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Thailand Erases Ex-PM From Textbooks

In the Thai calendar, this is the year 2557—but you could be forgiven for thinking it was 1984. The generals who have been running the country since May's military coup have not only banned elections and sought to purge the government of people loyal to former Prime Minister Thaksin...

Sex Offender Granted Right to Die

Frank Van Den Bleeken, a Belgian man in prison for multiple rapes and a rape-murder, has decided he wants to die and authorities have decided they can grant that request. Van Den Bleeken, 50, has been in prison for nearly 30 years and has declined to seek parole because he...

US Strike Near Baghdad Marks New Phase in Fight

An American airstrike in Iraq yesterday was the 162nd since early August—but unlike the previous 161, this one took place near Baghdad and marked what Central Command calls the start of "our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions," the Guardian reports. The strike was in...

Peterson to Play Sunday Despite Abuse Charges

The NFL has been rocked by domestic violence allegations, most notably in the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, but Peterson will play Sunday against the Saints after being reinstated by the Vikings today, the AP reports. As debate rages on about what punishment should be doled out to the...

Robin Thicke Confesses to Rampant Drug Abuse: Deposition

The past year or so could've been better for Robin Thicke: The family of legend Marvin Gaye sued Thicke for ripping off Gaye in creating his hit song "Blurred Lines" (Thicke has a countersuit against them); Thicke's wife, Paula Patton, dumped him ; and he made his situation infinitely more humiliating...

Bar Cuts Mom Off for Drinking Beer While Breastfeeding

Customers at Big Woody's bar in Chesapeake, Va., weren't terribly comfortable with two of the pub's patrons over Labor Day weekend: Chrystal McCullough and her infant daughter, whom she was breastfeeding while having a beer, Fox News reports. Staff closed her tab down and asked her to leave, but while...

At Fla. State, Burden of Rape Cases Falls on Accusers: NYT

The New York Times reveals it has uncovered "a pattern to the handling of sexual assault complaints by Florida State [University] students"—namely, that unless an accuser directly asks police to continue the investigation (even after she has already filed a police report and been examined by medical personnel), the...

Man Charged as Accessory to 300K Auschwitz Murders

Oskar Groening is accused of helping to run Auschwitz as an SS guard between May and June 1944, and prosecutors today laid out the charges against him: 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. The AP reports that 425,000 Jews from Hungary were brought to the death camp during...

Acts 'Lost in the Fog' of Vietnam Honored

President Barack Obama honored the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops, bestowing the Medal of Honor on them in a White House ceremony today. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, who attended the ceremony, and Army Spc. Donald P....

Mom, Unborn Child Killed by Stray Bullet

A $40,000 reward is being offered in the deaths of a pregnant Philadelphia woman and her child after the woman was hit by a stray bullet. Homicide Capt. James Clark says a man dressed in black fired more than 10 shots at a car a block away yesterday morning....

Florida Woman 'Isis' Would Like Everyone to Use 'ISIL'

It used to be that Isis was an Egyptian goddess of the sky, and people would name their daughters for her. These days we have ISIS, and all the atrocities and violence that name now calls to mind. Enter Isis Martinez, 38, who is sick of the pall the latter...

Out: Pol Who Said Women on Welfare Should Be Sterilized

The man described as "the John Wayne of the airwaves" on radio station KKNT will have a more limited platform for his tough talk about women on public assistance and their right to give birth. Russell Pearce, a former Arizona senator who has been outspoken on the subject of immigration...

Strict Dress Code Yields 200 Detentions in 2 Weeks

A strict dress code adopted by a Staten Island school has resulted in 200 detentions in the last two weeks. A city Department of Education spokeswoman tells the New York Post the new "Dress for Success" policy at Tottenville High School was a "local decision" made "at the discretion of...

Iran: We Turned Down US' ISIS Offer

Iran wants the world to know that the United States came knocking—and it didn't answer the door. Though it was previously reported that John Kerry had barred the country from joining a coalition formed to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today said that...

It's 'Perfectly Legal' to Beat Your Kids

Adrian Peterson has been accused of child abuse , then quickly reinstated , and don't expect him to go to prison, writes Mark Joseph Stern on Slate , because "in much of the United States, beating your own children—even to the point of bodily harm—is perfectly legal." Corporal punishment used to...

