Happy Easter: Pope Seeks to Bring Faith to "Ends of the Earth"

religion

Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.  

sports

Michelle Wie's Big Win

The once-heralded American her first LPGA title in 4 years, firing five-under par 67 for a two-shot victory in the Lotte Championship.

sports

Hopkins, 49, Unifies Belts

Bernard Hopkins, the oldest world champion in boxing history at age 49, became the eldest fighter to unify world titles Saturday when he defeated Beibut Shumenov in a light-heavyweight showdown.

history

Philippines' Disappearing Artifacts

The 5,000-year-old engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the country's oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanisation, vandals and the ravages of nature are growing threats.

world

10 Things to Know: The Week

Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week.

offbeat

Pot Holy Day? Pastors Embracing 4/20 Easter

Churches see this as opportunity to connect with potential new parishioners - get high on God, not drugs!

entertainment

Is Johnny Depp's Star Fading?

As "Captain America" and "Rio 2" battle for the top of the weekend box-office, "Transcendence" becomes Depp's fourth flop in a row.

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    Till Death Do Us Part

    A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

    sports

    Boston Marathon's Hometown Hope

    Boston area native Shalane Flanagan, an Olympian, badly want to be the first American to win the Boston Marathon since the 1980s.

    world

    Everest Death Toll at 13

    Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday a day after an avalanche swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak.  

    world

    Boko Haram Claims Nigeria Bombing

    The bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters early on Monday killed at least 75 people; the gunmen kidnapped 129 girls (44 have escaped and are safe).

    offbeat

    Teen Asks Miss America to Prom, Then Gets Suspended

    A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to the prom during a Q&A at school. What kind of world are we living in when that's a problem?  

    history

    Helen Keller's Inspiring Letter to the New York Symphony

    In a simple letter to the New York Symphony, Helen Keller reminds us what it is like to be alive. 

    markets

    Yardeni: We're Still In a Bull Market, S&P to Top 2,000

    The stock market's correction that crested last Friday merely represents more fuel for the five-year-old bull market, says market veteran Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research.

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    13 Flower Bombs to Celebrate Spring

    Soon there will be real flowers in the world, but until then you can turn your internet browser into a blossoming bouquet.

    offbeat

    5 Surprising Jury Duty Excuses That Worked

    Nobody likes being called for jury duty, which can result in some very creative excuses. In a few cases, however, these excuses actually work - with a little proof.

    u.s.

    Colorado Pot Deaths

    A college student eats marijuana-laced cookies and jumps to his death. A husband is accused of shooting his wife in the head after eating pot-infused candy. Is legality the problem?

    offbeat

    Weird 360 Degree Bike-Ride Time-Lapse Video

    Who knew that just running some errands could be so trippy?

    offbeat

    13 Worst, Most Creepy Easter Bunny Fails Ever

    Easter PTSD is a serious problem in America. These poor children are still suffering from fear of floppy ears and carrots, decades after coming into contact with Mr. Bunny.   

    policy

    Medicaid: Dead and Loving It

    The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased, an internal state government memo says.  

    crime

    Charges in K.C. Highway Shootings

    The Kansas City-area man is suspected to have commited about a dozen highway shootings that wounded three people.  

    world

    Ferry Captain Arrested

    Lee Joon-Seok faces five charges, including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law in a disaster that has likely caused 300 deaths.

    science

    We Are Not Alone

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    celebrity

    'X-Men Director Raped Me'

    Michael Egan claims he was 17 when Bryan Singer forcibly sodomized him, among other allegations.

    arts

    8 Skyscrapers of the Future - Strange, Beautiful and Ominous

    Every year eVolo Magazine asks architects to design the skyscrapers of the distant future. The buildings they came back with are as crazy as any science fiction movie.

    markets

    5 Warning Signs of a New Market Crash in 2014

    While stock markets around the world are near record highs, The Telegraph's John Ficenec sees ample reason to worry. Here are 5 signs that we could be in for a major market crash.  

    world

    Snowden Asks Putin a Question

    Vladimir Putin's televised call-in show got a unique caller: Edward Snowden.

