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The Taliban has successfully built a parallel state in many parts of Afghanistan, report says

KABUL — For those who imagine that Taliban control in some regions of Afghanistan consists mainly of men being beaten for failing to pray and girls being forced to stay home from school, a new report based on scores of interviews in those areas paints a very different portrait, but one that in some …

Afghanistan

Does Stormy Daniels Have “Images” of Donald Trump?

The president once again proves himself susceptible to blackmail.<p>To date, the most remarkable aspect of the <b>Stormy Daniels</b> story is that when it does bob to the surface—as it has, off and on, for months—it seems to leave <b>Donald Trump</b> relatively unscathed. Though <b>Melania Trump</b> may have taken the …

Legion of Buh-bye? Seahawks may part ways with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas.

The term “Legion of Boom” has come to be applied to the Seahawks’ entire defense, but it was originally meant to denote Seattle’s fearsome secondary. That group of defensive backs, a key part of a seven-year run that included three division titles, two Super Bowl appearances and the franchise’s …

NFL

Auction for gun that killed Trayvon Martin possibly hijacked

MIAMI (AP) — Bidding in an online auction for the pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin appeared to …

11 most interesting moments of the GOP debate

Trump keeps calm, Cruz gives Trump a pass and Rubio hits Trump on Islam.<p>The urgency of Thursday night's debate for Marco Rubio and John Kasich — in danger of losing their home states to Donald Trump next week — was palpable, but the candidates largely stuck to their talking points in what could be …

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T-shirts

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Bitch Massage at Haven Spa Review: What to Expect From a PMS Massage

I'm standing in line to pay for my manicure and pedicure at Haven Spa, the only salon I've stayed loyal to in my decade-long romp in New York City, when the woman behind the counter asks, "Do you want to try our Bitch Massage?" There was a time in my life when I would have taken that phrase as more …

Yale University Unveils 170,000 Fascinating Photos Documenting the Great Depression and WWII

During the mid-1930s, in the thick of the Great Depression, the New Deal administration sent photographers like Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein to document all walks of American life across the country. Under the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, those …

Rolls-Royce set to go supersonic again

Rolls-Royce a frontrunner to power a new generation of civilian jets that will beak the sound barrier<p>A new generation of supersonic aircraft could be powered by Rolls-Royce as the company draws on knowledge gained building Concorde’s engines.<p>The FTSE 100 engineering giant is understood to be …

Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Washington Grades, Notes and Quotes

Completing their journey from worst to first, the Washington Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-24, in Week 16, clinching the NFC East title.<p>Holding the edge in total yards (418 to 398), Washington nabbed the lead in the first quarter and never looked back, building the lead as high as …

Football (U.S.)

Prabal Gurung’s Growing Pains

The designer can clearly make pretty things, but he needs to move forward creatively.<p><b>NEW YORK, United States —</b> “This collection is about things that …

Women Who Changed Fashion: The Style Icons

Celebrating the ladies who left their mark on the fashion industry.<p>Women in entertainment, modeling, and politics have influenced both street and runway style—establishing them as our modern tastemakers. Michelle Obama introduced the world to clean lines and homegrown American fashion when she …

Iran sends defiant signal to the West with missile test

Hardliners show their discomfort with the nuclear deal by testing a new missile with a range of at least 1,000 miles<p>Iran has broken a United Nations resolution and delivered a pointed signal of defiance to the West by testing a new ballistic missile with a range of at least 1,000 miles.<p>The …

South Asia

12 Photos Of Clean-Shaven Celebrities To Help You Mourn Your Movember Beard

We're here for you.<p>It's officially December, which means your hard-earned No-Shave November facial hair has likely been cut, shaved and trimmed away, or at least reduced to stubble. It's a sad, sad day.<p>To help lift your post-beard spirits, why not take a look at some photos of a few good-looking …

Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 9 for Working Photographers

<i>Unleashes Unprecedented Power, Precision and Quality</i><p><b>COPENHAGEN</b>, November 30, 2015 — Phase One, creator of the world’s finest open-platform, high-end …

Tutorials

Annie Leibovitz Shoots the Pirelli Calendar Into a New Direction

The annually published Pirelli Calendar is known for its history of racy photos by renowned photographers that often show models in various states of …

Rob Gronkowski Says NFL Is Targeting Him with Pass Interference Calls

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski stated Tuesday he feels the NFL is unfairly targeting him when it comes to calling offensive pass interference.<p>Gronkowski got slapped with a questionable pass interference call during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. He caught …

Jennifer Lawrence Says Guys Are Mean to Her

Jennifer Lawrence covers the December issue of <i>Vogue</i> and her profile, billed "Jennifer Lawrence Is Determined, Hilarious, and — Above All — Real," lives up to its title. The <i>Hunger Games</i> star ditches plans at a fancy restaurant because she wants to stay at home and order a pizza, conducts another …

Jennifer Lawrence

Gutsy Win vs. Minnesota Is Exactly Why Michigan Hired Jim Harbaugh

The win was far from pretty and even a little bit lucky—but none of that mattered in the end for Michigan.<p>What's important is the Wolverines are 6-2, and the Little Brown Jug is coming back home with them after a Halloween classic Saturday in Minnesota.<p>The Wolverines pulled out a 29-26 victory over …

College Football

Tesla's autopilot was too big a deal for a simple software update

So, Tesla Model S owners have been doing stupid things with their new ‘autopilot‘ feature, delivered as a software update over the air last week. Although it was only designed as a driving aid, people have been treating their vehicles as fully self-driving cars, with dangerous results.<p>It’s Tesla’s …

Architizer

19 models who made history for H&M, Sports Illustrated, and more

But every now and then, a model redefines the industry.<p>These models proved that you don't need to look a certain way to be featured in a major campaign or to strut the runway.<p>In fact, these models owned who they are — and still do.<p>See who these history-making women are.

Women's Fashion

Seahawks P Burns Brian Billick After He Said Kickers Aren't Football Players

According to former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick, kickers aren’t football players.<p>According to Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, neither is Billick.<p>That’s a true statement from Ryan, for sure, but the “non-football player” Billick also won a Super Bowl in 2000.<p>Not a player. Still a champion.<p>…