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A New Alphabet Book With Dozens of Offbeat Drawings for Every Letter
A is for Zebra helps kiddos work on their vowel sounds while providing an esoteric, slightly cheeky, and fascinating review of 20th century culture. The post A New Alphabet Book With Dozens of Offbeat Drawings for Every Letter appeared first on WIRED .

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God doesn?t always speak through his prophets. There are at least four instances in the New Testament where God?s message is made known through what we might think of as surprising sources.

London?s Curious Famous Bedfellows
Did you know Freddie Mercury shared an address with a spy?



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U.S., allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: U.S. Central Command

CF-18 Hornet fighter jets depart from 4 Wing Cold Lake, AlbertaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said. U.S. warplanes also destroyed an Islamic State artillery piece near Kobani, Syria, officials said Saturday. The 22 strikes in Iraq included attacks in the frequently targeted areas near the vital Mosul dam, the city of Fallujah and the northern city of Bayji, home of an oil refinery. The Iraq strikes hit large and small Islamic State units, buildings, vehicles and fighting positions, Central Command said. ...




Canada's Parliament Hill reopens following Wednesday shooting

The Canadian flag flies at half-mast on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in OttawaBy Richard Valdmanis OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadians returned to the grounds of their parliament building on Saturday, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after shooting dead a soldier in the second attack on the country's military at home in a week. The grounds of the hilltop gothic building, whose clock tower is a centerpiece of Ottawa's skyline, attracted scores of visitors, many still stunned by Wednesday's attack, which took place as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers. ...




Al Qaeda militants push back Shi'ite rebels' advance on central Yemen stronghold

Shi'ite Houthi rebel mans a checkpoint in Yareem town of Yemen's central province of IbbSANAA (Reuters) - Sunni al Qaeda militants killed dozens of Yemeni Shi'ite rebels on Saturday in the city of Radda in central Yemen as they pushed back the rebels' advance on the al Qaeda stronghold, tribal sources said. Shi'ite Houthi rebel forces have advanced into central and western Yemen since they seized control of the country's capital Sanaa on Sept. 21, taking on Sunni tribesmen and al Qaeda militants, who regard the Houthis as heretics. Fighting has flared in several provinces, alarming neighbor Saudi Arabia, the world's No. 1 oil exporter. ...




On eve of poll, Ukraine leader seeks support for pro-Europe course

An election commission worker adjusts a number on a ballot box at a polling station in KievKIEV (Reuters) - President Petro Poroshenko called on Ukrainians on Saturday to elect a majority on Sunday that would see through a pro-Europe, reform agenda and break with the Soviet past. Poroshenko, who is expecting a big win for his political bloc in the first parliamentary election since the overthrow of the Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich, said he saw a "radically new" assembly emerging on Sunday. ...




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Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, ?Ways to Go,? was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Sept. 1 to Sunday Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




Hancock honored at jazz benefit concert at Apollo

Vernice White, Chaka Khan, and Ray Parker Jr. perform at the 13th annual "A Great Night in Harlem" gala concert, presented by The Jazz Foundation of America to benefit The Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, at The Apollo Theater on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is musician Herbie Hancock. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) ? Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater.




Cream vocalist and bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1993 file photo, Eric Clapton, left, Ginger Baker, center, and Jack Bruce, members of the 1960s rock and roll group Cream, pose during the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, Ca. British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. A statement released by his family on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 said ?the world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts." Cream, a blues-oriented power trio that also included guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were awarded the world's first ever platinum disc for their album ?Wheels of Fire.? Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including "I Feel Free", "White Room," "Politician" and ''Sunshine Of Your Love." (AP Photo/Chris Martinez, file)LONDON (AP) ? British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the lead vocalist and bass player of the power blues trio Cream, died Saturday at his home, his family and publicist said. He was 71.






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Wall St. lower after shooting at Canadian parliament

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were lower in afternoon trading on Wednesday, with major indexes erasing earlier gains as a shooting at the Canadian parliament unnerved investors and Boeing and Biogen sold off following results. Indexes had traded in positive territory for much of the session, putting the S&P 500 on track for a fifth straight day of gains. Earnings initially drove the move higher, with technology and material shares up on the back of strong results. ...




U.S. inflation muted in September as energy costs drop

Current gas prices are shown at a Shell gas station in Encinitas, CaliforniaBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices rose marginally in September, painting a weak inflation picture that should give the Federal Reserve ample room to keep interest rates low for a while. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1 percent last month as a rise in food and shelter costs offset a decline in energy prices. ...




Boeing profit jumps 18 percent; raises 2014 earnings view

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoBy Alwyn Scott (Reuters) - Boeing Co reported an 18 percent increase in quarterly profit and raised its full-year core earnings forecast for the third time, reflecting booming commercial aircraft demand and increasing profitability in its defense business. But shares of the Chicago-based aerospace and defense giant slipped 1.5 percent in early trading, as analysts viewed the profit gain as a given and raised concern about signs that the costs of the 787 Dreamliner were creeping higher. The company earned $1.36 billion, or $1.86 per share, for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, up from $1. ...




U.S. regulators expand number of vehicles affected by Takata recalls

File photo of the Takata logo at its factory near MonclovaBy Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday expanded the number of vehicles in the United States that may be affected by recalls for potentially defective Takata Corp air bags that could spray shrapnel at occupants. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement the number of vehicles from 10 automakers covered by recalls this year and in 2013 is now 7.8 million, up 28 percent from the 6.1 million announced on Tuesday. ...




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Sun turns biggest sunspot in 24 years toward Earth
Sunspot AR 12192

The sun is staring us down with a dark spot 10 times as wide as the Earth ? the biggest sunspot in more than two decades. Will it send geomagnetic storms and auroras our way?



Google exec breaks sound barrier, sets records with leap from near-space
Supersonic Skydiver

Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.



Rogers LTE-Advanced rolls out to boost video streaming
Smartphone-movie-video

Rogers says it's boosting the speed of its wireless network using new technology called LTE-Advanced to allow smartphones and tablets to stream video more smoothly.



High-tech cars becoming more vulnerable to hackers
Japan Toyota

As high-tech features like adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and automatic parallel parking systems make cars smarter, it's also making them more vulnerable to hackers ? a risk that carmakers appear to be ignoring, says an automotive security researcher.



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Pak cricketers back UNICEF's bid to rid world of polio
Karachi, Oct 25 (ANI): Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq has pledged his backing to the international bid to rid the world of polio, as the national team has joined hands with Australia to dedicate their ongoing first Test to the fight to end the disease.

Saudi Arabia observes World Polio Day

Saudi Arabia observes World Polio Day The Kingdom, one of the first countries in the WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region to eradicate polio completely, observed the World Polio Day on Friday to create awareness about the hazards of the crippling disease.




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