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    The godfather of the laptop dies at age 75

    It’s easy to take the modern laptop for granted. Hundreds of millions sell every year. The most affordable models are even less expensive than high-end smartphones. It’s near impossible to walk into a coffee shop, workplace or college lecture hall without seeing a laptop. Yet a generation ago, a computer that opened up to reveal a keyboard and screen was a radical and tremendously expensive idea. In 1982, British engineer John Ellenby made waves when his company, Grid Systems, released […]

  • Juan Gabriel performs onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Bank United Center on April 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Getty Images)

    Juan Gabriel, Latin American music icon, dies at 66

    Latin American music icon Juan Gabriel has died, according to sources close to the family and to Mexico’s news agency Notimex. Juan Gabriel, whose legal name was Alberto Aguilera Valadez, was 66. He sold more than 100 million records during his career, according to his website. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said in a tweet: “We lament the death of Juan Gabriel, one of the biggest musical icons of our country. My condolences to his family and friends.” He added, […]

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    ‘Parts flapping in the wind:’ Southwest flight makes emergency landing after engine fails

    A Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing when one of the engines failed, the airline said. A woman who was on the plane with her husband and three children told KOCO that the engine was right outside her window. “It was just a big explosion. There was some smoke and then nothing,” she told the Oklahoma City station . “I saw parts flapping in the wind.” The plane started shaking and […]

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    No more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day for kids, new recommendation

    Mary Poppins may need to find a new tactic to make the medicine go down. Children, ages 2 to 18, should consume no more than about six teaspoons of added sugars in their daily diets, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association. Researchers called limiting a child’s added sugar consumption to six teaspoons — equivalent to about 100 calories or 25 grams — “an important public health target” in a paper published in the journal Circulation on Monday. […]

  • Victoria Martens

    ‘Heavenly birthday’ memorial planned for girl who was viciously raped, killed

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Mourners planned a “heavenly birthday” memorial Sunday for Victoria Martens, the 10-year-old New Mexico girl who Albuquerque police say was raped by her mother’s boyfriend and then killed while her mother watched. More than 2,000 people said on Facebook that they planned to attend the gathering at an Albuquerque park for the girl that supporters called “Princess Victoria.” Her dismembered body was found wrapped in a burning blanket and stuffed in a bathtub Wednesday, a day after […]

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    Facebook’s Trending section to be run by algorithms, not humans after ‘liberal bias’ accusations

    SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook is removing the troublesome humans responsible for manually writing news descriptions and headlines for its Trending box. The company is turning the job over to algorithms that automatically select topics and generate text. The announcement comes months after Facebook was accused of political bias in in its “trending topics.” A Gizmodo article claimed the freelance editors responsible for picking the news and writing headlines were favoring liberal topics over conservative ones. Following an inquiry from the […]

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    ‘Dark twin’ of the Milky Way galaxy discovered

    Welcome to the dark side of the universe. In a direct contrast with the beautifully bright Milky Way galaxy, a “dark twin” called Dragonfly 44 has been discovered 300 million light-years away in the Coma constellation, according to a new study. But don’t cue “Star Wars’ ” Imperial March theme music or Darth Vader breathing just yet (even if the closeup image looks like a slightly creepy emoji). Although it’s massive and mysterious, Dragonfly 44 is really just misunderstood. Dragonfly […]

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    Yellowstone National Park worker falls to death

    A worker at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is dead after falling off a cliff, park rangers said. Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar, 21, of Quito, Ecuador, was killed early Friday morning, according to the National Park Service. She was a park concession employee. The woman was socializing with a group of co-workers at the park’s Grandview Point trail when she fell over the cliff edge into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, the NPS said. Rangers say her body […]

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    Greensboro mother of overdose victim: ‘Drug policy is the reason people are dying’

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — In March, Louise Vincent was forced to live every parent’s worst nightmare. Her daughter Selena died after a drug overdose. She was 19. Yet despite Vincent’s grief, it’s not heroin that she blames for Selena’s death. “Drug policy is really what’s killing people. That’s what would have saved my daughter,” Vincent told CNN. Vincent, 39, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, knows well the everyday horror of drug addiction. She used heroin herself in her 20s, though […]

  • Domino Delivers Pizza Drone New Zealand

    Domino’s delivers pizza by drone in New Zealand

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In New Zealand, pizzas will soon be dropping from the heavens. Domino’s demonstrated its ability to deliver food via a drone Thursday in New Zealand and plans to test actual deliveries to customers next month. “It doesn’t add up to deliver a two kilogram package in a two-ton vehicle,” said Scott Bush, a general manager for Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, which is independent of the U.S. chain and operates in seven countries. “In Auckland, we have such […]

  • Photo of Rodney Earl Sanders, 46. Sanders has been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killing of two nuns in Mississippi.

    Man arrested in fatal stabbing of 2 nuns in Mississippi

    DURANT, Miss. — A man has been arrested in the stabbing deaths of two nuns whose bodies were found in their home in rural Mississippi, authorities said. Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, both nurse practitioners, failed to show up for work Thursday at a clinic in Lexington, where they served one of the state’s poorest counties. Authorities believe the killer took the victims’ car, a blue Toyota Corolla, which was later found on an abandoned road less than a mile […]

  • Victoria Martens

    Disturbing new details emerge in ‘horrific’ killing, rape of New Mexico girl (warning: graphic content)

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Candles, flowers and stuffed animals mark the memorial for a 10-year old girl, who New Mexico police said was brutally murdered. Three people arrested in the case include her own mother. Victoria Martens had just started fourth grade at an Albuquerque elementary school and celebrated her 10th birthday Tuesday. On Wednesday, she was killed in what police described as a “horrific” crime. Friends and family honored the victim during a vigil Thursday, with one person saying Victoria […]

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