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Authorities searching for rogue artist vandalizing national parks

For some inexplicable reason, a woman who thinks she can improve upon the beauty of nature is traveling around the United States, defacing rocks in national parks with strange portraits.

New York quarantines 3 people in contact with Ebola-carrying doctor

After Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for Ebola on Thursday, New York City quarantined his fiancée and two friends, city health commissioner Mary Bassett said, adding that none of the three is exhibiting any symptoms.

Mexico-U.S. border-crossing deaths are at a 15-year low

A total of 307 people died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2014, which ended in September, The Associated Press reports, citing U.S.

European Union sets goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions

On Thursday, European Union leaders announced that they've reached an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Should this new book be called 50 Shades of One Direction?

With the help of Harry Styles, a writer has turned her fan fiction into four books and a six-figure paycheck.

Breaking Bad co-star responds to Toys R Us: No to our toys -- but yes to Barbie?

After a Florida mom succeeded in getting Toys R Us to pull Breaking Bad action figures off its shelves, the move by the toy chain has now gotten a pointed response — from Jesse Pinkman himself.

In Mali, 2-year-old girl is the country's first Ebola patient

The first case of Ebola in Mali was reported late Thursday, with Health Minister Ousmane Kone making the announcement on television.

Secret Service dogs who nabbed White House fence jumper back in action

Hurricane and Jordan, the Secret Service dogs who were injured while stopping the White House fence jumper Wednesday, have been cleared to return to duty.

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino stopping his treatment for cancer, will 'spend more time' with family and friends

Boston's former longtime Mayor Tom Menino publicly announced Thursday, via a post on Facebook, that he is discontinuing his treatment for cancer: Today, I, along with my family, after talking with my medical team, have decided to suspend my book tour as well as my cancer treatments.

There is a correct order to show your children the Star Wars movies

Let's say you grew up watching the Star Wars trilogy, then had children sometime after 1999, when George Lucas started releasing the prequels.

Fight between superheroes in Hollywood caught on tape

If you walked down Hollywood Boulevard Tuesday and thought you saw Mr. Incredible punching Batgirl while Freddy Krueger and Chewbacca tried to stop it, your eyes weren't deceiving you.

Gloria Steinem: Gamergate is making the web 'especially hostile and dangerous'

Author and activist Gloria Steinem believes the Gamergate online movement is "very dangerous," and turning the internet into a more vicious place.

Report: Doctor is first diagnosed Ebola case in New York City

A doctor in New York City has become the first person in the city to test positive for the Ebola virus, The New York Times reports: The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days.

This week I learned the surprisingly dark origins of the Nobel Prize, and more


Read more about the facts mentioned: How the Nobel Prize was born: A surprising story of bad journalism, existential guilt, and dynamite (Brain Pickings) 1 in 3 Americans are on file in the FBI's criminal database (Factually) The FBI investigated the song 'Louie Louie' for two years (Smithsonian.com) A U.S.

Conan O'Brien and Madeleine Albright had an amazing Twitter showdown

Twitter can be a great place, sometimes. On Thursday, Conan O'Brien tweeted a joke for the upcoming holiday: I picked out my Halloween costume.

Painting the universe's portrait


Humans have long strived to describe the universe they find themselves in, whether they believed it was carried on the back of a giant turtle, shaped by an old bearded guy, or came into existence in a fiery explosion.

Here's how you can watch today's solar eclipse online

North America will see a partial solar eclipse on Thursday — but in case you aren't somewhere with a good view (or don't have the right protective eyegear), you can also livestream the event online.

New York City hospital checking patient for possible Ebola infection

A person who recently returned to the U.S. from West Africa has been admitted to Bellevue Hospital in New York City after exhibiting symptoms associated with the Ebola virus.

Here's what a comet's 'perfume' would smell like

Scientists at Switzerland's University of Bern have determined what "Eau de Comet" would smell like — and you should be thankful you can't experience it for yourself.

Woman allegedly steals Rolex, hides it in her vagina

You can't say she wasn't creative. Shacarye Tims, 25, allegedly accompanied an Australian tourist to his Holiday Inn room in New York City, where she reportedly stole his Rolex watch.


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