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The great oil drilling bust continues


The Commerce Department’s US trade figures for May were pretty ho-hum, with the trade deficit growing a bit to just under $42 billion.

An F-16 and a Cessna plane crash-landed off a South Carolina highway


This story is developing and will be updated with new information as it becomes available. A military F-16 fighter jet and a Cessna plane have crash-landed off Old Highway 52 near Charleston, South Carolina.

An economist to Pope Francis: Don’t blame capitalism for global warming


In his May 2015 encyclical letter Laudato Si’, Pope Francis diagnosed the world’s environmental degradation as a result of mankind’s reckless pursuit of financial gain, speculation and the “deification of the market,” writing: In the meantime, economic powers continue to justify the current global system where priority tends to be given to speculation and the pursuit of financial gain, which fail to take the context into account, let alone the effects on human dignity and the natural environment.

Why the US Chamber of Commerce is swooning over Vietnam’s top communist


Vietnamse Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong will make a splash in Washington this week.(AP Photo/Tran Van Minh) A little over four decades since North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the gates of the US embassy in Saigon, effectively ending the war there, Vietnam’s top communist—and de facto leader—is receiving a warm welcome during visit to Washington today.

Climate change is making Australian lizards change sex


Climate change affects animals in intense ways. Birds change their migratory patterns, polar bears have had to change their diets, and coral bleaching can lead to the depletion of habitats for entire marine ecosystems.

Shake Shack takes aim at McDonald’s with a new chicken sandwich


This morning, fast food aficionados all over New York began planning their next trip to Brooklyn, as the foodie-favorite Shake Shack announced that its three burger joints in the borough are offering a new sandwich for a limited time: the ChickenShack.

South Africa could update its taxi rules so Uber stops tripping up local laws


In two of South Africa’s biggest cities–Johannesburg and Cape Town–Uber is battling to get its drivers licensed.

A game of one-upmanship between a graffiti artist and the city of London, in photos


A street fight doesn’t need to be violent—heck, it doesn’t even need people. In this series of photos, UK graffiti artist Mobstr pits spray paint against the cleaning tools of East London street washers, to claim a city wall.

Muslim non-profits are raising money to rebuild black churches because “all houses of worship are sanctuaries”


A group of Muslim organizations in the US have launched an online campaign to raise funds to help rebuild the eight black churches that burned down in Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Georgia after the June 17 deadly shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina church.

Google’s AI had an acid trip dream about “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”


Google’s image recognition software, which uses artificial neural networks to simulate an actual human brain, is very capable of dreaming.

Singapore is using robot swans to monitor water quality


To test the water quality in a reservoir, workers typically take a boat around to collect samples. But that’s a painfully slow way to collect data, especially if there’s a sudden outbreak or contamination.

A hotel sign for negotiators about late check-out signals that Iran talks are far from over


Talks to end Iran’s long global ostracism were prolonged past an unofficial deadline today, but the word was conveyed by a new diplomatic method: a hotel memo extending room reservations.

HSBC fires UK employees for staging a mock ISIL-style execution


The UK-based bank HSBC fired an undisclosed number of its employees for staging a mock ISIL execution during a team-building exercise in Birmingham, England, that began at a go-cart track.

Photos: This cliff-face house overlooking the Aegean is a lair fit for a supervillain


File this under “potential hideaways for the villain in the next James Bond movie.” The Netherlands-based Open Platform for Architecture (OPA) has designed a conceptual home literally built into the side of a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea in Greece.

At least 14 are dead after a terror attack in northern Kenya


In an attack reportedly orchestrated by the Islamic militant group al-Shabab, gunmen opened fire on sleeping quarry workers in Mandera County, Kenya, near the Somali border, early this morning (July 7).

Apple’s App Store could take a lesson from Apple Music on the human touch


The limitations of algorithmic curation of news and culture has prompted a return to the use of actual humans to select, edit, and explain.

The FBI raids the home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle


Federal and state investigators served a search warrant this morning on the Indiana home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, who famously lost more than 200 lb (90 kg) by eating nothing but the company’s sandwiches.

The Greeks got to vote. Now the rest of the euro zone will get its turn


For Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, the resounding rejection of creditors’ latest bailout proposal in a referendum was, first and foremost, a “victory of democracy.” The country will never succumb to “blackmail” by lenders, he said, as its voters proved at the polls.

6 charts to show anyone who thinks women’s soccer is treated equally to men’s


As World Cup confetti swirled around the heads of the victorious US women’s soccer team on July 5, it was clear to anyone watching that this was a win for the history books.

Samsung finally made a phone people wanted—but it didn’t make enough


Samsung warned this morning that its second quarter results would fail to live up to expectations, with profits declining slightly to 6.9 trillion won ($6.13 billion), down from 7.1 trillion won in the same period last year.


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