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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responds to a question during a news conference Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Scottsburg, Ind. Pence held a news conference after meeting with local officials in Scott County about an HIV outbreak. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Conservative Gov’s Needle Exchange

The Conservative Gov’s Needle Exchange

Indiana is in the midst of a horrific spike in HIV cases—79 cases have been recorded in one county alone—and Governor Mike Pence is breaking with party tradition in his search for a solution. He has announced that the state will initiate an HIV an...

Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence is battling his state’s exploding HIV infection rate with a needle exchange. It’s a bold, politically risky move with the potential to change...

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John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks on U.S. foreign policy during the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Meeting at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3J4EJ

Stop Listening to John Bolton

Stop Listening to John Bolton

There’s an old joke, or sort of joke, about how bombing for peace is like f*cking for virginity. In that analogy, John Bolton is trying to f*ck us all over. Bolton, United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, has...

Bolton wrote an op-ed in the New York Times asking for all-out war in Iran as soon as possible. He has no idea what he’s talking about, and it’s scary he was ever in power to begin w...

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‘Patriot’ Terrorist Frames Muslims

‘Patriot’ Terrorist Frames Muslims

I thought I had seen every imaginable way to stoke the flames of anti-Muslim bigotry in America. There have been countless people on Fox News, certain Republican elected officials, the professional bigots, and even some right-wing “Christian” lead...

The Georgia man who planted a bomb was willing to see innocents die so that people would blame Muslims. And he called himself a “patriot.”

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responds to a question during a news conference Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Scottsburg, Ind. Pence held a news conference after meeting with local officials in Scott County about an HIV outbreak. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Conservative Gov’s Needle Exchange

The Conservative Gov’s Needle Exchange

Indiana is in the midst of a horrific spike in HIV cases—79 cases have been recorded in one county alone—and Governor Mike Pence is breaking with party tradition in his search for a solution. He has announced that the state will initiate an HIV an...

Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence is battling his state’s exploding HIV infection rate with a needle exchange. It’s a bold, politically risky move with the potential to change...

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Pay Someone to Run Against Your Rep

Pay Someone to Run Against Your Rep

Pay Someone to Run Against Your Rep

They could urinate on the American flag, moon town-hall meetings, call the U.S. a third-rate country populated by bozos.And these nearly two-dozen members of Congress would still be reelected to another term.Why? Because in the grand tradition of ...

Tired of seeing that joker running unopposed yet again? A new online platform from Crowdpac is fundraising for viable candidates to run against those who faced no challengers in 2014.

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US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden arrive for a rally celebrating the passage and signing into law of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health insurance reform bill at the Interior Department in Washington on March 23, 2010. Obama signed into law his historic health care reform, enacting the most sweeping social legislation in decades which will ensure coverage for almost all Americans.      AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

GOP Will Never Stop Coming for Obamacare

GOP Will Never Stop Coming for Obamacare

Obamacare turned 5 on Monday, a birthday achieved despite sustained and repeated efforts to smother the law in its cradle.The law has taken some hits, including a 2012 Supreme Court decision that buckled the knees of the bill’s backers but seemed ...

Even if the Supreme Court sides with the administration in Burwell v. King, the GOP will stop at nothing to repeal Obamacare.

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Entertainment

Sutton Foster Gets ‘Younger’…and Wiser

Sutton Foster Gets ‘Younger’…and Wiser

Last week, Sutton Foster turned 40. She was really happy about that.She knows she was happy about that because—in ways that most women, and especially actresses, don’t have to—she was forced to contemplate her feelings about hitting the milestone ...

The Tony-winning Broadway star has her Carrie Bradshaw moment in TV Land’s new series, which asks: If you could relive your 20s, would you? (Her answer: Hell, no.)

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ISIS Hasn’t Seized Luke Skywalker’s Farm

ISIS Hasn’t Seized Luke Skywalker’s Farm

On Tuesday, CNN reported that ISIS jihadists had established a way station in the Tunisian town of Tataouine—the namesake for Tatooine, the home planet of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.“The desert and dun-colored cliffs around the town of Tataouine ...

No, ISIS has not actually taken control of ‘Tatooine.’ And the Star Wars superfans who traveled to Tunisia to restore the old film set are pissed at the egregious news.

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Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

GenCon, the world’s biggest convention for tabletop gaming and a massive moneymaking machine for the State of Indiana, has responded to a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT customers by threatening to leave the state—and take their $5...

After the passing of a bill that allows Indiana businesses to discriminate against gays, LGBT allies are threatening to leave the state. The first to opt out? It may be gamers, who a...

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James Franco & Jonah Hill’s ‘True Story’

James Franco & Jonah Hill’s ‘True Story’

In December 2001, Mike Finkel, a prolific New York Times Magazine journalist, was roped into the most bizarre story of his career. An Oregonian by the name of Christian Longo, who had been accused of brutally murdering his wife and children, had u...

The A-list cast discusses True Story, which tells the real-life tale of Mike Finkel, a disgraced New York Times journalist who develops a close bond with a suspected killer.

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ISIS Hasn’t Seized Luke Skywalker’s Farm

ISIS Hasn’t Seized Luke Skywalker’s Farm

On Tuesday, CNN reported that ISIS jihadists had established a way station in the Tunisian town of Tataouine—the namesake for Tatooine, the home planet of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.“The desert and dun-colored cliffs around the town of Tataouine ...

No, ISIS has not actually taken control of ‘Tatooine.’ And the Star Wars superfans who traveled to Tunisia to restore the old film set are pissed at the egregious news.

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U.K. Folk Star Chops Hair, Goes Electric

U.K. Folk Star Chops Hair, Goes Electric

U.K. Folk Star Chops Hair, Goes Electric

Laura Marling had a grim vision of the rest of her life.“I felt like I couldn’t do another acoustic, slightly mystical storytelling album again,” she says, smiling self-deprecatingly at the term. “I kinda got this vision that that’s what I was gon...

Laura Marling, darling of London’s new folk scene, ditches mysticism for emotional transparency—and electric guitars—on her latest masterpiece, ‘Short Movie.’

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Watch Mitt Romney Star In A Comedy Skit

Watch Mitt Romney Star In A Comedy Skit

What’s one thing you’ve probably never found yourself thinking? How about: Wow, I wish this late night TV comedy skit featured Mitt Romney. You’ve certainly never considered that the former presidential candidate and champion of the 53 percent mig...

The former Massachusetts governor joins Jimmy Fallon for "Mitt in the Mirror."

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Willie Nelson Is Launching His Own Brand of Weed

Willie Nelson Wants to Sell You Weed

Willie Nelson Wants to Sell You Weed

Willie Nelson takes a hit of the cigarette-sized vaporizer in his gnarled hand, exhaling a small cloud, before placing it on the foldout table in front of us. We’re seated in the cool enclave of his tour bus, at the entrance to his sprawling prope...

There will be branded bongs and stores, too, as Willie gets out ahead of big industry in states where pot is legal.

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U.K. Folk Star Chops Hair, Goes Electric

U.K. Folk Star Chops Hair, Goes Electric

U.K. Folk Star Chops Hair, Goes Electric

Laura Marling had a grim vision of the rest of her life.“I felt like I couldn’t do another acoustic, slightly mystical storytelling album again,” she says, smiling self-deprecatingly at the term. “I kinda got this vision that that’s what I was gon...

Laura Marling, darling of London’s new folk scene, ditches mysticism for emotional transparency—and electric guitars—on her latest masterpiece, ‘Short Movie.’

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World News

Former Iranian Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian is shown in this
file picture from May 2001. Fallahian is one of four Iranian officials
sought by Argentine authorities in connection with the 1994 bombing of
a Jewish community centre in which 85 people died. An Argentine federal
judge issued an arrest warrant through Interpol for the four men on
March 7. Iran's foreign ministry denied any Iranian involvement in the
bomb attack. Fallahian, who is also wanted by German authorities in
connection with the 1992 murder of four Kurdish dissidents in Berlin,
ran for president in 2001 and is currently a member of Iran's Assembly
of Experts - a body of clerics which selects the Islamic Republic's
supreme leader. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

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Iran’s Assassins in Berlin

Iran’s Assassins in Berlin

The Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman died mysteriously in January while trying to prove that the Argentine government helped cover up Iran’s responsibility for the horrific bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires more than 20 years ago. On T...

