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Confronting Homeland Security's 'SSSS' Watch List

It's official. The Department of Homeland Security has placed me on a travel watch list. Every time I travel abroad, I now have "SSSS", which stands for Secondary Security Screen Selection, on my boarding documents. That means I get an extra rigorous full-body screening, thorough examination of …

Homeland Security

The ‘gay cake’ ruling is a victory for equality in Northern Ireland

The ruling against a Christian-owned bakery that refused to make a pro gay-marriage cake rightly shows public services must not discriminate<p>The Christian Institute, which funded Ashers Baking Company in the “gay cake” case, is “deeply disappointed” at losing. I’m not surprised. There is nothing …

LGBTQI

Rikers Island Guard Repeatedly Raped 2 Women Inmates, Says Lawsuit

A male guard at New York's Rikers Island jail complex repeatedly raped two female inmates, a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges.<p>The suit, which seeks class-action status, accuses Correction Officer Benny Santiago of sexually assaulting the two women for years, and punishing them when they …

Crime

6 ways to instantly make yourself more attractive

But just because you're not born with model looks doesn't mean you're doomed.<p>Science tells us there are ways to spice up your sexiness through techniques that aren't necessarily regulated by biology.<p>Here's a short list.<p>You look better with your friends than you do on your own, psychological …

Psychology

White America’s Waco insanity: The shocking realities it ignores about racism & violence

The response to the Twin Peaks shootout says everything you need to know about how white privilege really works<p>Malcolm X, the famed Civil Rights leader and minister of the Nation of Islam, would have turned 90 years old this week. While America annually marks the significance of the life of Dr. …

Participation

The Mexican Town That Bashes Piñatas Full of Live Animals

Every year, the people of Citilcum meet up to beat a ton of animals to death.<p><i>This article originally appeared on</i> <i>VICE Mexico</i>.<p><i>Warning: Some of the below images depict violence against animals.</i><p>Every year, without fail, the locals in the Yucatán city of Citilcum,celebrate a tradition known as <i>Kots Kaal</i> …

Animals

Steve Irwin's Father Says Details Of Star's Death Should Not Have Been Discussed

Steve Irwin's father said the cameraman who was with the star when he was killed by a stingray should not have discussed the details of his son's death on television.<p>Bob Irwin appeared in a special about the Crocodile Hunter for "Australian Story" on Australia's ABC and discussed cameraman Justin …

Great Barrier Reef

Russian police chief takes 17-year-old wife in 'forced polygamous marriage'

Controversial wedding is supported by Moscow-appointed leader of Chechnya<p>The wedding of a teenage girl to a middle-aged policeman in Chechnya who was already married has prompted a scandal after senior Russian officials endorsed it and attended the nuptials.<p>Nazhud Guchigov, a 47-year-old regional …

Russia

The 'Middling' Volcanic Eruption that Was America’s Worst

Mount St. Helens might have been a “baby among volcanoes,” in geological terms, but its 1980 eruption was the deadliest, most destructive volcanic …

Volcanoes

The war against ISIS in Iraq just took a dark turn

The Islamic State terrorist group just claimed a big victory in Iraq with the seizing of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Iraq's largest region.<p>And Baghdad's actions before and after the setback are raising red flags about the strategy to fight ISIS.<p>Reuters described the loss of Ramadi, about 75 …

Middle East

Mexican children who 'torture and kill six-year-old in game of kidnap' charged with murder

The children aged between 15 and 11 are accused of killing Christopher Raymundo Márquez Mora after they allegedly tied his hands and feet before beating him and suffocating him<p>Five <b>Mexican</b> children accused of torturing and killing a six-year-old boy before burying the body and keeping their crime a …

The lasting mystery of the Tsarnaev brothers

<b>(CNN) —</b> The death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may provide some kind of justice for the families of the four people that he and his older brother Tamerlan murdered, as well as the 16 victims who lost limbs in the bombings. But the decision gets us no closer to the big …

Justice

Public photos mined to create beautiful time-lapses

In many ways, the internet is simply an extremely badly coordinated attempt to document our planet. Hundreds of millions of photos are uploaded online every day, depicting ourselves, our cities, our landscape, and our food. However, they're also isolated and disparate: it's difficult to sieve …

University of Washington
Stock Markets

12 signs you’re traveling like an a**hole in Mexico

1. You ask people if they speak “Mexican.”<p>Don’t think we need to explain this one.<p>2. Or, you assume that by knowing Spanish, everyone will understand …