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    Senator Richard B. Russell, after voting for cloture on civil rights bill in Senate.  (Photo by Ted Russell/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

    Why Does the Senate Honor a Racist?

    Why Does the Senate Honor a Racist?

    As I write these words on Monday, the South Carolina State Senate is poised to remove the Confederate battle flag from its capitol grounds entirely. These developments in the Palmetto State and elsewhere are all positive, and of course it’s high t...

    There are only three Senate office buildings, and one is named after the archenemy of civil rights. Let’s rename it after a good man like Bob Dole.

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    Jim Webb, former senator from Virginia, speaks at the George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Webb, a possible 2016 U.S. democratic presidential candidate, said the U.S. needs a "clearly articulated foreign policy statement" during his speech. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Jim Webb Almost Beat a Man to Death?

    Jim Webb Almost Beat a Man to Death?

    Former Virginia senator Jim Webb, the latest White House hopeful to enter the Democratic nomination race and challenge 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton, would seem at first blush an attractive candidate for Leader of the Free World.A centrist Demo...

    In a recent book, a former aide to the Democratic presidential contender recalls a belligerent, pugnacious egomaniac who boasted of a violent dustup with a biker.

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    Conservatives who want a stripper registry

    Conservatives Want a Stripper Registry

    Conservatives Want a Stripper Registry

    If you’re an exotic dancer working in the Keystone State, social conservatives will tell you that a new bill they’re pushing could save your life and help fight exploitation. Civil libertarians will tell you that the measure would make a mockery o...

    Keystone State Republicans say their new bill would help fight sex trafficking and abuse. Critics say it’s just another form of shaming adult entertainers—and potentially dangerous.

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    Senator Richard B. Russell, after voting for cloture on civil rights bill in Senate.  (Photo by Ted Russell/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

    Why Does the Senate Honor a Racist?

    Why Does the Senate Honor a Racist?

    As I write these words on Monday, the South Carolina State Senate is poised to remove the Confederate battle flag from its capitol grounds entirely. These developments in the Palmetto State and elsewhere are all positive, and of course it’s high t...

    There are only three Senate office buildings, and one is named after the archenemy of civil rights. Let’s rename it after a good man like Bob Dole.

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    Donald Trump speaks with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Monday, June 29, 2015 in Chicago. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

    Trump Insults Immigrants Again

    Trump Insults Immigrants Again

    This afternoon, future United States President Donald Trump released a statement intended to clarify his remark that illegal immigrants from Mexico are “rapists.”Trump is unhappy that people are interpreting his statement to mean that he believes ...

    Trump issued a statement Monday to clarify that when he said illegal immigrants from Mexico were rapists he actually meant illegal immigrants from Mexico were rapists.

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump acknowledges supporters while formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   - RTX1GR6Q

    Mexican Elites Secretly Agree With Trump

    Mexican Elites Secretly Agree With Trump

    Of the many different reactions to Donald Trump’s inaccurate and insulting comments about how Mexican migrants to the United States come from the bottom of the barrel, one of the most interesting has been that of wealthy and powerful Mexican elite...

    They’re all hating on him now, but the fact is, when they’re just among themselves, Mexico’s elites roundly agree with The Donald on Mexican immigrants.

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    Entertainment

    Hip-hop misogyny

    The Shaming of Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj

    The Shaming of Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj

    Meek Mill and Joe Budden engaged in a hostile back-and-forth this holiday weekend after Budden made some less-than-complimentary remarks about Mill’s current music and current relationship with a certain buxom hip-hop superstar. Mill recently rele...

    Rapper Joe Budden recently sounded off on Meek Mill’s relationship with Nicki Minaj, claiming the emcee had gone soft. But more hip-hop artists should be expressing love for black wo...

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    Canadian singer, songwriter and actor Justin Bieber looks on at a musical event hosted by Calvin Klein Jeans in Hong Kong June 11, 2015.       REUTERS/Bobby Yip - RTX1G4CE

    Bieber in the Buff

    Bieber in the Buff

    Beliebers are freaking out.On Monday night, Justin Bieber’s fervent social media army became very acquainted with the Caps Lock and exclamation point keys when the pop superstar posted a photo of himself to Instagram (and his 32 million followers ...

    Beliebers are losing their marbles over a photo the pop sensation posted to Instagram of him in the buff while on a boat in Bora Bora.

