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    A campaign sign for U.S. Republican presidential candidate and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson is displayed outside the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa August 15, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Lott - RTX1OG7C

    Can Dr. Ben Carson Heal a Broken GOP?

    Can Dr. Ben Carson Heal a Broken GOP?

    Dr. Ben Carson has successfully separated conjoined twins and removed half of a human being’s brain.  But on to more difficult work: Can the world-renown pediatric surgeon save the Republican Party from its self-loathing infatuation with Donald Tr...

    Why voters who are flocking in droves to the man they see as the anti-Trump.

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    Scott Walker’s Secret Love for Red China

    Scott Walker’s Secret Love for Red China

    Just before the 2012 presidential election, a prominent Republican governor appeared on Chinese state television wearing a lapel pin on his dark blazer that depicted that country’s hammer-and-sickle flag.In an interview, he brushed off his party’s...

    He talks a good game about how tough he will be on China as president. But his record as governor of Wisconsin suggests a softer, cozier policy.

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    Sheriff Richard K. Jones

    Trump-Loving Sheriff Hunts ‘Illegals’

    Trump-Loving Sheriff Hunts ‘Illegals’

    An Ohio lawman energized by Donald Trump has a warning for illegal immigrants and anyone who hires them: He’s watching you.Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones on Tuesday announced that he’s assigning one of his detectives to the immigration beat, ...

    Butler County, Ohio’s lawman assigned a detective to search for immigrants because ‘we’ve had people killed, molested by illegals.’

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    A campaign sign for U.S. Republican presidential candidate and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson is displayed outside the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa August 15, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Lott - RTX1OG7C

    Can Dr. Ben Carson Heal a Broken GOP?

    Can Dr. Ben Carson Heal a Broken GOP?

    Dr. Ben Carson has successfully separated conjoined twins and removed half of a human being’s brain.  But on to more difficult work: Can the world-renown pediatric surgeon save the Republican Party from its self-loathing infatuation with Donald Tr...

    Why voters who are flocking in droves to the man they see as the anti-Trump.

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers a question at a news conference before a campaign rally in Hampton, New Hampshire August 14, 2015.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1OC6S

    Roger Ailes Nukes Donald Trump

    Roger Ailes Nukes Donald Trump

    Donald Trump—self-avowed “ratings machine” though he might be—has finally gone too far for Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.The Republican presidential front-runner, who has spent the past day tweeting and re-tweeting nasty insults about Fox News sta...

    The Donald renewed his verbal assault on Megyn Kelly last night, and the head of Fox News struck back for the first time in public, demanding an apology.

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    Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, pauses while speaking to attendees at the Iowa State Fair Soapbox in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Like most every other candidate in the historically crowded field, the Wisconsin governor's standing in state and national polls has been hurt by the summer surge of billionaire Donald Trump, the party's front-runner. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Scott Walker: Anti-Immigrant Phony

    Scott Walker: Anti-Immigrant Phony

    For Scott Walker, last week could have been magic. But—thanks to his struggles with immigration—it was doomed.The headlines started beautifully: On August 18, he had a verbal tussle with a protester who heckled the Wisconsin governor’s soapbox spe...

    Scott Walker took every position imaginable on birthright citizenship last week—so why is he so awkward about it? Because he doesn’t believe it.

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    Entertainment

    US President Barack Obama and host Jon Stewart speak during a break in the live taping of Comedy Central?s "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on October 18, 2012 in New York. This is the second appearence on the satirical show by President Obama.

    Why Jon Stewart Must Host the Debates

    Why Jon Stewart Must Host the Debates

    For more than a decade, the most trusted name in American news was neither a journalist, policy expert, or politician, but a comedian from New Jersey and host of a late night news satire show.There is now a petition circulating online requesting t...

    A New Jersey resident has created a petition calling on the late-night TV host to bring some Indecision 2016 magic to the presidential race.

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    Zac Efron stars in "We Are Your Friends."