The determination of the prosecutor, the press, and the Iranian exile community made all the difference in Germany, where the courts ruled against Iran’s highest leaders.

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New York City firefighters on ladders spray water at the scene of a fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

My East Village Home Exploded

My East Village Home Exploded

Matthew and Nora Brooks were enjoying a rainy afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate her parents visit to New York City when they got a call from their roommate. She had just descended five flights of stairs from their shared apa...

While Matthew and Nora Brooks were at the Met, their roommate scrambled to escape their top-floor East Village apartment that would burn up in minutes and eventually collapse.

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Premeditated Mass Murder in the Sky

Premeditated Mass Murder in the Sky

How premeditated was Andreas Lubitz’s plan to fly his Germanwings Airbus A320 into a mountain, killing himself and 149 other people in a horrific act of suicide and mass murder in the manner of a kamikaze pilot?The shocking revelation from the Fre...

There's a very telling reason why Andreas Lubitz didn't send his plane into a dive.

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Girl Orphaned By Ebola Starts Over

Girl Orphaned By Ebola Starts Over

After 11-year-old Watta lost her mother and father to Ebola last year she was ostracized by her community in Liberia. "They said we are Ebola people," she recalled of those days. Now, after three weeks in a UNICEF-supported care center, ...

Thanks to UNICEF, Watta has a chance to move on—and even go to school.

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New York City firefighters on ladders spray water at the scene of a fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

My East Village Home Exploded

My East Village Home Exploded

Matthew and Nora Brooks were enjoying a rainy afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate her parents visit to New York City when they got a call from their roommate. She had just descended five flights of stairs from their shared apa...

While Matthew and Nora Brooks were at the Met, their roommate scrambled to escape their top-floor East Village apartment that would burn up in minutes and eventually collapse.

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Anti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz March 23, 2015. Soldiers loyal to Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fought off dozens of Shi'ite Houthi militiamen heading for the Sunni leader's seat of power in the southern city of Aden, militia sources and a local official told Reuters. Iran-backed Houthis, who took over the southern city of Taiz on Sunday, agreed to share power with Hadi after they seized the capital in September. That split the army, parliament was dissolved in February and violence is intensifying as the northern-based Houthis head south. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub - RTR4UH32

Welcome to the New Terror Heartland

Welcome to the New Terror Heartland

The violence in Yemen entered a new phase Thursday: A regional proxy war, with Saudi Arabia leading a coalition of 10 nations in air strikes against Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran and have forced Yemen’s deposed, U.S-suppo...

America’s ally in Yemen is gone. Its special forces have been evacuated. A country touted by the president as a counterterror ‘model’ is poised to be an ISIS and al Qaeda playland.

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In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. A U.S. defense official says released captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is scheduled to arrive at a military medical center in Texas on Friday. The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

The Myth of Bowe Bergdahl Ends

The Myth of Bowe Bergdahl Ends

In the space of nine months, he went from being heralded at the White House to facing prison for life.On Wednesday, the U.S. military charged Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban captive who was freed in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay deta...

His release was supposed to be the political masterstroke in the last days of the war. But the war is still going, and Bergdahl is going to court.

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Ukrainian servicemen who fought in Debaltseve are seen near Artemivsk February 19, 2015. Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday despite European efforts to resurrect a still-born ceasefire, a day after pro-Russian separatists who spurned the truce forced thousands of government troops out of a strategic town.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4Q8M1

Ukraine Psych Wards Prepare For PTSD

Ukraine Psych Wards Prepare For PTSD

BOYARKA, Ukraine—The men who come back smoke differently. They cover the lit end of their cigarettes with their spare hands, conscious of the fact that a glowing red light might alert the enemy to their presence. They walk around with a different ...

As young men return from the battlefields in east Ukraine, the country's underfunded psych wards are scrambling to treat the psychological wounds of war.

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Anti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz March 23, 2015. Soldiers loyal to Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fought off dozens of Shi'ite Houthi militiamen heading for the Sunni leader's seat of power in the southern city of Aden, militia sources and a local official told Reuters. Iran-backed Houthis, who took over the southern city of Taiz on Sunday, agreed to share power with Hadi after they seized the capital in September. That split the army, parliament was dissolved in February and violence is intensifying as the northern-based Houthis head south. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub - RTR4UH32

Welcome to the New Terror Heartland

Welcome to the New Terror Heartland

The violence in Yemen entered a new phase Thursday: A regional proxy war, with Saudi Arabia leading a coalition of 10 nations in air strikes against Houthi rebels, who are backed by Iran and have forced Yemen’s deposed, U.S-suppo...

America’s ally in Yemen is gone. Its special forces have been evacuated. A country touted by the president as a counterterror ‘model’ is poised to be an ISIS and al Qaeda playland.

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U.S. News

The Guru Who Vanished

The Guru Who Vanished

What happens when the guru up and quits?The controversial American spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen did just that about two years ago, and his disappearing act became an enduring mystery in the New Age world. In June, 2013, amid increasing allegatio...

Followers expected the swift return of spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen after he stepped down in the wake of scandal. That was two years ago, and there’s no sign of him since.

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Model King Sues Billionaire Perv

Model King Sues Billionaire Perv

The modeling agency kingpin who allegedly teamed up with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to supply his underage beauties is broke and wants payback.Jean Luc Brunel, the septuagenarian French co-owner of MC2 modeling agency and Karin Models, ...

In a new lawsuit, the modeling mogul who has been accused of supplying Jeffrey Epstein with underage girls says the billionaire ruined his brand.

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The undated booking photo provided by the Elgin Police Department shows Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, 75, of Gilberts, Ill. Saleem, the longtime head of the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, Ill. was arrested Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, and charged with sexually abusing a 23-year-old woman who worked at the school. Saleem is due to appear in Cook County bond court on Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Rolling Meadows, Ill. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Elgin Police Department)

How I Took on Chicago’s ‘Abusive’ Imam

How I Took on Chicago’s ‘Abusive’ Imam

The decision by courageous women in Kabul, Afghanistan, to defy the orders of mullahs and carry the coffin of a young woman, Farkhunda—slain for the false accusation of burning the Quran— took me to a dramatic moment last spring when I faced off a...

Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, who faces new criminal charges of sexual assault, tried to ban Zainab Khan from burying her father. Now, she tells her courageous story of standing up to on...

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The Guru Who Vanished

The Guru Who Vanished

What happens when the guru up and quits?The controversial American spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen did just that about two years ago, and his disappearing act became an enduring mystery in the New Age world. In June, 2013, amid increasing allegatio...

Followers expected the swift return of spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen after he stepped down in the wake of scandal. That was two years ago, and there’s no sign of him since.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26:  A building burns after an explosion on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City. The seven alarm fire drew firefighters from across the city. A number of injuries have been reported. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Scenes From the East Village Explosion

Scenes From the East Village Explosion

Videos and photos from the scene of the horrific fire that leveled an apartment building in New York City’s East Village.

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Where Public Info Costs $58,000

Where Public Info Costs $58,000

One of America’s richest counties, Montgomery County, Maryland, is locked in a high-stakes showdown over a public information request that could benefit one of its most diverse and low-income areas.The county has been chipping away at plans to con...

Activists in a rich Maryland county requested details about a public library project that would benefit lower-income residents. They were told to cough up $58,000 for the public info...

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Tech + Health

The Sex Talk... On Zoloft

The Sex Talk... On Zoloft

Every year, millions of adolescents are treated for anxiety or depression. As many as 11 percent of teenagers in the United States may suffer from depression, with some form of anxiety disorder affecting about 8 percent—many teens have both. Thoug...

