Police Commander Convicted of Killing AP Photographer

news

Six judges at the Kabul District Court found former Afghan police unit commander Naqibullah guilty of murder and treason for shooting Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus.

world

10 Things to Know: Thursday

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

crime

NBA Player Looks for Aunt's Killer

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes is asking for the public's help to track down the man police say killed his aunt in Sacramento.  

travel

Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Killed

Just days before the father and son were to return home to Indiana, the trip turned tragic when their plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa.

politics

Cruz: Obama Imposing 'Economic Boycott' of Israel

How? By ordering the FAA to ban U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas.  

u.s.

Former Marine Locked Inside VA Clinic, Forgotten in FL

A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration.

u.s.

The Once-Homeless Billionaire: Keys to My Success

John Paul Dejoria is living the American Dream on steroids with more money than he knows what to do with. He discusses the business ethos that fueled his meteoric rise to the top.

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    world

    Plane Crash in Taiwan

    A plane has crashed while landing on a small Taiwanese island. 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

    u.s.

    Sarah Palin Caught Speeding in Alaska Hometown

    The former Alaska governor was pulled over and cited for driving over the speed limit in her hometown of Wasilla.

    u.s.

    Rush of New Medicaid Enrollees Puts Major Strain on Oregon

    An unexpected rush of enrollees has strained the capacity of the revamped network that was endorsed as a potential national model for expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.

    tech

    Reality-Bending Flexible TV Is Shockingly Awesome

    Take your TV anywhere by rolling it up like a magazine. At least, that's what LG has in mind with their latest invention.

    living

    $200k Bank Blunder is 'A Gift from God'

    After his bank added a few too many zeroes to his account, a Kuwaiti man says he's keeping this gift from the heavens...sort of. 

    world

    2 Jets Shot Down in Ukraine

    Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

    politics

    Appeals Court Upholds Health Care Subsidies

    A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously rejected a claim that the law provides the subsidies only to people who buy policies through state-run exchanges.

    living

    Synthetic Food Catches On - Is Eating As We Know It Over?

    "What if you never had to worry about food again?" asks one company suddenly raking in the money.

    entertainment

    5 Highest Paid Actors Last Year Might Surprise You...

    You might not have expected these names as the top 5 highest paid actors for all of last year.

    celebrity

    Blake Lively Launches Lifestyle Website: 5 Unusual Items to Purchase from 'Preserve'

    Blake Lively's 'Preserve' has Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Goop!'  Check out the 5 most unusual items from her lifestyle website here.

    movies & tv

    A Woman Lost Her Leg on the Real Housewives of NYC Finale Last Night - Literally!

    Real Housewife of New York City Aviva Drescher lost more than her mind on the spectacular season finale last night!

    travel

    Innovative Tent Helps You Avoid Campsite Bug Bites and Bears

    One company aims to eliminate the creepy crawlies from your camping experience by sleeping above the ground. 

    funny

    21 Impressively Sarcastic Test Answers From Kids

    Kids take hundreds of tests over the course of their academic career. Not every answer is going to be correct.

    celebrity

    Royal Baby's 1st Year - A Look Back at Prince George

    The only child of William & Kate was born 1 year ago.

    living

    13 Photos that Prove Peace Really Can Exist

    Constant conflict can cause us to forget that peace is even possible. These animals and babies might just be able to teach us something.

    u.s.

    Woman Stops to Save Ducklings, Gets $100 Ticket

    A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping to help some stranded ducklings was shocked to instead get a $100 ticket.

    sports

    Queen's Racehorse Fails Dope Test

    A racehorse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II that won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for a banned substance.

    inspiration

    Amazing 'Angel of the Gap' Prevented 100s of Suicides

    Don Ritchie lived near "The Gap," Australia's #1 suicide spot. You'll never believe how he saved so many troubled lives.

    offbeat

    These 5 Water Slides are Crazy (and Maybe Illegal)

    The world's tallest, the world's longest and the world's most illegal water slide and more. 

    world

    Vital Evidence Feared Withheld by Pro-Russia Rebels in Ukraine

    Whether by accident or design, the lack of swift access to the crash site may make it harder to determine who and what doomed the jet - and persistent doubts could benefit Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    world

    Islamic Plot to Control UK Schools?

    A British government investigation has found evidence that Muslim fundamentalists have successfully gained control of some schools.

    entertainment

    Tribe Cancels Ted Nugent Show for 'Racist Views'

    A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino because of the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks."

    politics

    Texas Showdown at the Border?

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally, plans to deploy National Guard troops to the Mexico border.

    movies & tv

    11 Best, Most Memorable Quotes from 'Almost Famous'

    'Almost Famous' made its debut 14 years ago...Here are some of the best lines!

    u.s.

    Hopkins Settles Pelvic Exam Suits for $190 Million

    The agreement is one of the largest settlements on record in the U.S. involving sexual misconduct by a physician.

    tech

    6 Apps That Will Change Your Life

    Need a good night of sleep? Want to avoid customer service? Pretend that you're outrunning a horde of zombies? There's an app for that.

    politics

    Clinton Won't 'Jump the Gun'

    Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on 2016 run.

    u.s.

    Florida Town Stunned by Police KKK Ties

    The news about sworn police officers perhaps being part of the Klan doesn't sit well with many in Fruitland Park, which calls itself the "Friendly City."

    markets

    A 'Sitting Duck' Market? Global Turmoil May Punish Complacency

    Investors should be paying more attention to the uncertainty being created by the turmoil in Ukraine and the Mideast, according to Mohamed El-Erian.

    offbeat

    For 17 Years, LEGOs Have Mysteriously Washed Ashore On This Beach

    Since 1997 aquatic-themed LEGOs have been washing up on this British beach. The reason behind it is fascinating. 

    u.s.

    Colleges Woo Native Americans with New Programs

    The programs challenge the idea that tribal customs and higher education don't mix.

    world

    2 Americans Killed in Gaza Strip Fighting

    On Sunday night, the U.S. State Department confirmed the deaths of Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli.

    funny

    'Weird Al' Becomes Every Teacher's Hero with 'Word Crimes' Music Video

    His latest spoof on Robin Thicke's "Blurred LInes" is a wacky attack on online grammar. 

    funny

    13 Kids Who Really Don't Get This Whole Sports Thing

    Every athlete had to start somewhere, though we're not sure that any Olympians ever had this many problems.

    science

    6 Seriously Strange 'Superpowers' (That Actually Exist)

    Nobody has figured out how to fly yet, but someone did manage to eat an airplane. That's something at least.

    animals

    19 Child-Parent Animal Photos That Will Melt Your Heart

    What's more cute than baby animals? Baby animals being taken care of by their equally adorable parents, of course.

    funny

    17 People That Had a Worse Week at Work Than You

    We've all had our rough days at the office, but look on the bright side: Someone, somewhere is having a worse day than you are.

    history

    Germany Honors Officers Who Tried to Kill Hitler

    The plot — portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie "Valkyrie" — helped establish a principle under which German soldiers today are encouraged to defy orders if they would result in a crime or violate human dignity.

    celebrity

    The Rock to Christie: You Do Not Have My Permission

    Dwayne Johnson says he considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “a buddy” despite making Christie take down an online video that featured the Hollywood star.

    celebrity

    Where Is Casey Kasem's Body?

    His daughter has a restraining order preventing the famous radio host’s wife from cremating his remains, but it’s unclear where those remains are or whether they’ve already been disposed of.  

    science

    HIV Rate Declines in U.S.

    The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade.

    religion

    Iraq's Christians Flee Death

    The message played over loudspeakers in Mosul gave the Christians until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, or face death.  

    u.s.

    Killer Caffeine

    One of the world's most widely accepted drugs killed Ohio teenager Logan Stiner — a powdered form of caffeine so potent that as little as a single teaspoon can be fatal.  

    politics

    The Clinton Papers

    The National Archives released about 1,000 pages of previously restricted documents from Clinton's two terms. Topics include Iraq, impeachment, Osama bin Laden.

    world

    Rebel Leader's Bizarre Account of Ukraine Crash

    A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash...

    u.s.

    Court Rules for OK Gay Marriage

    A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.

    tv

    You'll Never Guess What This Bizarre Robot Commercial is For!

    This advertisement rivals most Super Bowl commercials for its strangeness.

    u.s.

    Obama Opens East Coast to Oil Search with Sonic Cannons

    The Eastern Seaboard is being opened to offshore oil and gas exploration for the first time in decades with the Obama administration's controversial approval.

    news

    Shock: Australian Woman Loses Relatives in 2 Malaysia Air Disasters

    In an almost incomprehensible twist of fate, an Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Flight 370 has lost another family member on the plane shot down over Ukraine.

    funny

    Happy Antenna CEO Delivers 'Thank You' Cake to Comcast

    The inscription is priceless, but what he does with the cake is even better. 

    offbeat

    Big Bank Blunder - Man Deposits $430 and Gets $43,000

    Despite trying to give it back, the bank delayed and this man gave in to temptation...

    u.s.

    Security Leaker Manning to Remain in Military Prison, Begin Gender Treatment

    National security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the sense of being a woman in a man's body.

    tech

    World's First Family Robot - Will It Find a Place in Your Home?

