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16 and Abstinent?

A new study suggest MTV’s 16 and Pregnant has reduced teen pregnancy. But it misunderstands how culture works.

New York’s Naughtiest Show

The play Intimacy has jiggling genitalia, graphic sex, and fluids flying everywhere. But its author, director, and stars say there’s seriousness lurking between the sheets

What Manning, Brady Don’t Control

Individual accomplishments are great, but the hype around the quarterback matchup of the year misses the most important element of their success.

Tibet’s Ticking Time Bomb

As the West quietly turns away from Tibet for closer ties with China, young Tibetans are exchanging the Dalai Lama’s gospel of non-violence for more desperate measures.

Emojis Are Coming for Your Freedom

Defenders of internet English may think they’re standing up against oppressive, elitist style police. But the rush to replace words with images may be preparing us for servitude.

The Last Pollock

For 50 years, scholars have been fighting over ‘Red, Black, and Silver.’ But new forensic evidence may solve this debate for good…and show the art world where Pollock’s art was going.

GIRLS Goes to Grad School

There’s no degree in Dunham Studies just yet, but academics are reveling in critical studies of the HBO show.

Sick of Being Sick

The aches, the chills, the injustice of someone giving you—YOU!—this horrible bug that’s put you at death’s door. Here, the five stages of (hopefully) surviving the flu.

Horse slaughter blocked by federal law

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The resumption of the commercial slaughtering of horses was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process.

Federal judge sent hundreds of bigoted emails

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana judge who was being investigated for forwarding a racist email involving President Barack Obama sent hundreds of other inappropriate messages from his federal email account, according to the findings of a judicial review panel released Friday.

NTSB: Pilots confused by wrong airport's lights

Southwest Airlines pilots who recently landed at the wrong airport in Missouri have told investigators they were confused by the small airport's runway lights, believing it to be a larger airport in nearby Branson, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

U.S. in Talks About Training Iraqi Forces

The Pentagon is in “discussions” with Iraq about training possibilities of Iraq’s security forces, but it appears U.S. military trainers would not be involved.  The United States is also processing a new request from Iraq for additional small arms and ammunition in the wake of...

Nuke commander says stricken unit 'brokenhearted'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Air Force nuclear missile unit hit with the double whammy of drug and cheating scandals are "brokenhearted," their commander said Friday.

U.S. man pleads guilty to sending ricin to Obama, two others

By Emily le Coz JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - A Mississippi man accused of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and two other public officials, and pinning them on an Elvis impersonator, pleaded guilty in U.S. court and agreed to a 25-year jail sentence, the Justice Department announced on Friday. James Everett Dutschke, 41, has been jailed since his arrest last April, when authorities accused him of sending ricin-tainted letters to Obama, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi and a local Lee County judge, Sadie Holland.

Data: Texas had most Border Patrol arrests in 2013

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Central American immigrants crossing into the United States illegally in South Texas drove an increase in Border Patrol apprehensions last year, according to data released Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Senator Coburn leaving Congress as he battles cancer

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who crossed the aisle in 2005 became friends with a newly elected colleague named Barack Obama, says he will leave office in December, two years before his term ends. In the meantime, I look forward to finishing this year strong." Obama said in a statement on Friday: "Those of us who have had the privilege of serving with Tom Coburn will be sad to lose him as a colleague here in Washington." "Tom and I entered the Senate at the same time, becoming friends after our wives struck up a conversation," Obama said. "The people of Oklahoma have been well-served by this 'country doctor from Muskogee.'" In nine years in the Senate, Coburn earned a reputation as a blunt-speaking conservative who waged war against federal waste and denounced what he called a "dysfunctional Washington." Coburn promised to serve only two terms in the Senate when first elected to the chamber in 2004. "That's how I saw it when I first ran for office in 1994, and that's how I still see it today." Coburn has been treated for prostate cancer.

Okla's Coburn leaves mark as tireless budget hawk

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A political maverick nicknamed "Dr. No" for his favorite vote, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn was more than a bomb-thrower during his decade in the U.S. Senate — he also earned a reputation as a statesman willing to reach across the aisle to come up with solutions to the nation's budget woes.