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Apocalypse now: Gun buyers stockpiling firearms ahead of Election Day

The nation’s largest gun manufacturer prepares for a postelection surge in demand in the event of a Clinton win<p>With just days left before American voters decide who will replace President Barack Obama, many in the nation’s gun-owning public seem to be preparing for a dystopian future of jackbooted …

Teenager plays havoc with multiple 911 call centers trying to collect Apple bug bounty

An Arizona teenager caused havoc in multiple 911 cell centers last week after creating a proof of concept of an iOS exploit that caused iPhones to dial 911. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said that one police department was ‘in immediate danger of losing service’ to its 911 center, and two …

These connected electric bicycles are set to run on Singapore's roads by 2017

SINGAPORE — By next year, Singapore will get a new mode of transport for short distances — bicycle-sharing.<p>Mobike, a bicycle-sharing startup from …

Obama requires LGBT equality from religious aid contractors

The Obama administration announced a rule last week that threatens to strip federal contracts from religious relief organizations and charities that …

Kansas GOP distributing extremely Islamophobic mailer

Republicans stoke fears just weeks after three Kansas men were arrested for plotting a terror attack against Muslims.<p>The Kansas Republican Party is …

How Planned Parenthood Changed Everything

More than one hundred years ago, Sadie Sachs tried to give herself an abortion. The 28-year-old mother of three knew she and her husband could not …

Iranian child bride to be put to death after giving birth to stillborn baby

A child bride is facing execution for the murder of her husband after giving birth to a stillborn baby in prison.<p>Zeinab Sokian was sentenced to death …

Save the Children

How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A couple of years ago, Walmart, which once built its entire branding around a big yellow smiley face, was creating more than its share of frowns.<p>Shoppers were fed up. They complained of dirty bathrooms, empty shelves, endless checkout lines and impossible-to-find employees. Only …

Customer Service

So, women columnists who spew bile about other women have gone to war with a woman who posts selfies on social media. If these are their options, no wonder girls today are so miserable<p><b>I read in various newspapers last week that Kim Kardashian is the worst role model ever and got her comeuppance in</b> …

Feminism

Magic tricks on YouTube are in danger of killing the art, warns its inner circle

Pulling a rabbit out of a hat, or tricks of a similar ilk, may have dazzled generations of children.<p>But the future of live magic could be under threat, thanks to the rise of the YouTube magician.<p>How to become a magician<p>The rising popularity of online videos is leading to a loss of key skills which …

Fox News staff feared Roger Ailes was monitoring them

Until recently, getting Fox News employees to talk could be tough.<p>Before former host Gretchen Carlson accused her boss, now former-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, of sexual harassment, and before reports started pouring forward about Ailes' alleged record of improper behavior, the network was infamous …

The push for traffic means that clicks rule – even if the facts don’t check out<p>It started with a post on social media. Or, to be more exact, a series of posts about a visit to McDonald’s to buy a milkshake. Within hours, Josh Raby’s gripping account on Twitter was international news, covered by …

Journalism

How Michelle Obama Dismantled the Sexist Case Against Hillary Clinton, Point-by-Point

Reversing decades-old criticisms of women in public.<p>It was only the first night of the Democratic National Convention, but Michelle Obama already went ahead and put a bow on it. The speech she delivered on Monday gave women nationwide the best present we could have wished for: a master class in how …

Scientists turn old plastic bottles into fuel

<b>(CNN) —</b> Millions of tons of plastic garbage pollute our world. What if we could turn them into fuel instead?<p>That's the ambitious plan of a team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China.<p>The technique involves …

Twitter Just Permanently Suspended Conservative Writer Milo Yiannopoulos

The move comes less than a day after the notorious internet troll led a tweeted harassment campaign against Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones.<p>Twitter has banned one of its most notoriously contentious voices. On Tuesday evening, the microblogging service permanently suspended the account of …

India rape case a chilling reminder for women everywhere

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sexual assault is a cheap and effective weapon. But in a new case in which this weapon has so horrifyingly been wielded, in the northern state of Haryana, India, the perpetrators may actually have defeated its own usefulness. If that is to be true, it is up to us.<p>A 21-year-old woman is …

