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Here Are the 20 Sexiest Names

If you're looking to attract a mate and your name happens to be Scarlett or Alessandro, you're already in good shape. A new survey—carried out by BabyNameWizard.com —finds that those are the sexiest names for females and males, respectively. The rest of the top 10 for the ladies:...

Is Buffett's Firm Dropping Hints About a Successor?

Warren Buffett released his annual letter to shareholders today, and the much-anticipated report has the usual good things to say about the future of his Berkshire Hathaway. But given that Buffett is 84 and has been in charge for 50 years now, business types are anxious to hear about a...

Top 5 Apologies of the Week

Kanye, Keith, and yet another politician who learns that it's always wise to ditch the Hitler analogy are among the week's notable apology-makers: Until next year: "I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck. I also want to publicly apologize to Bruno Mars, I used to hate...

Students in Debt, It's Time to Strike

More than a dozen students who say they got suckered into big student loans launched a debt strike last week and are refusing to make payments on their federal loans. It's a good move, writes Astra Taylor in the New York Times , but it's not nearly enough. These particular students...

Cops: Teen Urged Friend to Kill Himself—and He Did

The sad story of one teen's suicide is turning into a bizarre criminal case for another. Police say Michelle Carter egged on friend Conrad Roy to kill himself—even when he seemed to change his mind at the last minute—because she wanted the sympathy and attention of others, reports...

Study Suggests You Give Up the Dishwasher

You may think you're keeping your family healthy by sanitizing every dishload in a leave-no-bacteria-behind dishwasher, but a new study suggests good old-fashioned hand-washing may lessen kids' chances of developing allergies, the New York Times reports. As per a study published in Pediatrics , scientists studied more than 1,000 7-...

TMZ: Stolen Oscars Dress Is Back, Had Fake Pearls

The tale of a stolen Oscars dress is developing into a Hollywood-esque plot. TMZ reports that the dress worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o has been returned—and that its pearls were fake anyway. The website says the purported thief called to say he took the Calvin Klein dress from the...

Court: Marathon Bombing Trial Will Stay in Boston

Bostonians will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an appeals court ruled yesterday. The three-judge panel rejected a defense request to change the venue on the grounds that the alleged marathon bomber couldn't get a fair trial there, reports the Boston Globe . “Every potential juror in the Eastern Division of...

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

We won't lie, there are a lot of death-related items this week—details about a pharaoh's demise and ancient mortician methodology make the list. But we do try to end on a positive note: Man's Body Found in Ancient Buddha Statue : Dutch researchers performing a CT scan on a Buddha...

Congress Averts Shutdown of Homeland Security

Congress passed a one-week bill late tonight to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Obama's immigration policy intact. The final vote of a long day and night was a...

Mexico Nabs Ex-Teacher Who Became Drug Kingpin

It's another big score for the Mexican government, which has been tearing through its list of most-wanted drug lords in recent years—the capture of Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former grade-school teacher whose Knights Templar cartel once terrorized the western state of Michoacan. Gomez, 49, was arrested yesterday as...

Driver Withdraws From Race: His Car Got Stolen

When Travis Kvapil got the call today, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke. "They said there was trouble with the car," Kvapil said. "I thought we could figure it out when we got in the garage area. They're like, 'No, the car is gone.'"...

Obama: 'I Loved Spock'

President Obama is in safe bipartisan territory on this one: "I loved Spock," he declared today upon the death of Leonard Nimoy at age 83. "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy," he said in a White House statement, reports Time . Obama lauded Nimoy's support of the...

Russian Opposition Leader Is Murdered

One of Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics has been shot dead in Moscow—and guess who's taking personal charge of the investigation? The Kremlin says Putin himself will handle it, reports AP . Authorities say a gunman in a passing car shot Boris Nemtsov four times in the back as he...

Would-Be Car Thief Knocks Himself Out

Three strikes and you're out, literally in this case. CCTV footage in County Louth, Ireland, shows a would-be car thief hurling a piece of concrete at a car window, only to have it bounce back, hit him in the head, and knock him out cold, reports the Irish Examiner . Though...

Wheat Discovery Rewrites Europe's Stone Age History

Scientists studying a Stone Age site in Britain came across something that by all rights shouldn't have been there: wheat. More specifically, the researchers found the DNA of wheat dating back 8,000 years off the coast of the Isle of Wright, reports Reuters . That's about 2,000 years before...

