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1 Billion People — Probably Including You — Used Facebook on Monday

Mark Zuckerberg posted some insane news on his Facebook page on Thursday afternoon; given what he had to share, he was probably confident that this was the easiest way to make sure his post was seen by the maximum amount of eyeballs possible. This Monday, 1 billion people used Facebook.... More »

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Loved Hamilton

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has a lot on his plate this summer: dealing with the Iran sanctions, the Greek turmoil, the queasy markets, the Puerto Rico debt crisis, the budget, and the impending need to lift the debt ceiling, among other issues. But the former New Yorker still managed to... More »

Escaped Florida Prisoner Caught Stealing From Abercrombie & Fitch in NYC

An escaped prisoner from Florida, who had been on the run for 17 days, was caught by the NYPD last week after he unsuccessfully tried to steal from an Abercrombie & Fitch in New York City. It was not clear why 53-year-old Philip Peletz was so desperate for the more than... More »

Supporter Confirms Authenticity of Trump’s Flaxen Head Wisps

On Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump — high off of his recent tangle with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos — held a rally in South Carolina. At one point, the leading Republican presidential candidate donned glasses and read aloud from a New York Times story in which a Hispanic radio host referred... More »

After Much Deliberation, Scholars Add ‘Butthurt’ to Dictionary

On Thursday, sent out a press release that successfully tricked many news outlets into writing a headline with the word awesomesauce in it.  Oxford University Press was announcing the new spate of words that can now be looked up on its website after a quarterly update — the list includes manspreading, butthurt, microaggression,... More »

Please Do Not Set Hideous, Toe-Chomping Creatures Loose on Long Island

NBC New York reports that a father and son discovered yet another terrifying thing lurking in the waters of Long Island earlier this week: an alligator snapping turtle. What is an alligator snapping turtle? Well, as you can see, it's a large, Bowser-like reptile that, according to Suffolk County Society... More »

11 Government Officials Detained in China Over Tianjin Blast

Chinese prosecutors detained 11 government officials on Thursday — all are being blamed for the explosion in Tianjin earlier this month that killed at least 139 people and could lead to more than $1.5 billion in insurance claims. The president of Tianjin Port, two of his subordinates, and current and retired officials in... More »

There’s Still Some Legionnaires’ Disease in NYC

Two new cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported in New York City. However, Newsday reports that heath officials say the cases are unrelated to the outbreak in the South Bronx, which killed 12 people and sickened over 120 others before it was was declared over last week. According to... More »

Woman Attacks Subway Rider for Invading Her Personal Space

Another day, another strange subway-etiquette brouhaha. This time, a woman riding the A train got aggressive after accusing a fellow passenger of leaning on her. The woman asked the alleged "leaner" to get off her, but when the leaner took out her cell phone and began to record the woman,... More »

Truck Full of Decomposing Bodies Found Abandoned on Side of Austrian Highway

When Austrian police officers opened the back of a food-delivery truck, abandoned on the side of the highway east of Vienna on Thursday, they found at least 20 decomposing bodies inside. The death toll could reach as high as 50. The dead are believed to be migrants who suffocated. Authorities... More »

How to Solve NYC’s Rude-Cyclist Problem

When citizens of the internet get annoyed by boorish plutocrats, sexually rapacious entertainers, or lion-hunting dentists, they respond with a blowtorch of outrage. Out in the streets of an actual city, we have fewer weapons: just a hollered insult, or a rude gesture, maybe, unless an altercation turns appallingly violent.... More »

Republican Senator Discovers Minority Can ‘Filibuster,’ Is Outraged

During the first two years of the Obama administration, Democrats enjoyed comfortable control of the House of Representatives, and well over half the Senate. Republican leverage became the filibuster, which the party used as a routine supermajority requirement to block everything. Senator Bob Corker was one of those Republicans. Corker... More »

The Craze for Wild Ginseng, America’s Alt-Viagra

Somehow, this scrubby, tangled-looking root costs as much as a pretty good Swiss watch. Over the past decade, prices for wild ginseng — used both medically and superstitiously to treat an array of maladies — have been rising, and predictions for the 2015 harvest (beginning in September) indicate that they... More »

Daily News Slammed Over Graphic Virginia Shooting Cover

The New York Daily News sparked outrage on Twitter overnight when it revealed its Thursday cover on Wednesday's on-air double murder in Virginia. Under the headline "Executed on Live TV," it features three photos from alleged shooter Vester Lee Flanagan's point of view, the last showing the horrified look on... More »

Joe Biden Says He’s Deciding Whether He Has the ‘Emotional Fuel’ for a 2016 Run

From meeting with Senator Elizabeth Warren to huddling with former Obama strategists, Joe Biden has sent many signals about his political future in the past month, and on Wednesday he made his first public comments on his potential 2016 run – though not intentionally. CNN posted audio recorded during what... More »

MSNBC Bumps Al Sharpton from Weeknights to Sunday Mornings

As part of its ongoing overhaul, MSNBC announced today that Reverend Al Sharpton's show, which currently airs weekdays at 6 p.m., will be moved to Sundays at 8 a.m. Politico reports the last weekday PoliticsNation will air on September 4, and the new show will start on October 4. The... More »

Mormon Church Won’t Leave Boy Scouts Over Gay Leaders

After the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on openly gay adult leaders last month, the Mormon Church said it was "deeply troubled" by the decision and would have to reconsider its affiliation with the group. On Wednesday the church announced that it will stay with the Scouts, as... More »

NYPD Times Square Unit Will Police Topless Women and Spider-men

The NYPD may have come up with one solution to the topless women and pushy cartoon characters that haunt Times Square and are, according to Governor Cuomo, throwbacks to the "bad old" days. Police officials sent out a memo today announcing the formation of a Times Square Unit that would... More »

One of the National Zoo Panda Cubs Has Died

If you saw the word "panda" and came here in search of adorable, happy news, turn away.  The National Zoo has delivered the very sad update that the smaller of giant panda Mei Xiang's two newborn cubs died Wednesday afternoon. Mei Xiang gave birth to two healthy babies Saturday. Panda cubs are very vulnerable,... More »

Aurora Shooter James Holmes Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

A Colorado judge handed down a life sentence without parole to Aurora gunman James Holmes, who in 2012, open fired on a Colorado movie theater during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 and hurting 70 others. "It is almost impossible to comprehend how a human being is capable... More »

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