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  • Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war
    Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Street cafes and beaches are packed with people until late at night. Families crowd the few public parks. Wedding halls are booked solid.

  • Action against Islamic State would prevent genocide-NATO
    Action against Islamic State would prevent genocide-NATO

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Military intervention against Islamic State militants could be justified on the grounds of self-defense or preventing a campaign "pretty close to genocide", NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday. Rasmussen said the threat posed by Islamic State "requires a military response to degrade and defeat this terrorist organization" but he said NATO as an organization would not be undertaking military strikes against the group. "We are not considering ... a leading NATO role in this operation. ...

  • Oil prices falling, but maybe not for long: Jefferies
    Oil prices falling, but maybe not for long: Jefferies

    Long-time oil analyst Andy Lebow discusses the outlook for oil prices as they continue to fall.

  • Don't Underestimate Smartwatches
    Don't Underestimate Smartwatches

    It's important to understand that like the iPhone before it, the Apple Watch isn't at all what its name would imply. Just as smartphones have become supercomputers in our pockets, the Apple Watch and its many competitors, including Android-powered devices from Motorola and Samsung Electronics, are poised to become something more. "There's so much [the Apple Watch] can do that we haven't really even talked about," Tim Cook told USA Today on the day of the announcement. When a company like Google or Apple deliberately creates a place for other companies to sell their own, complementary wares, it is called a platform.

  • Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

    Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool ...

  • Smoking rates on the rise in New York City
    Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.

  • U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists
    U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists

    "Today, few threats are more urgent than the threat posed by violent extremism," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video announcing the program. The Department of Justice, the White House, and other agencies are starting a series of pilot programs to bring together community leaders, law-enforcement officials, and others to develop a strategy to counter the threat, Holder said. While existing programs have focused on community leaders, the new programs will also include teachers and mental health and social services professionals to provide more support and develop ways to spot potential extremists, an official familiar with the program said.

  • Scottish independence could mean messy divorce
    Scottish independence could mean messy divorce

    LONDON (AP) — How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline.

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