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September 17, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
DAMASCUS, Syria - The thud of an artillery round hardly drew a reaction from the many people lingering, apparently carefree, Monday near Jaheth Park, a stretch of green in this Syrian capital's upscale Abu Rummaneh district. "From inside the bubble to outside the bubble," said Maysam, 29, tracing the trajectory of a shell aimed at some rebel stronghold in embattled suburbs. "We all live in a bubble here. No one really knows what's going on outside of our little bubble. " After 2 1/2 years of conflict, the Syrian capital is a deeply divided place.
September 7, 2013 | By Kyle Schuneman
September is one of the most popular months to move, but busy renters may not feel as if they have the energy or time for DIY projects in a new home. I've pulled together five products that are easy ways to put a personal stamp on a new space. Whether you are moving now or simply refreshing the same ol' place, these quick fixes may give you the look you're after without leaving a permanent mark on your rental. 1. Cutting Edge Stencils: This company's “Geometric/Allover” stencils are a great way to update an old or cheap bookcase.
September 5, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
In "TV Man: The Search for the Last Independent Dealer," director Steve Kosareff digs his old 12-inch black-and-white Zenith Jetlite out of his closet, dusts it off and turns it on. Nothing happens. He's clearly attached to the set - he sold Christmas cards to buy it for $100 when he was 14 - and sets out to find someone to repair it. This is a fair enough structure for this documentary in which a fan visits six of the few remaining mom-and-pop joints that sold and repaired televisions back in the day, although he's a bit disingenuous when his first step is to dial a 50-year-old phone number off an old flier.
September 4, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
A window in the skull won't let anyone read your mind, but it may give doctors on-demand access to take images of the brain or check the progress of cancer without repeated surgeries. UC Riverside researchers say they have engineered the right material for a window that would be about 10 times stronger than glass and facilitate diagnosis of cancer, study of brain function or delivery of therapies aimed at neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders. The team successfully imaged a mouse's brain through the engineered pane using optical coherence tomography, the light-based equivalent of a sonogram that can produce minutely detailed images of soft tissue.
September 1, 2013 | By Deborah Blum
On April 17, a Pennsylvania physician named Autumn Klein, dreaming of a second child, sent her husband a hopeful text message: "According to my calendar I ovulate tomorrow. " "Perfect timing," her husband typed back. And, he reminded her, "Creatine" - referring to the energy drink he'd been mixing up. "Will it stimulate egg production too?" she asked. He answered simply - according to a police report - by sending an emoticon, a bright yellow smiley face. Three days later, Klein, 41, was dead; hospital tests found a lethal amount of cyanide in her blood.
August 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Bloatware is the term given to programs that come pre-installed on computers even though it's unlikely they will be used by every owner. Sometimes they are difficult to get rid of and can consume resources unnecessarily.  Pre-installed anti-virus software has often fit that definition. Now, Skype looks to be joining that list. Microsoft owns the voice, audio and text messaging program and will be making it the default instant communications tool on the newest version of Windows.  "This is fantastic news for both Skype and Windows users," Skype said in a blog post . "Now you don't have to  download your favorite app  to stay in touch whenever you're apart.
August 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After a three-month absence, the YouTube app has returned to Windows Phone. Microsoft pulled the prior version, which it built on its own, after drawing the ire of Google because the app lacked support for ads. The two companies then began working on an updated version of the YouTube app. That app was released Tuesday, bringing native YouTube functionality back to Windows Phone devices. PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet "We've released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads," Microsoft told The Verge . The new app also includes more features than before.
August 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft will roll out the first major update for Windows 8 nearly a year after the operating system made its debut. Windows 8.1 will be available to existing Windows 8 users as a free update that they can download from the Windows Store starting at 4 a.m. PDT on Oct. 17. The update will also be available at retail stores the next day. "Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation...
August 14, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
When Michael Jackson couldn't sleep while touring Europe in the mid-1990s, his Munich hotel room was converted to a surgical suite, outfitted to administer the powerful anesthetic propofol, his ex-wife testified Wednesday. Debbie Rowe told jurors Jackson always had difficulty sleeping, but while on his European tour, his sleep disorder “kicked in high gear.” Rowe and Jackson, who were married at the time, contacted Dr. Allan Metzger, the singer's internist. Metzger arranged for a German medical team to administer propofol to the singer for eight hours, Rowe said.
August 5, 2013 | David Lazarus
It never ceases to amaze me when large companies, which claim to put customers first, demonstrate their complete heartlessness. The behavior of airlines when a passenger faces a family emergency is a continuing source of such insensitivity. Sue Ogle, 57, and her husband recently paid $1,200 each to fly on American Airlines from Orange County to Toledo, Ohio. The Laguna Beach resident said she travels there often to see her 93-year-old father, who is in declining health. The day after she arrived in Toledo, Ogle's father had a heart attack, which wasn't fatal but nevertheless worrisome enough for her and her husband to rearrange their return flight.
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