Apple Joining Dow Blue-Chip Index

markets

The inclusion of the iPhone and iPad maker in the elite list of 30 top companies comes long after Apple had earned the title of the world's biggest company by market capitalization, now with a value of more than $730 billion.

world

Europe Swamped with Crush of Migrants Arriving by Land, Sea

The European Union is immersed in a full-fledged migration crisis.

news

10 Things to Know: Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday.

celebrity

Harrison Ford in Plane Crash

The "Star Wars" actor used some Han Solo-like moves to escape further trouble and was hospitalized after crash landing a plane in Venice, California.

funny

18 People Managed To Mess Up The Most Mundane Tasks

It doesn't take a PhD to figure out how not to burn down your house, but these clueless folks may have you thinking otherwise.

policy

Major Survey Shows Most Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage

That dramatic shift in opinion is among the fastest changes ever measured by the General Social Survey, a comprehensive and widely respected survey that has measured trends of American attitudes for more than four decades.

history

Man Who Saved Orphans in Korean War Dies at 97

Dean Hess, who helped rescue hundreds of orphans in the Korean War and whose exploits prompted a Hollywood film starring Rock Hudson, has died at age 97.

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    5 Faux Motivational Posters Courtesy of Vince Vaughn

    When Vaughn poses for gag stock photos, the motivational slogans can't be far behind. 

    funny

    The Many, Many Different Types of "Two Kinds of People"

    We've all heard this joke before. Here are the best and worst of them. 

    living

    Head of UN Women: No Country Has Reached Gender Equality

    The head of a U.N. agency says a girl born today will be an 81-year-old grandmother before she has the same chance as a man to be CEO of a company — and she will have to wait until she's 50-years-old to have an equal chance to lead a country.

    offbeat

    The 13 Wackiest Weapons Actually Used By Criminals

    You truly haven't lived until you've attempted to murder someone with a lawn ornament.

    crime

    5 Instagram Idiots Who Make Policing Easier

    They might want to consider posting cute pictures of their pets. 

    u.s.

    Plane Skids Off Runway in NY, LaGuardia Closed

    The Delta flight from Atlanta, carrying 125 passengers and five crew members, veered off the runaway late this morning. Emergency responders are still assessing people.

    animals

    Winter Wrath? Pooches' Paws Feel the Pain, Too

    People aren't the only ones suffering from a seemingly endless winter. Pooches' paws feel the pain, too. But maybe not how you think...

    crime

    Boston Bombing Trial: Man Who Lost Legs Testifies

    A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon attacks has taken the witness stand in the trial of bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

    funny

    20 Airline Passengers Straight From Your Worst Nightmares

    Air travel is stressful enough without someone putting their gross feet in your face. Please do humanity a favor and don't be that person.

    world

    US Envoy to South Korea Slashed

    U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife.

    entertainment

    David Geffen Donates $100 Million for Naming Rights to Lincoln Center Venue

    Lincoln Center is in the midst of a $500 million fundraising campaign for the overhaul of the venue designed by Max Abramovitz that opened in 1962 and is home to the New York Philharmonic. The revamped David Geffen Hall will house a new Lincoln Center Hall of Fame when it opens in September.

    crime

    Pakistani Man Guilty in al-Qaida Plot to Attack NYC Subway

    A Pakistani man was found guilty Wednesday in a failed al-Qaida bomb plot after a New York trial that featured spies in disguise, evidence from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound and the defendant's questioning of an admitted co-conspirator.

    politics

    House Panel Subpoenas Hillary's Emails

    It's about Benghazi, of course.

    living

    The Shockingly Weird Truth Behind 12 Nursery Rhyme Classics

    You will never see eggs sitting upon walls or old women living in shoes the same way. 

    funny

    17 Text Messages That Took A Turn For The Uncomfortable

    Wrong numbers, autocorrects, and just plain weird conversations. We've got them all!

    funny

    9 Awesome Images of Spring that Will Vanish the Winter Blues

    Spring is on the horizon and it looks a little something like this:

    inspiration

    All-Conference Honors for Her Courage

    Lauren Hill has won an all-conference honor for the courage she showed in playing at Mount St. Joseph despite an inoperable brain tumor.