Should health care providers talk to teen patients about the potentially negative side effects of SSRI’s on sexuality?

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A young cannabis plant at grows at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle, Washington January 27, 2012. Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use are gaining momentum in Washington state and Colorado, despite fierce opposition from the federal government and a decades-long cultural battle over America's most commonly used illicit drug.   Photo taken January 27, 2012   REUTERS/Cliff DesPeaux (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - RTR2X4NU

Ganjapreneurs on the Reservation

Ganjapreneurs on the Reservation

Amid free Mexican food and fair-trade coffee on Thursday afternoon, 10 powerful Native American tribes will convene to discuss an industry with the potential to transform their respective nations: cannabis.“The Future of Marijuana and Tribes” meet...

Welcome to the new frontier of Native American weed.

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Younger Generation has no boob job shame

Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Honesty

Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Honesty

In a 2010 YouTube interview, Katy Perry was asked to relay one shocking thing about herself that most people didn’t already know. Her response: “Well, my boobs are real.” The interviewer applauds. At the start of this decade, apparently, a natural...

The pop star told ‘Vogue’ she’d had breast implants. Let’s hope it encourages other women to be open about similar procedures.

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Angelina Jolie, Science Hero

Angelina Jolie, Science Hero

For better or worse, celebrities have a way of making us think.  While many celebrities eschew the spotlight outside their particular medium, some good ones actually make use of their fame to help mankind by recording public service announcements,...

In the age of celebrity anti-vaxxers, we need more stars like Angelina Jolie, who has used her fame to educate the public about scientific advances in genetic testing and preventativ...

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A young cannabis plant at grows at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle, Washington January 27, 2012. Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use are gaining momentum in Washington state and Colorado, despite fierce opposition from the federal government and a decades-long cultural battle over America's most commonly used illicit drug.   Photo taken January 27, 2012   REUTERS/Cliff DesPeaux (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - RTR2X4NU

Ganjapreneurs on the Reservation

Ganjapreneurs on the Reservation

Amid free Mexican food and fair-trade coffee on Thursday afternoon, 10 powerful Native American tribes will convene to discuss an industry with the potential to transform their respective nations: cannabis.“The Future of Marijuana and Tribes” meet...

Welcome to the new frontier of Native American weed.

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A F-35 fighter jet performs a vertical landing on the USS Wasp during sea trials off the coast of Virginia, October 18, 2011. Critics say the F-35, which comes in three variants, is an ill-conceived multipurpose aircraft that tries to do too many things and will ultimately excel at none. Its stealthy fuselage and high-tech systems, some say, are so complex and difficult to maintain they will inevitably make it unaffordable. But advocates view the aircraft as a war-fighting platform for the networked, iPad generation that will revolutionize the way America fights. Photo taken October 18, 2011.                REUTERS/David Alexander   (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY TRANSPORT) - RTR2UGOM

Stealth Jet’s Slow, Half-Blind Debut

Stealth Jet’s Slow, Half-Blind Debut

The U.S. Marine Corps is pressing ahead with plans deploy the stealthy F-35B jump jet to frontline fighter squadrons this July despite flawed software and very limited ability to maneuver. That’s despite fixes to the software that are already avai...

The $400 billion F-35 is supposed to be the key to American air superiority for decades to come. But when it rolls out to frontline pilots, the jet will be anything but imposing.

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Angelina’s Surgery Isn’t for Everyone

Angelina’s Surgery Isn’t for Everyone

Today, Angelina Jolie gracefully walked the public through her decision to pursue the second portion of her preventative surgery, the removal of both of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. To spark your memory, Angelina carries a specific genetic mut...

As a BRCA1 carrier, Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove her ovaries was smart. But the procedure, which carries severe risks and sparks early menopause, isn’t for the general public.

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Did Vigilantes Knock N. Korea Offline?

Did Vigilantes Knock N. Korea Offline?

