World Leaders Pay Respects on Saudi Day of Mourning

world

More foreign leaders flocked to Riyadh to pay their respects to King Salman on a quiet on a day of mourning for his predecessor Abdullah. Obama will fly in in Tuesday.

funny

20 Totally Foolproof Plans (That Backfired Almost Immediately)

When nothing goes according to plan, it's best to just laugh it off. 

history

70 Years Later, Auschwitz Survivor Recalls Nazi Evil

Greta Wienfeld Ferusic had to yell A9233, in Polish, for 10 months during the morning lineups at the Nazi-run death camp of Auschwitz.

world

9 Months of Bloodshed in Ukraine: a Timeline

Tension is again mounting in Ukraine after a weekend rocket assault on the strategic government-held port city of Mariupol that left 30 dead. Here are key dates in the conflict that has killed more than 5,000.

world

Russians Urged to Go Without

Hard times: "I lived both under Gorbachev and Yeltsin but Putin is the first president for whom I am being asked to eat less," one Russian said.

funny

18 People Who Totally Didn't Photoshop That Picture - They Swear!

What are you talking about? My skin is just naturally purple! #NoFilter

sports

Belichick on Deflated Balls: 'We Try to Do Everything Right'

Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," the Patriots coach described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and said New England di not cheat.

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    world

    Japan Condemns Beheading

    A video allegedly shows a gaunt Kenji Goto in an orange T-shirt saying his colleague Haruna Yukawa had been executed.

    funny

    22 People Who Never Learned To Think Before They Speak

    Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if it was just one long blonde moment? Wonder no more.

    sports

    Baseball's Ernie Banks, 'Mr Cub', Dies at 83

    Banks, the Cubs' first-ever black player, played shortstop and first base, and was a 14-time all-star who played for Chicago from 1953-1971. His famous phrase: "Let's play two!"

    movies

    'American Sniper' Shooting Down Johnny Depp

    "American Sniper" continues to defy expectations, while Johnny Depp's "Mordecai" is his latest film to tank.

    religion

    Pope Francis, Dostoyevsky and the Tears of a Child

    Analysis: Francis' improvisational style empowers him to speak beautifully about humanity's moral problems. It can also backfire.

    travel

    Havana is Charming ... and Complicated

    A first-time traveler's impressions of a once forbidden country.

    sports

    Warriors' Klay Thompson Scores 37 -- in a Quarter

    That's an NBA record; the Golden State sharpshooter finished with 52 in a win over Sacramento.

    world

    5 Things: Why Crisis in Yemen Matters to Us

     Yemen's U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after rebels seized the capital of Sanaa. Here's why we should care about a country slightly smaller than Texas situated on the southern border of Saudi Arabia.

    religion

    Why King Abdullah Was Buried in an Unmarked Grave

    You may have imagined a somewhat lavish burial for the Saudi king who died at 90. He was, after all, one of the richest men in the history of the world.

    world

    Anti-Muslim Acts Jump in January

    According to reports, at least as many anti-Muslim acts have taken place in France since the terror attacks this month as all of last year.

    u.s.

    Record 2,212 Guns Intercepted at US Airports

    In 2014, TSA inspectors at US airports found a record 2,212 guns, most of them loaded, in travelers' carry-on baggage.

    world

    Saudi King Abdullah Dies at 90

    The powerful U.S. ally joined Washington's fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms.

    world

    Sierra Leone Lifts Ebola Quarantines as Crisis Eases

    The nation of six million had restricted travel for around half its population, sealing off six of its 14 districts and numerous tribal chiefdoms in response to an outbreak which has killed more than 3,000 Sierra Leoneans.

    sports

    The 7 Best #DeflateGate Tweets (So Far...)

    As the investigation and debate over deflated balls continues for the Super Bowl bound New England Patriots, some people are having a lot of fun with it...

    movies

    31 Secrets About 'Back to the Future' Most Fans Don't Know

    Easter eggs, Huey Lewis' cameo and a whole lot of casting decisions that could have sunk one of the 1980s' most iconic pictures. 

    sports

    NBA All-Stars Named

    Golden State’s Stephen Curry made a late surge to pass LeBron James as the overall leading vote-getter for the Feb. 15 event at New York's Madison Square Garden.

    tech

    16 of the Dumbest (and Shockingly Most Popular) Online Passwords

    No, superhero Batman can't protect you from hackers...neither can the super-common password "BATMAN".

    crime

    153 Arrested in South Africa Looting

    Days of violence and looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa have left at least two people dead and 153 arrested in the Johannesburg area.

    defense

    Pentagon: We've Killed 6,000 ISIS Fighters

    If accurate, it would suggest the coalition has inflicted astounding damage on the IS group since the air strikes began.

    living

    5 Dumbest States, According to Twitter (and the 5 Smartest)

    Do you Tweet worse than Mississippi? There's only one way to find out...

    entertainment

    Hilarious Video: What if 'The Wire' Were Set in Hipster Brooklyn?

    Omar wouldn't have lasted a minute in Saturday Night Live's world. 

    travel

    Never Be Curious: How to Stay Alive in Rio

    A pamphlet contains advice such as "identify the most secure streets. Deserted or dark streets are the most dangerous... learn to recognize danger signs -- fireworks, closed shops, empty streets."

    politics

    Powerful NY Politician Caught Masking Millions in Bribes

    New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on corruption charges and accused of using his position as one of the most powerful politicians in Albany to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.

    offbeat

    King Tut's Beard Hastily Glued Back on with Epoxy

    The blue and gold braided beard on the burial mask of famed pharaoh Tutankhamun was hastily glued back on with epoxy as a group of tourists watched, further damaging the relic after it was knocked during cleaning.

    crime

    Report: Ferguson Officer Won't Be Charged by Justice Department

    The Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will file a federal civil rights charge against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, but reports say it won't.

    business

    Royal Bank of Canada to Buy City National of US for $5.4 Billion

    Royal Bank of Canada announced Thursday that it will purchase US financial group City National Corporation, which serves high net worth and commercial clients, for $5.4 billion.

    defense

    Kerry Leads Anti-ISIS Talks

    The U.S. Secretary of State and his British counterpart co-hosted the London talks involving 21 of the 60-odd countries that are working together against ISIS.

    living

    How Did This Toddler Earn Too Much Money for Healthcare?

    Medicare claimed one Denver 3-year-old made too much cash for benefits. Then things got REALLY weird. 

    funny

    21 Sticky Situations Taking Awkward To The Next Level

    Your prolonged eye contact with that stranger on the subway this morning has nothing on these painful encounters.

    u.s.

    Protest Disrupts Top Court

    The Supreme Court experienced a rare disruption from protesters marking five years since the controversial ruling eliminating limits on campaign contributions from businesses.

    movies & tv

    Netflix Unveils Plans to Conquer the World

    Netflix said this week it wants to be in 200 markets in the next two years, up from the current 50 as it accelerates its global expansion. Amazon and HBO and CBS are hot on their heels.

    animals

    18 Cranky Critters Who Haven't Had Their Morning Coffee

    Most of us can't physically function without at least one cup of coffee in the morning. It turns out that animals have the same struggle.

    sports

    Hope Solo Suspended

    A judge dismissed two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence against her; then she was in the car when her husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    sports

    Patriots Cheated, Used Under-Inflated Footballs

    A cheaters tag continued to swirl around the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots Wednesday amid reports the NFL found they used under-inflated American footballs in a playoff rout last Sunday.

    energy

    Oil Price Plunge to Cost Gulf Exporters $300 Billion

    The plunge in the oil price will cost the powerful energy exporters of the Gulf Cooperation Council around $300 billion, threatening to send many into budget deficits, the IMF reported Wednesday.

    policy

    Top Economists Clash at Davos

    Top economists in Davos clashed on Wednesday over the impending decision by the ECB to buy up sovereign debt, an unprecedented measure to fight deflation that powerful Germany believes would merely allow overspending eurozone states to put off reforms.

    politics

    Obama Tries to 'Turn the Page' in State of the Union

    Barack Obama said America is turning the page on years of war and economic hardship Tuesday, in a populist-tinged State of the Union address that will set the terms for the battle to succeed him.

    politics

    Hillary Clinton Heads to Canada Amid Keystone Debate

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has so far avoided taking a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, is sure to face the issue again on Wednesday in a return to Canada as Congress considers approving construction of the contentious project backed by the United States' northern neighbor.

    markets

    China's Property Market No Longer 'Red Hot But Deep Cold'

    China's property market is no longer "red hot but deep cold", as fears grow that a real estate slump could accentuate slowing growth in the giant Asian economy.

    u.s.

    Investigation Continues into Deadly Ohio Overpass Collapse

    Police say casualties could have been much higher had the late-night collapse happened at a busier time on the interstate, which carries more than 178,000 vehicles a day through the area five miles north of the Ohio River.

    humor

    16 People Having Way Too Much Fun with 'Shirtless Putin'

    Putin riding a bear, Putin riding a bobsled...Putin riding a cracker. All the shirtless Putin you didn't know you wanted.

    tech

    Google Aboard! Musk's SpaceX gets $1 Billion in Funding

    The private space exploration firm SpaceX said Tuesday it had secured a $1 billion investment that could help founder Elon Musk's plan to build a satellite Internet network.

    politics

    Guests Drawing the Partisan Spotlight at State of the Union

    Lawmakers, no longer content to be a formal — and sometimes hostile — backdrop to the president's State of the Union speech, have found a way to grab more attention.

    celebrity

    Justin Bieber to be Roasted by Comedy Central

    Justin Bieber will be the subject of Comedy Central's next roast, the network announced Tuesday.

    living

    7 Sure Ways to Fight Off Those Winter Blues

    We've made it halfway through but these tips will keep you at your best through the rest!

    relationships

    When Women are Few, Men Settle Down

    It turns out the dynamics of sex are partly driven by the law of supply and demand: a man's fidelity depends to a large degree on the number of available women.

    relationships

    16 Reasons To Be Facebook Friends With Your Grandparents

    Adapting to social media can be quite the task for folks who didn't grow up with it. Yet your grandparents rose to the occasion just to connect with you. Embrace it. 

    world

    A Look at the Hostages Held by Islamic State Group

    A list of foreign hostages believed held by the Islamic State group and some of those who have been released, reportedly in exchange for ransom money.

    world

    Hong Kong Occupy Protest Leaders Arrested

    A number of protest leaders have been arrested and released without charge, with some calling the investigation harassment.

    u.s.

    New Hampshire Lottery Releases Bacon-Scented Ticket

    Lottery ticket buyers in New Hampshire who dream of bringing home the bacon can now smell it, too...

    living

    17 Hungry People (Rightly) Putting Food Above All Else

    There truly is no greater accomplishment than having a full stomach.

    living

    Why Does This Invoice Have a 5-Year-Old Crying?

    You'll never miss a child's birthday party again after this. 

    offbeat

    13 Weirdest Things Stuffed Into Pizza Crusts Around the Globe

    Now with 100% more Marmite-filled crusts. 

    movies & tv

    Could 'American Sniper' Buzz Mean Oscar for Bradley Cooper?

    The buzz surrounding "Sniper" could help Bradley Cooper, who landed his third consecutive career acting nomination (after "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle") and could result in a last-minute surge.

    world

    UN Warns of Growing Inequality and Joblessness

    A widening chasm between the haves and have nots and an uncertain investment climate have made it difficult for countries to rebound from the financial crisis.

    religion

    Pope: Catholics Do Not Need to Breed 'Like Rabbits'

    Pope Francis has said that good Catholics do not have to breed "like rabbits", defending the Church's stance on artificial contraception and appealing to the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics to practice responsible parenting.

    policy

    To Counter Terror, Europe's Police Reconsider their Arms

    With the deaths of the three French officers during three days of terror in the Paris region and the suggestion of a plot in Belgium to kill police, European law enforcement agencies are rethinking how — and how many — police should be armed.

    business

    The 18 Best (And Worst) Brand Names Of All Time

    "We need a brand name that sets us apart from our competition. Thoughts?" "Barf. Let's go with Barf."

    world

    IMF Chief Warns Greece: 'A Debt is a Debt'

    International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Monday warned of "consequences" if European countries try to renegotiate their debts, ahead of Greek elections which an anti-austerity party is favored to win.

    business

    Uber Says it Can Create 50,000 Jobs in Europe

    The fast-growing firm, which helps users summon taxi-like services via their smartphones, has drawn criticism across the world from regulators and established taxi operators.

    crime

    Church Electrician Tried for Theft of Priceless Codex

    The former electrician for Spain's famed cathedral in Santiago de Compostela went on trial Monday for the alleged theft of a priceless 12th-century Codex Calixtinus.

    funny

    21 Moments Perfectly Capturing The Definition Of Irony

    If only Alanis Morissette had read this in the 90's. She could have penned a song about things that were actually ironic

    u.s.

    Faith, Community Leaders Gather in Atlanta to Celebrate MLK

    Bernice King called on those who came to celebrate her father's legacy to act out against injustice but also to remember his message of nonviolence.

    living

    5 Eye-Opening Revelations from the 'Secret' McDonald's in Australia

    Why have the Golden Arches gone undercover? The answer might surprise you. 

    living

    11 Stunning 'Cost of Living' Revelations from Around the World

    America, surprisingly, isn't even a blip on the costliest country radar. But you might be surprised to find who is #1. 

    sports

    Girls' Basketball Coach Suspended After 161-2 Win

    A Southern California high school basketball coach has been suspended and faces accusations of mercilessly running up the score after his team won a game 161-2, one of the most lopsided scores in state history.

    religion

    World-Record Crowd to See Pope

    Pope Francis drew a record 6 million to a mass in Manila.

    movies

    'American Sniper' Hits the Box Office Bullseye

    It is far and away the biggest MLK weekend box office champ and more than three times bigger than Clint Eastwood's previous biggest opening. "The movie has become a cultural phenomenon," Warner Bros. said.

    movies

    Poll: 'Boyhood' Will Be Best Picture

    "Boyhood" received a total of six Academy Award nominations on Thursday and, according to a new Variety poll, the Richard Linklater drama is the heavy favorite to win Best Picture.