    sports

    Ex-Football Player to NFL: Marijuana Should Be Legal

    Former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson says he believes the NFL will have no choice but to remove marijuana from its lists of banned substances in the near future.

    policy

    Michelle Obama Promotes Mental Health Care Awareness

    Mental health care is not just a policy and budget issue for America, but also a cultural issue, Michelle Obama said on Wednesday. The first lady said more than 40 million Americans experience a diagnosable mental health condition— like depression or anxiety— and there should be no stigma around mental health care.

    offbeat

    17 Brain-Busting Images Sure To Make You Look Twice

    We've all spent a probably unhealthy amount of time tricking our minds with optical illusions. But what happens when those illusions occur in everyday life?

    u.s.

    Alabama Supreme Court Orders Judges to Halt Gay Marriage

    Probate judges must again decide whether to issue wedding licenses to gay couples after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite a federal court's decision to the contrary.

    u.s.

    Protests on Water Taste, Smell as City Breaks Tie to Detroit

    Less than an hour's drive from one of Earth's great fresh water sources, some people in Flint are searching for a drop worth drinking.

    sports

    NCAA Women's Tournament Could Be Missing Some Familiar Names

    Some familiar names could be missing from the field when the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament tips off later this month.

    humor

    14 Real Crayons That Prove Crayola is Running Out of Ideas

    When regular orange just doesn't look processed enough...

    history

    No Precedent for Netanyahu's Controversial Speech to Congress

    Given anywhere else, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech Tuesday wouldn't have caused such a ruckus. But a foreign leader denouncing President Barack Obama's policy from within the grand hall of American democracy upended nearly two centuries of tradition.

    crime

    $4.8M in Gold Bars Stolen in Armored Truck Heist on Highway

    Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars. Does the rest of the story sound surprisingly fishy?

    media

    Millennials Find YouTube Content More Entertaining, Relatable Than TV: Study

    Younger audiences watch more hours of video on YouTube and other digital outlets than TV -- simply because they find it more enjoyable and relevant to their lives, according to a new study.

    politics

    Homeland Funding Appears On Track Minus Immigration Add-Ons

    After a weeks-long political struggle, legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department is headed back to the House, but not quite as expected.

    science

    6 Ceres Facts That Will Get You Excited About The Dwarf Planet

    Later this week, humanity is once again traveling where no man has ever gone before. This time, to a dwarf planet!

    science

    DNA Study Backs Theory of Massive Steppe Migration to Europe

    Scientists say ancient DNA samples indicate massive migration to Europe from the east took place some 4,500 years ago.

    policy

    US Considers Banning Popular Rifle Ammunition

    The Obama administration is considering banning a type of ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun.

    politics

    Can You Spot the Lewinsky Reference in this Portrait?

    Monica has made her way onto Bill's national portrait. Guess how. 

    funny

    22 Sarcastic Side-Eyes Guaranteed To Go Down In History

    The side-eye has become this generation's eye roll. It's typically used to passive-aggressively convey animosity, criticism, or just general disapproval regarding another person's existence. 

    relationships

    8 Non-Tinder Dating Apps to Try Something New

    Dating apps have evolved to be so much more fun and creative than simply swiping for a hookup.

    offbeat

    Hell is for Sale

    This infamous Michigan tourist town can be yours for a surprisingly small price. 

    news

    Bill Gates: Still World's Richest

    Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates kept his spot as the world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said Monday. But are you surprised by the rest of the list?

    offbeat

    21 Reasons To Never, Ever, Ever Get Tattoos Of Internet Trends

    Do you really want to explain to your grandkids why you have a tattoo of a random dress that the Internet was obsessed with for 48 hours?

    defense

    N. Korea Fires Missiles in Anger as S. Korea-U.S. Drills Begin

    North Korea fired missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless strikes" against the U.S. and South Korea.

    funny

    17 Hilariously Brilliant Comments from Actual Teachers

    These awesome profs will have you shaping up or shipping out. (Especially #11)

    world

    State Media in China Stepping-Up Anti-Western Rhetoric

    Western values are a "ticket to hell," a newspaper published by China's Communist Party said in a recent editorial. It was the latest colorful example of a rising level of invective targeting critics of the authoritarian government.

    offbeat

    5 Foreign Coffees Every Caffeine Lover Needs to Try

    These exotic coffees from around the world will make you sick of Starbucks. 

    celebrity

    14 Things You Didn't Know About Leonard Nimoy

    Who knew the future Mr. Spock once owned a pet shop? Or that he paid for and narrated a TV special, "If The Mind Is Free," that aired only in Chicago to raise money for the city's St. Mary High School?

    living

    This Retirement Community Perfectly Recreates Famous Movie Posters

    The hands down coolest group of senior citizens have recreated some of the most iconic movie posters of all time for their "Golden Age Of Cinema" calendar.

    offbeat

    Canada Offers Up the World's Best Nimoy Tribute

    It's called "Spocking" and many Enterprising fans are defacing their cash in his honor.

    u.s.

    Nurse Who Beat Ebola to Sue

    Nina Pham said she is preparing to file a lawsuit in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources.

    living

    Young Girl May Lead Idaho to Approve Marijuana Oil

    Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy. Her family learned that oil extracted from marijuana has helped other children.

    history

    Baseball's 1st Black Latino Star Minnie Minoso Dies

    Minnie Minoso, the seemingly ageless Cuban slugger who broke into the majors just two years after Jackie Robinson and turned into the game's first black Latino star, has died at 90.

    world

    Crowd Kills Girl Suspected To Be Suicide Bomber in Nigeria

    It seems doubtful the girl was actually a bomber as she did not detonate any explosives when she was attacked; police said she was a victim of "mob action carried out by an irate crowd."

    world

    Thousands March in Russia to Mourn Putin Critic Nemtsov

     Carrying flowers, portraits and signs that said "I am not afraid," thousands marched in Moscow to mourn opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition.

    politics

    Rand Paul Wins CPAC Poll

    Paul won the poll for a third year in a row; Scott Walker came in a strong second.

    world

    Mugabe Celebrates 91st Birthday with $$$ Bash

    The Zimbabwean president's party was slammed by the opposition as "obscene" in a country wracked by poverty.

    u.s.

    Missouri Town Mourns After Gunman Kills 8

    The shooter used a .45-caliber handgun to kill two people each at three homes, one person at another, and then himself. Why?

    crime

    Mexican Drug Lord Busted. Will It Make a Difference?

    No one expects drug trafficking or violence to decrease after the capture of Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former grade-school teacher whose Knights Templar cartel spread  terror.

    celebrity

    Nyong'o's Pearl Dress Recovered

    A $150,000 pearl-encrusted dress stolen from the hotel room of Kenyan star Lupita Nyong'o has been found.

    world

    Russian Opposition Figure Shot Dead

    Boris Nemtsov said earlier this month that his mother was afraid that Vladimir Putin could have him killed for his opposition activities.

    celebrity

    He Lived Long and Prospered: Tributes Pour in for Nimoy

    President Barack Obama joined Leonard Nimoy's co-stars from "Star Trek" to bid adieu to the actor who died Friday aged 83 after making his name as "Mr Spock."

    living

    21 Kids Who Insist On Making Life Rough For Their Parents

    Parents pretty much know from the start that kids make life difficult, but is it really supposed to be this hard?

    offbeat

    Behold! This Is The Dress That Is Currently Causing An Online War

    Eat your heart out, Kim Kardashian. The heated debate over this dress' colors is something that may actually break the Internet.

    living

    26 Essential Everyday Items We Stole from NASA

    From memory foam, to firefighting equipment, to Super Soaker water guns, we should all be giving NASA a high-five. 

    news

    Hesburgh, Former Notre Dame President, Dies at 97

    The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents — or legendary football coaches.

    policy

    FCC Sets 'Net Neutrality' Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission's 3-2 vote in favor of so-called "net neutrality" followed an intense debate in Washington pitting backers of online services against internet service providers.

    funny

    The 26 Most Devastatingly Sad Pictures Ever Taken

    It's hard to live in a world where bad things happen to good food, but we will get through it. Together. 

