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    Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., speaks during a news conference with other House democrats at the House triangle to urge Congress to not fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership and recognize a petition signed by 2 million Americans also opposing it, June 3, 2015.

    Can Florida Dems Squash Alan Grayson?

    Can Florida Dems Squash Alan Grayson?

    A messy fight between traditional Democrats and the party’s emboldened progressive wing in Florida could cost Democrats their best shot at taking Marco Rubio’s senate seat. Representative Alan Grayson, who first gained fame saying the Republican h...

    Orlando’s outspoken progressive congressman is running for Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate seat, and might win the primary—a thought that has Florida Democrats terrified.

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    It's Time to Stop the Horror of Shackled Births

    The Horror of Shackled Births

    The Horror of Shackled Births

    Shawanna Nelson was six months into her pregnancy went she was incarcerated. The Arkansas mom-to-be had received a short sentence for a nonviolent offense. Despite this, a guard shackled both of her legs to a hospital bed while she was in labor, a...

    Despite the best efforts of activists, incarcerated pregnant women are still shackled to beds as they go into labor—a practice that can cause serious injuries.

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    Pro-Israel Lobby Vs. the ‘Voice of God’

    Pro-Israel Lobby Vs. the ‘Voice of God’

    On one side: The self-annointed defenders of the Holy Land. On the other: the “Voice of God” and his buddy Jack Black.Lawmakers will soon depart the Capitol for a month-long August recess. But as the temperature rises, so does heat on lawmakers wh...

    The fight over the Iran deal was already overheated—and August hasn’t even begun. Get ready for an Obamacare-level ad campaign and activist onslaught.

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    Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., speaks during a news conference with other House democrats at the House triangle to urge Congress to not fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership and recognize a petition signed by 2 million Americans also opposing it, June 3, 2015.

    Can Florida Dems Squash Alan Grayson?

    Can Florida Dems Squash Alan Grayson?

    A messy fight between traditional Democrats and the party’s emboldened progressive wing in Florida could cost Democrats their best shot at taking Marco Rubio’s senate seat. Representative Alan Grayson, who first gained fame saying the Republican h...

    Orlando’s outspoken progressive congressman is running for Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate seat, and might win the primary—a thought that has Florida Democrats terrified.

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    Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks in Dallas, Texas July 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Stone - RTX1KXRE

    Bernie Sanders Builds a People’s Army

    Bernie Sanders Builds a People’s Army

    Every year since 2000, Tyson Manker has voted for the winning presidential candidate. And this year, he’s got his sights set on Bernie Sanders.Manker, a Marine Corps veteran, co-founded the group Veterans for Bernie and said he’s confident the Ver...

    Across the country, left-wing activists and veterans of the Occupy movement are organizing for Bernie Sanders—and think the Vermont socialist can topple Hillary.

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    Mak on Trump: It Devolved Pretty Quickly

    Mak on Trump: It Devolved Pretty Quickly

    Daily Beast reporter Tim Mak spoke to CBS News Tuesday regarding his exchange with Donald Trump counsel Michael Cohen regarding Ivana Trump's accusation that she was raped by the...

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    1000 Musicians Serenade Foo Fighters

    1000 Musicians Serenade Foo Fighters

    How do you get your favorite band to play your hometown? It's simple, really. Just get one thousand of your musician friends to get together in a field and perform together.That's what these people attempted to do, by performing the Foo ...

    Italian musicians hope to lure rockers to play their town.

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    Chief Keef: Mayoral Candidate From Hell

    Chief Keef: Mayoral Candidate From Hell

    “Stop the violence, stop the killing, stop the nonsense. Let the kids grow up!” rapper Chief Keef declared to an amazed crowd via hologram on Saturday night at Craze Fest in Hammond, Indiana. Barely taking a pause, as if he knew he didn’t have muc...

    The weapon-brandishing rapper has upped the ante in his feud with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, announcing plans to run for mayor of Chiraq. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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    The Curse of the Celebrity Nanny

    The Curse of the Celebrity Nanny

    The Curse of the Celebrity Nanny

    When Us Weekly broke the news that Ben Affleck was allegedly dating the nanny hired to care for his children with estranged wife Jennifer Garner, the nation uttered a collective sigh and eye roll.The same four words passed through all of our minds...