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    The Power of Black Twitter

    The Power of Black Twitter

    Black Twitter can move mountains.On the night of June 28, Twitter erupted. The occasion was the 2015 BET Awards, which attracted 12 million TV viewers—less than half of the 25.3 million who tuned in to this year’s Grammys. Yet, at any given moment...

    Most evenings, Black Twitter dominates the top 10 trending topics in the U.S. But if this constitutes such a strong, galvanizing movement, why is it so marginalized?

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    Taylor Kitsch’s ‘True Detective’ Twist

    Taylor Kitsch’s ‘True Detective’ Twist

    Taylor Kitsch. For women—and men—of a certain age, the name conjures up an image of a brooding football stud, his long, greasy locks obscuring goalpost-high cheekbones and penetrating eyes. Yes, Kitsch’s Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights remains ...

    The studly TV and film star opens up about his enigmatic ‘True Detective’ cop, getting confused for Tom Brady, and giving up Gambit to Channing Tatum. [Spoilers]

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    Canadian singer, songwriter and actor Justin Bieber looks on at a musical event hosted by Calvin Klein Jeans in Hong Kong June 11, 2015.       REUTERS/Bobby Yip - RTX1G4CE

    Bieber in the Buff

    Bieber in the Buff

    Beliebers are freaking out.On Monday night, Justin Bieber’s fervent social media army became very acquainted with the Caps Lock and exclamation point keys when the pop superstar posted a photo of himself to Instagram (and his 32 million followers ...

    Beliebers are losing their marbles over a photo the pop sensation posted to Instagram of him in the buff while on a boat in Bora Bora.

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    ‘True Detective’: The Big Gay Reveal

    ‘True Detective’: The Big Gay Reveal

    The third episode of HBO’s True Detective, “Maybe Tomorrow,” opens with an overstated dream sequence meant to further diminish its sad sack protagonist, Det. Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell). When we last left him, he was on the brink of losing shared...

    The third episode of HBO’s potboiler featured an ass-kicking Vince Vaughn, more layers of bureaucracy, and one big character reveal. [Warning: Spoilers]

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26:  Recording artist Miguel performs onstage during the Miguel "Centric Live" taping during the 2015 BET Experience at Club Nokia on June 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/BET/Getty Images for BET)

    Miguel Talks Sex: ‘I Love Porn!’

    Miguel Talks Sex: ‘I Love Porn!’

    R&B innovator Miguel Pimentel is the kind of guy who’ll tell you he feels “vulnerable” even when he sings lyrics like, “I wanna fuck you like we’re filming in the Valley.”The lyrics are from “The Valley,” the most sexually upfront song on the ...

    The Grammy-winning R&B star opens up about his new album, ‘Wildheart’—an ode to sex and porn—and his ‘aggressive’ bedroom proclivities.

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    The Persecution of Amy Schumer

    The Persecution of Amy Schumer

    Comedian Amy Schumer found herself at the center of controversy this past week, as a think piece in The Guardian put a spotlight on criticisms of Schumer’s treatment of race in her standup, claiming she has “a shockingly large blind spot around ra...

    The pitchforks have come out against the world’s most beloved comedian of the moment. But have we become too PC when it comes to comedy, or is institutional prejudice the issue?

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    ‘True Detective’: The Big Gay Reveal

    ‘True Detective’: The Big Gay Reveal

    The third episode of HBO’s True Detective, “Maybe Tomorrow,” opens with an overstated dream sequence meant to further diminish its sad sack protagonist, Det. Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell). When we last left him, he was on the brink of losing shared...

    The third episode of HBO’s potboiler featured an ass-kicking Vince Vaughn, more layers of bureaucracy, and one big character reveal. [Warning: Spoilers]

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    World News

    IS shows of their missles

    Great. Now ISIS Can Shoot Down Aircraft.

    Great. Now ISIS Can Shoot Down Aircraft.

    The self-proclaimed Islamic State released photos  showing its fighters using surface-to-air missiles in Egypt’s restive Sinai, the terror group’s latest effort to strike at the biggest advantage its enemies hold: airpower.That ISIS could potentia...

    ISIS is already plenty dangerous on the ground. New photos show it threatening targets in the sky, as well.

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    Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane for his pastoral trip, at Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy, July 5, 2015. Pope Francis leaves for the trip to the continent of his birth, visiting Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. The July 6-13 visit will include a visit to one of Latin America's most violent prisons when he will enter the notorious Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on July 10, his last day in the country.