    crime

    Murderer Had Noose Around Neck When He Was Saved

    It happened in Iran, and it was the victim's mother who stopped the execution.

    world

    Captain Focus of Investigation

    The captain was not at the helm of the South Korean ferry that capsized, investigators said, as anger spread over stalled rescue efforts for hundreds of missing passengers trapped by the submerged vessel.

    news

    Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant

    Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.

    arts

    R.I.P. Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    The Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, was 87.

    tech

    Paper Airplane Making Just Got A Major Upgrade

    Finally, modern engineering gives us something useful.

    world

    Russia, EU, U.S. Reach Deal on Ukraine; Obama Cautious

    The powers have all agreed that the Pro-Russian militants who have seized government buildings all over eastern Ukraine need to disarm.

    business

    Paul Krugman: Slack in the Economy Is Dangerous

    Economist Paul Krugman discusses economic conditions with Bloomberg's Tom Keene.

    business

    Got $845,000? Buy Yourself a Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

    Got $845,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Then the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid packing an unbelievable 887 horsepower might be the car for you. Take a look at this amazing test drive.

    markets

    Spencer: Now's the Time to Be Brave and Buy Stocks

    After a rocky stretch for stocks, it's time to set aside fear and buy growth companies on the cheap, says this T. Rowe Price portfolio manager.

    u.s.

    6 Giant Red Flags That Get You Audited by the IRS

    Will this be the year that you get audited by the Internal Revenue Service? Here's a quick look at six ways your chances of getting audited increase dramatically.

    world

    Ebola Virus in Africa Outbreak is a New Strain

    Where did the Ebola virus that's killed scores in Guinea, Liberia, and now Mali come from? Scientists just can't figure it out.

    crime

    Armed Robber Finally Gets the Call -- 13 Years Later

    He was convicted in 2000, sentenced to 13 years and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came, and he spent the next 13 years turning his life around — getting married, raising three kids, learning a trade. Then the call came.

    policy

    Federal Judge Overturns North Dakota Abortion Ban

    North Dakota's fetal heartbeat law has been called the most restrictive in the country. Now it's been called unconstitutional.

    history

    Korea, Japan and 'Comfort Women'

    South Korea and Japan held rare high-level talks on the extremely sensitive issue of wartime sex slavery, which has contributed to a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties.

    humor

    5 Children's Books That Totally Ruined Adulthood

    I read books to my son every day. Over the last two years he’s cultivated pretty decent taste. However, I'm realizing many of these books are dubiously smart at predicting adulthood.

    sports

    9 Unforgettable Walk Up Songs That Make Baseball Even Better

    Most professional baseball players use "walk up" music as they step to the plate. It seems inseparable from the game. Here are 9 of the best.

    offbeat

    Rapping Doctor Makes It Easy to Remember Instructions

    Getting a cast on can be scary for kids. But when a young girl from an Army family broke her foot, the base’s resident Staff Sergeant and Orthopedic Specialist concocted a pretty creative way to ease her nerves. Time to add resident MC to his resume.

    arts

    23 Mindbending 3D Tattoos You Have To See To Believe

    Tattoos just got real. Well, they’ve always been real. But the 3D trend is taking the art form to another amazing level of lifelike.

    politics

    'Ban on Political Lies' Gets U.S. Supreme Attention

    Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?

    world

    Ferry Sinking May Have Killed Nearly 300

    290 of the 475 people aboard — many of them high school students on a class trip — were still missing after a ferry sank near South Korea. Six are dead, 55 injured.  

    world

    Putin Warns Ukraine on Brink of Civil War

    As the Ukrainian government uses military force to suppress pro-Russian "activists" in the east, fears mount that Russia may intervene.

    world

    Mini-Sub Back on the Hunt for MH370

    After aborting its first mission, the tiny unmanned submarine is once again scouring the bottom of the Indian Ocean for MH370's black box.

    offbeat

    The World’s Toughest Job Will Surprise You

    Would you take a job that required you to be there 365 days a year, 24 hours a day with no monetary compensation? We didn’t think so. But believe it or not, there are billions of people who already hold that position.

    offbeat

    National High Five Day is Worth Knowing

    April 17 is National High Five Day. Celebrate America's favorite way to operate The Clapper by diving into its controversial past.

    science

    Can Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Save the World Cup?

