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Soccer player Robbie Rogers will announce he's coming out of retirement on Saturday. This may seem insignificant, except Roger isn't old, or past his prime, or unworthy of a contract. The 26-year-old former U.S. national team member retired in February after announcing that he's gay.
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This week on the Sunday talk shows, Lindsay Graham isn't afraid of big, bad Hillary Clinton running for President; Dan Malloy thinks the face of the NRA is more a circus act than anything; and everyone else gabs about North Korea.
An assassination attempt in Afghanistan on Sunday resulted in the first death of a State Department employee since the war there began.
Chinese President Xi Jinping used his first speech since taking over to indirectly call out North Korea for being so prickly lately. He never mentioned the country by name, but it's pretty clear who he was referring to.
Box office hero Melissa McCarthy stopped by Saturday Night Live for the second time in her career last night and saved the episode when some of the jokes weren't that great. Oh, and a certain Tyrion Lannister showed up ahead of this Sunday's Game of Thrones premiere.
Amid all of the very real threats of war and stuff from North Korea, you'd think American intelligence officers want as much video footage of the enemy as possible. Well, here is one video featuring North Korean exercises and Kim Jong-Un holding a gun, and we'll say this: they certainly get points for presentation.
The San Antonio Spurs' Stephen Jackson is one of the most overpaid players in the National Basketball Association, according to a man who Jackson says is "dying inside."
If you had an extortion investigation in your "what twists the Rutgers basketball scandal will take next" pool, well, collect your winnings. Also, buy a lottery ticket because you may be telepathic. Because the F.B.I. is investigating Eric Murdock, the whistleblowing former assistant coach, for extortion.
The details of the bloody back-room deal between Pakistani and American officials that led to the U.S. regularly carrying out unmanned strikes in Pakistan have been shrouded in secrecy, until now, and the reports of the first strike are strange to read now, in retrospect. But what does retrospect mean in America's drone war, anyway?
Reportedly facing pressure from U.N. security council allies, the U.S. is considering jumping into the Syrian conflict.
Hulu owners have an offer on the table from a real person offering real money to purchase the streaming television service, but the price tag is significantly lower than the last time the company was for sale.
The nuclear negotiations between Iran and the western power brokers appeared to be achieving something. But when the parties emerged from the final meeting of two days worth of talks, nothing had changed and everything had fallen apart.
Yesterday a rumor about four gay NFL athletes coming out of the closet together seemed to push the gay rights in sports debate to the precipice. Except that rumor was more than a little untrue, and now gay rights in sports advocates are more than a little mad.
It's a pretty big day at Al Jazeera America — the company confirmed its first bold faced name hire, and set up a brand spanking social media account for the kids to follow along with at home.
According to newly released court documents, the shooter's psychiatrist contacted University of Colorado authorities about his having "homicidal thoughts" 38 days before he shot and killed 12 people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
When the Mike Rice controversy exploded this week, the one person everyone immediately thought of was Bobby Knight. He's the guy you think of when an NCAA basketball coach puts his hand on a player, but he won't be saying anything and ESPN is fine with that.
Two Texas inmates — one accused of strangling someone with a shoelace — enjoyed little more than two days worth of freedom before U.S. Marshals busted them roughly 20 miles from the prison from which they escaped — and neither man was wearing any pants.
The U.S. is deploying a new missile defense system in Guam to protect American forces from any potential North Korean attacks. It's the latest move in the ongoing chess battle between the Western powers and North Korea, and Chuck Hagel promises he's takings "seriously." But is he, really?
They're yet another step closer to proving that dark matter — the unseen stuff that they believe makes up a quarter of the universe — actually exists. And, yes, you can thank Congress for paying to strap a magic bus to the side of a Space Shuttle and help us understand what we're doing here.
The school finally fired its head basketball coach after immense pressure over video that surfaced Tuesday showing Rice's outrageous behavior at team practices. But the public outrage continues, with many saying the move came too late and that the school athletic director and even its president should be next to go. Even Chris Christie is speaking out.
The world's most legendary movie critic with a career longevity that no illness has seemed to conquer, announced in a blog post last night that he's receiving treatment for another bout of cancer and "must slow down" his voracious output. For anyone else, that would mean slowing down a lot.
A video emerged Tuesday showing Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice shoving players, cursing at them, and calling them gay slurs. When the university found out about it last year, its athletic director says the school fined Rice $50,000 and suspended him for three games. That's it. Now people are desperately trying to figure out how the coach and the A.D. are still employed.
Can we all agree that we are unanimously, as a society, excited that Pixar's new movie Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo, is now officially on the way? Can we agree that not only children watch Pixar movies? Good, now let's feel even better about that.
Two inmates — one accused of strangling someone with a shoelace — used their feet to make a mad dash to freedom Tuesday when they successfully broke out of a Texas prison.
The president proposed a $100 million, long-term investment initiative Tuesday: the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN for short, so scientists may better understand our noggin'.
On a day full of enough bad jokes across the Web, and stunts from Google, and accidents in newspapers, and horrifying bunnies at the White House, these nine stories cut through the debate on April Fool's Day — whether they seemed fake or not, believe it: They were just patently absurd enough headlines from our world to be the actual news of April 1, 2013.
It sure seems like everyone is more excited for baseball's Opening Day than usual. Maybe it's because every pretty good team is great again, except the Yankees and the Red Sox, and because, hell, the Cubs might win it all. Or maybe it's because this winter has been the one that refused to end — the season someone finally up and sued the groundhog, for crissakes — and because baseball is a sure sign that spring — finally, blessedly — is here again.
Boldly rejecting a plea deal in a case of mass killing and setting up a showdown on mental health, prosecutors announced Monday they will seek the death penalty against James Holmes for killing 12 people in a movie theater last summer in Aurora, Colorado.
It's April 1, so while you were maybe bringing some actual humor to this day, the Internet and the major entities therein tried their darnedest to play along. The results, as is typical for gigantic tech companies, news outlets, and other creatures of the web when trying a little too hard to be funny and "go viral," are mixed. Here's a look at the 2013 bag.
The Obama administration is sending Caroline Kennedy, the only living child of former President John F. Kennedy to Tokyo as Japan's new U.S. ambassador.
Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered a horrific knee injury during Sunday's Elite Eight game against Duke that was so bad it spawned an ethical debate online over whether sites should be able to GIF or host video of the injury. CBS, too, was criticized for showing the replay.
The Daily Mail doesn't know what it is yet, but it does know that America is an untapped market they want to tackle head on by going after the boring, stodgy New York Times.
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The Senate's Gang of Eight were out in full force on the Sunday shows to tell us how far they are from presenting the bipartisan immigration bill; Sen. Jeff Flake thinks a same-sex marriage supporting GOP candidate is "inevitable': Cardinal Dolan wants to better the church's relationship with gays.
Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia Woodward McLelland were found slain in their Texas home Saturday evening and some are connecting their deaths to the January killing of McLelland's assistant district attorney.
The Internet's favorite wanton waif and drug user Cat Marnell is writing a book, and apparently that book got picked up by Simon & Schuster. Marnell got a pretty hefty sum for the deal.
The New York Times decided it was time for their bi-monthly check-in with Clinton aides to see how close the former Secretary of State is to running for the nation's highest office. Come on, shouldn't she know by now?
The guy chosen to be Hugo Chavez's heir in Venezuela isn't letting a double digit lead in the polls stop him from attacking his opponents where it really hurts ahead of the country's election. He said his opponent is related, albeit distantly, to Adolf Hitler.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France was evacuated Saturday evening after local police received a bomb threat from an anonymous caller, L'Express reports. The call said the attack would occur around 9:30 p.m. local time.
The bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill was being held up by a dispute over how low-skilled workers would be incorporated into the all-encompassing agreement, but it appears that wrinkle's been smoothed over and the bill could be unveiled in a little more than a week.
Apple is usually very protective of their intellectual property, so they're probably pretty pissed that a trademark officer rejected their application to own the phrase "iPad Mini."
The 94-year-old former president of South Africa is on the mend after being admitted to the hospital for the third time in fourth months earlier this week after a recurrence of a lung infection that hospitalized the Nobel prize winning in December.
The tiny Canadian pixie known as Justin Bieber tried to take one of his animal pals into Germany with him late Friday evening, but German health officials weren't as keen on the idea: they took Bieber's pet monkey and put it in quarantine.
Administration officials don't seem to be sweating North Korea's boldest, blustering statement that came out Friday evening announcing something about entering a "state of war" with South Korea.
Lawyers for the Aurora shooter filed a motion in court Wednesday offering a guilty plea deal — acknowledging that Holmes is willing to spend life in prison without a chance for parole if it means avoiding the death penalty. Whether he can really avoid it will be determined very soon.
A bomb went off Wednesday evening near the Acropolis in Athens, but the ancient tourist attraction wasn't the target — the scary incident in the middle of the Greek capital may have had more to do with the ongoing financial crisis in Cyprus.
Now that we know NBC is showing Jay Leno the door, the question becomes what the reigning king of late-night television will do when he is no longer on late-night television. Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni, he could have to start waking up a lot earlier.
After two days of ridiculous short teasers, we finally got two full trailers for The Wolverine movie today. And now that these things are actually longer than a few seconds each, can we please move past the Inception rip-offs already?
Fox News talking head Bill O'Reilly made waves last night for criticizing the arguments against gay marriage. Is he getting ready to come out in support of marriage equality?
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