    Francis’s Climate Warmup Act

    Francis’s Climate Warmup Act

    VATICAN CITY — There are few people you’re less likely to see at the head table of a Vatican conference than a secular feminist Jew.But Naomi Klein, Canadian author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, didn’t feel out of place a...

    With new allies like Naomi Klein and a tour of his Latin home turf, the pope is clearly getting ready to face off with Republican deniers and Big Oil during his U.S. visit in Septemb...

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    ISIS Murders Two of Syria’s Bravest Men

    ISIS Murders Two of Syria’s Bravest Men

    The slow-motion destruction of Syria has produced as much cynicism as it has heartache, but let no one ever again ask, “Where are all the good guys?” Two of them were apparently just shot by ISIS.Bashir Abduladhim al-Saado and Faisal Hussain al-Ha...

    The army of terror just took out two of the good guys—young activists from a grassroots NGO documenting the atrocities in Raqqa—in its latest snuff video. And there’s more to come.

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    The Spy Tech That Will Keep Iran in Line

    The Spy Tech That Will Keep Iran in Line

    The Obama administration can make all the nuclear deals it wants. Iran will still cheat and keep working toward a bomb, skeptics say. But cheating is harder than it seems, due to the development of new surveillance and nuclear verification technol...

    One reason a nuclear deal with Iran just might work: the ring of surveillance surrounding the Tehran regime.

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    Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane for his pastoral trip, at Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy, July 5, 2015. Pope Francis leaves for the trip to the continent of his birth, visiting Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. The July 6-13 visit will include a visit to one of Latin America's most violent prisons when he will enter the notorious Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on July 10, his last day in the country.

    Francis’s Climate Warmup Act

    Francis’s Climate Warmup Act

    VATICAN CITY — There are few people you’re less likely to see at the head table of a Vatican conference than a secular feminist Jew.But Naomi Klein, Canadian author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, didn’t feel out of place a...

    With new allies like Naomi Klein and a tour of his Latin home turf, the pope is clearly getting ready to face off with Republican deniers and Big Oil during his U.S. visit in Septemb...

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MÉXICO, D.F.- Elections/Elecciones-PAN.- “Me gustaría dirigir al PAN”, señala en entrevista Margarita Zavala, ex primera dama. Foto: Archivo Agencia EL UNIVERSAL/RCC
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    Hillary, Cristina, Margarita?

    Hillary, Cristina, Margarita?

    MEXICO CITY — In Latin America, a region where polarizing political figures seem to be the norm, few have proven more divisive than Mexico’s Felipe Calderón, who came to power after a hotly contested election in 2006 won by a razor-thin difference...

    Will Margarita Zavala follow her own path, or would she govern Mexico as the second coming of her husband, the much-reviled ex-president Felipe Calderón?

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    Members of the Druze community carry flags at they walk towards the border fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, to watch the fighting in Syria's ongoing civil war June 16, 2015. Israel's president expressed his concern to the United States last week about the fate of the Druze minority in Syria, saying around 500,000 of them were under threat from Islamist militants in an area near the Israeli border. REUTERS/Baz Ratner  - RTX1GR7V

    Israel’s Ties to Syria Rebels Get Messy

    Israel’s Ties to Syria Rebels Get Messy

    MAJDAL SHAMS, Israel — When an ambulance rolled through Druze villages near the Israeli-Syrian border last month, it was met by an angry mob of stone-throwing protesters shouting that they’d been betrayed by Israel. Surrounding the emergency vehic...

    Israel may have good reasons to help Syrian rebels, but do those rebels include an al Qaeda affiliate? And are they about to slaughter relatives of Israel’s Druze minority?

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    The Women Who Secretly Run ISIS

    The Women Who Secretly Run ISIS

    The U.S. military campaign against self-proclaimed Islamic State may be focused on the male fighters conducting attacks across Iraq and Syria. But the richest human intelligence source to fall into U.S. hands to date is the widow of a senior ISIS ...

    A captured ISIS ‘bride’ reveals the inner workings of a women’s network responsible for recruiting, spying, and enforcing sexual slavery in the so-called caliphate.

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    Hillary, Cristina, Margarita?

    Hillary, Cristina, Margarita?

    MEXICO CITY — In Latin America, a region where polarizing political figures seem to be the norm, few have proven more divisive than Mexico’s Felipe Calderón, who came to power after a hotly contested election in 2006 won by a razor-thin difference...

    Will Margarita Zavala follow her own path, or would she govern Mexico as the second coming of her husband, the much-reviled ex-president Felipe Calderón?

