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Irrational Atheism

Not believing in God isn't always based on reasoned arguments—and that's okay.<p>Religious beliefs are remarkably various. But sometimes it can seem that there is only one way to be an atheist: asserting, on the basis of reasoned argument, that belief in God is irrational. The aging "new atheists"—Sam …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

Use Koran to judge him, Via terror suspect says

One of two men facing terrorism charges in an alleged plot to derail a passenger train offered his "sincere advice" to jurors hearing his case on Thursday.<p>The Criminal Code is a "book written by humans" and "humans are not perfect," Chiheb Esseghaier said in a unusual written closing …

Saudi Arabia: Don't blame us for oil's big plunge

Saudi Arabia isn't a fan of the "conspiracy theories" surrounding the kingdom's oil policies.<p>Oil took a massive plunge from over $100 a barrel in July to under $50 in January. Saudi Arabia's refusal to cut production, especially when oil hit around $70 at Thanksgiving, raised eyebrows about the …

A Feminist Ranking of Female Superheroes

Move over, Batman.<p>It may not surprise you to learn that essentially all of the original superheroines dreamt up during the '40s and '50s—including characters that would later become icons like Wonder Woman and Supergirl—were created by male writers and artists for a primarily male audience. And as …

Graphic Novels

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Wall Street pushes SCOTUS on gay marriage

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Wall Street's leading banks have signed a "friend of the court" brief pressing the Supreme Court to back same-sex marriage.<p>Major financial firms including AIG, Bank of America, BlackRock, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs JPMorgan, UBS and Wells Fargo signed the brief …

Boko Haram beheading video shows ties to ISIS, say experts

Nigerian Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram has taken a page out of the ISIS playbook, releasing a new video Monday of two prisoner beheadings so similar to clips posted by the Middle East jihadist group that experts now believe the terror groups are working together.<p>The 6-minute video, …

China's wild panda population is booming

The investigation by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) found that by the end of 2013 China had 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild, marking an increase of 268 individuals, or 16.8 percent, the official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.<p>The figures compared with a previous survey carried …

Wildlife

Court: Adultery not a crime in South Korea

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> For 62 years, if you cheated on your husband or wife in South Korea, you could end up in prison.<p>Not anymore.<p>South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned a law that made adultery a crime, saying it violates the East Asian nation's constitution.<p>"The …

South Korea

Prosecutor: Mom craved attention, poisoned child with salt

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of force feeding her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube reveled in the attention that a sickly …

Who Is Mohammed Emwazi? What We Know About Man IDed as 'Jihadi John'

For months, he’s been known only as “Jihadi John,” the blustering ISIS militant in a balaclava with a knife and a British accent who taunts the West in propaganda videos before cutting a hostage’s throat.<p>Now he has a name.<p>A U.S. intelligence official confirmed to NBC News on Thursday that the man …