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Dracula Untold

We gave it a <b>C</b><p>The makers of <b>Dracula Untold</b> were asking for trouble with that title. More than a century has passed since the publication of Bram …

Meet The Scientists Who May Have Found The Cure For Drug Addiction

Researchers are closer than ever before to finding a cure for dependence on stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine. But will big pharma and the FDA stand in the way?

Fmr. Defense Secretary at odds with Obama

A former senior member of President Barack Obama's national security team is panning the administration's decision to rule out the use of ground troops to fight ISIS and questioning Obama's leadership style.<p>"I take the position that when you're commander in chief that you oughta keep all options on …

New US-led airstrikes hit besieged Syrian town

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition intensified its aerial bombardment of Islamic State positions Thursday in the Syrian border town of Kobani as the extremist group fought street battles with Kurdish forces and reportedly rushed in reinforcements.<p>The battle for the town near the …

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Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?

Answering the question of whether diet soda helps or hinders dieters' efforts to lose weight has been the focus of much research. And buzz.<p>Unfortunately, the answer is still murky.<p>On one hand, as we've reported, long-term studies suggest that some diet soda drinkers' efforts to lose weight are …

Obama Gives Boehner One Last Deadline For Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama has provided House Speaker John Boehner with a final deadline of sorts for moving immigration reform legislation through the …

California couple's buried gold coins go for sale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man handling the sale of rare, 19th century gold coins discovered by a California couple out walking their dog estimates …

Fear reigns in Ukraine's Donetsk | Ukraine

<b>Donetsk, Ukraine -</b> The city's central market was empty. A black dog and a white dog slept in the shade of a kiosk, undisturbed by anyone shopping for faded jeans, ripe pink tomatoes or medicinal badger oil. In the vegetable section a man took his change for a bag full of Crimean strawberries and …

Republicans for More Fat Kids

Is it really cost that’s driving the House GOP to fight Michelle Obama on school lunches? Of course not—it’s the culture wars, the sugar lobby, and …

Elliot Rodger and the NRA myth: How the gun lobby scapegoats mental illness

<b>Elliot Rodger (YouTube)</b><p>After a tragedy, gun companies want us discussing anything but guns. Here’s how both parties, and the media, comply<p>Christian Exoo • Calvin F. Exoo<p>May 28, 2014 11:45am (UTC)<p>Elliot Rodger's Santa Barbara rampage that killed seven people (including the gunman) is just one of a …

GlaxoSmithKline faces criminal investigation by Serious Fraud Office

Britain's Serious Fraud Office has launched a formal criminal investigation into GlaxoSmithKline's sales practices, piling further pressure on the drugmaker which is already being investigated by Chinese authorities and elsewhere amid allegations of bribery.<p>Britain's biggest pharmaceutical company, …

Presidents of Russia and France to discuss Ukraine crisis in Paris

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will discuss the crisis in Ukraine at talks with his French counterpart, François Hollande, in Paris on 5 June, the Kremlin has said.<p>The talks will be held at the Elysée Palace in Paris on the eve of a second world war anniversary, and will be Putin's first …

Old age begins much later than you might expect

A new study proves the adage that age is just a number. Plus! Twenty-five signs you’re getting old<p>Janet Allon<p>May 28, 2014 11:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>When would you say old age begins? Is it a number, a feeling, a set of habits or an attitude? The idea of old age used …

Pope Francis Says He Might Retire

In little-noticed remarks aboard the papal plane this week, the pontiff said he wouldn’t rule out following Pope Benedict XVI’s path.<p>Pope Francis …

Stephen Hawking Crunches the Numbers to Predict England World Cup Win

Among his other numerous attributes, Stephen Hawking is also apparently a big soccer fan.<p>In this ad for Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, Hawking notes …

Google Bank, Yes, Apple Bank, Not So Much, Say Millennials

Apple products have disrupted the phone, computer and music markets, but support for the tech giant to move into financial services is flagging.<p>An Accenture survey showed just 34 percent of millennials—and 20 percent of respondents aged 35 to 54—would bank with Cupertino, California-based Apple if …

The gun lobby’s dangerous game: How it preys on people like Elliot Rodger

<b>Elliot Rodger (YouTube)</b><p>Fewer and fewer people are buying guns, so the NRA is convincing owners they need to buy even more<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>May 28, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The gun industry has a problem. Despite the United States having a reputation for being a …

Amazon Explains Why It Made It Harder To Buy Many Books

Amazon is not backing down in its battle with book publisher Hachette.<p>The mega-retailer told its customers in a note published late Tuesday that if they want a Hachette book they're better off shopping at a competitor's website.<p>Because Amazon and Hachette have been unable to negotiate a deal on …

Russia warns of 'fratricidal war' in Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that the Ukrainian people were "in essence being pushed into the abyss of fratricidal war", as government forces step up their operation against pro-Russian armed groups in the eastern region.<p>His statement came as Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy …

South African mother refuses to hand back switched baby

Two mothers in South Africa have discovered they are raising each other's daughters after they were mistakenly switched at birth in a hospital four years ago.<p>But while one of the women wants to correct the error and reclaim her biological child, the other is refusing to give back the girl she has …

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Edward Snowden Describes When The CIA Got A Swiss Banker Drunk And Put Him Behind The Wheel

One "formative" incident occurred around 2007, when the young technical analyst was working for the CIA under diplomatic cover in Geneva, Switzerland.<p>It involved a Swiss banker, as described in the Guardian:<p>CIA operatives were attempting to recruit a Swiss banker to obtain secret banking …

Rumors Of An Intergalactic Explosion Are Greatly Exaggerated

Tuesday afternoon, astronomers thought they saw a powerful explosion in the nearby Andromeda galaxy.<p>The Internet went wild with speculation about what it could be: Had two superdense neutron stars collided? Did a supermassive star explode?<p>"When I got up this morning and turned on my phone, I had a …

Source: New hearing set for U.S. Marine held in Mexican prison

A judge has scheduled a new hearing for a U.S. Marine and Afghanistan war veteran who's been held in a Mexican prison for nearly two months, a judicial source said.<p>Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's next day in court is scheduled for June 4, a Mexican government judicial source told CNN.<p>The judge started …

Wingnuts’ war against Michelle Obama: The real school lunch battle

<b>Michelle Obama (AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>The first lady is fighting to save her school nutrition program. Along come the lunatics! Here’s why<p>Jim Newell<p>May 28, 2014 4:06pm (UTC)<p>The congressional battle to save America's children from the scourge of nutritious school lunches and reinstate the Old Guard of …

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Vietnam vets call Burr 'insulting'

The Vietnam Veterans for America is slamming Sen. Richard Burr in a new letter, saying his comments about veterans service organizations were “insulting” and “ugly.”<p>“On behalf of the membership of Vietnam Veterans of America, we write to express our astonishment at your insulting remarks,” the …

GOP’s new Obamacare strategy: Why their “repeal” cries have suddenly shifted

<b>John Boehner, Mitch McConnell (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>As benefits take hold, Republicans’ message falls victim to the inevitable onset of nuance<p>Simon Maloy<p>May 28, 2014 4:58pm (UTC)<p>A moment of silence, if you please, for the Republican “repeal Obamacare” message. It’s not dead yet, but it has fallen …

Using Groupon to go solar — for $1

Shoppers turn to online marketplace Groupon for cut-rate deals on vacations, watches, salad bowls, swimming lessons and spa reservations.<p>But solar power?<p>Starting today, SolarCity in San Mateo will offer what it claims is the first Groupon deal of its kind for homeowners interested in going solar. …

Oldest congressman forcibly retired by voters

<b>A review of the best commentary on and around the world...</b><p><b>Today's must-rea</b><b>d</b><p>Representative Ralph Hall of Texas, who at 91 is the oldest member in the history of the US House of Representatives, was defeated on Tuesday in a Republican primary vote.<p>Mr Hall's opponent in the runoff election, …