    Ben Affleck has vehemently denied rumors that he is dating his kids’ nanny. But it’s an all-too-familiar scandalous tale—in real life and on screen.

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    Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss attend the Burberry Prorsum show Womens wear 2015 during the London Fashion Weekk SS15 on September 15, 2014 in London, England.

    Kate Moss’s Cara Delevingne Fatwa

    Kate Moss’s Cara Delevingne Fatwa

    According to one very confident source, British supermodel Kate Moss has “blacklisted” trendy eyebrow Cara Delevingne. While the source insists that “they’re definitely not friends at the moment,” it’s hard to say just what a high fashion blacklis...

    According to the British tabloids, the fashion icon has ‘blacklisted’ current It Girl Delevingne and is allegedly siding with pal Naomi Campbell. What gives?

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    Chief Keef: Mayoral Candidate From Hell

    Chief Keef: Mayoral Candidate From Hell

    “Stop the violence, stop the killing, stop the nonsense. Let the kids grow up!” rapper Chief Keef declared to an amazed crowd via hologram on Saturday night at Craze Fest in Hammond, Indiana. Barely taking a pause, as if he knew he didn’t have muc...

    The weapon-brandishing rapper has upped the ante in his feud with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, announcing plans to run for mayor of Chiraq. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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    Kimmel Chokes Up Over Lion’s Death

    Kimmel Chokes Up Over Lion’s Death

    The usually jovial Jimmy Kimmel got choked up talking about Cecil the Lion on his talk show Tuesday. Cecil, who was being tracked by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), was illegally hunted and killed in Zimbabwe by an American dent...

    Late night host pleads for positive response to death of protected African lion Cecil.

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    Christina Applegate’s Enduring Appeal

    Christina Applegate’s Enduring Appeal

    Christina Applegate is stuck in traffic on her way to JFK—a fittingly relatable scenario for one of America’s most well-liked, down-to-earth stars. Applegate has made a career out of her ability to portray pretty blondes who aren’t boring, and ons...

    The gifted comedic actress opens up about her new film ‘Vacation,’ why she’s interested in a ‘Married… with Children’ revival, and her fascination with Chris Hemsworth’s abs.

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    Rapper Drake performs Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour at the Susquehanna Bank Center on August 21, 2014 in Camden, New Jersey.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

    Drake’s Vicious New Meek Mill Diss Track

    Drake’s Vicious New Meek Mill Diss Track

    Drizzy has spoken. Again.Early Wednesday, around 5 a.m. in Toronto, the chart-topping rapper formerly known as Aubrey Graham released the track “Back to Back Freestyle” to his SoundCloud. And the song, coming on the heels of his Meek Mill diss tra...

    Early Wednesday, around 5 a.m. in Toronto, the Canadian rapper unloaded on his nemesis Meek Mill with yet another track addressing the ghostwriting claims.

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    Kimmel Chokes Up Over Lion’s Death

    Kimmel Chokes Up Over Lion’s Death

    The usually jovial Jimmy Kimmel got choked up talking about Cecil the Lion on his talk show Tuesday. Cecil, who was being tracked by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), was illegally hunted and killed in Zimbabwe by an American dent...

    Late night host pleads for positive response to death of protected African lion Cecil.

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    World News

    CY1HXD taxidermy. Hunters from US and Germany shoot wildlife and stuff it as a trophy in a taxidermy workshop in Namibia.

    Guide: Ship Yourself a Dead Animal Head

    Guide: Ship Yourself a Dead Animal Head

    So you’ve managed to get you and your rifle to South Africa or some other territory known for its plethora of easily baitable big game and bribable officials. And like the mighty hunter you are, you’ve had your guides lure a big fella in, line up ...

    A step-by-step guide for shipping yourself a dead, exotic animal head. It’s alarmingly easy. And, last week, one airline just made it even easier.

