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Alleged call girl in court today for Google exec death

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A high-priced escort accused of leaving a top Google executive to die alone on his yacht after injecting him with heroin pleaded not guilty today to a manslaughter charge.<p>Alix Tichelman, 26, her hands shackled, wearing a red jail jumpsuit, sat quietly in the back row of the …

DEA Agents Paid Man With Crack, Lawsuit Says

Federal agents paid a man with crack cocaine in exchange for his help in undercover operations, according to a new lawsuit reported on by The Associated Press.<p>Aaron Romero, 38, was recruited by Drug Enforcement Administration agents in 2011 to help with "Operation Smack City," which investigated …

Archdiocese offers to shelter immigrant children

The Archdiocese of Chicago wants federal approval to shelter a yet-to-be-determined share of thousands of unaccompanied children who've recently breached the country's southern border, a request welcomed by federal officials amid a scramble to house the growing number of children arriving alone in …

The 10 Best Hot Dog Stands in the U.S.

A staple of busy city street corners, baseball games and backyard parties, the hot dog is perhaps America's original fast food. While the formula is simple — a cooked sausage served inside a sliced bun — the variations are endless. From chili-slopped Coney Island hot dogs to all-beef, veggie-topped …

Hot Dogs

5 Awesome "Graffitrees": Graffiti with Actual Trees

Afro Taino by Gabriel Abreu in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic<p>Great graffiti happens when the artists don't get stumped. Instead, they go out on a …

The Decorating Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Home's Value

The unexpected little details that could cost you big time.<p>Thinking of selling your home...even one day? Real estate experts weigh in on the unexpected little details that could cost you big time in the long run.

Home Improvement

Read J.K. Rowling's new post for the latest Harry Potter 'gossip' - TODAY.com

<i>Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Then this is for you.</i> <i>Since March, best-selling author J. K. Rowling has been writing original stories about the imaginary 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for</i> Pottermore<i>, the online home for the world of Harry Potter.</i><p><i>Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com</i> <i>story</i> …

Books

Cursed Warship Revealed With Treasure Onboard

Researchers and divers have started studying the secrets that Mars, the pride of Sweden's 16th-century navy, has held for 450 years.<p>It was the largest and fiercest warship in the world, named the <i>Mars</i> for the Roman god of war: But it went up in a ball of flames in a brutal naval battle in 1564, …

The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

On July 4, 1862, English mathematician and logician Charles Dodgson boarded a small boat with a few friends. Among them was a little girl named Alice Liddell. To entertain her and her sisters as they floated down the river between Oxford and Godstow, Dodgson fancied a whimsical story, which he’d …

The complete guide to working out before work

Life inevitably gets in the way of your gym date. That’s why people who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with it, Barbara Brehm, a professor of exercise and sport studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and author of the recently released textbook, <i>Psychology of Health and Fitness</i>, …

Fitness

Our Favorite Burger Recipes from Classic to "Crunchified"

Juicy burgers—from beef, to turkey, to veggie—that you'll want to get on your grill right now.<p><b>Fire up that grill already</b>—it's practically begging for one of these juicy burgers to make that delightful sizzling noise.

Cooking

A Scandinavian-Inspired Kitchen with Hints of Japan

Not too long ago, on a quick business-ey type trip to Toronto, I made a side pilgrimage to Mjölk (one of our favorite shops ever at Remodelista). …

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …