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Here's What Is Actually in Your Pot

If a meeting of the American Chemical Society wouldn't typically catch your attention, this week's Denver gathering may prove an exception. That's after Andy LaFrate presented his pot-themed paper, which had three standout (but not particularly worrisome) findings: retail pot is way more potent, potentially less medically beneficial, and a...

New Social App Triggers 12 Police Investigations

Think Facebook gets nasty? Then check out Burnbook, a popular app where users are anonymously posting gossip about colleges and high schools—and creating serious trouble, Vocativ reports. Just this month, Burnbook posts have triggered at least 12 police investigations involving high school students, including alleged gun threats, bomb threats,...

'Pink Chicken' Mystery Solved

Portland's pink chickens are no longer a mystery. Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds' owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice, and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them to "make people smile." Owner Bruce Whitman of Portland says the prank succeeded beyond his...

Guy Selling His House Over Comcast 'Incompetence'

A Washington state man is throwing in the towel after months of frustration trying to get broadband. In fact, he's planning to sell his new house—likely at a loss—and blames Comcast and Centurylink for misleading him about getting his home online, Consumerist reports. The man, identified by Gawker...

43 'Fake' Science Articles May Point to Wider Problem

A science publisher in Britain has retracted 43 scientific papers after learning that the peer-review process behind them was fake—possibly pointing to a wider problem in science publishing, the Washington Post reports via Smithsonian . BioMed Central, which has 277 peer-reviewed journals, says it initially received convincing peer review reports...

Woman Poses as Lawyer, Makes Partner at Firm

A woman used forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade and made partner at her small firm before her fraud was discovered, according to charges announced yesterday. Kimberly Kitchen was charged Thursday with forgery, unauthorized practice of law, and felony records tampering. State prosecutors contend Kitchen...

Ex-CFO Who Slammed Chick-Fil-A Lives on Food Stamps

Things haven't gone too well for the former CFO who criticized Chick-Fil-A in a video he posted on YouTube . Unable to find lasting work, 37-year-old Adam Smith is living on food stamps with his wife and four kids in the RV they call home, he tells ABC News . "I think...

After NYC Blast, Good Samaritan to the Rescue

After this week's explosion in New York City's East Village , stories emerged about New Yorkers going above and beyond to lend a hand. But one in particular generated a lot of interest—that of a Good Samaritan who climbed a fire escape to help a woman who was having trouble...

Hilltop Piano Mystery Solved: Music Video Prop

For a couple of days this week, a Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of—mystery. Hikers venturing to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains found a battered upright piano, sitting on a graffiti-scrawled concrete slab with a panoramic view over the mountains between Calabasas and the...

8K Years Ago, Women Reproduced Way More Often Than Men

Scientists are puzzling over a new discovery regarding Stone Age sex: It seems that for every 17 women who reproduced at the time, just one man did the same. The findings are based on an analysis of the DNA of 450 people from geographically diverse locations. Researchers compared Y-chromosome DNA,...

Let's Not Stone Gays: Apologies of the Week

Sometimes, public apologies hit on frivolous topics, and sometimes, like this week, it's just the opposite: Times have changed: "I take personal ownership of this inflammatory rhetoric. ... I apologize for the reflection those remarks bring upon Jesus Christ, Whom I love; Bob Jones University, which I have loved and served;...

This Nut Is Linked to Thousands of Deaths

Nicotine. Caffeine. Betel nuts. You may never have heard of them, but nuts from the Areca palm are hugely popular as a chewable stimulant: Almost a tenth of the global population enjoys them, the BBC reports. A millennia-old tradition, they're the world's fourth-most-popular psychoactive substance, Healthline adds. Their effect is...

Pilot Had Potentially Serious Vision Trouble, Too

The troubling details about Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz keep piling up: The New York Times reports that he sought treatment for an unspecified vision problem that had the potential to end his career. As with his psychological problems , the 27-year-old apparently did not reveal the vision trouble to his employer,...

Attorney: Clinton Emails No Longer on Server

Republicans hoping that Hillary Clinton's email server still has the 30,000 or so emails she deleted after deeming them to be personal are apparently out of luck. Clinton's attorney informed a House panel investigating the Benghazi attack that they no longer exist on the home server she used while...

Ellen Pao Loses, Emerges as Silicon Valley Hero

Ellen Pao lost her lawsuit alleging that the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers discriminated against her because she's a woman. But a common theme emerging after yesterday's verdict is that while Pao lost her own battle, she inflicted real damage on the boys-club atmosphere in Silicon Valley....

