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GM Issues 60th Recall, Bringing Year’s Total to 29.7 Million



DETROIT — General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. GM already has passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year.

The biggest recall announced Wednesday was for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power…

Man Kicked Off Flight After Tweeting About ‘Rude’ Gate Agent



Complaining about a flight on Twitter has become common practice for frequent travelers, but for one Minneapolis man a tweet did more than get a response from the airline on social media.

He was asked to leave the plane — before eventually being allowed to re-board.

Duff Watson had priority status to board Southwest Airlines flight 2347 from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday. At the gate, his two children were not…

The Netherlands Mourns as Bodies of Malaysia Airlines Victims Are Returned



EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Strangers fondled their luggage, read their diaries, and pored over their effects spread out in the burned field of the crash site: Teddy bears, magazines, I love Amsterdam T-shirts. According to some reports, credit cards, cell phone and even a wedding ring were looted. And for days, the bodies just lay there — some only partially clothed.

Today, the first victims were returned to the Netherlands and finally honored, almost a week after they were killed as…

‘My Saddest Photo Yet’: Astronaut Sees Israel and Gaza Rocket Fire From Space



The rapid-fire rocket exchange between Israel and Hamas on Wednesday evening was so bright it could be seen from space.

German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted two images on Wednesday that he took from more than 200 miles above the Earth as the International Space Station was flying over Israel and Gaza

The rocket fire and explosions crisscrossing between the two areas appear to be visible in the photos. (Mashable reached out to NASA for further clarification on where the explosions are…

It’s Wednesday, So Here’s a Deer Licking a Camera



Talk about a camera ham.

A deer in upstate New York pranced up to a man’s front porch and casually licked his camera. Good thing this deer has a photogenic nose.

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Portland Could Soon Be the Most Airbnb-Friendly City in the U.S.



Portland, Oregon could soon be one of the most permissive cities in the U.S. for Airbnb-style rentals, as the city council prepares to vote on regulations that would legalize short-term one- and two-bedroom rentals in privately owned homes.

The council discussed planned rules Wednesday that could have effects outside the northwestern city, as municipal law adapts to the emergence of startups in the growing sharing economy. If adopted, homeowners who have been violating local laws by renting…

These 8 Funny Videos in 8 Days Earned Weird Al His First No. 1 Album



Weird Al Yankovic has finally laughed his way to the top of the charts with his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, more than 30 years after releasing his first.

The project’s debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart was bolstered by his #8videos8days stunt, which gave fans eight parody music videos in just as many days across YouTube and other online platforms such as College Humor, Funny or Die and Nerdist.

Weird Al’s social…

Microsoft Admits to Killing the Surface Mini



Microsoft has confirmed it cancelled plans to release a Surface Mini tablet in the spring.

During Tuesday’s quarterly earnings call, CFO Amy Hood said that part of the reason revenue from the company’s line of Surface tablets took a hit was because it had decided to kill an unreleased product.

“During the quarter, we reassessed our product roadmap and decided not to ship a new form factor that was under…

Add Landscape to Milky Way Pictures For Breathtaking Stellar Photography



Mike Taylor is an accomplished landscape astrophotographer and an instructor for night photography and post-processing. Taylor contributed this article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

As a night photography instructor, I’m always encouraging students to integrate inspiring landscape elements in their photographs to create stunning night-sky compositions. During a recent trip to Utah, I came across an iconic, gnarly tree clinging to the top of the canyon wall at Dead Horse…