What seems like progress from the top-down may reveal the problem with Boy Scouts from the inside-out: its first official coming out party is still a microcosm of discord on gay acceptance, especially in Christian America, no matter what polls say today or the Supreme Court declares in a few weeks. Here's a survey of the reaction so far.
Last month at a meeting in Israel, President Obama defined his "game changer" on American involvement in the Syrian civil war as Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against his people. Today in Israel, a major Israeli military intelligence official said that Assad had done just that. With British and French officials appearing to believe the same, is the game about to change?
The user behind the amateur sleuth page followed 'round the world is now admitting, in an interview with The Atlantic Wire, that his communal photo hunt was "doomed from the start" but that Reddit's community is seeking answers — not about the ongoing investigation so much as about what went right... and what went so very wrong.
Despite allegations that he knew about a rape and tried to protect his players who committed it, despite widespread criticism that he didn't punish his team enough and that he should be fired, and despite a grand jury that could charge him looming next week, Reno Saccocia has been approved for a two-year administrative contract, the city superintendent confirmed to The Atlantic Wire Monday afternoon.
Time, which may be struggling internally but did manage to pull George Clooney last year, may have the glitziest table at "nerd prom" once again.
The Dutch town of Leiden shut down over 20 of its schools on Monday and one arrest has been made — all because of a threat posted to 4chan. Yes, international police forces are on to the Internet's most notorious message boards. You know, as part of regular "Internet checks."
A sad and difficult week that began with the tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon and included the shutdown of a major American city, ends with a triumphant moment when a wanted suspect is taken alive.
In the most crowdsourced terror investigation on American soil, we have come a long way this week in the neverending game of amateur investigation on social media. Here are the few — if ominous — things we've learned about ourselves, and about a man who was, it seems minutes ago, just a stranger.
Here's everything else we think we know about "Suspect No. 2" — the one in the white hat, the one on the loose in a chaotic scene in Boston — and his dead brother, Tamerlan, based on the flood of incoming reports.
The FBI has released images of two suspects in the Boston Marathon attack, and the public investigation was on — until a late-night situation unfolded in Watertown, the FBI released two more photos, and a report surfaced that a suspect had been captured.
Since the first cases of the deadly H7N9 bird flu strain appeared in Shanghai earlier this month, Chinese health officials told the world not to panic because they couldn't find solid evidence of human-to-human transmission in any of what have grown into 82 reported infections. They maintained that until, well, guess what China's health experts are saying for the first time today?
The Boston Marathon bombing is easily the most crowdsourced terror investigation in American history, with the FBI soliciting videos, cellphone pictures, and anything that could lead to the capture of whoever set off those pressure cooker bombs. This is what happens when you ask for the public's help.
As night fell on an evacuated federal courthouse in Boston, confusing reports had provided a promising if unclear picture of a "breakthrough" in the case: Investigators appear to have just that — a picture, from a new surveillance video, that appears to show a man leaving a bag at the scene of the crime. But they may not have a name, and Gov. Deval Patrick pleaded for patience.
Anthony Weiner is trailing fledgling rockstar Christine Quinn — and only Christine Quinn — in a new poll, the first in the heated New York City mayor's race to include him, and the first evidence that his media blitz is slowly bringing him back from selfie shame.
Tuesday night, in cruel echoes of a stubborn daytime before it, yielded precious but little new information the Boston bombs — and sad remembrances of one, two, and almost three of the dead. The bomber or bombers remained elusive, and President Obama was scheduled to visit the site of "an act of terror" Thursday. Catch up on the day after — and new medical information from Wednesday morning briefings — as authorities prepare for the days ahead.
As Mr. Rogers once said, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" These are some of the helpers we've met so far from Patriot Day.
As images from the carnage in Boston continue to surface — of missing legs, of fallen men — so, too, has the truth behind some of the most memorable among them, however horrific or human. This is the truth we know so far.
Even as a city and a nation came together amidst the chaotic scene, there was not much good news in Boston this April 15. Catch up on all the details on the victims, the persons of interest, the moment of horror, and eyewitness accounts with the definitive account of a dark Patriot Day.
On the heels of a family statement claiming that Oscar Pistorius is constantly "mourning" the death of his girlfriend,whom he shot to death on Valentine's Day, there are reports that the Olympic runner was out in Johannesberg drinking with his buddies over the weekend and flirting with several women.
The words "47 percent" were the death blow to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign — even he admits it was "completely wrong." So why on Earth is Rep. Rob Woodall, a Republican from Georgia who sits on Paul Ryan's House Budget Committee, saying Mitt was so right?
Because, really, what could go wrong with a man who was fired for evidence of abuse — for kicking his 18-year-old male players, chucking basketballs at their heads, and using anti-gay slurs — moving on to supervise your 12-year-old daughter?
After disappearing from the public eye for two weeks, America's favorite "artificial" head of state re-emerged at midnight Monday to celebrate the most important holiday in North Korea — albeit a scaled down version without any fireworks, figurative or otherwise.
