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Mental illness mostly caused by life events not genetics, argue psychologists

Mental illness is largely caused by social crises such as unemployment or childhood abuse and too much money is spent researching genetic and biological factors, psychologists have warned.<p>Over the past decade funding bodies like the Medical Research Council(MRC) have spent hundreds of millions on …

Death by Umbrella Examines The 100 Weirdest Horror Movie Weapons

Around these parts we take great pride in seeing our writers do well. Such is the case with our own Jeff Kirschner, who, along with his writing …

Blooming over the Tidal Basin like a gorgeous cloud, the #cherryblossoms welcome over 1.5 million people to the #NationalMall (@nationalmallnps) during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. Over 3,800 trees color America’s front yard with shades of white and pink. Walking among the blossoms and touring the memorials in #WashingtonDC, is an experience you’ll want to repeat. Photo by Andrew Rhodes (www.sharetheexperience.org). 🌸

Dalai Lama says God will not help us in the wake of ISIS Paris attack because 'humans have created this problem and we cannot solve it through prayers'

The Dalai Lama has said God will not help us in the wake of the ISIS Paris attack - because 'humans have created this problem'.<p>The Tibetan spiritual …

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George and Amal Clooney's Cutest Moments

A look back at the best photos from the couple's first year of marriage.<p>They say you can tell a lot about a couple from their first year of marriage. If that's true, George and Amal Clooney seem to be a match made in heaven. Since the serial playboy and the serious lawyer tied the knot in Italy …

Teen prosecuted as adult for having naked images – of himself – on phone

North Carolina high schooler and his girlfriend face legal proceedings over selfies as both the adult perpetrators and minor victims<p>A teenage boy in North Carolina has been prosecuted for having nude pictures of himself on his own mobile phone. The young man, who is now 17 but was 16 at the time …

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Here are some of the strange reasons Bill Murray missed out on big movies

By all accounts, Bill Murray is a strange guy. You might pick up on this by his movie roles or his talk show appearances or that time he crashed a random kickball game. But there's also some pretty compelling evidence in a new book out this week titled "The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray" by Robert …

The 'Real' Dark Web Doesn't Exist

Human trafficking? Murder? The darkest sites on the dark web have turned out to be fake.<p>"How do you really go deeper?" one Reddit thread posted days ago starts.<p>"I'm trying to find the weirdest part of the deep web," another says.<p>"There are some things people talk about and I believe but want to see …

Texts Allegedly Show Teen Urging Friend to Commit Suicide

Text messages released by prosecutors earlier this month allegedly show a Massachusetts teen pressuring her friend to kill himself and saying that …

Playful Photo Booth Portraits Showcase Adoptable Dogs’ Sweet Personalities

There's no shortage of pets that need a good home, but how do you best show people that their new pal is waiting for them at the shelter? The Humane Society of Utah has an ingenious way of enticing potential owners to adopt homeless dogs. Photographer Guinnevere Shuster captured the pups' colorful …

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Elephant Massacre Uncovered In Democratic Republic of Congo; 30 Animals Killed In 15 Days

Dozens of elephants are being slaughtered at a national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo as armed militants aggressively move into the poaching business, using money from illegal ivory to buy food, weapons and ammunition.<p>The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said this week that …

Man Cleared After Admitting He Put Bodily Fluid In Woman's Coffee

A man was cleared of sex charges even after he admitted to ejaculating into a female co-worker's coffee cup.<p>John Robert Lind was charged with sexual assault but a judge said the Minnesota man's conduct didn't qualify as such because of a loophole in Minnesota law that doesn't consider his behavior …

Twitter Helps Bullied Teen Celebrate Birthday After No One RSVPs to His Party

What started out as a simple mother’s request for a few birthday wishes for her 13-year-old son turned into a viral sensation overnight, ending in a …

‘If You Guys Look Closely Enough You Can See the Future’: Singer Tweets Sexually Explicit Photo and Bizarre Message at Conservatives

She brazen, unafraid and she posed for Playboy — but she still surprised people with her public message to conservative commentators.<p>On Saturday, rapper/singer Azealia Banks tweeted a sexually explicit photo — a close-up of her genitals — and the message, “If you guys look closely enough you can …

Preparing for Death When You Live Alone

Recently, the brother of a close friend/co-worker died in his sleep. His other sister happened to come over in the morning to visit him, and discovered him on the floor. (Heart attack. He was only in his early 60s. Very sad.)<p>It got me thinking...<p>Since I am divorced and live alone, and no one …

Struggle to understand family slaying in small Kentucky town

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — Friends and relatives of a 16-year-old boy killed in a shootout with police in Maryland struggled to understand how the faithful …

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After death, Fairfield woman has last laugh

An obituary published in Saturday's Connecticut Post, claiming the cause of an 83-year-old Fairfield woman's death was hypothermia after her dog ate …

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Heartbreaking video shows Rottweiler crying for his dead brother

This heartbreaking video shows the moment a ‘crying’ Rottweiler grieves over his brother.<p>Brutus is seen resting his head on his brother Hank’s …

She Was Doing Her Regular Pep Rally Dance. Then She Turned and Saw a Boy From Her Church Doing Something She’d Never Expected.

He took her by surprise — in front of the entire school.<p>High school junior Autumn Pollard was performing her normal pep rally dance in Corning, Arkansas, when she was faced with a “prom-posal” she didn’t expect, KAIT-TV reported.<p>Autumn has Noonan syndrome, which has impacted her growth and heart — …

Drugs, Delusion, and Darkness: Inside Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Troubled Life

Whitney Houston’s daughter is breathing again after being found unconscious in a bathtub Saturday. A look back at the self-destructive behavior that …

Tina and Amy Just Showed Us the Right Way To Make a Rape Joke

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The double standard for age gaps in relationships

How often have we seen a May-December romance between an older man and a younger woman? Oh good, you lost count too.<p>Whether we’re talking Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones or even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, there’s usually very little comment. However, reverse …

The Belfie Stick Lets People Photograph Their Butts, Because People Want to Do That

This 40-inch retractable and bendable rod allows users to capture their ass on camera with little physical effort.<p>You may be unfamiliar with the word "belfie," a clever combination of the words butt and selfie that was invented during 2014, the Year of the Booty. It is a term that has lead …

Woman Who Escaped Her Sex Trafficking Captors Becomes Advocate For Victims

After Jhinna Pinchi escaped her sex traffickers in 2009, she braved her way through death threats and triumphed over legal red tape repeatedly in an effort to find justice.<p>And finally, in December 2013, she did just that.<p>Pinchi was the first sex trafficking survivor in Peru to face her abusers in …

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Mama June let Honey Boo Boo in bed with convicted sex offender, Uncle Poodle claims

The twisted tale of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” star June Shannon’s relationship with a convicted sex offender just keeps getting worse.<p>In a new report, complete with photos, published by the National Enquirer, Lee “Uncle Poodle” Thompson, who appeared on the show with his family, is claiming …

Prison threat for 90-year old who fed Florida homeless

Fort Lauderdale police charge three men with breaking new law banning food sharing<p>Two pastors and a 90-year old man have been arrested for feeding the homeless in public.<p>The pastors, Dwayne Black and Mark Sims along with Arnold Abbott, an advocate for the homeless, face a 60-day jail term and a …

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The future of warfare: Why we should all be very afraid

Imagine an army of robots with the power to decide whom and when to kill. Brace yourself, because it’s happening<p>Rory Tolan<p>July 20, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>It is said that in 16th-century Prague, a giant made of clay stalked the slums from moonrise till sunbreak. He kept a vigil, this earthen colossus, and …