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21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Every Day

Need to wake up? Just sniff an orange.

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Fact-Check: How True Is the Explosive N.W.A. Biopic?

The hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton, about the rap group N.W.A., hits theaters Friday, and contains plenty of larger-than-life moments. Here, …

Colorado theater shooter's mother was 'totally shocked' her son killed 12 people

Arlene Holmes said she was "totally shocked" when she learned her son James had killed 12 people and wounded 70 in a shooting rampage in a packed movie theater using a semiautomatic rifle, shotgun and pistol.<p>"We never had guns in the house," she told the jury. "We never were hunters or target …

Mental Health

Judge rejects two charges against deputy U.S. marshal in 2008 killing

A federal judge on Wednesday tossed out two charges against an off-duty deputy U.S. marshal accused of killing a man during a confrontation in a Fairfax-area alley.<p>In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez faulted federal prosecutors for not providing enough evidence to convict Matthew …

Los Angeles

6 Often Misunderstood SF/F Novels

All literature is open to interpretation; that’s one of the main attractions of reading—that ability to take someone’s words and make of them a …

Scientists think they’ve found the reason you’re overeating

Do you ever realize that you’re full, but finish that burger and fries anyway? There may be a scientific reason for that: too little of a hormone called GLP-1, which is thought to play a role in obesity (paywall).<p>Researchers from Rutgers University have found that when GLP-1 is released in the …

Samsung’s Profit Continues To Slide As Its Smartphone Unit Struggles

As the company forecasted earlier this month, Samsung Electronic posted yet another drop in its quarterly profits.<p>This marks its seventh quarterly decline in a row as the company’s smartphone unit struggles to keep up with competitors like Xiaomi. Sales of its flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge also …

Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach on Wednesday to demonstrate against a trade agreement being …

Trade Pact

The Week in Review: Cecil the Lion’s Death Sparks Outrage

Thirteen-year-old Cecil the lion was one of Africa’s most famous animals before his death earlier month. Zimbabwe officials believe hunters lured Cecil out of his home on Hwange National Park and killed him on July 1. The non-governmental Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has alleged hunters first …

Wildlife

Sandra Bland's family to file federal lawsuit

HOUSTON — The family of Sandra Bland, the Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail cell last month, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Houston seeking to hold people involved in her death accountable.<p>"We are looking for Waller County and the individuals involved to take accountability," said attorney …

U.S. Department of Justice

Pakistan hangs 'teenage' killer Shafqat Hussain

Supporters say he was only 15 at the time of the killing and was tortured into confessing<p>Pakistan on Tuesday executed a convicted killer whose supporters say was a juvenile at the time of his crime, despite strenuous objections from rights groups and the United Nations.<p>Shafqat Hussain was hanged …

Fitzgerald and the Jews

People evidently liked to touch Frances Kroll Ring. As secretary and assistant to F. Scott Fitzgerald toward the end of his life, Mrs. Ring, who died on June 18th, at the age of ninety-nine, might well have been the last person alive to have touched <i>him</i>. To shake her hand or look her in the eye was …

Literature