    DJ Zac Efron Is Not Your Friend

    DJ Zac Efron Is Not Your Friend

    It’s been a while since a movie craved approval as much as We Are Your Friends, the new movie out this weekend in which Zac Efron is a DJ and millennials are all sad party chasers. We Are Your Friends is unfailingly earnest in its appeal—it even i...

    What is it with party movies like ‘We Are Your Friends’ that claim to be in on the fun, only to turn the stage into a pulpit the second they get their chance at the mic?

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    THE CARMICHAEL SHOW -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Alan Grier as Joe Carmichael, Loretta Devine as Cynthia Carmichael, Jerrod Carmichael as Himself, Amber Stevens West as Maxine, Lil Rey Howery as Bobby Carmichael -- (Photo by: Matthias Clamer/NBC)

    The Man Who Will Save the Sitcom

    The Man Who Will Save the Sitcom

    Jerrod Carmichael, the co-creator and star of the new NBC sitcom The Carmichael Show, is really proud of his show. So proud, in fact, that he risks biting the hand—claw? foot?—of the peacock that feeds him.“I hate that trailer,” he tells me, secon...

    Sitcoms, by and large, are stupid. But they don’t have to be. Jerrod Carmichael, with his NBC comedy tackling topics from religion to Black Lives Matter, could change everything.

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    US singer Taylor Swift performs during New Years Eve celebrations at the Times Square in New York on December 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Taylor Swift & Alanis: ‘You Oughta Know’

    Taylor Swift & Alanis: ‘You Oughta Know’

    Taylor Swift knows a little something about breakup songs. For quite some time, prior to her uplifting girl power breakthrough 1989, it was the newly minted New York ambassador’s stock-in-trade, with her previous LP Red presumably inspired by her...

    America’s pop princess brought out the one and only Alanis for an awesome live rendition of Morissette’s ’90s breakup anthem.

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    Zac Efron stars in "We Are Your Friends."

    DJ Zac Efron Is Not Your Friend

    DJ Zac Efron Is Not Your Friend

    It’s been a while since a movie craved approval as much as We Are Your Friends, the new movie out this weekend in which Zac Efron is a DJ and millennials are all sad party chasers. We Are Your Friends is unfailingly earnest in its appeal—it even i...

    What is it with party movies like ‘We Are Your Friends’ that claim to be in on the fun, only to turn the stage into a pulpit the second they get their chance at the mic?

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    Recording artist The Weeknd performs at the 2015 Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Wantagh, N.Y

    The Weeknd’s Somber, Sexy ‘Madness’

    The Weeknd’s Somber, Sexy ‘Madness’

    The Robert Smith of millenials?  Abel Tesfaye has been vying for that title for almost five years. The Weeknd has shown a knack for the kind of po-faced emoting that made The Cure every angsty romantic reject’s favorite band in the ’80s, and thou...

    The 25-year-old Canadian Abel Tesfaye has started to embrace the fame game with his most commercial—and accessible—album to date.

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    Owen Wilson poses during a photo call for "Hall Pass" at Sheraton on the Park Hotel on February 28, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

    Owen Wilson on ‘Zoolander 2’ and Trump

    Owen Wilson on ‘Zoolander 2’ and Trump

    In his latest film No Escape—his first serious, no-joke action flick since 2001’s Behind Enemy Lines—Owen Wilson plays Jack Dwyer, a man accidentally caught in the geopolitical crossfire.Dwyer has just relocated his wife and two kids from suburban...

    The laid-back Texan opens up about his new geopolitical thriller ‘No Escape,’ reprising his role as male model Hansel in ‘Zoolander 2,’ and his thoughts on The Donald.

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    ‘Simpsons’ Writer Has Advice for Trump

    ‘Simpsons’ Writer Has Advice for Trump

    The Fox sitcom allegedly predicted the Syrian civil war—in an episode that was reputedly part of a massive international conspiracy to foment mayhem in the Arab world. And The Simpsons supposedly predicted 9/11, the future of technology, the Greec...

    Dan Greaney, who wrote the episode predicting a Trump presidency, says he’s having a hard time finding comedy in the billionaire’s campaign—and offers some words of wisdom.

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    Recording artist The Weeknd performs at the 2015 Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Wantagh, N.Y

    The Weeknd’s Somber, Sexy ‘Madness’

    The Weeknd’s Somber, Sexy ‘Madness’

    The Robert Smith of millenials?  Abel Tesfaye has been vying for that title for almost five years. The Weeknd has shown a knack for the kind of po-faced emoting that made The Cure every angsty romantic reject’s favorite band in the ’80s, and thou...

    The 25-year-old Canadian Abel Tesfaye has started to embrace the fame game with his most commercial—and accessible—album to date.

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    World News

    Rebel fighters gather in a village in Upper Nile State February 8, 2014.

    Saving South Sudan From Itself

    Saving South Sudan From Itself

    South Sudan’s belligerents have signed a peace deal, but it is far from certain that the brutal 20-month civil war is over. If the next steps the parties take are simply to restore the status quo that existed before the war’s eruption, the odds ar...

    The peace deal in South Sudan won’t bring real peace or stability until the larcenous leadership can be compelled to change its ways.

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    The Mafia Cougar And Her Captive Gigolo

    The Mafia Cougar and Her Captive Gigolo

    The Mafia Cougar and Her Captive Gigolo

    “No” apparently doesn’t always mean “no.”  Sometimes, “no” will get you locked in a basement. At least that’s what seems to have happened to an amorous 25-year-old Neapolitan man when he refused to continue a sexual affair with a woman nearly twic...

    The ex-wife of a Camorra crime boss allegedly locked her 25-year-old lover in the basement after he refused to bed her.

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    Gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas speaks at a news conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, August 24, 2015. Earlier, Nahas and other gay rights activists addressed the United Nations Security Council during an informal meeting on the persecution of LGBT people by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.  REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX1PIK4

    ISIS Wanted to Kill Me for Being Gay

    ISIS Wanted to Kill Me for Being Gay

    It was only two months ago, when his plane took off from Turkey to take him to his new life in the United States, that Subhi Nahas said he finally felt safe.“I felt like I owned my life for the first time, that I was going to be all right, and whe...

    A few months ago, gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas feared for his life. This week, he made history with a UN address about the vicious persecution of LGBTs under ISIS.

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    Former Conservative Party politician Harvey Proctor leaves after speaking at a press conference in London on August 25, 2015. Harvey Proctor said he was "completely innocent" after being questioned about any involvement in the murder and sexual abuse of children.

    Brit VIP Scandal a Gay Witch Hunt?

    Brit VIP Scandal a Gay Witch Hunt?

    LONDON — A British politician publicly acknowledged Tuesday that he has been accused of raping and murdering children as part of a VIP pedophile ring operating within the Houses of Parliament.Harvey Proctor, a former Conservative Member of Parliam...

    One of the accused held an extraordinary press conference Tuesday to try to refute truly shocking allegations.

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    The Mafia Cougar And Her Captive Gigolo

    The Mafia Cougar and Her Captive Gigolo

    The Mafia Cougar and Her Captive Gigolo

    “No” apparently doesn’t always mean “no.”  Sometimes, “no” will get you locked in a basement. At least that’s what seems to have happened to an amorous 25-year-old Neapolitan man when he refused to continue a sexual affair with a woman nearly twic...

    The ex-wife of a Camorra crime boss allegedly locked her 25-year-old lover in the basement after he refused to bed her.

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    An anti-government protester is seen outside the destroyed building of the security service in Lviv February 19, 2014.Police said protesters had seized regional administration headquarters in the cities of Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv.

    Ukraine’s Happiest Sad City

    Ukraine’s Happiest Sad City

    LVIV, Ukraine — Names on the crosses could be hardly read under heaps of flowers and wreathes. On a recent morning, a woman and a teenage girl lay more bouquets on top of 40 freshly dug graves for soldiers killed on the front lines in the Donbas r...

