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Spider-Man may appear in ‘Captain America 3,’ but not with Andrew Garfield



Despite their public protestations to the contrary, it looks like Sony is working with licensing Spider-man to Disney for use in Marvel’s Captain America 3. Just not with Andrew Garfield in the spidey-suit.

The widely-rumored revelation comes from the email inbox of Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, part of an unprecedented hack last month with new details continuing to leak out every day.

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What Ferguson really lost last night? Hope.



Jeniece Andrews and her husband Eddie own an antiques shop called Hidden Treasures just a few blocks from the Ferguson Police Department on South Florissant Avenue

Last month, Andrews, who is black, said someone came into her shop and told her that people were getting ready to boycott her store

As I spoke with her, dozens of protesters gathered just blocks away from her shop. They were calling for Darren Wilson’s arrest just as they’d done…

Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak gets popular — and controversial



“If you go to Costa, you should watch out very closely at school today.”

Those 14 words, written on the anonymous sharing app Yik Yak, caused a Los Angeles high school to go in lockdown mode last week. Similar threats in San Diego prompted two other schools to shut down and another in Illinois to beef up security. While it didn’t name Yik Yak in particular, a February study by the National School Safety and Security Services found 35% of all violent threats to schools from August 2013 to…

Gun sales surge ahead of jury’s Ferguson decision



Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as residents await a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

Metro Shooting Supplies, in an area near the city’s main airport, reports selling two to three times more weapons than usual in recent weeks — an average of 30 to 50 guns each day — while the jury prepares to…

Brain-to-brain technology allows for partial ‘mind control’



Humans could be much more efficient communicators if they could bypass language altogether and directly transmit thoughts, ideas and instructions from one brain to another. Scientists have demonstrated that instant brain-to-brain communication could become a reality with the help of computers.

In recent experiments, researchers from the University of Washington showed that they could send one person’s thoughts through a computer to control the hand motion of a person sitting half a mile (0.8…

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Michael Brown’s parents take his case to UN’s anti-torture committee



Michael Brown’s parents have brought the fight for justice for their slain 18-year-old son from Ferguson to the international community.

On Tuesday, Brown’s parents and a team of activists submitted a report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland, alleging that his fatal shooting by a Ferguson police officer and the subsequent heavy-handed response to protests violated the U.N.’s anti-torture convention


Facebook loses $24,420 a minute during outages



At 6:52 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 28, Facebook went down. (It began working again at 7:27 p.m.) This is the third such outage in the last several months, and it happens to coincide with the company’s announcement of impressive summer earnings.

The close proximity of outage and earnings makes some uncomfortable math possible.

In the third quarter, Facebook posted revenue of $3.2 billion. The third quarter lasts 91 days,…

Korean Royals Fan Will Melt Your World Series Heart



MLB‘s title tilt is full of magic and mojo, and it hasn’t even started yet, but SungWoo Lee may already be the World Series’ most popular man

Lee’s not a player for the Royals or Giants though. He’s a fan — a die-hard fan from South Korea who is making an epic journey to see the team he loves on baseball’s biggest stage

Lee’s been a Royals fan for years, despite never having been to Kansas City before this summer. When he…

How the CDC’s "Do Not Board" List Could Ground Health Care Workers Exposed to Ebola



A rarely-used “do not board” list that’s meant to keep those infected with communicable diseases—think infectious tuberculosis, SARS, or a viral hemorrhagic fever such as Ebola—from flying on commercial airlines, could impact health care workers who had contact with the Liberian man infected with Ebola who died earlier this month in Texas

According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control published in…

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