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For Taiwanese News Animators, Funny Videos Are Serious Work

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:15

The studio responsible for bizarre viral videos featuring 3-D animations of the news is more serious than you'd think. Go behind the scenes at the Taipei-based Next Media Animation to find out why this fast-moving — and controversial — company says it's charting the future of news.

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California Bar Rejects Stephen Glass, Ex-Writer Who Fabricated Stories

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:12

The court was unconvinced that Glass had changed his ways. Glass, the court said, failed to prove that he was of good moral character as the law requires.

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The Doctor At The Heart Of The U.S.-Pakistan Rift

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

Prickly relations between the U.S. and Islamabad are becoming even thornier because of one issue: the case of Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden in 2011. Afridi is seen as a hero by many Americans, but that didn't deter Pakistan from jailing him for alleged militant ties. The U.S. Congress is withholding $33 million in aid to Pakistan until the doctor is freed. But Afridi's lawyer fears this tactic will antagonize Islamabad. He urgently wants Afridi freed, warning that the doctor is at severe risk of being killed by fellow prisoners.

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No Surprises: Egyptian Military Endorses Its Chief For President

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

Out of Cairo on Monday came new indications that Egypt's military chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will run for president in an election expected within the next three months. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt's highest military body, disseminated a message praising Sisi and endorsing him for a presidential bid.

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In Ukraine, Protesters Declare Corruption The Problem

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

Attempts by Ukraine's president to quell anti-government protests — including an offer to install opposition leaders in a reshuffled cabinet — seem to have failed. The protests grew over the weekend and spread beyond the capital, Kiev. The protestors say they are determined to force the president's resignation and end what they call a corrupt and dictatorial regime.

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On Different Frequencies, Two Sides Of Syrian Media Clash

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

For the first time, the Syrian peace conference brought the rival sides together, while Syria's competing media delegations faced off at even closer range. Pro-government and pro-rebel journalists reported on the same events for the first time, side by side. They sparred, traded insults and even threw some punches in a media war that is as hot as the fighting on the ground.

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At Syria Talks, Sides Meet In Person — But Don't See Eye To Eye

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

At the Syrian peace talks, government and opposition representatives held their first face-to-face discussion about a political transition — but by the end of the day, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi had no progress to report. He urged both sides to focus on the desperate humanitarian situation facing Syrians in several besieged cities.

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Alleged Gang Rape In India Draws Spotlight On Village Justice

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

Allegations that a young woman in India was gang-raped on the orders of an informal "Village Council" have sparked outrage across India. The woman was apparently punished for having relations with a man from outside her community. Critics have called for a crackdown on village councils, saying that they are based in a traditional and outdated concept of morality and that they undermine India's established law.

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The President Hopes For State Of The Union To Be A Big Reset Button

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

The political world is gearing up for President Obama's State of the Union on Tuesday night, an address in which the president gets to outline his priorities for the coming year. With tens of millions of people watching on TV and — the administration hopes — on their cell phones and tablets, the speech offers the chance to reframe the terms of many of the difficult issues that have so far dogged the president's second term.

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The Middle Class Took Off 100 Years Ago ... Thanks To Henry Ford?

Mon, 2014-01-27 13:00

In January 1914, Henry Ford started paying his auto workers a remarkable $5 a day. Doubling the average wage helped assure a stable workforce and likely boosted sales since the workers could now afford to buy the cars they were making. It laid the foundation for an economy driven by consumer demand.

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Spoiler Alert? 'Madden NFL 25' Predicts Super Bowl Outcome

Mon, 2014-01-27 12:48

EA Sports' Madden game franchise is 8-2 in recent Super Bowl predictions. The game maker is predicting a thriller on Sunday — and happy Denver fans next Monday.

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Stricter Autism Criteria Unlikely To Reduce Services For Kids

Mon, 2014-01-27 11:59

Researchers say changes rolled out last May are likely to have a bigger effect on government statistics than on the care of the nation's children. Still, advocates worry that narrower definitions could lead to a loss of coverage for some children.

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Sandwich Monday: The White Castle Slider

Mon, 2014-01-27 11:57

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we eat the humble White Castle Slider. It was just named Time magazine's Most Influential Burger of All Time.

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You'd Think We'd Have Baby-Making All Figured Out, But No

Mon, 2014-01-27 10:30

Many women don't know when they're most likely to get pregnant each month, and some think certain positions will boost the odds, a survey finds. There are also big gaps in knowledge about risk factors for infertility and birth defects.

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NYT: NSA Can Exploit Mobile Apps For Information

Mon, 2014-01-27 10:29

According to leaked secret documents, the NSA can scoop up deeply personal data from mobile phone apps. The spy agency also exploits innocuous actions like updating a phone's software.

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Rat-A-Phooey! That Ghost Ship May Not Be Infested With Rodents

Mon, 2014-01-27 10:03

The salvage hunter who's been quoted around the world about what may be aboard the drifting wreck of a cruise ship now says he doesn't really think it's filled with rodents.

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Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

Mon, 2014-01-27 09:46

Let's be clear: Making spirits at home with plans to drink it remains against federal law, folks. Even so, more and more people appear to be taking up home distilling as a hobby. For some, it's the first step toward a professional, legit operation.

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Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

Mon, 2014-01-27 09:46

Making spirits at home with plans to drink it is still against federal law, folks. Even so, more and more people appear to be taking up home distilling as a hobby. For some, it's the first step toward a professional, legit operation.

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CEO Of A Bitcoin Exchange Charged With Money Laundering

Mon, 2014-01-27 09:34

The charge: That he conspired to sell more than $1 million in bitcoins to individuals who used the virtual money to buy drugs on the Silk Road website.

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FAA Orders Safety Checks On Boeing 767 Jets

Mon, 2014-01-27 09:15

The agency is concerned about problems that could result in the loss of control of the aircraft. The order affects more than 400 jets.

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