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    The Two Terrible Olympic Bids Left

    The Two Terrible Olympic Bids Left

    Tomorrow, the International Olympic Committee will announce which of two countries with abominable human rights records, Kazakhstan or China, will be the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. This is perhaps ironic, given that Principle 6 of the Olymp...

    On Friday, the IOC decides whether China or Kazakhstan will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Either country is precisely the type of human-rights violator the newly amended Olympic Ch...

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    A demonstrator from the group called Black Bloc runs outside the Municipal Assembly during a protest supporting a teachers' strike in Rio de Janeiro October 7, 2013. The protest is to demand changes in the public state and municipal education system.

    Hooked on Brazil’s Ugly Beauty

    Hooked on Brazil’s Ugly Beauty

    The plane banked and dipped for descent. I pressed my forehead against the tiny window, taking in the vast bay below, its surface broken by scattered islands. When Portuguese explorers first found shelter here in the early 1500s, they thought they...

    In an excerpt from ‘Dancing With the Devil in the City of God,’ Juliana Barbassa describes the horror and enchantment of Rio de Janiero.

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    Migrants who successfully crossed the Eurotunnel terminal walk on the side of the railroad as they try to reach a shuttle to Great Britain, on July 28, 2015 in Frethun, northern France. About 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais overnight in a desperate bid to reach England through the Channel tunnel, a spokesman said July 28.

    Migrants’ Desperate Chunnel Blitz

    Migrants’ Desperate Chunnel Blitz

    Before they die, they have been funneled across oceans and continents into a 30-mile hole beneath the sea. There, they are crushed and suffocated and electrocuted.Before they die, they often say their destination will be a paradise compared to whe...

    The danger of making their journeys, and possibility of death, doesn’t deter the thousands of migrants massing at the Channel Tunnel, desperate to get to the U.K.

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    The Two Terrible Olympic Bids Left

    The Two Terrible Olympic Bids Left

    Tomorrow, the International Olympic Committee will announce which of two countries with abominable human rights records, Kazakhstan or China, will be the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. This is perhaps ironic, given that Principle 6 of the Olymp...

    On Friday, the IOC decides whether China or Kazakhstan will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Either country is precisely the type of human-rights violator the newly amended Olympic Ch...

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    Chechen Girls Troll ISIS With Bride Scam

    Chechen Girls Troll ISIS With Bride Scam

    ISIS bride, meet Russian mail-order bride, meet classic Internet scam. A group of young Chechen women crafted a brilliant online money-making scheme, all in the name of ripping off ISIS recruiters—whom they essentially duped with the same tactics ...

    These three young women from the Caucasus pulled a fast one on jihadis fishing for mail-order brides.

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    Mullah Omar, chief of the Taliban.

    Mullah Omar Dies. Taliban Might Be Next.

    Mullah Omar Dies. Taliban Might Be Next.

    How did the Taliban managed to hide the death of Mullah Omar, a man with a $10 million bounty on his head, for more than two years? That may be the most immediate question that comes to mind following the announcement that the Taliban leader was e...

    The militant group was being threatened from within—and that was before the announcement that their top leader was no more.

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    Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015.  The two-metre-long debris, which appears to be a piece of a wing, was found by employees of an association cleaning the area and handed over to the air transport brigade of the French gendarmerie (BGTA), who have opened an investigation. An air safety expert did not exclude it could be a part of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014.

    There’s No Doubt: This Debris Is MH370

    There’s No Doubt: This Debris Is MH370

    Only one Boeing 777 has ever disappeared over water: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. American investigators tell The New York Times that a part of an airplane found washed up on a beach on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion is from a Boeing 777. “A ...

    A piece of a Boeing 777 discovered on an Indian Ocean beach can only be from the missing flight, but it’s 4,500 miles from where it was predicted to wash up.

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    Chechen Girls Troll ISIS With Bride Scam

    Chechen Girls Troll ISIS With Bride Scam

    ISIS bride, meet Russian mail-order bride, meet classic Internet scam. A group of young Chechen women crafted a brilliant online money-making scheme, all in the name of ripping off ISIS recruiters—whom they essentially duped with the same tactics ...

    These three young women from the Caucasus pulled a fast one on jihadis fishing for mail-order brides.

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    U.S. News

    The False Peace in Cincinnati

    The False Peace in Cincinnati

    CINCINNATI — Ripping through crime scene tape and walking toward 113 Gage Street late Wednesday night, a man sought answers for his brother’s death.“I need to see my little brother,” he said as a friend held him back from police officers at the ed...

    Last night was calm after Sam DuBose’s killer got locked up—unless you were the family of Donielle Kelly, another black man gunned down in the streets.

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    Watch Divers Fend Off a Hammerhead Shark

    Watch Divers Fend Off a Hammerhead Shark

    POV footage shows what it’s like to be hunted by a shark.

    Portrait of a Serial Killer as an Online Perv

    A Serial Killer’s Scary Online Life

    A Serial Killer’s Scary Online Life

    The suspected serial killer gunned down by a West Virginia prostitute led a double life that may have included a bogus Facebook profile with a picture of a Barbie doll standing over bloodied and dismembered figurines.Police say Neal Falls, 45, ans...

    Neal Falls, the suspected serial killer slain by an escort in West Virginia, may have had a very disturbing online alter ego.

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    The False Peace in Cincinnati

    The False Peace in Cincinnati

    CINCINNATI — Ripping through crime scene tape and walking toward 113 Gage Street late Wednesday night, a man sought answers for his brother’s death.“I need to see my little brother,” he said as a friend held him back from police officers at the ed...

    Last night was calm after Sam DuBose’s killer got locked up—unless you were the family of Donielle Kelly, another black man gunned down in the streets.

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    Lt Charles Becker.

    The Only NYPD Officer Sentenced to Death

    The Only NYPD Officer Sentenced to Death

    When it came to scandal, the Tammany leader Big Tim Sullivan said, New York was a nine-day town. But in the case of the murder of his friend Herman “Beansie” Rosenthal, a gangster and gambling house proprietor, Sullivan’s adage proved spectacularl...

    A century ago today, Charles Becker became the first and only NYPD officer to be executed on death row. But was the cop framed for a gangland murder?

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    Beaten Ferguson Prisoner Wins Appeal

    Beaten Ferguson Prisoner Wins Appeal

    The Ferguson cops charged Henry Davis with destruction of property because he bled on their uniforms when they beat him.Then, as if fearing it might be outdone in ridiculousness, a federal district court ruled that Davis could not sue the cops for...

    Michael Brown’s killing brought to light the horrific case of Henry Davis, who was beaten by Ferguson cops, then charged with bleeding on them. Now he’s finally allowed to sue them.

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    Tech + Health

    Why Dems Don’t Want to Talk About Planned Parenthood

    Hillary’s Planned Parenthood Dodge

    Hillary’s Planned Parenthood Dodge

    Over the last three weeks, Planned Parenthood has been the subject of three sting videos that purport to present company officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue.The videos, produced by the anti-abortion nonprofit and self-described “citizen ...

    While Republicans are celebrating Planned Parenthood’s PR disaster, Clinton and the other Democratic hopefuls are scrambling to respond.

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    - UNDATED PHOTO - Scientists expect this year to be one of the worst for solar storms, surges of charged particles that knock out satellites, power grids and even garage door openers. This photo shows the sun's coronal holes in an x-ray image. The outer solar atmosphere, the corona, is structured by strong magnetic fields, which when closed can cause the atmosphere to suddenly and violently release bubbles or tongues of gas and magnetic fields called coronal mass ejections which streak out through the interplanetary medium, impacting any planets or spacecraft in its path. - RTXJJYX

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    LONDON — Last time it happened, in 1859, the world’s telegraph machines sparked into life on their own—setting fires and electrocuting their operators. Next time the results could be truly devastating.The next super solar storm could paralyze the ...

    The British government is preparing for the next solar storm, which could drastically disrupt life on Earth. How scared should we be?

