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Bruce Jenner: 'I'm a Woman'

Bruce Jenner's not-so-secret secret is now officially revealed: “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” he told Diane Sawyer of ABC News . “People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life—it is...

Scores Dead in Massive Nepal Earthquake

A powerful earthquake struck Nepal today, killing at least 101 people, as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveling centuries-old temples, and triggered avalanches in the Himalayas. ( Reuters has the death toll at 449.) It was the worst temblor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over...

Florida Frat Suspended Over Harassment of Vets

Another nasty frat story is making headlines, this time from the University of Florida. The school has suspended Zeta Beta Tau over allegations that drunken members were abusive to military veterans, even spitting on them, reports the Gainesville Sun . It took place last weekend at a resort in Panama City...

Hostage's Family Paid $250K Ransom, Got Nothing

It's one more wrenching detail in the death of American hostage Warren Weinstein, who was killed in error by a US drone strike. It turns out that his family paid his abductors $250,000 in 2012 for his release, to no avail, reports the Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy...

US May Have to Stop Taking Farmers' Raisins

A post-World War II-era program that forces raisin producers to give part of their annual crop to the government could soon be a relic of history. Several Supreme Court justices expressed doubts this week that federal officials can legally take raisins away from farmers without full payment even if the...

Future Groom Proposes at Age 102

When George Kirby and Doreen Luckie get married in June, some impressive numbers will be in the mix. He's currently 102 and she's 91, and their combined age on the big day will be 194 years and 281 days, easily making them the world's oldest married couple, reports the Telegraph...

Yogurt May Not Be Great for You After All

Those who eat lots of yogurt because they think it's a health food might have to reassess things: A study out of Spain suggests that yogurt provides virtually no health benefits, reports Medical News Today . Researchers followed more than 4,000 people for nearly four years and found no correlation...

15 Runaway Buffaloes Killed as Safety Precaution

Fifteen buffaloes that escaped from a farm in New York state were shot and killed today after they dashed past a group of police, crossed a major highway, and ended up near some schools, authorities said. "The last thing we wanted to do was put these animals down," says Albany...

Student Accused of Rape Sues Columbia

A high-profile case involving rape allegations at Columbia University has taken another unusual turn. The accused student, Paul Nungesser, has sued the school and accused it of allowing his accuser to publicly ruin his name, reports the Guardian . The suit is referring to the senior thesis of Emma Sulkowicz, who...

No Chick-fil-A on Campus, Say Johns Hopkins Students

Students at Johns Hopkins University will have to get their Chick-fil-A fix off campus if the student government has its way. Earlier this week, the SGA released a resolution informing administrators that it's opposed to bringing the chain to campus, reports Eater . The move is in response to statements CEO...

Straight Teen Asks Gay BFF to Prom in Bighearted Way

As a member of the student council at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, Anthony Martinez has helped out plenty with planning for the upcoming prom. But what the gay teen really wanted was a date to the dance, Inside Edition reports. Earlier this week he tweeted (all caps...

Diet Pepsi Dropping Aspartame as Sweetener

The FDA says apartame is safe, but Diet Pepsi is apparently tired of fighting the public perception that it's not. PepsiCo is dropping the artificial sweetener in Diet Pepsi and replacing it with another artificial sweetener—a blend of sucralose and ace-K, or acesulfame potassium, reports USA Today . The first...

Ellen Pao Faces Million-Dollar Dilemma

Even though Ellen Pao lost her gender-discrimination suit against a former employer, she's still widely hailed as a hero for bringing the boys' club atmosphere of Silicon Valley under a microscope. But now she's got a tough choice on her hands: The venture-capital firm she sued, Kleiner Perkins Caufield &...

4 Swedish Cops Bust Up Fight on NYC Subway

NYPD chief William Bratton is thanking four Swedish law enforcement officers who broke up a fight on the subway this week. Erik Naslund, Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, and Eric Jansberger were headed to see a Broadway performance of Les Miserables on Wednesday when a fight broke out between two men...

One Guy From Home Caused Flash Crash? This Is 'Parody'

Five years after the infamous "flash crash" of the Dow, financial regulators think they've got a key culprit, and the case is rather astonishing, writes Michael Lewis at Bloomberg View . Navinder Singh Sarao isn't the villain you might expect, and a question posed by Lewis gets to the heart of...

