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California man finishes 55-day fast protesting Armenian genocide


On Thursday, a Southern California man ended his 55-day fast protesting the Armenian genocide that took place 100 years ago.

Volcano eruption forces residents of tiny Japanese island to evacuate


A volcano erupted without warning in Japan on Friday morning, causing the government to order all 140 residents of the Kuchinoerabu island to evacuate.

Veterans to receive $60 million settlement after being charged excess student loan interest


Military veterans who were illegally charged too much interest on their student loans will receive anywhere from $10 to $100,000 in refunds.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee ends in another tie


It’s a T-I-E: For the second year in a row, the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned two champions. Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of Chesterfield, Missouri, battled it out through 20 rounds Thursday night, with Shivashankar tackling words like "thamakau," "hippocrepiform" and "scherenschnitte" and Venkatachalam taking on "pipsissewa," "pyrrhyloxia," and "sprachgefühl." It all came down to "nunatak" — after Venkatachalam spelled it correctly, the pair were named co-champions, with each one walking away with $35,000, a $2,500 U.S.

Expert: Live anthrax may have been sent by military because spores were too tough to kill


Experts believe that there could be a simple explanation behind the Department of Defense inadvertently sending out live anthrax samples.

'Draw Muhammad' contest, rally planned in Phoenix


Police in Arizona are preparing for a "Draw Muhammad" contest and rally planned for Friday outside of a Phoenix mosque.

Boston just can't get rid of its 'vile' piles of snow


Temperatures are rising in Boston, but it's not enough to melt the piles of snow that still dot the landscape.

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch could be yours for the low, low price of $100 million


The amusement park rides, elephants, and Bubbles are all gone, but Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, now on the market for $100 million, still has plenty of extras, including a railroad station and tracks, a 50-seat movie theater with a private viewing balcony perfect for dangling your baby over, and a massive clock made of flowers.

Scientists want to know if Ecstasy could help reduce anxiety in adults with autism


A groups of researchers would like to find out if Ecstasy could help adults with autism deal with social anxiety.

Study: Cancer cases on the rise worldwide


Researchers who analyzed data on 28 different types of cancer in 188 countries from 1990 to 2013 have found that worldwide, a greater percentage of deaths are now caused by cancer.

Ex-House Speaker Hastert indicted for evading currency reporting requirements


Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly avoiding a requirement to report large cash withdrawals from banks and lying to the FBI, Bloomberg reports.

A psychiatrist testified that the Aurora movie theater shooter was legally sane at the time 

Aurora movie theater gunman James Holmes was mentally ill but legally sane in July 2012 when he killed 12 people, psychiatrist William Reid testified Thursday, The Denver Post reports.

Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton are winning the 2016 social media race

A new study from George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management found that, at least by social media standards, Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz are leading the 2016 presidential race.

The artist who designed Obama's 'Hope' poster has lost hope in him


Street artist Shepard Fairey, who designed the "Hope" poster for President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, told Esquire he doesn't have much, well, hope for Obama anymore.

Watch Trevor Noah try out Jon Stewart's Daily Show chair


Trevor Noah won't take over the anchor chair for The Daily Show until fall — but that doesn't mean he isn't eager to give it a spin first.

Scientists discover the real reason Swiss cheese has holes

A team of Swiss scientists has finally discovered the answer to a mystery close to their hearts: the reason Swiss cheese has holes.

FIFA president addresses organization's corruption inquiry


FIFA President Sepp Blatter spoke publicly about the organization's corruption scandal for the first time at the organization's annual congress in Zurich on Thursday, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania newspaper is really sorry for using Memorial Day to suggest Obama's execution

The Sunbury, Pennsylvania, Daily Item issued an apology Thursday for printing a letter to the editor that called for President Obama's execution on Memorial Day.

Watch Tobey Maguire play chess legend Bobby Fischer in the first Pawn Sacrifice trailer

It's only May, but this year's wannabe Oscar contenders are already jockeying for buzz. The first trailer for Edward Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice — a biopic of chess legend Bobby Fischer — shows off star Tobey Maguire in a trailer that recalls last year's Best Picture nominee The Imitation Game: Pawn Sacrifice focuses on Fischer's legendary 1972 match against Boris Spassky — arguably the most famous game in chess history.

Ben & Jerry's made a new flavor to raise global warming awareness


Ben & Jerry's wants ice cream lovers to know their dessert isn't the only thing in danger of melting.


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