A variety of hackers—some working for the United States government, others operating independently—attacked and probed key portions of the North Korean Internet after the targeting of Sony Pictures Entertainment last year. Some of these hackers, i...

U.S. cyberspies swear they didn’t take down the Hermit Kingdom’s Internet after the Sony hack. And those spies weren’t the only ones rooting around Pyongyang’s servers.

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A F-35 fighter jet performs a vertical landing on the USS Wasp during sea trials off the coast of Virginia, October 18, 2011. Critics say the F-35, which comes in three variants, is an ill-conceived multipurpose aircraft that tries to do too many things and will ultimately excel at none. Its stealthy fuselage and high-tech systems, some say, are so complex and difficult to maintain they will inevitably make it unaffordable. But advocates view the aircraft as a war-fighting platform for the networked, iPad generation that will revolutionize the way America fights. Photo taken October 18, 2011.                REUTERS/David Alexander   (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY TRANSPORT) - RTR2UGOM

Stealth Jet’s Slow, Half-Blind Debut

Stealth Jet’s Slow, Half-Blind Debut

The U.S. Marine Corps is pressing ahead with plans deploy the stealthy F-35B jump jet to frontline fighter squadrons this July despite flawed software and very limited ability to maneuver. That’s despite fixes to the software that are already avai...

The $400 billion F-35 is supposed to be the key to American air superiority for decades to come. But when it rolls out to frontline pilots, the jet will be anything but imposing.

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How to End ‘Downton Abbey’

How to End ‘Downton Abbey’

So farewell, dear Downton Abbey. After six seasons of Thomas’s whispered staircase threats, Cora’s perpetually post-spliff expression at everything said to her, and “Poor Edith” maxing out her very own “Indignity” credit card with giveaway babies ...

Whatever else we can expect from the final season of the hit period soap opera, expect Julian Fellowes’s honeyed view of the past and social order to stay intact.

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British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson leaves his home in London March 24, 2015. Nearly 450,000 fans from around the world have backed a petition calling for Clarkson to be reinstated to his job hosting the "Top Gear" motoring show after the BBC suspended him following a "fracas" with a producer. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls - RTR4UP3K

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

Right now, you’re either celebrating, or banging a spanner furiously against a wall. There is no middle ground. You are either for Jeremy Clarkson, and a dedicated fan of the hugely popular motoring show—Top Gear—that he presents, or you support h...

After verbally abusing and hitting a co-worker, the BBC has finally sacked Jeremy Clarkson, one of its star presenters. Is the show really over without him?

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Younger Generation has no boob job shame

Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Honesty

Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Honesty

In a 2010 YouTube interview, Katy Perry was asked to relay one shocking thing about herself that most people didn’t already know. Her response: “Well, my boobs are real.” The interviewer applauds. At the start of this decade, apparently, a natural...

The pop star told ‘Vogue’ she’d had breast implants. Let’s hope it encourages other women to be open about similar procedures.

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Famed couturier Yves Saint Laurent is shown at a current exhibition of the noted French designer's sketches on exhibition at the Wright/Hepburn/Websters Gallery. In this photo Saint Laurent is shown before some of his sketches on display. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Fashion’s Most Scandalous Moments

Fashion’s Most Scandalous Moments

In a world where people dress so norm-core­ingly that a wardrobe malfunction is about as close as one gets to a true sartorial scandal, and where avant garde designers have become so consistent that even their designs now seem quite obvious (to th...

It might seem un-shocking now, but in 1971 Yves Saint Laurent caused outrage with his “Liberation” collection of wartime-inspired designs.

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British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson leaves his home in London March 24, 2015. Nearly 450,000 fans from around the world have backed a petition calling for Clarkson to be reinstated to his job hosting the "Top Gear" motoring show after the BBC suspended him following a "fracas" with a producer. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls - RTR4UP3K

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

Right now, you’re either celebrating, or banging a spanner furiously against a wall. There is no middle ground. You are either for Jeremy Clarkson, and a dedicated fan of the hugely popular motoring show—Top Gear—that he presents, or you support h...

