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How Parents Can Bring Science Home--and Why They Should  11 hours ago

"Mom, why are all sugar crystals the same shape, now matter what size they are?" my nine-year-old daughter wanted to know. On our kitchen table were small piles of tiny white crystals and larger amber "raw" sugar that we sometimes use as a crunchy topping when baking. "Let's find out," I answered. "How do you think we can do that?" Our kids ask us lots of questions. How we parents answer them can make all the difference in their future success--and our nation's. With concerns about U.S. math and science scores, we're seeing a series of initiatives to improve performance in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which aim to help keep America competitive in a global economy. These include the Next Generation Science Standards, the White House's Educate to Innovate and its public-private initiative Change the Equation, and many others. But as a mother of two daughters, now 13 and 17, I know that the equation will not add up without us parents. As the old adage (almost) goes,...

The Dawn Of Cloud 2.0 And Why Google Started A Price War  9 hours ago

Editor?s note: Peter Relan is serial entrepreneur-turned-founder of two incubators: YouWeb (focused on gaming), and Studio 9+ (focused on big data, IoT, wearables, and P2P marketplaces). His incubations include OpenFeint, Cro...

Kristen Bell's Daughter Has Awesome Dance Moves, Knows Three Words, Including 'Boobies'  12 hours ago

Kristen Bell was her usual wonderful, charming self during her appearance on "The Ellen Show" on Friday, April 18. The 33-year-old's visit was nothing short of delightful as she revealed that her 1-year-old daughter Lincoln can say a total of three words, including "boobies." "She says, 'Mama,' 'Dada,' and tries to say 'boobies,' which sometimes comes out, which is really cute," Bell told host Ellen DeGeneres. "For her [it's a necessary word] because all day she looks at me and ... wants milk. I'm a walking food truck." Bell, who earlier in the segment said she would definitely be on board if Disney makes a sequel to "Frozen," also demonstrated her daughter's awesome dance moves. Just watch.

A Saudi Arabian princess reveals her life of hell  13 hours ago

It was a life out of a fairy tale ? until it became one they couldn?t escape. Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher Al Saud are daughters of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Arabian monarch who is worth an estimated $15 billion...

Long-Term Unemployed Struggle To Find -- And Keep -- Jobs  9 hours ago

For the long-term unemployed, finding a job is hard ? but keeping one may be even harder.

Buss family faces crucial moment with the Lakers  11 hours ago

Jim Buss runs basketball and Jeanie Buss runs the business side, but they share in Lakers' fortunes with four other siblings, and the marquee NBA team is at a crossroads. The six brothers and sisters, with a gap of 31 years from eldest to youngest, gathered in the winter near the first anniversary of their father's death to discuss some problems about the family business. It's also the city's treasured sports team ? the Lakers.

'Star Wars Rebels': Composer Kevin Kiner channels John Williams for new series  12 hours ago

April 19, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. Character sheet for Kanan, the "cowboy Jedi." (Lucasfilm)Link Computer graphic model of Kanan's head. (Lucasfilm)Link Computer rendering of Kanan, the "cowboy Jedi," as he will appear in "Star Wars ...

Steven Spielberg Is On Board For 'Goonies' Sequel, Says Richard Donner  15 hours ago

As reported by TMZ, Richard Donner has stated that Steven Spielberg is on board for the "Goonies" sequel. While there is no other information as to how Spielberg, who wrote the story and was the executive producer for the original 1985 film, will be involved, this is a great first step. Donner wants the original cast to be involved, and with Spielberg's hand in, there's a good chance the whole gang will reunite. While we impatiently wait for more information on the sequel, take a look at just how much Chunk consumed throughout the original film's duration. [Via TMZ]

Iran says nuclear dispute with the West 'virtually resolved'  8 hours ago

Tehran agrees to redesign the Arak plant to cut production of plutonium.TEHRAN ? Iran has "virtually resolved" its dispute with world powers over a planned nuclear plant that could produce weapon material, the chairman of Iran's nuclear agency told a state news agency.

GM Delayed Recall For Years Despite Thousands Of Complaints, Documents Show  14 hours ago

DETROIT (AP) ? General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's auto safety watchdog, didn't seek a recall of the compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem. The documents, posted on the agency's website, show yet another delay by GM in recalling unsafe vehicles and point to another example of government safety regulators reacting slowly to a safety problem despite being alerted by consumers and through warranty data submitted by the company. Both GM and NHTSA have been criticized by safety advocates and lawmakers for their slow responses to a deadly ignition switch problem in 2.6 million GM small ca...

Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem  13 hours ago

The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.

Time Warner Cable, DirecTV need help to work out Dodgers TV deal  9 hours ago

Issue has dragged on long enough, so perhaps Magic Johnson, for one, can get the two companies to sit down and broker an agreement.The Dodgers play host to the Colorado Rockies on Friday, exactly two months after the launch of SportsNet LA. At this rate, there will be nothing to celebrate. For far too many fans, there will be no game to see.

Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be  14 hours ago

Think about your favorite app. Let me guess. It?s a consumer app -- something like Uber, Instagram or Pinterest. So what do we do to get business apps into that list of favorites? If we put the user experience first and incorporate utility, simplicity, engagement and emotion into our products, we can make work just as easy and delightful as posting a photo. Read More

Bodies recovered from South Korea ferry; death toll rises to 49  7 hours ago

As hope of finding survivors fades, officials ask relatives of passengers for DNA samples to speed identification of bodies.SEOUL ? The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster rose to 49 early Sunday after divers gained access to the submerged vessel and recovered more than a dozen bodies.