UH Frat Suspended, and Wild Rumor Flies

The University of Houston still won't divulge details about hazing allegations that have left five students suspended and facing both expulsion and criminal charges. But given the school president's comments earlier this month—"I am shocked, dismayed, and deeply disappointed that allegations of this nature have arisen on our campus,...

Relatives of Plane Crash Victims Get First $55K

Lufthansa today offered what it calls a "preliminary" payment to the relatives of each victim of the Germanwings crash , a sum of $54,800, reports NBC News . But preliminary is a key word, because the airline will surely be shelling out much, much more. For starters, a world treaty requires...

Siege at Somali Hotel Leaves at Least 17 Dead

Somali troops today took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded. The gunfire has stopped and security agents have accessed the whole building, said senior police officer Capt....

Mystery 'Sleeping' Illness Strikes Tiny Town

Activities like cooking, running, and driving a car have gotten a whole lot riskier for villagers in northern Kazakhstan—because they might fall asleep at any moment and stay that way for days, the Smithsonian reports. So far 152 residents in tiny Kalachi have fallen ill with the mystery sickness,...

Cosby Amid Hecklers: 'We Are Here to Enjoy My Gift'

Bill Cosby is still going at it, with a performance in Baltimore last night following what is by now a typical script: About 10 minutes into the show, a protester stood and shouted, "Thirty-eight women spoke up and called you a rapist. Thirty-eight women!" reports the Baltimore Sun . Cosby fans...

Hope Fades for Missing 2 After Blast in NYC

With two nights passed since an explosion leveled a building in the East Village of Manhattan, the chances of finding two missing men alive are getting slimmer by the hour. Families and friends continue to search for Moises Lucon, 26, who worked as a busboy at the Sushi Park restaurant,...

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Jupiter gone wild and a sweet revelation about chocolate make the list: Turkish Delight: A Huge Underground City : Construction workers demolishing homes in Turkey's Nevsehir province in 2013 found the entrance to what could be the largest ancient underground city ever unearthed in the region. Its creators had a practical...

Jury Rejects Discrimination Claim in Silicon Valley Case

Jurors in a high-profile Silicon Valley case say a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate against a female employee. The jury in San Francisco reached a verdict today on three of four counts in the lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Confusion surrounded the...

Top Italian Court Clears Amanda Knox

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case. The decision by the Supreme Court of Cassation is the final ruling in the case, ending the long legal battle waged by Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito. Both...

How Long to Fall Through Earth? Faster Than Thought

It's a common hypothetical in physics classrooms: How long would it take to fall through a tunnel from one side of the Earth to the other? The new answer: 38 minutes and 11 seconds, reports Science . The result is courtesy of McGill University graduate student Alexander Klotz, whose calculations take...

Astronaut Scott Kelly Begins Historic Mission

Scott Kelly blasted off on a space mission today that won't end until around this time next year. Kelly will spend 342 days aboard the International Space Station, the longest mission by far ever undertaken by a US astronaut, reports CNN . Kelly was riding up in a Russian rocket along...

Relic in Ancient Basilica May Hold Apostle's Ashes

Archaeologists in Bulgaria think they've found ashes belonging to one of the 12 apostles. The team found a small lead container with ashes while excavating a basilica that dates back to the sixth century AD, reports Archaeology in Bulgaria . The markings on the inch-long vessel match those at the grave...

Jury: Kaiser's Delayed MRI Cost Teen Her Leg

Jurors in California think a big health-care company's reluctance to order an MRI cost a teenager her leg—and they awarded her $28 million in compensation. The Los Angeles Times reports that Anna Rahm went to Kaiser Permanente in 2009 with severe back pain and requested the test as part...

Science Better for Alcoholics Than Faith-Based AA

Trying to beat addiction through a faith-based 12-step program—Alcoholics Anonymous being the best known of the bunch—typically means you can never take a sip of alcohol again. But Gabrielle Glaser writes for the Atlantic that AA was founded 80 years ago , "when knowledge of the brain was in...

Suit Exposes Horrors at Our Only Federal Supermax

What goes on inside American's only federal supermax —the Administrative Maximum Facility, or ADX, in Florence, Colo., where inmates spend 23 hours a day in solitary confinement—has largely been shielded from the rest of the world. An in-depth New York Times Magazine look into the prison changes that, and...


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