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Inside the Cult of CrossFit

The punishing workout’s fans are obsessive—and extremely vocal. What gives with this latest workout craze that some call dangerous and others call salvation?


AMC Resets with ‘Halt and Catch Fire’

While ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ is a promising pilot for the network, how many montages of pasty engineers poking at circuit boards can a show uncork before becoming a bore?


A Museum To Remember Tiananmen’s Dead

Twenty-five years after the massacre, the Chinese government wants people to forget it ever happened. But one little museum keeps the truth alive.


The Frustrating Rise of Iggy Azalea

That a white, Australian, female rapper is topping the charts shouldn’t be so shocking when you consider that Iggy Azalea is basically doing what Gwen Stefani has already done.


My Gay Dad/Mom Brain

New mothers light up in their emotional centers, fathers in their cognitive centers—and gay dads in both. How new research shows we all love our kids just the same.


Brazil’s World Cup Is a Nightmare

Brazilians angry at their government and FIFA could turn this giant soccer tournament into a tipping point. Are these corrupt, elitist spectacles worth it?


The First Modern School Shooter Speaks

She did it, she said, because she didn't like Mondays. 35 years later, Brenda Ann Spencer, who killed two and wounded eight, faced her victims in a parole hearing.


The Obamas Have Normalized Black Success

The right loves to note that Obama hasn’t made black people wealthier. Maybe not materially. But in ways they can’t see, much has improved.


The Kochs and Libertarianism 3.0

The visionary brothers’ new paradigm will frustrate the left and alter the right by fusing social tolerance with fiscal responsibility.


My College Roommate Is an Oligarch

I knew Anthony G. Petrello as an 18-year-old math whiz. Now he’s the highest-paid chief executive in the country. Where did I go wrong?


Study: King Richard III maligned as hunchback

LONDON (AP) — He may have had a twisted spine, but England's King Richard III was no hunchback, according to a new analysis of the medieval king's skeleton.


How Obama's power plant emission rules will work

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is poised to unveil the first rules limiting carbon emissions from the thousands of power plants across the nation. The pollution controls form the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's campaign to combat climate change and a key element of his legacy.


GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House voted early Friday in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana.

Britain's Iraq inquiry to see parts of Blair-Bush letters

Britain's government agreed to give extracts of letters from Tony Blair to George W. Bush to an inquiry into the Iraq war, overcoming the main hurdle to publication of the long-awaited report. The probe will receive "gists and quotes" of communications from former prime minister Blair to ex-president Bush in the run-up to the conflict in 2003, inquiry chief John Chilcot said in an official letter. But Bush's replies will not be included in the report, which is examining Britain's involvement in the war, Chilcot said.


Gunfire in CAR capital Bangui, protesters in streets

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Automatic weapons fire was heard Friday in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui and near the city's airport as hundreds of protesters marched in the streets, an AFP correspondent said.


US releases email, tries to debunk Snowden claims

The US government released an email written by Edward Snowden, in a bid to debunk his claim that he raised concerns about mass spying programs before fleeing and engineering huge media leaks. Snowden, now exiled in Russia, said in an interview aired by NBC Wednesday that he had gone through official channels to question the legality of National Security Agency surveillance. The former intelligence contractor mentioned a specific email he had written to the NSA General Counsel's Office detailing his concerns. In response, the agency released what President Barack Obama's administration said was the only such communication found in the archives from Snowden on the issue, and said it did not prove his claims.


SpaceX’s Giant Leap

Elon Musk’s newly unveiled crew capsule upends Space Age tradition, with the ability to choose where it will touch down among other innovations.


25 years on, world happy to do business with Beijing's 'butchers'

Twenty-five years after the West condemned the "butchers" who crushed protesters in Tiananmen Square, China's astonishing economic and military transformation means the world has largely set aside concerns on human rights as it courts the former pariah. Outraged Western nations imposed economic sanctions and banned arms sales after troops killed hundreds of people during the night of June 3-4, 1989 as they cleared Beijing's streets of students agitating for democracy. But then US president George H.W. Bush -- a former ambassador to China who had worked to jump-start the relationship -- resisted calls for more sweeping punishment and secretly sent senior officials to Beijing to reassure supreme leader Deng Xiaoping. His successor Bill Clinton -- whose 1992 campaign denounced the "Butchers of Beijing" -- initially tied China's trading status to progress on human rights, but the link was soon dropped.


NSA finds 1 email from Snowden raising question

WASHINGTON (AP) — Edward Snowden says he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about National Security Agency surveillance internally, but an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden gently asks for "clarification" on a technical legal question about training materials, agency officials said Thursday.


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