Mark McGlasson

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Spanish man found guilty of murder after beating US pilgrim to death and chopping off her hands

Two years to the day that Denise Pikka Thiem was last seen alive during her trip of a lifetime hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a jury in the northern city of León has found Miguel Ángel Muñoz guilty of her murder.<p>On Wednesday, eight out of nine jury members agreed with prosecutors that …

The Complete Guide to Sugar Around the World

Sugar is a many splendored thing—here's your global tour of the essential sweet stuff<p>Brown sugar was for cookies. The white granulated stuff went on …

April Fools' Day 2017: the best (and worst) pranks

Topsy-turvy day<p>April 1st — a day colloquially known as “April Fools’ Day” or “the worst holiday ever” — isn’t even until tomorrow, but because the month of April starts on a Saturday this year, all the #brands are already out in force to pollute the internet celebrate the occasion with a bunch of …

Liked ‘Serial’? Here’s Why the True-Crime Podcast ‘S-Town’ Is Better

In 2014, the true-crime podcast “Serial” began like this: A tipster asked a radio journalist to investigate a murder. “S-Town,” the new narrative podcast from the creators of “Serial,” kicks off in a similar fashion. This time, the tipster is John B. McLemore, an eccentric antique clock restorer …

The Psychology of the Sample Sale

What makes otherwise mild-mannered shoppers shove each other in the quest for discount goods?<p>A few years ago, my mom brought me to one of those sales for special designer collaborations at Target. At 6:30 a.m., we drove to a big store in suburban Maryland, then stood in line in the early spring …

FBI Arrests Hacker Who Hacked No One

Taylor Huddleston woke early on December 6th, hours before the Arkansas winter morning would stir to life with the sound of roosters and dogs. Since …

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We examined more than 1,300 journalist killings between 2002 and 2013. Here’s what we learned.

By Anita Gohdes and<p>Sabine Carey<p>Reporting the news from a war zone is a risky business. But just how many members of the media are killed — and what does that tell us about the trajectory for how countries view human rights?<p>To look at these questions more closely, we collected data on killings of …

The Syrian Rebel Who Tried to Build an Islamist Paradise

Zahran Alloush had dreams of an Islamist state in his besieged city. It wasn’t only Bashar Assad who stopped him.<p>First came the tanks, a line of hulking Soviet-built T-72s, adorned with black Islamic flags. Then, the anti-aircraft guns, the armored troop carriers, and a line of flatbed trucks with …

Escape to another world

As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. …

The Russia/Flynn/Freedom Caucus vortex of questions and tension at the White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> As another frenzied Washington week closes, the White House seems to be losing control of the quickening intrigue over Russia's meddling in the election, and allegations of links between the Trump campaign and Kremlin associates.<p>Characteristically, President Donald Trump's team …

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One Year On, Aung San Suu Kyi Struggles to Unite a Fractured Myanmar

There’s a man named John, aged somewhere in his 50s, who sometimes loiters near the entrance to the headquarters of the National League for Democracy …

Talking to the Gatekeepers of TV Comedy

Ever since the days of <i>I Love Lucy</i>, the production of most TV comedy has been driven by one guiding principle: Create shows that can appeal to the …

Banking while browsing: The e-commerce solution

Digital security will be one of the biggest trends of 2017. The challenge at the heart of the dialogue? The pace of technology development – and cyber vulnerabilities – are increasing a rate much faster than protective measures can keep up.<p>The e-commerce sector, as one example, demonstrates the …

Why Local News Anchors All Have the Same Look

The faces on your TV may have been surgically altered for a distraction-free experience.<p>Mark* was a sophomore in college, interning at a popular local television station in a medium-sized city in the South, when his boss told him to consider plastic surgery.<p>“One of the first things he said was ‘Oh, …

24 Hours at JFK: The Hour-by-Hour Account of Two Iraqis’ Detainment and Release

Last Friday night, after a very long week, Mark Doss, a 29-year-old attorney with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), was out to …

