The Best of the Beast, May 5-12

Our favorite stories for your weekend reading list.

05.10.14 9:45 AM ET

by Michael Daly

FILE - This 2010 file photo provided by Saint Louis University Athletics shows former volleyball player Megan Boken before a match in St. Louis. A court hearing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 in St. Louis, for Keith Esters, accused of killing Boken — who was also a Saint Louis University athlete — in a robbery to take her smartphone.(AP Photo/Saint Louis University Athletics, File)

This 2010 file photo provided by Saint Louis University Athletics shows former volleyball player Megan Boken before a match in St. Louis.

Megan Boken was one of many slain by thieves going ‘Apple picking.’ But momentum is building to force manufacturers to install ‘kill switches’ that render stolen phones inoperable.

by Tim Teeman

In a candid interview, Jeff Herman, the Florida lawyer suing director Bryan Singer and other Hollywood power players, reveals his own, very personal experiences of sexual abuse.

by Kimberly Dozier

by Gene Robinson

(NYT36) NEW YORK -- August 2, 2008 -- GAYS-ANGLICANS-REVIEW -- Bishop Gene Robinson in Canterbury, England in July 2008. For a man at the heart of a bitter dispute that threatens to sunder the Anglican communion, Robinson seems more relaxed than almost any of the 650 bishops and archbishops gathered for the Lambeth Conference, the once-a-decade assembly that brings together the leaders of an estimated 80 million Anglicans worldwide. (Luke Tchalenko/The New York Times)

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All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of ‘til death do us part.’ But not all of us are able to see it through.

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The intelligence agency’s irregular forces have been key to the fight against the Taliban since 2001. Now they’re being withdrawn—just as a bloody fighting season heats up.

by William O'Connor

Thomas Jefferson went broke, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, and Arctic exploration got a new life, all because a massive volcano erupted in 1815.

by Eli Lake

Leaders from at least three of al Qaeda’s most virulent affiliates are now in Libya. What are they planning there?

by Jillian Lauren

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah salutes as the national anthem is played during celebrations for Brunei's 30th National Day, in Bandar Seri Begawan February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Ahim Rani (BRUNEI - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY) - RTX19CJ8

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As a teenager, I was the mistress of his brother—who ‘gave’ me as a gift to the sultan. And in just one night, we committed at least two offenses under his newly implemented penal code.

by Geoffrey R. Stone

The five justices in the majority in Monday’s First Amendment ruling showed no empathy for residents of a New York town who might not be Christian. But that shouldn’t surprise us.

by Kevin Fallon

From the wild weather to the harsh landscape, Iceland has its fair share of mystifying phenomena. But none is more fascinating than the elves. They’re real. And this woman will save them.

by Daniela Drake

Think a low fat diet is the key to health? Think again.