On the heels of a measure that bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy and in the midst of a purposeful challenge to Roe v. Wade, North Dakota's legislature has sent another bill to be signed by Governor Jack Dalrymple—and this one would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks or pregnancy, built on the premise that fetuses feel pain.
There is a sad reality to the otherwise hilarious non-time machine "time machine" story that came out of Iran this week: It's making the otherwise legitimate Iranian scientific community look bad, even though it knows — just like you — that the inventor is a total quack.
Three boys have been arrested for assaulting a 15-year-old in California who hanged herself. If that sounds familiar, the arrests came one week after a 17-year-old in Canada hanged herself after an alleged attack by four boys at a party. There were photos. Indeed, if the combination of rape, victim-blaming, and a social media tornado from small towns to national outrage seems like something of a trend this year, perhaps this is the brutal new reality in age of Steubenville, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Don't look now, but the birthday of Kim Jong-un's grandfather is on Monday, and nothing would do more poetic justice to North Korea's warped version of history and its "unacceptable" war-mongering rhetoric than to drown one of its oldest enemies in a sea of nuclear flames. Which absurdity will win out?
The mother of George Zimmerman released a letter on the one-year anniversary of his "most unfortunate arrest" Thursday, claiming that Florida police took him into custody to "placate the masses"—and not because he shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old buying some Skittles.
While Jay won't say who he's rapping about in his (timely) new song, here's a news analysis based on the recent Hova headlines on his trip to Cuba, his new sports agency, and more.
After mastering the art of drones (by way of Photoshop) and the science of sending a monkey (that was not real) into space, the latest breakthrough out of Iran is a "time machine." The only thing stopping production, apparently, is the fear that China will make millions of crappy versions of it.
Today in viral videos: the festival that turns Philly nightlife from terrible to pretty fun, Kim Jong-un with makeup, and the chillest seal in the world.
The NFL said that "half the league" would never get away with playing under the influence of the little blue pills, no matter what Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman says.
If you thought Virginia was weird, it's easier to pass a law through Montana's state legislature that allows citizens to eat their own roadkill than it is to strike down a law that made gay sex a felony punishable with up to 10 years in jail and a $50,000 fine.
New CNN president Jeff Zucker, as The Washington Post's Paul Farhi explains in a lengthy profile today, is a "hyper-competitive" but patient man who will try anything and everything to "blow up the place" and get you to watch the still struggling network without alienating the base — of viewers or advertisers.
MTV will cancel the show, a little over a week after of one the show's star cast members died of carbon monoxide poisoning. But does a network known for its questionable taste in reality TV owe it to the rest of the kids to keep the show on the air? That's what Buckwild's show runner is arguing, vehemently, as he vows to keep filming.
A treasury department letter shows the U.S. government fully, officially approved Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "educational exchange" trip to Cuba, but some politicians still aren't satisfied that they played by the government rules.
Today in viral videos: Beyoncé teases "Grown Woman" again, a raccoon pleases, and everything that's wrong with Les Miserables including Anne Hathaway.
All of the invite news leading up to DC's Nerd Prom can be a confusing batch of pomp and absurdity, so we'll be updating this handy, interactive, and officially unofficial guest list of media outlets and celebrities until that grandest of evenings is finally upon us.
As Washington runs to-and-fro on firearm legislation, student gun enthusiasts at some universities are taking matters into their own hands by showing their desire for concealed weapons on campus. Here's how the gun lobby inside actual schools is trying — and failing — to set an example, one empty holster at a time.
The total reported impact of this still very mysterious strain has grown to eight deaths and 24 infected people, but the bird flu might just be a lot worse than China is letting on — and it wouldn't be the first time the country's health officials have "covered up" a major disease threat.
The grand jury process has begun, and potential new civil suits against the adults who own the homes may shed light on what's next. But local law experts and an examination of testimony reveal that, well, the grown-ups in Steubenville might get off the hook — and the jagged puzzle of accountability may go unsolved.
"I like small penises," said no women interviewed for an actually scientific study released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS. Yes, PNAS is a funny sounding acronym, and, yes, PNAS has found that size does matter — and that women prefer "showers" to "growers."
By the NRA's logic, one "detail" in the 225-page "report" that the gun lobby's National School Shield task force has now corrected should make the whole report just about useless. Yes, there are enough school shootings that last week's NRA-funded research findings managed to find a school shooting that never happened.
Thieves in the German town of Bad Hersfeld spirited away some 5.5 tons of the chocolate-hazelnut spread over the weekend. But if you can trick one of the top schools in the United States into paying $2,500 per week for Nutella, perhaps everyone should get in the chocolate topping business.
With a cache this massive (and thus far, not that shocking), what you find all depends on what you're searching for — like, say, the Russian predilection for soft rock.
Everyone can agree that it's sickening: Students at a Connecticut high school continue to blame the victim on social media, even as the star athletes and accused rapists sit in prison. But does blaming the problem with rape culture on the new problems of the Internet ignore the cruel way rape victims have been treated in the past? Torrington, it seems, is about to find out.
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