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Turkey’s PM Shrugs Off 282 Miner Deaths

Protestors scuffled with Turkey’s prime minister and his aides after his glib-sounding comments on the death of some 300 miners Tuesday. But Erdogan may yet be elected president.

Can the Measles Virus Destroy Cancer?

Giant doses of a genetically modified measles vaccine cured two of blood cancer at the Mayo Clinic this week. Why the magic remedy must be met with caution.

U.S. housing bill passes Senate panel but unlikely to become law

By Margaret Chadbourn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and redesign the U.S. mortgage finance system, but sparse support among Democrats means the measure is unlikely to make it into law. The Democratic-controlled Senate Banking Committee approved the bill in a 13-9 vote, with only half of the panel's 12 Democrats voting in favor. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unlikely to bring the measure up for a vote on the Senate floor, according to Senate aides who said it needed wider support among Democrats. ...

Eulogy for ‘Sugarman’ Director

The producer of Best Documentary Oscar winners Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man shares his memories of pal Malik Bendjelloul, the Sugar Man director who reportedly took his own life at the age of 36.

Senate panel backs transport bill to maintain funding

By Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee passed a six-year transportation bill on Thursday that would keep federal spending on highways and mass transit at current levels but does not tackle the looming shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted with bipartisan support to advance the legislation, which would spend about $53 billion a year and adjust for inflation, to the full Senate. It is not clear when the Senate will consider the bill. Other committees in the Senate and House of Representatives are working on ways to pump money into the trust fund, which pays for about 45 percent of what U.S. states spend on roads and bridges and is forecast to run out of money by the end of August.

Amid protests, FCC to vote on new 'net neutrality' proposal

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. telecommunications regulators will vote on Thursday on whether to formally propose new \"net neutrality\" rules that may let Internet service providers charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has come under fire from consumer advocates and technology companies for proposing to allow some \"commercially reasonable\" deals where content companies could pay broadband providers to prioritize traffic on their networks. Critics worry the rules would create \"fast lanes\" for companies that pay up and mean slower traffic for others, although Wheeler has pledged to prevent \"acts to divide the Internet between 'haves' and 'have nots.'\" Some 200 activists have said they plan to protest at the FCC on Thursday, joining a few hard core critics who have camped outside the agency for a week. Consumer advocates were also mobilizing Internet users to protest online on blogs and through social media.

Is Gisele the New Gwyneth?

The supermodel pulled a Gwyneth on Wednesday, talking homemade snacks and backyard chickens. And it wasn’t her first time. So why do we love her but disapprove of all things GOOP?

Doctors Fight the NRA Over Gun Safety

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Rifle Association are embroiled in a knock-down fight over the right of doctors to advise parents on gun control.

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Ai Weiwei

The world rallied to Ai Weiwei’s cause when he was incarcerated on trumped up charges in 2011. Now, a new documentary goes inside the activist artist's ordeal and the art that it produced.

When Robert E. Lee Saved the Union

In an excerpt from ‘Clouds of Glory,’ biographer Michael Korda describes how as a U.S. Army officer, Lee adroitly quelled John Brown’s 1859 insurrection at Harper’s Ferry.

My Benghazi Scandal

I may be under fire from conservatives for saying Ambassador Stevens wasn’t murdered in Benghazi, but I’m not backing down. Here’s why I said what I did.

America’s Epic Yemen Fail

From Pakistan to Nigeria, terrorists are taunting the governments that are trying to hunt them down. The record in Yemen, scene of a weeks-long offensive, helps explain why.

Can Hollywood Rejuvenate Detroit?

The city of Detroit is trying to reboot its film industry by offering large incentives. But despite movies like ‘Batman vs. Superman,’ is the once grand metropolis beyond saving?

Rove May Be Evil, but He’s No Genius

Why oh why do people persist in granting the former Bush strategist ‘genius’ status? And where’s the evidence that this ‘Hillary has brain damage’ gambit is working? It won’t.

The ‘Housewives’ Land in London

Bravo refuses to say so, but for the first time it is taking its hard-drinking and bitching franchise across the Atlantic. And yes, in London as in Beverly Hills, it's the usual cavalcade of tears, champagne, and bitching—with added polo matches.

Who's really driving the Hillary train?

Perhaps you've noticed that Democrats in Washington get a little touchy these days where Hillary Clinton is concerned. A few weeks ago, I had the temerity to suggest that Clinton wouldn't be able to run unopposed for the Democratic nomination. This prompted an immediate response in the Daily Beast from Bob Shrum, the venerable party strategist, who argued that of course Clinton would easily clear the Democratic field and waltz to the nomination, because her situation so closely resembles that of Ulysses Grant in 1868. I'm not making this up.

Diagnosing Louie’s Troubled Kid

F/X’s ‘Louie’ explored the plight of Jane, Louie’s 10-year-old daughter who wanders off a subway because she believes she’s still dreaming. Dr. Russell Saunders on the phenomenon.