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    U.S. News

    Conservatives who want a stripper registry

    Conservatives Want a Stripper Registry

    Conservatives Want a Stripper Registry

    If you’re an exotic dancer working in the Keystone State, social conservatives will tell you that a new bill they’re pushing could save your life and help fight exploitation. Civil libertarians will tell you that the measure would make a mockery o...

    Keystone State Republicans say their new bill would help fight sex trafficking and abuse. Critics say it’s just another form of shaming adult entertainers—and potentially dangerous.

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    Maine Governor Paul LePage testifies before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing to review draft legislation on hydropower, on Capitol Hill in Washington May 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1CT1C

    The Idiot Thug Running Maine

    The Idiot Thug Running Maine

    Last week, members of the Maine legislature’s Government Oversight Committee unanimously called for an investigation into Tea Party Governor Paul LePage. At question is whether or not he inappropriately—and potentially illegally—abused his control...

    Maine’s ultra-conservative governor might have finally messed with the wrong people: a school for disadvantaged kids. Now, he could get impeached for it.

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    VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05:  Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori fails to stop a long range shot from Carli Lloyd of USA during FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Final between USA and Japan at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

    U.S. Women World Cup Champs Make History

    U.S. Women World Cup Champs Make History

    There aren’t many ways to view the U.S. as an underdog in international competition, sporting or otherwise, and these American women were anything but. But the U.S. Women’s National Team had internal problems to solve, something to prove, and ques...

    The U.S. Women’s National Team trounced Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup, overcoming a legacy that may have held it back and becoming one of the greatest teams in history—of any stripe.

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    Conservatives who want a stripper registry

    Conservatives Want a Stripper Registry

    Conservatives Want a Stripper Registry

    If you’re an exotic dancer working in the Keystone State, social conservatives will tell you that a new bill they’re pushing could save your life and help fight exploitation. Civil libertarians will tell you that the measure would make a mockery o...

    Keystone State Republicans say their new bill would help fight sex trafficking and abuse. Critics say it’s just another form of shaming adult entertainers—and potentially dangerous.

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    US player Serena Williams serves against Hungary's Timea Babos during their women's singles second round match on day three of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2015.   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  --   AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Secret World of Tennis Gambling

    The Secret World of Tennis Gambling

    The bookies knew something was up. Eleven bettors, nine of them based in Russia, had just put millions of dollars via the English sportsbook Betfair on Martin Vassallo Arguello beating Nikolay Davydenko in their match at the Orange Prokrom Open in...

    One study concludes over 20 first-round pro tennis matches are fixed every year. Why? Because it's almost too easy to throw a match.

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    Who’s Cutting California Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Someone (or some crew) has been skulking around northern California, possibly dressed as a cable technician, and snipping the fiber-optic lines that provide Internet, cable, and phone service. His motives are yet unknown. But the FBI has counted 1...

    Eleven times in the last year, fiber-optic lines have been snapped—cutting off 911 service in at least one community and leaving investigators scrambling.

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    Tech + Health

    U.S. Hired Dictators’ Favorite Hackers

    U.S. Hired Dictators’ Favorite Hackers

    Hacking Team, an Italian company that manufactures cyberespionage and warfare tools used by repressive governments around the world, has been selling its gear to a U.S. firm that does business with the Pentagon, according to a trove of documents s...

    New documents reveal that a firm that helps authoritarian governments like Russia, and Saudi Arabia is also connected to the U.S. military’s burgeoning cyberwarfare apparatus.

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    The Spy Tech That Will Keep Iran in Line

    The Spy Tech That Will Keep Iran in Line

    The Obama administration can make all the nuclear deals it wants. Iran will still cheat and keep working toward a bomb, skeptics say. But cheating is harder than it seems, due to the development of new surveillance and nuclear verification technol...

    One reason a nuclear deal with Iran just might work: the ring of surveillance surrounding the Tehran regime.

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    The Geek That Will Replace All Reporters

    The Geek That Will Replace All Reporters

    When the science fiction writer William Gibson first looked inside a computer, he was surprised by its antiquated mechanical guts. He described the moment like this: “I'd been expecting an exotic crystalline thing, a cyberspace deck or someth...

    Artificial intelligence systems can turn structured data into stories so sophisticated they're indistinguishable from those penned by humans. How robots are taking over the newsr...

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    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    Among the many systems designed and evolved to maintain clean lines of separation between groups, perhaps few remain as unexplored as those barriers between the mentally well and the mentally ill.Despite society’s fascination with mental illness, ...

