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German-American game developer Ralph Baer shows the prototype of the first games console which was invented by him during a press conference on the Games Convention Online in Leipzig, Germany in 2009. Baer died on Saturday. He was 92.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:41

Video games have become a ubiquitous, billion-dollar industry, but all of the Playstations, Xboxes and Wiis can be traced back to the work of Robert Baer and his "Brown Box." He died Saturday.

A still image from the Discovery TV special Eaten Alive, which angered some viewers after it aired Sunday.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:22

The show aired to intense interest: More than 20 million people watched Discovery's YouTube trailer for the special, in which naturalist Paul Rosolie said, "We're going to get me inside of a snake."

Protesters of varied stripes and political affiliations gathered outside the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where negotiators from 12 nations were meeting to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:06

President Obama is pushing for massive trade deals with Asian and European nations. Critics say the trade negotiations, which are conducted in private, aren't facing enough scrutiny.

A member of the Saudi border guards force mans a machine gun at the border with Iraq in July. Since the so-called Islamic State launched its offensive this summer in Iraq, Saudi Arabia has sent thousands of troops to the region.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:40

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council is expected to form an unprecedented, NATO-inspired joint military command. The growing strength of ISIS and Iran's influence has made cooperation more urgent.

Thomas Harden of Chicago pumps gas into his truck. He says he wouldn't support a gas tax increase.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:32

Several states, including those led by Republicans, aren't waiting for Congress to shore up the federal highway trust fund and help pay for repairing worn out infrastructure.

Keep your fingers away from the windows.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:20

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try 7-Eleven's latest creation, Doritos Loaded. They're a vaguely Doritos-shaped fried thing stuffed with cheese.

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:12

Attorney General Eric Holder says he hopes state and local police will adopt the new guidelines for federal law enforcers.

King Digital Entertainment's online game <em>Candy Crush Saga</em> has millions of fans: British lawmaker Nigel Mills is among them.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:06

Nigel Mills said his actions "fell short of what is expected of a member of Parliament." But a colleague defended him, saying hearings were "boring" and he himself had had trouble staying awake.

To ward off Ebola, a worker washes his hands at a construction site in Monrovia.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:11

The country is now reporting fewer than 100 new cases each week. But the CDC's chief there says Liberia must stay alert and not allow the presence of Ebola to become a new norm.

At about $15 a gram, saffron is the world's most expensive spice. Rumi Spice has a unique model of employing Afghan farmers who are growing it that aims to double or even triple their annual income.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:07

Afghanistan has an ideal climate for growing saffron, the most expensive spice in the world. But little is exported. Rumi Spice is working with small farmers there to build the U.S. market for it.

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:54

The White House says the report "could lead to a greater risk" to U.S. facilities and individuals around the world, but that the president supported the Senate's release scheduled for Tuesday.

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:31

The call by national organizations representing fraternities and sororities comes after the magazine acknowledged "discrepancies" in its story on gang rape. The story had prompted the suspensions.

A Palestinian girl cries while receiving treatment at a hospital in the Gaza Strip following shelling in July of a U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:26

The United Nations Children's Fund says that an estimated 230 million children around the world live in countries where there are armed conflicts.

The proportion of elective early deliveries under Medicaid has declined but remains a problem.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:47

The rate for early elective delivery for women covered by Medicaid has fallen since 2007. Still, the early births remain common and are a potential source of health trouble for mothers and babies.

Zoe Kiadi, 25, says neither unemployment nor the presence of Ebola has dimmed her desire to look nice. What really sets her apart is her hairstyle.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:13

Liberians aren't letting a brutal epidemic put a crimp in their amazing sense of fashion. The streets are still full of stylish folks, because as the local saying goes, "Looking good is business."

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