    In an exclusive interview, the mayor of western Ukraine’s most important metropolis explains how and why he’s brought democracy to Lviv.

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    Protesters carry plastic bottles during a protest against corruption and against the government's failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal, near the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon August 23, 2015. Lebanese security forces fired water cannon at protesters demonstrating against the government near Prime Minister Tammam Salam's offices in Beirut on Sunday, live television pictures showed. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir  - RTX1PC5T

    Lebanon’s ‘Garbage Revolution’

    Lebanon’s ‘Garbage Revolution’

    Never an uneventful place, Lebanon is now in the throes of a “garbage protest” movement calling itself YouStink—the “you” referring to the country’s cabinet and broader political elite. Angered by a garbage collection breakdown that has trash pili...

    The streets of Beirut aren’t the only thing that stinks, and protesters want the government to wake up and smell the problem.

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    Investors look at an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Haikou, Hainan province, China, August 19, 2015. Chinese stock markets took a wild ride on Wednesday, tumbling and soaring in a session that made little sense other than to highlight that investors have almost no faith in a month-long government effort to stabilize them. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA  - RTX1OREQ

    China’s Losing Battle to Save Its Stocks

    China’s Losing Battle to Save Its Stocks

    HONG KONG — Watch the scrolling LED tickers in China, and you’ll be calmed by the fact that most of the numbers are green. Check the faces of the retail investors around you, and they will only show expressions of dismay and disappointment. This i...

    China's stock market stimulus involved some dubious measures. It helped for a short while, then everything fell apart again.

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    An anti-government protester is seen outside the destroyed building of the security service in Lviv February 19, 2014.Police said protesters had seized regional administration headquarters in the cities of Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv.

    Ukraine’s Happiest Sad City

    Ukraine’s Happiest Sad City

    LVIV, Ukraine — Names on the crosses could be hardly read under heaps of flowers and wreathes. On a recent morning, a woman and a teenage girl lay more bouquets on top of 40 freshly dug graves for soldiers killed on the front lines in the Donbas r...

    In an exclusive interview, the mayor of western Ukraine’s most important metropolis explains how and why he’s brought democracy to Lviv.

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    U.S. News

    Virginia State Police Trooper Pamela Neff addresses reporters about her traffic stop of Vester L. Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams, off Highway I-66 in Fauquier County, Virginia August 26, 2015. A television reporter and a cameraman were shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday in an attack authorities said was carried out by a former employee of the TV station. The suspect, 41-year-old Flanagan, shot himself several hours later as police pursued him on a Virginia highway. He died later at the hospital, police said.  REUTERS/David Manning - RTX1PSNS

    How Cops Caught Roanoke’s TV Murderer

    How Cops Caught Roanoke’s TV Murderer

    MARKHAM, Virginia—Catching the Roanoke TV killer took 200 miles and 12 minutes.Vester Lee Flanagan made it nearly to the rural town of Markham, Virginia—about 200 miles from where he gunned down two journalists on live television—before a slight V...

    State trooper Pamela Neff didn’t know Vester Flanagan had driven by her until she punched in his license plate number into a special scanner. Then the race was on.

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    WDBJ Salutes Slain Reporters (VIDEO)

    WDBJ Salutes Slain Reporters (VIDEO)

    After Wednesday's tragic on-air shooting deaths of TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, Roanoke's WDBJ-TV celebrated their fallen colleagues' lives. Station manager Jeffrey Marks and the WDBJ news team spent a few minu...

    Roanoke news team swap stories about reporter, cameraman killed during live broadcast Wednesday.

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    TV Shooter Filmed Attack, Killed Himself

    TV Shooter Filmed Attack, Killed Himself

    Vester Lee Flanagan filmed his murder of two journalists on live television and then broadcast it to the world through social media.The following video only shows Flanagan approaching journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The Daily Beast has ed...

    A former employee of a Virginia television station filmed his murder of two journalists and broadcast it to the world.