Pistorius Can Compete in Olympics, Is Writing Book

Things are really looking up for Oscar Pistorius: Now that he's been been found guilty only of culpable homicide , not murder , in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the South African Olympic committee says he can still represent the country in the Games, so long as doing so wouldn't...

Inside the Senate's Secret Handbook

Illinois senators receive six times more sheets of blank paper—that would be about 11.6 million sheets to 1.87 million—than West Virginia senators do. The office paper quota is an actual rule put down in the US Senate Handbook, a 380-page tome that USA Today writes "has...

Border Officers Have Killed 46, Face No Consequences: Report

US border officers and agents have killed dozens of people, including Americans, since 2004, but it appears they haven't faced any discipline for their actions, the Arizona Republic reports. Customs and Border Protection's acting internal affairs head has told journalists he doesn't know of any terminations or other consequences following...

GM Will Pay 19 Death Claims for Faulty Ignitions

General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has received 125 death claims due to the faulty switches in older-model small cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt. He says in a...

59 Years Later, Hunt Is On for 2 Stolen 'Jennies'

In 1955, thieves stole four prized stamps—and more than half a century later, two still haven't been found. A dealer recently promised a $50,000 reward for each of the stamps, known as Inverted Jennies, the New York Times reports. A stamp library is also prepared to pay $10,...

Kent State Blasts Urban Outfitters' 'Blood-Spattered' Shirt

Urban Outfitters' latest Very Bad Idea: Selling a "vintage" Kent State University sweatshirt with what appears to be fake blood spattered all over it, Gawker reports. The sweatshirt, which People calls "faux-vintage," seems to be referencing the fatal 1970 shootings of four unarmed students during a Vietnam War protest. Apparently...

New Miss America's Talent Involves Red Plastic Cup

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev didn't exactly showcase a traditional talent last night in Atlantic City—but she was still crowned Miss America, despite what the AP calls a social media "furor" over her performance. Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" ... while sitting on the floor banging a red plastic...

Palin Source Explains That Huge Brawl

The Palins would apparently like to set the record straight regarding the huge drunken party brawl they were reportedly "present" for two weekends ago. A source close to the Palin family provided the family's "version of the events" to Real Clear Politics over the weekend, and confirms that several Palins...

Schizophrenia Isn't Actually One Disease

Genetic research is paving the way to a "new era" in psychiatry, a researcher says, and that includes a different way of looking at schizophrenia: It's not one disease, but rather eight different ones, divided by their genetic profiles, a study suggests. Researchers reviewed genetic data from 4,200 people...

2 Tourists Found Dead on Thai Beach

In what police call a "very gruesome" case, a pair of British tourists have been found dead today on an island in Thailand, apparently beaten with a nearby hoe that was covered in blood, the AP reports. A 24-year-old man and 23-year-old woman were discovered, mostly naked, on a beach...

Microsoft Scoops Up 'Minecraft' Maker for $2.5B

Microsoft today confirmed news that emerged last week: It is buying Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion. That price tag doesn't get Microsoft Minecraft creator Markus Persson (who hasn't held his tongue about Microsoft in the past), nor the Stockholm-based gaming company's two other founders, reports the Wall Street...

Ray Rice to Appeal His Suspension: Sources

Ray Rice has until the end of the day tomorrow to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, and the former Baltimore Ravens player is expected to do just that, sources tell ESPN . The NFL players' union, which will reportedly handle the appeal along with Rice's own lawyer, is still...

City Creates Sidewalk Lane for Texting While Walking

Taking a cue from an American experiment, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But it's apparently intended to be ironic—to remind people that it's dangerous to tweet while...

For Comet Landing, 'J' Marks the Spot

Europe's space agency has finally decided exactly where on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko it's going to attempt to land a robot—and in this case, "J" marks the spot. The robot, called Philae, is currently being carried by the space probe Rosetta, which is orbiting 67P after a decade-long pursuit . Experts had...

Sisters Share 'Surreal' Pregnancy Coincidence

Pennsylvania sisters Brigid Bink and Emily Whitaker have a close relationship, so when they found out they had the same due date—today—for their first children, they were thrilled. Due dates aren't always entirely accurate, though, so when the siblings ended up giving birth to their sons just 22...


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