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The Director of the Secret Service Has Resigned in the Wake of White House Intrusion


Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, has resigned following a series of security lapses, including an incident two weeks ago in which an intruder was able to reach the East Room of the White House.

These Haunting Photos Illustrate the Real-Life Toll of Military Sexual Assault


A breathtaking new photo-essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Mary Calvert documents all facets of the recovery process for survivors of military sexual assault.

The U.S. Came Close to "Smashing" Cuba in the 1970s, New Documents Reveal


The news: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger drew up secret plans to "smash" Cuba with airstrikes in retaliation for Fidel Castro's decision to send troops to fight alongside Angolan communists in 1975, according to new documents unclassified at the request of the National Security Archive.

17 Times You've Been Brainwashed to Buy Beats Speakers


If you have eyeballs and eardrums in your proper skull-holes, you know that Beats Electronics — the headphone company birthed by Dr.

One Meme Perfectly Sums Up How Screwed Up Government Priorities Are


The news: Almost exactly one year ago, Republicans shut down the federal government, claiming that the U.S.

U.S. Health Is Lagging Behind the World's Top Nations in One Alarming Way


The news: Infant mortality is an important indicator of development and quality of life associated with important factors such as medical care, public health and socioeconomic conditions.

One Chart Shows Just How Terrified of Hong Kong China's Government Is Right Now


Protesters in Hong Kong aren’t just in the streets. They’re flooding into social media too, and that’s made the authoritarian Chinese government nervous.

NFL Player Who Murdered His Girlfriend, Committed Suicide Showed Signs of Brain Damage


Jovan Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who shot his 22-year-old girlfriend then committed suicide at the team's training facility in 2012, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a new report released Monday.  CTE, the progressive neurodegenerative disease that has been linked to repeated head trauma, has been found in more than 50 former NFL players.

A Troubling New Report Reveals the True Cost of Being Gay in America


Marriage inequality isn't just a social injustice — it's a financial one, too. Just ask 67-year-old Arlene Goldberg.

Is Feminism Making Women Bad in Bed?


Watch out ladies, your empowering principles may be making you bad lovers. At least that's the opinion of the "sexperts" quoted in a recent Australian Men's Health article dissecting female failings in the bedroom.

'Selfie' Has, Like, a Really Strong Opinion About 20-Somethings


Like, it's so so hard not to just have a serious knee-jerk reaction to Selfie, ABC's new sitcom that premieres Tuesday night.

California Just Went and Banned an Everyday Shopping Item


Californians better start stocking up on reusable shopping bags. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation that bans some types of stores from handing out lightweight, single-use plastic bags.

One Disturbing Statistic Captures What We're Doing to the World's Animals


52%: That's how much of the world's wildlife population has disappeared in the last 40 years. A recent analysis by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London has discovered something they describe as "not for the faint-hearted" — humans are rapidly killing off every other animal life-form on the planet.  Researchers looked at data for 10,380 populations of birds, fish and animals across 3,038 species, and estimated the health of all 45,000 known vertebrate species on the planet.

Colorado Students Have a New Ally in Their Fight Against a Troubling New Curriculum


The news: The Colorado high school students protesting against their school board's attempt to make the Advanced Placement U.S.

Watch One of the World's Biggest Lakes Literally Dry Up in One Disturbing GIF


The news: One of the world's largest lakes has all but completely disappeared. Disturbing satellite photos released by NASA's Earth Observatory show the Aral Sea, nestled between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, has evaporated in just a few decades.

Climate Change Is Having an Alarming Effect Nobody Anticipated


The news: If you're still having trouble believing climate change is a real thing, here is another item on the list of things affected by global warming: gravity.

A Dallas Hospital Is Monitoring a Patient for Ebola


The Associated Press reports that patient has been admitted to a Dallas hospital after showing signs of the Ebola virus.

The White House Intruder Made It Much Further Into the Building than We Previously Knew


What the hell is the Secret Service doing? The man who climbed over a fence and burst into the White House earlier this month made it a lot further than the president's bodyguards initially led us to believe, running far inside the complex.

Which College Majors Yield the Biggest Lifetime Earnings? Check This Chart


The news: College is still worth it, no matter what degree you get. That's the verdict of a new report from the Hamilton Project, produced by research fellows at the Brookings Institution.

16 Dramatic Videos Show What It's Like to Be in Hong Kong Right Now


Thousands of protesters braved clouds of tear gas and police batons charges to stand firm in center of Hong Kong in one of the biggest political challenges for China since the Tiananmen Square protests 25 years ago.


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