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Could The Dish Continue Without Me?

Andrew Hart | January 30, 2015 | Media
Many, many readers have asked that core question since Wednesday’s post: You’re just done? Everyone? Chris and Patrick and the gang aren’t holding down the domain? We could learn to love them; they seem like smart, dedicated folks. They lack your endearingly fallible, sometimes hysterical, always entertaining voice, but give...

CIA And Mossad Killed Senior Hezbollah Figure In Car Bombing

Andrew Hart | January 30, 2015 | World
On Feb. 12, 2008, Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah’s international operations chief, walked on a quiet nighttime street in Damascus after dinner at a nearby restaurant. Not far away, a team of CIA spotters in the Syrian capital was tracking his movements.

NFL's Roger Goodell Talks 'Tough Year' At Press Conference

Andrew Hart | January 30, 2015 | Sports
PHOENIX (AP) — As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league — and himself — as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on. "As an organization, and as an individual, it's been a tough year," Goodell...

Tamir Rice's Family Files Amended Lawsuit Over Police Shooting

Andrew Hart | January 30, 2015 | Black Voices
CLEVELAND (AP) — An amended wrongful death lawsuit over a Cleveland policeman's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy includes claims related to his parents and sister and references to other use-of-force cases. Tamir Rice had a pellet gun when he was confronted by police responding to a call about someone...

'The Scars Of Teen Drug Treatment' Reveals How Kids Were Once Abused

Ibrahim Balkhy | January 30, 2015 | Politics
In the early 1970s, Art Barker, a failed nightclub comic and recovering alcoholic in Florida, seized on an idea that he thought could help win the war on drugs: If peer pressure had spurred teenagers to use drugs, peer pressure could be used to get them off drugs. It was...

Ramarley Graham's Family To Receive $3.9 Million From NYC For Police Shooting

AP | January 30, 2015 | Black Voices
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to the family of a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012. The deal settled a federal lawsuit brought by the family of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. "This was a tragic case,"...

Etan Patz Murder Trial Begins With Defense Attacking Confession

Michael McLaughlin | January 30, 2015 | Crime
(Adds details on defense opening statement, trial to resume on Monday) By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Mental illness sparked a false confession by the accused killer of Etan Patz and the real suspect in the 1979 disappearance of the boy in New York City is another...

The NFL's Trashtalker Of Truth

Andrew Hart | January 30, 2015 | Sports
The first thing you learn being in town during Super Bowl week is that this time of year makes everyone insane. There hasn’t been a single story—not a single shrug—that hasn’t been blown up into something massive since I got here.

Sexism: The Original Sin Of The Church (All Together Podcast)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | January 30, 2015 | Religion
Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER -- the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, our communities and our world. ALL TOGETHER is hosted by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, executive editor of HuffPost Religion. You can download All Together on iTunes, or...

Greece's New Finance Minister: 'You Have To Be Prepared To Blow The Whole Thing Up'

Shahien Nasiripour | January 30, 2015 | Politics
Greece will neither seek an extension of its controversial bailout nor cooperate with the so-called "troika" of international creditors, the country's new finance minister declared Friday, following up on a previous threat to "blow the whole thing up" in order to win concessions designed to boost the Greek economy. The...

California Measles Outbreak Grows

Andrew Hart | January 30, 2015 | Healthy Living
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More measles cases have been found in California, health officials said Friday. Figures released by the California Department of Public Health showed there are now 91 confirmed cases in the state, up from 79 on Wednesday.

Seahawks Richard Sherman Faces Dilemma With Baby And Super Bowl

Andrew Hart | January 30, 2015 | Sports
PHOENIX (AP) — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday it will be Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple's first child sooner than expected. Carroll said during a joint news conference with New England coach Bill...

'Person Of Interest' Identified In San Francisco Suitcase Of Body Parts

Michael McLaughlin | January 30, 2015 | Crime
SAN FRANCISCO -- Police released surveillance images of what they call a "person of interest' linked to the grisly discovery of human remains stuffed in a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street Wednesday. Earlier Friday, the medical examiner's office confirmed that the body parts found in the luggage and other...

Oscar Isaac On His 'Powerful, Flawed' Latino Character In 'A Most Violent Year'

Carolina Moreno | January 30, 2015 | Latino Voices
At the height of his struggle to survive in the lucrative but cutthroat heating oil industry during the most violent year in New York City history, Abel Morales exclaims: “I've spent my whole life trying not to become a gangster." Morales, the lead character in J.C. Chandor's "A Most...

Know Why This Guy Used A Fire Extinguisher On A Car Engine? Take The Fark Weird News Quiz

David Moye | January 30, 2015 | Weird News
Know why this guy used a fire extinguisher on a car engine? Take the Fark Weird News Quiz.

Sheldon Silver Resigns New York Assembly

Andrew Hart | January 30, 2015 | Politics
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced his resignation as two lawmakers jockeyed for his position Friday following federal charges that the longtime leader took nearly $4 million in kickbacks. The Manhattan Democrat filed a letter with the clerk of the Assembly making his resignation effective...

We Promise This Wedding Photo Isn't As Inappropriate As It Looks

Kelsey Borresen | January 30, 2015 | Weddings
The morning of the wedding can be an emotional roller coaster for the marrying couple -- that we know. But here's one groom who was simply unable contain his, er, excitement. Credit: Chelsey LeBlanc Photography KIDDING. That's not actually an...

Balloon Pilots Break World Record With Trip Across Ocean

Reuters | January 30, 2015 | Sports
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Jan 30 (Reuters) - A pair of balloonists trying to fly to North America from Japan passed a major milestone on Friday that could soon be declared a world record for the length of time spent in the air by a gas-filled balloon, a...

Uber Probed By Judge On Driver Benefits

Reuters | January 30, 2015 | Business
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge appeared skeptical on Friday about Uber's bid for a quick pretrial ruling that its drivers are contractors and not employees, a critical question facing Silicon Valley's sharing economy. App-based ride service Uber, and smaller rival Lyft, face separate lawsuits seeking...

China Nears Peak Coal, But Its Rustbelt Pays the Price

Matt Sheehan | January 30, 2015 | World
China’s great coal boom is grinding to a halt, and the consequences for both the global climate and hundreds of millions of Chinese factory workers could be dramatic. Three trends have dominated the debate over China and climate change for the past decade: China’s economy will grow by double...