Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

Jul 19, 2014

Obama opens East Coast to sonic oil search surveys

The Obama administration is reopening the U.S. Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation ...

Jul 19, 2014

New Toyota minivan makes it easier to yell at kids

Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids. The latest version of the company’s Sienna minivan has a feature called “Driver Easy Speak.” It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent’s voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it ...

Digital artists respond to father's tragic Web plea

Jul 18, 2014

Digital artists respond to father's tragic Web plea

Just days after his infant daughter’s death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face. The response has been overwhelming. ...

Bouncy titillating adult fun at N.Y.'s sex museum

Jul 18, 2014

Bouncy titillating adult fun at N.Y.'s sex museum

Shouts, giggles and selfies. Mildly titillating and lots of fun, bouncing around on giant inflatable boobs is the hit attraction of a hot and steamy New York summer. As temperatures rise and hemlines shorten, visitors flock to the Museum of Sex to jump up ...

Jul 18, 2014

Sikhs ask U.S. to reveal officials' use of epithets

A Sikh group on Thursday asked U.S. authorities to reveal their use of ethnic slurs after a document leaked by Edward Snowden showed intelligence agents using an anti-Muslim epithet. The Sikh Coalition filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act seeking all emails ...

U.S. judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled California’s little-used death penalty unconstitutional, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system. The decision Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney represents a legal victory for those who want to ...

Aldrin solicits moonwalk memories

Jul 17, 2014

Aldrin solicits moonwalk memories

On July 20, 1969, the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The third Apollo 11 astronaut, Michael Collins, stayed in lunar orbit to take care of the mother ...

U.S., Europe expand economic sanctions on Russia to hit key energy firms, banks

Jul 17, 2014

U.S., Europe expand economic sanctions on Russia to hit key energy firms, banks

Both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting Ukraine’s rebels “have consequences.” Though the American and European sanctions were coordinated, they nonetheless exposed fissures in ...

Time Warner win would make Murdoch U.S. media king

Jul 17, 2014

Time Warner win would make Murdoch U.S. media king

Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. made an audacious offer for Time Warner Inc. that, if it succeeds, would transform the American media landscape and cement the 83-year-old’s status as the most powerful magnate in U.S. media and entertainment. While Time Warner, whose assets ...