A 12-year pause in global warming, after 20 years of rapidly rising surface temperatures, has scientists probing for the reason. Volcanic eruptions and undersea heat storage are emerging as likely explanations.
A California businessman says in a lawsuit that the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino served him about 20 free drinks – a tactic to fleece him while he was drunk. He may have a case.Patrik Jonsson
Obama's fiscal 2015 budget calls for a 1 percent raise for federal workers. Recent years have been worse, with pay freezes. There's no 'crash' yet in workforce quality, but OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell worries it could happen.Linda Feldmann
Ruling party candidate Araya bowed out of Costa Rica's presidential runoff due to lack of campaign funds and support. But opponent Solís is still rallying voters to turn out and give him a solid mandate.Zach Dyer
Google celebrated International Women's Day 2014 with a vibrant Google Doodle featuring women from all over the world and a peppy soundtrack by Zap Mama. Women in the technology industry have reason to celebrate as well: the past year has produced some major accomplishments by women in tech.Karis Hustad
Oral-B is set to release a toothbrush that can record how well you brush your teeth – and even post the results on Facebook. The idea is to encourage better brushing habits, and boost toothbrush sales, with the latest, trendiest, internet-enabled technology.John Hilliard