After verbally abusing and hitting a co-worker, the BBC has finally sacked Jeremy Clarkson, one of its star presenters. Is the show really over without him?

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Richard III’s Rock-Star Burial

Richard III’s Rock-Star Burial

On Thursday, a king of England will be buried for the second time in his green and pleasant land.This time, however, as a nation, we’ll be doing it right.More than 500 years after his death in August 1485, King Richard III, the last Plantagenet ki...

He was reviled in life, but now, over 500 years after his death, Richard III is being reburied—and with a great swell of public affection.

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Would You Buy Hitler’s Art for $30,000?

Would You Buy Hitler’s Art for $30,000?

Adolf Hitler’s affiliation with the art world is one of terror and destruction, much like his reputation in general. He was setting fire to books and destroying modern artworks long before he turned to “purifying” the world’s race through one of t...

He is one of the most reviled figures in history, yet there remains a booming market in the artworks of the teenage Adolf Hitler.

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Charles and Andrew: Royal Princes at War

Charles and Andrew: Royal Princes at War

As Prince Charles returns from his triumphant tour of the United States, including an historic meeting with President Barack Obama, there is an undeniable sense that the man who has for so long struggled on the international stage—derided as a qua...

Charles doesn’t like Andrew’s proximity to scandal, and Andrew doesn’t like Charles trying to edge him off center stage. Now the two aren’t even on speaking terms.

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Richard III’s Rock-Star Burial

Richard III’s Rock-Star Burial

On Thursday, a king of England will be buried for the second time in his green and pleasant land.This time, however, as a nation, we’ll be doing it right.More than 500 years after his death in August 1485, King Richard III, the last Plantagenet ki...

He was reviled in life, but now, over 500 years after his death, Richard III is being reburied—and with a great swell of public affection.

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12 May 1982, Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK --- 3500 British soldiers leave Southampton aboard the "RMS Queen Elizabeth 2" to go to fight in the Falkland Islands. The Falklands War started on Friday, 2 April 1982, with the Argentine invasion and occupation of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Britain launched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Argentine Air Force, and retake the islands by amphibious assault. The conflict ended with the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982, and the islands remained under British control. --- Image by © Arnaud de Wildenberg/Sygma/Corbis

Falklanders Live With the Threat of War

Falklanders Live With the Threat of War

A long-suffering, collective sigh emitted from the approximately 2,000-strong population of Falkland Islanders this week as they attempted to get on with day-to-day life, in the face of dramatic newspaper headlines from British and international n...

With Britain and Argentina ratcheting up the military rhetoric, Falkland Islanders recall the 1982 conflict, and how the Islands, and their lives, have transformed since.

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  • Halston, Planet Fashion’s Disco King

    Halston, Planet Fashion’s Disco King

    “You are only as good as the people you dress.”It’s how Halston intended to start his autobiography, according to his niece and confidante Lesley Frowick. And it’s how she starts her (admittedly biased) book about his prevailing influence over Pla...

    He threw Bianca Jagger’s birthday party the night she rode into Studio 54 on a white horse. His fame turned him into a mass-market brand—and Halston’s legend endures today.

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Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Abraham Lincoln and the Jews don’t exactly go together in the popular imagination like bagels and lox. While Lincoln has been championed as a Moses leading African Americans out of slavery, the 16th president’s ties to the Tribe have not been well...

At a time when anti-Semitism was the norm, Abraham Lincoln not only treated Jews with respect but counted many of them as close friends.

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Soldiers march past the podium during a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of DPRK's founder Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2012. DPRK's new leader Kim Jong Un delivered his first major public speech on Sunday as the country celebrated the centenary of its founder's birth. Picture taken April 15, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY MILITARY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR30SI2

When the Hermit Kingdom Turned Ugly

When the Hermit Kingdom Turned Ugly

Just a few months after the end of the Korean War, a bright, well-dressed young man named Kenneth Rowe matriculated at the University of Delaware to study engineering. Although only a little older than most of his classmates (he was 22 at the time...

