No shooting at Los Angeles International Airport #LAX, false alarm confirmed by LAPD

A TSA check baggage X-ray machine is seen in terminal 4 at LAX, May 2, 2011. REUTERS

Around 9pm local time here in Los Angeles, reports began popping up of a shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport, LAX. Within about 30 minutes, LAPD confirmed that there had been no shooting, no victims, and the emergency was called off. Read the rest

North Korea launches Netflix-like streaming propaganda service 'Manbang'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, shown here, is not going to like this themed hackathon at all.

Despite its name, Manbang is not a gay male pornography service. Kim Jong-un's regime unveiled the service today as a propaganda-filled streaming service delivering on-demand videos to televisions through a set-top box.

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Before Breitbart, before Trump, Bannon bullied people in Biosphere 2

Steve Bannon, head of  Breitbart News, was named to the new position of campaign chief executive officer. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The Breitbart chief and Trump campaign CEO's sexist bullying was evident in the early days of Biosphere 2 in Arizona, then a quasi “space colonization” and environmental research project.

Stephen K. Bannon, who recently took a leave from running Breitbart.com to become Donald Trump’s chief campaign executive, once bullied women in the historic environmental research project known as Biosphere 2.

He called a female science researcher who wrote a report about safety concerns a “deluded” “bimbo,” and threatened to “ram it down her (expletive) throat.” He also threatened to “kick her ass.”

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SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down with Crucial NASA Research Samples

Image from NASA's live coverage: SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft departing the ISS at 6:10 am EDT Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, after successfully delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and scientific cargo on its ninth resupply mission to the orbiting lab.
Another successful SpaceX mission to resupply the ISS ended today with a splashdown in the Pacific, southwest of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Here's an update from NASA.

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NASA's Juno to Soar Closest to Jupiter This Saturday

This dual view of Jupiter was taken on August 23, when NASA's Juno spacecraft was 2.8 million miles (4.4 million kilometers) from the gas giant planet on the inbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

An update on the Juno mission, from NASA.

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Leslie Jones hack investigated by federal agents

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The Apple iCloud account of comedian and actor Leslie Jones was recently hacked, with nude photographs posted concurrently with racist threat messages. The incident is being investigated by federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security, according to reports. Read the rest

Uber lost $1.27 billion or more in the first half of 2016

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Uber lost at least $1.27 billion before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in the first six months of 2016, Bloomberg reports today.

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New Hillary Clinton campaign spot highlights Trump's KKK ties

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“There's a reason the most hateful fringe of the right wing is supporting Donald Trump,” the campaign for Hillary Clinton said as they introduced this new attack spot. Read the rest

WhatsApp wooed users with privacy promise, but will soon share data with Facebook

A Facebook logo is displayed on the side of a tour bus in New York, 2015. REUTERS

The mobile messaging app will soon begin sharing with Facebook the phone numbers and analytics data for its more than one billion users.

When messaging app WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum promised the deal wouldn't affect users' privacy.

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Dakota Pipeline decision delayed to Sept. 9, thousands of indigenous activists continue protest

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In Washington today, District Judge James E. Boarsberge said he will not issue a decision on a legal challenge by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access, LLC, the private firm behind a nearly $4 billion oil project Native people say will destroy their land and cause unprecedented damage to human, plant, and animal life in the region.

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Colombia and Farc rebels reach historic peace agreement ending 5-decade war

Two colombian soldiers patrol in front at a truck burned by rebels of
the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Cisneros, 80 kms
west from Cali, Valle del Cauca province March 6, 2002. REUTERS/Juan B. Diaz

After half a century of war, the Colombian government and Farc rebels say they have reached a historic peace agreement. The two sides have been meeting in Havana, Cuba since November 2012. Both signed a bilateral ceasefire in June, which was needed before a final agreement could be reached. An estimated 220,000 people have died in the decades-long conflict, and millions have been displaced.

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The Making of 'Star Wars,' 1977: Amazing photos of ILM filming Death Star explosions

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Here's how Star Wars movies were made before the green screen and advanced CGI. Photographer unknown.

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Cancer now beats heart disease as top cause of death in 22 U.S. states

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A new report out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cancer is now the leading cause of death in California and 21 other states, surpassing heart disease.

Back in the early 2000s, only Alaska and Minnesota lost more lives to cancer than heart disease. And back in the 1950s, heart disease deaths were overall 2.5 times the number of cancer deaths.

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Weird lady forces Jesus on a baby

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Gotta make those babies pray.

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Baltimore police respond to report they secretly spied on city with aerial surveillance tech from Iraq War

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A report out this week from Bloomberg says that since January, 2016, people in the city of Baltimore, Maryland have secretly and periodically been spied on by police using cameras in the sky. Authorities today effectively admitted that the report is accurate.

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NASA: 35 Years On, Voyager's Legacy Continues at Saturn

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

An update on the Voyager exploration program of Saturn from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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'Sassy Trump' by Peter Serafinowicz: 'What Do You Have To Lose?' edition

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“Martin Luther Trump stumbles through a teleprompted message of hope for absent black people.” Read the rest

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