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Over The Line: Texas Company Drums Up Business With Fake Abduction Of Hogtied Woman

A Waco, Texas company that specializes in realistic vehicle decals decided to advertise their business by fixing a provocative tailgate sticker on a …

Political Scene: Are There any Good Options for Syria?

President Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval for military action in Syria has been applauded by many observers—including, for example, our own Amy Davidson. But in such a complex situation, even what may appear to be the best move is fraught with pitfalls. “I think he’s boxed himself …

Ginsburg discusses same-sex marriage

PHILADELPHIA — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently officiated at a friend's same-sex wedding, told a Philadelphia audience Friday that growing acceptance of gay marriage reflects the "genius" of the U.S. Constitution.<p>Ginsburg said equality has always been central to the …

How to Rebuild an Attention Span

In the war on distraction, a new long-term study of disrupted attention, multitasking, and aging shows dramatic results in improving working memory for older participants through use of an online game.<p><b>Begin with a Twist</b><p>Let’s start with the twist: A specially-designed video game helped reverse signs …

Study: Generosity Is More Evolutionarily Advantageous Than Selfishness

The Prisoner’s Dilemma is the gift that keeps on giving, to researchers<p><b>Problem:</b> It’s a problem, or a dilemma, as old as time. Let’s rehash, quickly. Your classic prisoner’s dilemma involves two prisoners being interrogated separately. If both deny committing the crime, they serve a short prison …

Australia Just Had a Train Accident That's Being Blamed on ... Millipedes

When nature and infrastructure collide, things can get slippery.<p>In 1953, Australia got some accidental tourists from Portugal: millipedes. Black Portuguese millipedes, to be specific, which are known not only for their distinctive black shell, but also for the terrible odor they emit. Since then, …

The Only Way to Restore Trust in the NSA

The public has no faith left in the intelligence community or what the president says about it. A strong, independent special prosecutor needs to clean up the mess.<p>I've recently seen two articles speculating on the NSA's capability, and practice, of spying on members of Congress and other elected …

The Women of the Afghanistan War

The present war in Afghanistan, now nearly 12 years old, has affected the lives of millions of women. Many have been victimized; others have played the roles of soldiers, insurgents, politicians, caregivers, and much more. NATO nations have sent thousands of female troops into the conflict, …

Overdrive: How America's Amazing Car Recovery Explains the U.S. Economy

What does it mean that one of the country's most iconic and fast-growing industries doesn't need American workers to work?<p>REUTERS<p>There was a time, not so long ago, when cars supposedly personified the American character. Our aggression, our style, our rugged independence. In the last 30 years, the …

Protests hit Kashmir after deadly shootout

A protest has taken place in Indian-administered Kashmir after police said they killed two alleged rebels and two civilians in the disputed Himalayan territory.<p>The unrest came as authorities maintained tight security for a Bavarian music concert being staged amid separatist objections.<p>Police said …

Egypt military targets armed groups in Sinai

Troops and tanks backed by helicopter gunships are sweeping through villages in the northern Sinai Peninsula in a major offensive against anti-government fighters, according to an Egyptian military official.<p>Monday was the third day in a major operation against armed groups in the region, which has …

Thousands protest NSA spying in Germany

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Berlin in protests against Internet surveillance activities by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies, and the German government's perceived lax reaction to them.<p>Organisers, among them the opposition Greens, The Left …

Maduro accuses US of sabotage plot

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has claimed the White House is plotting the "collapse" of his government next month by sabotaging food, electricity and fuel supplies.<p>"I have data about a meeting at the White House, the full names of those who attended. I know what plans they made for the total …

US urges EU to postpone Israel settlement ban

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the European Union to postpone a planned ban on EU financial assistance to Israeli organisations in the occupied Palestinian territories, a US official said.<p>Kerry made the request at a meeting with EU foreign ministers on Saturday at which he also called …

McCain's in-hearing poker game a sign of deepening technological creep

Maybe we could all use a break — a moment out of our day to zone out, stop listening and take a mini vacation — if only in our minds.<p>That’s what U.S. Senator John McCain (R.-Ariz.) did Tuesday during the three-hour meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For a few minutes, he took an …

The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers

When the super-rich feel threatened, they foment grass-roots uprising on their behalf. Here’s why it always works<p>Isaac William Martin<p>September 7, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Rich People’s Movements: Grass-roots Campaigns to Untax the 1 Percent”<p>On Election Day, November 2, 2010, more than eight …

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In the big heady world of foreign affairs, sometimes it's easy to mistake the statements of a country's leader for the feelings of the entire country.<p>Take Iran. It's hard for most Americans to get a reading on what real Iranian citizens think. Typically, all that's available are the subtitled words …

How the N.S.A. Cracked the Web

It’s been nearly three months since Edward Snowden started telling the world about the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of global communications. But the latest disclosures, by the <i>Guardian</i>, New York <i>Times</i>, and ProPublica are perhaps the most profound yet: the N.S.A. and its partner …

Anti-government protesters march in Tunisia

Tens of thousands of Tunisians have taken to the streets to renew their demands that the Islamist-led government step down and end a political deadlock threatening the North African country's fledgling democracy.<p>Saturday’s rally was the largest protest since Tunisia's crisis erupted over the …

Fringe Factor: Gay Panic, Secession Fever & More

A strike on Syria is doomed by all the gays and women in the military, Texas is ready to become its own country, and Pennsylvania is racking up a …

Dreamy Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park | Colossal

<p>These architectural watercolor studies by Sunga Park seem to drip and fade out of focus like a memory or a dream. The graphic designer and …

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Measles Outbreak Traced to Church Critical of Vaccines

The church is linked to televangelist Kenneth Copeland, who has questioned the safety of vaccines on his show.<p>Officially, measles has been eradicated in the Western Hemisphere. But even so, 25 people in Texas have caught the virus. And most of them go to a church associated with a preacher who has …

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It's a hot steamy summer in Pakistan and amid the stifling heat comes charges that former president and army chief, Pervez Musharraf, is allegedly connected to the 2007 murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.<p>The Guardian's Jonathan Boone talks with Marco Werman about the summer heat and the …

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North Koreans are using the drug methamphetamine as a cheap alternative to hard to get medicines.<p>"Many people in the north are using (meth) for medicinal purposes," said reporter Jason Strother. "The hospital systems are broken down and they don't have the medication."<p>Strother said people are …

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Growing up gay in the United States, with Iranian parents, author Sara Farizan was intrigued to understand what life would be like if she was to live in Iran. Her young adult novel, "If You Could Be Mine," portrays the life of two young women who fall in love in the Islamic Republic. Anchor Marco …

Revised Lyme Disease Statistics Raise New Questions