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  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 14, 2014:

  • N. Korea officials 'target London salon over Kim haircut ad'
    N. Korea officials 'target London salon over Kim haircut ad'

    London (AFP) - Police said Tuesday they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-Un.

  • Geologic Wonder: See the Grand Canyon from Space
    Geologic Wonder: See the Grand Canyon from Space

    Helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon can provide a bird's-eye view of the iconic landmark. But that's nothing compared to what astronauts see as they zip over northern Arizona in the International Space Station. In a new image taken from orbit, the Grand Canyon is visible slicing through the Kaibab Plateau, which is part of the expansive Colorado Plateau of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. The popular South Rim, which hosts about 90 percent of the Grand Canyon's 5 million visitors a year, averages about 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) in elevation, according to the National Park Service.

  • 4 Extremely Well Behaved Dogs Pray Before Eating
    4 Extremely Well Behaved Dogs Pray Before Eating

    So, four dogs sit together in a Chinese kitchen. No, that is not the start of an awful joke, but rather the premise for a YouTube video with almost 90,000 views. The pets featured in the clip are a poodle, a yellow lab and two golden retrievers. All of the dogs sit in front of a bench as a woman in the background prepares their meal. Just before the food is placed in front of them, the woman instructs them to bow their heads. The animals obediently keep their heads lowered as she says a quick prayer. Once she concludes with "Amen," all of the dogs lift their heads and begin to eat.

  • Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances
    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine.

  • Ex-Minnesota State, Mankato coach returning to job

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The football coach fired from Minnesota State, Mankato announced Tuesday that he will return to the job after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated, saying the decision wasn't easy but that it would help him and his family heal.

  • Is This Statue of a Homeless Jesus Offensive?

    A vagrant sleeping on a park bench may not merit a second glance for many hardened city dwellers, but a statue of a homeless Jesus sleeping on a bench in Davidson, North Carolina is getting a lot of scrutiny. But Rev. David Buck, 65, of St. Alban's Episcopal Church says the statue is a good lesson for those used to seeing Jesus depicted in religious art as a figure cloaked in finery. "He was, in essence, a homeless person." Sculptor Timothy Schmalz, a devout Catholic, says the sculpture is meant to challenge people.

  • Researchers launch new app for overcoming jet lag
    Researchers launch new app for overcoming jet lag

    Based on research from mathematicians at the University of Michigan, Entrain is designed for travelers, night-shift workers and anyone else whose circadian rhythms have been thrown out of whack. To help those struggling with jet lag, researchers have created Entrain. The free app, designed by Olivia Walch, is based on equations developed by Danniel B. Forger and Kirill Serkh, both professors of mathematics at the University of Michigan. The two mathematicians published their findings on how math can reduce the time it takes to get over jet lag in the April 10 issue of PLOS Computational Biology.

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