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    ___ China factories face new challenge as growth slows Chinese manufacturers are discovering that being an efficient low-cost producer is no longer enough to prosper in the face of the country's slowing ...

  • Texas has been holding this man hostage for 12,600 days
    Texas has been holding this man hostage for 12,600 days

    Last week, in a decision that contorted both law and fact, a state judge ruled against an illiterate, intellectually disabled black man named Jerry Hartfield. Hartfield has been imprisoned for more than 33 years — without a valid conviction or sentence authorizing his confinement. In the latest decision, the judge ruled that even though state and local officials clearly were negligent in letting Hartfield slip through the cracks all these decades, there is nothing in the Constitution that provides him with any protection from being retried. It's the fact that 10 months have passed since the state courts in Texas (after many years of prodding) first acknowledged the terrible mistake that was made in this case.

  • $3B Sunken Treasure? Questions Over Whether Hunt For WWII Bullion Is Fishy or Legit
    $3B Sunken Treasure? Questions Over Whether Hunt For WWII Bullion Is Fishy or Legit

    Salvage Effort Costing $8 Million So Far Has Yielded Only Junk

  • Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia on the Future of TV

    Just days before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case that will determine the fate of his streaming video service, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.

  • Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine
    Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments.

  • Researchers say brain is at its best at age 24
    Researchers say brain is at its best at age 24

    Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada claim to have pinpointed 24 as the age at which cognitive motor performance begins to decline. The good news is that age seems to come with better strategies to make up for the decrease in processing speed. The results of the Canadian study, which is among the first to advance a precise age for the start of cognitive decline, were recently published in the journal PLOS One. To test cognitive motor performance, which is defined as how quickly the brain reacts to factors in the environment, researchers at Simon Fraser University recruited 3,305 players of the video game "StarCraft 2" whose ages ranged from 16 to 44.

  • FBI produces short film to warn students about spying on U.S.
    FBI produces short film to warn students about spying on U.S.

    Move over, Warner Bros. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is getting into the movie business.

  • Armed mob under guise of peaceful protest attacks U.N. in South Sudan

    A mob of armed civilians pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering a petition to the United Nations in South Sudan forced their way into a U.N. base sheltering some 5,000 civilians on Thursday and opened fire, the world body said. A U.N. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 20 people had been killed and 60 wounded in the attack on the base in Bor in northern Jonglei state, where there are Indian and South Korean U.N. peacekeepers. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said dozens of civilians were wounded, but the exact number of people killed or wounded had not yet been confirmed. "This attack on a location where civilians are being protected by the United Nations is a serious escalation," Dujarric said.

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