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The Dog Ate My Cellphone: A History of Tom Brady’s Deflate-gate Explanations

The greatest scandal in NFL history—or at least the greatest involving the air pressure measurement of footballs—came to a head this week when the NFL upheld its four-game suspension of the New England Patriots’ superstar quarterback, Tom Brady. Show More Summary

8 Books That Reveal Brooklyn's Spirit in All Its Odd Glory

When I think of the spirit that animates the borough of Brooklyn, I think of an old bodega gutted and turned into a farm-to-table restaurant, I think of an old black couple originally from South Carolina selling its Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone to a couple originally from Wisconsin, for 10 times the price paid for that brownstone in 1973. Show More Summary

EU Takes France to Court for $11 Million Over Ryanair Deals

The European Union announced on Monday it is suing France for nearly $11 million (10 million euros), for breaching EU state aid guidelines by allowing bargain airlines Ryanair and Transavia to pay lower fees for the use of regional French...Show More Summary

Donetsk People's Republic Wants to Play Ukraine at Football

The pro-Russian rebels currently holding lands in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have set up a football union and prioritized organising a domestic championship as well as a national side to eventually take on Ukraine. The rebels,Show More Summary

Switzerland Apologizes to France After Taking Water For Thirsty Cows

Swiss government officials have apologized to their French counterparts after Swiss army helicopters allegedly stole water from a French lake to quench the thirst of dehydrated Alpine cows. France 24 reported that officials in the Vaud...Show More Summary

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Believed Dead: Reports

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government is investigating reports that Mullah Omar, leader of the Afghan Taliban, is dead, a spokesman for the president's office said on Wednesday. Afghan and Pakistani media reports this week said that...Show More Summary

Stress Hormone Cortisol Could Reduce Heroin Cravings

A stress hormone produced, for example, in response to exam situations could be used to treat cravings for heroin and other addictions, according to a new study. Cortisol, which is secreted by the adrenal gland as part of the body'sShow More Summary

Android Bug: 950 Million Smartphones Open to Espionage, Says Security Expert

Nearly a billion Android phones could be exposed to a critical security flaw, which would enable governments and sophisticated criminals to spy on users and collect personal data. Researcher Josh Drake, of mobile security firm Zimperium, discovered the vulnerability in April, which was reported to Google, Android's developer. Show More Summary

With Planned Parenthood Fight, 2016 Race Has New Culture Warrior: Rand Paul

In the Senate, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul is an iconoclast, a libertarian politician who has filibustered over domestic spying and drone strikes against American citizens, while supporting criminal justice reform and access to medical marijuana. Show More Summary

Does Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard Have $1 Million Waiting in a Swiss Bank Account?

If past reports are true, convicted spy Jonathan Pollard could have about $1 million waiting for him in a Swiss bank account when he is released from federal prison on parole in November. Pollard, whose release was announced on Tuesday, has served nearly 30 years for supplying the Israeli government with classified U.S. Show More Summary

Putin Says Sepp Blatter Deserves a Nobel Prize

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that longtime FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, who recently announced he was stepping down from football’s global governing body amid a massive corruption probe, deserves a Nobel prize for his leadership. Speaking with Swiss broadcaster RTS Monday, Putin called the U.S. Show More Summary

The Pebble Time Is Like the Apple Watch but With Energy to Spare

In 2012, a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter dreamed up what would later become Apple’s hot new product: the smartwatch. The Pebble is a wrist-worn device that shows users their texts, appointments and emails. Arriving long before...Show More Summary

Revisiting 'Waterworld': The Most Spectacular-to-Behold Flop of All Time

Waterworld was the most expensive motion picture ever produced at the time of its release on July 28, 1995. For the uninitiated, it's a post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-on-water epic starring Kevin Costner as a ruggedly stylish man-fish with...Show More Summary

'Leaky' Vaccines May Create Stronger Viruses

An international team of scientists have confirmed that vaccines can contribute to the development of virulent virus strains. The controversial “supervirus” theory, known widely from the 2011 Steven Soderbergh film Contagion, purports...Show More Summary

Kenyan Leaders Respond to Obama’s Support for LGBT Rights

Kenyan politicians and church leaders have praised President Uhuru Kenyatta’s dismissal of gay rights as a “non-issue” during President Barack Obama’s recent state visit to the country, local media report. Obama arrived in Kenya forShow More Summary

NSA to Destroy Data Collected From Mass Phone Surveillance

On November 29, 2015, the National Security Agency (NSA) will stop accessing "historical metadata" collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced in a press release on Monday.  The...Show More Summary

Assad Admits Syrian Army Suffering Shortages and Setbacks

In his first public speech in a year, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the country’s civil war has resulted in depleted reserves of soldiers, and swathes of territory have been lost. Despite admitting to military setbacks, lossShow More Summary

North Korea: If Provoked, Would Fight U.S. Until ‘There Would Be No One Left’

There was no peace treaty at the end of the war between the Koreas. Instead, on July 27, 1953, an armistice signed by the U.S., China and North and South Korea brought the Korean War to a close. But for North Korea, the conflict, known...Show More Summary

Pentagon Plans More Support for Ukraine as Buffer Zone Mooted

A Department of Defense plan to send Ukraine advanced, long-range counter-battery radar systems highlights both an evolution of the Ukraine war as well as a ratcheting up of U.S. military support for the post-Soviet state, which continues...Show More Summary

James Beard Foundation Chefs & Champagne Participants Talk Summer and Snacking

On Saturday evening, dozens of foodies gathered under an enormous white tent for Chefs & Champagne, the James Beard Foundation’s 25th annual gut-busting fundraiser and silent auction. The event, hosted by Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack,...Show More Summary

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