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  • iStock_000025807752XSmall.jpg Study: Your friends really are happier, more popular than you

    We like to blame Facebook and Instagram for making it seem as though all of our friends lead cooler, more sociable, more interesting lives. But it turns out social networks are not at fault: Your friends really are richer, happier and more popular than you, according to a depressing new study from researchers in Finland and France.

    January 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man fatally shot at Fla. theater over texting during movie

    The 71-year-old retired police officer accused of shooting a man in a Florida movie theater is scheduled for his first appearance in court.

    January 14, 2014

  • Mideast Israel Obit WORLD: Sharon, Israel’s bulldozer in politics, dies at 85

    It was vintage Ariel Sharon: His hefty body bobbing behind a wall of security men, the ex-general led a march onto a Jerusalem holy site, staking a bold claim to a shrine that has been in contention from the dawn of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    January 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • 011114 News Chemical Leak 4.jpg 300,000 in W.Va. without drinkable water; no timeline for fix

    There is no timeline for when 300,000 West Virginia residents can drink their tap water again, after thousands of gallons of unsafe chemicals leaked from a storage tank into the river that supplies water to households in nine counties.

    January 10, 2014 7 Photos

  • APTOPIX Winter Weather Subzero 'polar vortex’ pushes frigid air across US

    Frigid, dense air swirled across much of the U.S. on Monday, forcing some cities and their residents into hibernation while others layered up and carried on despite a dangerous cold that broke decades-old records.

    January 6, 2014 2 Photos

  • Monday-cold.jpg VIDEO: Deep freeze grips much of U.S.

    Temperatures could plummet to record lows across much of the US, as a "polar vortex" brings extremely cold air and powerful winds to much of the US. Wind Chill Warnings are in effect from Montana to Alabama.

    January 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • nh-house-fire.jpg Landlord using blow torch to thaw water pipes starts house fire

    Jack Webb, battalion chief of the fire department in this New Hampshire community near the Massachusetts border, said he and his fellow firefighters watching a television program Saturday morning that warned viewers about the danger of using blow torches to thaw frozen water pipes.

    January 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg States should rethink big tax breaks to companies, economists say

    As good jobs have become harder to find, states have approved bigger economic handouts to attract or keep individual companies. New economic research suggests that's often not a good idea.

    December 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • Tiffany-Wait.jpg Mother says atheist group saved her Christmas

    A mother who claimed she was turned away from a church’s toy giveaway because she wouldn’t let volunteers hold her baby says her Christmas was saved by an Oklahoma atheist group.

    December 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • SURVEILLANCE225.jpg Americans uneasy about surveillance but often use snooping tools

    Amid this year's revelations about the federal government's vast apparatus for tracking the movements and communications of people worldwide, Americans are uneasy with the extent of surveillance yet often use snooping tools in their own lives, a Washington Post poll has found.

    December 26, 2013 4 Photos