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Google, Microsoft Battle Drives Down PC Prices

BUSINESS | By Michael Liedtke, Anick Jesdanun | Apr 1
Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.

Antarctica: The Wild and Unexpected

TRAVEL | By Luis Andres Henao | Apr 1
It's the last terrestrial tourism frontier that nature lovers, adventurers and explorers are rushing to visit. This tourist season, more than 37,000 people are expected to visit the coldest continent on Earth.

Toyota Cuts Price of Automatic Braking Safety Devices

BUSINESS | Apr 1
Those pricey high-tech systems that automatically stop or slow your car if it's about to run into something are getting a lot cheaper.

US Home Prices Rise Modestly, Weigh on Affordability

BUSINESS | Apr 1
U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and putting more homes financially out of reach for would-be buyers.

Thousands of Detroit-Area Homeowners Try to Stop Foreclosure

BUSINESS | By Corey Williams | Apr 1
More than 13,000 Detroit-area property owners have entered into payment plans hoping to avoid losing their homes to tax foreclosure, but another 16,000 living in their homes have yet to take advantage of the offer ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

Google Maps Turns into Pac-Man's Chomping Grounds

BUSINESS | Apr 1
The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac-Man's chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools' Day.

Does Signing Photo Show Pence's True Intent?

NEWS | By EDGE | Mar 31
Indiana governor Mike Pence attempted to put a new spin on the religious freedom law he signed last week. But photos from the ceremony point to what may be relationships with anti-gay lobbyists.

How Ethan Hawke's Magical Friendship Became Acclaimed Doc

ENTERTAINMENT | By Frank J. Avella | Mar 31
How actor Ethan Hawke's casual meeting with musician/teacher Seymour Bernstein led to the acclaimed documentary "Seymour: An Introduction," currently in theaters.

Liberal Dems, GOP Cling to Hope Warren Runs for President

NEWS | By Ken Thomas and Julie Pace | Mar 31
Republicans and liberal Democrats have something in common: Both are trying to keep alive the prospect that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will run for president.

An Israeli Trifecta: 3 Not-to-Miss LGBT Festivals

TRAVEL | By EDGE | Mar 31
Are you looking for an LGBT getaway to the Promised Land? Israel plays host to three epic weekends that will have you revisiting by the time you're ready to return stateside. Here's the rundown.

Religious Freedom Laws Not Used Against Gays in the Past

NEWS | By Rachel Zoll and David Crary | Mar 31
Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays - and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.

Democrat O'Malley Hits GOP Support for Indiana law

NEWS | Mar 31
Likely Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley says it's "shameful" for Republicans to support an Indiana law that critics see as legalizing discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Dumb Ass Lists :: Vintage Toys That Made Boys Gay

ENTERTAINMENT | By EDGE | Mar 31
We're not talking Teletubbies and Dora as an Aquapet, boys. If you're over 30 and you played with these toys, they're the reason you're gay today. Full stop.

ACT UP Demands Cuomo Keep Promise to End AIDS in NYS

NEWS | By EDGE | Mar 31
On Wednesday, April 1, ACT UP New York will protest outside of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to demand the release of his blueprint to end AIDS.

Indiana Governor Wants Changes to Religious-Objections Law

NEWS | Mar 31
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.

Indiana Lawmakers Try to Quiet Firestorm Surrounding New Law

NEWS | Mar 31
Gov. Mike Pence called off public appearances Monday and sports officials planned an "Indy Welcomes All" campaign ahead of this weekend's NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis as lawmakers scrambled to quiet the firestorm over a controversial new law.


News

Indianapolis Star Calls for Law Protecting Gays, Lesbians

NATIONAL | Mar 31
The Indianapolis Star is urging Indiana lawmakers in a front-page editorial to respond to widespread criticism of a new religious objections law by protecting the rights of gays and lesbians.


Entertainment

Cinema Review :: Woman in Gold

MOVIES | By Robert Nesti | Apr 1
"Woman in Gold" is both a compelling historical melodrama and clunky legal procedural that's elevated by the presence of Helen Mirren.


Business

Amazon Launches 'Home Services'

CORPORATE | Apr 1
Amazon.com is now offering help around the house for a small price. CNET reporter Bridget Carey has more on the new service.


Technology

Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj Among Owners of New Streaming Service

PERSONAL TECH | By Mesfin Fekadu | Mar 31
Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video.


Finance

UnitedHealth Bulks Up for Prescription Drug Cost Battle

INSURANCE | Mar 31
The nation's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth, will muscle up for its fight against rising prescription drug costs by spending more than $12 billion to buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp.


Cars

How Mercedes Became the Dominant Power in Formula 1

Mercedes dominated the 2014 Formula One season, they swept to a one-two finish in this year's season opener in Australia, and are expected to do so again at the Malaysian Grand Prix. How have they managed to leave the previous power teams in their wake?


Style

An Apple A Day May Not Keep Doctor Away

FOOD/DRINK | By Lindsey Tanner | Mar 31
An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.


Health/Fitness

CDC Leads New Efforts To Fight HIV Among MSM and Trans

HIV/AIDS | By EDGE | Mar 31
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lead new programs totaling more than $185 million in HIV prevention funding for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people.


Nightlife

Cromer Comes Back to Boston for 'Little Sheba'

LOCAL EVENTS | By EDGE | Mar 31
Huntington Theatre Company brings the American classic "Come Back, Little Sheba" by William Inge to life in an intimate theatrical setting. David Cromer, the creative force behind "Our Town," explores desire and addiction in this portrait of a marriage.