    The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is at risk for a massive epidemic of Dengue Fever and the only thing that can (maybe) save it are some mutant mosquitos. 

    markets

    Cliff Asness: What's Keeping Me Up at Night Right Now

    Hedge Fund Manager Cliff Asness discusses his biggest market concern.

    offbeat

    Comedic Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant Delivers Best Safety Speech Ever

    Flight safety instructions delivered before takeoff usually aren’t something to sit up and take notice of. But passengers on this Southwest flight were in for a treat when one flight attendant decided it was time they started paying attention.

    world

    South Korean Gamer Arrested After Son Starves to Death

    The man reportedly spent all of his time in internet cafes only coming home every two or three days to feed his baby.

    u.s.

    Maryland Decriminalizes Pot

    That's 17 states now where smoking a joint won't get you sent to prison for life.

    entertainment

    Pharrell In Tears After Seeing Fans ‘Happy’

    Pharrell’s hit ‘Happy’ is bringing smiles and elation across the nation. But this time, he was the one crying tears of joy.

    tech

    Google Swallows Solar Drone Start-Up

    Titan Aerospace built a solar-powered drone that can fly for 5 years straight. Now that drone belongs to Google, despite an attempt by Facebook.

    offbeat

    Think 30 Is The New 20? Maybe Not

    30 is the new 20. That’s a pretty common phrase heard around town these days. But is it? Clinical psychologist Meg Jay doesn’t think so and she has a few things to say to those who believe a decade is disposable.

    arts

    The Stunning Life-Size Origami of Sipho Mabona

    Origami isn't always small. Sometimes it's gigantic. Sometimes it moves.

    offbeat

    10 Shocking Marriage Confessions Revealed on Whisper App

    Marriage is hard work. At least, that’s what I hear. I’ve also been told that communication is key. Apparently, no one let these people in on the fact that it’s communication with each other that's the real secret.

    offbeat

    Feral Cat Invasion

    For decades, standard procedure has been to round them up and euthanize them, but in recent years the trend has swung in a much better direction...

    crime

    NFL 49er's Bizarre False Confession: 'I Have a Bomb!'

    Is that what you'd say to LAX security when you (a) are a multimillionaire NFL football player and (b) don't actually have a bomb? The 49ers' Aldon Smith did just that.

    religion

    Pope's 'Selfies' on Palm Sunday

    Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice.

    world

    Putin Claims to be the Poorest Kremlin Official

    Some people say Vladimir Putin has billions of dollars hidden away in secret bank accounts, but his Russian tax returns claim he only made a $100,000 last year.

    travel

    6 Spectacular (Relatively) Modern Churches

    Everyone loves beautiful churches, even modern architects. Join us as we check out a few of the biggest, newest, and strangest churches in the world. 

    tech

    2 Terrifying Spy Devices Found in NYC Metro

    As technology gets smaller and smaller, credit card theives are getting more and more creative in how they use it.

    offbeat

    6 Intriguing Items You Didn't Know You Could Buy Online

    We occasionally find ourselves baffled by what the internet has to offer. This list of surprising, but purchasable, items illustrate the point well.

    entertainment

    5 Curious Celebrity Doppelgangers from Hollywood and Korea

    These Hollywood and Korean celebrities definitely share a strong resemblance. It’s as if they have their sibling on the other side of the world!

    offbeat

    7 Surprisingly Creative Promposals Bound to Make Anyone Say Yes

    Almost as big as a wedding proposal, the promposal has become a hugely anticipated event among students everywhere.  Here are 7 of the more original ideas that prove creativity hasn’t been lost in the high school hallways. Here’s to hoping they said ‘yes’!

    world

    Refugees Turn to Facebook and Google Maps for Help

    Some bold Ukrainians have taken it upon themselves to help people fleeing the crisis in Crimea.

    markets

    Faber: 2014 Market Crash Will Be Worse Than 1987

    The editor and publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report says the stock market is setting up for a decline more painful than the sudden crash of 1987.