    How society as viewed those deemed mad has never been pleasant. What will future generations think about how we treat the mentally ill today?

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    The Spy Tech That Will Keep Iran in Line

    The Spy Tech That Will Keep Iran in Line

    The Obama administration can make all the nuclear deals it wants. Iran will still cheat and keep working toward a bomb, skeptics say. But cheating is harder than it seems, due to the development of new surveillance and nuclear verification technol...

    One reason a nuclear deal with Iran just might work: the ring of surveillance surrounding the Tehran regime.

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    Prince Harvey at the Apple Store, Manhattan, New York City

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    Standing in the middle of the Upper West Side’s Apple Store in Manhattan, 25-year-old artist and rapper Prince Harvey seemed at home, almost like he knew what was going to happen next. “As soon as I jump on the table, they’re going to kick us out....

    Prince Harvey needed to make an album. So after his computer crashed, he spent four months in an Apple store singing the entire thing into a display computer.

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    Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

    Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

    Recently, Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves, best known for her hit single “Follow Your Arrow,” declared that her greatest fear is being abducted by aliens. It might surprise you to learn that such a successful, rational-appearing person...

    It’s no coincidence that alien abductions, which presumably never happen, are described so consistently. Inside the neurological patterns that bring extraterrestrial fears to life.

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    Dating Friends Brings Benefits

    Dating Friends Brings Benefits

    Over dinner at a recently renovated firehouse-turned-pizza-kitchen in downtown Durham, NC, Dan Ariely, noted scholar of irrationality (and my boss), hosted a talk on the science of dating and relationships.While he was speaking, an assistant affix...

    A study from the journal of Psychological Science found a bigger disparity in attractiveness among couples that were friends before dating. Why the friendzone may be a path to love.

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    Prince Harvey at the Apple Store, Manhattan, New York City

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    Standing in the middle of the Upper West Side’s Apple Store in Manhattan, 25-year-old artist and rapper Prince Harvey seemed at home, almost like he knew what was going to happen next. “As soon as I jump on the table, they’re going to kick us out....

    Prince Harvey needed to make an album. So after his computer crashed, he spent four months in an Apple store singing the entire thing into a display computer.

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    BeastStyle

    02 Jul 2015, Beijing, China --- Chinese singer and actor Lu Han speaks during a press conference for his new movie "The Great Wall" in Beijing, china, 2 July 2015. Pictured: Matt Damon --- Image by © Imaginechina/Splash News/Corbis

    Beware Matt Damon’s Ponytail

    Beware Matt Damon’s Ponytail

    It is, to be sure, a devastating prospect to all of us agog at the shiny pictures of it, but Losi, hairstylist and groomer to many a male celebrity, is sure that Matt Damon’s ponytail is, in fact, hair extensions.The sight of Damon’s hair in a lux...

    The actor’s luxuriant ponytail has sparked interest in that tied-back hairstyle for men—but it takes dedication and commitment, and can very easily go wrong.

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    Why Did Frontline Kill This Documentary?

    Why Did Frontline Kill This Documentary?

    Can this media marriage be saved?Given that the separation has been prompted by the cancellation of a documentary on the gambling industry, the odds are probably less than 50 to 1.Meanwhile, a once-devoted partnership is—like many divorces—devolvi...

    Recriminations and accusations are flying after the PBS series shelved veteran reporter Lowell Bergman’s documentary about the gambling industry in Macau.

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    Melody Thomas Scott  stars as Nikki Newman and Eric Braeden  stars as Victor Newman in Daytime’s #1 Drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, broadcast weekdays on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Melody Thomas Scott & Eric Braeden Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    The Secret to Being Young and Restless

    The Secret to Being Young and Restless

    Will the real Jack ever wake up from his coma, and if so what will his doppelgänger—the dangerous Marco—do next?Will the full extent of mustachioed overlord Victor Newman’s crimes and deceptions be uncovered?What will Chelsea do when she discovers...

    Doppelgängers, characters back from the dead, affairs, and plane crashes: Life in Genoa City is rarely dull. But how does ‘Y&R’ keep the drama going five days a week?

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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England.  (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

    George Steals Show at Christening

    George Steals Show at Christening

    Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte appeared as a family of four today for the first time in public, on the occasion of the new princess’s christening.Prince George captured the hearts of the nation, waving regall...

    Prince George captures the hearts of the nation, waving regally to the crowds as he attends sister Charlotte’s christening.

