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ISIS Enshrines A Theology Of Rape

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | August 13, 2015 | World
QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin.

Puerto Rico Will Host Mass Gay Wedding

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | August 13, 2015 | Gay Voices
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — More than 60 gay couples are preparing to exchange vows at a mass wedding inPuerto Rico, celebrating a U.S. Supreme Court ruling affecting the socially conservative U.S. territory, organizers said Wednesday. Most of the couples...

It's Official: Warren G. Harding Had A Love Child

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | August 13, 2015 | Politics
She wrote a tell-all memoir about her affair with the 29th president, then spent more than 90 years derided by history. But new DNA testing has revealed that Nan Britton did, in fact, sleep with President Warren G. Harding, and she had a child to prove it....

Turkish Coalition Talks Fail, Snap Election Likely

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | August 13, 2015 | World
ANKARA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Coalition talks between Turkey's ruling AK Party and the main opposition CHP ended in failure on Thursday, senior officials on both sides told Reuters, setting the stage for a snap election later this year and sending Turkish assets tumbling. Prime Minister Ahmet...

Photos Show Wreckage Of Tianjin After Deadly Explosions

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | August 13, 2015 | World
The extraordinary destructive force unleashed by twin explosions in China's Tianjin came to light on Thursday as the city counted its dead and took stock of the scale of the damage. The blasts at a warehouse storing hazardous chemicals on Wednesday night killed at least 50 people and wounded...

Myanmar's President Sacks Ruling Party Chief In Power Struggle

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | August 13, 2015 | World
NAPYITAW, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Myanmar's powerful ruling party chief Shwe Mann has been ousted from his post, party members said on Thursday, apparently after losing a power struggle with President Thein Sein three months before a general election. The feud between the two old rivals became...

Shocking Drone Footage Shows Aftermath Of Tianjin Explosions

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | August 13, 2015 | World
Shocking drone footage published by a Chinese news outlet shows the complete devastation caused by two powerful explosions that rocked the port city of Tianjin, killing at least 50 people. The dual blasts on Wednesday evening flattened an industrial area holding toxic chemicals and gas. At least 700 people were injured, and a dozen firefighters were counted among the dead. The video above was captured by a member of the public and originally published by the Chinese news site The Paper.  Reuters reports the blasts were so large they were seen by satellites in space and the U.S. Geological Survey registered them as seismic events from more than 100 miles away. "I was sleeping when our windows and doors suddenly shook as we heard explosions outside. I first thought it was an earthquake," Guan Xiang, a local resident living 4 miles from the blast site, told Reuters by phone. You can see more horrifying images of the explosions here and in the slideshow below. Related on...

Al Qaeda Leader Zawahiri Pledges Allegiance To New Taliban Leader: Report

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | August 13, 2015 | World
DUBAI, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an online audio message, pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban in a move that could bolster his accession after the death of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar. "We pledge our allegiance ......

How Portability Ruined The Telephone

The Atlantic | Farah Mohamed | August 13, 2015 | World
One of the ironies of modern life is that everyone is glued to their phones, but nobody uses them as phones anymore. Not by choice, anyway. Phone calls—you know, where you put the thing up to your ear and speak to someone in real time—are becoming relics of a bygone...

Greece's Ruling Syriza Party Edges Towards A Split

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | August 13, 2015 | World
ATHENS, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Greece's ruling Syriza party edged towards a formal split on Thursday, hours before rebel leftist lawmakers have promised to vote against a new bailout deal to keep the country afloat. With opposition support, the government is asking parliament to approve a 85...

Chelsea Manning Could Face Solitary For Expired Toothpaste: Lawyer

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | August 13, 2015 | Politics
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Sweden Ends Part Of Its Investigation Against Julian Assange

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | August 13, 2015 | World
Sweden has ended part of its sexual assault investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Reuters reported on Thursday.  Three of the four sexual assault allegations against Assange were set to expire within a week. The statute of limitations for most sex crimes is five years. Sweden...

Artist Furious After China Totally Rips Off Chicago's Bean Sculpture

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | August 13, 2015 | World
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but the artist behind Chicago's most famous piece of public art begs to differ.  China is about to reveal a sculpture that is nearly identical to "The Bean" (officially called "Cloud Gate.") According to the state-owned paper...

How Do You Get A Bunch Of Cows To Come Running? Sing, Apparently

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | August 13, 2015 | Weird News
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You Can Help Name The Planets Discovered Outside The Solar System

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | August 13, 2015 | Science
Astronomers have found 1,883 planets orbiting stars outside our solar system (a.k.a. exoplanets) with thousands of other potential candidates being evaluated right now.  And most of them have super boring names, like the star 51 Pegasi and its planet, 51 Pegasi b.  The International Astronomical Union is seeking the...

Angry Eagle 'Punches' Drone Right Out Of The Sky

Ed Mazza | August 13, 2015 | Weird News
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Truck Packed With Explosives Blows Up In Baghdad; Dozens Dead And Hundreds Wounded

Jade Walker | August 13, 2015 | World
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Big Money Donors Lobby Lawmakers On Iran Deal

Marina Fang | August 12, 2015 | Politics
In the weeks before Senator Chuck Schumer’s decision to oppose the Iran nuclear accord, John Shapiro, a New York financier and a leader of the American Jewish Committee, had his ear, plying him with reasons to oppose...

Daily Meditation: Reinvent Yourself

Antonia Blumberg | August 13, 2015 | Religion
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life. Today's meditation features a song by Indian-American artist Jomy George that unites hip hop with...

Humans Have Used Up A Year's Worth Of The Earth's Resources In 8 Months

Lydia O'Connor | August 13, 2015 | Green
Less than eight months into 2015, humans have already consumed a year's worth of the Earth's resources.  Ecological Debt Day, or Earth Overshoot Day, falls on Thursday and marks the point in the year when "humanity’s annual demand for the goods and services that our...
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