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Marathon Bombing Trial Will Stay In Boston, Appeals Court Rules

Andrew Hart | February 27, 2015 | Crime
BOSTON (AP) — The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said any high-profile case would receive significant media attention but that knowledge of such case "does not...

House Republicans Call One-Week Timeout On DHS Shutdown Drama

Elise Foley | February 27, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives voted Friday night to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, so they can come back and have the same fight in a week. The vote was the result of a divide between Republicans in the House and Senate over whether to...

Education Department Terminates Contracts With Debt Collectors Accused Of Wrongdoing

Shahien Nasiripour | February 27, 2015 | Politics
The U.S. Department of Education, under fire for its lackluster oversight of student loan contractors, said Friday it will terminate its relationship with five debt collectors after accusing them of misleading distressed borrowers at "unacceptably high rates." The surprise announcement follows years of complaints about allegedly illegal debt-collection practices by...

Travis Kvapil's NASCAR Car Stolen From Hotel Before Race

Andrew Hart | February 27, 2015 | Sports
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — When Travis Kvapil got the call Friday, 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...

Adam Glassman's 3 Red Carpet Trends To Try -- And One To Avoid (VIDEO)

Lynn Okura | February 27, 2015 | OWN
Still oohing over Scarlett Johansson's dramatic green statement necklace and ahhing about Jennifer Aniston's leggy look? Adam Glassman, Creative Director at O, The Oprah Magazine, breaks down the three red carpet trends from the 2015 award season that everyone should try -- and the one look that should...

Here's What Will Happen If The DHS Shuts Down

Mollie Reilly | February 27, 2015 | Politics
Feb 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress was scrambling before a deadline at midnight on Friday to pass a $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with securing U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters. The following is a rundown of what would likely happen...

Tulsi Gabbard's New Chief Of Staff Raises Eyebrows In Hawaii

Chloe Fox | February 27, 2015 | Politics
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's (D-Hawaii) new chief of staff -- a business owner with no government experience -- is raising eyebrows in the state. Gabbard's announcement on Tuesday that she had named Kainoa Ramananda Penaroza, 30, to the influential job "baffles political insiders" because of Penaroza's...

Sister Joan Chittister Explains The Universal Message At The Heart Of Every Religion (VIDEO)

Lisa Capretto | February 27, 2015 | OWN
From an early age, Sister Joan Chittister says she felt called to be a nun. Since then, she has become an outspoken religious scholar, a fierce advocate for social justice and women's rights, the author of nearly 50 books and one of the most influential spiritual leaders today....

Lupita Nyong'o's Stolen Dress Returned By Thief: Report

Reuters | February 27, 2015 | Entertainment
(Updates with sheriff's statement) LOS ANGELES, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief, who tipped off celebrity news site TMZ.com after finding out that the pearls on the dress were fake....

Why It's Hard To Predict Who Would Get Blamed For A DHS Shutdown

Mark Blumenthal | February 27, 2015 | Politics
On Friday afternoon, House Republicans said no to a funding bill that would have kept the Department of Homeland Security in business for another three weeks. If DHS suffers a shutdown at midnight, does that mean Americans will blame Republicans? Initial polling suggests they are a more likely...

Why I Don't Regret Getting Married (But I Regret Having A Wedding)

Kelsey Borresen | February 27, 2015 | Weddings
A little over a year ago I had my very own white wedding cliché. After months of stressful planning and teeth grinding at my mother in law to be, I was finally slipping awkwardly out of an overpriced car, in an overpriced dress, ready to walk the aisle in front...

Will Forte's Wedding Toast To Seth Meyers Is Wonderfully Inappropriate

Kelsey Borresen | February 27, 2015 | Weddings
Oh, what we would give to have been a fly on the wall at the rehearsal dinner of Seth Meyers and his now-wife Alexi Ashe. On Thursday, Will Forte stopped by "Late Night with Seth Meyers" to promote his new show "Last Man...

South Dakota Legislator Suggests Common Core Contributed To Kids' Deaths

Rebecca Klein | February 27, 2015 | Politics
A South Dakota lawmaker thinks that the Common Core State Standards may have contributed to the deaths of Native American kids. The Common Core, a set of education standards that have been adopted in a majority of states, is designed to make sure students around the country are being held...

Jessica Hernandez, Teen Killed By Denver Police, Had 4 Gunshot Wounds: Autopsy

David Moye | February 27, 2015 | Crime
DENVER (AP) — An autopsy shows a 17-year-old girl who was killed by Denver police officers while driving a stolen car suffered four gunshot wounds. In a report released Friday, the Denver medical examiner's office said Jessica Hernandez also had marijuana and a small amount of alcohol in her system...

Obama Condemns 'Brutal Murder' Of Boris Nemtsov, Calls For Investigation

Mollie Reilly | February 27, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the "brutal murder" of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and called for a full investigation into the killing. "The United States condemns the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov, and we call upon the Russian government to conduct a...

Earthquake Shakes Guatemala City

Eline Gordts | February 27, 2015 | World
GUATEMALA CITY, Feb 27 (Reuters) - An earthquake shook the capital of Guatemala on Friday, a Reuters witness said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. Mexico's national seismological service said the quake had a magnitude of 5.2 at a relatively shallow depth of 6 miles...

HuffPost Live's 'Spoiler Alert' Breaks Down The Season Finale Of 'How To Get Away With Murder'

Ryan Buxton | February 27, 2015 | Entertainment
Annalise Keating and associates wrapped up the killer first season of ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" on Thursday, when the pack of cutthroat attorneys solved the season-long mystery of who strangled Lila Stangard and opened up a murderous new can of worms. But after 15 episodes...

The Blue And The Green

Priscilla Frank | February 27, 2015 | Arts
This article originally appeared on Slate. By Phil Plait Via my evil twin Richard Wiseman comes one of the best color optical illusions I have ever seen. The original was apparently posted on Buzzhunt Akiyoshi Kitaoka's incredible optical illusion website:

Take A Moment To Admire The Buildings You Pass By Each Day, But Rarely Truly See

Priscilla Frank | February 27, 2015 | Arts
You work in them. You live in them. You pass by them everyday. They stretch above us like forest canopies made of metal and steel. They're the buildings, the skyscrapers, the various architectural structures that, after a while, begin to fade into the background. ...

Did ISIS Smash Fake Sculptures In Mosul? Experts Say Many Of Them Were Replicas

Priscilla Frank | February 27, 2015 | Arts
This post originally appeared on artnet News by Brian Boucher ISIS militants smash artworks in Mosul in their latest propaganda video. While no one should take ISIS to be any less of a threat than it is, we might take some small...