On the very first Monday of 2013, Boeing got some bad news: There was a catastrophic battery fire on a 787 parked at Boston's Logan International Airport. Less than two weeks later, a second battery meltdown on another 787 prompted an emergency landing in Japan.
Government regulators responded quickly. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered the entire fleet of 787s grounded indefinitely.
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Residents of Casselton, North Dakota are starting to return to their homes. That's after yesterday's fiery crash of two freight trains, one carrying crude oil. From Fargo, Prairie Public's Todd McDonald reports.
It's the last night of the year, a big night for party-hopping and, of course, some bubbly. And that also means it's the biggest night of the year for cab companies. The surge in demand starts right after the clock strikes 12 and quickly outstrips supply. That mismatch can send prices soaring, depending on who's doing the driving. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports several ride services have come up with some solutions to try to manage the crunch.
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Fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on Jan. 1, 2014, to celebrate the new year. Dubai's glittering fireworks display that lasted around six minutes spanned over 100 kilometres (60 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands.
The game Don't Starve casts you in the role of "gentleman scientist" Wilson, with just one goal: Survive. Its unique mix of survival horror and crafting gameplay, paired with a charming Tim Burton-esque art style, made this a standout game of 2013.
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<strong><a href="http://bit.ly/18zoBmH">Rogue Legacy</a></strong> is a swords and sorcery platformer game full of colorful characters and randomly generated levels.
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<strong><a href="http://bit.ly/1ccamFp">Gunpoint</a></strong> is a stealth puzzle platformer that blew me away with its clever style and witty writing.
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<a href="http://bit.ly/1epboPW"><strong>King Arthur's Gold</strong></a> mixes strategy and platforming elements for a fun and fast-paced game experience that is pure mayhem.
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First-person puzzle game <strong><a href="http://www.antichamber-game.com/">Antichamber</a></strong> is a wholly unique piece of art that should not be missed.
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<a href="http://bit.ly/19znr8X"><strong>Anomaly 2</strong></a> puts a unique twist on the tower defense genre, casting you as the aggressor battling alien towers.
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<a href="http://bit.ly/1h7u0nT"><strong>Risk of Rain</strong></a> is a fast and fun shooter with a moody and impressive soundtrack.
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<a href="http://bit.ly/1hOS3pc"><strong></strong></a><strong> </strong><a href="http://www.surgeonsimulator2013.com/"><strong>Surgeon Simulator 2013</strong></a> is the most frustrating and hilarious time you'll have while trying to do a brain transplant.
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<a href="http://bit.ly/JFMGwc"><strong>Monaco: What's Mine Is Yours</strong></a> is a colorful, stealth action game that just oozes <em>Ocean's 11</em>.
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<strong><a href="http://bit.ly/1i2okvQ">Don't Starve</a></strong> is an open-world survival horror game with just one goal: Stay alive.
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The indie gaming market is a growing force in the industry. And while the nature of the market makes it difficult to get exact sales figures, there is no denying that 2013 was a great year for introducing new and innovative titles to gamers of all stripes and on all platforms.
Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 3:44 pm
Melissa Harris-Perry, host of an MSNBC weekend show, apologized on Tuesday for comments she and her panelists recently made. On Sunday, Harris-Perry had her guests — a group of comedians — caption a photo of Mitt Romney's family, which included Romney's adopted grandchild.
There is a rising debate over “donor-advised funds,” the fastest growing category in charity.
Donor-advised funds are a way to put aside money now for charity, and claim the tax deduction now, but have the freedom to actually donate the money whenever the donor wants. They’ve been around for a long time, but their sharp rise came after the asset management firm Fidelity set up a philanthropic fund, Fidelity Charitable, to manage them.