    animals

    Cutest Puppy Video Goes Viral For A Good Cause

    What happens when you pair an abundance of cute puppies and a cause to help animals in need? One of the most ‘awww’ inducing viral videos ever.

    offbeat

    5 Pieces of Personal Information Restaurants Know Before You Walk In

    These days, customer service is key in the restaurant industry. In fact, some high-end places are even turning to Google to score personal information about you before you ever sit down at the table. Too far? Perhaps.

    tech

    Land Rover Unveils See-Through Hood Technology

    Sure, maybe you never knew you wanted a see-through hood, but once you see it, you'll want one immediately.

    world

    Child Bride Poisons Groom After Forced Wedding

    Wasila Umaru was forced into marriage, so the 14-year-old took matters into her own desperate hands. 

    markets

    Holland: Why Putin Is More Important Than Any CEO

    Veteran money manager explains why what happens if Vladimir Putin moves further into Ukraine matters more to the market than what any CEO is doing right now.

    world

    Expert Says Start Preparing for 'Dollar Doomsday'

    Trouble ahead? “The Death of Money” author explains why that cash you're hiding under your mattress may soon be worth a lot less than it's worth right now.

    animals

    Crocodile Abandoned at California Strip Mall

    It's teeth broken and its jaw taped shut, the poor creature was found in a cardboard box dumped near the T.J. Maxx.

    science

    Apollo 11 Checklist Sold for $68,000

    Annotated by Buzz Aldrin, the list was auctioned off in NYC along with a Mercury-era space suit and an insignia signed by Neil Armstrong.

    news

    One Million People Buried in Mass Graves on Forbidden NY Island

    Most New Yorkers don't even know it exists. But a million sad and forgotten souls are buried in mass graves dug by convicts on a tiny, forbidden island east of the Bronx. 

    markets

    Sam Zell: 'Kumbaya' Stock Market Is Way Overvalued

    Billionaire real-estate tycoon Sam Zell says investors are way too optimistic and that’s pushed the stock market to overvalued levels.

    animals

    5 Furry Friendships That Seem Too Odd To Exist

    Winnie the Pooh said, “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” It seems that silly old bear isn’t the only animal that cherished his special, and unusual, friendships.

    arts

    13 Times 3D Chalk Art Seemed More Like Real Life

    As weather warms up, small and big kids alike will be pulling out the sidewalk chalk to have a little fun in the sun. Here are 13 chalky masterpieces that will blow your mind and provide a little inspiration to color outside of the lines.

    news

    Airline Passenger Attempts Suicide During Flight

    Emirates airline crewmembers found a passenger bleeding heavily on a flight from Dubai to India after he apparently tried to commit suicide inside an airplane lavatory.

    offbeat

    Burglary Suspect Pocket Dials 911

    And you thought accidentally pocket-dialing your ex was embarrassing.

    offbeat

    German White Supremacists Fire Pornstar Spokeswoman for Having Interracial Sex

    Once you go white supremacist, they say you never go back, largely because everyone hates you.

    tech

    X-Ray Vision Comes to Fruition with New Technology

    If you had one super power, what would it be? Did you say having x-ray vision? You're in luck! Now, there’s no need to wonder exactly what’s hiding under that dress.

    u.s.

    ATM Accidentally Gives $37,000 to Homeless Man

    Who says technology can't ever make our lives better?

    markets

    'Scared' Dennis Gartman: Get Out of Stocks

    In a reversal of his more bullish take, the market strategist is getting out of equities and sticking with cash and gold to ride out the recent pullback, which he called a "long-awaited and much-needed correction." 

    offbeat

    Epic Prank Makes Professor Rethink Classroom Policy

    We know April Fools’ Day is over, but this timeless prank is one for the books. This entire class should get an ‘A’ for the semester based purely on the genius of it.

    offbeat

    Woman Arrested After Complaining to Police about Marijuana Quality

    Who else are you supposed to complain to when your dealer gives you only "seeds and residue"?

    tech

    The Revolutionary Folding Toilet of the Future

    You've been waiting for this toilet your whole life and you didn't even know it.

