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Arianna Huffington Joins Peer-to-peer Company Payoff - FT.com

Alana Horowitz | April 26, 2015 | Business
Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group, has become the latest high-profile name to join the burgeoning peer-to-peer lending sector.

John McCain: Deaths Of Innocent Hostages By U.S. Drone Strike 'Obviously Preventable'

Laura Barron-Lopez | April 26, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday the accidental deaths of two innocent hostages killed during a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan were “obviously preventable.” Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, McCain said “there was an obvious breakdown in intelligence.” “It was...

Fighting Gets Worse In Yemen Despite Saudi Pledge To Halt Campaign

Charlotte Alfred | April 26, 2015 | World
ADEN/CAIRO, April 26 (Reuters) - Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized wide areas of the country. There were at least five air strikes on...

Bruce LaBruce, Queer Filmmaker, Get His Own Retrospective At NYC's MoMA

JamesMichael Nichols | April 26, 2015 | Gay Voices
Bruce LaBruce is one of the most iconic names within the world of queer film. Now the artist is being honored with his very own retrospective at New York City's Museum of Modern Art, which recognizes his work as a whole from over the past several decades. Having...

Supreme Court Seems To Be On The Verge Of Ruling In Favor Of Marriage Equality

Reuters | April 26, 2015 | Politics
By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air:...

Assad's Troops Bombard Key Town In Syria's Idlib After It Falls To Rebels

Charlotte Alfred | April 26, 2015 | World
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian military aircraft bombed the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour on Sunday, a day after insurgents seized control of it as part of a broader offensive that has left government forces in the area reeling. The opposition campaign, spearheaded by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic rebel...

Meet Gay Bob, The 'World's First Gay Doll' (NSFW)

Noah Michelson | April 26, 2015 | Gay Voices
Note: The following images may not be safe for work or other sensitive environments. Earlier this week I was introduced to Gay Bob when a co-worker dropped him onto my desk and revealed that his sister had given him the 13-inch anatomically correct plastic figure nearly 40 years ago as...

LGBT Wellness Roundup: April 25

JamesMichael Nichols | April 26, 2015 | Gay Voices
Each week HuffPost Gay Voices, in a partnership with blogger Scout, LGBT HealthLink and researcher Susana Fajardo, brings you a round up of some of the biggest LGBT wellness stories from the past seven days. For more LGBT Wellness visit our page dedicated to the topic...

'Fire Island: Out In the Sun' By Photographer Koitz Documents Queer Vacation Mecca (NSFW)

JamesMichael Nichols | April 26, 2015 | Gay Voices
For many queer people, Fire Island, located just outside of New York City, has been an integral part of life for decades. Now, experience some of the magic of this vacation destination through this new selection of images from photographer Koitz. Currently running as an exhibit at the University of...

Officials To Recommend Changing U.S. Hostage Policy To Allow Families To Pay Ransoms: Report

Sam Levine | April 26, 2015 | Politics
Families of American hostages who communicate with foreign kidnappers or raise money and pay ransoms will no longer have to fear prosecution for aiding terrorist groups, a White House-ordered advisory group on U.S. hostage policy is expected to recommend, senior officials told ABC News last week.

Scientists Trick People Into Thinking They're Invisible, And Make Them Feel Less Anxious

Macrina Cooper-White | April 26, 2015 | Science
If you want to ease your stage fright, take a few deep breaths and imagine the audience in their underwear. But if that doesn't work, here's another trick to try -- go invisible. That's right. Neuroscientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden gave people the illusion that their...

Avalanche Survivors Recount Terror On Mount Everest After Earthquake Struck

Charlotte Alfred | April 26, 2015 | World
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The first group of survivors from an earthquake-triggered avalanche that swept through the Mount Everest base camp were flown to Nepal's capital on Sunday and taken to hospitals. None appeared to have life-threatening injuries. At least 17 people were killed when Saturday's avalanche, set off by...

Powerful Aftershock Rocks Nepal As Earthquake Death Toll Tops 2,200

Charlotte Alfred | April 26, 2015 | World
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A powerful aftershock shook Nepal on Sunday, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake left more than 2,200 people dead. The cawing of crows mixed with terrified screams as the magnitude 6.7 aftershock pummeled the...

Vibrant Vaisakhi Celebrates Sikh Life In Greece (PHOTOS)

Talia Lavin | April 26, 2015 | Religion
Earlier this month, hundreds of Sikhs flooded the streets of Athens to celebrate Vaisakhi, the April 14 holiday that celebrates both the Sikh New Year and the founding of Sikhism in 1699. The Sikh community in Greece, numbered at around 20,000 according to a 2012 report,...

In Match Up Between The Pope And The Philadelphia Eagles You Know Who Won

Antonia Blumberg | April 26, 2015 | Religion
Pope Francis is due in Philadelphia in September, and the city's football team will be nowhere in sight. According to Sports Illustrated writer Peter King, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on July 8, 2014 requesting that the Eagles be out...

Obama Rips CNN, Speaks On Detained Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian

Paige Lavender | April 26, 2015 | Politics
President Barack Obama ruthlessly joked about CNN during his speech at the 2015 White House Correspondents' dinner on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Commending WHCD host Cecily Strong, Obama said it was notable that Strong impersonates CNN's Brooke Baldwin on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." "Usually the only people impersonating journalists on...

Watch A Video Of Obama's Speech From The 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Paige Lavender | April 26, 2015 | Politics
President Barack Obama brought the laughs on Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. Obama joked about climate change, the 2016 candidates and his own religion, among other things. Watch a video of Obama's speech above, and see more from the WHCD below:

Obama Jokes That There Could Be Another 'Pot Smoking Socialist' In The White House

Sam Levine | April 26, 2015 | Politics
President Barack Obama joked on Saturday that one potential 2016 candidate for president could continue his legacy in the White House at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday. "Bernie Sanders might run. I like Bernie. Bernie's an interesting guy. Apparently some folks want to see a pot-smoking socialist...

Cecily Strong Jabs Obama On Charlie Hebdo, Mom Jeans At White House Correspondents' Dinner

Sara Bondioli | April 26, 2015 | Politics
Comedian Cecily Strong didn't hold back in criticizing President Barack Obama on a range of policy and personal issues during remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday. At one point, Strong showed a fake photo of herself with former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) in Paris, telling Obama, "You...

Obama Brings Out Luther, His Anger Translator, During White House Correspondents' Dinner Speech

Paige Lavender | April 26, 2015 | Politics
President Barack Obama knew he might need some help to get his points across at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, so he brought in his anger translator Luther to make his message more clear. Luther, whom fans might recognize as Keegan-Michael Key from the Comedy Central series...