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Pakistani woman dies after being set on fire for rejecting marriage proposal

<b>Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> An 18-year-old Pakistani schoolteacher died Wednesday from injuries after her body was set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal, police said.<p>The perpetrators beat Maria Abbasi, then drenched her in petrol and set her body ablaze before leaving her for dead, her …

Pakistan

The World's 20 Most Impressive Ancient Builds

The feats of the Ancients.<p>Suspension bridges and skyscrapers are marvels of modern engineering, but some of the world's most impressive constructions are thousands of years behind us. The Roman Colosseum is one such wonder, marking a crucial transition point between two vastly different ages of …

8 Foods for Better Sleep

<i>Photo: Well+Good</i><p><b>By Willa Tellekson-Flash for Well+Good</b><p>You've brewed countless cups of chamomile, taken your fair share of restorative yoga classes, and even tried to shut the lights just a little bit earlier. After all, quality ZZZs affect everything from your immune system--and we doubt you have …

Sleep

Secretive Harvard club breaks silence in sex row to defend all-male membership policy

A secretive Harvard club has broken centuries of tradition by speaking out against pressure to change its all-male membership policy.<p>In the most extensive public comments in its 225-year history, the Porcellian Club hit back at a recent Harvard report that linked such so-called "final clubs" with …

It's not important if the Bible is true. What matters is that it's real.

By Tom Bissell<p>For an altar boy, Easter Sunday was the closest thing you had to the Super Bowl. The Mass was longer. The rope belt you wore was fancier. Everyone’s clothes were nicer. Even the chalices and trays, freighted with their divine payloads of wine and wafer, seemed heavier. While suiting …

New Testament

The state of American health, as told by Twitter

If taking to the Internet and posting about your runny nose isn’t the first thing you think to do when you’re sick, you may actually be in the …

4 ways the foods you eat are making you look older

Before you reach for that second piece of bread at dinner, consider this: the foods you are eating are showing up in your face as wrinkles, blemishes, bags and more.<p>If you can identify and eliminate your skin-aging triggers, you are also able to heal your gut, stop the process of “digest-aging” and …

Scientists fly glacial ice to south pole to unlock secrets of global warming

High on Mont Blanc, huge ice cores are being extracted to help researchers study the alarming rate of glacial melt<p>In a few weeks, researchers will begin work on a remarkable scientific project. They will drill deep into the Col du Dôme glacier on Mont Blanc and remove a 130 metre core of ice. Then …

Global Warming

Celebs Get Paid While Black Victims Get Crumbs

Celebrity Gossip

15-Year-Old’s Bold Black History Drawing Wins Google’s National Doodle Contest

Akilah Johnson won the Doodle 4 Google contest, in which she honored her black heritage. Her drawing — called "My Afrocentric Life" — showcases everything from her own childhood experiences to "Black Lives Matter."

A retired lawyer opens first US slavery museum with $8.6 million of his money

John Cummings has redeveloped an antebellum plantation in Louisiana where more than 350 slaves labored. Americans must ‘take responsibility’ for the …

Black History

The Nation Institute Launches Ida B. Wells Fellowship to Support Reporters of Color

Much lip service has been paid to increasing diversity in media, but the number of non-white people making and reporting news remains shockingly low. …

The spread of US slavery, in one haunting map

By 1860, slavery had become such a divisive issue between the North and South that the two regions of America literally went to war over the issue.<p>But it wasn't always this way. As this map (and its interactive version) by historian Lincoln Mullen at George Mason University shows, slavery wasn't …

Odds are against dismissal of Cosby's sex assault case: experts

NEW YORK - Bill Cosby's lawyers may face difficulty in convincing a Pennsylvania judge this week to throw out sexual assault charges in light of what the disgraced comedian's defense team characterizes as a decade-old non-prosecution deal, legal experts said.<p>Cosby is due back in court in …

Where Everything Is in the Solar System, Right Now

Among the many wonderful things that NASA does, it maintains open-access scientific data on the positions and motions of known natural objects in the …

The toxics in our electronics are a huge problem. But there may be a fix.

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Ensia</i><i>.</i><p>On a Wednesday in late February 2010, Hewlett-Packard hosted an unusual training session at its offices in Fort Collins, Colorado. The technology company had decided to eliminate polyvinyl chloride, or PVC — a type of plastic that releases harmful chemicals during …

Tales of the bedbug, one of the world’s most reviled insects

<i>Brooke Borel</i><p><i>Univ. of Chicago Press, $26</i><p>Bedbugs sure get around. From housing projects, hostels and cheap hotels (and some that aren’t so cheap), the …

Watch: Why Sugar in Apples Is Way Better Than Sugar in Soft Drink

Not all sugar is created equal.<p>If you're on a diet, the thing you're told to avoid most is sugar. This unfortunately includes fruit, but if you're …

WATCH: What Would Happen if You Only Drank Soda?

Even sugar-free won't save you.<p>It's safe to say a lot of people like a lot of soda. Over 1.8 billion bottles of Coca Cola are sold every single day …

Earth - Which spot on Earth gets the most sunlight?

One way to define the sunniest place is to ask which spot gets the most continuous hours of sun. If that is what you want, you might be surprised to find it is not the sunshine state of Florida you should visit, but a destination much further north.<p>Both Eureka and Alert on Ellesmere Island, Canada, …

How NASA Pulled off the Craziest Stunt on Mars, From the Guy Who Led the Team

Just a normal interplanetary jaunt involving supersonic parachutes and Sky Cranes.<p>When it comes to outrageous stunts, Evel Knievel has nothing on the Mars Curiosity rover. On August 6, 2012, this robotic daredevil hurtled into the Martian atmosphere at 13,200 miles per hour, deployed a supersonic …

There's a huge difference between raw and processed foods when it comes to calories

Calories are stupid.<p>Or, put more elegantly, they're not a very good measure for understanding how much energy is stored in food , and consequently, …

Book finds truth about man kept in the zoo

On Sunday, September 9, 1906, throngs of spectators filed in to the New York Zoological Gardens—better known as the Bronx Zoo—to gape at a new …

At least 20 dead in Bangladesh stampede

<b>Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN)</b> — A rush to receive donated clothes resulted in a stampede in central Bangladesh that killed at least 20 people Friday, …

McKinney, Texas, Cop Who Pulled Gun at Pool Party Meets With Investigators

A Texas police officer who pulled his gun on teenagers at a pool party and wrestled a bikini-clad girl to the ground was questioned by internal police investigators on Monday after he was put on paid leave.<p>A senior police official identified him to NBC News as Eric Casebolt, a veteran of about 10 …

A tumultuous week ends as Blatter gets standing ovation

ZURICH (AP) — In one tumultuous week, world soccer's governing body was plunged into a corruption scandal, top officials were arrested, new …

Corruption

A Baby Hangs Between Life and Death in Space

You’ve seen this before, right? It’s one of the most famous photos ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope: three spectacular pillars of dust hanging in space, 6,500 light-years away.<p>Now we’ve got a new version. Same clouds. Same stars. Same framing. Shot almost 20 years later by NASA and released …

Freed Alabama death row inmate: 'I'm at peace with myself. Are they at peace?'

Ray Hinton spent 28 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now enjoying his freedom, he says faith in God and harnessing his imagination kept him going

Death Row