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    Boy Scouts Break Up With Mormon Church

    Boy Scouts Break Up With Mormon Church

    The relationship between the exclusively male leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the predominantly male leadership of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been one of the America’s longest bromances. Now, that relatio...

    Closely linked since 1913, the Boy Scouts of America royally pissed off the LDS Church this week. The reason? Allowing gay troop leaders.

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    Virgin Group's Founder billionaire Richard Branson waves from the window of Virgin Galactic's mothership WhiteKnightTwo during its public roll-out in Mojave, California July 28, 2008. The twin fuselage aircraft WhiteKnightTwo will carry SpaceShipTwo to launch commercial passengers into space.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser  (UNITED STATES) - RTX87IO

    Feds Caved to Let Unsafe Spaceship Fly

    Feds Caved to Let Unsafe Spaceship Fly

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Richard Branson’s “space tourism” program was so lax that it granted Virgin Galactic waivers from safety regulations that Galactic never asked for.That was one of the explosive findings announced ...

    The NTSB says ‘political pressure’ on the FAA prevented it from stopping a dangerous program bankrolled by a delusional billionaire. Sources inside Virgin Galactic describe the break...

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    - UNDATED PHOTO - Scientists expect this year to be one of the worst for solar storms, surges of charged particles that knock out satellites, power grids and even garage door openers. This photo shows the sun's coronal holes in an x-ray image. The outer solar atmosphere, the corona, is structured by strong magnetic fields, which when closed can cause the atmosphere to suddenly and violently release bubbles or tongues of gas and magnetic fields called coronal mass ejections which streak out through the interplanetary medium, impacting any planets or spacecraft in its path. - RTXJJYX

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    LONDON — Last time it happened, in 1859, the world’s telegraph machines sparked into life on their own—setting fires and electrocuting their operators. Next time the results could be truly devastating.The next super solar storm could paralyze the ...

    The British government is preparing for the next solar storm, which could drastically disrupt life on Earth. How scared should we be?

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    RIP Google +

    Farewell, Google+

    Farewell, Google+

    The writing has been on the wall for a while now but Google is finally breaking up with Google+.In a Monday morning post, Bradley Horowitz, Google’s VP of Streams, Photos, and Sharing, announced that the company will continue to migrate Google+ fe...

    Though it’s been declared over more times than we can count, it looks like Google’s social network is finally on death’s door.

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    How ‘Healthy Foods’ Are Killing You

    How ‘Healthy Foods’ Are Killing You

    Australian film director Damon Gameau performed an experiment on himself. For 60 days, he exclusively ate what most Americans believe is “healthy food.” By the end of this period, he had self-induced what we in medical research call Metabolic Synd...

    Professor Laura A. Schmidt of UC San Francisco’s School of Medicine writes about the perils of sugar—explored in the documentary ‘That Sugar Film,’ in theaters and on demand July 31.

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    Louis Arevalo holds his Truvada pills at his home in Los Angeles, California on Friday, July 17, 2015. The drug Truvada, used to halt HIV infection, has been shown to be over 90 percent effective when used correctly (Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN).

    Why Latinos Aren’t Using Truvada

    Why Latinos Aren’t Using Truvada

    LOS ANGELES — Late on a Friday night at The New Jalisco Bar downtown, a drag show featuring dancers dressed in sequined leotards and feathered headdresses had drawn a crowd—most of them gay Latino men.Inside the bar and out, three health workers c...

    Health workers are running into challenges educating the Latino gay community about Truvada, a pill that prevents HIV.

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    RIP Google +

    Farewell, Google+

    Farewell, Google+

    The writing has been on the wall for a while now but Google is finally breaking up with Google+.In a Monday morning post, Bradley Horowitz, Google’s VP of Streams, Photos, and Sharing, announced that the company will continue to migrate Google+ fe...

    Though it’s been declared over more times than we can count, it looks like Google’s social network is finally on death’s door.

