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  • news_zuckerberg.jpg The logic of Facebook's multibillion-dollar shopping spree

    Yet again, Facebook has spent a gaudy sum of money to buy a hot startup. This time, it's virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR, at a purchase price of $2 billion. And don't be surprised if Mark Zuckerberg continues on his buying spree.

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Newborn.JPG Census: U.S. has fewest births since 1998

    The U.S. recorded the most deaths in its history and the fewest births since 1998, resulting in the lowest population gain from natural causes in 35 years, an analysis of 2013 Census Bureau estimates released Thursday shows.

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 2.40.34 PM.png VIDEO: Would-be carjacker stymied by stick shift

    A man ordered a mother and her son out of their SUV at gunpoint in an Omaha neighborhood, but was forced to flee on foot, police said, because he didn’t know how to drive a stick shift.

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 11.11.13 AM.png VIDEO: BASE jumpers leap from WTC

    Two daredevils, one wearing a helmet cam, took the plunge off the World Trade Center's Freedom Tower last September. The footage from the jump is both breathtaking and a little vertigo-inducing.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Starbucks to expand evening alcohol sales to thousands of stores

    Starbucks will expand its evening alcohol and light bites menu, which includes bacon-wrapped dates and Malbec wine, to thousands of stores, Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead said in a phone interview. The rollout, which can help boost sales, will take several years, he said.

    March 27, 2014

  • Whiskey debate divides distillers

    For more than a century, distillers around Tennessee have produced whiskey - some legal, some illegal - using a variety of base products such as corn, barley or rye, and a number of different techniques. But under a new law passed by the legislature last year, only one process would lead to genuine Tennessee whiskey.

    March 27, 2014

  • sleeping-woman2.jpg 8 million people take prescription sleep aids, but these drugs have risks

    About 8 million adults turn to prescription sleeping pills for help every month, according to a study published last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And yet, one specialist warns, these medications all have flaws.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 10.35.23 AM.png VIDEO: Teen killed by train saving girlfriend's life

    Hundreds gathered in a small Northern California town to honor the life of Mateus Moore, who was hit by a train while trying to save his girlfriend.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Early excitement of NCAA tourney packed into a handful of games

    A spread of at least 10 points decided most of last weekend's games in the NCAA tournament while just a few contests - notably Kentucky vs. Wichita State and Iowa State vs. North Carolina - helped the event live up to its billing.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140325-AMX-BARISTA251.jpg Coffee's third wave? The Apple to Starbucks' Microsoft

    Do you remember when Starbucks was cool? It opened in Seattle in the 1970s as a local specialty roaster, a trendy alternative to the prevailing generic swill. But the price of conquest is cachet. What was once novel — the warm décor, the gentle music, the faux-Italian lingo — has become banal. Today's coffee snobs would rather snort Sanka than set foot inside a Starbucks

    March 26, 2014 2 Photos