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TSA gets to keep $675,000 change left behind by air travelers

All the quarters, dimes and other coins forgotten by busy travelers at airport security checkpoints last year added up to a big chunk of change for the federal government.

Airline passengers left behind nearly $675,000 in loose change last year, according to the Transportation Security Administration’s 2014 fiscal year report released Monday. While that’s only a modest jump from last year’s haul of $638,143, it’s a whopping 76% more than the $383,414 collected in 2008.

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Wife refused to ‘pull the plug’ on husband in coma – He woke up

When Matthew Davis came out of a coma, he did not know that he had been in a serious motorcycle accident weeks earlier. He did not remember anything from the past three years, including the death of his father … and his own wedding.

Matt’s wife, Danielle, had refused to pull the plug after doctors advised her to do so nine days after his accident, saying that the odds were not good.

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A self-driving car just made a 3,400 mile drive across the USA

An autonomous car just drove across the country. Nine days after leaving San Francisco, a blue car packed with tech from a company you’ve probably never heard of rolled into New York City after crossing 15 states and 3,400 miles to make history. The car did 99 percent of the driving on its own, yielding to the carbon-based life form behind the wheel only when it was time to leave the highway and hit city streets.

This amazing feat, by the automotive supplier Delphi, underscores the great leaps this technology has taken in recent years, and just how close it is to becoming a part of our lives. Yes, many regulatory and legislative questions must be answered, and it remains to be seen whether consumers are ready to cede control of their cars, but the hardware is, without doubt, up to the task.

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Microsoft Turns 40: Bill Gates Writes Letter to All MS Employees

40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen started a small software company that they named Microsoft.

Thanks to their creation of the Windows operating system and the Office suite of productivity tools, the company is now one of the largest corporations in the world, and Bill Gates is the wealthiest person in the world with an estimated $78 billion.

A decade ago, Gates began committing full time on philanthropy through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, looking to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, but Gates has always been a specter around Microsoft, even more so now as the company transitions to just its third-ever CEO – Satya Nadella.

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How to Watch All the TV You Want Without Paying a Cable Bill

The notion of getting all the video entertainment you want without paying a massive cable bill—a.k.a. cord cutting—has gone from a tech-world fantasy to a viable mainstream option in what seems like a matter of months.

The reason? The recent emergence of new streaming services like Dish Network’s Sling TV, which includes a sampling of the most popular “basic” cable channels, and HBO Now, the only streaming service to include HBO shows, has coincided with Amazon and Netflix coming into their own as producers of serious television. The result is that virtually every class of TV watcher can find most of what they need without paying a cable bill.

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Couple Arrested For Selling “Golden Tickets To Heaven”

Tito and Amanda Watts were arrested over the weekend for selling “golden tickets to heaven” to hundreds of people. The couple, who sold the tickets on the street for $99.99 per ticket, told buyers the tickets were made from solid gold and each ticket reserved the buyer a spot in heaven — simply present the ticket at the pearly gates and you’re in.

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