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    The Curse of the Celebrity Nanny

    The Curse of the Celebrity Nanny

    The Curse of the Celebrity Nanny

    When Us Weekly broke the news that Ben Affleck was allegedly dating the nanny hired to care for his children with estranged wife Jennifer Garner, the nation uttered a collective sigh and eye roll.The same four words passed through all of our minds...

    Ben Affleck has vehemently denied rumors that he is dating his kids’ nanny. But it’s an all-too-familiar scandalous tale—in real life and on screen.

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    - UNDATED PHOTO - Scientists expect this year to be one of the worst for solar storms, surges of charged particles that knock out satellites, power grids and even garage door openers. This photo shows the sun's coronal holes in an x-ray image. The outer solar atmosphere, the corona, is structured by strong magnetic fields, which when closed can cause the atmosphere to suddenly and violently release bubbles or tongues of gas and magnetic fields called coronal mass ejections which streak out through the interplanetary medium, impacting any planets or spacecraft in its path. - RTXJJYX

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    LONDON — Last time it happened, in 1859, the world’s telegraph machines sparked into life on their own—setting fires and electrocuting their operators. Next time the results could be truly devastating.The next super solar storm could paralyze the ...

    The British government is preparing for the next solar storm, which could drastically disrupt life on Earth. How scared should we be?

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    The Lessons of LaGuardia’s Makeover

    The Lessons of LaGuardia’s Makeover

    There is very little on Brian Sills’s “pros” list for New York’s LaGuardia airport. Sills is an actor who lives in Astoria, Queens, so the airport’s proximity to his apartment is the big plus: He can get there in 10 minutes. “And that ends my ‘LGA...

    New York’s much-derided LaGuardia airport is getting a $4 billion makeover. How should it be recast—and can you make an airport both beautiful and efficient?

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    Prostitutes Tell Celebrities to STFU

    Prostitutes Tell Celebrities to STFU

    Many a cause célèbre would welcome the support of Lena Dunham.The Girls star and creator has emerged as a leading voice for millennials, feminists, Democrats, and pro-choice advocates.But while President Obama welcomed Dunham’s stamp of approval w...

    Celebrities like Lena Dunham and Kate Winslet have protested Amnesty International’s proposal to decriminalize prostitution. Prostitutes backing Amnesty wish the celebs would stay ou...

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    - UNDATED PHOTO - Scientists expect this year to be one of the worst for solar storms, surges of charged particles that knock out satellites, power grids and even garage door openers. This photo shows the sun's coronal holes in an x-ray image. The outer solar atmosphere, the corona, is structured by strong magnetic fields, which when closed can cause the atmosphere to suddenly and violently release bubbles or tongues of gas and magnetic fields called coronal mass ejections which streak out through the interplanetary medium, impacting any planets or spacecraft in its path. - RTXJJYX

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    LONDON — Last time it happened, in 1859, the world’s telegraph machines sparked into life on their own—setting fires and electrocuting their operators. Next time the results could be truly devastating.The next super solar storm could paralyze the ...

    The British government is preparing for the next solar storm, which could drastically disrupt life on Earth. How scared should we be?

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    Singer and actress Jane Birkin gestures during a press conference at the French ambassador's residence in Montevideo on March 9, 2008. Birkin is in Uruguay in the framework of the "Rendez-Vous" tour through 42 countries.   AFP PHOTO/Pablo PORCIUNCULA (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Jane Birkin Wants Her Name Off Handbag

    Jane Birkin Wants Her Name Off Handbag

    Jane Birkin, the English actress and namesake for the famed Hermès Birkin bag, has asked the French luxury goods maker to remove her name from the popular handbag.“Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaug...

    Citing the cruel methods in extracting crocodile skin, Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to remove her name from the famed bag.

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    Ireland, You May Now Eat Oatmeal

    Ireland, You May Now Eat Oatmeal

    I woke up this morning at my home in Ireland and cooked myself a big bowl of oatmeal.I then went outside and shouted at the top of my voice, “Anne Boleyn is a whore and King Henry is a scurvy knave for marrying her!”I am planning to have potatoes ...

    Ireland has just repealed thousands of antiquated laws, including talking smack about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII.

