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  • Ottawa shootings: Kevin Vickers, parliament's sergeant-at-arms, hailed as hero
    Ottawa shootings: Kevin Vickers, parliament's sergeant-at-arms, hailed as hero

    The head of Ottawa's parliamentary security is being hailed as a hero for reportedly fatally shooting a suspected male gunman before he could enter the caucus rooms.

  • 102 Snakes Found in Home in Canada
    102 Snakes Found in Home in Canada

    Recently a family in Regina, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, discovered a few small snakes in their basement and called the local wildlife rehab agency.

  • Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction
    Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.

  • Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet
    Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet

    MOSCOW (AP) — The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark.

  • Ingenious new app is every math teacher’s nightmare come true
    Ingenious new app is every math teacher’s nightmare come true

    If your school doesn’t already collect your smartphones before you go to class, we’re certain that it will start doing so after seeing this new mobile app. Per Engadget, an app called PhotoMath is every math teacher’s worst nightmare come to life as it will solve equations for you just by using your smartphone’s camera. MORE GREAT APPS: This brilliant app will send you a photo of the person who stole your smartphone As you can see in the video posted below, the app uses your camera to scan the page for mathematical symbols and will then decipher the precise syntax of the problem it sees and then solve it. So far, the app can read basic arithmetic expressions, fractions, powers

  • At McDonald's despair, at Chipotle arrogance
    At McDonald's despair, at Chipotle arrogance

    As McDonald's business faces headwinds, its much smaller rival Chipotle is challenging the fast food dominance of the old guard.

  • Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse
    Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse

    On Thursday, a partial solar eclipse is expected to darken the skies above. A partial solar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are not exactly in line and the moon only partially obscures the sun. We’d like to reiterate that just because the sun is partially obscured, it’s still a very bad idea to stare directly into it, no matter how much you may be tempted to try. With that warning out of the way, here are the best times to watch: 1:35 p.m. local time in Seattle 1:52 p.m. in San Francisco 2:08 p.m. in Los Angeles Phoenix  around 2:21 p.m. Denver at 3:18 p.m. Chicago at 4:36 p.m. Dallas at 4:48 p.m. 5:45 and 6 p.m. local time in

  • Bizarre CGI Video Goes Viral
    Bizarre CGI Video Goes Viral

    An odd but impressive video popped up on Vimeo recently, and we can't stop watching it. It's a CGI (computer-generated imagery) rendering of a horizontally rotating column knocking over and pushing around what looks like humans. The video is titled "I've fallen, and I can't get up!" It was uploaded by Dave Fothergill, a visual-effects artist from the U.K. Why can't we take our eyes off this? Because it's almost hypnotic!

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