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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 .

SMMUSD, SMC Candidates Vie For Last Minute Votes
As part of Mirror Media Group?s election forum season, all candidates running for positions on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education and Santa Monica College Board of Trustees met the public Wednesday night at the Santa Monica Main Library?s MLK Auditorium. The evening was co-sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. Following an interesting ...

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

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Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment deal

Russian Energy Minister Novak arrives for gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the EU Commission headquarters in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of Russian gas as winter sets in were deadlocked on Thursday as Moscow's negotiators were quoted demanding firmer commitments from the European Union to cover Kiev's pre-payments for energy. EU-hosted talks were adjourned after running late into the night, Energy Minister Alexander Novak and the head of Russian gas firm Gazprom told Russian news agencies. They would resume later in the day if Ukraine and the EU had a firm financing deal in place, Gazprom head Alexei Miller said. ...

Burkina police scatter, arrest protesters before Compaore vote

People march against Compaore's plan to change the constitution to stay in power in OuagadougouOUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Security forces in Burkina Faso fired teargas and beat and arrested protesters on Thursday as they tried to reach parliament before a vote on a move to allow the president to stand for re-election. Officers in pick-ups pursued opposition supporters and cordoned off the area around the building in the capital Ouagadougou, a Reuters photographer said. In response, hundreds of protesters burned tyres and set up makeshift barricades. ...

U.S. drone strike kills five militants in Pakistan
WANA Pakistan (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least five militants in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, with local villagers saying the dead included of a senior Arab commander. U.S. drone strikes have escalated this month, hitting targets in tribal areas several times a week, but the latest strike comes just days after U.S. and British combat troops in neighboring Afghanistan officially ended their operations. "The bodies were taken to an unknown location after the attack. ...

Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting far-right Jew

Israelis wave national flags next to security personnel securing an area in Jerusalem where a far-right activist was shot and woundedJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian on Thursday after he fired at them resisting arrest in East Jerusalem hours after the attempted assassination of a far-right Israeli activist, police said. "Anti-terrorist police units surrounded a house in the Abu Tor neighborhood to arrest a suspect in the attempted assassination of Yehuda Glick, immediately upon arrival they were shot at. They returned fire and shot and killed the suspect," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. ...


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, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 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, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

Wisconsin studies music and memory program

In this photo taken Sept. 4, 2014, in Union Grove, Wis., Mike Knutson, 96, claps his hands as he listens to music on an iPod. He is part of a study through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that is looking at whether mood and behavior is altered when dementia and Alzheimer's patients listen to a personalized set of music. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)UNION GROVE, Wis. (AP) ? Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.

Funeral museum rises again in death-fixated Vienna

Casts of people's body parts are on display at the Funeral Museum at Vienna's Central Cemetery on October 21, 2014Just in time for Halloween on Friday and a weekend devoted to the dead, Vienna's unashamedly morbid Funeral Museum is now closer to the action: the Austrian capital's huge Central Cemetery. The stepped entrance to the subterranean museum takes people literally down into the underworld of undertakers from centuries past, "into the realm of the dead," museum director Helga Bock told AFP.


Businesses, trade to support U.S. third-quarter growth

Thanksgiving Day holiday shopper carries a discounted television to the checkout at the Target retail store in ChicagoBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A robust pace of business spending likely buoyed U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, a sign corporate chieftains have confidence in the sustainability of the recovery. Gross domestic product likely grew at a 3.0 percent annual pace, according to a Reuters survey of economists, with housing, trade, government and consumers also lending support. While that would be a step down from the second quarter's brisk 4.6 percent pace, it would the fourth quarter out of five that the economy has expanded at or above a 3 percent clip. ...

Dollar surges as Fed ends QE on hawkish note

U.S. one-hundred dollar bills are seen in this photo illustration at a bank in SeoulBy Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar surged to a three-week high, bond yields rose and gold fell on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its six-year quantitative easing bond-buying program. The decision was widely expected, but a relatively hawkish tone to the accompanying statement was not. It prompted financial markets to rethink the growing consensus that the Fed's first interest rate hike would be late in 2015. Stock market reaction was more mixed. Asian shares mostly fell, following a slight decline on Wall Street overnight. ...

Samsung seeks smartphone revamp to arrest profit slide

Customers attend a workshop about the Samsung Galaxy S5 in JakartaBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it would revamp its smartphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter earnings set it on course for its worst year since 2011. The global smartphone leader's market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in July-September, lagging Apple Inc in the premium market and overtaken by rivals like Lenovo Group Ltd and Xiaomi Inc at the bottom end, research firm Strategy Analytics said. ...

Wal-Mart and allies in face-off with Apple Pay over mobile payments

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Service, introduces Apple Pay during an Apple event at the Flint Center in CupertinoBy Nathan Layne and Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - Suddenly it's Apple versus Wal-Mart in the fight for shoppers' digital wallets. With the development of a new mobile payment system, a group of retailers led by Wal-Mart Stores is aiming to upend the $4.5 trillion credit card market and control the precious transaction data generated at the checkout line. The difficulty of the task became clear this week when drugstore chains CVS Health Corp and Rite Aid , in a move apparently aimed at shoring up the retailers' pay system, stopped accepting payments on Apple Inc's iPhones. ...

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Antares rocket explosion: Will it set back the commercialization of space?

The explosion of an unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station has raised some questions as to whether the incident will pose a significant setback of the commercialization of the space industry.

Walt Natynczyk, head of the Canadian Space Agency, moves to veterans affairs
Walt Natynczyk, the president of the Canadian Space Agency

The head of the Canadian Space Agency is leaving the position after barely more than a year on the job. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Walt Natynczyk will become deputy veterans affairs minister, effective this coming Monday.

Apple Pay not expected in Canada any time soon
Apple Pay

While Apple is heralding its new mobile payment system Apple Pay as a roaring success, It's unlikely the company will be rolling out the service in Canada any time soon.

Company searches for cause of Antares rocket liftoff explosion
Space Station Antares

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned

State troopers and a television reporter stand across from the home where Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, is staying, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. Hickox said Wednesday she plans to stop quarantining herself in rural Maine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state officials preparing to legally enforce the quarantine. She said she'll defy the state if the policy isn't changed by Thursday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Spanish flu pandemic a century ago prompted the last large-scale quarantines in this country. Now the Ebola outbreak is raising new questions about whether ordering quarantines is an effective way to fight deadly disease in the U.S.

AP IMPACT: US health care unprepared for Ebola

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