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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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    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Annual Review from the White House Briefing Room with Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looking on in Washington December 16, 2010. The review said "notable operational gains" had been made and Taliban momentum had been "arrested" in much of the country and reversed in some areas, but any gains were fragile and reversible.

    Hillary vs. Biden Would Get Ugly Fast

    Hillary vs. Biden Would Get Ugly Fast

    You’ve got to admit it was kind of a stroke of genius for Joe Biden to have that “secret” meeting with Elizabeth Warren over the weekend. The mind of course jumps instantly to the prospect of a Biden-Warren ticket, even to the idea that Biden coul...

    You thought Clinton-Obama 2008 was bad? Wait until a white guy steps in a woman’s path and attacks her integrity.

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    Swimming With a Seal: Your Moment of Zen

    Swimming With a Seal: Your Moment of Zen

    Because we all could use it.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    The Kardashian clan enjoys a family fun day on a yacht in St Barts on August 19, 2015. The happy reality stars had the cameras rolling while they enjoyed various water activities including jet-skiing and even fly-boarding!

    Tyga’s Creepy Kylie Jenner Sex Anthem

    Tyga’s Creepy Kylie Jenner Sex Anthem

    The drama began back in February when, during an interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, hip-hop guru Kanye West all but confirmed that his sister-in-law Kylie Jenner, then 17, was in a relationship with the rapper Tyga, 25.“I think [Tyga...

    The strange relationship between the just-turned-18 reality star and the 25-year-old rapper has reached icky new heights with Tyga’s ode to their sex life, ‘Stimulated.’

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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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    World News

    Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally in the Arts Centre Theatre in Aberdeen, Scotland August 13, 2015. Corbyn, who wants to return Britain's opposition Labor Party to its socialist roots, is the frontrunner to be elected its leader in an internal vote which begins on Friday.

    Lefty Christmas Grips Great Britain

    Lefty Christmas Grips Great Britain

    LONDON — Britain doesn’t do revolutions. Since the 1600s, bureaucrats and moderates have had an unwavering stranglehold on domestic politics.After centuries of stability, utter panic has been set in motion by the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, a hard-left...

    The likely Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, may end up destroying a 115 year-old party. But his radicals admirers are having the time of their life helping him.

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    Residents queue up to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus March 11, 2015. The Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which is under siege by Syrian government forces fighting rebels, has received its first relief supplies since the beginning of December. The aid was delivered by the United Nations Relief and Works Organization (UNRWA) on March 5, the organisation said in a news release.
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    The Refugees Forced Back Into Syria

    The Refugees Forced Back Into Syria

    Ahmad is invisible. He uses a fake name, rarely ventures outside, and moves his family between apartments in Jordan’s capital of Amman frequently, sometimes at a moment’s notice if he thinks his cover has been blown.Ahmad is a refugee twice over. ...

    Before the war, Syria was home to a large community of Palestinian refugees. Now, as they flee their adopted home, Arab countries are sending them back into hell.

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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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    Residents queue up to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus March 11, 2015. The Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which is under siege by Syrian government forces fighting rebels, has received its first relief supplies since the beginning of December. The aid was delivered by the United Nations Relief and Works Organization (UNRWA) on March 5, the organisation said in a news release.
 REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR4SYFI

    The Refugees Forced Back Into Syria

    The Refugees Forced Back Into Syria

    Ahmad is invisible. He uses a fake name, rarely ventures outside, and moves his family between apartments in Jordan’s capital of Amman frequently, sometimes at a moment’s notice if he thinks his cover has been blown.Ahmad is a refugee twice over. ...

    Before the war, Syria was home to a large community of Palestinian refugees. Now, as they flee their adopted home, Arab countries are sending them back into hell.

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    Suspected Al-Qaeda militants stand behind bars during a hearing at the appeals court in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on February 10, 2015. Four suspected Al-Qaeda fighters were killed in a drone strike in Hadramawt province in southeastern Yemen, a military source said. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    How We Strengthened al Qaeda in Yemen

    How We Strengthened al Qaeda in Yemen

    The U.S.-backed war in Yemen has strengthened al Qaeda there, American defense officials concede, posing a serious threat to U.S. security.Months into the U.S.-supported Saudi intervention in Yemen, fighters linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Penin...