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    Virginia State Police Trooper Pamela Neff addresses reporters about her traffic stop of Vester L. Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams, off Highway I-66 in Fauquier County, Virginia August 26, 2015. A television reporter and a cameraman were shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday in an attack authorities said was carried out by a former employee of the TV station. The suspect, 41-year-old Flanagan, shot himself several hours later as police pursued him on a Virginia highway. He died later at the hospital, police said.  REUTERS/David Manning - RTX1PSNS

    How Cops Caught Roanoke’s TV Murderer

    How Cops Caught Roanoke’s TV Murderer

    MARKHAM, Virginia—Catching the Roanoke TV killer took 200 miles and 12 minutes.Vester Lee Flanagan made it nearly to the rural town of Markham, Virginia—about 200 miles from where he gunned down two journalists on live television—before a slight V...

    State trooper Pamela Neff didn’t know Vester Flanagan had driven by her until she punched in his license plate number into a special scanner. Then the race was on.

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    Cameraman’s Fiancée Watched Him Die

    Cameraman’s Fiancée Watched Him Die

    WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot to death Wednesday morning by former colleague Vester Lee Flanagan, who recorded his attack. Station Manager Jeffrey A. Marks told CNN that Ward’s fiancée, a fellow producer at WDBJ,...

    Two journalists were shot on live television this morning by a disgruntled former colleague. Both were engaged to be married.

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    Sheriff Richard K. Jones

    Trump-Loving Sheriff Hunts ‘Illegals’

    Trump-Loving Sheriff Hunts ‘Illegals’

    An Ohio lawman energized by Donald Trump has a warning for illegal immigrants and anyone who hires them: He’s watching you.Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones on Tuesday announced that he’s assigning one of his detectives to the immigration beat, ...

    Butler County, Ohio’s lawman assigned a detective to search for immigrants because ‘we’ve had people killed, molested by illegals.’

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    Tech + Health

    The current debacle in the porn world over AHF subpoenaing performers' records from testing sites

    AIDS Panic in Porn World

    AIDS Panic in Porn World

    Last week, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) caused a panic in the adult entertainment community by issuing subpoenas for performer health records dating back to 2007 from several testing and health care facilities, including Cutting Edge Testi...

    A request from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation for adult performers’ STD testing records has the community fraught.

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    Subway’s Forgotten Jared Sequels

    Subway’s Forgotten Jared Sequels

    First there was Jared. Then came Clay, a South Carolina firefighter with an agonizingly catchy jingle. After the now fallen Jared Fogle catapulted to fame in 1999, Subway aired two commercials featuring Clay Henry, a strapping fireman who lost 130...

    After Fogle shot to fame for losing 245 pounds eating footlongs, the chain made stars of a hunky slimmed-down firefighter and New Orleans twins. So why did Subway stick with the alle...

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    History’s Blondest Election

    History’s Blondest Election

    If you’re not flaxen-haired yourself, you may not have noticed (or you might not care) but, right now, both parties’ front-runners have unmistakably blond hair. Not fair, not fading, but full-on blond like champagne or a field of wheat. For any st...

    Light-haired politicians haven’t had much luck reaching our country’s highest office. But 2016 is going to change that.

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    Tourists wearing masks visit Tiananmen Square in Beijing March 9, 2013. Beijing's air quality deteriorated again as a sandstorm and thick smog added to the problem. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

    How the Media #Fails Basic Math

    How the Media #Fails Basic Math

    One of the recent hit stories in mainstream media is about deadly air pollution in China. Numerous newsroom editors fell in love with a specific headline: “China Air Pollution Kills 4,000 People Per Day: Researchers,” said Bloomberg Business. This...

    Debunking China’s ‘4,000 air-pollution deaths a day’ myth and other media math flubs.

