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Voodoo supreme chief Max Beauvoir of Haiti dies at 79

Haitian president calls leader’s death a ‘great loss for the country’ Beauvoir was biochemical engineer who became supreme chief in 2008<p>The Voodoo supreme chief Max Beauvoir has died in his homeland of Haiti, where the mixture of beliefs from west Africa and Catholicism is recognized as an official …

U.S. Department of Justice

Study Predicts 200 Feet Of Sea Level Rise If All Fossil Fuels Are Burned

"This is humanity as a geologic force."<p>"To be blunt: If we burn it all, we melt it all."<p>So says Ricarda Winkelmann, the lead author of a new paper that paints a dire picture of our planet should we continue to extract and burn the world's coal, oil and natural gas reserves.<p>Published Friday in the …

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Mocked by Billboard in Her Hometown

Jacquelyn Martin—AP<p>Mladen Antonov—AFP/Getty Images<p>Jim Bourg—Reuters<p>Jim Lo Scalzo—EPA<p>Jacquelyn Martin—AP<p>Jim Bourg—Reuters<p>Mladen Antonov—AFP/Getty …

Students Can Apply Earlier for College Aid, White House Says

Ferguson Commission Shines Light On Racially Divided St. Louis

When Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., last August, his death set off riots and violence — and posed deep questions about race relations in America. The Ferguson Commission, appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, was tasked with finding some answers.<p>The commission set out …

Justice

Private company owns Oklahoma prison where 4 inmates killed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Current and former officials defended Oklahoma's use of privately run prisons Monday following a weekend melee at one of the facilities that left four inmates dead and several others wounded.<p>Preliminary reports indicate at least three of the four men who died Saturday at the …

Latin America

Michigan Sees First-Ever Case of Bubonic Plague

State officials say Michigan has its first-ever bubonic plague patient, though the person reportedly caught the disease in Colorado.<p>The patient, …

Fugitive treasure hunter captured with dozens of cellphones

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter who spent years as a fugitive after refusing to testify about gold he discovered in a historic shipwreck had dozens of cellphones, along with prepaid phone cards, photo IDs and devices to alter a caller's voice, when he was arrested earlier this …

Crime

Photorealistic Drawings Created with Thin Layers of Graphite Dust Brushed on Paper

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based artist Melissa Cooke dusts thin layers of graphite onto paper with a dry brush to create astonishingly lifelike portraits that investigate the relationship between photography, performance, and drawing. She demonstrates this multifaceted exploration in <i>Plunge</i> …

Modern Art

PewDiePie is probably shooting his own TV show

He's the king of YouTube, but that's not enough<p><i>Kotaku</i> has taken a deep dive into the recent work and social media life of YouTube star PewDiePie (aka Felix Kjellberg), one that's yielded an interesting conclusion: he's probably making a TV show. Kjellberg is set to spend the next two months in Los …

Internet

This Amazing High-Res View of Pluto Was Made Using 26 New NASA Photos

Last week, NASA released a number of new close-up photos captured by its New Horizons spacecraft during its historic flyby of Pluto back in July. …

Man dies of gunshot wound after killing professor, partner

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A college instructor suspected in the fatal shootings of a woman he lived with on Mississippi's Gulf Coast and a professor at Delta State University 300 miles away died Monday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after trying to flee police, authorities said.<p>Shannon …

Social Sciences

Colorado theater shooter held alone, closely watched in cell

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes is being held alone in a cell in a southern Colorado prison, where he is more closely monitored and has fewer privileges than other inmates, officials confirmed Monday.<p>Holmes is not in maximum security at the Colorado State Penitentiary …

UFC Fighter Suspended 5 Years For...Wait, What? Smoking Weed?!

The Nevada State Athletic Commission decided Monday to suspend UFC fighter Nick Diaz for five years and fine him roughly $165,000 for ... wait, what? For smoking some weed?<p>Holy crap, yes, they are. That’s what just happened. Diaz has been suspended for half a decade because he tested positive for …

Kim Davis Says She Won't Authorize Licenses For Gay Couples Issued By Deputies