Rampage Began After Shooter Found Dead Mom

Today's shooting rampage in Missouri appears to have started after the gunman came home to find his mother dead on the couch of natural causes. She was 74 and had been ill, and police in Tyrone don't suspect foul play in her death. For reasons that remain unclear, her 36-year-old...

For Success on Pinterest, Choose Your Colors Well

When it comes to Pinterest, colors matter. Researchers analyzed about 1 million posts on the site and found that images heavy on red, pink, or purple were repinned the most, reports Phys.org . By contrast, those with black, yellow, green, or blue fared the worst, according to the study in...

Woman Sues Herself for Causing Fatal Crash

This part makes sense: A woman in Utah named Barbara Bagley is suing the driver who caused a car crash that killed her husband. This part is screwy: Bagley herself is that same driver. As the Salt Lake Tribune explains, Bagley is playing dual roles here in the bizarre lawsuit—...

Noonan: No, Jeb Bush Is Not the Sure Nominee

A common refrain these days is that Jeb Bush is locking up big donors and freezing out potential rivals so efficiently that he's cruising toward a sure GOP nomination. No way, writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal . So far, she doesn't like what she sees, describing his public...

Woman Knocked Out by 'Drive-By Egging'

A woman standing outside a Seattle bar early Tuesday was knocked unconscious by, quite possibly, one of the last things you might expect. Someone in a pickup driving by "let loose a volley of eggs," police tell Q13 Fox , and at least two people were hit by said eggs. The...

Girl Kidnapped in 1997 Found by Total Coincidence

On Cassidy Nurse's first day of school, classmates kept approaching her and saying, "There's a girl who looks just like you." The look-alikes met, felt an instant connection, and became friends, but it turns out the kinship had deeper origins: The girl was Cassidy's long-lost sister, kidnapped as a baby...

Weight Watchers' Friend Is Its Enemy: Fitness Trackers

The booming fitness-tracker trend is making it easier for people to track their activity and therefore lose weight, which is essentially what Weight Watchers has been trying to do since 1961. The company has encouraged subscribers to use devices like Fitbit and Jawbone—and even has its own ActiveLink device....

Will Smith Is Back in Focus

Will Smith stars as Nicky, an established con man who takes on a new apprentice, Australian newcomer Margot Robbie's Jess, in Focus . They both love the con game, but who's playing who? Here's what critics are saying: Richard Corliss at Time is a fan. "The mix of longtime star and...

Holder: My Race May Play Role in Lousy Relations With Congress

Eric Holder's relations with Congress over his six years as attorney general have generally ranged from bad to awful—remember when the House held him in contempt? —and he tells Mike Allen of Politico that he thinks his race played some role in that. “There have been times when I...

Teens Face 55 Years for Killing They Didn't Commit

Blake Layman, 16, and some friends were smoking weed and complaining about their empty wallets in October 2012 when the group had the idea to break into a neighbor's house and steal some stuff to sell. When no one answered Rodney Scott's door five minutes later, they put their plan...

Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83

He lived long and prospered: Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock of Star Trek fame, died this morning at the age of 83. Nimoy died at home of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife tells the New York Times . Nimoy discussed his struggle with the disease last year , blaming...

'Toy' Shipped From Belgium Actually a Lost Picasso

A Picasso painting that was found to have vanished from a Paris museum more than a decade ago has turned up—in the US, in a package shipped from Belgium. Its papers identified it as a $37 "art craft/toy" and also included the line "Joyeux Noel," or Merry Christmas, the...

Mom Gets 6 Years Over Abused Maid Living in Closet

Even in jail, Law Wan-tung is likely to have better living conditions than the Indonesian domestic servant she abused over eight months in 2013. A judge has sentenced Law, 44, of Hong Kong to six years in jail; she had been convicted of 18 of 20 abuse charges she faced...

Madonna Got Whiplash From Her Fall

More than just Madonna's dignity suffered when she took a tumble at the Brit Awards Wednesday night: The singer told the Jonathan Ross Show yesterday that she "had a little bit of whiplash, I smacked the back of my head," as per the BBC . But, as her use of Latin...


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