    science

    Hot Stuff: NASA says 2014 was 'Warmest Year on Record'

    For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday.

    animals

    20 Precious Puppy Smiles Guaranteed To Change Your Life

    Feeling down and out about something? There's a puppy for that.

    inspiration

    Drone Captures Heart-Stopping Video of 1,500-foot Light Bulb Change

    And you think your job leaves you high and dry.

    offbeat

    21 Painfully Pretentious People Posting To Social Media

    Where do you go to flaunt your intelligence? Why, Facebook of course!

    history

    22 Staggeringly Weird Facts About Prohibition

    When prohibition officially went into effect 95 years ago, which US president secretly hid a stockpile of liquor in the White House basement?  (See #17)

    movies & tv

    'Better Call Saul' - 7 Things You Need to Know

    AMC's prequel to "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul" premieres on Feb. 8. Here are a few behind-the-scenes tidbits learned from the producers and cast.

    tech

    20 Modern Marvels That Prove It's The Best Time To Be Alive

    I didn't even know what living was until I started printing my selfies on toast.

    politics

    Why is This Man America's Wackiest Ambassador?

    Ambassador Bruce Oreck has a secret he is not shy about sharing.  

    funny

    21 People Making Drunken Decisions Worse Than Yours

    We've all had one of "those nights", but these individuals might just put your entire college drinking career to shame.

    funny

    12 Hilarious Facts About Sending Your Enemies Glitter

    This new sparkly way of getting vengeance has gone viral, here's all you need to know. 

    funny

    25 Fantastic Things Made Even Greater With Googly Eyes

    Plenty of things in the world are already amazing, but this one trick can make anything 100% better.

    DIY

    14 Photo Booth Opportunities Gone Perfectly Right

    Be it a wedding, bar mitzvah, or a night at the bar, you're bound to run into a photo booth soon. Here are some clever ideas to keep on hand.

    travel

    23 Bizarre Town Names that are Surprisingly Real

    Don't everyone rush down to Monkeys Eyebrow, KY or Satan's Kingdom, VT at once... 

    movies & tv

    I Sing of Arms and the Man

    Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper tells the incredible story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in American military history, while avoiding the usual controversies one might expect from such a film.

    funny

    16 Of The Most Awkward Moments In Live TV History

    The problem with live TV is that if something can ​go wrong, then it 100% will.

    funny

    18 Strange, Hilarious, and Downright Brutal Business Reviews

    The Internet is a weird place, and nowhere is this more apparent than your local business review websites.

    offbeat

    7 Reasons People Go Nuts Drinking This Icelandic Beer

    Reason #1: The secret ingredient comes from a whale's... well, you'll see.

    funny

    18 Of The Most Unbelievably Awful Times To Snap A Selfie

    What do you get when you mix vanity, social media, smart phones, and a stunning lack of self-awareness? These people.

    relationships

    17 Sibling Rivalries That Are Hilariously Alive And Well

    If brothers and sisters were put on Earth to torment one another, then these siblings are doing a great job.

    living

    7 Strange Reasons Why Snowmen Might Get Outlawed in Saudi Arabia

    One cleric has put his foot down when it comes to Frosty. 

    living

    Jaw-Dropping Video Captures The Best and Worst About a Day at Disneyland

    This time-lapse video shows the Magic Kingdom in a stunning new light. 

    crime

    28 Strangely Silly 'Crimes' Straight From Your Local Paper

    The smaller the town, the stranger the crimes. Who needs TV when you have police blotters?

    relationships

    19 Parents Who Went Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty

    Because nothing says "I love you son." quite like an 'adult dancer'.

    living

    24 Outrageous New Desks That Make Work Time Amazing

    If you think working over top of Han Solo trapped in Carbonite sounds like fun...we have a surprise for you.

    business

    6 Reasons Why The MADE IN CHINA Tag is Dissapearing

    The fascinating reason we all might start seeing MADE IN PRC soon. 

    offbeat

    15 People Whose 2015 Is Already Off To A Rough Start

    A new year will generally start with hope, promise, and motivation. If you're lucky, those feelings will last 2 weeks.

    funny

    22 Teachers Who Always Get The Last Laugh

    What do teachers do in their free time? Think of ways to mess with their students of course!

    offbeat

    3 Space Travel Posters That Prove NASA Has a Great Sense of Humor

    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory really wants you to visit the planet Kepler 16b. 

    offbeat

    8 Unbelievable Facts about Belgium's New Beer Pipeline

    Forget the Keystone XL pipeline debate for a minute. Here's a pipeline everyone can agree is a great idea.

    world

    4 'Controversial' Pictures that Sparked Deadly Attack in Paris

    The world is mourning and defiantly honoring 12 individuals gunned down in Paris as an attempt to "avenge the prophet" over controversial magazine covers mocking Islam's Muhammad. Here are some of those potentially NSFW images.

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