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For years, Google has had eyes in neighborhoods across the world: Google Street View cars armed with cameras, lasers, and GPS devices to filter "360-degree panoramic views" and "locations on all seven continents" to Google Maps.

Authorities on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean have found debris that may be from a missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

A source familiar with the investigation tells NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that the debris appears to have come from a large passenger aircraft, but it remains unclear whether it's from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished from radar on March 8, 2014.

A new candidate has tossed his name in the hat for FIFA President.

France's Michel Platini is currently the president of the European soccer's governing body, UEFA, and a FIFA vice president. He wrote that he wanted "to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves," in a UEFA press release.

Boston bows out of Olympic bid, but Toronto may be in

21 hours ago
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Boston will not host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The US Olympic Committe dropped Boston amidst concerns about the cost of building new infrastructure, transportation issues, and a lack of residential support. But that could open the door for a bid from another North American city, like Toronto.

A former Taliban prisoner remembers Mullah Omar

21 hours ago
Reuters

The Afghan government says the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, is dead. A statement said there was credible information that he died two years ago in Pakistan. A White House spokesman agreed that the reports were credible. There's been no word from the Taliban or from Pakistan.

The life of renowned Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar was directly affected by Mullah Omar and the Taliban.

Qais wrote the much-acclaimed autobiography "A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story," which culminates in his family's flight from war-torn Afghanistan.

The dramatic failure of a test flight by Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket last October cost the co-pilot his life and left the pilot severely injured. New data from investigators suggest that the pilot survived in part because the craft essentially came apart around him.

Summertime is the perfect time to indulge in a refreshing cocktail on a balmy night. But before you reach for that minty mojito or sweet sangria, consider stepping out of your modern-day comfort zone and going back to the drinks of 100 years ago.

"Some of the best cocktails that we think about today — the martini, the daiquiri, the Manhattan — those all came out between the 1860s and Prohibition," says Derek Brown, an award-winning mixologist who has studied the history of alcohol in America.

For most of us, debt is a big part of life. According to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts, 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt — from student loans to credit card balances.

There are many among the so-called silent generation, those born before World War II, who are still paying off mortgages and credit cards.

Pétanque might become the next Olympic sport

22 hours ago
Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

As Paris makes a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, pétanque fans are pushing to have the game included as an Olympic sport. Along with other “sports de boules” — Italian bocce and boule lyonnaise amongst them — Pétanque is clamoring for Olympic representation.

But how likely is it to succeed?

Iran has the potential to be a boom market for American tech companies. The majority of the population is under 30 and well educated, and over half the country has access to the Internet.

Many businesses have to wait until more sanctions are lifted, but certain tech companies can already go into Iran legally because the U.S. has lifted sanctions on various communication technology. They just aren't sure they want to.

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