Brother of Pakistan's Qandeel Baloch: I'm 'proud' of strangling my sister

<b>(CNN) —</b> The brother of Pakistani social media star, Qandeel Baloch, says he's proud he killed his sister, claiming he did it because "girls are born to stay home."<p>The 25 year-old Qandeel was strangled Friday at her family home in the city of Multan in the Pakistani province of Punjab. After going …

Twitter cracks down after 'Ghostbusters' actor complains about abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) late on Tuesday permanently suspended a number of user accounts for harassment, vowing to redouble its efforts to quickly thwart abusive behavior and block repeat offenders from the social media site.<p>The move appeared to be a response to abuse and …

Two people found guilty in Snapchat sexual assault case

Snapchat played an important role in convicting two people of sexual assault.<p>On Tuesday, Rashad Deihim, 21, and Kailyn Bonia, 20, were found guilty of intent to rape, indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, and of kidnapping. Deihim was also found guilty of posing the victim, who was 16, …

Singapore expat gets fired for raging on Facebook about not having Pokémon Go yet

<b>UPDATE: July 11, 2016, 4:49 p.m. SGT</b> Updated with statement from Sonny Truyen.<p>SINGAPORE — Oh boy. As Pokémon Go madness envelops the Internet, …

Asia

Andrea Leadsom discloses tax details and 2015 income of £85,000

The Conservative leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom has published details of her tax affairs and declared an income of nearly £85,000 for last year.<p>The surprise contender to be the next prime minister published one year of tax information, days after her rival Theresa May released four years’ …

United Kingdom

Zambia suspends election campaigning over violence

Political campaigning in Zambia's capital Lusaka has been suspended for 10 days because of violent clashes before next month's national elections, the electoral commission said.<p>The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) announced on Sunday that it was suspending campaigns in Lusaka and Namwala, south …

As acquittals add up, Freddie Gray prosecutor feels the heat

Baltimore State's Atty. Marilyn J. Mosby instantly became a controversial figure across America — lauded as a hero by the left and decried as a demagogue by the right — when she brought charges against six police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.<p>More than a year later, her repute is …

Justice

Philistines were more sophisticated than given credit for, say archeologists

ASHKELON, Israel (Reuters) - Philistines were no "philistines", say archaeologists who unearthed a 3,000-year-old cemetery in which members of the biblical nation were buried along with jewelry and perfumed oil.<p>Little was known about the Philistines prior to the recent excavation in the Israeli …

Under A Hard-Line President, Dozens Of Drug Suspects Killed In Philippines

They call him "The Punisher." And "Duterte Harry." And now, "Mr. President."<p>Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines' president just over a week ago after running on a simple platform of ridding the country of drug-related crime and corruption.<p>And since he took office, more than 60 alleged …

How Party Culture Protected Rape Culture in the Stanford Rape Case

Brock Turner blamed alcohol and party culture for his brutal sexual assault, but that's not an excuse.<p>In a letter to Judge Aaron Persky, former Stanford student Brock Turner blamed party culture for his brutal sexual assault on an unconscious young woman behind a frat party dumpster. "I've been …

Police attempt to identify more than 30 suspects after alleged assault and its social media aftermath prompt public outcry over misogyny and online abuse<p>Police in Brazil are attempting to identify more than 30 men who allegedly participated in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl, which was filmed …

Social Media

Young Women Are Getting Abducted Off the Streets of Mexico’s Second Largest City | VICE News

When 19-year-old Denisse Velasco left school earlier this month in Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, she walked as she always does to a bus stop on Avenida Americas. It was 11am on March 7, and there was no one else around when a taxi pulled up beside her.<p>"Get in, they sent me for you," …

Matrix Director Lilly Wachowski Comes Out as Transgender

The duo formerly known as the Wachowski brothers, the creators and directors of <i>The Matrix</i> trilogy and the sorely underrated <i>Speed Racer</i>, previously …

Can Female-Only Campgrounds Stop Sexual Assault at Music Festivals?

Electric Forest just launched a new program for female-identifying campers. Will it help keep women safe—or is this victim-blaming?<p>On February 17, Rothbury, Michigan music festivalElectric Forest announced a new initiative for their 2016 edition: HerForest, a set of programs exclusively catering to …