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Smoke from a fire rises following a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Military planes provide ammunition and medical aid to troops fighting the Islamic State.


10/19/2014 9:34:07 PM

Comet Buzzes Mars in Once-in-a-Lifetime FlybyA comet zoomed by Mars today (Oct. 19) in an extremely rare close encounter that scientists billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime" event that may help researchers better understand the earliest days of our solar system. At the time of closest approach, the comet barreled by at 126,000 mph (203,000 km/h) relative to the Red Planet, NASA officials said. It is incredible luck that it is saving us the trouble of going to it, as it flies by Mars, which is being explored by seven active robots," Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University, a camera team member for NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity Mars rovers, said in a statement. Planetary scientist David Grinspoon, who tracked Comet Siding Spring flyby in real-time during a live webcast by the Slooh Community Observatory, compared the significance of the event with the epic impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994. 


10/19/2014 2:05:36 PM

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws his 509th career touchdown pass to set the all time record during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. Manning has broken Brett Favre's record for touchdown passes with his 509th. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's NFL record for touchdown passes with No. 509. He didn't stop there, either.


10/19/2014 9:55:56 PM

File photo of U.S. Senator Whitehouse talking to Klain, then-Chief of Staff for U.S. Vice President Biden, in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost. Klain, a former senior aide in two Democratic administrations who is known for his keen political antenna, also must smooth over tensions with lawmakers who are angry about the government's missteps and mixed messages. ...


10/19/2014 9:59:26 PM

Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi is pictured in this undated handout photo(Reuters) - Two people have been arrested in the death of a college student from Saudi Arabia whose remains were found alongside a freeway in a Southern California desert city, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, was last seen at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Reseda on Sept. 17. Authorities discovered his body in Palm Desert, roughly 125 miles (200 km) to the southeast, on Thursday. His body was identified on Friday. Police declined to release details on the arrests and are planning a news conference on Monday, the newspaper reported. ...


10/19/2014 8:10:00 PM

The Carnival Magic cruise ship is seen after reaching port in Galveston, TexasBy Erwin Seba GALVESTON Texas (Reuters) - The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said on Sunday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared. In Texas, a lab worker who spent much of a Caribbean holiday cruise in isolation tested negative for the deadly virus and left the Carnival Magic liner with other passengers after it docked at Galveston early on Sunday morning. ...


10/19/2014 3:39:23 PM

U.S. President Obama waves as he arrives for a campaign rally for Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown at a High School in Upper MarlboroBy Jeff Mason UPPER MARLBORO Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity. With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election. ...


10/19/2014 3:57:26 PM

Charlottesville Police Chief, Tim Longo, wipes his eyes as he and Albermarle County police Col. Steve Sellers, brief the media on the discovery of remains in Albermarle County during a news conference in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Hannah Graham, Chief Longo told a news conference. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)Virginia authorities comb an area near where human remains were discovered.


10/19/2014 2:49:57 PM

Nigerians Doubtful Of Girls' Release After Boko Haram 'truce' BreachedBy Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - - A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt on Sunday about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents. Nigeria's armed forces chief Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh announced the ceasefire on Friday to enable the release of the girls, who were abducted from the remote northeastern village of Chibok in April. ...


10/19/2014 7:46:30 AM

Candles and plush toys are seen at the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 exploded near the village of Rassipnoe, Ukraine, on October 15, 2014The Hague (AFP) - A Dutch relative of a victim of downed flight MH17 has travelled to the crash site in eastern Ukraine to search for the remains of his missing cousin, Dutch television reported Sunday.


10/19/2014 1:26:53 PM

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What’s Scarier, Haunted Houses or Haunted People?

In the latest installment of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, a panel of writers discusses the popularity and even the psychogeographies of haunted houses.

The post What’s Scarier, Haunted Houses or Haunted People? appeared first on WIRED.








10/18/2014 4:30:51 AM

The Tragic Medical History Behind That Crazy Knick Finale

There were about a bajillion "oh, crap!" moments on The Knick finale last night. (OK, like, five.) But of those, the two most intense have real medical histories even more tragic than what went down on the show. Removing teeth to treat insanity? That happened. Using heroin to treat cocaine addiction? That's not too far from the truth, either.

The post The Tragic Medical History Behind That Crazy Knick Finale appeared first on WIRED.








10/18/2014 4:30:48 AM

Snapchat Ads Are Heading Your Way Starting This Weekend

It's happened to Twitter. And Tumblr. And Instagram. And now, Snapchat's day has finally come.

The post Snapchat Ads Are Heading Your Way Starting This Weekend appeared first on WIRED.








10/17/2014 5:15:24 PM

Gadget Lab Podcast: Did You Hear That Apple Had an Event This Week?

New Apple hardware was released this week. Maybe you heard? The hosts (joined this week by WIRED writer Tim Moynihan), discuss new iPads and 5K iMacs. Also, new Nexus hardware, the best iPad games, and your Mother.

The post Gadget Lab Podcast: Did You Hear That Apple Had an Event This Week? appeared first on WIRED.








10/17/2014 4:22:44 PM

Game|Life Podcast: Software Sales Slump and Bayonetta Makes a Comeback

Bayonetta 2, Fantasy Life, Shadow of Mordor and more are on the docket for this week's Game|Life podcast.

The post Game|Life Podcast: Software Sales Slump and Bayonetta Makes a Comeback appeared first on WIRED.








10/17/2014 2:22:31 PM

Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules

Americans may have a Florida drug dealer to thank for expanding our right to privacy. Police departments around the country have been collecting phone metadata from telecoms and using a sophisticated spy tool to track people through their mobile phones—often without obtaining a warrant. But a new ruling out of Florida has curbed the activity […]

The post Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules appeared first on WIRED.








10/17/2014 1:31:14 PM

Silicon Valley Wins! Obama Picks Ex-Google Lawyer to Head Patent Office

Silicon Valley just won a major victory in the war over patents. On Thursday, the White House announced that it has nominated former Google patent lawyer Michelle Lee as the next director of the USPTO. Lee, who holds a master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science and a JD from Stanford Law […]

The post Silicon Valley Wins! Obama Picks Ex-Google Lawyer to Head Patent Office appeared first on WIRED.








10/17/2014 1:17:10 PM

Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project for Misleading Funders

On Friday afternoon Kickstarter suspended the crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, an initiative to sell a tiny, $45 router that would run all the user's online traffic over the anonymity network Tor.

The post Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project for Misleading Funders appeared first on WIRED.








10/17/2014 1:02:09 PM

A Silver Lining in the JP Morgan Breach?

The JPMorgan Chase data breach rocked headlines early this month as the latest in a series of breaches hitting nearly a dozen financial companies in 2014 alone. The news also follows similar breach disclosures from Target, Home Depot, Albertsons and others. The massive security breach compromised 76 million households and seven million small business accounts. […]

The post A Silver Lining in the JP Morgan Breach? appeared first on WIRED.








10/17/2014 12:38:33 PM

The iPad Air 2 Finally Lets You Easily Switch Between Carriers

While Apple didn't highlight it in during Thursday keynote, but the iPad Air 2 has a new SIM that could change the way you think of cellular network access.

The post The iPad Air 2 Finally Lets You Easily Switch Between Carriers appeared first on WIRED.








10/17/2014 12:36:23 PM

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