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Ashley Madison looks like it was always a big sad scam

Annalee Newitz reports that very few of the female profiles at the hacked site appear to represent real people.<p>The world of Ashley Madison was a far …

Los Angeles county supervisors 'wash cars every few days' despite drought

Long-suffering California can blame drought on global warming, experts say<p>Read more<p>Most Los Angeles county supervisors still have their cars washed two or three times a week despite the strict water conservation measures they have imposed on others due to a devastating four-year drought, according …

Chris Christie: I would track immigrants like FedEx packages

Republican presidential contender revives lagging campaign by telling New Hampshire crowd he would ask FedEx to devise an immigrant tracking system<p>New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie, said on Saturday he would combat illegal immigration by tracking foreign visitors like FedEx packages.<p>Christie, …

EPA: No word yet on health risk from Colorado mine spill

DENVER (AP) — The mustard-colored muck that spilled into a river from a shuttered Colorado gold mine contains heavy metals including lead and …

Pollution

Did We All Descend From Comets? We’re About to Find Out

The awakening of a comet lander called Philea has the potential to unlock the world’s great mystery: the origin of life.<p>After seven months in …

Magna Carta celebrations begin on River Thames

<b>A replica of Magna Carta is being carried down the Thames as part of events to mark its 800th anniversary.</b><p>The Royal Barge Gloriana is leading 200 boats from Hurley in Berkshire to Runnymede in Surrey over two days.<p>Magna Carta was granted by King John on 15 June 1215, establishing that the king was …

Magna Carta

Modi’s plan to change India and the world through yoga angers religious minorities

Police, pupils and civil servants get lessons on ancient techniques ahead of mass yoga gathering in Delhi<p>Every morning, before the temperatures in India’s capital start to rise, a handful of old friends gather. On the parched grass not far from the India Gate monument at the centre of Delhi, they …

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South Africa's 'brazen cover-up' of Zuma's home upgrade

<b>The offence itself was bad enough - an orgy of overspending by obsequious officials and conniving contractors who managed to spend 246m rand ($21.7m, £14.3m) of public money lavishly upgrading South African President Jacob's Zuma's private homestead, Nkandla.</b><p>That is nearly 10 times what taxpayers …

South Africa

'Star Trek' fan builds company headquarters in shape of USS Enterprise

If you long to work on the Starship Enterprise, send your resume to NetDragon Websoft.<p>The online game developer run by an avid "Star Trek" fan has built its headquarters in China in the shape of the legendary spaceship that Captain Kirk used to "boldly go where no man has gone before."<p>NetDragon was …

Science Fiction

Australian police post stoner's 'to do' list on Twitter

Someone in Western Australia was left red faced -- and possibly with a ruined high -- Thursday after police executing a search warrant on a house in Coolbellup, south of Perth, found a weed smoker's "to do" list.<p>The unnamed person had apparently written out in careful detail a list of activities to …

Gentleman flips off monkey. Monkey returns insult with a face kick

A monkey interpreted a human's hand gesture as a threat, and retaliated with explosive violence.<p><i>[via]</i>

Creflo Dollar: Demons Stole My Private Jet

The pastor who asked followers to buy him a new $65 million aircraft blames the devil for losing the old one—and says he may need a spaceship to …

Queer South Africans Living at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender

Iranti.org founder Jabu Pereira explains why legal rights are not the end, but the beginning, of equality.<p><i>Quorum is a live journalism forum focused</i> …

Kansas kid corrects anti-drug teacher, cops raid his house

The 11-year-old son of medical marijuana advocate Shona Banda spoke out in his Kansas classroom to correct his teacher's misinformation about pot; …

Isis video confirms destruction at Unesco world heritage site in Hatra

Islamic State militants used sledgehammers and assault rifles to destroy ancient artefacts at a Unesco world heritage site in Iraq and vowed to continue their rampage against the country’s millennia-old history, according to a new video released by the group.<p>Iraq’s tourism and antiquities ministry …

Adorable Teddy Bear-like "Magic Rabbit" Spotted for the First Time in Two Decades

Meet the Ili pika (<i>Ochotona iliensis</i>), an extremely elusive, cuddly creature that is rarely seen by human eyes. Native to a remote region of China, the adorable mammal has been spotted only a handful of times in the Tianshan Mountains of the northwestern province of Xinjiang. Nicknamed the “magic …

Cute

Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

Indiana’s businesses are now free to discriminate against gays, and LGBT allies are threatening to leave. The first to walk? Gamers, who may take …

New X-Files episodes

After a 13 year hiatus, Scully and Mulder are back for 6 new episodes.<p>Show creator/executive producer Chris Carter shares:<p>“I think of it as a 13-year …

Jesus Wants Me to Have This Jet

Pastor Creflo Dollar has spoken to God, and God wants him to buy a $65 million private jet. His congregation, thus far, has obliged his every …

Indian worker sacked after going on leave for 24 years

An Indian public official has been sacked for taking leave 24 years ago and never returning to his desk in the country’s notoriously work-shy bureaucracy, the urban development ministry said.<p>Assistant executive engineer A.K Verma went on leave in 1990 after joining India’s central public works …

India

Pope Francis Gives Blessing to Exorcist Conference

Driving out demons isn’t a job for amateurs, but it may help the mentally ill.<p><i>VATICAN CITY —</i> Pope Francis has given a special blessing to a group of …

Cuba leads fight against Ebola in Africa as west frets about border security

As the official number of Ebola deaths in west Africa’s crisis topped 4,000 last week – experts say the actual figure is at least twice as high – the UN issued a stark call to arms. Even to simply slow down the rate of infection, the international humanitarian effort would have to increase …

Uganda probes 'terror piglets'

Kampala - Police in Uganda said on Saturday they were testing two piglets for "terrorism related material" after they were sneaked into the country's …

Apple be trollin’: A visual history of the company’s public spite

In light of Tim Cook's WWDC smack talk, we look back on 30 years of Apple barbs.<p>In the past week, Apple's Tim Cook era has been marked with its first …

Wolverine’s All-Too-Human Weakness

Hugh Jackman's latest surgery shows skin cancer is nothing to mess with. Learn to prevent, detect, and treat it<p>When Wolverine says wear sunscreen, well, we suggest you wear the stuff.<p>Hugh Jackman, the star of the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past” who is also on the cover of the June issue of</i> …

Poll Finds Americans View Gays More Favorably Than Evangelical Christians

A new bipartisan study commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign and Americans for Marriage Equality found that 53 percent of Americans view gay …

Michigan woman's auto-payments hid her death for over 5 years

For years, the payments went out of the woman's bank account.<p>Nobody batted an eyelid. Bills were paid. And life went on as normal in the quiet neighborhood of Pontiac, Michigan.<p>Neighbors didn't notice anything unusual. The woman traveled a lot, they said, and kept to herself. One of them mowed her …

Oliver North Tells CPAC That GOP Must Fight Gay Equality Like Abolitionists Fought Slavery

In a speech at CPAC today, Oliver North accused Obama of treating service members like “laboratory rats in some radical social experiment” by …

California Lawmaker Proposes Legislation Banning Captivity of Orcas for Entertainment Purposes

Legislation banning the captivity of orcas for entertainment is being introduced in California by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Take …