Blaine Harden recounts the fractured fairy-tale origins of North Korea through the stories of the Stalinist tyrant Kim Il Sung and fighter pilot No Kum Sok, who fled the kingdom.

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A Darkly Comic Plague on All Our Houses

A Darkly Comic Plague on All Our Houses

The weather is certainly biblical in Jill Ciment’s funny, scary new novel, Act of God: three-and-a-half weeks of 100-plus-degree temperatures followed by 48 inches of rain in five days. And the glowing mushroom first spotted in a Williamsburg row ...

Jill Ciment’s satirical but ultimately humane new novel conjures a supermold plague that ruins the lives of thousands of Brooklynites in this tragicomedy of errors.

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Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Abraham Lincoln and the Jews don’t exactly go together in the popular imagination like bagels and lox. While Lincoln has been championed as a Moses leading African Americans out of slavery, the 16th president’s ties to the Tribe have not been well...

At a time when anti-Semitism was the norm, Abraham Lincoln not only treated Jews with respect but counted many of them as close friends.

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Apple Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs introduces the new operating system, OS 10.5 "Leopard"  to the crowd at the Apple 2006 Worldwide Development Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, August 7, 2006.   REUTERS/Dino Vournas   (UNITED STATES) - RTR1G6MM

Steve Jobs: ‘F*ck Neil Young’

Steve Jobs: ‘F*ck Neil Young’

The latest Steve Jobs biography was supposed to be more favorable than the last but the Apple founder comes over as a spoilt brat with anger issues and a host of bizarre personal grudges.Jobs authorized and cooperated with Walter Isaacson for the ...

Grudges against Neil Young and Google, ripping off Bill Gates and Tim Cook’s toxic dumping—the most interesting bits of a new book on Steve Jobs.

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives before giving evidence before the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics and practices of the media at the High Court in central London May 28, 2012. Tony Blair's decision to openly court Rupert Murdoch to win power and ensure favourable coverage during his decade-long tenure as British prime minister will come under scrutiny when he faces a media inquiry on Monday.  REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR32QCM

Blair’s Cash Lust Driven by Clinton Envy

Blair’s Cash Lust Driven by Clinton Envy

Tony Blair’s willingness to take millions of dollars in consultancy fees from some of the world’s most repressive regimes is inspired by an intense jealousy of Bill Clinton, according to the author of the first forensic account of his post-prime m...

Motivated by jealousy over Bill Clinton’s cash haul, Tony Blair has used his nomination as a Middle East peace envoy to enrich himself and JP Morgan, a new book claims.

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Members of her the battered Illinois National Guard, 15444 Transportation Company, return home to the small town of Paris, Ilinois. During the unit's deployment, the town raised money in order to armor the unit's vehicles only to be told by the Pentagon that this was not permitted. For the homecoming on Tuesday, factories and schools in town were let out early. Homes were decorated with cardboard cut outs of soldiers. More than 5,000 people lined the streets as the unit marched passed the Paris High School to the County Courthouse.

I Didn’t Believe My PTSD Diagnosis

I Didn’t Believe My PTSD Diagnosis

When a counselor told me I was exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, I said that that was absurd.After a reporting trip that involved witnessing sexual violence-related incidents and being sexually harassed and threatened, I had t...

Trauma and its deleterious effects are often associated in the popular imagination with veterans. A new book shows that it actually affects large swaths of the population.

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Apple Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs introduces the new operating system, OS 10.5 "Leopard"  to the crowd at the Apple 2006 Worldwide Development Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, August 7, 2006.   REUTERS/Dino Vournas   (UNITED STATES) - RTR1G6MM

Steve Jobs: ‘F*ck Neil Young’

Steve Jobs: ‘F*ck Neil Young’

The latest Steve Jobs biography was supposed to be more favorable than the last but the Apple founder comes over as a spoilt brat with anger issues and a host of bizarre personal grudges.Jobs authorized and cooperated with Walter Isaacson for the ...

Grudges against Neil Young and Google, ripping off Bill Gates and Tim Cook’s toxic dumping—the most interesting bits of a new book on Steve Jobs.

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