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Shoppers In The Union Square Area As Retail Sales Figures Are Released

S.F. Passes Worker 'Bill of Rights'

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved new protections for the city’s retail workers ahead of their hectic Thanksgiving and Black Friday shifts

Braxton A. Cosby promotes his book "The Star-Crossed Saga Prostar" while his uncle Bill Cosby promotes "I Didn't Ask To Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)" at Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe on Jan. 18, 2012 in New York,.

Bill Cosby's Nephew Speaks Out

Braxton Cosby, head of Cosby Media Productions, said his 77-year-old uncle "is innocent" in light of the "unjustified claims" of sex assault by multiple women

Car with headlights on driving along foggy snow covered road

Storm Threatens Thanksgiving Travel Chaos

Millions of Americans planning to take to the roads and skies were facing travel chaos due to a storm that's forecast to batter the Northeast on Wednesday. The nor'easter could dump from 3 to 5 in. of snow on the New York and Philadelphia metro areas

Electron micrograph of Ebola virus

Ebola Isolation Is 'Vacation' for U.S. Service Members

Ebola quarantine for health care workers has been likened to prison, but isolation for military personnel appears much more relaxed. American service members returning from missions in West Africa are required to undergo 21-day quarantines

3-D Printer Space First Object

The First 3-D Printer in Space Prints Its First Object

The object, a replacement faceplate for the printer's casing that holds its internal wiring in place, is one of about 20 objects that will be printed aboard International Space Station over the coming weeks and then sent down to Earth for analysis

A member loyal to the ISIL waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa

ISIS Got Up to $45 Million in Ransoms, U.N. Says

A U.N. expert told a meeting of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee that an estimated $120 million in ransoms were paid to terrorist groups between 2004 and 2012. She called kidnapping "the core al-Qaeda tactic for generating revenue"

Kurt Cobain On 'MTV Unplugged'

HBO Lands Brett Morgen's Kurt Cobain Documentary

Two years after airing Brett Morgen’s Rolling Stones documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, HBO has signed up to air his long-simmering documentary on Kurt Cobain. The film will debut on HBO, and Universal will release the film internationally in 2015

Pope Francis delivers his speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25, 2014.

Pope Urges Europe to Accept Migrants and Reject Hunger

The Pontiff argued to the European Parliament that migrants need "acceptance and assistance" as an "aged and weary" Europe faces soaring unemployment in the midst of global economic instability, the problems of the euro zone, and war

"Cabaret" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

Johnny Depp Doesn't Care Anymore

Johnny Depp doesn’t care anymore — not about what you think, nor what his critics think, nor even about what he himself thinks. But contrary to what it sounds like, the Hollywood superstar says letting go of expectations allows him to be more free and versatile

Tibetan's Perform Celestial Burial Ceremony

Why Vultures Don’t Get Sick From Eating Rotten Meat

Vultures have a digestive system that has evolved to destroy dangerous bacteria while tolerating other harmful toxins, according to a new study. The research paints a clearer picture of how the birds' strong stomach acid permits a diet of rotten carcasses

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Most Americans Don't Understand How the Internet Works

A new study on Americans' knowledge of the web and technology, varying in technicality from where hashtags are used to the what Moore's Law means, found most struggled to correctly understand things like whether "Internet" and "World Wide Web" are the same