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    Subway’s Forgotten Jared Sequels

    Subway’s Forgotten Jared Sequels

    First there was Jared. Then came Clay, a South Carolina firefighter with an agonizingly catchy jingle. After the now fallen Jared Fogle catapulted to fame in 1999, Subway aired two commercials featuring Clay Henry, a strapping fireman who lost 130...

    After Fogle shot to fame for losing 245 pounds eating footlongs, the chain made stars of a hunky slimmed-down firefighter and New Orleans twins. So why did Subway stick with the alle...

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    Microbiome and What It Means for Our Health

    The Microbiome Is Science’s Hot New Kid

    The Microbiome Is Science’s Hot New Kid

    As Americans, we love the concept of self-improvement.Self-help books line bookstore shelves, psychologists have taken over network TV, and smartphone apps track our every step and calorie. Many months ago, a lot of us made New Year’s resolutions ...

    ‘Microbiome’ is a word you’ve probably been reading everywhere—and it’s only the beginning.

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    Best Jon Stewart Quotes on Parenting

    Best Jon Stewart Quotes on Parenting

    By Steve Schiff at Fatherly Jon Stewart signed off from The Daily Show for the final time last night after a 16-year run, leaving loyal viewers misty eyed and wondering where the hell they're going to get the news from. Stewart is the greates...

    The king of late night fake news is just like us when it comes to raising a family.

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    Meet Canada’s Professor of Pot Studies

    Meet Canada’s Professor of Pot Studies

    A university in Canada has academia buzzing over a new class on cannabis. If the professor behind it is any indication, it’s worth the hype.Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Pu...

    A 120-person course on the business of weed—production, management, and marketing—has academics buzzing.

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    Microbiome and What It Means for Our Health

    The Microbiome Is Science’s Hot New Kid

    The Microbiome Is Science’s Hot New Kid

    As Americans, we love the concept of self-improvement.Self-help books line bookstore shelves, psychologists have taken over network TV, and smartphone apps track our every step and calorie. Many months ago, a lot of us made New Year’s resolutions ...

    ‘Microbiome’ is a word you’ve probably been reading everywhere—and it’s only the beginning.

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    BeastStyle

    Owen Labrie leaves the Merrimack County Superior courtroom for the lunch break after several of his classmates testified Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Concord, N.H.  Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman in 2014 as part of the "Senior Salute," a practice of sexual conquest at the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool)

    Was It Sex or Rape at St. Paul’s?

    Was It Sex or Rape at St. Paul’s?

    The prosecution has rested its case against Owen Labrie, the 19-year-old former student of St. Paul’s School accused of raping a 15-year-old fellow student days before he graduated. The trial has scrutinized the sexual culture at the prestigious p...

    Evidence has been presented at the trial of the young man accused of raping a fellow student at the prep school to show he did have sex with her.

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    Gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas speaks at a news conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, August 24, 2015. Earlier, Nahas and other gay rights activists addressed the United Nations Security Council during an informal meeting on the persecution of LGBT people by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.  REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX1PIK4

    ISIS Wanted to Kill Me for Being Gay

    ISIS Wanted to Kill Me for Being Gay

    It was only two months ago, when his plane took off from Turkey to take him to his new life in the United States, that Subhi Nahas said he finally felt safe.“I felt like I owned my life for the first time, that I was going to be all right, and whe...

    A few months ago, gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas feared for his life. This week, he made history with a UN address about the vicious persecution of LGBTs under ISIS.

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    Why the Feds Just Busted RentBoy.com

    Why the Feds Just Busted RentBoy.com

    Thousands of men across the world have just lost their companions.On Tuesday, federal agents raided the New York City headquarters of RentBoy.com, a digital platform that bills itself as “the original and world’s largest male escort site.”CEO Jeff...

    Federal agents on Tuesday arrested the CEO and six other employees of what claims to be ‘the world’s largest male escort site.’

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    Donald Trump’s No. 1 Cheerleader

    Donald Trump’s No. 1 Cheerleader

    While presenting wall-to-wall coverage of reality star-turned-presidential candidate Donald Trump, it often seems that the media establishment is holding its collective nose, treating the Republican front-runner as a political curiosity, disruptiv...