    entertainment

    22 Quacktastic 'DuckTales' Facts for Children of the 80s

    The kids classic is coming back in 2017. Does that mean Indiana Jones is going to rip it off again? One way to find out. (See #21)

    living

    6 Reasons Why You're Still Carrying That Holiday Weight

    Losing weight can be incredibly difficult, but it doesn't have to be! Find out why the pounds aren't melting off quite as quickly as you'd hoped.

    offbeat

    25 Photos Prove The Matrix Is Real, And It Glitches All The Time

    The universe generally runs pretty well, but every now and then, reality gets totally distorted. How can be sure that anything is real when these photos exist?

    sports

    Awesome Infographic: Bowling's 10 Toughest Shots

    Surprisingly, the 7-10 Split is not the hardest to hit. 

    living

    6 Hilarious Reasons Runners Will Want to Buy a Tomato Robot

    The most adorable, heaviest tomato-feeding robot you've ever worn on your back might not be as bad an idea as it sounds. 

    sports

    19 Sports Fan Signs More Entertaining Than The Game Itself

    Admit it: the surprisingly witty signs are half of the reason why you watch ESPN in the first place.

    inspiration

    13 True, Happy Facts Guaranteed To Bring A Smile To Your Face

    These little bits of info are delightful enough to quell even the most vitriolic political argument. We promise!

    celebrity

    14 Bizarro Celebrity Endorsements Fans Have (Likely) Never Seen

    There's this, and Bruce Willis singing into a wine cooler bottle, plus so much more. 

    funny

    14 Times Icicles Proved They Have a Mind of Their Own

    And that mind is usually up to no good. 

    movies & tv

    5 Reasons Parks and Rec is Actually Better than The Office

    Parks and Recreation is coming to an end after 7 years of hilarity. Take a look back at one of the greatest NBC sitcoms of all time. 

    relationships

    22 Photos That Perfectly Sum Up True Friendship

    There's no form of relationship more pure than best friendship. That's just a fact.

    DIY

    17 Ways To Make The Absolute Best Of A Snowy Situation

    The never-ending snow is making all of us miserable, but it doesn't have to be this way!

    movies

    26 Surprising 'Godfather' Facts Most Fans Don't Know

    The story behind that horse head in the bed is even weirder than you'd guess (see #19) and other mysterious facts behind one of the most popular films of all time. 

    science

    18 Times That Nature Was Totally And Unexpectedly Badass

    Everyone knows that Mother Nature has a cool streak, but sometimes she really outdoes herself.

    entertainment

    4 Street Trends to Copy from Fashion Week

    Fashion Week is known for wacky designs and styles that don't translate to real life. Luckily, New York Times Fashion tracks street trends, and you can check out the best here. 

    living

    6 New Starbucks Menu Items for 2015

    If you're going through Salted Caramel Mocha withdrawal, fear not. Starbucks has six new menu items to ring in the New Year and you should try them all.

    relationships

    11 Things Your Tinder Profile Really Reveals About You

    Red flags that earn you an immediate swipe left

    offbeat

    25 Minor Things That Should Be Reclassified As Crimes Against Humanity

    There is a very fine line between 'daily annoyance' and 'this literally just ruined my life'. These things clearly crossed that line.

    inspiration

    7 People Who Refuse to Let Winter Win

    Like the old saying goes: When in doubt, build a fort!

    offbeat

    19 Horrific Smelling Candles to Surprise Your Enemies

    When you absolutely positively can't stand someone, share your feelings with a rest stop urinal scented candle or something worse. (Much worse.)

    funny

    Why 1995 Was Like, Soooo Like, The Most 90's Year Ever

    20 years ago was so 90s. Either relive why 1995 was all that and a bag of chips, or talk to the hand.

    animals

    21 Adorably Playful Pups (And A Monkey) Embracing The Winter

    Winter sucks - this we all know. Fortunately, puppies have the ability to make everything instantly better.

    offbeat

    31 Sugar Buzzed and Long Forgotten 80s Breakfast Cereals

    Gremlins, C3PO, chocolate-covered marshmallow cereal and a whole lot more things that were never part of a very balanced breakfast. 

    science

    Meet The 33 (Possibly Insane) Americans Who May Be Mars-Bound

    Would you give up everything for a trip to Mars? For these 33 individuals, the answer is clear.

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