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7 awkward situations people didn't have to worry about 30 years ago

Awkward moments are a given if you're a human being who works, dates, and has friends. But some of the most awkward situations possible have to do with digital technology and would have been unimaginable to previous generations.

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How We Killed Expertise - POLITICO Magazine

Average Americans have never much liked eggheads. That’s not a bad thing in itself: Americans are a skeptical but level-headed people

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America can't agree on how to deal with online harassment, if at all

If you're an American who's been harassed online, you're likely surrounded by others who've gone through the same thing.

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Can customers bring dogs into Starbucks and other coffee shops? - LA Times

“Lately I see more and more people are bringing their dogs to pick up coffee. Does L.A. County or city law allow it?”

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Uber wants to take over public transit, one small town at a time

My first morning in Altamonte Springs, Florida, I was faced with a dilemma: how to travel the two miles from my hotel to city hall without a car. Walking would take nearly an hour in the sweltering...

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Here’s what’s missing from the new drone regulations

Last week, we welcomed the much-anticipated Part 107 drone regulations, which will supersede the current exemption process and is estimated by the FAA to..

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Away from the city lights of the West, the night sky promises a dazzling celestial show

My love for the celestial wilderness persists. That desire has led me to pockets of the U.S. West far outside city lights where even novices can rediscover the Andromeda Galaxy and Jupiter's moons.

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Uber's CEO explains why the app's arrival estimates are 'almost always' wrong

The difference in time estimated to some people is an annoyance, especially if it jumps from 2 to 6 minutes.

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The Short but Intriguing History of White Americans Pretending to Be Black

A Spokane NAACP officer and Africana Studies professor named Rachel Dolezal has been pretending to be black for nearly a decade, her avowedly Caucasian parents say. It's an unusual story, but not one without precedent. On a number of occasions in American

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How much you need to make per hour to afford a rental in the U.S. - Yahoo Finance

From Yahoo Finance: Out of Reach, a report bythe National Low-Income Housing Coalition, found how much Americans need to earn to really afford to live in the U.S.

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The Best Vegetarian Option at 17 Fast-Food Chains

It's hard out there for a vegetarian. Especially when it comes to snagging quick eats on the cheap. In a fast-food world where the burger reigns supreme and drive-thru menus tout vegetable sides inexplicably containing pork fat, options are, well, limited. But that doesn't mean it needs to all be doom and gloom -- all the major fast-food players have at least one tasty veg-friendly choice on their roster to keep you satisfied.

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Assignment America: Selma

Fifty years after the police viciously attacked hundreds of marchers in a pivotal moment of the civil rights movement, Selma, Ala., defies neat story lines.

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What Recent Stories About the Suburbs Dying Got Wrong

The end of this week saw a mini-flurry of weirdly misleading news about where Americans are living now and where they say they want to be living in the future. "Generation Y Prefers Suburban Home Over City Condo" was the Wall Street Journal's take on some interesting but nevertheless flawed new survey results...

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The many reasons millennials are shunning cars

And why we shouldn't dismiss the trend as a mere byproduct of the bad economy.

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Columbus Day Is Now Indigenous People’s Day in Seattle And Minneapolis

Some cities seek to change the second Monday in October to a more politically correct, inclusive holiday

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Tom and Jerry racist? Of course. Warning on Amazon and iTunes is appropriate.

Is that cartoon cat racist? Amazon Prime and iTunes now feature a warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons from the 1940s and 1950s that they “may depict ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society.”

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Photos: Life In A Small Town On The Edge Of Death Valley: LAist

Photographer Pamela Littky spent four years snapping pictures of the two desert cities that both claim they're the

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His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve' : Goats and Soda : NPR

In the new exhibit "Genesis," the noted photographer Sebastiao Salgado shares his vision of "a kind of state of humanity of the planet," from Amazon tribes to frozen Siberia.

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Among blacks and whites alike, strokes are down

The nation's fourth leading cause of death is getting a little less common and a bit less deadly. And while racial disparities remain, there is equal progress in driving down stroke incidence and improving survival among African Americans and white Americ

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The 8 best Twitter reactions to Free Slurpee Day

7-Eleven's annual gift to the world, Free Slurpee Day, is now well underway. And as always, emotions are running high. So we took to Twitter to see exactly how people were handling the prospect of free small slushies at the home of the Big Bite. Based on our findings, any 7-Eleven cashiers still on shift should probably carry a tranq gun.

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NFL Cheerleaders Finally Have Something to Cheer About

When Oakland Raiders cheerleader Lacy T. filed a class-action lawsuit against her team in January—alleging that she and her fellow Raiderettes were paid less than minimum wage, illegally fined for minor infractions (like gaining five pounds), and ge

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Colleges Are Letting Students Off Way Too Easy for Sexual Assault

How should colleges punish students whom they find responsible for forcible sexual assault? It’s one of the questions riling campuses this year, as student activists push universities—and Congress and the White House—to focus on the prob

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Obama Plans Steps to Ease Student Debt

Borrowers’ debt load is growing and retarding the ability to buy homes, start businesses or otherwise spend to spur the economy, economists say.

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Why You Should Be Mad About LeVar Burton's 'Reading Rainbow' Kickstarter Project

America's classrooms shouldn't need this kind of help.

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Here's The Salary You Have To Earn To Buy A Home In These 12 Major US Cities

Ever wonder who exactly can afford to buy a home in the country's biggest cities? We take a look.

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Grocery Deliveries in Sharing Economy

Instacart matches independent contractors who are good at grocery shopping with customers too busy to shop for themselves.

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Our sad “Mad Men” revolution: How consumerism co-opted rebellion

Talking revolution with Lewis Lapham -- and how capitalism manages to keep coming out on top

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Resegregation in the American South

Sixty years after  Brown v. Board of Education , the schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, show how separate and unequal education is coming back.

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    How ‘McConnelling’ came to be the hottest thing on the political web

    The Senate majority leader becomes the most viral Internet thing since that thing last week.

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      Admitting You Were Wrong Doesn't Make You Weak -- It Makes You Awesome!

      It takes tremendous fortitude to utter the words “I was wrong, and I am sorry”.  I love that word: fortitude. I could list the dictionary definition of fortitude, but let’s be honest, why go to that trouble when Bill Gates blessed u

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        Suspects in nearly fatal beating at Dodger Stadium admit guilt

        Two men charged with severely beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in 2011, leaving him with brain damage, pleaded guilty Thursday to assault charges.

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          EXCLUSIVE: National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear

          Send in the clowns — please! As the “Greatest Show on Earth” returns to Brooklyn Thursday, circus folk fear a national clown shortage is on the horizon.

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            3 Ways To Eat Your Way Through The Weekend (And Beyond)

            The weekend is so close you can practically taste it. Here are the edible events going on in the next few days to keep you occupied -- and sated, for that matter.

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              '16 & Pregnant' created 20,000 fewer teen moms: Study

              A study found a decline in teenage pregnancy in areas where MTV programming — including the

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                Report calls L.A. a city in decline, warns of crisis in leadership

                Los Angeles is a city in decline, strangled by traffic, weighed down by poverty and suffering from

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                  100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds

                  What’s the secret to a long and healthy life? All centenarians have their own habits and morning routines they swear by. From whiskey shots to daily naps to ice cream, here's what some very old people credit for their lengthy lifespan.

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                      25 Things You Might Not Know About Los Angeles

                      You know the Hollywood sign, the Lakers, and the traffic, but here are a few Los Angeles nuggets that may have slipped past you.

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                        This economy is much better than you think

                        We are in a far nicer world today than we could have dreamed of a few decades ago.

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                              The 13 Most Hipster Things That Have Ever Happened

                              If you ever get so into No Shave November that you're putting PBR cans in your beard, I think you deserve to get punched in the face.

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                                New city website shows where parking tickets won't be handed out

                                The City of Los Angeles launched a website Wednesday that may make it easier to avoid parking tickets.

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                                  Console Wars Heat Up As Zenith Unveils Gamespace Pro

                                  LINCOLNSHIRE, IL—With next-generation video game systems such as the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 hitting stores later this month, the console wars got even hotter today as electronics manufacturer Zenith announced the release of its own console,

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                                    What If JFK Had Lived? : DNews

                                    An alternate history of Vietnam, the civil rights movement and the president's affairs are explored.

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                                      White Supremacist Has DNA Test To Prove His Racial Purity, Hilarity Ensues (VIDEO) -

                                      White supremacist Craig Cobb is stunned when a DNA test reveals that he is part black.

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                                        The Ten Douchiest Guitar Players of All Time

                                        Hey, we can all appreciate a quality guitar god. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of music knows the joy...

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                                          The Great American Menu: Foods Of The States, Ranked And Mapped

                                          What are the United States' best regional foodstuffs? Its worst? These are the questions that bedevil the mind of man--but no longer! For here, we have ranked them. Rigorously scientific (not), ardently researched (nope), and scrupulously fair (not ev

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                                            Taking Your Phone Into a Meeting? Read This First.

                                            Men think it's fine to text and email during meetings, but women tend to resent colleagues who do so, a new study finds.

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                                              Study reveals chicken nuggets are only half meat

                                              Researchers in Mississippi examined chicken nuggets from two different fast food chains and found that only about half of the nugget was muscle meat.

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                                                50th Anniversary - Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963

                                                I Have a Dream Speech Martin Luther King's Address at March on Washington August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C. When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring fro...

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                                                    Hunting for baby parrots in India

                                                    View the Hunting for baby parrots in India photo gallery on Yahoo! News. Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries.

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                                                      Frog-Phobic Man Awarded $1.6 Million After Flood Brings Frogs

                                                      CLARENCE, N.Y. — Paul Marinaccio Sr. traces his fear of frogs to a childhood incident in Italy when a man holding bullfrogs chased him away after he'd wandered from the vineyard where his parents worked. Decades later, he found himself describin