    The former investigative reporter, who has known Trump since 1998, says his passionate advocacy is about ‘representing the side of him that I know.’

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    Gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas speaks at a news conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, August 24, 2015. Earlier, Nahas and other gay rights activists addressed the United Nations Security Council during an informal meeting on the persecution of LGBT people by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.  REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX1PIK4

    ISIS Wanted to Kill Me for Being Gay

    ISIS Wanted to Kill Me for Being Gay

    It was only two months ago, when his plane took off from Turkey to take him to his new life in the United States, that Subhi Nahas said he finally felt safe.“I felt like I owned my life for the first time, that I was going to be all right, and whe...

    A few months ago, gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas feared for his life. This week, he made history with a UN address about the vicious persecution of LGBTs under ISIS.

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    Listen Up, Duke: ‘Fun Home’ Isn’t ‘Porn’

    Listen Up, Duke: ‘Fun Home’ Isn’t ‘Porn’

    A group of young Blue Devils are taking a stand against sin at Duke University by refusing to read MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Alison Bechdel’s award-winning graphic novel, Fun Home.The college—ranked eighth in the nation, according to U.S....

    Some Duke freshmen have elected not to read Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed memoir-turned-Broadway hit, claiming its material violates their Christian beliefs.

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LORD COURTENAY AND FIANCEE ALLISON JOY LANGER AT POWDERHAM CASTLE, DEVON, BRITAIN - APR 2004

    Meet the Countess of ‘Baywatch’

    Meet the Countess of ‘Baywatch’

    Rayanne Graff did pretty well for herself, it turns out.My So-Called Life fans may be surprised to learn that A. J. Langer, the actress who played Claire Danes’s best buddy in the ’90s cult teen drama series, with her beaded dreadlocks and tie-dye...

    She played Rayanne Graff in ‘My So-Called Life’ and also starred in ‘Baywatch.’ Now A.J. Langer is the Countess of Devon, with a large British country estate to preside over.

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    Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, California April 30, 2014. A decade ago Kelly was practicing law and moonlighting as a local TV reporter before Fox News Channel came calling, starting a relationship that would take her career from newbie legal correspondent to the host of her own prime-time gig. Kelly's "The Kelly File" draws about 1.9 million viewers nightly on average, more than double her nearest 9 p.m. competitor. Picture taken April 30, 2014.

    Hey, Donald: Megyn Kelly’s Back

    Hey, Donald: Megyn Kelly’s Back

    When Fox News star Megyn Kelly climbs back in the saddle Monday night—ending a scheduled 10-day vacation with her husband and three kids that prompted wacky conspiracy theories, social-media insults, paparazzi invasions, and even the odd death thr...

    Kelly returns to Fox News on Monday night. With the Trump controversy quieted, why not invite him to speak on her show?

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    Listen Up, Duke: ‘Fun Home’ Isn’t ‘Porn’

    Listen Up, Duke: ‘Fun Home’ Isn’t ‘Porn’

    A group of young Blue Devils are taking a stand against sin at Duke University by refusing to read MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Alison Bechdel’s award-winning graphic novel, Fun Home.The college—ranked eighth in the nation, according to U.S....

    Some Duke freshmen have elected not to read Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed memoir-turned-Broadway hit, claiming its material violates their Christian beliefs.

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    Books

    NOVEMBER 08: Jonathan Franzen poses after being presented with the WELT Award For Literature at Axel Springer Haus on November 8, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

    Jonathan Franzen’s Icky Secrets

    Jonathan Franzen’s Icky Secrets

    Charles Blenheim, a writer in Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, thinks of himself as “a major American novelist,” if not quite the “great American novelist” that a Time cover story called Franzen when Freedom was released.Blenheim tortures himself wit...

    The novelist’s new mega-tome is a strangely needy book, chock full of autobiography, from a domineering mother to a friendship-rivalry mirroring his own relationship with David Foste...

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