    Jibo, the "World's First Family Robot", is one of the most impressive, and actually plausible, personal robots that we've seen. 

    entertainment

    9 Hot Models Trying to Pose with Wild Animals

    Gorgeous professional models + beautiful animals = Success! (Although a couple might also be semi-NSFW...)

    travel

    13 Eerie Images of Abandoned Airport in Athens

    A haunting peek inside a ghost town of an airport, complete with a defunct airline to go with it. 

    living

    Key to Weight Loss Might be as Simple as Proper Hydration

    Diet and exercise are great, but your water intake might be what keeps you slim. 

    sports

    Michael Sam Delivers Incredibly Inspirational Speech at the ESPY's

    Michael Sam wins the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and he has yet to play in a single NFL game— Watch it here!

    world

    Another Plane Tragedy

    A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday and Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights.

    animals

    Dog Hailed as Hero for Alerting Deaf Boy of Danger

    A dog named Ace is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old boy.

    markets

    Man Who Made Billions Betting Against Housing Says Buy a House

    Billionaire money manager John Paulson believes buying a home to live in is the best investment possible.

    relationships

    5 Sex Myths that are 100% Bogus

    Does size really matter? How about getting pregnant during your period? These and more "facts" totally debunked by a Mental Floss video. 

    offbeat

    4 Strange New Lay's Chip Flavors, with a Surprise Twist!

    Lay's sophomore round of their "Do Us A Flavor" campaign is back... Find out the 4 choices here!

    science

    4 Fantastic Senses That You Didn't Know Existed

    We all know about sight and smell, but what about equilibrioception? 

    offbeat

    Never Trust People with These 15 Bumper Stickers

    Never trust people with these bumper stickers. Don't say we didn't warn you...

    living

    The Internet's Surprising Generosity Will Make You Cry

    With only one photo to remember his daughter, one man asks the Internet to give him a positive memory. Have tissues ready.

    world

    American Father Claims African Kingdom for His Seven-Year-Old Daughter

    One man claimed an unowned plot of land near the Egypt/Sudan border because his daughter wanted to be a princess. 

    relationships

    Simple T-Shirt Makes Men Irresistible to Women

    America's men breathe a sigh of relief, let out their guts. 

    living

    Watch as this Mother-Son Dance Takes A Twisted Turn

    Everything is going well during the mother-son dance until things get a little...funky.

    history

    Buzz Aldrin Asks: Where Were You When I Walked on the Moon?

    On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was "out of town" when the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since. He and Neil Armstrong were on the moon. Now, Aldrin is asking everyone to remember where they were and to share their memories online.

    inspiration

    Mother of 2 Makes NFL Cheerleading Squad at Age 40

    Faced with competition from women in their 20s and 30s, Lewis never thought she'd make the team — and then...

    offbeat

    Seattle Man Trying to Kill Spider Causes $60,000 in Damages

    You won't believe the 'creative method' this man used to hunt a spider in his house.

    markets

    Grant: "There's Certainly Going to Be a Big Problem"

    As a new wave of criticism builds against the Fed, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer founder Jim Grant says the Fed is "constitutionally behind the curve" and that a "thunderclap " of a problem is inevitable.

    science

    18 Bizarrely Beautiful Views of Drugs Under a Microscope

    Who needs to do drugs when you can look at them?

    celebrity

    Is That Really Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett Eating Ice Cream In Omaha?

    No biggie, just two of the richest, most famous dudes on the planet sharing a park bench, eating mint chocolate chip.

    living

    Study Proves Organics are Higher in Antioxidants. But Are They Healthier?

    A recent study proved organic produce is higher in antioxidants, but what does that really mean? 

    offbeat

    This Man Has Lived on Pizza for 25 Years

    Baltimore's Dan janssen has lived on practically only pizza for a quarter century and that's not even the weirdest part. 

    funny

    13 Truly Terrified Roller Coaster Riders Caught on Camera

    Some people just don't find the idea of plunging to the ground from hundreds of feet in the air at 70mph all that appealing. 

    offbeat

    5 Worst, Most WTF-Worthy Art Exhibits Ever

    Who needs paint and a canvas when you have blood and bandages?

    funny

    Weird Al Yankovic Makes Tacky Parody of Pharrell's "Happy"

    Weird Al is back, watch his hilarious new video here!

    offbeat

    8 World Records That Should Stay Unbroken

    Would you rather free-fall from 6 miles in the sky or get pulled by a horse while on fire? Either way, you might get a world record out of it.

    living

    Hero Husband Films Baby's Dramatic Birth with GoPro Cam

    No big deal, dude just strapped a camera on his head while his wife gave birth outside the hospital.