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    The Hunk-ification of Mr. Taylor Swift

    The Hunk-ification of Mr. Taylor Swift

    You may have seen them everywhere: flawless pecs, chiseled abs, and a bulge that snugs a pair of Armani underwear almost too perfectly.Calvin Harris, who became the face of the Italian label this year, embodies a modern-day Adonis. His perfectly s...

    Calvin Harris was once a gangly DJ. No longer: His pecs and abs are on fine display in Armani’s underwear campaigns.

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    Singer and actress Jane Birkin gestures during a press conference at the French ambassador's residence in Montevideo on March 9, 2008. Birkin is in Uruguay in the framework of the "Rendez-Vous" tour through 42 countries.   AFP PHOTO/Pablo PORCIUNCULA (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Jane Birkin Wants Her Name Off Handbag

    Jane Birkin Wants Her Name Off Handbag

    Jane Birkin, the English actress and namesake for the famed Hermès Birkin bag, has asked the French luxury goods maker to remove her name from the popular handbag.“Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaug...

    Citing the cruel methods in extracting crocodile skin, Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to remove her name from the famed bag.

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    Books

    How to Hack Your Bad Habits

    How to Hack Your Bad Habits

    Finally, an answer to that age-old kindergarten/cocktail question: Which animal most closely resembles you, and why?I am Buridan’s ass. Because I can never make up my damn mind.The answer comes courtesy of Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before: Mast...

    Happiness guru Gretchen Rubin is back—and she’s obsessed with your habits. But is endless habit analysis more burden than beneficial?

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    • Gonzo author Hunter S. Thompson, 1937-2005, shooting his IBM typewriter.

      The Gonzo Doctor’s Gonzo Girl Friday

      The Gonzo Doctor’s Gonzo Girl Friday

      In 1992, Cheryl Della Pietra was a 22-year-old recent grad from Penn State looking to break into the publishing industry when she got a tip from a friend interning at Rolling Stone. Hunter S. Thompson was looking for an assistant. “I said, ‘Why do...

      Taking on the job of wrangling the author of ‘Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas’ taught Cheryl Della Pietra a lot, starting with the fact that most of the cliches were true.

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    Gay Celibacy Is the New Ex-Gay Therapy

    Gay Celibacy Is the New Ex-Gay Therapy

    “I’m gayyyyyy,” Matt Jones answers when I ask him how he identifies sexually. “Add or remove one of the y’s as you see fit.”See, Jones is gay. But the letters act as a buffer of sorts: He’s a Christian and believes that sex is reserved for marriag...

    ‘Hate the sin, not the sinner’ has led evangelicals to push gay celibacy as a way to accept homosexuals. But is it any better than conversion therapy?

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    The Death of Satire

    The Death of Satire

    How did satire get so stupid?Not long ago, satire reigned as the highest form of comedy. It could shake political regimes, and spur social change. But in the Internet age, satire mostly subsists as fake news stories served up as clickbait on socia...

    Once the smartest form of comedy, satire has turned into fake news and dumbed-down clickbait. From Colbert to The Onion, the tide is going out.

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    When Salinger Bonded With Hemingway

    When Salinger Bonded With Hemingway

    Seventy years ago on July 27, 1945, J.D. Salinger, then serving with the U.S. Army in Germany, sent Ernest Hemingway a letter that reflected the friendship the two had begun a year earlier during the midst of World War II.Whether Salinger expected...

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    The novelist got everyone’s attention with the indelible ‘Jernigan’ in 1991. Since then he’s taken his sweet time about publishing more, but the quality has never varied.

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    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    While working on my novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them I had the chance to reflect on the literature of our nation’s 21st-century wars, as well as their vital creative lineage. The titles brought forth when considering even a smal...

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    American writers—like other Americans who work in office cubicles and hospitals, in factories and on farms—are under constant pressure to work harder, work longer, produce more. Never mind that the rewards rarely keep up with the ever-increasing p...

    The novelist got everyone’s attention with the indelible ‘Jernigan’ in 1991. Since then he’s taken his sweet time about publishing more, but the quality has never varied.

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