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    Why Did Frontline Kill This Documentary?

    Why Did Frontline Kill This Documentary?

    Can this media marriage be saved?Given that the separation has been prompted by the cancellation of a documentary on the gambling industry, the odds are probably less than 50 to 1.Meanwhile, a once-devoted partnership is—like many divorces—devolvi...

    Recriminations and accusations are flying after the PBS series shelved veteran reporter Lowell Bergman’s documentary about the gambling industry in Macau.

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    The Unkillable Shopping Catalog

    The Unkillable Shopping Catalog

    Everything you could ever want is at your fingertips. Literally.The digital age has allowed consumers to purchase almost anything from their laptop, handheld device or über-luxe Apple Watch.Want a hover scooter? Click.Some Uranium? Click.Someone t...

    With online shopping's ubiquity, you’d think the shopping catalog would be a retail dinosaur. Not so: it keeps the relationship between store and consumer alive.

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    BLUE HAWAII, BLUE HAWAII US 1961 ELVIS PRESLEY Date 1961. Photo by: Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection(10303435)

    Elvis’ Haunted Tiki Bar

    Elvis’ Haunted Tiki Bar

    There are no leg-shaking, pelvis-thrusting ballads being sung at the Coco Palms Resort any more.Half a century ago, this was the Elvis-anointed vacation hotspot that inspired thousands of glamour-seeking vacationers and starry-eyed newlyweds.But u...

    After Elvis filmed Blue Hawaii at Hawaii’s Coco Palms Resort, the venue hosted 500 weddings a year. Can it be rebuilt after it was destroyed by a hurricane?

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    Instagrammer of the Week: Lazy Mom

    Instagrammer of the Week: Lazy Mom

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    The Unkillable Shopping Catalog

    The Unkillable Shopping Catalog

    Everything you could ever want is at your fingertips. Literally.The digital age has allowed consumers to purchase almost anything from their laptop, handheld device or über-luxe Apple Watch.Want a hover scooter? Click.Some Uranium? Click.Someone t...

    With online shopping's ubiquity, you’d think the shopping catalog would be a retail dinosaur. Not so: it keeps the relationship between store and consumer alive.

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    Books

    Jim Webb, former senator from Virginia, speaks at the George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Webb, a possible 2016 U.S. democratic presidential candidate, said the U.S. needs a "clearly articulated foreign policy statement" during his speech. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Jim Webb Almost Beat a Man to Death?

    Jim Webb Almost Beat a Man to Death?

    Former Virginia senator Jim Webb, the latest White House hopeful to enter the Democratic nomination race and challenge 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton, would seem at first blush an attractive candidate for Leader of the Free World.A centrist Demo...

    In a recent book, a former aide to the Democratic presidential contender recalls a belligerent, pugnacious egomaniac who boasted of a violent dustup with a biker.

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    • Isabel Preysler (C) and her daughter Tamara Falco arrive for the funeral mass for the late Duchess of Alba Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva in Madrid December 15, 2014. Spain's 18th Duchess of Alba, who died aged 88, was one of Europe's wealthiest and most titled aristocrats, the owner of fabulous palaces and priceless works of art. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: ROYALS OBITUARY) - RTR4IAJY

      Enrique Iglesias’s Mom Is a Home-Wrecker

      Enrique Iglesias’s Mom Is a Home-Wrecker

      Singer Enrique Iglesias’s Flipino-born mother, long-known in Spain as one of the country’s most infamous femme fatales, has struck again—at the age of 64.The glamorous, impossibly-youthful looking Isabel Preysler, whose nicknames include the “Pear...

      Known as the ‘Pearl of Manila,’ Isabel Preysler is one of Spain’s most notorious seducers. Her latest catch is one of the great living novelists.

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    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    Among the many systems designed and evolved to maintain clean lines of separation between groups, perhaps few remain as unexplored as those barriers between the mentally well and the mentally ill.Despite society’s fascination with mental illness, ...

    How society as viewed those deemed mad has never been pleasant. What will future generations think about how we treat the mentally ill today?

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    Pope Francis conducts a mass before presenting palliums to Archbishops in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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    Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

    Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

    Some future historian, searching for the origins of a second Middle Ages, might fix on the summer of 2015 as its starting point. Here occurred the marriage of seemingly irreconcilable world views—that of the Catholic Church and official science—in...

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    The Man Who Photographed the West

    The Man Who Photographed the West

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    Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet.  (Photo by Eliot Elisofon/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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