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  • Baby Prince George visits Australian zoo
    Baby Prince George visits Australian zoo

    Baby Prince George stepped out in public with his parents on Sunday for the first time in Australia, for an encounter with wildlife at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. George, eight months old and third in line to the throne after grandfather Princes Charles and father William, stole the show as his parents toured the harbourfront zoo overlooking the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  • Leaked pic seemingly shows iOS 8 running on an iPhone 5s
    Leaked pic seemingly shows iOS 8 running on an iPhone 5s

    Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 in early June, but meanwhile plenty of reports have detailed some of the features it will have to offer, with various alleged image leaks showing what the new operating system would look like on a bigger iPhone 6 display. But iOS 8 will be compatible with older devices as well, and PhoneArena has obtained an image that shows iOS 8 running on an iPhone 5s. While it’s not clear whether the image is genuine, or how the leaker obtained a copy of iOS 8, other sites have reported steady iOS 8 sightings in website analytics, suggesting that Apple is already testing iOS 8 ahead of WWDC. In addition to old default iOS

  • Jourdan Dunn is the new face of Maybelline
    Jourdan Dunn is the new face of Maybelline

    British model-of-the-moment Jourdan Dunn has been chosen by Maybelline New York to be a spokesmodel for the cosmetics brand.

  • Kroger manager fired after he slams a knife-wielding shoplifter to the ground
    Kroger manager fired after he slams a knife-wielding shoplifter to the ground

    The incident was caught on cellphone video by a customer in the parking lot.

  • Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings

    By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response to budget pressures, and saved the SSA $70 million annually - about 50 cents per mailed statement.

  • 5 Things to Know About Alien Planet Kepler-186f, 'Earth's Cousin'
    5 Things to Know About Alien Planet Kepler-186f, 'Earth's Cousin'

    A newly discovered planet nicknamed "Earth's cousin" has just been found 490 light-years from Earth. The planet, called Kepler-186f, is the first Earth-size planet found in the habitable zone of its star. Only about 10 percent larger than Earth, Kepler-186f is the closest planet to Earth in size ever found in the habitable zone of its star. What else do you need to know about the new alien planet discovery?

  • Behind Qatar's bet on the Muslim Brotherhood

    The Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic political organization that has been defanged in almost every area where it was once a key player, has driven a deep rift between the Gulf's two most powerful players. Months of tension between Qatar and its neighbors came to a head last month when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) withdrew their ambassadors. Although the regional Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced yesterday that the parties had resolved their disagreement, that will likely remain a surface-level fix unless Qatar abandons its support of the Muslim Brotherhood – something it has signaled it has no interest in doing.  The divisions over the Brotherhood between regional hegemon Saudi Arabia and its tiny neighbor Qatar center on the model of political Islam the Brotherhood represents, which combines the passion of religion with the power of the ballot box.

  • Kim Novak hits back at post-Oscar 'bullies'
    Kim Novak hits back at post-Oscar 'bullies'

    Veteran actress Kim Novak has lashed out at the "bullies" who mocked and criticized her appearance at the Academy Awards last month. The 81-year-old, star of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece "Vertigo," said she was too humiliated to leave her house after the wave of ridicule and jokes made about her slow speech and rigid appearance while presenting an award alongside young actor Matthew McConaughey. "However, I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. Addressing what she called "the elephant in the room," she added in the posting: "Years ago, I walked away from Hollywood partially because I didn’t stand up to the bullies.

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