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The Nintendo Game Boy Just Turned 25

Nintendo’s venerable Game Boy line of monochrome handheld devices caught the world by storm when it launched in North America on July 31, 1989. Twenty-five years later, Nintendo’s handheld video game dominance — which was iron clad for the better part of two decades, despite serious challenges from household names like Sega and Sony —…


John Oliver Explores America’s Insecure Nuclear Weapon Arsenal

How secure is America’s nuclear arsenal? A brief look at recent headlines shows that the deadliest weapons on the planet have been at the center of a series of mishaps that could have easily turned into catastrophic disaster. Yet the American public’s apathy toward potential nuclear accidents — not even including the civilian energy variety…

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Marijuana Legalization Just Got a Big Boost

The New York Times is the first major national media outlet to call for an end to the prohibition of marijuana. “It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished….


Study: ‘Shocking’ Water Loss in Western U.S.

The drought-stricken Colorado River Basin has experienced rapid and significant groundwater depletion since late 2004, posing a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought, according to a new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine. The research team used data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment…

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President Obama to Sign Bill Legalizing Cellphone Unlocking

A bill that just passed Congress will once again make it legal for US cellphone owners to unlock their phones. The vote was 295 to 114 in the House of Representatives. It had already passed the Senate. The ban has been in place since 2013 after vigorous lobbying from wireless carriers. President Obama says that…


Ex-Dictator Manuel Noriega Sues Over Video Game Appearance

Manuel Noriega is suing video game publisher Activision Blizzard for his depiction in a 2012 Call of Duty game. The 80 year-old former dictator of Panama wants to recoup lost profits and damages. Noriega was ousted in George H. W. Bush’s 1989 invasion of Panama and sent to US prison on drug trafficking charges. He…

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Severe Storms Slam South Bend Region Leaving Two Dead, Thousands without Power

The South Bend metro area was battered Monday night during two rounds of storms that packed winds in excess of 80 MPH. Two people were unfortunately lost during the storm. A 14 year-old boy from Winona Lake and a 64 year-old man from La Grange were killed when trees fell on their houses in separate…