    offbeat

    Forget Me Not - An Alzheimer Patient’s Love Story

    Alzheimer’s disease is an incurable, progressive condition that’s robbed many of remembering their loved ones. So, when the love of his life was diagnosed, Jerry Kinersly decided to fight to keep the memories alive.

    world

    Pakistani Artists Unveil Colossal Anti-Drone Poster

    Over the last decade, drone strikes have killed over 3,000 Pakistanis. #NotABugSplat hopes to remind the drones that those people were human beings.

    offbeat

    7 Beer Trivia Truths to Quench Your Thirst

    Over 80 years ago, in 1933, brewing and selling beer below 4.0% alcohol by volume was finally declared legal again. As beer chuggers everywhere rejoice, we pay tribute to the lager gods by revealing a few lesser known beer trivia truths.

    u.s.

    5 Signs US Job Market May Finally Be Accelerating

    Here are 5 signs that the US job market may finally be accelerating after a brutal winter.

    history

    The $38 Million Wine Cup

    A rare Ming-era Chinese wine cup, one of only 19 known to exist, could fetch a record $38 million at auction.

    world

    Madame Mayor

    The first female mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, formally took office on Saturday.

    history

    Was Eva Braun Jewish?

    Adolf Hitler's wife may have been of Jewish descent according to DNA analysis carried out for a British television documentary.

    tech

    China's Twitter to Go Public

    The microblogging service Weibo will raise at least $340 million in its U.S. stock offering.

    defense

    Cuba Abuzz Over 'Secret Twitter'

    Revelations of a secret U.S. government program to set up a cellphone-based social network in Cuba are being trumpeted in the island's official media as proof that Washington is waging a "cyber-war."

    animals

    Adorable 2-Legged Dog Will Warm Your Heart

    A dog in Washington state has no rear legs, but that isn't stopping him from staying active and entertaining millions through his popular YouTube videos.

    business

    Nabisco Combats Anti-Gay Ire With Love

    Nabisco isn't the first brand to feature same-sex couples in a commercial. Still, their most recent ‘This Is Wholesome’ ad drew ire among the anti-gay community. But the most shocking thing was actually the brand’s response.

    world

    15 Amazing Pictures Taken By A Murdered Photographer

    Anja Niedringhaus was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a Nieman Fellowship, and one of the best photojournalists of her generation. She was shot dead on Friday by a rogue Afghani policeman.

    markets

    Roubini: Beware of U.S. Market Correction This Year

    Economist Nouriel Roubini, chairman of Roubini Global Economics, discusses the U.S. ecomomy and issues a new warning on Bloomberg Television.

    entertainment

    Samuel L. Jackson Takes On 'Boy Meets World' With Epic Performance

    Most things Samuel L. Jackson touches turn to gold. This slam poem about ‘Boy Meets World’ is no different. Nostalgia at its finest.

    tech

    Gay Marriage Stance Forces CEO To Resign After Only 2 Weeks

    Brendan Eich worked at Mozilla for 15 years but all it took to bring him down was one campaign donation from 2008.

    world

    Russia Admits Economic Woes

    Economic sanctions and the flight of foreign capital have the Russian economy grinding to a halt.

    tech

    The Most Annoying Thing About Your USB Cable Just Got Fixed

    And its all thanks to Foxconn of all people.

    offbeat

    Mile High Club Membership Just Got A Whole Lot Easier

    The Las Vegas skies got a lot friendlier with the addition of Love Cloud, a service catering to couples looking to cross 'join the mile high club' off their bucket list. It seems there really isn't anything you can't do in Sin City these days.

    science

    Hilarious Medical Mistake You Never Want to Make

    Teaser: it involves diabetes and oranges.

    tech

    Japanese Mob Launches Public Relations Website

    How else are the Yakuza supposed to improve their image? Stop killing people?

    offbeat

    Teen Takes to Twitter to Combat Cyberbullying

    Cyberbullying began taking its toll on Jeremiah Anthony's friends. But instead of biting back, he found a gentler solution by fighting hate with kindness.

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