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15 Coastal Connecticut Curiosities: Kate Hepburn, African-American Firsts, Art History and One Scandalous Hotel Among Other Things You Probably Didn't Know About This Quiet State

She was Annie Hall without the neurosis. She wore pants! She was beautiful, witty, gregarious, and a clever verbal sparring partner with each of her leading men. Born in 1907, Katharine Hepburn, the legendary actress, was hero and role model for women who were not afraid to be intelligent - and she …

Islamic State Social Media Accounts Circulate Photos That Show How Barbaric the Terrorists Really Are (GRAPHIC)

Islamic State social media accounts are circulating disturbing and graphic images seemingly showing the executions of gay men, stoning of an alleged adulterer and other public executions. The barbaric acts of violence seem to have occurred in Iraq’s Nineveh province and Mosul, the Daily Beast …

The Hunting of Billie Holiday

How Lady Day was in the middle of a Federal Bureau of Narcotics fight for survival.<p>F <i>rom his first day in office in 1930, Harry Anslinger had a problem, and everybody knew it. He had just been appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics—a tiny agency, buried in the gray bowels of the Treasury</i> …

Astros, Braves trade is understandable and baffling

Guess which team gets the "baffling" label?<p>It sure is nice when recently written topics come up again almost immediately. Earlier on Wednesday, I wrote about the win-now teams, noting that the Astros were slowly creeping toward the right (and and right) side of the scale. Last week, I wrote about …

6 Parenting Moments I Now Miss That Totally Annoyed Me at the Time

Every morning, so early my eyes could barely focus, I would stand downstairs in the kitchen, preparing very specific lunch and snack requests for my kids for the day. On auto-pilot, I would boil the water for fresh pasta (parmesan in a Ziplock bag on the side) or Annie's Macaroni and cheese shells. …

Russia staging military exercises near Ukraine - Interfax

MOSCOW/DONESTSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Russia announced military exercises near the border with Ukraine on Monday in a show of strength as the Ukrainian army recaptured more territory from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.<p>Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting …

Some of These Jobs Are Endangered

Dead trees are a bad business to be in now. Lumberjack, newspaper reporter, printing worker and mail carrier are among the top most endangered jobs for 2014, a new CareerCast report says. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, some of these jobs are expected …

Nabilla, Zahia, les pin-up enflamment la Fashion Week

A ma gauche, Zahia Dehar, présente aux défilés Schiaparelli et Versace, à ma droite Nabilla Benattia, présente ce mercredi au défilé Jean-Paul …

ISIS Declares Themselves an Islamic State

Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) declared themselves a caliphate and dropped "al-Sham" from their title, according to a statement delivered by their spokesman.<p>Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said other jihadi factions — even those beyond Iraq and Syria — were rendered …

Isis announces caliphate in 'declaration of war'

The announcement of a formal Islamic state by insurgents in Syria and Iraq is a "declaration of war against the West and al Qaida", an expert has warned. The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (Isis) group has sought to solidify its leadership of worldwide jihad today by declaring that its …

New alliances bring old enemies together as Isis advances in Iraq

The Syrian air force jets swooped in low over the Iraqi border, dropping two bombs before soaring back to Damascus. The insurgents beneath, caught unawares, were obliterated, but the several thousand more nearby had already got what they wanted – an 800km stretch of border with Iraq that gave them …

Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels

<b>President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve $500m (£294m) to train and equip what he described as "moderate" Syrian opposition forces.</b><p>The funds would help Syrians defend against forces aligned with President Bashar al-Assad, the White House said.<p>The aid would also counter Islamist …

Obama requests $500M for Syria opposition

President Obama asked Congress Thursday for $500 million to train and arm members of opposition forces in Syria, part of an effort to stem insurgent violence that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq.<p>The proposed assistance can "help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition …

Obama mocks climate skeptics at LCV dinner

President Barack Obama lit into GOP climate change skeptics in a speech Wednesday night, delighting a crowd of 800 to 900 environmentalists in Washington’s Ronald Reagan Building.<p>He said Republicans in Congress are out of touch with the American public, who “don’t just say, ‘No, I don’t believe …

9 States Where The Job Market Is Booming

Kiplinger rounded up a list of the nine U.S. states with the most promising job markets. Read on and find out if yours made the cut.<p>At the top of the list is North Dakota, with 3.3% job growth in 2014 (the national average is 1.9%) and only a 2.6% unemployment rate. The state's increasing number of …

Iraq's Maliki rules out emergency government

In his weekly televised address, Maliki said: "The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process.<p>"It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voters."<p>The …

MSNBC Host Rips New York Times for Ignoring IRS Scandal: ‘This Is Why Conservatives Don’t Trust Print Media’

Joe Scarborough has had enough of the Grey Lady burying the investigation of the Internal Revenue Service.<p>“This is unbelievable,” declared “Morning Joe” host Scarborough on his show Tuesday. “The Washington Post and the New York Times are not putting on the front pages of their newspapers that an …

Magnitude 7.9 earthquake off Alaska coast spawns small tsunami

A strong earthquake near Alaska's Aleutian Islands triggered a tsunami warning Monday, but only small waves measuring several inches hit coastal communities.<p>The National Tsunami Warning Center canceled all tsunami warnings late Monday afternoon, about four hours after the earthquake struck.<p>The …

Hank Williams III: 'Pop country really sucks'

A mixture of yodeling and ear-piercing screams can be heard in the distance as Shelton Hank Williams, more commonly known as Hank Williams III or Hank3, gears up for a four-hour set at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.<p>The grandson of the legendary Hank Williams and an artist in his own right …

Congress Keeping Close Watch On Obama's Plans In Iraq

After bowing out of Iraq when the last American forces left two and a half years ago, the U.S. military is back.<p>Up to 300 military advisers started arriving there this weekend. President Obama said he sent them to help Iraq's military confront the Sunni militants who've overrun much of northern …

Carmelo tells Knicks he'll opt out

Carmelo Anthony has informed the New York Knicks in writing that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free …

Obama: U.S. cannot solve Iraq's problems alone

The radical Sunni Muslim group advancing in Iraq, though it puts the Middle East's stability at risk, is “just one of a number of organizations” in the region that pose a threat to U.S. interests, President Obama said Sunday.<p>Obama said the rapid advances by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or …

Mississippi's Cochran faces rival 34 years younger

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Enmeshed in the toughest campaign of his career, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran appears a bit frayed as he tries to fend off a …

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Florida Killer Executed, Becomes Third Put to Death in 24 Hours

A Florida man convicted of killing his estranged wife and her 5-year-old child in 1985 was executed Wednesday, becoming the third inmate put to death since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma seven weeks ago.<p>John Ruthell Henry, 63, was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. Just before his execution, …

Amazon’s new Fire Phone is a 4.7-inch device with 3D effects

As expected, Amazon (s amzn) launched its first smartphone at an event in Seattle on Wednesday. Amazon is calling its device the Fire Phone, and it …