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Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:39

There's a kind of attack — one that's evolving — that sneaks into your network takes your files, and holds them for ransom.

Wilfredo Díaz left Honduras 16 years ago before his third child was born, and he hopes to bring his children to the U.S. under the State Department's new program.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:15

A new State Department program would allow U.S.-based Latino parents to bring over children left in home countries. More than 57,000 children made the trip across the U.S.-Mexican border this year.

Damaged olives hang in the grove belonging to Augusto Spagnoli, an oil producer from Nerola, near Rome on Nov. 13, 2014. Italy's 2014 olive harvest was declared by both producers and experts as the worst in history, due to adverse climatic conditions which helped the olive fly proliferate, thus destroying the olives before they could be harvested.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:15

Global olive oil production is down. Italian groves have been especially hard hit by a disease that killed 1 million trees. Audie Cornish speaks with Curtis Cord, publisher of the Olive Oil Times.

Sean Connery sits beside his co-star, English actress Shirley Eaton, covered in gold, during the filming of a scene from <em>Goldfinger </em>in 1964.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:11

In response to a request from the producers of Goldfinger, the FBI said Ian Fleming's novels "generally center around sex and bizarre situations."

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson holds 2005 commencement exercises in Troy, N.Y. Jackson is one of three dozen presidents of private colleges and universities who made more than $1 million in 2012.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:43

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson's 2012 compensation was mostly the payout of a retention package, but she still would have made close to a million without it.

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.

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