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HIV strain came from gorillas, study finds

Western lowland gorillas in southern Cameroon appear to be the source for the second-most-lethal category of the immunodeficiency virus that crossed into humans, a new study suggests.<p>The category, called HIV-1 group O, has not been nearly as dangerous to humans as group M, which has infected more …

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Obama widens post-2014 combat role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved plans to give U.S. military commanders a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month, a senior administration official said.<p>U.S. soldiers line up to meet U.S. Secretary of Defense …

US air strikes in Syria driving anti-Assad groups to support Isis

US air strikes in Syria are encouraging anti-regime fighters to forge alliances with or even defect to Islamic State (Isis), according to a series of interviews conducted by the Guardian.<p>Fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamic military groups are joining forces with Isis, which has …

When Thanksgiving Was Weird

Oddest thing: Thanksgiving in turn-of-the-20th century America used to look a heckuva lot like Halloween.<p>People — young and old — got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing …

UK moves to shut down Russian hackers streaming live British webcam footage

The UK is to take international action to close down a Russian website that is streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors, bedroom cameras and gym CCTV.<p>The site features live feeds from households and businesses across the world, including a gym in Manchester, a bedroom in …

Sad Music is Depressing; It’s Also Healthy and Good For Your Mind

Researchers in Berlin have found listening to downbeat music brings out positive emotions.<p>We all enjoy a bit of sad music every once in a while. Whether it’s sinking into the melancholic soundscapes of ambient artists like Grouper, dampening pillows with snot and the sound of Bright Eyes after …

'The Art of McCartney' tribute album only traces the surface

Either imitation really isn't the sincerest form of flattery, or flattery simply isn't all it's cracked up to be. Either way, the new two-CD tribute to the music of Paul McCartney, "The Art of McCartney," is a glaring example of a blown opportunity.<p>It must have looked great on paper. Producer Ralph …

Your Guide To ‘Serial,’ The True Crime Podcast Everyone Is Freaking Out About Right Now

If you’ve spent any substantial amount of time on the Internet in the past week or so, or spent any substantial amount of time with anyone who has, you’ve probably been introduced to <i>Serial</i>, the new <i>This American Life</i> sister podcast that is taking the world by storm. Created by longtime <i>TAL</i> producer …

Charles Manson Denied Conjugal Visits With 26 Year Old Bride

80-year-old mass murderer Charles Manson will not be allowed to consummate his marriage with Afton Elaine Burton, the 26-year-old woman he intends to …

US Navy Seal: Killing Bin Laden 'not the highlight of my career'

Photograph: Anjum Naveed/AP<p>The demolition of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, where US Navy Seals killed the Al-Qaida leader.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/18/1416325506665/b35da1d3-f906-40a1-80a5-1b3540f4cdff-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Anjum …

U2's Bono fitted with metal plates, screws after bike accident

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bono, frontman of the Irish rock group U2, required hours of surgery for fractures to his face and shoulder blade and to have metal plates inserted in his arm after a cycling accident in New York’s Central Park, Rolling Stone magazine said on Wednesday.<p>U2 frontman Bono sings …

23 Excruciating Tinder Exchanges That Will Destroy Your Faith In Romance

Hat tip/therapy bills to Tinder Nightmares.

Nicki Minaj: First marriage, then kids -- has to be 'in that order'

Nicki Minaj wants kids, and she wants them <i>after</i> she gets married.<p>The unpredictable emcee made the surprisingly traditional statement in a thoughtful Q&A with Complex just ahead of the release of her third studio album, "The Pinkprint."<p>In 2012, the 31-year-old "Anaconda" rapper, real name Onika …

On the Red Couch with Ebola Photographer Kieran Kesner

<i>Earlier this year, photographer Kieran Kesner graduated from New York University when he got the break of a lifetime: The photo editor from The Wall</i> …

What Your Orgasms Say About Your Relationship

How often you cross the finish line may give insight into your bond.<p>Orgasms are pretty damn awesome, but they might also affect how happy you are in your relationship, according to new research in <i>The Journal of Sexual Medicine</i>.<p>In a recent study, researchers gathered 85 Czech couples between the …

California man imprisoned for 36 years was wrongfully convicted, prosecutors say

A man who has spent more than 36 years behind bars for murder was wrongfully convicted and is expected to be released next week. But prosecutors, who said newly tested DNA evidence does not match the man, are leaving the door open for a new trial.<p>Michael Ray Hanline, 68, was convicted of …

Peterson's season over after ruling

Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled in favor of the NFL on Tuesday evening, saying the league can keep Adrian Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list, …

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Panthers' Rocco Grimaldi will play in two games on Tuesday

Florida Panthers forward Rocco Grimaldi is going to play in a doubleheader on Tuesday, appearing in an AHL in the morning and an NHL game at …

Charles Manson manages to convince real woman to marry him

<b>Charles Manson (AP)</b><p>The notorious criminal’s fiancee says, “It’s what I was born for”<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>November 18, 2014 7:27pm (UTC)<p>I'm sure they'll be very happy together: Charles Manson and his 25-year-old fiancée have reportedly successfully obtained a marriage license. Kind of makes you …

I’m 32 And Getting Divorced and Here's Why It's Not The End of The World

I got a divorce. For a time it did feel like the end of the world, and with absolute certainty I can say that I was the end of A World. But, in fact, it was one of the best things that has happened to me.<p>When I had to announce that my marriage was ending, I felt exposed, raw and unworthy of …