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Thanks to Trevor Noah, you will forever associate the GOP’s election mayhem with herpes

Cruz losing by Trump winning is “like finding out your herpes is gone but it’s because your d–k fell off,” he said<p>"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah Wednesday night weighed in on Trump's Indiana victory and Ted Cruz and John Kasich's subsequent suspending of their campaigns.<p>"I'm so conflicted. I mean, …

Brazil

‘Affluenza’ Teen Ethan Couch, Mother Detained in Mexico

The Texas teenager who infamously invoked an “affluenza” defense while on trial for a fatal drunken-driving crash could be on a plane back to the U.S. later Tuesday, Mexican authorities told NBC News.<p>Ethan Couch, who had been on the lam in Mexico with his mother Tonya before being caught Monday, …

Crime

Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of children from Holocaust, dies at 106

<b>London (CNN) —</b> For decades, Sir Nicholas Winton hardly spoke of what he'd done.<p>But when Winton died at the age of 106, Britain's prime minister said that his actions were something the world should always remember.<p>"The world has lost a great man," Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted Wednesday. "We …

Pop Culture

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Cleveland

America on Memorial Day: Heavily armed, dangerous, unstable

America is powerful. We are not strong. Now is the time to understand the difference — and to put away the myths<p>The world never stops turning, of course, but when it is your turn to walk upon it the revolutions can be difficult to see. Even so, the speed of them now is hard to miss.<p>I am thinking of …

The rise and rise of Australia’s 2015 El Niño

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has officially declared that we are in an El Niño, shifting its tracker from ALERT (a greater than 70% chance of El Niño forming) to an actual event.<p>Speculation began in early 2014 that the world would see an El Niño, possibly a significant “super” event, by the …

Global Warming

Police release surveillance video in shooting investigation

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Law enforcement officials on Friday released surveillance video from a grocery store that is part of an investigation of an officer-involved shooting that wounded two men who were suspected of trying to steal beer.<p>The video released by the Thurston County Sheriff's Office in …

Law Enforcement

7 ideas completely lost on people who are “fiscally conservative but socially liberal”

It’s a popular refrain among “centrists.” The truth is that social and fiscal issues are inextricably bound<p>"Well, I'm conservative -- but I'm not one of those racist, homophobic, dripping-with-hate Tea Party bigots! I'm pro-choice! I'm pro-same-sex-marriage! I'm not a racist! I just want lower …

Feminism

Guantánamo ex-inmate Omar Khadr is a child offender, Canada high court rules

Former detainee who was freed last week on bail was just 15 when he was captured and became Guantánamo’s youngest prisoner<p>Canada’s high court has rejected Ottawa’s bid to treat former Guantánamo detainee Omar Khadr, who was just 15 when he was captured on an Afghan battlefield, as an adult criminal.<p>…

One Photographer’s Epic Self-Portraits in Front of Vast Landscapes

Nicholas Roemmelt is a landscape and wildlife photographer based in Austria who regularly puts on a backpack and takes his camera deep into the …

Missouri House Speaker Resigns After Intern Sexts Made Public

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Speaker John Diehl said Thursday that he is resigning from the Legislature after acknowledging that he exchanged sexually charged text messages with a college student serving as a Capitol intern.<p>John Diehl (Image source: Twitter)<p>Diehl said he is stepping …

Roy Blunt

A Black Freedom Rider's Assessment of Whites

Hank Thomas, one of three living Freedom Riders still alive from the May 14, 1961 bus firebomb attack in Anniston, Alabama, spoke before a mixed audience at a Georgia college recently. His message wasn't just one of racial reconciliation. It was about "allies."<p><i>Photo of the poster for the event</i> …

Ole Miss

Marco Rubio’s murderous myth: Why his “noble lie” about American history is so dangerous

The GOP contender espouses a make-believe version of American history. Here’s why you should be alarmed<p>As my colleague Simon Maloy has already noted, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio delivered a big policy speech on Wednesday, his first since announcing his intention to be the Republican Party’s next …

Marco Rubio

“The law is the enemy”: What RFK can remind America about police brutality

Amid all the hand-wringing about riots in Baltimore, we lose sight of the horrendous treatment that caused them<p>President Obama offered some notable thoughts on the events in Baltimore yesterday. After issuing the standard disclaimers about criminals being held accountable, and the need to respect …

After Botched Executions, Supreme Court Weighs Lethal Drug Cocktail

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in three death penalty cases testing which drug combinations constitute cruel and unusual punishment when used to execute a convicted murderer by lethal injection.<p>It is the second time in seven years that the justices have looked at the lethal …

Rescuers struggle to reach many in Nepal quake, fear worst

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from Nepal's earthquake soared past 3,300 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.<p>Reports received so far by aid …

Natural Disasters

6.7 aftershock hits Nepal; quake death toll tops 2,200

A powerful aftershock shook Nepal on Sunday, making buildings sway and sending panicked Katmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake left more than 2,200 people dead.<p>The cawing of crows mixed with terrified screams as the magnitude 6.7 aftershock pummeled the capital …

Natural Disasters

Ben & Skip’s bogus journey: We need to face Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor — and mine — now more than ever

Trust me, Ben, my family story is worse — but telling the truth about history might set white America free at last<p>So Ben Affleck didn’t want to talk about his slave-owning ancestor on TV with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Or rather with “Skip,” the nickname Affleck repeatedly used for Gates in his …

BRUCE JENNER: I’m a transgender, Conservative Republican

When Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when Obama became the first president to even say the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address, the 65-year-old replied that he "would certainly give him credit for that."<p>"But not to get political," Jenner continued, "I've never been a big fan, I'm kind …

LGBTQ

Japan's views of WWII history rankles some US veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lester Tenney endured three years as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, but he has made peace with his former enemy. Yet as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to address Congress on Wednesday, in the 70th anniversary year of the war's end, something rankles Tenney …

Japan

Smells like doomed genius: “Montage of Heck” captures the contradictions of Kurt Cobain — and the America that shaped him

Yes, it’s Courtney-approved, but this documentary is a moving and powerful portrait of Kurt Cobain’s America<p>I remember coming to work on the morning Kurt Cobain was found dead, and feeling puzzled that a younger writer at our San Francisco alternative weekly – who would go on to become a prominent …

Documentaries

A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

An anatomy of a journalistic failure<p><i>A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Last November, we published a story, 'A Rape on Campus' [RS 1223], that centered around a</i> …

Journalism

Police identify FSU gunman

<b>(CNN) —</b> Florida State University students huddled together in the aisles of a packed campus library early Thursday after a gunman opened fire, injuring three.<p>Two of the shooting victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. One was in critical condition; the other was stable, the hospital …

Ferguson, Missouri, faces another day waiting for grand jury decision

Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized the state's National Guard to support police in case of violence after a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager.<p>"Our goal here is to keep the peace and allow …