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Guys Just Can't Do Sexy Voices

The ability to make one's voice sound hot is, apparently, limited to women. At least that's what a new study finds: Researchers in Pennsylvania asked women to "speak as if they were trying to impress someone with whom they were romantically interested." The subjects did it easily, almost all by...

Police: 2 Men Hit Cyclist, Try to Dump Body

Texas police have arrested two men accused of trying to dump a cyclist's body after running him over on a highway Thursday morning, Raw Story reports. According to police, 38-year-old Eduardo Arguelles was cycling with a friend on US Highway 281 in Edinburg at around 4:30am when a white...

Feds Approve 'Powdered Alcohol'

As if alcohol, marijuana, caffeine, and pills of various kinds aren't enough to give Americans a buzz, the federal government has approved a new product: powdered booze, reports Gawker . Even the company behind it, Palcohol, says the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau's approval caught it off guard....

1 Dead, Others Wounded in Russia-Ukraine Gun Battle

Ukraine and Russia traded blame today for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. The identity of the attackers remained unclear. Russia blamed militant Ukrainian nationalists and the Ukrainian government said the attack near...

Neil Patrick Harris Curses Fan During Show

Neil Patrick Harris showed off his wicked tongue at last night's performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway by shouting at an audience member—but was it all part of the show? A female fan cried out, "I love you, Neil!" to which he responded, "I'm doing something...

Barney Frank Film Pairs Him With 'Gay Slur' Actor

Barney Frank may be retired, but a new documentary has him back in the spotlight—and pairs him with an actor some would call an unlikely ally, the Daily Beast reports. The gay, retired Massachusetts lawmaker will be interviewed at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Compared to What by...

Ex-Cop Killed Attacking Blogger's Hot Dog Cart

An anti-corruption blogger in Little Rock, Arkansas, may be in hot water after killing a man who set his hot dog cart on fire, Raw Story reports. Ean Bordeaux says he awoke early Friday morning to find his cart—which he runs for a living—in flames outside. He ran...

How 2 Great American Musicians Simply Vanished

Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley aren't exactly household names, but they recorded a batch of old country-blues songs that scholars consider masterpieces. What's vexing is that Thomas and Wiley totally fell off the map, gone from history despite decades of research. Enter John Sullivan, who, writing for the New York...

Baby Boy Born Unable to Open His Mouth

Nine months ago, a Canadian baby was born normal in every way but one: Wyatt Scott has a disorder that keeps him from opening his jaw, the CBC reports. The condition, called congenital trismus, is so rare that his Ottawa doctors still aren't sure how to help him. "Nobody can...

Colorado Lights It Up With (Legal) 4/20 Bash

Potheads in Colorado aren't letting a little thing like the fact that The Man says it's OK deter them from lighting up a 4/20 weekend that's suddenly gone mainstream: As CNN reports, the Mile High City is throwing itself a party that by some estimates has attracted 80,000 visitors....

Worst First Date Ever? Guy Swipes Woman's Dog, TV

Most people go on dates lookin' for love, but this one ended instead with a little larceny: A New Jersey woman went out Thursday night with "Joel," a guy she met on an online dating site, reports the Daily Record . She took him back to her place, and one thing...

How Howard Hughes Helped CIA Hunt a Sunken Sub

Howard Hughes: billionaire, aviator, engineer … and CIA asset? Yep. Hughes once provided the necessary cover for a secret operation codenamed Project AZORIAN, in which the CIA tried to retrieve a Soviet sub from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean without anyone being the wiser, the Houston Chronicle reports. The...

Justice Stevens on SCOTUS: 'I Didn't Do Well Enough'

John Paul Stevens has been piping up recently ahead of his new book, and he continues that trend today with an interview on ABC in which he describes his lengthy tenure on the United States Supreme Court thusly : "It’s really awfully hard because it's a series of individual, important events....

You're Apparently Not Allowed to Sue General Mills

If you've "liked" a company on Facebook, downloaded its coupons, or really in any way interacted with it online, you might have inadvertently given up your right to sue it. The New York Times spotted new language in the privacy policy on General Mills' website indicating that customers who did...

Boxer 'Hurricane' Carter Dead at 76

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former middleweight champion whose wrongful murder conviction was protested in Bob Dylan's iconic song , died this morning of prostate cancer at age 76, reports the New York Times . Carter served 19 years in prison after being twice convicted in a racially charged New Jersey triple murder;...