The Benefits Of Legalizing Weed, By The Numbers  15 hours ago

Regardless of your feelings about legalizing marijuana, it's hard to deny that legal weed would be a bonanza for cash-strapped states, just as tobacco and alcohol already are. With Colorado and Washington starting to tax and regulate recreational weed sales, and medical marijuana legal in 18 other states, we can finally start to put some hard numbers on the industry's value. Numbers like: $1.53 billion: The amount the national legal marijuana market is worth, according to a Nov. 2013 report from ArcView Market Research, a San Francisco-based investor group focused on the marijuana industry. $10.2 billion: The estimated amount the national legal marijuana market will be worth in five years, according to that same ArcView report. $6.17 million: The amount of tax revenue collected in Colorado on legal marijuana sales in just the first two months of 2014. $98 million: The total tax revenue that Colorado could reap in the fiscal year that begins in July, according to a recent budget ...

Giants bats stay quiet in 3-1 loss to Padres  7 hours ago

Print Email Font Resize Posted: 04/19/2014 08:24:37 PM PDT Updated: 04/19/2014 08:27:02 PM PDT SAN DIEGO -- The ice cold Giants wasted another pitching gem Saturday at Petco Park. Tim Hudson was sharp in seven innings...

First Lady Michelle Obama To Appear On 'Nashville'  16 hours ago

"Nashville" fans get excited because Michelle Obama will be making a cameo appearance. In an episode airing May 7 on ABC, Rayna James (Connie Britton) enlists the help of the First Lady, as well as other big names like Kellie Pickler, to host a charity concert at Fort Campbell after finding out that Luke Wheeler (Will Chase) has been injured in Afghanistan. The episode leads up to the Season 2 finale on May 14. This guest spot follows the First Lady's appearance on the "Parks and Recreation" finale. "Nashville" airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.

Ukraine Unrest: U.S. Military Exercises In Eastern Europe Considered  11 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier this week that the U.S. is looking for ways to reassure its NATO allies of its strong commitment to collective defense. The Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said in a statement Friday that American officials are considering a range of additional measures to bolster air, maritime and ground readiness in Europe. Ground exercises in Poland and Estonia would last about two weeks but such exercises would continue on a rotating basis off and on over time, the official said, and other locations in Eastern Europe would be considered. The official was not authorized to discuss the plan by name because it ...

California Governor Jerry Brown Grants Dozens Of Drug Pardons  17 hours ago

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has granted pardons to 63 individuals, many of whom had been convicted of minor drug offenses. Brown's office announced the pardons in a Friday statement. "The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without further criminal activity," the statement read. More than 40 of the pardoned individuals had been convicted on charges of possessing, selling or manufacturing controlled substances, including marijuana. Some of them are now active in public service, serving as drug counselors or supporting nonprofits. Clark William Guest, who served 60 days in jail and 5 years of probation after stealing from his landlord to support his methamphetamine habit, was among those pardoned. As Brown's pardon notes, Guest is now the coordinator of the drug rehabilitation program he participated in following his conviction. "I've been waiting 14 years for this call ... this just blows me away,"...

Feds approve powdered alcohol; 'Palcohol' available later this year  17 hours ago

The U.S. government has approved a new brand of powdered alcohol that can be mixed into a drink or sprinkled over food. "Palcohol" will be available in the fall later this year, The Telegraph reported. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved seven new version of ...

The US Prison System Needs a Total Overhaul  14 hours ago

"We have embraced the idea that being mentally sick is a crime." It is way past time to overhaul the U.S. prison system. I'm not talking about a little tweak here and there. I'm talking about throwing a massive metaphorical hand grenade into the entire system and starting over from scratch. We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing the system to have morphed into what it has. Why should you care about this? Well, because you're paying for it. Between states and the federal government the U.S. spends about $74 billion a year housing, feeding, providing health care (such as it is in prison) for inmates and supervising the newly released. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in 2012 there were nearly 7 million Americans under the supervision of adult correctional systems. Translated: one in every 108 adults in the United States was incarcerated, a per-capita world record. The problem, as I see it, centers on who we are locking up. The Washington Post reports that...

As Obama prepares for overseas trip, Asia seeks his assurance in territorial spats  14 hours ago

FILE: Jan. 31, 2014: President Obama in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, D.C.AP As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in U...

The World's Best Destinations For Solo Travel  21 hours ago

Travelling alone is no longer taboo. In fact, it's trendy to go alone out of choice. Celebrated as a way to learn about oneself, more people are discovering the freedom of exploring a new place on their own terms. From the frozen heartlands of Iceland to the sultry beaches of Belize, many destinations are independent traveler-friendly. Community groups, meet-ups and a vast wealth of online and digital resources make it easier than ever to go solo. Paris even has fun speed-dating styled language improvement events. Still undecided? Here are some tips on destinations known to be safe and where to look in each. Happy solo travels!--Anisha Shah Anisha Shah is a luxury and emerging destinations travel journalist. Her background as a BBC TV and radio news reporter, combined with a longstanding love affair with travel, sees her first on the scene of new and exciting travel hot spots. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Fodor's, and Yahoo Travel. Follow Anisha on Twitter: @anisha...

Woman with lab-grown vagina: 'I have a normal life'  19 hours ago

A woman who participated in a ground-breaking study where doctors used cells to grow vaginas in a lab said she now leads a normal life thanks to the surgery.

Coachella festival's fashion influence is everywhere  19 hours ago

Is Coachella the biggest gift to the fashion industry since Kate Middleton? It certainly seems like it from the marketing blitz that has blown up around the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which wraps up a two-weeke...