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Obama to heckler: You're screwing up my speech

Oscar Pistorius defense suggests Steenkamp wasn't cowering

One of the most respected ballistics experts in South Africa disputed key elements of the prosecution case against Oscar Pistorius on Friday, saying that the girlfriend he killed last year did not appear to have been in a defensive position when he shot her.<p>Tom Wolmarans, a former police officer, …

The Vatican Defrocked 848 Priests For Child Abuse in the Past 10 Years

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For the first time, the Vatican has revealed a statistical picture of the internal fallout from the …

Yemen’s New Ways of Protesting Drone Strikes: Graffiti and Poetry

An American drone hovers along a main thoroughfare in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. Not a real drone, but rather a 7 foot-long rendition of an unmanned …

Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

The first thing T. Jeremy Gunn says when you ask him about President John F. Kennedy's assassination is, "I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't have a theory about what happened."<p>But he knows <i>a lot</i> about it from his work for the Assassination Records Review Board, established by Congress in 1992, …

Detroit's bankruptcy brings up more than finances

DETROIT — Sheilah Johnson was a building inspector for the city for 28 years, a college graduate who passed up jobs that paid more because a city job offered stability and the promise of a good pension.<p>But the city's recent plunge into bankruptcy — overseen by an outside emergency manager …

Tutankhamun's body spontaneously combusted after botched embalming, researchers say

The life and death of Tutankhamun have intrigued researchers ever since the treasure trove of the boy king's tomb was first discovered in 1922 -- and a fresh examination of the famous pharaoh’s remains is only likely to add to the fascination after two sensational findings were revealed.<p>The first: …

Federal appeals court temporarily halts horse slaughter for human consumption

A federal appeals court has temporarily put the brakes on plans to resume horse slaughter for human consumption in the U.S., after a New Mexico judge last week dismissed a push by animal rights groups to stop the practice.<p>The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday issued a temporary …

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Social Media Is Redefining 'Depression'

Online communities like those on Tumblr are perpetuating ideas of "beautiful suffering," confusing what it means to be clinically depressed.<p>A few months ago, Laura U., a typical 16-year-old at an international school in Paris, sat at her computer wishing she looked just like the emaciated women on …

What a Small Moment in the Obamacare Debate Says About Ideological Media

Does the legislation put the privacy of Americans at risk? More than progressives acknowledge—in part because of ham-handed conservative critiques.<p>Congress conducted hearings yesterday on the much maligned Obamacare website. The most contentious moment involved Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican. …

Chile's student protest leaders hope to dismantle the system from the inside

Two years ago Giorgio Jackson was at the forefront of Chile's biggest protests since the end of the Pinochet dictatorship, when hundreds of thousands of students took to the streets in support of the right to free university education.<p>Now the 26-year-old is running for election – one in a group of …

Work Until You Die? More Middle Class Americans Say They Can Never Retire

Forget pushing retirement off a few years. A growing number of Americans believe they’ll be working until death.<p>An alarming 37% of middle class Americans believe they’ll work until they’re too sick or until they die.<p>Another 34% believes retirement will come at the ripe age of 80. Just two years ago …

Police Body Cameras Can Work With Privacy Protections, ACLU Says

Body-worn police cameras, which just a few years ago sounded futuristic or fanciful, are about to go big-time. The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking cameras for all of its officers, and the New York Police Department faces a court-ordered pilot program for some of its cops on the …

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

Alcohol

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

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LGBTQ activist may be first person convicted under Russia’s anti-gay law

<b>(Flickr Creative Commons)</b><p>Though not the first to be arrested, Dmitry Isakov could be the first person convicted under the law, lawyers say<p>Katie McDonough<p>September 1, 2013 9:06pm (UTC)<p>While he is not the first person to be charged under Russia's draconian law criminalizing the free expression of …

The Art of Honest Fried Chicken (A Lifestyle Choice)

<i>Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: The slow art of fried chicken -- with 12 tips and a master recipe.</i><p>Frying chicken, at its best, is a state of mind formed …

Redox Power Plans To Roll Out Dishwasher-Sized Fuel Cells That Cost 90% Less Than Currently Available Fuel Cells

Redox Power Systems, a Fulton, MD-based start-up company founded last year, sealed the deal on a partnership with researchers at the University of Maryland to commercialize a potentially game-changing distributed generation technology.<p>Redox says that it plans to bring to market a fuel cell that is …

We’re on the cusp of deep learning for the masses. You can thank Google later

Google (s goog) silently did something revolutionary on Thursday. It open sourced a tool called word2vec, prepackaged deep-learning software designed …

People who play video games are less able to control impulsive aggressive behaviour, reveals a new study.

People who play video games are less able to control impulsive aggressive behaviour, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers found video games boost visual attention, but reduce impulse control.<p>A person playing a first-person shooter video game, such as Halo or Unreal Tournament, must make decisions …

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …