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The 21 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Europe (as ranked by locals)

Bamberg is a city of breweries and churches, and frequently ranks among the most beautiful towns in Germany. It was erected on seven hills (a bit …

European Travel

6 Comic Book Movies We Can't Wait to See in 2016

If 2016 is any indication, comic book movies are here to stay.<p>While directors like Steven Spielberg might predict the imminent demise of the superhero movie genre, it's clear studios won't be slowing down their superhero output anytime soon. Next year is going to bring a new wave of big-budget …

Comic Books

'Pan' nosedives at the box office as 'The Martian' continues to soar

Warner Bros.' "Pan," — an origin story of the boy who never grows up starring Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara — had a disappointing opening weekend in theaters. Estimates have its three-day total over the Columbus Day weekend at an awful $15.3 million, according to The Wrap (the film has an estimated …

The incredible story of the man who lived a normal life with almost no brain

One of the biggest myths about the brain is that bigger is always better. But what about those who sit on the extreme end of that scale?<p>How much of our brain do we actually need to survive?<p>Looking through the archives of medical history, there are a number of people with tiny brains, or brains with …

The Brain

Deadliest in Turkey's history: Twin bombs kill at least 95 at pro-Kurdish rally in Ankara

Bodies covered by flags and banners, including those of the HDP, lay scattered on the road among bloodstains and body parts. The HDP blamed the government which, it said, had blood on its hands.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for "solidarity and determination" in a statement.<p>"Like other …

Middle East

Guess which issue GOP candidates don’t want to discuss after the latest mass shooting

The Republican reaction ranges from impotent to downright dismaying<p>"Somebody somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized this issue," the President said during an impassioned and frustrated speech addressing the latest mass shooting at a small community college in Oregon yesterday.<p>"Well this …

Guns

Guns kill people in the US because we pervert the Second Amendment

America’s gun violence, like our grief in Oregon, seems to know no bounds, no limits, no end. The reason is deadly simple: our very lives are chained to a constitutional amendment that is willfully misinterpreted by many and perverted by gun rights advocates for political ends.<p>Oregon killings: US …

Guns

Taylor Swift Leaves Backup Dancer in Shock: ‘I Get Off the Plane…and This Is the 1st Thing I See’

Taylor Swift stunned her backup dancer Wednesday by donating $50,000 to an online fundraiser aimed at helping his 13-month-old nephew battle cancer.<p>“Baby Ayden, I’m lucky enough to perform with your uncle Toshi on tour. All of us are praying for you and your mama and sending so much love your way,” …

Drunken British architects fined for taking off clothes and jumping in fountain in Rome

Police were called after the visitors stripped off and plunged into the historic fountain in a cobbled piazza<p>Six drunken British tourists were fined for taking off their clothes and plunging into a historic fountain in Rome.<p>The visitors, architects and environmentalists who were attending a …

Italy

This deleted 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' scene explains one of the movie’s most confusing parts

It ended up being one of the strangest scenes in the movie.<p>The two head to a cave where Thor appears to get possessed and sees several visions of what seem to be his future and the six Infinity stones scattered across the Marvel movies.<p>The scene felt oddly placed and didn't really gel with the rest …

America is for a-holes: Inside the secret to Donald Trump’s success

The rich and powerful have always followed a different set of rules. Now Donald Trump is taking it to the extreme<p>Last month, the ice maker in my refrigerator broke, just days after the extended warranty lapsed. I called the repair line and was told I was “out of luck.” I called the store right …

Man mistakes plane exit for toilet door, tries to open it at 30,000 feet

LONDON — A man has been arrested and fined €600 ($671) after confusing a plane door with a toilet door during a flight from Edinburgh to …

Emma Watson Used Hard-Hitting Numbers to Explain How Sexism Works In Hollywood

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Everything That Happened in Marvel's Phase 2

We recap the second cycle of movies in the MCU, from Iron Man 3 through Ant-Man -- and everything in between.<p>With the release of Ant-Man, Phase 2 of …

Comics

Islamic State has a message for Muslims hoping to go to Europe

It's not just Europe telling refugees to stay where they are.<p>Islamic State, the Al Qaeda breakaway faction that controls large swathes of Iraq and Syria, has joined in the effort to dissuade would-be migrants from coming to Europe.<p>Last week Islamic State released a series of videos on social media …

