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Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden

The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders – General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed …

Asia

Rand Paul Puts on a Clinic

Posted: Apr 10, 2015 12:01 AM<p>At this point, I am mighty bullish on Sen. Ted Cruz but I very much like several other possible GOP presidential …

7 stocks Wall Street thinks will soar this year

The bull market in stocks is getting old.<p>It's been alive and kicking for nearly six years, carrying the S&P 500 215% higher and into uncharted territory. On top of that, the Nasdaq is knocking on the door of 5,000 for the first time in 15 years.<p>None of this means the party in stocks is over. …

Investing

Watch the U.S. Navy Test Futuristic Laser Weapon System That Displays ‘Near-Instantaneous Lethality’

The U.S. Navy on Wednesday released footage showing the military branch test a laser weapon system in the Arabian Gulf.<p>In a press release, the Office of Naval Research described the laser system as a “cutting-edge weapon that brings significant new capabilities to America’s Sailors and …

15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Matrix

Prepare to enter <i>The Matrix</i> with these 15 little-known facts about the Wachowskis’ mind-bending 1999 film.<p><b>1. The film started as a comic …

POTUS PRESENTS LORETTA LYNCH as next A.G. – HURDLE FOR HRC 2016: a third Obama term? -- MICHELLE JACONI leaves CNN with epic email -- JEN FRIEDMAN birthweek – B’DAY: David Muir is 41

<b>By Mike Allen</b> ( <b>mallen@politico.com</b>, @mikeallen), <b>with Daniel Lippman</b> ( <b>dlippman@politico.com</b>; @dlippman)<p><b>COVER of next week’s New Yorker, “The Elephant in the Room,”</b> by Liniers, showing the GOP mascot kicking back in the Oval as a tiny President Obama watches from his desk. Also see the Argentinian …

Business Administration

North Korea Releases U.S. Citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller

As President Obama leaves for Asia, North Korea releases Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew from prison.<p>United States officials said Saturday morning that two American citizens who were imprisoned in North Korea are on their way home, after secret negotiations that involved U.S. Director of National …

Memo to Congress: Put Up or Shut Up

What the new GOP majority can learn from Wisconsin.<p>It’s put up or shut up time. Those were the words I spoke to the newly elected Republican majority in Wisconsin back in 2010. With both houses of the legislature and the governorship in Republican hands for the first time in more than a decade, it …

Time for 2016 ads? Ben Carson kicks off presidential campaign season.

Ben Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon beloved by the right, will be the focus of an hour-long infomercial advertisement in 22 states this …

Cops use Amish disguises to target Pennsylvania flasher

A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.<p>Pulaski Township Sgt. Chad Adams said Tuesday that police weren't able to charge the man because of a lack of …

Great White's Mark Kendall: I turned myself over to God

American rock band Great White’s co-founder Mark Kendall has shared in his band’s successes and misfortunes in his 30 years as the group’s guitarist.<p>Kendall was not immune to the temptations of fame, and spent many years in and out of rehab, struggling with alcoholism. But when mishandled …

Big guns: Army soldiers to get powerful new Swedish-made tank-stopper

The U.S. Army is bringing in the really, really big guns.<p>Regular units will soon be issued a Swedish-built "recoilless" rifle that can fire an 84-mm. projectile nearly a mile and has the power to take out a tank. The 15-pound guns, which soldiers hold just above the shoulder to fire, were …

British Prime Minister’s Ukraine Selfie Goes Viral… Though He Probably Wishes It Hadn’t

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s selfie of a phone call Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama regarding the Ukrainian crisis took on a life of its own when twitter users – from the famous to the very young – began tweeting out parodies of the call that might make world leaders think twice …

Christian Marijuana Dispensary Reconciles Dogma and Dope While Battling the IRS

Early in the morning on Feb. 24, a large man with a long white beard and big cowboy hat gathered with about a dozen other people to pray outside the …

Meet the ‘Granddaddy’ of All Snowmen That Has Whole Trees for Arms

Forget the carrot for the nose, coal for buttons and sticks for arms. The snowman built in Gilman, Minn., required what appear to be whole trees instead, and not even the largest of carrots would cut it on “Granddaddy” of all snowmen, so a 55-gallon barrel had to fit the bill.<p>“Granddaddy” is a …

A Creepy New Startup Wants To Create Living Avatars For Dead People

By scanning the digital footprints of our dearly departed and recreating their personality, these MIT entrepreneurs hope to use artificial intelligence to bring them back to life in the virtual world.<p>Can a robot help you live forever? Not exactly, yet, but it might be able to help you talk to loved …

Can You Actually Be Bored to Death?

Kind of. Boredom won’t directly kill you on its own, but it does make it more likely that a handful of other things will put you six feet …

NHS

15 Words That Don't Mean What They Used To

Want to make conversations more fun? Consider the former meaning of these everyday words.<p>1. Ejaculate<p><b>Used to mean:</b> To utter suddenly and …

6 Smart People Debunk Myths About the Poor

Last week I wrote about a big myth: that foreign aid is a big waste. Since then, a bunch of people have posted smart videos busting myths about …

George Washington

Kia uses mystery of 'Matrix' for Super Bowl ad

For its fifth year in the big game, Kia needs to convert skeptics on its new luxury car<p>Kia has a particular tough challenge. It needs to get people to consider how a brand once chiefly known for cheap cars could have morphed itself to the point that its now come up with a top-quality luxury car. …

American Family Budget: Going All-Cash, All the Time

On one recent afternoon I killed some time between errands at a popular discount store.<p>Where previously I would have picked up those extra sheets for …

Christians killed for faith nearly doubled in 2013, group finds

Rev. Faye Pama Musa knew immediately why suspected Boko Haram militants burst into his home last year as his wife prepared dinner in the family’s northeastern Nigeria home. His stance against Christian persecution in the divided African nation had long made him a target.<p>Musa, who served as the …

1 Peter 1:3 NIV; Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

'Hand of God' spotted by NASA space telescope

Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God."<p>The cosmic "hand of God" photo was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or …

Phil Robertson reinstated: How Christmas saved 'Duck Dynasty'

After a stand-off with the 'Duck Dynasty' family over patriarch Phil Robertson's comments about gay people, which many found offensive, the A&E cable …