus might have a serious software problem you should know about

    Even though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch was a great success for the company, with 2014 iPhones registering record sales according to Apple, several issues have stained Apple’s iPhone 6 launch, including iOS 8 software problems and the #Bendgate mess, to name just a few. More recently, it was discovered that the iPhone 6’s plastic antenna covers also come with one unexpected flaw. Now, AppleInsider points us to a growing thread on Apple’s support forum that details a potential software issue affecting iPhone 6 Plus handsets. FROM EARLIER: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips The thread in questions has over 9,200 views and more than 60 responses, and it details constant

  • Sears to close stores, lay off about 5,500: Seeking Alpha
    Sears to close stores, lay off about 5,500: Seeking Alpha

    (Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp is shuttering more than 100 stores and laying off at least 5,457 employees, investor website Seeking Alpha reported on Thursday, indicating the struggling retailer may be stepping up store closures. Sears said in August it had closed 96 stores in the six months since February and planned to close a total of 130 underperforming stores during the full fiscal year. It added at the time that it may shutter additional stores beyond the 130 target. ...

  • Remains belong to missing UK-born student
    Remains belong to missing UK-born student

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (AP) — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a British-born university student who disappeared last month, authorities said Friday, as they turned their attention to filing possible additional charges against the suspect accused of abducting her.

  • Why don't Ebola doctors returning from West Africa quarantine themselves?
    Why don't Ebola doctors returning from West Africa quarantine themselves?

    That's what some Americans are wondering after officials revealed that Craig Spencer — the 33-year-old New York City doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola on Thursday — rode the subway, visited a bowling alley in Brooklyn and took a cab to his Harlem apartment hours before he was hospitalized.

  • WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000
    WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.

  • Canada PM 'hid in a closet' during attack
    Canada PM 'hid in a closet' during attack

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was shoved into a closet when a gunmen stormed parliament, local newspapers said Friday. According to MPs cited anonymously by the daily Globe & Mail and others, Harper spent as much as 15 minutes in the tiny space off a meeting room where he and his Conservative caucus were meeting. "Someone knew there was a closet there, so they stuck him in there," a source told the Globe & Mail.

  • Freescale Semiconductor posts 3Q profit

    On a per-share basis, the Hamilton, Bermuda-based company said it had net income of 40 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 49 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street ...

  • Putin accuses US of undermining global stability
    Putin accuses US of undermining global stability

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin of Russia said Friday that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place because of U.S. attempts to enforce its will on other countries and that his nation will not comply.

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