North Africa

16 adrenaline junkie attractions to visit in your lifetime

You can free climb to staggering heights, get up close and personal with majestic sites, and get views that will take your breath away.<p>We've put together a collection of 16 adrenaline-pumping tourist activities around the globe, from volcano boarding in Nicaragua to skydiving over Mount</i> …

Native American Boy Pulled From Class Over Mohawk Hairstyle

"To ostracize him like that -- that's stuff from the '50s."<p>A young Native American student in Utah is back in class after school staff sent him to the office claiming his Mohawk hairstyle violated school policy.<p>“They wanted Kobe to come home until we cut his hair,” Gary Sanden, the father of …

Native Americans

Doctor Who sees millions desert opening episode

<b>Viewers in their millions deserted Doctor Who as it returned to BBC One on Saturday, overnight figures suggest.</b><p>An average 4.6m watched Peter Capaldi back for his second series playing the Time Lord, compared with 6.8m for his full debut last year.<p>It was roundly beaten by ITV's X Factor, which had 7 …

TV Series

Former Rays first-round pick captured, connected to two killings

Brandon Martin, 22, is accused of killing his father and another man. The 38th-overall pick in 2011, Martin's career stalled in the minors. He has …

Tampa Bay

32 years ago, this man saved the world

FRYAZINO, Russia (AP) — The elderly former Soviet military officer who answers the door is known in the West as “The man who saved the world.”<p>A movie …

War

Is Oklahoma about to execute an innocent man? Richard Glossip's supporters say yes

In a case that has drawn the attention of Sister Helen Prejean, Susan Sarandon and Senator Tom Coburn, attorney says Glossip was sentenced to death ‘because he’s poor’ as lawyers race to win a stay before Wednesday’s scheduled execution<p>Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip may be running out of …

Death Row

9/10: The Day Before

The pilot grilled steaks. The WTC Borders clerk picked up a pushcart coffee. The mayoral candidate prepped for the primaries. And the terrorists …

North Korean defector: Kim Jong Un's days are numbered

<b>(CNN) —</b> He's a fairly young man, wearing an ill-fitting suit. His thin neck is pronounced, giving way to an equally thin face and frame. We're meeting over a meal of sushi, something he specifically requested because it's rare for those trapped in North Korea.<p>For his safety, I'll limit descriptions …

North Korea

Raped, Pregnant Girls Are The Focus Of This Searing Photo Project

Photographer Linda Forsell says her project Children Having Children portrays the reality that many Guatemalan girls face.<p>One of the girls was told that she was a bad influence on the other girls at her school when her belly started to show after being raped by a 53-year-old man tied to a tree. …

Time I

Marvel's next big movie is pitting the Avengers against each other — here's who will fight on each side

We don't know much about it yet, other than it will be based off the popular 2006 comic series of the same name.<p>"Civil War" pits Captain America and Iron Man against each other after the government puts in place a piece of legislation which would require every superhero to register and reveal their …

Marvel Universe

Why acting with Ultron sucked for the Avengers

Disney released a short featurette about the twins from <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>, and the minute-long video includes a few neat tidbits about how the scenes with Ultron were filmed.<p>It sounds like a bit of a nightmare for the actors who had to work on those scenes. James Spader was on set to provide …

Teacher describes handling gun-wielding teen hostage taker

"I knew if I lost my composure, this is going to end badly," Smith told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. "He told me I was going to die today and I believed that."<p>That the hostage crisis ended with no one killed or even hurt at Philip Barbour High School is largely due to Smith, whose …

High School

Rosie O'Donnell's daughter Chelsea has gone to live with birth mom

Rosie O'Donnell's daughter Chelsea, whom she adopted as an infant in 1997, has left home to live with her birth mother, Deanna Micoley.<p>Chelsea O'Donnell was the 17-year-old who ran away from Rosie's New York home Aug. 11 and — after the comic reported her daughter missing and posted a plea for help …

New Jersey

The 6 Fastest Memes to Ever Grow and Die on Tumblr

Tumblr has been known to make regular things into bizarre memes. Often a word or a drawing or a video will spread throughout the website leaving …