It's all a joke.
My carry-on goes through the scanner and comes out the other side. One of the guards squints at his monitor, then shoots me a hostile look. What's this, no plastic baggie? He pulls my luggage aside, opens it, and asks me to repack my liquids and gels "the right way."...
Countless Americans from coast to coast woke unusually early to mark the day. Some attended royal wedding parties complete with tea, scones and, in a few cases, clipped British accents.
BEIJING (AFP) – A wave of tainted-food scares has renewed fears in China over continued product-safety problems despite a government promise to clean up the food industry following a deadly 2008 milk scandal.
Tainted pork, toxic milk, dyed buns...
After recently undertaking a journey to walk -- not fly -- across the United States in the "Grounded" storyline and reconnect with the country and everyday Americans, Superman appears to be taking another step that could have major implications for his national identity: in Action Comics #900...
...Superman announces that he is going to give up his U.S. citizenship.
...(not too accu there, AccuWeather), or maybe it was just some rain with thunder, not a real storm, but whatever, it happened while I was at the grocery store so walking home I got a little wet. But check this out: I don't care. Whoa. Because it's 70 degrees out there (and even warmer in here because I have all the windows closed to keep it as warm as possible, because that way it stays warm all night and my bones thaw out). (Or start to, at least.) This is good.
It's going to get cold again—well, 60-ish—for a while but who cares. it's finally starting to feel like maybe, possibly, I can start putting the big warm shirts away and take the sweaters to the cleaners, stuff like that. Yeah. And some of the trees have buds. Of course it's too foggy to see that, but take my word.
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's quarterly profit rose a better-than-expected 69 percent as the world's largest publicly traded oil company benefited from higher crude prices and better margins for its refineries.
Emily Ramshaw of The Texas Tribune quickly tracked down the state representative who’s sponsoring the Texas version of the birther bill and found him — surprise! — unconvinced. Among other things, she reported, Representative Leo Berman wants to know why the hospital where the president was allegedly born doesn’t have a “plaque on the door” commemorating the event.
(The link, above, is to a Gail Collins article in that paragon of paywalls, the NYTimes, alas. We are trying to avoid that kind of thing. On the other hand, if you haven't figured out how to finesse the NYTimes paywall by now you have simply not been avoiding enough work.)
Beaming with pride, Donald Trump took credit on Wednesday for President Obama releasing a copy of his long-form birth certificate....
But, Trump said, "we have to look at it. We have to see, is it real? Is it proper?"
While it’s impossible to estimate exactly how much in taxes undocumented immigrants paid, it is clear that undocumented immigrants are paying more taxes than General Electric, which paid absolutely nothing. This raises the question of who really is leaching off the American system: undocumented immigrants who pay their taxes and are typically too afraid of being deported to receive public assistance or corporations that pay nothing while receiving billions in credits.
Ranking the 20 Most Useless College Majors
According to The Daily Beast, at least there are now 18 college majors even more useless than English (although there is one somewhat more useless major called Literature, whatever that may be). In fact, if English were only just a little more useful than Animal Science it wouldn't be on the list at all. And how awesome would that be?
Among liberals and Democrats, having a college degree increases the likelihood of reporting beliefs consistent with the scientific consensus. Yet, among conservatives and Republicans, having a college degree often decreases the likelihood of reporting such beliefs.
The SETI Institute has been forced to temporarily shut down operations at its telescope array due to federal and state funding cutbacks....
The telescope array is operated by both SETI and the University of California at Berkeley, who have been using the radio dishes to search for signs of extraterrestrial life since 2007.
"Birthers" are not enough? Now we have "schoolers" too?
"I heard [Obama] was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?" Trump told AP. "I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records."
It doesn't have to make sense, does it?
Why is it that this huge country runs a budget deficit? Women.
This can not be the start of a good day...
It has been a busy time for Dining Services....This week we host Taste of UMass, the nation’s largest campus food service event.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (Reuters) – A south Florida man said he was trying to take a gun away from his toddler son when it fired, killing the boy's mother, according to a 911 call released by police on Monday
More recently, a surprising maintenance worry emerged when a hole opened in the roof of a Boeing 737 departing from Phoenix...
Car engines could soon be fired by lasers instead of spark plugs, researchers say....
The approach would increase efficiency of engines, and reduce their pollution, by igniting more of the mixture.
One sees how Guantánamo became a whisper factory: after years of interrogation, the subject many prisoners had left to talk about was other prisoners. Some were doing so after being tortured.
EAST HAVEN, Conn. – A high-ranking Rhode Island lawmaker who criticized the Legislature by invoking the image of pot-smoking immigrants is facing drug charges in Connecticut.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO forces flattened a building inside Muammar Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah compound early on Monday, in what a press official from Gaddafi's government said was an attempt on the Libyan leader's life....
The United States, Britain and France say they will not stop their air campaign over Libya until Gaddafi leaves power.
Carefully arrange pieces of pork fat on a keyboard, place it where birds congregate, hook them up with a Twitter account, and suddenly you have a flock of birds spreading their wisdom far and wide on Twitter....
After all, you’d think birds would know a thing or two about tweeting.
NEW ORLEANS – Scientists say it is taking far too long to dole out millions of dollars in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research, and it could be too late, to assess the crude's impact on pelicans, shrimp and other species by the time studies begin.