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5-Hour Line Turns Barbecue Pilgrims Into Cash Cow For Locals

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Texas has a barbecue joint known as much for the line of people waiting outside as for its tender brisket.

At Franklin Barbecue in Austin, people start lining up around 5 a.m., waiting six hours, chatting with others in line until the restaurant opens at 11 a.m.

This barbecue place is such a big deal that entrepreneurs like Desmond Roldan are cashing in on its fans.

"People know me. I'm a big deal," he says, chuckling.

The ride-hailing service Uber has served more than 1 million customers in Philadelphia, despite operating under disputed terms for nearly a year. Now the city's regulators are taking the company to court.

Uber says it doesn't plan to stop operating in the city where it first launched service last October.

If, like me, you're an amateur taster of beer and wine, inevitably you've asked yourself why you don't taste that hint of raspberry or note of pine bark that someone else says is there.

Is America's newest frontier in the Arctic?

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If you're looking for President Barack Obama this week, leave a message. He'll be in the Arctic. Today, Obama embarked on a three-day tour of Alaska where he'll venture north of the Arctic Circle — a first for a sitting president. His focus will be on how a warmer climate is changing the Arctic. The president will be attending an international conference on the subject.

It's a big, big deal.

Melting ice is increasingly opening up the region to activities like shipping and oil drilling. But the US lags behind other nations, like Russia, in pressing its claims on the Arctic.

Updated on Sept. 1 at 10:18 a.m. ET

President Obama called to offered condolences to the wife of the slain Harris County Sheriff Deputy, Darren Goforth who was killed last week at a Houston-area gas station.

Sometimes fast food just isn't fast enough. A new highly automated restaurant that opened in San Francisco on Monday looks to speed service through efficiency — you won't see any people taking your order or serving you at the Eatsa quinoa eatery.

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"No to war legislation!" shouted protesters in the streets of Tokyo on Sunday. 

The legislation in question aims to reinterpret Japan's pacifist constitution, which prohibits the country's defense forces from engaging in military action, except in cases of direct national defense. The proposed changes would grant Japanese military forces the right to "collective self-defence," giving Japan more leeway to cooperate militarily with allies such as the US. This would be a shift for a country that has not engaged in combat abroad since the end of World War II. 

A newer, slower melting ice cream cone is coming soon

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Scientists at the University of Edinburgh are out to fix one of the most vexing problems in the world: The melting ice cream cone.

“We’re not talking about ice cream that doesn’t melt at all, we’re talking about ice cream that melts more slowly than you would typically expect from a scoop of ice cream sitting on top of an ice cream cone for example,” says Kate MacPhee, a professor of biological physics in the Institute of Condensed Matter and Complex Systems at the University of Edinburgh.

Wayne Dyer, the writer, philosopher and motivational speaker who encouraged millions of people to look at their lives in a new way, died this weekend at age 75. Over four decades, Dyer sought to motivate people to explore their passions and turn away from negativity.

Dyer died late Saturday in Maui, according to his publisher, Hay House.

Dr. David Burkons graduated from medical school and began practicing obstetrics and gynecology in 1973, the same year the Supreme Court issued its landmark abortion decision in Roe v. Wade.

Burkons liked delivering babies. But he is also committed to serving all his patients, including those who choose abortions.