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For Washington, Palestinian pact not the end of Middle East peace hopes

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The unity pact between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the militant group Hamas dealt a sharp punch to U.S.-driven peace negotiations with Israel, but the Americans insisted it was not a fatal blow to the struggling talks. Washington was stunned by the deal announced on Wednesday between Fatah, the faction that leads the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and is viewed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately suspended participation in the peace process brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

President Obama Backs Malaysian Handling of MH370 Search

KUALA LUMPUR – President Obama today endorsed the Malaysian government’s handling of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, giving an important boost to Prime Minister Najib Razak amid swirling public criticism and private grumblings among some U.S. officials that his administration has bungled the...

Philippines to sign defence pact with United States

Manila (AFP) - The Philippines said it would sign an agreement on Monday with the United States to allow a greater US military presence on its territory, amid a bitter territorial dispute with China.

How to Win at Crowdfunding

Kickstarter or Indiegogo? Campaign on Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube? Here are six tips to get your film funded.

The CrossFit-ification of Christianity

Plenty has been written about the cult of CrossFit—the widely popular, DIY workout craze. But maybe CrossFit isn’t a cult at all. Maybe it’s a new religion.

Behind Ralph Steadman’s Most Famous Work

Inside the mind of Ralph Steadman, the legendary artist and provocateur known for ghoulish humans, ink splatter marks, and distorted Polaroids of historical figures and celebrities.

Who Died and Made Him Pope?

Catholic tradition claims that the pope’s authority extends directly back to Saint Peter. But a new book argues Peter never even set foot in Rome.

Boy Scouts Boot Gay Leader’s Troop

Boy Scouts are being punished for not discriminating. Georgia makes it legal to bring a gun just about everywhere. And fear not! The KKK is here to keep you safe.

Just Let Me Chainsaw!

Why won’t my chainsaw start after a bad winter? It’s all the U.S. government’s fault—and it’s enough to get a person Tea Party mad and start reciting the Constitution.

Black Hole Pair Caught in Feeding Frenzy

Astronomers have identified a pair of black holes that “help” each other dismantle stars. This discovery could reveal how the Universe’s biggest black holes form.

Weed Reads: The 10 Best Books on Pot

Marijuana must inspire writers, since there are thousands and thousands of titles on the subject. Here’s a short list of essentials, from public policy to a T.C. Boyle satire.

The Texas Church of Beef

BBQ aficionados know the real finger lickin’ loins come from the Lone Star State, but the best of the best can be found at Louie Mueller, which has been smokin’ and grilling since 1949.

Philippines, U.S. to sign new 10-year military pact, part of U.S. pivot

The United States and the Philippines will sign a new security pact on Monday allowing American forces an increased military presence in the Southeast Asian country now struggling to raise its defense capabilities amid territorial disputes with China. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation agreement will run for 10 years, shorter than what the United States was originally asking for, two senior government officials said on Sunday, asking for anonymity due to lack of authority to speak on details of the pact. The pact will be signed just a few hours before U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Manila, as part of Obama's week-long tour of four Asian allies. The agreement allows the United States to rotate ships, aircraft and troops for a period longer than the current maximum of two weeks during joint military exercises by the two nations, a senior military source told Reuters.

Counterattacking the Gay Evangelical

In response to Matthew Vines's new book, R. Albert Mohler spouted anti-gay gospel via the immediate release of his own e-publication. Can’t we all just get along? asks Michael Paul Turner.

The Bards of the Bayou

The Neville Brothers were formed by the hard life and hard times, but they are also heirs to America’s richest musical tradition: the aural gumbo of New Orleans.

Humanists in the Foxhole

Days before the anniversary of Pat Tillman’s death, the Army added Humanism to its list of official religious preferences. It’s an overdue recognition of Tillman and other secular believers.

Killing Net Neutrality Kills Dreams

The FCC’s proposal to end net neutrality will fatally erode the Obama administration’s efforts to help tech-savvy young minority students.

Democrat Aiken goes for GOP-heavy House district

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Clay Aiken doesn't have a problem with name recognition. But that doesn't mean voters in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District will send the "American Idol" star to Washington to represent them in Congress.