Here's Where You'll Find the Most Binge Drinking in US

Even though the percentage of people who drink alcohol doesn't seem to be going up, binge drinking is, and the lead author of a recent study on the subject has uncovered two facts he finds "alarming": In many US counties, 25% of residents or more are binge drinkers, and women...

Cobain Documentary 'Brilliant,' 'Uncomfortable'

It's pretty much unanimous: Critics are in love with Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck , the documentary produced by Cobain's daughter , which hits theaters today before premiering on HBO next month. With interviews from his parents, Courtney Love, and more, it offers an intimate look at the star who committed suicide...

Texas Remedy for Skipping School: Send Teens to Jail

High school students in Texas who make a habit of ditching school aren't just risking the wrath of an angry principal, they're going to jail. Actual, adult jail. A BuzzFeed investigation finds that more than 1,000 teens have been ordered to prison in the last three years in three...

Genome Reveals Secrets of Last Mammoths

The last of the woolly mammoths in Siberia died out about 10,000 years ago, but a smaller number living on Wrangel Island, off the coast of what is now Russia, managed to stick around for another 6,000 years. Researchers set out to investigate the two groups and the...

After Premonition of Danger, Wife Saves Husband

Scott Mayhew was working on a car inside his Utah garage Monday when it fell off the jack and onto his chest; trapped, he cried for help for an hour and a half to no avail. "He said he remembers he could barely breathe," wife Nicole tells Fox 13 . "He...

Tori Amos: Why Straight Men Can't Handle My Shows

Tori Amos has a lot of female fans and a lot of gay male fans, but as for the straight males ... not so much. "For straight men, I’m too raw, the emotional thing, the things you don’t want to talk about—that’s what goes on at my shows," she tells...

'Most Dangerous' Drug Is Poisoning More Americans

"American Association of Poison Control Centers Issues Warning About Reemerging Synthetic Drugs." That's the title of a strongly worded press release issued yesterday about "Spice" following an upsurge in hospital visits and calls to state poison control centers due to the drug. Those centers received 1,008 reports of adverse...

China: No More Funeral Strippers

Chinese officials are launching a campaign in some rural areas to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at ... funerals. The Ministry of Culture said yesterday that it will tighten control over rural culture, where vulgar performances have been thriving because of a general lack...

Scientists Find Way to Distinguish Twins' DNA

Identical twins share an identical DNA profile, and when you're an investigator examining DNA evidence, that can be a problem. The cases may be rare, but they exist, legal expert Jennifer Mnookin told the New York Times last year amid a rape case involving a suspect with a twin: "There...

100 Years Later, Armenia Remembers Mass Killings

Turkey may not recognize the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide , but other world leaders do and are paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the massacre today, the BBC reports. "We will never forget the tragedies that your people have endured," French President Francois Hollande said at...

Big Bourbon Bust: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

A customer who didn't have it his way and sweet vengeance against a computer are among the weirdest crime stories of the week: Colorado Man Unloads 8 Bullets Into Misbehaving Computer : Lucas Hinch lived out every Office Space fan's fantasy when his Dell computer started acting wonky. Instead of taking...

Comcast: Time Warner Deal Is Off

As rumored yesterday , Comcast today announced it's dropping its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable after heavy regulatory pushback. A merger of the No. 1 and No. 2 US cable companies would have put nearly 30% of TV subscribers and about 55% of broadband subscribers under one roof, which...

Frat Members Accused of Spitting on Veterans

The latest fraternity making headlines for bad behavior : The Zeta Beta Tau chapters at the University of Florida and, possibly, Emory University. The chapters held their spring formals at Panama City Beach's Laketown Wharf Resort last Friday, where the Warrior Beach Retreat for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war vets was...

Some Brain Cancers Grow When Patients Think

Thoughts can be deadly. So posits new research published this week in the journal Cell investigating the link between brain activity and tumor growth. Specifically, researchers at Stanford found that activity in the cerebral cortex promoted the growth of high-grade gliomas; they account for four out of every five malignant...

Italy Terror Bust Is One of Its 'Most Important Ever'

Italian police say they have taken down a terror cell comprised of businessmen who financed al-Qaeda from Sardinia. Counterterrorism agents arrested 18 Pakistani and Afghan nationals in seven provinces today in "one of the most important operations we ever conducted," the lead investigator tells NBC News . "We are talking people...


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