    When the Saudis hit Yemen, the idea was to knock back Iran’s proxies. But the real winner in the fight seems to be al Qaeda’s deadliest affiliate.

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    Image #: 38708683    Nitama (Tama the Second), a five-year-old female cat, is seen before the framed photograph of Tama, a cat credited with rescuing Wakayama Electric Railway Co. from financial difficulties before dying aged 16 in June 2015, at Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan on Aug. 11, 2015. Nitama is wearing a stationmaster's cap as she assumed the role from Tama that day.   Kyodo /Landov

    Cat Is Japan’s New Stationmaster

    Cat Is Japan’s New Stationmaster

    Japan’s newest railway stationmaster is named Nitama. She beat fierce competition for the prestigious position, rising through the ranks due to her qualified resume including a previous role as the stationmaster at Idakiso Station and an assistant...

    After the death of a beloved feline railway stationmaster in a Japanese town, Nitama the Cat rises to this prestigious position.

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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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    Suspected Al-Qaeda militants stand behind bars during a hearing at the appeals court in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on February 10, 2015. Four suspected Al-Qaeda fighters were killed in a drone strike in Hadramawt province in southeastern Yemen, a military source said. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    How We Strengthened al Qaeda in Yemen

    How We Strengthened al Qaeda in Yemen

    The U.S.-backed war in Yemen has strengthened al Qaeda there, American defense officials concede, posing a serious threat to U.S. security.Months into the U.S.-supported Saudi intervention in Yemen, fighters linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Penin...

    When the Saudis hit Yemen, the idea was to knock back Iran’s proxies. But the real winner in the fight seems to be al Qaeda’s deadliest affiliate.

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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

    Can the Last Sumatran Rhino Find Love?

    Can the Last Sumatran Rhino Find Love?

    When Harapan, the Cincinnati Zoo’s male Sumatran rhino, lost his mate Suci to iron storage disease back in 2014, it seemed as though the seven-year-old furry fellow was destined to spend the remainder of his 35-40 year lifespan alone. With only ar...

    With only 100 left, every possible coupling is critical.

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    Women attend a "Women Betrayed Rally to Defund Planned Parenthood" at Capitol Hill in Washington July 28, 2015. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote on legislation in coming days on a Republican bill halting federal funding of Planned Parenthood, following the release of videos involving use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research.

    The Sham Ban on Down Syndrome Abortion

    The Sham Ban on Down Syndrome Abortion

    This fall, Ohio will likely become the second state in the country to prohibit doctors from performing abortions for pregnant women who do not want to have a child with Down syndrome.In 2013, North Dakota passed similar legislation that encompasse...

    Ohio’s legislature will likely pass a bill that prohibits abortions if the unborn child has Down syndrome—but the law is unenforceable.

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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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    Women attend a "Women Betrayed Rally to Defund Planned Parenthood" at Capitol Hill in Washington July 28, 2015. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote on legislation in coming days on a Republican bill halting federal funding of Planned Parenthood, following the release of videos involving use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research.

    The Sham Ban on Down Syndrome Abortion

    The Sham Ban on Down Syndrome Abortion

    This fall, Ohio will likely become the second state in the country to prohibit doctors from performing abortions for pregnant women who do not want to have a child with Down syndrome.In 2013, North Dakota passed similar legislation that encompasse...

    Ohio’s legislature will likely pass a bill that prohibits abortions if the unborn child has Down syndrome—but the law is unenforceable.

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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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    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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    Jon Stewart, wife Tracy and their children, Nathan and Maggie walking around lower Manhattan after having lunch...

    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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    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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    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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    Comedian Darren Walsh wins the Dave Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2015 award.  To see all the top jokes, please visit dave.uktv.co.uk. Embargoed to 00.01hrs 25.08.15.

    Is This Really Britain’s Best Joke?

    Is This Really Britain’s Best Joke?

    Is this funny?“Kim Kardashian is saddled with a huge arse. But enough about Kanye West.”Well, yes, it probably is.After all, simultaneously nailing America’s inexplicable (to British tastes) obsession with big butts and the unbearable awfulness of...

