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Anthony Keels, bar manager at Verbena in San Francisco, Calif., serves up a cocktail made with barrel-aged, dark gin. Keels calls this gin a game-changer.

It's Brown, It's Barrel-Aged, It's ... Gin?

While many know gin for its light, bright, and dry characteristics — citrusy, herbal flavors that goes so well with tonic water — another gin sits at the opposite end of the spectrum. Malty, lightly tannic, and with the subtle sweetness and spice of a young whiskey, dark, barrel-aged gin is pushing the frontiers of this spirit forward.

What If Sharing Your MRI Was As Simple As Pinterest?

Surely I'm not the only person who gone to the orthopedist figuring that the radiologist sent over the MRI, only to find out that I was supposed to have asked for a CD and a paper copy of the report. Really? That is so last century.

Since I can Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest images with ease, shouldn't I also be able to get my MRI online and share it with my doctors?

An anamorphic installation portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyate by French artist Bernard Pras.

The Fine Art Of Deception

Fooling the eye – with trick-niques like anamorphic sculpture, trompe l'oeil paintings and other optical illusions – is a centuries old artistic pursuit.

A satellite image showing Super Typhoon Hagupit on Friday.

A Year After Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines Braces For Another Big Hit

Super Typhoon Hagupit, briefly downgraded before regaining strength, is set to smash into the Philippine coast on Saturday. The massive storm is already forcing tens of thousands of people to flee its predicted path, which might include a direct hit on the capital, Manila.

President Obama announced Friday that Ashton Carter is his nominee to succeed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.

Obama Taps Ashton Carter As Defense Secretary Nominee

Updated at 11:19 a.m.

President Obama named Ashton Carter, a former No. 2 Pentagon official, as his pick to succeed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Obama described Carter today as one of the "nation's foremost national security leaders."

"He was at the table in the situation room. He was by my side navigating complex security challenges that we were confronting," Obama said. I relied on his expertise and I relied on his judgment."

Carter called the nomination an "honor and a privilege."

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has dropped all charges of crimes against humanity against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (left), but the charges against his deputy, William Ruto, right, still stand. Kenyatta said he was relieved by the decision, adding he was confident Ruto would be vindicated.

ICC Drops Charges Against Kenya's President

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has dropped all charges of crimes against humanity against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, but added that the move was "without prejudice to the possibility of bringing new charges" later against the Kenyan leader.

The number of jobs added each month, dating back to 2004.

Economy Adds 321,000 Jobs In November, Unemployment Holds Steady

The November jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the U.S. job market continues to improve at a steady pace.

Here are the two big numbers from Friday's report:

The Orion spacecraft awaits its launch in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down After High Orbit Test

NASA's unmanned Orion spacecraft has successfully splashed down about 400 miles west of La Paz, Mexico, in the Pacific Ocean after a liftoff, two orbits and reentry that lasted just under 4 1/2 hours.

Orion, which could one day take astronauts to Mars, made a "bullseye splashdown" at 11:29 a.m. ET, mission control said, after the spacecraft enduring a searing 4,000 degree Fahrenheit re-entry before being gently lowered to the ocean surface under four giant red-and-white parachutes.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

New Jersey Legislature Clears Gov. Chris Christie In Bridge Scheme

An investigation by the New Jersey Legislature has cleared Gov. Chris Christie in an apparently politically motivated scheme that closed some lanes of the George Washington Bridge last year, leading to major traffic jams and a political firestorm.

The investigation could find no evidence that Christie was involved in the scheme.

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