    science

    9 Magnificent 'Supermoon' Images to See This Summer

    The supermoon is back and better than ever. Catch it 3 times this summer!

    markets

    Meltdown: CNBC's Rick Santelli Loses It On Steve Liesman

    Outspoken CNBC reporter Rick Santelli gets into one of his most-heated arguments ever with economics reporter Steve Liesman over Fed policy, inflation and interest rates.

    funny

    25 Adorably Misguided Old People Trying to Figure Out the Internet

    What's the worst that could happen when you mix people set in their ways with a rapidly evolving technology? 

    history

    14 Images Celebrating France's 'Bastille Day' Throughout History

    Celebrate Bastille Day and French Revolution through these images!

    tech

    Home Under the Dome: The World's First Climate-Controlled City

    Dubai's greatest architectural undertaking yet will either be a year-round paradise, or a colossal flop. Only time will tell.

    sports

    11 Strangely Charming Old-Timey Baseball Team Names

    Many long-forgotten baseball teams have names that easily outpace the Diamondbacks and Marlins of today. Take these 11, for example. 

    funny

    Video: Your 2014 World Cup Champion is...North Korea?

    Parody of the North Korean news declares Kim Jong Un's favorite team won the World Cup, even though they didn't qualify. 

    world

    Singapore Ad Backfires Thanks to Germany Cup Win

    An ad campaign that began as just another bland public service announcement by Singapore's government has turned into fodder for international mockery.

    animals

    19 Heart-Melting Images of Dogs With Baby Best Buddies

    Man's best friend? Maybe. Baby's best friend? Absolutely.

    celebrity

    7 Shocking Hairstyles Rihanna Has Rocked

    Rihanna has always been a fashion chameleon, and is always full of surprising hairstyles!

    tech

    Gladiator Fights Are Finally Returning - With a Tech Twist

    One company is working to bring back one of the world's oldest forms of entertainment - watching two people attack each other with swords.

    business

    5 Insider Secrets for Writing Great Emails

    Keeping emails short will avoid inbox overflow, but another key element also ensures your messages will get read. 

    living

    5 Surprising Traits of Highly Creative People

    From messiness to frequency of eye blinks, one study knows how to unleash your inner-Picasso. 

    science

    Gross! Hospital Elevator Buttons Have More Bacteria Than What??

    And it's not even a close race... 

    sports

    What if Real People Flopped Like Soccer Players?

    Baristas and wives join the ranks of floppers in this hilarious video. 

    offbeat

    15 Super Strange Oreo Cookie Flavors You Should Try (Or Not)

    So many Oreo flavors, so little time!

    funny

    9 Rational Reasons to Not Be Worried About Robots

    How are we supposed to fear something that can't even walk up stairs?

    relationships

    6 Absurd Things Guys Do that Women Will Never Understand

    Men do all sorts of strange things that stump women...We may never figure these out.

    living

    9 Shocking Things Laced with Flame-Retardant Chemicals

    From breast milk, to bacon, to penguins the list is frightening. 

    tech

    13 Awesomely 80s Concepts - North Korea's 'Vision of the Future'

    Is the land of various crimes against humanity your next vacation destination? Anything is possible.

    funny

    15 Funny and Bizarre LEGO Interpretations of US States

    One man made one LEGO diorama for each of the 50 states and the results were frequently more than just cute. 

    living

    Amazing Toddler/Senior Friendship is the Most Touching Thing You'll See All Day

    A WWII vet and a toddler are best friends. This short story is the most heartwarming and emotional thing we've seen on the local news in a long time. 

    news

    College Tuition up 500% Since 1985

    WARNING: This chart may crush your will to live...or at least send your kid to school.

    offbeat

    Want to Spend Eternity with Miles Davis?

    At The Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, so many jazz enthusiasts want to be buried near the graves of such greats as Miles Davis and Duke Ellington that the cemetery is developing new plots to meet the demand.

    u.s.

    Beach Brawl - 2 Women Caught Red-Handed Are Teachers?

    In the age of modern technology, it's important to remember that you could be caught on video at any time.

    discovery

    Mystery of Tangled Headphones Solved

    And it only took 50 years of scientific study and a physicist to figure out a solution.

    funny

    Super Sarcastic Family Wins the Internet for Today

    A lesson to all selfie artists out there: your family is watching. 

    relationships

    Can Spit Help Determine Compatability with Mates?

    Can Instant Chemistry, a company that tells you whether you are genetically compatable, be accurate using only saliva?

    politics

    9 of the Most Shockingly Gerrymandered Districts in the United States

    Sure gerrymandering is a sign of overt political corruption, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with it!

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