    Every year, there’s a competition to find the best joke from Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. This year, Kanye and Jesus take center stage.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    • Use This Hashtag to Talk to God

      Use This Hashtag to Talk to God

      Last month, my father had a stroke. Feeling completely helpless, I took to Facebook and requested prayer, as did several members of my family. Before long, hundreds of our friends were praying for my dad. Many wrote me personal notes, and some com...

      Does it really count when you retweet a call for prayer?

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    Joan Didion’s Eternal Cool

    Joan Didion’s Eternal Cool

    There is something perverse about attaching the word “celebrity” to Joan Didion, the beloved personal essayist, revolutionary New Journalist, and gimlet-eyed cultural critic. (And latterly, Céline model.)So much of her writing is, after all, about...

    The first biography of Joan Didion falls far short of a definitive portrait of one of America’s greatest living writers—which is just the way the enigmatic Didion would want it.

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    The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

    The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

    Silence at Baylor Jessica Luther & Dan Solomon—Texas Montly Baylor defense end Sam Ukwuachu was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault on August 20, 2015. However, his university was stunningly silent about the charges he faced, and ...

    From animal stores to Hollywood’s elderly action heros, this week in best long form journalism.

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    Philip K. Dick Was Into Mind Control

    Philip K. Dick Was Into Mind Control

    Philip K. Dick Was Into Mind Control

    The United States government’s search for the perfect truth serum began in the spring of 1942. Gen. William “Wild Bill” Donovan, chief of the Office of Strategic Services (the predecessor to the CIA), asked a select group of prominent scientists t...

    Well before he’d even touched LSD, the novelist /pharmaceutical visionary saw the potential of mind control for fun and profit in the ‘The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.’

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    Joan Didion’s Eternal Cool

    Joan Didion’s Eternal Cool

    There is something perverse about attaching the word “celebrity” to Joan Didion, the beloved personal essayist, revolutionary New Journalist, and gimlet-eyed cultural critic. (And latterly, Céline model.)So much of her writing is, after all, about...

    The first biography of Joan Didion falls far short of a definitive portrait of one of America’s greatest living writers—which is just the way the enigmatic Didion would want it.

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    A furious Mayor Richard J. Daley stands at the microphone as shouts resound through the International Amphitheatre on Aug. 28, 1968, in Chicago, demanding the Democratic National Convention adjourn until later in the day before considering the party platform. Daley contended spectators in the galleries were doing the shouting. Daley was seated front-row center, directly below the rostrum. It was the position of honor; but it was also ground zero in a year of political and social upheaval. (AP Photo/Jack Thornell)

    The Last Boss Goes Into the Ground

    The Last Boss Goes Into the Ground

    CHICAGO — The mourning did not stop. At night the priest insisted we follow him from the street, into the rectory, and through a passageway that brought us out onto the altar of the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church.Here, in the lights, was the...

    The legendary reporter covers the end of an era in city politics.

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    U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan.

    How We Won, From Bunker Hill to Iwo Jima

    How We Won, From Bunker Hill to Iwo Jima

    Yet another set of old battle stories whipped together into a book by a writer-journalist, you say? Hardly.Men of War is a strikingly vivid, well-observed, and compulsively readable exploration of combat—of its sounds, smells, feel, of the explosi...

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    The Best of the Beast

    The Best of the Beast

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    From a scandal at Angie's List to a mob don's funeral fit for a king, the best from The Daily Beast this week.

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    A furious Mayor Richard J. Daley stands at the microphone as shouts resound through the International Amphitheatre on Aug. 28, 1968, in Chicago, demanding the Democratic National Convention adjourn until later in the day before considering the party platform. Daley contended spectators in the galleries were doing the shouting. Daley was seated front-row center, directly below the rostrum. It was the position of honor; but it was also ground zero in a year of political and social upheaval. (AP Photo/Jack Thornell)

    The Last Boss Goes Into the Ground

    The Last Boss Goes Into the Ground

    CHICAGO — The mourning did not stop. At night the priest insisted we follow him from the street, into the rectory, and through a passageway that brought us out onto the altar of the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church.Here, in the lights, was the...

    The legendary reporter covers the end of an era in city politics.

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