11 Celeb Breakups That Shocked Us

Some celebrity splits come after months and months of troubling rumors , but others seem to come out of the blue. Here are examples of the latter variety: We were so distracted with tales of Gwyneth Paltrow 's epic battle with Vanity Fair , we were blindsided when she " consciously uncoupled " with...

Malaysia, Flight 370 Relatives Talk Money

A Malaysian official met today with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing jetliner and discussed ways of providing them with financial assistance, as an unmanned submarine continued to search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin met with the passengers' relatives...

The Key to Killing Lyme Disease: Mice?

A Tennessee scientist has developed a novel way to fight Lyme disease—and it starts with your local mice. Mice can carry the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi , which causes Lyme, so molecular biologist Maria Gomes-Solecki decided to target the furry creatures rather than taking direct aim at the ticks that suck...

Queen Gets New Portrait for 88th B-day

What to get for the forever-reigning monarch who has everything? Britain's Queen Elizabeth turns 88 tomorrow, and the government got her, well, a portrait of herself to mark the occasion. The black-and-white photo by Brit photographer David Bailey was taken back in March, notes the AP . "I've always been a...

'Most Haunted Place on Earth' Is for Sale

The island of Poveglia is, according to the Independent , "arguably the most haunted place on Earth"—and now it can be yours. The Italian government is auctioning off a lease to the unpopulated 17-acre island near Venice where, following the 1922 opening of a mental hospital, a doctor is said...

Jack White Cuts 'Fastest' Single

At 10am yesterday, Jack White took the stage in Nashville, thanking the crowd for joining him "for breakfast." Less than four hours later, White had in his hot little hands the so-called "World's Fastest Released Record"—a hot-off-the-presses recording of two live songs that he slammed together to capture a...

Couple Who Never Spent a Night Apart Die Together

Helen and Kenneth Felumlee didn't spend a night apart in 70 years of marriage—including one night they spent on an overnight ferry trip, during which they shared the bottom of a bunk bed to avoid being separated, the Zanesville Times Recorder reports. When spending the night with a granddaughter...

Transcript: Ferry So Listed Escape Was 'Impossible'

With 58 people now dead and 244 still missing in the South Korean ferry sinking, CNN picks up a transcript of a conversation between a crewmember of the doomed ship and the Jindo Vehicle Traffic Service. As the Sewol sank, the crew radioed: "Our ship is listing and may fall....

St. Peter's Overflows as Francis Hails Easter

Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted so many Christians. More than 150,000 tourists—Romans and pilgrims, young and old—had turned out for the...

Still-Icy Great Lakes Take a Big Toll

This winter saw the second-largest recorded ice cover on the Great Lakes, and the five lakes still haven't fully melted. As of April 10, the Atlantic Cities notes, they remained nearly half frozen over; typically, it's about 3% at this time of year, an expert tells Accuweather . All this poses...

5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

An impromptu show of unity from passengers on a plane and a hero two times over make the list: Jet Passengers Refuse to Buckle Up, Save Deportee : Passengers aboard a Swedish plane united in a simple but effective protest that stopped what they viewed as an unfair deportation: They refused...

Meet Peggy, New Saturn Moon

Astronomers think they're seeing a first—the birth of a Saturn moon. NASA's Cassini spacecraft spotted what the LA Times describes as a "fuzzy blob" near one of the planet's rings, though astronomers may not know for sure whether the maybe-moon they've nicknamed "Peggy" is an actual moon until Cassini...

What It's Like to Run a Marathon —in North Korea

This year marked the first time the Pyongyang Marathon has been open to foreign amateur runners, and at Slate , Will Philipps has the firsthand story. For Philipps, the race offered "a unique way to experience a unique place, and hopefully connect with some of the people who live there," he...

Drone in Yemen Kills 9 al-Qaeda Suspects: Officials

A drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians today, authorities said. A Yemeni military official said the strike hit a vehicle carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in the al-Bayda province as another car carrying civilians passed by. A medical official...

The 10 Most- Misheard Song Lyrics

"See that girl, watch her scream": British music website Blinkbox has polled 2,000 adults on the most-misheard pop lyrics ever, and the results are amusing. While Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga, and Shaggy topped the list of least-understandable singers, it was Abba, Queen, and Bon Jovi whose individual songs left...


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