As a conservative Twitter user sleeps, his account is hard at work

By Craig Timberg<p>Craig Timberg<p>National reporter covering technology<p>Email Bio Follow<p>CHICAGO — Daniel John Sobieski, 68, climbed the stairs in his modest brick home and settled into a worn leather chair for another busy day of tweeting. But he needn’t have bothered. As one of the nation’s most …

How Israelis See the Settlements

Some want to annex the West Bank, others to separate from the Palestinians—and all view Jerusalem as anything but a settlement<p>A billboard near the highway entering Jerusalem proclaims in Hebrew: “The Time for Sovereignty Has Come.” It is part of a new campaign for the formal incorporation into …

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High-pressure parenting

We invest far more time and money in raising our children than our parents did. Ryan Avent wonders whether we’re doing it in their best interests – …

Hollywood Lawyer Marty Singer Can Make Any Problem Go Away—Except Bill Cosby’s

A ballroom full of household names—John Travolta, Scarlett Johansson, Charlie Sheen, Jonah Hill, etc.—will swear there’s no one in Hollywood like Marty Singer. David Margolick reports on the mega-lawyer’s mojo, and his involvement in the Bill Cosby case.<p>The guests who gathered for the Beverly Hills …

Where Things Stand in the Legal Battle Over President Trump's Travel Ban

Politics News<p>After national protests and a weekend of legal wrangling, President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries remained blocked on Monday.<p>Lawyers for Minnesota and Washington state told a federal appellate court early in the …

Anatomy of a miracle: How the Patriots came back from the dead

Zero-point-two percent. Two in a thousand. The New England Patriots stunned the St. Louis Rams to win the first Super Bowl of the Bill Belichick-Tom …

The 18 best TV shows right now, according to critics

This year, HBO leads the pack with 22 nominations. There's a tie for second place between ABC and Netflix, with each earning 14. And FX takes the third position with 12 nominations.<p>"In this golden age of peak TV, viewers have an embarrassment of riches to choose from every day and night," said Joey …

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You called, we listened: What thousands of voicemails reveal about the American voter

Devastated. Ecstatic. Afraid. Hopeful.<p>We asked American voters how they are feeling about the outcome of the election and their new president. You have now left us more than 8,000 voicemails. Here's what you said.<p><i>We're still listening: 646-535-9720</i><p>"I voted for Obama, and I believed in him. But he …

Google AI experiments help you appreciate neural networks

And they're more than a little entertaining.<p>Sure, you may know that neural networks are spicing up your photos and translating languages, but what if you want a better appreciation of how they function? Google can help. It just launched an AI Experiments site that puts machine learning to work in a …

Charlie Morton to Astros: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

After missing most of the 2016 season due to injury, veteran starting pitcher Charlie Morton signed a two-year, $14 million <b></b>free-agent deal with the Houston Astros on Wednesday.<p>The Astros announced the signing, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports revealed the terms.<p>After Morton spent seven years in the …

Rapper imagines Trump's America in album, says his 'nightmare' came true

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> KXNG Crooked says he doesn't want to be the Nostradamus of hip-hop.<p>The Long Beach rapper, whose real name is Dominick Wickliffe, released an album last week, which includes the song "Welcome to Planet X," featuring Eminem, that takes place in an alternate reality — a nation led …

Indiegogo lets you invest in potential startups

You'll be entitled to put some money in for more than just a t-shirt and a note of thanks.<p>When a kid with a good idea asks you for $20 to fund their new startup, you give that money in the hope they'll do some good. That can sting, however, when they become a multi-billionaire and you don't even …

22 Team for NFL Week 10

Chris Simms' All-22 Team for NFL Week 10<p>My dad might’ve thrown the first back-shoulder fade in NFL history.<p>Some backstory here: Last week, I checked out some of Phil’s old game tape from December 1988. My dad had tons of tight end talent back then—Mark Bavaro, of course, but also Brad Beckman and …

'Tangled web': Trump's businesses could create conflicts

NEW YORK (AP) — Asked on TV earlier this year whether a President Donald Trump would ever mix politics with business, his eldest son, Donald Jr., …

Amazon Will Drop the Price of Prime for One Day Only

You can get a Prime subscription for $79<p>If you’ve been thinking about signing up for Amazon’s popular Prime service, Friday might be your chance to …